Speed Up Amarok With Large Music Collections

Amarok is a wonderful application for managing and playing your music collection, but the default settings aren’t optimized for speed when it comes to large collections of music. The problems are especially noticeable while trying to use the search box.

PC Security: Easily Protect Your Home Computer For Free

I get home PC security questions all the time.  So, I figured I would post my opinion on various methods for protecting your PC from viruses, spyware, etc.  First off, I by no means endorse any pay for security suites except for one situation; and that is if you’re grandma is using a PC.  They grew up in a non tech age and if you don’t want to be running over there every 10 minutes (which may happen anyway) just throw Norton or Trend on it.  Set up auto updates and daily scans.   Set it and forget it.

Firefox: Backup Everything With MozBackup

In a typical day I will use up to 8 different PC’s.  When I am on these machines I want all of my custom settings to be there for me.  Having a user profile on a Windows machine is easy.  However, what to do with all the customizations I make to my favorite web browser?  MozBackup solves this issue by allowing me to back up all Firefox settings, including extensions (although the program author does not guarantee they’ll all transfer successfully) stick them on a flash drive and restore them on a separate machine.  I have been able to use this with both Vista and XP.

Connect to VMware Server Console Over SSH

Has this ever happened to you? I created a new virtual machine running Ubuntu on my VMware server before I left home, but forgot to install the ssh server… so I couldn’t get to that machine at all from my remote location. Rather than driving back home I decided to find a solution.

A look at Spybot Search and Destroy 1.5

Spybot Search and Destroy seems to be getting a bad rap in the press lately, which I wrote about in July.  Then I read an article in PC World last month and they were also slamming this free application.  Well, the heck with them!  Let’s take a look at the new version of Spybot 1.5

Security Tip: Disable Root SSH Login on Linux

One of the biggest security holes you could open on your server is to allow directly logging in as root through ssh, because any cracker can attempt to brute force your root password and potentially get access to your system if they can figure out your password.

Easily Add OpenDNS To Your Router

OpenDNS is an incredible alternative to your ISP DNS server.  Simply put DNS (Domain Name System) translates IP address to easy to remember hostname’s. Not only will OpenDNS make your browsing faster, there are a lot of additional features provided by this free service. 

Save Energy With Power Options In Windows

Green computing is all the rage now, I thought I would share some useful tips on saving electricity with PC’s.  I manage around 100 PC’s where I work and I set each new PC I roll out to utilize XP’s power management.  Since our company still utilizes XP Professional the following examples are using Windows XP.  The process if fairly similar in Vista as well.

Why Does My Password Expire in Windows?

A reader on the forum asked yesterday why his password kept expiring on his Windows Vista installation, so here’s the answer for everybody: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate all have a built-in feature to allow user accounts to have a password expiration.

Disable AutoPlay in Windows Vista

Windows Vista’s AutoPlay options are a great improvement over Windows XP in terms of flexibility, but unfortunately there are so many options that it can be confusing, especially since there’s no specific mention of USB Flash drives in the options.

Using Word 2007 as a Blogging Tool

Microsoft Word is a wonderful tool for writing documents, but did you know that you can now use it to post to your blog as well? This is tremendously useful if you tend to write very long, wordy posts, or if you just can’t spell worth anything.