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[] Linux and WordPerfect/Word SIG by jackb May 06, 2009, 01:48:52 PM
The Board of Trustees have re-aligned the SIG schedule.  The WordPerfect/Word SIG will meet on the first Wednesday of the month, and the new Linux SIG will meet the third Wednesday of the month. The second Wednesday of the month the Linux group will meet with the WNYLUG group at their facilities.
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[] Acronis True Image free for Maxtor, Seagate users (From ozrom1e) by MrDonK! July 20, 2007, 06:34:49 AM
Acronis True Image free for Maxtor, Seagate users

 

"Acronis can be obtained free if you have a Maxtor or Seagate hard drive.

 

The important thing to note, however, is that both utilities are based on an OEM version of Acronis's well-regarded True Image backup application. According to the Inquirer's report, both free utilities support the creation of disk images, partitions, the cloning and formatting of disks, and more.

 

Inquirer's report:

 

One of the best HDD utilities is free

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=39779

 

Seagate provides Two free downloadable utilities at the following links:

 

DiscWizard

 

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=DiscWizard&vgnextoid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

 

MaxBlast5

 

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=MaxBlast_5&vgnextoid=7add8b9c4a8ff010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

 
I found this information in = Windows Secrets Newsletter Issue 116 2007-07-19

     
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[] Windows XP Upgrade by Mr.Victor April 09, 2014, 11:03:52 AM
Wondering how to upgrade from Microsoft Windows XP ?  See these links for help;

Microsoft's website help for XP users
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/xp/default.aspx?

How to Upgrade from XP
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456131,00.asp

XP Migration Guide
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/windows-xp-migration-guide,news-18038.html#windows-xp-migration-guide%2Cnews-18038.html?

10 Tips to protect your current XP
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/10-tips-safely-run-windows-xp,news-18571.html#10-tips-safely-run-windows-xp%2Cnews-18571.html?

Why you should ditch XP
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456104,00.asp

Options for upgrading to Windows 7
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2105765/3-ways-to-get-a-new-windows-7-pc-in-the-windows-8-era.html

Security Now Podcast with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte (fast forward 11 minutes into podcast for XP discussions)
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/twit.cachefly.net/audio/sn/sn0450/sn0450.mp3

Security Now Website   http://twit.tv/sn

Also see my previous post at the link below, on what you can do to secure XP in the meantime
http://www.wnycomsoc.org/community/index.php/topic,1236.0.html
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[] Win 7 Antivirus Tests by Mr.Victor March 31, 2014, 12:30:08 PM
AV-TEST has now completed their Windows 7 Antivirus Program tests.  Top rated programs were Bitdefender and Kaspersky, followed closely by Trend Micro. Also close behind were Norton and McAfee.  See the results at the link below. Note that the more "white blocks" in the rating, the higher the score.

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-7/janfeb-2014/

Click this link for the FREE version of Bitdefender Antivirus;  
http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html
 
See previous posts for more antivirus and malware related info;
http://www.wnycomsoc.org/community/index.php/topic,1205.0.html
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[] Microsoft EMET by Mr.Victor February 17, 2014, 10:54:22 AM
There is a powerful tool from Microsoft, that has not had much exposure in the press. Best of all it's FREE !

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a utility that is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. It helps raise the bar against malicious malware attacks. EMET anticipates the most common actions and techniques adversaries might use in compromising a computer, and helps protect by diverting, terminating, blocking, and invalidating those actions and techniques. EMET helps protect your computer systems even before new and undiscovered threats are formally addressed by security updates and antimalware software. EMET benefits enterprises and all computer users by helping to protect against security threats and breaches that can disrupt businesses and daily lives. This program does require some advanced configuration and is not recommended for beginners.

More info on EMET is available here;   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2458544

Download EMET here;  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41138

Here's help on Installing and Using EMET;   http://pages.ebay.com/securitycenter/emet.html

Sample Screenshot :

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[] Hard Drive Failure? by Mr.Victor January 22, 2014, 11:40:19 AM
Did your Hard Drive die prematurely? Maybe your drive manufacturer is to blame. Backblaze, the makers of a cloud-based online backup service, released their hard drive reliability tests. They found that one drive manufacturer had a high number of failure rates. Read on at this link below ;
http://www.neowin.net/news/seagate-hard-drives-exhibit-surprisingly-high-failures-rates-in-reliability-test-hitachi-leads-the-pack

For more info on Hard Drive ratings, reviews, and general reference see these links;
http://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hard-drives

http://www.testfreaks.com/internal-hard-drives/

http://blog.backblaze.com/2013/11/12/how-long-do-disk-drives-last/

http://www.computerhope.com/help/hdd.htm


Steve Gibson's highly rated Hard Drive Data Recovery, Repair, and Maintenance Utility called SPINRITE. This Utility has been used in the Space Shuttle Program and Space Station. Read more here;

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm


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[] WinAmp Lives On by Mr.Victor January 14, 2014, 10:41:12 AM
Winamp, the popular music player of the late 90s and early 2000s, was supposed to shut down on December 2013, but has now lived on into 2014. Following rumors of a potential Microsoft acquisition, Radionomy confirms that it has acquired the media player from its owner AOL along with Shoutcast, an internet radio broadcasting service that AOL also owned. For more info see article at link below;

http://www.neowin.net/news/its-official-winamp-and-shoutcast-saved-via-radionomy-purchase

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[] Online Kids Security by Mr.Victor December 27, 2013, 12:11:06 AM
With many new children getting online with their new holiday electronic gifts, make sure you spend 5 minutes setting up the Parental Controls on the Operating System. Depending on the type of device, we can likely have you secure. If you have devices with any of these following operating systems, please go to link below for more details:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Mac OS X Mavericks
  • iOS
  • Android

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/12/19/five-minute-fix-keeping-your-kids-safe-online-with-parental-controls
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[] Extending XP's Life by Mr.Victor December 19, 2013, 12:12:51 PM
What should you do to maintain your PC security after Microsoft ceases Windows XP support this April ? If you want to continue using XP, here's a good article with tips on securing your XP security, and improving it's performance :

http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/securing-xp-pcs-after-microsoft-drops-support/

Microsoft to add update reminder warnings:
http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/3/5465208/windows-xp-support-pop-up-messages

Most Antivirus programs will support Windows XP for years to follow ;
http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/artikel/the-end-is-nigh-for-windows-xp-these-anti-virus-software-products-will-continue-to-protect-xp-after/

Microsoft now extends XP support for Security Essentials to July 2015 ;
http://www.neowin.net/news/mixed-signals-microsoft-extends-windows-xp-security-essentials-support-to-july-2015

If you are on a tight budget and can't afford a new PC, here are solid tips on increasing your old PC's performance ; http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/25773/complete-guide-to-breathing-new-life-into-your-old-pc-or-laptop/

Here's some simple performance tricks that that will increase XP's performance on your old PC without cost ;
http://lanicom.com/Support/XPPerform
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