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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

OverClocking using Time Distortion. Making your CPU faster using a Time Machine

 

I wanted to get this Idea on by blog because I wanted to be the first who proposed such a method of overclocking.

According to general relativity, clocks run slower in locations with higher gravitational force.

I quote from wikipedia:

Gravitational time dilation is the effect of time passing at different rates in regions of different gravitational potential; the higher the local distortion of spacetime due to gravity, the slower time passes. Albert Einstein originally predicted this effect in his theory of relativity and it has since been confirmed by tests of general relativity.

This has been demonstrated by noting that atomic clocks at differing altitudes (and thus different gravitational potential) will eventually show different times. The effects detected in such experiments are extremely small, with differences being measured in nanoseconds.

Gravitational time dilation was first described by Albert Einstein in 1907 as a consequence of special relativity in accelerated frames of reference. In general relativity, it is considered to be difference in the passage of proper time at different positions as described by a metric tensor of spacetime. The existence of gravitational time dilation was first confirmed directly by the Pound-Rebka experiment.

This also means that if it is possible to create a "negative" gravity field, it would be possible to accelerate a clock in a particular location.

In this case we would not have time dilation but time CONSENTRATION.

The concept of "negative gravity" is not new, for example it is possible that negative gravity is generated by negative mass or dark matter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_energy

In other words we would be bending the fabric of space time itself in order to create a limited region of space, where in there time would be going faster than the surrounding area.

In such a location we would place a CPU of a computer running at say 4 ghz. However that speed relative to our time of reference could be changed according to the intensity of the negative gravitational field.

If it was strong enough, significant time concentration would occur and the cpu would APPEAR to be running faster to us. Thus basically it would be transformed into a faster CPU, since the only thing we would be counting was the calculations per second.

Theoretically the speed could be accelerated this way to enormous values. For example with a strong enough time concentration we would see the overclocking a thousand fold of the original CPU speed. And all this without needing to alter the technology of the CPU itself. Only the gravity field around it would change.

This would mean we could have a 4 Terahertz CPU. Of course this would also mean that we would have to feed the cpu 1000 times more energy since it would be consuming the energy given to it 1000 times faster.


Microsoft Watch - Vista - What's Vista's One-Year Grade Point Average?

 News Analysis. Uh-oh! Two Fs and only one A mean Vista won't be going to the head of the class.

Windows Vista's one-year anniversary is Wednesday. Microsoft released the software to everybody on Jan. 30, 2007. A day earlier, Microsoft held a launch gala for Vista and Office 2007 in New York.

In this post, I score how well Vista has done in 12 areas since its real launch 12 months ago. Microsoft also launched Vista on Nov. 30, 2006. But the release that matters—when businesses or consumers could buy PCs—happened two months later.

I chose attributes that I believe matter most in evaluating Vista's real relevance, particularly in relationship to Windows XP. The scoring is my own, based on my personal experience using Windows Vista for nearly two years and on my assessment of other users' perceptions and experiences, including Microsoft customers and partners.

Vista's One-Year Scorecard

In fairness to Microsoft, each grade should be explained:

Technology. Vista isn't exceptionally better than XP, but nuances do matter. Improved manageability, networking, search and security—the plumbing—are worthwhile benefits. B.

Marketing. Microsoft killed the "Wow" ad campaign nearly as soon as it started. Ever since, Microsoft has failed to seriously market Vista. D.

Application Support. Those apps not broken by security and architectural changes run very well. B.

Application Compatibility. Security and architectural changes break too many apps. C.

Supporting Applications. Where are they? Have you seen any? F.

Driver Support. Vista ships with lots of drivers, more than XP out of the box. My grade will be controversial as I place greater blame on hardware manufacturers than on Microsoft for any problems. B.

Security. User Account Control is a nuisance, but Vista is more rugged than XP. To get an A, Microsoft would have needed to make security measures less complex. B.

Partner Ecosystem. Dell offers XP on every build-to-order system, hardware manufacturers have slowly released drivers, and supporting apps are MIA. F.

Perceived Value. It's not enough compared to Windows XP, and Vista upgrades require heftier hardware. C.

Ease of Use. There is too much complexity, too many unnecessary user interface changes and too many annoying pop-ups. C.

Stability. Vista is rock solid. A.

Performance. Vista does well, if the hardware is right. The score would be higher if not for heftier hardware requirements. C.

Drum roll, please. Vista's first-year grade point average is 2.42.

Now, it's your turn to be the teacher. How would you grade Vista?

Microsoft Watch - Vista - What's Vista's One-Year Grade Point Average?


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Remote Desktop Sharing in Ubuntu -- Debian Admin

 

vino is VNC server for GNOME.VNC is a protocol that allows remote display of a user’s desktop. This package provides a VNC server that integrates with GNOME, allowing you to export your running desktop to another computer for remote use or diagnosis.

By default ubuntu will come with vino-server so it is very easy to configure to enable remote desktop sharing in your ubuntu machine.If you want to access ubuntu machine remotely you need to login in to your ubuntu system.

Important note :-

Remote Desktop will only work if there’s a GNOME login session.Leaving your computer with an unattended GNOME login session is not secure and not recommended.

