I bought my wife a new laptop for Valentine’s Day and oh my it has Windows 8!! What a difference in both good and bad. I did get a laptop with a touch screen so Windows 8 makes a little more sense but still, it’s just dang awkward! One of the first things I thought would help would be to bring back the start menu. I looked around and tried a few of the apps out there and there are a lot. I settled on Classic Shell. It’s free and you can customize a lot in it. Check it out if you are wanting a start menu like we have had for years. Here is a little more info in this PC World article.
I’ve used AVG off and on for years but some things like advertisements in the interface and email has gotten old and something else the other day got on my nerves but I can’t remember what it was now! Anyway, it’s time to check out other free options since I can’t remember the last time I paid for anti-virus software. I’ve used Security Essentials over the years and seem to pick up bad things while using it! I’m pretty sure I’ve used Avast before and removed it for some reason but don’t remember why. I’ve used Avira before but like this comparison says, the interface just isn’t very pleasing or something and I had to uninstall it but it’s been a while since I tried it so it may be time to give it another try too. I’m installing Avast today again to give it a try.
What do you use and why? Do you pay for anti-virus software?
I’ve needed to do this a number of times over the years for different reasons like listing music, movies, or pictures and have tried a few different things. Karen’s Directory Printer can print the name of every file on a drive, along with the file’s size, date and time of last modification, and attributes like Read-Only, Hidden, System and Archive. You can even sort the list by name, size, date created, date last modified, or date of last access. It’s certainly worth a try.
I’ve used a few recovery boot CDs lately with some problem machines and had downloaded this one a while ago but never used it. I can’t say it fixed all my problems but I found the interface pretty slick and was even able to plug in a USB drive and notice it after my machine was booted to the CD, not all will do this. I happened to download this when they had a free download period after it first came out. It’s called Wondershare LiveBoot 2012. I also use a few other emergency boot CDs and will try to make a list here eventually but for now take a look at this one.
This might be a helpful way to lock out neighbor kids from connecting devices to your home computer that you have no idea about. Could be useful.
I’m always looking for nice, new, and free utilities! This one looks like it’s worth a try.
Wondershare LiveBoot 2012
Have you tried this new free tool from Microsoft yet? 32 and 64 bit versions.
I’ve used VirtualBox for along time and am glad Oracle decided to keep updating it. They just released an update. Head out and check out the fixed and get the latest version.
If you had a client that has been using Wordperfect for years and thought it was time to finally find something else, would there be any reason that you can think of to have Microsoft Office instead of OpenOffice if they had never really used either? (as long as there is nothing elaborate related to macros or anything, it’s just a small office that would use Word and Excel very casually) I can’t think of any reason to spend the money on Microsoft Office if they had never used either.
If this tells you nothing else, use Truecrypt if you really want to keep it hidden! I have considered using Truecrypt a number of times in the past but never had a ‘have to’ situation. I played with it on a Eeepc and in my case, it made it unusable but I’ve heard a number of folks that swear by it and I bet this guy does too!