Monday, December 13, 2010

PC Pro February 2011

Features
  1. Tablets buyer's guide
  2. 10 pieces of software that changed the world
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. BullGuard Internet Security 2010 (6-month licence)
  2. DiskAnalyzer Pro

Friday, December 10, 2010

PC Advisor February 2011

Features
  1. 51 brilliant Windows tips
  2. 15 biggest web dangers
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. AVG Anti-virus 2011
  2. 1-abc.net Hard Drive Washer 4.0
  3. Paragon System Backup 2010 SE
  4. Webroot Internet Security Complete 2011
  5. WebSite X5 Smart 8.0

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Comparing Privacy & Security of Android 1.5 Free Browsers

The following browsers support Android 1.5 (Cupcake) & above and can run as desktop/PC mode. Only 2 browsers support private browsing for clearing cache & history on exit but not cookies. Even the free Mercury & Atomic Lite browsers on Apple iOS platform have the private browsing option to clear history & cookies on exit.

Browser
Dolphin 3.1.1
Skyfire
2.3.3.19663
Beta
xScope
5.34
Opera Mobile
10.1 Beta

Private Browsing
Cache
History
Cache
No
No
Privacy
Clear cache,
passwords,
history,
cookies,
form data &
location access
Clear cache,
passwords,
history,
cookies,
form data &
location access
Clear cache,
passwords,
history,
cookies &
form data
Clear cache,
passwords,
history,
cookies &
shared location
Disable
Javascript
Yes
Yes
No
No
Disable
Plug-ins
No
Yes
No
No
Disable
Cookies
Yes
Yes No Yes
Block
Pop-up Windows
Yes
Yes
No
No

Monday, December 6, 2010

Australian PC & Tech Authority January 2011

Features
  1. Best Tech Buyer's Guide
  2. Leading Your Digital Life
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Anti-Malware 1.2.1

Friday, December 3, 2010

Australian APC Magazine December 2010

Features
  1. Win7 Power Guide
  2. Windows Phone 7 versus: Android iPhone Blackberry Symbian
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Invisible Secrets 4

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Australian PC User January 2011

Features
  1. Ultimate Tech Buyer's Guide
  2. Android tips & tricks
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. PC User RockDroid
  2. eScan Internet Security 2011 (6-month licence)
  3. Paragon System Backup 2010 Special Edition
  4. Ashampoo Internet Accelerator 3.2

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Adobe Flash Player 10.1.102.64

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.

You can get the latest update from the Flash Player Download Center which will also install Adobe Download Manager. If you want to bypass Adobe Download Manager, you can manually download the following:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Patch Tuesday November 2010

Microsoft has released the following security updates for Windows XP :

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - November 2010 (KB890830)

Friday, November 12, 2010

PC Advisor January 2011

Features
  1. Speed up your PC
  2. Tech myths exposed
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. O&O MediaRecovery 4
  2. G Data TotalCare 2011

Thursday, November 11, 2010

PC Pro January 2011

Features
  1. The ultimate guide to internet TV
  2. When computers go wrong
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. SafeBit Disk Encryption
  2. Kingston Office 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Australian PC User December 2010

Features
  1. Mobile mania
  2. Tablet wars
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. PC User RockPod 4
  2. Ashampoo Magical Uninstall 2

Monday, November 8, 2010

Australian PC Authority December 2010

Features
  1. 50 expert tech tips
  2. Is your computer killing you?
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Avira Premium Security Suite Version 10 (3 month licence)
  2. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6

Thursday, November 4, 2010

7-inch 800 x 480 Android 2.1 Eclair Tablets Comparison

Vendor
Huawei Ideos Tablet
S7

ZTE
V9
Creative
ZiiO 7"

Archos 70 Internet Tablet
Processor
Qualcomm
Snapdragon
768MHz
Qualcomm
MSM7227
600MHz
ZiiLabs ZMS-08 1GHz TI
OMAP
3630
1GHz
Memory 512MB 512MB 512MB
512MB
Internal Storage/
External Storage
256MB
175MB free
up to
16GB microSD
512MB
up to 32GB microSD
8GB or 16GB
up to 32GB microSD
8GB or 250GB
up to
32GB
microSD
Battery/
Wi-Fi

2200mAh
Certified WPA2 bgn for model S7-105
3400mAh
Certified WPA2 bg
5000mAh
WPA2 bg
?
bgn
Touch screen/
Dimensions/
Weight

Resistive
209 x 108 x 15.5mm
500g
Resistive
190 x 110 x 13mm
350g
Resistive
207.4 x 133 x 13.7mm
400g
Capacitive
201 x 114 x 10mm
300g
Price/
Warranty