Some Tips

1) You can lock your screen using System—>Quit

Once you click on quit you should see the following screen here you need to select lockscreen

2) switch off your monitor when computer is left unattended

Configuring Remote Desktop

First you need to go to System -> Preferences -> Remote Desktop

Once it opens you should see the following screen

In the above screen you need to configure remote desktop preferences for sharing and security

For Sharing

you need to tick the box next to the following two options

Allow other users to view your desktop
Allow other users to control your desktop

For Security

you need to tick the box next to the following two options

Ask you for confirmation (If you tick this option some one need to click on allow from remote desktop once it connected if you don’t want you can untick this option)
Require the user to enter this password:
Password: Specify the password

Connecting from Ubuntu Machine

Open your terminal from Applications—>Accessories—>Terminal and enter the following command

vncviewer -fullscreen 192.168.2.23:0

now you should see the following message asking for password enter the password after complete success you can see VNC authentication succeeded message and starting remote desktop

VNC viewer version 3.3.7 - built Jul 4 2006 10:04:48
Copyright (C) 2002-2003 RealVNC Ltd.
Copyright (C) 1994-2000 AT&T Laboratories Cambridge.
See http://www.realvnc.com for information on VNC.
VNC server supports protocol version 3.7 (viewer 3.3)
Password:
VNC authentication succeeded

If you want to quit vncviewer

Press ‘F8′ and select Quit viewer

Connecting from Windows machine

If you are trying to connect from your windows machine you need to install vncviewer of your choice i have installed from here http://www.realvnc.com/download.html.Install this program once you install this you can opem from start—>All programs—>RealVNC—>VNC Viewer 4—>Run VNC Viewer once it opens you should see the following screen here enter the remotemachine ipaddress:0 format and click ok

Now it will prompt for password enter your password and click ok

Now on the remote machine you should see the following screen asking for permission to allow this connection you need to click on allow this will comeup only if you tick “Ask you for confirmation” option under sharing

Once it connected you should see the remote machine desktop like the following screen

Source > Remote Desktop Sharing in Ubuntu -- Debian Admin


Friday, January 25, 2008

BREAKING: Windows 7 M1 Ultimate Edition Lives! - Video Proof! - KezNews.com

 

Windows 7 Milestone 1 Ultimate Edition is alive, kicking and as real as they get! Although it's but one year away from the moment Windows Vista hit the shelves, and despite being in the final stages of development of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows XP Service Pack 3, Microsoft is also building Windows 7.

At this point in time, Windows 7 is being dogfooded inhouse by Microsoft. However, the successor of Windows Vista was also shipped in an early stage to a select pool of the Redmond company's key partners.
On January 24, you were able to feast your eyes on the first ever leaked screenshots from Windows 7 Ultimate edition version 6.1 (Build 6519.1.x86fre.winmain.071220-1525), courtesy of ThinkNext. Because of numerous accusations that the images had been tampered with, and were fake, the Chinese blog posted the video embedded at the bottom of this article. Yes, this is Windows 7 Milestone 1 Ultimate edition 6519.1.071220-1525.
"I was about to share something interesting about Windows 7 in my last post, Windows 7: The Real Thing. The ISO image, installation, evaluation and the screenshots are all real. I mean there is no Photoshop or anything like that involved," reads a fragment from ThinkNext. "I’m not a person who makes himself complacent by faking something hot, neither will I be unhappy if someone denies the real information I posted. I don’t mean to draw much attention, especially from those suckers. When I post images, there is Photoshop, when a piece of video, there is something called Premiere, or DreamWorks?"
In the video, you will be able to see the boot screen of Windows 7, as well as the desktop and a presentation of the new Windows Media Center that comes as a component of the next iteration of the Windows operating system. Users that are running Windows Media Center under Vista Home Premium and Ultimate SKUs will undoubtedly notice differences when it comes to the WMC running in the Ultimate edition of Windows 7. While the interface is approximately the same, the text size has changed, and so has the number of categories.
Windows 7 M1 comes, as all software under development from Microsoft, with an expiration date. Windows 7 M1 is time-bombed for May 2008. This only confirms the fact that the Redmond company will deliver Windows 7 Milestone 2 by May of this year.
"I don’t think there is anything wrong, disappointing or weird that Windows 7 Milestone 1 isn’t greatly different from Vista. It’s only Milestone 1 so lots of code may be reused. Besides, even we can’t see much visual changes (say, user interfaces), that doesn’t mean Win7 internals don’t change greatly. Here from the release notes, I read: 'the software will stop running on May 7, 2008. You may not receive any other notice. You may not be able to access data used with the software when it stops running'," added ThinkNext.

 

BREAKING: Windows 7 M1 Ultimate Edition Lives! - Video Proof! - KezNews.com


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Leaked Screenshots of Windows 7 M1 Ultimate Edition is here!

Well I guess it was only a matter of time. Microsoft has already shipped the first testing builds of Windows 7, the successor of Windows Vista, to key partners.

The Redmond company will not of course, under any conditions confirm this detail, or breathe a single word about the early testing development milestone of Windows 7, but various third parties were not as shy as Microsoft when it came down to sharing details about the next iteration of Windows. But despite the deafening silence from Microsoft around the next version of the Windows operating system, Windows 7 Milestone 1 Build 6.1.6519.1 indeed shipped outside of Redmond. Included in this article are the first leaked screenshots of Windows 7. As you can see from the image at the top of this article Microsoft has dropped Windows 7 ULTIMATE into the laps of its selected pool of partner testers. Windows 7 Ultimate is version 6.1 (Build 6519.1.x86fre.winmain.071220-1525). Windows 7 features support for multiple video cards from different manufacturers running simultaneously and comes with a new Windows Media Center. With Windows 7 M1 already available, Microsoft is now planning to drop M2 in April/May 2008 as well as M3 in the third quarter. At the same time the Beta, Release Candidates and RTM dates are yet to be set. However, Microsoft did indicate to its partners that it is looking to the second half of 2009 for the release to manufacturing of Windows 7. Windows 7 M1 ISO is 6519.1.071220-1525, and was served in both 32-bit and 64-bits flavors. The installation experience of the operating system is very similar to that of Windows Vista, offering various versions including Home Premium, Business and Ultimate. Windows 7 delivers support for Extended Firmware Interface (EFI). And as you can see from the start menu, the XPS Viewer is right there.

