Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 25, 2010

CNET: Security Starter Kit – Refined for 2010, the Security Starter Kit will ensure that your sanity lasts way longer than your resolutions through a collection of must-have programs to protect your Windows computer. In our six categories this year, we offer the core essentials of Antivirus and Anti-spyware, as well as ancillary but important categories such as In-browser Security, Firewall, Encryption, and Parental Control.

Reader Q&A: Fix PC Clock, Troubleshoot XP Shutdown, Test Wi-Fi – This week I answer reader e-mail about a computer clock that’s slightly off, a Windows XP system that won’t shut down, and troubleshooting slow Wi-Fi connections.

10 things you can do to keep your new Linux users from bailing on you – In this article, I am going to show you 10 steps to take a default Ubuntu 10.04 installation and make it as newbie-proof as possible. After this walk-through, you can also re-create the “complete distribution” so you always have that newbie-proof Linux distro at the ready.

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Lifehacker: Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Best Android Apps – Lots of people are picking up new Android phones these days—nearly 200,000 per day, at last count. Google’s default apps are pretty handy, but the Market has many great apps, most of them free. Here’s a look at our favorite free and cheap Android apps.

Laptop Tips: Add RAM, Recycle a Hard Drive, Tweak Power Settings – Learn how to add memory to a laptop, turn an old laptop drive into external storage, and use your laptop’s power settings most effectively.

Location-Based Services: 5 Myths Debunked – First there was location-based social network Foursquare. Then Gowalla and other sites followed suit and launched. And now with news that Facebook is slowly rolling out its own location-based technology, you can expect to hear a lot-both true and false-about what these services really are.

US Visa Waiver Program scam warning – Travellers to the US are warned to avoid rogue websites that claim to help you register your details ahead of your trip. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of travellers’ lack of awareness about US Visa requirements to steal money and spread malware, a security firm has warned.

Tiger Woods victim of viral spam ring – Reports that Tiger Woods has died, along with a host of other fake celebrity death claims, are being used to spread viruses. Claims that Tiger Woods, Cameron Diaz and David Beckham have died are being spread virally across the web by a malicious spam ring.

Critical Linux kernel flaw patched but check your distro – A serious Linux kernel vulnerability was patched by Linux Torvalds this week, but distros are still scrambling to catch up with the fix. The flaw has been present since at least 2003, and according to LinuxPlanet, it first became known to developers and distros only in June.

Company News:

Apple Files Touch-Screen Patent, Possibly for iMac – Apple filed a European patent for a PC capable of shifting between touch-screen and traditional keyboard-and-mouse input, leading to speculation that the company could be preparing an iMac or other device capable of using both. Apple’s touch-screen products, including the iPad, have seen notable marketplace success.

Three Ways Business Can Take Advantage of Facebook Places – Facebook launched its Facebook Places location-based check-in service, providing businesses with a powerful tool for promoting the business and building customer loyalty.

Invincea Browser Protection: Using the power of virtualization to combat malware – Invincea is a small Virginia company that may have found a solution that protects computers from web-borne threats, and it’s transparent to the user. That’s a win-win situation.

The 12 Best BlackBerry Apps – Whether you have a brand-new Torch or a slightly older BlackBerry, here are the best apps for RIM smartphones, including Tether, UberTwitter, and Viigo.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cracked: 5 Inventions You Won’t Believe Came From War – If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that war is horrible. Nothing kills the mood faster than a bloody, painful death for a political agenda that you probably don’t even fully understand. But you can’t deny that armed conflicts gave us some pretty good things, such as major advances in everything from rockets to microwave ovens. Oh, and also there’s this stuff.

Junk DNA can rise from the dead and haunt you – Scientists have found that junk DNA can come back to life and can cause disease.

Building a backyard rocket launcher (photos) – Creative Crave reader Kevin Shoemaker devised a multiple-rocket launcher out of off-the-shelf parts and a $5 toolbox.

Google testing voice calling in Gmail – Gmail users could soon be able to place and receive voice calls from within their Gmail in-boxes as part of a new service integrated into Google Chat.

Today’s Quote:

“Life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves.”

–     Justice Earl Warren

Today’s Free Downloads:

Giveaway of the Day – Wondershare Time Freeze 2.0 – Wondershare Time Freeze 2.0 is easy and effective virtual system software. It creates a virtual environment for your system partition, on which you surf online, run applications and test game installations. All changes (computer history, new installations, infected virus) occur on the virtual system will disappear. So your real system is protected and your privacy is safe and can’t be peeped by others. The program is available for $39.00, but it will be free for our visitors as a time-limited offer.

Dropbox Basic – Dropbox offers dead simple file syncing between any number of computers and the Web. It even supports file versioning so you can recover an old version of a file if it gets lost or corrupted. There are Mac and Linux versions, too.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 25, 2010

  1. ’10 things you can do to keep your new Linux users from bailing on you – In this article, I am going to show you 10 steps to take a default Ubuntu 10.04 installation and make it as newbie-proof as possible. After this walk-through, you can also re-create the “complete distribution” so you always have that newbie-proof Linux distro at the ready.’

    Hey Bill,
    I’m very grateful that you care about Ubuntu users. Thanks.