One nifty little freeware is Belarc Advisor. It gives you a detailed and in depth look into your PC both hardware and software, including security settings and network setup.
It’s a freeware, give it a try if you have some free time to kill and desire to learn more about your PC. It supports Windows XP / Vista / 7 (x64 / x86)
Presently at sale in European countries, Sony becomes the first PC vendor to offer Microsoft Kinnect like gesture control as UI in their main stream notebook PCs.
Starting with Sony VAIO E Series, users are able to take advantage of gesture control to work with UI of the device via one 1.3MP front facing camera.
Its cool to play with since you can control your PC with simply swing of your hand or such. How ever because of lack of software supporting the gesture UI, the application of the technology seems to be limited with few handful of software like Windows Media Center / PowerDVD / Microsoft Office Power Point and Internet Explorer 9.
Microsoft have made the download for Windows 2012 Release Candidate available for General Public. Below is the direct download link for Windows 2012 RC1 x64
Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8 Server -> Download
You may register with Microsoft to obtain additional resources and documentation.
When we used to hit the Turn off button in start menu of Windows XP, it used to present us with a optional screen to chose between actions like Turn off the PC, or to reboot or stand by mode.
How ever with Windows 7, Microsoft is done with the second tire system of shutdown verification and presents you single click operation where you click the shutdown button in Windows 7 to turn off the computer without second verification like what used to be with Windows XP.
What it actually did, is it increased the number of accidental shutdown a lot. Where some user mistakenly clicks the “shut down” button available right in start menu.
How to prevent accidental shutdown ?
Microsoft have made the download for Windows 8 Release Preview to available for general public. You may find the working product key for Windows 8 Release Preview (both x86 and x64) and direct (from Microsoft) download (ISO version) links below,
Download Windows 8 Release Preview
32 bit / x86 - 2.5GB ISO
64 bit / x64 – 3.5GB ISO
Product Key for Windows 8 Release Preview
Download other versions (Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish) from below link,
It’s a dawn of new era for malware and for makers of prevention engines also. The malware is termed Flame malware with technical name of Worm.Win32.Flame and it is something what security software companies has never seen before. It redefined the definition malware.
What is a malware ?
It is type of software program which causes unauthorized action in your computer to either steal data or cripple the system for performing certain task.
Goal of malware ?
In today’s world, economic purpose is the main goal of malware industry to steal data and use the data for financial gain for the maker.
India Meteorological Department on Wednesday said the maximum temperature is expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius. – ndtv.com
To let you understand how hot it is, a standard house hold UPS / Inverter will stop working at 45 degree centigrade. Apple iPhone 4S / iPAD, Nokia phone accessories and many other electronic equipment will also stop working at 45 degree centigrade mark.
- It stays silent under Windows Task Bar
- It works silently with its ultra fast real time protection
- It updates silently with along with Windows Update
Silently it is now gaining more than more user base. It is the Microsoft Security Essential. Light weight, free and ultra fast added with its silent working feature making it a hit with both business or home PC users.
Studies show the gradual increase in market share of the product over times as more and more users silently shifts towards this Free and Light weight security product from Microsoft.
If you have not tried it yet and using a paid software, then it’s highly recommended to give it a try after your present subscription ends. This software is no way inferior to those heavy priced security product for an average user, both business or personal.
Microsoft Security Essentials
Download -> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials/download
Auto Update -> Windows Update
Offline manual update -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971606
Supports -> Windows XP / Windows Vista (x86 and x64) / Windows 7 (x86 and x64)
Microsoft has finally launched the public beta or Consumer Preview version of the much awaited Windows 8 operating system. Download links are now live.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview -> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso
Windows Preview ->http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview
Windows 8 x64 (64 bit) EN -> Download 3.2 GB
Windows 8 x86 (32 bit) EN -> Download 2.5 GB
It’s expected that couple of million download to follow in next few hours hence expect slow speeds. TO counter the speed issue, you may also look for other download options, such as Torrent’s
The biggest hassle for overclockers is the risk of warranty void when a processor fails while running beyond the specific operational range of Intel’s factory tuned specifications. However to meet the demands of enthusiasts, Intel have offered an optional warranty plan Performance Tuning Protection Plan.
The Performance Tuning Protection Plan being offered by Intel is a chance for you to experiment with the overclocking features of your processor without the worries of what will happen if you push the procesor too far. The Plan allows you a single processor replacement, hassle-free, from our customer support. This is in addtion to your standard 3 year warranty. In other words, if it fails under normal usage, we will replace it under the standard warranty; if it fails while running outside of Intel’s specifications, we will replace it under the Performance Tuning Protection Plan.
So what we are saying is this: Go ahead and push it, we’ve got your back.
The Plan covers all unlocked processors (with a X or K suffix), and any processor in the LGA2011 socket, starting with Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ processors.
For more information, please check the FAQ section -> http://click.intel.com/tuningplan/BsiFaq.aspx
Intel Core i5-2500K -> $20.00
Intel Core i7-2600K -> $25.00
Intel Core i7-2700K -> $25.00
Intel Core i7-3930K -> $35.00
Intel Core i7-3960X -> $35.00
This warranty scheme is separate from normal 3 year box pack warranty. If the processor fails under normal operational range, it will be replaced via 3 year box pack warranty scheme given as default.
Microsoft came up with a new video explaining why Microsoft SkyDrive with Microsoft Office is better than Google Doc for users having the need to collaborate for Office apps.
Google chrome added a nice feature as Sign in, in which Chrome stores the user experience, settings and data to web and restores them back to chrome of any other computer, when you sign in there.
This handy feature allows you to carry password, user form, add ons, extensions and bookmarks.
Often we buy new storage device and plugin to some of our very important systems (PC or server or notebook) thinking it to be totally safe since its a brand new device. How ever a recent news may send scare through any IT professional working with a system having sensitive data or information.
An Australian film maker Darryl Mason, bought a new hard drive from a well known Australian departmental brand Dick Smith. The reason for purchase was to back up video footage of his upcoming films from his laptop. The data was very sensitive and precious in terms of effort was put in to shoot, hence he never connected the laptop to any other storage or to Internet to prevent any malware infection or such.
However to his utter surprise, he found the new hard drive already had few Pirated Movies and after connecting the hard disk, his laptop is reporting file corruption with many of his videos and files indicating presence of possible malware in the device.
Read in Details -> Exposed: ‘new’ Dick Smith hard drive full of pirated movies
It should be warring to all IT professional and home users too. Never to trust even a new device. Always pre-scan the device before plugging it to an important system if there is no security software present in that.
Tip for home users
Malware protection is not that costly by the way. Microsoft offers a real time scanner called Security Essential for free to all Windows users.
Download is simple, easy to use (infact all it needs is installation and it works in background) and update. Comes with real time scanner to protect the system for unwanted infections and very light weight on system resources too.
Microsoft Security Essentials -> http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx
Skype now supports integration with Facebook with its latest version.
Download Skype -> http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/