Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 28, 2010

A Linux experiment gone horribly…perfect! – Jack Wallen rolled some dice and installed Ubuntu 10.04 on a machine for someone used to Windows Vista. How do you think this little experiment went? Read on to find out.

Walmart, Best Buy in Sub-$300 Laptop Price War – Walmart and Best Buy appear to have kicked off a price war in time for the back-to-school shopping season, with both retailers offering Compaq laptops with 15.6-inch screens for under US$300.

Five tips for speeding up a slow PC – We’ve all experienced it. That PC you know should be zipping along but isn’t. You add more memory, but it’s still barely chugging. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to troubleshoot those ailing machines. Here are five steps you can take to help your machines run much faster.

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Five Ubuntu power tips – Ubuntu is widely regarded as a distribution that’s geared for Linux beginners, so most Ubuntu tips are aimed at the newbie crowd. Jack Wallen introduces some more sophisticated tricks to enhance your Ubuntu experience.

Qualys Adds Exploitability Data to QualysGuard VM – Qualys, the leading provider of on demand IT security risk and compliance management solutions, today announced that QualysGuard Vulnerability Management (VM) now includes correlated exploitability information from real-time feeds to provide customers with up-to-date references to exploits and related security resources.

Quick Fixes for Internet Annoyances – Here’s how to “unlike” annoying fan pages in Facebook, speed up Firefox, and keep iTunes links from automatically launching the app.

Knowledgeable humans are still the best spam filters – Spammers and phishers spoof the addresses, subject lines, and contents of legitimate emails from popular services. A simple rule of thumb can help spot the fakes.

ZeuS, Sality, Chymine and Vobfus jump on the LNK vulnerability bandwagon – Stuxnet was only the beginning. The successful exploitation of the (still unpatched) Windows LNK flaw has prompted other malware attackers to try to achieve the same results.

Report: British Ministry Of Defense Lost More Than 1,000 Storage Devices In Two Years – Many of the devices were unencrypted; other agencies also at risk.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cracking open a laptop hard drive – Laptops are quickly overtaking desktops as the computer of choice. The heart of any laptop, meanwhile, is its hard drive. Explore this image gallery to see how one of the world’s most popular mobile hard disks (the Hitachi Travelstar) is put together to power countless laptops.

eSarcasm: Top 12 Rejected Microsoft Slogans – Picking Microsoft’s new tagline (“Be What’s Next”) wasn’t easy. Here are some alternative slogans that didn’t quite make the cut. (submitted by Dar)

Who’s Smarter: The Apple Store Genius or the Best Buy Geek? – We asked staff at each store a common set of platform-neutral support questions to find out.

Summer Read for Geeks – These eBooks are FREE from (submitted by Dar)

The Los Angeles Police Department is willing to spend $7 million for 20,000 e-mail accounts – What the heck are they thinking?

Today’s Quote:

“One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”

–    Sir William Osler

Today’s Free Downloads:

System Spec – System Spec displays exhaustive information about your system, including details on memory usage, CPU speed, options and features your graphic card supports (or doesn’t), and much more. It also includes access to a wide range of system functions.

Unlocker – If Windows won’t let you manually delete a program file or folder, try Cedrick Collomb’s free Unlocker. It comes up automatically when Windows refuses to delete, move, or rename a file or folder.

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