Saturday, January 30, 2010

Introducing: Windows 7 January 2010 A few months after the launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, Gary Flood takes a look at how easy adoption is for its users


Here a link to an article in IT Training Magazine online about Windows 7 in which I am quoted.

This opinion is backed up by Jay Ferron, an IT professional and trainer with a US company called Interactive Security. '7 can definitely run very well on older machines, which allows me to recycle them to be used again and save cost,' he says.

While no-one should want to move from XP or Vista to Windows 7 simply because Microsoft 'told' them to or they liked the ads and thought the new screen looked cute, there are real technical improvements in 7, say independent commentators.

These include such features as DirectAccess, which gets rid of the need by remote workers to use things like VPNs, as it allows them to connect securely to the office and applications wherever they are; BranchCache, which saves network capacity by only downloading one set of big files to a location so local machines can access them there; and BitLocker, a probably long overdue way to encrypt and protect things like user data on a machine but also memory sticks and USBs.

To see the full article go here


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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Security Update for Internet Explorer

Apply the Critical Security Updates for Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities

This cumulative security update resolves seven privately reported vulnerabilities and one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The more severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Internet Explorer.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Microsoft study shows online reputations matter


Read how your job prospects could be affected

Research commissioned by Microsoft in December 2009 found that 79 percent of United States hiring managers and job recruiters surveyed reviewed online information about job applicants.

Most of those surveyed consider what they find online to impact their selection criteria. In fact, 70 percent of United States hiring managers in the study say they have rejected candidates based on what they found.

Review the results of the survey to see how online reputations impact people’s lives. The research comes from interviews with over 1,200 hiring and recruitment managers and 1,200 consumers in the United States, the U.K., Germany and France.

The results of the research reveal what you post on the Internet and what people post about you can affect your professional life. Learn what action you can take to manage your online reputation.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Windows 7 resources for Building Images

I talked a lot about how to build a windows 7 image and though I put together a list of resources for you

The best location to find information on Windows is the Springboard site here, this site will help you find resource for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows7.

Take a good look at these tools

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT 2010) provides a common console with the comprehensive tools and guidance needed to efficiently manage deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the recommended process and toolset to automate desktop and server deployment. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 provides detailed guidance and job aids for every organizational role involved with large-scale deployment projects. Learn more about Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning  (MAP) Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure and determine the right Microsoft technologies for your IT needs.

MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely run in small or large IT environments without requiring the installation of agent software on any computers or devices. The inventory and assessment capabilities provided by this Solution Accelerator can significantly simplify the planning process for migrating your laptops, desktops, and server computers to Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista® and Microsoft Office 2007. The server virtualization scenarios help you identify underutilized resources and the hardware specifications needed to successfully consolidate your servers using Microsoft Hyper-V technology. Additionally, the toolkit can help you identify unmanaged assets, Microsoft SQL Server® components and virtual machines in your environment.


And last but not least Application Compatibility Toolkit – to building system images, migration user data and automating operating system and application installations.

If you really want to learn a lot about this topic Bing or search for Jeremy Chapman from the Windows Client product management team, he the man!

Ribbon Hero

Ribbon Hero is a game for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 and 2010, designed to help you boost your Office skills and knowledge. Play games (aka "challenges"), score points, and compete with your friends while improving your productivity with Office.  As a concept test, this add-in is not supported, but is an opportunity for you to try out an idea we are working on and let us know what you think.

If you want to learn the ribbon this is a fun way to learn it

You can get it here

Microsoft Steady State

This is a FREE product that you can add to XP or Vista computer that allows you to lock the computer to a know  configuration and you can not change ANYTHTHING or the computer till you go in as a Administrator. This is Freezing the computer in a point in time.

Think of it as the ultimate lock down of a computer for libraries, schools, and public places like hotel or shared computers.

If you setup a computer no matter what they do just reboot and it back to the way it was.

to learn more about

Learn more about Windows SteadyState

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Computer Technology 2010 Results

Computer Users and Friends:

Well, yesterday Computer Technology 2010 far exceeded the event last year. With 390 actually registrations plus those that did not register, we met our projections. However, it was still a bit overwhelming. When you actually pull such a large gathering together and most stick with you much of the day it's rather daunting to say the least.

