Friday, October 31, 2008

Antimalware Software

I've been evaluating antivirus software regularly. All come bundled with antispyware even if they are called antivirus. They should change their names to antimalware software instead. According to, the following software are ICSA certified, VB100% certified, W. C. L Level 1 Certified and W. C. L Level 2 Certified. You can download a free trial without submitting personal details such as e-mail address.
  1. BitDefender Antivirus 2009
  2. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009
  3. Eset NOD32 3.0 Antivirus
  4. AVG Anti-Virus 8
  5. Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2008 (won't install with PC Tools Spyware Doctor 6 already installed)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

HP Mini 1000 Netbook

Genuine Windows(R) XP Home with Service Pack 3
8.9" diagonal WSVGA LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1024 x 600)
512MB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.60GHz)
8GB (Solid State Drive Flash Module)
HP Mini Webcam with HP Imprint Finish (Swirl)
HP Color Matching Keyboard
Wireless-G Card
3 Cell Lithium Polymer Battery
Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
HP Mini Webcam
2 USB Ports
2-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
Built-in Stereo speakers
30W AC Adapter
1-year limited H/W warranty

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Putting Ultimate Boot CD for Windows on USB Flash Drive

If you've a netbook but don't have access to an external CD/DVD drive, you can put Ultimate Boot CD for Windows on a USB flash drive. You'll need at least a 1GB USB flash drive and it will be formatted. The files occupied for a default installation for Ultimate Boot CD for Windows 3.2.0 is 692MB.

PeToUSB allows you to make your USB flash drive bootable with Ultimate Boot CD for Windows.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Building Ultimate Boot CD for Windows

Ulimate Boot CD for Windows allows you to boot up from a CD into a Windows XP environment. This CD can be used to back up your important files from FAT, FAT32 or NTFS partitions to USB flash drive or an external USB hard disk under the following situations:
  1. computer is unable to boot
  2. computer is bootable but unable to use
  3. unable to access safe mode using F8
You can also use the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows to remove any malware in your computer without installation.

The CD is quite similar to live Windows XP CD but with many more tools pre-installed. You can follow the steps to create the bootable CD on a Windows XP SP2/3 or Vista SP1 computer.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Issues with Java SE 6 Update 10 on Vista SP1

On my computer running Windows Vista SP1, I encountered the following issues:
  1. Each time I open IE 7 or open a new tab or window in IE 7, User Account Control will be activated to ask me about ssvagent. Disabling the add-ons do not help.
2. I can't disable the option to Check for Updates Automatically as shown.

I don't have such issues in Jave SE 6 Update 7.

In fact, Java SE 6 Update 10 does not contain any new fixes for security vulnerabilities to its previous release, Java SE 6 Update 7. Users who have Java SE 6 Update 7 have the latest security fixes and do not need to upgrade to this release to be current on security fixes. I decided to revert back to Java SE 6 Update 7.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Vulnerability in Server Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958644)

Microsoft has released a security bulletin MS08-067 which is critical for Windows XP and important for Windows Vista.

It was installed successfully on a computer running Windows XP SP3 and another computer running Windows Vista SP1.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6 Update 10

Sun has updated the version of JRE from Version 6 Update 7 to Version 6 Update 10. There is no mention of the changes and the sudden jump from 7 to 10. The only thing mentioned during installation is JavaFX.