Shots:


Windows 7 Will Stretch into the Cloud

Windows-7-Will-Stretch-into-the-Cloud-Beyond-Vista-SP1-and-XP-SP3-2 If you think that Windows Vista, or Vista Service Pack 1, or even Windows XP Service Pack 3 are the apex when it comes down to the Windows operating system, then you should reconsider...

Microsoft revealed that Windows 7 would go beyond both Vista SP1 and XP 3, to deliver an entirely new experience for the end users. Windows 7 will not only bring to the table a completely overhauled Windows core, featuring a stripped down kernel and a redesigned graphical user interface, but it will also expand the user experience beyond what Vista and XP are able to offer today.
Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President of Windows Live Experience, David Treadwell, Corporate Vice President of Live Platform Services, and Brian Arbogast, Corporate Vice President of Mobile Services, have authored an internal memo of the intimate connection planned for Windows 7 and Windows Live, that came under the eyes of Mary Jo Foley. "We will invest to deliver a seamless experience for customers who own a Windows PC. We have a unique opportunity to remove the seams between Windows, our applications, and our services. Windows Live Wave 3 will be designed so it feels like a natural extension of the Windows experience," reads an excerpt of the memo.
The fact of the matter is that the current bridge built between Vista and Windows Live, with Microsoft's suite of services and programs in the cloud taking ownership of such desktop clients as Messenger, Mail and Photo Gallery, does not even begin to scratch the surface of Windows Live + Windows 7. XP has nothing to even come close to this, and XP SP3 will not change this equation.
"While we will target a seamless experience on Windows Vista, we will make a bet on the Windows 7 platform and experience, and create the best experience when connected with Windows 7. We will work with the Windows 7 team and be a first and best developer of solutions on the Windows 7 platform. Our experiences will be designed so when they are connected to Windows 7 they seamlessly extend the Windows experience, and we will work to follow the Windows 7 style guidelines for applications," it is added in the memo.
Microsoft has released Windows 7 Milestone 1 Build 6.1.6519.1 to key partners for early testing. At this point in time, the Redmond company has not commented on any details related to Windows 7. It appears that M2 and M3 of Windows 7 will be served in 2008 with the first beta in 2009, and the final version by the end of next year, but no later than early 2010. Windows Live Wave 3 will follow Wave 2 delivered in 2007, by the end of this year. Windows Live Wave 3 will include another major upgrade to the Windows Live online collection of products and services from Hotmail to Live Search, from messenger to Photo Gallery.
"Windows Live Wave 3 will be designed so it feels like a natural extension of the Windows experience. … We will ‘light up’ the Windows experience with Windows Live. … What’s the relationship between a Windows account and a Windows Live ID (Microsoft’s Web-authentication technology)? Should we have a LiveID connected to account settings?"- reveals another fragment of the memo.

source: news.softpedia.com


Internet Explorer 8, to Be or Not to Be - Standards-compliant

Internet-Explorer-8-To-Be-Or-Not-To-Be-2 Internet Explorer 8 is still approximately a year before the final version will be released, in fact Microsoft has not even made available the first beta for the browser, but the successor of Internet Explorer 7 has already been taking hits. The fact that IE8 has to face an early barrage of fire is not by any means a surprise. The browser comes with the promise of the account for all the shortcomings of Internet Explorer 6 and the caveats introduced with by Internet Explorer 7.
While dogfooding IE8 after an entire year of exclusive in-house development and testing, Microsoft pulled a little publicity stunt at the end of 2007 and revealed that the browser passed the Acid2 test. However, while rendering it correctly, the smiley face of the