There are so many people to thank for such a job well done I have suggested the association publish all their names on the website. A special thanks must go out to Carl Lofstrom, NWFACUG President, for his leadership and persistence in pushing the rest of us to get the job done. Carl's personal effort brought over $11,000 door prizes that was given away. It's extremely tough to pull this sort of support from the industry in these economic times, but Carl came through big time. The many vendors, both local and national, were recognized in a special printed program and are included on the website. We had a mixture of local vendors which added so much to Tech 10. If we do this again next year my bet is that more local computer/electronic folks will want to participate. The word is really starting to catch hold in the area as the event grows each year. For a small rural community without a huge population to draw from we can be very proud of what was accomplished with Tech 10.

Many of the presentations were faced will full occupancy and some were standing room only. A big draw was the presentation on Windows 7. The room was packed to hear Jay Ferron, President of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups ( who came all the way from Connecticut to deliver his message. Jay is an international expert on computer security and represents Microsoft at events such as Tech 10, as well as APCUG. Even though Jay is an evangelist for Microsoft and APCUG we are so appreciative for him taking the time to visit with us.

Another highlight and a first for us was all day streaming on the Internet by Ray Zukowski of Ray is a promoter and videographer of the First Order. His enthusiasm is catching and his willingness to feature Tech 10 was the crown jewel. A replay of the days event and some of the presentations will be viewable at in the next few days, maybe even by Monday. During the day there were break periods so if you were watching and it went offline and you though that was it , the full day will be viewable for replay.

The Emerald Coast Boys and Girls Club provided a light lunch but were overwhelmed with the numbers. They had to rush out for more food for the hungry lines. This was a good fund raiser for them to help support an upcoming educational trip for the kids.

If you missed this year maybe we will see you in 2011.

Happy computing,

J. B. Hillard, Member, Board of Directors

NWF Association of Computer User Groups

President, Chautauqua Cyber Club, Inc.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kodu, a game to teach game development


Microsoft is pushing to bring computer programming back into the classroom – and back into the realm of the imagination.

That push comes through Kodu, a game developed by Microsoft Research that invites users to create their own worlds while teaching them the basics of game development. Originally designed as a learning tool for youngsters using Xbox 360, Kodu is now available in a public beta for the PC. The move to the PC platform stands to make the game more attractive to schools. By eliminating the need for controllers, schools don’t need any special equipment – students can start building worlds with just a PC and a keyboard.

Through Kodu, Microsoft is introducing children to programming and helping them advance their design, math, and problem-solving skills, said Matthew MacLaurin, director of the Redmond FUSE (Future Social Experiences) Lab and the game’s creator. It also encourages students to truly engage with computers, instead of experiencing them passively.

Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to
be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone.


Key Features

Kodu provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing your own new games.

  • High-level language incorporates real-world primitives: collision, color, vision
  • Runs on Xbox 360 and PC
  • Interactive terrain editor
  • Bridge and path builder
  • Terrain editor - create worlds of arbitrary shape and size
  • 20 different characters with different abilities


Programming as a Creative Medium

The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely

icon-based. Programs are composed of pages, which are broken down into rules, which are further divided into conditions and actions. Conditions are evaluated simultaneously.

The Kodu language is designed specifically for game development and provides specialized primitives derived from gaming scenarios. Programs are expressed in physical terms, using concepts like vision, hearing, and time to control character behavior. While not as general-purpose as classical programming languages, Kodu can express advanced game design concepts in a simple, direct, and intuitive manner.

You can get Kodu here

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Windows CardSpace 2.0



Windows CardSpace 2.0 is the end-user component of the Microsoft user access platform for developers and IT professionals that helps simplify access to applications and other systems with an open claims-based model. The Beta 2 release has been refreshed with a variety of fixes and improvements for working seamlessly with Active Directory Federation Services 2.0. We’ve also improved interoperability and added a feature for automatic logon to the STS.


Get more info here

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Microsoft Federation Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 RC.


With this release, federate existing SharePoint deployments, including Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Services 2007. Using this package, enterprise SharePoint administrators can configure their deployments to trust any WS-Federation security token service (STS), such as Active Directory Federation Services 2.0, so that an enterprise can take advantage of claims and offer their services to federation partners.

Get more info go here


Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 Release Candidate Available


Efficiently deploy and manage new applications by reducing custom implementation work, helping establish a consistent security model, and facilitating seamless collaboration between organizations with automated federation tools. Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 includes built-in interoperability via open industry standards and claims, and it implements the industry Identity Metasystem vision for open and interoperable identity.

