Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 29, 2010

10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets – Desktop Gadgets in Microsoft Windows 7 are more sophisticated and more useful than in previous versions of the operating system. Here are 10+ gadgets that should be in your desktop management portfolio.

Lifehacker: What Do I Need to Know About Compatibility When Upgrading RAM? – I’ve got some old RAM lying around that I’m looking to use. What are the rules on mixing RAM? As long as they’re the same modules (DDR, DDR2, etc.), should I experience any performance issues?

10 things you can do with Office 2010 Web Apps – The Office 2010 Web Apps help create a seamless experience for you whether you are working at your desk, using your Windows-mobile smartphone at a coffeeshop. By saving your Office 2010 files to the Web, you can access and edit them using familiar tools. Here’s an introductory look at some things you can do with Office 2010 Web Apps.

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Rogue Antivirus Victims Seldom Fight Back – Recently I came into possession of a series of documents showing the financial books of an organization that orchestrates the distribution of rogue anti-virus attacks or “scareware.” They show that only 367 victims — fewer than 20 percent — bothered to contact their bank or the scammers to reverse the fraudulent charges after the fact. (submitted by Dar)

Do You Know Who’s Watching You? – an insightful infographics, pointing out just how far sites like Facebook and Google have limited our own privacy rights.

Google Fixes Critical Vulns In Chrome 5 Update – Google has released version 5.0.375.125 of Chrome, a security update that addresses three “high” risk vulnerabilities in its WebKit-based browser. According to the developers, two of the high risk issues could lead to memory corruption while SVG handling or rendering code.

Fake Firefox Flash Update is Rogue – Firefox users could be tricked into installing a bogus Flash update which is really a rogue antimalware product.

Windows XP In The Crosshairs Of Online Attackers – Operating system becoming a popular target, studies report.

Company News:

Solid Documents Introduces Powerful New 7.0 Version of Solid Framework .NET Software Development Kit – Version 7.0 gives developers more flexibility in developing applications with the SDK . It includes tools, documentation and samples developers can reference to write, build, test and deploy .NET Framework applications. Solid Framework is immediately available for download from the Solid Framework Developer Portal.

BitDefender Offers Partners 100% Margins on Antivirus – The Romanian antivirus vendor is kick starting its new channel program by providing solution providers with rich incentives to steal share away from market leaders Symantec and McAfee.

INQ Social Phones Hit Canada – INQ’s inexpensive, social-media-focused mobile phones have been globally feted and dusted with awards since they launched overseas last year. The company on Tuesday announced that it is bringing its INQ Chat 3G to Telus in Canada.

The Case For Ubuntu Linux In Your Small Business – “Chances are good that if someone walked into your office right now and peeked over your shoulder, they would see a Windows operating system on your computer. But, did you know that you have a choice of something other than Windows for that computer on your desk, and that you have the same choice for the servers in your data center?

Off Topic (Sort of):

Don’t hold your breath waiting for electric cars – There are lots of questions car makers are asking about how well electric cars are going to work and how quickly we will accept them.

Most data breaches tied to the mob, report – Organized criminals were responsible for 85 percent of all stolen data last year and of the unauthorized access incidents, 38 percent of the data breaches took advantage of stolen login credentials, according to the 2010 Verizon Data Breach Investigations report released on Wednesday.

iPhone flight tracker maps—photos – CNET shows you how six different iPhone flight tracker apps display maps.

Web design sites with must-read tips – Web developers, Web designers, and Webmasters can benefit from bookmarking the 10 Web design sites featured in this TechRepublic gallery.

Today’s Quote:

“Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.”

–    Robert Frost

Today’s Free Downloads:

Giveaway of the Day – Driver Magician 3.5 – Driver Magician offers a professional solution for device drivers backup, restoration, update and removal in Windows operating system. It identifies all the hardware in the system, extracts their associated drivers from the hard disk and backs them up to a location of your choice.

Little Tweaks Make Mozilla Thunderbird More Elegant, Easier to Use – Want a great e-mail program, but don’t want to pay a penny? Then you won’t do any better than Thunderbird, e-mail software from Mozilla, the same folks who bring you Firefox. It combines ease of use with high-end features such as message encryption, digitally signing messages, filters for automated e-mail handling, and very good threaded messaging.

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