The Best App's for 2006

Hopefully if you missed out on any of these app's. You'll still have time to try them out and make them a part of your life.


Crazy Med

Recently started taking some medication and now you want to know the pro's and cons of taking this new medicine. This site will tell you just that and more.


Compact Disc Eraser

Now you don't have to worry about throwing out your old CD's and DVD's with data files. Use this Compact Disc Eraser, to protect your identity.


Dell 27" LCD

Dell's new 27" LCD has new features and options that are changing the way future LCD will now have. Let's see to what other new surprise are awaiting in 2007.


Display videos from your Pocket PC

Now your can turn your Pocket PC into a projector with an easy adapter to it's SD slot. You just hook your cable to an SD slot and connect to a screen using S video or VGA. It's that simple.


FieldPro Mobile Printer

Looking for a thermal mobile printer. Take a look at FieldPro Mobile Printer. It just happens to be the smallest 4 inch. compact printer around that comes in Wifi and Bluetooth version.


Germ Killing Light

Afraid of those nasty pest lurking all around you. Don't be afraid the Germ Killing Light is here to say the day. I just don't know if this light will be able to kill all of these germs?



Got something for Christmas and now you don't know what to do with it. Try this site. At least you can choose what you would like to have had.


Gmail Tips

Using Gmail. Here are tips to help you be more user friendly on what Gmail can do for you.


China to standardize chargers

If the demand keeps on coming. We could eventually say goodbye to the various chargers we have for most of our electronic gadgets. It's not likely that your never going to see a charger again. But nice to know that you can now use your USB device to charge almost anything now.


New gadget support site

Purchased something new and now you need support for that product. Try Retrevo first and hopefully it will guide you to the correct support sites for your new product.



Here is a site to report and keep malware off your PC. Hopefully in the future these sites will be closed down quickly, once someone files a complaint.


Google Blast from the past

Want to search the web and learn about history. Try Google Blast from the past. It gives you a collection of earth from the 1700's to Present. Now at least you can fast forward as the world evolves around us.


What is everyone downloading around the world

Download squad will tell you. It will keep you updated on the new software around the world that everyone is currently downloading and using.



The easies way to get organized. Use the PocketMod and it will organize your things to do list in a convient way. This way you can carry it where ever you go and still be organized.


Mobile freeware

Here is your Palm and Pocket PC freeware website to get you just about almost anything that can be useful for your device.


Verizon G'z One

Verizon has developed a new rugged shock and water resistant phone. I hope someone can put this phone to the extreme to see if it lives to it's name.



If you have currently the Firefox browser running on your computer here is a nice add on. A web based word processor similar to Microsoft Word. No need to learn the software because it behaves similar.


All Freeware

A great site to start searching for freeware, when you just want everything that's just free.



A new site developed to prevent illegal music downloads. It's an ad based website that enables users to get free mp3's downloads. The goal for SpiralFrog is to lure away people from downloading illegals mp3's via peer to peer downloads. So far music labels have signed on. Only time will tell if this site will work.


Small Business Free Email Solution

If you have a small business with at least 20 individuals and want to incorporate email. This maybe a great solution, until your company can structure itself better in the future. You have similar outlook applications that work towards your group. The only bad side is that if your net goes down, so do you. But you can't beat the price - Free.


Webcams the size of USB Thumbdrives

Get ready for portable webcams the size of current USB keys. It's portable, it's small and eventually be able to deliver what current webcams offer today.


MegaPixels Chart

What do all these digital camera MegaPixels mean. It's simple. If you want to take a picture and print it. Well this is how big it will print. But that doesn't mean that you can't make them larger by using a third party software. Now think about it. How many times will you really print anything larger than 4x5.33?

MP Print Size at 300dpi Potential Enlargement
2.1 4x5.33 10x13
3.2 5x7 16x20
4.1 >5x7 20x24
6.1 7x10 26x40
8.3 7.8x11.7 32x49
10.2 8.5x12.7 33x50
12.4 9.5x14.3 40x60


Never burn bridges

Talk about stupid. Sometimes in life when your at a no win position. It's better off to learn what you learned and move on. But this employee had other plans and took this too personal. He should of just left.


Video Surveillance

If you are concern about video surveillance. Here is an user friendly surveillance product that's affordable. No need to understand the technical terminology needed to install and operate your surveillance unit. Just follow the instructions on installing the cameras and receiver and your done.


Google gets into website registration

It's a good move for Google just in case it's search engine profits slow down. I just hope they are able to implement new web base ideas.


AVI Codec Help

Downloaded a movie or video and your having problems viewing it. Well AVI Codec Help is here to solve your problems. Although I can't guarantee that this will work for every movie or video your download. This is a start on figuring out what video format you need for your player to play the movie.


iPod DJ

Now you can mix like a profession via iPod. I don't know if this item is going to be a hit but just to show what the future holds for iPod.


Solar Ports

I've been doing some research on these items for a few months now and it's practically affordable if you can narrow down on how many items you can use this solar charger for. The only down side I see, is the solar cell life expectancy. But if you use it on a regular basis, then it's priceless.


Wireless Recharging Pads

This product guarantees your wireless and laptop device can recharge wirelessly. I just hope that this will work for everything. That way I can store away all my recharges.



I've seen it all. But I do think this iPod Accessories are getting to everyone's head now. What do you think?


The New Windows Vista

It's here. Want to know if your PC is Windows Vista Ready.
Make sure you read on the minimum requirements.
For most users it will be just better off to buy a new PC with Vista built in.


Windows New Anti Piracy Tool

We know the that Windows is spending lots of money validating it's licensing copies. I just hope this new Anti Piracy tool is not one of those new Window headaches.


iPod Video Transmitter

I don't know how long the iPod phase will last. But I must admit they do have some great accessories to want to make iPods a part of your life. Keep it up Apple.


Fabric Keyboard

The nice thing about this product is that it can easily turn into a carrying case for your favorite portable device. I just don't know how long lasting this product will be. So stay tune.


McAfee Nightmare

Tired of McAfee and your now using another antivirus software. Well if you haven't noticed carefully. McAfee suite may still be on your computer. If you already tried the un-install button in control panel and get an error that you must uninstall all McAfee programs. Follow these few steps and hopefully you'll get to remove this annoying suite. The MPFCleanupTool.exe will help you remove some of the McAfee programs that will not go away. It's a pain un-install process but McAfee suite will be history.


Google Teaches Teachers

Google shares it's wealth, by offering premium services for free. Teachers and children now have the opportunity to use word and excel via online for free. Now everyone can enjoy the premium services that Microsoft controlled for years.

Gmail - Google Teaches Teachers About Software


Xerox Erasable Paper

If your printing confidential information and want to make sure your papers don't become public. This will control your privacy concerns. It's erasable paper. This product claims to erase in 24 hours. Let's put privacy to work.


iTunes on any music site

If everything goes as planned this kids hack will be a new feature for all music sites. The hack doesn't interfere with Apple copyrights on it's iTune player. But it gives download music sites the ability to sell iTunes music for the iTunes player. Hopefully Apple will not bite back.


Zero Gravity Chair

I wish to go to space soon. But I will prefer to have the gravity chair first. Ideal, unique and I must admit creativity at it's best.


Google Caller ID Service

This new caller ID service from Google will hopefully change phone service in the future. Now it's only a matter of time before everyone gets caller ID for free.



Need free webhositng and a blog site all in one. Well Blogeasy may be your answer. Although the service is unreliable. It is free and you can't be freebies.


