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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Description of the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility


gsfx_brnd_ms_logoWhen you are working on your computer and installing a new program, the installation suddenly fails. Now you are left with a partly installed program. You try to install the program again, but you are unsuccessful. Or, maybe you have problems trying to remove an old program because the installation files are corrupted.

Do not worry. Windows Installer CleanUp Utility might be able to help. You can use the utility to remove installation information for programs that were installed by using Windows Installer. Be aware that Windows Installer CleanUp Utility will not remove the actual program from your computer.

However, it will remove the installation files so that you can start the installation, upgrade, or uninstall over.

Download Windows Installer CleanUp Utility

We have updated Windows Installer CleanUp Utility. This version of Windows Installer CleanUp Utility works correctly in all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows. If you have an earlier version installed on your computer, we recommend that you download and install this latest version.

You must be logged on to Windows with a user account that is a computer administrator to run Windows Installer CleanUp Utility. For more information about how to install and run Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, see the "More Information" section.

You can also download Windows Installer CleanUp Utility from the Microsoft Download Center

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

119591 - How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services

Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

View products that this article applies to.


Warning : The Windows Installer CleanUp Utility is provided "as is" to help resolve installation problems for programs that use Microsoft Windows Installer. If you use this utility, you may have to reinstall other programs. Caution is advised. We recommend that you do not use this utility with 2007 Office system products. For help removing installations of 2007 Office system products, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

928218 How to uninstall the 2007 Office system if you cannot uninstall it by using the "Add or Remove Programs" feature.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download


ViOrbIf you're like most PC users, you probably got Windows Vista with a new PC or laptop. And if you're like 99% of the population, you get your new machines from one of the major manufacturers. Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, they all have one thing in common: they don't give you a real Windows Vista installation disc with your purchase. Instead, they bundle what they call a "recovery disc" (that's if you're lucky - otherwise you'll have a recovery partition instead) with your machine and leave it at that.

It doesn't matter that you just paid a thousand dollars for a machine that comes with a valid Windows Vista license - your computer manufacturer just don't want to spend the money (or perhaps take on the responsibility) of giving you a Windows Vista installation DVD to accompany your expensive purchase.

The problem is, with Windows Vista, the installation media serves more than one purpose. It's not just a way to get Windows installed, it's also the only way of recovering a borked installation. The Windows Vista DVD has a "recovery center" that provides you with the option of recovering your system via automated recovery (searches for problems and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes.

Microsoft seems to have realized this problem, and have thankfully made a recovery disc for this purpose. It contains the contents of the Windows Vista DVD's "recovery center," as we've come to refer to it. It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows Vista, and just serves as a Windows PE interface to recovering your PC. Technically, one could re-create this installation media with freely-downloadable media from Microsoft (namely the Microsoft WAIK kit, a multi-gigabyte download); but it's damn-decent of Microsoft to make this available to Windows' users who might not be capable of creating such a thing on their own.

NeoSmart Technologies is hosting a copy of the Windows Vista Recovery Disc for your convenience. It is a 120 MB download, and in the standard ISO format.

Windows Vista 32-Bit (x86) Recovery Disc Torrent

Windows Vista 64-Bit (x64) Recovery Disc Torrent

Please see this post for info on how to download and use .torrent files.

You'll need to burn this ISO image to a CD or DVD before you can use it as a bootable recovery medium. NeoSmart Technologies has published a guide on how to burn an ISO image to CD or DVD with your favorite burning program, which you can read if you need more information or help on this topic.

Via : NeoSmart

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Freeware : Avast! Home Edition 4.8.1356


61214 avast! antivirus Home Edition represents the best free antivirus protection currently available on the market. This edition is FREE OF CHARGE for non-commercial & home use. Its features include:

  • Anti-spyware built-in
  • Web Shield
  • Anti-rootkit built-in
  • Automatic updates
  • Strong self-protection
  • Virus Chest
  • Antivirus kernel
  • System integration
  • Simple User Interface
  • Integrated Virus Cleaner
  • Resident protection
  • Support for 64-bit Windows
  • P2P and IM Shields
  • Internationalization
  • Network Shield


Technical Description

Title : Avast! Home Edition 4.8.1356

Filename : setupeng.exe

File size : 36.99MB (38,786,848 bytes)

Requirements : Windows (All Versions)

License : Non-Commercial Freeware

Author : Alwil Software



Download it Here

Thursday, September 24, 2009

AMD confirms six-core Thuban CPU


AMD_Smarter_Choice AMD has confirmed that it will be releasing a six core (or hexa-core) CPU in 2010. While it was speculated that this would happen, AMD had not confirmed that such a product existed until yesterday.