Acid2 test is designed to represent a step further in terms of standards support for IE8 and Microsoft. Håkon Wium Lie, chief technology officer of Opera Software, reveals via News.com that he is more than skeptical when it comes down to the browser actually passing the test.
"Recently, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer version 8 can render Acid2, and it showed a screenshot to back the claim. The news was received with joy and excitement in the Web-authoring community. Finally, it seems, Microsoft has decided to take Web standards seriously. Designers will no longer have to spend countless hours trying to get their pages to look right in Internet Explorer while adhering to standards. Unfortunately, I think that the celebration is premature. I predict that IE 8 will not pass Acid2, after all," Wium Lie forecasted.
By passing the Acid2 test, IE8 is on par with rival products such as Opera, Safari and the upcoming Firefox 3.0. But in a short while, the Web Standards Project will publish Acid3. The new test will mean that all the browsers will have to take it from scratch yet again as none will be able to correctly render Acid3 by default. Wium Lie explained that Acid3 will not use a static webpage, such as the one offered by its predecessor Acid2, but a dynamic web application. Wium Lie reveals that he considers Microsoft to attempt one out of three strategies in order to pass Acid2.
"One scenario could be that IE 8 will require users or authors to 'opt in' to support standards. For example, in order to render Acid2 correctly, users could be required to modify IE 8's default settings. This breaks with the guidelines of the test, and IE 8 will therefore not pass in this scenario. A second scenario could be that Microsoft requires Web pages to change the default settings by flagging that they really, really want to be rendered correctly. Web pages already have a way to say this (called 'doctype switching', which is supported by all browsers), but Microsoft has all but announced that IE 8 will support yet another scheme," Wium Lie stated.
The fact of the matter is that Microsoft worked closely with The Web Standards Project (in the WaSP-Microsoft Task Force), in order to come up with the best possible solution that strikes a balance between offering advanced standards support, as well as backwards compatibility. In this context, IE8 will function in three ways. In the "Quirks mode", nothing will change. In "Standards mode" everything is the same as in Internet Explorer 7. And then, there will be IE8 Standards Mode. It has to be mentioned at this point in time that Microsoft did pass the Acid2 test with Internet Explorer 8 running in IE8 Standards mode. The browser would have failed the test in the remaining two modes.
"A third scenario could be to hard-code the Web address of Acid2 into IE 8. This way, the page is given special treatment to make it look like the browser is passing the test. It should be obvious that this breaks the spirit of the test and doesn't warrant a passing grade. I predict that Microsoft will implement at least one of these scenarios to limit the impact of standards. This would be damaging for the Web, and I therefore hope that my prediction is completely and absolutely wrong. The IE 8 team has shown that it can render Acid2 correctly. Now it's time for Microsoft to put its code to good use," Wium Lie concluded.


Bill Gates Claims Technology Will Revive the US Economy

Bill Gates, the world's richest man, believes the US economy will not fall into a slump because technological progress will help it to grow, he said in an interview with a German newspaper on Thursday.

The Microsoft co-founder told Bild he believed the severe turbulence on the global markets sparked by concerns of a recession in the United States would calm down. "The US economy has been very strong in the last 10 to 15 years. Unfortunately I don't have a crystal ball to see into the next few years," Gates said. "But I am an optimist. The US economy could remain strong in the next few years because technological progress will propel it."
Gates denied he was anxiously keeping an eye on the Microsoft share price. "I'm no expert on shares, I'm a software person," he said. "I look at the share price every couple of weeks. "The important thing is that in the past it has gone up far more often than it has gone down." Gates was in Germany to announce that Microsoft will spend 235 million dollars (161 million euros) over the next five years to introduce more computers into classrooms. He was to address the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday. Gates led the Rich List compiled by Forbes magazine for the 13th year in 2007 with an estimated fortune of 56 billion dollars.

 

 


Speed Up XP!

 

Speed Up Windows XP

The following are tips to speeding up Windows XP Home or Professional Edition:
Step 1: Disable Unneeded Services
By default Windows XP has about 30 services running in the background. Only about 15 are needed by the average person. The other 15 are slowing your computer down. To see all these services go to Start Menu > Run - Type "services.msc". To disable some of these services and not screw up your computer run the following program:
1. Click Here to download the Zip File
2. Extract Files using Winzip
3. Run XpOptimize.exe

Step 2: Change Themes
By default Windows XP uses the new "Windows XP" theme which may look pretty but uses a lot of resources. To fix this switch to "Windows Classic" theme. To do this right click on the desktop and select properties. In the window that pops up under theme select "Windows Classic". Then push ok. I also recommend changing to the classic start menu. To do this right click on the Start Menu and select properties. Then select "Classic Start Menu". Then push ok.
Step 3: Internet Explorer 6.0
Note: If you don't have Internet Explorer 6 or higher I recommend you upgrade.
This part may not speed up your computer right now but will help it stay fast. Right click on the "Internet Explorer" icon on your desktop and select properties or you can open up Internet Explorer and go to Tools > Internet Options. Now under "Temporary Internet Files" click on "Delete Files..." then click ok. It may take a few minutes if you've never done this before. Then right next to that click on "Settings...". In that windows Change "Disk Usage" to 20MB. Also next to "Delete File..." it says "Delete Cookies..." click there and then press ok. I also recommend that you click on the advanced tab and check the following boxes: "Use Inline Auto Complete" and "Empty Temporary Internet Files Folder When Browser is Closed" Uncheck: "Reuse Windows for Launching Shortcuts" and "Display a Notification About Every Script Error"
Step 4: Disable Start Up Programs
Note: Disableing the wrong programs may stop certain good programs from running.
One of the most common computer problems that slows computers down is loading too many programs when you start your computer. To see how many programs you have running right now press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select the processes tab. To disable programs you don't need go to Start Menu > Run - Type "msconfig". Uncheck any programs you don't need or use. Here is a list of some common programs you might find on the list:

Program Name

File Name

Details

What happens when unchecked

dumprep 0 -k

dumprep 0 -k

Part of windows

Nothing seems to happen.

avgcc32

avgcc32.exe

AVG Anti-Virus

Stops Anti-Virus

SYSWB6

SYSWB6.exe

We-Blocker

Stops Filtering

zlclient

zlclient.exe

Zone Alarm Firewall

Stops Firewall

E_S4I2G1

E_S4I2G1.exe

Epson Printer Driver

May stop printer from working.

atiptaxx

atiptaxx.exe

ATI System Tray App

System Tray App Goes Away

ElbyCheck

ElbyCheck.exe

CloneCD app

I think this verifies Cloned CD setting on every boot. Not needed

CMESys

CMESys.exe

Part of Gator

Nothing

ITunesHelper

ITunesHelper.exe

Part of iTunes

Nothing, but might be need if you use an mp3 player.

