Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 28, 2010

The Cleverest Geeky Windows Tricks Everyone Should Know – Anyone can sit down at a Windows PC and get along fine, but with the right tips and tricks, you can get around much faster. Here’s a handful of clever tricks to boost your Windows skills (and show off to friends).

CNET: Top downloads and more – served up more than a billion software downloads in 2010–a huge feat, to be sure. And it may be tough to believe, but just 10 products made a huge contribution to that number. To recognize the programs that have dominated the Most Popular list for this year, we ranked the top 10 in 2010.

Tech Thoughts Daily Tech News 2

Software downloads: Most popular of 2010 – Check out TechRepublic’s top 10 software downloads of 2010. Featured topics include file recovery, registry cleaning and repair, antivirus, and maintenance software. This list is based on number of downloads.

How To Disable YouTube Advertisements In Firefox, Chrome And Opera – We have all come across the annoying advertisements that pop-up while we are watching a video on You Tube. It is obviously far more convenient to simply block these annoying advertisements by default rather than having to cross them out each time they appear. Following are the extensions for Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera that will help you get rid of these irritating YouTube ads. (submitted by Dar)

12 Commands Every Linux Newbie Should Learn – I believe fear of the command line is one of the top mistakes newcomers to Linux sometimes make. For that reason, let’s look at some of the main commands any Linux user should know.

The criminal in your browser is real – The browser has emerged as the weakest link in an enterprise’s security infrastructure. It is being successfully exploited by malware authors and criminals who use this method to steal logon credentials and inject Trojans that crack IT systems wide open, often undetected.

10 Tech Accessories You’re Paying Too Much For – What some buyers don’t realize is that many big-ticket items don’t come with everything they need in the box. Even worse, retailers often price these minor–yet completely necessary–accessories in the stratosphere. With that in mind, here’s our 2010 list of tech accessories you’re paying too much for (it’s also our list of things that you should never have had to buy separately in the first place), and some thoughts on how you can still get all of the extras you require without breaking the bank.

Top 10 Sites for Finding After-Christmas Deals – Just because Christmas has passed doesn’t mean the shopping stops. Indeed, waiting until just after the holiday is often the way to secure the best possible deal. We have rounded up the best deal-sites on the Web. And with the Northeast completely snowed in today, what else is there to do but shop online?

Company News:


Sony Launches Subscription Internet Music Service – Sony launched a subscription streaming music service, furthering its plan to offer a range of content via the Internet to its consumer electronics devices. The service, called “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity,” will initially be available in the U.K. and Ireland, but Sony plans to expand it to more countries in 2011. It expects to add at least Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the U.S. next year.

Avaya, Skype Unveil Plan to Federate Voice, Video Systems – Skype and Avaya have introduced a plan to federate their two communications platforms to let users of Avaya talk to Skype and users of Skype talk to Avaya system users, marking the first time Skype’s 124 million users will be able to connect with an enterprise unified communications system.

Amazon: Wi-Fi Kindle is Best-Selling Product Ever – Amazon revealed Monday that the latest version of its e-reader, the Wi-Fi only, third-generation Kindle, is Amazon’s best-selling product ever.

Facebook Passes Yahoo to Become Third-Largest Website – New metrics from comScore indicate that Facebook has finally passed Yahoo to become the world’s third-largest website, pulling in 648 million unique visitors for November 2010 versus Yahoo’s 630 million.

Off Topic (Sort of):


Facebook Offers Tips On Being Popular – Facebook youth are an angry, foul-mouthed, selfish bunch, according to the Facebook study. The company found that young people express more negative emotions than their elders, swear more and use personal pronouns such as “I” and “Me” more often. Older Facebook folk, meanwhile, write longer prose in their updates, talk about others more often and pepper their language with more prepositions (to, in, at) and articles (a, the, some).

Mysterious Sights in Google Earth and Street View – Since Google began mapping the world with Google Earth and Street View, an entire pastime–Google mystery hunting and debunking–has cropped up. From unidentified flying objects to people with horse heads, there’s no shortage of weird things that have appeared on Google Earth and Street View.

Lifehacker: How to Avoid Wasting Another Gift Card – With $2.5 billion lost through unused gift cards, many of us are letting what is practically free money expire. This year, don’t procrastinate, know your rights, and get the most from your gift cards.

Man makes career out of suing e-mail spammers – There may be a lot people who thought about it, but there is one who decided to actually do it – Daniel Balsam from San Francisco quit his job and started his new career: suing spamming companies.

Today’s Quote:


Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.”

–     George Santayana

Today’s Free Downloads:


BetterSearch – BetterSearch is a Firefox extension that gives users more control over their search results by providing previews and other helpful features. BetterSearch installs easily in Firefox and then integrates seamlessly with the search results of several major search engines, including Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

WiseStamp: Email Signatures – This Chrome extension installs easily and appears to the right of Chrome’s address bar as a small icon. Clicking on the icon lets users open the WiseStamp interface and create their custom signatures. In addition to a text box where you can enter your name and contact information, WiseStamp provides several really cool tools for customizing your signature.

If you found this article useful, why not subscribe to this Blog via RSS, or email? It’s easy; just click on this link and you’ll never miss another Tech Thoughts article.


Filed under Internet Security Alerts, Tech Net News

2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 28, 2010

  1. Kenneth Lunkins

    dear bill
    some how i got over sized icons on the desktop
    oversized toolbars, and no room from the page to show.
    i have tried appearance, but i can not get to the botton of page to click ok, i only couple of the page at a time.
    it is like the visual imparied stuff is on. i am at my wits end. i even downloaded logmein so i could see if
    i could fixs the problem, no such luck. please contact me.
    one of your faithful readers(smile) please help.

    kenneth lunkins
    cleveland ohio

    • Hi Kenneth,

      Try the following:

      Method One

      Right Click on a vacant part of the desktop.

      From the Drop Down menu, Click the View option.

      In the View context menu, Click one of the following options:

      Large Icons.
      Medium Icons.
      Classic Icons.

      The Classic Icons option will reduce the size the most.

      Method Two

      To control the size of the icons on the desktop, here’s a simple tweak.

      Place your mouse on a vacant part of the desktop and then hold down the CTRL (control) key.

      Keep the CTRL key pressed down, and then, with your mouse scroll button, scroll the mouse scroll wheel up or down to increase or decrease the size of the icons.

      Once the icons are at the desired size, release the CTRL button.