Import Old emails and Contacts to Gmail

This is a tough one if you don't have computer experience, but hopefully I can make it simple for you.
To import your contacts to Gmail go to your contacts and export them using CVS file format and save them on to your computer. Open Gmail click on Contacts in Gmail and import the CVS files into Gmail. You'll have to locate the files from your computer and click the import button and your done importing your Contacts from your old email account.
You can use the help of these alternate softwares to make your life easier

For Outlook Email export try this program, the only bad thing is that it will change your email date to present email import date. But it will get the job done.


Gmail Impersonator

I've been using the service for quite sometime already and I just love the way it works. Gmail let's you impersonate another email address. Very simple to do. You go to email settings in the forwarding and pop link. Just type in the email address you want to impersonate, wait for the confirmation email to confirm account and your set. You then choose the email you want your emails to come from. It's a great solution for someone who want to use their job email address and personal email account via one email account.


Gmail Online Storage Vault

If your currently using the Firefox browser and have a Gmail account. Here is a nice extension for your browser to make your online storage vault more accessible. It bypasses the 10 mb attachment limit and gives you the ability to drag and drop files at ease using your current Gmail account.


Cell Phone Extender

Getting poor signal from your Cell Phone. Well the Cell Phone Extender is here to the rescue, if you can afford the pricey product. These little gadgets are slowing appearing around as a solution for cellular dead spots. I just hope that the prices will drop so that everyone can easily afford this product.


CD Destroyer

Right now it's only available in Japan, but hopefully it will hit the U.S. Markets soon. Think of possibly owning a unit that can shred a CD, similar to a document shredder. No more fears from people getting sensitive information.


Virtual PBX

Want to create an inexpensive PBX system but also keep overhead and maintenance low.
Check out these links for do it your self. It will cut down monthly expenses and get you familiar with PBX technology.






Music Lyrics

Love that favorite song that they play on the radio but still want to know all the words. Well if you haven't figured it out already you can now find out what an artist is saying by doing a simple google music search. Just type the name of the artist and music single and sure enough it will give you the music lyrics. I can't vouch that you'll be able to find all of your favorite songs. But at least it's available online for free.


BlueAnt X3 micro

Think of it as Bluetooth getting better. You not only get a choice of different colors but can pair three devices without having to disconnect from them. Once you walk out of range of your handset a melody plays, so that you don't have to worry if you loose connection. Although there is some draw backs when using VOIP. It's only a matter of time before they correct it's little bugs. But besides that. It looks like bluetooth is going in a great direction.


Cosmic Connections

The French space exploration is working with other companies to broadcast a TV show to another cosmic connection. What they see will be all up to you. The public is getting an opportunity to join in on the fun to submit text, images, and art work to another galaxy. What will you send?


Mobile Video

If you take pictures and videos via mobile phone, then you should be aware of these new sites on the net. You can easily post pictures and video on there site and if you want you to link them it's as easy as posting an html code.

Juice Caster





Incident Alert

Want to know what's going on in your area. Check out the RSS incident blog. It promises to update you on any know incident that you should be aware of. You can either check out the website on a day to day basis or setup email settings to advise you when an incident occurs via email. Don't be the last person to know what happens. Be the first


Another Bookmark Sync Manager

Yes Firefox is ahead of the game and taking care of those detail everythings that make life easier. Next time your looking for a Bookmark Sync Manger. Make sure you have the latest Firefox browser and then decide on which bookmarks extension works with you.


Firefox bookmark solution

If you have Firefox installed and looking for bookmarks solution to being able to access it on any PC. This could be what your looking for. Just install the extension in the Firefox browser and put every bookmark on Simply. Now your bookmarks are portable.


IE 7 Headache

Somethings are better left alone.
Installed IE 7 and are excited to see what's new. But guess what. Many things are now missing and you hate it that your system now seems to crash. IE 7 is not what you expected and you wished you never did upgrade. Guess what now. You have two choices. Either put up with the new IE 7 problems, or revert back to IE 6.
If you decide on sticking with IE 7 good luck. But for those of us who learned from Microsoft past problems. Your best bet is to revert back to IE 6. This is simple. Just go to Control panel and click on add and remove programs and remove IE 7. After you reboot your browser settings goes back to IE 6 and your done. It's that easy.


What to do with old games ?

If your tired of selling your old games to a retailer who just makes a bundle on your investment. You might want to take a look at Goozex. Now you can trade off games to other gamers direct. No more hassles and no high prices for games.



Glowing Power cord

In order for people to understand power conservation. A new group is developing glowing power cords to show people how much energy they're wasting. Hopefully the world will adapt to not leaving items on when not in use.


Microsoft Still hasn't learned

If you've ready to upgrade to IE7 read this first. Microsoft still hasn't learned it's lessons from the past and it looks like it's just more updates for the incomplete software giant. You figure with all that extra cash lying around they could easily build a better browser. Better yet, why don't just buy a competing software browser to end your headaches.


Free PC with broadband

Here's the catch if you can afford $19.99 a month for three years this might be a nice deal for you. You get 8mb of broadband a 17 inch monitor, 160 gig hard drive, 512 mb or ram with Window XP media center and an upgrade voucher for Vista, when it comes out.
It's not for everyone but it's a good start for an affordable PC that's priced at $500- with broadband.
Sign up Link


Firefox 2.0

If you have the latest Firefox, it maybe a while before you can get the 2.0 version because of certain software extension updates. If you want you can install it directly and it will for the time being disable any extension that is not currently working with the 2.0 version.
Here are the links:
Firefox with Extras



IE 7 is Here

Ready for IE 7. Well let's just say Microsoft now has a new tab browsing browser that hopefully will change your mind on how you surf the web. It's about time that they caught up with technology.


Vista Requires no Activation

Microsoft is saying that with Vista there no activation for now. But we all know that it's only a matter of time before that changes. But I would just wait to see how the operating system performs, before going out and wasting your money on another incomplete Microsoft product.


Fossil Bluetooth Watch

I have to say I never saw this thing coming. Who could ever think of a Bluetooth watch. Well at least you could find out who's calling you. But I don't see what other uses it can do. Can you?


What's Better IE or Firefox

It's no contest for now. Microsoft is playing catch up but they haven't done really anything great besides doing what people have been wanting Microsoft to do for years. Stay ahead of the rest download Firefox here Link


Game Copy World

This is a start for everyone to be able to save there games and prevent any future damages to the Game CD or DVD. It saves all games in ISO image so that if the CD or DVD game gets damaged you still can play your games.


Popcorn is not what it seems

User's beware. They're have been complaints that they install pop up programs via your trial subscription. And they make it difficult for you to uninstall the program after your trial period ends. It's a tricky EULA agreement that you agreed on when you downloaded the trial program on to your computer. In the end it's the consumer who deals with these annoying pop ups that they can't get rid of.
If your a victim. Keep on complaining and hopefully someone will listen.
Here is a site that can help you remove the software.


Microsoft Expression Web

Microsoft Expression Web is the new Frontpage. It's suppose to be easier to do webpages using CSS. But good luck on getting to learn the database, RSS and advanced features that it holds. I just don't understand why Microsoft couldn't just keep the Frontpage alive until no one is interested in buying the software anymore.


Mini Travel Iron

I would never believe that anything so small can make my day, but when it comes to wrinkle shirts. This does solve the problem easily. At least I now can hide this in my shirt pocket.




If your getting ready to buy a large capacity USB key for your computer. Hold on and make sure your read all there is to know about U3 and then go out and purchase a new USB key. Prices have been dropping lately and you could now get a good bargain for a large capacity USB. Your next purchase should contain a USB with the new U3 capability.


D - Link Pocket Router

D-Link has always been on top when it comes to wireless access. Now they are ahead of the game with their new Pocket Router. Giving full wireless access to the business traveler.


MTV's new Urge

MTV has joined the music band wagon and now everything will have a price tag on it. I believe this is a positive move for MTV since they are the Music world and generating extra profits will do just more for them.