During installation on a computer running Windows XP SP3, it encountered the error as shown. This is puzzling as there is no other installation going on at the same time. But, it worked on another computer running Windows Vista SP1.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Australian APC Magazine November 2008

  1. gPhone vs iPhone
  2. Networking: go beyond the manual

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

PC Advisor December 2008

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Welcome to Windows 7
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo WinOptimizer Advanced 2009
  2. StuffIt Standard 11 Windows

Monday, October 20, 2008

PC Pro December 2008

  1. Google Chrome: The complete guide
  2. How to land a top tech job
  3. My life with Linux
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Burning Studio 2009

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Updating Adobe Flash Player

Version of Adobe Flash Player has been released with clickjacking fix. I've no problem updating twice on a computer running Windows XP SP3 with IE 6 and Mozilla Firefox 3.0.3. The update can be applied over the existing Adobe Flash Player

But, on another computer running Windows Vista SP1 with IE 7, it failed as shown. Uninstalling the older version of Adobe Flash Player as advised online also did not work. In the end, I've to download the new update manually and install.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Disk Wiping Software

A bootable CD can be created from all software and the free Darik's Boot & Nuke can even be booted from a USB flash drive. After wiping, the disks can be recycled or reused.

Darik's Boot & Nuke

Iolo DriveScrubber

Paragon Disk Wiper
Data Wiping Methods
1, 3, 7, 8 or 35 passes

1, 7 or 35 passes

Paragon's algorithm or create own mask & pass

Wipe options
Wipe from start to end
Show %, runtime & remaining
Show progress bar with % & time remaining
Show progress bar, time elapsed & time to finish
Supported disks
Speed - time to wipe 20GB IDE HDD with 1 pass & no verify
12 mins
13 mins 50 mins

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mobile Broadband Modem

All modems are white in color.


72.15 x 25.70 x 12.20mm
less than 40g
80 x 26 x 10mm

69 x 27 x 12mm

Download up to 7.2Mbps
Download up to 7.2Mbps
Upload up to 5.76Mbps
Download up to 7.2Mbps
Upload up to 384kbps
Download Firmware
Built-in MicroSD
OS Support
Mac OS X 10.3/10.4/10.5
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Mac OS X 10.5
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Mac OS X 10.5

Monday, October 13, 2008

Acer LCD Monitors

The response time of P194W and P223W is 5ms whereas P244W is 2ms. All LCD monitors have analog/DVI with HDCP interface.

P194W (19")
P223W (22")
P244W (24")
1440 x 900
1680 x 1050 1920 x 1200
Brightness (cd/sq m)
300 400
High Contrast Ratio
2500:1 20,000:1
Trade-in Price with old monitor/LCD
$309 $429

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Australian PC User November 2008

  1. Rip and Go
  2. Huge Gadget Guide
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Serif WebPlus 8

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Preventing Clickjacking in Adobe Flash Player

Adobe has published a security advisory regarding "Clickjacking" issue in Adobe Flash Player.

You can check your version and apply the workaround as shown.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Personal Computer World December 2008

  1. Fix your laptop
  2. Clone your PC
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Serif PagePlus 9
  2. Paragon Drive Backup Express Pro 9

Friday, October 3, 2008

Australian PC Authority November 2008

  1. Mobile Broadband
  2. Computers in Space
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Paragon Hard Disk Manager 8.5 SE
  2. Iolo DriveSrubber 3.5

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Optus Pre-Paid Wireless Broadband

In Australia, you can purchase a minimum AUD$30 voucher with Optus SIM card for pre-paid wireless broadband if you already have Huawei E169 or E220 USB modem. Alternatively, you can buy the pre-paid bundled starter pack for AUD$199 and receive an Optus E169 USB modem, SIM card and 1GB of data.
  1. Buy the voucher at Optus, Woolworths, Coles or Dick Smith store
  2. Activate service online
  3. Check your available data balance and remaining SMS by sending the word ‘balance’ via SMS to 9999. You will receive a replay SMS confirming your available data allowance and how many free standard SMS you have remaining.
  4. Re-charge online using voucher
Your first 30MB of usage per day will be charged at 10MB. The downside is that usage after this will be counted in 10MB increments or part thereof and includes both uploads and downloads.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.2 Crashed

Today, I can't use Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition 3.0.2 after switching on my computer. It crashed for no reason. Choosing the option to Quit Firefox or Restart Firefox does not help.

Since Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition 3.0.3 is released, I upgraded the browser and the problem is resolved.