Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 2, 2011

How to Repair a Faulty Windows Installation Without Reformatting – When you encounter a Windows error, your first instinct may be to back up your data, grab the ol’ installation disk, and weep silently as you press the Reformat button. We’re here to tell you there’s another way. Still back up your data, of course, but by following this guide, you might well be able to repair your Windows install without dropping the nuke. Note: Though these guides are written for Windows 7, a very similar process will work for Vista or XP.

AVG Free 2012 turns to performance tuning – AVG works hard in its 2012 upgrade to eradicate the ‘free compromise,’ the supposed trade-off between free security software and crappy performance. Changes include faster scans, less of a system impact, and protection against fake antivirus and ransomware.

Revive unbootable Windows 7 PC with System Image Recovery – Windows System Restore is a handy way to undo common actions that go wrong, like a bad driver installation or failed system update. But there are problems that even System Restore can’t fix, such as a massive corruption of core system files or a failed hard drive. Luckily, Windows 7 has a built-in tool designed for these situations. In this week’s show, I show you how to revive an unbootable Windows 7 system with the System Image Recovery tool.

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Five ways to avoid being tracked on the Web – Use privacy-enhancing browser add-ons, a DNS-filter service, clear your browser cache and cookies on exit, sign out of services when not in use, and forward Webmail to a pop/imap account. Find out how.

Google adds offline mode to Gmail, Calendar, Docs apps – Google will add offline capability to its Apps suite of cloud-based software, including Gmail, Calendar and Docs.

Get Digiarty WinX Blu-ray Decrypter for free – From now until Sept. 15, you can download Digiarty WinX Blu-ray Decrypter free of charge. It’s not quite as versatile as one might hope, but it’s still a $50 utility for free. After you download the program, you can activate it immediately using code AR-TZTQTXHM-SMNZOO.

Best homebrew patches for your HP TouchPad – The homebrew community for the HP TouchPad is producing some amazing patches to make the tablets work very well. Here is the list of patches for the TouchPad that I am using on mine.

Anonymous claims DNS attacks against Symantec, Apple, Microsoft – Anonymous Sri Lanka says that it breached the DNS servers of several major companies, including Symantec, Apple, Facebook, Skype, and Cisco.

Easy Web Design – If you need a site that goes beyond the cookie-cutter layouts you’ll find in Google Sites or, CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer is a simple, inexpensive option.

Company News:

Apple criticized for questionable green-tech policies in China – Situation raises the need for all tech companies that more closely scrutinize the emissions and toxic substance policies of their suppliers, especially in Asia.

Dell Partners With VMware, Salesforce on Cloud Systems in Cloud Computing – When it comes to the overall IT market, Dell is approaching the rarified air occupied by all-purpose IT companies, such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle.

Intel Forms Fed Business – Technology giant Intel Corporation announced the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, Intel Federal, to provide strategic focus in order to better address new opportunities in working with the U.S. government.

HP Pushes for PC Spin Off, Bills Itself as $40 Billion Start-Up – Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday confirmed that it wants to spin off its PC business, positioning the division as a “$40 billion start-up.”

Off Topic (Sort of):

The latest Windows 8 News – This week we learned that Microsoft has finally clarified the symbiotic relationship between the new, tiled UI and the old-school windows-and-icons interface. We also learned that at long last, Windows 8 will allow you to mount and unmount ISO and VHD files. There’s also some good news and bad news. First, the bad: the ribbon UI is coming to Windows 8 Explorer.

How Qualcomm’s Snapdragon ARM chips are unique – Snapdragon chips are common in modern mobile devices, and Qualcomm is working to make sure they stay that way.

College plagiarism on the rise: Blame the web, or blame the student? – Plagiarism is on the rise, according to new research, with technology and the web as the reason why, apparently. But is technology to blame?

Wikileaks blames newspaper over ‘insurance’ file password disclosure – Legal action is under way by Wikileaks against the Guardian newspaper, after the whistleblowing organisation alleges an editor published the ‘insurance’ file password in a book.

Today’s Quote:

Sina Weibo commenter, on apples

Three apples have changed the world. One seduced Eve, one awakened Newton, the third is in the hands of Steve Jobs”

Today’s Free Downloads:

DisplayFusion – The free version of DisplayFusion makes it easy to customize your desktop wallpaper with your own images. Select pictures from your own hard drive or pull them down from Flickr with this freebie. You can search for and preview shots from Flickr from within the program, and there are nice options for those with multiple monitors.

AVG LinkScanner – Verifies the safety of web pages you visit, and of links returned from web searches. AVG LinkScanner is up and running immediately from the moment of installation.

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

  1. elcid123

    Hello, I had a widget or whatever they are called on a toolbar for IE 9, but I had a few problems with the OS and had to revert back to a old backup.
    What this displayed was the weather for your current location by just a click on it on it’s toolbar it showed the current weather for where it would seem you were and must have been based on your IP address because every time I changed my IP location after closing IE it changed the country and even the nearest town (if it couldn’t find the city or town you where supposedly located to where it thought you were. I searched for any toolbar that may have this weather thing but without success. I know this may seem trivial and daft but it’s nice to see what the weather is where you would seem to be, any way it’s an instant check that your connected or still connected to HMA.

    Regards Steve