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Title: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 16, 2006, 05:12:25 AM
Wikipedia - the biggest multilingual open access encyclopedia on the
internet ( www.wikipedia.org/ (http://www.wikipedia.org/) ) has features that allow editing of
articles. Due to the popularity of this website and the ability to make
changes, public figures, like congressmen - and women - have their staff
delete and reword articles to improve their image.  This practice of
partisan editing by those with a vested interest has lead Wikipedia to
block the congressional computer network on a number of occasions in the
last six months due to the inappropriate contributions.
Full story available at the following site:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4695376.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4695376.stm)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 16, 2006, 05:16:18 AM
Yahoo is considering launching a program to reward people who make Yahoo
their primary search engine.
http://news.com.com/2061-10811_3-6037090.html


Microsoft is considering the same idea - bribery - or as they call it
"sharing advertising revenue."
http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/12/08/HNmssearchengine_1.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 16, 2006, 05:21:50 AM
Google Grabs Half Of Booming Web Search Market
===============================
 
U.S. Web surfers conducted 5.1 billion searches in the last month of
2005, compared with 3.3 billion during the same period a year ago.
Yahoo and MSN lost their shares of internet searches.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=FG3UWDDJNL5LUQSNDBOCKHSCJUMEKJVN?articleID=179103246
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 16, 2006, 05:25:00 AM
Songbird, the "open source iTunes killer," is available
 
A team led by ex-Winamp-er Rob Lord today released a preview edition of
Songbird, a desktop media player that offers an open source alternative
to services like Apple's iTunes and the Windows Media Player. Instead of
connecting to one locked store full of DRMmed goods, it can connect to
any and all available music (and video) on the internet.
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/02/08/songbird_the_open_so.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 16, 2006, 05:32:14 AM
Protests Jump to Virtual World: 750 Websites Hacked
 
The effects of the boycott launched in response to the offensive Prophet
Mohammed cartoons published by Danish Newspaper Jylland-Posten are being
seen in other areas.  Hackers have accessed hundreds of Websites ending
with (*.dk).
 
The hackers of Danish websites show their reactions by leaving messages
on Website pages. Some wrote the name of Prophet Mohammed with hymns,
while others simply displayed a rose on the page. According to the
records of http://www.zone-h.org/en/news/read/id=205987/, a site listing the Websites accessed by
hackers, 750 Websites were blocked in the last 10 days
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on February 16, 2006, 06:21:51 PM
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Yeah ... well, who expected  congressmen (and women) to be honest???    ???


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Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 17, 2006, 04:34:12 AM
A new CPU is on the horizon.
It is twice the speed of Intel and AMD chips without the heat problems.
http://us.ft.com/ftsuperpage/superpage.php?news_id=fto020620062017026269&referrer_id=yahoofinance
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 17, 2006, 04:40:21 AM
You must agree...
 
Those long boring "End-User License Agreements" (EULA) that say you must
agree to bla, bla, bla before installing software are sometimes strange.

For example:
Sony says you must delete all your music should you ever go bankrupt.
Qwest says they can charge you $5 per email should your computer get
infected and spams anyone. However, others are more interesting, such as
Microsoft offering $5 if their software screws up your computer. PC
Pitstop's promise to pay $1,000 to the first person who actually read
their EULA (in part, to prove that no one reads EULAs) was eventually
paid it out, but it took four months and 3,000 downloads until anyone
claimed the prize  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Abraxas on February 17, 2006, 07:06:11 AM
bob3160:
Quote
... PC  Pitstop's promise to pay $1,000 to the first person who actually read
their EULA (in part, to prove that no one reads EULAs) was eventually
paid it out, but it took four months and 3,000 downloads until anyone
claimed the prize  ;D
That is funny ! ;D

There's a program EULAlyzer (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/) from Javacool Software (SpywareBlaster) which is pretty lame, just  in it's infancy collecting data it seems .
" EULAlyzer can analyze license agreements in seconds, and provide a detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases. License agreements can be a pain and a bore, but not reading them can be dangerous. EULAlyzer makes it all easy - "
Be interesting to see if it picked up on  PC  Pitstop's $1000 offer :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 27, 2006, 12:32:33 AM
Hackers are hijacking thousands of PCs to spy on users, shake down
online businesses, steal identities and send millions of pieces of spam.
You can read the whole story here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/14/AR2006021401342.html

An outline of one of the ways they build A Botnet can be found here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/custom/2006/02/17/CU2006021701353.html
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: bob3160 on March 05, 2006, 02:20:08 PM
Here is somthing that you'll look at and think..
"I should have thought of that."

360 Electrical outlets rotate into 18 positions so you can more easily
deal with wall-wart AC adapters. Excellent idea! "Coming soon," says the site.
http://www.360electrical.com/

I've requested  a surge protector that has those features... :)

Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: CharleyO on March 05, 2006, 06:17:02 PM
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Nice idea ... and yes, I wish I had thought of that!    ;D


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Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: bob3160 on March 11, 2006, 02:58:08 AM
(http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/8390/ipatlas6gq.jpg)
Want to see where an IP address is located?
just go to:
http://www.tleone.com/tools/ip-atlas/plot.php
and type in the address.
It always starts off by showing you your own location.
It's fairly close anyway. :)
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: neal63 on March 11, 2006, 03:01:16 AM
Interesting. I tried it from where I work which is about 50 miles south of Houston. This program came back and said I was located in or near Plano, Texas which is up near Dallas or about 400 miles north of me. Wonder what happened?  ;D
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: CharleyO on March 11, 2006, 03:23:01 AM
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Hmmm ... maybe something to do with your ISP service. When I tried, it said I was in or near Marina Del Rey, CA ... only about 2000+ miles off.    :o    ::)    ;D


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Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: neal63 on March 11, 2006, 07:04:37 AM
I redid this from my home pc and it said I was in Chantilly, Va. Oh well, guess that's close enough being here in Texas.  :)
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on March 11, 2006, 09:03:03 AM
It said I was in California: 5400 miles off!
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: DavidR on March 11, 2006, 04:33:54 PM
Yes very interesting, at least your ISP is in the same country ;D mine is supposedly located in Amsterdam, North Holland (province), Netherlands.
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: CharleyO on March 11, 2006, 06:29:20 PM
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Not sure what is happening with this or the results some of you are getting. I tried again today and got the same ... Marina Del Rey, CA. I use Earthlink as my ISP and I know they have a big center near there. But, they also have one in Atlanta, GA only a few hundred miles from me ... where quiries usually went through when I used NeoTrace before McAfee bought it out.    >:(


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Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: kakapo on March 12, 2006, 01:44:07 AM
Maybe close..... but no cigar. It placed me in Australia!!! (Not that I wouldn't mind being there right now)
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: ..::ReVaN::.. on March 12, 2006, 08:59:35 AM
At least you guys get something... This is what i get...

(http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/8030/howiseeit1wx.jpg)
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: CharleyO on March 12, 2006, 09:33:29 PM
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Well, in a way, .:ReVan:. , that might be a good thing!    ;)    8)


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Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: bob3160 on March 22, 2006, 02:50:28 AM
Windows XP-on-Mac (http://news.com.com/2100-1046_3-6050431.html?part=rss&tag=6050431)
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: bob3160 on March 22, 2006, 03:30:22 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/Navigation.jpg)
Volkswagen and Google develop revolutionary navigation system.
Details available HERE (http://www.automotoportal.com/article/Volkswagen_and_Google_develop_revolutionary_navigation_system)
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: CharleyO on March 22, 2006, 03:32:40 AM
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Yep, I read about the Mac-hack-to-XP a few days ago.

To me, it sounds like the end of Mac OS.    :(


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Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: bob3160 on March 22, 2006, 03:57:38 AM
Quote
To me, it sounds like the end of Mac OS.
To me it sounds like the beginning of the dual boot OSX - WXP System.... ;D ;D
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: pepeaida on March 22, 2006, 07:48:36 PM
I tried the ISP locator and it places mine at Marina Del Rey, California, US, and I am located at Puerto Rico, just in sunny Caribbean...LOL...Maybe thats the answer to the lousy service we get from local and only ISP in this Island.
The lag and slow signals are the order of the day and quite expensive too...Its about $65.00 usd a month and their own speed tests show a weak Dnld of average 800 kb and uploads of 128, if theres a blue moon ...lol
Maybe the signal we get it relayed from California down to PR and upwards again...And they sell it as a T1, LOL :'( :-[
Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: CharleyO on March 22, 2006, 08:19:47 PM
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Yikes, pepeaida ... you all in PR are getting ripped off royally!    :o


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Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 25, 2006, 03:02:37 PM
Humm... what to say about this...  Just look at it.. someone went to a
lot of trouble to make this.

http://blueballfixed.ytmnd.com/

Give it a chance to load.   There's a lot going on on this page.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 25, 2006, 03:12:22 PM
Latest Fashions
==============
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Off%20-Topic%20Forum/Fashion.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on March 25, 2006, 06:36:55 PM
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Humm... what to say about this...  Just look at it.. someone went to a
lot of trouble to make this.

http://blueballfixed.ytmnd.com/

Give it a chance to load.   There's a lot going on on this page.



Wow ... I got lost trying to follow just one blueball ... lol! But, it is amazing work to line all that up and getting working in sync.


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Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 26, 2006, 01:18:30 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Linkking/Circle.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on March 26, 2006, 08:14:23 PM
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You will see the opposite of the "negative" image you posted.    ;)


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Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 01, 2006, 03:10:50 PM
Euclid Discoveries Compression Rates 460% better than MPEG-4 Euclid
Discoveries has announced they have the technology to reach video
compression rates  at 460% over MPEG-4, with the hardware & software
available now. With this they can reduce  a 23mb 30fps video down to
1519bytes. Awesome!

http://www.eucliddiscoveries.com/

With extreame compression, even dialup can enjoy streaming audio/video. :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 01, 2006, 03:14:53 PM
(http://www.engadget.com/media/2006/03/64gb_drive.jpg)
http://www.engadget.com/2006/03/29/buslinks-64gb-usb-2-0-flash-drive-pro-2-series/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 07, 2006, 01:39:48 PM
(http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/9537/usn1oc.jpg)
http://www.navy.mil/media/othermedia/yearinreview/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 08, 2006, 08:17:16 PM
IRS: 'Phishing' ID Theft Scams On Rise (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/13/tech/main1397673.shtml)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 08, 2006, 08:38:06 PM
Satellite navigation finds its way to phones
 
Do you know where your friends are? You could give them a call, but if
their mobile phones are equipped with the latest in satellite
navigation, you could also go to a Web site such as Mologogo (http://www.mologogo.com)
to find their whereabouts on a map, accurate to
within a few yards.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 09, 2006, 11:58:02 PM
Microsoft.com - free domain name and website
 
This looks like an incredible deal for someone looking for a basic
homepage with a personal domain name. Through Microsoft Office Live
Beta, you can sign up for free today, allowing you to register and own a
domain name for free (any available .com, .net, or .org domain name),
and they provide basic design tools to help you build your own website.
It comes with 30MB of storage space on your website, and a few email
accounts. The free service has a limit of 10GB of monthly bandwidth,
which is plenty for any personal website. This is definitely not meant
for an online commercial business unless you sign up for the extra
services, but for a personal website, a fan website, a blog site, or a
company presence website, this is a hot deal.
 
Notice: Even if you choose the service that is free both before and
after the beta, they still ask for a credit card. That is to confirm you
are who you say you are, and to limit the amount of illegal websites on
their service. Without requiring a credit card verification, their free
service would quickly clog with scam, spam, and illegal websites.
http://officelive.microsoft.com/default.aspx

Please note:
At this time, Microsoft is offering a beta version of its Office Live services only to a test group of small business owners
and managers in the United States. At the end of the beta period (late 2006), these services will become available to all
U.S. small-business customers. Also in late 2006, we will initiate additional beta programs in select markets outside the United States
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 10, 2006, 02:03:10 PM
A treasure trove of knowledge, utilities and tips can be found at the following website:
http://www.petri.co.il/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on April 10, 2006, 09:22:35 PM
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That is a treasure trove and a bookmarked one now ... thanks, Bob!    :)


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Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 01, 2006, 03:00:57 PM
Looking for the Right Antivirus Program Part 2 (http://www.scotsnewsletter.com/80.htm#avsearch)
Interesting reading.... [/b]
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Staind on May 01, 2006, 04:44:35 PM
to find their whereabouts on a map, accurate to
within a few yards.[/b]
Does anyone else notice a problem with this?
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 07, 2006, 02:35:34 AM
Some more XP tweaks and tips:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm

Thanks Steve C. for the find.
(Say Hi to Alice's sister for me  :))
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 08, 2006, 02:21:12 PM
(http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/627/100002f1ej.jpg)

Ever wanted to know what a $10,000 bill looks like? The US Treasury's
Bureau and Engraving has a gallery of high-denomination money.
http://www.bep.treas.gov/section.cfm/5/42
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 08, 2006, 02:33:16 PM
Most Fuel-Efficient Cars for 2006

Honda Insight — 60/66
Toyota Prius — 60/51*
Honda Civic Hybrid — 49/51*
Volkswagen Golf TDI — 37/44
Volkswagen New Beetle TDI — 37/44
Volkswagen Jetta TDI — 36/41

http://money.cnn.edmunds.com/reviews/list/top10/108467/article.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on May 09, 2006, 09:36:55 PM
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Some more XP tweaks and tips:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm

Thanks Steve C. for the find.
(Say Hi to Alice's sister for me  :))

Thanks for this link, Bob.
There is some good information and help at that link.
It's now bookmarked!    :)


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Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on May 09, 2006, 11:19:45 PM
Quote from: bob3160
Most Fuel-Efficient Cars for 2006

Interesting and coincidental as I recently watched a program (and read an article), which did some real road tests and none of the Hybrid vehicles came close to the official figures. I think the Toyota Prius came out best overall. With many of the other hybrid vehicles even being run a close or beaten by some of the smaller petrol and diesel vehicles.

The end result was that when the additional purchase price and the actual real life MPG you needed to be doing about 20,000 miles per year to make it worth while. So it isn't as cut and dried as the official MPG figures make out.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 11, 2006, 01:52:37 PM
LOW Gas Prices & where to find them!  Not a joke
You just type in your zip code & it tells you which gas stations have the cheapest prices (and the highest) on gas.

Click on the gas station's name and the map zooms in to that specific location.
You might want to pass this along to others.  It's updated every evening (mostly).

Gas Prices - MSN Autos
Click here: Gas Prices - MSN Autos http://autos.msn.com/everyday/gasstations.aspx?zip=&src=Netx
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 15, 2006, 02:08:21 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/I%20Thought/wmp11-01.jpg)
Windows Media Player 11 on XP SP2
Screenshots:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fluxiontech/sets/72057594132853834/
Download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/20465086/11.zip
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 26, 2006, 03:37:17 AM
(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/2357/planet2oo.png)

http://www.unb.ca/passc/index.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 30, 2006, 03:19:30 AM
Microsoft to Offer Pay-As-You-Go PCs
=======================
The Redmond company has joined up with a number of hardware manufacturers and telecoms to make FlexGo a reality.
AMD, Intel, Infineon, Phoenix and Lenovo are among those partnering with Microsoft,
which says it has completed a successful year-long trial of FlexGo in Brazil.
Microsoft will soon bring the program to China, Hungary, India, Mexico, Russia, Slovenia and Vietnam.
CompleteArticle (http://www.betanews.com/article/Microsoft_to_Offer_PayAsYouGo_PCs/1148313377)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 30, 2006, 03:49:50 AM
Microsoft Pushes Its Own Alternative to JPEG
============================
Microsoft introduced on May 24 at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC)
here its proposed image-compression file-format specification, which it is calling "Windows Media Photo."
Windows Media Photo will allow users to correct, render and print photos in half the size a comparable JPEG requires.
FullStory (http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,2180,1967900,00.asp)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on June 08, 2006, 10:42:02 PM
A virus that encrypts your files and refuses to give you access to them
unless you pay a ransom has been cracked.

 
The password for unlocking your files is now widely available: This
virus swaps files found in the "My Documents" folder on Windows with a
single file protected by a 30-digit password. Victims are only told the
password if they buy drugs from one of three online pharmacies. The 30-
digit password locking the files is
"mf2lro8sw03ufvnsq034jfowr18f3cszc20vmw"
(without the quotes)
Using the password should restore all the hijacked files.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on June 11, 2006, 04:54:14 PM
XPize (http://xpero.msfn.org/?page=about)  is a resources transformation pack for Windows. It replaces most of the non-XP icons,
avis and bmps that Microsoft has always overlooked. The installer simply automates the process
of replacing resources in critical system files, making your XP's look better.
XPize is compatible with Windows XP, 2003 and MCE Editions. XPize also comes with an Updater, which you can use after visiting Windows Update
Click Here For Screenshots (http://xpero.msfn.org/?page=screenshots)   Click Here For Direct Download (http://xpero.msfn.org/downloads/XPize441.exe)

Title: Re: .:: Interesting ::.
Post by: ardvark on June 12, 2006, 07:14:29 AM
Quote from: bob3160
It always starts off by showing you your own location.
It's fairly close anyway. :)

Not exactly. I was shown to be living in the middle of Australia ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on June 15, 2006, 01:57:21 PM
 Share Large Files
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Best of all, Civil Netizen will always be free for unlimited use. Absolutely no adware or spyware.
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Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on June 22, 2006, 06:34:38 PM
It pays to be informed, but when there’s so much to be informed about,
it’s very easy to just throw up your hands and unplug yourself from the never-ending stream of content.
It doesn’t even matter if you’ve subscribed to your favorite content via RSS, because content is content,
and even if the delivery is automated, you still have to read it, and getting to everything would be a full-time
job in and of itself. Nevertheless, if you want to keep up with a variety of news/content sources on the Internet,
then look to popurls.com
http://popurls.com/[/color]
Title: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on June 29, 2006, 02:56:27 PM
Tempe, Arizona goes wireless
======================================

Photos and more information:
http://news.com.com/2300-1039_3-6079064-1.html?tag=ne.gall.pg

Video and more:
http://news.com.com/1606-2-6088739.html

More on Municipal and Government interest in WIFI implementation:
http://news.com.com/The+local+Wi-Fi+bet/2009-7351_3-6089051.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on June 30, 2006, 01:54:59 PM
Open Source Freeware :
====================
400+ free applications and utilities
Extremely useful open source applications and utilities available free under various licenses.
Full listing available Here (http://www.econsultant.com/i-want-open-source-software/index.html)
Enjoy  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on July 14, 2006, 08:45:56 PM
AOhelL for free ??

Due to declining subscribers, they are contemplating making their service available for free to
customers that who use broadband.
Dial-up customers would still have to pay.

IMHO, AOL in any form, is still an invasion of my computer system.  ;D

More info available here (http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,126335,tk,nl_cxanws,00.asp)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on July 15, 2006, 06:26:16 PM
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I agree, Bob ...... there is no good reason to use AOL.    :-X


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Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on July 15, 2006, 09:52:26 PM
Hi bob3160.

Upload from usb stick to usb stick with a new device:
http://www.gethitch.com/demo/

You already have a hitch, Bob?

polonus

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on July 15, 2006, 10:24:02 PM
Quote
You already have a hitch, Bob?
No not yet but now I have an Itch to get one.....;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on July 25, 2006, 03:38:54 AM
Maxthon browser's features:
http://news.com.com/2300-1028_3-6086692.html?tag=ne.gall.rbcs

Tesla's sports car drives for a penny a mile and,
only cost's $90,000.00
http://news.com.com/2300-11386_3-6096355-1.html?tag=ne.gall.pg

Toyota's hydrogen SUV
Toyota's fuel cell hybrid vehicle on display at Semicon West 2006, a chip equipment technology conference that has been taking place this week in San Francisco. The hybrid averages close to 60 miles per kilogram--not gallon.
http://news.com.com/2300-11389_3-6094112.html?tag=ne.gall.rbcs
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on August 08, 2006, 02:10:58 AM
Transform XP into a Mac look-alike
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/Flyakite_s.png)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/WebsiteRelated/Viewfullsize.png) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/Flyakite_l.png) 
Flyakite OSX (visually) transforms your Windows XP desktop environment into a a complete simulation of a Mac computer, including cursors, sounds, visual styles, login screen and other details. The program bundles a variety of individual tool to add additional Mac functionality such as colored folder icons, taskbar, dock and much more. FlyakiteOSX is not a simple desktop skins, but makes extensive changes to your system - it can automatically create a Windows Restore Point, allowing you to safely revert any changes. If you are a fan of the Mac interface but prefer the Windows operating system, this is a must-try software.
Download Here (http://files.myopera.com/End/files/FlyakiteOSX%20v3.5.exe)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on August 10, 2006, 08:25:20 AM
Virtual Sandbox™ 2.0
Stops spyware and virus infections, protects privacy, allows for the safe isolated execution of untrusted programs, blocks malicious access to personal files and local networks, isolates email attachments for safe execution, and discards file or registry changes made while browsing.

Another anti-virus program for the weary masses ::)

http://www.fortresgrand.com/products/vsb/vsb.htm

still avast! pro is here to stay on this laptop ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on August 10, 2006, 08:49:29 AM
Got Safari-envy but stuck in Windows? Swift is a brand new open source web browser for Windows that's based on WebKit, the rendering engine that powers Apple's Safari, which in turn is based on KHTML from the Linux browser Konqueror. Swift is a free download, but it's in very early alpha. It's a functioning browser that will load web pages--very quickly, in fact--and has a modal/tabbed interface and a search box, but otherwise has basically no frills, not even bookmarks, and crashes are frequent. Still, definitely a project to keep an eye on.

http://www.getwebkit.org/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on August 10, 2006, 03:15:10 PM
Google and MYSpace.com form an alliance
On Monday, MySpace.com's parent company, Fox Interactive Media (owned by News Corp)
announced a newly launched deal with Google that will give the search engine exclusive rights
to online search results and sponsored ads on the MySpace web community.
The deal also gives Google the same access to Fox Interactive Media's other online enterprises
such as RottenTomatoes.com and Scout.com.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on August 10, 2006, 08:55:54 PM
Quote
Another anti-virus program for the weary masses
Virtual Sandbox may protect you from viruses because anything you do while using this
program is erased after you stop using it but,
it definitely is NOT an anti virus program..... ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Lisandro on August 10, 2006, 11:51:16 PM
Virtual Sandbox
It's not free  :P :P
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on August 12, 2006, 02:49:28 AM
http://lists.thedatalist.com/index.html

lots of good programs on here ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on August 12, 2006, 05:03:09 AM
Digital photo freeware
Here are the most popular free digital photo downloads for the week ending August 6:

1. IrfanView (http://ct.download.com/clicks?t=4355071-997a50b48f4ba923117b00962e47a93a-bf&s=5&fs=0)
Taking pictures is only half the fun. IrfanView lets you assemble your images into a slide show,
as well as offering basic editing and multiple preview options.
License: Free
 
2. Picasa (http://ct.download.com/clicks?t=4355072-997a50b48f4ba923117b00962e47a93a-bf&s=5&fs=0)
Google's all-in-one digital photo application scans your computer and digital cameras
for images and organizes them as chronologically sorted albums.
License: Free
 
3. XnView (http://ct.download.com/clicks?t=4355073-997a50b48f4ba923117b00962e47a93a-bf&s=5&fs=0)
Supporting more than 400 file formats, XnView makes short work of all your image-editing needs.
License: Free
 
4. The GIMP (http://ct.download.com/clicks?t=4355074-997a50b48f4ba923117b00962e47a93a-bf&s=5&fs=0)
With features to rival vaunted graphics programs like Photoshop, it's amazing this powerful graphics program is free.
The open-source app is jam-packed with professional features such as channels, layers, and tabbed palettes.
License: Free
 
5. FxFoto (http://ct.download.com/clicks?t=4355075-997a50b48f4ba923117b00962e47a93a-bf&s=5&fs=0)
Organize, enhance, e-mail, print, upload, and archive all your photos with this all-in-one digital photo suite.
License: Free
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on August 16, 2006, 12:47:44 AM
A special invitation to listen to my Pandora Music Station. (Broadband Helps)

To immediately listen to this music station I've created (named "John Denver Radio")
simply click on this link or copy and paste it into your Internet browser:

http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh79531567283830433&tc=e-001424-0035-1137

This station plays on Pandora, a music listening and discovery service. Pandora
enables users to easily create streaming stations that explore their favorite
parts of the music universe.

Enjoy!  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on August 24, 2006, 02:42:13 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/avastSign.jpg)
I made this one.
Go here (http://ronaldmchummer.com/) to make your own.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on August 24, 2006, 03:22:15 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/diploma.jpg)

I just received this in an email.
Is this SPAM or a joke or a compliment  ??? ??? ???
You decide.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on August 24, 2006, 07:55:10 PM
i made it for you bob as a joke and also a joking way of saying thank you for all the help with computers questions i have had ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on August 24, 2006, 08:51:40 PM
Well, Bob,

I too think you deserve it, and I think of the time that through your tips I got my mem stick drive at once, and other times where you were very helpful,

polonus




Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on August 24, 2006, 10:42:28 PM
***

Here's my McRonald sign ......    ;D

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on August 24, 2006, 11:04:48 PM
for you polonus...for all the help also!
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on August 24, 2006, 11:12:28 PM
and also to your davidr for all the information and help you have given me in the past!! :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Lisandro on August 25, 2006, 03:20:40 AM
and also to your davidr for all the information and help you have given me in the past!! :o
Where is mine?  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on August 25, 2006, 10:25:01 AM
here you go tech...last one to make-have diploma making burnout :P
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on August 25, 2006, 11:32:04 PM
i almost forgot to thank someone for the great garfield avatar :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on August 26, 2006, 05:28:13 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/AirDefense.png) (http://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe591c74776c047c721c-fdfa17787267057b75107575-ff3316777466)
If your interested, just click on the picture to sign-up.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on August 28, 2006, 05:02:51 PM
Wireless Networking Need To Know 2006
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Wireless.png)
Tom's Networking has created a great article about everything you need to know about wireless networking.
It's a great read for anyone thinking of updating their wireless network, or if you just want to learn more
about the current state of wireless home networking technology.
The full article is available at:
http://www.tomsnetworking.com/2006/02/27/wireless_networking_ntk_2006/index.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on September 10, 2006, 07:31:58 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/solid.png)
UGS is now offering Solid Edge 2D Drafting for free download.
This popular 2D design package had a previous retail list price of $995!

Obtaining your FREE copy of Solid Edge 2D (http://www.solidedge.com/free2d/) is as simple as 1,2,3

(1) Select the download location closest to you
(2) Complete the registration form
(3) Download Solid Edge 2D

NOTES: You must use Internet Explorer version 6.0 or later to perform this download. 
Solid Edge 2D Drafting requires Windows XP.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on September 11, 2006, 02:14:43 AM
The Online Alarm Clock web site is a very simple web app that lets you set a web-based alarm from any browser.
 the thing that I really like about the Online Alarm Clock is that you can quickly and easily use it on any computer with a web browser. I could see something like this being especially useful for the college student working on-campus in a computer lab, for example, who wants a reminder that it's time to head to her next class. The Online Alarm Clock requires Flash (the alarm noise is an embedded Flash sound)

http://onlineclock.net/

just set the time on the clock....it works
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on September 11, 2006, 09:06:21 PM
More Windows shortcuts.
A short video outlining some of the windows keyboard shortcuts can be found here (http://reviews.cnet.com/4660-10165-6635794.html?tag=nl.e404).
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on September 13, 2006, 11:51:12 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/iTunesTips.png)

iTunes Tips (http://ct.cnet-ssa.cnet.com/clicks?t=9601098-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&s=5&fs=0)

Watch this video (http://ct.cnet-ssa.cnet.com/clicks?t=9601101-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&s=5&fs=0)

If you've learned something, let me know.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on September 25, 2006, 04:07:45 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Golf02.gif)
The House That Golf Built

Has just been added to MySharedFiles (http://bob3160.googlepages.com/mysharedfiles)
You'll find it in the Flash Presentations Folder (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Flash+Presentations/)

To look at this little Flash presentation, you can also use this direct link (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/flash+presentations/TheHouseThatGolfBuilt.htm).


I'm ready to move !!! :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on September 26, 2006, 12:39:07 AM
FREE 2 gig Personalized Email Address from AOL

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/PersonalizedEmail.png) (http://free.aol.com/thenewaol/domain_email.adp)
Click on the image to get yours!

Please note:
At this time you must have a cell phone to register for AOL My eAddress.


Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on September 28, 2006, 12:56:54 AM
I received this in an email today and thought it was worth sharing.
Windows Tips: Vanquish Annoyances (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/tips%27n%27tricks/WindowsTips-VanquishAnnoyances.html)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: rdmaloyjr on September 29, 2006, 03:09:44 AM
Snippy
http://www.bhelpuri.net/Snippy/default.htm

Has anyone tried Snippy?  Installation instructions are a little strange.  It is a "no install", but I need to pick a place to put it on my hard drive.  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on September 29, 2006, 03:34:17 AM
Snippy
http://www.bhelpuri.net/Snippy/default.htm

Has anyone tried Snippy?  Installation instructions are a little strange.  It is a "no install", but I need to pick a place to put it on my hard drive.  Any suggestions?
From what I see, it's a screen capture program which defaults to saving the capture to the clipboard.
Faststone's Screen Capture (http://www.faststone.org/) program can do that and much much more! It's also FREE.  :)

If you don't already have their products in your Graphics arsenal, I suggest you get them all.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on October 07, 2006, 04:03:31 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Startrek01.png)

Startrek New Voyages
Check out new downloads at
http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/800/download.php

Torrents available at:
http://newvoyages.mine.nu:1701/index.html?sort=11

StarTrek-NewVoyages_Pilot-ComeWhatMay_DVD.iso also available at:
http://ftp.acc.umu.se/mirror/media/StarTrek-NewVoyages/4x00-Pilot-ComeWhatMay/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on October 07, 2006, 06:13:05 PM
***

Bob ... thanks for the Star Trek links.    :)


***
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on October 10, 2006, 02:05:26 AM
Using Microsoft's Windows Defender (http://www.microsoft.com/defender) to explore SvcHost.exe

Windows Defender provides detailed information about each instance of Svchost.exe running, and all the services therein.
In Windows Defender, click Tools, then choose Software Explorer. In the Category drop-down menu, choose "Currently Running Programs"
or "Network Connected Programs." In either or both of those categories, you'll probably find items called "Microsoft Generic Host Process for Win32 Services"
--- these are the Svchost.exe instances. By clicking on one instance in the left pane, you'll see details in the right.

You can match these individual "Microsoft Generic Host Process for Win32 Services" instances with Svchost.exe instances in the TASKLIST /SVC
list most easily by matching Process IDs. In the command prompt version, the services are abbreviated--- for example, you might see AudioSrv and BITS.
But when you look in the associated "Services" item in Windows Defender, those are spelled out--- Windows Audio and Background Intelligent Transfer Service."

Best of all, each "Host Process" in Defender is Classified as "Allowed" or "Not Yet Classified." Any process that's "not allowed"
will be blocked or terminated (one hopes) by Windows Defender.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on October 14, 2006, 09:12:33 PM
Expires: 10/17/06 11:00 PM

Outpost.com has the NEC ND-3550A 16x DVD+/-RW DL IDE Burner (OEM, bare drive)
on sale for only $24.99 with free shipping included.

http://shop.outpost.com/product/4856220

If you need one, I haven't seen anything cheaper. Wish I had room for it on my system.... :)

(I don't work for outpost and don't get anything out of this.)

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on October 16, 2006, 12:53:50 AM
Miss a favorite television show?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Free01.png)
ABC television network is now offering free online viewing of the last episode of select primetime shows.

Here's the link
http://dynamic.abc.go.com/streaming/landing
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on October 16, 2006, 08:39:00 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/PrinterAnywhere.png)
With PrinterAnywhere (http://www.printeranywhere.com/) you can print documents and photos on other people’s printers
as easily as on the local one connected to your machine.
No special technical knowledge is required from both – printer owner and user. It just works!

10 Reasons Why To Print with PrinterAnywhere (http://www.printeranywhere.com/):
I want to ensure the documents are printed and not just received
I don’t want to send (email) electronic copies of the documents
My recipient does not have the application to open my document
I want to print paper photos on my relatives’ printer
I want to ensure the documents are printed only on a specific printer
I want to print directly from my applications as if it were on my local printer
Microsoft printer sharing on my home network doesn’t seem to work for me
The document is too big to print locally and fax (and I want to save paper!)
Fax quality is not enough, international fax calls are expensive.
I want to print now. For free!

The program is also available from MySharedFiles (http://bob3160.googlepages.com/mysharedfiles)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on October 18, 2006, 12:03:16 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/cnetTV.png) (http://www.cnettv.com/)
                     Click Me

If you have trouble making it work, maybe this will help:
http://cnet.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/cnet.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1605
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on October 22, 2006, 02:54:11 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/FoxOnDemand.png) (http://streaming.myfoxny.com/)
Click on the picture. :)
You'll have to allow the installation of an activeX player to watch these shows from Fox. Excellent picture and sound quality.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on October 24, 2006, 03:09:22 PM
Citrix Virtual Client    (http://www.thinstall.com/products/citrix_ica_client_download.php) - Citrix has partnered with Thinstall to virtualize the Citrix Presentation Server Client.
Thinstall technology enables you to carry the Citrix Presentation Server Client with you, and use it from any computer,
without requiring installation or administrative permissions. Easily and securely access any of your Citrix applications
from any computer, anywhere. FREE for individual use.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on October 25, 2006, 08:18:18 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Burrn01.png)

Burrrn
http://www.burrrn.net/?page_id=4
Burrrn is a little tool for creating audio CDs with CD-Text from various audio files.
Supported formats are: wav, mp3, mpc, ogg, aac, mp4, ape, flac, ofr, wv, tta, m3u, pls and fpl playlists and cue sheets. You can also burn EAC’s noncompliant image + cue sheets! Burrrn can read all types of tags from all these formats (including ape tags in mp3). Burrrn uses cdrdao.exe for burning.

Direct Download
http://www.burrrn.net/download/burrrn_package.exe
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 01, 2006, 03:45:24 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/FEARnet.png)

http://fearnet.com/video.aspx?movieid=53559&pid=Xiz_anpziS_-jI92TFG4NZKwlKv1_GVZ
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 02, 2006, 10:47:24 PM
Microsoft changes Vista license terms!

There's good news out of Redmond today for anyone planning a Windows Vista upgrade in 2007 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/index.php?p=166&tag=nl.e589).
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 04, 2006, 01:54:43 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/OAE.png)

Microsoft is offering Office Accounting Express 2007 (http://www.ideawins.com/) to end users for free,
providing a complimentary license to download the otherwise expensive product.

Office Accounting Express 2007 (http://www.ideawins.com/) (OAE 2007) is a low-end calculating program for small businesses.
That doesn't make it a cheap product, but apparently it hasn't exactly been popular amongst Microsoft clients.
As a result, the company is offering the program for free download as of October 30th.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 04, 2006, 08:05:44 PM
Alcohol 52% CD & DVD emulation software can create virtual CD/DVD-ROM drives and play CDs & DVDs without the need for the physical disc.
This piece of emulation software allows users to play CDs & DVDs without the need for the physical disc.
Notebook users and PC Game players will benefit the most from Alcohol 52%. It is not necessary to carry the physical discs and CD & DVD-ROM drive,
if users need to present their works to the customers from their notebook.
It is not necessary to insert the CD & DVD discs if users want to play PC Games in their computer.
Alcohol 52% copies an "invisible" CD & DVD disc to the harddisk.

There are no limitations on this version, other than the ability to create only 6 virtual drives.
Our retail version still supports 31 virtual drives. Remember you can not run Alcohol 52% if you have Alcohol 120% installed on the same drive.
This version of Alcohol 52% is for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only.
The license is provided personally to you and for that reason it does not allow you to make any duplicate (copy) to be sold, borrowed, assigned, leased or transferred.
http://www.free-downloads.net/programs/Alcohol_52__Free_Edition

Direct Downloads:
http://mirror3.free-downloads.net/3/Alcohol52_FE_1.9.6.4629.exe
or
http://mirror2.free-downloads.net/3/Alcohol52_FE_1.9.6.4629.exe
or
http://mirror1.free-downloads.net/3/Alcohol52_FE_1.9.6.4629.exe
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 06, 2006, 02:37:12 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/card.png)
Lets Say Thanks (http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1280.html) courtesy of XEROX
Send a postcard to all the active duty US military personnel serving overseas.
Maybe we should ask XEROX to expand this to include all soldiers who are serving their counties away from home?

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 13, 2006, 07:53:45 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/CDs.png)

$14.98
100 HP (CR00031X)52xCD-R
Shipping Included.


Get it at OfficeMax (http://www.resellerratings.com/mod/mod3/shop_click.pl?sid=308204&cid=63686&dtid=22589973&ct=2073&pc=14.98&prod=Hewlett%20Packard%20%28CR00031X%29%2052x%20CD-R%20Storage%20Media&store=OfficeMax&url=BEFID%3D63686%26acode%3D138%26code%3D138%26aon%3D%5E%26crawler_id%3D308204%26dealId%3DBGglIvMF6pR07usEl0pHXw%253D%253D%26prjID%3Dds%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fclickserve.cc-dt.com%252Flink%252Fddiprod%253Flid%253D41000000005637032%2526pid%253D20987318%2526ximg%253Dhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fstat.dealtime.com%25252Fpixel%25252F1%25253FROI_EvnTyp%25253DROI%252526ROI_SrvPgTyp%25253DROICHKO%252526ROI_MrcID%25253D308204%26DealName%3DHP%2520100-Pack%252052x%2520CD-R%2520Spindle%26MerchantID%3D308204%26category%3D77%26MT%3Dnyc-pmt7-2%26DB%3Dsdcprod%26MN%3DMT%26HasLink%3Dyes%26frameId%3D0%26AR%3D1%26RR%3D1%26NG%3D8%26GR%3D1%26ND%3D1%26FPT%3DDSP%26NDS%3D8%26NMS%3D8%26NDP%3D8%26MRS%3D8%26CT%3D6%26linkin_id%3D3056842%26DMT%3D7%26VK%3D3056842%26searchID%3Db99714f7ea10e3e367c2920d%26PD%3D22589973%26IsFtr%3D0%26IsSmart%3D0%26crn%3DUSD%26istrsmrc%3D0%26isathrsl%3D0%26dlprc%3D14.98&zc=&or=&ls=&unid=1173835601&tmpl=p)


I've Got mine. :)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/GotMine.png)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 13, 2006, 10:17:14 PM
With IE 7, green means go for legit sites.
Starting early next year, the address bar in Internet Explorer 7
will turn green when surfing to a legitimate Web site--but only in some cases, not all.

Full story (http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6134647.html?tag=nl.e550)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 16, 2006, 09:25:10 PM
Star Wars Episode IV — in ASCII text

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Starwars.png)


Darth Vader intercepts Princess Leia, who jettisons the Death Star plans, which...
The animation is absorbing — but it's all rendered using ASCII text!

This hilarious retelling of Star Wars Episode IV (the "first" in the series) is by Simon Jansen,
a New Zealand programmer with way too much time on his hands.
He provides a Java version of the movie at his site, ASCIImation.co.nz.
But more interesting is the version that draws the movie in a DOS window on your screen using telnet.

To try this yourself, open a command window. (Start, Run, cmd, Enter.)
At the prompt, type telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl and press Enter.
After a delay, the ASCII animation starts rolling.  (Please be patient.)

The movie is by no means finished, but you may not care because you'll be rolling on the floor, laughing.
Visit the site (http://asciimation.co.nz/)

(from: WACKY WEB WEEK)

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on November 16, 2006, 09:57:36 PM
thanks bob...that was good....and the floor was awful hard when i fall laughing....long ways down(i'm 6 feet 5 inches tall) 8) ::)

mini-mini star wars movie below(where's the popcorn) ??? ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 20, 2006, 07:19:06 PM
If you have been waiting for confirmed Black Friday deals,
Walmart has published its official Black Friday Sales Circular (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=546831) featuring eight pages of promotional sale items.

No Pushing please.... ;D

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 22, 2006, 02:24:16 AM
Justice Dept.: Vista satisfies antitrust deal (http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6137603.html?tag=nl.e589)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 22, 2006, 09:04:11 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/pando01.png) Send and Receive Large Files, Up to 1GB, Free (http://www.pando.com/)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Pando.png)

What's New in Pando Beta 1.2.01
No more registration. Just click and send!
New HTML emails let you preview packages before downloading
Much faster transfer connection times
Virus scanner integration – pick the program you want to scan incoming files (Windows only)
Expired package management – Pando searches for peers, you decide whether to download
Enhanced email security - emails encrypted between Pando client and server
Fixes to bugs you helped find

Beta v1.2.01 Direct Download (http://www.pando.com/dl/download/Pando_Beta_Setup.exe).
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 28, 2006, 01:03:15 AM
A Worthy Cause

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Walking.gif)
   Please keep her going...

SHE JUST LEFT This woman is walking the World for Breast Cancer.
Please pass her on so that she can reach her destination.
Say a prayer for all those who are affected by this terrible disease.
She's walking around the world --- for a worthy cause.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Mammograms.png) (http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/CTDSites.woa/116/wo/Ir0000lg700rS500n6/0.0.47.7.0.1.0.3.0.CustomContentLinkDisplayComponent.0.0)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 30, 2006, 02:28:38 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/10MinMail.png) (http://10minutemail.com/10MinuteMail/index.html)

How often have you needed an email address for a confirmation of some sort but,
you really don't want to give them your real email address.
"Let the spammers have their fun cause in 10 min, I'm gone."

Get your 10 Minute Mail e-mail address (http://10minutemail.com/10MinuteMail/email.html).

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Lisandro on November 30, 2006, 05:32:06 PM
How often have you needed an email address for a confirmation of some sort but, you really don't want to give them your real email address.
"Let the spammers have their fun cause in 10 min, I'm gone."
Thanks Bob!!! I love this  8)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on November 30, 2006, 06:01:23 PM
How often have you needed an email address for a confirmation of some sort but, you really don't want to give them your real email address.
"Let the spammers have their fun cause in 10 min, I'm gone."
Thanks Bob!!! I love this  8)
Me to..... :) :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on December 01, 2006, 03:46:43 PM
Some FreeWare available here (http://69.247.79.81:4445/tipstricksfreeware/Some+FreeWare+For+12-01-2006.html), thanks to ZDNet.  :)

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on December 08, 2006, 04:45:39 PM
Some MORE FreeWare available here (http://69.247.79.81:4445/FreeWare12-8-2006.html), thanks to ZDNet.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on December 13, 2006, 03:09:06 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Gizmo.png)

Best of 2006
http://techsupportalert.com/issues/al_current.htm
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on December 15, 2006, 02:42:31 PM
FreeWare For 12-15-2006 available here (http://69.247.79.81:4445/FreeWare12-15-2006.html)[/url], thanks to ZDNet.  :)

I've edited and enhanced their list.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on December 17, 2006, 10:13:20 PM
No words needed:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xf9oo_jerome-murat

If you figure it out, please let me know
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: mauserme on December 17, 2006, 11:11:55 PM
If you figure it out, please let me know

Very cool.

I think for the first 75% of the video his actual right arm is up inside the mannequin head and the arm holding the staff is fake.  You can see him switch this when his right elbow pulls back behind his body.

Then at the end he simply removes his real head and replaces it with the fake one  :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on December 18, 2006, 12:36:10 AM
Then at the end he simply removes his real head and replaces it with the fake one 

where did his real head go then keith ::) ??? ???
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: SNOWHITE on December 18, 2006, 01:12:48 AM
The second head is mask, as the first one (which is over the real head) is also mask, so he just switches the masks and we couldn't see the face because of the light and that light only reflects on white color, not on black so probably  his real head was covered with something black... I hope this makes sense ???
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: mauserme on December 18, 2006, 01:32:34 AM
where did his real head go then keith ::) ??? ???
Maybe that part of my theory needs a little work ...   ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on December 22, 2006, 05:06:20 PM
FreeWare For 12-22-2006 available at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/)[/url], thanks to ZDNet.  :)
Look for:
FreeWare12-22-06.html

While at MySharedFiles[/b] (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/), don't forget to check out
the latest Givaway of the day.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 05, 2007, 02:52:09 PM
FreeWare For 1-05-2007 available at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/)
 
Look for: FreeWare1-05-07.html
 
 
While at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/), check out the Giveaway of the day.:)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 07, 2007, 05:47:54 PM
Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft
==================================================
http://bhandler.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!70F64BC910C9F7F3!1231.entry

Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows & Office Programs available for download.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Lisandro on January 07, 2007, 08:05:56 PM
Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows & Office Programs available for download.
I don't want to be negative... bashing MS... but, it is not a bad idea research a little before installing some of them...
You can find better things that the presented there, for sure...
Just my opinion and suggestion  8)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 08, 2007, 09:30:09 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/VIO.jpg)
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Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 09, 2007, 03:45:12 PM
FreeWare For 1-12-07 available at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/)
 
Look for: FreeWare1-12-07.html
 
While at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/), check out the Giveaway of the day.:)
The following link gives you some information about MySharedFiles
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/MySharedFiles/MySharedFiles.swf
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 13, 2007, 01:14:19 PM
MAKE FREE CALLS FROM THE USA

Dial 712-858-8094. Listen to the instructions. At the prompt, enter 011, the country code you are calling and the number you wish to call.

I don't know if this is really working but Freecalls.net says it does. There are no sign-ups, your privacy is guaranteed, you have unlimited calls, there's no limit on the length of a call, and you can call from anywhere, anytime.

http://www.allfreecalls.net/

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 13, 2007, 01:21:07 PM
Interesting panorama of the first moon landing. Sure to pique the interest of those who claim that the moon landing never actually happened.

Very Nice......Requires Quicktime....A Must See!!!!

http://www.panoramas.dk/moon/apollo-11.html

Turn Audio Up ::)

Mouse To Scroll Around..... ZOOM=SHIFT/CTRL
Click Image For A Super Size Image Of The Lunar Module

More Panoramas On Iop :o ::)
 
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 14, 2007, 12:56:54 AM
FreeWare For 1-12-07 available at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/)
 
Look for: FreeWare1-12-07.html
 
While at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/), check out the Giveaway of the day.:)

The following link gives you some information about MySharedFiles
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/MySharedFiles/MySharedFiles.swf
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 16, 2007, 01:59:26 AM
Googles is a flight simulator that draws its imagery from Google Maps. Want to fly a cartoon plain over Washington, New York, Hong Kong, or Disneyland? There's 21 total locations, including Mars, and the Moon.

You can control the plane with your keyboard's arrow keys. The A and Z buttons control the speed. And you hit space bar to fire. That's right, you can take out your house if you feel like it.
 
 ++Goggles isn't affiliated in any way with Google++

http://www.isoma.net/games/goggles.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 16, 2007, 02:18:35 AM
You better not try this in a real plane..... ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 16, 2007, 11:43:05 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/VisualTask.png)

VisualTaskTips21.exe is a clever tool that pops up a preview--a miniature image
of the task in the Taskbar. Scroll your mouse wheel up or down on the image to size it.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64386/description.html?tk=nl_hsxdwn

It's also available at MyShared Files
http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 17, 2007, 01:21:28 AM
On February 18th, our plan is to release the newest version of our software called WinPatrol 2007. Today, I’m pleased to announce an opportunity for my readers to have an early preview of the latest and greatest.

The newest feature of WinPatrol will greatly accelerate your system startup time. While WinPatrol 2007 has been improved in many ways our favorite new feature is called "Delayed Start". You probably have programs which you do want running in the background but you don’t need to launch immediately on boot up. WinPatrol’s Delayed Start allows you to specify the time to wait before launching programs which may typically try to load while other system initialization are happening.
http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/2007/01/winpatrol-2007-beta.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 17, 2007, 01:29:31 AM
http://info.drweb.com/show/3004/en
   
Doctor Web, Ltd. announces the beta-testing of the new product protecting Windows workstations from viruses and unsolicited mail (spam). The mail filtering module SpIDer Mail® now integrates a spam filter based on Vade Retro® technology from Goto Software, a French company with more than 5 year experience in anti-spam development

The anti-spam module has several advantages.
The unique technology allowing to detect up to 97% of spam. Up to 80% of unsolicited e-mails are filtered by headers only, which increases substantially its productivity and decreases dependency of the anti-spam technology on the language of the message;
compact anti-spam module – the size of the Dr.Web distribution size became heavier by 1 MB only;
easy settings which can be understood even by computer beginners;
ability to filter mail traffic immediately after it is installed and enabled, without any previous teaching of the anti-spam;
support of POP3 and IMAP;
independence from any mail client
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 17, 2007, 02:20:09 PM
Free copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2007

http://www.microsoft.com/business/launch2007/signup/default.mspx
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on January 17, 2007, 02:49:26 PM
Not even for free ;D

Then again, free after you pay your travel costs to a Windows Launch event near you ;D Open Office free without attending any launch event ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 17, 2007, 08:34:05 PM
would rather have a FREE copy of vista instead ::)
without any travel involved :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 22, 2007, 01:56:47 AM
THE TV SCREEN

A great way to watch TV and radio channels online from around the world. It's the TV of the future. It's stylish, easy and 100% free. Also known as Online TV, it is a new generation of TV transmission technology allowing viewers to connect from anywhere in the world.

The content is specially designed for the web and sometimes differs from conventional broadcasts from the same station

http://www.thetvscreen.com/tv/tv.php
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 22, 2007, 02:33:59 AM
Unfortunately all I ever get is connecting.......
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 22, 2007, 12:02:57 PM
it works bob.....depending on what country you go to...and the differents in time zones...and some of the channels might be off air or not on 24 hrs.....i watched some from italy(deejay tv-music videos)some from germany and here in the us with no problem 8) :o ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 22, 2007, 09:20:50 PM
Programmers, CAD workers, graphic designers or special needs individuals now have the ideal station for hours at the computer.

http://www.officeorganix.com/Eropod500.htm
just what you need bob ::) :o ;D
 
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 23, 2007, 12:52:49 AM
Family sues radio station in Wii contest death (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=26636337-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&s=5&fs=0)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 23, 2007, 11:50:18 PM
Will corporate miscues bruise Apple's image? (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=4339&tag=nl.e622)

–Institutes a Wi-Fi tax
–Charges for Boot Camp
–Preannounces products
–Potentially tramples a trademark
–Bullies bloggers
-backdating issue
–Locks its APIs
–Tries to make iTunes the dominant way to get video and audio


Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 25, 2007, 08:52:33 PM
XP gets a new lease on life.
Planning to stick with Windows XP for a while? Microsoft just gave home users a gift of three additional years of support.
For XP Home and Media Center editions, the "extended support" clock continues ticking till 2014, the same as it does for business users.
READ FULL STORY    (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=27085943-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&s=5&fs=0)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 26, 2007, 11:54:34 AM
The Online Business Card Maker
1. Pick your style by browsing the styles to the left under the create business cards link to see thumbnails of all the styles.

2. Choose the "full bleed" (image prints to the edge of card, 8 cards per page) or "no bleed" (white between cards, 10 cards per page) version of the style you have selected.

3. Enter your information, only checking the boxes of items you wish to include.

4. Choose two colors and one background color.

5. Make your PDF by choosing single or multiple card per page, cutting guides or not, and selecting "Make PDF".

The Online Business Card Maker
http://www.businesscardland.com/home/
 

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 26, 2007, 11:56:52 AM
Virtual Keyboard
Very nice Music Thing:

 http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/music/pda_virtual_keyboard/

bob..you didn't post these anywhere else or before me-did you??? ;D ::) :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Lisandro on January 26, 2007, 06:55:03 PM
Two Additional "Official" Windows XP Themes
Subscriber Joe Souza writes, "I recently tried a hack that allowed the use of non Microsoft themes. However, I was really disappointed in the third party themes that I tried and was looking for a new one when I found this unreleased official theme [1] from Microsoft called Royale. I had seen this theme before on computers running Media Center Edition and I really like it. Since then I've also located a black version [2]." Thanks for that, Joe. Royale has been circulating for a couple of years now and to my eyes is quite similar to the standard XP Luna theme but other folks think it's a big improvement. I didn't know about the black version of Royale and this may appeal to those who want a dark theme but don't want to use a third party product.

[1] http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Royale-Theme-for-WinXP--official-Download-13027.html
[2] http://www.istartedsomething.com/20061029/royale-noir/

Quoted from Gizmo's Newsletter. Free Edition. Issue 141, 25th January, 2007
 
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 27, 2007, 12:52:23 AM
If You Had to Choose: Computer or Spouse? ??? ::) ??? ::) :P

http://news.digitaltrends.com/article12132.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 27, 2007, 01:21:28 AM
FreeWare For 1-26-07 available at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/)
 
Look for: FreeWare1-26-07.html
 
While at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/), check out the Giveaway of the day.:)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 27, 2007, 09:57:16 AM
Now I’ve seen some interesting Firefox themes in my day, but this one surely takes the cake. Mario comes back to life in this theme and the intricate details are sure to leave a warm feeling in the heart of anyone who pounded away at the Nintendo controllers trying to beat King Koopa and his kids.

Ah, those were the days…what am I talking about? I still play these classic games online all the time. They have become so adored that they can be found in seconds by doing a Google search, and let’s not forget to mention the emulators that you can download to play all of your favorite pastime games.

This Firefox theme will simply amaze you with the things they thought to add in. One of my favorite things would have to be the scroll bars which are pipes that look like the tunnels Mario would travel through. Buttons are, of course, the unmovable blocks that we could jump on to help Mario reach his destination and all of the navigation buttons are cleverly skinned.

I give mad props to the person who thought up and actually designed this theme. There is no doubt in my mind that I could leave some of my friends in awe by showing them this…and maybe even get some new Firefox converts!

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4345/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 27, 2007, 12:32:38 PM
Microsoft's next-gen operating system is ready to hit stores. Actually, six versions of Microsoft's next-gen OS are ready to hit stores. How big is the Windows Vista buzz? Let's just say that our Vista Ultimate review got more clicks this week than CNET TV's video on high-def porn. That's pretty big. Still, six versions of one OS can cause confusion, so we've got a chart that compares the four major editions of Vista and tells you what you'll get when buying each one. Once you've found the Vista that looks best for you, click its name in the chart to see a full review

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3672_7-6687907-1.html?tag=nl.e729
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 28, 2007, 12:43:27 AM
http://www.webcom.com/inty/download.shtml

Three of the most popular classic Intellivision games - Astrosmash, Skiing and Utopia - in one free download..that is intellipack 1...they are two more with games on them
how i remember playing space armanda on my intellivison @1981 when i was younger ::)

after you download it...click on intellipack folder 1 and click on intellipack purple icon then after screen appears go to file then open cartridge and select game ;)
under options there is a full screen mode 8)

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on January 29, 2007, 11:09:36 PM
For some, the bathroom is the only quiet place in the house, the only place you can get away from it all.  Why not make it a more enjoyable place to be? You can always read, you may even take your laptop along for the ride, but Roto-Rooter has a better idea. They’ve  put together an ultimate bathroom with just about anything you’d ever want, and you have a chance to win it all!  It includes the following improvements:

Philips 20 inch LCD TV and Star Wars DVD
Xbox 360 gaming system
Philips DVD player
Gateway EMachine laptop computer with fully articulated robot arm
iPod with stereo docking station equipped with toilet paper dispenser
Roto-Rooter “emergency” button
TiVo recorder
Avanti refrigerator with beer tap, stocked with drinks and snacks
Magazine rack and subscriptions to Sports Illustrated, ESPN and GQ
Bike pedal exerciser
Cup warmer/cooler

http://www.rotorooter.com/john/index.php

http://tech.cybernetnews.com/2007/01/29/cybernotes-your-chance-to-win-a-pimped-out-john/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 30, 2007, 04:30:43 PM
A nice collection of Free utilities can be found at NirSoft (http://www.nirsoft.net/) 
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on January 31, 2007, 01:49:48 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/IE7TweakUtilitiy.png)
IE 7 Tweak Utility (http://www.intelliadmin.com/blog/2007/01/tweak-your-ie-7-settings.html) allows you change tweak settings within IE 7.
Hide/Remove the search bar, command buttons, or the main menu.

IE 7 Tweak Utility is also available from is also available from MySharedFiles (http://bob3160.googlepages.com/mysharedfiles)  :)
Look for IE7TweekUtility.exe
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 01, 2007, 07:56:01 PM
http://www.blockposters.com/

Upload an image from your computer and choose how many sheets wide
you would like your poster to be once printed.
Once you're happy with your selection, you can download the PDF file containing your newly created images and print each one massively blown up, resulting in a
huge pixel poster to stick on your wall ...
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 02, 2007, 05:35:44 PM
FreeWare For 2-02-07 available at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/)
 
Look for: FreeWare2-02-07.html
 
While at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/), check out the Giveaway of the day.:)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 06, 2007, 02:01:16 PM
Vista Transformation Pack 6 Final
has anyone tried this ???
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Vista-Transformation-Pack.shtml


Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 10, 2007, 10:11:54 AM
Tennis for Two, the first computer game, built in 1958 by William Higinbotham. The game itself is what could be considered a spiritual predecessor to Pong. It's not technically a computer game, because it actually ran on analogue technology, not on a digital machine, such as a computer

http://www.gametrailers.com/umwatcher.php?id=40353

I was 9 years old then ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 10, 2007, 04:01:39 PM
FreeWare For 2-09-07 available at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/)
 
Look for: FreeWare2-09-07.html
 
While at MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/), check out the Giveaway of the day.:)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 11, 2007, 11:04:34 PM
now i've seen everything...anything to make some money ::) ???
Check out these Peel & Clean Pads from Bart 1 Products, a manufacturer of products designed to customize your personal devices and keep them clean. The pads are a little bigger than a piece of paper at 9"x12", so if you have a newer 17" laptop you may have to use two pads.
only $15.99 plus shipping
and handling $2.99
(Standard US Postal)
15 plus cleanings per pack!
http://www.b1p.info/index.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 14, 2007, 11:14:24 PM
Global Warming

Who is Kidding Who ???
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_GlobalWarming1.png)    (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/GlobalWarming1.png)
   (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_GlobalWarming2.png) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/GlobalWarming2.png)   
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_GlobalWarming3.png) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/GlobalWarming3.png)

Here in NM where I live, the middle of Feb. is usually when we start seeing the first signs of Spring.

Lately the news has been filled with reports about "Global Warming"
Maybe the scientists should learn from us old timers. Weather runs in cycles. It always has and probably
always will.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on February 14, 2007, 11:38:52 PM
I recognise that cactus from last year Bob wasn't it snowing then too ?
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on February 14, 2007, 11:52:33 PM
Haven't you seen 'The Day After Tomorrow', Bob?  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 15, 2007, 12:02:50 AM
I recognise that cactus from last year Bob wasn't it snowing then too ?
Yes, David but last years picture was taken way before Christmas.
Not on the 14th of Feb.  :)


Sorry Frank, I haven't see the movie.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on February 15, 2007, 12:23:03 AM
Brief synopsis: global warming causes new ice age in the northern hemisphere.

Alright for you down in Texas: just a bit of snow on your cactus. Up here we lose the gulf stream and end up with the same weather as Norway.

Brrr...
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 15, 2007, 02:28:41 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/PDFEscape.png) (http://www.pdfescape.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 15, 2007, 04:41:13 PM
Garfield Wouldn't Like It There In New Mexico(Where You Are Bob) Or In Northern Indiana(North Of Me) Right Now ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 15, 2007, 08:00:45 PM
How long is your WebWait? In other words, how long does it take to download your web site into your browser? WebWait is a web site where you can measure the speed of other web sites. It times precisely how long the site takes to load and render in your browser, including any images, stylesheets, and Javascript.
Use WebWait to benchmark your website or test the speed of your web connection. Timing is accurate because WebWait pulls down the entire website into your browser, so it takes into account Ajax/Javascript processing and image loading, which many other benchmarking tools ignore.
http://webwait.com/#softwareas.com

i typed in yahoo.com and it took 0.88 secs...
Of course this depends on the time of day/night and your internet connection.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: rdmaloyjr on February 18, 2007, 04:18:23 AM
Global Warming

Who is Kidding Who ???
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_GlobalWarming1.png)    (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/GlobalWarming1.png)
   (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_GlobalWarming2.png) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/GlobalWarming2.png)   
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_GlobalWarming3.png) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/GlobalWarming3.png)

Here in NM where I live, the middle of Feb. is usually when we start seeing the first signs of Spring.

Lately the news has been filled with reports about "Global Warming"
Maybe the scientists should learn from us old timers. Weather runs in cycles. It always has and probably
always will.  :)

These pictures remind me of when I lived in Clovis, NM.   I remember the snow there.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: rdmaloyjr on February 18, 2007, 04:36:48 AM
Adium 1.0!

IM client for Mac's.  http://gaim.sourceforge.net/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 19, 2007, 12:57:48 AM
Some further examples of Global Warmig can be found at:
http://69.247.79.81:4445/GlobalWarming.zip

( Thanks Dan  ;D )
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 19, 2007, 04:23:12 AM
Discover hundreds of little-known uses for well-known products (http://www.wackyuses.com/uses.html)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on February 19, 2007, 09:20:11 PM
***

Bob ... thanks for the "Wacky Uses" link.    :)

I use to have that link on my old computer and now I have it again on this one.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 23, 2007, 12:38:29 AM
Microsoft hit with $1.5 billion patent verdict (http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6161480.html?tag=nl.e589)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on February 23, 2007, 10:37:47 PM
Hi forum members,

Nice collection of portable apps for the MAC users of this forum brought together here at freesmug: http://www.freesmug.org/portableapps/

Enjoy,

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: .: Mac :. on February 24, 2007, 06:13:37 AM
Thanks for the link polonus :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 27, 2007, 03:47:11 PM
doPDF does PDF. For FREE (http://www.dopdf.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 27, 2007, 10:53:39 PM
If you like beautiful flash sites, this is for you and you should check out the portfolio....very nice ;)
http://fubon.co.uk/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 27, 2007, 10:56:49 PM
Looking for a special e-card?
Arrange your own bouquet, choose a vase, write a card and send your free virtual bouquet to your friend, girlfriend, ...
http://www.flowers2mail.com/
Flowers2Mail
Mail a bunch of flowers!
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on February 27, 2007, 11:03:58 PM
I think with all the current crop of malicious links to e-cards I'm not sure it is a good idea in the current climate. The link could be to anything.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 27, 2007, 11:28:13 PM
Look Ma, no hands!!!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Parking.png)

Automated Parking (http://www.cnettv.com/9710-1_53-26226.html?tag=nl.e404)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 28, 2007, 03:30:14 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/128804-thumbDrive.jpg)

15 Wacky USB Drives (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,128804-page,1/article.html)

Even Wackier USB Drives (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,129049-page,1/article.html)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 28, 2007, 10:10:04 AM
Whether a hardcore audiophile or casual TV watcher, somehow, we still end up with way more remotes and portable handheld devices than we can handle.
That many devices can only result in valuable hours wasted searching for the lost and misplaced... but not if the Remote Wrangler has anything to do with it.
http://www.americaninventorspot.com/lost_remotes
something you could use bob3160 ;D
and davidr-thanks for the telling me about the e-cards link thing :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on February 28, 2007, 10:14:21 AM
The Polaroize Generator converts any photo to a Polaroid-like image
http://lab.rails2u.com/polaroize/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on February 28, 2007, 04:53:08 PM
Corel's Wordperfect Lightning (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-10741_22-55663.html?tag=nl.e622)
See what it can do for you:
http://www.corel.com/akdlm/6763/downloads/WordPerfect/Lightning/content/wpl_video.swf
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Lisandro on February 28, 2007, 07:12:51 PM
Vista Transformation Pack 6 Final
has anyone tried this ???
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Vista-Transformation-Pack.shtml
Yes, on a Virtual installation of XP SP2.
Very configurable (even when you have to uninstall it and install again) and make what it's intended to do.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 01, 2007, 12:24:42 AM
Internet could change the world (circa 1993)

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/02/28/internet-could-change-the-world-circa-1993/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 01, 2007, 10:17:52 PM
Cellblock is a neat little app where you can post your videos and photos to your desktop (with click and drag convenience) and they are immediately shared with others in real time. (You also have the option of not sharing through password protection). If you so desire, you can allow others to add photos or video to the Cellblock for more content.
You can also attach your Cellblock to emails - allowing you to have a single 150K attachment that displays an unlimited amount of photo and video content, streamed in real-time. This attachment acts as a dynamic content container, that is instantly updatable and never out of sync, no matter where it is being viewed or when it was downloaded. Each Cellblock comes with its own unique email address and upload capability. Anyone with the address can upload images instantly from anywhere. Your Cellblock also has a nice embedding feature so you can put it on your website or blog easily.

I can see Cellblock being used in a big way for sharing images from vacations, group events, parties, functions, etc.

http://www.cellblock.com/home.htm

++like that feature to click on image inserted below to view bigger++
as i usual always put something there ::) ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 03, 2007, 12:18:33 PM
The Great Firewall Of China
The censorship methods used by the Chinese government are becoming more sophisticated, more refined and more extensive every year, involving an increasing number of local as well as foreign parties in their system.
The aim of the 'Great Firewall of China' website is to be a watchdog and keep track of which and how many or how many times sites are censored. Find out if a website address is blocked in China. Take a look at websites from the perspective of a Chinese user.

http://www.greatfirewallofchina.org/test/

on my end...avast.com is blocked ::)
why ??? ???
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 05, 2007, 04:12:44 AM
WD-40 Here are some of the uses:

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelary chains.
10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
18) It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy hand ling.
29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of duct tape.
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37) Florida's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers."
38) The favorite use in the state of New York WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40) Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
42) Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
43) If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

Thanks for the correction Frank  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on March 05, 2007, 09:06:05 AM
Quote
Fish oil myth

There is a popular urban legend that the main ingredient in WD-40 is fish oil. Although it is unknown whether the formula contains fish oil, material safety data sheets for the product show that the main ingredient is Stoddard solvent, not fish oil.[4]

WD-40, is however used by some sea fishermen as an added scent when fishing with bait.

Quote
Formulation

Main ingredients, from the material safety sheet are:

    * 50% Stoddard solvent (mineral spirits, also commonly known as dry cleaning solvent)
    * 25% Liquified petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant, carbon dioxide is used now to reduce considerable flammability)
    * 15+% Mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
    * 10-% Inert ingredients

The German version of the mandatory EU safety sheet lists the following safety relevant ingredients:

    * 60% - 80% Heavy Naphtha (petroleum product), hydrogen treated
    * 1% - 5% Carbon dioxide

It further lists flammability and effects to the human skin when repeatedly exposed to WD-40 as risks when using WD-40. Nitrile gloves and safety glasses should be used. Water is unsuitable for extinguishing burning WD-40.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WD-40 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WD-40)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 08, 2007, 05:49:01 PM
Speed Test (http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/SpeedTest.png)

A few more:

http://windowssecrets.com/links/usyslrgm90e7d/514cbdh/?url=www.speedtest.net%2F
http://windowssecrets.com/links/usyslrgm90e7d/c0a34dh/?url=www.wugnet.com%2Fmyspeed%2Fspeedtest.asp
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on March 08, 2007, 06:13:31 PM
I think the accuracy is a little suspect (possibly due to having to chose New York as closest server), the upload speed on dial-up is impossible ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 08, 2007, 06:15:24 PM
Gee David your upload speed is better than mine and I'm on cable..... ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on March 08, 2007, 06:31:03 PM
Yes, great for dial-up, if only I could reverse it 565kbps Download, 41kbps upload ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: rdmaloyjr on March 08, 2007, 11:49:14 PM
RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.

Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.
Watch it in Action: http://one.revver.com/watch/160224/affiliate/65364
 
Features:
Minimize windows to the dock
Real-time window previews in Vista
Running application indicators
Simple drag-n-drop interface
Multi-monitor support
Supports alpha-blended PNG and ICO icons
Icons zoom and transition smoothly
Auto-hide and Popup on mouse over
Positioning and layering options
Fully customizable
Completely Portable
ObjectDock Docklet support
Compatible with MobyDock, ObjectDock, RK Launcher, and Y'z Dock skins
Runs great on slower computers
Unicode compliant
Supports many languages and can easily be translated
A friendly user base :)
And best of all... its FREE
http://www.punksoftware.com/rocketdock
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 09, 2007, 08:45:43 AM
i'm on a long vacation ;D
Stress Test....
Good luck with this stress test !! ;)

STRESS

I am not sure exactly how it works, but this is amazingly accurate. Read the full description before looking at the picture. The picture below has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress levels at St. Mary's Hospital.

Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific study revealed that, in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical, a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins.

The more differences a person finds between the dolphins, the more stress that person is experiencing. Look at the photograph and if you find more than one or two differences you may want to take a vacation.

Click on the jpg. below to see the "two" dolphins larger ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 09, 2007, 11:56:36 AM
don't see the cow above anymore ::)-see a pig now :o-time to go on another vacation or get help ;D ::)
Online Alarm Clock
http://avnoy.com/alarm/flash.swf
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 09, 2007, 01:40:40 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/SimpleCenter.gif)


SimpleCenter 4.1
http://www.simplecenter.com/
One application for all your digital media and devices! Easily sync and transfer music, pictures, movies, and podcasts from your PC to your devices.
Expanded support for the most popular digital media devices:
iPod, Sony PSP, Xbox 360, Nokia N80, N93, USB mass storage devices, and PlaysForSure
devices.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 10, 2007, 11:48:07 AM
How to remove a cork from inside a wine bottle without breaking the bottle.   Cool!
http://www.isnichwahr.de/redirect23792.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 12, 2007, 12:56:03 PM
Starbucks Coffee Break March 15th
Thursday, March 15th, plan on stopping by your local Starbucks between 10am and 12 noon. During that time, Starbucks will be holding is 2nd annual Coffee Break. All company-operated and licensed Starbucks stores in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Greater China will be giving away free Tall (12-ounce) cups of coffee to anyone who drops by. Starbucks Coffee Masters clad in black aprons will be present during each of the coffee breaks to kick off the company's spring brewing sale and to answer any questions you might have about the coffee or coffee brewing. Last year, many stores used the coffee break period to sample some of their pastries out to customers waiting in line, as well.
http://www.slashfood.com/2007/03/05/starbucks-coffee-break-march-15th/
++IT'S FREE++ :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 13, 2007, 12:45:19 PM
Commodore set to introduce high-end gaming PCs
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/06/1217244&from=rss
Commodore's big beige glory days may be long past, but the familiar name is still out there kicking (such as it is), lending its considerable cachet to an array of otherwise unremarkable devices. Now the company appears to have decided to bring things back a little closer to its roots, prepping a new line of Commodore-branded PCs aimed at gamers, pitting them against the well-established likes of Alienware and VoodooPC. Unfortunately, there's been no other details whatsoever announced, with Commodore Gaming CEO Bala Keilman only going so far as to say that the PCs will deliver "what gamers need and want." It looks like we won't have to wait too long for the complete rundown, however, with the company promising to reveal everything (including playable systems) at CeBIT on March 15th
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CeBIT
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 13, 2007, 03:08:25 PM
This one was always my favorite (http://c64s.com/game/538/chopper/)  :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on March 14, 2007, 10:38:02 PM
Hi bob3160,

Opera browser finally has come up with a portable version called Opera for U3:
http://www.opera-usb.com/operausbas.htm

Just for the searchers among us for which Opera is their browser of choice,

polonus

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 15, 2007, 04:02:39 PM
"Gizmo's top picks of the best
tech resources and utilities"

 Free Edition Issue143, 15th March, 2007 (http://techsupportalert.com/issues/al_current.htm)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 15, 2007, 05:48:40 PM
now this is interesting ::)
http://www.hti.umich.edu/d/did/tree.html
map of the system of human knowledge...
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 15, 2007, 06:23:16 PM
We all know that ZoneAlarm still hasn't issued a Vista compatible Firewall.
They have however managed to put together a Sweepstake:
http://www.zonealarm.com/store/promotions/sweepstakes/index.jsp?campaign_id&AID=10419053&PID=1216905 (http://www.zonealarm.com/store/promotions/sweepstakes/index.jsp?campaign_id&AID=10419053&PID=1216905)

Wonder which is more important?

(Check to bottom box to only enter the contest)
ELIGIBILITY & LIMITATIONS
Participants must be legal U.S. residents at least 18-years old. Only one (1) prize per household.
Employees, officers, and directors of Company, their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion,
and fulfillment agencies, their immediate family members and persons living in their same household,
are not eligible to participate in the Contest.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 17, 2007, 12:15:32 PM
 Televirtual MediaLab, a pioneer of the use of virtual presenters and newscasters, has teamed up with Archant Norfolk, weather bureau WeatherQuest and PA Sport in London to create Newsfast - so called because it purports to be the fastest-ever way to deliver the latest information to people.
They unleashed Brian, a computer-generated newscaster, on the world. Unlike conventional broadcast newsmen, Brian, which stands for 'Believable RSS Interactive Avatar Newscaster,' can access the latest breaking news, and his clients/customers do not have to wait for scheduled news, weather and sport bulletins.

http://www.newsfastuk.info/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 19, 2007, 12:50:05 PM
++14 Things That It Took Over 50 Years To Learn++
   1.  Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
   2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."
   3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
   4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
   5. You should not confuse your career with your life.
   6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
   7. Never lick a steak knife.
   8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
   9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
  10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
  11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
  12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.
  13. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
  14. Your friends love you anyway.

Thought for the day: Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 19, 2007, 12:52:17 PM
++Life before the computer++
An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano!

Memory was something that you lost with age
A CD was a bank account
And if you had a 3 1/2 inch floppy
You hoped nobody found out!

Compress was something you did to garbage
Not something you did to a file
And if you unzipped anything in public
You'd be in jail for awhile!

Log on was adding wood to a fire
Hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And a backup happened to your commode!

Cut - you did with a pocket knife
Paste you did with glue
A web was a spider's home
And a virus was the flu!

I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper
And the memory in my head
I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash
But when it happens they wish they were dead!

++click on tee-shirt to see pong in action(who remembers pong???)++
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: OrangeCrate on March 19, 2007, 01:42:42 PM
Interview with the Mac “Switcher Girl” Ellen Feiss...

Remember her? So how do you vote, stoned, or not? (See video at end of article.)

http://macenstein.com/default/archives/509
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 20, 2007, 09:39:07 PM
Perhaps you know that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disc drive containing an account worth $38 billion. 
 
That's what happened to a computer technician reformatting a disk drive at the Alaska Department of Revenue. While doing routine maintenance work, the technician accidentally deleted applicant information for an oil-funded account -- one of Alaska residents' biggest perks -- and mistakenly reformatted the backup drive, as well. 
 
There was still hope, until the department discovered its third line of defense, backup tapes, were unreadable...
http://www.kidk.com/news/tech/6592597.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 21, 2007, 08:56:43 AM
this is not real ::) :o
click on pic to enlarge :P
mac-how many of these are you going to get :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 23, 2007, 10:55:55 PM
32 things you can do with beer
I guess it should be 33.  They don’t mention drinking it.
http://men.msn.com/articlemh.aspx?cp-documentid=3872767&page=1
1. Bathe In It
2. Put Out A Fire
3. Marinate Meat
4. Polish Pots
5. Make Beer Barbecue Sauce
6. Shampoo Hair
7. Loosen Rusty Bolts
8. Clear Up Brown Spots In Your Lawn
9. Steam Clams Or Mussels
10. Pass A Kidney Stone
11. Boil Shrimp
12. Kill Slugs
13. Find Due North
14. Soothe Tired Feet
15. Make A Beer Slide
16. Lower Your Blood Pressure
17. Trick A Cheap Landlord
18. Bake Beer Bread
19. Catch Mice
20. Tie A Fly
21. Cure Insomnia
22. Massage Yourself
23. Calm An Upset Stomach
24. Build Your Next Home
25. Cook Rice
26. Stop Snoring
27. Build A Plane
28. Roast Chicken
29. Ice A Hamstring
30. Build Delightful Patio Furniture
31. Tame A Wild Hair
32. Scale Fish
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: rdmaloyjr on March 24, 2007, 01:27:41 AM
32 things you can do with beer
I guess it should be 33.  They don’t mention drinking it.

Beer is the most horrible tasting stuff there is, it is so horrible tasting that it just can't be drank!!!  There is nothing good about beer!  The only appropiate thing to do with beer is to pour it down the drain!
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: OrangeCrate on March 24, 2007, 01:31:27 AM
Beer is the most horrible tasting stuff there is, it is so horrible tasting that it just can't be drank!!!  There is nothing good about beer!  The only appropiate thing to do with beer is to pour it down the drain!

Dibs on his share!
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 24, 2007, 12:07:43 PM
don't drink anymore...but i'll give some to my friends who drink ;)

Interesting article at Mental Floss Blog: Your Default Song.

So here's my thinking: most of us carry tunes around in our heads a lot of the time.
Most of us also have a default song, that is, the song you default to when either there's no song in your head, or you want to get a lousy song OUT of your head. Default songs can change as you change.Mine hasn't for some reason ::)
This is all to say that most of the time, a default song isn't something you have much control over. It's just there, sawing away in the background.
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/4855
So what's your default song?

mine is the whole album below...what got me through vietnam(besides god and family)...have heard it so much-the whole album is my default song 8)

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 24, 2007, 03:02:13 PM
Most folks assume that a chicken nugget is just a piece of fried chicken, right?  Wrong!  Did you know, for example, that a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget is 56% corn?
What else is in a McDonald's Chicken McNugget?  Besides corn, and to a lesser extent, chicken, all of the thirty-eight ingredients that make up a McNugget – one of which I'll bet you'll never guess?
The ingredient suggest a lot of thought goes into a nugget, that and a lot of corn.  Of the thirty-eight ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, I counted thirteen that can be derived from corn: the corn-fed chicken itself; modified cornstarch (to bind the pulverized chicken meat); mono-, tri-, and diglycerides (emulsifiers, which keep the fats and water from separating); dextrose; lecithin (another emulsifier); chicken broth (to restore some of the flavor that processing leeches out); yellow corn flour and more modified cornstarch (for the batter); cornstarch (a filler); vegetable shortening; partially hydrogenated corn oil; and citric acid as a preservative.  A couple of other plants take part in the nugget: There's some wheat in the batter, and on any given day the hydrogenated oil could come from soybeans, canola, or cotton rather than corn, depending on the market price and availability.
McNuggets also contain several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but form a petroleum refinery or chemical plant.  These chemicals are what make modern processed food possible, by keeping the organic materials in them from going bad or looking strange after months in the freezer or on the road.  Listed first are the "leavening agents": sodium aluminum phosphate, mono-calcium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and calcium lactate.  These are antioxidants added to keep the various animal and vegetable fats involved in a nugget from turning rancid.  Then there are "anti-foaming agents" like dimethylpolysiloxene, added to the cooking oil to keep the starches from binding to air molecules, so as to produce foam during the fry.  The problem is evidently grave enough to warrant adding a toxic chemical to the food: According to the Handbook of Food Additives, dimethylpolysiloxene is a suspected carcinogen and an established mutagen, tumorigen, and reproductive effector; it's also flammable.  But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to "help preserve freshness."  According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: It can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget.  Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse."  Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill.”
time for lunch...who wants to go to mcdonalds ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 26, 2007, 03:27:50 PM
Tips & Tricks from CNET Members
 (http://help.cnet.com/9606-12576_39-0.html?tag=sortBar&orderBy=ratings_score+desc&sourceType=1)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 28, 2007, 10:46:25 PM
Real Life Windows OS ::)
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g86/drhayden1/real-life-windows.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on March 29, 2007, 03:23:52 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/zoho_logo_new.gif)
ZOHO
Worth an extra look as an Office Alternative:
http://www.zoho.com/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 30, 2007, 01:25:15 PM
They need to invent something like this for the computer. I'm getting tired of re-typing the document whenever I need a copy: Carbon on disks makes copies of typewriting.
Easily fitted to any typewriter, a new device eliminates the use of carbon paper, and its attendant muss and inconvenience, in making copies of letters and business forms. It comprises a series of swinging arms, each one bearing a replaceable disk of special carbon material, mounted on a frame that can be attached to the machine or detached in a few seconds. As many disks are inserted between the sheets as copies are desired. Each disk revolves as the typing proceeds, continually presenting a fresh surface.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/03/29/carbon-on-disks-makes-copies-of-typewriting/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on March 30, 2007, 01:29:59 PM
Cheap Hot Dogs By Mail
This seem like a pretty good deal: One Dollar Hot Dogs.
If you're hungry for a hotdog, you're in luck. For only $1, I will cook you a hot dog and mail it to you. Just PayPal me a buck, and I will personally cook you a delicious dog, and then ship it out to you!
The fine print:
*Warning: fries, cheese, and onions are not included. just the hot dog. Actually eating hot dog after it arrives could make you really sick or cause death. Do not eat.

http://dollarhotdogs.com/
click on pic to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 01, 2007, 12:19:17 AM
FOR ALL WOMEN OF ALL AGES

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR WOMEN IN THE MILITARY
The P-mate offers safety, hygiene and dignity for female soldiers.
Girls can do it like the boys now, standing up!

http://goyourway.net/index.html

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 03, 2007, 04:30:40 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/I%20Thought/WiB.png)
Windows in a Box
Inside Windows Xp are hundreds of settings that require endless
clicking through the Operating System that can get really frustrating.
Windows in a box was designed to eliminate all that.Sits on your desktop,
easy to navigate,and puts an end to all the frustration of endless searching
for settings.  Spyware,Adware,and Malware free.
http://bigdaddydesign.5gbfree.com/windowsinabox.htm
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on April 03, 2007, 09:01:52 AM
Hi bob3160,

This is an interesting link for malware fighters: http://www.adwarereport.com/mt/archives/followup_xoftspy_rogue_or_reputable.php

enjoy this site, I have bookmarked it,

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 03, 2007, 10:09:26 AM
thanks polonus also for the link ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 03, 2007, 10:14:24 AM
The Ultimate Chart
I never thought it would be possible, but it is. All theories proven with one graph ???
click on jpg.to enlarge :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on April 03, 2007, 04:33:30 PM
This is an interesting link for malware fighters: http://www.adwarereport.com/mt/archives/followup_xoftspy_rogue_or_reputable.php

That article is from June 2004 so is well out of date, xoftspy might have got better (or worse) in almost three years. Personally there are plenty of comparable products out there without any chequered history for me to give it a wide berth.

The site might well be worth bookmarking though.

thanks polonus also for the link ;D

Re your attached image in the above post, I think you should check this in virustotal/jotti, that file could be a legit active skin file.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 03, 2007, 07:52:23 PM
it was as you said in the pm-eye candy-but i removed it anyways-thanks davidr for the notice of it ;)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 07, 2007, 05:25:03 PM
How To Build A Time Machine
Time travel has been a popular science-fiction theme since H. G. Wells wrote his celebrated novel The Time Machine in 1895. But can it really be done?
Is it possible to build a machine that would transport a human being into the past or future? For decades, time travel lay beyond the fringe of respectable science. But not anymore... Here's how to build a time machine.
Gather the necessary materials. You'll need rocks, a Sega Saturn, some celery, spaghetti noodles, thumbtacks, a port-o-potty, and a cellular telephone from the 1980's.
http://www.wwujd.com/buildatimemachine.htm

replaced post with one above... ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on April 07, 2007, 06:18:53 PM
Whilst this might be interesting to some, I can't see the relevance of promoting what is in effect a competitive product on the official forum of Alwil software. I'm sure other official security software forums would take a dim view of promoting a competitors product.

Quote from: drhayden1
no thanks-just posting it....i'll stick with the best-avast!

So why bother in the first place, please consider the above when thinking of effectively promoting/advertising a competitive product on the official forum 'paid for' by Alwil Software.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Lisandro on April 07, 2007, 07:37:36 PM
I'm sure other official security software forums would take a dim view of promoting a competitors product.
So why bother in the first place, please consider the above when thinking of effectively promoting/advertising a competitive product on the official forum 'paid for' by Alwil Software.
David, the only positive side-effect will be saying to Alwil that we want an anti-spyware, an anti-rootkit and a firewall from them. Don't need to be integrated, as a suite, but it will be very good. A lot of companies have done this: from Grisoft (AVG) to Panda, from Kaspersky to BitDefender...
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Lisandro on April 07, 2007, 08:05:49 PM
replaced post with one above... ::)
Please, bring it back... It won't hurt 8)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 07, 2007, 08:12:14 PM
ESET Smart Security is a fully integrated security solution and includes antivirus, anti-spyware, a personal firewall and antispam. While some competitive solutions purport to have similar functionality, ESET has developed a unique approach that provides true and full integration of point security solutions. The key advantage of this approach is that individual protection modules are able to communicate together seamlessly, to create unparalleled synergy to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of protection. Moreover, the integrated architecture guarantees optimal utilization of system resources, so ESET Smart Security continues ESET's well know reputation for providing rock solid security in a small footprint that will not slow down an individual's computer.

ESET has achieved another milestone by developing a new security suite Eset Smart Security with integrated firewall and an antispam module which has been made available as a beta for public testing. The new suite brings many new features, such as:
Integrated firewall and antispam module
Improved graphical user interface
2 operating modes for common and advanced users
Improved and automatised cleaning
True incremental updates
Export / import settings
Features that will be encorporated in the final version or future beta versions and don't need to be reported:
Context menu integration
Connecting to Remote Administrator server
Manual submission of suspicious files
Exclusions in the real-time scanner
Before installation, we strongly recommend that you uninstall any other antivirus program and firewall that you might have installed.
Please remember that this is still a BETA which may suffer from severe bugs. We do not recommend installing it on production systems.
If you come across an issue, please contact ESET's technical support via the integrated support form.

Wilders: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=18
The beta can be obtained after filling in the registration form at http://www.eset.com/beta/. Before installation, we strongly recommend that you uninstall any other antivirus program and firewall that you might have installed.

ok....it's back ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 08, 2007, 03:58:03 PM
Woman, 102, becomes oldest golfer with an ace (Hole in One)
http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/news/story?id=2829770
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 10, 2007, 10:07:59 AM
galaxy ;D
http://dingo.care2.com/cards/flash/5409/galaxy.swf
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 13, 2007, 10:06:34 AM
25-Year Old Computers
Ah, the memories: PM Compares 6 Top Computers (Jan, 1982).
http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/04/12/pm-compares-6-top-computers/?Qwd=./PopularMechanics/1-1982/top_six_computers&Qif=top_six_computers_0.jpg&Qiv=thumbs&Qis=XL#qdig
Here's an excerpt:

All computers use different formats for storing and retrieving programs. Here are the three formats.

Cassettes: Many people start out with a tape recorder to save and load programs. This allows you to use a $30 to $50 tape recorder, instead of a disc drive that costs hundreds of dollars. Information is stored on tape as a series of two tones.

Computers think in a binary language, all information computer organizes these into words called bytes.) Each binary "pulse" is assigned an audio frequency. By recording the binary pulses as tones, programs are stored. By decoding the tones into pulses, the programs can be loaded into the computer. On tape this is slow, but it's better than typing in a 100-line program every time you want to use it.

But for data storage-forget tape. If you have an hour-long tape and the information you need is at the tape's end, it will take an hour to search for it.

Floppy discs: Made out of the same material as audio tape, floppy discs are housed in plastic jackets that never come off. Instead, jacket and all are inserted into a disc drive, where a record/playback head reads the disc through a cutout in the jacket.

The discs spin at thousands of revolutions per minute. A disc with a radius of only 5-1/4 inches can store about 200,000 bits of information (each "bit" has room for a letter of English). A disc stores or retrieves programs and data in just a few seconds.

Cartridges: Many computers accept plug-in cartridges. We don't like them for many reasons. First, they're expensive, compared to tape or disc. But more important, their programs can't be studied or changed.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 14, 2007, 12:15:49 AM
Here's a follow-up to the Global Warming issue I posted in March:
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=19387.msg217591#msg217591 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=19387.msg217591#msg217591)

It's now April 13th and I just took the following pictures:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_P1010009.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/P1010009.jpg)(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_P1010008.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/P1010008.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_P1010007.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/P1010007.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/th_P1010006.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Pictures/P1010006.jpg)
Click on any picture to enlarge it.

Hopefully that global warming will kick in for us sometime this year..... :)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 14, 2007, 12:48:43 PM
Google pays $3.1 billion for DoubleClick ::)
That $1.65 billion Google paid for YouTube last year? That was chump change.
The big G has finished negotiations to buy online advertising giant DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. This will give Google a major foothold in visual advertising online. Google makes most of its money currently from relevant text advertising.
Microsoft and Google had been engaged in a bidding war over DoubleClick. While it'll take a lot of advertising revenue to make up for the largest purchase in Google's history, you can't put a price on beating Microsoft in the race for web dominance.
Microsoft had been trying to catch up to Google in the online advertising business, and DoubleClick is one heck of a chess piece. If Microsoft had won, the company would have immediately become a serious contender. With Google winning the bid, it'll be that much harder for Microsoft to get a strong foothold in the online advertising market.
An interesting sidenote: Doubleclick made $300 million in revenue last year. Either Google has really big plans for the company and its technologies, or this is a long term investment. Or both.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/14/technology/14DoubleClick.html?_r=2&ref=technology&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on April 14, 2007, 02:11:57 PM
Interesting, doubleclick(.com, .net and .co.uk) is on my list of exceptions, blocked cookies, I never did like double click's cookies they are prolific.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 14, 2007, 03:05:51 PM
and davidr my friend they are also annoying ::)
if i had $3.1 billion-couldn't i find something better to buy ???
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 14, 2007, 03:28:45 PM
Website Names - The Importance of Choosing Wisely

All of these are legitimate companies that didn't spend quite enough time considering how their online names might appear ...
And be misread. These are not made up. Check them out yourself!

1. "Who Represents" is where you can find the name of the agent that represents any celebrity. Their Web site is http://www.whorepresents.com

2 . Experts Exchange is a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at http://www.expertsexchange.com

3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at http://www.penisland.net

4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at http://www.therapistfinder.com

5. There's the Italian Power Generator company, http://www.powergenitalia.com

6. And don't forget the Mole Station Native Nursery in New South Wales, http://www.molestationnursery.com

7. If you're looking for IP computer software, there's always http://www.ipanywhere.com

8. The First Cumming Methodist Church Web site is http://www.cummingfirst.com

9. And the designers at Speed of Art await you at their wacky Web site, http://www.speedofart.com
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 14, 2007, 04:17:02 PM
Why Can't A Computer Be More Like A Brain?
Jeff Hawkins (founder of Palm Computing) discusses creating a software platform that will allow computers to learn like humans. "My colleagues and I have been pursuing that approach for several years, and we have made significant progress..."
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/apr07/4982
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 14, 2007, 11:53:03 PM
OS Price War ;)
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g86/drhayden1/linux_2Ddetergent.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 14, 2007, 11:56:00 PM
A different version of a good trick.
http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/games/magic-gopher-central.swf
Magic gopher

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on April 15, 2007, 09:25:17 PM
Hi forum members,

Looking for an icon for your webpage, go here:
http://www.websiteicons.net/index.php?p=icons&id=6

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 16, 2007, 03:09:21 AM
Why Can't A Computer Be More Like A Brain?
Jeff Hawkins (founder of Palm Computing) discusses creating a software platform that will allow computers to learn like humans. "My colleagues and I have been pursuing that approach for several years, and we have made significant progress..."
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/apr07/4982


The brain doesn't think, it is only an interface that allows the spirit to interact with the body.  To explain would get this post deleted as I would have to involve The Book.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Marc57 on April 16, 2007, 11:04:18 AM
Why Can't A Computer Be More Like A Brain?
Jeff Hawkins (founder of Palm Computing) discusses creating a software platform that will allow computers to learn like humans. "My colleagues and I have been pursuing that approach for several years, and we have made significant progress..."
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/apr07/4982



Thanks for the link Dan, I've been reading about this for some time and it WILL Happen in the next 50 years. Dr Michio Kaku  http://www.mkaku.org/  (Whom I am a big fan of) has been talking about this and other human advances for some time.

Check out some of his videos here:  http://www.mkaku.org/books-tv-film/video.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 16, 2007, 11:26:44 AM
thanks for the links marc57...will look at 8)

Google Acquires Internet
Mountain View-based search giant Google Inc. today announced they've acquired the Internet for the astounding sum of $2,455.5 billion in cash. The deal had been rumored in various search blogs since the beginning of the year and was now confirmed by the company’s CEO.
'This is in line with our vision to make information more accessible to end users,' says Eric Schmidt. 'With the acquisition, we can increase the speed of indexing as everything will already be on our servers by the time it’s published.'
noticed the date ::)
MAY 12, 2017....i'll be 68 then ??? :o :P
http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2007-04-14-n32.html

click on jpg to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 16, 2007, 01:37:41 PM
What do users do on the Internet? ???
http://www.stanford.edu/group/siqss/Press_Release/press_detail.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 16, 2007, 04:42:58 PM
Things you don't see every day (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/flash+presentations/NotEveryDay.html)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Marc57 on April 16, 2007, 07:59:02 PM
Everyone, please keep these poor people in your thoughts.  :'(

Police: At Least 32 Dead After Virginia Tech University Shooting


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,266310,00.html


Updating number of dead.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 17, 2007, 10:11:30 AM
Words for Today's Tragic Event

I are simply heartbroken by the deaths and injuries suffered at Virginia Tech. We know what an unspeakable, life-changing moment this is for these families and how, in this moment, it is hard to feel anything but overwhelming grief, much less the love and support around you. But the love and support is there.

I pray that these families, these students, and the entire Virginia Tech community know that they are being embraced by a nation.
There is a Methodist hymn that gave us solace in such a moment as this, and we repeat its final verse here, in hopes it will help these families, as it helped us:

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;

In our doubt there is believing,
in our life, eternity,

In our death, a resurrection;

at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see.

My dearest wish is that this day could start again, with the promise of these young people alive. Knowing that cannot be, our prayer is for God's grace and whatever measure of peace can be reached on this terrible day.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 18, 2007, 09:37:26 PM
100-Year Old Predictions
From the December, 1900 edition of the Ladies Home Journal: Predictions of the Year 2000.
http://www.yorktownhistory.org/homepages/1900_predictions.htm

For example:

Prediction #6: Automobiles will be cheaper than horses are today. Farmers will own automobile hay-wagons, automobile truck-wagons, plows, harrows and hay-rakes. A one-pound motor in one of these vehicles will do the work of a pair of horses or more. Children will ride in automobile sleighs in winter. Automobiles will have been substituted for every horse vehicle now known. There will be, as already exist today, automobile hearses, automobile police patrols, automobile ambulances, automobile street sweepers. The horse in harness will be as scarce, if, indeed, not even scarcer, then as the yoked ox is today.
Prediction #9: Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance. If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later. Even to-day photographs are being telegraphed over short distances. Photographs will reproduce all of Nature's colors.
Prediction #28: There will be no wild animals except in menageries. Rats and mice will have been exterminated. The horse will have become practically extinct. A few of high breed will be kept by the rich for racing, hunting and exercise. The automobile will have driven out the horse. Cattle and sheep will have no horns. They will be unable to run faster than the fattened hog of today. A century ago the wild hog could outrun a horse. Food animals will be bred to expend practically all of their life energy in producing meat, milk, wool and other by-products. Horns, bones, muscles and lungs will have been neglected.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 19, 2007, 01:01:50 PM
THE HELP DESK
TedNelly my friend-here is the support you requested when you emailed me-they require a break during their shift and are paid a bundle of banannas(each monkey)a day ;D
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g86/drhayden1/Helpdesk_20_28Question_2Dand_2Dansw.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: TedNelly on April 19, 2007, 02:57:18 PM
Well drhayden1 I find it hard to believe that the Technical support supplied by this company to be of such a high  Standard and Quality?? Keeping in with the URL you supplied of another support firm. http://www.illwillpress.com/tech2.html (http://www.illwillpress.com/tech2.html)
 I wish my ISP's support was of such a high Standard
A good Laugh a Day keeps the Doctors Away
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on April 19, 2007, 07:40:38 PM
Yep Tednelly,

These monkeys certainly outsmart another class of "primates" that normally sit there. That other class of primates push certain keys by which the whole natural sytem gets de-regulated. Funny thing is primates known to sit there are held on cups of coffee and biscuits,

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 19, 2007, 09:54:33 PM
 ;D
some more "primates" hard at work
click on pics to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on April 19, 2007, 10:13:09 PM
Hello drhayden1,

Well it is the time that the cows are turned out of the cowhouse.


polonus
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 19, 2007, 10:37:25 PM
wonder what type of music cows listen too ??? ::)
http://www.mothercow.org/oxen/more-music-for-cows.html
the cows below should be dancing :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 20, 2007, 09:15:10 PM
Microsoft Only sold 244 copies of Genuine Windows Vista in China
Microsoft spent millions of dollars advertising its next generation OS 'Windows Vista' in China, in fact the IT juggernaut threw up the biggest Vista Ad on the 421 meter high Jin Mao tower in Shanghai China. However after 2 weeks (Jan 19 to Feb 2) from launch Microsoft managed to sell a mere 244 copies of Windows Vista. Software piracy is rampant in the middle kingdom and a pirated version of Vista sells for a mere $1 on the streets. The following numbers are quoted by Windows Vista chief distributor in Bejing.
http://www.newlaunches.com/archives/only_244_copies_of_genuine_windows_vista_sold_in_china.php
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 21, 2007, 01:28:48 PM
77 Ways To Learn Faster, Deeper, And Better
Knowledge is the backbone of society's progress. Knowledge can lead to a new job, better pay, a new hobby, or simply knowledge for knowledge's sake - whatever is important to you as an end goal.
Life-changing knowledge does typically require advanced learning techniques. In fact, it's been said that the average adult only uses 10% of his/her brain. Imagine what we may be capable of with more advanced learning techniques.
Here are 77 tips related to knowledge and learning to help you on your quest ::)
http://oedb.org/library/college-basics/hacking-knowledge

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Marc57 on April 21, 2007, 08:20:45 PM
With all the talk about Vista being bloatware, using up system resources, bad driver support and the like, I find it interesting that people were having the same problems with win2k! Check out this old thread I found on the subject.

http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/48409524/m/523098501
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on April 21, 2007, 09:19:14 PM
Lets face it then (1999) a 10 GB HDD was classed as very large, I think I had a 1GB Seagate in 1999 (still have it somewhere in spares) and win2k was supposed to be a business OS, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_2000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_2000)

Quote
Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptible, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system that was designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor 32-bit Intel x86 computers.
<snip>
Windows 2000 was made available in four editions: Professional, Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter Server.

Just look at some of the processors in that link you gave ;D

Edited out double quote and wrong tag.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: OrangeCrate on April 21, 2007, 09:38:10 PM
^,

To continue to this walk down memory lane, and to add to David's comments, the home, consumer version available at the time, was the infamous Millennium Edition, which was DOS based, and did not share the NT architecture of Win2000.

Quote
A successor to Windows 95 and Windows 98, Windows Me was marketed as a "Home Edition" when compared to Windows 2000 which had been released seven months earlier.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Millenium

Not too many consumers used Win2000, though it is still used by many small to medium size companies as an Enterprise system.

However, after almost an uncountable numbers of patches, it is pretty much held together with duct tape, chewing gum and bailing wire.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 22, 2007, 01:40:21 PM
60 Things Worth Shortening Your Life For 8) ::)
http://www.esquire.com/print-this/60things0507
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 23, 2007, 01:17:34 AM
Once Upon A Time
DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN...?
It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
When blue jeans were only for work or play?
All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time?
And you didn't pay for air?
And, you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . ...and they did?
When a 55 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a ..."
And playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace,and share it with the children of today?
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

Are you someone who can still remember:

Nancy Drew
the Hardy Boys
Laurel and Hardy
Howdy Doody and the Peanut Gallery
the Lone Ranger
The Shadow Knows
Nellie Bell
Roy and Dale
Trigger and Buttermilk.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?
I am sharing this with you today because the e-mail sent to me ended with a double dog dare to pass it on.
To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.
How many of these do you remember?
Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with table side jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
P.F. Fliers
Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(KLondike 4-601).
Party lines
Peashooters
Howdy Doody
45 RPM records
Green Stamps
Hi-Fi's
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Mimeograph paper
Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Drive ins
Studebakers
Washtub wringers
The Fuller Brush Man
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
Tinkertoys Erector Sets
The Fort Apache Play Set
Lincoln Logs
15 cent McDonald hamburgers
5 cent packs of baseball cards - with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
Penny candy
35 cent a gallon gasoline
Jiffy Pop popcorn

Do you remember a time when...

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
Being gay meant being happy?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 23, 2007, 09:39:45 PM
Are You Wi-Fi or Wired?
i'm wireless on my laptop with cable modem and linksys router(WEP) and wired with my quad-and have great download and upload speeds on both :o
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Are-You-Wi-Fi-or-Wired-52692.shtml
click on pics to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 24, 2007, 10:06:00 AM
Important message...tech,davidr,polonus and a few others including me this applies-no harm intended...all in fun :o ;D
You need help ;)
http://www.ziff.net/404/404.htm
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on April 25, 2007, 06:06:28 AM
***

LOL ... you got me with that one!    ;D    :D


***
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on April 25, 2007, 09:47:50 AM
Hi Dan,

Time to go fishing,

polonus

Enlarge the picture for the kind of fish you will catch in Holland!
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 25, 2007, 09:56:43 AM
you pack the lunch and i'll meet you at the river bend at swan mountain :)
click on pic to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on April 25, 2007, 11:06:49 AM
Look here: http://www.fishingsecrets.co.uk/what_fish/fish_detail_bitterling.php

pol
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 25, 2007, 03:39:27 PM
Wal-Mart to open 400 in-store clinics....guess i will go here if i get sick from eating that fish polonus ::)
welcome to wal-mart(familiar greeting at every store)now it's gonna be welcome to wal-mart hospital :o
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=healthNews&storyid=2007-04-24T205450Z_01_WEN6901_RTRUKOC_0_US-WALMART-CLINICS.xml&src=rss&rpc=22
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 25, 2007, 04:17:30 PM
The Computer Monster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdAKgJDahzw

This is from an IBM training movie.
Created by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 26, 2007, 03:48:51 AM
Average teenager vs 19 year-old PFC

http://www.terrorhertz.com/lftw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 26, 2007, 04:58:25 AM
An off-topic forum

http://logreeval.bb2.org/index.php?showforum=13
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 26, 2007, 07:41:59 PM
to add to post 285 above ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on April 26, 2007, 08:02:25 PM
Coming: Inkjets That Print 60 Pages Per Minute (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130479/article.html?tk=nl_hdxcol)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 28, 2007, 12:20:29 AM
Turn Off The Interweb
What if you could turn off the Interweb just by pushing a button. Well, you can!
http://www.turnofftheinterweb.com/
press the button :o

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 28, 2007, 02:14:29 PM
It's a bathroom connoisseur's dream. This mega-toilet is worth $5,000 and is equipped with a 20-inch flat screen TV, an Xbox 360 video-game system and beer tap, among other things.
click on pics for large size ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on April 30, 2007, 09:41:45 AM
The Wooden Bowl :)
The Wooden Bowl-I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden
Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year
Old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred,
And his step faltered. The family ate together at the table.
But the Elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating
Difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped
The Glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.The son and daughter-in-law
Became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about father,"
Said The son. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food
On The floor." So the husband and wife set a small table in the CornerThere.
Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed Dinner.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a
Wooden bowl!When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction,
Sometime he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only
Words The couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or
Spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One Evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood
Scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?"
Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl
for You and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old
Smiled and went back to work.The words so struck the parents so
That they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their
Cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to
The family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with
The family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to
Care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth
Soiled.   
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what
Happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better
Tomorrow.     I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by
The Way he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost
Luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that, Regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them
When They're gone from your life.   I've learned that making a "living"
Is Not the e same thing as making a   "life.." I've learned that
Life Sometimes gives you a second chance.I've learned that you
Shouldn't Go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be
Able to throw something back. 
I've learned that if you pursue Happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the Needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness Will find you.I've learned that whenever I decide something with
An Open heart, I usually make the right decision.I've learned that
Even When I have pains, I don't have to be one.I've learned that every
Day, you should reach out and touch someone.People love that
Human Touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the
Back.I've learned that I still have a lot to learn!   
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 01, 2007, 03:25:43 PM
Google pulls malicious sponsored links.

"Google identified and canceled AdWords accounts displaying ads that re-directed users to malicious sites,"
a Google representative wrote on the corporate blog.

Full story available here (http://news.com.com/2100-7349_3-6180022.html?part=rss&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&subj=news).
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on May 01, 2007, 03:45:24 PM
About time they started to check the links that these adword sponsored links went to.

I wonder if Alwil had a hand in this complaining about sponsored links to fraudulent sites selling avast. As this is another area that google should be looking at.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 02, 2007, 12:00:36 AM
Why Not Use a REAL MOUSE With Your Computer?
"Taxidermy mouse fully functional and furry."
not advised for cat owners :o
take mine in blue ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 02, 2007, 12:17:18 AM
Think I'll show this to my cat.... :)
Wonder if it will wake him up?  ??? ???
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Marc57 on May 02, 2007, 08:18:03 AM
Hey Dan, get this to go with your mouse.

http://www.giftapolis.com/gacatmopadth.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 02, 2007, 06:50:38 PM
in blue and send ups express marc57 ;)

computer switcheroo
Spur Bruce Bowen says repair firm pulled computer switcheroo
MAY 1--An NBA star claims that a Texas company hired to repair his computer instead removed the machine's hard drive and sold the item--which contained confidential personal and financial information--to another customer.
In a Bexar County District Court lawsuit, San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen seeks more than $2 million in damages from Computer Nerdz, the San Antonio company he and his wife hired last year to repair his Gateway computer.
According to Bowen, who this week was named to his seventh NBA all-defensive team, a Computer Nerdz technician told them that the computer's hard drive was damaged and could not be repaired. Since Bowen's computer was still under warranty, he was entitled to a new hard drive from Gateway, though he was required to return the damaged item to the company. Before Bowen sent the hard drive to Gateway, Computer Nerdz "copied all of his information onto discs for later installation onto his new hard drive," according to a November 2006 letter from Bowen's lawyer.
Computer Nerdz then gave Bowen back what he thought was his damaged hard drive. But three months later the athlete was contacted by Joy Roan, a Computer Nerdz customer who reported that she had bought a "new" hard drive containing personal and financial information on Bowen and his wife Yardley. Roan called Bowen after finding his home number on the hard drive, which was operational.
According to Bowens's complaint, a copy of which you can find below, as "a member of the San Antonio Spurs, they have gone extreme measures to protect their private information from the public." The Bowens are seeking $562,400 in economic damages, $1.2 million in mental anguish damages, $500,000 in exemplary damages, and $25,500 in legal fees.

Bowen needs to get over it........
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 03, 2007, 02:18:13 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Clock.gif)

At three minutes and four seconds after 2 AM
On the 6th of May ,(next Sunday)
The time and date will be
02:03:04 05/06/07
This will never happen again!
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: Abraxas on May 03, 2007, 02:54:58 AM
While we're on the topic of 'special days' :
There are 315 days, 4 hours, and 11 minutes until Pi Day 2008! (http://www.piday.org/) at time of posting  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 03, 2007, 08:31:42 PM
11 Great Color Legends
Why is red the international color for stop?
Why is the US dollar green?
Why is pink a girl color and blue a boy color?
Why is the sky blue?
http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/2007/05/01/11-great-color-legends/

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 04, 2007, 12:05:17 AM
i'll be there tomorrow to see it on the world's largest movie screen :o http://www.imax.com/ImaxWeb/static/swf/splash_i/welcome.jsp
Spiderman 3...trailer on link :)
SEE MORE, HEAR MORE, FEEL MORE -- IMAX is the ultimate movie experience. With crystal clear images up to eight stories high, and wrap-around digital surround sound, IMAX takes you to places you only imagined.
Experience the adventure, drama and emotion of some of your favorite Hollywood movies with the extraordinary IMAX visual clarity and sound quality. IMAX takes you on journeys to fantastic worlds in films such as The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience and The Matrix Revolutions: The IMAX Experience. Check out the Films/Coming Soon section of this site regularly to learn about upcoming IMAX releases of Hollywood films.
Climb the daunting heights of Everest. Experience the weightlessness of space. Dive into the undersea world of the most fearsome great white sharks. Slam-dunk with Michael Jordan. Travel into exciting sci/fi worlds. Take a look at the Films/Now Playing section of this site to see the exciting film titles available to IMAX theatres around the world.
Only IMAX lets you feel like you're really there.
More than 700 million people around the world have been spellbound by the force and beauty of The IMAX Experience. Technically advanced and visually stunning, The IMAX Experience is the world's most powerful and immersive movie experience.

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 05, 2007, 04:14:42 PM
walk2web
An interesting way to explore the web visually by walking through sites and their links.
Surfing for Impressions:
http://walk2web.com/
type in avast.com and see example ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 06, 2007, 11:33:55 AM
from 1936 :o
how many of you remember this ;D
click on to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 06, 2007, 02:49:03 PM
It isn't 1936.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on May 06, 2007, 03:18:37 PM
Bob is correct this is likely to be 1956 not 1936.
Since this is about the Bizmac computer (not an apple mac ;D)
http://www.cedmagic.com/history/rca-bizmac-computer.html (http://www.cedmagic.com/history/rca-bizmac-computer.html)
http://www.computermuseum.li/Testpage/RCA-Bizmac-1951.htm (http://www.computermuseum.li/Testpage/RCA-Bizmac-1951.htm).

I don't remember it either ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 06, 2007, 04:06:42 PM
i need glasses ::)
http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/12/06/computer-with-memory-speeds-inventory/
1956 dan not 1936 :P :-[
i was 7 years old :)
click on pic to supersize ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 07, 2007, 03:16:31 PM
CAN YOU DO THIS?

 

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid, too.
Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe tuo fo 100 anc.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.

 If you can read this, your brain is 50% faster than those who can't

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on May 07, 2007, 06:19:24 PM
Looks like my typing before spellchecker gets to work!

Actually, English spelling bears so little relation to pronunciation the brain processes words as a whole rather than trying to decode individual letters- first and last letter, and the approximate assortment of correct letters per word is enough to read.

Which makes it a whole lot harder for children to learn English than a phonetic language.

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 08, 2007, 01:53:14 AM
Turn Vista's Aero on or off at will.
http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Vista/TurnVistasAeroOnOrOff.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on May 08, 2007, 05:56:17 AM
***

CAN YOU DO THIS?

 

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid, too.
Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe tuo fo 100 anc.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.

 If you can read this, your brain is 50% faster than those who can't




I had very little trouble reading that. Perhaps it is because I am a "typo king."    ;D

Also, I can read very well backwards with full understanding of what I am reading.    ;)


***
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 09, 2007, 12:39:19 AM
Network Software Inspector - BETA
 (http://secunia.com/Network_software_inspector/)
Discovering vulnerabilities within your internal network infrastructure has never been easier!
Highlights of the Network Software Inspector (NSI) BETA application:
*    Standalone executable application, less than 1 MB of download, no installation required
*    Provides all the same benefits that the Online Software Inspector does + much more
*    Detects and Inspects more than 4,000 applications (In comparison; The Online Software Inspector covers less than 30 applications)
*    Detects products that have reached End-of-Life support from the vendors
*    Intelligent rules for Inspecting remote hosts in seconds
*    Much more accurate than traditional vulnerability scanners - and without all the downsides (high network usage, system crashes, false positives, etc.)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 09, 2007, 01:16:04 PM
i need help please :D polonus,bob3160,tech,davidr,tednelly,etc.........
Money
It can buy you a House,
But not a Home.

It can buy you a Bed,
But not Sleep.

It can buy you a Clock,
But not Time.

It can buy you a Book,
But not Knowledge.

It can buy you a Position,
But not Respect.

It can buy you Medicine,
But not Health.

It can buy you Blood,
But not Life.

It can buy you Sex,
But not Love.

So you see, money isn't everything. The best things in life can't be bought, and often we destroy ourselves trying!

I tell you all this because I am your Friend, and as your Friend I want to take away your needless pain and suffering...

So send me all your money and I will suffer for you.

A truer Friend than me you will never find.

CASH ONLY, PLEASE ;D :D


click on pics to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on May 09, 2007, 01:52:26 PM
Money = Bread

Life is like a giant Dirt Sandwich.
The more Bread you have the less Dirt you eat.

Enjoy.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 10, 2007, 02:40:03 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Silverlight01.png)

Microsoft's Silverlight in action (http://zdnet.com.com/1606-2-6180335.html?tag=nl.e550)

The Silverlight Website (http://silverlight.net/)
Download it here (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=89241&clcid=0x409)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 10, 2007, 10:43:14 AM
Feast your eyes on this!
It's Meat Cake!
Yummy ::)
http://www.blackwidowbakery.com/demo/meatcake/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 10, 2007, 09:57:19 PM
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WazA77xcf0A
Microsoft's oPhone explained ;D
Microsoft's crazy design for a new mobile phone, one that is sure to knock Apple's iPhone out of the water.
is it for real or not-you be the judge ::) :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 11, 2007, 02:28:52 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/ToneThis.png)
http://www.tonethis.com/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 11, 2007, 10:33:14 PM
IE7 vs Firefox 2.0 vs Opera 9.20
http://news.softpedia.com/news/IE7-vs-Firefox-2-0-vs-Opera-9-20-54537.shtml
interesting read :o
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 13, 2007, 04:55:57 PM
What do i want on my salad-ranch or thousand island dressing ;D
Another frog (toad) was found in a bag of salad. A UK woman found the rare natterjack toad hopping around in the bag as she was putting it into her refrigerator after a shopping trip.
Read the story  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=454218&in_page_id=1770
store near you davidr ??? ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 13, 2007, 05:04:05 PM
http://www.sputtr.com/
Sputtr is a refreshingly clean way to search the things that matter the most. You can save valuable time by having all the right searches on just one page.
Sputtr is simple, it's fast, it's a collection of all your favorite search engines all on just one page, and it's pretty
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: bob3160 on May 13, 2007, 05:22:24 PM
Nice find.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: DavidR on May 13, 2007, 05:23:09 PM
What do i want on my salad-ranch or thousand island dressing ;D
Another frog (toad) was found in a bag of salad. A UK woman found the rare natterjack toad hopping around in the bag as she was putting it into her refrigerator after a shopping trip.

Well we eat Toad in the Hole (Sausages {the toad) in a Pudding mix {the hole}) in the UK, so I don't see any problem with Toad in the Salad ;D ;D

Sainsbury's really make a big deal about their quality products and you pay a premium price too, so I guess they put a little extra into their products ;D I tend to use Tesco's better value for money and no Toads so far.
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: CharleyO on May 14, 2007, 06:33:25 AM
***

http://www.sputtr.com/
Sputtr is a refreshingly clean way to search the things that matter the most. You can save valuable time by having all the right searches on just one page.
Sputtr is simple, it's fast, it's a collection of all your favorite search engines all on just one page, and it's pretty

Yep ... very nice find, drhayden!    :)


***
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 14, 2007, 10:41:02 PM
Computer Stealth Switch
The world's first desktop cloaking device: StealthSwitch.
StealthSwitch is a microprocessor based computer privacy device. StealthSwitch uses patent pending technology to instantly and completely hide applications with a press of the footswitch. The applications are not just minimizedthey are made completely invisible. No more minimizing applications, turning off the monitor, or re-booting when someone enters your office or cubicle.
With a simple click of the foot switch, you can instantly hide the current window, hide all open windows, or hide all open windows except certain windows. And the best part - because the StealthSwitch is under your desk, no one will notice. When they leave your office, simply click the foot switch again and your programs are back just the way they were. StealthSwitch can also mute the sound, hide the taskbar, hide all desktop icons, and password protect the restore function all at the same time.
$29.95.

http://www.stealthswitch.com/index.asp

what you need at work polonus ::)

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on May 14, 2007, 10:57:31 PM
Hi drhayden,

The Stealth Switch will be welcome, because going stealth to-day is almost impossible. I read some comment from a hacker. who is now writing his own protocol so his packets go unnoticed, and he can completely change over his MAC. Yes. my friend, it can be done by the UeberGeek.
But stealth is also the Mozilla Firefox Insecure Element Stealth Inhection Vulnerability.
Try it out code with js to create an iframe object to bypass any phishing protection of FF (that is why I use the Netcraft toolbar):
Code: [Select]
<object type="text/htlm"classid= "(phishing evil site)" data="(phishing evil site)"></object>"
polonus
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 14, 2007, 11:34:50 PM
thanks for the info polonus....
and what is that cow eating ???
my brother came in town today and we went to the best and probably the most famous bar-b-q place along...
you name the person from captain kirk to bobby knight to jeff gordon-they've been there :P
had the buffet-am i FULL :o
http://www.moonlite.com/
click on bottom one to animate ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: polonus on May 14, 2007, 11:38:50 PM
Hi Dan,

We should not be exchanging all these animated animal gifs. It is dangerous. Click on the gif to see a new phenomenon, animagnetism.. After posting a particular series of animated gifs you are prone to this weird behaviour! Click to see the symptoms...

