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GFI Backup (Free Backup Software)

July 6th, 2009 admin No comments

If you need great backup software, check out GFI Backup (Home Edition).  This tool is not only free but it’s very easy to use.  GFI Backup has a wizard feature that makes backing up files a snap.  bfiAlso, it allows you to backup and synchronize your files to an FTP site, over a network, or to removable flash drives.  The encrytion features on this tool are pretty impressive as well, as it allows you to encrypt files using AES encryption.  Like I stated above the software is free but you need to register first to downlowd the installer.

Till Next Time,

Rene

rene@renitech.com

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Media Monkey — Best Freeware Media Player

June 21st, 2009 admin 2 comments

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media_m2Today I was cruising the web when I ran into what I think is the best free media player to date.  Media Monkey by Ventis Media Inc. is a great music/media manager and is also an excellent tool for burning ripping/burning cd’s.  Media Monkey reminds me a lot of iTunes, as it has a similar look and feel.  This tool can synchronize with your ipod or iphone, and is less resource intensive than iTunes in my opinion.  What I find really cool are the add-ons for this tool.  If you go to http://www.mediamonkey.com/addons/general you can see all the add-ons available.  One add-on that really caught my eye was “Evil Lyrics” because it tracks down lyrics and syncs them with a particular song.  Media Monkey is growing in popularity, as it is listed as one of the top freeware programs available.  Definitley check it out.

Till Next Time,

Rene

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Best (Free) Spyware/Malware Tools

June 14th, 2009 admin No comments

This week I have cleaned out a couple of computers and have put  together a little package that will fix the most sophisticated virus,trojan, or worm.  Here is my list:

1.) ComboFix

http://www.combofix.org

This little handy tool will remedy any nasty virus.  The user interface is a little intimidating, as it ’s just a command prompt that runs on your computer.  combofixComboFix will seek to perform a restore point before the “cleaning” begins and it will reboot your computer as part of the process.

 

2.) Little Registry Cleaner

http://sourceforge.net/projects/littlecleaner/

This is a good tool for patching up your registry.  It does seem to catch some registry entries that are not harmful but overall it gets the job done.lrc

 

 

 

 

 

3.) Microsoft Malicious Software Kit 

http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

This is a pretty thorough kit and you can be sure it will catch any malware in your computer.  It has a Quick and Full scan option, however the Full scan takes about 3 hours to run.mlt 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

All 3 of these tools work great and they are completely free of charge (no trial period).  I highly recommend using  ComboFix or the Microsoft Malicious Software kit  first.  Also, I would recommend turning off all your startup applications before running any of these tools.  If you have any questions please don’t hestitate to contact me: rene@renitech.com

Till Next Time,

Rene

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Google Wave…The new online colaboration and communication tool

June 9th, 2009 admin 2 comments

This week I have been hearing a lot about Google Wave and how it will revolutionize email.  Some call it Email 2.0, others have said it will replace plugins like Silverlight, Flash, and JavaFX.  I was not clear as to what this hype was all about, nor did I really understand the concept behind it.  This being the case, I decided to listen to the Google IO Wave keynote.  If you have some time, I have embedded the keynote video to this article…look below.

 

So did you get a chance to watch it?  Well after watching it for myself and reflecting on it for a couple of minutes, there is no doubt that this is awesome stuff.  I see Google Wave as a mixture of Gmail and Google Talk.  I think the real-time talk is very cool.  The real-time feature allows you to speak with someone asynchronously, which means you don’t have to wait for someone to type a message before you can send a message back.  The communication stream in Google Wave is a real live stream, so you can actually see what someone is typing right on your computer screen.   Also, I think the “playback” back feature is newsworthy.  The idea behind the “playback” feature is that you can invite another person to a chat session and that other person will recieve a “playback” log of the conversation that has taken place up to the point he or she entered the session.  Finally, I think the drag and drop feature is really cool.  A user can literally drag and drop files or images from their computer onto their browser to share with others. 

As I was watching the demonstration, I was wondering how Google Wave was compared to platform’s like Silverlight, Flash, and JavaFX.  I have read in some blogs how staff at Google describe Google Wave more as a tool than a platform and I certainly agree.  Google Wave is a tool that will be used like email is used today; I like to think of it as SuperEmail.  Silverlight (because I have done some XAML programming), Flash or JavaFX are browser client-plugins that are part of a platform.  There is a big difference.

There is still a lot to be seen with regards to Google Wave, but one thing is for sure, it seems very powerful and exciting.  There is a Google Web Toolkit that Wave is built on but it’s my understanding that it can’t be used today.  Apparently, the application can only run in HTML5, which is not ready yet and won’t be (I believe for some years).  Please correct me if I’m wrong on that.

Till Next Time,

Rene

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Introducing Microsoft Live Mesh (Beta)

June 7th, 2009 admin 2 comments

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Have you heard of Microsoft Live Mesh?  No?  Live Mesh is a device network platform that brings your files (pictures, music, etc) all together.  Basically the way it works is that you add devices on your cloud network (like your own private network online) and then all your devices will be synchronized at the same time.  I know it sounds confusing but let me further explain.  When you sign into to Live mesh you sign into a virtual computer online.  This cloud/virtual computer allows you to add different devices to create your private network.  When you add a new device to your network, you will have to download an installer which enables you to have a synchronized folder on the computer/device you are working on.  Pretty cool right?  250px-meshdesktopWhat’s even cooler than this is that you can add a Mac to your network.  The premise behind Live Mesh is that you can synchornize your files accross a number of devices (Your main PC, your computer at work, your sister’s Mac, and your mobile phone) at the same time.  Live mesh has a remote desktop (RDP) feature, which allows you to connect RDP into numerous computers on your network. 

Let me give you an example of how this would work in real life.  I sign into Live Mesh and I download the installer for my computer, creating a synchronized folder on my computer.live1Then I sign into Live Mesh from my Sister’s Mac and add her  computer as a new device.  I will be asked to download the Mac installer for her computer, and when the install is complete, my sister will also have her respective synchronized folder.  So basically, my computer’s synchronized folder connects with my sister’s synchronized folder.  So now let’s say I download Def Leppard’s “Pour some sugar on me” from iTunes on my computer (and I know how much my sister loves this song) all I have to do is place this song file in my synchronized folder and my sister will have this song her Mac computer.  This is again because when my synchronized folder is updated with a file my sister’s synchronized folder is also updated with the same content as well.

Microsoft Live Mesh is free at the current moment and I would encourage anyone to try it out.  It has some kinks (still in Beta) like it increases your CPU Usage (moe.exe) and the remote desktop feature sometimes dosen’t work so well.  Still, it’s really cool to see in action…Trust me.   There is also a Visual Studio toolkit which you can download to build your own custom applications on your cloud/virtual computer.   If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at rene@renitech.com

Till next time,

Rene

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