Various cool software and more

TeraCopy – Filecopy the safe way

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Finally someone got around to writing a useful program to assist in file-copying 🙂

We all know the feeling, we start a ‘drag-and-drop’ file-copy and somewhere along the line an error occur, bad luck if you are using Windows XP (Vista is just a tad better, but still not perfect) you can start from scratch again because you have no way of determining what actually was copied before it failed..

Well this program claims to take care of this along with numerous other nice features (like pause copy job etc).  I have so far only done a quick test, but it seem promising.

Freeware for personal use and a pro version is availabe for corporate use with additional features.

The program adds itself as right click options.
http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php

Sharepoint issue

I just had a Sharepoint 2007 issue, if you use Sharepoint to store your documents and  then change your file view to “Explorer view” you will get a warning each time you try to open/edit a file stating that it may be unsafe.

I seem to have drilled the problem down and found a solution;

1. This step may not be necessary but still it removed the “mixed zone” warning. You need to add “about:blank” as an “intranet trusted site” (add via: internet options – security – local intranet – sites – advanced).

2. You need to allow for “Launching program and files in IFrame.” found under (internet options – security – local intranet – custom level).

Windows Server 2008

Just finished installing my first Microsoft Windows 2008 Enterprise server, nice 🙂

Most disturbing is that it will actually go into production right away, we need some of the new group policy management features..  oh well..

Looks quite nice btw.

Suspicious files

Have you ever received a file either via mail or on a media that somehow made you suspicious, your antivirus cleared it but still you feel there could be something fishy going on…

Here is a remedy to improve your sense of security, upload the file to

http://www.virustotal.com/

here it will be scanned by numerous antivirus scanners for suspicious code, of cause this is no 100% guarantee, but at least your weakest link is not reduced to your antivirus..  here many antivirus engines need to be wrong at the same time 🙂

SP for Windows XP/VISTA

So you cant wait to try out SP3 for XP or SP1 for Vista!?

Well, there is a way to squeeze your way into the MS-Beta program 🙂

http://4sysops.com/archives/download-windows-xp-sp3-rc1-with-this-little-hack/

I am still thinking about it, I had some problems with IE7 beta so I am slightly reluctant.  For XP users however it should according to some posts be quite a boost in performance.

NetNationen.dk

If you are “working” with Danish domains you will get a kick out of this..

 www.netnationen.dk

Here you can see all sorts of neat info about Danish domains AND (this is the cool part) as a cool benifit you can also see what other domains are hosted on the IP address in question..  Quite interesting..

New additions

Bought two new games today, don’t quite know when I’ll have time to play them 😐 but was in the mood for some heavy destruction.

Call of duty 4 & World In Conflict.

Played the demo of the latter yesterday, scary graphics…  think my pc might just be getting out of date, especially my GFX card..  my present card just passes the minimum requirements.

Oh well, its soon Christmas, maybe Santa will be generous 😉

48H DVD’s

Finnaly it’s here, this weekend my daughter invited me over to watch a movie, she works at a DVD distribution company nearby and she had a few samples home with her.

It turned out to be quite interesting, the DVD’s was of the new ‘SELF DISTRUCT’ kind, those who only works for a limited time (in this case 48h) and then are rendered useless (details here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD-D).

Several things immediately came into mind;

How does it work 🙂 I found an entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD-D but this does not say much on how the technology works, then I looked at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EZ-D a apparently similar product which was abandoned by Disney earlier.  As I can tell its not quite the same technology, as the DVD-D disks do not turn color.  From what I can tell the DVD-D disks have a small hole in them, my guess would be, that this hole has to do with the protection, could be that air somehow is let in via this hole and starts some decomposition..  an interesting experiment would thus in future be to try and close this hole (superglue or something) and see if this would stop the process.  Also the package does not seem air-tight, hence it would appear the process does not begin before first play, maybe triggered by the heat of the laser!?

Another issue..  The environmental one, disposable DVD’s… hmm is this environmentally friendly?  At first thought no, but then again…  rental DVD’s have to be returned, many people go out start their car and drive to the local DVD shop returning the DVD which obviously is equally disturbing..  Hence, I would tend to say, not environmentally friendly, but maybe not all that bad either..  Maybe some sort of return system could be put into place, say you would have to pay 50cent (like soda and beer cans in Denmark) which was returned upon returning the dvd-d to the reseller, but this likely would be complex to implement.

Perspectives;

I find the perspective of this technology fascinating, just think no more going outside a cold winter day returning a rental DVD..  nice..  Also you could buy/rent your movie many days in advance, and then watch it at your leisure. 

However, just one problem for now, the price..  from what I could tell the price for these dvd’s are 1/3 higher than regular rental dvd’s 🙁  This would have to be equaled out before this turns into a ‘blockbuster’ (or maybe rather a blockbuster killer, as such dvd’s could be sold from anywhere)…

Below a picture of the ‘hole’ I mentioned earlier…
48H DVD)

Auslogics Disk Defrag 1.4

No latebreaking technology here, but for those of you who have turned off automatic disk defragmentation in Windows Vista (with 1tb diskspace all it did was to work continuously on the disks), this might be useful..

A third party disk defrag with some extra features (cleanup before you go etc.), and best of all its FREE 🙂

http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag/index.php

Defrag

Resolve Outlook 2007 (POP3/IMAP) slow Performance under Windows Vista

You would not believe it if you did not see it, but after installing Vista and Office 2007, the startup of Outlook 2007 vent from seconds to minutes… It would take up to 4 minutes to get to your inbox, my first thought was the same problem with the spam-filter as I recently had with Outlook 2003.. But I finally got to the ‘lets google’ point and within the first few seconds I got a bite…

It would seem that Windows Vista was the corporate (what a surprise ;-)), something called TCP Windows Scaling (sounds mean), but to my relief the cure is quite straight forward, you issue a single dos command and everything works again (mind you, being Windows Vista you need to issue the command with Administrative privileges)..

Issue this command (using sufficient privileges) and the delay is gone..
“netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled”