Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 30, 2010

Review: Avast Free Antivirus – Avast Free 5, an A-list freeware antivirus app, provides the same steadfast protection of well-known, pricier antivirus programs. Avast is remarkable for both its effectiveness and arguably providing the most complete free antivirus on the market.

$2.95 – The Price For All Your Personal Details – How safe is your identity in the Internet Age? For a $2.95 a month subscription on, anyone can find your name, age, ethnicity, marital status, religion, politics, address, home phone number, mobile phone number, e-mail address, social networking profiles, photos, videos and blogs.

Researchers find database with 44 million stolen gaming credentials – Researchers from Symantec have discovered a staggeringly large cache of stolen online gaming credentials — some 44 million of them — in a heist where the operators are using a specially crafted Trojan to automatically validate the booty.

5 Chrome Extensions for more Safe and Secure Browsing – No doubt, Google Chrome is a best, fast and secure web browser! But it never hurts to bolster your defenses, and there are plenty of good chrome extensions for doing just that over in the official Google Chrome Extensions Gallery.

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Get the Classic Start Menu in Windows 7 with Classic Shell – Bill Detwiler shows you how to get the Classic Start Menu back in Windows 7 using a free program called Classic Shell.

Grab big pics off Google Images the easy way – If you happen to frequent Google’s Images search tool with the intention of grabbing the full-quality version of whatever image you’re looking for, you’ve probably noticed Google makes you jump through some hoops to get there. The good news, is that if you feel like taking some shortcuts, there’s a new Firefox extension that melts away these moral productivity burdens.

Google Chrome 5 (Mac OS X and Linux) – For Windows users, Google Chrome 5 is a minor update; the real news is that with Chrome 5 Google’s browser is finally available for Mac OS X and Linux. After over a year in development, Mac and Linux users can finally experience Chrome speed and sparse design.

What makes a tablet a tablet? (FAQ) – Devices between the traditional smartphone and notebook PC categories occupy a gray area. We break down the differences between several self-proclaimed tablets.

Windows XP Fans Uneasy as OS Nears Retirement – Microsoft will officially retire Windows XP SP2 on July 13. After that date, although it will continue to provide security updates for XP SP3, it will stop issuing patches for the older SP2.

Cloud Computing: Cloud Computing Myths Exposed – As cloud computing goes mainstream and channel opportunities increase, there are still some naysayers out there spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about how viable and safe cloud computing really is. Channel Insider takes a look at the more prevalent myths about cloud computing and where the truth actually lies.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Future of Surveillance, When Automated Brains Keep Watch – Finding enough eyeballs to watch thousands of screens simply isn’t practical, yet modern automated systems can fill the gap with a surprising degree of intelligence. The Automated Warning and Response Engine (AWARE) from Abeo Technical Services is one such system. It replaces the traditional banks of screens with a single view.

Transparent Displays: The Awesome Future of LCDs – While the concept of transparent screens is not new but DisplayWeek Show exhibited larger, clearer transparent LCDs. The future of transparent LCD displays is huge.

Leading Louisiana wetlands scientist fired for speaking the truth – The US can’t be destroyed, or even seriously injured, by an external enemy. But it can be – and is – being destroyed from within by its so-called “elites.” (submitted by Dar)

‘Hurt Locker’ downloaders, you’ve been sued – Producers of Oscar-winning film “The Hurt Locker” have made good on a promise to file copyright lawsuits against people who illegally shared the movie via peer-to-peer networks. Voltage Pictures files lawsuits against 5,000 John and Jane Does. Will this trigger new round of copyright lawsuits against public?

Popping pills? Try printing them first – By dissolving a drug’s active ingredients into liquid form, it can be used much like ink, with the drug literally printed onto pills for more exact dosages as well as faster-acting medicines.

Today’s Quote:

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

–    Aristotle

Today’s Free Downloads:

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2 – ZoneAlarm Firewall Free 9.2 has gotten quieter and more effective, and should be considered an excellent tool for replacing the adequate default Windows firewall with a stronger option that includes better outbound protection, antiphishing guards, and ZoneAlarm’s behavioral detection network.

Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2 – One of the first applications built to find and remove malware and spyware, Ad-Aware’s reputation is well-justified. The latest version continues the publisher’s tradition of adroitly addressing user concerns, but isn’t yet perfect.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 30, 2010

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  3. ‘Microsoft will officially retire Windows XP SP2 on July 13. After that date, although it will continue to provide security updates for XP SP3, it will stop issuing patches for the older SP2.’

    Hey Bill,
    I’ll be one of the many that would be sad for this because SP2 is my secondary OS. But fortunately, my main OS is W7.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Pochp,

      Install SP3, and Extended Support for XP will be in effect until April 8, 2014.


  4. Thanks Bill,
    But that’s just my problem. My laptop refuses to install SP3 for some reason. But probably, there would still be a solution.

  5. This is the only way to clear an IT policy without having access to the BES. Doing a Wipe Handheld or wiping from BlackBerry Desktop Manager will not get rid of it. This method works on any BlackBerry using software 4.3 to 5.0. BlackBerry Desktop Manager must be installed.

    1. Connect the BlackBerry smartphone to the computer.
    2. From the Start menu, select Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
    If using Microsoft Windows Vista, you may need to to right-click the Command Prompt application and choose Run as administrator.
    3. Navigate to the Apploader folder by typing cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Apploader and then pressing the Enter key.
    For computers using a 64 Bit version fo Microsoft Windows, navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Research In Motion\Apploader
    4. Type loader.exe /resettofactory.
    5. Enter the BlackBerry smartphone password if prompted.

    This WILL DELETE ALL DATA, just like a normal hard reset. Make sure to have the customer back up any information first.