Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 21, 2011

How to Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster – Looking to slash your Windows PC’s boot time to the bone? We’ll show you how we made one system boot 30 percent faster–without any hardware upgrades.

New Skype Beta offers even deeper Facebook integration – With the new Skype Beta app for Windows, you can place Facebook video calls right from the Skype interface. No browser required.

Configure and use shadow copy in Microsoft Windows – The shadow copy feature in Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 goes a long way toward making file restoration just a few mouse clicks away from reality. That is, if you have turned shadow copy on and have it configured properly.

Remote Desktop – Launched last month, the Chrome Remote Desktop extension can enable you connect to and control your Mac from your PC.

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54 Open Source ECommerce Tools for SMBs – Some parts of the economy may have been in a slump lately, but not e-commerce. If you’d like a piece of that action, it’s not too late to set up your own online store. A number of open source projects offer tools that make the process inexpensive and fairly easy.

Why SMBs are attractive to hackers – Hackers are going after low hanging fruits. These are the companies who are less security aware and do not have the proper defenses in place. According to the 2011 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, hackers are increasingly targeting smaller, softer, less reactive targets since these provide a lower-risk alternative to financial institutions.

Identity at Mozilla – Over the next few months, we’ll be deploying BrowserID on Mozilla web sites. BrowserID is a very easy way to log into web sites by proving you own an email address. BrowserID is designed to be tightly integrated into your web browser for ease-of-use, and it is designed to be privacy-protecting: the only data exchanged is that which is strictly necessary to log in. (submitted by Michael F.)

How to Root Your Kindle Fire – No Android device is really yours unless you have root access. Here’s how to install the Android SDK and root your Kindle Fire.

3 Free Boot Discs to Rescue Your PC – A bootable rescue disc is a jack-of-all-trades and an indispensable tool that can fix a whole raft of PC problems. You definitely don’t want to be without one, and today’s your lucky day because our colleagues at ePlanetSecurity review three different discs — and they’re all free.

Facebook Continues to be Criticized for Over-Sharing – Although Facebook users have a history of bucking changes and getting used to them, the seamless sharing feature is drawing complaints of over-sharing and privacy violations.

Seven useful Windows 7 tips and tricks – Windows 7 is a good operating system right out of the box, but tweaking some of the settings and using keyboard shortcuts can enhance the Windows experience. Here are seven useful Windows tips and tricks to help you get more out of Windows 7.

Company News:

Five Microsoft apps that will change IT – Microsoft has some potential game-changers on the horizon that could dramatically affect the company’s role in the enterprise.

Motorola Mobility Stockholders Approve Google Merger – Motorola Mobility shareholders have approved the sale of the company to Google, a move that clears one hurdle out of the search giant’s efforts to grow its mobile-computing capabilities. However, it will be federal regulators who have the final word on whether the deal will go through, and they have yet to make their decisions.

Oracle: Reports of Itanium’s life greatly exaggerated – “HP has secretly contracted with Intel to keep churning out Itaniums so that HP can maintain the appearance that a dead microprocessor is still alive,” Oracle says in a recent court filing.

Zuckerberg Nearly Starts Panic Talking About Facebook IPO – According to sources inside the company, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg nearly set kicked off full-scale pandemonium at the Facebook offices when he recently told employees the long-awaited IPO was coming soon. Facebook has been teasing the market for the better part of a year with speculation that it would file its S-1 papers and sell stock publicly. For employees, that would mean a chance to finally cash in on all that stock.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Surveillance Catalog is Creepy Read – Conference produces a compendium of tools for breaking into computers, cell phones, and computer networks, as well as engaging in online subterfuge.

Occupy The Net! – Facebook’s “stance on pseudonyms is more than a stupid policy. It’s part and parcel of Facebook’s noxious vision for the future of the Internet, where privacy — rather than hard-earned cash — becomes the currency of the day”

How to Look, Drive, Eat and Drink Like an Executive – It’s said, at least by clothing salesmen, that you should dress for the position you want and not the one you have. If you like the concept of emulating the boss, you’ll want to check out this research from CareerBuilder. The findings focus on personal preferences of senior managers, at work and in their private lives.

Intel celebrates 40 years of chipmaking (photos) – This week Intel is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of its first commercially available microprocessor, the Intel 4004. This gallery will look at the history of Intel’s desktop chips in its effort to maintain Moore’s Law.

Today’s Quote:

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.”

–     Christopher Lasch

Today’s Free Downloads:

MozyHome – Mozy 2.0 is a welcome upgrade of the client for this popular online backup service. In addition to improvements to the usability, this version adds the ability to use the software to facilitate backups both to the MozyHome cloud service (2GB free, $6 for 50GB per month, or $10 for 125GB), and to a local hard drive.

CDBurnerXP 4.3.9.2783 – CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free.

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