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20 Feb/12

Is Tablet-Creep in Operating Systems a Bad Thing and Must we Accept it?

Is Tablet-Creep in Operating Systems a Bad Thing and Must we Accept it?

Like it or not, it would appear that the tablet-ification of our desktop operating systems is inevitable.  Setting aside the new Metro interface that will take the main focus of Windows 8, Apple are slowly creeping more tablet features into OS X and even Canonical are getting in on the act with their Unity interface for Ubuntu and their removal of drop-down menus.  So is tablet-creep a bad thing, and need we accept it?With Windows 8 out next week in beta we will finally get the answers...

28 Set/10

Microsoft Releases Out Of Band Security Patch

Microsoft Releases Out Of Band Security Patch

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Microsoft today released a new out of band security bulletin addressing a vulnerability in ASP.NET that affects all versions of the Microsoft .Net Framework when used on Windows Server operating systems, or on client systems that run a web server from their computer. While that excludes the majority of desktop users, it may still affect some that run web servers on their desktop systems. Those users are asked to update immediately...

22 Set/10

Organize The Windows Start Menu

Organize The Windows Start Menu

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Windows start menu has not changed a lot in the last operating systems that Microsoft has released. Sure, some features like the ability to search or execute programs directly has been implemented, but those new features have not changed the overall look and feel of the start menu. One of the main points of criticism is the lack of options to organize the start menu. Practically any application that gets installed places an...




19 Set/10

See what images are being viewed on your network with driftnet

See what images are being viewed on your network with driftnet

I want to preface this article by saying I am not, in any way advocating spying on your users. With that said, there are times (and reasons) why you might need to see what images are being viewed on your network. Whether it be an end user who is viewing content that goes against specific company policies or, worse, against the law. When this happens, you might have need or cause to see just what is being viewed from your LAN. When this is the case there is a handy tool for that called...

16 Set/10

Email Client Thunderbird 3.1.4 Released

Email Client Thunderbird 3.1.4 Released

We have already seen lots of updates this week; From the first beta of Internet Explorer 9, to updates for the Firefox web browser and Google Chrome updates. Lots of downloading, updating and testing for a week. An update for the desktop email client Thunderbird was just released, raising the version of the email software to 3.1.4. The version is considered a stability update, and therefor a recommended update for all Thunderbird users of the 3.x branch. Thunderbird users who already run...

14 Set/10

View websites offline with WebHTTrack

View websites offline with WebHTTrack

There are reasons why you would want to view a web site off line. Say, for example, you know you are on the go and do not always have access to a network connection, yet you want to be up to date on the latest news. Or you are a developer working on a site and need to be able to make changes, or check a web site for bugs or broken links.  Or maybe you are trying to develop a new site and you want to loosely base your new site (all the while crediting the original site of course) on...

9 Set/10

vifm: Fast, lightweight, old school file manager

vifm: Fast, lightweight, old school file manager

Recently I have been covering some of the lighter weight file managers for the Linux operating system. We’ve seen PCMan File Manager and emelFM2 covered recently. I’ve also touched on Thunar numerous times. All of these file managers have two things in common: They are fast and they have GUIs. Today’s file manager shares the speed, but not the GUI. This file manager is vifm. If you know your Linux you can probably assume the “vi” is associated with one of...

5 Set/10

Add desktop icons to KDE and GNOME

Add desktop icons to KDE and GNOME

Although I am one to prefer a clutter-free, minimalist desktop, I know the majority of users prefer a much more standard, fast-access type of desktop. This means icons. Not the kind of icons you see on many users desktops (you know the ones, where there are so many icons it’s impossible to make sense of what is there), but icons that allow you to launch the applications you use most often. With KDE and GNOME there are different ways to add icons. With one desktop, the process is...

31 Ago/10

Compress Folders, Files In Windows To Save Storage Space

Compress Folders, Files In Windows To Save Storage Space

File compression support is one of the features of the NTFS file system that often gets overlooked by Windows users. Its main purpose is to reduce the storage requirements of files on devices that use the NTFS file system. Compression is however handled different from archivers like 7-Zip, WinZip or WinRar, as the compressed files appear like before in the operating system (meaning there is not extension change to indicate a compressed files). This ensures that the files can be used normally...

2 Ago/10

Microsoft Out Of Band Security Update Released

Microsoft Out Of Band Security Update Released

Microsoft as expected has just released an out of band security update for the Windows operating system that fixes a critical security vulnerable. The vulnerability affects all Microsoft operating systems that have been released in the past years, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and the Windows Server product line. The severity of the issue and the fact that the security vulnerability was already exploited actively made the out of band release a necessity. This security...

