Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 8, 2011

Best Free Connectivity and Productivity Apps – These free software gems are perfect if you’re looking to push the limits of what you can fit into your day. Connectivity downloads will help you streamline your Internet connection and set up remote-control access to a second computer so you can be at work without being at work–or simply help someone from a distance fix a browser problem. Our free productivity software selections will help you get organized and move away from the infuriatingly complex and bulky Microsoft Office suite to lighter and more intuitive office programs.

How to back up browsing data for nearly any browser – I like Chrome quite a bit, but I know others who swear by the latest Firefox, Opera, or IE browsers. Chrome lets you transfer browsing data easily, but it can get frustrating to share information like passwords, bookmarks, and so on using different browsers. FavBackup is a great, free Windows utility that lets you transfer data painlessly using many popular browsers.

How to customize Firefox keyboard shortcuts – Keyboard shortcuts are a great time-saver, but they’re not always easy to remember. Customizing shortcuts is a great way to set them to key combinations you’ll actually remember. Here’s how to customize Firefox keyboard shortcuts.

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Clean up your Windows hard drive with WinDirStat – The program scans your hard drives and shows you a detailed summary of what’s taking up space on your disk in the form of a colorful graphic. Each file type (MP3, ZIP, EXE, JPEG, etc.) is assigned a color in a collage of squares that are large or small, depending on how much space that file type is using. Once you pinpoint the storage hogs, WinDirStat allows you to permanently delete the files from within the app.

How to Buy a Netbook – Don’t give up on netbooks just yet. Netbook manufacturers are including more features, bigger screens and keyboards, and faster parts. We walk you through the latest trends and tell you what features really matter in a netbook.

Comodo CEO Says DigiNotar Hack Was State-Sponsored – An attack on a Dutch company that issues certificates used to authenticate websites was state-sponsored, according to the chief executive of Comodo, a company that also issues digital certificates and suffered a similar setback in March.

Fake SSL certificates pirate Web sites – It used to be you knew you could trust a Web site when your Web browser securely connects to it with a valid HTTPS connection. Now, that’s trust has been shaken.

Company News:

Intel sneaks out 16 new Sandy Bridge CPUs, cuts prices on others – Over the U.S. holiday weekend, Intel quietly released 16 new “Sandy Bridge” processors — 11 desktop and five mobile models. The CPUs range from a 1.6GHz, single-core Celeron G440 ($37) for low-cost desktops to the 2.7GHz, quad-core Core i7-2960XM ($1,096) for high-end portables.

GlobalSign stops issuing certificates, investigates breach claim – Whether the claim made by the “Comodo Hacker” that he has compromised four other CAa besides DigiNotar is true or not, GlobalSign – the only one of those CAs that he has named – has decided to suspend the issuing of certificates for the time being.

Network encryption starter kit – Certes Networks announced a Network Encryption Starter Kit which enables organizations to experience the full benefits of multi-layer encryption.

AMD spins its first ‘Bulldozer’ chip – AMD says it has begun shipping a “Interlagos” Opteron 6200 server chip, offering up to sixteen cores. This 32nm-fabbed processor is the first to be based on the chipmaker’s long-promised “Bulldozer” architecture, expected to trickle down to desktops and other devices in the future.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Unique KT Spider Phone Transforms Into a Tablet, Laptop, or Handheld Gaming Device – This Android smartphone has impressive phone specs, including a very high-resolution screen and full HD cameras, but its array of specialized docks is intriguing.

3 million digital game keys leaked – An cardinal oversight on a third party fulfillment agency website hosting activation keys for Codemasters’ DiRT 3 game has resulted in the leak of some 3 million keys that allow the game to be played for free on the Steam game platform.

Social Media Influence On Purchasing Overrated – Social media influence consumer decisions, but not as much you might think—at least not yet. As customers flock to the Internet for research, the most popular sites remain those with advice from established reviewers and experts, according to a survey from the Cone Online Influence Trend Tracker. In other words, we’re more inclined to trust the mainstream media than advice from Aunt Sarah or our BFFs on Facebook.

Microsoft should get its head out of the clouds – Microsoft’s biggest current mistake is creating the perception that Windows users are going to be dragged into the Cloud whether they want it or not.

Identity theft protection tips for students – College students are especially attractive targets for identity thieves because they have unblemished credit records, making it easier for thieves to take out loans in their name.

Today’s Quote:

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

–       Kahlil Gibran

Today’s Free Downloads:

Online Armor Free 5.1.0.1331 Final – Online Armor’s new personal firewall provides awesome protection from inbound threats and complete control of data leaving your computer for the internet. In standard mode, most decisions are made completely automatically based on Online Armor’s whitelist – meaning that you never need answer a complex firewall prompt again. However Online Armor is not just a firewall program. It is a full security suite of programs to help protect your machine.

SlimComputer – New computers come pre-loaded with promotional software, ad links, toolbars and trial offers. SlimComputer removes unneeded programs, start-up entries and services and slims down your new machine to make it run fast and clean like it’s supposed to.

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