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Wed
22
Mar
John Lister's picture

Man Jailed Over a Year for Not Disclosing Password

A US court says a man must provide the password to unlock two hard drives that prosecutors say contain unlawful images. The court rejected his appeal that to do so would breach his fifth amendment rights, which roughly translate to: "No person shall ... be held to answer for a ... [crime], unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury." The case is an unusual twist on the more common disputes about how the fourth amendment -- which deals with searches and seizures -- applies to technology. In this case the man claims that handing over the password could incriminate him. The ... (view more)

Fri
23
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: 'BOOTMGR is Missing' when Cloning HD to SSD

Infopackets Reader Pam C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently purchased an SSD (solid state hard drive) and wish to transfer my existing copy of Windows (from a standard hard drive) onto the SSD. I used Acronis True Image to clone the hard drive to ... SSD, but when I try and boot from the SSD, I receive the error message that 'BOOTMGR is Missing'. I have also tried creating an archive backup of the original hard drive and then restored that to the SSD, but I have the same problem. How can I fix the 'BOOTMGR is Missing' error? " My response: This is a very common problem ... (view more)

Fri
03
Apr
Dennis Faas's picture

Best Mobile, Pocket-sized Computer and No Data Plan?

Infopackets Reader Steve T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just read yesterday's survey article entitled ' Are Smartphones a Vital Tool in 2015? ' and was intrigued with its findings. Personally, I don't own a smartphone because I cannot afford to pay for ... the data plans. I would like to know, is there a cheap mobile device that I can use that is similar in size to a smart phone, but doesn't use a mobile data plan? " My response: Yes. You can use a small sized tablet (around 8 inches or so) but it's not very mobile in the sense that won't fit very nicely in your pocket. As such, I think best choice ... (view more)

Fri
19
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Why you Should Not Rely on a Disk Clone as a Backup

Infopackets Reader 'Mike' writes: " Dear Dennis, [Regarding your post about the TorrentLocker Ransomware virus , I would like to hire you to help me set up a backup on my system to help keep me protected against such threats. As for my question, I ... have a Windows 7 Lenovo desktop with a 1 TB internal hard drive] ... I want to clone my internal hard drive to an external hard drive , maybe once a week. I then want to reverse clone the hard drives [in case I get hit with a virus like TorrentLocker] ... It seems intuitive that [when I clone the hard drive for backup, that] both hard drives should ... (view more)

Fri
24
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Should I disable the Windows Page File or Swap File?

A visitor chatted with me on the web site other day, and he had a question about the Windows Page file. He wrote: " I have a question in regard to optimizing Windows and its 'page file'. I have Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) with a 1 terabyte (TB) ... hard drive, and 8 gigabytes of RAM. My system uses a newer generation Intel processor (Core i5 or Core i7). My question is: do I really need a page file when I have 8GB of memory? In your opinion, which is better: having Windows manage my page file, or should I define a custom page file, or use no page file? " My Response: The short answer is that ... (view more)

Fri
03
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

'Files Terminator Free 2.3.0.7', and 'HD Speed 1.7.5.100'

Files Terminator Free 2.3.0.7 Files Terminator Free is an easy-to-use application that allows users to permanently delete their files on their computer, and so free up disk space. This free utility software also protects the user's privacy by ... permanently deleting sensitive documents, images, videos and other files, so they can't be retrieved by hackers or others trying to steal information. http://weebly.com HD Speed 1.7.5.100 HD Speed is a free software tool that measures both the sustained and burst data transfer rates of your computer's hard disks, CD / DVD-roms, flash cards / USB sticks, ... (view more)

Tue
21
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

'Ashampoo ClipFinder HD 2.26', and 'BluetoothView 1.6'

Ashampoo ClipFinder HD Free 2.26 Ashampoo ClipFinder HD Free is a like a 3D web browser. You enter search words in the Search bar and the software displays its search results from up to 15 video portals, as clip thumbnails in its 3D Video Wall. You ... can choose to search selectively within selected portals, just one portal, or all portals. This program is free for non-commercial use. http://www.ashampoo.com BluetoothView 1.6 BluetoothView is a small utility that runs in the background and monitors the activity of Bluetooth devices around you (note: a PC Bluetooth dongle / adapter is required in ... (view more)

Mon
29
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

'Duplicate Cleaner 2.1', and 'Quick Media Converter HD 4.5.0.2'

Duplicate Cleaner 2.1 Find and delete duplicate files, mp3s, photos, old documents and much more. Duplicate Cleaner is a featured program will work at home or in a networked environment. http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk Quick Media Converter HD ... 4.5.0.2 Quick Media Converter is a free universal Video and Audio YouTube converter with many different possibilities. It's designed to be simple to use and supports a myriad of formats and codecs. Introduced in late December 2007 as a beta version (2.8) it has soon grown to be one of the most popular media converters around. http://www.cocoonsoftware. ... (view more)

Sun
28
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Online Holiday Shopping? Read Dennis' Top 10 Recommendations

With over 30 years in computing experience, I'm often asked my opinion about computer hardware. Questions like, "What can I do to speed up my computer?", or "What type of laptop should I buy?" and things of that nature. Like anyone else, I love a ... good deal. In order to find the best deal possible, sometimes I spend an entire day shopping online to compare prices and features of similar components. Unfortunately, many of the "recommendations" I've read recently appear to be forged for the sake of making a sale, which means there's an awful lot of time wasted wading through ... (view more)

Fri
12
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

'Comodo Dragon Internet Browser', and 'Winx HD Video Converter'

Comodo Dragon Internet Browser Comodo Dragon Internet Browser is an alternative to Internet Explorer, Opera or Mozilla Firefox. It's main focus is performance and safety. It's based on Google's Chrome browser and infused with Comodo's unparalleled ... attention to security. http://www.comodo.com Winx HD Video Converter UPDATE: after publishing this entry online infopackets, users have reported that the "free" license being offered (link below) is restricted to 5 minutes of usage: please note this before downloading to avoid being disappointed. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe builds in ... (view more)

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