2 Ago/10

Twitter sees 20 billionth tweet

Twitter sees 20 billionth tweet

Twitter’s micro-blogging service has always been popular, and with people such as Stephen Fry entertaining the masses, it’s popularity can only grow as more and more people sign up to follow the musings of person A or X. Now though the service has recorded it’s 20 billionth tweet from a graphic designed based on Tokyo known as GGGGGGo_Lets_Go. The Tweet “So that means the barrage might come back later all at once.” was recorded at 1544GMT on Saturday. ...

30 Lug/10

Creating self-signed certificates with gnoMINT

Creating self-signed certificates with gnoMINT

I do a lot of work with Linux servers. Many of those servers are either web or mail that require the use of a signed certificate for authentication. In some of these cases a CA authorized certificate is necessary. In other cases though a self-signed certificate can be used. I can generate a self-signed certificate by command line pretty easily…but not everyone wants to take the time to learn how to do this. For those that want to ease of a user-friendly GUI tool to generate their...

30 Lug/10

Stuxnet Rootkit Remover

Stuxnet Rootkit Remover

Stuxnet is family of new threats that have emerged in mid July 2010, with the majority of infected computer systems in Iran, Indonesia, India and the US. The rootkit is distributed by direct attacks, email, infected executables and the recently discovered lnk shortcut security vulnerability in Windows. Stuxnet uses the aforementioned .lnk technique to install additional malware components. It first injects a backdoor (Worm:Win32/Stuxnet.A) onto the compromised system, and then drops...

30 Lug/10

Ballmer, “Windows 7 slates are job number one”

Ballmer, “Windows 7 slates are job number one”

In times of economic uncertainty there have been questions asked by Microsoft shareholders about the company’s intentions with the slate / tablet PC form factor.  At the company’s annual Financial Analyst Meeting this week CEO Steve Ballmer said that Windows 7 slates were “job number one” according to ZD Net. “We have a push with our hardware partners” he said, adding that such devices would be coming “soon”.  But where does this leave...

29 Lug/10

Remove Skype From The Windows 7 Taskbar

Remove Skype From The Windows 7 Taskbar

Skype users who have switched from Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7 recently may have noticed that the Skype icon remains in the Windows 7 taskbar even if Skype is minimized. This was not the case in the other two operating systems, and frankly it should not be that way. Two options are available to remove Skype from the Windows 7 Taskbar. The first solution is to run Skype in Vista compatibility mode. A right-click on the Skype icon in the Windows start menu and the selection...

29 Lug/10

Adobe / Microsoft to team up on Vulnerability Sharing

Adobe / Microsoft to team up on Vulnerability Sharing

Microsoft has announced that it’s to extend it’s Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) to include vulnerability sharing information from Adobe. The programme, launched in October 2008 allows sharing of information about security vulnerabilities with security software vendors.  So far 65 companies have signed up to the scheme. In a statement, Microsoft said… “Adobe products are relied on by individuals and organizations worldwide. Given the relative ubiquity...

28 Lug/10

Yahoogle.co.jp!

Yahoogle.co.jp!

Just as Microsoft and Yahoo! have joined forces in search, now Yahoo! Japan and Google have linked up too. Yahoo!’s Japanese search engine will now just Google’s technology rather than stick with fellow partner Microsoft and their Bing search engine as reported by NeoWin. Yahoo! will also use Google’s advertising system and pass search data back to Google. Masahiro Inoue, Yahoo Japan President, said that after a thorough investigation they found that Microsoft’s...

28 Lug/10

Auto Wallpaper Fetcher And Changer

Auto Wallpaper Fetcher And Changer

Many computer users like to customize their operating system, and one of the most common options they have at their disposal is changing the background image of the desktop. Some like to change the wallpaper to a personal photo, while others like to download wallpapers from the Internet instead. The freeware Auto Wallpaper Fetcher and Changer offers to automate the process of downloading wallpapers from the Internet as much as possible. It supports both local and remote wallpapers, and...

28 Lug/10

Enable WebGL, Direct2D Rendering In Firefox 4 Beta

Enable WebGL, Direct2D Rendering In Firefox 4 Beta

The latest beta of Firefox 4, and actually several previous versions of Firefox as well, have features included that are disabled by default, mostly because they have not been tested enough to enable them for all Internet users by default. If you have read the Firefox 4 Beta 2 release notes you may have noticed that they explicitly mention two features that are included but disabled in the beta release, specifically: Full WebGL support is included but disabled by default at this time An...

28 Lug/10

Firefox 4 Beta 2 Released, App Tabs Included

Firefox 4 Beta 2 Released, App Tabs Included

Mozilla has released Firefox 4 Beta 2 yesterday, a new beta version of the upcoming Firefox 4 web browser. The new version can be downloaded from the release notes or official beta download page. It is as usual available for all supported operating systems (Linux, Mac, Windows) and languages. The “big” new feature in Firefox 4 Beta 2 is App Tabs, which resembles Google Chrome’s Pin Tab feature. Every tab in Firefox has a new option on right-click to convert it into an...