Damian
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 14, 2007, 11:51:10 PM
and it's becoming tooooo off-topic :P
click on pic ::)
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 16, 2007, 10:09:43 AM
MP3 Bath Player
For $229: JVC XA-AW33 Bath MP3 Player.
The world's first water proof MP3 player designed specifically for bathing using. Featuring a floating design that's completely water proof. Using just 4 AAA batteries and get up to 15 hours of playback time with 256MB of your favorite songs on MP3, WMA, and WMA-DRM files. This item is a special edition item directly from JVC Japan with very limited quantity available.
http://www.audiocubes.com/category/Life+Style_Home+and+Style_Bathroom+Electronics/product/JVC_XA-AW33_Bath_MP3_Player.html
take mine in blue ::)
click on bottom one to enlarge ::)
didn't know avast!had their own airlines ???

Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 16, 2007, 07:24:17 PM
This is the ultimate geo-photo fun! And it's hypnotic to watch!
An interactive worldwide map that displays photos that are freshly uploaded.
A really cool addition to the land of Flickr!
Flickrvision - Mouseover Images to Enlarge.
http://flickrvision.com/
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 18, 2007, 12:47:48 AM
A beautiful polar clock.
http://blog.pixelbreaker.com/upload/polarclockv2/polarclock.html
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 18, 2007, 01:03:47 PM
How Addicted To Coffee Are You?
Do you enjoy the occasional mocha or do you dive head first into a pot of drip every single morning? I like my coffee very much. Doesn't matter what brand or type or what time of the day. I never considered myself addicted to coffee but it seems I was wrong. I am addicted.
http://mingle2.com/bb/view/how-addicted-to-coffee-are-you

7 Good Reasons To Drink Coffee
http://www.energyfiend.com/2007/04/7-good-reasons-to-drink-coffee

not decaf(unleaded)gotta be regular(premium,high octane) :P :o


Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: drhayden1 on May 18, 2007, 02:10:46 PM
to start press "any key" ;D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBsGFAXw6d4
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on May 21, 2007, 10:43:10 PM
Stop hidden malware....
Even though there might not be any spyware on your computer, hackers can still exploit your data streams. Tom Merrit explains how to stop them.
checked both of my computers and they are ADS free :)
http://www.cnettv.com/9710-1_53-27626.html?tag=bubble
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: polonus on May 22, 2007, 12:15:26 AM
Hi drhayden1,

Thanks for the heads up on this. I have followed the instructions, no ads malware on my box.
That is nice. But these cats are holding me ransom, well at least so much for your invoking....

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on May 23, 2007, 08:48:02 PM
review of the defrag i use and it's free and anything is better than the windows defrag slow program ::)
http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/Auslogics-Disk-Defrag-Review-55346.shtml
http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag/index.php
..note to avatar2005-these two links are safe.. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 23, 2007, 11:29:46 PM
Whilst I have never used this Ausie logic defrag tool but anyone considering it should first try this Power Defragmenter by one of our own forum members, RejZoR that GUI in combination with contig

Power Defragmenter - RejZoRs - eXcessive-software.eu.tt Site (http://www.excessive-software.eu.tt/) I think it is blisteringly fast.

Since you posted a softpedia link, here is one for Power Defragmenter, http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/Power-Defragmenter-Review-25891.shtml (http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/Power-Defragmenter-Review-25891.shtml)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on June 03, 2007, 08:21:58 PM
Your Online Data Storage (http://www.crawler.com/products/storage.aspx)

Safely store your images, documents, music, and other files online just like on your own computer. Access your Crawler.com Storage (http://www.crawler.com/products/storage.aspx) wherever you go. Synchronize your online Storage with a designated folder on your computer.

It's Convenient and Easy to Use.
Get 5GB* of free storage
Safely store your data online
Access your data anywhere you go
Quickly attach files to your email messages

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 06, 2007, 07:28:47 PM
Worth a second look:
This may solve some of the network and wifi connection problems if read about
in this forum lately.

Network Magic (http://www.networkmagic.com/)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/NMsmall.png) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/NMlarge.png)
Click for enlarged image.

Like it or not, running a home network turns you into a network administrator. If something needs troubleshooting or setup,
you have to take care of it.

Enter Network Magic (http://www.networkmagic.com/). This excellent network utility assists you with many common--and uncommon--network chores.
Wizards walk you through tasks such as adding a new device to the network, fixing a broken network connection,
sharing a printer or folder, and setting up wireless protection and encryption.

The software digs far deeper than you might imagine. For example, it scrutinizes every PC connected to your network
and reports on the state of its security--such as whether automatic updates are available. It draws a map of your network
and all of the devices on it, and provides detailed looks at each device. It reports on your network activity, too,
including details about when devices connect. You also get a bandwidth tester for measuring your current Internet broadband speed.

Network Magic (http://www.networkmagic.com/) is available in both free and for-pay versions. The free version includes most of the features you'll need,
such as repairing broken connections, issuing security alerts, and monitoring network activity. The paid version,
which costs between $24 and $40 (depending on the number of PCs on your network), delivers daily reports of Internet activity,
supports remote access to your network's files, and includes other advanced features.
(I use the pro version but, the FREE version does an excellent job.)

As is the case with most network utilities, you'll have to instruct your firewall to permit the program to connect to the Internet so that it can work.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Darth.Mikey on June 08, 2007, 12:00:50 AM
I don't know if anyone has posted about this 2 great free programs(or should i say drivers) but i found them quite usefull:

This one alows you to read/write to your Linux partitions(ext2,ext3) in ms windows. Reiser file system isn't supported though !
Ext2 Installable File System For Windows (http://www.fs-driver.org/)

This one allows you to read/write to your NTFS partitions in Linux:
NTFS-3G driver (http://swik.net/ntfs3g)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: polonus on June 13, 2007, 10:39:23 PM
Hi Miha,

The editor for coders can be found here: http://code-browser.sourceforge.net/index.html
Nice program. Have it on a usb stick.

Enjoy,

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 14, 2007, 12:11:10 AM
Faves
A site called All My Faves.
http://www.allmyfaves.com/
Why search? Our team of experts did the search for you! We have searched the web and provided you with a visual directory that includes the best sites in each category!

We know we don't have everything, but we are trying hard to get you the most of what you need, in a unique and innovative way.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on June 14, 2007, 08:54:45 PM
***

Nice link, Dan ... thanks!    :)

That site makes it easier to find things of interest to just about everyone.    :)


***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 14, 2007, 10:43:47 PM
glad you like it CharleyO ;)
MyYahoo updates with POP Mail and Gmail modules
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/06/14/myyahoo-updates-with-pop-mail-and-gmail-modules/
click on to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 15, 2007, 04:53:47 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Iconix.png)

Iconix eMail ID 3.35.1 (http://www.iconix.com/learnmore.php) - Freeware
 
Stop trying to figure out which email messages might be phishing or spam.
See what's real before you even open the message.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 15, 2007, 10:03:30 AM
thanks bob..will give it a try-it only works on the below for the time being ;)
Yahoo! Mail Beta
Internet Explorer 6.0 
Internet Explorer 7.0 
Mozilla Firefox 1.5 
Mozilla Firefox 2.0 
Maxthon 
Outlook Express

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 15, 2007, 02:23:09 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Iconix.png)

Iconix eMail ID 3.35.1 (http://www.iconix.com/learnmore.php) - Freeware
 
Stop trying to figure out which email messages might be phishing or spam.
See what's real before you even open the message.
This is just one FreeWare item featured in my Weekly collection of
FreeWare Collected From The WorldWideWeb
You'll find the rest of the collection at:
http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/FreeWareCollectedFromTheWWW (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/FreeWareCollectedFromTheWWW)


Sorry Dan but I use Mailwasher Pro to prescreen my email and haven't checked this out
for online email.  :-[
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 15, 2007, 03:40:14 PM
its work only on ie(not clones)except maxathon and firefox and outlook express at the moment
just talked to their real nice tech support and opera and thunderbird and avast and a few others are in the works to work also with it.
and its working on mine i forgot to mention ;D
thanks bob :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 16, 2007, 12:45:38 PM
Peak Oil Clock :o have to fill the tank today
http://www.peakoilclock.com/images/poc2.swf
click on bottom pic to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 16, 2007, 01:29:07 PM
DO NOT INSTALL ICONIX LOOK AT ATTACHMENT :(
CLICK TO ENLARGE ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 16, 2007, 02:24:22 PM
And what made HijackThis the authority?
Not to long ago, it considered avast! a possible thread.
There is no perfect program for detecting threats.
There is always the main man......    YOU  who makes the final decision.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 16, 2007, 04:55:58 PM
just don't like anything on my system like that bob that indicates something like that :o
like you always tell me in our chat's always rather be safe than sorry ::)
and i really don't need it since i have siteadvisor,finjan,and other security in my firefox browser :D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 16, 2007, 10:29:12 PM
Dan,
HJT isn't infallible. There isn't anything wrong with the program.
Remember, each program that scans for errors or security issues still requires
the personal touch... YOU.
Here's an example:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/HJT.png)

Quote
i really don't need it since i have siteadvisor,
The functions of this program have nothing to do with the functions of SiteAdvisor.

As I've told you many times, "It's your computer and you make the final decision what you
want running on it."
However, the fact that HJT doesn't recognize this program doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with it.  :)

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 16, 2007, 10:42:06 PM
i know that bob and as i am chatting with you now i still appreciate all the help you have given me...
i think i have enough protection on my system and i might think that the program is bad seeing the hijackthis as it was and freaked out :o on it saying NASTY but i might try it later on down the road when the software as it is brand new at this time is being improved and see some positive reviews of it ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on June 17, 2007, 12:07:02 AM
Bob, do you know more about Iconix?
I've installed but now I'm concerned about that...
Does it really worth?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on June 17, 2007, 12:36:41 AM
Dan,
HJT isn't infallible. There isn't anything wrong with the program.
Remember, each program that scans for errors or security issues still requires
the personal touch... YOU.
Here's an example:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/HJT.png)

Quote
i really don't need it since i have siteadvisor,
The functions of this program have nothing to do with the functions of SiteAdvisor.

As I've told you many times, "It's your computer and you make the final decision what you
want running on it."
However, the fact that HJT doesn't recognize this program doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with it.  :)

In your example it is a known fault with 1.99.1 which wasn't there before version 1,.99.1 and isn't there after it, as in with HJT 2.0.

Quote
O23 - Service: avast! iAVS4 Control Service (aswUpdSv) - ALWIL Software - D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - ALWIL Software - D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Mail Scanner - ALWIL Software - D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Web Scanner - ALWIL Software - D:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe

It isn't a case of HJT not recognising the program, but detecting it as nasty an entirely different ballgame. Perhaps someone should take this up on the hijackthis.de forum (http://forum.hijackthis.de/index.php?langid=4 (http://forum.hijackthis.de/index.php?langid=4)).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 17, 2007, 02:32:59 PM
Quote
It isn't a case of HJT not recognising the program, but detecting it as nasty an entirely different ballgame. Perhaps someone should take this up on the hijackthis.de forum (http://forum.hijackthis.de/index.php?langid=4).

http://forum.hijackthis.de/showthread.php?p=139485#post139485 (http://forum.hijackthis.de/showthread.php?p=139485#post139485)

I'll report on any definitive answers received from the above post.

I also call Iconix at their listed 800 number but this number apparently isn't manned by competent
support support personnel.  I was told that my concerns would be passed on. ( Maybe ??? )
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on June 17, 2007, 03:05:16 PM
Quote from: bob3160 link=topic=19387.msg236321#msg236321 [url=http://forum.hijackthis.de/showthread.php?p=139485#post139485
http://forum.hijackthis.de/showthread.php?p=139485#post139485[/url]
I'll report on any definitive answers received from the above post.
Thanks Bob.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on June 17, 2007, 03:25:17 PM
Thanks Bob, now we will get an idea of the support of Iconix and more importantly hijackthis.de over the analysis.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 18, 2007, 01:18:41 PM
and i called iconix support also bob and they said their tech support would email me(whenever) ??? and i would send them an attachment of my hijackthis log and they would investigate the matter ??? ::)
(http://i15.tinypic.com/5ybu0y9.gif)watch this to laugh ;D around a minute long or so....
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 18, 2007, 01:20:49 PM
http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs13/f/2007/077/2/e/Animator_vs__Animation_by_alanbecker.swf
another funny one to watch ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: polonus on June 18, 2007, 09:12:53 PM
Hi folks,

Here you find a nice button maker. So get your buttons here:

http://www.kalsey.com/tools/buttonmaker/

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 19, 2007, 11:41:38 AM
Export Your Firefox Bookmarks....
Firefox is a great browser 'n all, but if you've been looking for a way to create a manual backup of your bookmarks or - *gasp* - try a different browser on for size, exporting your 'marks might not be the most obvious of processes. You can go up to the File menu to import bookmarks, but Export is nowhere to be seen... unless you open the Bookmarks Manager from the Bookmarks menu. That manager is where the File > Export command lives (Mac users: simply make sure that Manager window is front-most when checking the File menu), allowing you to save your bookmarks for backing up, sharing or porting to another browser.
Click on pic to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 19, 2007, 11:46:19 AM
Cure your Internet ADD----Have you got a bad case of Internet ADD? You sit in front of your computer and have trouble getting work done for all the distractions that come with online life; IMs, tons of tabs, new email, Twitter and Facebook dragging down your productivity? You're not alone.
ZenHabits lays out 8 awesome strategies to reduce your Internet ADD and start getting things done. By setting a few rules for yourself and sticking to them -- such as no Twitter at work, setting an "offline hour", keeping a browsing schedule and installing the Page Addict Firefox extension -- you can take back some of that productive time that your online life took away. http://zenhabits.net/2007/06/8-practical-tips-to-cure-your-internet-add-attention-deficit-disorder/
Sound good? You may also want to check out our 5 rules for keeping an empty inbox.
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2006/11/15/five-simple-rules-for-keeping-an-empty-inbox/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 19, 2007, 04:01:18 PM
DO NOT INSTALL ICONIX LOOK AT ATTACHMENT :(
CLICK TO ENLARGE ::)

As already mentioned, the problem isn't with the program itself but with a
false positive in HijackThis.
The problem has been resolved and it is now listed as a SAFE item.
You'll find this correction at the following link on the HJT Forum:
http://www.hijackthis-forum.de/showthread.php?p=139485#post139485 (http://www.hijackthis-forum.de/showthread.php?p=139485#post139485)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 19, 2007, 04:32:00 PM
thanks bob for that info and nice statement what he has in his signature-it's in german which is my second language it says- With the computer, one found a solution, for which one seeks now the problems....
will give iconix a try again 8)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 19, 2007, 04:41:23 PM
Quote
will give iconix a try again
Iconix hasn't changed and never had a problem.

It's nice to see that HJT made a quick fix to their detection and has marked it
as a SAFE program.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: polonus on June 20, 2007, 02:18:49 PM
Hi malware fighters,

Nice online site for those into JavaScript:
http://www.webtoolkit.info/

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 20, 2007, 08:15:06 PM
another know of this..just saw it for the first time ??? ::)
http://www.mwti.net/products/mwav/mwav.asp
MWAV 9.x is now compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista & 64-bit OS.
MWAV provides you with a FREE utility to enable you to scan for any virus, spyware, adware or any other malware from your computer. MWAV requires no installation and can be run directly from any where on your computer or from a CD ROM.++++It can also be run even if you have any other antivirus software installed on your computer+++


Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 21, 2007, 06:17:31 AM
There's only one problem:
To fix anything it finds, you'll need to purchase the Pro version..... :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 21, 2007, 06:47:18 AM
Windows Vista Demos (http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/demos.mspx)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: sputnik365 on June 21, 2007, 08:11:32 AM
There's only one problem:
To fix anything it finds, you'll need to purchase the Pro version..... :'(


bet it finds a lot
http://www.castlecops.com/r359-MWAV.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 21, 2007, 07:15:23 PM
Leopard 9A466 Gallery (http://www.thinksecret.com/archives/leopard9a466/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 25, 2007, 01:32:06 PM
Is there Insecurity within Security ?
This effects both Firefox and other Gecko based browsers and Debian-Based users
http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/it/2007/06/22/firefox-extensions-ripe-for-exploitation/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 10, 2007, 04:16:18 PM
First Screen shots from Internet Explorer 8 - Leaked - Fakes?
http://news.softpedia.com/news/First-Screenshots-from-Internet-Explorer-8-Leaked-59120.shtml (http://news.softpedia.com/news/First-Screenshots-from-Internet-Explorer-8-Leaked-59120.shtml)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on July 10, 2007, 05:37:10 PM
The old no bus for an hour and along come three together seems apt with MS, years between IE6 and the release of IE7 now before the ink is dry they are touting IE8 makes you wonder what they are up to. I still haven't converted to IE7 at this rate I may miss it out and wait for the IE8 bus to arrive ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 11, 2007, 09:07:10 PM
What's New with OpenDNS?
==============================================================
OpenDNS celebrates first year!
Are you using OpenDNS to its full potential? Over the last couple
months we've been busy delivering features that let you better manage
and control your Internet experience. If you're not yet up to speed,
here's a quick overview:

 * Domain Blocking -- Many of you asked for a simple way to block a
  single domain on your network. With OpenDNS, now you can. You might
  have complex firewalls and other gear but they don't easily do the
  simple task of blocking myspace.com. We're glad to offer this
  service, and thousands of you have taken advantage of it. Oh yeah,
  it's free.

  More at: http://www.opendns.com/
 * Adult Site Blocking -- If there was one complaint we got about domain
  blocking it was that we didn't offer a list of adult sites to block.
  Good news - now we do. We teamed up with our friends at St. Bernard
  Software to provide an accurate and easy way to block adult sites on
  your network. Oh yeah, it's free too.

  More at: http://www.opendns.com/start/features/adult/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on July 12, 2007, 03:36:57 AM
Bob, OpenDNS made my browsing slower... maybe problem on resolving DNS names fast...
For Adult Site Blocking, consider www.k9webprotection.com 8)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on July 12, 2007, 04:48:50 AM
I have seen no impact in using the OpenDNS as my dns server. I also use DNS caching in my firewall for the last 200 records, that saves the IPs so you aren't constantly accessing the OpenDNS server/s.

The adult site blocking is an option not compulsory.
Quote
Adult site blocking is an optional network feature, which goes into effect only if you enable it for your network.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 12, 2007, 04:17:13 PM
Sorry Tech I don't know why your slower using DNS,
I'm not experiencing any delays at all.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 12, 2007, 04:18:47 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/l8r.png)
http://www.l8r.nu/ (http://www.l8r.nu/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 15, 2007, 03:55:53 AM
Intel, and the `$100 Laptop' Project Make Peace (http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/H/HUNDRED_DOLLAR_LAPTOP_INTEL?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)
In recent weeks, Negroponte and Intel CEO Paul Otellini began peace talks, culminating in a face-to-face meeting.
Thursday at Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. And on Friday, the two sides said they had joined forces:
Intel will join One Laptop Per Child's board and contribute money and technical expertise to the project.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 19, 2007, 02:42:12 PM
Make Firefox Look like Internet Explorer
Why would you want to do this? Because it's a clever way to wean change-resistant users away from IE.
http://johnhaller.com/jh/mozilla/firefox_internet_explorer/ (http://johnhaller.com/jh/mozilla/firefox_internet_explorer/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 19, 2007, 08:25:18 PM
Amidst unconfirmed rumors that anonymous hackers have created a worm that exploits an unpatched code execution flaw in Mac OS X (Intel),
a team of researchers have come up with a way to completely disable a buggy portion of the Mac code base.
Read the full story here (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=388&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 24, 2007, 02:45:32 PM
DRM Cracked Again - Now We All Will Be Punished (http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/2007/07/18/drm-cracked-again-now-we-all-will-be-punished/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 30, 2007, 01:54:50 PM
Download Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate

Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences
and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web.
The Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate will auto-update to the final release.
http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/downloads.aspx (http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/downloads.aspx)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 01, 2007, 06:05:37 PM
McAfee's A/V software runs amok on Vista
Every 4 minutes and 10 seconds, McAfee's anti-virus software sends a splash screen across the Vista UI
and leaves a new "M" in the tray of Windows Vista.
READ FULL STORY (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=39457027-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&s=5&fs=0)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: TedNelly on August 01, 2007, 06:21:31 PM
(http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/1267/amty0.jpg) Bet McAfee aren't ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 10, 2007, 02:50:18 PM
Sony Recalls Continue to Mount
Sony electronics is recalling close to 400,000 Cyber-Shot cameras worldwide due to a dangerous defect.
The specific models in question are the Cyber-Shot DSC-T5, with serial numbers between 3500001 and 3574100.
The full story is available here (http://www.infopackets.com/channels/en/windows/gazette/2007/20070810_sony_recalls_continue_to_mount.htm).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on August 10, 2007, 03:05:56 PM
I haven't bought a single Sony product since the Sony Rootkit fiasco I vowed not to buy anything Sony again. Having just bought a new digital camera recently, I did like the spec of some of the Cyber-Shot cameras but ruled them out because they were Sony.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on August 19, 2007, 10:34:48 PM
here bob ;D
(http://i14.tinypic.com/6fsl261.jpg)
http://www.glarysoft.com/au.html it's FREE 8)
One of the best things about the Revo Uninstaller-it removes the junk leftover by programs after uninstallation. It does a quick scan of your computer before and after you install the program to make sure the uninstaller took care of everything. Aside from that it also had several other features for managing your computer.
The other day I found another free app (for Windows 98 and up) that is similar in nature: Absolute Uninstaller. It’s goal is to remove software from your computer much like the classic Windows Add/Remove programs, but it goes a step further. It will check to make sure that the uninstaller takes care of everything that was in the uninstall log, and Absolute Uninstaller will delete the things that are left behind.
Here are some of the things that Absolute Uninstaller can do:
Detects and removes leftover files from the uninstaller
Remove programs in bulk by checking the box next to multiple items. Unfortunately it will still require input from you so you can’t walk away.
One-click removal of any entry
Points out which applications were recently installed
Show installed applications by name or by install date
And yes, this is completely free. In fact this is the first version of Absolute Uninstaller that doesn’t cost a dime. Previously you had to pay $29.95 to get this program, but now you only have to pay if you want to get their entire suite of utilities.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on August 22, 2007, 12:08:02 PM
very good-love to listen to music-and it's FREE ;D
RaimaRadio enables you to listen to thousands of free internet radio stations from around the world. You can easily record one or more stations simultaneously and save the recording as individual MP3 files. You can schedule radio stations to automatically play during certain times, and also choose to automatically record them. Other features include album cover display, support for WinAmp plug-ins, station search, favorite station list, random play and more. RaimaRadio also offers a song/artist watch list that can automatically record specific titles when they are played.
http://www.raimasoftware.com/

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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on August 22, 2007, 06:29:12 PM
Firefox Campus Edition Launches
http://mashable.com/2007/08/21/firefox-campus-edition/
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/add-ons/campus/

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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 27, 2007, 06:09:25 PM
NJ teen unlocks iPhone from AT&T network (http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8R7H9P80.htm)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on August 27, 2007, 06:11:42 PM
Quote
There is apparently no U.S. law against unlocking cell phones
and no crime done ::)
similar news-kids are all doing the good stuff :o
Australian teenager cracks $84-million Internet porn filter in 30 minutes
http://www.hackinthebox.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=24270

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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: TedNelly on August 27, 2007, 06:38:45 PM
Quote
There is apparently no U.S. law against unlocking cell phones
and no crime done ::)
similar news-kids are all doing the good stuff :o
Australian teenager cracks $84-million Internet porn filter in 30 minutes
http://www.hackinthebox.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=24270

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Wait until I catch up with that son of mine?? I want him to show me how it works while Moms not around  ;D  Just kidding!! ;) ;D

Typical Aussie Government Spend 84 Million on a waste of money and supply a Crap Broadband Service. Their next plan is to breed  Ultra Speedy Carrier Pigeons.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on August 27, 2007, 07:02:58 PM
Quote
Their next plan is to breed  Ultra Speedy Carrier Pigeons.
your new job will be to clean up the mess ;D

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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 29, 2007, 10:31:32 PM
Vista SP1 beta due in two weeks (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=681)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 30, 2007, 12:05:40 AM
Microsoft shuts down popular third-party Windows update app

AutoPatcher is no more after Microsoft sends cease-and-desist

August 29, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Microsoft forced a popular alternative to Windows Update off the Internet today, sending the maker of AutoPatcher cease-and-desist e-mail. The free utility has been removed from its download site.

Microsoft did not give a reason for the move, which came more than four years after AutoPatcher debuted.
Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment.
Full story available here (http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=internet_business&articleId=9033614&taxonomyId=71&intsrc=kc_top).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 30, 2007, 05:22:17 PM
http://mail.google.com/mvideo (http://mail.google.com/mvideo)
A compilation of clips submitted by Gmail fans as part of our collaborative video project.
Selected from over 1,100 clips from fans in more than 65 countries.
Learn more at http://mail.google.com/mvideo

Or watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKAInP_tmHk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKAInP_tmHk)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 30, 2007, 10:23:26 PM
When Vista SP1 lands in the first quarter of 2008 are we really getting what Vista should have been at launch? (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=6070)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 30, 2007, 10:24:03 PM

Sorry posted twice.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on September 11, 2007, 02:35:02 PM
DeskFlag was created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and is dedicated to the memory of the victims. We hope that in some small way, using this program helps people demonstrate their condemnation of this senseless act.
http://www.deskflag.com/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 11, 2007, 11:49:32 PM
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-XP-Service-Pack-3-Leaked-Details-57825.shtml)

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 17, 2007, 03:27:15 PM
15 Undocumented Firefox Tips (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136862-page,1-c,mozilla/article.html)

You'll find a condensed version of this interesting article at:
http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/browsers/15FirefoxTips.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 20, 2007, 09:33:01 PM
Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent (http://windowssecrets.com/2007/09/13/01-Microsoft-updates-Windows-without-users-consent)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on September 20, 2007, 10:09:00 PM
Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent (http://windowssecrets.com/2007/09/13/01-Microsoft-updates-Windows-without-users-consent)
Can't believe  :( >:( :(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on September 20, 2007, 10:54:33 PM
I can't this isn't the first time they have done this sort of thing, when you consider auto update slipping in a WGA update in as a critical update. Trustworthy computing, I think not.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 21, 2007, 02:33:16 AM
IBM Releases Office Desktop Software at No Charge to Foster Collaboration and Innovation (http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/buzzentry.jspa?selectedCategoryID=5&threadID=2581&tstart=0)
NEW YORK, September 18, 2007 - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced IBM Lotus Symphony, a suite of free software tools
for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Downloads available at:
https://www14.software.ibm.com/iwm/web/swerplotus/LotusSymphonyPick.html (https://www14.software.ibm.com/iwm/web/swerplotus/LotusSymphonyPick.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 21, 2007, 07:15:16 PM
Vista forces reboots (http://news.zdnet.com/2422-13568_22-157931.html)
Taking a closer look at Windows Vista

In a Technology Shakedown, ZDNet Executive Editor David Berlind discovers a reboot feature in Microsoft's Vista operating system
that he doesn't like. The feature forces users to reboot their PCs with only a short warning before it happens.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 25, 2007, 03:27:04 AM
Unisys probed for Homeland Security breach (http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6209631.html?tag=nl.e550)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 26, 2007, 01:51:54 PM
If you unlocked your iPhone you are about to be iScrewed (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=6371&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on September 26, 2007, 02:04:41 PM
Not sure someone already posted about this, since the news is 2 days old now, but anyway...

Microsoft begins beta testing Vista service pack


http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9783639-7.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=NewsBlog (http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9783639-7.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=NewsBlog)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 27, 2007, 03:45:43 AM
(http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/images/gmail.gif)
Hackers expose holes in Gmail, search appliance, etc. (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=539&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 27, 2007, 04:32:09 AM
(http://officeliveoffers.com/ebook/ebook.gif)

Click here to download the E-Book (http://officeliveoffers.com/ebook/MS2eBook.pdf)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: TedNelly on September 27, 2007, 08:50:35 AM
If you unlocked your iPhone you are about to be iScrewed (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=6371&tag=nl.e622)

iPhone....iScrewed......iFinancially painful to the hip pocket owch!! ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on September 27, 2007, 01:13:12 PM
It is already financially damaging to the hip pocket even before you even consider this. iPhone has just been released (or at least notified) in the UK and much the same it is only available from supplier (Carphone Warehouse) and with only one network.

The cost about £250 but here is the rub, Apple will get a percentage of the revenue from the calls during the longer contract term, this will no doubt be seen in higher than normal tarrifs/call charges. Thanks but no thanks.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YLAP on September 27, 2007, 01:17:14 PM
Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent (http://windowssecrets.com/2007/09/13/01-Microsoft-updates-Windows-without-users-consent)

Hey, it's against the user rights, I think so...  :o
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 27, 2007, 11:32:02 PM
Windows DreamScene released for Vista Ultimate users (http://windowsultimate.com/blogs/announcements/archive/2007/09/25/windows-dreamscene-released.aspx)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 03, 2007, 12:04:31 AM
Windows is giving out a free genuine converter for xp!
Microsoft is providing users with the means to turn their pirated copies of Windows into genuine products.
However, the offer is only available for Windows XP, and not for Windows Vista.
Users of pirated Windows are still Microsoft customers, in the company's perspective, although this might not always be the case.
However, the company has poured a consistent amount of efforts into initiatives designed to protect both customers and partners from the inherent problems
associated with counterfeit copies of the Windows operating system.
In this context, Microsoft has debuted a new licensing program designed to permit victims of software piracy to convert counterfeit Windows
into a genuine and properly licensed operating system. The Get Genuine Windows Agreement (GGWA) introduced on October 2, 2007,
comes to complement the Get Genuine Kit (GGK), which Microsoft has in place since mid 2006.
One shortcoming of the licensing program is the fact that it is limited to the enterprise environment, and is not available to end users.
An additional caveat is the fact that GGWA is limited to Windows XP. At this point in time,
Microsoft indicated no signs that it plans to make the licensing program available for Windows Vista.
"We are listening to our customers and partners about what they need in terms of programs to help resolve licensing issues.
With their feedback and the most recent technologies, we are actively developing licensing solutions such as GGK and GGWA that help customers
who have unknowingly purchased counterfeit software or whose Microsoft Windows licensing needs to be made right.
These programs provide businesses a simple way to acquire genuine Windows licenses of Windows XP software through their reseller and through volume licensing,
which is the same way they generally acquire other software applications," explained Cori Hartje, director of Microsoft’s Genuine Software Initiative.
Microsoft essentially makes it extremely easy for businesses to "turn themselves in" as Windows pirates. The company is offering corporate customers running
counterfeit versions of Windows the chance to acquire a perpetual license for Windows XP Professional. Business customers running at least five copies of pirated Windows
can opt to purchase legitimate licenses via Volume Licensing program from a reseller. The licensing process will enable corporate users to streamline the process
of transitioning from running illegal copies of Windows to complete legalization.
"The Get Genuine Kit (GGK) can only be acquired through our resellers. The Get Genuine Windows Agreement (GGWA) will enable distributors,
resellers, and LARs to expand their businesses by enabling them to sell scalable solutions through volume licensing. This enables them to address legalization requirements
within their customer’s existing environment. In addition, with GGWA they can offer customers our Software Assurance (SA) maintenance program within 90 days of the GGWA acquisition. Partners may also leverage software asset management (SAM) tools such as the Microsoft License Statement (MLS) and provide additional SAM consulting services",
Hartje added.
https://partner.microsoft.com/US/licensing/40032275
 (https://partner.microsoft.com/US/licensing/40032275)

The genuine xp's will have ads to support the cost, the initiative was actually planned for 3rd world countries where pirate xps are most common
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 03, 2007, 12:09:52 AM
Laptop Battery That Runs 30 Years
(http://i6.tinypic.com/521xp3p.jpg)
Your next laptop could have a continuous power battery that lasts for 30 years without a single recharge
thanks to work being funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The breakthrough betavoltaic power cells
are constructed from semiconductors and use radioisotopes as the energy source.
As the radioactive material decays it emits beta particles that transform into electric power capable of fueling
an electrical device like a laptop for years.
Although betavoltaic batteries sound Nuclear they’re not, they’re neither use fission/fusion or chemical processes to produce energy
and so (do not produce any radioactive or hazardous waste).
If all goes well plans are for these cells to reach store shelves in about 2 to 3 years.
__________________
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 03, 2007, 12:15:19 AM
Indian government forcing cybercafés to install keyloggers (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070910-indian-government-forcing-cybercafes-to-install-keyloggers.html)

Since anti-terrorism is used as the excuse for this action, I wonder which government will be next to follow this practice?

What's your take on this ?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 03, 2007, 01:24:23 AM
What's your take on this ?
In a public place? Why not? If people are advised of this practice.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: electronikk on October 04, 2007, 08:10:47 AM
Here is an provoking article from Computerworld:

Malware boom puts pressure on second-tier AV labs (http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9040779&intsrc=hm_list)

"Massive increase in infectants overwhelming the researchers"

I'd so much like to hear alwil's opinion on that.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: avatar2005 on October 04, 2007, 10:19:50 AM
Here is an provoking article from Computerworld:
Malware boom puts pressure on second-tier AV labs (http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9040779&intsrc=hm_list)
Hi!
This is a somekind of douleposting ;) The same theme is discusing here: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=30782.0 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=30782.0)
Take care.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 04, 2007, 02:22:58 PM
A turn in the antispyware war? (http://news.zdnet.com/2010-1009_22-6211302.html?tag=nl.e550)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 04, 2007, 02:24:21 PM
Canada to criminalize identity theft (http://news.zdnet.com/2110-1009_22-6211409.html?tag=nl.e550)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 04, 2007, 10:17:46 PM
The five mystery Vista updates to be added to SP1 revealed (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=784&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 05, 2007, 02:41:44 AM
PC Decrapifier (http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/home)
For *NEW* XP & Vista machines ONLY
So, you're the proud owner of a new PC. You anxiously open the box, dumping out the contents, casting the instructions aside.
You feverishly push your old PC off the desk and get the new one set up. On the floor lies a pile of plastic wrap and twist ties.
Your brand spanking new PC boots up only to greet you with a plethora of pop up advertisements pestering you to pay for anti-virus software
or sign up for a music service. Your desktop is littered with website links for 'special offers.'
The system tray is already full of programs that continuously use your internet connection to make sure that you're 'up to date.'

"When did I ask for this?" you ask. Well, you didn't and that's where the PC Decrapifier comes in. The PC Decrapifier attempts to remove
all of the crap on your PC that you never asked for or wanted. To manually remove all of this stuff by hand can take at least an hour
(depending on the severity of the infestation.) The PC Decrapifier will detect the 'crap' on your system, you choose what to uninstall,
then sit back and let the PC Decrapifier work its magic.

All of this stuff is placed on your new PC because the big companies like Dell, HP and others sell advertising space on your PC
to put more money in their pockets at the expense of your time and frustration.
The PC Decrapifier is a program free for personal use to help the average computer user combat this problem.
It is also available for PC technicians at a small fee to use as a tool in their everyday business to save a tremendous amount of time.
It will not begin removing anything without prompting you first! You get to see the list of items it detects and then choose
what will be removed automatically.
The PC Decrapifier will uninstall many of the common trialware and annoyances found on many of the PCs from big name OEMs
Download the program now:
http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/files/PC-Decrapifier-1.8.2.exe (http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/files/PC-Decrapifier-1.8.2.exe)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 05, 2007, 02:52:32 AM
Whilst this is a great idea and tool, but beware if you ever have to do a reinstall, most only have a hidden partition and not a full OS OEM/Retail CD and using that partition sets everything back to how it left the factory, includonng the cr*pware.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 05, 2007, 02:55:56 AM
Whilst this is a great idea and tool, but beware if you ever have to do a reinstall, most only have a hidden partition and not a full OS OEM/Retail CD and using that partition sets everything back to how it left the factory, includonng the cr*pware.
One reason why once you've cleaned up the garbage, the next thing to do is to create an image of your
clean system.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 05, 2007, 03:02:31 AM
The problem being for most people they not only haven't got any disk imaging software, they wouldn't know to ask for it or what it was if it bit them in the a** ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 05, 2007, 03:19:59 AM
The genuine xp's will have ads to support the cost, the initiative was actually planned for 3rd world countries where pirate xps are most common
Pirated software is decreasing here, as the latest news and data from companies.
I've read that 80% of UK Windows copies are pirated... Is it true? For sure, not a 3rd world country...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on October 05, 2007, 03:27:32 AM
Yes, I've heard that too... for sure not a third World country... besides "third World" doesn't really exist, that's just ugly capitalism phrase.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 05, 2007, 04:15:37 AM
besides "third World" doesn't really exist, that's just ugly capitalism phrase.
Thanks for the comprehension Sasha 8)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 05, 2007, 02:03:03 PM
The genuine xp's will have ads to support the cost, the initiative was actually planned for 3rd world countries where pirate xps are most common
Pirated software is decreasing here, as the latest news and data from companies.
I've read that 80% of UK Windows copies are pirated... Is it true? For sure, not a 3rd world country...

I strongly doubt it is anywhere close to 80% if it were then MS would be jumping up and down. I would also think that if MS brought the cost of their OS to realistic prices and also stopped charging way over the ODDs for their OS in the UK then that would probably go a long way to combating any Piracy.

People will look for the best price they can get and buy the product in good faith only to find later that they have purchased a pirate copy. Now once they find they have a pirated copy what should they do, they have already lost the money they paid for a non-wga copy. They will be wary of repeating the exercise and the reason for looking for a good price was they couldn't afford it then they will probably stick with what they have got and stop visiting windows update.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: se224141 on October 06, 2007, 09:10:40 PM
One reason why once you've cleaned up the garbage, the next thing to do is to create an image of your clean system.  :)

How can I create an image of the disk? Please suggest some freeware that does the job  nicely. My OS is Vista Home Premium.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 06, 2007, 09:34:46 PM
I haven't come across much in the way of good hard disk imaging software that is freeware (you could try a google search) and probably less when you talk of Vista compatibility.

Personally when I'm talking about a critical piece of software like disk imaging and the capability to recover from a catastrophe, I don't want to find that there are any errors or issues when you try to restore a back-up image. When you do get one you should test it by recovering a none essential partition, etc. before using it for the first time when the dark and sticky stuff hits the fan.

It is to a large degree a one of expenditure you don't have to buy it every year and believe me use it just once to save your a** and the cost has been more than recovered.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: gdiloren on October 06, 2007, 10:35:08 PM
 New Acer customers have the erecovery software feature to create DVD images of their HD, thank God!!! 8)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 06, 2007, 11:45:24 PM
I don't know if this is Vista compatible but it's FREE and worth a look:

SelfImage (http://selfimage.excelcia.org/) is capable of making an image file of a hard disk or hard disk partition,
and can restore an image back to any drive or partition that doesn't have open files.
Download available from:
http://www.excelcia.org/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=8 (http://www.excelcia.org/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=8)
SelfImage-121.zip is also available from MySharedFiles (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: se224141 on October 07, 2007, 07:59:53 AM
I haven't come across much in the way of good hard disk imaging software that is freeware (you could try a google search) and probably less when you talk of Vista compatibility.

Personally when I'm talking about a critical piece of software like disk imaging and the capability to recover from a catastrophe, I don't want to find that there are any errors or issues when you try to restore a back-up image. When you do get one you should test it by recovering a none essential partition, etc. before using it for the first time when the dark and sticky stuff hits the fan.

It is to a large degree a one of expenditure you don't have to buy it every year and believe me use it just once to save your a** and the cost has been more than recovered.

Thanx David. If one has to go in for a paid version, what should it be?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: se224141 on October 07, 2007, 08:08:27 AM
New Acer customers have the erecovery software feature to create DVD images of their HD, thank God!!! 8)

What about Dell customers? Do they also have a similar stuff?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 07, 2007, 03:05:40 PM
Quote
What about Dell customers? Do they also have a similar stuff?
None that I'm aware of.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 07, 2007, 03:58:41 PM
Thanx David. If one has to go in for a paid version, what should it be?

There are many paid for hard disk imaging software applications, but probably the two most prominent (read well known) are Acronis True Image and Norton spit Ghost. I'm still using PowerQuset's Drive Image 7.1, the last version before it was bought out by Symantec to be incorporated with/into Norton Ghost.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 07, 2007, 04:08:50 PM
I've had a lot of success with R-Drive Image (http://www.download.com/3000-2242_4-10725101.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 07, 2007, 04:22:31 PM
I've had a lot of success with R-Drive Image (http://www.download.com/3000-2242_4-10725101.html)
Ok... but not a freeware :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 07, 2007, 04:25:56 PM
Tech, se224141 asked me about paid for options and I believe Bob simply added another to the two I suggested.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 07, 2007, 04:27:45 PM
I've had a lot of success with R-Drive Image (http://www.download.com/3000-2242_4-10725101.html)
Ok... but not a freeware :'(
I listed a freeware here (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=19387.msg255428#msg255428) but can't attest to it's effectiveness.  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 08, 2007, 02:46:19 PM
Is newer software always better software ?
Not always according to this PC World article from Preston Gralla (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,137703/article.html?tk=nl_wbxrvw)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 10, 2007, 12:27:11 AM
The low-cost laptop that Apple should have built (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=40426908-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&s=5&fs=0).
 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 11, 2007, 04:27:24 AM
8 reasons why Windows users don’t switch to Mac (http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/8-reasons-windows-users-dont-switch/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 11, 2007, 04:32:06 AM
The low-cost laptop that Apple should have built (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=40426908-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&s=5&fs=0).
 

Apple Did Offer to build a stripped down version of OS X for the laptop to run on its slower hardware much like it did for the AppleTV and iPhone (the OS X kernel, darwin, is open source afterall). I think MS also offered to adapt windows in a similar way
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 11, 2007, 04:34:59 AM
'Storm worm' exploits YouTube (http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6212674.html?tag=nl.e550)
Unfortunately, this takes the fun out of "Funny" video clips.  :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 11, 2007, 04:39:45 AM
8 reasons why Windows users don’t switch to Mac (http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/8-reasons-windows-users-dont-switch/)

Great article. Has some good points like acnt build your own mac and most workplaces are windows only. Also has good points for the Mac like how Apple is very competitive price wise these days (just ask sasha)

I like this
Quote
But now that I have spent time with OS X, I could never go back.
This is true for almost everyone that uses OS X for a while.

All in all almost everything is right on the money 9 out of 10 stars :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 12, 2007, 01:51:14 AM
Carry a Flash Drive instead of a Laptop. (http://windowssecrets.com/comp/071011)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 12, 2007, 09:19:27 PM
First patent suit against Linux (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Berlind/?p=833&tag=nl.e589)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 12, 2007, 09:29:20 PM
Google's OS dreams calling on Linux (http://www.zdnetasia.com/builder/program/work/0,39045561,62033132,00.htm)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 12, 2007, 09:31:55 PM
First patent suit against Linux (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Berlind/?p=833)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 15, 2007, 02:57:00 PM
Free Online Storage from Windows Live called SkyDrive (http://skydrive.live.com/).

One GIG for you to use privately or, share files etc with others.

All you need is a Windows Live ID (http://get.live.com/getlive/overview).

You'll find some of my public files available here (http://cid-994c4775d200b11a.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/MySharedFiles?lc=1033). :)

Unlike the FREE USB drive M$ gave away some time ago (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=19675.0), this one actually works and is available. :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 16, 2007, 02:16:00 PM
Why are Windows machines automatically updating themselves? (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=832&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 17, 2007, 01:52:06 PM
AOL will lay off 2,000 people (http://loudounextra.washingtonpost.com/blogs/living-loco/2007/oct/15/aols-falco-says-2000-layoffs/?hpid=topnews)

AOL is about to turn into AOHELL again. This once powerful internet co. is trying to restructure at the
expense of it's employees.  :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 17, 2007, 01:58:33 PM
Decompression Bombs as a Computer Security Risk

A decompression bomb is typically a zip file that has been compressed by a huge amount resulting in a small file that takes forever to unpack. Clicking the zip file will essentially bring you computer to a halt; a kind of denial-of-service attack. Read the full details here:
http://solitude.vkps.co.uk/Archives/2006/01/08/decompressionbombs/

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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 17, 2007, 01:58:54 PM
Free Utility Cuts Cost of Printing

Printing drafts of documents results in a lot of wasted paper. It's not only the paper cost; it's a waste of trees and energy as well. PrintFile is a free utility that reduces this cost by allowing you to print multiple logical pages on a single physical page, a technique known as "n-up" printing, a feature that is available on some modern printers. PrintFile is actually a full featured spooling print manager that can process plain text, PostScript, Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) and binary formats. Note that many of these functions are handled perfectly well by Windows, so the only real reason you would install it would be for the n-up printing. However, for many folks whose printers don't have an in-built n-up feature, this is sufficient reason in itself. I also note that the program has not been updated for some years. Thanks to subscriber Manuel Nuno Alçada for the suggestion. Freeware, All Windows versions up to XP, 198KB. http://lerup.com/printfile/

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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 17, 2007, 01:59:37 PM
Add Sticky Notes to Web Pages or Anything Else

Subscriber Christian Hess Araya writes "Gizmo in issue #149 you mentioned the Firefox extension Internote that allows you to attach notes to webpages so that when you revisit the page the sticky note is automatically displayed. I'd like to let you know about Stickies [1], a free utility, will let you do the very same thing, not limited to webpages but to *any* open window. That makes it so much more useful, IMHO." When I first received this message from Christian I wasn't sure that Stickies would display a note when you re-visited a webpage but it sure does - it remembers the window title. Freeware, Windows 95 and later, 953KB
http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies/

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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 17, 2007, 02:01:44 PM
An Alternative to the Late, Lamented AutoPatcher

Last month I told you how Microsoft had forced the closure of AutoPatcher, a free service that allowed users to download all Windows Updates since SP2 in a single file. This prompted subscriber Paul Lawrence to write "Gizmo there is an alternative to AutoPatcher, called Offline Update [1]. I believe it is more like the current project that Autopatcher.com has started working on that will download updates directly from Microsoft. This should avoid any potential legal problems. It works by creating an .ISO file to burn to disk so you can distribute the updates to other computers. I tried it on my other computer with a fresh XP install. The executables ran smoothly and the update process worked like a charm! Then I ran Microsoft Update Online to see how well it did. I only had 10 updates that I had to download at that point, an excellent result. The only major con I see is the initial download is quite large which may be a problem for people with only dial-up. You can download the program here [2]." Thanks to the many other subscribers who also suggested Offline Update.
[1] http://www.heise-security.co.uk/articles/80682/0
[2] http://www.heise.de/ct/projekte/offlineupdate/download_uk.shtml

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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 17, 2007, 08:32:31 PM
Leopard has more 'Wow!' than Vista (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=861&tag=nl.e622)

A quote from Adrian Kingsley-Hughes:
“Leopard looks like it beats Vista in the “Wow!” department.”
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 18, 2007, 09:45:14 PM
Digital media ethics: it's personal (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=318&tag=nl.e622)
My personal slant on this is that maybe the RIAA ought to be sued for trying to
eliminate the "fair use doctrine (http://www.ala.org/ala/washoff/woissues/copyrightb/copyrightarticle/whatfairuse.cfm)".  :)
What are your feelings ?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 18, 2007, 09:55:34 PM
Where are the “Top Secret” Leopard features that Steve Jobs promised? (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=864&tag=nl.e622)

Part of the reason for this headline:
Quote
Yay, woohoo, Leopard has finally been announced! Two and a half years after the release of Tiger, that’s an almost Microsoft-esque timeframe by Apple’s standards. You’d expect Leopard to be something special, and, with 300 plus improvements, it must be. However, since Steve’s announcement 14 months ago of “top secret” new features, nothing has materialized to fit that billing. And it’s reasonable that the fans are feeling a little bit let down.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: oldman on October 18, 2007, 09:57:13 PM
Well, to expect people to buy extra copies for travel, different players, etc is just plain silly. Even M$ allows for a backup copy.

It may be an interesting legal battle.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 18, 2007, 09:59:24 PM
Microsoft claims it is not party to patent claims against Linux (http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1558&tag=nl.e622)    ???  ???  (I wonder)

How far will we have to dig before the truth actually surfaces ??? ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: oldman on October 18, 2007, 09:59:53 PM
Where are the “Top Secret” Leopard features that Steve Jobs promised? (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=864&tag=nl.e622)

Part of the reason for this headline:
Quote
Yay, woohoo, Leopard has finally been announced! Two and a half years after the release of Tiger, that’s an almost Microsoft-esque timeframe by Apple’s standards. You’d expect Leopard to be something special, and, with 300 plus improvements, it must be. However, since Steve’s announcement 14 months ago of “top secret” new features, nothing has materialized to fit that billing. And it’s reasonable that the fans are feeling a little bit let down.

Maybe another trick learned from B.G. . After all they where once close.  ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 18, 2007, 11:16:19 PM
Where are the “Top Secret” Leopard features that Steve Jobs promised? (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=864&tag=nl.e622)

Part of the reason for this headline:
Quote
Yay, woohoo, Leopard has finally been announced! Two and a half years after the release of Tiger, that’s an almost Microsoft-esque timeframe by Apple’s standards. You’d expect Leopard to be something special, and, with 300 plus improvements, it must be. However, since Steve’s announcement 14 months ago of “top secret” new features, nothing has materialized to fit that billing. And it’s reasonable that the fans are feeling a little bit let down.

Maybe another trick learned from B.G. . After all they where once close.  ::)
Very very true.... :)
Unfortunately, none of us need dirty tricks regardless of where they come from.  >:(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on October 19, 2007, 12:44:44 AM
Where are the “Top Secret” Leopard features that Steve Jobs promised? (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=864&tag=nl.e622)

Part of the reason for this headline:
Quote
Yay, woohoo, Leopard has finally been announced! Two and a half years after the release of Tiger, that’s an almost Microsoft-esque timeframe by Apple’s standards. You’d expect Leopard to be something special, and, with 300 plus improvements, it must be. However, since Steve’s announcement 14 months ago of “top secret” new features, nothing has materialized to fit that billing. And it’s reasonable that the fans are feeling a little bit let down.

To tell the truth I have no clue what this guy is talking about in his article. This same character wrote another article also posted by Bob in this thread... it looked like he was "wow"-ed. All of a sudden he changed his mind...

EDIT: adding link: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=19387.msg257044#msg257044 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=19387.msg257044#msg257044)

I personally am not disappointed at all. Whatever you get with Leopard is at least million light years ahead of any "feature" you get with Vista. However, I am little disappointed... with Vista. They ripped me off and they gave me nothing but a headache with this crappy OS.

Leopard may not have all features included they planned in the beginning, but all those that are inside are more than enough. Of course there is "only" 300+ new features which BTW work, nothing like Vista's crappy effects that just slows down even most powerful computers. I am sure that even if Apple included 600+ new features, there would always be at least one person to find something "that's not right". That's how it will always be... thanks God I started to listen to my 19 years long lasting computer experience and common sense, rather than letting articles like this one influence my decisions what to buy and what not.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: neal63 on October 19, 2007, 01:06:53 AM
Teenager claims to have easy iPod touch jailbreak. See  HERE  (http://www.news.com/8301-13579_3-9797067-37.html?tag=nefd.blgs)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 19, 2007, 04:40:53 AM
Sasha,
Quote
To tell the truth I have no clue what this guy is talking about in his article. This same character wrote another article also posted by Bob in this thread... it looked like he was "wow"-ed. All of a sudden he changed his mind...
The article was actually written by Chris Howard and you'll find it at:
http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/sorry-children-leopards-top-secret-features-arent-real/ (http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/sorry-children-leopards-top-secret-features-arent-real/)
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, who I quoted, only wrote a small synopsis of Chris Howard's article. :)

I know you love your new apple.  :)  I'm not knocking it I'm just passing along information and pointing out that under the covers,
the "Big Boys" are pretty much the same.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on October 19, 2007, 02:10:45 PM
I know Bob, I didn't mean you meant anything wrong, no way. It's just when I see people complaining about something they don't and will not use, I'm starting to think, what's the point of them complaining then ? And they will always find something regardless of how good or bad product ends up... even if it's perfectly perfect without even one single glitch (impossible of course), they will search and search until they find something that can give them an idea about writing a new article.

It's really not about loving my new Mac, although I really love it otherwise I wouldn't buy it (I spent few months visiting Apple store here and there before I made my final decision), but about why people are still complaining when nothing in this World is perfect nor it will ever be. Just find something you like and use it... leave other people to decide what's best for them... but it looks like they don't play by these rules.  :-\
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 22, 2007, 02:56:18 PM
How to Spot an E-Mail Scam (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,138310-page,1-c,cybercrime/article.html)
Excellent picture essay. Especially for less experienced computer users.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 27, 2007, 03:44:14 AM
Microsoft (finally) confirms PDF attacks, urges caution (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=614&tag=nl.e589)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 27, 2007, 04:02:24 PM
If you're still undecided about switching to Vista, then this should help you make an intelligent decision. (http://www.blimptv.net/mostpopularV1.html)
After viewing this short tutorial, please let me know when you'll be making the switch to vista.
Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 27, 2007, 04:26:59 PM
Life is too short (on dial-up) to wait to see the clip so I guess my conversion to Vista will be some time after seeing the Vista Sucks tutorial, which will probably be shortly after hell freezes over ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 27, 2007, 04:42:44 PM
After viewing this short tutorial, please let me know when you'll be making the switch to vista.
People will never stop blaming Microsoft...
Thanks God my Vista is quite stable and running smoothly 8)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 27, 2007, 05:58:32 PM
Tech,
So is mine but that doesn't make the tutorial any less funny.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 29, 2007, 09:20:48 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/PDR.png) (http://www.pandora.com/?tc=e-001425-0035-1137&sc=sh239810813238574753)
Click on the picture and Turn your volume up. :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on October 30, 2007, 01:11:44 AM
Microsoft (finally) confirms PDF attacks, urges caution (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=614&tag=nl.e589)

Wow! Better boot back into Windows 95 just to be safe. Shell integration, what shell integration?  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on October 30, 2007, 01:51:49 PM
I'm very happy with Avast! and not a "suite" user myself but here's an interesting move from the boys (and girls) from Bratislava. http://www.eset.com/company/article/-ESET-LAUNCHES-ESET-NOD32-ANTIVIRUS-V3.0-AND-ESET-SMART-SECURITY/4079.php?contentID=4079
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 30, 2007, 02:03:22 PM
Any way you slice it, it's still a Suit and, it's NOT Free.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 31, 2007, 11:13:57 PM
Bogus FTC e-mail has virus (http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6215894.html?tag=nl.e550)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on November 01, 2007, 03:55:44 AM
Anyone tried "Mamutu" from Emsi (ASquared)?  http://www.mamutu.com/en/software/mamutu/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 01, 2007, 12:34:52 PM
Anyone tried "Mamutu" from Emsi (ASquared)?  http://www.mamutu.com/en/software/mamutu/
I've heard from it yesterday and got to its homepage. But I feel this won't be a freeware... Am I wrong?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on November 01, 2007, 01:31:08 PM
I've heard from it yesterday and got to its homepage. But I feel this won't be a freeware... Am I wrong?

Any way you slice it, it's still a Suit and, it's NOT Free.

Okay, okay, they're not free! Maybe we should change this thread to:
Interesting Free Software and System News  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 01, 2007, 01:38:16 PM
Okay, okay, they're not free! Maybe we should change this thread to:
Interesting Free Software and System News  ;D
Vladimyr, don't take it personally. I'm just saying that beta testing a non-free program is not a thing that enthusiasm me.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on November 01, 2007, 02:06:36 PM
Don't worry Tech, you're miles away from causing offence - I haven't yet been enthusiastic enough about Mamutu to try it myself!  :-[ - though I will probably trial the ESET suite in my office when it's released!
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 01, 2007, 09:33:50 PM


Okay, okay, they're not free! Maybe we should change this thread to:
Interesting Free Software and System News  ;D
How many other commercial packages have you found in this thread???    :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on November 02, 2007, 02:07:19 AM
How many other commercial packages have you found in this thread???    :)
None! Because I haven't looked. ;D
I confess, up until now I hadn't thought to differentiate.  :-[
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 03, 2007, 02:23:53 PM
OpenSocial opens new can of worms (http://www.news.com/OpenSocial-opens-new-can-of-worms/2100-1038_3-6216300.html)
For those of you interested in trying Google's Orkut, you'll find it here (https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=orkut&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.orkut.com%2FRedirLogin.aspx%3Fmsg%3D0%26page%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.orkut.com%252F&hl=en-US&rm=false&passive=true).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 05, 2007, 04:01:00 PM
Top 5 Online Virus Scanners (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Top5OnlineVirusScanners.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 05, 2007, 04:30:46 PM
Trend's Housecall is also the only on-line scanner that you don't have to use IE or activeX as you can use Firefox or Opera browsers with JAVA.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 06, 2007, 01:09:11 AM
Australian researcher finds way to make broadband 100 times faster. (http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/tech-news/?p=1484)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 06, 2007, 01:23:48 AM
Australian researcher finds way to make broadband 100 times faster. (http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/tech-news/?p=1484)
It would be good when this become a piece of software that we can download and use.
Or when the companies start to use it as a technology. Until there, it's a dream. Thanks Bob.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 06, 2007, 02:42:34 AM
Australian researcher finds way to make broadband 100 times faster. (http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/tech-news/?p=1484)

Lets hope he could do the same for dial-up seems so as it is about improving line quality.

Quote
The research could essentially benefit any network infrastructure based on copper lines and goes to prove that, while the next generation of Internet may be some years away, much work can be done to improve the capacity that we already have in place.

