Saturday, June 30, 2007

Geeks Only Tool

Since my BARTPE CD was old and outdated it was time to update my Geek Boot CD and I decided to give the a whirl.

I now have an updated bootable CD which contains software that can repair, restore, or diagnose almost any computer problem.

It includes such goodies as AntiVir PE anti-virus, Ad-Aware anti-spyware and even a NT Password recovery tool. Sweet!

You will need a copy of WinXP so that you can create the ISO file and the instructions are .

Friday, June 29, 2007

AT&T DSL Disconnect

On a regular basis, or should I say daily, my AT&T DSL service is offline. Sure, I can wait an hour or more for the ISP to kick back on, but I WON'T DO IT MAN!

So I found this trick I have been using with great success. I call 1-877-722-3755 for DSL tech support.

It's automated and I have to go through a slew of voice prompts such as, YES I'm calling from the same number as my DSL connection, NO I am not using Vista, I need TECH SUPPORT, for a CONNECTION PROBLEM. Then the automated voice runs a test on my line and BAM!  Sometimes I don't even get past the first couple prompts before my Internet connection mysteriously comes back online.

If I haven't done this 10 times or more (and yes even this morning) I wouldn't BLOG about it. But it seems to me, if it works, you all ought to know about it.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Trulia Real Estate Website

Trulia combines social networking with mapping and search technology. Trulia gives you a high-tech way to find homes for sale and recently sold. Use the different sliders and checkboxes to focus your search (price, square footage, and the all-important number of bathrooms). Trulia will display qualifying homes that are for sale in the specified area, overlaid on a map. The site includes useful, city-specific real estate guides containing additional data on average home sale prices, most popular neighborhoods, and crime statistics.

The Trulia Voices section hooks you up with other people to discuss neighborhoods, housing issues, or real estate in general. Trulia is relatively new, so that section may be a bit sparse, but if the site gains recognition, Trulia Voices may prove to be the most useful tool of all.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bio Portable Hard Drive

is a nice concept with a built in fingerprint scanner. It does offer some protection if you leave it lying around. If it's stolen...couldn't they just crack open the case and access the drive directly?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Windows Mobile Free Themes

Is it time to give your PocketPC or Smartphone a fresh new look?

Head on over to the Windows Mobile Owners Circle and check out some to do just that!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

BestPlaces

is a web site that gives you "accurate and up-to-date information in a useful and entertaining format".

Simply put in the zip code of your choice and find out how your city ranks on people, economy, housing, crime, cost of living and more.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Pentagon Email Accounts Hacked

Oh those rascally hackers had fun the other day hacking into the Pentagon's e-mail systems. But the really odd thing about this article is that the US Defense Secretary doesn't use email. Doh! ...

Best & Worst ISPs

PC World ranks the Internet Service Providers based on survey findings.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Microsoft Surface Computing in Action

I blogged about Microsoft Surface computing on May 30th, but was only able to show you pictures of it.

Take a moment to head on over to this and watch how you'll soon be using this hands-on technology in hotels, restaurants, and other public venues. It's pretty cool!

(Once you are at the site, click on the pictures to play the video)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

More Portable Programs for a USB Drive

Here is a list of 55 portable applications for your USB drive. I found the Avast! Virus Cleaning software as a must have and StartUpList provides you with a list of everything that will start when your computer starts - and not just applications. ...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Vista Pre SP1 Hotfixes

I found 2 lists of hotfixes for what ails Vista. This list is from Microsoft's and this is from a guy named . (thanks Aaron!)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

ZoneAlarm Firewall Available For Vista

Oh boy! Looks like I may be using Vista pretty soon. Finally my favorite Firewall application is compatible with Vista. ZoneAlarm by has released a new version of its popular free ZoneAlarm firewall. ...

I have also seen talk on the web about Service Pack 1 for Vista, so the wait is on!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Windows Home Server Release Candidate 1

If you are interested in checking out Windows Home Server operating system, you can sign up as beta tester .