Telstra T-Touch Tab
A$299
2 years
Optus My Tab
A$269
1 year
From
A$299.95
1 year
From
US$275
1 year

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Australian APC Magazine November 2010

Features
  1. The tricks & tools of tech experts
  2. Programming for smartphones
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. NetObjects Fusion 10
  2. Ashampoo Snap 3
  3. 1-abc.net File Washer 3.0

Monday, November 1, 2010

Australian APC Magazine October 2010

Features
  1. Best-ever upgrades
  2. Android smartphones
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 Advanced
  2. Backup4all Lite
  3. 1-abc.net Synchronizer

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Running Android on Acer Aspire One Netbook

There are 3 options:
  1. You can download Android 1.6 and even test it without installing with a CD or USB flash drive. I've tried on my Acer Aspire One AOA110 and it works including wi-fi.
  2. Get Acer Aspire One D255 which comes with dual boot Windows 7 Starter and Android 1.06.00.0113 or 1.06.00.0115
  3. Get Acer Aspire One Happy which comes with dual boot Windows 7 Starter and Android 1.06.00.0115, 1.09.00.0118 or 1.09.00.0120
Even though there is no Android Market access, you can still download and install third party apps.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

PC Pro December 2010

Features
  1. Who will win the battle for control of the web?
  2. eBook readers
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. BitDefender Total Security 2011 (6 month licence)

Monday, October 18, 2010

PC Advisor December 2010

Features
  1. 150 best software apps
  2. Google: friendly giant, benevolent despot?
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. BitDefender Internet Security 2011 (6 month licence)
  2. iolo Search and Recover 5.2 (6 month licence)
  3. Lavasoft Privacy Tool Box
  4. NetObjects Fusion 10
  5. Serif PagePlus Starter Edition

Friday, October 15, 2010

Australian PC Authority November 2010

Features
  1. Killer tech for your TV
  2. The tablets are coming
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Photo Commander 7
  2. Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Australian PC User November 2010

Features
  1. Cutting edge burning tricks
  2. Huge digital video guide
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. PC User Video Toolkit
  2. Ashampoo Anti-Malware 1.2
  3. Wondershare Photo Collage Studio 4.2
  4. Serif PagePlus Starter Edition

Friday, October 1, 2010

Samsung Galaxy 3 GT-I5801

Bought Samsung Galaxy 3 GT-I5801 aka Samsung Apollo Android OS 2.1 (Eclair) mobile phone. It has 3MP, 2048х1536 pixels and autofocus camera. There is also a built-in GPS for geo-tagging and navigation.

Hard Reset

*2767*3855#

or

Tap Applications> Settings > System > Privacy > Factory data reset > Reset phone

Dial Codes
  1. Diagnostics - *#0*#
  2. IMEI - *#06#
  3. Vibration/Back Light/Alert LED test - *#0842#
  4. Sound test - *#0673#
  5. Battery - *#0228#
  6. FTA SW Version - *#1111#
  7. SW Version - *#1234#

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Garmin Asus nuvifone M10

Bought Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional Garmin Asus nuvifone M10 PDA mobile phone. It has 5MP, 2592х1944 pixels and autofocus camera. A vehicle power cable and suction cup mount are bundled.

Hard Reset
  1. Hold Power button to turn off phone
  2. Hold Send key, volume down & power button until message appears
  3. Press on Send key to delete all settings and files in system or do nothing to abort
or
  1. Press Start menu key > Settings > System > Default Settings
  2. Enter "1234" to restore default settings
Configure Opera
  1. Type “opera:config” in the URL
  2. Under Disk Cache, select Empty on Exit
  3. Under User Prefs, deselect Enable Referrer

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Australian APC Magazine September 2010

Features
  1. Streaming secrets
  2. Inside the internet filter
  3. Hotmail Wave 4 Versus Gmail
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. 1-abc.net Surf Trail Washer
  2. novaPDF Lite Desktop 7.1
  3. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6
  4. B-free MoneyManager (12-month licence)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Australian PC Authority October 2010

Features
  1. Android attacks!
  2. Protect your PC against electricity spikes
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. BitDefender Total Security 2010 (6 month licence)
  2. Quicken Personal Plus 2010 (6 month licence)
  3. Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Australian PC User October 2010

Features
  1. Self Help Tech Guide
  2. How to use UserOS Select 10.04
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. PC User UserOS Select 10.04
  2. Easeus Data Recovery Wizard 4.3.6

Friday, September 17, 2010

PC Pro November 2010

Features
  1. Online banks: is your money safe?
  2. Is your computer killing you?
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010
  2. Serif PagePlus Starter Edition
  3. Agnitum Outpost Security Suite Pro (6-month licence)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

PC Advisor November 2010

Features
  1. How to get 100Mbps broadband
  2. Web browsers compared
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Panda Antivirus 2011 (3 month licence)
  2. Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security (5 month licence)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

G Data Internet Security 2011

G Data Internet Security 2011 unique feature is its DoubleScan technology. This uses two independent detection engines to scan suspect files. Engine A (Bitdefender) offers very good detection and very good perfomance while Engine B (Avast) offers good detection and optimum performance.

