Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 14, 2010

HOW TO: Set Up a Home or Small Business Network – Need to get a new network up and running quickly? Follow our step-by-step guide.

Five tips for removing viruses and spyware from client machines – It’s inevitable that clients will infect workstations, PCs, and laptops with spyware and viruses. Regardless of preventive steps, from gateway protection to automated scans to written Internet use policies, malware threats sneak through even layered defenses.

CNET: Get a 500GB laptop hard drive for $49.99 – If you have a space-challenged notebook or Netbook, here’s a terrific upgrade for the lowest price I’ve ever seen. And you don’t even have to mess with rebates!

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Stealthy, Sophisticated Technology Threats Are Rampant – How bad are the technology-based threats from rivals, thieves and hackers? When more than 80 percent of companies report they have been targeted by an advanced attack, it’s beyond bad.

Best Lightweight Applications for Linux – This is the list of some of the best Lightweight applications available in Linux.

NSA’s Perfect Citizen Program: What You Need to Know – Here are key facts about the U.S. National Security Agency’s plan to monitor and protect key elements of the nation’s infrastructure

Five Reasons It’s Time to Switch to Windows 7 – With support expiring tomorrow for Windows 2000 and Windows XP, here are five reasons to consider making the switch to Windows 7 as soon as possible.

Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems: The UPS and Downs of Power – Those of you who’re plugging your computers and peripheral equipment directly into a wall receptacle or a power strip (even one with surge protection)…you know who you are…need to read my next sentence very carefully and take heed.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 support ends – The last ever set of security fixes for Windows XP Service Pack 2 will be issued this week. Windows XP users are advised to make sure that their PCs have Service Pack 3 installed as Microsoft is ending support for Service Pack 2.

Off Topic (Sort of):

What Caffeine Actually Does to Your Brain – For all of its wild popularity, caffeine is one seriously misunderstood substance. It’s not a simple upper, and it works differently on different people with different tolerances—even in different menstrual cycles. But you can make it work better for you.

Man Claims to Own 84 Percent of Facebook – A New York man has filed suit, claiming that he contractually owns 84 percent of Facebook.

6 Reasons to Ride a Polar Bear to Work – The Oatmeal

Explore Mars in 3D with NASA and Microsoft – NASA and Microsoft have launched an online telescope that lets you explore the planet Mars in 3D. Fully interactive images and NASA data enables viewers to virtually explore Mars and gives them the tools to make their own scientific discoveries with the WorldWide Telescope.

Today’s Quote:

“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

–    Abraham Lincoln

Today’s Free Downloads:

Firefox 4 Beta – The new Firefox offers the usual under-the-hood tweaks you’d expect, such as improved security and better page rendering. It also supports WebM and gets more HTML 5 capability. But more important to the average user, Firefox 4 offers a refreshed layout and appearance.

FireFTP – Even the most casual Web developer needs an FTP application, but many of these are cumbersome and unintuitive–and they require installing yet another full-blown application. FireFTP turns Firefox into an impromptu and speedy two-way FTP application.

Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7 – Windows 7 users, do you miss the blue blinking of the small two-monitor icon in the system tray that flashed to show when you there was network activity in Windows Vista? If so, you’ll want to download the small utility Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7. Run it, and you’ll see that familiar old blinking icon.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 14, 2010

  1. Jose

    I’m excited with Firefox 4. I’ll wait for the stable release, though.
    From the four main browsers (IE8, FF, Chrome, Opera) I prefer, by far, Firefox.
    Others may be faster, or more secure, or even safer, but none offers the almost infinite configurability of FF.
    One of the best free apps of the whole internet.

    • Hi Jose,

      Like you, I’ve used them all. But, nothing compares to FF for configurability, just as you suggest. The best Browser, without a doubt.

      Thanks for coming by.


  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    The Network Activity Indicator would have been perfect, except that I get the same result with ZoneAlarm and Avast.

    Can’t understand why MS got rid of this facility; so much better than sitting wondering what’s happening!

    Kind regards


    • Hi John,

      It was an extraordinarily poor decision to get rid of this. What was MS thinking? But, as you say ZA and Avast pickup the slack. I watch my ZA indicator with an eagle eye when I’m in Windows.