Google Doc & Spreadsheets

Google has had it's spreadsheet software working for a while and it's exactly what many of us wanted. Free online software. Now recently they added there Document feature which enable you to do Word Documents as well. Now there is no need to install office on your PC, since Google now offers it free. Microsoft now will have to compete to see if it's office suite could remain on top.
For those of us who already have a Gmail account, it's a simple as looking at your top left hand corner of your browser and searching for the keyword spreadsheet.


Abandonware Games

Want to still play those games that you just can't find anymore. Well check out these two websites and track down your favorite games that you always loved to play.

The Underdogs



Clipboard Recorder

If you hate copy & paste using clipboard. Now there is no need to worry with clipboard recorder. It saves you time by storing the first 99 clipboards to your computer, so that you can use it repeatedly. No need to worry that you deleted the wrong clip board again.



Purchased a new LCD monitor for your computer and want to make sure you got your moneys worth? Well install UdPixel and hope that your monitor passes the test and does not have to many stuck or dead pixels on the screen. If so hurry back and return your monitor or check out your monitors warranty issue for defects.



Want to easily install windows to a CD. nLite lays out the options for you the easy way. Now you can easily install Windows at ease along with the serial key and network settings. No need to monitor the installation.


All Peers

Looking for an easy share utility to share photo's, files and videos. AllPeers is here. But the only catch is that it only works with the Firefox browser. So if you don't have the browser, you'll have to wait until they make it compatible with others. Also be caution, it's still in beta.


Another Free VPN Connection

Hemachi let's you sign over the internet to your PC automatically and helps to make your life simpler. There is a premium service but you still can use it for free. This site was recently acquired by LogMeIn and it's only a matter of time before both sites link to each other.


Drive Key Boot Utility

HP sure has made it easy to make a USB key bootable. All you do is install the software into your USB key and install your Bois updates or any other bootable updates so that your USB key can install it at ease.
Then you just have to make sure that your motherboard supports USB bootable drives.


Belarc Advisor

Here is a nice utility to keeps your pc up to date on what components, devices and software's you have installed on your PC. It also will generate missing Microsoft hotfixes for your machine.


Program Unlocker

Hate it when your trying to rename or delete a program and you can't complete the task because the program is locked. Say hello to the Unlocker. It let's you disable the lock feature in your program and gain control.



There are so many harmful programs out there and not too many good programs help you find them. Hopefully Blacklight will catch them before they catch you.



Here is a new anti-spyware software that helps you track down those Trojan horses. There is always no guarantee that you'll be safe. But it's always good to have one of these utilities to protect you from the inevitable.


Which Programs takes all of your space

Want to know which program is eating up all your hard drive space. Well this program will just help you narrow down the programs in color code.


File Recovery Software

Here is an excellent file recovery software that helps you to rescue data when you need to make sure you need your information back.


Running out of Hard drive space

If your running low on hard drive space here is a free utility to help your regain space that's on your hard drive. Take control of your computer, now.


Monitor your Kid's Driving

If your concern what your children do while driving your vehicle. Here is a new way to monitor there driving habits. It's a little pricey for the year but in the end it gives you a peace a mind.


Pierce your Car

Think that you seen all that there was of piercing. Check out Pierce your Car. It takes piercing to the next level.


New DVD chip to make illegal Copying difficult

To add more headaches to our already common Windows problems. The new DVD's that are expected to come out soon for movies will have radio chips in them to prevent illegal copying. If a DVD is placed in a non region player. It will automatically stop working. Let's see what other problems this new radio chip will create for the honest consumer.


Stupid Criminal

I love this site. It has good interesting Stupid Criminal Files. But these videos do make my day - for mature audience only.
I must admit we do have some stupid criminals out there and it just proves it that crime doesn't pay.


Sport Cams

Looking for a digital camera to record your favorite sport try these few exciting cameras.

Tony Hawk Helmet Cam

Viosport Adventure Cam 3

Oregon Scientific ATC 1000


iCarta iPod

Just when you think you seen all the iPod accessories you can think of comes iCarta iPod. It promises that you don't miss a beat in the most important room of your house. Now you can say your an iPod junkie.


Out of this world Vacation

Tired of traveling from state to state, country to country. The new Space Island Group promises much more. More than you can ever imagine. With experiences and memories that will last you a life time. Sign up and await, out of this world experiences.


Outdoor USB Glove Kit

If your an outdoor person and always enjoy using your laptop. This winter when the weather drops now you have a good excuse to stay online and keep your fingers warm. I just hope you have enough battery life.


Not just another USB

If your looking for a unique USB device. Take a look at these natural wonders that promises to get your attention immediately.


Google Transit

Want the fastest way to get around town via city transportation. Well Google is here to the rescue. It's still in beta but your city will eventually be there within time.


Wireless Amber Alerts

Want to make a difference in your life. Sign up for wireless amber alerts and be a part on saving lives.


World Wide Lost & Found 2

Here is another of those Lost & Found websites where you register your product and hopefully it will some day come back to you. It looks like someone is trying to see if they can profit from Lost & Found items. I hope these companies can stay in business long enough for someone to get some satisfaction.



Here is an interesting online service for your emails. It suppose to protect people from stealing your email address and using it in non productive ways. It's sort of like a security cop for your email address. I don't believe anyone will ever really need this service unless someone uses it in an unlawful way. But the service is interesting enough to worth to try to see if it's for you.


Lost & Found around the world

Lost an item. Well now we have the Global Lost & Found around the world. At least now if you find something you can return it to the right person globally.


Banana Cell Phone Cover

Who ever said that you can't have a banana cell phone did not have the time to check out this website. It decorates your future phone and makes it enjoyable for anyone to use your phone.


Lost iPod's

This is your lost and found website for Apple iPod's. If your concern if one day your iPod maybe lost for $5- you can register it with the lost and found and pray that someone will return it if it's ever lost. Good luck.


Private Phone

Here is a great website to get a free phone number with voicemail. It's the type of free service for individuals who want to keep there phone numbers private. Now there is no need to give your phone number out.


Top 25 Worst Websites

You will sure be surprised what websites they named as being the worst.


Your Next Photo Viewer

It's a photo viewer for your computer with lot's and lot's of options. It's more like an RSS program for pictures that is used as a screensaver.



How do you add pictures from your Flickr account to your computer so that you never get tired of watching your favorite pictures. This is easily done with Slickr. It might slow up your system when loading new photo's, but the end results are rewarding.


Bot A Blog

Similar to FeedBlitz on sending you emails when your favorite blog has new posts. I see this as the future for being updated on what's new and new news.


iRiver S10 Smallest Player

I enjoy how everyone tries to compete with the iPod. iRiver does it best with it's new iRiver S10. In 1 Gig and 2 Gig capacity and even with FM. The best bet is that battery life is eight hours and yes it so small.



Who ever said that photo sharing was difficult had yet to see FilmLoop. The program is very simple. You download the player and drop and drag photo's to FilmLoop. No log in, no website to go to. Just sit back and watch photo's come to life. The more photo's you see depends on how many users you share you FilmLoop to others. Worth to check out and try.


Motion Box

If your looking for a nice editing player. Take a look at Motion Box it's more than your usual player and gives you a lot of editing capability to post almost anywhere.


Music Boss slams RIAA

I can understand that download music is illegal, but what I can't understand is why the RIAA keeps on suing minors who only wrong doing is catching up to what technology has created. The music industry has to understand that music has evolved around technology and music now is being reached by millions via the world wide web. It's up to the music industry to see how to make money with modern technology.


Car Backup Camera

If your in the market for a car backup camera be sure to take a look at this new product. It comes with a 2.5" LCD in color and it can easily be mounted by yourself with valuable time on your hand.