Get more info here

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Are Windows 7 Certifications Worthwhile?

I was asked by Daniel Dern - Jan 19, 2010 to comment on this topic.

For the article IT Expert Voice newsletter,  the article follows;


A Short Tour of Windows 7 Certifications

According to Jim Clark Sr., certification manager for Microsoft Learning, there are currently two Windows 7 certifications relevant to Microsoft Certified Technology Specialists (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professionals (MCITP): MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration, and MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7.

Plus, says Clark, Microsoft Learning is creating an upgrade exam for Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician’s (MCDST) which should be out in early 2010, This exam, says Clark, is for Windows XP or Windows Vista enterprise desktop support technicians who want to become certified for MCTS: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician.

Windows 7 certifications are somewhat different than previous Microsoft certifications, says Jay Ferron, chief security officer at Interactive Security Training. “For Windows XP and other areas, what Microsoft offered wasn’t necessarily what the customer did. But the ‘matrix’ of certification tests has changed. You now choose a certification based on what you’ll be doing.”

For example, says Ferron, “You can become an ITP – ‘IT Professional’ – just in Windows 7.” An individual can take a specific course, like deployment, and get a certification for it, Ferron says, showing they’ve mastered the relevant baseline technology. “These new certifications mean my people have specific knowledge,” he says.

Worth the Investment?

Certifications have long been under fire for their relevance in the real world. Some argue that they are not worth the time or money investment for the test and its preparation.

Windows 7 certification exams are administered at Prometric testing centers. The price for the exam proper may be modest; for example, Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring is $60. Preparing can run higher. Books and study guides cost tens of dollars, CD/DVD and other computer-based training products may be hundreds, and live classroom courses can cost thousands of dollars. On the other hand, lots of resources are available for modest prices or even free (such as online, through your local library, or job training center).

Many question whether hiring managers, human resources departments, and agencies look for certifications. Does including a certification acronym in a resume or online profile help you make it at least to the next round of selection? Will lack of them leave you stuck at the starting gate? And do certifications – Windows 7 certification in particular – have any other potential value? Here’s what a number of HR professionals, IT managers, and others have to say.

In general, according to Tom Silver, senior vice president for North America of, a well-known career website for engineering and other technology professionals, “Slightly more than half — 53% — of technology professionals say that technology certifications give them an edge.”

“As an IT consultant and IT manager, certification was one of the things I looked for in making hiring decisions,” says technology author and instructional trainer William Stanek, whose 100 books include the Windows 7 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant from Microsoft Press. “While certification alone wasn’t a deciding factor, it always helped in candidate selection for interviews, so it definitely helped at the start of the hiring process.”

Independent IT consultant Anil Desai currently has 38 certifications. Desai believes that certifications help provide a well-rounded perspective. “It’s most useful for people who are new or who are shifting gears. For hirers, it’s a differentiator, but not an automatic decision maker.”

Some job openings or postings generate a blizzard of resumes. As a result, “HR managers need a way to identify the most serious contenders, just as candidates need a way to demonstrate their skill in a particular technology,” elaborates Dice’s Silver. “For both, certifications are a key element.” However, stresses Silver, “Certifications will never trump real-world skills and experience for hiring managers. It’s best to have a combination of both.”

“I firmly and fully believe, and tell my students, that they’ll always have an advantage having that cert under their belt,” states Tim Warner, a technical trainer from CBT Nuggets who also teaches 11-week classes and two-to-five-day corporate courses. “Either the job post will require it, and it will be part of the screening, or it will give them a leg up.”

Certifications may be more important in dealing with prospects and customers, adds Interactive Security Training’s Ferron. Ferron practices what he preaches; he has a handful of certifications of his own. He looks for certifications when hiring, including jobs and tasks that will involve Windows 7, although he also expects to supplement their certifications with training. “Customers ask if our people are certified and trained. My business card doesn’t say Chief Security Officer; it has a list of my certifications on it. So when the engineering staff sees my card, they don’t think I’m just another sales guy.”

Windows 7: New IT Requirements

With the roll-out of Windows 7, IT needs to add Windows 7 to its IT admins’ skills portfolio. “Windows 7 is a standard criterion for our hiring process now,” states Howard Sherman of live online tech support firm “RoyalGeeks.Com candidates must have Windows 7 knowledge and are tested on it.”

