Mike Thoene

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Kaspersky has officially patented a hardware-based anti-virus

by on Feb.18, 2010, under Hardware, Security

Kaspersky, an already great anti-virus company, has just been granted a patent for a hardware-based anti-virus, something which seems like it will potentially revolutionize the way anti-virus software works.  The hardware-based anti-virus will be able to work independently or in combination with any software on the computer or machine.

The patented device by Kaspersky will connect inside of the computer or machine between the hard drive (HDD or SSD) and the computing unit, between the CPU and RAM. The device is also connected on the system bus or integrated into the disk controller. This mean’s it wont be connected by PCIe like other hardware is, it will be an intercept on the hard drive.

The hardware-based anti-virus will effectively allow or block any writing to the hard disk, preventing viruses from starting in the first place.  Users will be alerted of the potential risk, preventing or denying the infection from being written to disk.

The patent shows that the device will be self-supported with an ARM processor and RAM, so it will not take away from the machines performance what so ever.  The device will also have its own database for malicious code and faulty records during definition updates.

Kaspersky did mention this could be sold and used on a consumer based market, but will help prevent miscellaneous code from spreading in servers and specialized machines initially, such as ATMs. So don’t look for this any time soon, but know that you will be more safe getting your money out of those conveniently placed boxes.

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Setting yourself up a lightweight lannable gaming powerhouse

by on Feb.16, 2010, under Hardware

If you consider yourself a gamer, you are probably in the middle of a game right now. Taking a break, or maybe your computer just crashed and you are in the search of a new one. Well if your computer crashed during a game, I really am sorry to hear that. If it does it all the time then maybe it really is time to upgrade your power a little bit, gotta keep up with the competition, don’t you? All of the parts here can be bought seamlessly and quickly from NewEgg, just click the picture of each item and you will be directed to that items page. It’s quite, easy, and of course, for a great price. Let’s try to keep this one under a grand, and also let’s try to keep it under 30 pounds. That is definitely a lot lighter than my computer, which case weighs in at 50 pounds alone! Here we go! (continue reading…)

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Install Windows 7 With The Greatest of Ease.. from a USB Drive!

by on Feb.10, 2010, under Hardware, Windows 7

As everyone knows, Windows 7 is definitely worth the upgrade. It is especially worth the upgrade if you happen to be using Windows Vista still, for whatever reason that might be, is beyond me.

If you have ever installed Vista or XP or even Windows 7 from a DVD, you know that it can sometimes be a consuming drag of waiting and watching status bars, well why not make things a little bit speedier the next time you need to install this 4 month old operating system? I think it’s about time you learn!

Step One

The first thing you need to do is get Windows 7. It doesn’t matter the version you get, from Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate, from x68 or x64, it just simply doesn’t matter. Which makes this whole situation so much more enjoyable! Once you have the disc (or an ISO..) you need to make sure you have a few other things to make this go smoothly.

Step Two

A flash drive is important for this operation, I promise you! You will need a flash drive that is at least 4gb in size so it can fit all of the goodies on the drive, we are doing a full copy here not a “Streamlining” or what have you.

Step Three

Plug the flash drive into your computer, and make sure you know what drive letter it is assigned to (ex. Drive E:). You are then going to want to load up the Command Prompt and type in “diskpart“, which will load the utility you need to set the drive up to become bootable.

This part kind of got me mad at the beginning, because I realized I was trying to do it with XP. If you are using XP then you need to find someone who has a version of of Windows Vista or Windows 7 installed, or you need to find a copy of VMWare and use that to setup the flash drive. Sadly there is no way around this, I did a lot of research and I ended up using the VMWare method myself.

So as long as you have Vista+, have disk part loaded up, and have your flash drive and Windows 7 DVD inserted in the computer, you can continue! Awesome, right?

Step Four

Next you will want to type in “list disk” in to the command prompt where it says  DISKPART>. This will show all of the disks that are attached to your computer, find out which one is the Flash Drive that you want to format. For this demonstration, let’s use Disk 5. You will then want to type “select disk 5″ in the command prompt, which will set that as the disk you are editing.

Step Five

After you have that all setup and good to go, your next step will be a long string of commands, followed one after another:

clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=fat32
assign
exit

What did we just do do your drive? Destroyed it!!! No, just kidding. All we did was create a primary partition, make it the active partition, and then format it with FAT32 file system. Easy!

Step Six

This is the part that seems to be the most time consuming, you need to copy all of the files from your Windows 7 DVD to your Flash Drive. It is pretty simple it just takes about 15 minutes or so to fully copy everything, but this of course depends on your system and your DVD reader. For this demonstration lets say we are going to have our DVD player set as Drive D: and our USB Drive is just one drive down the line, Drive E:.

Again:
Drive D:   –   DVD Player
Drive E:   –   USB Flash Drive

xcopy d:*.* /s/e/f e:

The drive letters may be different that yours, but that shouldn’t be a problem. If you got this far, hopefully you know the alphabet at least a small bit.

When it is done copying, it will say something along the lines of “791 File(s) copied), then give you a C: prompt again. The number of files changes depending on build, edition, etc.

Step Seven

The last and final step before you get on your merry way would be booting from the USB Drive. Lot’s of guides make you go into your BIOS to change your boot order, but I don’t really see myself booting off a Flash Drive every day, so all I do is simply Hit F11 when the computer is starting up which loads up the “One-Time Boot Menu”. You then chose the drive that you want to boot off of, every computer is different, but hopefully since you did all of the previous steps, you can figure it out from there. It isn’t always F11, on most Dell computer’s you need to hit F12, ASRock is F11, some are F8. You will have to watch your screen when you first load up the computer to double check, or even check out motherboards manual for more help.

