Hi Fred. The advice given to Gary Fritz regarding
hard drive surgery is sound ("Hardware Drive Surgery"
http://langalist.com/plus/newsletters/2005/2005-08-15plus.asp#14 ), but you
are going to have to get very close to the hardware in order to see what you are
doing. So, if working with the platters exposed, in addition to gloves, you
should wear a surgical mask to prevent moisture droplets from your breath from
corrupting the top platter. I would also recommend a hair cover to stop skin
flakes or hairs dropping into the drive.
Yes, it’s another longer-than-usual
expanded issue, as Mike and I work to backfill some of the content we couldn’t
send you while I was unavoidably offline. (More info:
Our item on "ewido" (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-09-25.htm#1 )the new antispyware tool from
the makers of the AVG antispyware tool, prompted some diametrically opposite
Hi Fred: Just wondered if you have heard of
the Linux based OS called "ubuntu",
or if you have had any dialog about it in the past?
After his site was listed in the "Load The Code" section, Steve Henthorn,
Fred: I was pleased to find the
command shell command: tasklist /svc to finally actually see what the heck
service host was running. Up until now service host was a back hole that could
have been running anything and I had no idea how to find out what; of concern
obviously was malware cloaked by the cryptic cover "svchost". Are you aware of
any programs out there that take this a step further, internally breaking down
all of the svchost services running, looking at them, perhaps checking their
checksums or some other process to identify if each is the appropriate service
and warning if any are either out of the ordinary or an ordinary named service
that does not properly match the identifying characteristics for that service?
Thanks for a great newsletter! I have
a lot of MP3 voice-only recordings that were originally made at 64 Kbps. In
order to maximize storage, I was wondering if it was possible to reduce the bit
rate from 64 Kbps to, say 32 or 40 Kbps. Are there utilities that do this kind
of downward conversion?
Fred, When I downloaded the Comodo firewall,
I was surprised to see the company offering several other free security
programs: Verification Engine (anti-phishing), AntiSpam (which uses the
"challenge-response" method you detest), BackUp, iVault, Email Certificate,
Our accidental series on spooky
"ghost-in-the-machine" noises and behaviors inside the apparently haunted PCs of
some users continues below. Previously:
Hi, Fred. In the 2005-11-07 Plus
Newsletter, Mark asked about Remote Control software. An often overlooked piece
of software that has remote control capabilities, and that many people already
have on their computers is Microsoft’s Netmeeting. Windows XP doesn’t install
the Netmeeting short cut under Accessories, Communications like previous
versions, but the program is still there, nevertheless. To start Netmeeting, run
"conf.exe". If Netmeeting hasn’t been run before, a wizard will step the user
through setting it up. Once Netmeeting is set up, another wizard can be run to
set up Remote Desktop Sharing (look under Tools).