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Fri
17
Sep
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Reimage Review

Have you ever considered how much of your work and your life is captured and dependent on your computer? That's why it's foolish, generally expensive, and sometimes just plain crazy to continue relying on your computer without some sort of disaster ... recovery plan -- in case the inevitable happens, and your computer becomes unusable. How disruptive would it be, then, if you were without your computer for a day, a week, or even a month? Registry / System Cleaners / Disk Imagers versus Reimage Repair There are many recovery products on the market designed to improve upon your system's speed and ... (view more)

Mon
30
Aug
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New Hard Drives Trouble for WinXP, Home Server Users

Microsoft has warned users of its Windows Home Server technology that they could have problems using newer hard drives. It follows earlier warnings that the drives are also problematic for Windows XP users. Drives Use Advanced Format Technology The ... situation involves sectors, the individual chunks into which a hard drive is divided. The standard size of each sector has traditionally been 512 bytes, but some drives are already using a 4 kilobyte sector, and this will become the standard size for all drives after 2011. The new drives are referred to as having "Advanced Format" ... (view more)

Mon
25
Jan
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'Comodo Time Machine', and 'Windows Double Explorer'

Comodo Time Machine Comodo Time Machine (CTM) is an alternative to the Windows System Restore. It is a rollback utility that allows users to quickly restore their computers to an earlier point in time using CTM 'snapshots'. Snapshots are contain ... system properties, including the registry, critical operating system files and user created documents. http://www.comodo.com Windows Double Explorer Windows Double Explorer manages two or more Windows Explorers in one application. Also you can add your favorite folders with drag and drop to the toolbar for quick access. It's similar to Norton ... (view more)

Fri
30
Oct
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Win7 Upgrade Trick 'Breaches License,' Says MS

Many users are taking up the offer for Windows 7 "Upgrade," which requires the user to have a pre-existing, legitimate copy of Windows 2000, XP, or Vista already pre-installed on the user's machine. However, Microsoft has recently confirmed it is ... technically possible to install an upgrade-only edition of Windows 7 on a machine that doesn't already have another version of Windows pre-installed. That said, the firm has also pointed out that doing so is an illegal breach of licensing conditions. Several websites have printed what they describe as 'workarounds', which use an upgrade ... (view more)

Mon
28
Sep
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Aussie Gov't Puts Win7 Security up to 'Ultimate' Test

Over the next four years, Australia's New South Wales region will be dolling out 240,000 Lenovo laptops. The goal is to give every high school student a computer by 2012 -- and protecting that many computers has become a matter of top priority. ... Machines Use RFID and Tracking The machines will be equipped with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office, and thanks to bulk pricing, will cost no more than $500 each. To keep costs down, officials have arranged for the machines to be customized with a range of security measures. As well as password protection, there's also tracking software and an RFID chip ... (view more)

Tue
04
Aug
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Fake ATM Nabbed by Defcon 'Hackers' in LA

You might not call it the traditional hack, but law enforcement officers in Las Vegas have reportedly removed a suspicious ATM (Automated Teller Machine) after security experts attending the DEFCON 17 conference noticed something strangely peculiar ... about its design. The ATM in question was located at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, not far from the DEFCON 17 conference, an annual gathering of international hackers and security experts. Those attending the conference -- and let's face it, they're the type that would notice this kind of behavior before anyone else -- realized early on that ... (view more)

Fri
29
May
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Move Windows onto Another PC using Backup?

Infopackets Reader 'Larenal' writes: " Dear Dennis, I want to be able to backup my entire laptop's hard drive (including the Windows Registry ) and in case I have to change my laptop, I'd like to be able to restore the image in the new computer. Is ... this possible with Acronis True Image? Thank you. " My response: This is a great question. There is a workaround -- but unfortunately the scenario you've asked isn't possible. Here's why: You want to transfer MS Windows onto another PC. This isn't allowed by Microsoft because they want you to obtain a separate license for every PC you own. I've ... (view more)

Fri
22
May
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'Test Windows 7 RC On A Virtual Machine: Part 1 and Part 2'

Test Windows 7 RC On A Virtual Machine: Part 1 This handy guide takes an in-depth look at Windows 7's Release Candidate , which was recently just a few weeks ago. Its author shows you how to install a virtual machine in order to test out the new ... operating system easily and safely. http://www.makeuseof.com Test Windows 7 RC On A Virtual Machine: Part 2 This continuation of the previous Windows 7 RC guide now moves beyond the installation of a virtual machine to the installation of Windows 7 itself. http://www.makeuseof.com Today's fresh software picks were provided courtesy of Bob Helmer at ... (view more)

Fri
24
Apr
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Win7: Security Hole 'Unfixable', Experts Say

Security researchers believe they have found a problem with Windows 7 that cannot be fixed. Thankfully, it can only be exploited by people with physical access to a computer. Vipin Kumar and Nitin Kumar demonstrated how to attack a machine using the ... security gap at a conference in Dubai known as Hack In The Box. They've created an application named VBootKit 2.0 which takes up just 3KB of space. Once installed on a machine, the application can temporarily remove the user's password, then give anyone connected to the machine (through a local area network or the Internet) the ability to remotely ... (view more)

Fri
26
Sep
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LHC Black Hole Machine on Hold

The Large Hadron Collider, the machine tipped to revolutionize our understanding of physics, could be out of action for the rest of the year. Scientists had planned to use the machine to create a near light-speed collision between particles so they ... could answer fundamental questions like "what makes up black holes?" and "why is gravity so weak compared with other forces?" However, after an earlier delay with a power failure, the project is on hold thanks to a suspected melted electrical connection between two of the giant magnets which steer the protons (a type of particle ... (view more)

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