Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 29, 2010

Five tips for speeding up Windows XP performance – If some of your Windows XP clients run slower than others, it could be due to some of the default settings located in the Performance Options dialog box. You can change the options in this dialog box to boost the performance of a Windows XP client. Let’s examine the settings you can change to improve Windows XP’s performance.

Lost a Digital Photo? You’re Not Alone – A third of Brits have lost their digital photos forever because they didn’t back them up, says backup service Mozy. Research by the online storage firm revealed that on average Brits have 1500 digital snaps or videos stored on their PC, but one in five admit they don’t bother to back them up.

Lifehacker: Universal USB Installer Makes a Persistent Thumb Drive Version of Any Linux OS – Having a full Linux operating system on a USB thumb drive is pretty neat. Having that OS customized, with your own favorite apps and all your settings intact, is far more helpful. This Windows tool makes that possible.

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The Best Web Browser: Summer Edition 2010 – One of the most entertaining tech battles to watch is the browser war. Combatants keep upping the ante, with all of us reaping the benefits. What’s more fascinating is that no one has won. Plus, it’s looking more and more like one of the future dominants will be an upstart. Here’s a primer on all the players and which browser might be best for you today. Personally, I’m using Chrome and Internet Explorer 8.

U.S. Outlines Security Strategy for Online Identity – In a new document, the White House has outlined its plan for strengthening authentication and identity verification on the Web.

US interested in Aussie zombie code – Informally known as the “zombie” code, the IIA released its e-security code of practice to internet service providers (ISPs) earlier this month in Australia, outlining ways they could protect their subscribers and inform them about being infected with malware. A “zombie” is a malware-infected PC.

How do I add Defragment and Disk Cleanup to the right-click menu in Windows Explorer? – In this How do I blog post Jack Wallen shows you how to create right-click menu entries for both Defragmenting and Disk Cleanup.

Google’s Chrome Passes Safari in US Browser Share – Google Chrome is now the third-most-popular browser in the U.S., behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox, but ahead of Apple’s Safari.

Microsoft Shipping Windows 7 SP1 Betas – While the general availability of the beta version of the first service pack for Windows 7 won’t roll around until next month, some early adopters are already getting a pre-release.

Off Topic (Sort of):

11 Rules of Life – Having just passed the graduation “season” for many of our youth, I thought this short set of “rules” should be dusted off and presented to you. It might seem a bit too tough in places, but the purpose of the rules is to let our youth know that the working world is a tough one where one must add value, be productive, and earn their pay…or else.

WARNING: 3D Video Hazardous to Your Health – Before you bring a 3D HDTV into your house or let a child under seven play with a brand new Nintendo 3DS, you need to understand the fragile development of an aspect of human vision called stereopsis. (submitted by Dar)

The 10 Most Uncool Moments in Tech – When companies try too hard to be hip, disastrous things can occur. Herein lie 10 of tech’s most outrageously out-of-touch moments. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Keeping PCs and Macs in perspective – Sometimes (especially when attending Microsoft press conferences, in particular), it’s easy to believe that the multiplying Macs and their magical iPad cousins have taken over the portable computing world.

The top eight things the PC press hides about the iPad – I don’t think people who write headlines like iPhone 4: Perfect for everyone, except humans attack it because it advances personal computing, offers new business opportunities, or embeds new design ideas; I think these people instinctively reject Apple products simply because those products generally meet expectation -while their living depends on selling products that don’t.

Today’s Quote:

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

–    Mark Twain

Today’s Free Downloads:

AeroSnap Beta – AeroSnap brings the desirable capabilities of Windows 7’s AeroSnaps feature to both Vista and XP. When you drag a window to the left or right edge of the screen, the Windows 7 feature automatically resizes the window to fill that half of the screen.

7Stacks – Designed with Windows 7 in mind, 7stacks creates links to a folder of shortcuts or files. You select the folder when creating a new 7stack, along with how the folder’s items will look when it’s clicked. The default stacked list has each item on one line, with an icon and full name, while the grid layout is useful when a folder contains many items. The Explorer-like menu option allows for sifting through subfolders.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 29, 2010

  1. Hi Bill,
    I see you mention the Pen Drive Linux installer. I love this program, its perfect for running Linux on multiple machines and on a good quality thumb drive, very fast.
    My own tip, although I’m guessing you’ve covered it already is the Windows Live Essentials Beta. Long over due but worth the wait.