Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Two Finger Salute
Sunday, November 28, 2010
When Security Essentials 2 is finally released, it will include heuristic abilities, which will allow it to detect malware that has not yet been added to its definition files. Security Essentials 2 will be adding both behavior checking and tighter Web browser integration to its already strong defense system. MSE2 will also continue to be free, despite adding those new features.
Intrepid types can download the Security Essentials 2 beta from Microsoft Connect -- you'll need a Live account to get in, of course.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Fast forward to today, and most computers have a lot of spare RAM. Unless you're editing large multimedia files, you're probably using only a fraction of your RAM. Why don't we use a little bit of it to speed up our surfing of the Web?
Browsers save a lot of data to the hard drive. Every image, so that you don't have to download it every time you visit a page, is saved to the hard drive. That's when you experience the 'grind' of loading (or reloading) a tab that you haven't looked at recently -- the browser is loading data from the hard drive.
With a RAM disk, you can make the browser always load from memory. This speeds up the entire browsing experience by a significant margin. The browser starts in a flash, switching between tabs feels faster, and page load times can be reduced by 20% or more!
To get started, you need Dataram's excellent RAMDisk software. It's free, unless you want to create RAM disks over 4GB in size (which you really don't need to do).
You can read the rest right here.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Unlike Firefox 3.5 (private browsing) and 3.6 (personas!!), version 4 has a significant number of new in-your-face features -- features that will take a little getting used to... like tabs-on-top! There are tons of neat little additions that improve your surfing experience, too. Many of these will exist in the background, under the hood, but it still helps to know exactly what your new browser is capable of; did you know that Firefox 4 is as fast as Chrome, for example?
This guide will fully prepare you for Firefox 4. It will teach you how to work with the big-hitters Panorama and Sync, and also introduce some other features you might not have heard about. If you're already using the Beta, this guide might teach you some new tricks. If you're holding off until the official launch in 2011, that's fine too -- bookmark this page and check back later!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
No Key Needed
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Not for Kids
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
War of the Worlds
Monday, November 22, 2010
Smart and Sassy
SmartPower also lets you set other conditions. For example, you can have your computer go to sleep at 2AM unless it is currently downloading something, or if a program is running, or if there's a specific host on the network (for example, your laptop is on, and you're streaming media from your home server).
All in all, this is a clever application. It does something that I wish had been built into Windows in the first place.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Lock It Down
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Ahead of the Curve
Downloadable app allows Curve Dental customers to create forms their patients can complete using an iPad
OREM, UT—Curve Dental, creators of Web-based dental software, announced their development of an iPad app that will modernize the way in which patient information is gathered and digitized in the dental practice. Using the new app, called Curve Questionnaire, the dental practice can create check-in, medical history and other types of forms for their patients to complete using an iPad. Data entered by the patient is written directly to Curve Dental’s Web-based dental software when the patient submits the questionnaire.
“We recognize that the iPad can change the way information is gathered in the dental practice,” said Matt Dorey, founder and managing director of Curve Dental. “The iPad represents an enhancement to a practice’s professional appearance. How much more innovative and capable will a practice appear to the patient when they are handed an iPad to complete a medical history questionnaire rather than a clipboard and a stack of papers? And how much more efficient is the process of gathering and digitizing this information when it’s collected using an iPad? Once the patient has completed the questionnaire their information is immediately written to the practice’s patient data. The Curve Questionnaire saves a great deal of time since the dental team doesn’t have to re-enter the patient’s information like they would with paper forms.”
Using the app, the dental practice can create any number of different forms or questionnaires depending upon their needs. The practice can determine what questions to ask and how each question can be answered, whether with a yes or no response, multiple choice, or open-ended. The Curve Questionnaire app will be available to all Curve Dental customers without charge. The app will also complement Curve Dental’s Web-based dental software.
“Curve Questionnaire is our first app developed specifically for the iPad,” said Dorey. “It benefits the practice in a number of different ways, from reducing paper costs to the time required to manage paperwork. Just as we leverage the many advantages of the Web and the cloud as a platform for our software, we will continue to leverage the unique capabilities the iPad delivers to the dental practice by developing new apps that will benefit our customers. More and more doctors are looking to the Web as a way to simplify the dental software experience. Doctors are tired of installation hassles, upgrade worries, hardware compatibility issues, and backup concerns generally attributable to client-server software. The Web experience, on the other hand, is much more simple.”
About Curve Dental, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Curve Dental provides web-based dental software and related services to dental practices within the United States and Canada. The company is privately-held, headquartered in Orem, Utah with offices in Calgary, Canada and Dunedin, New Zealand. The company strives to make dental software less about computers and more about the user experience. Their creative thinking can be seen in the design of their software, that’s easy to use and Web-based. Dentists can call 888-910-4376 or visit www.curvedental.com for more information.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Fortunately, there are now plenty of good antivirus options for Mac users to combat the rising number of threats. The most recent addition to the mix is Sophos, which has just released the totally free Sophos Antivirus Home Edition. All the features you'd expect from a good antivirus app are there -- like realtime protection, heuristics (the ability to detect new threats for which Sophos does not have definitions), autorun defense, and quarantining.
