Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 1, 2010

Raise Your Windows IQ: Advice for Newbies – I usually focus on folks who’ve been using Microsoft Windows for a while and enjoy learning about new tricks, like tips for using the middle mouse button effectively or free downloads for tweaking Windows 7. But it recently occurred to me… what about readers who are new to Windows? This week I’ll cover some basics for those who are just getting started. If you don’t need these tips yourself, maybe they’ll help a friend or coworker.

Keep Resource Hogs Under Control With Process Tamer – Many popular apps have poor memory management, for any number of reasons. If you’ve ever taken a look at your Task Manager and seen an app hogging 70% or more of CPU, there’s usually nothing to be done except close the app or kill its processes. Process Tamer (free/donationware) offers an alternative. This tiny app stays resident in the background and keeps a watchful eye for any apps that attempt to hog CPU (which can slow the whole system down). Process Tamer then automatically lowers priority on said app, freeing up all-important resources for whatever else you’re running.

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Top 5 Free Google Apps Add-ons For Work – If you use Google Apps for work, you?re missing out if you haven?t explored the Apps Marketplace. Here are five of the best free tools.

Kinect Sex: Coming Soon to a Console Near You? – Hackers are already looking at ways to use Microsoft’s Kinect for sexual purposes. Oh, come on — are you really that surprised?

Facebook’s recurring nuisance – the recycled scam – The latest one repeats the usual pattern: a friend of the victims has fallen for the scam and his status now contains the very typical OMG OMG OMG… I cant believe this actually works! Now you really can see who viewed your profile! on [BIT.LY LINK] message. The victims are intrigued, and click on the link which lands them on a webpage that offers them the application that will supposedly allow them to see their profile’s visitors.

Using social networks safely – Everyone uses social networks like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Although these fantastic sites do have their upside, they also open users up to more computer viruses and online threats that may go beyond the power of their current internet security software or PC protection plan.

Android Browser Flaw Exposes User Data – A vulnerability in the Android browser could permit an attacker to steal the user’s local data, according to a report yesterday from security expert Thomas Cannon. Specifically, a malicious Website could use the flaw to access the contents of files stored on the device’s SD card as well as “a limited range of other data and files stored on the phone,” Cannon explained.

Top 10 privacy issues for 2011 – The prevalence of mobile devices with personally identifiable location-based information and the increasing use of social media are top concerns for 2011. With more personal information available on the Internet, in everyday consumer applications and stored in corporate databases, risks to consumers and companies will only grow in the next year.

Company News:

Real-time forensic search engine – eIQnetworks launched ForensicVue, the first real-time forensic search engine to provide security analysts with the ability to search every piece of security data on their network.

Toshiba announces new self-encrypting drive – Toshiba announced a 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) that provides government-grade AES-256 hardware encryption incorporated in the disk drive’s controller electronics.

IBM Chip Breakthrough May Lead to Exascale Supercomputers – IBM researchers have made a breakthrough in using pulses of light to accelerate data transfer between chips, something they say could boost the performance of supercomputers by more than a thousand times.

Dell Debuts Convertible Tablet – Dell’s new Inspiron Duo Convertible tablet computer lets users switch from touch to type with a physical keyboard, 10-inch HD display, two USB 2.0 ports, and support for Flash.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Broke? 20 Fun Things to Do Without Spending a Dime – The best things in life are…actually, yes, they are free. At least, creativity is free. It’s only in recent times that recreation and entertainment has been sold to us for a very high price. But do you really want to spend $30 for a movie and popcorn with a friend? Nah, you can do better – especially if you’re trying to save money these days, like most of us. Check out these ideas and step outside of the expensive, prepackaged entertainment box. (submitted by Michael F.)

Celebrating our National Non-GMO Movement – “Both vets and farmers saw differences inside GM-fed animals during autopsies or butchering, including liver damage, stomach ulcers, discoloration, and an awful stench. One farmer said that after seeing the alterations inside GM-fed animals, he and his wife started a strict non-GMO policy for their family’s meat.” (submitted by Dar)

Librarians, developers push open-source alternative – Librarians, information managers and open-source developers have founded a formal collaborative initiative, Open Network Libraries (ONL), aimed at providing services to library users and staff through the use of open source software. (submitted by Dar)

9 Life-Changing Inventions the Experts Said Would Never Work – The lightbulb. The telephone. Email. If you’re a specialist in your field, there are two ways to become a household name: create something new, or claim it can never be done. If you want to be remembered on the Internet, choose the second one. Here are 9 examples of breakthroughs, inventions and innovations the experts were completely wrong about. (submitted by Michael F.)

Today’s Quote:

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.”

Peter Ustinov

Today’s Free Downloads:

SugarSync Free – Download and install SugarSync Free on each PC (you’ll have to register and send your e-mail address in order to complete the installation), then on each PC tell the software what files and folders you want to keep synchronized. SugarSync uploads those files to your free online backup, and synchronizes them between your PCs. For those, like me, who have a Mac in addition to a PC, it will synchronize between a PC and a Mac as well.

HootSuite – It’s not easy to keep up with social networking sites, especially when you don’t share the same information across them. You might use Twitter for business and post more personal information on Facebook, or you might want to share something on your WordPress blog that you don’t necessarily want on LinkedIn. HootSuite is a handy extension for Google Chrome that lets you easily share updates, links, and images on multiple social networking sites, but only when and where you choose.

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