Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 28, 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.

Make a bootable USB installer for Windows XP, Vista, 7 with WinToFlash – Making a bootable USB flash drive for Windows Vista and Windows 7 isn’t all that tricky, but it’s always nice to find an app that simplifies things. Not only does WinToFlash make the process about as easy as it can get, but it can also create Windows XP, Server 2003, and Server 2008 installers.

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Best Web Sites for Holiday Bargains – Looking for some help and inspiration with that holiday shopping? Get ready for Cyber Monday and the ensuing madness with a plan of action. Check out these web sites to help guide your way through.

IE9 beta patches bring stability, feedback fixes – The latest beta of Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser has two new fixes out that the company says will improve stability, as well as squash a feedback bug some users had been experiencing.

Ubuntu Will Begin Updating Daily – Increased frequency could help the Linux distribution stay on top of software complexity, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth reportedly said.

Top Smartphone Apps to Keep Road Warriors on the Go – Travel delays, snowed-in airports, TSA scans and pat-downs, equipment problems, and more. Unless you have your own private plane, the jet-set life is not a glamorous one anymore. It’s full of inconveniences and time killers. Get the edge on knowing about delays, planning trips, being productive and staying entertained. Don’t leave home without them.

Cloud security is dependent on the law – I am a true believer in the disruptive value of cloud computing, especially the long term drive towards so-called “public cloud” services. As I’ve noted frequently of late, the economics are just too compelling, and the issues around security and the law will eventually be addressed. However, lately there has been some interesting claims of the superiority of public clouds over privately managed forms of IT, including private cloud environments.

How to Completely Erase a Hard Drive – Sometimes simply deleting files isn’t good enough. In this how-to video segment, PC World explains a number of simple techniques for permanently and securely removing sensitive data from old drives before recycling or disposing of them.

Desktop PC Buying Guide: The Specs Explained – We help you identify the key specifications and components you need to consider when shopping for a desktop PC.

Company News:

Android App of the Week: Ulysse Gizmos – If you’re one of the millions who does enjoy spending time away from electricity, chairs, showers and beds, though, then this week’s Android App of the Week is essential. It’s called Ulysse Gizmos, and it’s a neat tool that collects together almost every bit of information that a frequent traveller might need, thanks to the wealth of sensors that are included in the average Android handset. (submitted by Dar)

Star Walk for iPad (interactive astronomy guide) – The near-flawless culmination of hardware and software is probably the biggest contributing factor of the success of iOS devices. The touchscreen, wifi, GPS, camera, accelerometer, Bluetooth and now gyroscope can all be integrated into applications either by 3rd party developers or Apple themselves. Star Walk for iPad proves this all over again. Designed for consumer and professional alike, this virtual planetarium utilizes the accelerometer to create an interesting semi-augmented reality feel. (submitted by Michael F.)

Logitech Z305 – The Logitech Z305 is an unobtrusive solution if you’re sick of the tinny, enclosed sound from your laptop speakers but don’t have room for a five-piece PC speaker set. We recommend this plug-and-play external audio device for its simplicity of operation, low cost, and convenience for use on the run.

Opera Upgrades Mobile Browser for Symbian – JavaScript performance is improved ninefold, and the new version also includes geolocation.

Off Topic (Sort of):

New from WikiLeaks – An upcoming new WikiLeaks release could reach 2.8 million classified documents, the organization says.

‘God is better than football’ – As Harvie’s Alzheimer’s disease worsens, his nursing home is visited by a church group, entertaining him with the song ‘God is better than football, God is better than beer’. Harvie sees in his imagination the residents of the home animated into a choreographic sequence, inspired by Busby Berkeley’s 1930s Hollywood musicals. (submitted by Dar)

Should you wait to buy a tablet? – Is now a good time to buy a tablet computer, or is it worthwhile to wait? CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell surveys the current state of tablets and offers his best guess for the future.

Pirate Bay appeal falls on deaf ears – A Swedish appeals court upholds the copyright convictions of three of the four founders of The Pirate Bay–perhaps the world’s most notorious file-sharing Web site.

Today’s Quote:

To be positive: To be mistaken at the top of one’s voice.”

Abrose Bierce

Today’s Free Downloads:

AVG LinkScanner Free Edition – The most dangerous page on the web may be the one you are about to click on. AVG LinkScanner provides an advanced layer of security against fast-moving, invisible web threats, and hacked web sites. It verifies the safety of web pages you visit, and of links returned from web searches (Google, Yahoo! and MSN), so you know how safe/unsafe a page is at the time you attempt to click on it.

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2 – ZoneAlarm Firewall Free 9.2 has gotten quieter and more effective, and should be considered an excellent tool for replacing the adequate default Windows firewall with a stronger option that includes better outbound protection, antiphishing guards, and ZoneAlarm’s behavioral detection network.

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