Daily Archives: September 13, 2007

Two gigabytes of free online backup

Third time lucky. After two previous attempts I’ve finally got the much reader-recommended Mozy online backup service to work.

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Missing out on social bookmarking?

There are now over 200 online social bookmarking services along the lines of Del.icio.us. This site lists most of them along with short reviews and feature tables.

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Major update to Tech Support Alert Web site

I’ve been a busy boy in the last month updating the “46 Best-ever Freeware” list [1] and the “Extended List” [2]. The “Extended List” now has 71 items including 14 brand new entries.

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Gizmo’s guide to protecting your PC

What security software do I use on my own PC? It’s a question I often get asked. Usually the unstated motivation behind the question runs along the lines “if I find out what Gizmo is using then that must be a good guide to what I should use.”

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How to convert a U3 flash drive to a normal drive

U3 smart drives are USB flash drives which comply with the U3 mobile computing standard set down by U3 LLC (www.u3.com), a consortium of vendors lead by Sandisk.

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How to track changes in Web pages

There are several web services, both free and paid, that will alert you by email when a nominated webpage changes. An alternative approach to using these web services is to run a special stand alone “alerting” program on your own PC.

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Disk drives hit 1000GB

Who would have ever though we would see terabyte drives arrive so quickly. The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 not only gets 1000GB into a single 3.5 inch drive but Hitachi can somehow manage to retail it for $400.

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New improved version of HxD Hex editor/disk editor

Last month I gave a strong recommendation for HxD, the free Hex editor that also includes a raw disk editor and memory editor. One feature I mentioned that was missing was binary file comparison.

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A new way to check out downloads for potential malware

Mandiant Red Curtain is a free program that looks at a program and assigns it an “interest” score based on certain characteristics of the file. The higher the score, the more suspicious.

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A caution about the FileHippo update checker

In recent issues I’ve strongly advocated that all users should regularly use the free Secunia Software Inspector Service [1] to check whether any software on their PC has known security flaws and needs updating. This prompted a number of subscribers to write in about the FileHippo Update Checker [2] that also scans the software on your PC and advises if a new version is available.

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