Being 9Km of copper cable from the exchange anything to clean up interference would help.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 06, 2007, 01:13:05 PM
If you really want to personalize your phone, then you should create your own ringtones with Phonezoo (http://www.phonezoo.com/Welcome.do).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 06, 2007, 11:43:35 PM
Leopard and Vista - More alike than you might think (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=907&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on November 07, 2007, 01:21:34 AM
Leopard and Vista - More alike than you might think (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=907&tag=nl.e622)

I really don't understand these people and why would they spread such a load of lies... Leopard simply works and Vista doesn't. How can they even compare Apples and rotten apples ?  ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on November 07, 2007, 02:41:22 AM
Leopard and Vista - More alike than you might think (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=907&tag=nl.e622)

I really don't understand these people and why would they spread such a load of lies... Leopard simply works and Vista doesn't. How can they even compare Apples and rotten apples ?  ::)
Also have to agree with Sasha. Leopard was delayed so they could fix the remaining issues and not push it out the door. Im running it on all of my systems (except one which doesn't meet the requirements :() and can say its amazing. It really improved the performance on my Intel Core Duo system. Apple really put a lot of effort into optimizing Leopard for Multi-Core systems
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 07, 2007, 02:54:40 AM
Remember, I didn't write this article.
I am however one of those who's not having any problems with Vista.
I'm also not having any problems with XP   ;D

Can't speak about Leopard cause Apple doesn't make a version I can run on my computer  (Intel Core Duo system)... :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on November 07, 2007, 03:17:58 AM
Even though I am sure you're happy with Vista Bob, I am also pretty sure copying huge amount of files or large size files is problem on your machine too. It's not configuration related problem, it is well known error built in OS. Even MS admitted that they made a mistake... still they're not doing regarding releasing those updates. There is a tone of other issues... I was the one who loved Windows the most... I never betrayed Windows... but Vista betrayed me, and I don't give second chance that easy.

Just one little drop in Ocean of Vista problems:

http://apcmag.com/6649/vista_150_problems_0_solutions (http://apcmag.com/6649/vista_150_problems_0_solutions)

http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/02/27/windows-vista-im-breaking-up-with-you/ (http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/02/27/windows-vista-im-breaking-up-with-you/) (Chris Pirillo)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 07, 2007, 09:36:46 PM
Get one-click access to Vista network properties (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/vista/GetOneClickAccessToVistaNetworkProperties.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 07, 2007, 10:08:42 PM
Get one-click access to Vista network properties (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/vista/GetOneClickAccessToVistaNetworkProperties.html)
The same Bob... I can't see in Firefox, nor in IE, neither in Opera, nothing in Flock or Maxthon...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 07, 2007, 10:40:53 PM
No problem here with FF and the usual error header is gone as well.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 08, 2007, 03:45:43 AM
Tech it's a problem on your end. That website has been visited more than 50 times.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 08, 2007, 12:45:57 PM
Tech it's a problem on your end. That website has been visited more than 50 times.
I'm sure it is. Just that I can't troubleshoot... nobody is helping giving me any hints...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 08, 2007, 02:32:22 PM
Tech it's a problem on your end. That website has been visited more than 50 times.
I'm sure it is. Just that I can't troubleshoot... nobody is helping giving me any hints...

Well we don't know what errors you are getting, page not found, blank page displayed, etc.

The strange thing is it doesn't work for All your browsers, so it is something common to all and that could be your firewall, Hosts file, etc. Check your firewall logs when you attempt to connect and see if there is anything blocking.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 08, 2007, 03:48:17 PM
Tech,
It is probably one of the many security add-ins that your running.
Sometimes running to much, isn't a good thing.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lusher on November 08, 2007, 05:02:20 PM
Tech,
It is probably one of the many security add-ins that your running.
Sometimes running to much, isn't a good thing.

What security add-ins is tech running?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 08, 2007, 05:37:40 PM
You'll have to ask him.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 08, 2007, 05:43:30 PM
Well we don't know what errors you are getting, page not found, blank page displayed, etc.
A blank page with this...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 08, 2007, 05:54:08 PM
This indicates that you're getting to no-ip.org so, somewhere you've got mysharedfiles blocked.
The Host file or something similar seems like a very logical candidate.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 08, 2007, 06:10:03 PM
The Host file or something similar seems like a very logical candidate.
Which IP should I look for?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 08, 2007, 06:35:07 PM
What security add-ins is tech running?
Concerned to this probably Spybot 1.5 beta (with hosts file manager), AWC and SpywareBlaster as immunizators.
It happens both in Vista and XP (this last with PeerGuardian installed).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 08, 2007, 06:44:18 PM
The Host file or something similar seems like a very logical candidate.
Which IP should I look for?
Tech,
The reason for using no-ip is so that an IP address isn't required in the web address.
Since the IP changes occasionally, it gives me one pace to enter the new IP address but all the posts will
still work.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 08, 2007, 06:47:31 PM
The reason for using no-ip is so that an IP address isn't required in the web address.
But for what should I look for into hosts file?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 08, 2007, 06:52:48 PM
The reason for using no-ip is so that an IP address isn't required in the web address.
But for what should I look for into hosts file?

http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/vista/GetOneClickAccessToVistaNetworkProperties.html (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/vista/GetOneClickAccessToVistaNetworkProperties.html)
is currently the same as:
http://67.164.153.188:4445/vista/GetOneClickAccessToVistaNetworkProperties.html (http://67.164.153.188:4445/vista/GetOneClickAccessToVistaNetworkProperties.html)

Hope that helps
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 08, 2007, 06:57:34 PM
My ISP is Comcast  don't know if that helps you any.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 08, 2007, 07:02:11 PM
ISP Strangles P2P (http://www.betanews.com/article/Canadas_Sympatico_Admits_to_Net_Filtering/1194288753)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 08, 2007, 08:24:50 PM
The reason for using no-ip is so that an IP address isn't required in the web address.
But for what should I look for into hosts file?

The hosts file operated in domain names and not IP addresses so you would see mysharedfiles.no-ip.org on a line with 127.0.0.1 which redirects any connection attempt to the local computer.

Since you can get a partial response from no-ip.org then I doubt it is the hosts file blocking or you wouldn't even get the footer information displayed.

To display the details I suspect that there so some form of Web Redirection and uses Frames, which displays the footer you see and one that imports the data from Bob's server into the Main Frame (see below, I have changed the IP for security to xx.xxx.xxx.xxx). So your problem appear to be that the import of data is being blocked or your browser has somehow blocked frames and or javascript.

Code: [Select]
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Frameset//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/frameset.dtd">
<html>
<!-- WEB REDIRECTION PROVIDED BY NO-IP.COM  http://www.no-ip.com/ -->
<head>
<TITLE></TITLE>
<meta name="keywords" content="">
<meta name="description" content="">
<link rel="icon" href="http://xx.xxx.xxx.xxx:4445/favicon.ico" type="image/ico">
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://xx.xxx.xxx.xxx:4445/favicon.ico">
</head>
<!--
<script language="JavaScript">
if(window != top) {
        top.location.href = location.href;
}
</script>
-->
<frameset  rows="*,29" >
<frame src="http://xx.xxx.xxx.xxx:4445/vista/GetOneClickAccessToVistaNetworkProperties.html" name="redir_frame" frameborder=0>

<frame src="http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/KHgKKjl_popupgoogle.html" noresize="noresize" scrolling="no" name="ad_frame"
frameborder="0">

<noframes>
Sorry, your browser does not support frames.  Click <a href="http://xx.xxx.xxx.xxx:4445/vista/GetOneClickAccessToVistaNetworkProperties.html" TARGET=_top>here</A>
</noframes>
</frameset>

</html>
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 08, 2007, 09:05:17 PM
Since you can get a partial response from no-ip.org then I doubt it is the hosts file blocking or you wouldn't even get the footer information displayed.
Your assumption is right. There isn't any mysharedfiles or no-ip entry in my hosts file, also no mysharedfiles.no-ip.org.

So your problem appear to be that the import of data is being blocked or your browser has somehow blocked frames and or javascript.
Ok for Firefox, but for Opera, Maxthon, IE, Flock ???
I just deeply change the Firefox configurations, the others are more or less the default.

I don't know what to do with the code you've posted... What am I suppose to do with it?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 08, 2007, 09:58:03 PM
Quote
Ok for Firefox, but for Opera, Maxthon, IE, Flock
Tech as David mentioned either frames or java script is disabled. (or both)
You've obviously changed the default settings of all of these browsers or, you wouldn't have this problem. Sorry... :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 08, 2007, 10:11:05 PM
I don't know what to do with the code you've posted... What am I suppose to do with it?

Nothing, it is just to show you that the no-ip.org, uses web redirection and Frames (frameset) to achieve the task of importing the data from Bob's server.

So either the frames and or javascript aren't working, you don't say what you did to get firefox working, you have to somehow find the equivalent settings in Opera and IE and see if you can resolve it.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 14, 2007, 03:20:24 AM
Wal-Mart’s $200 PC - sold out (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=926&tag=nl.e589)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on November 19, 2007, 12:19:28 AM
http://cybernetnews.com/2007/11/18/free-threatfire-adds-extra-protection-to-your-pc/
nice article on pctools free threatfire program :)

http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/2007/11/happy-10th-birthday-to-scotty.html
Monday, November 19th is the 10th Anniversary of the public release of WinPatrol. ( 70 in dog years )

(http://i13.tinypic.com/7x8j9zm.gif)

http://www.wdcs.co.uk/media/flash/whalebanner/content_pub_en.html this guy is huge :o
use your mouse to swim around....

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on November 19, 2007, 03:12:42 AM
DNAStream is a Web based application that allows you to watch video clips and shows right from your browser. Among the site TV channels you'll find: Documentaries, Music Videos, Live Music Concerts, Trailers, Sports, Pixel Perfect Episodes, Animation, Ads clips and many more Internet videos from all kinds.
http://www.dnastream.tv/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on November 20, 2007, 06:42:05 AM
New computer interface "blow-out!" From the ether beyond touchscreen interfaces comes a new one that is almost certain to get you some really odd looks on the subway. It is a blow-screen interface. Probably an option for folks who don't mind getting spit all over their screen - or passing out - while updating a spreadsheet.
http://www.news.com/8301-13580_3-9816998-39.html?tag=nefd.top

(http://i10.tinypic.com/8esv6eh.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on November 20, 2007, 04:35:14 PM
Do you have any nostalgia about the days when computers were big and slow?
Now, the size, appearance and speed of the first computers seem to be lame but it was not always the case.
http://funtasticus.com/20071116/dawn-of-the-computer-era/

(http://i16.tinypic.com/7wr6kc3.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 22, 2007, 03:31:36 PM
BootDisks - PC Support - Essential Utilities (http://www.bootdisk.com/)

Boot Disks For Most Versions (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/BootDisksForMostVersions/) are also available from MySharedFiles (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 22, 2007, 05:55:48 PM
Free Software for Macs: http://macrecon.com/software/

Hope it helps somebody... I don't have a Mac  :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on November 22, 2007, 05:56:48 PM
The Ultimate Defragger Review

This is an amazingly comprehensive analysis of the performance of just about all the free and commercial defraggers on the market. Comprehensive or not, I've used many of these products and simply cannot agree with the author's conclusions. For example, I don't much like Perfect Disk 8, which I've found to be slow, but have found Diskeeper 2007 to be excellent. This is a complete reversal of the respective ratings at this review site. Go figure. Note that I don't sell or carry ads for any defrag product. Thanks to Rein Rüüsak for the link.
http://donnedwards.openaccess.co.za/2007/04/great-defrag-shootout-part-1.html

From http://techsupportalert.com/issues/al_current.htm
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 26, 2007, 09:25:02 PM
Live Documents enters the Office suite ring (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=7127&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 28, 2007, 02:17:00 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/WindowsXPSP3.png)
Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost according to some testers. (http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9048658&source=rss_news50)
( I haven't personally been able to confirm these claims. )
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on December 04, 2007, 04:51:03 PM
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=68c48dad-bc34-40be-8d85-6bb4f56f5110&DisplayLang=en
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview PDF file....
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 05, 2007, 03:50:28 AM
With SP1, Microsoft plans to ditch Vista 'kill switch' (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=334&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 06, 2007, 03:27:26 AM
The Gift of Safe (http://www.opendns.com/giftofsafe)

Subject: bob3160 has given you The Gift of Safe

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Happy Holidays,

Bob

--
OpenDNS
199 Fremont St, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 USA
http://www.opendns.com/contact/


Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Tevion on December 06, 2007, 05:08:16 PM

Thanks for the nice gift bob3160, i have had used OpenDNS in the past.
And i liked it very well as a additional security feature.
After a reinstallation of my os i forgot it and now i will use OpenDNS again.
Best regards
Tevion
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on December 06, 2007, 06:00:53 PM
Quote
Subject: bob3160 has given you The Gift of Safe
you mentioned this to me long ago in the past bob and have used it ever since-thanks ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on December 06, 2007, 07:28:14 PM
nice review of comodo firewall pro....
http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/Comodo-Firewall-Pro--Review-72979.shtml
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 07, 2007, 02:14:08 PM
Want to test Vista SP1? Anyone can, starting next week (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1013&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 08, 2007, 01:13:08 AM
Vista SP1 to deliver big network speed boost (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=336)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 08, 2007, 03:32:31 AM
http://www.ip-adress.com/ (http://www.ip-adress.com/)

Has added a new whois lookup function that allows you
to display the owner of an IP address or domain name.

This useful tool looks up the holder of a domain name
or IP address and displays information such as name and
address of the holder. For example, if you enter
microsoft.com you will see to whom the domain is
registered which, in this case, is the Microsoft
Corporation, of course. You will also see
Microsoft's address and contact details.

If you use the tool to query an IP address you will
find information on the organization the IP address is
registered to. This can be a company holding a pool of
IP addresses of their own or an internet access or
service provider. If you look up your own IP address
it will most likely display information on your
dial-in provider.

To access the whois lookup tool you can click on the
link next to the IP address or webserver shown.
Check it out:

http://www.ip-adress.com (http://www.ip-adress.com)

You can also access the tool directly by going to
http://www.ip-adress.com/whois (http://www.ip-adress.com/whois)

We are glad that our recently added Proxy Check Tool
has found many friends and is heavily used. If you haven't
checked it out yet, go to:

http://www.ip-adress.com/Proxy_Checker/
 (http://www.ip-adress.com/Proxy_Checker/)

Hope you find this as useful as I did.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on December 09, 2007, 05:59:58 AM
***

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Happy Holidays,

Bob

--
OpenDNS
199 Fremont St, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 USA
http://www.opendns.com/contact/




Thanks, Bob ... I'm trying out OpenDNS now. What is your advice on creating an account ... yes, no, or maybe?


***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on December 09, 2007, 01:22:18 PM
I've tested OpenDNS for one month or more... It's not that frequent, but also not so rarely, that the DNS servers are down and we are not allowed to connect. Then, immediately, I turned the DNS to automatic and the connection is back. Right now, I'm tired of these occurrences and let it to my ISP DNS (automatic).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on December 09, 2007, 02:49:36 PM
I have been using the OpenDNS for many months now and I haven't had a single problem with their servers being down. It isn't just the DNS function that is good but the anti-phishing site database give the additional level of protection. For me that would be worth any occasional blip, which I haven't had.

I also use the DNS cache of my firewall so I don't have to go to 'any' DNS server for regular/previously visited sites. Not only does that avoid the need to check a DNS server but it is quicker too.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 09, 2007, 06:12:12 PM
I've used it for over 1 year without any problems.
I'm currently using it and intend to continue doing so.
The added safety explained by David is another reason to use this
totally free service.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 11, 2007, 04:57:22 PM
Happy 60th birthday transistor (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-10532_22-179567.html)
It all started at Bell Labs.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 12, 2007, 05:16:50 PM
First Office 2007, SharePoint 2007 service packs ready for download
 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1037&tag=nl.e589)
Office 2007 SP1 direct download available here (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=90&p=&SrcDisplayLang=en&SrcCategoryId=&SrcFamilyId=9ec51594-992c-4165-a997-25da01f388f5&u=http%3a%2f%2fdownload.microsoft.com%2fdownload%2f0%2f8%2f1%2f08186057-e110-49fb-b455-17899cf082d8%2foffice2007sp1-kb936982-fullfile-en-us.exe).

Service Pack 1 provides the latest updates to the 2007 Microsoft Office suite. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9EC51594-992C-4165-A997-25DA01F388F5&displaylang=en)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 12, 2007, 05:32:46 PM
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 SP3 Release Candidate 1 now available to the general public. (http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Microsoft_Windows_XP_Service_Pack_3/1197391546/1)

I've had this installed on my computer for the past few weeks and haven't had any problems.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 12, 2007, 05:37:53 PM
Happy 60th birthday transistor (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-10532_22-179567.html)
It all started at Bell Labs.
Most likely it started with the recovery of the crashed Roswell vehicle.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 14, 2007, 03:03:29 PM
Ask.com Puts You in Control of Your Search Privacy With the Launch of 'AskEraser' (http://www.irconnect.com/ask/pages/news_releases.html?d=132847)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 19, 2007, 10:43:55 PM
Mac versus Windows vulnerability stats for 2007 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=758&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on December 19, 2007, 11:01:27 PM
Mac versus Windows vulnerability stats for 2007 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=758&tag=nl.e622)

Check out the comments: the general opinion seems to be that George Ou is spouting horsesh*t (again).

Quote
George's throroughly dishonest "stats" have been debunked
    George selected a handful of security advisories for Windows, and then selected every advisory he could possibly find for any software that MIGHT POSSIBLY RUN ON MAC OS.

    Not content merely to lie about what the contents of these advisories are, he took the further step of LYING about their seriousness.

    George, you are a liar, and the proof of your lies is in the very links you provided. Unfortunately, your lying will work really well, convincing lots of people who erroneously think you're a journalist that their Macs are in imminent danger of being hacked via software packages that don't even exist on their systems.

    Congratulations George, your methods are utterly contemptible.
    I now know that you are completely untrustworthy and unreliable, and henceforth I will assume that every statement you make is false.

I'm inclined to agree.

Some have gone as far as to call him a "shill", I won't go that far- I'll just say I don't have much respect for his journalist standards.

http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2007/08/24/zdnets-george-ou-exposed-as-ignorant-microsoft-shill-zoon/ (http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2007/08/24/zdnets-george-ou-exposed-as-ignorant-microsoft-shill-zoon/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 20, 2007, 12:12:17 AM
How did I know that this post would warrant a response  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: polonus on December 20, 2007, 12:25:51 AM
Hi bob3160,

ZA was certainly impressed, because the bundled their firewall now with the ask toolbar because of the "AskEraser" in it, so your postings have great impact  ;D

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on December 20, 2007, 12:48:34 AM
How did I know that this post would warrant a response  ;D ;D

Because George Ou publishes flame-bait FUD?   ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 20, 2007, 12:57:59 AM
Hi bob3160,

ZA was certainly impressed, because the bundled their firewall now with the ask toolbar because of the "AskEraser" in it, so your postings have great impact  ;D

polonus
I have ZAAS, it includes ZA Pro fw.  I can't find any ask toolbar.  I checked to see If I have the latest version, I do, 7.0.462.000.  Maybe they meant they will bundle ask toolbar in the next upgrade of ZA's fw's.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 20, 2007, 01:02:44 AM
Hi bob3160,

ZA was certainly impressed, because the bundled their firewall now with the ask toolbar because of the "AskEraser" in it, so your postings have great impact  ;D

polonus
I have ZAAS, it includes ZA Pro fw.  I can't find any ask toolbar.  I checked to see If I have the latest version, I do, 7.0.462.000.  Maybe they meant they will bundle ask toolbar in the next upgrade of ZA's fw's.
But you don't need ZA to use AskEraser. just use the ask.com  :)
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=19387.msg267557#msg267557 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=19387.msg267557#msg267557)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 20, 2007, 05:08:57 AM
Well I have to agree with FreeWFrank. Lots of those so called Mac flaws are for programs that are not Part of the OS.

Plus the so called $10,000 contest was a flaw in the Airport driver, in which apple worked with broadcom and produced a firmware update within a few weeks..

I see there are QuickTime flaws listed, so Lets add in the flaws for Windows Media Player since its bundled with windows.

In the end The core of Mac OS (UNIX) is secure just like linux, but its the software that you run on the OS that has the security flaws. The same holds true for Windows and any other OS.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 21, 2007, 12:30:04 AM
IE 8: On the Path to Web Standards Compliance - ACID 2 Test Pass Complete (http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=367207)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on December 21, 2007, 01:30:23 AM
Ah that's good perhaps I can give IE7 a miss completely then ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 21, 2007, 05:03:21 AM
MS is feeling the heat with Firefox slowly eating their Market Share and now with Safari for windows nearing release
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on December 21, 2007, 02:06:50 PM
IE 8: On the Path to Web Standards Compliance - ACID 2 Test Pass Complete (http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=367207)

The Acid2 test is currently broken: I get scroll bars trying to view it. See comments (and links to a working mirror) here:

http://www.betanews.com/article/Latest_Firefox_beta_passes_Acid2_test_IE8_claims_to_pass_also/1198178648 (http://www.betanews.com/article/Latest_Firefox_beta_passes_Acid2_test_IE8_claims_to_pass_also/1198178648)

Congrats to the MS IE team.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 21, 2007, 05:59:41 PM
Nothing wrong with the link I posted. working just fine here with both Firefox and IE.  :)
By the way, MS made the announcement at about the same time Mozilla filed their lawsuit against MS for not complying
with code in their browser.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on December 21, 2007, 07:11:39 PM
The Acid2 test page is broken, not your link.  ;)

I thought Opera filed the lawsuit.  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 21, 2007, 10:30:31 PM
You may be right Frank.  :-[ :-[ ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 27, 2007, 10:50:37 PM
Ten free security utilities you should already be using (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/10FreeSecurityUtilities.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on December 27, 2007, 11:00:38 PM
Ten free security utilities you should already be using (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/10FreeSecurityUtilities.html)
No access joy... Can you post your another links?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on December 27, 2007, 11:02:45 PM
***

Tech - the link works for me using Opera9.


***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on December 27, 2007, 11:06:04 PM
Tech - the link works for me using Opera9.
I can't... something blocks these pages in my computer and I never discovered what...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 27, 2007, 11:17:04 PM
Tech don't feel bad, I can't access it on-line either and I own it.  :'(

Here's your alternate:
http://bob03160.livejournal.com/ (http://bob03160.livejournal.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on December 27, 2007, 11:26:38 PM
1: Secunia Personal Software Inspector: ok.
2: OpenDNS: give up, server down from time to time to me.
3: Active Virus Shield (free anti-virus): incompatible with avast. Never tested.
4: Haute Secure: new to me. Need to learn about it.
5: GMER anti-rootkit: too advanced for my knowledge. I only use if someone else analyze the results.
6: Netcraft Toolbar: tried in the past, by Polonus' advice. Give up.
7: File Shredder: I use Eraser.
8: CCleaner: ok.
9: PC Decrapifier: ok.
10: NoScript for Firefox: must have.

Thanks Bob.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 28, 2007, 12:20:36 AM
Quote
2: OpenDNS: give up, server down from time to time to me.
I've been using this for close to 1 year without any problems.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 29, 2007, 04:17:57 PM
The top 5 things a New Mac User needs to know.

http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Mac/Top5.html (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Mac/Top5.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 30, 2007, 05:43:09 PM
Giveaway of the Day Top 10 of the year 2007
01    EverNote
02    Advanced WindowsCare Professional
03    Premium Booster
04    VideoGet
05    Aimersoft DVD Ripper
06    Watermark Factory
07    Glary Utilities
08    Elprime Media Recovery
09    ConceptDraw
10    Aston
http://blog.giveawayoftheday.com/giveaway-of-the-day-top-10-of-the-year-2007/ (http://blog.giveawayoftheday.com/giveaway-of-the-day-top-10-of-the-year-2007/)

Get them while you can. :)


Sorry, Not Available Any More   ---- One Day To Late.  :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on December 30, 2007, 06:23:56 PM
Get them while you can. :)
They're not available anymore :P
This software was available as a giveaway on ..., this giveaway is not available any more.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 30, 2007, 06:40:16 PM
Get them while you can. :)
They're not available anymore :P
This software was available as a giveaway on ..., this giveaway is not available any more.
Sorry about that.   A day late.... :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on December 30, 2007, 06:42:02 PM
Sorry about that.   A day late.... :'(
I feel sorry too... good software lost...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 30, 2007, 07:03:26 PM
Sorry about that.   A day late.... :'(
I feel sorry too... good software lost...
If you had gone here (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/) yesterday, you would have known about it.

Obviously, I didn't check it either.  :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on January 01, 2008, 08:30:45 PM
Help for bored computers

Do you ever worry that your computer might get bored when you're not using it?

Fortunately, Folding@Home (http://folding.stanford.edu) has plenty of work for your computer. Just download some software, and your processor is kept busy when you're not using it.

What is Folding@Home (http://folding.stanford.edu)? It's a project run by Stanford University. The goal is to understand better diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. You can read up on the specifics on the Folding@Home (http://folding.stanford.edu) site.

I urge you to help the project by joining the project. Anyone who has been touched by these devastating diseases will understand the importance of the project's goals. And it takes so very little effort to help.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 03, 2008, 03:51:07 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/MySharedFiles/WindowsXPSP3v3264.png)

Should you 'Upgrade from Vista to XP SP3'.
More details available at:
http://go.infopackets.com/e20080102-14 (http://go.infopackets.com/e20080102-14)

You can download the latest version of Windows XP3 from Microsoft:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/e/4/ae43e777-d69b-4b96-b554-d1a2a0f40fac/windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe (http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/e/4/ae43e777-d69b-4b96-b554-d1a2a0f40fac/windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe)

I've also added the latest Beta to MySharedFiles (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/). Look for:
windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe

More screenshots available at:
http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Updating2XP-SP3.html (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Updating2XP-SP3.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 04, 2008, 02:59:11 AM
Microsoft charges customers for free services
 (http://windowssecrets.com/comp/080103/#story1)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 06, 2008, 12:17:49 AM
Enable 3D Desktop in Windows XP, 95, 98, Me and 2000 with Madotate (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/3dDeskto4Windows.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 06, 2008, 06:38:18 PM
Enable 3D Desktop in Windows XP, 95, 98, Me and 2000 with Madotate (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/3dDeskto4Windows.html)
Does it work on Vista? I don't seem to have the 3D effects available in my laptop... maybe a hardware miss.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 06, 2008, 06:47:09 PM
If you like the graphics on Vista, this program is designed to make them available
to you using the older Windows operating systems.

I haven't tried installing it on Vista but it's worth a try since I have a system that also doesn't meet the graphics
requirements.  Will let you know what happens.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 06, 2008, 07:26:46 PM
I haven't tried installing it on Vista but it's worth a try since I have a system that also doesn't meet the graphics requirements.  Will let you know what happens.  ;D
I'm pretty curious...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 06, 2008, 07:30:59 PM
I've installed Madotate on Vista which has  a graphics card that's not up to Vista Ultimate's requirements.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/FreeWareFromTheWWW/MadotateOnVista.png)

You be the judge  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 06, 2008, 08:29:31 PM
Well, it works for me... but I thought it will do more on transparency or desktop effects... anyway, I'll keep it. It won't harm.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on January 07, 2008, 07:44:59 PM
Although this has nothing to do with Software or System News, I still decided to post it here...


It's huge, thick, it's a monitor and it's curved... incredible .02ms response time response time only! Gamers will enjoy  ;D Miha, want something like this ?  ;D  ;D  ;D

(Video available on the page)

http://gizmodo.com/341413/alienware-curved-monitor-looks-like-its-from-another-planet (http://gizmodo.com/341413/alienware-curved-monitor-looks-like-its-from-another-planet)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 07, 2008, 09:52:30 PM
Sasha,
They neglected to mention a price  ??? ;D ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 18, 2008, 04:17:47 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/instaSaver.png)

instaSaver.com (http://www.instasaver.com/) enables you to instantly create Animated Slideshow Screensavers online.
Use it to create your personal screensaver, a memorable screensaver for your friends,
a 'fan' screensaver for your website visitors, etc. It is as easy as 1-2-3.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on January 19, 2008, 07:44:54 AM
***

Sasha,
They neglected to mention a price  ??? ;D ???

I would bet you do not want to know the price!    ;D :o


***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: TedNelly on January 19, 2008, 09:33:24 AM
ADrive online Storage

Store up to 50GB for free

http://www.adrive.com/ (http://www.adrive.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 30, 2008, 11:43:01 PM
For all those who use Yahoo:

Yahoo Sign In Seal (https://login.yahoo.com/config/login)
This helps to protect you from phishing attempts while using yahoo.
"A sign-in seal is a secret between the computer you set it up on and Yahoo!.
So when you sign in to Yahoo! from this computer, your sign-in seal tells you
that you're seeing a genuine Yahoo! site, not a phishing site."

Here's a sample of what it looks like after the Sign In Seal is set up:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/mysigninseal.png)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 01, 2008, 03:12:35 AM
Even SSL Gmail can get sidejacked (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=842&tag=nl.e622)

Careful, it's getting to be a dangerous world out there..... :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 01, 2008, 11:20:39 PM
Microsoft makes $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=7848&tag=nl.e589)

Wish I had some Yahoo stock...  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on February 05, 2008, 04:05:55 AM
Intel releases details on new 45nm "Silverthorne" Processor

Consumes less than 2W of Power and delivers performance equal to the first Pentium M processors. Also supports Hyperthreading (I was wondering when Intel would bring that back)

Intel wants to see this used in high end Smart Phones and Mobile Internet Devices like the iPhone, Blackberry, etc.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/02/04/intel_dishes_new_details_on_apple_bound_silverthorne_chip.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 10, 2008, 05:54:42 PM
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=75ED934C-8423-4386-AD98-36B124A720AA&displaylang=en)

I've found this to be very stable.

One great use for this is to update systems that either have no internet access or,
only have dialup access.

I've added this file to a usb drive and use it to update the computers at our Senior Center.
Once this is done, there is currently only one recommended update left at the
windows update site.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on February 10, 2008, 06:22:58 PM
Interesting, a little meaty at a 336.1 MB download for my dial-up connection ;D
I guess I will have to get it another way.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on February 10, 2008, 10:57:06 PM
DavidR,

Here in the USA many restaurants, coffee shops & libraries have free WIFI, most even allow us to use their electricity.  If you have a laptop you could download SP3 there, I once saw a man bring in his desktop into a restaurant.  You would get a few stares if you brought a desktop into a restaurant! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on February 11, 2008, 12:10:34 AM
Not so many wifi points in coffee shops in the UK outside major cities and major coffee shop outlets. it would also be a little difficult carrying my tower PC with my broken wrist ;D

I just wonder if my local library has broadband, much less a PC.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 13, 2008, 04:00:01 PM
This morning, I updated my laptop which uses Windows Vista to SP1
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/VistaSP1Update.png)

Although the proccess is lenghty, it went off without a hitch.
It took almost an our to complete.

To be totally fair, when you first start the update process, it does tell you that this could
take over 1 hr to complete.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: PsychoRich on February 16, 2008, 04:04:31 AM
Yeah

I'm getting ready to do mine as we speak; a friend just grabbed it off MSDN, and I was curious if I should uninstall my avast av first.

I take it you did not?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 16, 2008, 05:43:51 AM
Yeah

I'm getting ready to do mine as we speak; a friend just grabbed it off MSDN, and I was curious if I should uninstall my avast av first.

I take it you did not?
Before installing, I disabled or paused all my scanning programs which included pausing the standard shield of avast!  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 16, 2008, 05:40:15 PM
Email Trace (http://www.ip-adress.com/trace_email/)
Is it possible to find the origin of an email? Yes, it is!
Simply Copy and Paste below the email header of the message.
We will pinpoint you the location of the senders IP address.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on February 16, 2008, 10:11:46 PM
***

Email Trace may work within the US but it does not work correctly outside of the US. I have an email from Mexico City that I traced with NeoTrace back to MC but Email Trace only traced it back to Monterey which is probably where it left Mexico.


***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: ght1 on February 16, 2008, 11:25:41 PM
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=75ED934C-8423-4386-AD98-36B124A720AA&displaylang=en)

I've found this to be very stable.

But it is a beta version?!  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 16, 2008, 11:29:57 PM
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=75ED934C-8423-4386-AD98-36B124A720AA&displaylang=en)

I've found this to be very stable.

But it is a beta version?!  ???

The name itself makes that quite clear. 
Quote
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate

The official release isn't due till next year.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: ght1 on February 17, 2008, 10:15:45 AM
The official release isn't due till next year.

Because i don't want to wait, i try it today and hope the best  :D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 18, 2008, 02:58:55 PM
Patched Firefox Still Vulnerable (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,142372/article.html?tk=nl_wbxnws)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on February 18, 2008, 06:48:28 PM
Patched Firefox Still Vulnerable (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,142372/article.html?tk=nl_wbxnws)

Or not:

Quote
It is being downplayed now as "false alarm, go to bed..":
http://robert.accettura.com/archives/2008/02/10/false-alarm-go-back-to-bed/

polonus

P.S. I leave NoScript on, just to be secure...

Damian

http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=33211.0 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=33211.0)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on February 18, 2008, 10:41:09 PM
same here for leaving NoScript on Damian ;)
 
https://preview.addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/
Firefox 3 Add-ons new site coming soon....thought this would be of interest ::) :o
In the coming months Mozilla will be shipping the Firefox 3 browser, and with that comes a redesigned add-ons site. A preview of the new add-ons site is currently available, and I have to say that it is head over heels better than the current site. Things like the search box really stand out, and search results are laid out in a more friendly format.
The thing that I find impressive with the new site is the fluid integration of the sandboxed add-ons. On the current site you have to login before you can see results from any extensions in the sandbox, but now they are shown side-by-side with the rest of the search results. On the revised site you’ll still need to login to your account before being able to download a sandboxed add-on, but merging the two types of results together is a nice touch. When browsing through the categories, however, there will be a checkbox in the upper-right corner of results which needs to be checked before seeing any of the sandboxed extensions.
One thing that I’m still disappointed with is that you can’t choose how you want your search results sorted. If you’re browsing a category you can sort by name, date, downloads, or rating, but search results have no such options. The current site doesn’t even allow that, but I was hoping with the next revision that they would throw this in.

(http://i29.tinypic.com/2i8hgyr.png)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on February 18, 2008, 10:46:37 PM
http://www.piclens.com/site/firefox/win/
also just installed on firefox and is excellent ;)

(http://i29.tinypic.com/72sqw2.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: polonus on February 19, 2008, 12:10:16 AM
Hi Dan,

I like it a lot also, it works right in both Firefox and inside Flock with Google and yahoo, especially the pics on Titanic are great,

Damian
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 19, 2008, 02:46:51 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/VistavsXP2.png)

Vista SP1 vs. XP SP2 - Benchmarked (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=42337299-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)
Quote
Looking at the data there’s only one conclusion that can be drawn - Windows XP SP2 is faster than Windows Vista SP1.  End of story.

This is the main reason why I still do most of my work on Windows XP.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Abraxas on February 19, 2008, 03:36:53 PM
The official release isn't due till next year.

Because i don't want to wait, i try it today and hope the best  :D
I've heard of a few reports from people I know who couldn't wait and installed Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate , resulting with System slowdown and subsequent uninstallation  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: ght1 on February 19, 2008, 09:24:02 PM
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate , resulting with System slowdown and subsequent uninstallation  ???

No problems and no slow system until now  :-*
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on February 20, 2008, 01:53:20 PM
This is the main reason why I still do most of my work on Windows XP.  :)
Some other opinions...
http://blogs.computerworld.com/vista_sp1_slow
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on February 20, 2008, 04:33:28 PM
This is the main reason why I still do most of my work on Windows XP.  :)
Some other opinions...
http://blogs.computerworld.com/vista_sp1_slow

That's exactly what I was talking about:

Quote
Microsoft has been promoting Vista's SP1 as a big performance booster compared to pre-SP1 Vista, particularly when copying files. But my preliminary tests show that Vista SP1 can be as much as 20% slower than pre-SP1 when it comes to copying files. And XP's copying speed leaves both in the dust.

I found that copying a large file -- 2.49 GB -- to a local folder under SP1 Vista was 20% slower than performing the same operation in pre-SP1 Vista.
...
...

What hurts the most is the fact that it simply does not look like there is any sign of light at the end of this tunnel. Don't get me wrong, I want Vista to work fine, I have it installed on both of my PC machines, but I am not afraid to complain if it doesn't work properly. How long it will take them to fix this thing finally ? Should we really give up on this OS, and wait for something better in the future ?

Or should we simply make a step back, that is actually a huge step forward;

Quote
XP outperforms both versions of Vista by a wide margin. I found that it's three times as fast as both versions of Vista copying a folder of files to a local disk, and more than twice as fast as both versions of Vista when copying a folder of files to a network folder...
...
...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Abraxas on February 22, 2008, 02:28:26 AM
Personally I feel Vista is still , "a work in progress" . Just my personal opinion . I wont use it , Win XP is still a great OS and I see no need to waste my time with expensive Hardware and Software upgrades . Just my feelings on the matter , which to Vista users I'm sure are rather backward , let it be .
 Vista successor, Windows 7 to be released next year? (http://apcmag.com/7874/windows_7_to_be_released_next_year)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on February 27, 2008, 04:21:26 PM
today only on the giveaway of the day site....installed it and no problem or conflict at all 8)
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/ had no problem getting the FREE one year license :D
http://forum.emsisoft.com/Default.aspx?g=posts&t=2760
++below from link above++
Mamutu has been used without troubles in combination with the following security tools:
# AntiVir (Avira)
# Avast (Alwil)
# AVG (Grisoft)
# BitDefender AV/IS (Softwin)
# CA Internet Security
# Comodo Firewall
# Kaspersky AV
# NOD32 (Eset)
# Norton AV (Symantec)
# Outpost Firewall (Agnitum)
# SpySweeper with/without Antivirus (Webroot)
# Windows Defender (Microsoft)
3 of which i use above-avast!of course and comodo firewall and windows defender :)
http://www.mamutu.com/en/software/mamutu/

(http://i25.tinypic.com/x5tmwk.jpg) 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on February 27, 2008, 10:29:39 PM
***

For those who do not click on the link, here is a quote about the program from the web page ...

Quote
Mamutu monitors in realtime all active programs for dangerous behavior and blocks malicious activities. It recognizes new and unknown Trojans, Backdoors, Keyloggers, Worms, Viruses, Spyware, Adware and Rootkits (Zero-Day attacks), without the need of daily signature updates. Mamutu gives you full control over internal system activities. It’s small but very powerful. Mamutu saves resources and does not slow down the PC.



***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 02, 2008, 11:00:36 PM
Going to the bathroom used to be boring. Quiet*. A loss of productivity. 
 
Introducing The Air Poo™... 
 
Site requires Flush Flash. 
 
* if no gas was involved
http://airpoo.com/ click on take a tour ;D
and then click on the items listed to see more....
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: greg_ on March 03, 2008, 06:19:42 PM
ADrive online Storage

Store up to 50GB for free

http://www.adrive.com/ (http://www.adrive.com/)


Checked out ADrive.com and got the free 50GB of storage. Thanks tednelly.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 06, 2008, 04:10:28 PM
Some links to keep you informed and alerted:

Email Tracing and IP Tools (http://www.ip-adress.com)

Click here for email tracing.
http://www.ip-adress.com/trace_email/

Did you check your bandwidth speed today?
http://www.ip-adress.com/speedtest/
 (http://www.ip-adress.com/speedtest/)
Check your proxy.
http://www.ip-adress.com/Proxy_Checker/
 (http://www.ip-adress.com/Proxy_Checker/)
And here is all about your IP and your system:
http://www.ip-adress.com/whatismyip/
 (http://www.ip-adress.com/whatismyip/)

How much information are you sharing ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 07, 2008, 11:50:36 PM
A software roundup for all the Mac lovers on this forum (http://www.lockergnome.com/granit/2008/03/04/mac-apps-weekly-review/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 08, 2008, 03:47:28 AM
Be a Beta Tester... try out the latest Firefox 3 Beta (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-beta.html)! Let us know if you find a bug or if you have any feedback by using Hendrix (http://hendrix.mozilla.org/).  You can also join us for any of our upcoming Test Days (http://quality.mozilla.org/events/test-days) if you want to work with the Mozilla QA team on specific issues or have any questions for us.  If you would like to help with future releases, join our betatesters mailing list (http://wiki.mozilla.org/QA/Community/Betatesters_Mailing_List).  Thanks!
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: oldman on March 08, 2008, 04:07:59 AM
Quote
And here is all about your IP and your system:
http://www.ip-adress.com/whatismyip/

Well I guess I'm safe from being traked down.
1. not in the town indicated
2. never been there
3. don't plan on ever going there.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on March 08, 2008, 03:11:03 PM
The Town indicated surely is the location of the ISP server and not the user.
The system information is the only thing directly related to the user.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: oldman on March 08, 2008, 03:27:48 PM
I did one of these when I was on dialup. The results where what I expected, the nearest town. On hi speed, the location now indicated, is 300-400 hundred miles away, in a rather remote area. Just interesting.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 09, 2008, 12:51:14 AM
Apparently something happens to the definitions in Windows Defender that stops updating from working.
 
(http://tim.malloroy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/wdss.thumbnail.JPG) (http://tim.malloroy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/wdss.JPG)
Click to enlarge
The following command line procedure corrects it.

   1. Type Windows-R (Hold the Windows or start key and type an R) to bring up the run dialog box.
   2. Type in cmd.exe and the press ctrl-alt-enter to run it as Administrator.
      It may ask for escalation privileges so type in your password and press enter if it does.
   3. Use the cd command to change to the Windows Defender directory:
      cd “\Program Files\Windows Defender”
   4. Run the following commands:
      mpcmdrun -RemoveDefinitions -All
      mpcmdrun -SignatureUpdate

(http://tim.malloroy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/wdcmdss.thumbnail.JPG) (http://tim.malloroy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/wdcmdss.JPG)
Click to enlarge

Thanks to Tim Malloroy (http://tim.malloroy.com/) for this excellent tip.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 09, 2008, 01:20:57 AM
my windows defender definitions updates is working just fine bob and has never done that at all ::) ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 09, 2008, 01:45:51 AM
my windows defender definitions updates is working just fine bob and has never done that at all ::) ;)
Then at the moment, you don't need this information. If the problem should ever happen,
remember where to find the fix.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 09, 2008, 01:18:41 PM
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/
nice giveaway on the site today-march 9th-installed it and looks like a winpatrol plus extras :)
AnVir Task Manager gives full information about process, services, TCP/UPD connections, drivers, DLLs. It has descriptions for 70 000+ startup programs and services. It detects new and unknown Trojans using security analysis and alerts on new startups. It can speed up boot time (Delayed Startup), balance CPU usage, optimize memory. Tray icons shows status of disk, network, memory, CPU. Tray menu keeps last launched programs and folders. Also users can hide windows to system tray, set windows ‘always on top’, and change windows transparency.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 12, 2008, 08:43:16 PM
Firefox 3 Beta 4: Five times faster than IE 7 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Burnette/?p=548&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on March 12, 2008, 09:23:31 PM
Firefox 3 Beta 4: Five times faster than IE 7 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Burnette/?p=548&tag=nl.e622)
It's a pity that a lot of extension aren't prepared for v.3 yet...
(Hint: I've read Polonus's thread about disabling the verification, but even disabled, some extension simple do not work on v.3).
It's great to see browsing speed is improved in Firefox.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 12, 2008, 10:45:08 PM
Quote
It's a pity that a lot of extension aren't prepared for v.3 yet...
That's the main reason I'm not using the latest version.
version 2.0.0.12 may not be as fast and it may be a memory hog but, the security blanket extensions work.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on March 12, 2008, 10:56:53 PM
Somebody once said something rather unkind about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

This a still a beta- if you want extensions, wait for the final.

http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=31681.msg268733#msg268733 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=31681.msg268733#msg268733)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 12, 2008, 11:26:25 PM
Quote
This a still a beta- if you want extensions, wait for the final.
Beta is to work out bugs. That includes any problems with Add-ons.
It would be nice to start working on this before it becomes final.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on March 13, 2008, 09:19:12 AM
Quote
Beta is to work out bugs. That includes any problems with Add-ons.

That's clearly not Mozilla's policy:

Quote
Extensions installed under Firefox 2 may be incompatible and/or require updates to work with Firefox 3 Beta 1. Please report any issues to the maintainer of the extension. When you install Firefox 3 Beta 1 all of your Extensions and Themes will be disabled until Firefox 3 Beta 1 determines that either a) they are compatible with the Firefox 3 Beta 1 release or b) there are newer versions available that are compatible.

Quote
Poorly designed or incompatible extensions can cause problems with your browser, including make it crash, slow down page display, etc.

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.0b1/releasenotes/#extensions (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.0b1/releasenotes/#extensions)

Trying to test extensions on a beta version of a browser will cause problems: the user will experience problems which neither the user or Mozilla will know the cause of- the extension or the browser- resulting in total confusion in beta bug reports.

It's pretty clear that Mozilla wants most users to test extensions against the final version when extensions will be re-enabled. As Polonus I think pointed out, you can sometimes override the disabling of extensions to test them out with the beta, but there's no expectation that they will work: many extension writers are going to wait for the final version of Firefox 3 and write for and test on that. As DavidR pointed out before:

Quote
Even in the final release there may be extensions that don't work and you may need to hack them about a bit to get them to work.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 13, 2008, 01:33:55 PM
Quote
That's clearly not Mozilla's policy:
Sheer stupidity on their part IMHO  ;D

This attitude will only delay the full acceptance of the latest version by many users.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 13, 2008, 01:36:08 PM
Pure Networks (Wireless Network)  Security Scan (http://www.purenetworks.com/securityscan/)

Most online security tests look only at an individual PC, which can leave your wireless network vulnerable. Pure Networks Security Scan, a FREE tool, finds potential wireless network security and Internet security vulnerabilities across your entire network.
(Pure Networks Security Scan requires Internet Explorer 6 or later.)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on March 13, 2008, 02:15:29 PM
Quote
That's clearly not Mozilla's policy:
Sheer stupidity on their part IMHO  ;D

This attitude will only delay the full acceptance of the latest version by many users.

And how exactly should Mozilla separate bugs caused by incompatible extensions and bugs in the beta itself, if they decide to follow your advice and allow extensions to run on the beta?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 14, 2008, 12:09:35 PM
Strange
While checking out a new search engine, I came accross the following:
http://www.novosadski.net/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=15455#p94098
Damien,
Can you shed any further light on this? I believe it's in polish. :)

By the way, the search engine I was testing is called RedZee (http://www.redzee.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on March 14, 2008, 01:39:36 PM
I like the clean uncluttered lines of the RedZee search site, but using .swf file (which I block by default) to display a carton pink striped jumping horse is a total waste of bandwidth and shows a lack of consideration for dial-up users.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 14, 2008, 03:17:34 PM
David,
It's a Zeebra not a striped horse....  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on March 14, 2008, 03:35:58 PM
Great graphics then and I guess the RedZee(bra).com domain doesn't work as a clue ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 14, 2008, 10:08:18 PM
For Apple users only
MultiFireFox (http://downloads.zdnet.com/download.aspx?docid=346837)
MultiFireFox is a launcher app that runs both the stable Firefox 2 and the beta version of Firefox 3
at the same time.
License: Free
A request for a windows version has been made.  :)

More info here (http://www.dangerouslyawesome.com/2008/02/22/more-than-one-firefox-beta-to-rule-them-all-a-dave-martorana-concoction/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on March 14, 2008, 10:10:20 PM
A request for a windows version has been made.  :)
Thanks Bob.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 18, 2008, 12:35:42 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/Safe.png)
 (http://www.getsafeonline.org/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=1446)
Click to take the test

Hope you get the same score. :)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/Secure.png)

If not, which question stumped you?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: TedNelly on March 18, 2008, 07:47:43 AM
If not, which question stumped you?

The very first question? "Just how safe are you?"  Safe at what I thought ;) ;D

Easy but a very good test to pass onto new users

Cheers
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on March 19, 2008, 09:00:27 AM
***

I got the same score as you, Bob, with 10 out of 10 correct.

It is an easy test for those of use who are literate at computer security.

As tednelly said, it is a good test for new users and those who are not computer security aware.


***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 19, 2008, 02:02:08 PM
Quote
As tednelly said, it is a good test for new users and those who are not computer security aware.
That was the main reason for passing this along.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 19, 2008, 03:14:49 PM
If you use Google's Picassa (http://picasa.google.com/), you need this!

18 Free Picasa Flash and HTML templates to showcase your photos (http://www.paulvanroekel.nl/picasa/index.asp)
Here are some Picasa web templates to create web Flash and HTML photo galleries
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CSS and Javascript. Use these free templates to showcase your photos and images.

Download and install all templates the easy way:
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 25, 2008, 01:28:37 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/WebrootDesktopFirewall.png) (http://www.webroot.com/forms/wdfformhdlr.php?formname=desktopfirewall)

A free registration is required to have the download link
and key code emailed to you.

I don't know how long this offer will be available.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 25, 2008, 03:04:56 AM
remember bob i used to use it and it wasn't that great and i wonder how it is in the tests end part of it compared to comodo and pctools and such ??? ::) :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 25, 2008, 04:21:44 PM
remember bob i used to use it and it wasn't that great and i wonder how it is in the tests end part of it compared to comodo and pctools and such ??? ::) :)
I have no idea. Just passing along a bargain.  :)
Maybe someone who has tested this version can give us that information.  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 25, 2008, 04:23:01 PM
What Microsoft can teach Apple about software updates (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=405&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 26, 2008, 10:33:43 PM
What's your IP address ???
http://www.ip-adress.com/ (http://www.ip-adress.com/)
A quick way to check it and also see a
Google Map of where your ISP is located.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 28, 2008, 03:16:24 PM
Windows Search 4.0 Preview (http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2008/03/27/announcing-the-windows-search-4-0-preview.aspx)
A comprehensive description and the download links are available at:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940157
Also available direct from MySharedFiles (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/) at:
http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/WindowsSearch-KB940157-XP-x86-enu.exe
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 28, 2008, 04:12:27 PM
What Microsoft can teach Apple about software updates (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=405&tag=nl.e622)
No different than having to uncheck a toolbar install option in a freeware app like a Firewall or AntiSpyware app, etc.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on March 28, 2008, 06:16:56 PM
LOL, Kyle I just noticed your signature... of course it is not perfect - it can run Windows!  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 28, 2008, 10:53:15 PM
Firefox 4 will push out the edges of the browser (http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9904867-2.html?tag=nl.e404)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 29, 2008, 02:31:47 PM
Apple Bad Habits Punish Windows Users (http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 30, 2008, 03:35:31 AM
Apple Bad Habits Punish Windows Users (http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/)


No Different than having to uncheck google toolbar in some programs.
Plus Apple even told in advance at last years Developers Conference that this was how they were going to distribute it
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: lee20 on March 30, 2008, 01:50:54 PM
Quote
No Different than having to uncheck google toolbar in some programs.
Plus Apple even told in advance at last years Developers Conference that this was how they were going to distribute it

If you can't beat them, join them ;D

I must admit i not see what the fuss is all about though, its not exactly hard to uncheck the box, or press quit, or just select it not to appear there anymore.

--lee
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 30, 2008, 04:05:14 PM
Apple Bad Habits Punish Windows Users (http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/)


No Different than having to uncheck google toolbar in some programs.
Plus Apple even told in advance at last years Developers Conference that this was how they were going to distribute it

Exactly, both are wrong. The default option should be unchecked. If you want the added program or toolbar or whatever,
you have to check the add box.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 13, 2008, 04:16:12 PM
PC Pitstop Bandwidth Speed Test (http://pcpitstop.com/internet/bw.asp)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Speed.png)

I know Dan, yours is faster and David on dial up probably doesn't even show up.  ;D  ;D

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: essexboy on April 13, 2008, 04:35:42 PM
Download Speed: 6841 kbps (855.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 343 kbps (42.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 183 ms

Hmm seems OK to me as the max that I am supposed to get is 8Mb

But I am at the end of the country
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 13, 2008, 04:38:52 PM
Mine is not that fast at Washington server:
Download Speed: 3856 kbps (482 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 386 kbps (48.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 159 ms
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 13, 2008, 05:02:28 PM
I just had to try this for my amusement and to see if the speedo dial got of zero, it did, just ;D

Though the test on upload is somewhat in error (11.5 times faster than download) as on dial-up the maximum is 33,600 bits per second. So here is my image to brighten your day, emjoy.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 13, 2008, 07:14:35 PM
Washington, DC server:
Download Speed: 9300 kbps (1162.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 1592 kbps (199 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 173 ms

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 13, 2008, 07:23:44 PM
Just for the fun of it:

London, UK server:
Download Speed: 3731 kbps (466.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 1033 kbps (129.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 433 ms

Dallas, TX server:
Download Speed: 6370 kbps (796.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 1371 kbps (171.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 192 ms

Los Angeles, CA server:
Download Speed: 5512 kbps (689 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 1117 kbps (139.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 229 ms

I'm about 200miles from DC.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 13, 2008, 11:03:11 PM
Just for the fun of it
Seems that speed measures are inconclusive ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 13, 2008, 11:49:47 PM
Just for the fun of it
Seems that speed measures are inconclusive ???
The reason there is a difference Tech can best be described by an old Realtors term:
Location, Location, Location

The distance between your Location and the Location of the test server.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 14, 2008, 12:01:32 AM
The distance between your Location and the Location of the test server.
I thought the service will take this into account and return the 'real' speed... if not, the only way to test is using a server some kilometers from your computer...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 14, 2008, 12:16:25 AM
It isn't the physical distance so much as the number of servers that the packets go through (hops) which effects the Latency. So it can't really apply a factor for distance and why apply a corrected speed when in the real world that isn't what happens.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on April 14, 2008, 03:35:40 AM
mine to the Washington was this...,
and then to London....
click on pics to Supersize ::)

Davidr-how long does it takes for a web page to load on that fast speed of yours ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on April 14, 2008, 05:59:39 AM
(http://www.speedtest.net/result/259102428.png) (http://www.speedtest.net)


Not as good as yours Dan.

Try speedtest, they have more servers to choose from.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on April 14, 2008, 09:28:52 AM
Lots of hops for me!
ADSL, LA -->> Sydney (Australia, not Nova Scotia)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: oldman on April 15, 2008, 03:55:45 AM
From this I conclude that everyone please move to the left side of NA and no point in me going across the atlantic.

Washington Download Speed: 821 kbps (102.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
           Upload Speed: 489 kbps (61.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
           Latency: 193 ms

LA         Download Speed: 1283 kbps (160.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
           Upload Speed: 538 kbps (67.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
           Latency: 95 ms


Dallas     Download Speed: 1294 kbps (161.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
           Upload Speed: 517 kbps (64.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
           Latency: 137 ms

London     Download Speed: 625 kbps (78.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
           Upload Speed: 353 kbps (44.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
           Latency: 425 ms


DavidR, on dial up I could usually get 4666-5000
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: avatar2005 on April 18, 2008, 01:36:02 PM
Davidr-how long does it takes for a web page to load on that fast speed of yours ;D

I can't say about David, but I can say about me -- my speed test was pretty much the same as David, just about 2 months ago. In my case it takes about 3-5 minutes to load a simple web page & 10-15 minutes in case of Java/flash pages. 8)
Now the thongs are going better, with my jump on to ADSL connection  8)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 21, 2008, 11:45:36 AM
Return of the Mac Clones? (http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/006792.html?tk=nl_wbxblg)
More information also available here (http://www.psystar.com/)
There might still be a "Mac" in my computing future...... :) :)

(http://www.psystar.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/opendefault.jpg)

Another source (http://www.psystar.com/index.php?&page=shop.product_details&category_id=3&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 21, 2008, 05:43:34 PM
Yeah but don't forget that what they are doing is ILLEGAL under Apples EULA and as such they have a imminent lawsuit comming from Apples legal tem.

Also their own Credit Card processing Company cut them off for shady behavior:
http://www.macworld.com/article/133079/2008/04/psystar.html

plus they have changed their physical addres smultiple times over the last few days:
http://www.macworld.com/article/133036/2008/04/psystar.html

A very shady company that will not last long anyway as Apple never granted them a licence to sell the Mac OS.

And  Bob, its Clear you want a Mac so why not just get one. The price is as good as its going to get, you are not going to get Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware. Everyone who bough this "Clone" will find out that it most likely will stop working when the 10.5.3 update is released and they will have to support from Apple since it is a illegally modified install.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 21, 2008, 06:06:45 PM
No, I think Bob wants OSX but not a Mac ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 21, 2008, 06:56:41 PM
No, I think Bob wants OSX but not a Mac ;D

Which is impossible under the terms of Apple's EULA.

see this article:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Psystars-Open-Computer-A-400-Rotten-Apple-Scam-62627.html?welcome=1208796721
Quote
Apple's End User License Agreement explicitly states that its operating system can be installed only on an Apple-labeled computer.

"Apple has very clear license provisions that clearly prohibit what Psystar is doing," Tim Connors, a partner at the Cleveland-based law firm of Calfee, told MacNewsWorld.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 21, 2008, 08:05:45 PM
No, I think Bob wants OSX but not a Mac ;D
100% right David. I already own hardware that's capable of running OSX and see no reason
to purchase more hardware just to make someone else rich.  ;D

Quote
Apple has very clear license provisions that clearly prohibit what Psystar is doing," Tim Connors, a partner at the Cleveland-based law firm of Calfee, told MacNewsWorld.
Mac rules are made to be broken or, they can be changes and the same holds true for laws.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 22, 2008, 05:21:18 AM
No, I think Bob wants OSX but not a Mac ;D
100% right David. I already own hardware that's capable of running OSX and see no reason
to purchase more hardware just to make someone else rich.  ;D

Quote
Apple has very clear license provisions that clearly prohibit what Psystar is doing," Tim Connors, a partner at the Cleveland-based law firm of Calfee, told MacNewsWorld.
Mac rules are made to be broken or, they can be changes and the same holds true for laws.  :)

Unless your hardware is using intel's EFI Technology it does not support running OS X without modifying the kernel and since EFI is only supported on certain versions of Windows I highly doubt your system uses EFI, most likely it still uses the older BIOS technology (EFI is designed to replace BIOS)

And even if your machine had the correct hardware, Apple's EULA still forbids you to install it on non-Apple hardware. If you do somehow get it to work it won't work for long, if a OS update replaces one of the files that were modified to get the OS to run on the non-Apple hardware you would have to re-install the OS to get the machine to boot again :P (And 10.5.3 should be released any week now)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 25, 2008, 11:10:32 PM
The Top 75 Open Source Security Apps (http://www.esecurityplanet.com/best_practices/article.php/11779_3741146_1)

Which are your favorites ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: avatar2005 on April 26, 2008, 08:19:47 PM
My 1st ISP -- UARNet use AMaVis for checking inbound & outgoing mail, than my previous ISP www.zadarma.com used ClamAV for the same reason. So my conclusion is -- OpenSource is very popular at various ISP's.
Rostyk.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 05, 2008, 03:51:15 PM
Oosah (http://www.oosah.com/index.php?ref=&pos=) lets you create customized multimedia slide shows (Oosahs) using Web videos and still images from your own hard drive,
or from major social networking and sharing sites such as Facebook and YouTube. Once you've collected the images you want to use,
you can drag and drop them onto a workspace and then add transitions and music. You can publish the finished product on your Web site
or on removable media (such as a DVD), or export it to PDF for printing out.