Get more of your Verizon Razr V3c

If you already own a Verizon Razr V3c you can following the instructions to get more out of your phone. It's sad to know that Verizon is holding back on how powerful this phone can be.


Take Your PSP to the Next Level

Take your PSP to the next level by installing software and other useful utilities. Now your game console will be more than just a game.


Take your Digital Camera to better Flexibility

If you love taking pictures with your digital camera. Here are good tips to master the camera filters that they come with giving you more flexibility when taking pictures.


Media Center Space Saver

Have Windows Media Center. Well here is an interesting way to delete commercials, the same features that TiVo and ReplayTV years ago had the capabilities to do. Hopefully now you can save some hard drive space.


Slingbox Easy Fix

Slingbox recently upgraded it's firmware to encrypt video streams. So if you recently purchased the product make sure you not upgrading to version 1.0.86 which added this encryption. If you already did then it's too late but you can download the old firmware by loading the older Slingplayer software. It will cost you $29.95 direct. But try before you buy to make sure it works. Hopefully they're will be other open source software to make this easier to do. For now this is your only choice.


Take your Roomba to the next level

If you recently purchased a Roomba vacuum cleaner and want your product to do more for you. See the easy instructions needed to get more from your iRobot.


PlayStation 3 Delayed

If your one of the millions waiting for the new PlayStation 3. I would wait just a little bit longer. Already they are delaying Europe's unleashed PlayStation 3 and what that means is that either their is a manufacturing defect or that Sony is having manufacturing difficulties. Any which way it's best to wait until they finalize the PlayStation 3 before you go out and spend your money.


New Message Board

Tired of sticking those post-it's every where. Well now there is a new message board for everyone. It's a touch screen message board. You can save an audio, video and written message to anyone who in your household. Technology is just getting better.


Sprint to offer full length movies

Sprint now will offer via Cellular phone full length movies service with 24 hour time limit to watch movies over and over. Who knows if this will kick off but at least the Pay Per View via Cellular phone is available.


MySpace to Sell Music on it's Website

Everyone is jumping in on the iTune magic that Apple created. So why not have MySpace make a profit as well, like many others. Hopefully this will keep the MySpace service running free for years.


Get Ready for Laptop with Flash Drives

It was only a matter of time before Laptop's were upgraded to flash drives. Now you will no longer have to worry about having a laptop hard drive go bad. Flash drives has no moving parts. What it will mean for many Laptop users is that there laptops will have a longer life. Now what about personal computers now?


Get Ready for the Cell Zone

If your in a public place and hate those annoying idiots yelling and yapping on their cell phones. Well say hello to the Cell Zone. A booth like structure that isolates the noise made from people talking. Now the only problem is, how many of these can be readily available.


Save your Game Screen shot via Fraps

If you love games and want to save screenshots and video use Fraps. It's a useful software that saves your most valuable moments while gaming. A must have gaming tool.


50 Terabytes on a Disk

This is an exciting event. Disc are finally paying off in the sense that they may one day be capable of storing 50 Terabytes on a disk. Making obsolete magnetic tapes for backups. The future is now.


Laptop Battery Recalls

These recent Laptop Battery Recalls are a pain, but if you look in the bright side. You will have a new battery for your Laptop.
Dell and Apple sure hate recalls but I am glad that they are taking steps to accept that there is a problem. Has long as you remove the Laptop battery and plug your Laptop to an AC adapter as per Dell and Apple things should be ok. But make sure to double check there website for accuracy.
Dell Battery Return Program

Apple Battery Return Program


I've got the PC Watch Dog

Let's just say it's a computer guard dog screen saver that when anyone tries to touch the keyboard. Your dog goes on duty and protects you from intruders.


Aim Pro for your Outlook

If you enjoy AOL Aim, here is a great way to integrate it with your Microsoft Outlook edition. It's a free plug-in that give you the capability to email and instant message all in one.


AOL Free

It's about time. You figure that they could of done this years ago, then they would of still kept the high volume customer base that they use to have. What this means for many is simple. If you have broadband connection, which means cable internet connection or DSL. AOL is now free for you. All you have to do is to contact AOL and tell them you want Free AOL and it's a done deal. Don't be fool to buy into the dial up program if you don't need the service.


New SD Slot promises space & Wifi

Not only will the new SD slot give you extra storage but an added bonus. Wifi for your electronic device. No need to get an additional device to broadcast or receive Wifi signals. You can bet now that soon every portable device will have Wifi capability.


Fix for WinXp Hibernation Issue

Microsoft fixes a useless app. If you enjoy using Windows Xp hibernation then you should know that now there is a fix for the Windows utility. For some this is just a useless app in Windows. But don't be surprise if Microsoft later on decides not to support it in upcoming security fixes.


Google offers free Wifi to it's residents

Too bad we don't live in California, because if we did we can easily try to tap into it's free Wifi service. As a perk, Google is offering free Wifi to all of there residents for free. Sort of free, you still need a user name a password to login from Google to use the service. In return they hope to get them online sooner and help them profit from there famous search engine. Good move for Google.


HD Goes Wireless

Let's just say now you'll be able to watch your HD programs and not worry about the wire issue on how the components are connected. This new 50" HD promises to keep you connected and keep your Audio Video connections wirelessly.


IT Must Haves

Here are a bunch of nice IT software's to make your life simpler.


Watch Video Anywhere

Watch what you want when you want it anywhere in the world. Now video searching is made easier and simple.


Have some fun with Morph

Tired of looking at the same pictures over and over. Well maybe you should just Morph these photos and see what you can invent or come up with. Morph easily transforms any picture into a funny photo. Quickly and easily. Now there is no stop of what you can't Morph.



Like to have your items appear unique to others. Want to be noticed from the rest of the pack. Well Skinit is here and made to your specifications. Now there is no reason why not to Skinit.


GIMP your Free Photo editor

Like to edit your photo's but don't want to pay for the perks. Well GIMP is your key to freeware. Now you can easily retouch, compose your photo's freely.
Give it a try.


MaxiVista Solves Your Dual Window Problem

If you want to turn your spare PC into a second monitor this software is for you. It give you a mirror image of your main PC without any loss in picture quality. It's like having one monitor that controls two PC's.


Orb Network

Orb is a web based software that will let you view your video, audio and photo's from your home PC while on the road. No special software to install and if your PC has a tuner card you can also watch TV while on the road as well. Now there is no excuse not to use your PDA, smart phone or Laptop while on the road.


Urge is here

What is Urge? Let's just say that the record industry now wants you to by there music videos. Say What? You got that right. It's only supportable by PC users now but hopefully they will shoot for iPod and Mac users so that they can try to make a profit. I hope for them that they fail because what's the point selling content that you can already get via television for free. Can someone please tell these people to let it go and try to profit elsewhere.



Like to play over 500 arcade and console games. Well it's going to cost you at least $9.95 a month and as a bonus you'll also get GameTap Tv which broadcast game content. Seeing is believing.


Dual TV

Now you can turn your PC into a personal DVR. Easy hookup and it also comes with an antenna to pickup analog and digital TV. The only thing bad about it is that it's only in Europe only. But hopefully it will come our way soon.


Search engines for your Cell phone

Using your phone to browse the web. Then these search engines might help you narrow down your searches.

Consumer Search

Drink Mix

Astrology On the Go


Dummies for bittorrent

If your curious how bittorrent works but don't want to get too technical with it. Rufus is the software you should be looking into. It's a clean interface and makes it easy to understand what you need to do to download files online.



If your have large files that your trying to send over the internet and keep on getting bounced error messages from your server, Zipgenius is here to save the day.
You have a choice of converting the files to at least twenty different formats. And it solves your solution of sending large files over the net, easily.


