Friday, July 31, 2009

Adobe Flash Player 10.0.32.18

Adobe has released a security update to its flash player. This will fix vulnerabilities that could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

After update, you can change the default settings using Settings Manager :
  1. Global Privacy Settings Panel - Always deny
  2. Global Storage Settings Panel - None & Never Ask Again
  3. Global Security Settings Panel - Always deny
  4. Website Privacy Settings Panel - Always deny
  5. Website Storage Settings Panel - None & Never Ask Again

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Aztech 3G Mobile Broadband Wireless Router

Aztech has launched its 3G mobile broadband wireless router HW550-3G at a very affordable price of $99 with 2 years warranty. This beats the pricings of other 3G wireless routers.

In addition, it is a 4 port wireless N (300Mbps) router with print and storage servers function. Even though it supports WPA2, it is not Wi-Fi certified. I've tested it working with Huawei E169 and E220 USB modems. You can even use a USB hub to connect a printer and 3G modem together.

You can change password, upgrade firmware and it has the important features and good to have features. But, MAC address filtering is only partially configurable with the latest firmware 201.106.1-032.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hakin9 July - August 2009

Features
  1. Introduction to computer forensics
  2. Introduction to computer cryptography
Cover CD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Lavasoft Registry Tuner (90-days trial)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Australian PC User August 2009

Features
  1. Best TVs Revealed
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Music Studio 2009
  2. TuneUp Utilities 2008

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Australian APC Magazine August 2009

Features
  1. Windows 7 Hardware Guide
  2. Touchscreen Smartphones

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mozilla Firefox 3.5.1

The latest release fixed several security issues:

MFSA 2009-41 Corrupt JIT state after deep return from native function

MFSA 2009-35 Crash and remote code execution during Flash player unloading

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

PC Pro September 2009

Features
  1. Why bother with 64-bit Windows?
  2. The ten rules of building a small business network
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. O&O SafeErase 3
  2. O&O UnErase 2

Monday, July 20, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Australian APC Magazine July 2009

Features
  1. Windows Boot Camp
  2. Best Netbooks
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. 1-abc File Encryptor 2

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

PC Advisor September 2009

Features
  1. Most Trusted Security Suites
  2. What Google Knows About You
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 (6-month licence) - Free Upgrade to Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 or Kaspersky Internet Security 2010
  2. Ashampoo Burning Studio 2009
  3. Lavasoft Registry Tuner

Monday, July 13, 2009

LG LCD TV Monitor

I bought this 22" LG LCD TV monitor M228WA for 2 purposes - connecting PC and watching TV. It has a resolution of 1680 x 1050, brightness 300 cd/sq m and contrast ratio 1000:1. There is also D-Sub (VGA) and DVI connections to a PC. For TV, you can connect via antenna, RCA, S-Video or component cable. It costs $399 with 3 years on-site warranty.

Since my PC has dual display inputs - VGA/HDMI or VGA/DVI, I can connect to 2 monitors, one via VGA and the other via DVI using this monitor. I tested connecting via HDMI to another LCD TV and it is blurred unlike VGA or DVI.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

3G Wireless Router

Having a mobile broadband 3G USB modem is good enough for one user. But if you need to share with other users, then you'll need a 3G wireless router which is more expensive than a wireless router. D-Link DIR-451 costs $299 whereas Zyxel NBG412W3G costs $229.

Zyxel 3G router is Wi-Fi b/g certified with WPA2 and is compatible with Huawei E169, E170, E220 & E270 USB modems. You can disable remote management, change password, upgrade firmware and it has the important features and good to have features. It comes with 3 years warranty and you can even check your warranty period online.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Asus Express Gate 1.4.6.9

The following applications is available in Asus Express Gate 1.4.6.9:
  1. Web Browser 0.9.3.04 (supports Adobe Flash 10.0.0.569 but not Sun JRE)
  2. Skype version 2.0.0.72 (supports video)
  3. Photo Manager 1.0
  4. Chat Instant Messenger 0.9.59.9671
  5. Online Games
Only the web browser and chat have changed since version 1.3.3.1. The other improvement is you can export your bookmarks in Internet Explorer and Firefox using Express Gate Configuration Tool as shown.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Australian PC Authority August 2009

Features
  1. The 101 greatest websites you've never seen
  2. Affordable laptops tested
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. East-Tec Backup 2008

Monday, July 6, 2009

Asus Express Gate 1.3.3.1

I just found out that Asus Express Gate 1.4.6.9 is available to download for my budget test PC with Asus M2N68-VM motherboard. The version which comes with the motherboard's DVD is 1.3.3.1. Since there is no mention of the changes and I can't find the differences online, the only way to find out is to install this new version.

The following applications is available in Asus Express Gate 1.3.3.1:
  1. Web Browser 0.9.2.12
  2. Skype version 2.0.0.72 (supports video)
  3. Photo Manager 1.0
  4. Chat Instant Messenger 0.9.0.0
  5. Online Games

Friday, July 3, 2009

Wired Print Server for Wireless Printing

In my previous post, I mentioned that you don't need a wireless print server for wireless printing. I tested this wired print server TP-Link TL-PS110U ($78) for USB printer. Even wireless users can print to the same printer when the wired print server is connected to a wireless router.

TP-Link also has other models - TL-PS110P for parallel printer, TL-PS210U for USB multi-function printer (print, scan, fax, copy) and TL-PS310U for USB multi-function printer with storage server. If you still need a wireless print server, TP-Link also has TL-WPS510U.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mozilla Firefox 3.5

I installed this latest version and the browser crashed many times for no reason. In terms of security, there is no improvement except for private browsing mode. But, you can also manually configure the previous version Mozilla Firefox 3.0.11 to do the same thing.

I'll advise not using this new version until Mozilla has fixed its bugs.