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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 released

 

Microsoft has released its second Service Pack for Office 2007 today.
Service Pack 2 includes some significant changes, including built-in ability to save as ODF & PDF formats, improvements to Outlook's performance and calendar reliability and significant bug fixes for charts in core Office applications. It is also a rollup of all fixes that have previously been released for Office 2007 products.
The company has published a support article detailing the various fixes and improvements contained in the SP2 update. According to the document there are improvements in the following areas, to name but a few:

  • Outlook responsiveness
  • More reliable Outlook calendar updates
  • Search reliability
  • RSS improvements in Outlook
  • Better .pdf/.xps output fidelity
  • Improves the charting mechanism in Excel 2007
  • Provides faster file resaves in PowerPoint 2007
Microsoft has also published a full changes list which details all the updates and fixes for SP2.
The download is available here.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 reaches RTM

 

RTM means Release To Manufacturing or in other words its the final release….

Microsoft has finally finished and compiled the RTM version of Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008. The full version string being 6.0.6006.18005, which company officials have confirmed is the final RTM version of SP2.
Currently circulating around popular BitTorrent websites, the final version is available in 32 and 64 bit versions. Microsoft is expected to announce public availability later this week. Screenshots of the file properties:


Microsoft sales fall for first time in 23 years

 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that declining PC sales hurt revenue, as the software giant reported quarterly sales that fell for the first time in its 23-year history as a public company.

The Redmond, Wash.-based company said sales fell 6% from a year earlier to $13.7 billion, missing analysts' expectations of $14.1 billion.

Meanwhile, the company's net income fell 32% to $2.98 billion, or 33 cents per share, in its third quarter ended March 31.

Results included charges totaling 6 cents per share for job cuts and investments that took place in the quarter. Without the charges, Microsoft earned 39 per share, in line with forecasts by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, which typically exclude one-time items.

Microsoft said weakness in the global PC market negatively impacted its results.

Still, shares of Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) rose 4% after hours, as the company performed roughly in-line with expectations. In the previous quarter, results came in well below forecasts, and Microsoft rescinded its prior outlook for 2009.

"Expectations were much more tempered now," said Katherine Egbert, analyst with Jefferies & Co. "People now understand that near-term business won't be so good."

On a conference call with analysts, Chris Liddell, Microsoft's chief financial officer, said the current recession has been "the most difficult economic environment we've faced in our history." He noted that he expects the recovery to be slow and gradual, but again he declined to give a specific outlook for the next three-month period.

Still, Liddell said he was encouraged by the company's ability to cut costs.

"While I can't be happy in any quarter in which our revenue and earnings per share decrease, I'm pleased with our relative performance," he added.

Demand quagmire: The company has had a difficult time combating slumping demand for its Windows operating system, as the economic slowdown has dragged PC sales down 7% to 9%, according to Microsoft's estimates.

The recession has also prompted many consumers to opt for cheaper, scaled-down "netbooks" that perform only basic tasks such as e-mail and accessing the Internet. They typically run a lower-cost version of Windows or an open-source operating system such as Linux.

"The trouble for Microsoft is that its cash cow is shifting," said Carl Howe, analyst with Yankee Group. "PC sales are troubled, and they're getting hurt by the move to cheaper notebooks."

In January, Microsoft announced its first mass job cuts in its 34-year history in an effort to bolster its bottom line The company slashed 1,400 position during the quarter with another 3,600 expected to be cut by mid-2010. At that time, the company said it was also adding a few thousand positions, mainly in its online advertising division.

"While market conditions remained weak during the quarter, I was pleased with the organization's ability to offset revenue pressures with the swift implementation of cost-savings initiatives," said Liddell. "We expect the weakness to continue through at least the next quarter."

Sales and profit fell in all of Microsoft's businesses, except its server business, which managed to squeeze out a 7% rise in revenue and a 24% jump in earnings. The entertainment and devices division, which includes the Xbox 360, suffered a 2% revenue decline and an operating loss of $31 million from a year earlier. The company's business division sales dropped 5%.

Windows: The company is banking on a new operating system to break out of its slump.

Microsoft's Vista operating system, which was released in early 2007, never took off like the company had hoped. Sales in the division that produces Vista fell 16% in the previous quarter. User satisfaction has been underwhelming, and IT departments have largely opted to stick with Vista's predecessor, Windows XP.

"Microsoft can't point to anything in their mix of products that excites people right now," said Allen Weiner, analyst with tech consultancy firm Gartner Research.

Early reviews of Microsoft's new Windows 7 system have been largely positive, but the stated release date isn't until late early 2010. Analysts think that Microsoft will push up the release date to later this year to help spur PC sales around the holiday season. The company expects the unveiling of its new operating system will help increase sales even if economic conditions remain challenging.

