Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 10, 2011

Holiday Tech Gadget Sneak Peek – Gadget makers are gearing up for the holidays, showing off AudioBulbs, Kinect add-ons, and sub-$250 tablets. Here is a look at what they’ll be promoting.

German government accused of spying on citizens with state-sponsored Trojan – A well-established group of German hackers has accused the German government of releasing a backdoor Trojan into the wild. Security firm F-Secure has confirmed that the program includes a keylogger and code that can take screenshots and record audio.

11 Essential Android Tablet Apps: The Ultimate Starter Kit – Got an Android tablet? These 11 must-have apps are all optimized for Honeycomb tablets and stand ready to help you make the most of your big-screen experience.

Speed Up Your Internet Connection by Changing Your Domain Name System Server – Is your Internet connection slow? The cause could be a slow DNS name server. Here’s how to find the fastest, most reliable DNS servers in your area and use them to enhance your Internet browsing experience.

Users Warned After YapBrowser Returns From the Dead – YapBrowser, a replacement web browser once promoted by controversial spyware company Zango, appears to have resurrected itself, possibly with the help of a UK-registered company.

Browsing Tips: Slow-Loading Sites, Google Chrome Tweak – Here’s how to deal with unwanted add-ons in Firefox and Google Chrome, and fix a Chrome annoyance.

Free SlimDrivers Software Reaches Milestone with More Than 1 Million Downloads on – SlimDrivers, the free software that automatically updates PC drivers with real-time scanning and cloud technology, has reached a milestone by achieving more than one million downloads on, one of the world’s most popular download sites for free consumer software, mobile apps and games. SlimDrivers has reached its milestone less than a year after launching in December 2010. Free for download at

Must I Keep Windows.old? – After EddieS reinstalled Windows onto his 14-month-old PC, he found all of his old files in a folder called C:\Windows.old. He asked the Windows forum if he can delete it.

Wi-Fi Users Know What to Do, But Don’t Do It: Report – The Wi-Fi Alliance dishes out some advice for keeping wireless networks and data safe.

Company News:

EU Approves Microsoft, Skype Deal – The European Commission on Friday concluded that combining the two companies would not significantly affect competition.

Sprint Kisses WiMAX Goodbye, Unofficially– Sprint’s troubles rolling out WiMAX have hardly been secret and news like this will just make things worse. Although the company will continue to sell WiMAX devices through 2012, the roadmap it recently released show them quickly ramping up LTE service.

HP Investigating Android TouchPad Mystery – HP has begun an internal investigation about the existence of Android running on an HP TouchPad.

Netflix Streaming Gets ‘Walking Dead,’ More AMC Shows Coming – Netflix announced Friday that it will add more content from AMC Networks to its streaming lineup, starting withThe Walking Dead.

Short Story of the Week:

Paul Andrew Russell’s – A Slip of the Tongue

Marjory Attwater had it all. Millions in the bank, a stellar career as a best selling novelist and a coveted position teaching creative writing in one of the country’s leading universities. Was she happy? Not this morning she wasn’t. Strewn around her, on the floor of the opulent living room in the faux Gothic mansion, were the remains of the Sunday newspaper.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Steve Jobs’ Death: How the World Reported it – Articles on the Apple icon’s passing grace the front pages of newspapers and websites around the world. Here s a look at some of the coverage.

How HTML 5 Will Save the Web – You have probably heard about HTML 5, but you probably don’t know why it is so important. Most people think it is all about video, but that is just part of its potential. HTML 5 could stop the Web’s slide into what ExtremeTech’s David Cardinal calls a “fractured Humpty-Dumpty of plug-ins, protocols, codecs, incompatible browsers, and platforms.” Check out his important piece and see if you don’t agree.

Execs Clueless as Managers Bully Workers – Bosses often rely on intimidation to get what they want from employees, according to a recent survey from LRN. The research shows that CEOs and other top executives are clueless about how little the workforce is influenced by lofty corporate-speak, which in turn leads direct managers to resort to threats as a way of driving production.

Free software founder, Richard M. Stallman is glad Jobs is gone – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Free software’s founder says, “I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone.”

Today’s Quote:

After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done.”

–    Unknown

Today’s Free Downloads:

WinFontsView 1.10 – WinFontsView is a small tool that will enumerate all fonts installed on your computer and display them in one simple table.

USBDeview 1.95 – USBDeview is a small utility that lists all USB devices that currently connected to your computer, as well as all USB devices that you previously used.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 10, 2011

  1. Thank you for the mention, Bill.

    Happy Thanksgiving from another rainy day on the Rock. 🙂