Archive for July, 2007

Windows milestones

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Some Windows milestones:

Ed Bott: Solving a pesky resource problem

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Excellent tip by Ed Bott for fixing an annoying Windows problem:

Have you experienced any of these problems with Windows Vista? After opening a large number of programs and windows, you try to launch a new program or open a new browser tab or even switch back to an already running program and instead:

  • You get a strange “out of memory” message, despite the fact that you’re using only a fraction of the RAM installed on your system.
  • The window opens but its contents refuse to load.
  • The window opens, but menus are missing, dialog boxes are empty, or buttons don’t work.

In my case, I experienced this problem regularly on multiple Vista systems when I opened Outlook 2007, Forte Agent, Adobe Acrobat (editing three or four large documents), BlogJet, Windows Live Writer, Word (working with several large documents), and IE7 with more than 30 tabs. The problem vanished for me, as it does for most people, when I closed a few windows, but that’s obviously not the ideal solution. After all, what’s the point of having all that RAM if you can’t use it?

How do you fix the problem?  Read on!  This also works if you have the same problem on Windows XP, Windows 2000 and earlier NT versions (although I never saw this problem on Windows 2000).

DataTraveler II Plus – Migo Edition

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

I've heard a bit about Migo software, but now Kingston is offering a USB flash drive with Migo pre-installed:

Kingston's DataTraveler® II Plus - Migo Edition Hi-Speed USB Flash drive gives you the freedom to work on multiple PCs in different locations, using your own desktop's Microsoft Outlook email contents, Microsoft Internet Explorer settings, favorites, cookies and history, plus your files, folders and icons.

It features award-winning Migo software to store not only your data but also the tools that help you work the way you like to - on any computer - without leaving a trace of personal data behind. When you return to your PC, Migo automatically synchronizes your work to keep your versions current. The DataTraveler II Plus - Migo delivers a data transfer rate of up to 19MB/sec read and 13MB/sec write for the 1-4GB capacities and 11MB/sec read and 7MB/sec write for the 8GB capacity.

If I can get my hands on one of these, I'll be sure to post a review.

Torture Testing – Cases

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Over on Hardware 2.0 I've posted a massive three-part article on torture testing a series of protective cases which the manufactures claim are waterproof, dustproof, highly durable and crushproof. 

I tested five different cases from four manufacturers:

  • Storm Case iM2370
  • Storm Case iM2050
  • Otterbox 3510
  • Seahorse SX 300
  • Peli i1010

Even if I say so myself, we put these five cases through hell - they were dragged over asphalt, driven over by a 3.900 lbs vehicle, dropped off a 75 foot cliff (once with an egg inside each of the cases ... think the egg survived?  You might be surprised by the results!), a 1 hour rain test, carried out a robust handle test, and one was even set on fire!  We also caught the drop tests on video.

Here are a few photos from the test, click on them for larger shots:

Otterbox 3510

Storm Case iM2370

Seahorse SX 300 - on fire

Massive increase in poisoned websites

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Hackers and cyber-criminals are turning to websites as vectors for spreading malware:

The number of infected Web pages has soared nearly six-fold since the first of the year, according to security company Sophos Plc.

Detailed in a just-released threat report, the spike shows just how widespread Web attacks have become, Sophos said today. In June, it detected an average of almost 30,000 newly-infected pages each day; earlier in the year, the tally was as low as only 5,000 new pages daily.

The vast majority of pages serving up malicious content are, in fact, hosted on legitimate Web sites, Sophos also said. About 80% of all Web-based malware is on innocent, albeit compromised, sites.