Online advertising funk: Microsoft has also continued to struggle to compete with rivals Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) and Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) in the online advertising business. Microsoft's Online Services division, which includes the online portal MSN and its Internet advertising sales, lost $575 million in the quarter, and sales in the division were down 14% from the same quarter a year earlier.

Microsoft said the loss in its ad sales division was due to the significant decline of average rates in display advertising.  To top of page

http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/23/technology/microsoft_earnings/index.htm

Monday, April 27, 2009

G.E. discovers how to put 500GB on a disc; eventual Blu-ray killer?

General Electric says its researchers have achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs.

It’s merely a lab success at this stage, but the new technology is intended to work in products that can be mass-produced at affordable prices, the company says.

The New York Times reports:

But optical storage experts and industry analysts who were told of the development said it held the promise of being a big step forward in digital storage with a wide range of potential uses in commercial, scientific and consumer markets.

“This could be the next generation of low-cost storage,” said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm.

Can it really?

First, the facts: the G.E. researchers’ work is in the field of holographic storage, an optical process that stores 3D images and digital data together, encoding it all and placing it on light-sensitive material such as a DVD. The theory is that holographic storage has the potential to pack data far more densely than conventional optical technology, such as what is used in conventional DVD and Blu-ray.

Holographic discs could hold 500 gigabytes of data. (In comparison, Blu-ray comes in 25-gigabyte and 50-gigabyte discs, and a standard DVD holds 5up to about 8 gigabytes.)

Now, the question. If this breakthrough can be distrubuted on cheap media, it will drop the price-per-gigabyte ratio dramatically. But is this technology coming too late, at least in the consumer market?

The latest trend in the consumer HDTVs is to connect your set top and media player (DVD, Blu-ray, whatever) to the Internet. That connectivity means content will flow directly to your viewing area — no media needed and limited only by the cable and ISP it’s flowing through. So when I see breakthroughs like this, I wonder: aren’t we already heading toward a medialess world?

And if not, hasn’t flash media proved itself a more worthy and useful format?

 

 

SOURCE: http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=3660

Windows 7 - Maximum Supported RAM is 192 GB

Windows 7 will take the maximum amount of supported system memory well beyond the limits of Windows Vista.

In this regard, the high-end edition of the upcoming Windows client will play nice with just a tad short of 200 GB of Random Access Memory. At the same time, Windows 7 has been designed to work under normal parameters starting with as little as 1 GB of RAM, in order to fit onto cheap and resource-constrained netbooks. However, given proper hardware, namely if the mainboard can handle increased amounts of system memory, Windows 7 Ultimate is ready to swallow no less than 192 GB of RAM.
This is of course valid for 64-bit versions of the next iteration of Windows, running on top of x64 CPUs, according to WinSuperSite. As far as the 32-bit editions of Windows 7 are concerned, the limit continues to be 4 GB of RAM. However, even if Windows 7 correctly reports all 4 GB of RAM installed on a machine, the 32-bit versions of the platform will not be able to address all of it.
x86 architectures have a limited address space, just 4 GB in total, and they have to fit all hardware components, leaving at maximum just 3.5 GB, but more in the vicinity of 3.3 GB for RAM. As you can see in the screenshot accompanying this article, my 32-bit Windows 7 Build 7100 Ultimate is only able to address and use 3.37 GB of RAM out of the total 3.5 GB installed. This limitation is valid for all editions of Windows 7 32-bit.

source: news.softpedia.com

Office 2010 screenshots emerge

The build is pictured below installed onto Windows 7 and it doesn't appear like the UI has been overhauled yet and remains very similar to Office 2007.

 

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Microsoft releases IE8 language packs

 

 

In case your favorite language isn't English and have been waiting to install a language pack for the recently released Internet Explorer 8.

Microsoft has finally released language packs for the following languages:
* ENU - English
* ARA - Arabic
* BSC - Bosnian (Cyrillic)
* BSB - Bosnian (Latin)
* BRG - Bulgarian
* CAT - Catalan
* CHS - Chinese (Simplified)
* CHT - Chinese (Traditional)
* ZHH - Chinese (Hong Kong)
* HRV - Croatian
* CSY - Czech
* DAN - Danish
* NLD - Dutch
* ETI - Estonian
* FIN - Finnish
* FRA - French
* DEU - German
* ELL - Greek
* HEB - Hebrew
* HIN - Hindi
* HUN - Hungarian
* ITA - Italian
* JPN - Japanese
* KOR - Korean
* LVI - Latvian
* LTH - Lithuanian
* MKI - Macedonian
* NOR - Norwegian (Bokmal)
* PLK - Polish
* PTB - Portuguese (Brazil)
* PTG - Portuguese (Portugal)
* ROM - Romanian
* RUS - Russian
* SRB - Serbian (Cyrillic)
* SRL - Serbian (Latin)
* SKY - Slovakian
* SLV - Slovenian
* ESN - Spanish
* SVE - Swedish
* THA - Thai
* TRK - Turkish
* UKR - Ukrainian
* VIT – Vietnamese


