I have just started to play around with Access 2007 and so far my thoughts are indifferent. I am not sure how well the “Ribbon” is going to play out. I work in Access Databases a lot with my job and I am pretty comfortable with the way things have been. I have gotten used to the Ribbon in Word, Excel, and Outlook. In fact it seems to make those tasks more fun. I have been really holding off on Access though.
Today a reader had a very good question about lsass.exe is the Microsoft security management process for domain access and local security policies. Simply put it manages who logs on to your PC and/or Server. There are a few viruses that mimic this process. The Sasser virus was one of the more popular attacks a few years ago. The Sasser worm would exploit lsass.exe so that XP would start a countdown of 60 seconds advising you to save your work. Every time you rebooted your machine this would keep happening. This process is located in C:WindowsSystem32 in either a PC or Server. If you were to find it in any other location in your system … it is a virus.
I have been a fan of yousendit.com for a few years now. This is a decent and reliable service to email large files to others. The maximum size is 100 MB for the free version. You can send larger files for a fee. The way the service works is you upload your file to their server which sends an email to the recipient including a hyperlink directly to the file for them to download. The cool part is that your recipient does not need to be a member or sign up for anything. If the recipient wants to send files they will have to create an account though.
Those who are familiar with resizing picture attachments in Outlook 2003 might wonder where on earth they hid this feature in Outlook 2007 - at first glance, it seems like they removed it completely, when in reality they buried it in the Ribbon.
In a previous post I mentioned that I am ready for a new audio player application. This all came to fruition because Apple pissed me off with their last iTunes update. It includes unnecessary software for the iPhone. Sure I could choose not to update … but that’s counter productive. Software updates should enhance the end user experience, not degrade it.
I would argue Foxit Reader 2.0 is the best alternative to Adobe Reader for Windows. Unlike the bloated Adobe product; Foxit Reader 2.0 is light on system resources and opens PDF docs extremely faster than adobe. Foxit Reader 2.0 also includes free add-ons, no lengthy splash screens, has an intuitive streamline interface, and is under 2MB download size.
I recently came across an article on Cnet questioning the advantage of using the anti-spyware freeware Spybot Search and Destroy. I definitely have to take exception to her position. This is my opinion on this great software.
My favorite web browser is Firefox and when I try a new extension or “Add-ons” that sticks I feel the need to tell everyone about it. In a previous post I wrote about my favorite Add-ons so far. Today I am adding Colorful Tabs to the list. This is a fun way to keep track of your multiple tabs while browsing the net with FireFox.
I have been testing Windows Home Server (WHS) for about 6 months now. I thought I would write a few things about this new product from Microsoft. Basically, WHS is meant to be a computer which will sit in your closet and deliver multimedia content to various computers and other geek gadgets around your house. You are able to create user accounts, stream music and video, and create backups to your home server. Your children can watch a movie on their computer while you listen to your favorite music or vice versa. Saving copies of your files is just like you would do at work if you put them on a network drive.
The new Parental Controls in Windows Vista will allow you to filter the content your children can view on the web. You could, for instance, block your kids from using MySpace or other similar sites. Before you set this up, you should make sure your child has a non-administrator account so they can’t immediately reverse the changes.
Windows is always trying to save you from yourself and with Windows Home Server it is no exception. Anytime you log on as the administrator, you receive an annoying caution message, but we can disable this annoying message from coming up every time you log on to your server.
For those of us that have to use Outlook 2007 at work, you should know that it not only handles mail and calendars, but also makes a very nice RSS reader as well. Of course, I don’t need to tell the couple hundred of you that are already reading the How-To Geek feed this way =)
If you want to share a small part of your Excel worksheet but don’t want to send an Excel file, you can copy part of the worksheet to the clipboard as a picture instead, which can be pasted into any application that supports images, such as your favorite image editor.
I have begun Alpha testing on Cerulean Studios Trillian Astra the new version of the Trillian IM client. I thought I would share with you the look and feel of this new application as it goes through development. Remember, this is still in Alpha testing.
If you like to use Windows Calculator to perform quick calculations while in Excel, you can save time by adding it to your Quick Access Toolbar. This should work for any version of Excel that has the Ribbon.
Completely uninstalling iTunes from your computer is one huge hassle. If you happened to download the version with the iPhone update it’s even more so. The program likes to claw itself deep into your system. The following is a series of screen shots demonstrating the hassle. This is removal of iTunes 7.3 from an XP machine.
As I wrote in my previous post; Apple upset me pretty bad with it’s iPhone update. Also, iTunes’ horrible performance on Vista leaves nothing to be desired. The iPhone update was the final straw for me. I have decided to ditch iTunes for a new music player. To read about the nightmare of completely uninstalling iTunes from your computer check out “iTunes Uninstall Hassle“. I have been an iTunes user for many years. So choosing a new player is not going to be easy. Many trials and tribulations are ahead in this quest. I have decided to document my findings as I go along.