Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 31, 2010

CNET: Windows Starter Kit – The Windows Starter Kit is a collection of some of the best and most essential freeware to get your new PC going. From browsers to productivity to utilities, we cover all the bases.

5 Apps That Eliminate Common Computer Annoyances – You want a system that works perfectly and you want it yesterday. Well, to that, I offer five meager freeware apps (or free Web apps) that should help trim some of the annoying processes out of your normal system use.

Five Ways to Shear Firesheep – Firesheep has made it possible for any moron to raid your Web use, but there are ways you can stop it. Here are a few of them.

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Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal – Unity replaces Gnome as default shell – Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that the Unity shell currently used in Ubuntu’s netbook edition will become the default user interface for Ubuntu’s main desktop edition as well, starting with the next version of the operating system. Unity became Ubuntu’s netbook UI with the release of the current version of the OS, 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

10 Ways to Get More From Google Voice – In the following series of pages, we’re dishing out 10 different ways that you can use Google Voice to make your mobile life even more awesome than it currently is. And just to make sure we’ve covered all the bases, we’re splitting the tips into, “Beginner,” “Intermediate,” and, “Advanced” sections—let no stone, or cellular-related feature, go unturned!

10 popular Windows applications that should be ported to Linux – The ranks of Linux users would certainly grow if a few go-to Windows apps could run natively on the OS. Jack Wallen lists the ones he thinks would turn the tide.

McAfee: The Most Dangerous Top-Level Internet Domains – The Web can be a precarious place. There are millions of sites, some benign, some compromised and some downright malicious. It is into this sea of murky waters that we dive every time we surf the Web.

Demystifying KB976902, a.k.a. Microsoft’s “Blackhole” Update – I’ve received several e-mails from readers concerned about a mysterious, undocumented software patch that Microsoft began offering to Windows 7 users through Windows Update this week. Readers were nervous about this patch because it lacks any real description of its function, and what little documentation there is about it says that it cannot be removed once installed, and that it may be required as a prerequisite for installing future updates…(submitted by Dar)

The 13 Scariest Computer Viruses -We count down the 13 scariest computer viruses.

Company News:

Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9 – The IE 9 Platform Preview 6 build is available for download from Microsoft’s IETestDrive site. The latest build “reflects developer feedback and delivers better performance as well as more standards support, like CSS3’s 2D transforms,” according to the company. Microsoft also has added some new demos and test cases to its Test Drive site.

Will Google’s Street View nonsense ever end? UK blasts them again – Street View is just too great a liability for the company as currently conceived. They’re already seen as Big Brother and any more scandals will be too damaging to the brand.

LaCie achieves record speeds with d2 USB 3.0, 2big USB 3.0 drives – Even though they’re not even available yet, LaCie is already boasting about the record speeds produced by two of its upcoming 3TB hard drives.

What Windows 7 Taught Microsoft – Microsoft has good reason to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Windows 7–it has sold an impressive 240 million licenses since the new OS became available. And it seems the company overcame the issues it faced with Vista. Along the way, Microsoft has learned some things about itself, the market and Windows 7.

Off Topic (Sort of):

First photograph of a human being – This is a Daguerreotype taken by the inventor of the process, Louis Daguerre, in 1838. It is a view of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris. To achieve this image (one of his earliest attempts), he exposed a chemically treated metal plate for ten minutes. Others were walking or riding in carriages down that busy street that day, but because they moved, they didn’t show up. Only this guy stood still long enough—maybe to have his boots shined—to leave an image. (submitted by Michael F.)

10 terrifying games for Halloween (photos) – Like film, the horror genre is a staple in video games. With Halloween just a few short days away, we’ve handpicked 10 just-released or soon-to-be titles that are guaranteed to make you jump out of your seat.

WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT: LIBERTY OR THE ENTITY THAT PROTECTS IT? – Let me ask readers a question. What’s more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? A word of caution: be careful how you answer that question, because the way you answer marks your understanding (or lack thereof) of both freedom and the purpose of government. (submitted by Dar)

Say What? The Week’s Top Five IT Quotes – Securing the iPhone, the future of Linux, Ray Ozzie’s “Dawn of a New Day” manifesto and more.

Today’s Quote:

“Speak when you are angry–and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.”

–     Laurence J. Peter

Today’s Free Downloads:

ManicTime – ManicTime is a time tracking software that automatically collects data on your computer usage. It records active and away time, as well as which applications you used and for how long you used them

NoScript – NoScript provides extra protection for your Mozilla/Firefox or Flock browser: this extension allows JavaScript and Java execution only for trusted domains of your choice. This whitelist based pre-emptive script blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities with no loss of functionality. You can enable JavaScript/Java execution for sites you trust with a simple left-click on the NoScript status bar icon or using the context menu in pop-up statusbar.

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