Geek Software of the Week: Prevx

Being safe on the Internet can be a chore, and it shouldn’t be… however, real life is what it is! So, what we need are tools to help keep our systems safe! This week’s Geek Software is one of those tools. Unlike most of my recommendations, it isn’t free, but it is fairly cheap. There is a 15 day free trial, then you have to license it for $19.95. Check it out:

Prevx – Host Intrusion Prevention Systems

The idea is if ANY software tries to do something that you don’t know about, it will stop it and ask you if you REALLY want to do whatever it is trying to do… so, if you hit a site that tries to install junk on your system in the background… boom! You get a notice and can stop it. Sounds like it is worth the $19.95! And, if you want my recommendations on how to be safe on the web, check out this article:

How to be Safe on the Web

Geek Wives

Most fellow geeks I talk to (yes, I “are” one) are married to a “significant other” (as they called it in my college Sociology class) that have no clue AT ALL when it comes to computers, software, systems, etc.

That is not the case with yours truly. My wife, Belinda, is a geek too… OK, not an uber-geek like me, but geeky enough. She has a a degree in Computer Science and was a manager of software developers back at Ciba-Geigy Corporation. So, she finds it easy to keep up with the ol’ Computer Curmudgeon when I wax totally gear-head. But, she does have her head on straight, so she can keep me somewhat “on earth” when I have to be. So I am blessed! But, it is not that way for many…

Check this out:
Fedora XP: Getting Your Wife to Use Linux

I don’t need it, but you might (you know who you are!)

SCO: Fish or Cut Bait

Well, now it seems that not only was SCO lying about their claim that Linux developers had stolen code from them…

SCO: Fish or Cut Bait

… it also now seems that they knew it wasn’t true all along… and that they were (shock) doing it to make it harder for a competitor (Red Hat) to compete.

In short, they were failing in their business and wanted to try to make money by trashing everyone else. Nice guys. (Not!)

James “Scotty” Doohan Dies at 85

I watched Star Trek on my old black & white TV when it first came on… and a real treat was getting to walk several miles to a friend’s house and watch it on his COLOR TV! Like all the other Star Trek:TOS (The Original Series) characters, I grew up with them, and thoroughly enjoyed watching the episodes over and over!

Now, Scotty won’t be saying, “She canna take anymore, Cap’n!” again… but I will treasure his memory. I got to meet James Doohan several times as a “true blue” Star Trek fan… he even did a small cameo appearance in a “joke video” we did for our R&D Computer Group when I worked at Ciba-Geigy Corporation. We likened the Enterprise under stress to the network under stress, and had Mr. Doohan say, “I canna give ya any more CPU, Cap’n!” at one point during the production… it brought down “the house!” We’ll miss ye, Scotty!

James Doohan Dies at 85

Geek Software of the Week: CCleaner

OK, some history first. I used and loved a tool called “RegCleaner” that was released some years ago by a gentlemen named Jouni Vuorio. He went on to create other tools that incorporated a lot of RegCleaner’s functionality into a tool that he then charged for… OK, good for him. But, it wasn’t as simple as the old tool… and it wasn’t free either!

Now, enter CCleaner! (Which, pardon my “French,” stands for “Crap-Cleaner”) It not only cleans the registry, it also cleans up after your browser, providing better privacy, and it does the following cleaning as well:

Internet Explorer
Temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.

Firefox
Temporary files, URL history, cookies, download history.

Windows
Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

Registry cleaner
Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more… also comes with a comprehensive backup feature.

Third-party applications
Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Opera, Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more…

100% Spyware FREE
This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.

Nice… nice… nice! Check it out! Here’s the link:

CCleaner

Broadband over Power Line: Ready for Prime Time?

Now here’s an idea that may, indeed, be revolutionary! Imagine where ever you had a power outlet in your home, you could plug in to high speed Internet?

Broadband over Power Line: Ready for Prime Time?

The implications are amazing! There are still places that can’t get cable, or are too far away from the DSL phone company’s CO. That means that some folks still HAVE to use dialup… not that they haven’t switched over due to cluelessness! But, most of these places DO have electricity, and therefore (depending on other limitations,) they might be able to use this technology. Very cool!

I Get Interesting Computer Questions

As a recognized “uber-geek,” I get asked questions about what anti-virus to use (“AVG” or “Avast!,” both free,) what to do about attachments (don’t EVER click on them!), etc. But occasionally, I get a really unique question. Today I was asked, “Do you know anything that will block all gambling sites?” Well, I had never looked into that… I must admit. Gambling has never been an issue with me. I understand that no one really “wins” at gambling. And, somehow throwing away my money has no enticement for me! But, for those that have the addiction (and it is an addiction every bit as bad as drugs, cigarettes, etc.) here is a possible software “solution”:

GamBlock

Warning… it is designed to be “un-removable” once installed, so that the user can’t say, “Well, I REALLY want to gamble!,” and then remove it in order to do so. But anyway, if you need it, check it out!

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