Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 17, 2010

How to Keep Windows XP SP2 Safer After Microsoft Stops Patching – Tuesday marked the end of patches for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). If you’re still running that edition of XP, you can still take steps to protect your PC.

Add RAM to a Laptop – Sluggish system? Check to see how much RAM you have. Older laptops often don’t have enough.

Get Started With Paint.NET – Give Adobe Photoshop a rest and learn how to use the powerful free photo editor Paint.NET.

Share Wireless Safely with Friends –  USA Nomad asked the Answer Line forum how he can let visiting friends wirelessly access the Internet while protecting the PCs on his network.

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The five stages of Facebook grief – The world’s largest social network is about to hit 500 million. But users are losing interest. Here’s why.

Malware Watch: Malicious Amazon themed emails in the wild – A current malware campaign is brand-jacking, in an attempt to trick end users into visiting a client-side exploits serving malicious URL.

Apple’s ‘Antennagate’ mea culpa: free case until Sept 30 – After being dogged by problems with the iPhone 4, Apple today held a press conference announcing what it hopes will solve the problem for good.

How to Buy a Small Business Notebook Computer – Whether your SMB needs cheap laptops for checking -mail while on the go or a desktop replacement behemoth, these tips will help you choose the right small business notebook computer for your needs.

The Anatomy of an E-Mail Hack – How Do E-Mail Viruses Spread? How Should You Protect Yourself? (submitted by Georg)

Upgrade Your Motherboard the Easy Way – You’ve taken the plunge and bought a hot new motherboard. Here’s how to upgrade your motherboard, swap your hardware, and prep your system so that you won’t have to reinstall your apps.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Tokyo’s intelligent digital billboards can tell gender, age of passerby – Tokyo is currently testing digital advertising billboards that use cameras to understand the gender and age group of passerby who look at them.

How Toxicity in the Gulf Will Affect More Than Half The Land Mass of the U.S. and Canada – Disease control officials in both Canada and the U.S. should be sounding the alarm on how to deal with the toxic rains that are about to poison a large percentage of North America in the coming months. (submitted by Dar)

Say What? The Week’s Top Five IT Quotes – The technology world’s most quotable quips and comments from around the Web.

10 things that drive me crazy about current operating systems – It’s no secret that today’s operating systems have their share of problems. Jack Wallen describes the issues that frustrate him the most (and he doesn’t spare Linux).

79 Places Google is Being Sued or Blocked (World Map) – When you’re at the top of the heap, everybody watches you closely. Many people are sure to think you’re in the wrong. If you’re Google, that means you’ll be the subject of lawsuits. All around the world.

No more vacation: How technology is Stealing our Lives – E-mail and smart phones were supposed to liberate us. So why does it feel like we never have any free time?

Today’s Quote:

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”

–    Sun Tzu

Today’s Free Downloads:

TeamViewer – TeamViewer is a simple and fast solution for remote control, desktop sharing and file transfer that works behind any firewall and NAT proxy.

RightToClick (Firefox Add-on) – RightToClick protects from annoying alert popups, can remove many timer actions and is able to suppress unusual click behavior. The highly sophisticated engine also offers options for fine tuning. Finally it’s helpful with image downloads (activating additional options like ‘disarm event-listeners’ or disabling CSS might be useful here). (submitted by Dar)

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