For some companies, candidates with Windows 7 certifications simply will stand out. “We’re not seeing a lot of Windows 7 certifications yet,” says Sherman. “But whenever we do, that support engineer is chosen over a candidate who is not Microsoft-certified on Windows 7.”

“If I’m looking for somebody in Windows 7 deployment, their having a certification lets me see they passed that technology, and means I have a better view of that person,” says Interactive Security’s Ferron. “If I have five candidates, certification is a good starting point for vetting them.”

These aren’t the only certifications that make sense to acquire. “It helps to have a background in both the desktop and server space, because the two work together,” Ferron explains. “For example, Group Policies can control what happens on the desktop, but are configured from a server. So my server people have to understand the desktop features and functions, and may need desktop certifications like Windows 7 in addition to the server certifications.”

The State of the Windows 7 Certification Marketplace

That being said, are there job postings calling for Windows 7 certifications? And do candidates have them?

Windows 7 certifications aren’t currently in big demand, according to Dice’s Silver. “There are about 50,000 job postings on Dice. Some companies are asking for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialists (MCTS) or Microsoft Certified IT Professionals (MCITP) certifications; those two certifications average about 150 requests in job postings on any given day. But requests are not tied specifically to Windows 7 at this point. Windows 7 as a skill set is only requested in about 100 job postings on any given day.”

Nor is there a large supply of Windows 7-certified candidates, at least on, presently, reports Silver. “There are currently less than 25 technology professionals with resumes on Dice with Windows 7 certifications.” However, he adds, “In a recent Dice poll, 37% of tech professionals anticipate that their companies would be installing Windows 7 within the next 18 months. As companies migrate to Windows 7, we would anticipate that both requests for the skill-set and those specific certifications will grow.”

“Windows 7 certification is essential for IT pros,” states author and trainer Stanek. “Very soon, Windows 7 certification will be as important as Windows XP certification. So if being certified on Windows XP proved important to your career, being certified on Windows 7 will be equally as important.”

Iman Jalali, director of sales and marketing at IT training products company Train Signal, Inc., which creates computer-based training for IT certification exams, predicts larger demand in people looking for certification in desktop OSs — notably, Windows 7. “The demand for Windows Vista certification training was not that hot,” states Jalali, “but we’ve seen a huge increase in demand for Window 7 certification training.”

One piece of advice, from CBT Nuggets’ Warner: “Hiring managers in general aren’t up to speed with the current generation of Microsoft certifications such as the MCICP. Windows 7 certifications involve yet another new acronym, MCTS, for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialists. So be sure to identify what this is, as a valuable credential.”

Beyond the Resume Slush Pile

Windows 7 certifications aren’t necessarily just about Windows 7, or about getting hired. “Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 share the same core, so knowing Windows 7 will help you know Windows Server 2008 R2,” points out author and trainer Stanek.

A Windows 7 certification can also smooth the way to other certifications, adds CBT Nuggets’ Warner. “For newcomers familiar with client OSs like Windows XP, and looking to pass the server certification test, Windows 7 certifications fulfill some of the requirements for server certifications, and passing the Windows 7 certification exam can help them build confidence.”

There may be other benefits to certifications in general. For example, according to Microsoft Learning’s Clark, “Certification also draws individuals into the larger community of 2.5 million Microsoft-certified professionals, giving them access to exclusive Microsoft resources and benefits, including peer support through private newsgroups; professional tools and opportunities such as resume posting and job searches; and professional networking tools.”

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By Daniel Dern -

Jan 19, 2010

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I will be speaking at Computer Tech 2010

Northwest Florida Association of Computer User Groups
and Northwest Florida State College Primetime : present
Tech 2010  Saturday January 23, 2010

I will be talking about Windows 7 –

Learn how every day computing is made easer, faster, simpler with Windows 7


For information about this event go Here


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Thursday, January 14, 2010

A+, Network+ and Security+ no longer life time !

CompTIA Program Announcement

For A+, Network+ and Security+

Effective January 1, 2010 CompTIA's A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications will only be valid for three (3) years from the date of certification.

All holders of these certifications are affected.

Candidates can be directed to to read the policy or email for any questions they have.

This policy only applies to CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications.

Those certified under the 220-601 - 220-604, N10-003 or SY0-101 exams have until December 31, 2011 to renew their certifications.

Those certified under the 220-701, 220-702, N10-004 and SY0-201 prior to January 1, 2010 have until December 31, 2012 to renew their certifications.