You can do a custom install to disable firewall if you've your own third party firewall. A bootCD can even be created to remove malware when your PC is not bootable.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Wing Linux 0.4.2

Since I've an old Qtek 9100 (aka HTC Wizard), I decided to try out Wing Linux. It will dual boot your existing Windows Mobile 5 Professional and run Android 1.5. The latest release is 0.4.2 and you can install as follows:
  1. Download wing-linux-0.4.2.zip and unzip the file to a directory
  2. Copy the directory to a miniSD card with minimum 256B of free space
  3. Power on Qtek 9100 and insert the miniSD card
  4. Use File Explorer to access Storage Card and run wing-linux-0.4.2-rootfs.cab & install to Storage Card
  5. Run wing-linux-0.4.2-wizard.cab & install to Storage Card
  6. Click on Start -> Programs -> Wing Linux and follow instructions to install
After installation, click on Start -> Programs -> Wing Linux. On HaRET Version 0.5.2 screen, tap Run and wait for Android to boot.

The Menu key is the button above the end call button. You can check what is working and what is not working. To shutdown, press & hold end call button and tap Power off. Next tap Ok. This will reboot the phone and starts Windows Mobile.

You can run Android with or without a SIM card. Sometimes, even with a SIM card, GSM may not work (without signal bars at the top) and you'll need to restart to get it working. Numbers can be dialed but there is no dial tone or audio and there is no ring tone when being called. These make it quite useless as a phone. But, nevertheless, it is excellent efforts by the developers and I'm looking forward to future releases.

Monday, August 16, 2010

PC Advisor October 2010

Features
  1. Facebook exposed
  2. Ultimate upgrades
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version
  1. G Data Internet Security 2011 (90-day licence)
  2. Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC (12-month licence)
  3. iObit Advanced SystemCare Pro (12-month licence)
  4. East-Tec Eraser 2010 (6-month licence)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

PC Pro October 2010

Features
  1. Windows 7 vs Ubuntu 10.04
  2. Perfect photo prints
  3. Should internet slackers be sacked?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Australian PC User September 2010

Features
  1. Privacy Secrets
  2. Audio Superguide
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. PC User Audio Toolkit
  2. Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 Advanced

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Adding Encrypted Google Search in Firefox Search Bar

You can add Google SSL beta search in Firefox search bar by using this add-on.

The downsides are McAfee SiteAdvisor will not work in the search results and search suggestions will not work when "Show search suggestions" option is activated.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Australian PC Authority September 2010

Features
  1. Broadband unleashed!
  2. iPhone 4: The facts
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Bullguard Internet Security 9.0 (6 month licence)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Australian APC Magazine August 2010

Features
  1. Turn your iPod touch into an iPhone
  2. 4G: Next-gen wireless

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mozilla Firefox 3.5.11

The latest release fixed several security issues :

MFSA 2010-47 Cross-origin data leakage from script filename in error messages

MFSA 2010-46 Cross-domain data theft using CSS

MFSA 2010-45 Multiple location bar spoofing vulnerabilities

MFSA 2010-42 Cross-origin data disclosure via Web Workers and importScripts

MFSA 2010-41 Remote code execution using malformed PNG image

MFSA 2010-40 nsTreeSelection dangling pointer remote code execution vulnerability

MFSA 2010-39 nsCSSValue::Array index integer overflow

MFSA 2010-37 Plugin parameter EnsureCachedAttrParamArrays remote code execution vulnerability

MFSA 2010-36 Use-after-free error in NodeIterator

MFSA 2010-35 DOM attribute cloning remote code execution vulnerability

MFSA 2010-34 Miscellaneous memory safety hazards (rv:1.9.2.7/ 1.9.1.11)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Budget 3.2MP Camera Phone - Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C510

Bought Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C510 for RM480 with charger, USB data cable, earphone, screen protector and 2GB M2 card. This is a 3G phone with 3.2MP camera, autofocus, dual LED flash, 2.2" display, bluetooth and FM radio.

