Archive for February, 2010

Need a Portable Application? – Take Your Pick

February 27, 2010

By Bill Mullins
I’m old enough to still be amazed by technological advances – I’m like a small child when it comes to this. I doubt if I’ll ever lose this “starry eyed” view of technology. I certainly hope not.

I often think back to my first Hard Drive; which cost me $800 – 10 Megabytes with a seek time of 96 seconds. Yep, 10 Megabytes, not 10 Gigabytes. Today, a huge HD (two Terabytes), might set you back $150.

The USB Flash Drive has seen the same progression – massive increases in storage capabilities, coupled with giveaway prices. Not so long ago, my first flash drive ( 128 MB), cost me $50. Today, it’s easy to find a 4 GB flash drive for $5. I find that amazing!

The low cost of a flash drive gives us opportunities, in computing, that would have seemed like science fiction not long ago. Portable Apps Suite is a perfect example of these new opportunities.

Read the rest at Bill Mullins’ Weblog

You can also find a lot of free software, much of it portable, on my web site at Jerry620’s Pages on the software page.

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How Can I Ditch Cable and Watch My TV Shows and Movies Online?

February 24, 2010

Dear Lifehacker,
I’d love to get rid of cable and stream all my favorite TV shows right from the internet. What do I need to know before I take the plunge?

Signed,
Ready to Cut the Coaxial

Join the club! Some of us at Lifehacker HQ have already left or are ready to leave the cable company for 24/7 live TV streaming, too. We get this question all the time, and we’ve examined ditching the monthly bill in favor of watching programs online occasionally in the past, and we’ve also looked at ways to get your TV fix with apps like Boxee and Hulu, plus there are cool set-top devices like Roku and TiVo, but this is a good opportunity to get exhaustive. There are so many great options for catching a show here or there, but can you rely on them to replicate the cable TV experience? Well, yes and no.

Read the rest at Lifehacker

Avira vs avast! vs AVG: A comprehensive comparison to help you decide which (free) anti-malware security software you should use

February 14, 2010

With a doubt one of the most popular questions I am asked is “which security software should I use for my computer?” Often times the person asking me the question is looking for a free security solution as opposed to a paid one. To address this question, I have already created a post on best security software. However, now – in this article – I am going to directly address the issue of “should I use Avira, avast!, or AVG?” Of course there are many other free anti-virus/anti-malware software. However, I do feel these three are the most popular and most commonly inquired about (and probably the three best).

Read the rest at dotTech.org

[How To] Remove A Virus That Does Not Allow To Run Virus Scan

February 13, 2010

Trouble:

One of my friends Mohit called me and told me that his laptop has got some virus infection in his Windows Vista OS. The virus is causing many exe applications to stop randomly. He explained his problem as :

Whenever I try to run a virus scan, It will close the anti-virus, crash windows explorer and will stop many services. The icons in the system tray are also not loading. Many exe applications are crashing randomly. I am not able to install any virus removal tool on my laptop. The in built anti-virus has also stopped responding. I am not able to run system restore on windows as the virus is killing the system restore wizard as soon as I launch it.

In such situations, when the virus has infected the computer so badly that you are not able to run a virus scan, there are still methods to remove the virus. In this post I will share one such useful trick.

Read the rest at Trouble Fixers