Those certified under the 220-701, 220-702, N10-004 and SY0-201 after January 1, 2010 have three (3) years from date of certification to renew their certifications.

In conjunction with this new policy, CompTIA will be introducing a continuing education program in mid 2010 with multiple ways to earn credits for candidates to maintain an active certification.

An email will be going out to CompTIA candidates this week informing them of

this new policy. Candidate's should be advised to contact CompTIA at with their questions.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ISACA established CRISC Certifiaction

ISACA Announces New CRISC Certification for Risk Professionals

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (13 January 2010)—ISACA, a global association of 86,000 IT audit, risk, governance and security professionals, is responding to market demand by introducing a new risk-related certification. The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designation is for IT professionals who identify and manage risks through the development, implementation and maintenance of information systems (IS) controls. These professionals help enterprises accomplish business objectives such as effective and efficient operations, reliable financial reporting, and compliance with regulatory requirements.

A grandfathering program, through which experienced professionals can earn the certification without passing an exam, will open in April. The first CRISC exam will be administered in 2011.

ISACA established CRISC (pronounced “see risk”) to recognize IT professionals with skills and abilities related to:

· Risk identification, assessment and evaluation

· Risk response

· Risk monitoring

· IS control design and implementation

· IS control monitoring and maintenance

“The CRISC designation will demonstrate to employers that the certification holder is able to identify and evaluate the risks unique to a specific organization and help the enterprise accomplish its business objectives by designing, implementing, monitoring and maintaining risk-based, efficient and effective IS controls,” said Urs Fischer, chair of ISACA’s CRISC Task Force. “We conducted an extensive amount of research globally and found that enterprises are becoming more risk-aware and are looking to identify professionals who possess the skills to help them protect their assets and enhance their businesses. CRISC fills a gap that currently exists in the marketplace.”

CRISC complements ISACA’s three existing certifications: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), established in 1978 and earned by more than 70,000 professionals since its inception; Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), earned by more than 12,000 professionals since it was launched in 2002; and the newer Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), earned by more than 4,000 professionals since it was developed in 2006:

· CISA is designed for IT professionals who perform independent reviews of control design and operational effectiveness; CRISC is for IT and business professionals who identify, evaluate and manage risk, and design, implement and maintain IS controls.

· CISM is for individuals who manage, design, oversee and/or assess an enterprise’s information security, including the identification and management of information security risks; CRISC is for IT professionals whose roles also encompass operational and compliance considerations.

· CGEIT is for IT and business professionals who have a significant management, advisory or assurance role relating to the governance of IT, including risk management; CRISC is for IT and business professionals who are engaged at an operational level to mitigate risk.

Additional information about the CRISC certification is available at


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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology

Microsoft has published  many software Virtualization tools, so  a good  understanding which technology is appropriate  is tricky. Yes its MS focused but this explores which solution is best for you.

  • Microsoft Virtualization
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V™
  • Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1
  • Virtual PC 2007
  • Go here to learn more


    Virtualization in a Nutshell (Level 300)

    In this webcast, we introduce the virtualization world, laying the ground work for the other webcasts in this series. We cover both the Microsoft products and solutions available to create a virtualization environment in your organization and the third-party virtualization options. We also answer the question: Why use virtualization in the first place and why use Microsoft technologies? While we are not aiming to cover every topic in depth in this webcast, you can get an understanding of what all your virtualization options are and understand the concepts discussed in later webcasts in the series.

    IT Professional

    90 Minutes

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009

    Sunday, January 10, 2010

    Free Support for Virus, Malware and Failed Service Packs

    This is a repost remember that Microsoft in the US give free 7 by 24 support if you computer has any of these issues you just need to call 1-866-pcsafety (yes more that 7 numbers buy you will remember the number that way)

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    Registry Cleaner

    CCleaner is a freeware PC optimization tool.
    It combines a system cleaner that removes unused and temporary files from your system and also a fully featured registry cleaner!
    CCleaner allows Windows to run faster, more efficiently and gives you more hard disk space.
    The best part is that it's Small, Fast and Free!

    Cleans the following Windows components:

    • Internet Explorer
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera
    • Safari

    Advanced Options allow cleaning of:

    • Menu Order cache
    • Tray Notifications Cache
    • Window Size and Location Cache
    • User Assist history
    • IIS Log Files
    • Custom Folders

    Application Cleaning:

    As well as cleaning up old files and settings left by standard Windows components, CCleaner also cleans temporary files and recent file lists for many applications. Including:
    • Firefox, Opera, Safari, Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat Reader, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and more...