  • Check stuck pixels
Close camera cover and activate camera
  • Check IMEI - serial number
*#06#
  • Check firmware
From standby select Menu > Settings > the General tab > Update service > Software version
  • Check service info, service settings, service tests & text labels
-> * <- <- * <- * If your phone has not been used before, total call time in service tests will show 00:00:00. This value cannot be changed with reset all. You can perform diagnostics on main display, LED/illumination, keyboard, speaker, earphone, microphone, vibrating alert, camera, video call camera, flash LED, accelerometer, memory card, FM radio & real time clock
  • Perform 'Reset settings' - Deletes all settings but user data eg contacts, messages, pictures, sounds and downloaded games will not be deleted
From standby select Menu > Settings > the General tab > Master reset > Reset settings
  • Perform 'reset all' - Deletes all settings and user data eg contacts, messages, pictures, sounds and games
From standby select Menu > Settings > the General tab > Master reset > Reset all
  • Check battery status
From standby press volume key or select Menu > Settings > the General tab > Phone status

Monday, July 19, 2010

PC Pro September 2010

Features
  1. The best music download sites
  2. Buy a tech treat from abroad
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Paragon System Backup 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Australian PC User August 2010

Features
  1. Social networking secrets
  2. Web hosting guide
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. PC User Perfect PC
  2. PC User YouGrab 3
  3. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 6

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Australian PC Authority August 2010

Features
  1. Is the best PC a Mac?
  2. 22in monitor shootout

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mozilla Firefox 3.5.10

The latest release fixed several security issues :

MFSA 2010-33 User tracking across sites using Math.random()

MFSA 2010-32 Content-Disposition: attachment ignored if Content-Type: multipart also present

MFSA 2010-31 focus() behavior can be used to inject or steal keystrokes

MFSA 2010-30 Integer Overflow in XSLT Node Sorting

MFSA 2010-29 Heap buffer overflow in nsGenericDOMDataNode::SetTextInternal

MFSA 2010-28 Freed object reuse across plugin instances

MFSA 2010-27 Use-after-free error in nsCycleCollector::MarkRoots()

MFSA 2010-26 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.9.2.4/ 1.9.1.10)

MFSA 2010-25 Re-use of freed object due to scope confusion

Friday, July 2, 2010

PC Advisor September 2010

Features
  1. Web privacy: a thing of the past?
  2. Make Windows 7 faster
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Photo Commander

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Adobe Flash Player 10.1.53.64

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.

You can get the latest update from the Flash Player Download Center which will also install Adobe Download Manager. If you want to bypass Adobe Download Manager, you can manually download the following:

Friday, June 18, 2010

Budget Navigation Phone - Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition

Bought Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition for $209. This is a non-smartphone running the latest S40 6th Edition. It is a 2G quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) phone with 2MP camera, 2.2" display, bluetooth, FM radio and GPS.

It comes with lifetime global drive and walk navigation license with Nokia Maps 2.1 (Series 40) and the bundled 2GB microSD card contains maps for countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Australia etc. In drive mode, turn-by-turn voice navigation is supported while in walk mode, a digital compass is available.
  • Check stuck pixels
Activate camera and cover the lens with your hand
  • Check IMEI - serial number
*#06#
  • Check firmware
*#0000#
  • Check history - serial number, made date, purchasing date, repaired date & life timer.
*#92702689#

If your phone has not been used before, life timer will show 0000:00. This value cannot be changed with restore all.
  • Perform 'Settings only' will reset all preference settings. Restoring will not delete any personal data.
Enter *#7780# in the standby mode
Enter 12345 as the default Security code

or

Press Menu > Settings > Rest. fact. sett. > Settings only
Enter 12345 as the default Security code
  • Perform hard reset (Backup your contacts to SIM or memory card and messages to memory card and remove them first. Programs installed, country, date, time & connection settings, contacts, messages will be deleted)
Press Menu > Settings > Rest. fact. sett. > All
Enter 12345 as the default Security code

  • Check date & time
Press any key to look at home screen while the phone is locked

or

Press End key while the phone is locked

or

With the built-in accelerometer, use tap-for-time – a double tap on the phone brings up a analog/digital clock

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Australian APC Magazine July 2010

Features
  1. Netbook Buying Guide
  2. Portable Wi-Fi

Monday, June 7, 2010

Australian PC User July 2010

Features
  1. Protect your PC
  2. 30 pages of tips
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Bullguard Internet Security 9.0 (6-month licence)
  2. PC User Perfect PC

