Removing Crapware from Your Computer to Improve System Performance.

George Ou from ZDNet has published this excellent article.  i followed the directions and achieved a much improved start up and operational environment on my two year old Toshiba laptop.

The article links are below, and I have included a PDF file courtesy of TechRepublic that you can save for your own use.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=547&page=2

How to fully de-gunk a PC of crapware
That pre-bundled software can make your PC sluggish, unstable, and prone to crashes. George ...

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How to Set Windows Explorer to be the Default AutoPlay Action for your USB Flash Drive

Here is a handy tip from Greg Schultz at TechRepublic.  If you have a USB flash drive with several media types stored oin board, such as pictures, music, and document files, you may prefer to have Windows Explorer to open automatically do yo can browse to your files more quickly.  Here’ how to do it.

Takeaway: AutoPlay can be fickle when it comes to determining the default action for opening files from your flash drive. Here’s how to ...

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A Question About Security Suites

I have been recommending Zone Alarm Security Suite as my favorite security solution for several years.  They have always, and continue, to rank in the first, second , or more rarely, third spot when reviewed by PC Magazine Labs.  I recently had a question from one of my students, and I thought the exchange was worth posting in the blog.  It follows:

HI BOB – I STILL HAVEN’T TAKEN NORTON OFF OR PUT ZONE ALARM ON.  I’M HAVING SECOND ...

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The Future of The Recording Industry – Is It Over?

This is a copy of an article that was published in NewsScan.com back on June 27, 2003.  As it turns out, my opinions have stood the test of time.  I am republishing this article here because NewsScan is gone – gone forever from the web. 

The Internet has made is possible, and easy, for almost anyone to realize their fondest dreams.  Want to be a writer – well here I am – a writer.  Want to be any ...

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Microsoft Expression Web to Replace FrontPage 2003

As many of you know, Microsoft has "abandoned" FrontPage in favor of a new suite of web development tools appearing under the Microsoft Expression name. The one that we are looking at is Expression Web, but there are special versions for SharePoint development as well.

I have been looking at this new product with some trepidation. My feelings were this: If Microsoft is going to force me onto a new development platform, maybe I should just learn Dreamweaver ...

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I Miss NewsScan.com

Its been a while since John Gehl & Suzanne Douglas published NewsScan on the web.  I really miss their site.  It used to be possible to go to the site and look at the archives, but it appears that they may be gone for good (or bad).
 
I was fortunate to have had my comments included in their on-line publication on several occasions, and was once asked to be a guest columnist.  In the interest of preserving these musings, I ...
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Phishing Spammers Get Better Results than Direct Mail

Phishing – the sending of unsoliticited or SPAM e-mail with the goal of extracting personal financial information from the recipeient, is a serious problem, and represents the great threat for the unauthorized installation of malware.  According to a survey publsihed in PC World, phishers may be geting as much as a 14% return on their efforts.  That means 14 out of 100 spam recipients respond to these fraudulent e-mails and end up giving up their banking user ID’s ...
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Burning an ISO image to a CD or DVD

For those of you who like to purchase software on line for download, there is a trend by software distributors to send their products in an ISO image package, rather than the more familiar .EXE or .MSI installable format.
 
An ISO image must be burned to a CD or DVD and executed from the optical drive.  There is a good article at PC Magazine’s web site that explaines the process somewhat.  i have included it below.
 
What ...
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Top Ten Internet Crimes

I found this article from the Security Watch newsletter from PC Magazine to be interesting, and thought I would share it.  The top ten reported internet crimes are lisited below.  The source is the Internet Crime and Complain Center (IC3), for the year 2006.   As I tell people in my Computer Security class, its about the money these days.  The list follows.
 

Category

% of complaints

Auction Fraud

44.9%

Non-Delivery

19%

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Do You Need A Human?

Frequently, I am on the phone with a computer manufacturer’s technical support line.  This can be a short trip into Hades at its best, but occassioanlly, you just need to speak to a real live human being, even if they are in India.
 
I get the daily newsletter Good Morning Silicon Valley, and in yesterday’s issue there was a short blurb about this site:  Dial A Human, at www.dialahuman.com.  Give it a quick look, they have instructions for breaking through ...
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