Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 27, 2011

Ten tricks every Windows 7 power user should know – Are you a Windows 7 power user? Do you want to be? I’ve scoured my archive of tips, shortcuts, and secrets to find some of the hidden gems even some Windows experts don’t know about.

Windows 7 and SSDs: Setup secrets and tune-up tweaks – Solid-state drives are wicked fast. SSDs start and shut down fast, and they perform read operations (especially random reads) at speeds that blow the doors off conventional hard drives. In the first installment of this series, I gathered the numbers to show just how much faster you can expect an SSD to perform in the real world.

Free Printables: offers thousands of printable documents & templates – Beautiful printable files that you can customize and print on your inkjet or laser printer. If you’re planning a New Year’s party, don’t miss the new printable invitations, as well as free New Year’s Day coloring pages to keep the kids occupied until midnight. There are 80 sites in the Free Printable network.

21,000 domains transfer out of Go Daddy in 1 day – It could be a coincidence or it could a collective cold shoulder for Go Daddy for its SOPA support–though the company actually reversed course yesterday.

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Data-stealing malware growth spikes – In the first six months of 2011, data-stealing malware and generic Trojans increased from 36 percent of malware detected in January, 2011 to more than 45 percent in April, subsequently maintaining a proportion of well over 40 percent for the rest of the half. The former high for this metric was 44 percent, in a one-month spike, in August of 2010.

Top 10 IT Security posts of 2011 – Here is the round-up of the most-viewed posts of 2011. Michael Kassner investigated some of the thorniest security problems, reported on the newest developments in security research, and raised the red flag on privacy issues. Chad Perrin covered one of the worst security debacles of the year: Sony’s Playstation Network breach.

First Look: PlayStation Vita (photos) – CNET goes hands on with the Japanese version of the PlayStation Vita.

Watch your mouth – When techie types meet with non-techie types, tech-speak happens, and the result can be mayhem or, at least, very scary. Here are some tips for dialing it down and avoiding confusion.

The hidden gems found in the Windows 7 calculator – Check out some of the new features found hidden in the menu tree of the Microsoft Windows 7 calculator applet, you may be surprised.

Company News:

Apple Comes to Your Living Room – Steve Jobs’ biography confirmed that Apple finally “cracked” the code for developing an integrated Apple television that would come with iCloud support. Since then, plenty of speculation has made the rounds about what Apple would include in its television. Here’s a look at the likely inclusions and why Apple TV may be the company’s most impressive product yet.

NAC system PacketFence 3.1.0 released – Boasting a feature set including a captive-portal for registration and remediation, centralized wired and wireless management, 802.1X support, layer-2 isolation of problematic devices, integration with Snort and Nessus, PacketFence can be used to effectively secure networks – from small to very large heterogeneous networks.

RockMelt Taps Facebook Timeline With Social Omnibox – Social Web browser startup RockMelt launched its fifth beta version Dec. 20, improving the browser’s search bar, adding a ticker to its Social Reading application and improving its new tab page. RockMelt is based on Google’s Chromium open-source browser (currently version 14) and brings social utilities to the browser window. Users are free to browse the Web using Google, message and chat with Facebook friends, tweet from Twitter, and pin applications to the application edge for easy access.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Why People Retire To Florida Or Other Warm Climates – Slipping and sliding in the snow and ice – winter sucks! (video :40)

Ditching Java might be a good move – “Do not confuse Java with JavaScript: it’s hard to use the web without JavaScript. But JavaScript has nothing to do with Java,” he explains, and shows that the popular BlackHole exploit kit has extreme success in exploiting a recently discovered Java Rhino vulnerability. The problem with Java is that it has to be regularly updated, but many, many users aren’t even aware of its existence on their computers. Also, until very recently, new versions of Java didn’t automatically uninstall the old ones, which can be still found on systems and taken advantage of.

Now UPS fires courier for tossing Zappos delivery – After the heightened enthusiasm that surrounded a FedEx courier who tossed a Samsung monitor over a rather fetching fence, I bring news of a UPS guy who not only tossed a Zappos package, but also really pulled his finger out: the middle one, which he offered to a security camera.

Did Smartphones kill the Point-and-Shoot? – Smartphones in 2011 were increasingly the go-to device over traditional cameras and camcorders for Americans looking to capture photos and videos, a recent survey finds. Mobile handset photography jumped from comprising 17 percent of photos taken in 2010 to 27 percent in 2011, according to market research firm NPD Group. Traditional camera usage, meanwhile, fell 12 percentage points from 52 to 44 percent of all photos taken in 2011.

Today’s Quote:

“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”

–     Edwin Schlossberg

Today’s Free Downloads:

AutoHotkey – AutoHotKey parses script files that you create using an internal command language and save with any text editor. These scripts are assigned to key combinations that can be activated at any time. The command language is easy to grasp and the syntax is straightforward.

Free Ringtone Maker – Free Ringtone Maker is an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones. Make Your Own Ringtones in 3 Easy Steps. (Adware)

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 27, 2011

  1. kenneth lunkins

    i like that article about the transfers
    out of go daddy. the gov’t continues to over step the private right of the public. soon i can change the name from
    usa to ussa, see are heading the same course as ussr did.