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Dr. Bill Podcast – 93 – (06/20/07)
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Dr. Bill plays “catch up” with this podcast… the latest he’s ever been! We catch up on all the Tech News! A Geek Software of the Week! Whew!
Boy, do I feel bad! I STILL haven’t gotten the podcast out! This is, indeed, a new record! But, things are looking good to be able to do it this evening… so, hang in there! It will be a “newsy” edition, as this has been a busy blogging week! So, lot’s of good things to discuss when I get it done!
Ad-Aware is one of the very best adware and spyware eliminators! And now, the new version is out, and it is free! They obviously want to sell you the “Pro” version, but the free one is very good… and the price is right!
Ad-Aware 2007 Free Edition
“Ad-Aware 2007 Free remains the most popular anti-spyware product for computer users around the world, with nearly one million downloads every week. Our free anti-spyware version provides you with advanced protection against spyware that secretly attaches and takes control of your computer, resulting in aggressive advertising pop-ups, sluggish computer activity, even identity theft through stolen bank details, passwords, and credit card account numbers. If you want real-time scanning capabilities, consider upgrading to Ad-Aware 2007 Plus for real-time protection against spyware, all the time!”
Mandriva Linux has put out a statement against the Microsoft protection scheme:
“Novell, Xandros and Linspire have signed well publicized agreements with Microsoft. Rumors on the Web have hinted that we might be next on the list. So we would like to clarify our position. At Mandriva, we believe working in heterogeneous environments is essential to our customers. So, interoperability between the Windows and Linux world is important and must be dealt with, and anything that helps this interoperability is a good thing. We also believe the best way to deal with interoperability is open standards, such as ODF which we support strongly and we are ready to cooperate with everyone on these topics. As far as IP is concerned, we are, to say the least, not great fans of software patents and of the current patent system, which we consider as counter productive for the industry as a whole. We also believe what we see, and up to now, there has been absolutely no hard evidence from any of the FUD propagators that Linux and open source applications are in breach of any patents. So we think that, as in any democracy, people are innocent unless proven guilty and we can continue working in good faith. So we don’t believe it is necessary for us to get protection from Microsoft to do our job or to pay protection money to anyone. We plan to keep developing and distributing innovative and exciting products and making them available to the largest number in the true spirit of open source.”
So, you have your system set to do Windows Updates (WU), that’s good from a security point of view. BUT… now you get those nasty pop-up dialogs that bug you until you reboot. You will reboot when you want do, dang it! So, how can you disable them?
Use the Group Policy editor! You can run it by typing: gpedit.msc into the “Start -> Run” box.
Once you are in the Group Policy Editor, go to:
*Computer Configuration -> Administrative Template -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
* Double click on No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations
* In the settings window Choose Enabled and click OK
* Double click on Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations
* In the settings window Choose Disabled and click OK
* Close Group Policy Editor
And, viola! You have eliminated the problem. Now you can get on with that game… or, OK, the report you were working on! (Yeah!)
Another day without the podcast… somehow I will get it done… you wouldn’t believe how “slammed” I am at the moment… new job during the day, and church meetings at night (Vacation Bible School). It is keeping me hopping!
Hooray! Ubuntu is NOW officially my very favorite distro! Mark Shuttleworth made the right decision on the Microsoft protection racket issue!
No Microsoft Patent Deal for Ubuntu
In a recent column, I speculated that Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, might make Ubuntu the next Linux distribution to make a deal with Microsoft. Now, Shuttleworth, in his latest blog post, denies that possibility, writing, ‘We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements.’ Shuttleworth also states that this speculation in the media has been thoroughly and elegantly debunked in the blogosphereâ€”but not before the damage was done. The blog he referred to details how the quote I used comes from an interview with Shuttleworth in which Shuttleworth makes it extremely clear that he won’t entertain any kind of patent deal with Microsoft. The matter has also been hotly spoken about in some of the Ubuntu mailing lists. Unfortunately, no one seems to have actually read my column. I never said that Ubuntu might be making a patent deal with Microsoft. I said, it ‘would be as easy as falling off a log for Canonical to add some Microsoft features of its own to Ubuntu Linux distribution.’ I was talking about the features like those added by Linspire in its deal. These included: VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) compatibility over Microsoft IM (instant message) compatible clients; Microsoft audio and video codec support; and TrueType fonts. I’ll also speculate that, like the Novell, Xandros, and Linspire deals, a Ubuntu deal might also include work on technical interoperability between Linux and Windows. The matter has also been hotly spoken about in some of the Ubuntu mailing lists. Unfortunately, no one seems to have actually read my column. I never said that Ubuntu might be making a patent deal with Microsoft. I said, it ‘would be as easy as falling off a log for Canonical to add some Microsoft features of its own to Ubuntu Linux distribution.’ I was talking about the features like those added by Linspire in its deal. These included: VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) compatibility over Microsoft IM (instant message) compatible clients; Microsoft audio and video codec support; and TrueType fonts. I’ll also speculate that, like the Novell, Xandros, and Linspire deals, a Ubuntu deal might also include work on technical interoperability between Linux and Windows. I’ll also add that none of the Linux companies that have made any kind of patent agreements with Microsoft have agreed with Microsoft’s bogus position that Linux violates any of Microsoft’s patents.”
I know… it seems like a new habit, but I am late again with this week’s podcast… blame it on coming back from vacation craziness! But, by this evening… hang in there!
So, for this week’s great, free Windows utility, how about a cool program that allows you to manage MySQL databases and create, browse, query, create reports… and generally manipulate your MySQL databases with a handy Windows interface!
HeidiSQL Web Site
“HeidiSQL is an easy-to-use interface and a “working-horse” for web-developers using the popular MySQL-Database. It allows you to manage and browse your databases and tables from an intuitive WindowsÂ® interface.
With HeidiSQL you will also be able to:
* generate nice SQL-exports
* synchronize tables between two databases
* manage user-privileges
* import text-files
* export table-data as CSV, HTML and XML
* browse and edit table-data using a comfortable grid
* batch-insert ascii or binary files into tables
* write queries with syntax-highlighting (next version will have also code-completion)
* monitor and kill client-processes
* and much more…”
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