The biggest news about the upcoming CPU is that it will be backwards compatible with AM3 and AM2+ motherboards. An AMD spokesperson said that "[they] are all about platform longevity and long-lived upgrade paths," which is a direct attack at Intel who currently has three different socket infrastructures on its desktop computers; all of which are incompatible, according to

The codename for the CPU is Thuban and it will feature 6 cores on a 45nm die and will also include a DDR3 integrated controller. Also expected, but not confirmed, 3MB of L2 and 6MB of L3 cache, will be on board but specifications are subject to change.

Thuban will likely to go head to head with Intel's i9 line of processors that are expected to have 6 cores and 12 threads (6 coming from hyper threading). But, in this day and age, it's all about benchmarks and being faster than your competitor. Will AMD over take Intel in CPU speed in this upcoming generation, no one knows yet, but soon both companies will show the fruits of their labor.

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Seagate release their first 2TB SATA 3.0 hard disk


seagate_2c_pos-wr Seagate have introduced their first hard drive which supports the new SATA 3.0 specification. The Barracuda XT is the Seagate's first drive to use the new interface, which has a theoretical bandwidth of 6Gb/s - double that of the SATA 2.0 (3Gb/s) specification. The drive offers 2TB of storage space, using four platters, according to Seagate.

The 7200 RPM drive has a sustained data rate of 138MB/s – the fastest speed achieved by a 7200 RPM drive, Seagate claims. The 64MB cache provides "screaming burst rate speeds and improves overall performance," according to their website. The drive is backward compatible with both the SATA 3Gb/s interface and the SATA 1.5Gb/s interface, although if you don't have a motherboard compatible with SATA 3.0 you're probably better off buying a slower, but cheaper 2TB hard drive if you don't plan on upgrading the motherboard anytime soon.


Aimed at enthusiasts, Seagate said "the Barracuda XT offers capacity coupled with high speed which will definitely appeal to performance enthusiasts in video editing, multi-media publishing and, of course, PC gaming." According to an article by Techspot, the hard drive will have an MSRP of $299, potentially making it appealing to those looking for a large, fast storage device to complement an SSD.

Whether or not the new SATA interface will convince enthusiasts to spend out remains to be seen, considering that SSDs have come down in price (a 100GB SSD would have cost around £300 eight months ago, compared to less than £200 now).

You can find all the specifications of the Barracuda XT on the Seagate website.

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iTunes 9.0.1 released


Apple has just earlier released version 9.0.1 of its media software, iTunes, bringing a number of bug fixes to the release which was made available during its iPod event not long ago. Macworld has detailed all of the changes, explaining some things a bit better than Apple's official release notes.

When you update, you'll get the following set of notes, straight from Apple:

• Resolves issues browsing the iTunes Store.
• Addresses a performance issue where iTunes may become unresponsive.
• Fixes a problem where iTunes may unexpectedly quit.
• Fixes a problem syncing Podcasts in playlists to iPod or iPhone.
• Fixes a problem sorting albums with multiple discs.
• Addresses an issue with the Zoom button not switching to Mini Player.
• Improves application syncing for iPod touch and iPhone.
• Genius is now automatically updated to show Genius Mixes.

What's interesting is that the issue with the maximize button on iTunes versions 8 and older has returned (well, an issue for some, yet a good thing for others). That is, on Mac OS X, clicking the maximize button would shrink the player into its mini format, whereas in iTunes 9 you could do that by holding Option, then clicking maximize. Many found this an improvement as the mini player isn't used often, but the old style has returned, regardless of user preference.
To update, use the 'Check for Updates' option as usual, or you can find it on Apple's download page.



Download from Apple

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Google releases Picasa 3.5


317px-Picasa.svgGoogle's Picasa application is a great photo editing one for those who aren't after anything too advanced, as well as for people who don't fancy paying for software. That's not to say it's a bad application, however; it's quite the opposite, and the newly released version 3.5 shows this better than ever before. Macworld has an explanation of some new features, to add to Google's official release notes.

