Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 9, 2010

The Cheapskate’s Guide to Crafty Tech Buys – Here’s how to know which features of cameras, camcorders, HDTVs, LCD monitors, and printers are crucial–and when you can save big by buying a model that skips features you don’t absolutely need.

How do I create and use a Windows 7 System Image to recover from a crash? – What do you do when a computer crash happens? Hopefully you have been managing a viable, full backup of your data so you can get that machine back up and running as quickly as possible. But what happens when, unbeknownst to you, that data backup is not usable? Well, hopefully you have an image of your system to fall back on. And you should.

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Get an Extra 250MB of Dropbox Storage – Who says you can’t get something for nothing? A few easy clicks is all it takes to earn some extra free storage on Dropbox.

Security Study Confirms We’re Taking Risks Online – Users should — but don’t — vary User log-in names and passwords on secure websites, a study reveals. BitDefender, which develops certified security software, said some users of social networks may not be aware that they are exposing such information.

Frequently Asked Photo Questions for July – Dave answers questions about using old lenses on digital SLRs, making poster-sized prints, copying photos back to your camera’s memory card, and more.

Who does Google know that you know? (Actually this is scary) – This link will show you who Google knows that you know.

Privacy Legislation: Time Has Come – What’s worse than privacy legislation? No privacy legislation The Internet has had 10 years to “self-regulate” and hasn’t.

Microsoft Scrambles to Squash Bug in Windows Kernel – Microsoft on Friday said it is investigating an unpatched vulnerability in Windows after an Israeli researcher revealed a bug in the operating system’s kernel driver. According to Gil Dabah, a researcher from Tel Aviv who goes by the nickname “arkon,” the Windows’ kernel harbors a heap overflow vulnerability.

Company News:

Poll: Should Microsoft fire Steve Ballmer? – The TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog member poll: Should Microsoft fire Steve Ballmer and hire a tech-savvy person to run the company?

5 Reasons Why People Hate Apple – Based on my extensive observations of the species, Apple-haters fall into five categories. If you’re an Apple-hater, which one of these categories do you fit in?

RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800: A Visual Tour – Can RIM keep the BlackBerry fires burning in the hearts of its users with its latest Torch 9800 smartphone? Here is a look at the features that just might keep BlackBerry users from jumping ship to the an Android device or Apple’s iPhone.

Microsoft’s Not-So-Secret Plan to Cripple Windows XP – Microsoft is trying its hardest to kill the operating system Windows XP, including refusing to issue security patches for XP SP2, putting many XP users at risk.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Make A Book From Your Blog – A while ago I lost the entire content of my blog when I switched hosts and something went horribly wrong. Of course, I hadn’t saved copies of my work, except a few poems, and I lost two years of blogging entries. Today I decided to search on the web, to see if I could somehow easily make a copy of my blog.

How Computer scientists solved the Bermuda Triangle mystery – Oceanographic surveyors of the sea floor in the area of the Bermuda Triangle & the North Sea region between continental Europe and Great Britain have discovered significant quantities of methane hydrates and older eruption sites. “The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle” has been solved, maybe.

Your Parents and the Internet: 6 Annoying Things – When your parents first started using email, at first you thought: Cool, now I can send them emails, then the phone calls began: I can’t find my inbox. What’s the name of your email again? It didn’t send. How do I delete? It’s broken. I don’t know what my email address is. Here are 6 Ways Your Parents Can Be Annoying about the Internet.

Meet the Bodybuilding Neo-Nazi Porn Star Who Embalms Dead People for a Living – The internet is full of strange people. Corinna Burt may be the strangest. The prominent white supremacist is an undertaker, bodybuilder, and former torture porn star. By phone, she discussed her unusual life and how racism “saved her” from porn. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.”

–    H. L. Mencken

Today’s Free Downloads:

Macrium Reflect Free – With so many imaging programs out there, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd–yet Macrium’s Reflect Free Edition has managed to do precisely that. It doesn’t image hard drive partitions any better than the competition, but its interface is the friendliest I’ve run across. This free program has gathered the best bits from several of its rivals.

ENVy – ENVy is an easy-to-use tool for analyzing your system and comparing it to another computer. This is useful for software distribution and corporate IT, letting you make sure that two “identical” machines really are, and track down differences that might lead to software incompatibilities.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 9, 2010

  1. Hi Bill,

    I just wanted to say thank you for including me in today’s Tech Thoughts Daily Net News.

    Hope the weather’s a little more bearable up there. Hot and sunny here with a nice breeze. There’s always a breeze here, nice, cold, freezing but always blowing lol.

    • Hey Paul,

      Always a pleasure to include you in TNT. BTW, I though yesterday’s poem was brilliant – definitely made me think!

      Hotter than hell, with extreme humidity up here. I can’t believe I’m actually looking forward to Winter. 🙂