The languages listed above are available in 32bit (x86 on the download page) and 64bit. To install these language packs, you must the corresponding OS language pack installed. Click here to visit the Microsoft.com Download center to start downloading now.
Download: Internet Explorer 8 Language Packs for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Friday, April 24, 2009

Windows XP Mode revealed for Windows

 

What exactly is this new mode? As you can probably tell from the name, it's a method to provide better compatibility in Windows 7, and to pull it off with as little trouble as possible. It's also dubbed XPM, or formerly Virtual XP. According to Thurrott, "XPM is built on the next generation Microsoft Virtual PC 7 product line, which requires processor-based virtualization support (Intel and AMD) to be present and enabled on the underlying PC, much like Hyper-V, Microsoft's server-side virtualization platform. However, XPM is not Hyper-V for the client. It is instead a host-based virtualization solution like Virtual PC; the hardware assistance requirement suggests this will be the logical conclusion of this product line from a technological standpoint. That is, we fully expect future client versions of Windows to include a Hyper-V-based hypervisor."
XP Mode will bring a Virtual PC-based environment, as well as a fully licensed version of Windows XP SP3, free for all owners of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. This is good from a commercial point of view. Earlier, Microsoft could happily say that Windows 7 was just as compatible with software as Windows Vista, but now they can add 100% compatibility with Windows XP, too. So, for you IE6 users, you're in luck. Do not expect this to run like a proper Virtual PC; that being, a separate operating system running within a window. XP Mode will integrate itself with the Windows 7 desktop, and so the older software will run just like a normal Windows 7 application. Essentially, this is two operating systems running under an updated desktop.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Time Warner Cable halts Internet tier pricing plan

 

Time Warner had announced that they would eventually put a CAP on the amount of data allowed to be downloaded. Then as you will read here, people complained so they said they would delay it.

http://computerboom.blogspot.com/2009/04/twc-delays-bandwidth-cap-rollout-after.html

They had announced that they would be switching from a flat monthly rate for Internet access to tiered pricing that is based on consumption.  The $29.99 plan will be capped at 10GB of bandwidth and you will be charged $1/GB for any usage beyond that.  If you want your good ‘ole unlimited bandwidth Internet access you will end up paying as much as $150 per month!

But it seems that they are shelving their plans (THANK GOD because then others would follow in their footsteps)

Yay! the internet is unlimited still!

News:

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said today the company is shelving plans for consumption-based pricing in Rochester and four other cities while the "customer education process continues."

Britt issued a statement this afternoon confirming what Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., had announced during a news conference in front of the company's Mt. Hope Avenue building.

Schumer said Britt had called him this morning to say the company was backing off its consumption-based pricing plan. The company had unveiled the plan at the end of March, with the plan due to take effect in September.

But the reaction by Web users was overwhelmingly negative. They accused Time Warner Cable of trying to reap profits at the expense of consumers who were accustomed to flat-rate/unlimited usage service.

"It is clear from the public response over the last two weeks that there is a great deal of misunderstanding about our plans to roll out additional tests on consumption-based billing," Britt said.

"As a result, we will not proceed with implementation of additional tests until further consultation with our customers and other interested parties, ensuring that community needs are being met."

The company said it is working to make measurement tools available so customers understand how much bandwidth they use.

As the protests against the Time Warner Cable plan increased, area politicians including Schumer and Rep. Eric Massa, D-Corning, joined in criticizing the company.

HOWTO: Connect a Tubo-X Plaisio, UPS 1000-SD with Upsilon 2000 on Windows Vista

 

I recently bought this UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) to protect my main workstation from power outages. However the way to set this up was not very apparent. I wanted to connect the USB cable so that when the power fails, the computer would shut itself off…

First of all when I pluged in the USB port, Vista (this was the same in XP too) auto detected a

Human Interface Device (HID) device, which was strange, since this is usually for MICE AND KEYBOARDS. So originally I thought there was some mistake in the drivers.. but this was NOT the case.. after googling a bit I found out that all UPS devices (usb) are detected as HID devices!

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I then installed the software but it kept saying that the UPS was not detected. The final solution was simple.. but i stumbled upon it later. I had to select MEGA USB from the drop down selection as seen in the following screenshot:

 

UPS

Thats it, comments are welcome:

Microsoft charges less than $15 for each XP netbook

 

First of all: What are netbooks? Netbooks are small, energy efficient, low cost versions of laptops (notebooks). They usually have 7-10 inch screens, but lack a dvd player. Their main purpose? To be ultra portable, and give people access to the internet.