After going through a registration process, you will get an email link to download it.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Top 10 Applications

If you are looking for networking utilities, thumbdrive tricks, or System Recovery Tools, here is a useful list provided by lifehacker. ...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Outlook Connector

I use a Hotmail account for my business and wasn't really surprised this morning that Outlook wouldn't send or receive email from it. (I had previously set it up as an HTTP email account)

After logging into Microsoft Live Account with my Hotmail account and I had to accept another one of Microsoft agreement of sorts, I then downloaded and installed the new , now I am good to go.

ReplaceEm

Here is a tool that allows you to replace text in multiple files. And it's FREE. ...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Download Of The Day

After removing some nasty Trojan fragments from a computer the other day, the Internet connections would not work. The LAN and WAN showed limited and no connectivity.

After troubleshooting for awhile and going through the usual routine of reinstalling network adapter drivers, checking TCP/IP protocols, I was at a loss.

Until I decided to run the . Magically delicious!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Outlook 2003 Tips & Tricks

I learned a few tips & tricks when using Outlook 2003 that I wanted to share with you all.

Go to your Contacts folder and open up any contact.

The contact card opens to the default General Tab. Click on the and you will see all Sent, Saved & Deleted email messages for that contact.

While we are in different tabs, take a quick moment to look at the Details Tab. You will see a place to add a Birthday and/or Anniversary. By putting a date in there, Outlook will automatically add it to your Calendar. Cool eh?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Geeks Only Tool

Sure, you can run Disk Cleanup to empty temporary files and cookies, but you are still missing Temp files in the User Profile.

Here is an easy and quick way of doing it. Copy the following text in notepad and save it as TXT file extension.

@ECHO On
ECHO This is a Disk Cleanup Tool
ECHO.

del "%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\*.*"  /s /q

CLS
EXIT

Once you have saved it to a tempcleanup.txt file, change the extension to BAT.

There you go and there you have it!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Certified Email

Introduced in 2006, CertifiedEmail is a scheme under which senders undergo an accreditation process. Once certified as non-spammers by Goodmail, senders' messages arrive in users' inboxes with images and links intact and certified as safe by a blue-ribbon icon for a small fee.

Including its original adopters AOL and Yahoo, CertifiedEmail system has been recently adopted by Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable's Road Runner and Verizon. ...

Wonder how long it will take spammers to figure out their own little blue-ribbon icon.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

DJ Your Own Internet Radio Station

ubroadcast is a software that gives users the ability to create and broadcast their own Internet radio station.

I thought this was pretty cool, not that I am going to rush out and do it because I am sure it's time consuming, but you all may want to share your music, host a live Internet talk radio or advertise yourself in a WEB 2.0 sort of way. Read on...

Friday, June 08, 2007

HyperWords

Check out this add-on for FireFox. With Hyperwords all the text on the web becomes interactive. Simply select any word and choose a command, such as:
References, Search, Email, Conversion, Translation & more.

it's very configurable so you can turn off any features you're won't use without too much trouble. You can look at a live demo via YouTubes. Download Hyperlinks here.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Ad-Aware 2007 7.0.1.2

Lavasoft has released the updated version of their ever popular anti-spyware tool.

With the ability to scan your RAM, Registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-Aware 2007 Free easily can clean your system, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web. Read on...

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Free Round - Trip Flight

Dockers is offering FREE round trip tickets just for purchasing $125 or more of men’s Dockers® apparel and/or accessories only (does not apply to women’s apparel, eyewear or luggage) Check it out!

gWave Consulting

If you are looking to increase your market presence on the web, check out gWave Consulting to see they can help. (Ask for Melani)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Talking Paper?

Digital paper that can speak to you has been created by scientists. Fascinating! Read on...

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Friday, June 01, 2007

Windows XP Licenses

If you own a licensed copy of Windows XP, check out how to order additional licenses straight from Microsoft.