Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 27 2012

Windows 8 Release Date

I have done a lot of searching to find more information with regards the Release Date for the all new Microsoft Windows 8. Most of the articles that I found said that Microsoft had hinted that the release for Windows 8 will be in 2012. Some even said that Windows 8 will be release as early as the beginning of 2012.

Then I found an article where the Seasoned Microsoft-Watches Mary-Foley said that the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) date could be as early as April 2012.

In the end I found the most convincing hint. This was made by Microsoft Corporate vice president Dan’l Lewin. According to what he said, Microsoft Windows 8 is likely to be released next autumn, late 2012.

So I’m looking forward to the Windows 8 Release Date to get my hands on the all new version in the latest Microsoft OS.

Windows 8 Logo

Aug 27 2012

Free Anti-Virus Software

Free Anti-Virus Software is a very common virus solution these days. Lots of PC users, especially home users use free Anti-Virus software. The main reason for that is to save on the yearly license fees.

There is a considerable amount of malware (Viruses and Spyware) including trojans, worms, keyloggers, virusses, spyware and rootkit viruses. This means that AntiVirus software has evolved into malware detection software that will protect your data against these threats.

We take a look at the three Free Anti-Virus Software solutions that I use most in my business. Before I continue I just want to mention that if you download any of these software, please ensure that you remove your old AntiVirus Software before you install the new one and never run more than one Anti-Virus Software on your computer at the same time. The Anti-Virus software listed below is in order that I would recommend them.

AVAST! Free Anti-Virus

AVAST! is by far the best of the Free Anti-Virus Software available at the moment. It’s virus detection rates has improved over the past years.

Avast Free Antivirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros:
Realtime Email scanning (Incoming and Outgoing)
Realtime Boottime scanning
Realtime IM and P2P scanning
Includes Sandboxing to disable unwanted and unknown software
AVAST! is very light on resources and which is most of the time just as important as the protection of your data.

Cons:
You have to register AVAST! after you installed it. Not that it’s really a negative, but people forget to do this and then the software is basically useless.
It plays a sound that says “AVAST! has been updated” every time it completed its virus updates. Again this is not really a big problem as you can disable this function under the software settings.

Avira AntiVir Personal Edition

Avira AntiVir is a very useful Free Antivirus and also has very good virus and spyware capabilities. It does not have all the realtime feature that AVAST! have, but it’s still a very good choice for high risk users. The reason for not being the top Free Anti-Virus is the installation includes the Ask Toolbar that comes with the installation. I recommend that you remove this after installation via your Control Panel. It also includes daily advertisements that are very annoying to say the least.

Avira Antivir Personal Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros:
Very good in detecting malware
Very light on system resources

Cons:
Does not include Realtime Email scanner
Ask Toolbar that is included in the installation
Advertisements that pop up everytime AntiVir updates.


AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

AVG is also a very good choice in Free Anti-Viruses. It offers a very high level of protection and also include and spyware blocker that will protect your computer against unwanted software. The biggest down side of AVG Anti-Virus is the high system resource usage. AVG has a daily file scan that is scheduled to run and is configured by default during installation. This daily scan will slow you PC down almost to a halt. There is also the occasional advertisement but this can be disabled within the software.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros:
Daily scan scheduler
Spyware blocker (behavioural blocker)
Easy to install

Cons:
Very high system resource usage and will slow down your computer.
Occasional advertisement (can be disabled)
No Realtime Email scanner

Aug 27 2012

When printing an email it prints the attachments too

I’ve had this the other day. A client phone and say that when she print an email, it prints the attachments too. What she means is that she only wants the Message Body to print and not the attachments, but when she hits print, it prints the message body as well as the attachments. Now this can be very annoying, especially if the attachment is 30 pages and you only want to print the one page message body.

So here is the solution:

In Outlook 2010.

Click on FILE -> PRINT

Click on PRINT OPTIONS

Right at the bottom of the screen there is an option “Print attached files. Attachments will print to the default printer only”

Uncheck this option and DONE…

Print Attachments Option

Aug 27 2012

How to make a Straight-Thru and Crossover Network Cable

In this article I will explain to you how to make a Straight-Thru and Crossover Network Cable or flylead. Sometime we need to make up our own network cables or LAN cables and it is really not that difficult if you have the right tools. So gather your tools and follow the steps. Let’s start making network LAN cables…

What you will need to make your own Cat5e Network flylead

  1. 2x RJ-45 Connector
  2. 2x RJ-45 Boots
  3. Cat5e Network cable
  4. Cable Stripper
  5. Crimping Tool
  6. Cable Tester

Tools for making Cat5e Flylead

How to make a STRAIGHT –THRU Network Cable

First cut the Cat5e cable in the length that you want it to be. Remember that your maximum length is 100m for cat5e. Then use the cable stripper to strip the ends of the cable and untangle the coloured cables from each other.

Now arrange the colour strands in the order shown below depending if you want to use EIA/TIA 568A Standard or the EIA/TIA 568B Standard. The EIA/TIA 568B is the most common these days.

568A_and_568B_standard cat5e cable

Put the RJ-45 boot over the cable and insert the strands you have arranged according the standard that you want to use into the RJ-45 Connector. Use the crimping tool to crimp the RJ-45 connector onto the cable. Repeat this for both sides of the cable using the same Standard that you used at the other end of the cable.

Use your cable tester to make sure the network cable is Straight-Thru and that each cable makes the correct connection.

How to make a CROSSOVER Network Cable

To make a crossover cable you need to use the same steps as above. The only difference is that you need to change the order of your colour strands between the two ends of the cable or better explaind – Use the EIA/TIA 568A Standard on the one end of the LAN cable and the EIA/TIA 568B Standard on the other end of the LAN cable.

 

Crossover Cat5e flylead cable

Aug 27 2012

HP USB 2.0 Docking Station (AY052AA)

If you need a Docking Station Solutions for your laptop that does not ship with a standard docking station the HP USB 2.0 Docking Station (AY052AA) is the device you will need to make your life alot easier.

You can use it to connect all your accessories to your laptop. With other words, connect your Network Cable, Keyboard, Mouse, Printer, External Harddrives and External Monitor to the HP USB 2.0 Docking Station (AY052AA). Inturn connect the docking station with one cable (USB) to your laptop. It’s also very easy to install as the flash memory on the docking station stores all the software and drivers.

HP USB Docking Station AY052AA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PORTS: 1x DVI External Monitor Port, 1x RJ-45 Network Cable Port, 4x USB 2.0 Ports
POWER: DC 5V Input and Rated Current 4A
DIMENSIONS (WxDxH): 1.1 x 7.0 x 3.4 in

For security you can add a security locking cable to secure the docking station to your desk.
The docking station is compatible with Windows XP (SP1 and SP2), Windows Vista 32/64bit, Windows 7.

HP USB Docking Station AY052AA

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