Utilities

January 22nd, 2008 by Keith

CPU-Z 1.43 – from CPUID – Released

Posted in Fun Stuff, Site News, Utilities, Windows

CPU-ZCPU-Z is a small, yet extremely useful utility. The recent release encompasses several supports for new processors, for example

  • * Intel Skulltrail platform support (Core 2 Extreme QX9775 + 5400B MCH).
  • * Intel X48 chipset detection.
  • * AMD Athlon 64-LE 1600 and 1620 support.
  • * Fix detection issues on unlocked Phenom (ES/BE).

Hosted by CPUID, this small utility provides a rather informative data about your motherboard, memory and graphics card. One instance is that you can find out the speed of your RAM, e.g. PC-2700 or PC-2100, or the chipset of your microprocessor.

The good thing is that CPU-Z does not need to be installed. Simply unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe program (see screenshot). To remove the program, users only need to remove the entire directory.

Download File
CPUID CPU-Z 1.43

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November 22nd, 2007 by Keith

IrfanView 4.10 – Image Viewer and Converter

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Site News, Utilities, Windows

IrfanView

Apart from Adobe Photoshop, IrfanView 4.10 is another alternative which users can opt for image conversion. Some of the basic features are as follow:

  1. - View images
  2. - Image format conversion
  3. - Image optimisation
  4. - Scan and print images
  5. - Slideshow creation
  6. - Batch processing
  7. - Play movies and sounds
  8. - and others…

The features that I like best about IrfanView is that it is lightweight, yet capable of performing batch processing as well as slideshow creation. Undoubtedly, this is one good software to go, if you are short of cash to purchase expensive photo editing softwares.

Download Software
IrfanView 4.10

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November 18th, 2007 by Keith

Recommended Software of the Week – Picasa 2

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Site News, Utilities, Web Apps, Windows

Picasa

Picasa 2 was initially developed by Google three years ago and released as a free software. In spite of this, Picasa is still one of the most popular and useful photo album around to manage photos and pictures located in the PC’s hard disk drive.

Picasa is not just a image library, it also include editing tools for enhancing photo images. For example, Fill Light is a tuning tool that brightens or darkens picture that contains dark backgrounds (e.g. someone with his back to the sun).

Picasa is definitely recommended software of the week. You should have it as long as you have digital photos and purchasing professional softwares, such as Adobe Photoshop, become expensive.

Picasa can be downloaded here.

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November 2nd, 2007 by Keith

Symantec Database Security (SDS) 3.0

Posted in Business Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Utilities, Windows

A complete new security solution aimed at securing database has been released by Symantec. Known as Symantec Database Security (SDS) 3.0, the software comes with new capabilities to curb the loss of sensitive information or intellectual property stored in databases.

Some of the new features include intruder identification, real-time transaction policy alerts and integration with Symantec Security Information Manager (SSIM). SDS prevents fraud and leakage of sensitive data due to faulty practices and oversights, while addressing growing auditing, compliance, and regulatory requirements for secure data access.

This software supports a variety of database software, such as Microsoft SQL, Oracle and IBM DB2.

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October 13th, 2007 by Keith

Adobe Acrobat Vulnerable to Hackers

Posted in Business Software, Site News, Software Companies, Utilities, Web Apps, Windows

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat, one of the most-used software, is said to be vulnerable to attacks, as according to Adobe Systems Inc. last Wednesday. It was mentioned that versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat software could allow malicious programs to gain access to the PC without the user’s knowledge. With such potential capability, it is possible that some hackers can take control of the machine and used it to steal confidential data.

The vulnerability is known to affect computers running on Microsoft Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7 web browser. The fix might not be available until the end of October 2007. During this period of time, it is best that user monitor their computer closely.

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September 10th, 2007 by Keith

WordPress 2.2.3 Security Release

Posted in Business Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Utilities, Web Apps, Windows

WordPressTwo days ago, WordPress has released the next version of 2.2.x family of WordPress. According to Ryan, it is vital that users of WordPress 2.2 series do upgrade immediately to this version.

Two of the fixes are classified as high priority and is a concern of security:

  1. Invalid RSS2 Comments Feed
  2. Users without unfiltered_html capability can post arbitrary html

Do not take risk, if you are running a big site using WordPress. Never fall prey to hackers. So, take a bit of effort and time to upgrade your WordPress blog to this version.

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September 4th, 2007 by Keith

WordPress 2.3 Beta 2 Released

Posted in Business Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Utilities, Web Apps, Windows

WordPressShortly after Beta 1 was released last week, WordPress 2.3 Beta 2 has also found its way to the public. Not that there is a major bug present in Beta1, but according to Mark Jaquith, the team of WordPress developers have decided to release the beta versions every Monday until WordPress 2.3 ships on September 24, 2007.

This Beta 2 version contains several bug fixes over last week’s release. Technically, it is still a rather unclean code, with many bits and pieces to be polished up. Note that, it is still not advisable to deploy this version on production web server. Do so, if you are comfortable with resolving PHP issues.

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August 28th, 2007 by Keith

WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 Released

Posted in Beta, Business Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Utilities, Web Apps, Windows

WordPressGreat news travel fast. The next major release of WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 is now being released. It is definitely a piece of excellent software, as we have been tracking the work on WordPress 2.3 over the last couple of months ever since WordPress was working on it.

This beta release has some changes:
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August 15th, 2007 by Keith

ReNamer – File Renaming Tool

Posted in Fun Stuff, Site News, Utilities, Windows

ReNamer

This is when I need it most, and has proven so effective for me. It happens one afternoon when my sister called me up and asked me to help her solve a filename renaming batch issue. I thought, that could be simple and be solved using either Windows Explorer or Command Prompt. In fact, it can be done – but to deal with a huge number of files (approximately thousands of them), and with extremely long and weird filenames, task of renaming them looks daunting. Though Linux might have done a better job with batch processes, but I decided that instead of getting her to install Linux and do a batch process, it might be easier to grab hold of a software that actually do these tasks.

I combed the Internet for several possible tools; some of which are great, whereas others are mediocre. These are some that I have found:

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August 14th, 2007 by Keith

Skype 3.5 for Windows

Posted in Audio, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Utilities, Video, Web Apps, Windows

Skype Logo

Without a doubt, Skype has released its latest version of Skype 3.5.0.202 for Windows just a few days ago. I was completely taken aback by this new release as it contains several enhancement and improvements, integrated with new newly designed security features.

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