NeroCheck

NeroCheck.exe

Part of Nero

I think this verifies Nero setting on every boot. Not needed

qttask

qttask.exe

Part of quick time

Not Needed

RxMon

RxMon.exe

Part of Roxio ECDC 6

Not Needed

DrgToDsc

DrgToDsc.exe

Part of Roxio ECDC 6

Only Need if you use Drag to Disc

EngUtil

EngUtil.exe

Part of Roxio ECDC 6

Not needed

exec

exec.exe

Two programs have files with this name. It is either a mouse driver or part of netzero

Not needed

Gstartup

Gstartup.exe

Gator

Not needed

Microsoft Office

OSA.exe

MS Office

Only need if you have a MS office app start with you PC. (i.e. MS Office Shortcut Bar)

For a Larger list of start-up programs go here:
http://superfastcomputer.com/startup.html

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Fantastic PORTABLE PC without a laptop!

This is a FANTASTIC (free edition available) product that lets you create a virtual USER on any PC. The great thing about this, is that its isolated from the rest of the PC, in other words you can install programs to test them in this environment and they will not affect your normal computer. You can install this on a USB drive or your hard disk. This is NOT a virtual machine in the sense of VMWARE or Microsoft VPC that is slow and does not have access to your real hardware, instead it runs at full speed and can use your hardware! Fantastic !

See demo and videos here>

http://www.mojopac.com/portal/content/how/demo.jsp 

 

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Review from external site>

WORRIED about people accessing your private information whenever you use a public computer? There is a way to protect yourself: Devices as small as a keychain allow you to use any computer without leaving a trail of evidence.

A new computer program known as MojoPac can turn most flash memory sticks, hard drives or iPods into "virtual" PCs that can run most programs that work on Windows XP.

The devices draw on the host computer's resources — including its electricity, Windows XP software and DVD drive. Yet they retain their independence as they move from machine to machine.

This independence allows people to use public computers without a trace of their session being left behind. PCs typically store a record of activity long after the computer has been turned off.

"It's a slick way to move from machine to machine," says Rob Enderle, founder of the Enderle Group, a research firm that follows the PC industry.

"It's about as safe as you can get."

The device cannot be bought. You have to make it by downloading free software onto a computer drive such as the thumb-sized USB flash memory drives that were so popular as gifts this Christmas. It also works with iPods, many other digital music players and regular external hard drives.

Once the MojoPac shell is created, users need to install their own software — just as they would do on a regular PC running Windows XP.

MojoPac's developer, RingCube Technologies, asserts that most programs are compatible, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and a slew of free programs.

Other companies are working on similar technology, but there's nothing available with free software that is as easy to set up as MojoPac, according to Mr Enderle.

MojoPac virtual PCs are not just designed for mobile use. They can protect users who share the same computer. A virus introduced by one user into their MojoPac, or virtual computer, would not affect the rest, according to RingCube.

"If you were to corrupt your virtual world, your host PC would be fine," says RingCube Senior Vice President Ron DiBiase.

MojoPac is available for free on the company's Web site, www.MojoPac.com.

For now it only works with Windows XP, but the company plans to launch a version this summer that allows users to switch between machines running XP and Vista.

PCs that have been locked by administrators so users cannot install files on them won't work with MojoPac unless the administrator first installs a small piece of software that is available on the company's website.

And, there are no plans to develop MojoPacs for Mac computers or the Linux operating system, Mr DiBiase said.

While most programs work with MojoPac, one good source for the devices is www.PortableApps.com, a site that specializes in offering programs customized for thumb drives.

It lists more than three dozen programs, including software for fighting viruses, backing up data, surfing the web and viewing documents. There are also programs for word processing, photo editing, spreadsheets and instant messaging.

Virtual PCs add new security | NEWS.com.au


CorelDRAW(R) Graphics Suite X4 Unveiled Today

 

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Newest Release of Award-Winning Suite Delivers Major Workflow Enhancements, Online Collaboration Tools and Expanded Resources to Inspire and Guide Users

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OTTAWA, Jan 22, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL; TSX: CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software, today unveiled the newest version of its award-winning graphics suite, CorelDRAW(R) Graphics Suite X4. With more than 50 new and significantly enhanced features, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 provides users with the tools, resources and confidence to tackle a wide variety of projects - from logos and Web graphics, to multipage brochures, to high impact signage and digital displays. New text and page layout enhancements, market-leading file format compatibility, and an expanded collection of high-quality content make this powerful suite the ultimate design partner, helping users turn inspiration into stunning results.

A comprehensive suite of intuitive page-layout, illustration, photo-editing, and bitmap-to-vector tracing applications, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is the trusted choice of millions of professional and aspiring designers worldwide. The latest version of the suite includes new tools designed to fuel the creative process, simplify project management, and optimize the graphic design workflow.

"As we developed the newest version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, we consulted with users from a wide variety of industries. We sat with them to observe how they worked, gathering their feedback on how we could create an even better user experience," said Gerard Metrailler, Director, Product Management, Graphics at Corel. "The end result is CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 - a suite that provides users with easy-to-use tools that deliver outstanding results, while also having a dramatic and positive impact on their day to day productivity."