Video on your phone

Thanks to YouTube mobile you can now share video clips from your phone to all your friends without spending a penny. It's a simple as opening an account and sending your video clips via email to your account. It's quick simple and easy.


25 Free Mp3's

Looking for free MP3's well this site will work and you get to keep these MP3's just for trying Emusic. The only problem I have is for how long are these MP3's suppose to last on your hard drive if later on you choose not to stay with Emusic.


Blue Screen of Death

Getting the Blue Screen of Death here are some solutions that hopefully will narrow down the problem to what's going wrong.
After you get the blue screen of death. Take a look and write down the error codes and driver problem that's causing conflict with your personal computer.

Bad Driver
Use the Driver Cleaner to remove the driver you having problems with. Go to Safe Mode by pressing F8 when your computer boots and install the driver cleaner program to remove driver your having problems with.

IDE Cables
Open your computer and check to see if IDE cable are loose. If your still getting an error message for a particular hardware either change the cable.

Memory Test
Download and save on a bootable CD the Memory test software from memtest86. It checks and confirms that the current memory you have installed on your PC is functioning properly and that the memory is good. Make sure you do this test and let the program run over night to get a good reading. Memory sticks do go bad.

Do a system check on your hard drive
by clicking Start -> Run -> type cmd and type chkdsk /f /r and reboot the system if prompted these /f and /r switches fix file system errors.

CPU Caput
Try taking it to a PC repair center to see if your motherboard is not fried or if your processor chip has gone bad. This occurs alot and the few bucks you spend saves you the extra time while your trying to isolate the problem. But this is a last resort if all other methods fail and your PC now will not boot.

PC too hot
You would need a PC monitoring system to check this. Try speedfan to make sure that everything is running at par. PC's should be always running below 60 degrees Celsius at all times.

Check your setting with a suitable standard by using Prime95. Hopefully your setting are stable.

If you still are not sure of what the problem is then check out the event viewer in windows. Go to start -> Run -> cmd -> Enter then type in command prompt eventvwr.msc and Enter. The event view log will appear and now all you need to do is view the Application menu. Any error codes can be found via google or microsoft knowledge base.

Known Blue Screen of Death Problems:
Page_fault_in_NonPaged_Area - this is a faulty hardware including RAM (sys vide or L2 cache)
Inaccessible_boot_Device - caused by reconfiguration of jumpers on PATA hard drives, boot sector or incorrect IDE controller drivers, wrong chipset
Video_Driver_Init_Failure - caused by installing the wrong drivers for a videocard or rebooting before driving installation could be complete.
Bad_Pool_Caller -caused by faulty or incompatable hardware driver, particulary when upgrading Windows XP
Pfn_List_Corrupt - caused by defective RAM
Machine_Check_Exception - a bad CPU or a too aggressive overclocked or under powered or faulty power supply

These are just a few tools to help you better understand what's going wrong.

Download Links
Driver Cleaner

Memory Test



Microsoft knowledge Base
Event ID Errors


News, Weather & Sports for Free on your Handheld

Pocket Express is now free for your handheld device. No need to pay extra for service you now can get for free.


LogMeIn for Pocket PC

If you have a Pocket PC and are looking for a convenience software to be able to login to your computer while your away. LogMeIn is for you. It has a subscription service fee, but you can do with out it and go for the basic. This software will get you what you want and take you one step ahead on the things you now can do.


Kazaa to Pay 100 Million

After ongoing lawsuits. Kazaa sadly now has to cough up 100 million dollars to settle it's illegal file swapping downloads and like Napster is being forced on going legit.
You have to give Kazaa credit for surviving longer than Napster. And at least the company can continue and move in a honest direction.


Private Disk

If security is a main concern for you. You might want to check out Private Disk. It creates a virtual encrypted disk on top of your Windows folder structure. They are highly encrypted and are password protected. It so portable that you can even throw it onto a thumb drive.


Handy Recovery

If your looking for a cheap file recovery software. Look no more for $30- you can easily retrieve a file that was in your system as long as you don't overwrite anything.


Build your own 5.25' bay console

If your building your computer and looking to build a custom bay for your PC. Then this link should be of some use. It's the perfect size to fit in your PC with a few adjustments. These adjustments can be done with a drill, screw gun and hacksaw.
The only important recipe that you need is some extra time.



Need the IT software but don't have the money. Well this could be for you.
Spiceworks not only monitors your network but it keeps track of software, patches, low disk space, offline servers and users for free.
The only bad thing is that you'll have to live with the popup ads from there sponsors. Nothing is free but for what it's worth. It's not a bad trade off.


How secure is Greenborder

The software aims to keep internet surfers safe. But with all the new spyware out in the market, who knows how long this company will be able to keep it's promise.
Download a free one year license while supplies last.

Free Download until 9/1


Sony shrinks it's USB drive

Sony has miniaturized the thumb drive so that it's very portable. I am glad that these portable devices are going down in price and that people are making good use of flash drives in there daily lives.


Revolutionary Chip

If this company is right, get ready for a new chip that will do more than any other chip in the market. CPU's will no longer need more Memory, video ram or graphic accelerators. I just hope that it will make CPU's in the future less costly and more productive on doing what they suppose to do. Which is entertain individuals.


Win XP Shutdown Utility

If your PC is always on, then this nice Utility should be setup daily so that your operating system functions correctly each day. Rebooting your PC daily can boost your overall PC performance and prevent system slow downs.

more helpful links


Easy Read

Now when your reading News or information on the web, you can make your life easy but installing Easy Read. It's a simple program the enlarges and reduces web pages for you guessed it Easy Reading.


Jobs for Couples

If your married or have a significant other who you just enjoy working together.
This is an interesting website to see. It's the employment site for couples who work together. It's not for everyone but you have the opportunity to at least enjoy seeing each other on a regular basis.


Helio for MySpace

If your a MySpace fan here the ideal phone for you. It's Helio. Has all the perks a regular cell phone will give you and you can even view MySpace profiles, read comments, read blogs and send and reply to email. The only thing it lacks is Bluetooth technology and voice dialing. Otherwise the phone is extremely sharp for MySpace fans.



Plantronics is taking steps to further our VOIP connections. It's new bluetooth headset will make it easy for people to connect hands free and experience the exciting world of VOIP. Get ready for the new tomorrow.


Verizon Family IN Network

If you have Verizon Wireless cell phone service and want to know if a member of your family or friend is in the Verizon network just use this link and click on Check if your friend & Family on IN and it will tell you if the number your calling is in the Verizon Wireless network. Making it easy for you to know what plan you need if your upgrading and where your minutes go, while using your wireless cell phone.


Dell's New XPS M2010

Dell is rethinking on being just a regular computer company. It's taking the computer and changing the concept of what a computer should look like. With a Bluetooth removable keyboard, a carry case and weighing 18.3 pounds it packs everything needed that's been around for some time. Take a look at the new Dell and be amazed what they are doing. Hopefully this is the start of something better to come from a company who is unique.


SafeEyes - Parental Control

If your a parent and hate to know if your child is surfing online to visit pornographic web sites. Then this program will be great for you. It requires some configuration to offer the proper protection but once you configure it correctly. You will not have to fear that your child is trying to view these sites. And if in the case your child is getting curious, you can be alerted to get email alerts that they are trying to access a prohibited site.
Windows can be setup to block out pornographic sites but it's still vulnerable and not guaranteed. Here are the instructions to setup via windows.
Open Internet Explorer -> click on Tools -> Internet Options -> Content tab -> on Content Advisor click on settings -> make sure Language, Nudity , Sex, and Violence it at Level 0 and click ok. This should prevent the computer from going to pornographic websites. But like I said it's no guarantee.