The biggest feature with this version is the enhanced people-tagging ability, which was only available in Picasa Web Albums before this release. If you're familiar with Faces in Apple's iPhoto software, this will immediately make sense to you; Picasa scans all your photos, adds face tags to each one and groups them together, ready for you to name people. Another handy feature is the extended compatibility with Google Maps and geotagging, as you simply drag your photos onto the map to indicate where they were taken. Google points out that you can still use Google Earth to tag and view photos, also.

Google has improved the importing process in Picasa, increasing support for Picasa Web Albums, as well as photo tagging. Bulk tagging has been improved, as well as quick tags. If you want to download Picasa 3.5, head over to the official web page and follow the instructions as you would normally. If you need any more information, you can have a look at the blog post for the update, or else you can watch the video included below.



Technical Description :

Title : Picasa 3.5 Build 79.67

Filename : picasa35-setup.exe

File size : 9.24MB (9,688,568 bytes)

Requirements : Windows XP/2003/Vista/XP64/Vista64

License : Freeware

Author : Google




Microsoft's Bing search share up to 9.3 percent

There are lots of different analyses of search share, but I try to be consistent and always cite data from a single researcher, so that it’s an oranges to oranges comparison.

ComScore, the researcher I cite, hasn’t released its search data to the public or press yet for the month of August. But it looks like it has made it available to Wall Street.

The results (according to a second-hand account from JP Morgan):

  • Bing’s U.S. query share was up to 9.3 percent for August. It was 8.9 percent in July. (Microsoft launched Bing in early June.)
  • Yahoo’s U.S. search share held constant from July to August, with 19.3 percent share.
  • Google saw its U.S. search share dip slightly (by 0.1 percent) to 64.6 percent share in August.

Microsoft is rolling out incremental updates to Bing on a monthly basis and is planning a bigger Bing update for later this fall.

Via : ZDNet

Microsoft: Security Essentials final edition in coming weeks


,M-M-158926-3 Microsoft's Security Essentials team has confirmed the final version of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) will be made available in the coming weeks.

MSE is Microsoft's free anti-virus and anti-spyware product that is set to replace Microsoft's paid Windows Live OneCare subscription service which was withdrawn earlier this year.

In an email to beta testers the team thanked testers for their participation and encouraged them to upgrade to version 1.0.1500.0 of the beta to ensure a "smooth experience". Neowin exclusively revealed Security Essentials in June when it was codenamed "Morro". Morro was renamed Security Essentials and appeared in beta form in late June.

MSE is likely to be targeted to compete with the low end of anti-virus products from other providers, and it will not have much of an impact on sales of full-blown security suites. According to Janice Chaffin, president of Symantec's Consumer Division, "Microsoft's free product is basically a stripped down version of the OneCare product Microsoft pulled from the shelves. A full Internet security suite is what consumers require today to stay fully protected."


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IBM's New Image Recognition-Based Search


IBM We've all seen photos of ourselves in locations we can't quite remember. Often they're from exotic travels or from days long past. Regardless of the reason for your memory loss, IBM is working on a tool that can help. In collaboration with the European Union consortium, the company is testing SAPIR (Search in Audio-Visual Content Using Peer-to-peer Information Retrieval). The image matching search technology allows users to pull results from large collections of audio-visual content without using tags for search. Instead, users can upload images and match them to similar ones - perhaps even ones with signage and labels. The system analyzes everything from digital photographs, to sound files to video. From here it automatically indexes and ranks the media for retrieval.

A recent IDC white paper reports, "The digital universe is messy...95% of the data in the digital universe is unstructured, meaning its intrinsic meaning cannot be easily divined by simple computer programs. There are ways to imply meaning to unstructured data, and the semantic web project is promising to develop the tools to help us do that in the future."

Two such "divining" projects include CoPhIR (Content-based Photo Image Retrieval) Test-Collection and IBM's MUFIN (Multi-Feature Indexing Network). These projects tie into SAPIR's back end by extracting data from the Flickr archive and indexing features such as scalable color, color structure, color layout, shape edges and texture.