Delivering a Superior User Experience Through Improved Usability, Enhanced Interactivity, and Streamlined Workflow

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 features more than 50 new and significantly enhanced features, including:

-- New! Live text formatting: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 introduces live text formatting, allowing users to preview text formatting options before applying them to a document. With this time-saving feature, users can now preview many different formatting options, including fonts, font size, and alignment, removing the "trial-and-error" typically associated with the design process.

-- New! Font identification: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 now integrates with WhatTheFont(TM), the online font identification service from MyFonts.com. Users can save time by quickly identifying the font used in existing bitmap designs, artwork or other images received from clients.

-- New! Independent page layers: Users can now control and edit layers independently for each page of a document, reducing the occurrence of pages with empty layers. Users can also add independent guidelines for individual pages and master guidelines for an entire document. This gives users the ability to create different layers on a page-specific basis, unconfined by a single document structure.

-- New! Interactive tables: The new, interactive Table tool in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 lets users create and import tables to provide a powerful, structured layout for text and graphics. Users can easily align, resize, or edit tables and table cells to suit their designs. In addition, users can convert delimited text and easily add and adjust images in individual cells.

-- Enhanced! Windows Vista(R) integration: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is the only professional graphics suite Certified for Windows Vista(R). CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 has been designed to take advantage of the latest innovations from Windows Vista, while still offering a superior experience for Windows(R) XP users. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 integrates with the desktop search capabilities of Windows Vista directly from within the Open and Import dialog boxes, enabling users to search for files by author, subject, file type, date, keywords, or other file properties. Users can also easily add their own keywords, ratings or other notes when saving files in order to better organize their projects.

-- New! CorelDRAW(R) ConceptShare(TM) integration: The new CorelDRAW(R) ConceptShare(TM) docker, accessible from within CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, integrates a valuable online collaboration tool directly within the user workflow. In a Web-based environment, CorelDRAW ConceptShare lets users share their designs and ideas with colleagues or clients in real time. Users can easily create multiple workspaces, upload their designs, and invite others to provide feedback or submit their own ideas without sending large files over email.

-- New! File format support: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 maintains its position as market leader in file format compatibility by adding support for Microsoft(R) Office Publisher. Users can also expect seamless compatibility with Microsoft Word 2007, Adobe Illustrator(R) Creative Suite(R) 3, Adobe Photoshop(R) CS3, PDF 1.7 (Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) 8), AutoCAD(R) DXF(TM) and AutoCAD(R) DWG(TM), and Corel Painter(TM) X, making it easier than ever to exchange files with clients and colleagues.

-- New! Professionally designed templates: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 includes 80 professionally designed and customizable templates, giving users a springboard to the design process. Flexible and easy to customize, the templates are accompanied by Designer Notes that provide information on the design choices made for the template, tips for outputting a design based on the template, and instructions for customizing the template while still adhering to design principles.

-- New! Specialized fonts: An extended selection of new fonts in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 helps users ensure their output is optimized for its intended audience. This specialized collection of fonts includes single-line engraving fonts and OpenType(R) cross-platform fonts, which offer enhanced language support for Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic outputs in WGL4 format.

-- New! Welcome screen: With a new Welcome screen, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 provides users with a centralized location to access recently used documents, templates, and learning tools, which include Tips & Tricks and video tutorials. To inspire users, the Welcome screen also includes a gallery that showcases designs created by CorelDRAW Graphics Suite users from around the world.

New Additions to Corel PHOTO-PAINT(R)

-- New! RAW camera file support: Corel PHOTO-PAINT(R) now includes support for RAW camera file formats, enabling users to import RAW camera files directly from their digital camera. With support for approximately 300 different camera types and interactive controls that provide real-time previews, users can view file properties and camera settings, adjust image color and tone, and improve image quality, all from within Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 and CorelDRAW X4.

-- New! Straighten image: Using Corel PHOTO-PAINT, users can quickly and easily straighten images that were scanned or photographed at an angle. With interactive controls, a grid with vertical and horizontal guidelines, and an integrated histogram that provides results in real time, PHOTO-PAINT makes it easier than ever to straighten crooked images. In addition, users can choose to have their images automatically cropped.

-- Enhanced! Tone Curve adjustments: With the enhanced Tone Curve dialog box, Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 users can adjust their images with greater precision. With an integrated histogram, users now receive real-time feedback as they make adjustments to their images. In addition, the new Eyedropper tool lets users pinpoint specific color locations on the tone curve of their image, as well as select, add, or delete nodes along the tone curve.

"With the release of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4, Corel continues to set the industry standard for graphics power, ease-of-use and productivity," said Ariel Garaza Diaz, Professor and Expert in Graphic Design and Prepress, Madrid, Spain. "Adding innovative features like live text formatting and providing support for an even wider variety of file formats further demonstrates Corel's commitment to providing users with superior performance, value and productivity."

What Is Included with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 continues to offer the industry's best combination of usability, performance, and price. The latest version of the award-winning suite includes the following core applications and content:

-- CorelDRAW(R) X4: An intuitive vector-illustration and page layout application, CorelDRAW X4 delivers results fast, whether users are creating a company logo or working to meet demanding production schedules.

-- Corel PHOTO-PAINT(R) X4: Corel PHOTO-PAINT is a professional image-editing application that lets users quickly and easily retouch and enhance photos. It is specifically designed for use in a graphics workflow.

