March 11, 2007 EST | Software
The new Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 gives you creative inspiration and all the tools you need to enhance your digital lifestyle. Create, share and enjoy your movies, memories and music as only you can.
Creator 10 Suite Overview:
A 3 step wizard lets you auto-edit your movie. Then upload to YouTube in one click or put it on DVD.
Capture and edit HD video and add surround sound playback.
Record internet radio, batch convert files, backup your iPod and more.
Enhance photos and video taken on your mobile devices and use them in projects with your other media.
Certified for Windows Vista and fully supports Windows XP. [More...]
November 28, 2006 EST | General
"HP Pavilion Media Center a1423w-b Desktop" is no longer available. You might be interested in checking out other HP Pavilion Media Centers desktops below
The HP Pavilion Media Center a1423w-b is the right PC for digital photos. The included HP Photosmart Premier photo and imaging software makes digital photography fast, fun, and easy by helping you organize, edit, protect, and share your digital pictures and video clips. Plus this computer boasts the processing power to handle all your creative needs without ever slowing down.
Key Features & Benefits:
- View your media on this generously-sized 19" flat panel display HP vs19" display; TFT active matrix
- High-performing processor Intel Pentium D 820 / 2.8 GHz
- Ultra-fast and expandable RAM 1GB DDR II SDRAM at 533MHz; 2GB max
- Extremely large 200GB hard drive Store everything you need, including photos, music, video files and more
June 29, 2006 EST | Laptops
The new LifeBook Q2010 notebook is sure to attract envious glances wherever you go - even in the executive lounge. Its sophisticated look and slim, feather-light design is delivered in an incredible 2.2 lb. package. Despite its ultra-slim profile, the LifeBook Q2010 is constructed of durable materials such as magnesium alloy casing and titanium hinges. When you are on the road, you can synchronize your life via the secure wireless LAN with integrated 802.11a/b/g at accessible hotspots and travel destinations. You will remain productive longer thanks to the latest Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology—and you'll look great doing it. [More...]
Presenting the revolutionary, one-inch thin MacBook Pro — now in widescreen 15-inch and 17-inch models.
Powered by Intel Core Duo
The Intel Core Duo chip inside MacBook Pro gives you the power of two processors wherever you go. Now it's a breeze to render complex 3D models, enjoy smooth playback of 1080p HD video, or host a four-way video conference.
The new engine is only part of the story. MacBook Pro features a 667MHz frontside bus and memory that runs faster than any previous Mac notebook. It features PCI Express, a Serial ATA hard drive, and the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 for superfast graphics performance. Add it all up and you get up to five times the speed of the PowerBook G4 in key performance benchmarks. [More...]
April 19, 2006 EST | Software
Developed in consultation with pro photographers, Aperture 1.1 — available now for $299 and as a free Software Update for current owners of Aperture 1.0 — offers increased computer and camera compatibility. The first Universal version of Aperture, the upgrade allows photographers to run Aperture on both PowerPC-based and the new Intel-based Macintosh computers, including MacBook Pro.
In addition to enhanced compatibility, Aperture 1.1 also provides a variety of significant performance and feature enhancements. These include: [More...]
April 11, 2006 EST | Networking
If your computer network keeps expanding and the associated networking equipment costs keep increasing, you might want to consider buying equipment in the secondary market. This is a place where you can purchase used or unused brand name equipment; such as, servers, routers, LAN switches and more at substantial savings. Savings of 50-70% of list price are not unusual.
The secondary market for computer equipment was born in the early 1970s when the Federal Government forced IBM to sell equipment and not just rent it. Since that time it is estimated that the secondary market for equipment like computers and WAN and LAN equipment exceeds $20 billion. A few examples of the brands that are readily available on the secondary market are: IBM, Dell, Cisco Systems, Nortel and many more. [More...]
Malicious software, or malware, is likely the most widespread problem faced by computer users today. As a computer technician, I find that about three out of four jobs I do for home computer users are to remove malware in one form or another.
Malware programs come in several forms: Spyware and adware track your activities when surfing the Internet and bombard you with pop-up advertisements. Hijackers change browser start pages and redirect you to unwanted web sites. Viruses and trojans erase data and allow hackers to access your files. In many cases, the end result is that your computer becomes unusable and in need of repair.