Recently Gartner Analysis predicted that the sales of netbooks will grow nearly 80% this year to 21 million units, while overall PC sales decline by 11.9%. Given that netbooks are leading the PC market growth, Microsoft is forced to offer Windows XP for netbooks at a discounted price to gain high share in netbook market. Microsoft hasn't revealed its pricing for netbook licenses publicly till now, but Wall Street Journal quoting unnamed sources reports that Microsoft is charging only less than $15 per netbook for Windows XP, less than one third of the estimated $50 to $60 it receives for PCs running Windows Vista. Microsoft usually charges $30 for the Starter Edition of Windows meant for PCs.
According to Microsoft, the Starter edition in Windows 7 was created so that Windows 7 can be offered on even the least expensive netbooks. Customers who aren't satisfied will have the option to pay an additional fee to upgrade to a higher-end version of Windows. But PC maker Acer, foresees that the Starter edition's 3-app limit and the additional cost for the upgrade to higher-end versions could be a tough sell for Microsoft, since Windows XP has no such limits.
It is not yet known whether Acer plans to use the Windows 7 Starter version in its netbooks, but Acer is also 'very sensitive about adding new cost to netbooks' since netbooks' greatest attraction is their low price and notes that customers are willing to pay more for features beyond what XP offers.
Intel also voiced some skepticism in February that Microsoft's plan to convince consumers to upgrade from the Starter version "is going to be tough for a bunch of reasons."

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Solved: Corel Painter IX says "damaged or illegally modified”

 

This was given as a solution to the problem: “Corel Painter  IX says "damaged or illegally modified” by Corel support, and it worked so I'm posting it here on my blog, since it was VERY hard to find a correct solution by searching on google. Hopefully other people will find this post and solve their problem as well.

This document outlines how to manually remove Painter IX  from systems running Windows® 2000 or XP should the application fail to uninstall using Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel.

To safely remove Corel Painter IX without using the uninstaller, follow the steps listed below.

STEP 1: Download and install the Microsoft Windows Clean Up utility. This will remove all registry keys associated with the Corel Painter IX install process.

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;290301

STEP 2: Run the Windows Clean Up utility

Click Start | Programs | Windows Install Clean Up.
Highlight Corel Painter IX  from the list of products.
Click Remove.

STEP 3: Manually delete Corel Painter IX  program folders from the hard drive.

Click Start | Run | type Explorer and click OK.
Browse to X:\Program Files\Corel\Corel (X represents the drive where Corel Painter IX  had been installed).
Highlight and delete the Corel "Painter IX"  folder.

STEP 4: Manually delete the Corel User data directories.

Click Start | Run | type "%appdata%" and click OK.

Browse to the Corel folder.

Highlight and delete the "Painter IX" folder.

STEP 5: Remove Corel Painter IX registry keys from the Windows Registry.

WARNING: Editing the Windows Registry is NOT recommended for those unfamiliar with registry editing. Be sure to backup the registry prior to making any changes.

Click Start | Run | type Regedit.
Delete the following keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\COREL\Painter\9.0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\COREL\Setup\Painter 9

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Corel\CorelReg\PF09

STEP 6: Please make sure you restart your System, so the changes take affect.

Solved: HP printer, Vista SP1 parsing error C\program files\hp\digital imaging\bin\hpqscloc\1033.xml

 

Problem:

The OS is vista english 32 bit service pack 1

Device> HP Deskjet F380 All-in-One Printer    (but the same error can be found many models)

we install the driver for the multifunction and when we attempt to run the icon on the destkop

called : hp solution center

we get the error  > parsing error C \programfiles\hp\digital imaging\bin\hpqscloc\1033.xml

After searching on the internet for many hours and looking around there seems to be only one solution described but this does not apply to Vista

For example to install the MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 2. This cannot be installed on vista (is only for XP )

also some other people tell you to install an update for the xml on vista, but I can see its already installed and I cannot reinstall it.

 

Solution (by HP support):

Here are the steps to resolve this issue (was tested):

Disconnect printer USB from the computer.

Inside the HP software/driver cd, go to "util" directory > "ccc" directory.

In here run Uninstaller_L1 through L4 in order.

Check Add/Remove programs inside Control Panel for additional HP programs that weren't removed and remove them.

Delete HP and/or Hewlett-Packard directory inside Program Files.

Goto Program Files > Common Files and delete HP and/or Hewlett-Packard directory there as well.

Go to Start>Run and type "temp". inside this folder delete all files.

Go to Start>Run and type "%temp%". inside this folder delete all files.