Friday, June 4, 2010

Australian PC Authority July 2010

Features
  1. 50 free killer downloads
  2. Record digital TV on your PC
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Uninstaller 4

Thursday, June 3, 2010

PC Advisor August 2010

Features
  1. Who's got your personal data?
  2. Can Palm live on in tablet PCs?
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Bullguard Internet Security 9 (6-month licence)
  2. East-Tec Eraser 2010
  3. Lavasoft Ad-Aware Game Edition
  4. Iolo System Mechanic 9.5 (6-month licence)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Wireless in eJIFFY

Netgear WG111v2 Wireless USB adapter is supported in eJIFFY 1.1.4 without additional driver. It supports WPA2 but not static IP address so you need to configure DHCP server in your wireless router.

The chipset in WG111v2 is Realtek 8187L so any other wireless USB adapter using this chipset should also work.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

ECS eJIFFY 1.1.4

Asus has an instant-on application called Express Gate and now ECS has eJIFFY. It is a Linux based interface for a fast boot application. The following applications are available in eJIFFY 1.1.4:
  1. eWeb Browser 1.1 (supports Adobe Flash 10.0.32.18 but not Sun JRE)
  2. ePix 1.1 (Photo Manager)
  3. ePal 1.1 (Instant Messager)
  4. Multi-language input
eJIFFY is available for the budget ECS motherboard G41T-M which costs only $75.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Webroot Internet Security Essentials 90-Day Licence

You can get this 90-day licence from PC Advisor June 2010 magazine. It supports Windows XP/Vista/7.

It can detect all Eicar anti-malware files automatically during download for http and https except eicar.com.txt. But, it passed all Spycar tests.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Webroot Internet Security Essentials

You can download a 14 days free trial of this software from Webroot by providing your first name, last name and e-mail address.

The software consists of antivirus from Sophos, antispyware, firewall, backup and cleanup. You can use your own third party firewall by selecting "Allow ALL Traffic" in the firewall setting. The backup account needs to be created online.

Friday, May 14, 2010

PC Pro July 2010

Features
  1. Switch to 100Mbps broadband
  2. Inside the cockpit: mile-high computing
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. NetObjects Fusion 10
  2. BullGuard Internet Security 9

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Australian PC Authority June 2010

Features
  1. Ultraportables Vs Netbooks
  2. 101 Essential Phone Apps
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Acronis True Image Home 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Australian PC User June 2010

Features
  1. Hook up your home
  2. 50 hot new tips
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Photo Commander 7
  2. Serif DrawPlus 7
  3. PC User Perfect PC

Thursday, April 29, 2010

PC Advisor July 2010

Features
  1. 75 Best Free Apps
  2. Antivirus Group Test
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Avast Internet Security 5 (5-month licence)
  2. Iolo System Mechanic 9.5
  3. Ashampoo Uninstaller 2010
  4. O&O PartitionManager 2.0
  5. Paragon Backup & Recovery 10.0 Edition

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2

For those still using Adobe Flash, you can get the latest update from the Flash Player Download Center which will also install Adobe Download Manager. If you want to bypass Adobe Download Manager, you can manually download the full latest update.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6 Update 20

The latest version fixed several security vulnerabilities :

CVE-2010-0886 - Java Deployment Toolkit

CVE-2010-0887 - New Java Plug-in

Monday, April 19, 2010

PC Pro June 2010

Features
  1. Slates: Future or iFad?
  2. Photoshop forensics
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Norton Internet Security 2010 (6-months licence)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Australian APC Magazine May 2010

Features
  1. Detoxing Windows 7
  2. Ultra-thins - Better value than netbooks
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. East-Tec Eraser 2009
  2. Paragon Disk Wiper 10 Express

Monday, April 12, 2010

Australian PC User May 2010

Features
  1. Storage Superguide
  2. Big-Screen Burning
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. PC User TVrip

Friday, April 9, 2010

Australian PC Authority May 2010

Features
  1. Mobile broadband
  2. Smartphones do battle!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Australian PC User April 2010

Features
  1. 50 Best Freebies
  2. Broadband Bonanza
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. PC User UserOS Ultra 9.10
  2. Ashampoo Magical Defrag 2

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

PC Advisor June 2010

Features
  1. Laptops versus netbooks
  2. Speed up your broadband
  3. 3D: the next dimension
  4. That synching feeling
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 (90-day licence)
  2. Webroot Internet Security Essentials (90-day licence)
  3. TuneUp Utilities 2009
  4. Zoner Photo Studio Xpress 12.0

Monday, April 5, 2010

Mozilla Firefox 3.5.9

The latest release fixed several security issues :

