Tuesday, April 21, 2009
It's not unusual to end up with one or more chk files after running chkdsk. Sometimes they are garbage, other times they are recoverable data files. This is how you get them back. Another great free tool to save our data.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Click the link above to get the details. It's only going to get worse...
I've been a big fan of the Opera browser for years. They have a reputation for not working on certain sites, yet they have been the only browser 100% compliant with the web standards. Now IE 8 and FireFox are moving to more complete compliance with web standards, so we are in for a painful transition period. Those web sites not in compliance must be pressured to repair their sites, instead of continuing to use browsers that have no interest in standards.
Onward to a new era of standard standards and love and peace for all!
I have yet to jump on the Kindle bandwagon. Perhaps this new version due out later this year will move me.
I am still looking for color display, smaller keyboard, and cheaper price. Not likely to get all three in this next version. Or will we?
In this story the author argues that Windows 7 will suffer from a weak release demand due to the economy and the markets experience with Vista. I believe it may be just the opposite. Indeed the economy will weaken any products release well into 2012, but the pent up demand for upgrades for computers and OS's will drive Windows 7 to a very successful launch. Microsoft has learned well from it's Vista catastrophe.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Plenty of free, effective tools here. Use them!
Friday, April 10, 2009
If you've been in a cave the last few weeks and haven't already done this. It's amazing how many people still aren't protected and/or updated. Please, do it now!
Conficker is now once again a worm. Initial analyses suggest it has date-limited functionality until 3rd May 2009.
In addition to downloading updates for itself, Conficker also downloads two new files to infected machines. One is a rogue antivirus application (detected as FraudTool.Win32.SpywareProtect2009.s) that is being spread from sites in Ukraine. Once run the program offers to delete "detected viruses" for a charge of $49.95.
The second file downloaded is the Email-Worm.Win32.Iksmas.atz. This worm is also known as Waledac and steals data and sends spam. Conficker and Iksmas are very similar in construction and the Conficker epidemic was mirrored by an email epidemic of a similar scale caused by Iksmas.
According to Aleks Gostev, head of Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and
If you run the numbers, one Iksmas bot sends out around 80,000 emails in 24 hours. Assuming that there are about 5 million infected machines on the Internet, the botnet could send out about 400 billion spam messages over a 24-hour period!
Looks like the Palm Pre may be the best smartphone to date. Ease of use, power, beauty, it seems to have it all. But can Palm remain strong enough until it releases the phone? Sales have dropped through the floor as people wait for it's release. Thier early announcement of the Pre has excited smartphone buyers, but killed Palms Treo Pro and Centro sales.
The latest date I've been able to glean is April 30th. This is the Sprints "drop dead" date, according to sources inside that wireless company. Neither Palm nor Sprint will officially confirm a date other than the 1st half of '09. Hope they can hang on that long.
The Conficker worm, probably the biggest threat since the Melissa virus a decade ago has been updated.
Initially it appeared the bad guys were concerned that the spread of the worm was too successful and they had slowed it's rate of infection. Now, with changes in it's behavior, the worms spread is escalating.
The days of informal, unprofessional vandalism type hacking is gone. Replaced by very organized professional criminal organizations. Requires an equally professional attitude when dealing with the threat.
Fortunately we have a great choice of inexpensive, even free tools that we can utilize to protect us from the threats.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
In a recent story it was reported that 100 million dollars had been spent by the Pentagon to prevent unauthorized access to defense department computer systems. Unfortunately military systems are not the only high profile targets.
In this WSJ story, the civilian electrical grid is a major target of both China and Russia. It's thought that Islamo-fascist terrorists are not major threats in this regard.
Water, sewer and other infrastructure systems are also threatened. Many contain hidden threats that can be turned on in the future should the US become active adversaries of the sponsors of those attacks.
We tend to take such threats lightly because we don't hear about them much because they cannot be addressed publicly without risking the effectiveness of organizations that are responsible for their defense.
We have to realize that it's a big, bad world out there with threats that cannot always be dealt with by dialog. We must be strong AND vigilant.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Seems people aren't so impressed with IE8 beating Firefox in most speed test. That's a historic event for a Microsoft browser. Probably a little anti-MS sour grapes. I am impressed.
But Opera is smokin' them all. Without the security issues of Chrome and Safari, and still in alpha release, Opera is nearly 3 times faster. Incredible!
If your installation Internet Explorer 8 seems a bit sluggish, try this tweak:
FOR WINDOWS XP
1. Click Start, then click Run.
2. In the Run dialog box, type cmd and press Enter.
3. In the Command Prompt window, enter "regsvr32 actxprxy.dll" without the quotes and press Enter.
4. Restart your computer.
FOR WINDOWS VISTA/WINDOWS 7
1. Type cmd in the Start menu Search box.
2. Right-click the Cmd shortcut that appears at the top of the search results list, Under Programs.
4. In the Command Prompt window, enter "regsvr32 actxprxy.dll" without the quotes and press Enter.
5. Restart your computer.
Don't know why it works, but something apparently is sometimes amiss with that dll file registration.