Saturday, December 03, 2005

PowerArchiver 2006 9.51

PowerArchiver 2006 is an archivingsprogram that can work with the most common archivingstypes like: 7-ZIP, CAB, LHA TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, RAR, ARJ, ARC and ACE.

The first update to PowerArchiver 2006 brings a number of minor improvements. Changes include:
- 'Make Large ZIP File' option is now selected by default, in order to make it simpler for users
- Faster and smarter 7-Zip engine implemented for speed improvements
- Other minor fixes and improvements


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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

How to Use Windows XP "System Restore"

Well, we all have been there. We turn on our computer (boot up) getting ready to type that school report, or business presentation and guess what, our computer just does not want to work today. Whether it's the word processor, spreadsheet, or financial package that isn't working, most people do not know that Microsoft Windows XP has a built in feature that just may come and save the day. That feature is called "System Restore."

Basically, System Restore is like a little hound that runs behind the scenes taking "snapshots" of various parts of the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. So, if a part of Microsoft Windows XP stops working one day, the System Restore utility is able to reference one of the "snapshots" it took and restore your system from a previous day (a day when your computer worked). It's kind of like going back in time to a day when your computer worked. All your current data (Microsoft Word files, etc.) are still retained, so you don't have to worry about losing any present day files.

In order to restore your computer just follow these simple steps:

1. Close any open programs. 2. Click on the Windows "Start" button (normally located on the bottom of your computer desktop) 3. Click on "All Programs" 4. Click on "Accessories" 5. Click on "System Tools" 6. Then click on "System Restore" 7. At this point the System Restore wizard will launch. You will have two options:

a. "Restore my system from an earlier date" b. "Create a system restore point"

If you just need to restore your system and get it working correctly again, just select option "a" and click "Next."

8. On this screen you can select a date from the calendar that you would like to try and restore from. So, if you knew that your computer worked fine two days ago, just pick that date on the calendar and click "Next." 9. The next screen is the confirmation window. Just verify the information on the screen and click "Next." Windows XP will then reboot and try to restore your system with the settings from the date you selected.

The System Restore process can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on how much reconfiguration Windows XP needs to do and how fast of a PC you have. When System Restore is done, a screen will popup with the results of the restore. If it was successful, you can then log into the system and start using the computer again. Any quirky issues that you were having are now hopefully gone.

Now, on step 7b above, I mentioned the "Create a system restore point" option. This option is for when you want to force Windows XP to take a snapshot of your system just before you install a program or alter any system settings that you are not sure of. It is like a safety net for when you install any internet programs (sometimes riddled with spyware) or system drivers (video, audio, etc). If you want to revert back to a virgin state just create a restore point "before" installing any software. This way, if your machine starts acting weird, you can just restore your settings from the selected point.

With a little practice, the System Restore utility is easy to use and a great way to help ensure the safety of your computer.

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NuFW 1.0.16

This (Linux) program is an extensive firewall that can filter each connection on their rights of the user. This new version has as number, 1.0.16.

This is a security release. The NuFW team has identified a problem that could lead to Denial of Service from legitimate users of the authentication service.

The bug was found in user packet parsing. By sending several carefully badly formatted packets, an authenticated user can cause a denial of service on nuauth <= 1.0.15. The development version, 1.1, is also concerned by the bug, which is corrected on the svn repository.

The NuFW core team recommends users upgrade their nuauth installations.
Only for Linux users

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PHP 5.1.1.

The developers of the PHP group has brought out again a new release of PHP, version 5.1.1.

This is a regression correction release aimed at addressing several issues
introduced by PHP 5.1.0, the core changes as follows:

  • Native date class is withdrawn to prevent namespace conflict with PEAR's
    date package.
  • Fixed fatal parse error when the last line of the script is a PHP comment.
  • eval() hangs when the code being evaluated ends with a comment.
  • Usage of \{$var} in PHP 5.1.0 resulted in the output of {$var} instead of
    the $var variable's value enclosed in {}.
  • Fixed inconsistency in the format of PHP_AUTH_DIGEST between Apache 1 and 2
  • Improved safe_mode/open_basedir checks inside the cURL
Version 5.1.1:

  • Disabled native date class to prevent pear::date conflict. (Ilia)
  • Improved safe_mode/open_basedir checks in cURL extension. (Ilia, Jani)
  • Changed reflection constants be both PHP and class constants. (Johannes)
  • Added an additional field $frame['object'] to the result array of
    debug_backtrace() that contains a reference to the respective object when the
    frame was called from an object. (Sebastian)
  • Fixed bug #35423
    (RecursiveDirectoryIterator doesnt appear to recurse with
    RecursiveFilterIterator). (Marcus)
  • Fixed bug #35413
    (Removed -dev flag from Zend Engine version). (Ilia)
  • Fixed bug #35411
    (Regression with \{$ handling). (Ilia)
  • Fixed bug #35406 (eval
    hangs when evall'ed code ends with comment w/o newline). (Marcus)
  • Fixed bug #35391
    (pdo_mysql::exec does not return number of affected rows). (Tony)
  • Fixed bug #35382
    (Comment in end of file produces fatal error). (Ilia)
  • Fixed bug #35360
    (exceptions in interactive mode (php -a) may cause crash).); ?> (Dmitry)
  • Fixed bug #35358
    (Incorrect error messages for PDO class constants). (Ilia)
  • Fixed bug #35338
    (pdo_pgsql does not handle binary bound params). (Wez)
  • Fixed bug #35316
    (Application exception trying to create COM object). (Rob)
  • Fixed bug #35170
    (PHP_AUTH_DIGEST differs under Apache 1.x and 2.x). (Ilia)


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Monday, November 28, 2005

Paint.NET 2.5 final

After three alpha-releases, five bèta-releases and two release candidates, there is the final release of Paint.NET 2.5.

What's new?:

- Faster performance and lower memory usage
- Full flexibility for scaling, rotating, and moving selections and selected pixels
- Ability to subtract from and add to selections
- Internationalization (I18N) support
- Officially available in German
- Line / Curve tool lets you draw spline and Bézier curves
- Ability to work in measurements of inches and centimeters
- 3D Rotate / Zoom effect lets you rotate, tilt, and tile images at various perspectives
- Radial Blur and Add Noise effects
- Sepia adjustment
- Improved Text Tool, including higher quality font rendering
- GIF transparency support
- TGA file format support
- Greater extensibility with a brand new File Format API
- Simpler, faster setup wizard
- Update manager simplifies getting the latest version
- Cleaner user interface with none of the annoying flickering of past releases
- Many other changes, improvements, and fixes


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