MFSA 2010-24 XMLDocument::load() doesn't check nsIContentPolicy

MFSA 2010-23 Image src redirect to mailto: URL opens email editor

MFSA 2010-22 Update NSS to support TLS renegotiation indication

MFSA 2010-20 Chrome privilege escalation via forced URL drag and drop

MFSA 2010-19 Dangling pointer vulnerability in nsPluginArray

MFSA 2010-18 Dangling pointer vulnerability in nsTreeContentView

MFSA 2010-17 Remote code execution with use-after-free in nsTreeSelection

MFSA 2010-16 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.9.2.2/ 1.9.1.9/ 1.9.0.19)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rescue Bootable CD

If your computer is not bootable due to malware, what can you do? There are two solutions :
  1. Avira AntiVir Rescue System
  2. AVG Rescue CD
You can create a bootable CD from both solutions but Avira has the latest malware signatures already updated. For AVG, you can even create a bootable USB flash drive for netbook without DVD drive.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mobile Internet Devices

Model
Enso zenPad
Smart Devices SmartQ 5
Screen
5"
800x480
Touchscreen
4.3"
800x480
Touchscreen
Processor
Samsung S3C6410 ARM11 667MHz Samsung S3C6410 ARM11
667MHz
OS
Android 1.6
Ubuntu Linux
WinCE 6.0
Android
Memory/
Internal Storage/
External Storage
256MB
1GB
microSD
256MB
1GB
microSD
Wi-Fi/GPS
802.11a/b/g/n
Optional
802.11b/g
None
Price & Warranty
From US$155
2 years
From US$132
1 year

Monday, March 22, 2010

Running Windows XP Mode Without Hardware Assisted Virtualization

Microsoft has removed the need to have hardware assisted virtualization enabled in your PCs BIOS to run Windows XP mode. This means that Windows XP mode will work on all processors including netbook with Intel Atom CPU. You'll have to download Windows XP mode update (KB977206)

But, you'll require Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate. You can download Windows XP mode for free.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Australian APC Magazine April 2010

Features
  1. Download Secrets
  2. PC Forensics
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Office 2008
  2. Ashampoo Photo Commander 6
  3. 1-abc.net Backup 2.0

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Web SMS

You can send free SMS to all three telcos subscribers in Singapore. Only SingTel requires registration with valid e-mail account, full name, year of birth and mobile number to use this service.
  1. M1
  2. StarHub
  3. SingTel

Monday, March 15, 2010

PC Pro May 2010

Features
  1. 100 Best Apps
  2. Tech-aid in a disaster zone
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Serif WebPlus 9.1

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Budget Netbook or All-in-one PC



PROLiNK
Glee TA-009 Netbook
Viewsonic
VPC 100
Price $388/$439 $499
CPU Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
Intel Atom N270
1.6GHz
RAM 1GB/2GB
1GB
HDD 160GB
160GB
OS Windows 7 Starter Windows XP Home
Others
3 cell/6 cell
10.1" LED
18.5" LCD
8x DVD+/-RW

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

PC Advisor May 2010

Features
  1. Protect your PC
  2. All-in-one PCs
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. McAfee Total Protection 2010 (3-month licence)
  2. O&O CleverCache 6
  3. Ashampoo WinOptimizer Advanced 2010
  4. 1-abc.net Synchronizer 3

Monday, March 8, 2010

Netbook vs EeeBox

If you don't need the mobility of a netbook, you can get a EeeBox PC instead. Besides, not having a built-in LCD screen, keyboard or mouse, there are differences as follows:



Netbook
Asus EeeBox PC B202
Price $599 $438
CPU Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz or higher Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
RAM 1GB DDR2
max 2GB
1GB DDR2
HDD 160GB SATA or more 80GB SATA
OS Windows XP Home or Windows 7 Starter Windows XP Home with Express Gate
External monitor VGA
DVI

Friday, March 5, 2010

2.5" USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Disk Drives

Model

Seagate
FreeAgent Go

Western Digital
My Passport Essential

Buffalo MiniStation Lite
Hitachi
SimpleDRIVE Mini

Price 320GB
$99
320GB
$119
320GB
$99
320GB
$99
OS Support
Windows 7/Vista/XP
Windows Vista/XP
Mac
Windows Vista/XP/2000
Mac OS 10.2.7 or later
Windows Vista/XP
Warranty
5 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
Backup Software
FreeAgent
WD Sync Passport Synchronization
No
Yes
Diagnostics Software
SeaTools for Windows
Mac
Data Lifeguard for Windows
No
No
Encryption
Yes
No
Yes
No

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Australian PC Authority April 2010

Features
  1. Intel Vs AMD CPU Megatest
  2. Internet Security Suite 'torture test'
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Likno AllWebMenus Professional 5.2
  2. Firetrust MailWasher Pro 6.5.3
  3. Ashampoo Magical Defrag 2.34

Friday, February 26, 2010

Goodbye Skype for Windows Mobile & Welcome Skype for Symbian

The bad news is that Skype for Windows Mobile is no longer available for download. But, the good news is Skype now runs on Nokia Symbian phones.

