Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 11, 2010

The Best Windows 7 Downloads – We’re big fans of Microsoft’s latest OS, but we’re bigger fans of making Windows better–so we’ve rounded up the best Windows 7 downloads. They’ll let you customize it in any way possible, give it features that Microsoft removed or neglected to include, and more. So get ready to download–you’re about to take Windows 7 to a new level.

StandAlone Pack offers 10 sexy Aero Glass gadgets for Windows 7 and Vista – DeviantArt has put together a nice collection of glassed-out gadgets. All the basics are included: clock, calendar, performance meters, Wi-Fi signal strength, RSS feed reader, and weather. The pack also features a handful of badges which link to your music, picture, and movie libraries, recycle bin, and even one which checks your Gmail account for new messages.

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New Email Worm Turns Back the Clock on Virus Attacks – There appears to be an actual email worm in circulation right now, using the tried-and-true infection method of sending malicious emails to all of the names in a user’s email address book.

Linux: ‘Here You Have’ Is a Windows Problem – The assumption, for many, is that malware like this is simply part of having a computer. Thank goodness for the PC security industry, working hard to protect us with expensive software! The fact, however, is that malware like this does not go hand-in-hand with having a networked computer–it goes hand-in-hand with Windows. Microsoft Windows is the reason our culture gets threatened again and again by malware; if the world ran Linux instead, it wouldn’t be a problem.

The unofficial guide to installing iTunes 10 without bloatware – iTunes 10 might be brand new, but little has changed in Cupertino. Apple still gives Windows users a single installer that clutters your hard disk with a bunch of unnecessary components. Here’s how to avoid them.

Five tips for extending lithium-ion battery life – There’s lots of press about how to conserve battery power, but not much about how to take care of your batteries. Here are a few things you can do to increase battery longevity.

Hotel systems breached and card info stolen all over the U.S. – The payment system at a number of properties of HEI Hospitality – the hospitality operator that runs over 30 upscale hotels across the U.S. under brand names as Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton and others has been breached and card data of some 3,400 customers has been compromised, says Databreaches.net.

Company News:

Apple TV: It’s the Content, Stupid – The new Apple TV is smaller and cheaper than before, but there’s a bigger problem: content is too expensive, and there’s not enough stuff to watch.

Google Prepping Pay-Per-View Streaming Movie Service – Google is reportedly in talks with Hollywood studios to launch a pay-per-view streaming movie service on YouTube by year’s end.

Is Symantec in Microsoft’s Shopping Cart? – If the rumors are true, the security vendor would likely fetch a hefty, multi-billion dollar purchase price. Microsoft may be looking to significantly raise its security profile with the acquisition of Symantec, a leading provider of security software.

Tiny, Very Fast Portable USB 3.0 Drives From LaCie – They look cool but cost 20% more than USB 2.0 equivalents from LaCie. If your computer is USB 3.0 compatible, the new drives will delivers a 10-fold speed increase over USB 2.0 products.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cyber Crime Survey Finds Lots of Victims, Lots of Guilt – If you’ve fallen victim to a driveby download, phishing attack or virus laden PDF attachment, don’t despair: you’re in good company, according to a study sponsored by anti malware firm Symantec Corp. The anti virus software found that a whopping 73 percent of Internet users in the U.S. they surveyed identified themselves as victims of cybercrime…and feel really bad about it.

National Science Foundation: Time for Web Makeover – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has doled out grants worth up to $32 million in total to a pack of universities dedicated to rethinking everything about the Internet from from its core routing system to its security architecture and addressing the emergence of cloud computing and an increasingly mobile society.

Study: Facebook users are narcissistic, suffer from low self-esteem – It’s not the first time that a study has revealed that Facebook users like to show off, but this new one from York University in Canada has some strong words to describe some of the 500 million users.

How to Buy a Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera – Follow these seven simple rules to find the perfect compact digital camera for your needs—and your budget.

Microsoft launches Apple-baiting PC vs. Mac site – Microsoft’s new creation is a site called “PC versus Mac”. Yet if you’re looking for a joke or two as you weigh up your options, you will have to search very, very hard. There are no images of bespectacled gray-bearded men in loose Levi’s. There are no stray comments about antennas or fanboys.

Today’s Quote:

“In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.”

–    Bertrand Russell

Today’s Free Downloads:

Wireshark 64-bit – Perform thorough analysis of your network protocol. Features include deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, live capture and offline analysis.

Partition Wizard Home Edition 5.2 – MiniTool’s Partition Wizard Home Edition is a free disk utility that adds powerful partition management capabilities to both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows installations. It can create, delete, resize, format, copy, convert, and hide partitions; change drive letters; convert dynamic disks back to basic disks; and perform critical tests and maintenance duties. It supports most disk types, including removable storage devices like flash drives and memory cards.

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