As shown in the video of Madrid's Plaza de España, SAPIR identifies matching media in the same way that humans derive intrinsic value from visual and sensory clues. Users can also choose to combine search terms with additional text to further drill down in search results. As is the case with regular search, if you already know the city where your image was taken, you're one step closer to finding your result. Additionally, SAPIR also has the ability to index sound and video files.

While the catalogue of media is still very limited, theoretically we may one day be able to search for almost anything using this technique. If Ashton Kutcher wears a pair of sunglasses we like, we can scan the image and search for the storefronts stocking them. If we're looking for the name of a town square, we can find it in the tags of similar images. And finally, if we're looking to self-diagnose we can compare photos of ourselves against jaundice or malaria patients.

The advantage of this tool is that we may one day have a chance to collect up the disparate bits in the digital ether and identify them as useful points of information. To test SAPIR in its early research stage, visit the homepage. You may also want to test out MUFIN to compare results.

Via : ReadWriteWeb

Apple predicted to release new iMacs, MacBooks in weeks



A new report alleges that Apple intends to release new iMacs and MacBooks very soon -- in a matter of weeks -- to refresh its lineup before the holiday season.

Financial publication Barron's said a new report from Wedge Partners claims that Apple will introduce new hardware "in the next several weeks."

The report said that the new iMacs will sport a thinner design with smooth edges. However, the MacBook refresh is said to be "limited."

Also on tap, according to Wedge Partners, are likely price cuts. The company sees the lower prices as a competitive alternative to Windows 7 machines. Wedge Partners predicts that Apple will sell 3 million Macs in the holiday season, riding the wave of price cuts and new products.

More affordable Macs have been rumored for some time. In June, cuts of $100 to $300 were enacted on the 13- to 17-inch unibody aluminum notebooks, which have all been classified as MacBook Pros.

For comparison, in the June quarter, Apple sold 2.6 million Macs, a 4 percent year-over-year increase, and the best-ever June quarter. This quarter, Apple is predicted to sell 2.8 million total Macs.

While new hardware should come as no surprise, AppleInsider has previously heard word of new iMacs and MacBooks. Last month rumors surfaced that the new Imacs would have compelling new features, one of which was said to have long been on Mac users' wish lists, and another that would appeal to the semi-professional audio/video crowd.

AppleInsider also received word that Apple would retain and redesign its line of plastic MacBooks. With only one non-Pro offering in the lineup, Apple is allegedly redesigning the systems with a slimmer, lighter enclosure and restructured internal architecture. Analysts have long believed that cracking the sub-$1,000 notebook market would be a huge boon for Apple.

Via : AppleInsider

Facebook Settling in to New 150,000 sq.ft. Headquarters


Facebook brought all its employees together into one building back in May, after having the various groups that comprise the company scattered throughout downtown Palo Alto. Now, architecture blog ArchDaily has given a glowing review of the new building, highlighting some of the details that make Facebook’s new offices unique.


The 150,000 sq. ft. building was once a high-tech manufacturing facility, and many of the original materials were re-purposed or recycled. The redesign is the first completed under the 2008 Palo Alto Green Building Ordinance. Designers Studio O+A polled employees throughout Facebook and kept everyone updated through photos and posts on the progress of the redesign.


The overall flow of the building is very relaxed and inviting, with executive offices located centrally to provide better access to all employees. The rest of the facility is mostly open work spaces and seating and congregation areas. Employees are encouraged to move furniture as they see fit, write on some walls and add art where needed.


Overall, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that he wants to be careful that the new building doesn’t give employees the feeling that the company has “arrived,” but instead left the new offices relatively plain.

“I want to remind people…we’re way closer to the beginning than the end,” he recently said.

Via : Inside Facebook

Freeware : Opera Mini 5 bèta


A few days ago Opera released Opera Mini 5 beta for public testing. Opera Mini is the most popular mobile phone browser and differs from other browsers in the way it delivers content to you. All your web traffic will pass through Opera's servers (much like the Turbo feature in the desktop versions) which compresses the data to save data cost and make pages load faster on your phone. This enables you to view full websites in Opera Mini instead of having to visit special mobile versions.

Opera Mini 5New features in Opera Mini 5 beta include:

  • A completely new look and feel
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Better touchscreen and keypad support
  • Password Manager
  • Speed dial


Opera Mini is supported on most BlackBerry and Java-enabled phones.

A downside of their server-based protocol is that a lot of AJAX-based sites (like do not work properly, since javascript is only supported in a very limited way. It is slightly disappointing the rendering engine didn't get an update, and some annoying glitches from previous versions still exist. It is still a beta though and many things could change before the final release.

Still, Opera Mini is one of the few applications that is able to provide a very good application experience on a mobile Java platform, and is in most cases a lot better and faster than built-in browsers in most phones.

Feel free to download it to your phone and try it out! Opera Mini 5 beta can be installed side-by-side with older versions.


Download: visit on your mobile phone.

This is BETA software! Please be careful when installing and using it on your mobile phone.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Microsoft's newest Windows 7 promotion: $30 price tag for students



Microsoft yesterday kicked off a Windows 7 promotion that heavily discounts copies of Windows 7 for college students, with the price nearly matching what Apple charges for its Snow Leopard upgrade.

The deal lets students with a valid university-provided e-mail address purchase either an upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional for $29.99. Each student can purchase one copy of either edition, which they'll be able to download starting on Oct. 22, Windows 7's official launch date.

Students in the U.S. can place their pre-orders immediately through a Microsoft-sponsored site , while those in the U.K. can plunk down their ?30 starting Sept. 30, a company spokesman said yesterday.

Students in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea and Mexico are also eligible for the discount, but won't be able to order until Oct. 22. Microsoft has not set prices for those countries.

The offer ends Jan. 3, 2010 in every market except for Australia, where it will run until March 31, 2010, Microsoft confirmed Friday.

This promotion isn't the only deal that Microsoft has used to prime the Windows 7 pump. For two weeks starting last June , Microsoft sold the Home Premium upgrade for $49.99, less than half the list price of $119.99.

The college student discount, however, is the largest Microsoft's yet offered for Windows 7, and puts its new operating system within striking distance of Apple's $29 price for Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard.

Earlier this week, a retail sales research firm said that Apple had sold twice as many copies of Snow Leopard in the first two weeks than it managed in 2007 when it unveiled Leopard -- and four times as many copies as Tiger, the OS Apple launched in 2005.

At $29.99, the student price is just 25% of the list for Home Premium, and only 15% of the list price for Professional.

Students attending schools that don't distribute .edu e-mail addresses must provide additional proof by scanning a student ID card, class list or proof of course payment, then uploading the file to Microsoft. The company's also posted a list of pre-approved colleges and universities; students at those schools do not have to provide an .edu address.

Microsoft provided more information on the promotion at


Freeware : Windows Live Messenger 9 (build 14.0.8089)


Windows Live MessengerWindows Live Messenger makes it easier than ever to stay connected to the people you care about.

  • Favorites and groups - Put the people you chat with most at the top of your contacts, so you easily see when they're online. Want to chat with several people in one window? Just set up a group.
  • Share photos - Look at photos together, right in the conversation window. And Messenger tells you when people you know post new photos on Windows Live.
  • Customize - Show off your personal style with custom scenes, animated display pictures, and signature sounds.
  • Mobile and web - Using a public computer without Messenger? No problem! You can chat on the web from Windows Live Hotmail. Or, use Messenger on your mobile phone.

Build 14.0.8089

  • Personalization - Add a profile picture or video, display a personal scene in the chat window, update the status message with your news, add a favorite link, or add what song you’re listening to.
  • Integration of “What’s New” feed - With the “What’s New” feed in Messenger, you can stay in touch with the latest updates from your circle of friends at a glance, without any need to log in across multiple destinations.
  • Photo sharing - Photo sharing lets you share and comment on pictures while you’re chatting.
  • Favorites - Identify your most important contacts and they will appear at the top of your Messenger window, for easy access. It’s like speed dial for your Messenger contacts.
  • Groups - Create groups on the fly and chat simultaneously with up to 20 members at the same time.


Technical Description :

Title : Windows Live Messenger 2009 (14.0.8089)

Filename : wlsetup-custom.exe

File size : 1.09MB (1,146,696 bytes)

Requirements : Windows XP/Vista/Vista64

License : Freeware

Author : Microsoft Corporation




Monday, September 21, 2009

Windows SteadyState


Shared Access Computing with Windows SteadyState

What is Shared Access?