You can download the application by visiting skype.com/m on your mobile phone. It will install automatically. I've tested the application on Nokia E63 and it works great.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mozilla Firefox 3.5.8

The latest release fixed several security issues :

MFSA 2010-05 XSS hazard using SVG document and binary Content-Type

MFSA 2010-04 XSS due to window.dialogArguments being readable cross-domain

MFSA 2010-03 Use-after-free crash in HTML parser

MFSA 2010-02 Web Worker Array Handling Heap Corruption Vulnerability

MFSA 2010-01 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.9.1.8/ 1.9.0.18)

Monday, February 22, 2010

PC Advisor April 2010

Features
  1. 50 ways to speed up Windows
  2. Old PCs: sell, replace or upgrade?
  3. Fix compatibility issues in Windows 7
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 (90-days licence) (Windows XP/Vista/7)
  2. O&O SafeErase 3.0 (Windows XP/Vista)
  3. Ashampoo Magical Defrag 2.34 (12-month licence) (Windows XP/Vista)
  4. IObit Advanced SystemCare Pro (12-month licence) (Windows XP/Vista/7)

Friday, February 19, 2010

PC Pro April 2010

Features
  1. The Mobile Broadband Con
  2. The Dark Side of the Web
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Paragon Rescue Kit 8.5 Professional

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Australian APC Magazine March 2010

Features
  1. Smartphones
  2. Why 3D will takeover
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Music Studio 2009
  2. Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010
  3. Uniblue Speed Up My PC 2009

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Acid3 Test

After looking at the interesting results from Touch web browser mega shootout, I decided to do the same Acid3 test with my devices. Here are the results:
  1. Apple iPod Touch 8GB running OS 3.1.2 (7D11) with default Mobile Safari (100/100). I'm surprised that it's better than iPhone 3GS/3G.
  2. PC running Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6 (93/100)
  3. Samsung Omnia SGH-i900 running Opera Mobile 9.5 Build 15746 (59/100)
  4. Samsung Omnia SGH-i900 running Windows Mobile 6.1 with default IE Mobile (Failed to run scripts)
  5. Nokia E63 running firmware 200.21.012 with default S60 Browser (Failed to run scripts)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Budget DVD Player

Since Astone media players are not able to playback original CSS-protected DVD Video, I bought Akira DVD Player PD-3228E for $34.90. It has USB input, progressive scan and LED Display with composite, S-video and component video.

Using a card reader, flash drive or hard disk drive with the USB port, you can play music (MP3) and photo (JPG). Video (VOB) can be played but without audio. You can even rip a music CD into MP3 files by connecting a flash drive or hard disk drive with the USB port.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Astone Media Players

Australian Astone has the most extensive range of media players available in the market. All the models can play music, video & photo and come with 2 x USB 2.0 port except AP-32B with 1 x USB 2.0 port.

* USB DVD-ROM doesn't support playback of CSS-protected DVD Video.


Model


AP-32B
AP-110D
AP-200 AP-300
Price $99
$149
$199
$189
USB Devices Support
Card reader, flash drive, hard disk drive Card reader, flash drive, hard disk drive, DVD-ROM* & Wi-Fi Dongle Card reader, flash drive, hard disk drive, DVD-ROM* & Wi-Fi Dongle Card reader, flash drive, hard disk drive, DVD-ROM* & Wi-Fi Dongle
Video
HD 1080i

Composite, Component & HDMI

VOB, Real RMVB, AVI, MPEG-4 etc
Full HD 1080p

Composite, & HDMI 1.3

VOB, Real HD, AVI, H.264 MPEG-4/AVC, MOV etc
Full HD 1080p

Composite, Component & HDMI 1.3

VOB, Real HD, AVI, H.264 MPEG-4/AVC, MOV etc
Full HD 1080p

Composite, Component & HDMI 1.3

VOB, Real HD, AVI, H.264 MPEG-4/AVC, MOV etc
Audio
L/R RCA

MP3, WMA etc
L/R S/PDIF, TOSLINK

dts 2.0+ Digital Out

MP3, WMA etc
L/R, S/PDIF

dts 2.0-HD 2.0ch Downlmix

MP3, WMA etc
L/R S/PDIF, TOSLINK

dts 2.0-HD 2.0ch Downlmix

MP3, WMA etc
LAN
No Yes Yes
Yes
Internal Hard Disk Support
No
No
Yes, 2.5" SATA
Yes, 3.5" SATA