    Registry Cleaning:

    CCleaner uses an advanced Registry Cleaner to check for problems and inconsistencies. It can check the following:
    • File Extensions
    • ActiveX Controls
    • ClassIDs
    • ProgIDs
    • Uninstallers
    • Shared DLLs
    • Fonts
    • Help File references
    • Application Paths
    • Icons
    • Invalid Shortcuts and more...


    CCleaner was designed from the ground to be safe and secure to use. It has multiple levels of checks in place to ensure that it cannot delete any useful information or documents you may still need. We also certify that it contains no Spyware or Adware.

    High Security:

    For the super cautious users we also offer secure file erasing. By overwriting the files before deleting them, making it impossible to recover the data.

    The product is free and you can download it here

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    Recover lost files

    Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost something important when your computer crashed? No problem! Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player.

    So this will recover from all storage devices, USB sticks, Compaq flash drives etc.

    Undelete files on your computer

    Deleted a file by mistake? Recuva brings lost files on your computer, USB drive, camera or iPod.

    Recovery from damaged or formatted disks

    Even if you've formatted a drive so that it looks blank, Recuva can still find your files on it.

    Recover deleted emails

    Emptied your email trash and need it back? Recuva's got you covered with full support for Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail.

    Recover deleted iPod music

    Deleted music from your iPod or MP3 player? No problem, Recuva will get this back for you along with any additional track data.

    Restore unsaved Word documents

    Did Microsoft Word crash or did you forget to save that important Word document. No problem with Recuva! As it can intelligently rebuild Word documents from their temporary files.

    Quick-Start Wizard

    If you need your files back right away without fiddling with options, Recuva's Quick-Start Wizard is the answer.

    Deep Scan

    Recuva can find most files within a minute. Or, set the Deep Scan to look for more deeply-buried results.

    Securely delete files you want to erase forever

    Want to protect your deleted files? Recuva also allows you to permanently erase any traces of deleted files.

    Portable version

    Take Recuva with you wherever you go with the portable version.

    Full Windows OS support and many languages

    Recuva has support for every modern version of Windows and 37+ languages.

    And it's free

    Download it here

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    Software tools – CPU INFORMATION

    Do  you want to know information about your cpu ? what about the Bios is the hardware ready for virtualization

    HWiNFO™ and HWiNFO32™ are professional hardware information and diagnostic tools. Both tools are designed to collect and present the maximum amount of information possible about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufacturers, system integrators and technical experts as well. Retrieved information is presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.

    You can get them here

    HWiNFO™ - A powerful system information tool for DOS is free for 14 days then is shareware get it here

    HWiNFO32™ - A powerful system information tool for Windows FREEWARE get it here


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    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Office 2010 prices announced

    Meanwhile the Office 2010 beta is generating record interest and use, surpassing the previous Office 2007 beta download rate. In just seven weeks, more than two million people around the world have downloaded and are using the Office 2010 beta. To get a better appreciation for that number, it’s a rate of more than 40,000 downloads per day. That’s approximately twice the number of people who run the Boston Marathon each year, or the entire population of Olympia, WA, or Annapolis, MD, downloading the Office 2010 beta every day!

    Most importantly, 9 out of 10 beta users feel that the Office 2010 beta is an improvement over their current productivity suite.

    How much will Office 2010 cost?

    In addition to the great momentum statistics, we are also releasing Office 2010 U.S. retail pricing today. Office 2010 will be offered in four versions, to make it easier to choose a version of Office that’s best for you – Office Home and Business, Office Professional, Office Home and Student, and Office Professional Academic.

    Office Home and Student boxed product is available in a Family Pack, allowing usage on three PCs in one house

    • Purchase rights for Office Home and Business, Office Professional, and Office Professional Academic boxed product allow for usage on two of your PCs.
    • The Product Key Card is valid for a single installation of the product.

    Go Here for more information

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    Snagit for Mac BETA

    The maker of a great screen capture program for Windows has just announced Snagit for Mac beta . This should be in ever Mac user computer ! We're working hard to make sure Snagit for Mac is everything you want and more, but we can't do it without your help. Check out the beta version for Snagit for Mac and let us know what you like, what you don't like and everything in between…

    To download the beta go here

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