Saturday, September 10, 2005

Software update: K3b 0.12.4

The developers from K3b has just released version 0.12.4. With this program, which is optimaisied for a KDE-environment, you can burn CDs and DVDs in Linux. Maybe programe is not the god word, it's rather more a grafique skin for the command line utilities cdrecord, cdrdao and growisofs.
More info about this programe can you find here.

Changes in K3b 0.12.4

- Fixed --cdimage and --dvdimage parameters.
- Fixed the file browser menu. Now it contains the bookmarks and "add to project" actions again.
- Fixed Index 0 (Pregap) handling in audio cue files.
- Improved handling of broken cue files: K3b now searches the directory for image files that could fit the cue file in case the FILE entry is bogus.
- Always try to create a new session in case the old one has been imported regardless of the inserted medium's free space.
- Fixed DVD-RW Restricted Overwrite media handling.
- Use RAW writing mode for audio CDs in case the writer does not support DAO but RAW.
- Fixed compile problems with latest ffmpeg builds.


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Friday, September 09, 2005

Software update: Paint.NET 2.2 alpha 2

The Paint.NET developers has just released the second alpha release of version 2.2. This program can be seen as the replacement of the with Windows delivered MS Paint and is developed in C# by a few peoples of the Washington State University in coorporation with Microsoft. This software only works with Windows 2000, XP and 2003 and the .NET FrameWork has to be installed.


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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Software update: Apple iTunes 5

In San Fransisco, on the Apple event, there's not only presented the new iPod but also a new version of iTunes. With Apple iTunes you can not only manage your music collection, but you can also buy new music in the online music store and when you have an iPod you can put them on.

iTunes 5 is available for Mac OS X and Windows and is delivered with a few changes. The 5-serie knows beside support from the iPod nano and the Motorola ROKR E1 iTunes-phone also a new search-toolbar, the shuffle functions are better - the phone can be filled with an own selection- and users of Windows can synchronise there iPod with contact persons and appointments in Microsoft Outlook (Express). The working of the playlist is also more easily.


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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Software update: CopyToDVD

VSO Software has just CopyToDVD updated to version The download is 6,5MB and can download here. CopyToDVD can burn different CD and DVD formats (data, audio, bootable, (S)VCD etc.) i's also possible to use a Third party-program to control CopyToDVD. Examples of these programs are DVD2One, Nero Recode andDVD Shrink.

Changes in CopyToDVD
- various update in file system management
- manager can support aspi mode too
- better dvd5 / dvd9 detection in manager

For: Windows 2000, Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows XP

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Monday, September 05, 2005

Software updates: Suse Linux 10.0 OSS beta 4

SUSE Linux 10.0 OSS beta 4, with codename 'provo', is launched by this Linux-based distribution. This based on Linux-distribution gives users different possibility's, like the browsen on the web, send e-mail, chatting, play movie and audio files and more.
A list with the most common bugs can you find here.

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Software update: Foobar 2000 0.9 beta 8

The eighth betaversion of version 0.9 from Foobar 2000 is just came out. Foobar 2000 is a no-nonsense audioplayer for Windows. This program can work with a lot of audioformats like: Ogg Vorbis, mp3, mpc en aac.

The new features are:

- Improved playlist management: all playlists are editable without being active, multiple playlists with the same name, Autoplaylists
- Field remappings in titleformat scripts: see Titleformat Introduction and Titleformat Reference for details
- Tag merging: combines information from multiple tag formats on the same file
- ID3v2 support with padding for fast tag updates
- Cleaned-up preferences
- On-line help system for preferences pages (uses the HA wiki)
- Playback queue (contents are currently not viewable)
- Instantaneous volume changes
- User interface selection: if a new user interface is detected at start-up, you can chose which one to use
- File type associations editor in preferences
- Ability to reset individual pages in preferences (if supported by the component that provides the page)
- Enhanced playlist generator syntax; also used in other components like Autoplaylist (details)
You can download Foobar 2000 0.9 beta 8 here

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Next week introduction first betaversion FireFox 1.5

Via Mozilla Developer is announced that this week, on 8 September, the first betaversion of Mozilla FireFox 1.5 will launched. This version will use the intern version-number 1.4. About a month later, on 5 Ocotber, a second betaversion of the browser will be launched, so on 28 October the first release candidate comes out. All this releases aren't mean for the endusers, but for the users who wants to help to test the bugfixes and the new features in this program. Since the release of the alphaversions, with codename Deer Park, are a lot of bugs gefixt and are a few features brought in, like the binaire patches and the "Blazingly Fast"-cache.

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Can you restore data from your backup?

by Per Strandberg

Many users don't test their backups. This is because they don't take the time or they don't know the steps to take.
This means that there is a risk that the restoration of their system will not work nor can they be sure that they are able to retrieve individual files.

You should use a backup program which gives you a full report with verification which highlights possible errors when the backup is completed.

If the backup is taken from a server, then the backup administrator should get an email backup error report.

To test the backup, try to recover some of the files from the backup.
In case the backup is spanning over several consecutive CD's, DVD's or tapes then examine some files by restoring them from the last tape or CD.

Spanning by the way, is the term used to describe backup that can’t be stored on one CD or tape but has to be divided and stored on more than one.

Special consideration must be given to open databases.
Many data backup products are not able to backup open databases. If that is the case you have to look for special backup solutions.

Tragically many users who don’t test their backups find that data can’t be recreated from their backups.
This even despite that backups have been made and everything seems to be OK. Tapes may be bad or the setup parameters are set wrong.
This is especially true if the backup is made with Ntbackup, the standard backup utility included in Windows.

About the Author
Per Strandberg work with data backup and web marketing.

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