Many computer users try to protect their computers by installing anti-virus and firewall programs. While these programs are of value, they alone are not sufficient to fix and prevent all types of attacks. Many computers with up-to-date anti-virus and firewall software arrive at my door infested with malware to the extent that they are unusable.
I have found user education to be the most effective deterrent to malware. Here is a list of things you can do to keep your computer healthy: [More...]
April 07, 2006 EST | Apple
You've probably heard the news by now: Windows now works with Macs!
On Wednesday, Apple unveiled Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP.
Boot Camp is public software that is now in beta and only works with Intel-based machines. In addition, downloading Boot Camp is free. [More...]
March 20, 2006 EST | Software
Many kinds of software are available, which make it possible to customize each copied CD or DVD. For manually operated copiers, software should be installed on the attached computer. But modern copiers have hard discs of their own, so software can be installed on that hard disc.
CD burning software is available to copy many CDs or DVDs at once. This software not only copies the file onto many CDs at once, but it also changes the format of the files such that it may be copied faster. Software is also available to zip the files while being copies and unzip them later. Software is designed to reduce the time required to burn CDs. [More...]
March 18, 2006 EST | Hardware
The computer that you use has a hard drive in it, which stores everything that you put on it, plus all the settings that you prefer. You can then imagine how difficult it would be if you were to lose all of your data and have to set everything back up again. That is why a full hard drive backup is the preferred method of data backup, because every last bit of data is stored and not even your daylight savings time preference will be forgotten. There are many ways to make a perfect mirror image of your hard drive, and some are better then others. Let’s talk about the various strategies and find out what will best suit you.
The first way to make a perfect copy of your hard drive, quickly and seamlessly, is to use good hard drive image software. A great example of this type of software is True Image from Acronis, which is complete imaging software that helps anyone make a perfect image of their hard drive and save it anywhere, even the hard drive if they want to. Of course there are also many other types of software on the market, and all are just as unique too. Just be sure to choose a good one, because if you don’t, it could end up being the biggest mistake you ever made on your computer. [More...]
March 18, 2006 EST | General
When you have a computer error it can be very frustrating, especially if the error prevents software from running or your computer even starting. If you add the internet to the mix, your computer will get viruses, spyware, adware and other malicious software that will cause errors on your machine.
All errors can be fixed by the average person though; you just need to know what you are trying to remove and the right software to remove it. This can be a daunting task to someone not so tech savvy, so I will take you through the different threats that exist on the internet and your PC.
Spyware is perhaps one of the most dangerous types of PC infections to date. If a computer gets infected with spyware, a person could keep track of your every keystroke, email, website visit and other confidential conversations you might partake in. So if you do things like online banking, a person could use the spyware to find out all of your information and do what illegal acts they want to with it. [More...]
March 02, 2006 EST | Software
The "IMSI PDF to Word Professional v3" is no longer available. Please check out other PDF to Word Pro software below
IMSI's PDF to Word Professional v3 is the complete solution to create PDF files from any Windows® application and convert to fully-editable, formatted documents.
Create PDFs from any Windows® Application!
In addition to the powerful features of the Standard version, you can now create PDFs with one-click in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint - as well as from any Windows® application! Click once, convert a PDF - it’s that simple! IMSI's PDF to Word Professional v3 allows you to access, edit and share information more productively and efficiently than ever before - saving both time and money! [More...]
Looks Small, Acts Huge
The Mac that redefined what you can expect from a compact, affordable computer does it again. Mac mini now features the revolutionary Intel Core processors, more expansion options, and a new way to command your digital life — all in the same amazingly compact package.
Up to 4x Faster
Powered by the Intel Core Solo or Intel Core Duo processor plus a whole new system architecture, the new Mac mini delivers up to 4x the speed of the previous model. [More...]
February 24, 2006 EST | Spyware/Adware
Spyware and adware is a big issue today and the problem is only going to get bigger over the next few years. To understand how to rid your computer of spyware you have to first understand why it is being created in the first place so why don’t we look at that.
Where did Spyware start?
Companies in the past created spyware as a service to their advertisers. What would happen is you would install an application that you thought was cute or useful like Bonzai buddy or Comet Cursors and you used this knowing that it was free. What you did not know was that these “free” programs in fact were tracking all of the websites that you were going to and then sending back the information to the company that created the application, this seemed to be bad but not many people were too concerned. After the companies got this information on your surfing habits then they would change the ads on web pages, this is adware, so that they were targeting topics that you had shown interest in, and of course those companies were picking up the advertising dollars for placing those ads on your computer. [More...]
