Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 29, 2010

CNET: Windows Starter Kit – The Windows Starter Kit is a collection of some of the best and most essential freeware to get your new PC going. From browsers to productivity to utilities, we cover all the bases.

CNET: Utilities Starter Kit – The Utilities Starter Kit for Windows is a collection of some of the best freeware tools to replace and enhance core Windows tasks. Defraggers, system cleaners, uninstallers, Task Manager replacements, launchers, and disk space managers all have a place here.

Take control of the Windows XP pagefile – When the Pagefile is fragmented, your computer’s performance can suffer. Here are a few techniques you can use to better manage this beast.

Five tips for desktop malware first responders – These steps may be routine for full time malware warriors, but network security is only one duty among many for the typical SMB network administrator.

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Why Open Source Makes Sense: Scientifically Proven – When the task at hand is a mundane and a repetitive task, money is a perfect incentive. However, when the task requires “rudimentary cognitive” skills, money, it turns out, isn’t the best incentive. This makes perfect sense when we look at the amazing open source projects out there.

Malware uses copyright threats to blackmail victims – Trojan software publishes user’s internet history and demands money. Once downloaded, the malware opens a registration screen for the game demanding personal information while scanning the computer’s user account, domain and computer name, operating system version, clipboard content, file use history and Internet Explorer favorites. (submitted by Rod)

Feds Bust $100 Mil Scareware Crew – Federal authorities say they have cracked open a cybercrime gang that allegedly duped tens of thousands of consumers into paying more than $100 million for worthless antivirus protection, priced from $30 to $70.

Survey: Business PCs Brimming with Malware – Application whitelisting company Bit9 is saying something IT admins already know: corporate and government PC users need to do a better job of protecting their computers from malware.

BP Twitter Account Hacked – Oil giant BP suffered further embarrassment after its official Twitter account was hacked. Pranksters purloined the @BP_America Twitter account to write “Terry is now in charge of operation Top Kill, work will recommence after we find a XXL wetsuit.

10 Burning Questions About Google TV – Google unveiled Google TV May 20 at the Google I/O developer’s conference, triggering more questions than answers. Some include: How much will it cost? What about support from cable providers? What about advertising?

May 31 Is ‘Quit Facebook Day’. Are You In? – Let’s face it: Facebook hit critical mass and the mainstream a while ago. According to the site itself, there are over 400 million active users, and 50 percent of them visit on any given day. Even my brother-in-law’s 91-year-old grandma is on Facebook. Now that’s mainstream.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Remember Those? A Trip Through Technology Then and Now – Remember when mobile phones were too big to fit in your pocket, and you had to pull up the antenna to get a signal? What about that daisy wheel printer, or that DEC Rainbow that could boot in multiple OSes including DOS.

Lifehacker: Become the Memorial Day Grill Master – Memorial Day marks the start of the serious grilling season, and there’s no better weekend to try your hand at outdoor cooking, or bolster your established grill-master game. Here’s a look at some pointers on getting the right gear, turning out great meals, and even preparing for uncooperative weather.

The Bulletin Humor & Funny Pics Collection – A Quick Fix for Despondency (submitted by Dar)

Traffic lights that stop your car? – Waiting at long traffic lights is frustrating enough without having to waste gas money and needlessly pollute the air. But IBM has an interesting solution in mind. Last week the company submitted a patent application for a traffic light that stops and starts cars automatically.

7 Ways Computer Glitches Can, and Have, Ruined Your Day – Computer glitches are one of the annoyances of modern society. Even when you factor out the people creating viruses and other scams, pure human error can turn two hours of work on a big project into a blue screen of death in fractions of a second. But losing a report is small potatoes to other things that can happen when computers fail…

Today’s Quote:

“There is never enough time, unless you’re serving it.”

–   Malcolm Forbes

Today’s Free Downloads:

IrfanView – IrfanView is a fast and compact image viewer/converter that supports file formats and features. Features include: multi-language support, Thumbnail option, Painting, slideshow, toolbar skins, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, and more.

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner – Eusing Free Registry Cleaner is a free registry repair software that allows you to safely clean and repair registry problems with a few simple mouse clicks.

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