For additional cleanup when using Vista, you can download Cleanup Utility and search for additional HP components that weren't removed. Here's a link for the program: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

Restart and reinstall the driver using the CD or web driver.

The issue should now be resolved.

Solved: Only device font are available in word and publisher office!!!

 

Question:

I have Windows XP and just installed Windows 2003 Office Suite; when I try
to change font in any app - Word or Publisher or Excel, it lists only Device
Font in three sizes. But when I go to control panel -> appearance and
themes -> fonts, I see a long list. how can I attach these to Word ++
Thanks

 

Answer :

You need to install a printer driver other than a Generic/Text only printer
driver and make it default, or if you already have another one make sure another one is default by right clicking on its icon in control panel/ printers and select it to be the default.  Note you do not need a physical printer attached in order to install
a printer driver. However if you will be printing the documents on a
specific printer, install a driver for it so the document layout and such
will look the same when you do print it.

Friday, April 17, 2009

TWC delays bandwidth cap rollout after public outcry

 

Are we going back to the dark ages? Information speed must increase not decrease! I hope this wont really happen eventually because it would slow down the evolution of almost every aspect peoples lives.. the internet needs to get faster not slower!

Recently the news came out that Time Warner Cable was going to expand bandwidth cap testing to more regions. The extremely limiting bandwidth cap, surprisingly, isn't sitting well with consumers and TWC is having trouble finding potential beta testers.
In a nice way TWC is reporting that after listening to customers they decided to delay the testing. What really probably happened was that angry customers were calling up and giving the TWC representatives a piece of their mind.
TWC states that they will push the rollout back to October as if that makes it any easier to swallow. If this is any sign that calling and complaining to TWC about bandwidth caps actually does get you somewhere then speak out people! Don't sit back and let these companies run up your bills because their excessive profits and golden parachutes may take a small hit while they "update" their hardware.

Software update: Picasa 3.1 Build 71.32 (free)

 

I used to avoid Picasa, but after trying it for a while I set it as the default viewer of images for windows. Surprisingly the image viewer is faster than both XP’s and Vista’s built in viewer, and also has a nice thumbnail preview feature on the bottom… (see screenshot below). Also it integrates with the online photo storage (free) so you can upload your pics online very easily.
So to clarify, the image viewer is NOT the same interface as the main picasa application. The viewer is light-weight and fast.

picassa

 

General Info:

Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.

Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello, and even post pictures on your own blog.

The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.

The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty

Just minutes ago the verdict in the case of The Pirate Bay Four was announced. All four defendants were accused of ‘assisting in making copyright content available’. Peter Sunde: Guilty. Fredrik Neij: Guilty. Gottfrid Svartholm: Guilty. Carl Lundström: Guilty. The four receive 1 year in jail each and fines totaling $3,620,000.

While only a few weeks ago, it seems like an eternity since the trial of The Pirate Bay Four ended and the court retired to consider its verdict. The prosecution claimed that the four defendants were ‘assisting in making copyright content available’ and demanded millions of dollars in damages. The defense did not agree, and all pleaded not guilty - backed up by the inimitable King Kong defense.

Today, Friday April 17, the court issued its decision. Here are the main points relating to each defendant (continually updated live);

brokep
Peter Sunde (born September 13, 1978) alias ‘brokep’:

Verdict: Guilty - 1 year in prison, damages to pay: $905,000

Peter Althin, brokep’s lawyer said, “I spoke to Peter and he wasn’t very surprised. A journalist he’d spoken to knew an hour before it was public that all four would be convicted. The verdict was leaked from the court. I have to think about what effects that can have on the sentence. It is unacceptable that the court is leaking.”
TiAMO
Fredrik Neij (born April 27, 1978) alias ‘TiAMO’:

Verdict: Guilty - 1 year in prison, damages to pay: $905,000




Anakata
Gottfrid Svartholm (October 17, 1984) alias ‘Anakata’:

Verdict: Guilty - 1 year in prison, damages to pay: $905,000

Anakata’s lawyer Ola Salomonsson said, “We’re appealing. It’s very surprising that the court has chosen to treat the accused as a team.”

Carl Lundstrom
Carl Lundström (born April 13, 1960)

Verdict: Guilty - 1 year in prison, damages to pay: $905,000



The court said that the four defendants worked as a team, were aware that copyrighted material was being shared using The Pirate Bay and that they made it easy and assisted the infringements. It categorized the infringements as ’severe’. The judge said that the users of The Pirate Bay committed the first offense by sharing files and the four assisted this.

While the court did not agree with the plaintiff’s exaggerated estimates of losses, it still set the damages at 30 million SEK ($3,620,000). This a hugely significant amount and the court has ordered that the four should pay this amount between them.

The judge also stated that the usage of BitTorrent at The Pirate Bay is illegal. Rest assured, other torrent sites hosted in Sweden will be keeping a close eye on developments.