February 24, 2006 EST | Hardware
Stunning visuals don't have to cost an arm and a leg with cheap graphics cards (aka video cards). Unless you are a hardcore gamer, you don't need to have the best of the best and a cheap graphics card will do you just fine. Now I'm not saying you should skimp on getting a good video card, but find one that fits your needs.
For example, a work computer should just have integrated graphics on the motherboard. Integrated graphics means that it's already built into the motherboard without having to get anything extra so it's perfect for workstations. On the other hand, a serious gamer needs to get a good video card that can handle anything a game can throw at it. [More...]
February 10, 2006 EST | Hardware
The hard drive in our computers right now stores all of our data, and our computer could not function without it. There would be no World Wide Web, email or even an operating system without hard drives. Since hard drives are so important, a hard drive crash is without a doubt the biggest problem that someone could face on their computer.
Hard drive crashes can happen for many reasons, and usually the owner is not to blame. One reason your hard drive can crash is because of a hard ware problem. See your hard drive is a magnetic disc that spins and has an extended arm hovering over it, to access any area, and collect the data. If the motor overheats and stops spinning or the arm fails to function, then your hard drive will crash and not be accessible at all. [More...]
February 03, 2006 EST | Hardware
Computer memory, also known as Random Access Memory (RAM), is just like your short term memory in your brain. It stores everything you are currently working on and recently worked on. As you can see that makes it a very essential part of your PC because it stores vital information that you are using and need access too immediately. No matter what the data is, pictures, sounds or just text, if you get a good amount of memory your computer will load that data much faster and store it better.
Many people want to do a RAM upgrade there selves, but always run into the problem of figuring out which type of memory to buy and installing it. If you didn't already know, there are many different types of RAM available on the market, and you need to get the type that corresponds with your motherboard. If you don't know what a motherboard is, it's the big circuit board inside of your computer that connects everything together. [More...]
February 03, 2006 EST | Anti Virus
A deadly new virus under the name of W32/Nyxem-D which spreads via email attached file is set to strike on the 3rd day of every month half an hour after the infected computer boots up. The damage caused by this virus could be extensive. If unsuspecting user opens the infected attached file it gets into the system and start delivering itself to all the available email addresses residing in the infected computer. Once activated it overwrites all DOC, XLS, MDB, MDE, PPT, PPS, ZIP, RAR, PDF, PSD and DMP files by replacing their contents with the data string: DATA Error [47 0F 94 93 F4 K5]. This can create a big mess, as all integrated to the computer drives will suffer. This means your flash cards, network drives, external drives or any drive which gets identified by an alphabet. This virus is also known as "CME-24," "BlackWorm," "Mywife.E" and "Kama Sutra" and seems even capable of disabling out-of-date antivirus software. Over 300 thousand computers are believed to be infected by this worm mainly in India, Peru, Turkey and Italy, where people are less prone to safeguard their computers with up-to-date antivirus programs. What should you do to protect your computer from this and other malware? [More...]
There's a war going on and the latest battle continues to offer promise and good prices to consumers looking for the best stuff for their computer.
Since the inception of dual-core processors a little while back the race has been on to see who can get the better chip with this dual-core processor technology.
During the final days of the single-core battles, there was a stalemate between AMD and Intel. Intel's clocked higher but were unable to match the speeds that the AMD managed at lower clock speeds. [More...]
Earlier we warned you about a serious security flaw, so-called "WMF flow." Several days later nearly one hundred different instances of exploitation of this newly discovered vulnerability had been found.
"Desktop users that suffered the effects of the IMF exploit describe it as a devastating experience to find their desktop computers completely taken over by an attacker.“
When it hit, the screen suddenly said, ‘Congratulations, you’re infected!’” said Brad Dinerman, vice president of information technology at MIS Alliance, a professional services outsourcing firm in Newton, Mass. It was clear that the computer running XP was no longer in his control.“ [More...]
Digital life on the Internet.
iLife ’08, a major update to Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, delivers significant upgrades to iPhoto, iWeb, GarageBand and iDVD, plus a completely reinvented iMovie that offers a revolutionary new way to enjoy, edit and share your video.
Install the iLife ’08 Family Pack* on up to five Mac computers in your household.
The digital life. In the fast lane.
