Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 28, 2010

Super Software Secrets – From obscure options to esoteric shortcuts to arcane add-ons, here are 55 hidden gems that will help you master the programs you use every day.

Overclocking for Newbies – Overclocking your processor can give your PC a significant speed boost–but you have to be careful. Here’s how to overclock your system’s processor without frying it.

Google Rolling Out “Google Me,” Their Facebook Killer – Well this is kinda wacky. Citing a “very credible source,” Digg founder Kevin Rose tweeted that Google is preparing to release “Google Me,” a service intended to go toe-to-toe (face-to-face?) with Facebook. It’s like Google stalking, but official, and thus marginally less creepy!

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HTTPS Everywhere makes SSL/TLS easier – While it does not provide encrypted connections everywhere, the HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox does make it easier to establish and maintain encrypted connections to major sites on the Web.

Photographing Fireworks: Tips and Tricks – Follow these tips and camera recommendations to get the best shots possible of this year’s fireworks displays.

MSpot’s streaming music service now open to all – Streaming music from the cloud to your computer or mobile device is nothing new, but doing so with your own library is something that’s on the brink of becoming an everyday occurrence with upcoming efforts by Google, HP, and possibly even Apple.

Poll: When was the last time you performed an offsite data backup? – For the record, I have been lax lately; it has been more than a year since I did an offsite backup. But the plan is to do one immediately when I get home.

Net Nanny – If you allow your children or students to use the Internet while unattended, then you probably want to consider a filtering tool like Net Nanny. This parental control service ($40/year) does an excellent job of filtering Web content, setting Internet access times, and even managing PC game use. (14 day trial)

Off Topic (Sort of):

Location-Tracking Services: Why You Should Think Twice – Apple, Google, Facebook and others all want to track your travels, but location privacy is an important consideration.

YouTube: The whale, the dynamite and stupidity – Blowing a dead whale up with dynamite expecting it to go into the ocean while an 8th grader could have told them it wouldn’t, boggles the mind. (submitted by Dar)

Digital Image Founder Smooths Out Pixels – Russell Kirsch says he’s sorry. More than 50 years ago, Kirsch took a picture of his infant son and scanned it into a computer. It was the first digital image: a grainy, black-and-white baby picture that literally changed the way we view the world. With it, the smoothness of images captured on film was shattered to bits.

The Coming Gulf Coast Firestorm: How the BP oil catastrophe could destroy a major U.S. city – It’s hurricane season in the Atlantic, and that means Mother Nature could be whipping up fierce storms and sending them charging into the Gulf Coast any day now. In a normal hurricane season, that’s bad enough all by itself… remember Katrina? But now there’s something even more worrisome in the recipe: There’s oil in the water. (submitted by Dar)

FTC Says Scammers Stole Millions, Using Virtual Companies – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has disrupted a long-running online scam that allowed offshore fraudsters to steal millions of dollars from U.S. consumers.

Today’s Quote:

“You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.”

–    Al Capone

Today’s Free Downloads:

UltraVNC (32-bit version) – My family has a dangerous habit of blindly clicking through software installs and downloading all kinds of junk. Luckily for them, I can repair the damage anytime from afar using the free UltraVNC remote control software.

Planet M.U.L.E. – Replay one of the classic games of the 8-bit era, and show your skill (or lack thereof) to the world.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 28, 2010

  1. Bill,

    I just wanted to say “Thanks” for the “Daily Net News”… I do not know how you do it, but the articles you select are top notch.


  2. dar

    Re-Scammers stole millions
    G’day All,
    -small change compared to This from the WallStreet Journal:
    More than $3 billion in cash has been openly flown out of Kabul International Airport in the past three years, a sum so large that U.S. investigators believe top Afghan officials and their associates are sending billions of diverted U.S. aid and logistics dollars and drug money to financial safe havens abroad…

  3. joel

    what on-line back up service do you feel is the best?

    thanks – joel

    • Hi Joel,

      I’m not particularly comfortable in recommending a specific on-line backup service, since so much depends on the user’s requirements. I will say that personally I use Windows Live SkyDrive . Thanks for visiting.