Here's an example of a little something I put together in a few minutes. (http://www.oosah.com/oosah.php?oosah_id=1710)

If you try this, why not add your creations here.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 06, 2008, 02:44:44 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Springnote.png)
Springnote (http://www.springnote.com/en)
This is a simple notebook application that comes with a collection of templates--calendars for to-do lists,
an event planner, a reading list, a recipe, and so on. It's easy to set up.

It's a handy tool.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 06, 2008, 11:43:48 PM
Mac OS 10.5.2 = Apple Vista? (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=48928732-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)
Quote
I’ve heard many different complaints about Mac OS 10.5.2 since it was released, from my own Skype/podcasting problems to issues with just about everything else, including: printing, third-party wireless routers, software freezing and problems with Time Machine. The Apple discussion boards are littered with stories about all kinds of crawlers in 10.5.2, and while hardly an epidemic, they’re not exactly isolated incidents either.
Mac any comments ? Is this being corrected ?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on May 08, 2008, 03:07:53 PM
Convert Your Webpage To PDF
With Html2pdf you can convert your webpage to a PDF document. Suitable for printing or to save a page
http://www.htm2pdf.co.uk/

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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on May 08, 2008, 07:53:23 PM
Mac OS 10.5.2 = Apple Vista? (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=48928732-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)
Quote
I’ve heard many different complaints about Mac OS 10.5.2 since it was released, from my own Skype/podcasting problems to issues with just about everything else, including: printing, third-party wireless routers, software freezing and problems with Time Machine. The Apple discussion boards are littered with stories about all kinds of crawlers in 10.5.2, and while hardly an epidemic, they’re not exactly isolated incidents either.
Mac any comments ? Is this being corrected ?

I am not Kyle, but I can also give my input here...

Not a single issue they lined up here on my end. I really have no clue what they are talking about. Not a single issue with wireless routers and my router for sure is not Apple router, it is Netgear. Software freezing ? Maybe they should start buying original software, rather than using all kinds of cracks and patches made by who knows who  ;) Printing ? What are they talking about, are they nuts ? Problems with Time Machine ? Maybe they should learn how to use it first, and then go back to those threads and erase those posts so they don't have to feel ashamed.

If I'm having all those issues they are lying about on this page, I wouldn't work on my Apple and completely switched from my PC machine. Instead, I completely switched, not 99%, but whole 100% of my work is done on my Mac (Leopard 10.5.2). I would never ever go back to Tiger again. Even though Tiger is a rock solid OS, I found OS X Leopard to be a lot more responsive, faster, giving me a lot more useful features than Tiger.

Some people are having troubles and it will always be like that, but they should start thinking of replacing their dinosaur G4s and G5s with Intel based machines. We are getting more demanding applications every day, and no one is complaining, so why having so much fuss about OS that requires latest technology ? And still a lot less demanding that Vista is. To run Vista nicely you almost have to have one of those super high end machines otherwise your productivity may slow down to a crawl.

Edit: Author of the article may be just another MS lover out there... let's try to wash Vista's problems with this article...  ;D Too bad, nothing will wash it, not in recent future.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 09, 2008, 12:24:27 AM
Mac OS 10.5.2 = Apple Vista? (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=48928732-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)
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I’ve heard many different complaints about Mac OS 10.5.2 since it was released, from my own Skype/podcasting problems to issues with just about everything else, including: printing, third-party wireless routers, software freezing and problems with Time Machine. The Apple discussion boards are littered with stories about all kinds of crawlers in 10.5.2, and while hardly an epidemic, they’re not exactly isolated incidents either.
Mac any comments ? Is this being corrected ?

I am not Kyle, but I can also give my input here...

Not a single issue they lined up here on my end. I really have no clue what they are talking about. Not a single issue with wireless routers and my router for sure is not Apple router, it is Netgear. Software freezing ? Maybe they should start buying original software, rather than using all kinds of cracks and patches made by who knows who  ;) Printing ? What are they talking about, are they nuts ? Problems with Time Machine ? Maybe they should learn how to use it first, and then go back to those threads and erase those posts so they don't have to feel ashamed.

If I'm having all those issues they are lying about on this page, I wouldn't work on my Apple and completely switched from my PC machine. Instead, I completely switched, not 99%, but whole 100% of my work is done on my Mac (Leopard 10.5.2). I would never ever go back to Tiger again. Even though Tiger is a rock solid OS, I found OS X Leopard to be a lot more responsive, faster, giving me a lot more useful features than Tiger.

Some people are having troubles and it will always be like that, but they should start thinking of replacing their dinosaur G4s and G5s with Intel based machines. We are getting more demanding applications every day, and no one is complaining, so why having so much fuss about OS that requires latest technology ? And still a lot less demanding that Vista is. To run Vista nicely you almost have to have one of those super high end machines otherwise your productivity may slow down to a crawl.

Edit: Author of the article may be just another MS lover out there... let's try to wash Vista's problems with this article...  ;D Too bad, nothing will wash it, not in recent future.

Yeah 10.5.2 is stable for the most part. As for problems on Apple's Discussion board Ill say the same thing thats been said here before, only users with problems show up on those boards, if you look in the Avast home/Pro section of the forum you would think that avast was riddled with issues even though its quite stable.

Also For those that are having issues, the 10.5.3 update is due out by the end of the month
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on May 09, 2008, 08:58:16 AM
ZDNet's headlines are overblown: take them with a pinch of salt.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 10, 2008, 12:06:08 AM
ZDNet's headlines are overblown: take them with a pinch of salt.
Does that also apply when the subject matter is Microsoft ???   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: szc on May 10, 2008, 12:57:37 AM
I would say yes. Regardless of who is it on their plate, they will always find something to complain about, even when there is little or nothing worth to complain about.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 11, 2008, 12:59:45 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/I%20Thought/SCoMatic.png)
Screencast-O-Matic (http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/)
This online service enables you to create a screencast straight from your browser, and for anyone with basic needs,
Screencast-O-Matic will prove to be sufficient. Just select the size of the area that you want to record, include some real-time narration,
add notes of interest to specific parts of the recorded screencast in order to assist with navigation, and then either download the screencast
as a QuickTime movie or upload it to the site so that it can be seen and shared by everyone.
JAVA 1.5 or later required.
It's a great little tool to help others.  :)

Here's a little sample I put together:
http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cjh6oDVOy (http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cjh6oDVOy)
This shows the functions available when right clicking the avast icon in the system tray.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 11, 2008, 01:38:33 PM
Nice review of avast! from Download.com in their DownloadBlog (http://www.download.com/8301-2007_4-9936632-12.html?tag=nl.e729).
Some of the comments received to this post are a little off the wall but, that's only my opinion....  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 11, 2008, 02:32:29 PM
Well it certainly provided some laughs, with one poster espousing the virtues of Norton and he got a good virtual kicking for his troubles ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 14, 2008, 02:13:06 PM
Defrag your Hard Drive to Speed Up your Anti Virus Program (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Antivirus_and_Defrag_White_Paper_ITPapers.pdf)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on May 14, 2008, 06:35:35 PM
http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/wwtelescope/wwtelescope.html
Microsoft WorldWide Telescope
virtual telescope software
real nice :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on May 15, 2008, 03:53:03 PM
Defrag your Hard Drive to Speed Up your Anti Virus Program (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Antivirus_and_Defrag_White_Paper_ITPapers.pdf)
I'll take into account when people ask about 'on-demand scannings speed'. Thanks Bob.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 15, 2008, 05:17:38 PM
Defrag your Hard Drive to Speed Up your Anti Virus Program (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Antivirus_and_Defrag_White_Paper_ITPapers.pdf)
I'll take into account when people ask about 'on-demand scannings speed'. Thanks Bob.
A good habit to get into is to schedule your full virus scans after you've completed a full defrag.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 15, 2008, 05:25:49 PM
I do a regular defrag once a month so it shouldn't get to fragmented I normally only do a Standard scan without archives so it isn't a big task anyway.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 15, 2008, 05:38:35 PM
David,
I have well over 500 Gig to scan including many archives so for me,
it's a pretty time consuming task. :)

MySharedFiles alone is almost 20 gig
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 15, 2008, 05:49:28 PM
I though you were running Disk-Keeper or some other resident defrag program ?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 15, 2008, 11:31:54 PM
No, haven't done that for quite some time. Didn't really notice much of a difference.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on May 16, 2008, 02:08:41 PM
Utility Removes Old Java Versions and Checks for Updates

Java is similar to Flash in that the installation of new versions doesn't necessarily remove the old versions. This is a security risk because the old versions very often contain security flaws. Subscriber Yvon Houle has written to let me know about a tiny free utility called JavaRa that will check for and remove old Java JRE versions, and also check for the availability of new versions. I tried it and it worked like a charm. This is a simple free utility that should be part of every user's toolkit. It runs directly from the .exe without installation, so it's great for your USB drive as well. Freeware, Windows all, 24KB.
http://prm753.bchea.org/software.html

(quoted from Gizmo Richard's Support Alert Newsletter 15th May)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on May 17, 2008, 05:14:13 AM
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Nice Java utility, Tech ... thanks!    :)


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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 17, 2008, 03:14:27 PM
When you visit a web site, a lot of information about YOU and
your system is automatically available.
Click here to check it out:
What information do you give away while websurfing? (http://sendstudio.ip-adress.com/link.php?M=59811&N=24&L=16&F=H)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on May 18, 2008, 02:39:38 AM
When you visit a web site, a lot of information about YOU and
your system is automatically available.
Click here to check it out:
What information do you give away while websurfing? (http://sendstudio.ip-adress.com/link.php?M=59811&N=24&L=16&F=H)


Opera gives me a fraud warning when I click on your link above (What information do you give away while websurfing? (http://sendstudio.ip-adress.com/link.php?M=59811&N=24&L=16&F=H)).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 18, 2008, 02:47:39 AM
Not according to McAfee SiteAdvisor. I've been using that service for quite some time without any problems myself.  :)
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/ip-adress.com?ref=safe&client_ver=FF_26.6_6265&locale=en-US&premium=false&client_type=FF&aff_id=0 (http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/ip-adress.com?ref=safe&client_ver=FF_26.6_6265&locale=en-US&premium=false&client_type=FF&aff_id=0)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on May 18, 2008, 03:50:51 AM
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I've been using that service for quite some time without any problems myself
same here-no problem ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 21, 2008, 07:20:12 PM
According to Research by NPD Group, Apple has a 66% Market share of Computers costing $1,000 or more. So when you throw out all the bottom feeding $200-300 cheap PCs Apples market share really isnt so small ;)
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Apple’s overall market share has been growing over the past few years, but according to market research company NPD Group, Apple is crushing the competiton when it comes to the retail sale of computers costing more than $1,000. Apple now commands a 66 percent share of that market for brick-and-mortar sales.

Perhaps most impressive is that the 66 percent share applies to both the notebook and desktop markets.

“The competitive pressures aren’t the same for Apple as they are for other companies,” Stephen Baker, NPD’s vice president of industry analysis, told Macworld. “Other PC companies have to compete with consumer expectations on price and shelf space at the retailers. That’s the benefit of having your own stores.” 

http://www.macworld.com/article/133546/2008/05/marketshare.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 21, 2008, 07:32:09 PM
Bottom feeding, a little derogatory for those who either can't afford or want a mac or have more sense than money and recognise a good deal when it comes along at 220-300.

No matter how you want to dress it up the Mac's market share is small and these figures don't represent true market share, just an artificial benchmark. Lies, Dam Lies and Statistics ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 21, 2008, 11:48:31 PM
Mac,
I paid $800 for my Dell Vostro 17" Laptop
2 gig of Ram and 160 gig Hard drive.

I don't consider it a bottom feeder..... :'( ??? ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 22, 2008, 03:57:45 AM
Bottom feeding, a little derogatory for those who either can't afford or want a mac or have more sense than money and recognise a good deal when it comes along at 220-300.

No matter how you want to dress it up the Mac's market share is small and these figures don't represent true market share, just an artificial benchmark. Lies, Dam Lies and Statistics ;D

Worldwide Total market Share is somewhere between 5-7%
US Market share falls somewhere around 8-10% (US Marketshare is always higher for Apple for some reason, even in the iPod/iPhone world)

So yes depending on who you believe (every publication has slightly different numbers) it is a small piece of the market. But the important thing is its growing at a steady pace, Apple always compares its year-over-year growth to the rest of the PC Market at every earnings report, If Apple's quarterly reports can be trusted. (Lies, Dam Lies and Statistics ;D Im sure they are fudged at least a little)

Mac,
I paid $800 for my Dell Vostro 17" Laptop
2 gig of Ram and 160 gig Hard drive.

I don't consider it a bottom feeder..... :'( ??? ???

No thats certainly not a bottom feeder, what I am referring to when I say "bottom feeders" are these Wal-Mart / Costco / Best Buy / Etc $299 special Machines witch some 2 year old Celeron/Sempron processor, 512MB of RAM and trying to run Vista machines.

Because it never ceases to amaze/irritate me when a person Walks in the store and Looks at the Mac Mini and says "$599 for this and no Monitor?" People just don't understand the difference in the quality of the parts between a $299 machine and a Mac Mini or a Dell Vostro such as yours.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 22, 2008, 05:17:08 PM
I just came across the following:

Can Dell be as cool as Apple? (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=52301863-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 23, 2008, 01:55:40 AM
Windows Shortcuts to Success

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/PCW-Shorcuts01.png)  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/PCW-Shorcuts02.png)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 23, 2008, 05:38:38 PM
I just came across the following:

Can Dell be as cool as Apple? (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=52301863-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

It would take years for them to build a reputation like Apple has.

I think this part of that article says it all:
Quote
Apple has invested a lot of money and effort into not only making the product feel special (the build quality of Apple products is exceptional), but also the customer. Apple manages to give the impression of selling a luxury product (maybe a Swiss watch or a luxury car) without the astronomical price tag. I’m pretty sure that many of those who are new to Apple feel just a little bit special because they bought a Mac.

And again, not having Windows on the machine is a plus too ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 23, 2008, 06:21:52 PM
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And again, not having Windows on the machine is a plus too  ;)

We are all entitled to our own opinions.  :) 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 24, 2008, 06:30:04 PM
Many of you have asked before, since Apple now uses Intel chips why wont they sell a version for non Apple Machines? I mentioned about the Mac Clones of when Apple used to License the Mac OS back in the mid 90s as the reason why they will not do that.

MacWorld Has a great article this week detailing the "Clone Wars" of the 90s that you should read and you will understand why Apple restricts its OS to its hardware.

Article is here:
http://www.macworld.com/article/133598/2008/05/macclones.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on May 27, 2008, 03:13:04 PM
CELESTIA..........A lot of people seem to like this - a free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit. Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.....(free)  http://www.shatters.net/celestia/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 28, 2008, 08:25:32 PM
Intel Delays Release of Centrino 2 Platform

http://www.macworld.com/article/133633/2008/05/centrino2.html

Centrino 2 is the new Laptop processor and chpset combo that was supposed to launch next month

This is bad news as Many Laptop Manufacturers (Including Apple) were expected to ship new models next month with this platform.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 29, 2008, 04:13:58 AM
Samsung Chooses Safari for their L870 Phone.

They do not mention wither they got permission from apple to use the Safari name but either way they have chosen Safari's rendering engine, WebKit (Which is OpenSource so they could use it but call it something other than safari)

http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/05/28/samsung.l870/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 29, 2008, 04:25:32 AM
Windows 7 to Feature Multi-Touch Technology

Windows 7 will feature a touch screen like technology much like what apple has heavily patented (Apple calls their technology "MultiTouch" and is in use on the iPhone and planned to be used in future Macs)

Apple and Microsoft have some kind of Cross licensing agreement on their patents now. So its likely that The technology in use in windows 7 is already covered by their agreement.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/05/28/windows_7_starts_race_with_apple_to_full_multi_touch_desktop_os.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on May 29, 2008, 04:41:47 AM
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World Wide Telescope

This works great on my 3 year old computer with a dial-up connection. Great program!

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/

Quote
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe. WWT is a single rich application portal that blends terabytes of images, information, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a seamless, immersive, rich media experience.

WorldWide Telescope is created with the Microsoft® high performance Visual Experience Engine™ and allows seamless panning and zooming around the night sky, planets, and image environments. View the sky from multiple wavelengths: See the x-ray view of the sky and zoom into bright radiation clouds, and then crossfade into the visible light view and discover the cloud remnants of a supernova explosion from a thousand years ago. Switch to the Hydrogen Alpha view to see the distribution and illumination of massive primordial hydrogen cloud structures lit up by the high energy radiation coming from nearby stars in the Milky Way. These are just two of many different ways to reveal the hidden structures in the universe with the WorldWide Telescope. Seamlessly pan and zoom from aerial views of the Moon and selected planets, as well as see their precise positions in the sky from any location on Earth and any time in the past or future with the Microsoft Visual Experience Engine.



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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 29, 2008, 03:12:01 PM
Quote
Apple and Microsoft have some kind of Cross licensing agreement
Now if they would only come up with a cross platform agreement, we would all be happy.
The best from both in one system.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 29, 2008, 11:04:36 PM
Quote
Apple and Microsoft have some kind of Cross licensing agreement
Now if they would only come up with a cross platform agreement, we would all be happy.
The best from both in one system.  :)

Microsoft tries to do that with every Windows release. (Copying features from Mac OS X and Linux, and now Google). Windows 7 will even have a Mac OS X like Dock  ;)

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/94115;_ylt=Aq15fTDJLyVv0CS2z9GqQOjxMJA5
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As one of his final duties as Chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates demonstrated an early beta of Windows 7 at this week's D6 tech conference, its first real public demo, to attempt to show us how it's different. His answer: A multi-touch screen inspired by the Surface table and, er, the iPhone. Neat demo, but will all Windows 7 computers have to have touch-sensitive screens to use these features? There's a mapping system that looks like Google Earth. And it's said there will be an OS X-like dock, though current demos have the usual taskbar as we've known it since Windows 95.

So Microsoft has expanded its photocopiers to include Google as well as Apple this time Around. ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 31, 2008, 03:24:49 PM
In one blogger's opinion, the best anti-virus for Windows is Avast! (http://www.lockergnome.com/pinguin/2008/05/30/best-av-for-windows-avast-antivirus/)

I've been recommending avast! for a long time in my weekly FreeWareCollectedFromTheWWW (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=16922.msg301827#msg301827) series.  :)
 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 02, 2008, 04:25:02 PM
Microsoft issues Safari-to-IE blended threat warning (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1230&tag=nl.e622)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 05, 2008, 04:28:55 AM
This Article is from August of Last Year, but its so good I had to  post it ;D

About how Macs are much more cost effective than PCs. It examins this by looking at the Total Cost of Ownership and not just the retail price.

Eight Financial Reasons You Should use Mac OS (http://www.cio.com/article/127050/Eight_Financial_Reasons_Why_You_Should_Use_Mac_OS/1)



Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on June 05, 2008, 11:08:22 AM
Quote
Among many other findings, the authors concluded that Mac creative professionals were producing $26,000 more each in annual revenues for their employers than their Windows counterparts.

Although creative professionals buy Macs, buying a Mac wouldn't turn me into a creative professional, so that part of the plus side disappears in a puff of logical fallacy.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on June 05, 2008, 04:25:00 PM
For those using PC Tools Firewall who dare to dabble in their betas ::) 4.0.0.23 is available. (http://www.pctools.com/forum/showthread.php?t=52103)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 05, 2008, 05:01:18 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/puma1.png)

AMD makes its notebook move (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=9008&tag=nl.e622).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on June 05, 2008, 05:28:51 PM
Technology is really amazing, isn’t it? Most of us are able to freely use it on a regular basis without the wink of an eye because it’s just second nature. Unfortunately, the same technology the majority of us are able to use freely, often times isn’t created with people that have disabilities like deafness or blindness in mind. Over the years things have slowly gotten more accessible for them thanks to assistive technology but there are still some people who are “left out.”

One man, John LeSieur felt as though his six year old grandson wasn’t able to take advantage of computers because he is autistic. Without going into too much detail, Autism is a brain development disorder that impairs communication, social interactions with others, and more. it’s considered a spectrum disorder meaning that there’s a range of impairments and some people are considered low-functioning while others are high-functioning. No one person with autism is going to function exactly the same as another which can make things tricky. LeSieur set-out to simplify the experience of using a computer for his grandson and felt one way he could do this was to create a web browser.

This new browser is called “The Zac Browser” in honor of his grandson and it’s free to anybody. Because as we mentioned, not all Autistic children are the same, not everybody will benefit, but a lot will. Here’s what he did with the browser:

    * Hand-picked sites that could be visited and enjoyed by autistic children and included some that were educational, others that were visually stimulating, and some that had appropriate music and videos
    * To keep children from getting overwhelmed with multiple buttons and keys to press, keys that wouldn’t be necessary to a child like “print Screen” are disabled, the right-click mouse button is also disabled he says doing this “eliminates commands most children don’t need anyway, and it reduces the chance an autistic child will lose confidence after making a counterproductive click
    * Icons are much larger than normal and large symbols are used like a soccer ball to signify games or books to signify stories
    * No advertisements or flashing distractions appear which could cause the child to lose focus

Essentially what LeSieur did was limit the distractions an autistic child will come across as much as possible so that they won’t get frustrated, and it gives them the opportunity to be independent. As we mentioned, it’s not going to be the perfect solution for every autistic child out there, but it will probably help many.

The Zac Browser is an interesting concept, isn’t it? Assistive technology is so expensive and in some situations, simply creating a customized web browser could be of tremendous help to those with disabilities. Perhaps this will be the start of a new trend and we’ll see more customized browsers out there that cater to different groups of people?
(http://i25.tinypic.com/fc4aht.jpg)   http://www.zacbrowser.com/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 05, 2008, 05:32:39 PM
Quote
Among many other findings, the authors concluded that Mac creative professionals were producing $26,000 more each in annual revenues for their employers than their Windows counterparts.

Although creative professionals buy Macs, buying a Mac wouldn't turn me into a creative professional, so that part of the plus side disappears in a puff of logical fallacy.
While creative pros will get the most benefit, everyone gets benefit if you read the article, due to the Macs Ease of use, UNIX Core, lack of malware, etc.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/puma1.png)

AMD makes its notebook move (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=9008&tag=nl.e622).


Hmm i see that in their Graphics benchmarks they show their new system as about twice as fast as the Nvidia 8400M. Sorry thats just a little hard to believe. They even claim a 1.7x improvement over their own RadeonHD 3200. Thats just a huge jump in graphics performance that im not going to believe untill I see some 3rd party tests.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on June 05, 2008, 07:57:38 PM
Quote
While creative pros will get the most benefit, everyone gets benefit if you read the article, due to the Macs Ease of use, UNIX Core, lack of malware, etc.

I get that already with Ubuntu.  ;D

And I can use cheap hardware.  ;D ;D

£950 for a 20" Mac.
£500 for a 20" similar spec. PC, and Ubuntu free if I don't want Windows.

Unfortunately it's only the creative professionals who can and want to pay the extra £450 for the brushed aluminium and Mac OS.

Even with the supposed long term advantages of the Mac, I can still get two PC's for the same price.

As an afterthought, it just occurred to me that I have not actually seen a Mac in the wild since about 1992 (in the home of a journalist). I always wanted one of those Macs! Since then the only Macs I've seen (apart from in PCWorld) have been on TV, either in American TV (Fox Mulder, Gill Grissom) or UK TV, in the hands of overpaid show-offs (Nigella Lawson, Stephen Fry).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 06, 2008, 04:22:41 AM
Quote
While creative pros will get the most benefit, everyone gets benefit if you read the article, due to the Macs Ease of use, UNIX Core, lack of malware, etc.

I get that already with Ubuntu.  ;D

And I can use cheap hardware.  ;D ;D

£950 for a 20" Mac.
£500 for a 20" similar spec. PC, and Ubuntu free if I don't want Windows.

Unfortunately it's only the creative professionals who can and want to pay the extra £450 for the brushed aluminium and Mac OS.

Even with the supposed long term advantages of the Mac, I can still get two PC's for the same price.

As an afterthought, it just occurred to me that I have not actually seen a Mac in the wild since about 1992 (in the home of a journalist). I always wanted one of those Macs! Since then the only Macs I've seen (apart from in PCWorld) have been on TV, either in American TV (Fox Mulder, Gill Grissom) or UK TV, in the hands of overpaid show-offs (Nigella Lawson, Stephen Fry).
950 Pounds for an iMac? Yep in the UK (or anywhere outside of the USA) apple has the systems priced much higher than the same system in the US.

The pound was worth almost $2 last time i checked so you are paying almost $2,000 for the same iMac we pay $1,100 here in the USA. In the US Macs are not much more expensive (if at all) than similarly speced PCs but outside of the us for some reason apple has no idea how to properly convert currency :-\

The People at the New York Apple Stores say that they get people from the UK that come to buy Macs there while on vacation due to the huge price difference in the two countries.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 06, 2008, 04:38:34 AM
x86 turns 30 (http://www.macworld.com/article/133793/2008/06/x86at30.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 06, 2008, 04:30:18 PM
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 10, 2008, 06:11:24 AM
Apple Previews Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/06/09/apple_previews_mac_os_x_snow_leopard_with_quicktime_x.html)

Not a lot of new Features just improving Security and performance. Macworld even hinted that this may be a free or reduced cost upgrade. My guess is Apple wants to Get Mac OS X Polished for windows 7 release so Apple can keep the momentum moving forward (aka market share increasing) like it did with the Failed Vista Launch  :).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on June 10, 2008, 01:55:00 PM
If you had to pay for a .1 incremental OS update that is disgraceful even M$ wouldn't pull a stroke like that ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 10, 2008, 05:40:39 PM
If you had to pay for a .1 incremental OS update that is disgraceful even M$ wouldn't pull a stroke like that ;D

All 10.4.x, 10.5.x, etc.  incremental updates are free. Major upgrades (10.4.x -> 10.5.x) usually are not. Although 10.0.x to 10.1.x was a free upgrade several years ago, users just went to the nearest Apple store to get their copy.

Snow Leopard is hardly a Incremental update, its just that most of the "Meat" of the upgrade will be for developers.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on June 10, 2008, 08:03:58 PM
I thought that 10.5 was the last major update that people purchased, that would make 10.6 a .1 incremental update ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 11, 2008, 04:09:19 AM
I thought that 10.5 was the last major update that people purchased, that would make 10.6 a .1 incremental update ???

In Apple's Version Scheme Major Updates are:

10.2 Jaguar
10.3 Panther
10.4 Tiger
10.5 Leopard

Incremental Updates are:
10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, etc.

The Incremental Updates like the recently released 10.5.3 update are similar to Microsoft's Service Packs. Windows is the same way. Windows 2000 was Windows 5.0 and Windows XP was windows 5.1 yet it was a paid upgrade.


Any Clearer?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on June 11, 2008, 01:28:29 PM
Clearer, yes, but I'm just used to the more usual whole (or .5) number increment of major developments and .1 increments being usually minor changes.

This update numbering also fell down in the avast 4.7 to 4.8 update (I seem to have been on avast 4.x forever ;D), as that was a major update IMHO and many other security applications would have bumped it up a whole point or called it a 2008 or 2009 version ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 11, 2008, 04:12:52 PM
Quote
or called it a 2008 or 2009 version ;D
We know that there is an avast! 2oo8 version available but it happens to be a Rip Off  >:(
NOT put out by Alwil.  :o
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on June 11, 2008, 04:33:16 PM
Note I said, other security applications (intentional) and not avast 2008 ;D

Quote from: DavidR
many other security applications would have bumped it up a whole point or called it a 2008 or 2009 version
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 12, 2008, 04:40:45 AM
Clearer, yes, but I'm just used to the more usual whole (or .5) number increment of major developments and .1 increments being usually minor changes.

This update numbering also fell down in the avast 4.7 to 4.8 update (I seem to have been on avast 4.x forever ;D), as that was a major update IMHO and many other security applications would have bumped it up a whole point or called it a 2008 or 2009 version ;D

Well I Prefer the xx.yy.zz version scheme like Avast and Apple use over the use of versions named after the year. Huge.Major.Incremental just makes sense to me  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on June 13, 2008, 01:22:38 AM
Well I Prefer the xx.yy.zz version scheme like Avast and Apple use over the use of versions named after the year. Huge.Major.Incremental just makes sense to me  ;)
Fully agree. The advertisement is the only reason for doing an yearly version: renew your license! ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 15, 2008, 03:51:07 AM
While reading the Authentium (Command AV) Virus Blog they had a post on Their new Engine. But part of the post was talking about their sample collection and the makeup of it:
Quote
94.7% of samples where Windows PE executables. Mobile malware were 0.00851%. Unix malware (including Mac OS X and Linux) were 0.15% of the samples.

5.2% of the samples were categorized as potentially unwanted applications. That includes Dialers and Adware.

So the Mobile Malware threat is not what some security companies Hype it to be.


http://blogs.authentium.com/virusblog/?p=240
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on June 16, 2008, 04:07:03 PM
PC Tools has released AV for Mac (http://iantivirus.com/), if not for .: Mac :.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 17, 2008, 02:40:09 AM
The Windows XP era ends June 30 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=9103&tag=nl.e550)

What will you be doing ? 

Vista,    Linux,   Apple or, are you staying with XP  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on June 17, 2008, 03:31:56 AM
What will I be doing, probably working on my XP Pro system.

I'm currently looking at a system upgrade my XP-M processor is somewhat long in the tooth. I'm toying with building another system to my spec as I have done with my last three systems, but I'm not into the aggravation these days. So it might be that I buy a new system that is close to my needs but I then have to decide what OS and I'm still not a Vista convert/evangelist ;D and I can get XP Pro installed. Somehow I doubt that June 30 will be the end of the ability to get XP.

It is getting desperate when MS are having to go to this trouble to kill take-up of XP.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 17, 2008, 06:35:08 AM
The Windows XP era ends June 30 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=9103&tag=nl.e550)

What will you be doing ? 

Vista,    Linux,   Apple or, are you staying with XP  ???

Vista has been a thorn is the side of MS. Everyone has been Fighting its adoption more than any other release of windows I can remember. I know We have seen more People switching to The Mac because they went to buy a machine and were unable to get one with XP loaded and refused to buy vista, and decided to give Mac OS X a try. Im sure people have gave Linux a try too.

Ive heard Dell and HP have found a way around the June 30th date for business users through something called "Downgrade Rights"
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Gene J on June 18, 2008, 07:44:11 AM
I bought a couple of extra copies of WinXP home (OEM version) to use later.....
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: TedNelly on June 18, 2008, 08:23:44 AM
I'm all for change, if and when it is done correctly and for the better. Microsoft had a long time in which to get Vista "spot on" they failed. imo
Vista migration requires too much of a change for too little gain if any?

When you're on a good thing stick to it! Roll on XP
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on June 18, 2008, 03:46:33 PM
What will you be doing ?
I have a dual boot system Vista and Linux (Kubuntu).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: alanrf on June 19, 2008, 04:36:34 AM
Quote
What will you be doing ?

Not worrying about it ...

... and probably paying more attention to the reputed doubling of my download and upload speeds from my ISP on that date.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 19, 2008, 08:54:08 PM
 Get organized in Gmail (http://www.macworld.com/article/133690/2008/06/gmailtips.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 21, 2008, 01:29:23 AM
Apple announces ZFS on Snow Leopard (http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=335&tag=nl.e622)
A modern file system on a consumer OS

Is this the straw that will break Microsoft's back ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on June 21, 2008, 01:59:51 AM
Well there was supposedly going to be a new file system with Vista to replace the ageing NTFS (which I don't use yet still on FAT32 ;D), but that got dropped. Then there is the slim possibility that it might make an appearance in Windows 7 ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 21, 2008, 02:20:30 AM
Apple announces ZFS on Snow Leopard (http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=335&tag=nl.e622)
A modern file system on a consumer OS

Is this the straw that will break Microsoft's back ???

Well Mac OS X is not just a consumer OS. Unlike Vista there is not 15 different versions, only one client version used by everyone, from consumer to enterprise.

The Same Holds True for Mac OS X Server. Only One Version not some jumbled mess of versions like Windows Server.

Well there was supposedly going to be a new file system with Vista to replace the ageing NTFS (which I don't use yet still on FAT32 ;D), but that got dropped. Then there is the slim possibility that it might make an appearance in Windows 7 ;D

Except unlike Microsoft, Apple Will deliver ;D
BTW, Don't Feel, bad I still use FAT32 as well on my External HD so that I can Swap it between My Mac and PC.


Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 21, 2008, 05:09:10 AM
Quote
I still use FAT32 as well on my External HD so that I can Swap it between My Mac and PC
Mac,
Wouldn't ntfs work ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on June 21, 2008, 02:12:00 PM
NTFS is specifically a windows format and requires drivers for other OSes to be able to work with it, many are able to read it but not work with it. This is why when trying to use a Linux live CD to recover data on a crashed system for example some need drivers to be able to do this.

Whereas fat32 is an OS independent format which is recognised by most OSes and able to work with that format without additional drivers.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 21, 2008, 06:15:26 PM
Quote
I still use FAT32 as well on my External HD so that I can Swap it between My Mac and PC
Mac,
Wouldn't ntfs work ???

Mac OS X Can read NTFS formatted disks but not write to them, thats why I use FAT32 still.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: justin1278 on June 21, 2008, 06:25:02 PM
I have Ubuntu on my notebook, and Vista Ultimate on my desktop, Ubuntu can write on NTFS drives, so I keep all my external HDD NTFS.

No question that Microsoft needs a new file system, hopefully WinFS will come out in Windows 7, NTFS just doesn't do a great job on today's machines.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 22, 2008, 03:35:39 AM
I have Ubuntu on my notebook, and Vista Ultimate on my desktop, Ubuntu can write on NTFS drives, so I keep all my external HDD NTFS.

No question that Microsoft needs a new file system, hopefully WinFS will come out in Windows 7, NTFS just doesn't do a great job on today's machines.

And there are open source drivers for Mac OS X that enable writing to NTFS, but I just prefer  to use FAT32 and wait for Apple to add full NTFS support. Hopefully in Snow Leopard
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on June 22, 2008, 06:54:07 AM
 Apple Releases Safari 4.0 Preview to Developers  (http://news.worldofapple.com/archives/2008/06/10/apple-gives-developers-safari-4-preview/)

Safari 4 Scores 100 on the acid3 test :)


Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on June 24, 2008, 04:20:56 PM
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 01, 2008, 04:03:06 PM
Apple plugs 25 Mac OS X security vulnerabilities (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1373&tag=nl.e539)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 01, 2008, 07:30:47 PM
Apple plugs 25 Mac OS X security vulnerabilities (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1373&tag=nl.e539)

I love how they call every apple update a "Monster Update". ::)


 See here for a unbiased report of the update:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2163

When Security updates come out for Windows everyone links to the Microsoft Security Bulletin, So the obvious thing would be to link to Apple's Bulletin for OS X.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on July 01, 2008, 07:42:41 PM
ZDNet's headlines are overblown: take them with a pinch of salt.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 02, 2008, 12:26:08 AM
ZDNet's headlines are overblown: take them with a pinch of salt.
A pinch of salt is being very generous.
A grain of salt is sufficient....  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 02, 2008, 04:47:48 AM
Chip Giant Won’t Embrace Microsoft’s Windows Vista (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/et-tu-intel/)

Vista is so bad not even intel will use it  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: alanrf on July 02, 2008, 09:35:38 AM
That is not what the article said by any stretch of the imagination (yours excepted).

It said very clearly .. and I think it reflects the thoughts of many of us who do use Windows ... that there is no compelling reason or advantage in switching from XP to Vista. 

That does not change the reality that over the next couple of years even more millions of users will get Vista as they but new machines and find that it works just fine (as those I support who have bought new machines with Vista have found).   

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on July 02, 2008, 03:15:15 PM
<snip>
and I think it reflects the thoughts of many of us who do use Windows ... that there is no compelling reason or advantage in switching from XP to Vista. 

That does not change the reality that over the next couple of years even more millions of users will get Vista as they but new machines and find that it works just fine (as those I support who have bought new machines with Vista have found).   

It is a though that I support there is no compelling reason to switch to Vista from XP Pro SP3.

I have just ordered a new custom built base system and have ordered XP Pro SP3 with that, whilst it is still reasonably easy to get XP, even though it actually costs me more for XP Pro than the Vista Home Premium option.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 02, 2008, 04:44:17 PM
637 million Google users surfing with insecure browser (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=63840739-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

I might add that I'm not one of the "637 million Google users" mentioned in this article.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 02, 2008, 05:07:52 PM
637 million Google users surfing with insecure browser (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=63840739-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

I might add that I'm not one of the "637 million Google users" mentioned in this article.  ;D ;D

Firefox updates itself automatically, so how can 17% of its users not be on the latest release? ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on July 02, 2008, 05:10:19 PM
I think it is somewhat flawed as the benchmark they used is I feel wrong, you can have IE6 SP2 and all security updates and that is considered insecure as their benchmark is looking for:

Quote
The researchers used the most recent major versions of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), Firefox 2 (FF2), Safari 3 (SF3) and Opera 9 (OP9) as the benchmark version for the most secure Web browser measurements
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on July 02, 2008, 05:12:42 PM
Firefox updates itself automatically, so how can 17% of its users not be on the latest release? ???

I guess there are some who disable auto update, like I do for one. As a dial-up user and suspicious to boot there is very little on my system that I allow to auto update, avast being the main exception ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 05, 2008, 04:00:06 AM
People Line up a week early for iPhone 3G (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/07/04/its_already_begun_iphone_3g_line_starting_in_new_york_city.html)

Are they nuts? Last year I could understand it because Apple has traditionally been unprepared for new product launches. But now that they know the demand for the device, there should be plenty to go around on launch day. 

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 08, 2008, 11:18:28 PM
Approximately 800 vulnerabilities discovered in antivirus products (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1445&tag=nl.e539)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on July 09, 2008, 12:52:07 AM
Approximately 800 vulnerabilities discovered in antivirus products (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1445&tag=nl.e539)
Wow... I'm affraid even to click this link ;D ;D
Bob, I've though you're not paranoid ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 09, 2008, 04:34:36 AM
I'm not Tech. Just passing along the news.
If you check the article, you'll see that avast! is also included.  :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on July 09, 2008, 04:51:54 PM
If you check the article, you'll see that avast! is also included.  :'(
I've done... curiosity... not too good but not too bad eh?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on July 10, 2008, 08:05:43 AM
Firefox updates itself automatically, so how can 17% of its users not be on the latest release? ???

FF3 may update automatically but no other version of Firefox that I've used does. 1.5 and 2.X require the user to initiate the installation even if download is automatic and prior versions have no inbuilt updater so they'll never go out of date, will they? ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on July 10, 2008, 09:07:29 AM
Firefox updates itself automatically, so how can 17% of its users not be on the latest release? ???

FF3 may update automatically but no other version of Firefox that I've used does. 1.5 and 2.X require the user to initiate the installation even if download is automatic and prior versions have no inbuilt updater so they'll never go out of date, will they? ;D  ;D

It won't update automatically if it's on a user account and the administrator doesn't update it.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: alanrf on July 10, 2008, 09:14:01 AM
Firefox, at least since 1.5 (if not earlier) has always reminded me that there is an updated version to be installed with a link to perform the install. However, since 1.5 (if not earlier) there are user options in the interface to select or decline such update notifications.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on July 10, 2008, 11:16:38 PM
http://www.360desktop.com/
looks nice..might try
http://www.360desktop.com/media.php video of it in action
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on July 12, 2008, 10:16:07 AM
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Happy-Dude on July 13, 2008, 05:57:25 AM
http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/16-07/pb_intro

--> From WIRED magazine: The Petabyte Age

Reading this, it feels that this is a new look on how the common people gain and analyze data/knowledge. Very interesting and informative read.

Quote
Sensors everywhere. Infinite storage. Clouds of processors. Our ability to capture, warehouse, and understand massive amounts of data is changing science, medicine, business, and technology. As our collection of facts and figures grows, so will the opportunity to find answers to fundamental questions. Because in the era of big data, more isn't just more. More is different.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on July 13, 2008, 11:36:54 AM
http://www.360desktop.com/
looks nice..might try
http://www.360desktop.com/media.php video of it in action

I would rather endure a root canal operation or install Norton ( Symantec ) than install that POS.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 14, 2008, 08:56:38 PM
Apple Sells 1 Million iPhone 3G units in first weekend (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/07/14/apple_sells_1_million_iphone_3gs_in_first_weekend.html)

And still selling!:
Quote
Although the new handset went on sale at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning, Apple retail stores around the country were still battling long lines -- sometimes hundreds of customers deep -- in the late evening hours on Saturday and Sunday morning. There was still a line some 60 customers long at Apple's flagship shop on Fifth Ave in Manhattan early Monday morning.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on July 14, 2008, 09:01:58 PM
Not in Canada EH!

Will It Blend?
http://youtube.com/watch?v=DLxq90xmYUs

Don't smell this.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 15, 2008, 11:32:18 PM
Apple sues Mac cloner Psystar (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=66991298-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

The price is to low so they must go...... ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 16, 2008, 07:12:58 AM
Apple sues Mac cloner Psystar (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=66991298-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

The price is to low so they must go...... ;D
No Psystar is selling modified copies of Mac OS X, they are violating the license agreement every time they sell a machine. This was coming, it was just a matter of time. Apple killed their license program back in the 90s


And this goes way beyond just breaking the EULA, this is from bob's article:
Quote
  A note to those who think that this suit is about EULAs … Psystar did a LOT more than breach the terms of the EULA. The company, through its own admission, modified the copyrighted work, then distributed those modifications without license and for commercial purposes. The company also used at least one Apple trademark in its marketing.
If this was just about the EULA, Apple’s case might not be that strong (remember, the EULA’s never been tested in court), but this goes way beyond the EULA.]


So psystar will most likely be out of business by the time apple's legal team gets finished wit them and everyone who bought one of their clones will be out of luck as far as support goes.

By the way Apple has sued clone makers before. One of their cases helped establish copyrights for computer software:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_v._Franklin

Apple even sued eMachines for copying the design of the original iMac
http://news.cnet.com/Apple-sues-eMachines-for-iMac-look-alike/2100-1040_3-230054.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 16, 2008, 03:59:00 PM
Quote
So psystar will most likely be out of business by the time apple's legal team gets finished wit them and everyone who bought one of their clones will be out of luck as far as support goes.
According to that statement, if you still want a cheap Mac, Hurry to your nearest Psystar website and get one while you still can.... ( If you still can ??? ) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on July 16, 2008, 07:08:46 PM
Quote
So psystar will most likely be out of business by the time apple's legal team gets finished wit them and everyone who bought one of their clones will be out of luck as far as support goes.
According to that statement, if you still want a cheap Mac, Hurry to your nearest Psystar website and get one while you still can.... ( If you still can ??? ) ;D ;D
The only Mac I want is a Big one with French Fries.   ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 16, 2008, 08:03:40 PM
Quote
So psystar will most likely be out of business by the time apple's legal team gets finished wit them and everyone who bought one of their clones will be out of luck as far as support goes.
According to that statement, if you still want a cheap Mac, Hurry to your nearest Psystar website and get one while you still can.... ( If you still can ??? ) ;D ;D

These machine will receive NO SUPPORT from apple or Psystar which will soon be out of business. In addition as always the Mac OS X installation on these machines will most likely be bricked in the next update. As it should be. If you want OS X get a Mac, Dont like Apple's Hardware? Too bad thats the way it is.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 16, 2008, 11:02:21 PM
Quote
If you want OS X get a Mac, Don't like Apple's Hardware? Too bad that's the way it is.
That's also the main reason why Apple will never be a Major player as far as the percentage of Apples in use VS coputers
with other operating systems.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on July 17, 2008, 12:25:29 AM
Quote
If you want OS X get a Mac, Don't like Apple's Hardware? Too bad that's the way it is.
That's also the main reason why Apple will never be a Major player as far as the percentage of Apples in use VS coputers
with other operating systems.


Agreed bob, This will tell you all you need to know about that.

New Survey: Vista Cleans Mac OSX's Clock

http://www.pcworld.com/article/147966/new_survey_vista_cleans_mac_osxs_clock.html?tk=nl_wvxnws
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 17, 2008, 04:26:29 AM
Bob and Marc to both of you I offer this article posted today  ;D:



http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/07/16/apple_passes_acer_to_become_third_largest_u_s_pc_vendor.html
Quote
Macs garnered an 8.5 percent share of the U.S. PC market during the second quarter of the year, pushing Apple past Acer in the national rankings and into third place overall, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by market research firm Gartner.

Not a Major Player? Seems they are moving up the ranks in sales and Market Share to me  :)

And if Apple has 8.5% and linux is in there somewhere too then Microsoft actually has less than 90% now if the US Market.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 17, 2008, 04:40:51 PM
Mac,
You and I both know that statistics can be manipulated to favor any ones point of view.
We see it in politics all the time.
I personally know of 2 people who own an Apple. I know and have worked with 100's of people
who have Microsoft's operating systems on their computer.
Those are real life statistics not slanted. Until Apples becomes less stringent with their hardware requirements
and starts lowering their prices, They will never make up a great part of the computer business.
This doesn't mean that it's not a great computer nor does it mean that there is anything wrong with their operating system.
They are just out of monetary reach of most computer users.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on July 17, 2008, 06:55:36 PM
My problem with Apple is their pricing, I actually know someone who owns a macbook pro who was wanting to upgrade the memory to 4GB but didn't think they could afford to. The price at the apple store for 4GB of DDR2 PC2-5300 SO-DIMMs
 (2GBx2) is $400.00. You can get the same memory at Crucial.com for $103.99.

So my question is, Why does Apple do this to their customers??

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nclm=F295A333

http://www.crucial.com/promo/index.aspx?prog=mfr_apple
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on July 17, 2008, 08:30:00 PM
Because they can, captive audience.

Same with why can't they have a user changeable battery in the iphone or ipod rather than having to have it sent back for replacement, a healthy income for the apple.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 17, 2008, 10:10:46 PM
My problem with Apple is their pricing, I actually know someone who owns a macbook pro who was wanting to upgrade the memory to 4GB but didn't think they could afford to. The price at the apple store for 4GB of DDR2 PC2-5300 SO-DIMMs
 (2GBx2) is $400.00. You can get the same memory at Crucial.com for $103.99.

So my question is, Why does Apple do this to their customers??

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nclm=F295A333

http://www.crucial.com/promo/index.aspx?prog=mfr_apple

Apple has always overcharged for memory upgrades, its common knowledge in the Mac community that you buy your memory from a 3d party reseller like crucial.

Because they can, captive audience.

Same with why can't they have a user changeable battery in the iphone or ipod rather than having to have it sent back for replacement, a healthy income for the apple.
Lots of MP3 players don't have user replaceable batteries. And usually before the battery wears out usually you have already purchased a bigger/better model of some kind. Also by not having a user replaceable battery, Apple is able to make the product thinner (take the MacBook Air as an Example) and Thin definitely sells. The battery replacement program generates very little revenue for apple, from what ive seen, most people that do replace their batteries use do-it-yourself kits like these http://www.ipodbattery.com/ 

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 17, 2008, 10:12:00 PM
Apple Wants Psystar to recall all of their fake Macs:
http://www.macworld.com/article/134544/2008/07/psystar.html
Quote
Apple says Psystar knowingly violated its copyrights and license agreements and induced customers who bought the OS X-running Open Computer to do the same. Because of that and the resulting damage that Apple alleges is being done to its brand, it’s asking the US. District Court for a permanent injunction that would bar Psystar from selling any more hardware with Apple software. And it wants Psystar to recall every Mac clone sold.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on July 17, 2008, 10:51:17 PM
I can understand them wanting to punish Psystar, but I simply can't understand their logic in hitting the end user, it is hardly likely to make them buy a legit Mac.

I think that is very small minded, I would have though it would have been better to try and bring them on board rather than kick them in the teeth when many of them are unlikely to understand that they were doing anything wrong.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 18, 2008, 04:33:30 AM
I can understand them wanting to punish Psystar, but I simply can't understand their logic in hitting the end user, it is hardly likely to make them buy a legit Mac.

I think that is very small minded, I would have though it would have been better to try and bring them on board rather than kick them in the teeth when many of them are unlikely to understand that they were doing anything wrong.

Well Im guessing their logic is that once Psystar goes out of business those machines will not work properly. You see Psystar has been having to modify the Mac OS X updates to make them properly install on the machines, thats part of Apple case against them. Once psystar is not there to modify those updates all those machines will no longer receive OS updates and Security updates and the official Apple Updates have the potential to make the system unbootable. Remember psystar has modified many of the OS X files to get it to run on this Non Apple Hardware ones those files are replaced unmodified copies in a OS update the system will not function properly.

Plus there should be no installations of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware anyway so they have every right to want those machines recalled. I do think the end users should get a full refund, at Psystar's expense  of course.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on July 18, 2008, 06:31:53 AM

Well Im guessing their logic is that once Psystar goes out of business those machines will not work properly. You see Psystar has been having to modify the Mac OS X updates to make them properly install on the machines, thats part of Apple case against them. Once psystar is not there to modify those updates all those machines will no longer receive OS updates and Security updates and the official Apple Updates have the potential to make the system unbootable. Remember psystar has modified many of the OS X files to get it to run on this Non Apple Hardware ones those files are replaced unmodified copies in a OS update the system will not function properly.

Plus there should be no installations of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware anyway so they have every right to want those machines recalled. I do think the end users should get a full refund, at Psystar's expense  of course.

We kind of agree here. To me, software piracy is stealing, It's just the same as walking into a store and filling your pockets. As for going after the end users, I think Apple is partly to blame because they waited so long to put a stop to this. They should have went after Psystar as soon as the first system went on sale.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on July 18, 2008, 01:44:00 PM
I would say they have the right to have the software uninstalled, but not to the system which is the property of the purchaser.

After all you said:
Quote from: .: Mac :.
Plus there should be no installations of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware anyway so they have every right to want those machines recalled.

The key words are "non-Apple hardware" the hardware doesn't belong to apple, so they can want as much as they like the hardware isn't theirs.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 18, 2008, 04:57:42 PM

Well Im guessing their logic is that once Psystar goes out of business those machines will not work properly. You see Psystar has been having to modify the Mac OS X updates to make them properly install on the machines, thats part of Apple case against them. Once psystar is not there to modify those updates all those machines will no longer receive OS updates and Security updates and the official Apple Updates have the potential to make the system unbootable. Remember psystar has modified many of the OS X files to get it to run on this Non Apple Hardware ones those files are replaced unmodified copies in a OS update the system will not function properly.

Plus there should be no installations of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware anyway so they have every right to want those machines recalled. I do think the end users should get a full refund, at Psystar's expense  of course.

We kind of agree here. To me, software piracy is stealing, It's just the same as walking into a store and filling your pockets. As for going after the end users, I think Apple is partly to blame because they waited so long to put a stop to this. They should have went after Psystar as soon as the first system went on sale.
I fully agree with you Apple waited far too long, they should have took action the moment the first machine went on sale. Why they waited so long is a mystery to me.


I would say they have the right to have the software uninstalled, but not to the system which is the property of the purchaser.

After all you said:
Quote from: .: Mac :.
Plus there should be no installations of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware anyway so they have every right to want those machines recalled.

The key words are "non-Apple hardware" the hardware doesn't belong to apple, so they can want as much as they like the hardware isn't theirs. ifit

True, that part of the lawsuit is the least likely to go through. And if the recall does not go through they might find a way to disable the installations through a future software update.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on July 18, 2008, 06:10:15 PM
That assumes that they will bother with software updates, much the same as those with non-legit versions of windows avoiding windows update and WGA.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 18, 2008, 11:03:00 PM
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 24, 2008, 03:21:53 PM
iPhone vulnerable to phishing, spamming flaws (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1541)
"According to an advisory from Raff, the iPhone’s Mail and Safari applications are susceptible to a URL Spoofing vulnerability
which allow attackers to conduct phishing attacks."
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 25, 2008, 03:57:41 AM
iPhone vulnerable to phishing, spamming flaws (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1541)
"According to an advisory from Raff, the iPhone’s Mail and Safari applications are susceptible to a URL Spoofing vulnerability
which allow attackers to conduct phishing attacks."

There is already a Iphone 2.0.1 update in the works, some sites have leaked screenshots of beta releases
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 25, 2008, 04:00:20 AM
Microsoft to closely copy Apple's Business Model, Offer more complete experience:

http://www.macworld.com/article/134680/2008/07/ballmer.html

Apple latest success is apparently getting to Microsoft as people are seeing the benefit of Macs, now they are thinking of changing their relationship with PC makers to provide a more complete and Apple like experience. Seems almost everyting they do they have to imitate someone else  ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on July 26, 2008, 03:34:54 AM
Quote
Apple latest success is apparently getting to Microsoft as people are seeing the benefit of Macs, now they are thinking of changing their relationship with PC makers to provide a more complete and Apple like experience. Seems almost everyting they do they have to imitate someone else  Roll Eyes
As long as they don't copy Apples pricing policy, it's fine with me.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: alanrf on July 26, 2008, 07:33:05 AM
I agree with Bob - I love them giving me the benefits of mimicking Apple and giving me all of the advantages of the wider Windows world for much lower prices.

I hope that the Apple users can be happy with their "holier than thou" views while paying for all the Windows benefits I enjoy.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 26, 2008, 09:03:16 PM
I agree with Bob - I love them giving me the benefits of mimicking Apple and giving me all of the advantages of the wider Windows world for much lower prices.

I hope that the Apple users can be happy with their "holier than thou" views while paying for all the Windows benefits I enjoy.

Yep remember you get what you pay for. Malware and Vista included. No thanks I will stick with Apple ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on July 29, 2008, 05:33:04 PM
Mobile Executives Spar over iPhone (http://www.macworld.com/article/134725/2008/07/iphone_forum.html)


Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 02, 2008, 12:04:41 AM
Tweaking OS X (http://www.download.com/8301-2007_4-10004008-12.html?tag=nl.e404)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 02, 2008, 12:08:38 AM
Did Apple forget to patch something? (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=70583665-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 02, 2008, 12:32:32 AM
Windows Vista Performance and Tuning (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Vista/WindowsVistaPerformanceAndTuning-Final.pdf)

(Also available from Microsoft)
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on August 02, 2008, 01:15:30 AM
Did Apple forget to patch something? (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=70583665-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

Yes it seems that there is a problem with the BIND installation in Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) client. Leopard Systems (10.5) Are apparently Unaffected.

Its not likely that Apple "forgot" to patch it, more likely something is not working right with the installer. In the past when this has happened they have just issued a updated installer package through Software update.

EDIT: Ive seen some people saying that this is by design, Since there is no mention of Mac OS 10.4 servers and only the clients are showing this behavior. Ill keep digging and post back.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on August 02, 2008, 02:47:52 AM
Did Apple forget to patch something? (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=70583665-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

Apparently it affects Mac OS X Leopard Clients too (10.5.x).

Note that Apple has patched the Server versions of Mac OS X (Both 10.4 and 10.5) its just the client versions that there seems to be a problem with.

Quote
The SANS Institute installed and tested out Apple's fix for the underlying flaw in the domain name system (DNS) protocol, and found that a patched copy of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (the desktop version, not Leopard Server) still suffers from the risky technique makes DNS vulnerable to exploitation.

This exploitation, so far, seems extremely unlikely, but we won't know how unlikely until security researcher Dan Kaminsky, the discoverer of this flaw, provides full disclosure on 06-Aug-08 in his Black Hat conference talk, "Black Ops 2008: Its (sic) the End of the Cache as We Know It."

Details:
http://db.tidbits.com/article/9721?rss

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 02, 2008, 03:37:13 AM
Windows Vista Performance and Tuning (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Vista/WindowsVistaPerformanceAndTuning-Final.pdf)

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http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab377598-a637-432c-a3c8-1607ab629201&DisplayLang=en (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab377598-a637-432c-a3c8-1607ab629201&DisplayLang=en)
This seems to have gotten lost in the mix....  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Happy-Dude on August 04, 2008, 03:24:04 AM
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I'm for it!! Heck yeah :) !!
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on August 13, 2008, 09:22:35 PM
Microsoft Snuffs Out Third-Party ActiveX Controls

Stomps buggy HP, Aurigma controls with 'kill bit' update.


http://www.pcworld.com/article/149759/article.html?tk=nl_dnxnws
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on August 15, 2008, 05:04:35 PM
Intel Offers usb 3.0 Draft Spec (http://www.macworld.com/article/135013/2008/08/usb3.html)

Eight Ways the iMac changed computing (http://www.macworld.com/article/135017/2008/08/imacanniversary.html)

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on August 22, 2008, 04:14:08 AM
Macs, Aperture a Big hit at the Olympics (http://www.macworld.com/article/135140/2008/08/olympicsmac.html)
Quote
In the digital photo editing area of the Kodak Photographer’s Center—a massive workroom located in the main press center at the Olympic park—hundreds of photographers at a time assemble to file their images using high-end workstations and tech-support supplied by Apple (the same was true at the 2006 winter games in Turino, Italy). Meanwhile, rows of Lenovo computers sit idle.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on August 22, 2008, 11:54:24 PM
SSDs are hot, But not without Security Risks (http://www.macworld.com/article/135161/2008/08/ssd_security.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on August 23, 2008, 04:50:14 PM
Seinfeld and Microsoft: more proof that IT is crazy (http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2008/082208-backspin.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on August 23, 2008, 05:10:18 PM
Seinfeld and Microsoft: more proof that IT is crazy (http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2008/082208-backspin.html)

Wasn't the Seinfeld show known as "All About Nothing"?