Dual Core Performance
The world’s best designed and easiest-to-use desktop just got faster. Now with the Intel Core Duo processor with two execution cores on a single chip — iMac brings a new generation of power to the amazing things it can do.
Twice the Horsepower
The Intel Core Duo processor and a whole new architecture give iMac literally twice the horsepower it had previously. [More...]
January 11, 2006 EST | Software
Anonymizer Surfing has evolved to Anonymizer Universal
The Internet has become a fountain of information that most people use on a daily basis for entertainment and education…work and play. Unfortunately, the convenience of the World Wide Web also comes with hidden dangers. Online crimes are on the rise and are constantly evolving technologically. Anonymous Surfing protects your privacy and secures your identity by staying one step ahead of these online predators.
Anonymizer Surfing Highlights
- Protects you and your family from identity theft.
- Keeps your IP address (and your identity) hidden.
- Warns you before visiting phishing, pharming, & spyware sites.
- Secures the data you send over a wireless network.
- Starts automatically when you turn on your PC.
- Easy to use with the click of a button.
- Get Digital Shredder FREE with this offer
Anonymous Surfing hides your IP address so online snoops are unable to track the sites you visit and build profiles on your Internet activities. By redirecting your Web traffic through our secure servers, your online identity is protected. Our servers are armed with 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology, similar to that of your bank. So you can rest easy knowing that Anonymizer has you and your family covered. Read customer comments on Anonymizer products[More...]
January 11, 2006 EST | Software
Technically savvy Web users require sophisticated online identity protection that provides them total control over their privacy. Anonymizer Total Net Shield works by creating an encrypted "virtual tunnel" to and from your computer to shield you from even the most complex methods of online spying and snooping. Total Net Shield is similar to the secure Virtual Private Networks (VPN) that corporations use, but it's designed for personal use.
Secure tunneling creates an impregnable Secure Shell (SSH) connection from your computer to your destination site, protecting you from man in the middle (MITM) attacks and evil twin scams.
MITM attackers are able to read, insert, and modify online communications between two parties without either one knowing that their communications had been compromised. Total Net Shield protects you from this attack by encrypting all of your online communications with SSH tunneling. Read customer comments on Anonymizer products [More...]
Protection today is vital even for a novice its money well spent every time you turn on your computer you’re vulnerable, sometimes don't even need to turn it on.
The thing that's most important to me is private surfing and that works reliably for me. I can't imagine going online without it.
I think it would be foolish to surf naked. Some cover is needed.
Highly recommend. Entirely trustworthy [More...]
January 10, 2006 EST | Software
Popcorn™ helps you easily make high quality copies of your DVD movies. Powerful compression technology gives you the flexibility to copy even the largest movies to a single DVD disc.
From the creators of Toast®, the fastest and most reliable CD & DVD burning software for the Mac. [More...]
January 10, 2006 EST | Software
The Boom Box™, a must-have for the iPod, is the perfect blend of five best-of-class Mac software applications, which will make your iPod sing. Preserve the tunes from old LPs and tapes. Capture Internet streams and download podcasts to listen to whenever you want. Automatically generate perfect playlists. Turn any text from e-books, Web pages, and news feeds into an audio file and send to iTunes with one click. Expand your iPod experience with the essential Mac software collection – The Boom Box. [More...]
The FTC, U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Canadian consumer protection officials, and three state Attorneys General today announced a law enforcement initiative targeting spammers who are cluttering consumers’ mail boxes with millions of illegal and unwanted e-mail messages. The FTC targeted three operations, the Canadian Competition Bureau settled two cases, and the Attorneys General of Florida, North Carolina, and Texas filed complaints seeking to block the illegal spamming of three more operations. U.S. federal criminal authorities have executed search warrants as part of this initiative.
The FTC targeted operators who allegedly violated federal law by sending spam with false “from” information and misleading subject lines, and by failing to provide an “opt-out” option or a physical address. Documents filed with the court detailed how the spammers hijacked innocent consumers’ computers and turned them into spamming machines that relayed the illegal spam while concealing the real sender. This practice obscures the original source of the message so spammers can avoid detection by law enforcers and others, and allows them to elude filters used by Internet service providers. Two “victims” that appeared to be computers with open proxies actually were “honey pots” or “proxy pots” that did not relay the spam, but captured it, with its original routing information, to pass along to law enforcers. [More...]