Disney Mobile

Disney is joining the Wireless family offering GPS tracking for kids. If you join a family plan you can track for free five family locator request, each additional is $.49. Now parents can keep track of there kids as long as they carry there cell phones with them.
Verizon also has a similar but prices are more than Disney's from $9.99 to $19.99 a month.
Let's just say the fever is catching on and in time more carriers will offer similar plans with reasonable rates.


Need New Earphones

If your iPod white earphones are just about done. Maybe it's time to buy better Earphones like the Etymotic ER6. These earphones promise the best for a pricey price. But what you get is ultraclear sound that seal your ear canal. Providing a secure fit and noise cancellation. You can't beat the price after you see what they are capable of doing.


Use A cell phone as a Laptop Modem

Now per my last blog I mentioned using future dial to connect a laptop or computer to the internet. This method now that I am mentioning here is using Bluetooth. The only thing is that it works with some blue tooth phones only. It really depends on the manufacture. Verizon wireless blocks most of it's Bluetooth services but they do sell a broadband kit for most of there phones that they sell.
If you do have a EV-DO capable phone well let's just say they all are equipped with modems and if you can find the proper cable for that phone to connect to your laptop or PC. You can easily get a internet connection speed of 464kps, exactly like getting a regular dialup connection. Hopefully free broadband will be someday available everywhere, but for now we have to use our available resources to get more for our money. Feel free to go a google search on using a cell phone modem.


Share your WebCam

Looking for a good Webcam Stream to broadcast over the internet. PY Software is worth to check out. It's software is not that difficult to install and create stream video for the internet. You have your choices of how you want to broadcast and for the money it's still the best bet to have live broadcast on the net.



If you have a iPod Nano this is the cutest gift to go along with it. It's a Nano Pad holder. Now you can play your tunes and look sexy too.


Test Drive Office 2007

If your wondering what's new in Office 2007 and feel like taking a test drive to see if you would like the new office 2007 then this is the way to go. First try then if you like you buy. At least you can try before you buy.


Life for Old PC's

Microsoft has extend life on old Pc's. It helps companies take the full benefit of an old PC so that companies can migrate slowly. The good thing is that you need not to upgrade immediately. The bad is that you'll have to run most of your programs via your server. So hopefully your server has enough room to store most of the programs your company is running. Only time will tell.


The 80's are back for Xbox

The 80's are back for Xbox. It looks like someone got smarter and decided to put all those popular 80's games into Xbox. You figure Sony and Nintendo would of wised up and bought the rights for these games so that they can profit for years to come. Bad move for them but smart move for Microsoft.


Live Sports Alerts

If you love sports and want to know the current scores now. This service promises just that. I just hope that they can still remain free and that it can live to it's reputation.


Fake Broadband War

Be careful and keep your eyes open when it comes from getting service via DSL and broadband. In some cases you look like you paying less but in reality your paying for more. Even though DSL comes in affordable prices, it can be for only a short time and you sign a yearly contract. If your unhappy with DSL just remember the penalties if you decide to cancel service. There is no broadband war and most prices are just introductory offers that last only a few months before you do get a price increase.
Make sure to read the fine print and find out what you really pay after the introductory offer.


Vonage Trouble

The popular Voice over IP service has new trouble on patent rights and if things are not settled in a proper manner. It could be the end for Vonage. I hope that they can settle this patent dispute quickly and continue there quest for offering more services.


Future Dial to the Rescue

Had a laptop and needed to some how be able to send faxes with low cost or no expenses. Could also help if it could connect to my dialup connection while on the move because I was mobile from place to place.
Get Future Dial software with cell phone cable adapter and use current Cell phone service to send long distance and local faxes. Have also dialup access just in case I needed service and didn't want to pay the extra expenses because I was going mobile.

Future dial has it's pro's and cons. If you upgrade your phone you have to fork up another cable for the new phone to connect to the software. But I must admit it did save me lot's of money faxing over local and long distance, while mobile.
Get 20 % OFF on entire order use coupon code "OFF20A"


Office Help

Need help for Office. Try this link. It will minimize most of your Office help questions and make your life easier using office.


Free Panorama software

AutoStich is your answer for stitching pictures together and making a new unique panorama pictures. Who said that stitches pictures together was going to be boring.


Need Hosting check out Dreamhost

Make sure to use the promo code DIS1 for a hosting discount rate.
Check it out and hopefully Dreamhost will make your life easier.


What's better Hard Drive vs Flash Memory

This fight goes back and forth. But you must admit that even though hard drives were are first preference, no one can beat a flash drive. Flash drives have gone through tough physical abuse and still are able to retrieve information that it held. So if your looking for portability and storage size. Check out flash drive prices before you move to hard drives. Also keep note that prices drop dramatically so be aware that a 1 gig flash drive is now under $25-.


Picasa for Linux

If your using Linux you may want to know that the famous google Picasa is now available for Linux users. It was a great idea for Google to offer Picasa and hopefully opening the doors for programs to make more Linux software available.


Audiovox Passport

Audiovox Passport will not only give you satellite radio but be included in every piece of entertainment equipment known. The size of a quarter, this new satellite chip will put XM radio ahead of others. Let's just hope the fever catches on.


Microsoft sued over Genuine Advantage

Yes Microsoft Genuine Advantage is spyware and it's being installed on computers without users consent. I hope the people can win from this lawsuit.


Video Help

Have a video question and need to know how to resolve it. Well let's just say this site will be of some great help. Learn all the inside secrets you should be aware of and also how to fix those annoying video problems.



Who wants to Rabble

I only wish they can do this for club goers and for live concerts. It's upsetting to get up, get dressed and be disappointed that things go wrong. At least if someone is letting you know what's going on. You will at least expect it and take the consequences before you decide to waste your money and time.
Hey why not do this for Traffic congestion in your own area - Rabble?
It's easy you sign up your cell phone and make a community service and have your friends do the same and everyone keeps updated on what's happening.



Enjoy geographical tidbits among friend, then this is a site worth playing with.
You can post text messages with even pictures. I wonder why Google Maps didn't think of this?


A Small World

Here is another wanna bee Dating site who said that in order for you to be a member you must have someone in the membership to invite you. Who knows what they are selling and where they are trying to go with this site. But it's been told that they have famous celebrities as Paris Hilton and Naomi Campbell. But who really cares about this site. You figure with high profile names this would make this community service famous, but it's not and never is going to be. It's just another wanna bee myspace and wishes it had the red carpet treatment other site die to have.


My Death Space

If your a member of the famous Myspace community service you might as well check out My Death Space. It's where old dead web profile pages die. Myspace is definitely thinking beyond it's box and I must admit its a unique idea. But I wonder if you can contact someone from the dead and if it is possible to bring back a profile from the dead?



If your looking for a cheap payroll solution, PayCycle might be what your looking for. It's user friendly, cheap and affordable when compared to other payroll software's. Even though it's 1099's are pricey, it does get the job done.
Give it a try.

other Payroll alternatives:

Sure Payroll


Dwarf Date

Who said that little people don't have an online dating site. Little Dwarf is here to there rescue. At least little people now can find love too.


Comodo Personal Firewall

If your looking for a free firewall similar to Zone Alarm then take a look at Comodo. It knows which programs are safe and protects you like an ordinary firewall, plus it's free.


Get Ready for Farecast

Not in most areas yet. But sign up for email updates and when it does come in your areas it will guide you to find the cheapest air fare rates as prices go up and down. Now you know when to buy.


State of the Art Cooling

Take a look at the ultimate home cooling for your personal computer. If you want the ultimate than this might be a way to go.


