Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 6, 2010

13 Great Free Backup Programs for Windows, Mac, and Linux – Making sure you’ve got a reliable backup solution is a must for any user – and more so for an administrator. Backup software is a difficult category to tackle nowadays as the distinction between backup and synchronization apps has become a little blurred. To make sure you’ve got plenty of options to choose from, I’ve split this list into three different categories so that you can choose from the options that are best suited to your environment.

Beware of cold call scammers pushing rogue antivirus – Malware-pushing scammers appear to be stepping up their use of telephone-based pitches, resulting in an increase in reports from the UK of high-pressure cold calls designed to trick people into installing rogue antivirus products and other nasties. On Friday, antivirus provider Eset UK, citing an increase in the calls, warned computer users to remain vigilant. (submitted by Rod)

Opera 10.60 – Opera browser users will be pleased to know that the beta released two weeks ago, Opera 10.6, is coming your way in full force in a general release this Thursday. Version 10.6 incorporates an anti-malware detection system powered by AVG, more HTML5 capabilities, and improved performance overall.

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Benchmark Before You Buy – The people running computer stores generally frown on potential customers plugging flash drives into their floor models. That’s why, if you want to check out a PC’s performance in the store, you should look at its Windows Experience Index. The software is already there in Windows 7 (which I assume this new computer is running), so you don’t have to plug anything in.

Unlocker now removes stubborn files on 64-bit Windows – If you’ve ever received an error message when trying to delete a file, then you know what Unlocker is for. It’s a free utility for deleting or moving files that are locked by a Windows process — which is why Unlocker has long been a part of my malware-busting toolkit.

Lifehacker: Top 10 Hulu Hacks and Power User Tips – Hulu has made your computer into a viable TV viewing alternative, and Hulu Plus might make it a real replacement. In celebration of all-things streaming and (mostly) free, here are our best Hulu hacks—downloading, watching anywhere, and advanced searching included.

Move to a New Hard Drive – Joseph Blough Jr. plans to upgrade his hard drive. How does he move Windows, his applications, and his files to their new, larger home?

Terrific Media Tools: Boxee and GrooveSelect – Stream video content to your PC with Boxee, and play your favorite songs right away with GrooveSelect.

Report: Google issues fix for hacked YouTube – Google plugs a hole hackers used to festoon YouTube videos with off-color pop-ups and adult-site redirects, according to a news outlet.

Natural Disasters and Global Warming Fuel the Malware Flames – AppRiver analyzes malware and spam from the first half of 2010 and finds that earthquakes, volcanoes, and carbon credits are prime targets for malware.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Newsweek editor: Why are we fighting a war in Afghanistan? – Fareed Zararia, the editor of Newsweek’s international editions and CNN host, criticized the war in his strongest terms yet on his CNN program Sunday. “If Al Qaeda is down to a hundred men there at the most,” Zakaria asked, “why are we fighting a major war?”

Supreme Court on Pfizer’s Pharmaceutical Colonialism – While the media was chewing over the Supreme Court’s gun decision earlier in the week, another significant action passed with little comment. That was the court’s refusal to throw out a case brought under the Alien Tort Statute on behalf of Nigerians whose children died or suffered terrible damage in a Pfizer drug experiment. (submitted by Dar)

The Country’s Dark Times Bring Out the Best in America – The country always comes back big from trouble, the way the City of New York came back after Sept. 11, the way New Orleans came back after Katrina, the way the people of Mississippi and Louisiana will come back from BP. It isn’t the government that will do that, or an oil company with a British accent. It is Americans.

The 6 Most Gigantic Everything in the History of War – In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “War makes people act like dicks.” We don’t want to glorify war or otherwise portray it as something other than terrible. Yet, war makes people think big, and sometimes you have to sit back and be amazed by what humans can accomplish when they really, really want to kill each other.

Today’s Quote:

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

–    Norman Vincent Peale

Today’s Free Downloads:

Fire.fm 1.4.7 – Read your favorite blog while listing to uninterrupted music. Fire.fm plays personalized Last.fm radio stations from your Web browser toolbar. The Mozilla Firefox extension taps into your Last.fm profile and plays everything from your favorite artists to music that is recommended for you.

Fluxee – If you’re a download junkie, keeping all your new files organized can be a challenge. Fluxee is designed to handle this problem. It continuously scans a folder, and based on a set of user-defined rules, moves files to a more appropriate location.

Youtube Music Player – This add-on is great for listening to a YouTube playlist while you are away from your computer. However, don’t expect smooth sailing when you are surfing the Web or doing any other computer work.

Free Printables – This week I made one of my biggest additions ever to a site: 212 new business cards at www.FreePrintableBusinessCards.net. There are now 560 business cards to instantly download and print for free! I know that http://www.PrintableJewishCalendar.com, a sister site to www.Printable2010calendar.net, won’t interest everyone. But for people who are interested in following a traditional Jewish calendar, or a modern calendar with all the Jewish holidays listed, this site is exactly what they need.

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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 6, 2010

  1. ‘Fluxee – If you’re a download junkie, keeping all your new files organized can be a challenge. Fluxee is designed to handle this problem. It continuously scans a folder, and based on a set of user-defined rules, moves files to a more appropriate location.’

    Hey Bill,
    Another lightweight but very useful tool. I needed this. Thanks!