Support Alert

Self repairing PCs

IBM has introduced the “Rapid Restore” utility for its line of
PCs that allows end-users to effectively re-image their PCs to
recover from data corruption, virus infections and other
software induced system failures. The utility works by restoring
a system image along with key application data from a hidden
disk partition that cannot be accessed by viruses or
applications.

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Look for Windows Secrets and Support Alert Newsletter

This Thursday, you’ll start receiving the combined publication. It will bear a new logo, Windows Secrets & Support Alert, as shown in the image at left. (This name will be shortened after a transitional period.)

The combined newsletter will have approximately 400,000 subscribers, far more than the 145,000 I’ve been publishing to in recent months. But I’ll have more time to focus on writing as the senior editor of the merged publication. The production help I’m receiving from the Windows Secrets staff is already making my life much easier.

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Bill Gates savaged by Windows

This is priceless: an old email from Bill Gates complaining about his frustrating experiences with Windows. If you have ever wondered what the word “schadenfreude” means let me tell you that your reaction to Bill’s problems describes it exactly.

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Commercial defragger for free

This is nice: a full version of the $40 commercial disk defragger Ultimate Defrag for free.

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Free utility remove line breaks from text

Last month I mentioned StripMail, a free utility that removes unwanted formatting and line breaks from text. It’s a great product but it’s not the easiest to set up.

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A Terabyte USB drive for $129.99

Even a year ago the idea that you would be able to buy this amount of storage for this price would have seemed pure fantasy. Folks, hard drive storage is now cheaper than buying blank CDs or even DVDs.

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Microsoft security news

The Microsoft “Patch Tuesday” for July resulted in the release of four security bulletins covering nine vulnerabilities, none of which were rated “critical” by Microsoft.

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Spammers can crack CAPTCHA images

We have all been to websites where we have been asked to enter the characters present in some strange distorted graphic image. These graphics are called CAPTCHA images and are used by websites to help tell real people from automated spambots.

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A farewell note from Gizmo

This is the last edition of Support Alert Newsletter in its current format. From the next issue, it will be merged with Brian Livingston’s Windows Secrets newsletter.

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New version of top free PC inventory/monitoring program

Spiceworks IT Desktop has long been one my favorite free network management tools. It runs on a manager’s PC and monitors the health and software and hardware inventory up to 250 devices connected to the network.

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