I think that is just an all-around better way to install Windows 7, it is easier to carry around a Flash Drive, it is faster than a DVD, and it’s just easier, period. I hope this guide has helped you out some how, and I hope it makes your future a little bit.. smoother. 🙂

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Intel's Got a new 6-core 32nm processor in the works..

by on Feb.05, 2010, under Hardware

If you’ve found that quad-core processors simply aren’t robust enough for you, then here is a bit of good news. PC Advisor is reporting that Intel’s 32nm 6-core processors will be launching in the first half of this year. This processors will be built on Intel’s Westmere architecture, which means power savings compared to older 45nm products, and, of course, six cores instead of the four that we tend to see these days. The desktop variety of the 6-core processors will be Gulftown, which will be sold as a high-end variant of the Core i7 line.

These won’t be Intel’s first six-cored processors though, those were Intel’s 45nm “Dunnington” processors from the server-focused Xeon line.

PC Advisor went on to report that in addition to the extra cores the new Westmere processors will be getting an updated instruction set and that they will feature the advanced power management tools that Intel has been rolling out lately, which enable the processors to limit the power consumed by idle cores when performing tasks that can’t take advantage of all of them.

Read more at PCAdvisor.co.uk. HotHardware has a ton of details on Westmere as well.

[via Geek.com]

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How important your printer really is, for your business

by on Jan.26, 2010, under Hardware, Technology

Lately, a good friend of mine has been having printer problems on top of printer problems on top of printer problems. It is actually quite the mystery, something with the memory transfer between computer and printer. It is amazing, because after all of the upgrades that the computer has undergone, and all of the fixes that have been applied and tested, the problem has alluded us.

Old PrinterThat, however, is not the point of this small tidbit of information. Thankfully, for both you and I. This is more about the importance of said printer, and how vital it is for your business, no matter how large and no matter how small. The printer is definitely one of the best things for your business to have, be it to scan, to copy, to fax, or even to do what it’s name dictates, print! It is stunning to think of all the things that the printer will be able to do in just a few short years.

These days, most printers come as “All In Ones”, which basically do the four tasks I previously mentioned. These fours tasks are getting seeminlgy basic, seemingly repetitive as each day goes by. We are looking into the future every day, scanning and copying at the same time, scanning printing and faxing at the same time, many many multiple tasks. I am not a think tank, nor am I very creative in terms of the future, so I really don’t have many ideas of my own. Darn.

This all in one pocket knife of techonology is brilliant, and also quite complicated. To be compeltely honest, it is my bane. Printers are just about the one thing that have always tried to get away from my intelligence, and at some point in our chase, it got away from me. I have never quite mastered printing or how a printer fully works, that’s why I stick with more internal hardware and software.. but that’s another show.

If a printer doesn’t seem to want to work, the very first thing I would say is shut it off. Let it cool its’ jets, let it relax, let the power that is stored up inside this dangerous machine dissipate into our atmosphere, because that might be all that it needs, a little time to meditate; so to speak. That has solved certain problems throughout my grind of the computer world a few times, but was never the ultimate solution, sadly. You need to then look up exactly what your error what might be, it can be just about anything; from a paper jam, to a memory error..such as mine.

All In One PritnerIf there is no documented reason as to why your problem seems to be coming up, try to narrow it down to when exactly it is happening, such as whenever you are saving a document, or whenever you are scanning a document to a PDF, whatever the case may be, you need to try to keep your reasons down. If you get to vague, and come up with too many possible solutions, the only answer to your worst problem would be some aspirin of some sort, to cure that blaring headache you are building up.

It is best to keep trying, though.

If your one method fails, go on to the next. If that method falls through, go on to the next again; just remember to take your time and maybe even a break every now and then, because again, that aspirin wont get you through woods, just over the next ridge. When you are running through the woods, take a minute to stop and look at your compass, it will save your printers life.

But who knows, maybe you can’t save it’s life! Scrap it. Printers are a dime a dozen, so replacing a printer normally isn’t too difficult of a thing to do. Just make sure you get one that is of pretty decent quality, and also make sure that it can do what you want it to. And by that I mean color quality and also quantity of pages printed.

Printer InkPrinters can come in a some what simpler form as well as all in one printers, they come as, well, printers. These printers can either be simple such as black and white only (which is rare), or a few types of color printers. If you look deeper, you start seeing that the ink cartridges are different. There are tons of them! And they are normally the most expensive part of the printer, most of the times you can buy an entire new printer cheaper than the ink for the printer. You can get inks that have all the colors in them, Cyan Magenta Yellow and Black (CMYK), or you can get the type of ink that has each one seperated. It really depends on your choice when it comes down to it, sometimes the “All In One” inks are easier to install, so if you just dont care and plan on printing everything in color, go for those. If not, aim for the later, you might save yourself a buck or two…not much though.

All in all, printers are printers. Sure you might be able to do all sort of different things with printers, and they shouldn’t really be called printers any more, but who knows what to call them besides that. I sure don’t. I hope you have a good friend sitting next to you, waiting to be aligned, waiting to be fed some paper, waiting to do it’s job. Take care of that friend, because when you want to run through the forest, you might not have any aspirin in your pocket.

<3 Mike

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