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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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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Firefox 3 incompatible with Live Hotmail

Subscriber Dag Landsnes writes, “Gizmo, I just wanted to mention a problem that occurs for people using the full version of Live Hotmail with Firefox 3. The full version of Live Hotmail is not compatible with Firefox 3, thus all users are automatically downgraded to the simpler classic version. Here’s a link confirming what I just said.”

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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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Techie heaven

This site is dedicated to Windows command line functions, but this bland description undersells the huge amount of useful information provided. Power users and techies will find the section on PowerShell for XP to be a revelation; I did.

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Are security products a security risk?

This is no surprise. Let’s face it, security products are software and all software products are flawed. What is surprising is just how many flaws were detected in this survey; more than 800 vulnerabilities in all. Maybe we need a new class of software to protect our PCs from our security programs :>)

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New search engine shows hits in 3D

This is the first time I’ve seen a search engine combine a 3D display of search hits with the ability to filter search results into subject areas using tabs. The interface works really well and is really worth checking out. Unfortunately, the relevance of the search engine hits is poor compared to Google.

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Bundle of Firefox security extensions

You can turn Firefox into an impressive security testing and auditing tool with FireCAT. It’s a free collection of the “most efficient and useful Firefox Extensions oriented [to] application security auditing and assessment.”

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USB flash drive freebies

Subscriber Bryan Whitworth writes, “Gizmo, here’s a site that has a hundred or more tiny, free, portable applications. Even I was gob-smacked at what you can put on a stick.”

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