-- Corel(R) PowerTRACE(TM) X4: Professional designers often receive poor-quality bitmap images from clients and face the challenge of turning these bitmaps into high-quality vector images for business cards, brochures, signs, or other promotional items. Corel PowerTRACE X4 solves this problem by letting users quickly and accurately convert bitmaps into editable vector graphics.

-- Corel CAPTURE(TM) X4: A one-click screen-capture utility, Corel CAPTURE X4 lets users capture images from an application or the Internet.

-- CorelDRAW(R) Handbook - Insights from the Experts: The new CorelDRAW Handbook features the designs of accomplished CorelDRAW experts. Providing step-by-step guidance and design insights, experts from a variety of industries demonstrate the power and versatility of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4.

-- Training videos: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 includes two hours of training videos on DVD. Topics include illustration, design, and image-editing fundamentals, industry-specific design principles, and output details for various media, such as print or the Web.

-- CorelDRAW(R) community site: Accessible from within the application, the CorelDRAW.com community site gives users a place to meet, share information and learn from other users. Combining forums, blogs, galleries, and other resources, CorelDRAW.com is a valuable source of information and inspiration for professional designers and occasional graphics users alike.

-- Increased content with more than 10,000 handpicked, high-quality clipart and digital images: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 includes 4,000 new images, 1,000 professional, high-resolution digital photos, 1,000 OpenType(R) fonts - content worth thousands of dollars if purchased separately. The suite also includes a printed User Guide, Digital Content Guide, and a Quick Reference Card to help new users get started quickly.

Pricing and Availability

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 will be available in North America for a suggested retail price of $429 US for the full version and $199 US for the upgrade. The latest version of the suite will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese beginning in February 2008.

For more information on CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 or to download a full-featured, free trial version, please visit www.corel.com/coreldraw.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Introducing Windows 7 Milestone 1 Build 6.1.6519.1 - That's right! - Softpedia

 

Introducing Windows 7 Milestone 1 Build 6.1.6519.1

- That's right!

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That's right! Windows Vista, SP1 or no SP1, and Windows XP SP3 are nothing more than old news. Microsoft has started shipping an early development milestone of Windows 7, the successor of Windows Vista. At the end of the past week, the Redmond company was confirmed to have served Windows 7 Milestone 1, exclusively to key partners. At that time, Microsoft remained completely mute on Windows 7, not confirming and not denying, in fact not commenting at all on the evolution of the next iteration of Windows. But with Windows 7 Milestone 1 available outside of Redmond, the first details about the release have already been leaked.
It is clear that Steven codename Translucency Sinofsky, Senior Vice President, Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group, will not be all that happy about the

information about Windows 7 Milestone 1 Build 6.1.6519.1 available to the public. The details were posted on the Neowin forum and only contained references to the Windows 7 M1, no screenshots. In this context, it is quite hard to verify the validity of the data, so you will simply have to take it with a grain of salt. However, the report does feature a high level of consistency when it comes down to additional references to Windows 7 M1.
Well, the first Milestone of Windows 7 Build 6.1.6519.1 is apparently in need of serious tunning when it comes down to integrating with new machines. It is in this regard further proof that this is indeed an early development milestone with inherent issues. From the get-go, the main problems revolved around diver support.
"One my primary machine, it asked for my SATA driver (never happened when installing Vista, as my drives were set as IDE in BIOS). After adding the driver from my USB thumb drive it would finally install. It didn’t boot after first restart, however. On my laptop it installed perfectly, but with no driver support for the video card. After numerous tries I gave up in the end, so Aero is now left in the dark," revealed Steven Parker, Group: Administrator, citing the original post of the Neowin member.
At this point in time, there is nothing new to report in therms of graphical user interface. Apparently, the Redmond company has implemented Widows Aero on top of Windows 7 to serve as the GUI. "The GUI, as much of you have guessed, is very much like Vista. I don't know if once the right video card driver is in place whether there will be flashy stuffs to surprise me. The system is very responsive, using barely 480MB of memory after boot," Parker added.
Windows 7 Milestone 1 Build 6.1.6519.1 comes with a revamped Windows Explorer, new XAML fonts (Composite Fonts), and a standalone application dubbed the XPS Viewer. The operating system also brings to the table a revamped boot screen, that apparently is also reminiscent of Windows Vista.
"Gadgets are now integrated into explorer. You can right click on desktop and select 'Add Gadget' or 'Hide Gadget'. There is a new gadget called 'Windows Media Center' that displays now playing information from the WMC. On the same menu, 'Display' is added above 'Personalization' which gives you direct access to display DPI settings. The page is much more polished than the one in Vista. The start menu features a pin besides each item. Clicking on it toggles pinning/unpinning the item. Search in explorer is now states where you search within (usually being within the folder, as in Vista). You can now, however, adjust the size of the search box," Parker stated.
Microsoft is but a week away from celebrating Vista's first year anniversary since the operating system hit the shelves. At the same time, Windows 7 is apparently planned for late 2009 or early 2010, with Milestone dropping in April/May 2008, M3 in the second half of this year, and the first beta sometime in early 2009. Of course that Microsoft has failed to offer any official confirmation of the work being done with Windows 7.
"Highlights include 'network aware', with improved connection tools and detections. It will have the ability to detect which network you're in and switch your settings and devices accordingly; With Live account, you can carry your IE settings and favorites with you; Gadget data caching; New Calculator, Paint, and Wordpad using WPF; install to desktop in 10 mins with only 1 reboot; instant streaming; better battery mileage, etc. All descriptions are scenario-based, so what will actually turn up is still yet to know," Parker concluded.