The defense put it to the judge that he had folded under intense political pressure. The judge denied this stating that the court made its decision based on the case presented to them.

At one point the judge was asked if he was concerned for his personal safety after handing down this decision. The judge said he hadn’t received any harassment and was quite surprised at the question.

While the judge won’t be getting any flowers for this verdict, Roger Wallis who spoke in favor of The Pirate Bay at their trial and received a mountain of floral tributes in return, noted, “This will cause a flood of court cases. Against all the ISPs. Because if these guys assisted in copyright infringements, then the ISPs also did. This will have huge consequences. The entire development of broadband may be stalled.”

Peter Sunde has already explained that this decision does not mean the end of the line in this case. There will be an appeal which means we are still far away from the ultimate decision - possibly years away. The case is now expected to move to the high court. Both sides have three weeks to file a written appeal.

Rasmus Fleischer, one of the founders of Piratbyrån commented, “The sentence has no formal consequence and no juridical value. We chose to treat the trial as a theater play and as such it’s been far better than we ever could have believed.”

As for the fate of the site, Peter has already promised that The Pirate Bay will continue. The site itself was never on trial, only the four individuals listed above.

This is a breaking news story, please check back frequently for updates.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Single Click Restore Point – SCRP

Single Click Restore Point (SCRP) is a tool for creating a restore point in single click. It will help you create a restore point without go through the System restore Utility. Better to run this tool before a meager change in your computer.

You can distribute this tool with a link back to this Blog ...

HERE> http://tec-updates.blogspot.com/2008/01/download-single-click-restore-point.html

How to use this ?

Simple Just Run the file. You will get a message box. that's all

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Download SCRP

How to Check it With System restore Utility ?

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Download - This Software is listed in following sites.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Single-Click-Restore-Point.shtml

http://www.forest.impress.co.jp/article/2008/02/07/scrp.html

Please Post Your Comments here ..

Microsoft confirms Windows 7 downgrade rights (you can go back to XP!)

 

What are downgrade rights? Well if you buy a computer with windows 7 you can install Vista or XP instead without extra cost! In other words DOWN-grade (going from a higher version to a lesser version) as opposed to UP-grade. (going from a lesser version to a higher version)

Microsoft has confirmed the same in a blog post, regarding the Windows 7 Downgrade rights program.
Users can downgrade to Windows XP and Windows Vista from Windows 7 via OEMs for 6 months after Windows 7 General Availability. For customers and businesses running Windows XP, Microsoft still recommends an upgrade to Windows Vista before moving onto upgrading Windows 7. If the user needs to run Windows XP Professional on new PCs and if they are running Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate already, they have the automatic right to downgrade to a previous version of Windows for the life of that PC and the downgrade media may be obtained by an OEM for Windows XP for the service life of that PC (OEMs can choose to provide downgrade media).
The end user downgrade rights are available only to Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions and the user can downgrade to the corresponding previous versions of Windows, such as:

  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows XP Professional (both 32bit & 64bit)
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
And what about General Availability of Windows 7?

"We are currently in the development stages for Windows 7 and expect it will take approximately 3 years from Windows Vista Consumer GA to develop. The specific release date will be determined once Microsoft meets its quality bar for release."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Students: How to get Windows 7 legally at a discount or free

 

With many people wondering what the Windows 7 pricing will be and whether it will cost less, the same, or more than Vista, there are some ways you can legally get Windows 7 at a discount or even for free when the final version is ready later this year.


1. Between June 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010, any new computer purchased with Windows Vista will qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 7. So if you've been planning on purchasing a new PC in the near future, you should hold off just a little while longer.


2. Check and see if your school is with the MSDNAA or Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance. If they are, check with their specific MSDNAA site when the final version of Windows 7 comes out to see if they distribute it.


3. Check with Microsoft DreamSpark. This is a special site from Microsoft that gives out free software to people who have a valid e-mail address from any of the qualifying schools listed. It's possible they could put Windows 7 up there once it's released.


4. If you're in the US, Canada or Europe, and are in school, there's a site called Journey Ed that gives out software and other kinds of products at a discount. You just need to show them some kind of proof.

Monday, April 13, 2009

µTorrent 1.8.2 Build 15123 Stable

µTorrent is an efficient and feature rich BitTorrent client for Windows sporting a very small footprint. µTorrent was designed to use as little cpu, space and memory as possible while offering all the functionalites expected from advanced clients. With BitTorrent, you can download files faster and contribute by sharing files and bandwidth.
Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 2.4.0.0 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.

µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 270 KB in size.

Various icon, toolbar graphic and status icon replacements are available, and creating your own is very simple. µTorrent also has support for localization, and with a language file present, will automatically switch to your system language. If your language isn't available, you can easily add your own, or edit other existing translations to improve them!

