Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 11, 2010

5 Amazing Windows UI Tweaks – Chances are, your PC is pretty tame–you have a beach-scene wallpaper, the default Windows 7 Aero theme, and a standard-issue Dell keyboard. But you don’t have to settle for the ordinary. It’s time to mix things up with a few easy ways to make everybody say “Wow.”

Top 10 sites to debunk Internet hoaxes – When your users turn into Chicken Little over the latest hoax, scam, rumor, or urban legend, point them to the sites on this list to ease their minds (and preempt a rash of chain mail).

Throwing down the gauntlet: Prove that Linux is not user-friendly – Recently I have had a lot of people comment (on this forum and other forums) that Linux isn’t user friendly, that Linux will never make it to the average user’s desktop, that “Windows rulez and Linux droolz”. Among most of those detractors hardly a one will offer a solid reason to back up their statement. So this time I am throwing down the gauntlet of challenge to say “prove to me that Linux is not user friendly”.

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Solve On-the-Go Hassles: Wi-Fi Woes, Sluggish Netbooks – Here’s how to troubleshoot slow networking on a hotspot, speed up your netbook with a new OS, and get 250MB of free online storage with Dropbox.

Google Makes Gmail Contacts Easier to Use – Google August 10 moved to improve Gmail Contacts, moving it to the top left corner of the Gmail inbox and adding keyboard shortcuts, custom labels, sort by name and other perks.

10 reasons why your kids should be using Linux – Providing tech support for your children can be even more challenging than your IT day job. Jack Wallen explains why he thinks Linux is better suited for those young users.

Jolicloud is not a traditional OS. It was built for netbook users to leverage the Cloud and make their life easier – No more install hassle. We pick and install the best and most recent drivers for you so everything just works: WiFi, sound, Bluetooth, 3G, screen size.

Five tips for preventing user screw-ups – You can make your own job easier — and help your users stay productive — by preempting some common mistakes. Jack Wallen outlines several good ways to keep your users out of trouble.

Top Ten Web Malware Threats – Websites that spread malware may be leveling off, but Web-borne malware encounters are still growing. According to a 2Q10 Global Threat Report published by Cisco, criminals are using search engine optimization and social engineering to become more efficient, luring more targeted victims to fewer URLs.

Company News:

Why Mozilla Is Losing the Browser War to Microsoft, Google – Mozilla’s Firefox might be celebrated as a fine browser by some, but it’s possible that without the right moves, the software will lose the browser market to bigger (and perhaps better) alternatives.

Immunet Protect PLUS Antivirus 50% promo – Complete, Advanced Antivirus Protection for All Your PCs. Includes anti-rootkit and email protection. Immunet is currently running a 50% promo for August (coupon code “AUGUST”).

HP Flexes Muscle over Security Vulnerabilities – TippingPoint researchers, a security division at HP, are giving product vendors just six months to fix security vulnerabilities before going public with the flaws. Could this be a precursor to a bigger security play?

Verizon, Motorola Introduce Droid 2 – On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced the long-awaited Droid 2, a new version of the company’s popular Motorola Droid cell phone with a better keyboard, faster processor, and updated software.

Off Topic (Sort of):

What if the Tea Party was Black? – A few months ago, Tim Wise wrote a widely circulated article called, “Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black ” which challenged America to take a close look at the hypocrisy of the Right Wing. Now, a Pittsburgh rapper is accepting his challenge in true Hip Hop form. (submitted by Dar)

What if the Tea Party was Black? – A few months ago, Tim Wise wrote a widely circulated article called, “Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black ” which challenged America to take a close look at the hypocrisy of the Right Wing. Now, a Pittsburgh rapper is accepting his challenge in true Hip Hop form. (submitted by Dar)

Google CEO Schmidt: No Anonymity Is The Future Of Web – No anonymity is the future of web in the opinion of Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. His message was that anonymity is a dangerous thing and governments will demand an end to it.

Iran digging graves for US troops in case of attack – Iran has dug mass graves in which to bury U.S. troops in case of any American attack on the country, a former commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard said.

Google Office Raided by Korea Police in Probe of Street View – South Korean police raided Google’s Seoul office as part of an investigation into possible breaches of privacy laws resulting from the company’s collection of data for its Street View mapping service.

Today’s Quote:

“Advice to children crossing the street: Damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain’t never killed nobody.”

–    Moms Mabley

Today’s Free Downloads:

BatteryCare – BatteryCare helps you optimize the lithium batteries that almost all laptop PCs use. Its main purpose is to alert you when a calibration is needed. It also provides detailed statistics, including total capacity, current capacity, wear, and CPU temperature (excessive heat can be damaging).

BatteryCare – BatteryCare helps you optimize the lithium batteries that almost all laptop PCs use. Its main purpose is to alert you when a calibration is needed. It also provides detailed statistics, including total capacity, current capacity, wear, and CPU temperature (excessive heat can be damaging).

Ocean Life HD – This free Windows 7 theme contains nine beautiful high-def images of marine life.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 11, 2010

  1. Mister Reiner

    On “Throwing down the gauntlet: Prove that Linux is not user-friendly”

    I’ve been using various flavors of Unix for as long as I can remember, but I spend 100% of my time at the command prompt because of the type of work that I do. I recently did a “new Linux user for Windows user” type test using Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora and the truth of the matter is, all three of these are painful user experiences for those who are used to pressing the “Next” button. If you know what you’re doing and you can get to the desired end state, it’s great, but the journey is akin to building a gas grill while wearing a blindfold.

    If people boot with a live CD directly into Firefox, then yeah, it’s easy and friendly, but that’s not really using Linux – that’s just using Firefox.

    If a person grew up in the Linux world, then the user experience probably seems friendly enough, but from a Windows user perspective, other than using a browser, its very confusing for first timers.

    • Mister Reiner,

      Let’s see:

      In Windows if I want to open, and work in Word, I go to Start – All Programs – Microsoft Office, then click on Word 2010. (pretty simple)

      In Ubuntu, if I want to open and work in Open Office, I go to Applications – Office, and then click on Open Office Word Processor. In addition, i have full access to all my Word documents on my Windows partition. (pretty simple)

      In Ubuntu, if I want to burn a CD/DVD I go to Applications – Sound and Video, and then click on Disc Burner. (pretty simple)

      In Ubuntu, if I want to surf I go to Applications – Internet, and then click on either Firefox or Chrome. (While on the Internet, malware is not one of my concerns with Ubuntu). (pretty simple)

      In Ubuntu, if I want to do a little desktop publishing I go to Graphics, then click on Scribus, and I’m away. (pretty simple)

      For the average user, every installed program in Ubuntu works in this way.

      Confusing? This is precisely like pressing the “next” button.

      A painful user experience? The journey is akin to building a gas grill while wearing a blindfold? I think not.

      Your experience versus my experience, along with those readers (many of them average users), who have made the switch to Ubuntu, on at least a part-time basis, are diametrically opposed.

      Bill