Shared access are computer’s which serve’s as a multiple independent users in places such as schools, Internet cafés, libraries, and homes.

Not every computer is used as a personal computer. There are a number of situations in which several different people might use the same computer, such as in schools, Internet cafés, or libraries. Shared access computing refers to scenarios where a single computer is used by more than one person.

Windows SteadyState

Microsoft is offering their users a piece of free magic software, called SteadyState. We have all been there late at night and our virtual guard is down. Maybe you hopped on an unsecured network and decided to browse some not so reputable sites. Either way you have exposed your machine to a potentially bad neighborhood and if your protection on your machine isn’t up to snuff then who knows what could have happened already!

But now let’s say you downloaded Microsoft’s new 6.3MB SteadyState program for XP or Vista. You can go ahead and fire it up and configure how you want it to interact with your Operating System. Think of it like free virtualization with some security features thrown in.

Via : microsoft

Freeware : Autoruns 9.54


autoruns1 Autoruns shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.

Autoruns' Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc.

Here are just a few of the startup categories Autoruns covers :

  • Logon includes the user and all users’ startup folders and the Run keys that are found in the Registry.
  • Explorer includes a list of Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, and active setup executions.
  • Internet Explorer includes Browser Helper Objects and Internet Explorer toolbars and extensions.
  • LSA Providers includes Local Security Authority authentication, notification, and security packages.
  • In Autoruns, you can permanently delete a startup item or just disable it. An online search option helps you find which items you can safely disable. This option runs an internet search for webpages that describe an item or its category and advises you whether to remove it from startup. When you disable an item, Autoruns moves it to a backup location in the Registry or on the hard drive.


Technical Description :

Title : Autoruns 9.54

Filename :

File size : 577KB (590,616 bytes)

Requirements : Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/XP64/Vista64

License : Freeware

Author : Microsoft SysInternals


Screenshot :

autoruns services




Sunday, September 20, 2009

Driver and Manual for the LG M228WA LCD screen (also a TV)


You can find the driver and manual for the Driver and Manual for the LG M228WA LCD FLATRON screen (this screen is also a TV) here:

I posted about 2 screens lately because I have these screens and wanted the drivers and manuals.. So since I found them.. I thought I would share…!

If you are wondering why you would need a driver for a screen… well if someone is curious post a comment and I will explain :-)



Drivers and Manual for the LG W2600H and LG W2600H – PF 26 inch LCD Monitor.


This monitor for some reason does not come with a CD (manuals and drivers)

You can find the drivers and Manuals for the LG W2600H and LG W2600H – PF FLATRON LCD Monitor here:



Hope this helps a few people looking for the drivers and Manuals! Comments are welcome

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Microsoft previews Office Web Apps


microsoft-office-2010-beta-1Microsoft made available today to a select group of beta testers the Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of its online version of Office. The online version of Office (while not intended to replace office but simply compliment it) will compete directly against Google Docs.

The online version of the applications will allow for basic editing and manipulating but will not offer a full fledge replacement for the Office software. Targeting on the go and light users Microsoft will expand the already massive presence of its Office platform.

While this may work well for home use or small business users don't expect these online apps to take over the business world. Security is a huge issue with these applications and not knowing who all will have access to your data is a huge risk for sensitive information. Microsoft says that these previews are not feature complete nor are they free of bugs. Expect continued improvement to the applications as Microsoft expands the beta testing pool and irons out any reported bugs.







Don’t forget to watch the video below…


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Friday, September 18, 2009

Freeware : O&O DiskImage Express 4.1.34


O&O DiskImage Express is free software which enables you to image your entire computer and restore single drives.