The developer puts in a lot of time working on features and making things more user-friendly. Releases only come out when they're ready, with no schedule pressures, so the few bugs that appear are quickly addressed and fixed.

Download : µTorrent 1.8.2 Build 15123 Stable

Saturday, April 11, 2009

IE8 via Automatic Update for users running IE6 or IE7

 

Microsoft plans to distribute Internet Explorer 8 to computers running previous versions of IE (IE 6 or IE 7) via Automatic Updates starting from the 3rd week of April. The update will be rolled out gradually from a small user base to large number of users.



The update will be a 'high priority' update for systems running Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and is an 'important' update for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The final version of IE8 was distributed via automatic update recently to users still running pre-release versions of IE8, Beta 2/RC1.


Organizations can use the IE8 Blocker Toolkit to block automatic delivery of IE8. The blocking tool has to be in place by the week of April 20th. IE8 will be released to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in July 2009 and will be classified as an Update Rollup.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Solved - iTunes Disc Burner Or Software Not Found Error Fix, itunes error 2510

 

Problem:

I can use itunes but when i try to burn a cd I get the message "disc burner or software not found"

Solution 1

Originally Posted by squadronx

I had this same problem when I installed a program called Daemon Tools: a program that installs a virtual CD Drive into the computers memory, useful for playing games on your PC that you don't have the actual disc for but have the entire disc image saved on your hard drive.
Once that was installed, itunes went cold and couldn't locate my DVD drive and kept saying "Disc burner or software not found". For days I couldn't fix it, even after uninstalling daemon tools and reinstalling itunes. Finally I read about an addon to daemon tools that upgrades the SCSI connection and fixes the itune bug. it's called SPTD v1.50 X86 and it's at this site:
http://disc-tools.com/download/daemon+sptd+md5sum
It worked like a charm for me and I hope that it works for you.
(there are two versions on this site 32 and 64 bit editions. I used the 32 bit one.) I am on a PC and running Windows XP.

Solution 2

New iTunes 8.1.x

Here's a fix. It's something called 'burn rights'. You dont' need to re-install older version of iTunes or modify registry, just reset burn rights with Nero.

What to do: Open Nero 9. Click on lower left corner burn button - select Nero Burn Rights. Inside the window, click - reset burn rights.. reboot - it will work! If you are still not sure, view the PDF in this link with full NERO reset burn rights instructions directly from Nero.

Solution 3 (EDIT)

If you have a 64 bit version of Windows read on Reference a b and c

itunes installs a driver called: GEARAspiWDM.sys

that seems to break the DVD player driver that you see in the device manager with a yellow triangle…

The info for this is quite lengthy so I will provide links bellow for further reading and solution:

Reference a) http://djlizard.net/2007/04/30/230/

Reference b) Be careful when removing manually removing because this driver is used as an filter driver for your CD/DVD drive and will cause it to stop working if not removed properly. More information on how to delete it can be found at http://www.gearsoftware.com/wiki/index.php?title=DRIVERS:_Windows_-_Updating%2C_removing%2C_64_bit_versions%2C_etc#Removing_GEAR_Drivers See also: Link

Reference c) Also read the below that did solve the problem for a computer that i tried it but MAKE A SYSTEM RESTORE before you try editing the REGISTRY!!!

Situation
There is a yellow exclamation mark for CD/DVD drives in Device Manager. The device status in the properties of the driver might indicate an error code, for example 32, 37, or 39. Or the drive simply does not appear in My Computer or Device Manager.
Solution
To solve the issue, you have to edit the Windows Registry:
Click Start, then Run, type REGEDT32 and click OK.
Locate and then remove the following registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

LowerFilters


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

UpperFilters

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Close Registry Editor.
Reboot the system for the changes to take effect.
Note: Some programs are unable to detect the CD/DVD drive after these steps. To solve this, simply re-install the program in question, eg: usually your recording software. Also, in few instances the order in which the programs are (re-)installed can make a difference.
And here's another method that will do this automatically for you if you're afraid to edit the registry manually.

 

Update: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.36 (freeware upgradable to payware with more features)

 

Have you ever considered what makes an anti-malware application effective? We at Malwarebytes have created an easy-to-use, simple, and effective anti-malware application. Whether you know it or not your computer is always at risk of becoming infected with viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and malware that are constantly evolving and becoming harder to detect and remove. Only the most sophisticated anti-malware techniques can detect and remove these malicious programs from your computer.

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Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is considered to be the next step in the detection and removal of malware. In our product we have compiled a number of new technologies that are designed to quickly detect, destroy, and prevent malware. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start. The Realtime Protection Module uses our advanced heuristic scanning technology which monitors your system to keep it safe and secure. In addition, we have implemented a threats center which will allow you to keep up to date with the latest malware threats.

