Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 16, 2010

How To Remotely Control Your Windows Desktop for Free with LogMeIn – We’re going to show you how to use remote-desktop software to control your PC from another PC or mobile device. There are several programs that let you remotely control a computer, but in our experience LogMeIn offers the most useful and consumer-friendly software in the category.

Dell says Ubuntu is safer than Windows – So, does this end the debate over what the safest OS is? Not by a long shot. Nice bragging rights, though.

T-Mobile: Every Phone is Free June 19 – It’s true: every phone in every T-Mobile store in the U.S. will be free on June 19…but folks will have to pay for the required two-year service plan.

How to: Force Windows to Shut Down, Fix XP/7 Networking Woes, and More – Learn what to do when a shutdown freezes, plus downloads that let you easily network between Windows XP and Windows 7, and customize the OS.

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Windows Tips: DIY Repair Disc, System Tray Tweak, Icon Fixes – Learn how to create a system repair disc for XP or Vista, add icons to the Windows 7 System Tray, and keep desktop icons in their places.

Raise Your Windows IQ: Advice for Newbies – Are you new to Windows, or new to computing in general? Read this guide to the basics.

Poll: How often does the Windows patch process hose your systems? – The TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog member poll: How often does the Windows patch process hose your systems?

Lifehacker: Turn Your Old Router into a Range-Boosting Wi-Fi Repeater – If you’re upgrading to a faster, stronger wireless router, don’t chuck your older Wi-Fi box. With the magic of DD-WRT, you can turn your older wireless router into a range-expanding Wi-Fi repeater to cover everywhere you need a connection.

Five tips for improving Linux security Protecting a networked computer is a never-ending challenge — even in Linux. These simple measures will help protect your Linux box.

Off Topic (Sort of):

What your email address says about you – An email address can be a great indicator of how capable you are with a computer.

Nexus VCT-9000 or How Not to Make Coolers – This article is devoted to a new Nexus cooler that turned out full of problems, which unfortunately ended up ruining a very interesting design idea… (submitted by Dar)

San Francisco to require cell phone radiation warning labels – Let’s see, is my iPhone more likely to fry my brain than this BlackBerry?

Why evidence needs to drive approval – Doctors will use what they can get paid for using. Once the decision to pay is made the horse is out of the barn, and it can’t be put back in unless the treatment in question is shown to be dangerous.

Today’s Quote:

“If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee – that will do them in.”

–   Bradley’s Bromide

Today’s Free Downloads:

Free Nuance PDF Reader Displays and Converts PDFs – Nuance PDF Reader is a simple, straightforward free PDF reader with a twist–it does the best job of any PDF program I’ve tried at converting PDF files to Word, Excel or WordPerfect files. For that alone, this free program is well worth the download.

Glary Utilities – This powerful application offers extensive utilities to improve your system’s performance and protect your privacy. Glary Utilities’ well-organized interface allows users to easily choose from several tools. It cleans unwanted junk files and removes invalid and broken shortcuts, freeing up valuable disk space.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 16, 2010

  1. Ranjan

    Hey Bill,
    That email comic was fun…
    And about the ” Ubuntu is safer than Windows ” thingy, why people don’t understand that an OS is as safe as the user is.. If you decide to go mad and start practising unsafe practices, you’ll be struck badly irrespective of the OS.. As simple as that…

    Regards!

    • Hey Ranjan,

      You’re right of course. But Linux users, given their skill level, are just not comparable to an average Windows user. Linux users are not known for committing stupid “hari kari” mistakes.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. Bradley’s Bromide is great you could also reorganize them if you wanted to end all foreseeable progress.
    The story from Dell thinking Linux is more secure is interesting, I just read a piece in CPU mag that puts Linux security in perspective, and the reality is it can very well be hacked, you just have to trick the user into giving the hacker root access. This is great for power users, but if Linux gets a foothold on more consumer oriented devices I predict we’ll see more Linux malware successfully being installed on users PCs.
    Mark

    • Hey Mark,

      Dar has just made that exact point.

      Questioning Linux’s safety makes great press, but in most cases it’s just so much balderdash. Tricking a Linux user, while not impossible, doesn’t cut it with me.

      Best,

      Bill

  3. dar

    ‘Raargh’s’ explanation :
    Safe OSs are for wussies.
    I live for Danger! Windows is the OS for me.