Where are its featured actors today?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 29, 2008, 10:20:27 AM
Does Psystar have a case in Apple countersuit? (http://talkback.zdnet.com/5208-10532-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=51283&messageID=965546&start=-1)

This is just one persons opinion.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on August 29, 2008, 03:59:34 PM
Does Psystar have a case in Apple countersuit? (http://talkback.zdnet.com/5208-10532-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=51283&messageID=965546&start=-1)

This is just one persons opinion.  :)


Saying Apple has a monoply of the Mac market is like saying GM has a monolpy of the Chevorlet market since they are the only onces making Chevys. Or Sony having a monoply of the Playstation 3 market since you cant install the Playstation 3 OS on a Xbox ::). Its just crazy Apple has far from a monoply in the OS market. So if you want a Mac buy one and stop whining.

Psystar has no case against Apple, and Apple has a very strong one aginst them. Time will tell how much money Psystar has to keep trying to get out of this.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on August 29, 2008, 05:07:36 PM
Quote
So if you want a Mac buy one and stop whining.
I'm more than willing to buy the Mac Operating System from Apple. It's the hardware that I can't
afford to buy from Mac.
I can buy I cheaper elsewhere !!!!  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on August 29, 2008, 05:14:29 PM
Quote
So if you want a Mac buy one and stop whining.
I'm more than willing to buy the Mac Operating System from Apple. It's the hardware that I can't
afford to buy from Mac.
I can buy I cheaper elsewhere !!!!  :)

But Apple is not willing to sell you the OS because they want the revenue from the OS AND the hardware.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 01, 2008, 10:52:02 PM
Vista May Still Have Its Day (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/150263/vista_may_still_have_its_day.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on September 01, 2008, 11:38:56 PM
Vista May Still Have Its Day (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/150263/vista_may_still_have_its_day.html)
I agree with the statement...
Quote
"The uptake of XP was slower than people remember today"
.
And...
Quote
"Early opinions of Windows XP were remarkably similar to those that many users offer about Windows Vista today."
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 02, 2008, 03:03:50 AM
Vista May Still Have Its Day (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/150263/vista_may_still_have_its_day.html)
I agree with the statement...
Quote
"The uptake of XP was slower than people remember today"
.
And...
Quote
"Early opinions of Windows XP were remarkably similar to those that many users offer about Windows Vista today."
Exactly.   :) It's called a learning curve and it wasn't liked when XP was first released but we all got used to it.
The same can be said for any one trying another new OS. Until you learn it's intricacies, it will be strange and hard to operate.
Once learned, all the problems and objections seem to disappear.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 02, 2008, 03:50:41 PM
OS X on non Apple Computers (http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/09/01/will-apple-be-open-any-time-soon/)
Something I've been advocating for over a year seems to be gathering momentum.  :) :) :)

What are your thoughts ???

Mac, I already know yours.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 02, 2008, 04:04:07 PM
OS X on non Apple Computers (http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/09/01/will-apple-be-open-any-time-soon/)
Something I've been advocating for over a year seems to be gathering momentum.  :) :) :)

What are your thoughts ???

Mac, I already know yours.  :)
Bob you seem obsessed with wanting to Run OS X on a non-Apple system. Just like the OS for the Playstation game consoles will not run on any other game console, Apple will not be releasing mac OS for other hardware. I have pointed out articles stating why they will not do it, and explained it countless times here. And Apple is even suing Psystar to protect its OS from being on other hardware. How much clearer can you get? Apple Does not Want its OS on any machine beside their Own! Doesn't matter what a few users want, its their OS and they will sell it as they see fit.

EDIT: to anyone wanting to Run Mac OS on non-Apple hardware: If you want to Run OS X Buy a Mac already!
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 02, 2008, 04:11:54 PM
google planning its own Web Browser (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/09/01/google_planning_new_chrome_browser_based_on_webkit.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on September 02, 2008, 04:24:40 PM
OS X on non Apple Computers (http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/09/01/will-apple-be-open-any-time-soon/)
Something I've been advocating for over a year seems to be gathering momentum.  :) :) :)

What are your thoughts ???

Interesting article, don't know how much water it will hold, but the reference to if Microsoft were to pull a stroke to stop it being installed on Apple hardware or Virtual systems they would be jumped on from a great height.

Personally the fear that it could bankrupt Apple like the last time they allowed this experiment, doesn't hold much water either as times have changed. Do they really thing that their hardware is so weak that it the OS wasn't tied to it no one would buy it, but buy a cheap "beige box PC."

There is not only the potential for huge sales of the OS but all the associated software as well, and some who have tried the OS and bought other software may then cross the floor and buy an iMac as they would be able to have taken a slow journey as far as expense goes they haven't had to but everything in one hit.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 02, 2008, 04:37:47 PM
OS X on non Apple Computers (http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/09/01/will-apple-be-open-any-time-soon/)
Something I've been advocating for over a year seems to be gathering momentum.  :) :) :)

What are your thoughts ???

Interesting article, don't know how much water it will hold, but the reference to if Microsoft were to pull a stroke to stop it being installed on Apple hardware or Virtual systems they would be jumped on from a great height.

Personally the fear that it could bankrupt Apple like the last time they allowed this experiment, doesn't hold much water either as times have changed. Do they really thing that their hardware is so weak that it the OS wasn't tied to it no one would buy it, but buy a cheap "beige box PC."

There is not only the potential for huge sales of the OS but all the associated software as well, and some who have tried the OS and bought other software may then cross the floor and buy an iMac as they would be able to have taken a slow journey as far as expense goes they haven't had to but everything in one hit.

Think of it this way then. People are impressed with the OS enough to want to run it on PC hardware because it runs so well. If it was allowed to actually run on everything, then Apple would have to support everything like Microsoft does. One of the reasons Apple can make such a great OS is they do not have to spend time making sure it is compatible with everything, they just focus on making it run well on a very limited set of hardware and then spend their efforts on improving the OS.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 02, 2008, 05:04:45 PM
Quote
One of the reasons Apple can make such a great OS is they do not have to spend time making sure it is compatible with everything, they just focus on making it run well on a very limited set of hardware and then spend their efforts on improving the OS.
Mac,
That statement just doesn't hold water. There would be many outside companies who would be very happy to write the
required software and drivers needed to support other hardware.
It might even open up a whole new division for Apple.
Stop being afraid of progress.  :)

Remember that the statement "This will never happen" is being extremely negative toward progress and a whole new
opportunity for Apple.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 02, 2008, 05:46:38 PM
Quote
One of the reasons Apple can make such a great OS is they do not have to spend time making sure it is compatible with everything, they just focus on making it run well on a very limited set of hardware and then spend their efforts on improving the OS.
Mac,
That statement just doesn't hold water. There would be many outside companies who would be very happy to write the
required software and drivers needed to support other hardware.
It might even open up a whole new division for Apple.
Stop being afraid of progress.  :)

Remember that the statement "This will never happen" is being extremely negative toward progress and a whole new
opportunity for Apple.
And thats part of the Windows OS's Problem, 3rd party providers of drivers for nearly everything and no way to do Quality Control of all the 3rd party drivers. With the Core hardware and drivers all supplied by Apple, you have a stable system and the only 3rd party involvement needed is for add on devices.

Thats what makes the two systems different and its what the Mac users like about the OS. We like the closed environment and dont want it open like windows.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on September 02, 2008, 06:18:31 PM
<snip>
Think of it this way then. People are impressed with the OS enough to want to run it on PC hardware because it runs so well. If it was allowed to actually run on everything, then Apple would have to support everything like Microsoft does. One of the reasons Apple can make such a great OS is they do not have to spend time making sure it is compatible with everything, they just focus on making it run well on a very limited set of hardware and then spend their efforts on improving the OS.

That doesn't hold true for Linux OS versions, why should it be any different for Apple and OS X, answer no reason.

Microsoft doesn't provide support for OEM versions of their OS, so there could be a similar arrangement.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 02, 2008, 06:25:24 PM
<snip>
Think of it this way then. People are impressed with the OS enough to want to run it on PC hardware because it runs so well. If it was allowed to actually run on everything, then Apple would have to support everything like Microsoft does. One of the reasons Apple can make such a great OS is they do not have to spend time making sure it is compatible with everything, they just focus on making it run well on a very limited set of hardware and then spend their efforts on improving the OS.

That doesn't hold true for Linux OS versions, why should it be any different for Apple and OS X, answer no reason.

Microsoft doesn't provide support for OEM versions of their OS, so there could be a similar arrangement.



Linux has thousands upon thousands of developers due to its fully open source nature. No Microsoft doesn't support its OEM versions and look what kind of shape the Windows OS is in. What people dont understand here is that Apple's software has the great qualities it does BECAUSE IT IS A CLOSED SYSTEM!!  Why cant you understand that??!?!?!!?!?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on September 02, 2008, 06:49:44 PM
Because I don't like protectionism in any of its forms.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Rumpel on September 02, 2008, 07:53:54 PM
Each product has its merit and demerit...I gave up with Apple since I like tinkering PCs with my own hands.  Jobs may think his product perfect but I like some characters, too.  Then again, since I am not determined to be against Apple, I may buy iPod or iPhone in the future, who knows?  I'd rather enjoy variety than volunteering flag-bearers of their marketing.  I think I've paid enough to the makers for their advertisements.  ;)  Well, about this, Linux may have a point, though.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 03, 2008, 12:49:29 AM
Unfortunately Mac not all of us can afford the enormous prices charged by Apple for their CLOSED SYSTEM.
My Intel computer is quite capable of running OSX.  :)
I know I didn't buy if From Apple but then I could afford this one.  :)
This isn't meant to set of a war between Apple fans and Windows fans.
It's meant to allow those of us who can't afford an Apple to at least try their OS.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 03, 2008, 03:07:23 AM
Unfortunately Mac not all of us can afford the enormous prices charged by Apple for their CLOSED SYSTEM.
My Intel computer is quite capable of running OSX.  :)
I know I didn't buy if From Apple but then I could afford this one.  :)
This isn't meant to set of a war between Apple fans and Windows fans.
It's meant to allow those of us who can't afford an Apple to at least try their OS.  :)

If you cant afford $599 for a Mac Mini, then you run Windows or Linux. Your Computer is not capable of running Mac OS X legally last time I checked (you would be violating the EULA). Also you machine would need to be based on Intel's EFI technology and not the older BIOS(otherwise you would need to make some kind of modification to the software to get it to work).

At one point Apple did have a Trial of the Mac OS where you were loaned a Mac Mini for 30 Days to test out the OS, but there were problems with getting the units back so it was ended.

You can still try out the OS, just go to any Apple Retail store or Best Buy (Lots of Best Buy stores sell Macs now and they are expanding it to more stores every month).

But lets face it, people who are not willing to Spend $599 on a computer are not the market Apple is catering to, Apple has said before they are not interested in the Low end computer market as they would not be proud to have such stripped down machines with a Apple logo on them and the profit margins are too small in that market as well.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 03, 2008, 03:59:19 AM
Mac,
You simply seem to refuse to understand that I've already bought a computer capable of running OSX.
One day, in the not to distant future, you'll see Apple sell their operating system without the need to
purchase the hardware from them.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 03, 2008, 04:01:58 AM
Mac,
You simply seem to refuse to understand that I've already bought a computer capable of running OSX.
One day, in the not to distant future, you'll see Apple sell their operating system without the need to
purchase the hardware from them.  :)
No I understand where you are coming from, but its not capable of running OSX unless Apple Changes its EULA.

And yes they may one day untether their OS, but it certainly will not be while Steve Jobs is running the Company. :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 03, 2008, 04:03:12 AM
Only time will tell.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 05, 2008, 03:34:01 AM
Website of Websites (http://www.allmyfaves.com/)

This deserves a spot in your bookmarks or favorites.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 07, 2008, 06:58:42 PM
Microsoft just can't resist, now Copying Apple's Mac Genius employees.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/09/05/microsoft_calling_up_gurus_to_take_on_apples_geniuses.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 07, 2008, 07:24:14 PM
Mac,
That only proves that if I was able to run OSX on my system, I wouldn't need to wait for windows to do
the copying.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 07, 2008, 07:26:52 PM
here is a good video from F-Secure, talking about the evolution of viruses from being written by hobbyists to being written by criminals looking for profit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyJ4KM_bv84
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 08, 2008, 02:10:42 PM
Microsoft will release four critical updates to several software packages Tuesday, the company said.

The patches to be released on so-called Patch Tuesday include fixes for a vulnerability
that allows remote code execution in Windows Media Player 11 on various Microsoft operating systems
and for a vulnerability that allows remote code execution in various versions of the Windows OS and
related products, including 2003 Server, Vista, XP, Office, .Net Framework, Works, Visual Studio,
Visual FoxPro and other software.
More information is available at Microsoft's site (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-sep.mspx).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 09, 2008, 12:24:07 AM
Is Google planning to "Float Away (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=9937&tag=nl.e539)"   ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on September 09, 2008, 12:58:04 AM
Quote
Is Google planning to "Float Away"
and then slnk like the Titanic ::) :o ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 09, 2008, 01:06:31 AM
Write programs without any coding (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-17923_22-220104-1.html).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on September 11, 2008, 10:45:10 PM
http://blogs.howtogeek.com/mysticgeek/2008/09/11/secure-computing-free-anti-virus-protection-with-avast-home-edition/
Nice article on Avast!
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 12, 2008, 04:35:41 AM
http://blogs.howtogeek.com/mysticgeek/2008/09/11/secure-computing-free-anti-virus-protection-with-avast-home-edition/
Nice article on Avast!
Not to bad but some of the replies are truly off the wall.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 17, 2008, 12:56:43 AM
Apple mega-patch covers 34 Mac OS X security issues (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1910&tag=nl.e539)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on September 17, 2008, 02:10:54 AM
Hi bob,

I was admiring Mac's latest OS. Tried it out and it is, from a visual point of view quite nice (maybe even better than Vista). I refrain from making a definitive distinction between which Syatem has better graphics since I only have Vista  Home Basic (no Aero theme).
Concerning the legality of using Mac OS on a non Mac computer, can a software company really make such a rule? I mean, if you bought the license for the software, why would they obligate you to use the OS on a high end computer that only they sell?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 17, 2008, 02:48:34 AM
As far as I'm concerned, It's call a monopoly which has cost Microsoft millions.

I'm sure that Mac will have a few words to say on that subject which totally differs from my interpretation.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 17, 2008, 03:20:07 AM
Apple mega-patch covers 34 Mac OS X security issues (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1910&tag=nl.e539)

Zdnet overreacting as usual. The so called Mega-patch is just one of Apple's maintenance releases very similar to Microsoft's Service Packs. The 10.5.4 update was release in June, so this covers all issues found since that time.

There are lots of non-securty related fixed in this update as well.


Hi bob,

I was admiring Mac's latest OS. Tried it out and it is, from a visual point of view quite nice (maybe even better than Vista). I refrain from making a definitive distinction between which Syatem has better graphics since I only have Vista  Home Basic (no Aero theme).
Concerning the legality of using Mac OS on a non Mac computer, can a software company really make such a rule? I mean, if you bought the license for the software, why would they obligate you to use the OS on a high end computer that only they sell?

Thanks.


Its a very controversial subject. Apple maintains that they can make the rules since its their OS. Just like Microsoft and Sony dont allow their game console OS to run on other consoles. Rumor even has it that apple is looking to go to some proprietary chipset (still use intel processors just a different chipset) to help prevent the OS to be installed on machines without this chipset.


As far as I'm concerned, It's call a monopoly which has cost Microsoft millions.

I'm sure that Mac will have a few words to say on that subject which totally differs from my interpretation.  ;D ;D ;D

If its a monopoly then lots of companies will be open to lawsuits. Example if the court rules that Apple has a monopoly it would open Companies like Sony, Nintendo, Motorola, virtually any company with a proprietary OS to lawsuits.

like why cant i run the PS3 OS on my own system I built? Or Why Cant I run Motorola's cell phone OS on my non-motorola phone? Anyone that has a Operating system that is restricted to certain hardware.

We will know in a few months the results of the psystar court case.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on September 17, 2008, 04:18:47 AM
Hi Mac,

Your answer is very straight forward but I kind of disagree with your comparison between Game Console OSs and Computer OSs. Usually with computers, you don't buy just the hardware you actually pay the Software as well.

For PCs, the Software is a separate and unique entity. I can download Vista from almost anywhere. That is not necessarily the issue for Microsoft. As long as you have purchased the Serial Key, then you have the right of usage for that software. I doubt that Bill Gates cares too much how you get the software as long as you have paid the proprietary rights.

Game consoles are not necessarily the same. Of course here there is the issue that PS3 is almost a computer compared to the old Nintendo consoles. This further complicates things. Because I don't know how game consoles works I am not sure how to word my explanation. An issue with Console OSs is that I'm not certain if they have a way of authenticating the OS. If this is not possible  then they would have no way of insuring that the user pays the usage rights. And this can be a major factor in companies.
Does Mac require serial keys? What happens if The software "is not free of errors or defects"?

I'm curious to see the court's decision on this issue.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 17, 2008, 04:35:27 AM
Hi Mac,

Your answer is very straight forward but I kind of disagree with your comparison between Game Console OSs and Computer OSs. Usually with computers, you don't buy just the hardware you actually pay the Software as well.

For PCs, the Software is a separate and unique entity. I can download Vista from almost anywhere. That is not necessarily the issue for Microsoft. As long as you have purchased the Serial Key, then you have the right of usage for that software. I doubt that Bill Gates cares too much how you get the software as long as you have paid the proprietary rights.

Game consoles are not necessarily the same. Of course here there is the issue that PS3 is almost a computer compared to the old Nintendo consoles. This further complicates things. Because I don't know how game consoles works I am not sure how to word my explanation. An issue with Console OSs is that I'm not certain if they have a way of authenticating the OS. If this is not possible  then they would have no way of insuring that the user pays the usage rights. And this can be a major factor in companies.
Does Mac require serial keys? What happens if The software "is not free of errors or defects"?

I'm curious to see the court's decision on this issue.
I see your point. It will be interesting to see the court ruling, and hopefully it will settle the debate :).

No Mac OS X does not have any serial key or validation procedure. The only thing keeping a user from using a single copy on 20 machines is honesty.  If the software is not free of errors or defects, you call and complain to Apple and hope they fix it (Which I have done a few times over the years, although not nearly as many calls as ive made to HP).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 20, 2008, 03:37:07 AM
Apple Recalls iPhone 3G Power Adapters (http://www.apple.com/support/usbadapter/exchangeprogram/)

If you have an iPhone 3G, you can fill out the form online to have a new one shipped to you or you can take the defective one to a Apple Retail Store.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 20, 2008, 05:38:46 AM
This was too good not to post:
Microsoft's Im a PC Ad made with Macs (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/09/19/microsofts_im_a_pc_campaign_created_with_macs.html)


Even microsoft itself is using Macs now  :o :D ;D 8)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Happy-Dude on September 24, 2008, 01:21:12 AM
Well ... Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10048142-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 --> Win7 may un-bundle many long-lived (and almost majority unused) apps from their OS.

What I think: MS should unbundle them, i.e. make them not part of the default install. What they should do: integrate Windows Live product installers (the absolute better options) and allow user to check them in or out ;) .
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 24, 2008, 05:04:31 AM
Well ... Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10048142-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 --> Win7 may un-bundle many long-lived (and almost majority unused) apps from their OS.

What I think: MS should unbundle them, i.e. make them not part of the default install. What they should do: integrate Windows Live product installers (the absolute better options) and allow user to check them in or out ;) .

Well im not really worried about what comes with windows from Microsoft. The problem is Dell, HP, etc putting all their crap on the systems  ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on September 24, 2008, 02:38:29 PM
Quote
The problem is Dell, HP, etc putting all their crap on the systems
Mac.
I know frompersonal experience that you can order your Dell without any crap.
My laptop came with only the operating system installed..... Nothing else because that's
what I stipulated when I ordered it.
Totally de-crapafied...  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on September 27, 2008, 05:49:08 AM
WebKit becomes first browser engine to fully pass Acid3 Test (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/09/26/webkit_becomes_first_browser_engine_to_fully_pass_acid3_test.html)

As you know WebKit is the engine behind Apple's Safari and Internal builds of safari 4.0 also pass the Acid 3 Test.

Also remember that WebKit was the first engine to pass the Acid2 test as well.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 03, 2008, 04:26:55 PM
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Once registered, you can go to the following large and well laid out
editing website:
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There are more options here then you'll find in many dedicated and expensive
photo editing programs and, it's free. :)

Let me know how many Hours you're spending at their site ???  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 08, 2008, 06:47:00 PM
Hello ClearClick, Goodbye Clickjacking! (http://hackademix.net/2008/10/08/hello-clearclick-goodbye-clickjacking/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 09, 2008, 04:54:47 AM
Apple Awarded Patent on the Dock (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/10/08/apple_awarded_patent_on_the_dock.html)

ObjectDock and RocketDock users beware, they wont be around long. Also Microsoft will have to edit this out of Windows 7 now :D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 09, 2008, 02:54:45 PM
It will on my system, sod what they say. Sledgehammer and Nut again and you wonder why people don't like apple.

What business it is taking away from apple, I don't think anyone in their right mind would buy a mac just to have a dock shortcut interface.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 09, 2008, 04:29:04 PM
It will on my system, sod what they say. Sledgehammer and Nut again and you wonder why people don't like apple.

What business it is taking away from apple, I don't think anyone in their right mind would buy a mac just to have a dock shortcut interface.
Well Apple Applied for this patent when Mac OS X was first released 9 years ago, if the Government would not have taken so long to award it there would not be anyone else doing it.  And it does not matter if it costs Apple business or not its their invention and they have the right to make people either pay license fees or discontinue the infringing product.

Every company defends their products and patents, even  Microsoft.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on October 09, 2008, 06:48:06 PM
Asus ships Eee Box PCs with malware

“According to an email sent out by Asus, PC Advisor reports, the Eee Box’s 80GB hard drive has the recycled.exe virus files hidden in the drive’s D: partition. When the drive is opened, the virus activates and attempts to infect the C: drive and any removable drives connected to the system."

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2016&tag=nl.e589

How can something like this happen in this day and age??  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 09, 2008, 07:11:34 PM
Asus ships Eee Box PCs with malware

“According to an email sent out by Asus, PC Advisor reports, the Eee Box’s 80GB hard drive has the recycled.exe virus files hidden in the drive’s D: partition. When the drive is opened, the virus activates and attempts to infect the C: drive and any removable drives connected to the system."

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2016&tag=nl.e589

How can something like this happen in this day and age??  ???

Easy, almost all PCs/Macs/MP3 players/etc are assembled in the far east, one of the employees at the factory could have messed with the drive image.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 09, 2008, 08:27:34 PM
Asus ships Eee Box PCs with malware
<snip>
How can something like this happen in this day and age??  ???

Not long ago there were reports of Hard Disks being shipped that were already infected.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Darth.Mikey on October 10, 2008, 10:49:31 AM
Yes it was last year, the company was Seagate ...

http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/11/12/Seagate-ships-virus-laden-hard-drives_1.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Negeltu on October 10, 2008, 11:48:58 AM
Apple did not create the dock.  It seems ridiculous to me that Rocket Dock would be affected.  Absolutely ridiculous. 

This article on Wincustomize is interesting http://forums.wincustomize.com/318845
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 10, 2008, 01:19:40 PM
Apple did not create the dock.  It seems ridiculous to me that Rocket Dock would be affected.  Absolutely ridiculous. 

This article on Wincustomize is interesting http://forums.wincustomize.com/318845

Your article doesnt show the first dock. The first Dock was by Acorn Computers in their RISCOS.
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/10/10/road_to_mac_os_x_leopard_dock_1_6.html

Plus NeXT's implementation of the dock has been around since the late 80s, and NeXT is the basis for Mac OS X. So The Implementation that is in Mac OS X was in development long before ObjectDock.

Anyway I never said Apple was the first one to use a Dock, I just pointed out that they are the ones that have the patent for it.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on October 11, 2008, 09:20:26 PM
MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: 11 bulletins, 4 critical

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2019&tag=nl.rSINGLE


Mac OS X Patch Day: 40 security flaws fixed

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2017&tag=nl.rSINGLE
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Happy-Dude on October 14, 2008, 05:47:01 AM
I believe this is official ...

Microsoft Project codename "Windows 7" ... Will be called ... Windows 7 !!

Different, yes. Perhaps a new tone from Vista and XP, and been a while since the 3.1x and NT numbering days.

Let's make this "7" a lucky number now, shall we?

http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2008/10/13/introducing-windows-7.aspx

http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1639

Read more about Windows 7 from Engineering 7: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 14, 2008, 01:08:49 PM
I have just started reading an article in PC Pro magazine on what they think windows 7 will contain, it will be interesting to see how this compares with these links.

MS have certainly been keeping their cards close to their chests on this one, especially when you consider all the hype that went into Vista only for some major functions to be withdrawn or quietly forgotten. I guess they don't want to get burned in the same way, but more so, the more hype and information released may only serve to have people consider skipping Vista all together like me.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 15, 2008, 03:41:42 AM
Too little too late, Vista has already done its damage. Apple gave its "State of the Mac" Address today and 17.6% of US Retail computer sales are now Macs, thats quite an impressive jump from years past. And Vista is a big part of the reason people are switching.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 15, 2008, 03:55:51 AM
Too little too late, Vista has already done its damage. Apple gave its "State of the Mac" Address today and 17.6% of US Retail computer sales are now Macs, thats quite an impressive jump from years past. And Vista is a big part of the reason people are switching.
Which was the older marketing share?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 15, 2008, 04:19:17 AM
Too little too late, Vista has already done its damage. Apple gave its "State of the Mac" Address today and 17.6% of US Retail computer sales are now Macs, thats quite an impressive jump from years past. And Vista is a big part of the reason people are switching.
Which was the older marketing share?
Last statistic was from last year at 16%.  Then down sharply from there (back before intel changeover)

EDIT: Here is the Apple Keynote with the State of the Mac address from Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook
http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/0810rtdws876/event/index.html

EDIT 2: One thing to note is this is for the US. Worldwide market share is still not that high (Obviously 16% of all computers are not Macs), But then most of Apple's Marketing is US Focused, and the Majority of their Retail Stores are also in the US.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 15, 2008, 02:40:30 PM
Microsoft officials said Silverlight 2 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1636&tag=nl.e539) will be available for download from the company’s Silverlight site starting on October 14.
They also said that anyone using a beta version of Silverlight 2 or Silverlight 1 will be “automatically upgraded” via Microsoft’s
various patching systems to Silverlight 2 in the coming months.
(However, users will be able to block the Silverlight 2 download if they decide to do so.)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on October 15, 2008, 07:08:35 PM
Microsoft aiming to deliver Vista SP2 before Windows 7

http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1643&tag=nl.e539


And it already has a place holder Knowledge Base article.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B948465
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 15, 2008, 08:14:24 PM
Not much point in delivering it after windows 7 ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on October 15, 2008, 08:24:36 PM
Not much point in delivering it after windows 7 ;D


It depends on how many people move to Win7, After all XP SP3 can out after Vista and it did pretty well.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on October 15, 2008, 08:38:35 PM
I think that there are many people that are avoiding Vista like the plague (me for one, having just bought XP Pro for my new system in July). Some people were waiting for the kinks to be ironed out by Vista SP1 before they took the leap of faith and the early release of SP2 might make some more jump.

However, if windows 7 were released before Vista SP2 then I fear people wouldn't consider a switch to vista and that would just add to the Vista marketing teams woes. That is the point I was making. Considering MS are keeping their cards close to their chest on the spec for windows 7 for fear of damaging Vista sales. They may not be saying that in public, but I believe that is the reason having been burned by the Vista hype and dropped functions.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 16, 2008, 03:08:57 AM
I think that there are many people that are avoiding Vista like the plague (me for one, having just bought XP Pro for my new system in July). Some people were waiting for the kinks to be ironed out by Vista SP1 before they took the leap of faith and the early release of SP2 might make some more jump.

However, if windows 7 were released before Vista SP2 then I fear people wouldn't consider a switch to vista and that would just add to the Vista marketing teams woes. That is the point I was making. Considering MS are keeping their cards close to their chest on the spec for windows 7 for fear of damaging Vista sales. They may not be saying that in public, but I believe that is the reason having been burned by the Vista hype and dropped functions.

Would there be a SP3 released after Windows 7 like what happened with XP? If nothing else it could just be a roll-up of prior security updates so that there would not be so much to download after you re-install the OS (with a slipstreamed CD/DVD of course)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: alanrf on October 16, 2008, 05:56:38 AM
For now let's recognize that there are a significant number of users of Vista.  Whatever happens and whatever your personal opinion of Vista (I admit to being a Vista holdout like David) Microsoft has the same commitment to supporting Vista as it had for XP (so yes there will be further SP offerings of Vista - it is really a no-brainer) . 

From my own experience of providing support I know that there exist very contented Vista users while also being aware of its critics.

I have no special insight but I can see Microsoft not rushing Windows 7 for these reasons:

1) to maximize the slow but sure revenue stream of users moving to Vista by users (very much domestic but also business) simply buying new systems
2) to give them the chance to give the best impression of the maximized new features in Windows 7 (ie not making the Vista mistake of raising the expectations of the new features and then failing to deliver them)
3) they will be wanting to coincide with an eventual economic revival that will see domestic and business users on the wave of a re-investment in a new hardware buying trend as part of the recovery from our present economic fiasco.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 17, 2008, 01:07:38 AM
I'm running XP on one computer and Vista on 2 others.
Once Windows 7 comes out, it will go on one of the vista machines.
I'll need updates for all 3 operating systems.
I'm actually starting to enjoy Vista Ultimate.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 25, 2008, 02:09:06 PM
Pre-beta Vista SP2 (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-12554_22-243549-10.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 25, 2008, 03:17:25 PM
Gmail gets emoticons :-)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/Emoticons.png)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on October 25, 2008, 07:22:11 PM
Quote
Gmail gets emoticons
Is this new (http://mail.google.com/mail/e/B09)

(http://mail.google.com/mail/e/1E3)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on October 25, 2008, 07:51:26 PM
Is this new
No, it's interesting ;D
Like the thread name...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on October 28, 2008, 04:35:16 PM
MTV launched a new music video hub today at MTVMusic.com. And it looks remarkably like online video site Hulu. Except instead of hosting hundreds of movies and TV shows, the site hosts thousands of music videos.
The site has a nice mix of new and older videos. You can watch videos on the site or embed them on another web page. And you can watch in full screen.
There's also a handy "similar artists" feature that will let you know that if you like Tori Amos you might want to look for videos from Fiona Apple. But the recommendation engine is far from perfect. For example, when you click on the page for Mike Doughty, you'll discover that Jack Johnson is a similar artist, but there's no link to the 5 music videos from Soul Coughing, the band Mike Doughty used to perform with.
The biggest challenge MTV Music faces is the fact that there are dozens, if not hundreds of places to find the exact same content on the internet, and then some. You can find a much wider selection of music videos on YouTube or dozens of other online video sites than you can on MTV Music. It's true that some of those videos may not have been uploaded legally, but they're out there.
So while Hulu is one of the few places you can go for free, legal, and full length TV episodes, MTV Music is jsut the latest music video portal to hit the web. And while the web page is new, it's not like MTV hasn't had hundreds of music videos on its website for years.
http://www.mtvmusic.com/
http://www.mtvmusic.com/video/?id=190233   I Want My MTV :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on October 28, 2008, 10:53:27 PM
David Bowie » Space Oddity
http://www.mtvmusic.com/video/?id=143503 <== restricted to US residents only

I want my MTV:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACGUasFWVsI
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 29, 2008, 01:02:34 PM
A first look at the Windows 7 PDC release (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=72168077-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on October 29, 2008, 01:31:00 PM
A first look at the Windows 7 PDC release (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=72168077-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

Quote
It's what vista should have been.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7695933.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7695933.stm)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on October 29, 2008, 03:15:18 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/PhotoJoy.png)

Photo Joy (http://www.photojoy.com/index.aspx) is the complete desktop enhancement package.
Dispaly your photos on your desktop among various backgrounds as well as having a good selection of awesome screensavers.
This program is excellent and best of all It's Free
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on October 29, 2008, 08:20:24 PM
A first look at the Windows 7 PDC release (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=72168077-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

Hmm, Business as usual.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/10/28/microsofts_windows_7_to_bring_apple_tinged_design_changes.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on November 01, 2008, 02:38:18 AM
Microsoft Parks Im a PC Booth Outside Apple Store (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/10/31/microsoft_parks_im_a_pc_recording_booth_outside_apple_store.html)

All I can say is if they did that where I am, I know it would not be there long. I'd bring a Sledge hammer to work  >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: alanrf on November 01, 2008, 07:32:43 AM
Remember the difficulties of the lady who went to her local Comcast store with a hammer in her hand (though in recent times my sympathies have been with her).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on November 01, 2008, 09:11:44 AM
Microsoft Parks Im a PC Booth Outside Apple Store (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/10/31/microsoft_parks_im_a_pc_recording_booth_outside_apple_store.html)

All I can say is if they did that where I am, I know it would not be there long. I'd bring a Sledge hammer to work  >:( >:( >:( >:(

Probably just to remind people why they're going in.

Arf Arf.

</humour>
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 01, 2008, 03:11:17 PM
Microsoft Parks Im a PC Booth Outside Apple Store (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/10/31/microsoft_parks_im_a_pc_recording_booth_outside_apple_store.html)

All I can say is if they did that where I am, I know it would not be there long. I'd bring a Sledge hammer to work  >:( >:( >:( >:(

Which would come in handy for breaking rocks when you get sent down ;D if the booth is legally sited.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on November 02, 2008, 02:53:04 AM
Microsoft Parks Im a PC Booth Outside Apple Store (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/10/31/microsoft_parks_im_a_pc_recording_booth_outside_apple_store.html)

All I can say is if they did that where I am, I know it would not be there long. I'd bring a Sledge hammer to work  >:( >:( >:( >:(

Which would come in handy for breaking rocks when you get sent down ;D if the booth is legally sited.

It would be worth it ;D

Seriously I dont care what company it is, for the mall owners to permit such a thing is outrageous. In the malls around here the only things in the hallway like that are small food stands or like AT&T/Verizon/Sprint wireless kiosks (really how many different wireless kiosks do you need in one mall? good grief!).

Imagine Toyota setting up a booth in front of a Ford Dealership. Would not make the Ford employees happy either.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 02, 2008, 02:01:22 PM
Nothing stopping Apple putting a kiosk outside Microsoft shops, Oops they don't have any MS Retail outlets.

Well you could always have a mobile advertisement driving round the Redmond HQ, but somehow I doubt it would have the same effect.

Edit: They could always close the Apple store and deny the Mall operator the revenue ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 02, 2008, 02:34:56 PM
Quote
Seriously I dont care what company it is, for the mall owners to permit such a thing is outrageous.
Mac,
For the Mall owner, it's simply another source of income.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on November 02, 2008, 04:37:30 PM
Quote
Seriously I dont care what company it is, for the mall owners to permit such a thing is outrageous.
Mac,
For the Mall owner, it's simply another source of income.  :)

Well I rather like David's Idea of closing the Apple store and moving it to another location to deny the mall operator the revenue. Plenty of other places to build.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 02, 2008, 10:34:19 PM
That is an option although very expensive.
Hopefully there isn't a lease to contend with.  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 04, 2008, 01:03:45 AM
15 Hot New Technologies That Will Change Everything (http://www.pcworld.com/article/152683/article.html?tk=nl_wbxnws)

Very interesting but long article.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on November 04, 2008, 04:12:33 AM
15 Hot New Technologies That Will Change Everything (http://www.pcworld.com/article/152683/article.html?tk=nl_wbxnws)

Very interesting but long article.  :)
I really like the "Core Wars". With Intel going strong and with AMD getting its shot in the arm to get it back on track, the future looks good  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 06, 2008, 01:12:54 PM
FCC opens up wireless ‘white spaces;’ Assessing winners, losers and wild-cards (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=10688&tag=nl.e539)

The consumer will be one of the big winners when this all goes into effect due to all the increased competition.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 12, 2008, 11:36:54 PM
I have Windows 7 build 6801 set up on a test machine but is only good for 30 days since I'm not one of the chosen few.  ;D

Avast! is listed as the approved AV program in the security section

You'll find some pictures at:
http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Windows7Pictures.html (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Windows7Pictures.html)

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 14, 2008, 01:26:54 AM
(http://static1.mybloop.com/template/shared/images/v2/logo.gif)

What is MyBloop?
The site to upload and share files for free with infinite space.

How can I upload a file?
Go to the following website and sign up for Free Unlimited space. 
http://www.mybloop.com/register?src=hp-blue
 (http://www.mybloop.com/register?src=hp-blue)
I've opened my storage space. :)
http://www.mybloop.com/bob3160 (http://www.mybloop.com/bob3160)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on November 14, 2008, 11:44:25 AM
Be careful of what you download from MyBloop because malware purveyors love Free sites to deposit their excrement. 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 14, 2008, 03:46:51 PM
Be careful of what you download from MyBloop because malware purveyors love Free sites to deposit their excrement. 

This holds true for virtually any server. You should always know what your downloading and check your results carefully.

For those of us who post lots of pictures, etc. this gives us unlimited free storage.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 15, 2008, 10:52:29 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/officelive.png)

Microsoft Office Live Workspace Beta (http://workspace.officelive.com/) lets you save your Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint®, and Excel® documents to the Web,
access them from virtually anywhere, and share with others. It’s easy, and it’s free!
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 18, 2008, 03:42:01 PM
DpPhoto.com (http://www.dphoto.com/) now better than ever. 
The slide show feature found in the top toolbar on the right,
makes for a stunning display. :)

Quote
The DPHOTO Gallery has been refined even further, with a multitude of design and usability improvements
to make viewing your photos even faster, easier, and more enjoyable. The Gallery now features grid view
for viewing a whole album at once, scroll bars for quickly moving through large albums, image preloading
for noticeably faster loading of photos, larger thumbnails, extra customisation options and much, much more
Here's an example:
http://bob3160.dphoto.com/#/album/23306/photo/492366/ (http://bob3160.dphoto.com/#/album/23306/photo/492366/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 19, 2008, 03:21:42 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Windows%207/th_Windows7Desktop.png) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Windows%207/Windows7Desktop.png)
Click image for full size
A deep dive into Windows 7 (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=72573615-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 20, 2008, 12:34:58 PM
Fake Windows XP activation trojan goes 2.0 (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=72599894-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

This is a lesson in "how to activate an already activated XP and,
have your credit info stolen all in one swift move"  :(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 20, 2008, 02:26:53 PM
DpPhoto.com (http://www.dphoto.com/) now better than ever. 
The slide show feature found in the top toolbar on the right,
makes for a stunning display. :)

Quote
The DPHOTO Gallery has been refined even further, with a multitude of design and usability improvements
to make viewing your photos even faster, easier, and more enjoyable. The Gallery now features grid view
for viewing a whole album at once, scroll bars for quickly moving through large albums, image preloading
for noticeably faster loading of photos, larger thumbnails, extra customisation options and much, much more
Here's an example:
http://bob3160.dphoto.com/#/album/23306/photo/492366/ (http://bob3160.dphoto.com/#/album/23306/photo/492366/)
I've just received the following notice from dphoto.com :
Quote
"Prior to December 2007, DPHOTO offered a Free account without time restrictions.
However, due to the costs involved in the hosting, storage and backup of photos, we are no longer able to maintain these Free accounts.
We have now placed an expiry date on all Free accounts, including yours. Removing Free accounts will enable us to provide an even faster,
higher quality service to our Lite and Pro account holders"

Your DPHOTO account will expire in 30 days, on December 20, 2008

I've sent them the following reply:

Quote
From bob3160 to support

Sounds like the usual "Bait and Switch" to me.
Offer something free just to get a data base of potential customers later
once the carrot is withdrawn.

There are enough FREE paces left on the net to not have to fall for this.
I'll be sure to inform all of my followers to move their stored photos to one of
the Free sites.

Sincerely,
bob3160

P.S.
A simple Google search will reveal a fairly substantial following.


Unfortunately, we can expect more of these types of cancellations due to the changing economy.
Since there are still many free places to store and share your pictures, I suggest that you simple move what you
currently have stored at dpphoto to either Google or Photobucket or any of the other services.


Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 22, 2008, 03:08:03 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/WhoIs.png) (http://www.letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=who+is+bob3160)
Click on the picture for a demonstration.

Let me Google that for you (http://www.letmegooglethatforyou.com/)   
When you enter this Web site you can type whatever question you wish into the search box
then click search. What this will do is give you a link that, when clicked, will play a short
animation of a cursor on a Google page moving to the search box then typing out whatever question
you typed before redirecting to an actual Google search of that question.
You send this link to whoever asked the question.

This is very useful for many of the questions we are asked on this forum. :)
There is nothing smarter than using smart tools.  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 22, 2008, 04:28:04 PM
You want to have a word with WOT.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on November 23, 2008, 12:09:50 AM
I share my pictures with my daughter on Facebook.   
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 24, 2008, 11:02:05 PM
Mac OS X targeted by Trojan and backdoor tool (http://news.zdnet.com/2424-9595_22-251586.html?tag=nl.e550)

The price of fame.  :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on November 25, 2008, 02:48:29 AM
Judge orders Ballmer to testify in 'Vista capable' case (http://www.macworld.com/article/137049/2008/11/ballmer_vista.html)

The Price of Being Microsoft

Mac OS X targeted by Trojan and backdoor tool (http://news.zdnet.com/2424-9595_22-251586.html?tag=nl.e550)

The price of fame.  :'(

Hmm ZDNet as always blowing things out of proportion. These are variants on a previous trojan that got lots of media attention but never materialized into anything.

Malware for windows - Hundreds of thousands
Malware for Mac OS X - less than 50

By the way look at how many pieces of malware for windows were added to avast's Database this past Saturday (11/22/08). Its more added in one day than exist in total on the Mac :o
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 25, 2008, 03:00:17 AM
I hold no candle for Microsoft, but I can't see the problem here a computer that is said to be Vista capable and is capable of running Vista Basic, is per say capable of running Vista.

I don't think that there have been many sales of Vista that haven't been pre-installed on new systems. My new system came with one Sticker on it, that of my Windows XP Professional Certificate of Authenticity and is well capable of running Vista, but no thanks ;D

What I'm getting at is it is the System Manufactures that are putting the Vista Capable stickers on 'their' systems and not MS. They aren't stupid, they know the system requirements for Vista all bells and whistles editions ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on November 25, 2008, 03:06:27 AM
I hold no candle for Microsoft, but I can't see the problem here a computer that is said to be Vista capable and is capable of running Vista Basic, is per say capable of running Vista.

I don't think that there have been many sales of Vista that haven't been pre-installed on new systems. My new system came with one Sticker on it, that of my Windows XP Professional Certificate of Authenticity and is well capable of running Vista, but no thanks ;D

What I'm getting at is it is the System Manufactures that are putting the Vista Capable stickers on 'their' systems and not MS. They aren't stupid, they know the system requirements for Vista all bells and whistles editions ???

However when a machine mets the requirements for Mac OS X or Linux it will run the bells and whistles edition. When Apple Says a machine will run OS 10.5 they mean it will run it all and it will run it well. The machines labeled Vista Capable would only run a stripped down version of the OS and in some cases did not even run that very well due to lack of RAM. So indeed their is a lawsuit against them.

As far as it being the PC makers who are putting the sticker on, well MS should have monitored that better. Thats one advantage of the hardware and OS being made by one company, when Apple says it will run that version of the OS you know it will. The hardware vendors are at fault too but since its MS OS they should have been watching what got that sticker.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on November 25, 2008, 03:27:01 AM
Unlike the Mac there is more than one manufacturer :P and they aren't employed by MS so exercising control over say Dell by MS, somehow I don't think Mr Dell would be to impressed at that suggestion.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Go Pack Go on November 25, 2008, 04:35:19 AM

I don't think that there have been many sales of Vista that haven't been pre-installed on new systems.

I only use the OS that my systems come with, with the recent exception of dual booting with Ubuntu recently  ;D.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Darth.Mikey on November 27, 2008, 04:45:22 PM
Thanksgiving - Free Software We're Most Thankful For

The 46 Free Desktop Software Applications, Webapps, and Projects We're Most Thankful For.

http://lifehacker.com/5098944/free-software-were-most-thankful-for (http://lifehacker.com/5098944/free-software-were-most-thankful-for)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on November 29, 2008, 05:35:42 PM
Not quite Google
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/allmyFaves.jpg)
Quick links to almost everything
http://www.allmyfaves.com/ (http://www.allmyfaves.com/)
or:
http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/AllMyFaves.url (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/AllMyFaves.url)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on November 29, 2008, 05:45:44 PM
Thanksgiving - Free Software We're Most Thankful For

The 46 Free Desktop Software Applications, Webapps, and Projects We're Most Thankful For.

http://lifehacker.com/5098944/free-software-were-most-thankful-for (http://lifehacker.com/5098944/free-software-were-most-thankful-for)

I guess I'm not very thankful as I only use #8, #10, #13, #32 and #34

They don't mention Windows Defender nor WinPatrol
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on November 29, 2008, 05:49:41 PM
Not quite Google
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/allmyFaves.jpg)
Quick links to almost everything
http://www.allmyfaves.com/ (http://www.allmyfaves.com/)
or:
http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/AllMyFaves.url (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/AllMyFaves.url)

Its very US centric as it does not list Canadian Cellular Telus and Fido
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 01, 2008, 11:43:12 PM
Before You Connect a New Computer to the Internet (http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/before_you_plug_in.html)
Interesting read. What are your thoughts ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on December 01, 2008, 11:49:13 PM
I think it is interesting that the link points back to this topic, in the form of a post reply to this topic ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 02, 2008, 01:49:24 AM
I think it is interesting that the link points back to this topic, in the form of a post reply to this topic ;D
Thanks for pointing this out to me. It's been fixed.
One of the problems with using FF and the fact that I still can't get it to focus on the current tab.
One of the reasons I mainly now use SRWare Iron.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on December 02, 2008, 02:54:20 AM
Before You Connect a New Computer to the Internet (http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/before_you_plug_in.html)
Interesting read. What are your thoughts ???

From my first brief scan of it too long winded,  and boring I almost fell asleep.

My that really was hard work, I just couldn't get into the reams of text, so I fear it would be less than helpful for your average user.

Back for another crack at it - It doesn't mention an anti-virus until you get to part III if a user hasn't fallen asleep by then, they are likely to have already been infected ;D

Its weakness it the information is on-line talking about what to do before you go on-line. So I think you can guess I don't think much of it.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 02, 2008, 03:21:59 AM
Before I Would Connect a New Computer to the Internet I would download avast! (http://www.filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/), ZoneAlarm (http://www.filehippo.com/download_zonealarm_free/), Opera (http://www.filehippo.com/download_opera/) & WinPatrol (http://www.filehippo.com/download_winpatrol/) onto a USB flash drive with my old computer.  2. Clean off any av preloaded on the new machine. 3. Load my above security set up onto the new 'puter.  4. Set up OpenDNS (http://www.opendns.com/).

While the newly downloaded avast! set up doesn't have the latest data base, it is sure better than plugging in the machine without it! ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on December 02, 2008, 03:05:22 PM
That is the problem if it were a users first computer, you have to connect to get all this stuff. So the Before you would connect, is a bit of chicken and egg scenario as I outlined in my previous post ;D

There will always be that danger point of a new computer user going on-line with their trousers round their ankles.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on December 05, 2008, 08:45:06 PM
http://www.fcleaner.com/
http://www.fcleaner.com/tour.htm
FCleaner is a freeware all-in-one Windows cleaning and optimization tool. It removes unused files that are eating up your disk space and slowing your system down, tweaks your system and allows your Windows to run faster. FCleaner can also protect your privacy such as Internet History, the Cookies that websites leave behind. You can erase all the traces of your online activities in just one click with the help of FCleaner. NO Experience Or Computer Skills Necessary! FCleaner is free, but it does not contain any Spyware or Adware
anyone use this or know of this
i just use Ccleaner.......
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on December 05, 2008, 11:37:00 PM
The public Betas of the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Server 2008 have been released!

32bit-Version (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DCA54ECC-362A-4B4D-B62B-22780E839A7E&displaylang=en)
64bit Version (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=361D0CA3-4B2C-4F1C-8B3E-DE376FDB1DE8&displaylang=en)

the beta has to be uninstalled manually before you can install the final release...

EDIT: i tested it and it seems to be stable... no problems up do now - and like expected avast! works perfectly with it  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 08, 2008, 02:38:28 PM
Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) is set to be released as a public beta version Thursday.
Here are some 6 Things You Need to Know (http://www.pcworld.com/article/154912/vista_sp2_six_things_you_need_to_know.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Darth.Mikey on December 08, 2008, 04:15:06 PM
Been testing it fow a few days now and it works well on my system. Only issue i had was my shortcut icons got messed up somehow but it was an easy fix but other than that everything works just fine.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 08, 2008, 04:36:08 PM
The public Betas of the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Server 2008 have been released!

32bit-Version (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DCA54ECC-362A-4B4D-B62B-22780E839A7E&displaylang=en)
64bit Version (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=361D0CA3-4B2C-4F1C-8B3E-DE376FDB1DE8&displaylang=en)

the beta has to be uninstalled manually before you can install the final release...

EDIT: i tested it and it seems to be stable... no problems up do now - and like expected avast! works perfectly with it  :)

Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) is set to be released as a public beta version Thursday.
Here are some 6 Things You Need to Know (http://www.pcworld.com/article/154912/vista_sp2_six_things_you_need_to_know.html)
Good news Mike.
I'm about to install the 32 bit version on one of my systems.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Darth.Mikey on December 08, 2008, 05:18:06 PM
Running it on 64 bit Vista Bob and as i said works great. ;)

One very important thing they should have mentioned in the article ...

I wouldn't run the Service Pack cleanup tool(compcln.exe) just yet, since it get's rid of the old sp1 system files that were backed up during the install there will be no way to uninstall this beta which is something that you will need to do when the final version get's released. Just a word of caution. ;)

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on December 08, 2008, 07:24:05 PM
Microsoft Readies Eight New Security Patches

Two of the eight updates will patch Windows, another two are aimed at Office, while the remaining four target Internet Explorer (IE), SharePoint, Windows Media Player, and Visual Basic and Visual Studio,

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/155083/microsoft_readies_eight_new_security_patches.html?tk=nl_wvxbiz
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on December 08, 2008, 07:47:43 PM
I don't know why Microsoft is calling the Service Pack cleanup tool a new feature in sp2, It, (or something like it) is in sp1. To run the clean up tool, open an elevated command prompt and type vsp1cln.exe.  This gets rid of the files that sp1 backed up during the install and sp1 can no longer be uninstalled.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 08, 2008, 10:10:49 PM
I don't know why Microsoft is calling the Service Pack cleanup tool a new feature in sp2, It, (or something like it) is in sp1. To run the clean up tool, open an elevated command prompt and type vsp1cln.exe.  This gets rid of the files that sp1 backed up during the install and sp1 can no longer be uninstalled.
As Mikey already mentioned, you'll need these files from SP1 to restore your system once the final release of SP2 comes out.
If you remove these files now, you'll need to do a complete re-install of Vista once the final version of SP2 comes out.

IMHO, unless you have Vista installed on a test computer or, as a virtual system, installing SP2 at this point is useless since it
will need to be un-installed and, you'll loose all programs and/or updates to programs before you can install the final release of SP2.
This is one beta you need to be careful of before you decide to install it on your regular system regardless of how we'll the beta behaves.













Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on December 09, 2008, 12:15:14 AM
OK, Now I've seen everything:

Norton AntiVirus Gaming Edition

http://www.symantec.com/norton/antivirus-gaming/welcome/index.jsp?inid=us_ghp_hero4_navgaming2009

They can't be serious, Can They??  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on December 09, 2008, 01:10:54 AM
OK, Now I've seen everything:

Norton AntiVirus Gaming Edition

http://www.symantec.com/norton/antivirus-gaming/welcome/index.jsp?inid=us_ghp_hero4_navgaming2009

They can't be serious, Can They??  ???
No they can't... this is the ad message for this edition ;D
Winning Protection that won’t slow you down
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 11, 2008, 01:27:45 PM
Windows 7 build 6956 - Aero Snap (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-12554_22-254720.html?tag=nl.e539)

I have it up and running on my test system.
It's a vast improvement over the last build.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on December 11, 2008, 09:12:12 PM
FTC, Court Halt 'scareware' Advertising Operations

At the request of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has ordered two companies marketing supposed computer security products online to stop their efforts.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/155275/article.html?tk=nl_dnxnws

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 12, 2008, 04:18:46 AM
Nice article Marc.  There are a "few" others that need the same type of treatment.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 13, 2008, 12:27:41 AM
Windows 7 build 6956 performance test (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=3182&tag=nl.e539)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 13, 2008, 12:31:12 AM
Apple's 3D OS X interface unveiled (http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=628)

Guess that means Windows 7 wouldn't be an Apple look alike any more.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 13, 2008, 02:34:14 AM
Apple's 3D OS X interface unveiled (http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=628)

Guess that means Windows 7 wouldn't be an Apple look alike any more.  ;D

It will not be in the soon to be released "Snow Leopard" (10.6) release, Snow leopard focuses on performance and better use of Multi-core systems as well as making full use of the GPU. Apple often patents their ideas well in advance of any product release, so it could still be a few years before we see this.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: hilda4jc on December 14, 2008, 04:50:36 PM
Sirs or Mams... I have been having problems with animated graphics on web sites... anything to do with animation... they will not show and saves as bitmaps... this has been un-acceptable and I am trying to find the problem... I uninstalled my avast home and now I cannot reinstall it  nor any other antivirus program.. Can you email me an answer on how to totally uninstall avast... totally... completely... and see if this is the problem... I am awaiting your answer... Please and thank you in advance... hilda4jc
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on December 14, 2008, 05:57:01 PM
Please start a New Topic of your own as this seems unrelated to the original subject and will just confuse the topic and we will try to help.  - Go to this link, http://forum.avast.com/index.php (http://forum.avast.com/index.php), scroll down to the avast! 4 Home/pro forum and click it, click the New Topic button at the top of the list and post there.

The default setting on the forums is to email the member when replies are received in topics they either created or contributed to.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 15, 2008, 02:11:15 PM
Browser Bug Report: Chrome Buggier Than Firefox or IE (http://www.pcworld.com/article/155292/article.html?tk=nl_wbxblg)
Quote
Browser Breakdown

So here's the breakdown, browser-by-browser:

• Internet Explorer 8 beta 2: 168 bugs identified

• Firefox 3.1 beta 1: 207 bugs identified

• Chrome 0.3.154.9: 297 bugs identified

Choose your flawed perfection.   :(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on December 15, 2008, 05:46:31 PM
Browser Bug Report: Chrome Buggier Than Firefox or IE (http://www.pcworld.com/article/155292/article.html?tk=nl_wbxblg)
Quote
Browser Breakdown

So here's the breakdown, browser-by-browser:

• Internet Explorer 8 beta 2: 168 bugs identified

• Firefox 3.1 beta 1: 207 bugs identified

• Chrome 0.3.154.9: 297 bugs identified

Choose your flawed perfection.   :(

wow, very interesting - thanks for posting bob!
now does that mean IE is savier than FF ???  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 15, 2008, 06:21:58 PM
None of them are "SAFE" not even the one I'm using.
If you want to go on the net, you'll just have to take your chances.  :)  :o
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 15, 2008, 06:24:48 PM
I dont put much weight in that test. I mean they tested for the number of bugs in the BETA versions. Its called beta because it has bugs. It would have been more accurate to test the latest stable releases.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Darth.Mikey on December 15, 2008, 06:49:23 PM
I dont put much weight in that test. I mean they tested for the number of bugs in the BETA versions. Its called beta because it has bugs. It would have been more accurate to test the latest stable releases.

+1

This doesn't tell you anything really ...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 15, 2008, 11:28:13 PM
Windows 7 build 6956 vs. Windows XP SP3 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=3187&tag=nl.e550)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 15, 2008, 11:44:01 PM
Windows 7 build 6956 vs. Windows XP SP3 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=3187&tag=nl.e550)

This will encourage XP users to hold out for Windows 7.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on December 15, 2008, 11:55:12 PM
It really won't make much difference if the reason for those holding out is they don't have the hardware to have already upgraded to Vista, they would have the same problem with Windows 7 as the spec is effectively the same as Vista. MS have said that those on Vista will be able to run Windows 7 on the same hardware without a need to upgrade it.

There wasn't a huge difference in the results anyway, if you look at the actual figures in the graph axis, rather than the Bars which accentuate what is most cases is a small difference. If the scale was smaller it wouldn't look so dramatic.

What are a few seconds in the boot times, given a few months and a dozen installations, etc. no one will get those figures anyway.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 16, 2008, 03:59:57 AM
F-Secure End of Year Security Wrap-up 2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfy7XmkHGGA)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 16, 2008, 02:26:00 PM
Interesting video. Thanks Mac  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 18, 2008, 04:31:07 AM
Here's something I just received from Joost.

Quote
In October, we introduced our new website – Joost.com. With our new website, you're able to watch all of our videos –
TV shows, music videos, and films – right in your web browser.
At this point, we have decided to discontinue our original Joost software application. As of Friday, Dec. 19th, you will no longer be able to watch
videos in the Joost software application – but you will be able to find all of our videos, and more, on Joost.com.
Log on to Joost.com today for a complete online video experience!
Your friends at Joost
If you have Joost software installed on your computer, as I did,  it's time to remove it.  :)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/Joost.png)
lhttp://www.joost.com/ (http://lhttp://www.joost.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on December 18, 2008, 07:49:04 AM
Interesting video. Thanks Mac  :)

He puts out good videos:
E:VOLUTION http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyJ4KM_bv84
Targeted Attacks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFw9ZHy0V3c
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on December 18, 2008, 08:02:59 AM
Here's something I just received from Joost.