Activating the full version unlocks realtime protection, scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating. For consumers and personal use, it is a one time fee of $24.95. For corporate and business customers, annual licenses are required, please see our Corporate Licensing program.

Key Features

  • Support for Windows 2000, XP, and Vista (32-bit only).
  • Light speed quick scanning.
  • Ability to perform full scans for all drives.
  • Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Protection Module. (requires registration)
  • Database updates released daily.
  • Quarantine to hold threats and restore them at your convenience.
  • Ignore list for both the scanner and Protection Module.
  • Settings to enhance your Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware performance.
  • A small list of extra utilities to help remove malware manually.
  • Multi-lingual support.
  • Works together with other anti-malware utilities.
  • Command line support for quick scanning.
  • Context menu integration to scan files on demand.

Usage

Simply download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from the one of the links below. Double click the downloaded file to install the application on your computer. Once the application is installed, double click on the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware icon to start the program. When the application is open, select Scan and the application will guide you through the remaining steps.

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Google 'Chromium' pre-alpha available for Ubuntu Linux

It seems that there is a first test version available for Ubuntu linux users of the Chrome Google Browser.

It seems also that Google is planing to allow add-ons to be built for the new google browser… and this will for sure allow the browser to gain populatity. It is faster to load and display pages than most other browsers out there.

If you are a windows user, you can try it from http://chrome.google.com



Image courtesy of Download Squad.


If you're using Ubuntu, or a distro based on Ubuntu, you can add the following repositories and get a chance to play with Chromium yourself:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

Advice from Microsoft about the upcoming Windows 7 RC

RC means Release Candidate… its a step after beta, and before the final product… here is what Microsoft has to say for the beta testers out there who are testing windows 7. And of course Windows 7 is the new Microsoft windows version that is coming out soon, to hopefully fix all the problems that vista had. Indeed it seems that it will be faster, slimmer, and “more compatible”.

Microsoft recommends users to do a clean install rather than upgrading from Windows 7 Beta (or any other builds) to Windows 7 RC build. It is not possible to upgrade your Windows 7 Beta to RC unless you bypass the check for the pre-release upgrade. Even though this is not recommended by Microsoft, below are the steps to bypass this check (from the E7 blog):

  • Download the ISO as you did previously and burn the ISO to a DVD
  • Copy the whole image to a storage location you wish to run the upgrade from (a bootable flash drive or a directory on any partition on the machine running the pre-release build)
  • Browse to the sources directory
  • Open the file cversion.ini in a text editor like Notepad
  • Modify the MinClient build number to a value lower than the down-level build. For example, change 7100 to 7000
  • Save the file in place with the same name
  • Run setup like you would normally from this modified copy of the image and the version check will be bypassed

Monday, April 6, 2009

iTunes 8.1.1 released. Its faster and has some nice improvements.

iTunes 8.1 is now faster and more responsive. You will enjoy noticeable improvements when working with large libraries, browsing the iTunes Store, preparing to sync with iPod or iPhone, and optimizing photos for syncing.

In addition, iTunes 8.1 provides many other improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Supports syncing with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
• Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ.
• Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows.
• Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs.
• Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods.
• Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus.
• Includes many accessibility improvements.
• Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls.

iTunes 8.1.1 adds support for renting HD movies and provides a number of bug fixes, including addressing issues with VoiceOver and syncing with iPhone or iPod touch

The evolution of Firefox, what the future has in store…

Firefox.next

After Firefox3.5 ("Shiretoko") is released, the next version of Firefox will be developed under the project name "Namoroka". The version number will be initially set to "3.6", but this should not be considered final, and as such the project may also be referred to as "Firefox.next".

Goals

Namoroka will focus on the following areas:

Performance
Observable improvements in user-perceptible performance metrics such as startup, time to open a new tab, and responsiveness when interacting with the user interface. Common user tasks should feel faster and more responsive.
Personalization & Customization
Simplify the development, discovery, installation and management of browser customization and functional extension. Where possible, provide a custom fit user experience based on a user's interaction history. Act in the user's interests, leveraging existing knowledge about their identity and browsing habits.
Task Based Navigation
Allow users to organize their tabs, history, downloaded files, and other resources according to the task they were attempting to accomplish. Provide support for executing common web-based tasks, mash-up style, without having to visit a website.
Web Application Support
Blur the distinction between web and desktop applications, providing web developers with the tools required to create rich application experiences for a user who is connected or disconnected from the Internet. Act as the intermediary between web applications and the user's OS desktop.
System Integration
Integrate with the look and feel of the host operating system, including data-level interactions with existing system services such as dictionaries.