Ezine 188 – ScreenToast
ScreenToast – Recommended by Paul DeBrino
You cannot help but enjoy this free online screen recorder. This is what ScreenToast offers:
Windows 7 XP Mode – Do You Need It? Can You Configure it?
Windows 7 boasts a free XP mode. This sounds good, and the hype says it will be easy to use. But Guy says it could cause frustration and installation could turn out to be a time-wasting marathon. The first problem is that you only get XP Mode with Windows 7 Ultimate (OK it also works with Professional / Enterprise), my point is that Window 7 Home Premium does not support XP Mode.
I strongly recommend that you first download Microsoft’s free HAVdetectionTool to check that your processor supports hardware assisted virtualization (HAV). If the tool indicates that your processor is up to the job, then you need to download two more files from Microsoft’s site, one for XP Mode and another for the Virtual Machine. Make sure that you select the appropriate 64 / 32-bit version, and then get the installation sequence right.
Perhaps the very first question should be do you really need XP mode? There are clues that the answer maybe, ‘no’. For example, XP is no longer supported. When anyone asks you such a question, the reflex is always to say YES I NEED IT. However, if you sleep on it, an amazing thing happens, your brain discovers work-arounds and eventually you realize that you can manage without XP mode after all. Maybe the nostalgia for XP is not what it used to be! The golden rule is that you have to discover this for yourself, a smart-Alec telling you what to do will only make you dig your heels in further!
Talking of old computers, take a walk down memory lane http://www.old-computers.com/museum/default.asp
This freeware monitor is great for checking whether your network’s load-balancing is performing as expected, for example, are two interfaces are getting about equal traffic?
It’s easy to install and straightforward to configure. You will soon be running tests to see how much network bandwidth your applications consume.
The GUI has a lovely balance between immediate network traffic data in the middle, combined with buttons to seek related data and configuration settings. Give this monitor a try, it’s free!
If you need more comprehensive network analysis software:
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Will and Guy’s Humour
If you have a computer problem next week then beware of April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Most people can take a good joke against themselves, but it becomes annoying if you try to cure something that isn’t broken. However, forewarned is forearmed, watch out for mischievous pranks ranging from a dummy mouse, strange AutoCorrections, or unusual screen contrast settings, to the usual batch of false alarms for computer viruses on April 1st. See will and Guy’s predictions for April Fools Day 2010.
Lots of useful utilities