Quote
In October, we introduced our new website – Joost.com. With our new website, you're able to watch all of our videos –
TV shows, music videos, and films – right in your web browser.
At this point, we have decided to discontinue our original Joost software application. As of Friday, Dec. 19th, you will no longer be able to watch
videos in the Joost software application – but you will be able to find all of our videos, and more, on Joost.com.
Log on to Joost.com today for a complete online video experience!
Your friends at Joost
If you have Joost software installed on your computer, as I did,  it's time to remove it.  :)

http://trc1.emv2.com/I?a=A9X7Cq28bt0q8WIQ8an9anvhSg (http://trc1.emv2.com/I?a=A9X7Cq28bt0q8WIQ8an9anvhSg)

Joost (IPA: /dʒuːst/, like "juiced") is a system for distributing recorded TV shows and other forms of video over the Web using peer-to-peer TV technology, created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis (founders of Skype and Kazaa).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joost

trc1.emv2.com is in my HOSTS file as a spam site.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 18, 2008, 04:04:13 PM
Quote
trc1.emv2.com is in my HOSTS file as a spam site.
Maybe it's time to change your host file.   ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on December 18, 2008, 07:42:56 PM
Quote
trc1.emv2.com is in my HOSTS file as a spam site.
Maybe it's time to change your host file.   ??? ??? ???

Maybe get McAfee SiteAdvisor to get it to change its rating as well?
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/emv2.com
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 18, 2008, 11:24:10 PM
Quote
trc1.emv2.com is in my HOSTS file as a spam site.
Maybe it's time to change your host file.   ??? ??? ???

Maybe get McAfee SiteAdvisor to get it to change its rating as well?
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/emv2.com
I posted the link back to Joost which was listed inside the email I received.
I subscribed to that email. It's not spam.
I've changed the link under the picture to go directly to Joost.com.

McAfee does give the site you quoted a GREEN check. 
Some personal reviews claim to have received spam.  I never have.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 20, 2008, 06:42:37 PM
Run Mac OS X on a PC
We show you how (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/20/macosx_on_a_pc/)

The error came from using an anonymous search engine. (http://blackboxsearch.com/index.php)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on December 20, 2008, 06:48:19 PM
Run Mac OS X on a PC
We show you how (http://blackboxsearch.com/open.php?engine=google&url=www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/08/msn_bans_scroogle/)

Are you sure about this link? ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 20, 2008, 07:01:24 PM
Run Mac OS X on a PC
We show you how (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/20/macosx_on_a_pc/)

The error came from using an anonymous search engine. (http://blackboxsearch.com/index.php)


The link (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/20/macosx_on_a_pc/) is fixed now.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 20, 2008, 07:10:44 PM
Run Mac OS X on a PC
We show you how (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/20/macosx_on_a_pc/)


This is actually old news.  :)
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=23604.msg194479#msg194479 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=23604.msg194479#msg194479)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 20, 2008, 09:33:23 PM
Rdmaloyjr, please refrain from posting pirated content on these forums. You can not run mac os x on a pc without a pirated and hacked/reverse-engineered copy of the OS.

Ive seen enough of this, im pretty sure ALWIL does not allow links to pirated materials on their site.


Quote
Download the Kalyway 10.5.2 ISO from your favorite torrent site and burn it on a DVD.

How can this not be pirating?

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 20, 2008, 11:24:05 PM
Mac
Your right, my thread doesn't discuss using pirated OS simply using OSX on a non "Mac" system.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 21, 2008, 02:48:52 AM
Rdmaloyjr, please refrain from posting pirated content on these forums. You can not run mac os x on a pc without a pirated and hacked/reverse-engineered copy of the OS.

Ive seen enough of this, im pretty sure ALWIL does not allow links to pirated materials on their site.


Quote
Download the Kalyway 10.5.2 ISO from your favorite torrent site and burn it on a DVD.

How can this not be pirating?

.: Mac :.,

Please get a grip on yourself! ::)

The title of this thread is "Interesting Software & System News", I only posted a link to a news article.  I'm on topic.  Take your sour grapes to The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/).

Please note the date of the article, October 2008.  It is now December 2008.  Old news.

You remind me of an ostrich with it's head in the ground.  If I didn't post this would it not of happened?  Read the thread Bob posted, people have run osx on pc's with Intel & AMD.  That thread said osx runs faster on pc's than Macs, probably because the stuff meant to keep it from running on pc's slow down Macs. 
I thought that Apple's motto is: THINK DIFFERENT !

Well, I strongly believe this is the right time to think different.

And Kyle... why are you worried so much dude ? Such a good technician as yourself will never ever stay without a job. Selling OSX to PC users doesn't mean Apple is going down, it just means, Apple's market will even grow. Many Apple users will never ever switch to PC no matter what happens, but this would help a lot of people to check some other possibilities out there. I am sure this would just help Apple make even more money.

I believe that all this OSX to PC story is already so deep that's practically impossible to stop it at this point. It even runs faster on PCs than on Apple architecture. Take a look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvlvWL3B6qM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvlvWL3B6qM) (PC booting to OSX86 faster than OSX on a Mac)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2tAhXHPfBs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2tAhXHPfBs)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncLovswd6aE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncLovswd6aE) (I actually tried it on my laptop and it works flawlessly)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SpV0uHylN8&mode=related&search= (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SpV0uHylN8&mode=related&search=) (OSX86 10.4.6 on my machine again)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziKIq6Eulw0&mode=related&search= (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziKIq6Eulw0&mode=related&search=)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh5c6G1H4dE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh5c6G1H4dE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnUW88-aTSA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnUW88-aTSA)

And who said just Intel is capable of running OSX ? Well, he is wrong:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YWAP-zPMcE&mode=related&search= (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YWAP-zPMcE&mode=related&search=)

Few OSX86 resources:

http://www.osx86project.org (http://www.osx86project.org)
http://www.nedprod.com/Niall_stuff/MacOS%20X/index.html (http://www.nedprod.com/Niall_stuff/MacOS%20X/index.html)

Yeah i even noticed some people are running pirated OSX on AMD processors. So much for "incompatibility" ...

Bob's thread mentions hacking to get osx working on pc's.  Give me a break. ::)

I suppose if they hack the check for the TMP chip (not sure if TMP is correct but the chip OSX looks for to find an apple system), then in theory if you remove that check it should install (or hack it to return True). Or is that to simplistic.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 21, 2008, 03:53:22 AM
Bob did not link to a article that instructs users to download a copy of the OS X install DVD from "your favorite torrent website", He simply brought up that it was possible to run OS X on a non-apple system. We may have had our quibbles over the whole Mac OS on PC hardware here before but you are the first linking to a article that says to torrent the Install DVD!
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 21, 2008, 04:12:09 AM
Bob did not link to a article that instructs users to download a copy of the OS X install DVD from "your favorite torrent website", He simply brought up that it was possible to run OS X on a non-apple system. We may have had our quibbles over the whole Mac OS on PC hardware here before but you are the first linking to a article that says to torrent the Install DVD!

Take your sour grapes to The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/20/macosx_on_a_pc/).  Am I the only one that read that article?  Do you always shoot the messenger?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 21, 2008, 04:20:18 AM
Bob did not link to a article that instructs users to download a copy of the OS X install DVD from "your favorite torrent website", He simply brought up that it was possible to run OS X on a non-apple system. We may have had our quibbles over the whole Mac OS on PC hardware here before but you are the first linking to a article that says to torrent the Install DVD!

Take your sour grapes to The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/20/macosx_on_a_pc/).  Am I the only one that read that article?  Do you always shoot the messenger?

I will take my gripes to the register, but I also think its inappropriate to post articles here (or anywhere else) that contain instructions for software piracy.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 21, 2008, 04:47:57 AM
There's a big difference between posting a link to a news article and posting a link to a covert hacking/software site.  If I didn't bring this article to anyones attention then how could you bring your gripes to The Register?  Do you not think that someone at Apple is not aware of this article?  It's been two months now.  How many do you suppose did this to run osx on a pc in the two months before I posted this link?

I guess Apple doesn't know people are using osx on pc's. ::)

You haven't addressed what I said about maybe the reason osx runs faster on pc's than Macs because the stuff that Apple uses to try to keep osx from running on pc's.  ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 21, 2008, 04:54:41 AM
This the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la.  ;)
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=40547.msg345429#msg345429 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=40547.msg345429#msg345429)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 21, 2008, 05:01:07 AM
There's a big difference between posting a link to a news article and posting a link to a covert hacking/software site.  If I didn't bring this article to anyones attention then how could you bring your gripes to The Register?  Do you not think that someone at Apple is not aware of this article?  It's been two months now.  How many do you suppose did this to run osx on a pc in the two months before I posted this link?

I guess Apple doesn't know people are using osx on pc's. ::)

You haven't addressed what I said about maybe the reason osx runs faster on pc's than Macs because the stuff that Apple uses to try to keep osx from running on pc's.  ???

Hmm if I recall correctly:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/136649-3/in_pictures_the_most_notable_notebooks_of_2007.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on December 21, 2008, 05:20:25 AM
There's a big difference between posting a link to a news article and posting a link to a covert hacking/software site.  If I didn't bring this article to anyones attention then how could you bring your gripes to The Register?  Do you not think that someone at Apple is not aware of this article?  It's been two months now.  How many do you suppose did this to run osx on a pc in the two months before I posted this link?

I guess Apple doesn't know people are using osx on pc's. ::)

You haven't addressed what I said about maybe the reason osx runs faster on pc's than Macs because the stuff that Apple uses to try to keep osx from running on pc's.  ???

Hmm if I recall correctly:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/136649-3/in_pictures_the_most_notable_notebooks_of_2007.html


Then Vista should be run on Macs & osx should be run on pc's.  ;D ;D ;D

I thought that Apple's motto is: THINK DIFFERENT !

Well, I strongly believe this is the right time to think different.

And Kyle... why are you worried so much dude ? Such a good technician as yourself will never ever stay without a job. Selling OSX to PC users doesn't mean Apple is going down, it just means, Apple's market will even grow. Many Apple users will never ever switch to PC no matter what happens, but this would help a lot of people to check some other possibilities out there. I am sure this would just help Apple make even more money.

I believe that all this OSX to PC story is already so deep that's practically impossible to stop it at this point. It even runs faster on PCs than on Apple architecture. Take a look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvlvWL3B6qM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvlvWL3B6qM) (PC booting to OSX86 faster than OSX on a Mac)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2tAhXHPfBs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2tAhXHPfBs)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncLovswd6aE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncLovswd6aE) (I actually tried it on my laptop and it works flawlessly)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SpV0uHylN8&mode=related&search= (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SpV0uHylN8&mode=related&search=) (OSX86 10.4.6 on my machine again)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziKIq6Eulw0&mode=related&search= (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziKIq6Eulw0&mode=related&search=)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh5c6G1H4dE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh5c6G1H4dE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnUW88-aTSA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnUW88-aTSA)

And who said just Intel is capable of running OSX ? Well, he is wrong:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YWAP-zPMcE&mode=related&search= (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YWAP-zPMcE&mode=related&search=)

Few OSX86 resources:

http://www.osx86project.org (http://www.osx86project.org)
http://www.nedprod.com/Niall_stuff/MacOS%20X/index.html (http://www.nedprod.com/Niall_stuff/MacOS%20X/index.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Darth.Mikey on December 21, 2008, 07:48:55 AM
Just out of curiosity i went ahead and installed the latest pirated copy of OSX on my machine. Works quite well on my Core 2 Duo actually, except i realized i don't really need it as there's nothing in there that i cannot already do with my Vista or Ubuntu. Off of my machine for good and even if Apple would start selling the OS for pc's i wouldn't buy it for sure. I prefer linux for general usage and Vista for gaming and running those few professional programs that i use(Adobe) thank you. Though i wonder with the financial crisis these days and mac sales going down if Apple will change their minds on only providing OSX on Apple hardware ? And if they do start selling it who is gonna buy it ? It's not like it's a perfect OS where nothing ever goes wrong and everything just magically works ...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on December 21, 2008, 08:18:59 AM
Maybe Apple need to hand out a few Belgian truffles around here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/16/truffles_make_you_want_macs/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 21, 2008, 02:08:19 PM
Quote
Though i wonder with the financial crisis these days and mac sales going down if Apple will change their minds on only providing OSX on Apple hardware ?
This is something I had talked about quite some time back. I guess only time will tell.
Hurry up Apple, I'm getting older.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on December 21, 2008, 02:56:05 PM
Quote
I'm getting older
Gee Bob...how OLD is that ::) ;D
(http://i39.tinypic.com/30tgqcz.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 21, 2008, 09:53:12 PM
Quote
Though i wonder with the financial crisis these days and mac sales going down if Apple will change their minds on only providing OSX on Apple hardware ?
This is something I had talked about quite some time back. I guess only time will tell.
Hurry up Apple, I'm getting older.  ;D ;D

Seeing as how every quarter for about a year now has had record breaking mac sales, you wont see them change their mind on locking the OS to the Hardware.


In Fact just the opposite is happening now, they are spending money to make sure it stays only on Apple Hardware (Lawsuits on companies like Psystar)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on December 31, 2008, 12:51:50 AM
Tabbed Browsing
One of the nicest things about tabbed browsing is the ability to open
 
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/PadoraEddyArnold.png) (http://broadcaster.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=900851&l=38028&ctl=1691FDC:C77675BAEA81A23BA04B27C98CA48DBB050542759970026E&&tc=e-001425-0035-1137&sc=sh79531567283830433)
                     (click picture to start playing music)

in one tab and then do the rest of your browsing in other tabbs.
This lets you listen to your favorite music and help some one on the forum all at the same time. :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on December 31, 2008, 06:47:56 PM
Ever since I stopped listening to country music
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 31, 2008, 08:31:39 PM
Lots of Microsoft Zune owners are experiencing freezing issues (http://www.macworld.com/article/137838/2008/12/zunes_dying.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 01, 2009, 09:28:43 PM
More on the Zune Leap Year Bug (http://www.macworld.com/article/137846/2009/01/zunebug.html)

Im surprised more devices don't get thrown off because of leap year.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: C4Monk on January 02, 2009, 01:45:40 AM
Tried to get to the link but got this both in FF and IE7

You may not be able to visit this page because of:

an out-of-date bookmark/favourite
a search engine that has an out-of-date listing for this site
a mistyped address
you have no access to this page
The requested resource was not found.
An error has occurred while processing your request.
Please try one of the following pages:


Home Page

C4Monk
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 02, 2009, 02:16:16 AM
Tried to get to the link but got this both in FF and IE7

You may not be able to visit this page because of:

an out-of-date bookmark/favourite
a search engine that has an out-of-date listing for this site
a mistyped address
you have no access to this page
The requested resource was not found.
An error has occurred while processing your request.
Please try one of the following pages:


Home Page

C4Monk

Which Link?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 02, 2009, 03:36:33 AM
Not one of the recent ones. I just tried them.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 02, 2009, 02:03:13 PM
Prevent accidental or forced shutdown with Shutdown Guard
http://www.technospot.net/blogs/prevent-accidental-forced-shutdown/
It could be useful, also, to block update applications from shutting down though they are configurable not to prompt for next 4 hrs in Vista.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 02, 2009, 02:08:11 PM
Smart UAC - hxxp://www.replaceuac.com/
Seems a scumware... take care.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Darth.Mikey on January 02, 2009, 02:21:01 PM
Smart UAC - http://www.replaceuac.com/
Seems a good "replacement" for Norton UAC (NUAC)...
I can't discover, but seems free.

I'm staying the hell away from this one ...

http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/replaceuac.com

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1294291&postcount=14
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 02, 2009, 06:02:48 PM
Tech,
The product put out by Symantec happens to be fairly good even if you don't like Symantec.  ;D
The one you want to use as a replacement on the other hand isn't something I would mess with.  :(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 02, 2009, 08:41:59 PM
The product put out by Symantec happens to be fairly good even if you don't like Symantec.  ;D
If if if... Symantec :P
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 04, 2009, 09:15:16 PM
http://www.askvg.com/get-windows-7-aero-peek-feature-in-windows-xp-and-vista/
Now you can enjoy the same feature in Windows XP and Vista.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 05, 2009, 03:32:45 AM
http://www.askvg.com/get-windows-7-aero-peek-feature-in-windows-xp-and-vista/
Now you can enjoy the same feature in Windows XP and Vista.
Have you tried it ???  Can you get it to work on XP ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 06, 2009, 04:54:56 PM
Animoto iPhone App (http://iphone.animoto.com)
Create Animoto video shorts on-the-go with our new, free iPhone app.
Just snap photos and use the app to turn them into vids right there on your phone.
Birthdays, nights out in the city, your irresistible new puppy, at a restaurant with friends…
anything you have/take pics of! (Btw--works for iPod Touch, too.)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 07, 2009, 04:27:19 AM
iTunes goes DRM-Free (http://www.macworld.com/article/137946/2009/01/itunestore.html)

The biggest complaint by far with iTunes is that the songs you buy are protected with Apple's FairPlay DRM, preventing them from working on other MP3 players and other software. Now all iTunes songs will be DRM-Free by the end of March and you can easily re-download all you existing music in the DRM-Free format.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 11, 2009, 03:07:56 AM
Windows 7 Beta ISO links and keys

Here's the 32 bit English keys:

4HJRK-X6Q28-HWRFY-WDYHJ-K8HDH

QXV7B-K78W2-QGPR6-9FWH9-KGMM7

TQ32R-WFBDM-GFHD2-QGVMH-3P9GC

6JKV2-QPB8H-RQ893-FW7TM-PBJ73

GG4MQ-MGK72-HVXFW-KHCRF-KW6KY


And the 64 bit English keys:


482XP-6J9WR-4JXT3-VBPP6-FQF4M

JYDV8-H8VXG-74RPT-6BJPB-X42V4

RFFTV-J6K7W-MHBQJ-XYMMJ-Q8DCH

7XRCQ-RPY28-YY9P8-R6HD8-84GH3

D9RHV-JG8XC-C77H2-3YF6D-RYRJ9


32 bit Windows 7 Beta ISO download link:


http://wb.dlservice.microsoft.com/download...LFRE_EN_DVD.iso (http://wb.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/6/3/3/633118BD-6C3D-45A4-B985-F0FDFFE1B021/EN/7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD.iso)


64 bit Windows 7 Beta ISO download link:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/3...XFRE_EN_DVD.ISO (http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/3/3/633118BD-6C3D-45A4-B985-F0FDFFE1B021/EN/7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO)

Enjoy :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 11, 2009, 03:29:51 AM
Bob are the system requirements the same as Vista?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on January 11, 2009, 02:48:46 PM
Bob are the system requirements the same as Vista?

i don't know whats offically said but I'd say the system requirements are under that ones from vista...  :)
(or the same)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 11, 2009, 03:10:39 PM
Bob are the system requirements the same as Vista?
Mac,
The graphic requirements have been downgraded from the Vista Ultimate version.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 11, 2009, 03:44:41 PM
Bob are the system requirements the same as Vista?

The talk coming out of the PR/Marketing side of MS, they are saying if you can run Vista then you should be able to run windows 7 on the same hardware.

I think they learnt a heavy and expensive lesson on the heavy hardware upgrade hit on Vista.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 11, 2009, 06:26:09 PM
They are saying if you can run Vista then you should be able to run windows 7 on the same hardware.
Very good to know...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 11, 2009, 07:18:01 PM
I think MS got badly burned with the jump in system spec to move from XP to Vista. Not to mention the current ongoing fiasco about MS and the Vista Capable stickers on new systems, that could cost them a lot in court. I'm sure many more would probably have upgraded if it effectively meant they would have to get a new system or it required a major system upgrade too.

That extra cost made it too much for many people and they would wait until they were going to upgrade or buy a new system...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 11, 2009, 09:12:12 PM
Quote
That extra cost made it too much for many people and they would wait until they were going to upgrade or buy a new system...
Still a heck of a lot less expensive than switching to a Mac.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 11, 2009, 09:58:43 PM
Quote
That extra cost made it too much for many people and they would wait until they were going to upgrade or buy a new system...
Still a heck of a lot less expensive than switching to a Mac.  ;D

Probably by a long way ;D

Over to you Mac ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Gene J on January 12, 2009, 03:01:54 AM
I installed Win7 on an older P4 system that would not run Vista. Win7 Beta set up and ran flawlessly. I think they have a winner here. It seems like an upgrade of WinXP rather than an upgrade of Vista. it took several attempts to get the 2.44GB file downloaded (server problems), but it installed easily and is so far not problematic at all.

CCleaner doesn't install to the recycle bin, but works fine from the desktop shortcut. I would suggest using administrator rights when installing all programs to get full functions. Avast installed fine and works as great as always.

I guess I won't have to get that Mac after all.......lol.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 12, 2009, 06:20:13 AM
 ::) Not going through the Price war again.  :P
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on January 12, 2009, 02:10:13 PM
Hi Mac :)
click on pic to enlarge ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 16, 2009, 02:34:02 AM
Intel's Net Profit drops 90 percent (http://www.macworld.com/article/138259/2009/01/intel_profit.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 16, 2009, 04:31:43 PM
Glims for safari (http://www.machangout.com/)
Glims adds a cocktail of features to Safari (Tabs, Thumbnails, Full Screen, Search Engines, Search Suggestions,
Forms autocomplete on, Dated download folders, Type Ahead ...)
 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 16, 2009, 05:51:59 PM
TOONEL.NET   
toonel.net is an experiment in a technique for conserving network bandwidth.
If you are paying a fee based on the amount of data you transfer (e.g. 3G/GPRS/DSL/CDMA) and have monthly download limit,
or if you have narrowband connection (e.g. dialup modem) then you are most likely to appreciate the service toonel.net offers.
There are number of toonel.net client application packages. All solutions are 100% Java based and therefore this service can be used
on any platform with an installed Java Runtime Environment, including mobile phones

Information and description:
http://toonel.net/ (http://toonel.net/) 

Download link:
http://www.toonel.net/downloads.html (http://www.toonel.net/downloads.html)

This should help all of those on Dial-up like David.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 16, 2009, 07:49:28 PM
TOONEL.NET   
toonel.net is an experiment in a technique for conserving network bandwidth.
If you are paying a fee based on the amount of data you transfer (e.g. 3G/GPRS/DSL/CDMA) and have monthly download limit,
or if you have narrowband connection (e.g. dialup modem) then you are most likely to appreciate the service toonel.net offers.
There are number of toonel.net client application packages. All solutions are 100% Java based and therefore this service can be used
on any platform with an installed Java Runtime Environment, including mobile phones

Information and description:
http://toonel.net/ (http://toonel.net/) 

Download link:
http://www.toonel.net/downloads.html (http://www.toonel.net/downloads.html)

This should help all of those on Dial-up like David.  :)
Actually this could help everyone because soon all internet connections will have data transfer limits unless the Government steps in.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on January 16, 2009, 07:53:56 PM
Quote
Actually this could help everyone because soon all internet connections will have data transfer limits unless the Government steps in.
That would really mess thing up.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 16, 2009, 07:56:04 PM
I'm having a quick look at Toonel (interesting take on words, like a Geordie saying Tunnel), but it uses a proxy so you would also need to co-ordinate that with the web shield and since it also does email, perhaps we would have to do something with the internet mail provider.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 16, 2009, 08:25:06 PM
Information and description:
http://toonel.net/ (http://toonel.net/) 
I could not understand yet what does it do... how it works...?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 16, 2009, 08:44:31 PM
I still don't fully understand it, I thought that the downloaded toonel.jar would be an archive that you had to extract and install the program. But no it opens the program interface see image.

So it looks like it is a stand alone that you would have to run on boot, copy shortcut into startup folder, etc. you have to set your browser to use localhost 8080 and add 8080 to the web shield redirects and uncheck the Ignore local communication for it to work with the web shield.

http://www.toonel.net/support.html (http://www.toonel.net/support.html) or http://toonel.net/qa.html (http://toonel.net/qa.html) are more useful than the main page.

I'm trying to figure out how to get it to work with email and the internet provider, I haven't started on that aspect yet, just playing with the browser side for now.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: alanrf on January 16, 2009, 09:57:36 PM
Hmmm ... this is a program that has not been updated in three years.  I wonder what is the business model that allows it to run the servers needed by its users completely for free. 

It does mean that everything you do is going through their servers controlled by who knows.

It does not appear to be very different from any other of the "Web accelerators" previously encountered except that it requires you to set up the proxies manually rather than the transparent intercepts we have seen in other similar products.

In today's increasingly more graphic intense Web sites it would probably require that the optional degrading of non-compressible images be used (as in other Web accelerators) to obtain really good reduction in bandwidth consumption.  I look forward to David's findings. 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 16, 2009, 10:56:36 PM
Seems a hoax...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 16, 2009, 11:11:13 PM
@ Alan
There are settings under Web tab that allow you to degrade images by default there is no degradation. I have changed just changed the jpeg to 80% as the as they are by comparison bigger than gif images (which you will notice is what I post) and on-line there is negligible difference.

Whilst the seem to show better compression on outbound  (handy ion dial-up) and the inbound compression 5 shown appears reasonable the physical difference I'm seeing isn't huge, but so far that has been limited to the forums. So I wouldn't expect to see much change, but we will see over time.

Whilst it hasn't seen any update since Jan 2006, I guess it is one of those things that there isn't much to change once you have the compression algorithm and linkage to JAVA runtime there isn't much else to fiddle with as the above image shows (the GUI is sparse).

@ Tech
Would you care to expand, I see no sign that this is a hoax ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 16, 2009, 11:31:01 PM
David,
I was hoping this would catch your eye.
Thanks for taring into it.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 16, 2009, 11:59:01 PM
Who Needs Photoshop

photofunia.com (http://photofunia.com/)

Who needs Photoshop ???

This online site allows you to create some really neat effects.
You can even use it to create an Avatar.
I just created this small example of what can be done with this service:
Before
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/bob3160bald.jpg)
   
After
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/bob3160BaldSketched.jpg)   

Avatar
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/bob3160BaldAvatar.jpg)

Have Fun. :)

You can also use Photoshop -  ON LINE:
https://www.photoshop.com/express/landing.html (https://www.photoshop.com/express/landing.html)
Setting up a Free account is required and also includes 2 gig of free storage for your masterpieces.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 17, 2009, 12:10:29 AM
I'm looking at the email side of it now ant it is very basic almost like the changed needed with old OSes, changing the email account pop3/smtp server to 127.0.0.1, etc. and in this case setting the Toonel Mapping tab to the actual server address.

Now this I'm sure might mean an interaction with the internet mail provider I haven't tested that bit yet. The other thing is I don't think it can easily handle multiple email accounts on different servers. But there is an option there for new port mapping so I think it will work but everything is very basic.

I just checked my firewall logs to see what it gets up to and you can see that it uses the javaw.exe (sun java runtime) file and the servers it accesses are on serverloft.com
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 17, 2009, 12:43:48 AM
David,
Are you getting a noticeable benefit out of this program ?
Is it worth the extra work in order to gain the speed benefit this program is supposed to render ?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on January 17, 2009, 12:58:26 AM
Would you care to expand, I see no sign that this is a hoax ???

Hmmm ... this is a program that has not been updated in three years.

I wonder what is the business model that allows it to run the servers needed by its users completely for free. 

It does mean that everything you do is going through their servers controlled by who knows.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 17, 2009, 01:09:30 AM
David,
Are getting a noticeable benefit out of this program ?

It really is too early to say one way or the other. The one thing I have done is abandon the attempt to integrate it into email as with that proxy the web shield proxy changing the email account server to localhost, it just seems to be in a loop and nothing getting sent and there is no way I would disable avast email scanning just to get it to work.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 17, 2009, 01:11:27 AM
Quote
there is no way I would disable avast email scanning just to get it to work.
Fully agree.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 17, 2009, 01:26:24 AM
Would you care to expand, I see no sign that this is a hoax ???

Hmmm ... this is a program that has not been updated in three years.

So what, if it doesn't need to be updated is no indication that it is a hoax. http://www.tfd.com/hoax (http://www.tfd.com/hoax)

I wonder what is the business model that allows it to run the servers needed by its users completely for free. 

It does mean that everything you do is going through their servers controlled by who knows.

Again none of these points Alan mentions means it is a hoax, perhaps your choice of word is incorrect.

Business Model:
We don't know the business model of many applications that we use, e.g. you use Moxy for free I use photobucket and there are many others that we have an idea what their business model is, for most they are trying to do get you to buy the premium product. 

Whilst this is currently free there is a possibility that if they spend some time developing it (not once in a blue moon) into something more user friendly with a cuddly GUI, etc. then they could charge for the service and there is such a clause in their terms of use had you read it, which I did before I used it.

That is also why I monitored my firewall logs to see what servers it used and did the usual google search on the domain name.

So other than Alan's comments you don't have any on why you feel it is a hoax.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: alanrf on January 17, 2009, 03:08:04 AM
Continuing the Toonel saga ...

Unable to resist a peek I downloaded it.   

It looks like it was someone's project that has not gone much further. That is not intended to be critical ... it does what it says.  However, as David reported, it does require the user to set up a separate definition and assign a unique localhost port for each email account's POP/IMAP/SMTP connection.  Most users are not going to understand this let alone the need to create manually a startup entry to run a .jar file.  It would also require corresponding modifications to the avast Internet Mail provider for those ports to get avast to scan the mail.  

Nevertheless, it does work and  I just used it as a simple little alternative to STunnel to get my GMail received in Thunderbird and scanned by avast along the way.   
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 17, 2009, 02:35:52 PM
I created the Toonel SMTP and POP3 entries in mapping, but left the port at 25 and 110 as they were set by default (which would mean avast would redirect).

I tried modifying the Internet Mail provider, basically in the same way as for the addition of another proxy, by unchecking the, Redirect, Ignore Local Communication option and having set up the Outlook Express account details Server to 127.0.0.1.

Whilst Toonel reported the SMTP and POP3 status as active and x number of open tunnels open, nothing ever came through the tunnels, everything just hung.

So I don't know if avast redirection on the standard ports is happening before toonel so nothing happens or if I should check the Ignore Local Communication, but that would defeat the object of as the toonel traffic wouldn't be scanned.

Since I normally pre scan my email on the server (mailwasher pro) and filter spam, etc. at source, very little actually gets downloaded to my system/inbox. So I didn't expend much time trying other options to get it to work.

As you say there are very few who would be prepared for this amount of manual setup to get it working and that is with the added complication of having other localhost proxies to co-ordinate with.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 22, 2009, 04:55:21 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/SumoPaint.png)

SumoPaint - This is an Online (FREE) Image Editing Website
http://www.sumopaint.com/beta/
Registration required.
Once registered, you can go to the following large and well laid out
editing website:
http://www.sumopaint.com/app/

There are more options here then you'll find in many dedicated and expensive
photo editing programs and, it's free. :)

Version 1.0 has just been released with even more features than before.
http://www.sumopaint.com/web/ (http://www.sumopaint.com/web/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 23, 2009, 10:38:26 PM
http://www.macworld.com/article/138412/2009/01/trojan.html

People should have enough sense not to pirate software. But it will always happen and therefore malware comes included.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 27, 2009, 09:56:25 PM
WD Introduces 2TB HDD (http://www.macworld.com/article/138462/2009/01/caviargreen.html)

2TB  on a single Hard Disk. The first computer I used didn't even have a hard disk (5 1/4 in Floppy :P)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on January 27, 2009, 10:19:30 PM
My first PC had 'twin' 51/4" floppies, real hot ;D

The first custom built PC had an HDD had 512MB and the guy said I would never fill that, well it took about a year and I was using on the fly compression software.

Now I have the smallest 8GB USB flash drive, well it was when I bought it last year.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 29, 2009, 03:48:48 AM
I just received the following from WinRar:
"Get JetDrive 2009 Defrag for FREE
JetDrive defragments your files which accelerates the read and write processes.
JetDrives brings your hard drives back to an optimal state. With JetDrive you may defragment your hard drives, single files or even your registry.
JetDrive really boosts your Windows system.
We have partnered with Abelssoft GmbH to bring you this outstanding defrag program for FREE. - Hurry, offer expires Feb. 9th.
Click here to receive your free and personal license now":
Code: [Select]
http://slickdeals.net/?sdtid=1157653&u2=http://www.AbelsSoft.net/winrar-license.php?em=xyzabc@gmail.com
Replacle xyzabc(@)gmail.com with an email where they would send you a serial.
I would not use my primary email.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 29, 2009, 04:26:34 AM
GLADINET (http://www.gladinet.com/p/index.htm)  helps you manage your online storage directly from your desktop.
You can mount network drives and access services like Picasa and ADrive directly from your desktop.
If you want to add to any of these services, you can just simply drag and drop into the folders,
like you would normally in My Documents.

Easy Access To Files
Use Web Applications Locally
Remote Access To Multiple PCs
On Demand Sharing With Friends
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on January 29, 2009, 11:22:28 PM
Google plugs ‘high-risk’ holes in Chrome browser (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2443)

You can download the latest version at:
http://www.google.com/chrome (http://www.google.com/chrome)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on January 30, 2009, 01:34:08 PM
Quote
Google plugs ‘high-risk’ holes in Chrome browser
What did they do Bob ???
Haven't tried Chrome yet because of the past issues with it ::)
And is the installer necessary to install Chrome or i meant is the installer installed also ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: polonus on January 30, 2009, 03:36:55 PM
Hi Dan,

A nice link about creating and remembering safe passwords: http://blog.sellsiusrealestate.com/password-tip/how-to-create-unique-passwords-you-will-never-forget/2007/05/05/

Damian

P.S. Be aware of the Password Snatchers
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on January 30, 2009, 06:04:14 PM
Thanks Damian for the info ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on January 30, 2009, 09:36:13 PM
Google Updates – GOOGLEUPDATE.EXE
Googleupdate.exe will appear in a folder called C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Update\1.0.69.0\ (number may vary). This file is the updater that installs with Google Gears. Google Gears is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using several JavaScript APIs. This file should not need to be left running all the time.
--from winpatrol plus--
i removed it from running in the background as it advise above
nice browser...and fast-but will manly use the fox ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: polonus on January 30, 2009, 10:00:53 PM
Hi Dan,

I use this browser for things that are not rendered as it should in fx,

Damian

I installed this ini file there in the main program file:
Code: [Select]
[Settings]
threshold=50
cutoff=75

[Inject]
function='AdWriter'
function='htmlAdWH'
function='urchinTracker'

# These are, more or less, false-positives that are caught below.
# Note the use of the "\b" word boundary regex.
[Group]
name="Positive karma, keywords"
score=-36
rule=$url=~'(downlo|uplo|thre|typep)ads?\b'
rule=$url=~'\bad(don|min)'
rule=$url=~'\bminify\.php\b'

# "Third party" hosts earn karma below.  These are hosts that
# are either unlikely to be malicious and/or critical to the
# functioning of common sites.
[Group]
name="Positive karma, hosts"
score=-36
rule=$url.host=~'static'
rule=$url.host=~'\.(aolcdn|files\.wordpress|gawker|yahooapis|yt?img)\.com$'
rule=$url.host=~'\.(akamai)\.net$'
rule=$origin=~'newegg.com/'

# Positive for flash, because blocking any part of a SWF
# makes the entire thing disappear.
[Group]
name="Positive karma, flash"
score=-75
rule=$origin.tag=='EMBED'
rule=$origin.tag=='OBJECT'

[Group]
name="Positive karma, google services"
match=all
score=-50
rule=$url.host$='.google.com'
rule=$url.path=~'/(account|adsense/login|jsapi|maps|uds)'

# The "third party" script in the RSS viewer tends to get blocked.
[Group]
name="Positive karma, browser chrome"
score=-1
rule=$url^='chrome://browser/'

# Now the "bad" scores start accumulating:

# Any third party resource earns some bad karma.  Not enough
# to get blocked, but enough to tip the scales.
[Group]
name="Third-party"
score=30
rule=$thirdParty==true

# Same goes for all javascript.  30+20 means all third party
# scripts are blocked, unless matched above by a "positive" rule.
# This blocks almost all trackers and ads.
[Group]
name="Scripts"
score=20
rule=$type==script

# Adding karma for iframes, as well as scripts, blocks almost
# all the rest of the ads.
[Group]
name="IFRAMEs"
score=40
rule=$origin.tag=='IFRAME'

# Now we start matching keywords, for things that haven't already
# been blocked.
[Group]
name="Keyword: ad"
score=35
rule=$url=~'\bad'
rule=$url=~'ad(s|vertising)?\b'

[Group]
name="Keyword: banner"
score=25
rule=$url=~'\bbanner'
rule=$url=~'banners?\b'

# Images earn just a smidgeon of negative karma.  They
# are sometimes used as the "lazy third party" transmission
# mechanism.
[Group]
name="Images"
score=10
rule=$type==image

# The longer the URL, the more likely it is transmitting all
# sorts of data.  Web trackers commonly do this.
[Group]
name="Long URLs"
score=10
rule=$url.path=~'.{125,}'

[Group]
name="Extra-long URLs"
score=10
rule=$url.path=~'.{275,}'

# Annoying images inserted into feeds.
[Group]
name="Feedburner/Wordpress cruft"
score=15
rule=$url.path=~'^/~./'
rule=$url^='http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/'

# Geocities ads.
[Group]
name="Misc"
score=30
rule=$url.path^='/js_source'
Save this as KarmaBlocker.ini in the same main folder where is the adblock.ini file situated,
Enjoy,

Damian
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 05, 2009, 11:57:10 PM
Microsoft Patch Tuesday heads-up (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2505&tag=nl.e589)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on February 06, 2009, 04:18:21 AM
Microsoft Patch Tuesday heads-up (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2505&tag=nl.e589)

A Birthday present for me  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on February 10, 2009, 03:26:08 AM
Mozilla to join EU suit against Microsoft (http://www.macworld.com/article/138707/2009/02/mozilla.html)

Its about time. Way to go Mozilla. :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on February 10, 2009, 03:54:43 AM
Mozilla to join EU suit against Microsoft (http://www.macworld.com/article/138707/2009/02/mozilla.html)

Its about time. Way to go Mozilla. :)

Quote
If the charges stick, then Microsoft could be forced to change the way it distributes IE, as well as pay a fine for monopoly abuse.

This suit should also apply to Apple!  Apple is guilty of monopoly abuse in the same way with it's OS.  Anyone wanting to use osx has to buy a Mac.  What's the difference between having IE forced on someone & having an over-priced Mac forced on people ???  If you want to use Windows, IE is imposed.  If you want to use osx, a Mac is imposed.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on February 10, 2009, 05:24:01 AM
Mozilla to join EU suit against Microsoft (http://www.macworld.com/article/138707/2009/02/mozilla.html)

Its about time. Way to go Mozilla. :)

Quote
If the charges stick, then Microsoft could be forced to change the way it distributes IE, as well as pay a fine for monopoly abuse.

This suit should also apply to Apple!  Apple is guilty of monopoly abuse in the same way with it's OS.  Anyone wanting to use osx has to buy a Mac.  What's the difference between having IE forced on someone & having an over-priced Mac forced on people ???  If you want to use Windows, IE is imposed.  If you want to use osx, a Mac is imposed.
Because what Microsoft is doing is illegal. Using its dominant position in the OS market to promote IE.

Apple is not imposing a Mac on anyone. The mac is a closed system much like most cell phones and home routers.  The OS is designed specifically for the mac and not for other computers, its not meant to be installed on anything but a Mac. Just like Linksys' software is meant to be only installed on linksys routers. Even though the Mac has most of the same hardware as PCs (Intel processor and chipset) and the Linksys has most of the same hardware as other home routers (broadcom based chipset) you are not allowed to put the linksys software on a netgear router and you are not allowed to put the Mac OS on a non apple computer. If you dont like the Mac hardware, buy a PC. If you dont like Linksys, buy Netgear/Belkin/Buffalo/etc.

When macs used PowerPC chips no one questioned this, now suddenly they use intel and people are crying foul.

Really we have been over this a hundred times. Get over it, Apple is not going to allow people to use OS X unless they buy their hardware.

I can't wait until they win the battle with Psystar and have legal precedence to back them up on this.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 10, 2009, 04:57:17 PM
Quote
When macs used PowerPC chips no one questioned this, now suddenly they use intel and people are crying foul.
It's amazing, when something is instigated agains MS, it's a big deal but when it's against Apple, their fan boys start to cry foul.
I bet that if it was Firefox that was integrated in Windows, Mozilla wouldn't utter a word.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on February 10, 2009, 05:03:12 PM
Quote
When macs used PowerPC chips no one questioned this, now suddenly they use intel and people are crying foul.
It's amazing, when something is instigated agains MS, it's a big deal but when it's against Apple, their fan boys start to cry foul.
I bet that if it was Firefox that was integrated in Windows, Mozilla wouldn't utter a word.  ;D
Us IE fanboys would kick up a fuss though.   ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on February 10, 2009, 06:15:01 PM
Quote
When macs used PowerPC chips no one questioned this, now suddenly they use intel and people are crying foul.
It's amazing, when something is instigated agains MS, it's a big deal but when it's against Apple, their fan boys start to cry foul.
I bet that if it was Firefox that was integrated in Windows, Mozilla wouldn't utter a word.  ;D

THere have been lots of lawsuits against apple that I thought were well founded. Like the class action lawsuit for the plastic discoloring on some First Generation MacBooks. Apple refused to repair the machine because it was a "Cosmetic Defect" so the owners sued and won.

There also have been some lawsuits against Microsoft that I thought were bull. Like the whole "Vista Ready" lawsuit. The machines sold as Vista ready will run Vista basic. If you don't like the performance then add memory and get over it.

But this griping over having to buy Apple hardware is nonsense.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on February 11, 2009, 05:37:30 PM
Avira is going to present its new Avira 9 on the CeBIT this year (beginning of march)

Actually there are some early Betas and some new features are included:
(I'm not going to post any links ;) )
- child safety
- support for IMAP
- configuration wizard
- HTTP upload out of the quarantine
- One-Click-Repair for the OnDemandScan
- Support for Netbooks with a resolution of 800x480

But there is more to come...
one thing i read that its going to have is HIPS

yours
onlysomeone
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 12, 2009, 04:07:49 AM
An IP address database
that allows you to browse all (really all) IP addresses.
The database shows you the IP country and converted IP
address information for every IP address.
The whole IP address database (http://sendstudio.ip-adress.com/link.php?M=59811&N=47&L=41&F=H)

For all those that use ip-address.com to determine
their own IP address they pimped that site. It now shows you
the ISP and has an improved layout.
You can check out your own IP address by clicking here (http://www.ip-adress.com/)

(Remember, the address revealed is determined by the person clicking the link.)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 18, 2009, 03:06:28 PM
This is for for all the web guys, if your interested.  :)

Introducing Bespin

Last week Mozilla Labs (http://labs.mozilla.com/) unveiled the new Bespin project (http://labs.mozilla.com/projects/bespin/),
an experiment towards developing an "extensible framework for open web development". Bespin is a web-based code editor built using open web technologies.
"We're particularly excited by the prospect of empowering Web developers to hack on the editor itself and make it their own."
This release is Bespin 0.1 and is an initial prototype framework that includes support for basic editing features, such as syntax highlighting,
large file sizes, undo/redo, in-browser preview, and project import/export.
There's an introductory video (http://vimeo.com/3195079) available, and the source code (http://hg.mozilla.org/labs/bespin/) has been released under the MPL.
The project announcement (http://labs.mozilla.com/2009/02/introducing-bespin/) has lots more information, including a bunch of ways you can get involved with the project.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on February 19, 2009, 07:48:53 PM
Betatests for the GData Security Software 2010 started recently...


New:
-new GUI
-better performance
-fingerprinting
-scanserver
-whitelisting
-better memory-management
-false-positive-guard

Quote
Die Features der neuen Version im Überblick:

- neue GUI
- Performance-Verbesserung
o Fingerprinting 2.0
o Scanserver
o Whitelisting

- Optimiertes Memory-Management
- False Positive Schutz
[/size]

Engines again are BitDefender and Avast.

yours
onlysomeone
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on February 19, 2009, 10:13:33 PM
Betatests for the GData Security Software 2010 started recently...
If it has a freeware version I'll test it ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 20, 2009, 01:22:11 AM
Quote
Engines again are BitDefender and Avast.
If it uses the avast! engine, then why is it's rating below that of avast! ???

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on February 20, 2009, 01:46:45 AM
Quote
Engines again are BitDefender and Avast.
If it uses the avast! engine, then why is it's rating below that of avast! ???
BitDefender drops down the avast security ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 20, 2009, 01:55:11 AM
Quote
Engines again are BitDefender and Avast.
If it uses the avast! engine, then why is it's rating below that of avast! ???
BitDefender drops down the avast security ;D ;D

Tech is back  ;D :) ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on February 20, 2009, 03:29:27 AM
Threatfire 4.1 (http://www.threatfire.com/updates/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on February 20, 2009, 08:29:37 AM
Betatests for the GData Security Software 2010 started recently...
If it has a freeware version I'll test it ::)

betatesters get a free one year license after the final release (until the next beta)... thats what i really like about it :)

yours
onlysomeone
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 20, 2009, 02:18:34 PM
If you need secure e-mail, then Send (https://www.sendinc.com/) may be your answer.
Send (https://www.sendinc.com/) offers a solution to those of us who need to send secure e-mail messages from time to time.
You’ll need to create an account with Send (https://www.sendinc.com/). in order to use the service, but once you do,
you just have to fill out the form on the home page and include any attachments that you want to send
in order to deliver a secure message. The encryption algorithm is very strong, and your intended recipients
will have to decrypt the message through Send (https://www.sendinc.com/), which helps to keep the message in the right hands.
Singning up for an account at Send (https://www.sendinc.com/) actually happens during the sending of your first secure e-mail.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on February 23, 2009, 05:35:01 PM
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/02/23/9-free-antivirus-programs-for-windows/#continued
nice it mentioned avast! at the top of the list ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on February 23, 2009, 06:49:36 PM
nice it mentioned avast! at the top of the list ;)
With some exceptions (at the end), it is on alphabetical list ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 28, 2009, 03:52:38 AM
(http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/wp-content/uploads/micorosft-image.jpg)   Starting Monday Feb. 24th 2009, updates are available for those lucky souls using Windows 7 Beta.
 The updates can be found by going to Start/All Programs/Windows Updates, as they are not being announced or installed via Automatic Updates.
It must be done manually.
I'm in the process of updating my Windows 7 Beta version now.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on February 28, 2009, 04:06:58 AM
Intentional deletion.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 28, 2009, 04:20:28 AM
(http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/wp-content/uploads/micorosft-image.jpg)   Starting Monday Feb. 24th 2009, updates are available for those lucky souls using Windows 7 Beta.
 The updates can be found by going to Start/All Programs/Windows Updates, as they are not being announced or installed via Automatic Updates.
It must be done manually.
I'm in the process of updating my Windows 7 Beta version now.

The updates including the driver update installed without a hitch.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on February 28, 2009, 05:01:25 PM
Out of curiosity, how long can you use the betta?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on February 28, 2009, 06:17:40 PM
As far as I know, till August 2009
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 04, 2009, 03:49:45 PM
Pwn2Own hacker: Apple Safari is 'easy pickings' (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2748&tag=nl.e539)

Quote
Charlie Miller, the security researcher who won last year’s Pwn2Own hacker contest, is predicting that Apple’s Safari browser will be the easiest target this year.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 04, 2009, 08:05:09 PM
Pwn2Own hacker: Apple Safari is 'easy pickings' (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2748&tag=nl.e539)

Quote
Charlie Miller, the security researcher who won last year’s Pwn2Own hacker contest, is predicting that Apple’s Safari browser will be the easiest target this year.

Last year Adobe Flash took down 2 of the 3 systems. I would be more worried about that.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 05, 2009, 01:26:20 PM
Zemana AntiLogger
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/zemana-antilogger/
http://www.zemana.com/list/list.aspx?ktgr_id=412  says it compatible with Avast!
today 3/5
no thanks-just posting it in case someone wants to try it ::) :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: cod head on March 05, 2009, 01:44:31 PM
I looked at that on giveaway of the day then I started looking at other freeware keyscrambler software and ending up choosing this one that I downloaded,scanned,installed and am using.It seems compatible with avast,vista etc.and I like it.Its called KeyScrambler and got it from.www.qfx software.com  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on March 05, 2009, 01:52:50 PM
I looked at that on giveaway of the day then I started looking at other freeware keyscrambler software and ending up choosing this one that I downloaded,scanned,installed and am using.It seems compatible with avast,vista etc.and I like it.Its called KeyScrambler and got it from.www.qfx software.com  ;)
What does it do? What are they're features? Why does it worth the installation?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: cod head on March 05, 2009, 03:23:05 PM
Its a keystroke encrypter.The free version covers on-line shopping,web mail,credit cards,addresses,yahoo mail,g mail,Java flash and browser dialogues,browser master passwords etc.It says it has defeated all keyloggers and encrypts keystrokes at kernel hard drive level.Its for I.E.and firefox and some others.It is rated four stars at firefox add on site. ;).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on March 05, 2009, 04:11:11 PM
Its a keystroke encrypter.The free version covers on-line shopping,web mail,credit cards,addresses,yahoo mail,g mail,Java flash and browser dialogues,browser master passwords etc.It says it has defeated all keyloggers and encrypts keystrokes at kernel hard drive level.Its for I.E.and firefox and some others.It is rated four stars at firefox add on site. ;).
Thank you.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 06, 2009, 04:38:55 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/ShellFTP/DriverM.png)
Details available here (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 07, 2009, 11:55:42 AM
Details available here (http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/)
I wish that you could show what's new or updated like List of Lists:
Quote
2 new and 57 updated items in 38 lists:

  http://lists.thedatalist.com/pages/New_Links.htm
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 07, 2009, 02:37:51 PM
Two I use most :)
http://www.calendarofupdates.com/updates/index.php?act=calendar
http://www.filehippo.com/
Plus Bob's ;D
http://home.comcast.net/~mysharedfiles/
When you're ready,  Click Here  to get to the Server.
Click on that and tons of stuff
No Bob-I am not advertising for your site-Its just a good one@
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 07, 2009, 03:40:26 PM
YoKenny,
Quote
I wish that you could show what's new or updated like List of Lists:
I don't know what your referring to since I simply posted a link to a free program ???

Dan,
Quote
No Bob-I am not advertising for your site-Its just a good one
Thanks for the compliment. :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 07, 2009, 03:43:01 PM
Microsoft admits users will be able to turn off IE 8 in Windows 7 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2235&tag=nl.e539)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 07, 2009, 04:31:10 PM
Vista SP2 Release Candidate available to the public (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0A3D7A63-46AF-4E04-AC8C-91B8BC476450&displaylang=en)
Is any one going to try this or, are you going to wait for the final release ? (Final release expected in April.)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 07, 2009, 04:36:07 PM
Vista SP2 Release Candidate available to the public (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0A3D7A63-46AF-4E04-AC8C-91B8BC476450&displaylang=en)
Is any one going to try this or, are you going to wait for the final release ? (Final release expected in April.)

I'm going to wait but I hope that it won't be an April Fool's joke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools'_Day)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Mr.Agent on March 07, 2009, 04:38:46 PM
well i will maybe but i still cant wait for windows 7 :D my cpu will rock on it (i hope Avast will work on Windows 7 because i love Avast :D)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 07, 2009, 05:36:32 PM
Microsoft admits users will be able to turn off IE 8 in Windows 7 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2235&tag=nl.e539)

Looks like they are going to comply with the anti-trust lawsuits.  The EU is doing a great job with Microsoft. Much better than the US government did.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on March 07, 2009, 06:00:23 PM
Microsoft admits users will be able to turn off IE 8 in Windows 7 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2235&tag=nl.e539)

This is most certainly an interesting development.

What I would like to know is does this mean it is completely independent of the OS, e.g. no IE components used for the display of Explorer folders/structure, help files, etc. allowing for the complete uninstall of the browser and not just turning it off (with all the files still on your system).

Because that was always my concern when a browser it integrated to the OS exploit the browser, effectively exploit the OS.

So I guess we will have to wait and see more as this progresses, but it doesn't look good.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2232 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2232)
Quote
“Removing” here is somewhat of a loaded — and perhaps overzealous — word. Microsoft can easily remove the IE 8 browser from startup. But over the past few years, the company has integrated the guts of IE into the operating system.

As Bryant Zadegan explained on AeroXperience: “This [new IE 8 removal option] only seems to wipe the actual executable running Internet Explorer 8 (iexplore.exe), but given that many of the most vocal proponents of choice were just looking for an option to functionally remove IE8, this might’ve been the only way to do it without killing the rest of Windows.”

One Windows tester, who requested anonymity, emphasized that the new “remove IE 8″ option was primarily cosmetic. “(The Windows) Explorer and Internet Explorer use a ton of shared libraries because they both perform similar and intertwined actions,” so that makes complete removal of IE from Windows near impossible at this point, he said.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 08, 2009, 06:23:40 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/1229494968.png)

For those of you who use Potobucket.com and FireFox, there's a nice new Add-in available.
The above picture  was transferred  and the link was obtained using this new tool.
A Photobucket account is required to use this tool.
You can get it here:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10035 (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10035)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 09, 2009, 09:50:00 PM
Windows 7: media access from anywhere (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-17923_22-276924.html?tag=nl.e539)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 10, 2009, 04:38:53 AM
Windows 7: media access from anywhere (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-17923_22-276924.html?tag=nl.e539)


I applaud Microsoft for including this. I just don't think we will ever truly be able to access our media from anywhere until our ISPs stop the ridiculous bandwidth caps. Some ISPs have caps as low as 5GB a month :o.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on March 10, 2009, 09:08:00 AM
Windows 7: media access from anywhere (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-17923_22-276924.html?tag=nl.e539)


I applaud Microsoft for including this. I just don't think we will ever truly be able to access our media from anywhere until our ISPs stop the ridiculous bandwidth caps. Some ISPs have caps as low as 5GB a month :o.

Make that 4GB.  >:(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: L' arc :. on March 10, 2009, 10:39:11 AM
-= May I just ask..? Which is better..? nVidia or ATI graphics card..?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on March 10, 2009, 01:10:20 PM
-= May I just ask..? Which is better..? nVidia or ATI graphics card..?
I'd rather nVidia. Although I'm not an expert on video cards and drivers.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: L' arc :. on March 10, 2009, 01:28:02 PM
-= Would you please tell why..? I really need to know..
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on March 10, 2009, 02:43:03 PM
I personally prefer AMD/ATI, but you can't say which one is better in general.
In my opinion AMD/ATI-cards have a better price/performance ratio...

yours
onlysomeone
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 10, 2009, 02:57:38 PM
-= May I just ask..? Which is better..? nVidia or ATI graphics card..?

Its a matter of personal preference. Performance wise they trade leadership every few months. I would buy whichever you get a good deal on.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on March 10, 2009, 05:49:17 PM
***

I agree with onlysomeone & Mac. I have used both in the past. It's a trade in leadership for time to time in that one will be "better" today but it might be the other after their next new GPU is released.


***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Mr.Agent on March 10, 2009, 10:15:47 PM
i prefert ATI for his performance in HD !

Btw let stop to talk this but its will be a off topic so if u want to know and let us to talk about this then make a thread on off topic i will be pleasure to reply :D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 10, 2009, 10:47:10 PM
i prefert ATI for his performance in HD !

Btw let stop to talk this but its will be a off topic so if u want to know and let us to talk about this then make a thread on off topic i will be pleasure to reply :D
You should start a new thread in the General forum since the Off-Topic forum has been closed for  avery long time... :'(
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: L' arc :. on March 11, 2009, 10:39:54 AM
-= Thank you for all the replies..

-= To get back to the topic.. [I hope no one posted this yet] Firefox 3.1 beta 2 is available for download at cnet..
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 12, 2009, 12:13:05 AM
-= Thank you for all the replies..

-= To get back to the topic.. [I hope no one posted this yet] Firefox 3.1 beta 2 is available for download at cnet..
We have a thread just for updates.
You'll find it at:
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=9671.msg362095#new (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=9671.msg362095#new)   :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on March 13, 2009, 02:22:36 AM
Apologies if already noted here somewhere...

Symantec's latest Norton Utilities (http://www.symantec.com/norton/norton-utilities) is "badge engineered" PC Tools product(s).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 13, 2009, 04:52:43 AM
Apologies if already noted here somewhere...

Symantec's latest Norton Utilities (http://www.symantec.com/norton/norton-utilities) is "badge engineered" PC Tools product(s).
Why waste money on overrated junk?

Defraggler file and Folder defragger:
http://www.defraggler.com

DiskTune now displays the temperature of the host on which the selected
logical volume is located. DiskTune 1.0.46 should be able to access more
files, and I've added some indicators that show if DiskTune is running,
stopped, moving files etc:
http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/downloads/DiskTune_Setup.exe

Google JkDefrag.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Vladimyr on March 13, 2009, 05:49:16 AM
Why waste money on overrated junk?


Okay Kenny, tell us what you really think!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 13, 2009, 10:40:17 AM
Why waste money on overrated junk?


Okay Kenny, tell us what you really think!  ;D ;D

I bet that the bad word checker would blush and a Longshoreman cheer.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on March 13, 2009, 01:16:56 PM
Hi Kenny,

Sorry to ask this but can you give more info on DiskTune. I did a search for it on Download.com and found nothing. I'm looking for a review if possible.

Also, why do you use a third party de-fragmenter. Is it better than Windows own built in utility?

Thanks
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on March 13, 2009, 03:52:02 PM
Why limit your search to download.com use google and see what that brings.

45,000 hits, http://www.google.com/search?q=DiskTune (http://www.google.com/search?q=DiskTune), see http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/DiskTune.shtml (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/DiskTune.shtml).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 13, 2009, 11:17:48 PM
The U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, appointed by President Obama last week, has been placed on leave,
following an FBI raid yesterday at the District of Columbia's IT offices.

READ FULL STORY (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=149274079-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on March 14, 2009, 02:01:59 AM
Why limit your search to download.com use google and see what that brings.

45,000 hits, http://www.google.com/search?q=DiskTune (http://www.google.com/search?q=DiskTune), see http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/DiskTune.shtml (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/DiskTune.shtml).

Thank you DavidR .
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 14, 2009, 01:09:43 PM
Hi Kenny,

Sorry to ask this but can you give more info on DiskTune. I did a search for it on Download.com and found nothing. I'm looking for a review if possible.

Also, why do you use a third party de-fragmenter. Is it better than Windows own built in utility?

Thanks

I see that other references are given for DiskTune.

On my Vista system the built in defrag only runs once per week which is good for most people but I choose to defrag more frequently than that so I watch for applications that assist with this.