Cell Phone Forums

If you have a cell phone and want to know all the hidden secrets. Well the forums are a great site to find out what's you are capable of doing. Your on your own if you decide to hack your phone but it can be rewarding.
Here is a well know cell phone forum.


Try Google Spreadsheet

The next office version is here. It's code name is Google Spreadsheet.
Only time will tell if this spreadsheet makes sense.


Take the Vista Beta 2 Tour

This is the closest Vista Beta Tour that shows off what Vista has in store for others. Click and use your mouse like Windows to open and see what's in Vista


Google Spreadsheet

Google just recently developed an open office spreadsheet and may one day be able to compete with Microsoft. The software is now no where near the current Microsoft office suite but it's a start for Google into the office market.
At least it's free.


It's A Miracle - Self Cooling Beer

I don't know if it has already been finalized. But if this is true. Your beer can's will cool and freeze themselves. Hopefully satisfying anyone who wants a cold drink. I pray for this invention to work.


Attn: All Bellsouth DSL Customers

I recently have been keeping an eye on my current DSL subscription to find the following:

For the price of which I am currently paying for DSL $42.95, I can upgrade my plan and save an extra $5.00 by getting more speed for my money. I not only double my download speed two twice the speed but increase my upload speed to 72 Kbps. So evaluate your DSL package once your passed your anniversary rate from time to time.
I am just upset that Bellsouth didn't automatically adjust my bill accordingly and give me a better rate for my money. It suppose to be that if you pay more you get more. But in Bellsouth case, you pay more and get less. Go figure.

Bellsouth DSL rates as of 6/06
FastAccess DSL Lite

$24.95 per Month
Up to 256 Kbps Downstream
Up to 128 Kbps Upstream
5 E-mail Accounts
10 MB of E-mail Storage
10 MB of Personal Web Space
1 Backup Dial Account
Promotions Available

FastAccess DSL Ultra

$42.95 per Month
Up to 1.5 Mbps Downstream
Up to 256 Kbps Upstream
8 E-mail Accounts
250 MB of E-mail Storage
10 MB of Personal Web Space
1 Backup Dial Account
Promotions Available

FastAccess DSL Xtreme

$37.95 per Month
Up to 3.0 Mbps Downstream
Up to 384 Kbps Upstream
8 E-mail Accounts
250 MB of E-mail Storage
10 MB of Personal Web Space
1 Backup Dial Account
Promotions Available


Upgrade your WiFi Antenna

Usually most brands just give you an extended antenna to increase the range. If this is still not doing the job or if your really not buying into buying long antennas to increase the range. Your best bet is to buy this Antenna Amplifier. It fits on almost all WiFi routers and promises to keep you connected to your wireless connections.


Save Songs on your Cell Phone

There is no need to pay to have songs downloaded on to your cell phone. There are so many software's to help you save money on phone perks that should be included with your service. Here is the simplest way to import music into your cell phone.


Still Free - Amazing Stunt

I've seen crazy stuff in my life. But this guy sure wants to be famous quickly. Not only was he able to get this close to Air Force One since 9/11. But he was able to Tagg it. Which means that any crazy terrorist today can do the same thing and possibly take it a little further. I am upset that something like this can be over looked. I hope that this video will wake up security measures.


Windows Live OneCare

Windows Live OneCare is another way Microsoft hopes to make another buck out of consumers. It automates backups, updates, firewall, antivirus, and antispyware. It hopes to cash in on other after market software that has been in circulation for sometime. The nice thing is that since it's Microsoft, you can easily bet you'll have no worries on that it will interrupt it's current operating system.


Family Friendly Locators

GPS tracking is getting better. Now you can track you children movements and where abouts without doing much. The phones built in GPS gives you, your child location in minutes. The only thing to worry from this product is the privacy issues. But at least you can track your kids.


Gmail Chat Sounds

Here is the link on how to disable Audio Chat from your Gmail Account. Gmail chat is automatically enabled. But if you want to disable the sound. Here is how you do it.


AOpen MiniPC

Looking to put a PC in a small area. But your problem is that a standard PC is just too big. AOpen MiniPC is here for you. Although it's cost is a little pricey. It's compatible to the Apple's Mini Mac.
Most of these units price depends on storage capacity and memory. So if you're just looking for a PC to play your favorite media or just browse online. This is a good pick.



This flight simulator software takes you to the most realistic scene in flying a plane online. Hopefully you'll get better flying the plane.


Online Backup Services

They've been out for sometime and depending on how valuable your information is on your hard drive. Every computer should be backed up. Anyone knows how horrible it is to loose your system backup. You not only have to start from scratch but have to remember all those programs that you once installed on your PC to re-install them again onto your computer. It's tedious and annoying. But one sure way you can cut down on the restoring process is to remember backing up. It saves you time and it might also save some of your files. Have a plan and remember to occasionally test your backups. It's better to backup that not to backup at all.

Mozy Remote - Free

Sos Online - Prem.

Spare Backup - Prem.

Data Deposit Box - Prem.



The $100 Laptop

The MIT Geeks sure have an impressive $100- Laptop. Even though they are just suppose to be sold to schools. This might just change the future of Laptop pricing.
Direct Link


Office Beta 2007

It's not just for developers but for anyone who is interesting in checking out the new Office 2007 version. If you have time and can afford to play with the beta version. I suggest you try it and see if Office Beta is for you.


To Auto Update or Not to Auto Update

Here is an excellent article on Windows Auto Update that I wish to share to others.
So you decide if auto updating Microsoft is for you.
To auto-update or not to auto-update

Brian Livingston By Brian Livingston

I published a Woody Leonhard column as the top story last issue while I was traveling, knowing that he's opinionated and always gets strong reactions. Well, he didn't disappoint me.

Reacting to several mistakes Microsoft made in its Automatic Updates downloads in April, Woody railed against Redmond's patching strategy, saying, "Windows auto-update is for chumps."

Woody made some very good points, which Microsoft has done nothing to rebut. There's an important lesson here. I'm going to use this space today to give you the best advice I've been able to pull together.

An April that will live in infamy

For those who don't know the details of what I call Microsoft's April Fool's patches, here's a quick recap, in increasing order of severity:

• An obscure hotfix for XP SP2 machines, patch 900485 from Dec. 2005, was downloaded as a "critical" security patch via Automatic Updates on Apr. 25, two weeks after Redmond's regular Patch Tuesday distribution. Almost no one needed this hotfix, although it seems to have done no harm. It was apparently inserted into the Automatic Updates mechanism by accident, according to some newsgroup comments, although Microsoft still hasn't explained the gaffe.

• Security bulletin MS06-016, released on Apr. 11, made it impossible for some users of Microsoft's free Outlook Express e-mail program to open their Address Books or reply to e-mails. Microsoft acknowledged this on Apr. 26 and published Knowledge Base article 917288. The company describes how to backup, delete, and then import the Address Book to fix OE. But Redmond, six weeks later, hasn't issued a corrected MS06-016 patch to save people from having the problem in the first place.

• MS06-015 , released on the same Patch Tuesday as MS06-016, conflicted with widely used nVidia video drivers, some HP printer/scanner/CD/DVD software, Kerio Personal Firewall, and some other applications, as described in KB 918165. The problem caused Microsoft Office components and some other apps to freeze when accessing files in My Documents or My Pictures, interfered with Windows Explorer and Send To, and prevented Internet Explorer from visiting typed-in Web addresses unless they were prefixed with http. The security bulletin was re-released on Apr. 25 so users could install a version that corrects the problems.

• Windows Genuine Advantage, a Microsoft program that checks Windows installations for valid licenses, was pushed out as a "critical" security update to the U.S., U.K., Australia, and other countries beginning on Apr. 25. It's impossible to use Add/Remove Programs to remove the GA app, which displays warnings (once per hour after 14 days) if the software considers a copy of Windows to be nonlicensed. (Microsoft explains in KB 905474 how to disable the warnings until the next update is installed.)

