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Hash Tab File Hash Generator Print
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 13:52

HashTab Tab 

I needed to generate an MD5 hash the other day, so I tried to find the best offering for Vista x64. I found Hash Tab which just might be the coolest thing ever (as the author claims). When you right-click a file and select it's properties, it creates a new tab that shows the files various file hashes including CRC32, HAVAL, MD5, RIPEMD-128, RIPEMD-256, RIPEMD-320, SHA-1, SHA-512, Tiger, and Whirlpool. It works perfectly on my Vista x64 box and I would recommend it to all.

 
VMware vs. VirtualBox Print
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 17:34

Updated review here >>> VMware vs. VirtualBox Part 2

 

Windows 2000 as Guest OS on VistaVMmare and VirtualBox are both virtual machine software suites for x86 and x64 computers. They allow you to run a "virtual" or guest operating system (OS) inside your main (host) OS. For example you could run Debian Linux as your main OS while running a complete version of Vista in a separate window on your desktop. Additionally, the guest system can comprise of different hardware. You could create three virtual hard drives and two optical drives on your virtual computer. Currently, the top three offerings in the virtual machine market are VMware, Virtual PC, and VirtualBox. I used to use Virtual PC, but felt it went downhill fast after Microsoft acquired the technology in 2003. At that point, I switched to VMware 5 and haven't looked back until today.

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Vista4Experts Print
Monday, 31 December 2007 08:46

 

Vista4Experts allows savvy Vista users to quickly disable some annoying features. 

 
Girl Gets Bizarre Message Instead of iPod Print
Monday, 31 December 2007 07:12

MyFoxDC reports from Germantown, MD. A little girl thought she was getting an iPod for Christmas but ended up getting a rude surprise. She got the box but when she opened it up, she found a surprising switch: the iPod had been replaced with a bizarre note.

Jay Ellis, the girls father, returned the ipod to the Germantown, Md. Wal-Mart store where he purchased it. The store manger told him that another customer returned an iPod with a similar issue.

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UltraEdit Vista x64 Context Menu Fix Print
Sunday, 30 December 2007 16:38


UltraEdit is the best text editor that I know of. It provides the ability to integrate with Windows Explorer under Advanced / Configuration / File Associations; but even the latest version 13.20a doesn't add itself to Vista x64's Windows Explorer.

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DNA Dating Site Predicts Chemical Romance Print
Saturday, 22 December 2007 15:29

The first dating service to use lab-based genetic profiling launched online last week. Scientific Match promises to pair up people who will be physically attracted to each other because their DNA is different.

Well-matched couples will like each others’ natural scents, have more fun in bed, and bear healthier children than those who are genetically similar, the company claims.

The service, available only in the Boston area, charges $1,995 for a year-long subscription.

"I strongly believe this will dominate the future of dating services," said founder Eric Holzle, a mechanical engineer.

Members swab their cheeks and send in saliva samples. A lab spends two weeks analyzing the immune system genes, and then the company matches individuals with genetic profiles that are unalike.

"We look at six specific genetic reference points on DNA, and none of those six can match to make a match," Holzle explained.

He was inspired by a well-known sweaty T-shirt study of a dozen years ago, in which biologists found that women liked the smell of dirty shirts worn by men who were immunologically dissimilar to themselves.

 
Process Library Print
Saturday, 22 December 2007 15:16

 

Uniblue ProcessLibrary.com, might aid you in identifying an unknown Windows process. They offer a searchable index of common processes, identifying them by the manufacturer, purpose, and security risk level. They also offer ProcessScanner and ProcessQuickLink.

ProcessScanner will compose a report on all the processes running on your system. It maintains a copy of the report on their website and gives you the URL so you can forward the output to someone else.

If you prefer to stick with good old Task Manager, their ProcessQuickLink will add an icon to each process reported in Task Manager. This simplifies looking up unknown processes, as it adds an icon to each process reported in Task Manager. Clicking the icon brings up the corresponding ProcessLibrary page.

I like the library but found it valuable only for reassurance that a suspicious-looking process is actually benign. When infecting a system with spyware, the process scanner could not identify the process. I like the process library and the two free utilities they offer, but scattered among the library and various utilities you'll find penty of links to launch the SpyEraser spyware scanner, which is a dud.


 
Low-Cost Interactive Whiteboard Print
Sunday, 16 December 2007 12:38
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Since the Wiimote uses Bluetooth to communicate with the Wii, it can be used with any computer that can receive Bluetooth. Johnny Chung Lee wrote a program for Windows that is a start toward doing what Microsoft’s $10,000 Surface can do.

 
Vista SP1 RC Improves File Transfer Speed Print
Friday, 14 December 2007 14:11

With the right hardware, Windows Vista is pretty cool. I've been running Vista x64 for almost a year now. The media would have you believe that everyone hates Vista. It is commonly referred to as being buggy and unstable. That is simple not true. Vista has problems, but I've not seen one mainstream news source address one of Vista's "real" issues. One of these real issues for me has been file transfer speed. Some of which has been address in SP1.

I wasn't very happy with Vista when I saw my network performance fall from around 80 MB/sec with XP to around 10 MB/sec with Vista. I've had similar experiences, for instance when I moved from Windows 2000 to Windows XP. During that move I switched from my much beloved SCSI disk interface to the IDE disk interface. XP had serious issues with SCSI systems which resulted in poorer performance than their IDE counterparts.

Over the next few months of running Vista I finally discovered certain application, specifically ones that dealt with audio played a huge role in affecting the speed of file transfer, especially when transferring files over a network. With some of the resent Vista updates, transferring large files became manageable, while still inconvenient. For instant if I were going to move some large files, I might hang up my call on Skype or close any applications where were playing audio. There are some application that greatly affect the file transfer speed that don't appear to be using audio. I noticed the Steam client for Valve games really kills transfer speed. Kill the application while transferring a large file and watch a huge boost in your transfer speed.

Today I installed the service pack one release candidate (SP1 RC) for Vista x64. 

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nVidia Announces 3-Way SLI Print
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:00

Today NVIDIA announced 3-Way SLI for 680i and 780i motherboards. This technology enables the use of three graphics processing units (GPUs) on a single computer, allowing up to three GeForce® graphics cards to be used in a single machine. NVIDIA’s new 3-way SLI delivers up to a 2.8x performance increase over a single GPU system, giving high-end gamers 60 frames per second at resolutions as high as 2560x1600 and with 8x antialiasing. 3-way SLI technology means you no longer have to dial back the image quality settings on the newest PC games. For example, gamers with 3-way SLI can play Crysis at high resolutions such as 1920x1200 with all the advanced DirectX 10 effects such as motion blur, ambient occlusion, and soft shadows turned on. 

 
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