Sophos has been a respected name in the security business for quite some time, and you certainly can't complain about the price.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Prey on Others
Just download the Prey client software, install, and register an account -- you'll need one in order to be able to access the service's Web-based control panel. Prey can collect a ton of valuable information from your device should it go missing.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
What's new in v3? To start, there's now a native 64-bit version in both the installer and portable CCleaner. Windows 7 users also get the benefit of a handy jump list, which offers quick access to the cleaner, registry scanner, tools, and options pages. There's also a new disk wiping tool included which supports DOD, NSA, and Gutmann standards.
CCleaner 3 has improved support for Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome, and Silverlight. Perhaps the app's best new feature is support for HTML5 localStorage objects -- which many websites are now using to store persistent user data.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Hot and Heavy
If you want to add some global hotkeys to your system, the usual thing would be to learn how to use AutoHotkey. But AutoHotkey is a programming language, and not everyone is so keen on learning to code.
So if you just want to add some hotkeys without writing a single line of code, HotKeyMan is one possible solution. This freeware application provides a simple graphical interface for binding keys to operations, such as opening files, running applications, capturing the screen or active window, minimizing and maximizing windows, and more.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
You can now create a new clip from within IE, Outlook or Firefox without leaving your current app, and clipping emails in Outlook has been vastly improved. If you've had problems with Evernote losing your text styling when clipping from web pages and email messages in the past, those problems fixed in Evernote 4. Editing clips has also been improved with more text formatting options -- tables and bullets now work within clips.
If you're a Windows 7 user, Evernote has also added some features just for you. It works with Windows 7's Jump Lists, so you can pin it to your task bar and perform some Evernote actions without even having the app running. It also uses Windows 7's location features to automatically geotag notes, if that's something you find useful.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Here's how to prevent it.
Friday, November 12, 2010
All Togther Now
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Kill or Be Killed
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
More Than Meets the Eye
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Red Rover Red Rover
MediaRover is a free app that syncs iTunes libraries across up to eight Windows or Mac machines. That means songs you add to one machine's library will be available on your other machines, and any changes you make to iTunes playlists or metadata (like song names or track numbers) will be synced, too.
If you've got a NAS or a streaming music device, like a Sonos, Squeezebox, or Blu-ray player, MediaRover will work with that, too.
Setup requires you to download an app (for Windows or Mac), sign up for a (free) account, and then copy all of your music to a shared folder on the network. Other computers on your network can piggyback on the first computer's settings, too, saving you a bit of time. All in all, it's a pretty quick and simple solution for cloudifying your tunes.
Monday, November 08, 2010
So as your laptop ages, intelligent power management becomes increasingly important. The question is "how do I keep this thing from hogging so much battery when it's not connected?"
Sure, Windows has built-in power profiles; but for some reason, right-clicking the battery icon only shows two profiles (out of the three default ones), and somehow that list never includes the particular profile you need.
Aerofoil is a free application that strives to make the power-saving process painless. It's one of those things that should have been built into Windows in the first place: As soon as your laptop switches to battery power, Aerofoil switches the power profile to Power Saver. Plug the laptop back in, and Aerofoil switches you back to High Performance (or whatever you've got configured).
But wait, there's more! (Cue cheesy infomercial music) Aerofoil also switches off Windows' Aero Glass interface whenever it switches to Power Saver mode. It can also automatically mute the sound when you switch to battery mode!
One note: When you first run Aerofoil, your computer may pop up an error message about msvcp100.dll. In that case, you need the MS Visual C++ redistributable, which you can grab from Microsoft for free – both for x64 and for x86 systems. Enjoy!
Sunday, November 07, 2010
The new version is more efficient and faster than ever, and Defraggler can now perform boot-time scans. Using the expanded configuration options in Defraggler 2, you can choose to run a one-time defrag, or you can set it to run each time you reboot your system. Defraggler's Drive Map has also gotten a visual update, and it even allows you to set customized colors and block sizes.
As with older versions of Defraggler, you're still able to exclude certain file types and folders and schedule defrag operations.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Home Sweet Home
Friday, November 05, 2010
Free for All
You then hit Get Installer and download a small file (about 0.5MB). Run the file, and it downloads all of the applications that you've marked and sets them all up, silently. It's a pretty magical experience; just hit "install" and watch the tool save you hours of browsing and installation. I tried it, and it was a really great experience.
This is exactly what Ninite has been offering for a while. FreeApps' catalog seems to offer a wider selection, though.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Burn, Baby Burn
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Monday, November 01, 2010
Five Fingered Discount
The new Facebook tab brings your News Feed into Skype and lets you post messages, comment, and like updates as you would in any other Facebook client. The Facebook Phonebook in Skype now makes calling or texting your Facebook friends easier than ever; it's always just a few clicks away.
Group video calls are now in open beta for all users of Skype 5. This features a dynamic view that automatically shifts the focus to the person who is speaking, which makes it easier to follow video chats with large groups of people.
Automatic call recovery auto-redials a call whenever it's dropped. The call quality manager is also improved. It provides real time information on video or voice call quality as well as tips for solving any problems that occur.
The new dashboard, called Skype Home, is basically a feed of your contacts' mood messages, which sounds strangely Twitter-ish, but it's also the way to access tutorials about everything that Skype does.
Skype 5 is a free download for Windows and is available right now.