  • Mounts image as a drive – if, for example, you’ve accidentally deleted just one important file, you can now select to restore this file only from the entire imageNew
  • Images all drives, including drive information and system partition – all your installed programs and their personal settings can be imaged and quickly restored when needed
  • Restores individual data drives
  • Saves space with incremental and differential images that save only changes – images only those files that have been changed or added after the last imaging. This saves time!
  • Displays imaging information - O&O DiskImage 4 Express Edition keeps you constantly informed
  • Easy to use and free – free data imaging developed by data professionals


Technical Description :

Title : O&O DiskImage Express 4.1.34

Filename :

File size : 11.80MB (12,374,880 bytes)

Requirements : Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista

License : Freeware

Author : O&O Software


Screenshot :


Homepage :



Virtual ImagePrinter Free

Virtual ImagePrinter Free

Virtual ImagePrinter is printer driver for Windows 2000, 2003 and XP. Printer based on the Microsoft universal printer driver. ImagePrinter can print any document which can be printed in your Windows system to the one or many BMP, PNG , multiple TIFF image, JPG and PDF (manual compression level selected). The converted image retains all of the information from the original file and can be easily shared and viewed. ImagePrinter is packed with a wide features and easy to use for any computer users. Driver is possible to work stably and effective lots of hours. It doesn't take too much RAM and gets it back after printing. It allows to not reboot your PC even after thousands of printed files. This version distributed freely. You even can download source code of program.


is the GNU General Public license

version 2

The license


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Freeware : High Definition Audio Codecs 2.33



This is the official driver package for Realtek HD Audio Solutions. It includes all driver files, and the control center for Realtek HD-Audio devices for Windows 2000, XP and Vista . The package includes the 32 and the 64 Bit binaries. Realtek HD Audio Driver is supporting all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 : ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887.


Download it Here

Wall Street still worrying over netbook impact on Microsoft's Windows 7 sales



How much will netbooks dent Microsoft’s Windows sales?

It’s a question that continues to preoccupy many a Wall Street analyst, especially as Microsoft marches toward the October 22 launch of Windows 7. No matter how many times Microsoft officials claim that they believe the company will be able to charge premium prices for Windows 7, even on netbooks, Microsoft watchers ask again about just how elastic Windows’ pricing really can be, given that netbooks go for a few hundred dollars.

On September 9, the netbook question arose again during a question and answer session with Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell at the Citi Annual Global Technology Conference. Analysts asked Liddell the same-old: When Bing will actually give Google a run for its money; whether Microsoft would be able to continue to control costs; whether and when Microsoft will do stock buybacks (yes and in the coming months, Liddell said).

But analysts seemed most interested in the netbook issue. How can Microsoft predict that the continued popularity of netbooks, which comprise a fifth of the portable PC market (according to a recent market study), isn’t going to force Microsoft to charge less per copy of Windows, rather than more?

As expected, Liddell didn’t share details about how much Microsoft is planning to charge PC makers per copy for Windows 7 Starter or Windows 7 Home Premium, the main two SKUs expected to show up on low-end netbooks. (Word is Microsoft charges about $15 per copy for XP on netbooks.) But he did share more about why he said he isn’t worried about potential price erosion with Windows 7.

First, Liddell said that he believes netbooks, as a category, are “maturing.” They aren’t topped out yet and, according to Microsoft’s calculations, represent about 10 percent to 15 percent of the overall PC market. But they are likely to grow a percentage point or two higher, at most, he told Citi conference attendees.

Secondly, Microsoft is planning to continue to offer PC makers the option of licensing Windows XP “for a period of time,” as well, he said. That could appease the makers of some of the lowest price-point netbooks, at least for the time being. (Microsoft has said that OEMs will be able to license XP Home edition through June 2010 or one year after general availability of Win7, which I’m assuming means October 2010.)

Liddell reiterated Microsoft’s claim that 92 percent to 93 percent of netbooks are now going out with Windows XP, not Linux, attached. He said that proves that people are willing to pay at retail a premium of $30 to $40 per copy for “the Windows experience,” even when offered an alternative that is free. He acknowledged Microsoft won’t ever get to the 100 percent preload “attach” with netbooks, but even in the bargain segment, there is a group of people willing to pay for the familiar Windows experience — especially those netbook users who care more about the small form-factor benefits than the cut-rate price tags.

How Microsoft thinks about the actual cost of Windows was the part of Liddell’s remarks I found most interesting.

While Microsoft charges multiple hundreds of dollars for a new copy of Windows, Liddell said the actual cost is $15. Here’s how he calculated that number: The average selling price for Windows (when figured across all versions) is $60 per copy, he said. The average user sticks with a particular version of Windows for four years. So the cost of Windows isn’t really $249 or even $99. It’s $60 divided by four, or $15 for a “one year experience.” And if you compare $15 to the cost of having to learn a new OS or port your apps to a new platform, Windows looks downright cheap, Liddell said.

