Thursday, April 30, 2009

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

Downloaded and installed the free full version of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 successfully on Lenovo Z61t running Windows 7 Beta.

Within Virtual PC 2007, the option for hardware-assisted virtualization is not available. According to Intel, the processor on Z61t which is Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 does not support Intel Virtualization Technology. But on further checking revealed that it is supported. Also in the BIOS, there is no option for Intel Virtualization Technology. Using another tool SecurAble confirmed that the processor does not support hardware virtualization. The conclusion is it does not matter whether your processor or BIOS support virtualization for Virtual PC 2007 to work.

Next, I tested installing Windows XP in the virtual environment. It took almost an hour to get Windows XP up and running. As shown, I can run IE 6.0 SP3 in Windows XP simultaneously with IE 8 in Windows 7 Beta. This is useful to run those software applications that are still not supported in Windows 7 Beta.

However, you can't expand to full screen in Windows XP and the maximum screen resolution is 1024 x 768 even though Windows 7 Beta runs in 1440 x 900 mode. Also, the date and time in Windows XP don't correspond to the date and time in Windows 7 Beta.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

PC Advisor July 2009

  1. Is your web browser fit for business?
  2. People-search engines: what the web knows about you
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Magical Snap 2.0

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.10

The latest release fixed a security issue:

MFSA 2009-23 Crash in nsTextFrame::ClearTextRun()

Monday, April 27, 2009

Australian APC Magazine May 2009

  1. Windows on USB
  2. iPod your home

Friday, April 24, 2009

Budget Intel 64-bit CPU Desktop PC

Compaq Presario CQ2019AP ($599)
  1. Intel Atom 230 CPU (1.6GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 533MHz Hyper Threading)
  2. Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic
  4. 160GB Hard Drive
  5. 6-in-1 Digital Media Reader
  6. SuperMulti DVD+/-RW SATA Drive with LightScribe Technology and Double Layer Support
  7. 18.5" LCD widescreen monitor
  1. Windows Vista (32-bit)
  2. Windows Vista (64-bit)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

The latest release fixed several security issues:

MFSA 2009-22 Firefox allows Refresh header to redirect to javascript: URIs

MFSA 2009-21 POST data sent to wrong site when saving web page with embedded frame

MFSA 2009-20 Malicious search plugins can inject code into arbitrary sites

MFSA 2009-19 Same-origin violations in XMLHttpRequest and XPCNativeWrapper.toString

MFSA 2009-18 XSS hazard using third-party stylesheets and XBL bindings

MFSA 2009-17 Same-origin violations when Adobe Flash loaded via view-source: scheme

MFSA 2009-16 jar: scheme ignores the content-disposition: header on the inner URI

MFSA 2009-15 URL spoofing with box drawing character

MFSA 2009-14 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Australian PC User May 2009

  1. Extend your netbook battery life
  2. Ultimate burning guide

Monday, April 20, 2009

Personal Computer World June 2009

  1. Home Media Network Superguide
  2. Multi-booting Guide
Cover CD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Paragon Hard Disk Manager 8.5
  2. TuneUp Utilities 2008

Friday, April 17, 2009

Computer Shopper June 2009

  1. Create a home network
  2. Save money on printer inks
  3. Publish your own book
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 (100-days)
  2. Steganos Safe One

Thursday, April 16, 2009

PC Pro June 2009

  1. eBay exposed
  2. 3D: Coming to a screen near you
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Paragon Drive Copy 2009
  2. Paragon Disk Wiper 7 Personal
  3. Paragon Partition Manager 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Securing Router

According to DroneBL, a recent botnet worm called "psyb0t" has been affecting routers connected to Internet.

Your router is only vulnerable if:
  1. Your router is a mipsel (MIPS running in little-endian mode, this is what the worm is compiled for) device.
  2. Your router also has telnet, SSH or web-based interfaces available to the WAN, and
  3. Your username and password combinations are weak, OR the daemons that your firmware uses are exploitable.
To mitigate the above risks, look for the following features when choosing a router:
  1. disable remote management
  2. change password
  3. upgradeable firmware
Other important features are:
  1. change SSID
  2. MAC address filtering
  3. Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall. Run a ShieldsUP test for Common Ports and All Service Ports to check all ports are stealth
  4. disable DHCP if unnecessary
  5. disable uPnP if unnecessary
  6. change DNS servers to openDNS
Other good to have features are:
  1. Block ping from WAN
  2. restrict to 802.11g mode only if all your devices can support it

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

PC Advisor June 2009

  1. Scams, Tricks and Swindles
  2. Make Free Web Calls
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Avira Premium Security Suite 2009 (6-month licence)
  2. Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2009 (90-days licence)
  3. Serif PagePlus 9.0

Monday, April 13, 2009

Inaccurate Battery Wear Meter

On my Lenovo IdeaPad S10, I've installed BatteryBar for more than a month. The readings for Battery Wear were erratic 0.2%, 0.3%, 2.1%, 2.2%, 2.3%, 0.7%, 2.3%, 2.4%, 2.2%, 2.3%, 0%, 2.5% and lately to 0.1%.

Does it mean my battery is getting better with time? I don't think so.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Error in JRE Version 6 Update 13

The latest version running in Windows 7 Beta resulted in an error while visiting its own website.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

PDF Readers

I've stopped using Acrobat Reader for quite a while because it is bloated and slow. My favorite is Foxit Reader 2.3 for Windows. Foxit has also released Reader 3.0 for Windows with more features that I didn't need. After installation, you can copy the files in your installed directory to a USB flash drive and run Foxit Reader on any computer. You can't disable auto update but your third party firewall should prevent it. Also, for privacy reason, you can remove the list of files opened using CCleaner.

Another alternative is Sumatra PDF which does not require any installation. You can disable auto update but you can't remove the list of files opened. During testing, I encountered "Couldn't render the page" error while opening a pdf file as shown.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro Anniversary Edition

I downloaded the 30 day trial version of Ad-Aware Pro Anniversary Edition from Lavasoft. After installation, it showed Ad-Aware Free Anniversary Edition instead of Ad-Aware Pro Anniversary Edition. Managed to run a Web Update successfully.

Also, according to the product comparison, Ad-Watch Live! Basic which provides real-time process protection should be available for Ad-Aware Free but it is turned off as shown for processes even though it is activated by default in the Settings.

So it seems Lavasoft does not want you to test the Ad-Watch function and malware protection. Ad-Aware Free does not provide any real-time protection.

Monday, April 6, 2009

CCleaner 2.18.878

The changes are as follows:
- Added support for Internet Explorer 8.
- Improved Wipe Free Space routines.
- Improved internal communication between threads.
- Escape key no longer closes CCleaner.
- Added scrolling to Options screen.
- Added support for multiple DetectFile options in INI files.
- Fixed bug when clicking links to navigate to URL.
- Fixed Win98 progress bar problem.
- Fixed repaint problem on Options screen when resizing.
- Minor GUI bugs fixed.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Anti-malware for Windows 7 Beta

Microsoft has updated the list of anti-malware software for Windows 7 Beta. Now, it includes McAfee, Panda, Trend Micro and F-Secure.

Surprisingly, Avira is not included in the list. So far, only AVG, Avira and Norton are the only non-beta products which support Windows 7 Beta.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Australian PC Authority May 2009

  1. Secure your PC
  2. Tame your inbox
  3. Boost your battery life
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Avira Premium Security Suite (90-days licence)