Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 28, 2011

How to Buy a Hard Drive: An Essential Guide – Do you need gigabytes or performance? Laptop upgrades or a screaming new gaming PC? We walk you through what you need to know to pick the right storage solution for your PC.

OPEN SOURCE GOD: 480+ Open Source Applications – Open source software is booming: here we round up over 480 open source applications for you to use or build upon.

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[Did You Know?] You Can Use TeamViewer Remote Control Software to Manage Your Computer Network at Home – TeamViewer is the critically acclaimed remote control software that you can use to control any computer (anywhere) as if you were sitting right in front of it – even through firewalls. It is engineered to work across your internet connection to allow you to remote into another PC that is connected to the internet. This type of setup is an excellent (and easy) way to provide support to others (such as friends and family). The best part about TeamViewer is that it is FREE for non-commercial use.

Extremely Slow Bootup? Restore Points Might Be The Enemy! – Microsoft recently caught my attention with the release of a performance-related hotfix. Blog readers should pay attention to KB2555428. It fixes an issue which can cause Windows 7 to boot extremely slowly. The culprit is System Restore with the slowdown occuring when many restore points have been created. provides you with detailed information on file extensions and formats – Thanks to years of research and help from our loyal visitors, we now have one of the world’s largest and most detailed databases of file extension information, covering multiple operating systems from Microsoft’s Windows, Apple’s OS X and all variations of Unix to those used on the latest mobile devices and phones.

Free virus check websites – Here’s several websites to check your computer for viruses and malware. Are you aware that nearly 70% of computers have malware or spyware? It only takes a few minutes to check your computer.

PortableApps – is the world’s most popular portable software solution allowing you to take your favorite software with you. A fully open source and free platform, it works on any portable storage device (USB flash drive, iPod, memory card, portable hard drive, etc). With millions of users all over the world and a full collection of open source software as well as compatible freeware and commercial software and partners in the software and hardware industry, is the most complete solution for life on the go.

Company News:

Schmidt says Google TV heading to Europe – Google TV will be launched in Europe early next year, despite its rocky start in the U.S., company Chairman Eric Schmidt told an audience in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mozilla chair defends rapid-release Firefox – Businesses and add-on developers have had trouble keeping up with Firefox’s new six-week update cycle. But its advantages outweigh the pain, Mitchell Baker says.

Cook given 1 million share bonus as new Apple CEO – On his first week taking over as CEO for Apple, Tim Cook is awarded 1 million shares of company stock, worth some $383 million based on today’s closing price.

Facebook kills deals after just four months – The Facebook Deals product offered discounted coupons for local businesses, much like Groupon, LivingSocial, Google and others.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Top 10 Secret Agent Security Tips and Tricks – Top 10 Secret Agent Security Tips and TricksIf you’re a regular Lifehacker reader you know we think security is pretty important, but you might not be aware of how cool it can be. If you’re looking to upgrade to secret agent mode, here are ten great ways to do it.

Lifehacker: Ditch Cable TV This Weekend (and Keep Watching Your Shows) – Cable TV is insanely expensive, and with all the cheap video services out there, it’s easy to cut the cord without losing your favorite shows. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for Hulu, Netflix, and other alternative TV sources.

Is computer-based recording ruining music? – So much of today’s new music is so processed and “perfected” by computer recording technology the true sound of the actual band is completely obliterated.

Twitter Missives Stalking or Free Speech? – A lawsuit asks whether a public message on Twitter is the same as speaking publicly from a soapbox, or a more direct form of communication (and threat).

Today’s Quote:

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

–     Voltaire

Today’s Free Downloads:

Any File Remover – Any File Remover is a small and very simple application that allows you to remove files which cannot be deleted otherwise. This software is specially made for those users who gets the error “Access Denied! Cannot delete the file. File is being used by any other program”. Just install this software and run it and in just 2 Simple Steps you will delete your file without any issue.

Sandboxie 3.58 Final – Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware and malware? Worried about clicking unfamiliar Web links? Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 28, 2011

  1. Ramblinrick


    Love the Daily Net News… Thanks for the link back and the posting of one of my articles.



    • Hey Rick,

      Great article on a super piece of software. Happy to highlight it.

      I hope nothing down your way is floating with Irene on the loose. 🙂