Introducing Windows 7 Milestone 1 Build 6.1.6519.1 - That's right! - Softpedia


Monday, January 21, 2008

Star Trek Teaser Trailer Online Now + New Viral Site [UPDATE + Screenshots] | TrekMovie.com

 

Star Trek Teaser Trailer Online Now + New Viral Site [UPDATE + Screenshots] January 21, 2008

The Trek teaser is now available (including HD) at the new official site…GO!.

Enterprise Shipyard Online
If you look closely on the offiical site you will see a tiny red dot next to ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION.’ Click that dot and you are taken to a special new site at ncc-1701.com showing you four ‘webcam’ like images of the Enterprise under construction from the “Shipyard.” Each camera seems to go ‘online’ and ‘offline.’ There are also sliders under each which changes a setting. Go to ncc-1701.com and play around.

UPDATE: Settings for cameras and screenshot
If you don’t want to play around…then the setting are [CAM 1: 564, CAM 2: 125, CAM 3: 955, CAM 4: 289]. Only three seem to be able to be seen at one time so you have to refresh your screen. Below is a shot of all four cams working and set right (click to enlarge)

UPDATE2:Secret Image
If you wait long enough the ‘offline’ camera will activate and show you a corridor…check it out

Teaser also available at…
For today the trailer is available on a limited basis. In addition to the official site it is available (offiically) at Yahoo Movies. (also in HD) and in the UK version is at Empire Online (not HD). The trailer will be made available on a wide basis on Tuesday.

UPDATE 3: Teaser Screenshots of the Enterprise

Full TrekMovie.com Coverage of the Star Trek Trailer:

Fan-made art inspired Trek teaser
TrekMovie.com Roberto Orci Q&A On Teaser
Review - Star Trek Teaser Trailer [w/TRAILER VIDEO]
First Official Image of the USS Entperprise
Review - “Cloverfield”

Star Trek Teaser Trailer Online Now + New Viral Site [UPDATE + Screenshots] | TrekMovie.com


Windows XP: Log on as an administrator

 

How to log on with the Administrator account

All Windows XP computers have a special user account named Administrator (some computer manufacturers might rename it).

To log on with the Administrator account so that you can install software or change computer settings

1.

If you are currently logged on to your computer, click Start, and then click Log Off. When prompted, click Switch User.

Note: If your computer is joined to an Active Directory, the Fast Users Switching feature will be disabled. This is a common change made to computers used for business. In fact, it happens automatically when a computer joins an Active Directory domain. However, this setting is not the default setting. Almost all computers in home environments will have Fast User Switching enabled.

The Log Off Windows screen with Switch User selected

2.

On the Welcome screen, press CTRL+ALT+DEL on your keyboard by holding down both the CTRL and ALT keys and then pressing DELETE.

3.

The Log On to Windows dialog box appears. In the User name box, type Administrator. In the Password box, type your Administrator password, if you created one during Windows XP setup. If you have not assigned a password, or you do not know your password, leave the Password box blank. Click OK.

The Log On to Windows screen

Windows XP logs you on using the Administrator account. You should use the Administrator account only when installing software or changing computer settings. When you are browsing the Web, reading e-mail, or performing other day-to-day computer tasks, you should be logged on using a limited account. For more information, read Set up user accounts and log on to your computer.

MORE INFO>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/advanced/adminaccount.mspx

Windows XP: Log on as an administrator


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Neowin.net - Sumatra PDF 0.8

 

Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows. Sumatra PDF has a minimalistic design, and its simplicity is attained at the expense of many other features. As is characteristic of many portable applications, Sumatra takes up little disk space - it has a 1mb setup file (compared to Adobe Reader's 27.5mb setup file), and it starts up rapidly. It was designed for portable use in the sense that it's just one file with no external dependencies so you can easily run it from external USB drive.
What's New:

  • added search (contributed by MrChuoi)
  • added table of contents (contributed by MrChuoi)
  • added many translation (contributed by many people)
  • new program icon
  • fixed printing
  • fixed some crashes
  • rendering speedups
  • fixed loading of some PDFs
  • add command-line option -esc-to-exit
  • add command-line option -bgcolor $color
Download: Sumatra PDF 0.8 (Installer) | Sumatra PDF 0.8 (zip File) | Sumatra PDF 0.8 (Portable)
Screenshot: 1 | 2
Link: Home Page | Official Forums

Neowin.net - Sumatra PDF 0.8


Friday, January 18, 2008

How to disable annoying Divx Tray Icon (Settings Manager)

This little annoying tray icon may irritate you, if you are like me, you dont like things popping up for no good reason. Here is how you disable it, but read the description because by doing so you lose some functionality (that you may not care about though).

Download the free tool from the divx site here:

http://support.divx.com/cgi-bin/divx.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1630

Direct link > DivX Toolbar Toggle Tool

Description: This tool turns on and off the DivX Toolbar (DivXSM.exe), which appears by the system tray when you play a DivX file. Notes: If you turn the Toolbar off, you will not be able to control the advanced features of DivX Media files in third-party media players, and the DivX video decoder may run with default settings.

UPDATE-EDIT on May 19 2009. This tool that was made for divx version 6, no longer seems to work with the new edition 7 of divx. I hope there is an update for version 7 soon. If anyone finds one, please post the link on the comments. THANKS!



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