Daily Archives: May 3, 2007

How many USB devices do you need?

Some days it seems like there’s an
invention for everything. A case in point: The Mouse Jiggler, a USB device that
keeps your pointer in motion so your screen saver never kicks in
when you wander away from your computer

The device is being marketed to computer forensics experts and IT professionals
who don’t want a laptop to lock them out with a password-protected screen
saver. There must be a lot of people out there who don’t know how to
disable password protection on their screen savers! Maybe you need yet
another USB gizmo, but wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier to just use
the Display control panel?

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Readers contribute to the discount debate

Following last week’s

story on OEM software, readers raised legitimate
concerns about OEM discounts and some crippled academic software.

Other readers offered even more ways and places to get software with a
whopping educational discount.

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How DEP can protect your PC

Newer processors, such as those from Intel and AMD, support a useful
feature that Microsoft calls hardware Data Execution Prevention
(DEP).

Unfortunately, it’s not enabled for all the software you may be
running. Here’s how to remedy that situation.

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