Daily Archives: September 13, 2007

Details of Vista Service Pack 1 released

Like a lot of other users, I’ve decided not to use Vista on any of my production PCs until Vista SP1 is released. Well that date is fast approaching.

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Security update for Apple iTunes

A buffer overflow flaw has been discovered in both the Mac and Windows versions of iTunes that could allow the host computer to be compromised simply by playing a maliciously crafted media file. Users should upgrade to the latest V7.4 release from here:

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Multiple flaws in Yahoo Messenger

Two separate serious flaws were disclosed in late August. Check your version number and if less than 8.1.0.419 then update now from here:

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Extension sorts Firefox bookmarks

One of the features missing in Firefox’s otherwise excellent bookmarks system is the ability to easily sort bookmark lists in different ways. I used to use Torisugari’s “Sort Bookmarks” extension for this but it doesn’t support Firefox V2

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Free world time clock impresses

One thing I like about this world clock is that it properly handles daylight saving time changes around the world – most clocks don’t. I also like the fact that it is also small: only 134 Kb zipped.

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A portable email checker

Recently a subscriber wrote asking if there was a free program that would run from her work PC (which had no administrator rights) that would let her check her personal email accounts. There are several free portable POP email clients, including the excellent portable Thunderbird [1], but this was overkill for her needs.

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Firefox extension attaches sticky notes to Web pages

I don’t like sticky note utilities much but for this one I make an exception. Internote allows you to attach notes to webpages so that when you revisit the page the sticky note is automatically displayed.

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Tiny free PDF reader

I’ve used the free Foxit PDF reader for more than a year because it’s smaller and much faster than the Adobe Acrobat Reader, but recently I’ve been using the free Sumatra reader that is even smaller and faster. It’s also Open Source and portable.

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The best free 3-D graphics and modeling programs

Subscriber David Bruce recently sent in a series of suggestions in this category. I suggested he write them up as a webpage and he’s done just that.

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Free service lets know how you are using your time

RescueTime is an online application which gives you a breakdown of how you spend time on your computer. To use RescueTime you need to install a small utility on your PC that collects the usage stats for the RescueTime server.

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