I like Defraggler but I do not let it defrag the whole hard drive but only the files that I choose after an Analyze as they are the files that I use most frequently so I like to keep them speedy through them not being fragmented:
http://www.defraggler.com

Defraggler forum:
http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showforum=19
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on March 14, 2009, 03:25:02 PM
Ah,

I see. That makes sense. I have noticed that for Vista de-fragmentation makes a huge difference in terms of speed. So I see why you use it on more frequently used files. The whole process with vista's built-in tool is too long.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 20, 2009, 02:20:31 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Blog/MelZoo.png)
A different type of Search (http://melzoo.com/en_US/search)

Here's an example:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Blog/th_MelZooResults.png) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Blog/MelZooResults.png)
Click Image to enlarge.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 20, 2009, 03:17:47 PM
Like it Bob :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 20, 2009, 06:24:35 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Blog/MelZoo.png)
A different type of Search (http://melzoo.com/en_US/search)

Here's an example:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Blog/th_MelZooResults.png) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Blog/MelZooResults.png)
Click Image to enlarge.

Yawn!
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on March 20, 2009, 08:31:25 PM
Sorry my stupidity, what's new? what should I look at?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 21, 2009, 02:29:30 AM
Sorry my stupidity, what's new? what should I look at?
When you hover on a search result, it splits your display and gives you a preview of the site on the right
side of the screen.

Quote
Yawn!
YoKenny,
If your tired, maybe it's past your bedtime ?  ;D
Title: Web apps account for 80 percent of internet vulnerabilities
Post by: malberto on March 21, 2009, 04:58:34 AM
Vulnerabilities in web applications made up 80 percent of all web-related flaws in the second half of 2008 and rose in prevalence by about eight percent from the first half of the year, according to a report http://www.cenzic.com/downloads/Cenzic_AppSecTrends_Q3-Q4-2008.pdf (ftp://http://www.cenzic.com/downloads/Cenzic_AppSecTrends_Q3-Q4-2008.pdf) released Tuesday by Cenzic.

The report was based on the published vulnerability disclosures for various commercial off-the-shelf and open-source software. The web application vulnerabilities, for example, were in Adobe, SAP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Sun, Apache, and Oracle products.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on March 21, 2009, 03:01:19 PM
When you hover on a search result, it splits your display and gives you a preview of the site on the right
side of the screen.
Thanks Bob.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 21, 2009, 05:51:07 PM
Any time Tech.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 24, 2009, 02:20:27 PM
This is for all the Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/) users!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Avast%20Forum/preview.gif)

With fbCal (http://www.fbcal.com/) get your events and friend's birthdays in Apple iCal, Mozilla Sunbird, Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook
or in your RSS reader! Did you know you can take your calendar out of Facebook and put it onto your desktop?
The process can be done in less than a minute, and it's free!

If you aren't using Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/), what are you waiting for ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 24, 2009, 04:28:13 PM
Does fbCal work with Windows Mail as I don't have Outlook? 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 24, 2009, 06:07:09 PM
Does fbCal work with Windows Mail as I don't have Outlook? 
Sorry YoKenny I can't answer that since I don't use Windows Mail.  :'(
You could try asking them directly at the following link and then let the rest of us know:
http://ucf.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2218490641 (http://ucf.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2218490641)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 24, 2009, 08:05:07 PM
Does fbCal work with Windows Mail as I don't have Outlook? 
Sorry YoKenny I can't answer that since I don't use Windows Mail.  :'(
You could try asking them directly at the following link and then let the rest of us know:
http://ucf.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2218490641 (http://ucf.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2218490641)

Windows Mail does not have a Calendar like Outlook so the events are imported to Vista's Windows Calendar.

I'm not sure I want to publish my personal Calendar on Facebook as people will see what a boring life I lead  ;)

I use Windows Calendar on my Vista system as a replacement for LClock that won't run on Vista but works fine on XP.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on March 24, 2009, 10:36:11 PM
I use Windows Calendar on my Vista system as a replacement for LClock that won't run on Vista but works fine on XP.
Rainlendar has a free (lite) version for free ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 25, 2009, 05:10:46 AM
Quote
Windows Mail does not have a Calendar like Outlook
Gmail does.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 25, 2009, 03:17:17 PM
IE 8 vs. Firefox (http://www.pcworld.com/article/161616/article.html?tk=nl_ptxrvw)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 25, 2009, 08:17:24 PM
Quote
Windows Mail does not have a Calendar like Outlook
Gmail does.  :)

I tried GMAIL and I could not get it to work.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 25, 2009, 08:55:08 PM
just log into your gmail account and on the top left where it says calendar-click on that
no problem here-it works :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 25, 2009, 11:51:28 PM
It allows you to add your calendar from facebook to the google calendar which is a part of Gmail.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 26, 2009, 05:33:09 PM
(https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/images/p/28122/1229494968)
PhotoBucket Users
If you use Firefox and upload your photos to PhotoBucket,
here's a must have add-on:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10035 (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10035)
"This simple add-on allows you to right-click on an image that appears on any web page and
upload it directly to your Photobucket account. It also has many features that make interacting
with your Photobucket account a lot quicker and easier."
Enjoy and let me know if you find this useful. Thanks :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on March 26, 2009, 05:42:59 PM
Sounds nice, but where and how secure would your photobucket log-on info be stored (somewhere within the firefox add-on) ?

There is also the issue of borrowing images that aren't yours (or are royalty free, etc.) from the internet ?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 26, 2009, 06:01:15 PM
David,
Maybe trying it instead of worrying about it would answer some of your questions. :)
I've found this to be quite helpful which is why I'm passing it along.
No one should ever use any program if they feel it doesn't meet their criteria. IMHO
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on March 26, 2009, 07:23:13 PM
Well I never take anything on trust or blind faith, especially when it relates to user names and passwords.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 26, 2009, 10:49:26 PM
Exploit code sends Mozilla scrambling to fix Firefox (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=179129589-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)

Quote
An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code within the context of the affected browser.
Failed exploit attempt will result in a denial-of-service condition.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 26, 2009, 10:54:46 PM
Quote
Rob McMillan is reporting that Firefox 3.0.8 will be released sometime next week with a fix for this vulnerability
Bob what are we firefox users suppose to use till then ??? ::)

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on March 26, 2009, 11:07:02 PM
Use the fastest & most secure browser--Opera!;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on March 26, 2009, 11:08:57 PM
Hi Rdmaloyjr :)
Also use Opera but i prefer the Fox :)
What is a to Z Security Suite ??? ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: FreewheelinFrank on March 26, 2009, 11:16:33 PM
Use the fastest & most secure browser--Opera!;)

^this
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on March 26, 2009, 11:27:38 PM
Quote
Rob McMillan is reporting that Firefox 3.0.8 will be released sometime next week with a fix for this vulnerability
Bob what are we firefox users suppose to use till then ??? ::)


Nothing much, ensure you practice safe hex and have noscript add-on installed.

First you have to be lured to a site that is set up to exploit this. Since it uses iframes to achieve this, you could set NoScript to Forbid iframe and that should block that.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on March 26, 2009, 11:28:28 PM
Hi Rdmaloyjr :)
Also use Opera but i prefer the Fox :)
What is a to Z Security Suite ??? ::)

XP SP3, avast!, Opera, OpenDNS, WinPatrol & ZoneAlarm = a (avast!) to Z (ZoneAlarm) Security Suite ;D

& everything in between (SP3, Opera, OpenDNS, WinPatrol) ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 27, 2009, 12:18:59 AM
Quote
Rob McMillan is reporting that Firefox 3.0.8 will be released sometime next week with a fix for this vulnerability
Bob what are we firefox users suppose to use till then ??? ::)


SRWare Iron (http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php)   What else ???     ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Alan Baxter on March 27, 2009, 01:41:22 AM
Since it uses iframes to achieve this, you could set NoScript to Forbid iframe and that should block that.

I don't know if it's important, but the PoC code (http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/34235/info) crashed my Firefox 3.0.7 with NoScript on Windows XP even though I had Forbid iframes checked.  As you say, safe hex is definitely called for here.  But isn't it always?  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 30, 2009, 11:38:46 PM
Microsoft Hits Apple Where it Hurts (http://www.pcworld.com/article/162084/article.html?tk=nl_wvxblg)

Mac,
This isn't personal, just passing along news that might interest some of the forum members.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 30, 2009, 11:41:41 PM
8 Great Free Security Tools (http://www.pcworld.com/article/161604/article.html?tk=nl_wvxrvw)

I especially like the "Best Bet" selection.  :) :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 31, 2009, 12:06:14 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/161615-screen_toaster_1_180.jpg)

ScreenToaster (http://www.screentoaster.com/)
If you need to record what happens on your screen for any reason--to show how an application works,
for example--try this simple-to-use Web service. Head to the site and press Alt-S, and it records every action you take.
Press Alt-S again, and it stops. You can edit what you record, including adding titles and audio.
You can then upload your video to the ScreenToaster site or to YouTube, or download it to your PC.
Enjoy :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on March 31, 2009, 12:52:23 AM
Researchers score Conficker detection breakthrough (http://ct.zdnet.com/clicks?t=180348318-98ec0b9bf7e2843a2a0b58f2ad773e46-bf&brand=ZDNET&s=5)
Quote
Just days ahead of an April 1 activation date for the Conficker worm squirming through the Windows operating system,
security researchers at the Honeynet Project find a way to fingerprint the malware on infected networks.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on March 31, 2009, 01:07:04 AM
8 Great Free Security Tools (http://www.pcworld.com/article/161604/article.html?tk=nl_wvxrvw)
Glad to see avast among them ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on March 31, 2009, 01:45:40 AM
Not just among them but 'The Best Bet' ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 31, 2009, 02:50:24 AM
Microsoft Hits Apple Where it Hurts (http://www.pcworld.com/article/162084/article.html?tk=nl_wvxblg)

Mac,
This isn't personal, just passing along news that might interest some of the forum members.  :)
We actually have been discussing this on several of the forums im on and the Mac users think this its hilarious that Microsoft gave her $1,000 to buy a computer and the FIRST place she heads is to the Apple store :), it is clear what she had in mind :o
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 31, 2009, 07:51:53 AM
Microsoft Hits Apple Where it Hurts (http://www.pcworld.com/article/162084/article.html?tk=nl_wvxblg)

Mac,
This isn't personal, just passing along news that might interest some of the forum members.  :)
We actually have been discussing this on several of the forums im on and the Mac users think this its hilarious that Microsoft gave her $1,000 to buy a computer and the FIRST place she heads is to the Apple store :), it is clear what she had in mind :o

She was disappointed as there was only one Apple system so went to the Windows store where there were several within the price range and walked out with one she liked for $699.99 ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on March 31, 2009, 01:23:34 PM
I like the conclusion.

"Do you understand what I'm saying? That's right, you should switch to Linux."
excerpt from: http://www.pcworld.com/article/162084/article.html?tk=nl_wvxblg
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on March 31, 2009, 03:36:43 PM
I like the conclusion.

"Do you understand what I'm saying? That's right, you should switch to Linux."
excerpt from: http://www.pcworld.com/article/162084/article.html?tk=nl_wvxblg

I will switch to Linux when I switch to Firefox.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 31, 2009, 04:39:52 PM

She went to the apple store first. That shows she wanted a Mac. She wanted a 17" screen which eliminated Apple as a choice (why do you think MS only gave her $1000 ;) )


Edited many times (you try this on a iPhone ;))
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on March 31, 2009, 04:47:29 PM
I generally like PC's but did the commercial mentioned that she spent another 100$ on extra Ram in order to make Vista run and another hundred dollars on security software since she didn't know avast existed. (the ram part is based on actual experience)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 01, 2009, 12:34:59 AM
eEye Offers Free Utility to Detect Conficker Worm and MS08-67 Patch (http://www.eeye.com/html/conficker/index.html) 

System Requirements
◦Operating System: Windows 2000/XP/2003
◦Internet Explorer Version 5.01 or higher
◦System RAM: 128 MB
◦Storage: 20 MB
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on April 01, 2009, 04:59:24 AM
You might like this Bob :)
Searching for a specific image on the Internet can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Some sites, such as Google Image search, try to make the process easier, but shuffling through one page after another of results can quickly get tedious.

http://www.ginipic.com/

That’s where the FREE desktop application called Ginipic comes into play. You can view hundreds of results at a time, and inserting an image into an app like PowerPoint is as easy as dragging-and-dropping it. ----To see how easy it really is checkout their video tour----
Here are some other features that make Ginipic worth it:
    * Multiple Sources - You can choose to search your favorite search engine or photo-sharing site (Flickr, Google, Yahoo!, SmugMug, deviantArt, Picasa, Photobucket, Facebook, and more), or expand your search to unlimited results with a click of a button, with our tailored “All Sources” option.
    * No Duplicates - Did you know that, on average, “big search engines not be named” give you 200 duplicates for every 1,000 results? Not with ginipic.
    * Incredible Variety - Ginipic gives you the power of the web to find ANY picture in ANY category with NO restrictions.
    * Advanced Search - Advanced search gives you the ability to customize your queries in each source - just as you would on their site.
    * Resizing - Choose your own preview size for the best possible experience! Maximize to enjoy the picture in all its glory, work small if you’re just browsing away.
    * Tagging - Tag your pictures away and see them all in a heartbeat by choosing your tag in the comfortable Favorites source. Not a tag person? Just favorite the picture and you’ll still have a super easy access to it.
    * Drag & Drop - Drag & Drop functionality gives you the ability to start working immediately - you see something you like, just drag it in your work space and continue working.
    * Save Images Locally - Want to backup or save it for later? No need in clumsy “right click, save as, too hard to understand what’s going on” options - just save the picture right from the preview window when you’re satisfied.
    * Set as Wallpaper - Do you feel like changing your background? Just hit the “Set as wallpaper” on any picture and instantly your desktop will change and renew before your eyes.
This is definitely a slick app, and truly handy for those heavy images searchers out there.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 01, 2009, 05:09:29 AM
drhayden1,

Nice find. :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on April 01, 2009, 11:23:25 AM
I generally like PC's but did the commercial mentioned that she spent another 100$ on extra Ram in order to make Vista run and another hundred dollars on security software since she didn't know avast existed. (the ram part is based on actual experience)

I don't know where you bought your Vista system but I added and additional 2GB RAM to my system for $40.00 if I remember correctly.

http://www.pricebat.ca/Memory-RAM.c_1114
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on April 01, 2009, 02:03:07 PM
I bought the ram at Best buy. At that point I wanted to maintain the warranty intact so I had the ram installed there as well (the computer was bought from best buy). Opening the case would void the warranty so I wanted to avoid that. Thank you for the link. Are the memory stick reliable? I've always heard that some times some of them don't work so there is the risk of getting "burned".
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 01, 2009, 02:37:21 PM
I bought the ram at Best buy. At that point I wanted to maintain the warranty intact so I had the ram installed there as well (the computer was bought from best buy). Opening the case would void the warranty so I wanted to avoid that. Thank you for the link. Are the memory stick reliable? I've always heard that some times some of them don't work so there is the risk of getting "burned".

Well its ridiculous what Best Buy charges to install memory. As for reliable memory, lots of memory brands offer a lifetime warranty. I buy Crucial/Micron for all my systems, but lots of other manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on April 01, 2009, 02:42:25 PM
Thank you Mac.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on April 01, 2009, 04:06:09 PM
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 01, 2009, 06:56:59 PM
This may turn out to be one of my favorite toys, Thanks Dan.
Just have to wait till I get home to put it to work.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 02, 2009, 01:20:01 AM
Quote
Face the future
Opera Face Gestures let your beautiful face control your beautiful browser
Oslo, Norway – April 1, 2009
Opera Software today unveiled its newest innovation to be included in Opera 10 — Face Gestures. Opera Face Gestures enable anyone with a Webcam to control their browser moving only their face. Based on the same architecture as Opera’s Mouse Gestures, Face Gestures makes surfing the Web as easy as smiling, batting an eye lash or flaring a nostril.

Opera Face Gestures grew out of a collaborative project between Opera and the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) to create the world’s most advanced facial recognition technology using only JavaScript, HTML and CSS. After more than seven years in development, Opera Face Gestures were born.

“In 2001, we introduced Mouse Gestures in Opera 5.1. At that point we knew we were on to something,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. “We already had keyboard shortcuts in the very first version of Opera, but once we introduced voice control in Opera 8, we had only one input mechanism left — the face. Opera Face Gestures represent the next frontier in browser control.”

Opera Face Gestures include more than 45 controls, from opening new tabs to restoring sessions to navigating through a Web page. Opera Face Gestures are so advanced you can compose and send an entire e-mail message through Opera’s built-in e-mail client. Even mouse gestures can be triggered with Opera Face Gestures. To activate Opera Face Gestures simply press the single-key shortcut F8.

For more information on using Opera Face Gestures, including a list of known gestures, visit labs.opera.com.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on April 02, 2009, 02:42:11 AM
Interesting but I think it's not going to increase the number of Opera Users too much. Last time I tried Opera I felt it had an interface which was somewhat bloated (to be honest I was not aware of the mouse trick). Firefox has a simple design very similar to Microsoft's Internet Explorer which I think draws in Users.

Still the technology aspect is intriguing. I'm curios to see some reviews of this.

Thank you Rdmaloyjr

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on April 02, 2009, 03:01:21 AM
I Really Really think both the Gmail and Opera Thing were a April Fool's Joke-Don't You ??? :)
here's a link to show some of the jokes pulled off today-scroll down
http://aprilfoolsdayontheweb.com/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 02, 2009, 03:33:19 AM
Interesting but I think it's not going to increase the number of Opera Users too much. Last time I tried Opera I felt it had an interface which was somewhat bloated (to be honest I was not aware of the mouse trick). Firefox has a simple design very similar to Microsoft's Internet Explorer which I think draws in Users.

Still the technology aspect is intriguing. I'm curios to see some reviews of this.

Thank you Rdmaloyjr
Quote
Last time I tried Opera I felt it had an interface which was somewhat bloated
Opera seems a rather simple design to me.  It does have greater configurability than Firefox, configurability isn't necessarily bloat.

Quote
Firefox has a simple design
Are you sure you don't have Firefox & Opera mixed up ???  Firefox's interface is a pain.  I like Opera's simple & easy interface. :) 8)

Please don't be offended by me, "One man's ceiling is another man's floor".  In other words, we don't all see things the same way. ;D

I regard Firefox as a wantabe os. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 02, 2009, 03:41:13 AM
I Really Really think both the Gmail and Opera Thing were a April Fool's Joke-Don't You ??? :)
here's a link to show some of the jokes pulled off today-scroll down
http://aprilfoolsdayontheweb.com/

Dan,

Download Opera Face Gestures & wink ;).  Let us know what happens. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on April 02, 2009, 03:46:09 AM
Last time I tried Opera I felt it had an interface which was somewhat bloated
Opera seems a rather simple design to me.  It does have greater configurability than Firefox, configurability isn't necessarily bloat.

Are you sure you don't have Firefox & Opera mixed up ???  Firefox's interface is a pain.  I like Opera's simple & easy interface. :) 8)

Please don't be offended by me, "One man's ceiling is another man's floor".  In other words, we don't all see things the same way. ;D

I regard Firefox as a wantabe os. ;D
[/quote]

I'm not offended. I was only speaking from my own experience. I used to have to use three browsers when I was on Win95 which  was not too long ago. Firefox (2.4 unless I'm wrong) was stable with Java, Opera (6.9... the 7.0 didn't work for me) was fast when checking the e-mail and Netscape (forgot the version) was a mix between the two.

The last Version of Opera I saw was 8. something. Then again tis was on a school computer so they might have overcrowded the interface. who knows. From my perspective it was different from what I had at home. Unless I am thinking of Netscape in which case I was wrong in my statements about Opera. When I have some spare time I will download it and see how it changed. Thank you for you comments Rrdmaloyjr. Like my name says I'm Confused  (at least sometimes) ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 02, 2009, 02:55:14 PM
I have tried opera several times and never got to like the interface, different strokes for different folks.

For me Firefox now feels like a comfortable pair of shoes, hard to give up ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 02, 2009, 03:01:07 PM
I have tried opera several times and never got to like the interface, different strokes for different folks.
For me Firefox now feels like a comfortable pair of shoes, hard to give up ;D
Feel exactly the same... the lack of configurability (given by the addons) is another con to Opera.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on April 03, 2009, 04:00:58 AM
***

There are a few add-ons for Opera but it hardly needs any. I see that as a pro for Opera.    ;D


***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: scythe944 on April 03, 2009, 06:36:21 AM
Anybody tried Avant Browser? http://www.avantbrowser.com/

I found it a few years back and loved the mouse gestures, the blocking of flash, pics, tabs (which IE didn't have yet) and MANY other features.

The only problem (or not, maybe) is that it runs off of the current version of IE on your system.

It's pretty slick, but you have to configure it to your liking.  It used to come perfectly configured, but as releases came out, they changed things, and you had to re-configure it to act like it did when it first came out.

It's pretty much useless now I suppose, with IE8 and firefox being so great.  But, it's another browser to test out if you're looking for a change.  I guess I just wish that they had customizable skins and plugins.

That would make it IE on steroids.  Well, more like firefox, but you get the idea...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 03, 2009, 03:03:16 PM
Anybody tried Avant Browser?
I think Bob tried it out for some time...
I've gave up on IE engine browsers. I've used Maxthon for some time. Then, Firefox replaced it with many advantages, from security to GUI.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 03, 2009, 06:57:23 PM
All IE Engine Browsers are simply Internet Explorer with some eye and possible security candy.
If you don't have IE updated, the IE Engine browser will also be out of date and therefore insecure.
For a variety of all kinds of browsers take a look at:
http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Browsers (http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/Browsers)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 03, 2009, 11:13:11 PM
FCC Asked to Investigate Skype for IPhone Restriction (http://www.pcworld.com/article/162593/fcc_asked_to_investigate_skype_for_iphone_restriction.html)

Quote
The letter cites the FCC's Internet Policy Statement (PDF link) which states that "consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice" in order to "preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet."

What if the application/service you want to run is osx and you only have a Windows computer ???

Sorry .:Mac:., I have to ask.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 04, 2009, 04:02:45 AM
FCC Asked to Investigate Skype for IPhone Restriction (http://www.pcworld.com/article/162593/fcc_asked_to_investigate_skype_for_iphone_restriction.html)

Quote
The letter cites the FCC's Internet Policy Statement (PDF link) which states that "consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice" in order to "preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet."

What if the application/service you want to run is osx and you only have a Windows computer ???

Sorry .:Mac:., I have to ask.

First I do hope the FCC investigates this. Apple doesn't care what network you use. However the Developer Agreement states that VOIP can not be used on the Cellular network because the Cellular Carriers make Apple enforce it. For example T-Mobile in Germany is banning the use of Skype on the iPhone even over WiFi:
http://www.macworld.com/article/139827/2009/04/tmobile_skype.html

So you must understand that there are some things Apple must do to keep AT&T and the other Carriers happy.

As for OS X on a PC, you know (and I have posted this 1,000 times) that Installing OS X on a PC is expressly forbidden by the OS X Licensing Agreement. Something that psystar will find out in November when the case goes to trial.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 04, 2009, 06:42:30 PM
Microsoft Hits Apple Where it Hurts (http://www.pcworld.com/article/162084/article.html?tk=nl_wvxblg)

Mac,
This isn't personal, just passing along news that might interest some of the forum members.  :)

In a not so surprising discovery, the Microsoft ad seems to be faked  ;)
See the link:
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/04/03/microsofts_lauren_ad_faked_say_bloggers.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on April 04, 2009, 07:18:32 PM
Microsoft Hits Apple Where it Hurts (http://www.pcworld.com/article/162084/article.html?tk=nl_wvxblg)

Mac,
This isn't personal, just passing along news that might interest some of the forum members.  :)

In a not so surprising discovery, the Microsoft ad seems to be faked  ;)
See the link:
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/04/03/microsofts_lauren_ad_faked_say_bloggers.html

So was the Lunar Landing say many. 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 04, 2009, 07:18:38 PM
It might have been better to let a sleeping dog lye.
The fact still remains that for the amount of $1000.00, there isn't very much available when it comes to an Apple Computer.
For that price however, you can purchase a very good PC.
Sorry Mac but fact are facts. Apples are expensive.  Oranges (PC's) are much cheaper.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 04, 2009, 07:54:39 PM
It might have been better to let a sleeping dog lye.
The fact still remains that for the amount of $1000.00, there isn't very much available when it comes to an Apple Computer.
For that price however, you can purchase a very good PC.
Sorry Mac but fact are facts. Apples are expensive.  Oranges (PC's) are much cheaper.  :)

You know me bob, since when could I let a sleeping dog lye ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 04, 2009, 09:12:31 PM
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When you have ThinkFree Office Live (http://member.thinkfree.com/member/goLandingPage.action), who need MS Office ???
A free registration is required or, you can sign in using  your Google account.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 04, 2009, 11:02:40 PM
who need MS Office ???
I do.
There are thousands of configurations and format features that these services does not have. For this kind of users, no, MS Office is still the best office suite round. But, my luck is to have MS Office paid by my company ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 05, 2009, 02:41:33 AM
Quote
my luck is to have MS Office paid by my company
We aren't all that lucky... ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 05, 2009, 04:52:43 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JE4qNpFW6Yk/SdVKo0bnfCI/AAAAAAAAATU/m3FTqgCtUN0/s1600/mvelope_fifth_bday_cake.jpg)
Gmail turns 5 (http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/gmail-turns-5.html)
Quote
Five years ago yesterday, Gmail starting giving people a gig. What started as an internal tool for Google employees is now used
by tens of millions of people around the world in 52 languages.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on April 05, 2009, 09:51:57 AM
The link needs .gif on the end:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JE4qNpFW6Yk/SdVKo0bnfCI/AAAAAAAAATU/m3FTqgCtUN0/s1600/mvelope.gif
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on April 05, 2009, 03:37:09 PM
Firefox TV....real nice :)  http://toolbar.tv-fox.com/
TV Add-on for Firefox -   Watch TV directly from your Firefox Browser,  it’s Easy & Free!
2780 Live TV Channels sorted by country & category,  the TV-FOX allow you to watch thousands of  TV channels freely available on the internet. powered by the biggest and most up to date database (Google - Wikipedia - YouTube - Torrent - eBay & Amazon Search engines included).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Confused Computer User on April 05, 2009, 04:10:28 PM
Quote
Developer Comments

TV-FOX use the Windows Media Player, if you don't have the WMP plugin you can get it from:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:7

taken from: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/11200#reviews

What are the risks of watching a streamed video via WMP. I generally avoid using most of the MS integrated applications at least with the internet.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 05, 2009, 04:31:54 PM
The link needs .gif on the end:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JE4qNpFW6Yk/SdVKo0bnfCI/AAAAAAAAATU/m3FTqgCtUN0/s1600/mvelope.gif
Don't know what your talking about YoKenney.  My link works and yours results in a 404 ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on April 05, 2009, 06:14:11 PM
The link needs .gif on the end:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JE4qNpFW6Yk/SdVKo0bnfCI/AAAAAAAAATU/m3FTqgCtUN0/s1600/mvelope.gif
Don't know what your talking about YoKenney.  My link works and yours results in a 404 ???

That's strange because it worked for me before but your post about Gmail turns 5 shows a X instead of the image.
Posted on: Yesterday at 10:52:43 PM
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on April 05, 2009, 09:15:44 PM
Google Falls Apart
Something is wrong with Google today ;)
http://www.chromeexperiments.com/hosted/gravity/index.html
Clean-up in aisle 3!
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on April 06, 2009, 06:54:48 PM
How to block ads in Google Chrome with AdSweep
Chrome users don't have to put up with ads if they don't want to, though. If a proxy-based blocker isn't your thing, then why not install AdSweep - either as a Userscript or a Chrome extension. They're essentially the same thing right now, since extensions are basically Userscripts in a wrapper. Whichever way you want to install AdSweep, here's what to do.
http://www.adsweep.org/
Since it's available as a Userscript, users of other browsers can take advantage of AdSweep, too - just check on the homepage for instructions. Now, let's get it working in Chrome
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Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 11, 2009, 10:32:15 PM
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Download Photosynth for free (http://photosynth.net/about.aspx)     
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Let me know what you think and post links to your creations here.  Thanks :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on April 11, 2009, 11:21:08 PM
Something new from (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Logo_Photosynth.png)

Download Photosynth for free (http://photosynth.net/about.aspx)     
Imagine being able to view your photos in a three-dimensional space. Now you can with Photosynth.
Sign up is required.

You'll find my little contribution here (http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=03bb123c-0b17-4323-89d7-0e4ad47b047e&i=0:2:0&z=814.4182533552175&g=2&p=-1.62959e-013:1.64267e-014&m=false&c=0.0225701:0.0859165:-0.00512974&d=-1.34604:0.988731:0.978827)

Let me know what you think and post links to your creations here.  Thanks :)

That is interesting.   

I wish I had something interesting to photograph as everything is still in black and white as Spring warmth has yet to call forth the little shoots of the flowers and I have not yet seen a Robbin looking for food just a bob bob bobbing along
http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/jdo0400l.jpg 
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: polonus on April 13, 2009, 11:46:57 AM
Hi folks,

Nice way to scan a site for pics:
http://members.home.nl/bas.de.reuver/files/urlscanner.html

polonus
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 14, 2009, 08:19:32 PM
I know it was already posted... just for someone that does not read anything about it yet...
Windows XP & Office 2003 Mainstream Support Ends April 14, 2009 (http://www.askvg.com/windows-xp-office-2003-mainstream-support-ends-april-14-2009/).
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 17, 2009, 06:39:44 PM
Apple Leads, Dell lags in customer satisfaction (http://www.macworld.com/article/140068/2009/04/satisfaction.html)

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 20, 2009, 03:37:19 PM
Windows 7 Release Candidate due date is May 5 (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2547&tag=nl.e539)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 20, 2009, 03:46:45 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Logo_FixIt_Final.png)
Microsoft has created the Fix It (http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_fixit_main) Solution Center, which is home to over 100 automated problem-solvers.
Fix It (http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_fixit_main) provides a way to apply automated fixes, workarounds, or configuration changes so you don’t have to perform a long list of manual steps yourself.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Omid Farhang on April 20, 2009, 04:10:28 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Logo_FixIt_Final.png)
Microsoft has created the Fix It (http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_fixit_main) Solution Center, which is home to over 100 automated problem-solvers.
Fix It (http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_fixit_main) provides a way to apply automated fixes, workarounds, or configuration changes so you don’t have to perform a long list of manual steps yourself.
Thanks for this very very nice news!! I did not know it
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 20, 2009, 04:58:57 PM
Microsoft has created the Fix It (http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_fixit_main) Solution Center, which is home to over 100 automated problem-solvers.
Fix It (http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_fixit_main) provides a way to apply automated fixes, workarounds, or configuration changes so you don’t have to perform a long list of manual steps yourself.

I would be happy if I could just win the lottery of windows updates, 7 days later and I still haven't got all the security updates from patch Tuesday yet, 6 down and 2 to go. The WU system try icon rears it ugly head every now and again but doesn't stay for long.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 20, 2009, 06:11:19 PM
David,
Maybe it's time to spend the extra money and get away from Dial-up.  ;D

Omid Farhang,
Your welcome! :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 20, 2009, 06:44:10 PM
It has sod all to do with money, but distance from the exchange.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: scythe944 on April 21, 2009, 08:39:11 PM
Something new from (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/Logo_Photosynth.png)

Download Photosynth for free (http://photosynth.net/about.aspx)     
Imagine being able to view your photos in a three-dimensional space. Now you can with Photosynth.
Sign up is required.

You'll find my little contribution here (http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=03bb123c-0b17-4323-89d7-0e4ad47b047e&i=0:2:0&z=814.4182533552175&g=2&p=-1.62959e-013:1.64267e-014&m=false&c=0.0225701:0.0859165:-0.00512974&d=-1.34604:0.988731:0.978827)

Let me know what you think and post links to your creations here.  Thanks :)


I know that I'm a little late finding this, but they also have this other program that can do this sort of thing.  It's called Microsoft ICE or (Image Composite Editor). It is available here: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: L' arc :. on April 22, 2009, 08:51:18 AM
-= How to increase memory card storage space

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/959706/increase_your_memory_card_space
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: L' arc :. on April 26, 2009, 12:04:08 PM
-= Windows 7 gets to have a Windows XP mode..

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10227533-56.html
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 26, 2009, 04:09:31 PM
-= Windows 7 gets to have a Windows XP mode..

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10227533-56.html
This will be the key feature to get people off of XP.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 26, 2009, 04:30:45 PM
-= Windows 7 gets to have a Windows XP mode..

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10227533-56.html
This will be the key feature to get people off of XP.

They will have a hard time with that, because from the Windows Secrets newsletter there is no upgrade path from XP to W7 other than a complete reinstall a right royal pain in the rear.

MS say it is because much has changed in W7 that a complete reinstall is required, yet you can upgrade from Vista to W7 and you could upgrade from XP to Vista without a complete reinstall and much of what is in W7 is based on Vista.

So many more knowledgeable than I feel it is more of an MS decision not to do it

Quote from: Extract Windows Secrets
There'll be no easy upgrade from XP to Windows 7

  By Mark Joseph Edwards

XP users who plan to upgrade directly to Windows 7 will have to completely erase their existing installations to do so.

The Windows 7 installer may help you move your XP files and settings, but you'll still have to reinstall all your applications.
<snip>
If you plan to migrate your XP system to Windows 7, you may be in for a bit of a shock. You'll have to do a clean install of Windows 7, because Microsoft won't offer a direct upgrade path from XP.

Here's an excerpt from an April 7 post on the Engineering Windows 7 blog:

"We realized at the start of this project that the upgrade from XP would not be an experience we think would yield the best results. There are simply too many changes in how PCs have been configured (applets, hardware support, driver model, etc.) that having all of that support carry forth to Windows 7 would not be nearly as high quality as a clean install.

"This is something many of you know and already practice. We do provide support for moving files and settings and will prompt at setup time, but applications will need to be reinstalled. We know that for a set of customers, this tradeoff seems less than perfect, but we think the upfront time is well worth it."

Microsoft's XP-to-Win7 upgrade policy doesn't make sense to me. The question in my mind is, if I can upgrade from XP to Vista and then to Windows 7, why can't I upgrade to Win7 directly from XP? It seems to me that Microsoft is saying, "You can pay us for Vista, or you can pay a price in time and effort for not buying Vista."

So some sort of virtualization to be able to run programs not compatible with W7 in a virtual XP doesn't hold any attraction for me. I would like to be able to upgrade directly, assuming that W7 turns out to be better than a dog with fleas, not just the bells and whistles of Vista, which held zero attraction for me.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: L' arc :. on April 27, 2009, 10:07:06 AM
Quote
So many more knowledgeable than I feel it is more of an MS decision not to do it

-= But isn't it wrong to some others who are actually willing for a complete reinstall..?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 27, 2009, 03:07:41 PM
It has nothing to do with the willingness of others to do a complete reinstall, but the total restriction for those that don't want to do it. So for those that want to do a complete reinstall they already have that option, whilst those that don't want to go down that route don't have that option.

A long time ago when I upgraded from win98SE to XP Pro, that was a huge jump in technology terms, perhaps as comparable as XP to Windows7, yet Microsoft didn't apply this same logic in forcing users to do a complete system reinstall.

This isn't a problem if you are going to switch to W7 only when you purchase a new system, but for those with a perfectly functional and relatively new system, it is hardly going to encourage them to upgrade when that path is made difficult for them. So both the user and MS lose out as a sale isn't made and people stick with what they have.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 27, 2009, 04:49:32 PM
Five Best Malware Removal Tools (http://lifehacker.com/5227896/five-best-malware-removal-tools)
I certainly don't agree with the order. My personal opinion would also eliminate their first choice.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 27, 2009, 04:55:11 PM
Five Best Malware Removal Tools (http://lifehacker.com/5227896/five-best-malware-removal-tools)
I certainly don't agree with the order. My personal opinion would also eliminate their first choice.
Really strange the first choice...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Omid Farhang on April 27, 2009, 05:18:42 PM
Five Best Malware Removal Tools (http://lifehacker.com/5227896/five-best-malware-removal-tools)
I certainly don't agree with the order. My personal opinion would also eliminate their first choice.
Really strange the first choice...

well, Tech, at least you know me and you know how crazy I am to play with the different virus and infection and software... I agree with them about their first choose, if you disable TeaTimer that Spybot S&D has, the scanner has a really good detection rate, also it has a Immunization that are really great... also it's their First, not their best! ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 27, 2009, 06:36:40 PM
Five Best Malware Removal Tools (http://lifehacker.com/5227896/five-best-malware-removal-tools)
I certainly don't agree with the order. My personal opinion would also eliminate their first choice.


For me it just shows a lack of knowledge of the people who completed the survey, etc.

S&D totally dated, and its detections are nothing special, not on a par with SAS or MBAM IMHO.

HiJackThis isn't a malware removal tool, it removes nothing, just shows what is running and now we are seeing more that can hide from HJT ::) Combifix, I feel isn't a general user malware removal tool but something that should be used under guidance
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: CharleyO on April 27, 2009, 07:16:35 PM
***

Used correctly, Spybot's Teatimer works very well to prevent unwanted changes in a computer's registry.

I know many of you think Spybot - S&D is outdated but it does it's job very well.


***
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 27, 2009, 08:06:36 PM
the scanner has a really good detection rate
Hmmm... nothing that avast and Windows Defender do not have.
This week a dropped down Spybot completely. The immunization of SpywareBlaster seems enough and the Hosts file is updated with HostsMan. Bye bye Spybot...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 27, 2009, 08:08:37 PM
Quote
Used correctly, Spybot's Teatimer works very well to prevent unwanted changes in a computer's registry.
So does Winpatrol (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.winpatrol.com%2Fdownload.html&ei=XvT1SYPOKKHGMoiWucAP&usg=AFQjCNGKsfAInMn6YkGNDulfx8xDTYT7Pg) and Malwarebytes IMHO, does a much better job of cleaning up Malware than S&D.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on April 27, 2009, 08:11:23 PM
So does Winpatrol (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.winpatrol.com%2Fdownload.html&ei=XvT1SYPOKKHGMoiWucAP&usg=AFQjCNGKsfAInMn6YkGNDulfx8xDTYT7Pg) and Malwarebytes IMHO, does a much better job of cleaning up Malware than S&D.  :)
Feel the same...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on April 28, 2009, 04:19:18 AM
Quote
Used correctly, Spybot's Teatimer works very well to prevent unwanted changes in a computer's registry.
So does Winpatrol (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.winpatrol.com%2Fdownload.html&ei=XvT1SYPOKKHGMoiWucAP&usg=AFQjCNGKsfAInMn6YkGNDulfx8xDTYT7Pg) and Malwarebytes IMHO, does a much better job of cleaning up Malware than S&D.  :)

WinPatrol is a monitoring tool like Spybot S&D's TeaTimer and the PLUS update provides quick information on what is running on your system. 

Malwarebytes is a cleanup application that provides updates sometimes hourly and has a real time monitor in the Fee version.

SpywareBlaster provides protection equal to Spybot S&D's Immunize function.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Omid Farhang on April 28, 2009, 10:23:30 AM
SpywareBlaster provides protection equal to Spybot S&D's Immunize function.
SpywareBlaster does not Immunize system using HOSTS file and adding lot of web-site in "restrict sites" would slow down application launch time. if you be able to Immunize hosts file and keep it locked from malware attacks you would be more happy and your computer would work very faster and you don't need to add many sites into your registry (restrict sites)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on April 28, 2009, 12:15:30 PM
SpywareBlaster provides protection equal to Spybot S&D's Immunize function.
SpywareBlaster does not Immunize system using HOSTS file and adding lot of web-site in "restrict sites" would slow down application launch time. if you be able to Immunize hosts file and keep it locked from malware attacks you would be more happy and your computer would work very faster and you don't need to add many sites into your registry (restrict sites)

I see that you appear to be somewhat confused by each application's detection and prevention. 

Where did I say that SpywareBlaster has any influence on the HOSTS file?

If software can set the HOSTS file to Read only then malware can undo this and have its way with the HOSTS file. 

Restricted Zone Immunization has absolutly nothing to do with the HOSTS file.

In IE8 I notice little difference in startup speed with or without SpywareBlaster's protection (Immunization).

Windows Defender detects HOSTS file modification immediatly and notifies you if the change should be approved or not.

By the way, I am rid of Avira AntiVir as it does not meet my needs.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: samuelvirucide on April 28, 2009, 01:15:18 PM
hi yokenny,

 
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By the way, I am rid of Avira AntiVir as it does not meet my needs.

 I m just curious only, whats your reason on removing Avira antivir  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on April 28, 2009, 05:07:46 PM
hi yokenny,

 
Quote
By the way, I am rid of Avira AntiVir as it does not meet my needs.

 I m just curious only, whats your reason on removing Avira antivir  ;D

Are you a member of Avira forum? 

If you are check out my posts.

In a nutshell it just does not work for me but against me as I have to cripple a couple of features that have become too troublesome for me so that makes the application virtually worthless to me.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Omid Farhang on April 28, 2009, 05:43:46 PM
@YoKenny: look like a misapprehension... I'm sorry

Where did I say that SpywareBlaster has any influence on the HOSTS file?
You did not said, It was just a suggestion by me, Immunize hosts instead of other places :)

If software can set the HOSTS file to Read only then malware can undo this and have its way with the HOSTS file.
same about anything else... if you immunize IE, malware can remove those URL from it ;)

Restricted Zone Immunization has absolutly nothing to do with the HOSTS file.
I know, but when URL be blocked (redirected to localhost), no need to immunize again in IE or FF, because it would not load... IMHO

In IE8 I notice little difference in startup speed with or without SpywareBlaster's protection (Immunization).
it would not slow down ONLY IE, it would cause slow down in loading all windows application, so you would feel your windows is not working in that way that you like and you wish, you would see your RAM and CPU is free, but system is slightly slow...

Windows Defender detects HOSTS file modification immediatly and notifies you if the change should be approved or not.
Thank you, I would check it in the Windows Defender options/features. look like useful :)

By the way, I am rid of Avira AntiVir as it does not meet my needs.
but it's same what I like and want and need, really really nice detection rate, fast scan speed, very very light on resource and secure, the latest update has added minor behavior detection (something like HIPS, but not like a full guard) for the thing related to browser for even more security, just I wish if Avira could fix that problem about the delay it cause for network operation on slow internet...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 28, 2009, 06:47:30 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/goog_chrome_logo.png)  Internet Explorer + Google Chrome = security problem (http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3224&tag=nl.e539)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: drhayden1 on April 28, 2009, 06:54:01 PM
Some Windows 7 RC torrents infected with trojan :P
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/04/28/some-windows-7-rc-torrents-infected-with-trojan/

Hi Bob-You still in Dallas or back home at the Trailer Park ;)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: scythe944 on April 28, 2009, 06:54:36 PM
Quote
Internet Explorer + Google Chrome = security problem

Yeah, but the fix for Chrome is already available.  IE is probably still at risk though...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 28, 2009, 07:40:49 PM
Some Windows 7 RC torrents infected with trojan :P
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/04/28/some-windows-7-rc-torrents-infected-with-trojan/

Hi Bob-You still in Dallas or back home at the Trailer Park ;)
Still in Dalls.    What Trailer Park ???
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on April 28, 2009, 07:54:16 PM
Some Windows 7 RC torrents infected with trojan :P
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/04/28/some-windows-7-rc-torrents-infected-with-trojan/

Anyone who didn't see this coming is extremely gullible if you download W7 from anywhere other than MS or trusted source you really have to believe it is likely to come with unwelcome gifts. Unfortunately there are plenty of fools about that would do it.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Omid Farhang on April 28, 2009, 08:06:34 PM
Anyone who didn't see this coming is extremely gullible if you download W7 from anywhere other than MS or trusted source you really have to believe it is likely to come with unwelcome gifts. Unfortunately there are plenty of fools about that would do it.
right, when you use illegal (not just illegal in word, un-trusted source) you should accept that you are putting yourself in risk... hope MS make it available to download W7 image via any kind of P2P too... like UBUNTU, OpenOffice.org and... :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: scythe944 on April 28, 2009, 08:09:49 PM
Quote
hope MS make it available to download W7 image via any kind of P2P too... like UBUNTU, OpenOffice.org and...

Yeah, but they'll never do that because they won't have control over it.  MS is all about that...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Omid Farhang on April 28, 2009, 10:35:59 PM
List of all 2007 Office system Service Pack 2 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 packages

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968170
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 29, 2009, 11:29:54 AM
Microsoft Windows 7 Beta 7100 (RC1) introduces a Safer Autoplay (http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/04/27/improvements-to-autoplay.aspx)
Some things do improve. :)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on April 29, 2009, 07:04:04 PM
Microsoft Windows 7 Beta 7100 (RC1) introduces a Safer Autoplay (http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/04/27/improvements-to-autoplay.aspx)
Some things do improve. :)
Really? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB8l2tZj1FY) ;) J/K
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: rdmaloyjr on April 30, 2009, 02:30:34 AM
Some Windows 7 RC torrents infected with trojan :P
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/04/28/some-windows-7-rc-torrents-infected-with-trojan/

Hi Bob-You still in Dallas or back home at the Trailer Park ;)
Still in Dalls.    What Trailer Park ???

Is this Bob's Trailer Park? ;D

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: L' arc :. on April 30, 2009, 01:09:45 PM
-= A sneak peek to Windows 7 RC:

http://news.cnet.com/2300-10805_3-10000789-1.html?tag=mncol
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on April 30, 2009, 04:42:03 PM
CNET Download.com Editors' Choice winners (23) (http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10225066-12.html)
How many of these are you using ?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Omid Farhang on April 30, 2009, 08:45:52 PM
CNET Download.com Editors' Choice winners (23) (http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10225066-12.html)
How many of these are you using ?
5 from windows products. Avira, CCleaner, Picasa, Foxit, MBAM (and also OpenOffice.org for sometimes that I don't be able to access MS Office)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: YoKenny on April 30, 2009, 11:32:52 PM
CNET Download.com Editors' Choice winners (23) (http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10225066-12.html)
How many of these are you using ?

Antivirus software: avast!
Diagnostic software: CCleaner I would not classify CCleaner as Diagnostic software but I do use it.
Internet security suite: none
PDF reader: Foxit Reader
Screen capture: Vista's Snipping tool and MWSnap on XP
Spyware removers: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
System utilities: Defraggler, Event Log Explorer, System Explorer, SpeedFan and USBDeview

Wasn't this announced back around April 22nd or so and I answered there also?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 05, 2009, 06:24:46 AM
Windows-7-rc-available-for-download-now (http://lifehacker.com/5240198/windows-7-rc-available-for-download-now)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on May 05, 2009, 07:14:43 PM
Windows-7-rc-available-for-download-now (http://lifehacker.com/5240198/windows-7-rc-available-for-download-now)

Trying to get it now, The download is kinda slow.  ::)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 05, 2009, 07:21:56 PM
Windows-7-rc-available-for-download-now (http://lifehacker.com/5240198/windows-7-rc-available-for-download-now)

Trying to get it now, The download is kinda slow.  ::)

I would imagine their servers are just swamped. Anyone running Win 7 on a Atom based machine?
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 06, 2009, 04:18:13 AM
Once you've installed the latest Version. there are 2 updates available pertaining to IE8

Click picture to enlarge
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 07, 2009, 03:55:48 PM
What's New in Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgkYVU0cS_0)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 08, 2009, 12:17:18 AM
Windows Genuine” branding is being supplanted by a new name: Windows Activation. (https://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/May09/05-07Piracy.mspx)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 08, 2009, 12:48:29 AM
See what's new in Windows 7 RC (slideshow)
http://content.zdnet.com/2346-9595_22-299694.html (http://content.zdnet.com/2346-9595_22-299694.html)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 08, 2009, 04:50:28 AM
Windows Genuine” branding is being supplanted by a new name: Windows Activation. (https://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/May09/05-07Piracy.mspx)

So it will give users even more headaches? Why doesn't Microsoft just give up on WGA and stop  irritating their customers. The people who want to pirate Windows will always find a way around the anti-piracy software. Put those WGA developers to work actually making Windows a useable OS again like it was in the 2k/XP days.

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on May 08, 2009, 01:39:31 PM
So it will give users even more headaches? Why doesn't Microsoft just give up on WGA and stop  irritating their customers. The people who want to pirate Windows will always find a way around the anti-piracy software. Put those WGA developers to work actually making Windows a useable OS again like it was in the 2k/XP days.
You're almost defending piracy.
You're almost just making FUD.
You're biased Mac. Sorry.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 08, 2009, 04:18:51 PM
He isn't defending piracy, but the WGA doesn't stop piracy, just penalises the end user who may have thought the installation on his system was legit.

With the current incarnation of WGA, it is the end user who is constantly jumping through hoops, even those with legit OS versions, it is a right royal pain in the rear and it is that to which Mac I believe refers.

Having started to read the link Bob gave I almost fell asleep sooooo boring, with more of the same stuff trotted out, but just reworded and the legal end users is still treated as a crook. Not to mention the thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of legit users that fall foul of the WGA process deciding their version isn't legit and the hassle they have to go through to prove their innocence and get WGA to accept their OS.

Though I have to say it seems a bit rich coming from Mac, who so strongly defends the Orchards practice of stopping anyone using OSX on a non-mac system ;D :P

@ Mac
XP is included in the WGA web, but it doesn't have some of the other onerous stuff like UAC.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Lisandro on May 08, 2009, 04:53:36 PM
You're almost defending piracy.
Almost...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 08, 2009, 05:00:21 PM
You're almost defending piracy.
Almost...

Or even 'almost' defending it ;D
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 08, 2009, 05:10:59 PM
So it will give users even more headaches? Why doesn't Microsoft just give up on WGA and stop  irritating their customers. The people who want to pirate Windows will always find a way around the anti-piracy software. Put those WGA developers to work actually making Windows a useable OS again like it was in the 2k/XP days.
You're almost defending piracy.
You're almost just making FUD.
You're biased Mac. Sorry.

Im not defending piracy in any way and this is not meant as FUD toward Microsoft. And while I am anti-microsoft, its not just Microsoft thats doing this. Adobe comes to mind as well. We have had customers come in with a failed Hard Drive, we replace it under warranty then they come back saying they Can't reinstall Photoshop/Acrobat/Illustrator/whatever due to you have to deactivate the old installation first which of course they can't do and then Adobe treats them like criminals when they call and try to explain.

He isn't defending piracy, but the WGA doesn't stop piracy, just penalises the end user who may have thought the installation on his system was legit.

With the current incarnation of WGA, it is the end user who is constantly jumping through hoops, even those with legit OS versions, it is a right royal pain in the rear and it is that to which Mac I believe refers.

Having started to read the link Bob gave I almost fell asleep sooooo boring, with more of the same stuff trotted out, but just reworded and the legal end users is still treated as a crook. Not to mention the thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of legit users that fall foul of the WGA process deciding their version isn't legit and the hassle they have to go through to prove their innocence and get WGA to accept their OS.

Like I said I am not promoting Piracy in any way, I am all for companies protecting their software. I just don't like the Way Microsoft and others currently handle their anti-piracy measures. As you said it is making the legitimate users jump through hoops. I simply think they need to either drop it altogether because pirates will always find a way, or spend the time to develop a system that will not even be noticed by legitimate users.

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Though I have to say it seems a bit rich coming from Mac, who so strongly defends the Orchards practice of stopping anyone using OSX on a non-mac system 
Doing so Violates the License Agreement. And while I am particularly defensive over OSX, I would defend any software in which the users were violating the license agreement. For example I have told many many users of Avast and AVG free editions that they are not allowed to use it in a business environment (Happens all the time)

Quote
XP is included in the WGA web, but it doesn't have some of the other onerous stuff like UAC.

I referred to XP because it did not come with nearly as much anti-piracy measures as Vista/Win 7 have.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 08, 2009, 05:17:18 PM
XBMC 9.04 "Babylon" Updates for All Supported Platforms (http://lifehacker.com/5242735/xbmc-904-babylon-updates-for-all-supported-platforms)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: Marc57 on May 08, 2009, 05:44:05 PM
What's New in Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgkYVU0cS_0)


I've Been duel booting the RC and Vista since it came out and I'm REALLY impressed, So much so that I'm thinking about going all 7.

Here's another great resource for info about 7.

http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/


I really like the new Media player, All the podcasts I watch play fine in it leaving me no reason to install VLC.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 08, 2009, 07:28:09 PM
Lets see just how much they want for the privilege and if the number of versions is up there with the Vista versions, e.g. Windows 7 Home Basic (read crippled), Windows 7 Home Premium (read what is about the minimum requirement), Windows 7 Home Ultimate, etc. etc. etc.

I really hope they don't go down that multi-version fiasco of Vista, but for sure if it is too expensive, I have no problem with XP Pro as it has/does all that I currently need.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: scythe944 on May 08, 2009, 07:44:46 PM
Quote
I really hope they don't go down that multi-version fiasco of Vista, but for sure if it is too expensive, I have no problem with XP Pro as it has/does all that I currently need.

That's right on many levels.

First of all, I don't mind paying for an Operating System that works well.  I DO mind paying $400 for an operating system, especially if I had just paid $400 for the previous version (vista) that came out a mere 2-3 years prior.  I know the upgrades are cheaper, but we all know that "upgrading an O/S" can cause problems.  I also know that there is a way to buy an "upgrade" version of vista, and do a clean install it on a blank system.

Still, How many small businesses can afford to pay close to $400 to put a new operating system on, let's say 8 computers that they own, having to make hardware upgrades just to support it, then having to find driver updates for their hardware / peripherals, updates to software that doesn't work right, and the time they spent to get it all working? How about if they had to pay someone like me to do the work for them?  It's way too much money...

Then, you have to figure out why they put so much time and effort to prevent hacking the O/S so that customers have to pay for it.

There's a reason they get hacked!!!  If they would just charge less, there would be many more legitimate purchases of the O/S, and a lot less hacking.

Gimme Win 7 "ultimate" for $150 and I'll buy it. Upgrade for $99 and I'll buy it, but when the darn thing is over $300-400 bucks, that's just getting ridiculous.

I'll just be happily hacking away for that price...
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on May 08, 2009, 08:23:59 PM
Gimme Win 7 "ultimate" for $150 and I'll buy it. Upgrade for $99 and I'll buy it, but when the darn thing is over $300-400 bucks, that's just getting ridiculous.

I'll just be happily hacking away for that price...

Buy a OEM/SB version... they are "quiet" cheap (compared to the full price :) )
A Vista Ultimate cost 150 euros as SB version... and hopefully Seven isn't much more expensive...
Or if you still go to school (like I do) you can buy the Ultimate of Vista for about 100 Euros ;)

yours
onlysomeone

Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: scythe944 on May 08, 2009, 09:13:25 PM
While you are very right, I'm talking from more of a standpoint of a Consultant buying licenses for small businesses, or from a small business owner buying for his/her own company.  Yes, you could buy OEM, or have it pre-installed on a new machine, but the retail prices still need to come down.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 08, 2009, 09:35:30 PM
I'm not sure where you stand in license terms if you are allowed to buy the OEM version, without it coming as part of a new system, upgrade to the system, etc.

I know my new system I brought forward (June last year) the purchase so I could get XP Pro as there was much musings about not being able to get it after June 2008, only for MS to back down on this. So my version of XP Pro was OEM, but it still cost £105 and that when it was almost $2 to the £1. So not cheap considering Vista had been out for some time.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on May 09, 2009, 01:13:19 AM
I'm not sure where you stand in license terms if you are allowed to buy the OEM version, without it coming as part of a new system, upgrade to the system, etc.

In Austria (i think in the whole EU) Microsoft is forced to offer OEMs to everyone/OEMs can be sold to anyone - as private user you can simply and legaly order it via the internet :)
the only disadvantage is that you just get one installation DVD - 32bit or 64bit (depends on what you choose...)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 09, 2009, 01:31:11 AM
Well an OEM version is only allowed to be installed on one system, so there would be no point in having 32bit & 64bit OS versions (they are also considered different OSes) apart from it being huge.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: onlysomeone on May 09, 2009, 09:52:00 AM
Well an OEM version is only allowed to be installed on one system, so there would be no point in having 32bit & 64bit OS versions (they are also considered different OSes) apart from it being huge.

Yes, but if you have an OEM license you are allowed to install either tho 32bit or the 64bit - you can buy a 32bit version and if you have a installation CD/DVD for 64bit you can also install this one...

I also have one Vista Ultimate Key and two installation DVDs (32 and 64bit) and I always alternate this two OS :)

EDIT: Okay, I'm not sure with the following as the article I read doesn't seem to be serious...
And i think thats the difference between the US and the EU - in the EU you are allowed to do with your license whatever you want... if you change your pc you can legaly take the OEM license with you and install it on your new pc or even sell it to anyone else - its only important that you have it installed on just one pc at one time...


EDIT 2:
You are right DavidR - the OEM is really just for one hardware, but what I meant was the SB (system builder) version - it is not chained to one hardware - it can be used on any hardware you want and can be legaly sold in the EU.
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: DavidR on May 09, 2009, 03:28:45 PM
They don't make it easy do they ;D

The biggest problem is that you might do something in good faith, believing it to be legit and then fall foul to the dreaded WGA :P
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: lee20 on May 09, 2009, 10:10:02 PM
WGA is indeed a pain in the arse, i for one DO side with privacy over agreeing with this WGA nonsensical crap.

--lee
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 09, 2009, 10:23:37 PM
WGA is indeed a pain in the arse, i for one DO side with privacy over agreeing with this WGA nonsensical crap.

--lee
I agree its a pain, But I don't steal software, even it its from Microsoft ( I just refuse to buy Vista/Win7  ;))
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: bob3160 on May 09, 2009, 10:36:11 PM
WGA is indeed a pain in the arse, i for one DO side with privacy over agreeing with this WGA nonsensical crap.

--lee
I agree its a pain, But I don't steal software, even it its from Microsoft ( I just refuse to buy Vista/Win7  ;))
The only way I'll ever use OSX is if I can run it as an emulation on my Windows 7 OS.  :) ;D :)

And the discussion on this subject continues to grow:
http://geeks.pirillo.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2300301:BlogPost:2112846&page=1#comment-2300301_Comment_2113031 (http://geeks.pirillo.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2300301:BlogPost:2112846&page=1#comment-2300301_Comment_2113031)
Title: Re: Interesting Software and System News
Post by: .: Mac :. on May 10, 2009, 03:48:59 AM