Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 30, 2011

CNET: Security Starter Kit – Windows Security Starter Kit collects all the essential security programs you need to have to stay safe while you surf, including antivirus programs, malware removers, encryption apps, and add-ons for safe browsing.

CNET – Utilities Starter Kit – Windows Utilities Starter Kit is where you’ll find a great collection of freeware tools to keep your hard drive defragged and to clean up your Registry. There’s also archive utilities, notepad replacements, task managers, and other essential extras.

Egyptians Find New Routes to the Web – Residents turn to landline telephones, fax machines, and even ham radio to keep information flowing in and out of the country.

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How to Buy the Best PC – When buying a desktop computer you still need to make some choices when it comes to CPUs, memory, hard drive capacity, and graphics technology. The good news is your money will go a long way.

What makes cybercrime laws so difficult to enforce – Deb Shinder discusses both the difficulty of enforcing cybercrime laws and of tracking down cybercriminals in the first place.

Small Business Network Management Review: Spiceworks 5 – The last time we looked at Spiceworks, we were impressed by the small business network management tool’s capabilities, especially given its cost—a big, fat nothing — provided you’re willing to deal with a few ads. Our earlier impressions haven’t changed much with the latest offering, Spiceworks 5.0, which improves on its predecessor by delivering a slicker interface, quicker performance and an expanded repertoire of features.

Why Takedowns Don’t Reduce Online Crime – The last year has seen a string of takedowns of botnet command-and-control servers, malware drop zones, spam operations and other pieces of the crimeware infrastructure, each of which made a dent in one way or another. But the question of whether the takedowns have had any lasting effect on the overall level of crime and fraud online is a more complicated one.

Former WikiLeaks Staffers Launch ‘OpenLeaks’ Competitor Site – OpenLeaks, a whistle-blowing site founded by several former WikiLeaks staffers, has formally launched. Like WikiLeaks, the site will accept leaked documents, but unlike its controversial counterpart, OpenLeaks said it will not publish the information, only make it available to interested media organizations, NGOs, labor unions, and human rights groups.

Company News:


Hulu considers turning itself into an online cable operator – While Netflix is thriving as it turns itself into more and more into a paid online streaming service, Hulu is struggling internally to figure out what direction it will take, according to the Wall Street Journal. One idea being given serious consideration: turn Hulu into a “virtual cable operator.”

Apple Outranks Dell in Units Sold – Strong consumer sales of Apple’s iPad boosted Apple’s position in the global market to third in terms of number of machines sold, edging out Dell which fell to fourth place and Lenovo which fell to fifth, according to research firm Canalys.

Google Preparing To Launch Online Coupon Service – Google Offers will work very similarly to Groupon and LivingSocial, with business members identifying items or services to be discounted and Google preparing the ad and offering it to consumers at the website. If enough buy in, the deal goes through.

Back to Apple’s Garage – If you want to get your feet wet in music studio production, or just to start learning to play an instrument, it would be hard to find a better place to start than with Apple’s GarageBand ’11.

Off Topic (Sort of):


The Fun Theory – This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better. (submitted by Michael F.)

Thomas Edison’s (Mostly Correct) Predictions of 2011 Tech – Thomas Edison wasn’t just the inventor of the light bulb and countless other important modern-day technologies, he was also a visionary. Witness his remarkable predictions for the year 2011, made way back in 1911. Wow, that guy was smart.

Common Drugs Deplete Nutrients – The growing fusion of natural medicines with nutrition and allopathic medicine has spawned a new area of specialization called drug/nutrient depletion. Current estimates are that 62 to 68 percent of North Americans take “alternative” medicines and therapies (including herbs, botanicals, vitamins, minerals and homeopathy). (submitted by Dar)

Working from Home: Technology to Keep You Productive – School has been canceled, the roads are dangerously slippery and you still have to prepare for that big meeting. What do you do when you are snowed in but still need to be productive? Thanks to a host of new web-based and other technologies, it’s easier than ever to collaborate and communicate with your team at work, regardless of where each member is at the moment.

Today’s Quote:


I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me.”

Dave Barry

Today’s Free Downloads:


DVDFab Passkey Lite – DVDFab Passkey is a Windows-based driver that works on-the-fly to unprotect encrypted movie DVDs and Blu-ray discs. For DVD, it removes all DVD copy protections. For Blu-ray, it removes all known AACS and BD+ copy protections, Region Code, BD-Live and UOPs.

TweakPrefetch – TweakPrefetch is an easy to use application that is designed to manage you system’s fetching. It allows the user to set separate parameters for Prefetch and Superfetch.

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