I realize Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 has been reviewed on several locations on the net. However, I would not be doing our loyal reader’s justice without expressing our take on the new browser. So, wanna hear it? Here it go!
Unhappy with the way the shortcut icons on your desktop look? Here is a quick way to change them to a different icon included in XP.
I have decided that J River’s Media Jukebox is now my music player of choice. I did an initial review in a previous post. Now let’s cover the various features included in this application. Today I will cover how to rip you CD’s into your favorite format.
In my IT experience I have noticed that sometimes Remote Desktop can run painfully slow. Here are a couple tricks to speed up the process. We will change the display settings first. Sure it won’t look as fancy, but when working on computers remotely, you just need the functionality.
I experienced an issue the other day at work in regards to Trend Micro’s PC-Cillin. A colleague brought in their laptop complaining about a slowness issue. While checking out Task Manager I noticed a CPU spike of 50%. Turns out the culprit was a process called PcScnSrv.exe which allows PC-Cillin to scan activity on your computer for malware. So any time you open any application or any type of computer activity PcScnSrv.exe scans and monitors every action. This causes a major spike in CPU activity. Sure my initial reaction was to remove Trend and put on a free alternative such as AVG or Avast Home Edition but my colleague just spent $60 to renew his license so I came up with a work around of sorts. I have not seen any patch on Trend’s site that addresses this issue yet, so here is what I did.
As many of you know, after my iTunes rant, I have been trying out all sorts of new media players. I guess I still have not found an “ultimate player” that I am completely satisfied with yet. Each player seems to have its positive and negative points for me. The trusty standby has been VLC although Spider Player and Foobar2000 come in close for my audio only needs.
If you like the look and feel of Vista but don’t want to deal with the headache of swapping Operating Systems, Vista Inspirat from the folks at Crystal XP might be worth considering. Unlike an application such as Window Blinds … Vista Inspirat is completely free (although they do encourage donations). With this program you aren’t going to have the Areo Glass effects, but it still is pretty neat.
The last couple days have been completely chaotic working for the man. So, I made the executive decision to stop everything and waste some time and mellow out. I found a very cool way to do just that with the online game MIESTAS.
For anyone even semi-familiar with the Internet I am sure you are aware of the Ron Paul Revolution. His name currently is the #1 googled subject right now. The Ron Paul presidential campaign has basically taken over YouTube and his support has gained reputable positions on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Although this is not a political site, I thought I would share a few tech related issues which relate to the Ron Paul campaign.
One of the most annoying pop up balloons I see when working on other peoples computers is the Desktop Cleanup Wizard in XP. I really see no reason for this feature to be enabled by default. Here is how to disable the annoyance.
A friend of mine recently turned me on to a cool freeware game called Knytt Stories. This is a very cool and well designed 2D game that I spent a few hours on last night. The graphics are not fascinating and the control is relatively easy, but the design and power ups you get to complete each adventure is addictive. Plus the developers included some very cool relaxing music playing in the background.
For the regular readers of my Blog you know that I am a huge music enthusiast. After my Rant Against iTunes I tried out several players before finally sticking with Spider Player as my primary music listening application. The unfortunate thing about Spider is it doesn’t include a burning feature. I have added it to the Wishlist in their forum and hopefully in the future that feature will be added. So for the time being I am using a program that a buddy of mine suggested called CDBurnerXP.
Continuing with this weeks M$ Office alternatives theme I thought today we could take a look at ZOHO. Right off the bat I am already MUCH more impressed with this over ThinkFree which I reviewed earlier. ZOHO offers Online spreadsheets, presentations, note taking, organizational tools, web conferencing, word processor, Database and Reporting, web applications creator, Instant Messaging, and an online public or private Wiki.