Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 5, 2010

The Best, Cheapest Ways to Upgrade Your PC – Upgrading your PC can be a head-spinning process. Our Lab experts help you sort through the chaos with 18 products that won’t break the bank

21 Essential Steps to Make Your PC Better/Faster/Stronger – A sucker buys a new PC at the first signs of a slowdown. A savvy power user gives his aged PC a fighting chance for redemption. From tweaking your OS to compressing files to overclocking your video card or CPU, there are plenty of ways to tune up a computer, and none require a trip to Bob’s House of New PCs

Two Ways to Remove People From Your Vacation Photos – Use your image editor to eliminate unwanted distractions from your travel photos long after they’re taken.

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How do I use a Windows 7 Virtual Hard Disk as a backup device? – Once I began experimenting with this technique, I knew that it would be perfect complement to my overall backup strategy. I don’t trust a single backup device and like to have multiple backups just in case. Using VHDs, I can easily back up my data and then just copy the VHD file to another external device.

Newest Social Net Scam: Stranded Friend – Analysis: Beware a common hoax involving a hijacked e-mail account and a plea for quick cash from a familiar name.

Top 10 Free Video Players For Linux Users – A list of best free video players for Linux platform, which is both fully featured and mature too.

Poll Results: Is the practical computer education in grades K-12 adequate? – How did your peers answer this question: Is the practical computer education in grades K-12 adequate?

Trojan attacks now almost solely from legitimate websites – According to reports, surfers are now almost always attacked from the hacked web sites of legitimate providers. Previously the general assumption was that malware was only found on sex sites and other shady web sites, but these days all you need to do is visit the site of your favourite newspaper to come under attack. (submitted by Dar)

Reports of Possible YouTube Hack Light up Social Media Sites – Reports have surfaced on social media sites that YouTube may have gotten hacked and that Apple’s iTunes App Store may also be compromised.

App Store Hacked – Two iPhone App developers have spotted what appears to be a hacking of the App store rankings by a rogue developer. What’s more concerning is that it seems individuals iTunes accounts have been hacked to make mass purchases of that one developer’s apps.

Five of 2010’s Linux-Powered e-Book Readers – Nearly two years ago, I did a guest post here by featuring 10 Linux-powered e-book readers (if you’re not yet familiar with e-book readers, I suggest you click that link first). Consider this an update of that post. But of course, this time, I’ll be introducing you to the latest of these devices. (submitted by Dar)

Off Topic (Sort of):

1 in 4 Americans Don’t Know Who We Fought for Independence – A Marist poll finds that 26 percent of Americans don’t know whom the United States declared its independence from. For the record, it was Great Britain we broke away from.

The 1980s: The Decade That Won’t Stop Screwing Us [CHART] – The 1980s were a horrifying decade when snorting cocaine was an Olympic sport and wearing skinny ties and pastel jackets was a requirement at most dining establishments.

Do the Feds Really Know Tech? Analysis – When it comes to technology, government agencies aren’t just uninformed, they’re often foolish.

MIT Researchers Pushing The Internet Up To 1000x Faster – A group of MIT researchers led by Vincent Chan, the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has recently showcased “new way of organizing optical networks that, in most cases, would eliminate this inefficient conversion process; as a result, it could make the Internet 100 or even 1,000 times faster.

Test determines whether you’ll age like fine wine – If you’re one of those people who says you don’t want to live a long life because you don’t want to go through the aches and pains of aging, allow me to let you in on a little secret: it appears the people who live the longest tend to avoid the aches and pains of aging–at least right until their final days.

Today’s Quote:

“If you’re not scared or angry at the thought of a human brain being controlled remotely, then it could be this prototype of mine is finally starting to work.”

–    John Alejandro King

Today’s Free Downloads:

Giveaway of the Day – EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition is an ALL-IN-ONE partition solution and disk management utility. It allows you to extend partition, especially for system drive, settle low disk space problem, manage disk space easily on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk under Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ Windows 7 (both x32 and x64).

LiveUpload to Facebook – Users of Windows Live Photo Gallery can easily upload their photographs and videos to their Facebook albums using LiveUpload to Facebook. Facebook’s own photo album tool has been slow and unintuitive, so this tool is welcome.

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