Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 12, 2010

Top 10 USB Thumb Drive Tricks – What can you do with a few gigabytes and a USB port? Quite a lot, with the right software. Learn how to encrypt your work, run whole systems, rescue Windows, and customize your thumb drive with these USB-geared tricks.

10 MORE outstanding Firefox extensions – It’s been a while since we last took a look at worthwhile Firefox extensions. Well, it’s time again. But now, Firefox has added collections to the mix. Extension collections are exactly what they sound like — collections of related extensions. In this list, we have a few worthwhile collections (since they’re new, there aren’t many) as well as some stand-alone extensions.

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Five tips for removing viruses and spyware from client machines – IT consultants must regularly remove stubborn, regenerative, and corrupting spyware and viruses from client machines. These pointers will help you return systems to stable operation.

Top 8 Free Torrent Clients for Linux users – Torrent is an open source peer-to-peer file protocol for sharing large software and media files. It is a well established protocol which accounts for a significant proportion of internet traffic and here its a list of eight Linux BitTorrent clients.

How to Add RAM and Peripheral Cards to Your PC – Follow the instructions in this video—-Part 4 of our series “Building a Computer”–to correctly add RAM and/or peripheral cards to your PC.

Turn a USB Flash Drive into Extra Virtual RAM – It’s not hard to turn an extra USB stick lying around that’s collecting dust into extra memory for your computer, allowing it to run speedier and manage more applications better.

Google Removes WiFi Gear from Street View Cars – Google has removed any equipment used to collect WiFi data in its Street View cars, which have resumed their tours of Sweden, Ireland, Norway and South Africa at the approval of regulators.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Lost in Translation: 10 Funny Foreign Tech Ads – Put down your TiVo remote: These 10 foreign tech ads are well worth watching. Trust us.

Facebook Apologizes for Censoring Doll’s Nipples – Jewelry designer is stunned when Facebook removes a picture of a porcelain doll sitting next to her jewelry, because the doll’s nipples are visible. After a week, Facebook finally apologizes.

Strangest Sights in Google Earth, Part II – Mapping software Google Earth turns the planet into a massive scavenger hunt for weird, wacky, and the unexplained. Here are a few of the things that keep us scratching our heads.

7 Reasons Why We Can’t Stop Making War – If one quality characterizes our wars today, it’s their endurance. They never seem to end. Though war itself may not be an American inevitability, these days many factors combine to make constant war an American near certainty. Put metaphorically, our nation’s pursuit of war taps so many wellsprings of our behavior that a concerted effort to cap it would dwarf BP’s efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.”

–     Voltaire

Today’s Free Downloads:

Giveaway of the Day – InPaint 2.4 – Delete any unwanted object from your photo, such as extra power-line, people, text… The program will automatically inpaint the selected area to erase it. It is alarmingly simple to use. Draw a selection around the object you wish to remove from the picture, and run smart remove selection. Inpaint will fill the selection area with intelligently generated texture drawn from the surrounding image data.

Ad-Aware Free Internet Security – Ad-Aware Free, one of the most popular spyware killers on the planet, just got better: The newest version adds anti-virus capabilities to its already very good job of detecting and killing spyware while keeping a low profile.

UltraVNC (64-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 from my home or office using the free UltraVNC remote control software.

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