Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 1, 2011

Busting (or not) 10 myths about tech – Do you have to shut down your PC for 15 seconds when you reboot? Are Macs really safe from malware? How can you fully delete data from a hard drive? The experts weigh in.

Lifehacker: Most Popular Free Windows Downloads of 2010 – We’ve featured quite a few Windows downloads throughout 2010. Here’s a look back at the most popular free applications to help you tweak, customize, and enhance your Windows experience.

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The Best Security Suites for 2011 – The security suites for 2011 are almost all available now, though as always a few companies march to a different schedule. If you need a suite today, read our roundup of 16 of the best (and worst) options, from Ad-Aware to Webroot.

Google Picasa 3.8: The Best Online Photo Editor – There are lots of apps that help you edit and organize you photos, but nothing matches the features and functionality of Picasa. When you want to serious photo management or just want a place to dump photos when you take them off your camera, Picasa delivers. And best of all, it is 100% free.

Lifehacker: Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2010 – Google’s browser is a little over two years old, but it’s making major waves on the web. This year, Chrome added extensions, a webapp “Store,” stable Mac and Linux releases, and more. Here’s what intrigued us all most about Chrome in 2010.

20 Mobile Apps to Help Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions – What is your New Year’s resolution for 2011? Planning on getting fit, eating well, staying organized or just watching how you spend your money? Researchers at the University of Scranton found in a 2002 study that only 46 percent of people making New Year’s resolutions will still be on track by the summer. So the odds are against you if you’re planning a new you for 2011, and you’ll probably need all the help you can get. But don’t worry, because your smartphone has your back.

Company News:

 

25 Facts About Microsoft – The world’s biggest software vendor didn’t just get there overnight. Take a look at these quick facts about Microsoft. How well do you really know this company?

RIM rejects claims of weak PlayBook battery – Responding to a Kaufman Bros. report asserting that the PlayBook tablet has a short-lived battery, RIM says any outsiders would have seen pre-beta units without power management enabled.

Sony wants LG phones out of U.S. market – Citing patent infringement, Sony has asked the International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain LG phones into the U.S.

Off Topic (Sort of):

 

News Toons: The Year That Wasn’t – to paraphrase Neil Young, starts out depressing and fizzles out altogether. (submitted by Dar)

Lifehacker: Stop Dreaming About Killing Your Boss (or How to “Manage Up” for a Happier Workplace) – Traditionally we think of the hierarchy in the workplace as top down, but if top down is making you tear your hair out, you may benefit from managing from the bottom up—guiding your boss from the trenches.

How to Buy a Laptop – Another laptop buying season is upon us, and picking the right laptop hasn’t gotten any easier, given the mind-numbing selection. That’s why we’re here to help.

Today’s Quote:

 

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.”

~   Mark Twain

Today’s Free Downloads:

 

Bulk Image Downloader – Bulk Image Downloader is an application that lets users download multiple images from a Web site all at once. Bulk Image Downloader Firefox Extension is an add-on for Firefox that adds Bulk Image Downloader options to the Firefox context menu. The extension works just fine, but potential users should be aware that it’s made to work with the Bulk Image Downloader application; it won’t download any images on its own.

RoboForm2Go – RoboForm2Go is the portable version of RoboForm that runs directly from a USB flash drive. RoboForm2Go gives your passwords complete security and portability, and makes logging into Web sites and filling forms faster, easier, and more secure.

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