Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 30, 2011

Best Free iPhone and iPad Apps of 2011 (So Far) – They’re new, they’re fun, they’re useful and best of all, they’re free — Here are 20 iOS apps for work and play.

Top 10 Paid Antivirus Programs for 2011 – The battle for antivirus software supremacy is a close one. Ultimately, Norton Antivirus 2011 ekes out a narrow victory over its competitors.

Windows 7 Photo Galleries – The top 10 Windows 7 desktop gadgets.

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How to Keep Your Data in Sync Across Platforms and Devices – Keeping your contacts, calendars, and other data synced across all your mobile devices and PC platforms isn’t as difficult as it seems.

The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator – Ever wanted to quickly and easily define your own keyboard layout for a language Microsoft doesn’t support? Or define your own keyboard layout so you can quickly and easily enter your favorite symbols with a simple keystroke? Have the keyboard work on 64-bit platforms, or make use of custom locales in Windows 7 to provide new language names? Well, want no more: the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator is here! (submitted by Michael F.)

Lockheed Martin confirms it came under attack – Defense contractor Lockheed Martin confirmed last night that the network problems it has been contending with during the last several days are the result of a “significant and tenacious attack” carried out against its network.

UbitMenu – No doubt about it, Microsoft’s Ribbon (which appears in most Office 2007 and all Office 2010 programs) can seem daunting to anyone accustomed to earlier versions of Word, Excel, and the like. If that’s you, check out UBitMenu. This free plug-in brings pull-down menus back to Office 2007 and 2010, thus easing your transition. Thankfully, it keeps the Ribbon, too, so you can learn the new interface without totally abandoning the old one.

WordPress 3.1.4 Gets Clickjacking Protection – The open source WordPress blogging application is being updated to version 3.1.3 this week adding multiple security fixes and improvements.

IPv4 is dead. Long Live Ipv6: Last of the IPv4 Addresses Allocated – Early this morning, the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) announced that it had been allocated two /8 address blocks from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA ). Those two blocks, 39/8 and 106/8, were the last unallocated blocks in the IANA free pool of IPv4 address available to Regional Internet Registries (RIR). With the allocation, the final days of IPv4 have moved closer as the number of available addresses that can be allocated will dwindle.

Company News:

Windows Phone 7 Mango: A Visual Tour of the New Features – Get a closer look at the top 10 coolest new features in the Windows Phone 7 Mango update, coming this fall.

As netbook sales fall, Intel will slash Atom pricing – Intel will respond to falling netbook sales by slashing the price of its upcoming “Cedar Trail” Atoms, bringing the cost of complete devices below $200, reports say. The 1.86GHz Atom N2800 and 1.6GHz Atom N2600 will both sport dual cores, while TDPs will be 3.5 and 6.5 Watts, respectively.

Softbank unveils the simplest phone in the world – The new handset was developed in conjunction with China’s ZTE Corp. and features a single button used to automatically call parents or other emergency contacts when the child or elderly person needs immediate help. After the call the device automatically sends an email with GPS data pinpointing the person’s location. (submitted by Michael F.)

Short Story of the Week:

Paul Andrew Russell’s – The Path of Life Never Runs Smoothly

Pete Johnson hated his boss, Fred Pike. From the moment he walked into the office, until the clock struck five and he left for home, Fred made Pete’s life a misery. He enjoyed it too.

Off Topic (Sort of):

A Trip Around Our Solar System – Wonderful photo gallery showing the full variety of our solar system. From close-up shots of Mercury’s surface to craters on Mars, giant asteroids and comets as you have never seen them before. An awe-inspiring collection.

Your Commute Is Killing You – People with long journey times suffer disproportionate pain, stress, obesity, dissatisfaction. So why do we do it? Often it’s to get a bigger home for our money. But we fail to take the cost of our time spent commuting into account.

Consumer Complaints Made Easy. Maybe Too Easy – GRIPE helps you get complaints heard and resolved with the help of your friends & followers. We use your online word-of-mouth power on social networks and review sites to help get your complaints in the real world heard and resolved! (submitted by Michael F.)

Twitter gives up details of anonymous tweeter – In a case that might help the legal action of soccer star Ryan Giggs, Twitter reveals the personal details of a British tweeter who is alleged to have libeled members of a local council in the U.K.

Today’s Quote:

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

–    Mark Twain

Today’s Free Downloads:

IncrediMail 2 6.29 – IncrediMail 2 is a powerful, easy to use, feature-rich and fun email program. Better and smarter than ever before, IncrediMail 2 includes features such as a powerful and fast email search tool, taking less than a second for IncrediMail 2 to search through 10,000’s of emails.

Win7codecs 2.8.9 – Win7codecs is an audio and video codec package for Windows 7. The installer will automatically remove most other popular codec releases from your computer before installing this concise yet comprehensive package.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 30, 2011

  1. I was just on my way out to work, Bill, when I saw you’d posted a link to my story. I just wanted to say, thank you. 🙂 I appreciate you pointing your readers to my blog.

    Thank you, Bill.

  2. Dave

    I still come here several times a day. Thanks for yor dedication Bill. Dave

  3. kenneth lunkins

    hi bill
    i really like those short stories Paul Andrew Russell, how i can i read more of his work? you took me by surprise. now that was a great change of pace
    keep it up