Apr
19th

Geek Software of the Week: TrimCheck

From LifeHacker – Make Sure TRIM Is Enabled for Your Solid State Drive in Windows 7 for Better Performance By: Whitson Gordon

“One of the best ways to take full advantage of your solid state drive (SSD) is to use the performance-maintaining TRIM command. Technology blog GHacks shows us how to make sure TRIM is enabled in Windows 7.

While using something like Intel’s previously mentioned Toolbox application to TRIM your drive is extremely useful, you need to make sure Windows 7 has enabled it first. And, while Windows is designed to automatically detect most SSDs, sometimes it doesn’t work as intended. If you find the

performance of your SSD is degrading (or just want to make sure TRIM is properly enabled), run Command Prompt as an administrator and type:

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

It will give you one of two results, either a 0 or a 1. A zero indicates that TRIM is enabled correctly, a one means that it is not. If you have a TRIM-compatible SSD, but find that Windows 7 hasn’t enabled the command, you can easily do so by running this command:

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0

Note that TRIM is only supported in Windows 7, so if you have an SSD but are running an older version of Windows, it’s probably a good idea to upgrade.”

This week’s GSotW is “TrimCheck” a tool to test whether TRIM is enabled when you have a solid state drive.

TrimCheck

“This program provides an easy way to test whether TRIM works on your SSD. It uses a similar method to the one described here, but uses sector calculations to avoid searching the entire drive for the sought pattern. It also pads the sought data with 32MB blocks of dummy data, to give some room to processes which may otherwise overwrite the tested deleted disk area.

The program will set up a test by creating and deleting a file with unique contents, then (on the second run) checks if the data is still accessible at the file’s previous location.”

Apr
18th

Lose Rights by “Liking” a Company?

A disturbing trend showed up this week in the cyber world concerning companies and the fine print that they’re putting into their privacy policies on their websites. They’re basically making it possible to deny a customer’s right to sue the company based on the users “consent” which they unknowingly give when they “like” a brand on Facebook.

General Mills, which makes cereals like Cheerios and Chex, have quietly added language to their website to alert customers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons or “like” online communities on Facebook.

The idea is that any favorable interaction with the company or its products that confers a quote “benefit” to the consumer is treated as an acceptance of the company’s terms, which includes a waiver of any legal rights against the company.

The bottom line to you as a consumer is that you should carefully read any explanations on company websites if you’re concerned about losing these kinds of rights.

Apr
18th

A New Long Term Support (LTS) Version of Ubuntu is Out!

Ubuntu 14.04 will be the first version of Ubuntu to provide the operating system for commercially available tablets. “Trusty Tahr,” or version 14.04 will be a long-term support edition for desktops and servers.

Canonical CEO Jane Silber said Ubuntu 14.04 for desktops “would be a good option for businesses considering a switch from Microsoft, and specifically those replacing XP or Windows 7 as they come to end-of-life.” It would be nice to think that businesses would seriously consider such a switch, but I think they would be fairly forward thinking to consider it. Sadly, there are many businesses willing to take a chance of having an open source operating system upon which to base their business. Those that do decide to make the switch, more power to them!

Ubuntu is based on Debian Linux but also forms the basis of other operating systems including the popular Linux Mint desktop.

Apr
17th

A Viewer Takes the Doctor’s Advice!

This is a message from a viewer of the Netcast, that also goes to my church… check it out!

“Hi, Dr. Bill… just a FYI that I took your advice from your most recent computer show and converted an old XP PC we have over to Linux Mint. The hardest part for me was getting the .iso file on to a DVD… but, I found and downloaded a free program that helped me with that. I installed the ‘Cinnamon’ version and it works like a champ! This particular PC is the oldest one in the house and I have only been using it for searching for Praise and Worship music for the worship team, then formatting and printing it. This Linux version came with LibreOffice and Firefox for the browser… which all works great! Thanks for the tip and for helping us breathe some new life into an older (but still working) PC.”

Apr
15th

Office Online Coming to Chrome

In Microsoft’s Office Blog it was announced that Microsoft is expanding their online Office products to include the Chrome web store, so now Google Chrome users can use Microsoft’s Office Online product.

You may already access Microsoft’s Office Online products at: http://www.office.com

Microsoft also discussed its “Tell me” feature, which allows you to ask Word how to do something, and the relevant information will be presented in a simple drop-down list.

Word Online now includes commenting, improved footnotes, and lists.

PowerPoint Online also offers improved performance, text editing, and the “Tell me” feature.

Office Online works in all browsers according to Microsoft, and if you use Chrome, you can now add Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online. Excel Online will be coming to the Web store shortly.

