Mike Thoene

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WinRAR 3.91, probably the best encoding and compression tool around

by on Feb.17, 2010, under Software

WinRAR is an archive manager with support for packing RAR and ZIP archives and unpacking RAR, ZIP, ZIP64, 7Z (7-Zip), CAB, ARJ, LZH (Lempel-Ziv-Huffman), TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR (Java Archive developed by Sun Microsystems) and ISO (ISO9660) archives. You may use it to backup your data, reduce the size of email attachments, decompress files downloaded from the Internet and create your own file archives.

Bugs Fixed:

  • WinRAR 3.91 reported the incorrect “Unexpected end of archive”
    error, when opening an empty ZIP archive created with
    “New WinRAR ZIP archive” context menu command.
  • If “Delete archive” option was enabled when unpacking several
    ZIP archives and if one of archives was damaged, WinRAR did not
    delete archives after the damaged one, even if they were unpacked
    successfully.
  • If file matched two different masks in RarFiles.lst, WinRAR
    could select the last match. Normally, if neither of masks
    is a subset of another, the first match must be chosen.

If you’re looking to download it, you can head over to RARLabs’ download page.

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Break your hard drive in two. No, not physically! Logically!

by on Feb.17, 2010, under Software

The title might seem weird, but to most of us in the computer biz we call it partitioning a hard drive, or creating a hard drive inside your current hard drive.

This might seem like something that you really don’t need, but lots of times you don’t know where to back up your data, especially if you have a lot of data to backup. This won’t save you from a hard drive failure, so it isn’t a cure all. This will sometimes however save you from a really nasty virus that you just can not seem to get around, and the only option is to reformat your entire hard drive which would mean wiping everything clean and starting fresh, with nothing.

Luckily there are tools that have been created to help you get around losing everything. There is a great, 100% free tool from EaseUs called Partition Master Home Edition. This is one of those tools out to get a type of software that some pay hundreds for, it is a quick and simple replacement for Symantec’s Partition Magic. If you don’t know what that is, then don’t worry it isn’t really nessasary information. However using this program will save you time and also relieve your mind from stress of losing everything you have worked hard to create.

The website has pretty much all the information you need, from something like Resizing or Moving partitions without data loss for better disk space management to Extending NTFS system partitions without a reboot to maximize PC performance.

I use separate partitions to save all of my music, movies, and photos. Those types of things you just really do not want to re-download or find on Facebook or anything like that.

I hope this short and simple tip got you some peace of mind, before I knew about this stuff, my parents were always worried they were going to lose data forever, now they don’t have to worry, and neither do I!

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Need something to replace Microsoft Office? Have you tried.. OpenOffice?

by on Feb.12, 2010, under Software

A credible rival to MS Office, OpenOffice.org includes powerful applications for making text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, diagrams, and databases, as well as HTML and XML documents. Not only does it let you edit basic documents, such as letters and faxes, it also handles equations and complex and multipart documents with bibliographies, reference tables, and indexes.

Updated just a few hours ago, OpenOffice has added a few tweaks that are worth a try, and maybe even worth replacing Microsoft Office. Now with faster load times and more sleak highlighting (great for editing papers!), it is much more worth it to download this free software.

I like to think of OpenOffice as the Firefox of the office suites. It is the replacement that lot’s of people enjoy and use all the time. It supports 27 languages and has more added all the time.

OpenOffice 3.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux also sees the debut of comments in Impress, encryption support for Office 2007-formatted files, and smoother sort, merge, and copy and paste functions in Calc.

The only thing that this product seems to lack is Windows 7 specific features, like Aero peek and and jump lists. Hopefully those will come around soon, but this is a multiplatform application, so let’s just say that the product is doing it’s job quite nicely.

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Opera has made some crazy stakes, now it's the fastest browser?

by on Feb.12, 2010, under Software

Gotta thank CNet for this gem, it’s strange because now Opera is going for the iPhone and it’s the fastest browser around? Crazy stakes Opera has been making now a days! I think it might be worth the try, they are competing with some crazy giants out there, so it might be worth a shot.

Opera moves its latest browser build out of alpha development and into beta and claims that Opera 10.50 beta is the fastest browser currently available. It’s not clear at the moment whether it’s faster than Google Chrome’s development builds, or merely as fast as, but there’s no doubt that this new beta should draw a lot of attention for its performance.

For users who didn’t take a look at the pre-alpha builds released in December 2009 and January 2010, Opera 10.50 has been fully optimized for Windows 7, sporting a new interface, full Windows taskbar integration, and, most notably, a new JavaScript engine that Opera claims makes it faster than Google Chrome.

The new Carakan JavaScript engine is the most important improvement, and the reason behind the browser’s faster performance. In empirical tests performed last month on an HP desktop running an Intel Core 2 Q6600 at 2.66GHz with 4GB of RAM and Windows 7 32-bit, the Opera 10.50 pre-alpha scored 435.6 milliseconds in the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark. By contrast, Google Chrome 4.0.266.0, the most recent development build at the time, notched 510.4 ms. Opera 10.10, the current stable build, was more than 7.5 times slower, at 3284.4 ms.

[via CNet]

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Need to recover files from a seemingly unreadable CD/DVD?

by on Jan.23, 2010, under Software

If you have ever had a problem reading a CD/DVD and you really don’t understand why, maybe it is scratched, maybe it just simply wont play, then this an application you should definitely check out.

Roadkil Unstoppable Copier ScreenshotThis is for those discs that show files when you load them up, but wont play correctly for whatever reason. Let’s call these discs 50% broken. Really the only time you will need this is if you really need to get data off of something, anything, really. It doesn’t have to be a CD or a DVD, it can be a harddrive, or a flash drive, or even a floppy.. I guess.

If you’re looking to download the software, then you are going to want to go here. If you are looking for the software’s website in general, then this is the link you want to follow. Hope it works for you! If you need any help recovering any data beyond this, such as lost photos or other documents that you might have lost for whatever reason, then give me a call! Remember only call if your in the Naperville area of Illinois, cause I definitely can’t travel around the country.. yet.

Thanks for reading! If this helped you, let me know! It’s great knowing that I helped people out in some way, I love the feeling! 🙂

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