Hmmm. I’m not really buying Liddell’s new math. It’ll be interesting to see if any company watchers are finally appeased by his netbook assurances. Are you?

Via : ZDNet

Next Wi-fi standard approved, 802.11N


"The 802.11n technology, as it is known, was ratified by the IEEE, a body that oversees all wi-fi standards."

The previous article was regarding the technology being in a near completion stage. News today from the BBC Technology website indicates that it has officially been approved for users. Although undoubtedly a big piece of news for internet users the world over, there has still been some speculation and malcontent for the technology. Some individuals are stating that the new standard is only helpful for the user who wishes to upgrade (in terms of bandwidth) for the purpose of HD media streaming in a household - to upgrade to the new technology is somewhat a false economy for the general internet user.

Originally conceived around six years ago, the new technology promises speeds at least six times faster than current approved technology which runs at 54mbps as a standard. Many may think that the N series of routers have been around for a while, and they would be correct in thinking so, however these products were only 'draft' in terms of their standard and on average only produced advertised speeds of 150 - 300mbps. The newly manufactured routers should be able to produce speeds of up to 600mbps constantly.

Based on personal experiences, setting up HD media streaming in a household with a draft N router has been a little bleak - unsurprising, considering the product was only a draft one. If you are after the ability to stream HD throughout your household, do some research and make sure you are getting the best out of your new N standard router.

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Microsoft unveils its thinnest Bluetooth-powered Keyboard





Microsoft announced today its thinnest keyboard dubbed "Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000", which if you didn't notice in the name is designed exclusively for Bluetooth enabled PC's. The keyboard itself is just a few millimeters thicker than an AAA battery, with Microsoft's Comfort Curve design for a more natural wrist posture when typing.


Check it out :



Images courtesy PressPass

"The design tenets of compact, clean and refined really set the stage for the success of the keyboard," said Chris Kujawski, industrial designer for Microsoft Hardware. "There is nothing extraneous about the design. We removed everything that didn't fit with those ideas and ended up with something we're really proud of — a compact, sophisticated keyboard that pairs perfectly with Bluetooth computers."

According to Microsoft's press release, one of the top consumer complaints when using a notebook or a netbook is the lack of a number pad. So Microsoft has shipped a stand-alone Bluetooth powered number pad as well as a carrying case with the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000.

The keyboard will be available in October of this year with an estimated retail price of $89.96 for both the keyboard and number pad, and $44.95 for the number pad itself. Both are backed by a worldwide three year limited hardware warranty from Microsoft.

Via :

Freeware : Google Earth 5.1.3506 Beta



Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.


Google Earth's features include :

See global changes with decades of historic imagery

If you've ever wondered how your neighborhood has changed throughout time, Google Earth now gives you access to the past. With a simple click, check out suburban sprawl, melting ice caps, coastal erosion, and more.

Dive beneath the surface of the ocean

In the new ocean layer, you can plunge all the way to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from partners like BBC and National Geographic, and explore 3D shipwrecks like the Titanic.

Track and share your paths with others

Take placemarks a step further and record a free-form tour in Google Earth. Simply turn on the touring feature, press record, and see the world. You can even add a soundtrack or narration to personalize the journey.

Technical Description :

Title : Google Earth 5.1.3506 Beta

Filename : googleearth-Win-5.1.3506.3999.exe

File size : 11.63MB (12,193,448 bytes)

Requirements : Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/XP64/Vista64

License : Freeware

Author : Google

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Freeware : Real Alternative 2.00


Real Alternative allows your system to play Real Media files ( .ra ; .ram) without having to install the full version of RealPlayer.


The latest version contains :

  • Media Player Classic - a freeware media player that supports both Real Alternative and QuickTime Alternative.
  • RealMedia Codecs
  • RealMedia plugin for Internet Explorer
  • RealMedia plugin for Opera/Mozilla/Netscape
  • RealMedia DirectShow splitter

Technical Description :

Title : Real Alternative 2.00

Filename : realalt200.exe

File size : 6.22MB (6,524,592 bytes)

Requirements : Windows (All Versions)

License : Freeware

Screenshot :



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