Apr
12th

Dr. Bill.TV #333 – Video – “The Bleeding Heart Edition”

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HeartBleed runs rampant on the web, LastPass announces a new feature, LinkedIn notifies you of jobs at your own company, HeartBleed a problem for Cisco and Juniper, Twitter adds real-time features, TPN.TV NAB coverage, GSotW: EaseUS Partition Master Free

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

International Association of Internet Broadcasters

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Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

EaseUS Partition Master Free


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Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/TUsPuJRwvO4

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Apr
12th

Dr. Bill.TV #333 – Audio – “The Bleeding Heart Edition”

HeartBleed runs rampant on the web, LastPass announces a new feature, LinkedIn notifies you of jobs at your own company, HeartBleed a problem for Cisco and Juniper, Twitter adds real-time features, TPN.TV NAB coverage, GSotW: EaseUS Partition Master Free

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

International Association of Internet Broadcasters

Blubrry Network

Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

EaseUS Partition Master Free


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

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Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/TUsPuJRwvO4

Available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/91820390


Apr
11th

Geek Software of the Week: EaseUS Partition Master Free!

EaseUS Partition Master FreeA FREE Partition Manager for your Windows PC!

EaseUS Partition Master Free

“As a Partition Magic alternative, EaseUS Partition Master Free is an ALL-IN-ONE FREE disk partition management tool brought together with three main functions including: Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery Wizard.

  • Only free for home users
  • Highly recommended by over 20,000,000 users around world
  • Free and easy-to-use wizard allows professional and reliable disk management
  • Free disk partition management tool allows you to extend system partition, settle low disk space problem, manage disk space easily on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk.

Partition Manager

Best solution to create, delete, resize/move, merge, split partitions, etc. to make better use of hard drive capacity.

Resize/Move partitions with data loss, like extending NTFS system partition without reboot to maximize PC performance.

  • Safely merge two adjacent partitions into a bigger one without data loss.
  • Convert dynamic disk to basic disk and convert FAT to NTFS file system.
  • Convert primary partition to logical partition and vice versa: convert a primary volume to logical to create a fifth volume on a disk with 4 existed primary volumes.
  • Wipe disk or wipe partition to permanently wipe sensitive data on disk.
  • Support up to 2TB partition on MBR disk and 4TB partition on GPT disk.

Disk & Partition Copy Wizard

Easily clone disk and volumes for data protection or disk upgrade, no Windows system reinstallation required.

    • Copy partition with fast file-by-file copy to protect your data.
    • Copy entire hard disk to another or migrate OS to SSD without Windows reinstallation.
    • Upgrade system disk to a bigger one with one-click.
    • Support GPT disk/partition copy.
    • Provide option to shut down the computer after applying any operation. This function is especially useful when you copy the disk which contains the operating system.

    Partition Recovery Wizard

    Designed to recover deleted or lost partitions on unallocated space.

    • Partition Recovery Wizard allows you to recover deleted or lost partitions from unallocated space due to hardware or software failure, virus attack or hard drive repartitioned.
    • Two recovery modes in Partition Recovery Wizard: Automatic recovery mode is easy to use and requires minimal effort; Manual recovery mode gives you full control of the recovery process.
    • Support FAT, NTFS, EXT2 & EXT3 partition recovery.”
    Apr
    11th

    Canon Announces the Vixia Mini-X Camcorder at NAB

    Canon Vixia Mini-XI really love the Canon Vixia camcorder line. I use a Canon camcorder to shoot my video netcast. This week at the NAB Canon announced the Vixia Mini-X full HD camcorder.

    It has an F/2.8 lens, a Canon DigiX 4 image processor, and a 12.8 megapixel high sensitivity CMOS sensor, which increases its ability to operate in low light levels. It records in AVCHD at 1920×1080 resolution at a 60i frame rate, as well is recording in MP4 format in either 1920×1080 or 1280×720 resolutions at 30p or 24p frame rates. It also provides linear PCM audio recording, and captures great video, but also has great audio thanks to a built-in, high-quality set of stereo microphones.

    It records to an SD card and has the ability to have external audio pluged-in via a mini-jack. All these features, taken together, provide for a camera that would be excellent for podcasting. At around $400 it would be a great choice for beginning podcaster that was serious about a high-quality HD video production on a budget.

    This was a standout in a release of other Canon Vixia camcorders at this past week’s NAB convention!

    Apr
    11th

    NAB Coverage!

    As you, no doubt, know… I’m very into video, and video broadcasting technology! This past week was the National Association of Broadcasters convention; and it gave many vendors an opportunity to update the video community on new hardware and software releases.

    I wish I could’ve been there! To quote Klingon Commander Kor, “It would’ve been glorious!” However, Tech Podcast Network was there, and there are a lot of great videos covering the NAB available at TPN.TV. So do yourself a favor, and go check out the coverage TPN.TV!.

    I also saw some great videos on Geekbeat.TV over the last few days. Notable among them was their coverage of BlackMagicDesigns new cameras available for studio usage. They had a standard HD camera for under $2000, and an Ultra HD version, which some people call 4K, camera that was around $6000. Now, there’s no question that that’s a lot a lot of money, but for the quality, and features of these cameras, that is an awesome price point!

    So if you’re into video, and video technology, check out these resources. There’s a lot of really neat stuff coming down the pipeline for prosumers!


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