I consider the surprise Genuine Advantage downloads to be the most severe blunder. Microsoft had previously said the tool would be strictly opt-in, but the midnight installs flooded some companies' help desks with calls from panicked users. No one expects Microsoft to give away its products for free. No responsible company, however, slams its biggest, most legitimate customers with a change of this magnitude with little or no notice other than a press release the day before.

In the face of the missteps described above, Microsoft has said almost nothing by way of explanation. The Redmond company is filled with thousands of talented and well-meaning developers, but they don't drive the corporation's policy in this area. After several inquiries seeking comment, a Microsoft spokeswoman told me: "Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with an interview at this time due to lack of spokesperson availability."

I've previously said that home users of Windows (as opposed to advanced users) should keep Automatic Updates turned on. That was because Microsoft assured the public that Automatic Updates would only be used to distribute security updates rated as "critical." Microsoft's abuse of its security upgrade mechanism to stealthily install Genuine Advantage, in addition to April's outrageously buggy patches, is inexcusable. It's clear that corporate executives have made a deliberate decision to use Automatic Updates to install software that benefits the company, whether or not it helps users or has any relationship to users' security.

Pros update manually, novices automatically

Because of the April Fool's patches, I want to clarify my recommendations on who should keep Automatic Updates turned on and who should use the Control Panel to turn it off.

• Advanced users (including companies with full-time IT staff) should never use Automatic Updates. Professionals should first test Microsoft patches — and every other company's patches — on isolated machines. Read the free and paid versions of the Windows Secrets Newsletter that are published 2 days after Patch Tuesday with warnings of problems. Then use patch-management techniques to carefully install the needed upgrades to end users.

• Novice users, who can't or won't read up on reported patch problems before updating their machines, should leave Automatic Updates turned on. Beginners have a greater risk of catching a virus than they do of encountering a serious patch incompatibility.

Some advanced users may disagree with my recommendation that novices should leave Automatic Updates turned on. If you're the main tech support for a newbie, I'd say you can disable AU if a PC has the four items in our recommended Security Baseline ( below), which provides good general security. Patches should still be installed manually within a few days of release, after you check news reports for potential conflicts.

Supporting Grandma's PC means auto-update

We received many comments supportive of Woody's distrust of Automatic Updates, which he's been publicly stating for years. We can give you only a overview here of the positive and negative reactions. As a representative of those who dispute Woody's view, reader Dave Nickason writes:

* "It is irresponsible for Woody to argue for people to turn off AU unless he wants to be the one supporting the unpatched machines of all of our parents, grandparents, and siblings. Some novice PC user like my 81-year old Dad will take that advice, never patch again, and I'll be left to reinstall Windows when his system quits working."

I have to agree that Windows amateurs, which probably includes the majority of Windows users, won't update their PCs unless it's done for them automatically. Given the latest round of MS mistakes, people who support relatives' PCs will have to accept that auto-updates may eventually cause some conflict that requires time to unravel. But this will probably be a less serious problem than dealing with an unpatched machine that's caught hard-to-remove viruses.

Microsoft is a business, get used to it

Other readers also made a distinction between novices and power users, while not applauding Microsoft for its behavior. Reader Kevin Gagel writes:

* "I'm writing in response to Woody Leonhard's article about Micro$oft's automatic updates.

"While I agree in principle with Woody's assessment of M$'s trustworthiness, I cannot agree with disabling the auto-update feature.

"I've witnessed first hand the benefit of having it enabled, as well as seeing how it can fail us.

"None the less, I have witnessed far more 'good' (I shudder to think M$ can do good) then bad by updating systems automatically.

"What users out there have the ability to 'test' a patch before applying it? What users out there will 'know' when it is the right time to apply a patch?

"Since M$'s activation of what they call a firewall, I've witnessed a huge reduction of viruses being e-mailed to us.

"Leaving systems vulnerable because of someone's incompetence is not the answer. Woody should know that there is a larger number of technically inept end users then there are technically savvy.

"I think that Woody could have done a better job (and justice to the end users) if he'd presented a better balanced position of pros and cons instead of just espousing his nonconspiracy conspiracy theory.

"M$ is and allways has been a business looking to make a buck. It will do whatever it takes to protect that, including pushing noncritical "critical patches" that verify the system is not running a bootleg copy of Windoze."

In the view of this reader and other readers, Microsoft has spent many years building up a capacity to install software automatically, and it can only be expected that the software giant will use it for business advantage .

Do one thing at work, another at home

A different opinion was provided by those who are required to auto-update by work policies, but disable Automatic Updates on personal machines, to which they're willing to devote more care. A reader who goes by the name Ralphy writes:

* "Unfortunately, some of us don't have the luxury of a corporate environment. I work for a Department of Defense unit and must have our boxes patched within a certain time frame. It is impossible for our office to be able to 'test,' then patch. We have too many boxes stretched over a large area.

"If it weren't for automatic updates, we would be spending a lot more time doing updates rather than other mission-essential items. I do agree that last round was bad, but out of 500 machines only 3 were bothered by the update that you spoke of. Those were the only ones we had to fix.

"Having said all of that, at home, I do the opposite. I wait for 2 weeks before I run the updates manually. I'll let the rest of the world be Microsoft's test bed and see what works and what doesn't.

"However, I still rated it a good article but not for the business world."

This underscores the theme of, "Those who can, patch manually. Those who can't, patch automatically."

Why Security Baseline recommends MS Update

A few readers questioned two lines in our Security Baseline that recommend using Microsoft Update for MS software and whatever auto-update features other vendors' software may have. Reader Russell Atwood writes:

* "In issue 75, I found it humorous to have a long article from Woody Leonhard on the trials and tribulations of Windows Automatic Update (don't let it happen to you), and in the Security Baseline, instruct customers to do exactly what Mr. Leonhard says don't do (turn on Automatic Update).

I understand both sides, but it still makes me smile with the irony of it.

Great newsletter, keep up the good work."

The Security Baseline actually never mentions Windows' Automatic Updates. It says, "Individual users should opt into the new, free Microsoft Update, an improvement over Windows Update." Both Microsoft Update and the older Windows Update allow AU to be enabled, disabled, or set to "notify only," as you please.

To make myself perfectly clear, I'm adding to the Security Baseline a recommendation that advanced users disable AU and study the latest copy of this newsletter before installing any Patch Tuesday upgrades.

Norton Internet Security imposes auto-updates

Norton Internet Security, a software security suite, complains and asserts control over auto-updates if users choose manual updates instead. Reader John Lambert writes:

* "My Norton Security flags me that I have 1 'problem' affecting my system when I take Woody's advice to select a button other than the option to take auto-update. Should I worry about this?"

This is surely a harmless warning, although irritating. A more serious dificulty is that NIS can change Windows' auto-update settings without notifying you. A reader by the name of Scott writes:

* "Turning off Windows' auto-update may not be enough to prevent a nasty update surprise. Those who use Norton Internet Security should be aware that Norton will automatically turn on Windows' Automatic Updates unless you turn off automantic updates in Norton. You will continue to get Windows' Automatic Updates downloaded and installed whether you like it or not.

Turn off automatic updates in Windows and Norton if you want any hope of control over updates."

Again, my advice is that novices should auto-update, which includes auto-updating Norton Internet Security and other security software. Everyone else should learn to read up on patch problems and then install new patches manually within a few days of their release.

The readers named above will receive a gift certificate for a book, CD, or DVD of their choice for sending me comments that I printed. To send more information about auto-updates, or to send a tip on any other subject, visit WindowsSecrets.com/contact.


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