Monday, February 8, 2010

Australian PC User March 2010

Features
  1. Windows 7 Tips & Tricks
  2. 50 Hot New Tech Tips
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Quicken Personal Plus 2010 (6-month licence)
  2. Ashampoo Office 2008
  3. PC Tools Spam Monitor 4 (12-month licence)
  4. eScan Internet Security (6-month licence)

Friday, February 5, 2010

CCleaner Portable 2.28.1091










The changes are as follows :
- Added support for custom locations for applications.
e.g. CustomLocation1=FIREFOX|C:\MyFirefox\Profile
- Improved detection and cleaning algorithm for new releases of
Mozilla based browsers.
- Added news tasks to W7 jumplist.
- Added new command line parameters: /CLEANER, /REGISTRY, /TOOLS
and /OPTIONS.
- Improved MUI cache cleaning for Vista and Windows 7.
- Added drive information to Wipe Free space status.
- Improved Wipe MFT free space routines.
- Improved W7 toolbar feedback.
- Improved several core processes and routines.
- Improved file search algorithm when recursing.
- Added support for cleaning Paint Shop Pro 12.
- Improved support for IZarc and Axialis IconWorkshop.
- Minor GUI tweaks.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Australian PC Authority March 2010

Features
  1. Everything on your TV
  2. Shoot like a Pro: Photo & Video Tips & Tricks
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Paragon System Backup 2010
  2. Uniblue DiskRescue 2009

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

PC Advisor March 2010

Features
  1. 2010 antivirus: the verdict
  2. Google: Chrome OS
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Norton Antivirus 2010 (3-month)
  2. Ashampoo Slideshow Studio 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Australian APC Magazine February 2010

Features
  1. Best Laptops for Windows 7
  2. Best Tech
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010
  2. Ashampoo Magical Snap 2
  3. 1-abc.net Startup Booster 2.0

Monday, February 1, 2010

Comparing Apple OS, Windows Mobile & Symbian OS

Mobile OS

Apple
3.1.2 (7D11)

Microsoft Windows Mobile 6
Symbian S60 3rd Edition FP1
Hardware
Need to connect to iTunes before use
Can be tested before purchase
Can be tested before purchase
Restore/ Hard reset
Need access to Internet & iTunes before use
No need access to Internet or PC No need access to Internet or PC
POP e-mail
Need to store password. Cannot delete e-mails from server immediately No need to store password
No need to store password. Can delete e-mails from server immediately. Account can reside on external microSD card.
Web e-mail
No issue
No issue
Incompatible with Yahoo
Features
No multitasking & cannot close running app Multitasking &
can close running app
Multitasking &
can close running app
Web browsing
Using Safari, can clear history, cookies & cache. Turn on/off pop-ups, JavaScript, plug-ins & cookies Using Opera Mobile 9.5, can delete history, cookies, cache & form/password data. Turn on/off pop-ups, JavaScript, plug-ins, Flash plug-in & cookies
Using S60 browser, can delete history, cookies, cache & form/password data. Turn on/off pop-ups, Java/ECMA script & cookies

Friday, January 29, 2010

Australian PC User February 2010

Features
  1. 2010: the year ahead
  2. Products of the year
Cover DVD (Free Paid Full Version)
  1. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010
  2. Xequte MegaView 7.07
  3. PC Tools Desktop Maestro 3.0 (12-month licence)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Using iPod Touch 8GB MC086ZP

Bought an iPod Touch 8GB MC086ZP for A$259. It has the latest version 3.1.2 (7D11).

You can't check at the store whether your device is working properly until you connect to a Windows PC or Mac with iTunes installed. There is no need for internet connection and after synchronizing, you'll be shown the main menu.

Power On - Press & hold the Sleep/Wake button until Apple logo appears.

Power Off - Press & hold the Sleep/Wake button until "slide to power off" appears and then drag the red slider.

Check Songs, Videos, Photos, Capacity, Available, Version, Serial Number, Model, Wi-Fi Address & Bluetooth - Select Settings > General > About

Set Passcode Lock - Select Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Turn Passcode On

Customize Home Screen - Touch & hold any icon on the home screen until the icons start to wiggle. You can move icons anywhere even to a different home screen.