Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 19, 2010

Top 10 Things to Do with a New Windows 7 System – Whether you’ve just bought a new PC, upgraded to Windows 7, or reinstalled your OS, a just-installed system is a great opportunity to make some helpful changes and fixes. Here are the things we recommend anyone tackle on a minty fresh Windows.

Lifehacker Pack 2010: Our List of Essential Windows Downloads – We feature hundreds of different downloads every year at Lifehacker. If all you want is the best of the best, look no further than our annual Lifehacker Pack: One download that installs only our favorite, must-have Windows applications in a few clicks.

Build a NAS Device With an Old PC and Free Software – If you’ve ever considered purchasing a NAS (short for network-attached storage) device to add storage to your home or small office network, you may have balked due to the relatively high prices they can command. If you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spare on a commercial NAS product, but you do have an old or unused PC lying around, you might consider pressing it into service as a NAS device.

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Beware the Computer Police State Policies – A recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling expands the Feds’ ability to cull evidence from your computer. Feeling paranoid yet? You should.

Twitter inundated with tornado-photo hoaxes – After a freak storm brought two tornadoes to New York City, alleged photos started making the rounds. The problem: One is from the 1970s, and the other is a Photoshop job from Hurricane Katrina.

Google testing higher-quality video chat in Gmail News – Google has released an updated version of its video chatting service found in Gmail, iGoogle, and Orkut, that’s bigger and better-looking than the one that came before it

12 Things You Need to Know About Internet Explorer 9 Beta – Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled Internet Explorer 9 Beta, a release that focused on paring down the browser experience so that users can quickly and easily access rich, HTML5-enabled sites. Here are the key take-aways to get you up to speed on Microsoft’s new Web-browsing software.

The goods and bads of Bump, which links you to your license plate – Bump.com is a new service that allows users to communicate with each other on the road by sending messages to each other, via license plates.

Twitter Redesign Looks to Broaden Content – Microblogging phenomenon Twitter has rolled out a sweeping overhaul of its website, adding a slew of features that make more content available and simplify the flow of information on the site.

Network Administrator: Learn about some Sysinternals tools that might be flying under the radar – In a previous post, I looked at five tools that I use rather regularly from Sysinternals. This time I want to do a part two that features utilities I don’t use as often, but that are also very helpful when you need them. Don’t get me wrong, all of the tools by Russinovich and gang are very useful — except maybe the Blue Screen of Death Screensaver — but some of them don’t get as much attention.

Company News:

Review: Dropcam Echo – The Dropcam Echo is a highly effective home video surveillance system that stores recorded video and audio in the cloud so you can access it from anywhere–including your iPhone. Some price adjustments and a bit of work on the motion and sound detection, and it could be a real hit.

Review: Sony PlayStation Move – Sony may not be first to the motion-gaming party, but the PlayStation Move technology is a step above the Wii. Now if developers tap the system to produce more compelling game titles, we’ll have a true winner.

HP`s Deep Trouble: 10 Reasons Why HP is Struggling – HP finds itself in a somewhat unlikely position right now. With no CEO at the helm, its former leader at a top competitor, and little vision for what the future will look like, the wheels are coming off. And the chances of the company reversing its fortune anytime soon seem slim. Realizing that, it’s probably time to call some of HP’s decisions into question. Getting rid of Mark Hurd without a fully effective non-compete agreement in place was a mistake.

Smartphone, Tablet Fail: How the Mobile Market Is Failing Business – Business IT today can’t stop talking about the mobile space. Time and again, companies are forced to consider how they’re going to make their employees more productive while on-the-go. Inevitably, that discussion turns to smartphones and tablets — two areas where most companies believe they can leverage the changing corporate landscape and potentially see a positive return on investment. But right now, the mobile device providers and service providers are failing when it comes to serving business needs.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Should Intel decide what software we can run? – Intel has a brilliant new idea to make our computers safe: dictate what software we’re allowed to use.

Taking USB Attacks To The Next Level – USB devices have many benign, legitimate uses. But put a USB-based device in the hands of a savvy hardware hacker, and that USB device can go from good to evil in no time.

Who Killed Rasputin? – The programme-makers re-opened the investigation into his death and found conclusive evidence to suggest that Rasputin was murdered in St Petersburg in 1916 in a plot hatched by rogue members of the British Secret Service – with a fatal shot fired at close range by Secret Agent Oswald Rayner. (submitted by Dar)

Is your home sitting on top of a potential “hell on Earth” firebomb? – Like much of America’s infrastructure, many pipelines are old, need to be replaced, and have the potential for catastrophic failure.

Today’s Quote:

“To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.”

–    Robert Copeland

Today’s Free Downloads:

Accounts and Budget Free 6.0.1 – We review a lot of personal finance software, and to be frank, most of it is pretty bad; such programs tend to have terrible, confusing interfaces and a decided lack of important features. Accounts and Budget Free is a happy exception to this trend.

GOM Media Player – As various media players jockey for position to become your default setting for music and video streams, GOM Media Player’s support for a wide range of file formats has helped it stand out as a firm favorite.

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