Many of us now have more than one PC, and maybe a smart phone as well, and increasingly we need to be able to access files and folders stored on one PC from another, or the mobile, especially if you are on your travels or out and about.
There are ways and means within Windows but here’s a simple, free one-stop solution for Windows, Mac and Linux PCs as well as iPhones, iPads, Android and Blackberry smart phones. It’s called Dropbox and it creates a special folder on you PC or mobile into which you put all of the files you want to be able to access from another device.
When you make changes to the saved files or add new ones, the Dropbox folders on your other PCs are automatically updated and as an added bonus there’s a facility to store your Dropbox files on the web, as an emergency backup. More »
Use Windows at the office? Want to work faster?
If you’re under the rule of an iron-fisted system administrator you might not be able to implement some of these tweaks, but others you can put into practice right away.
Some of the highlights:
1. Streamline your startup. You can prevent unnecessary programs and services from starting up automatically and slowing down your boot time by using msconfig to remove the sluggish culprits.
2. Learn keyboard shortcuts. Of course, you already know the basics like Ctrl+C to cut and Ctrl+V to paste, but there are dozens more Windows keyboard shortcuts that can make your life easier. More »
In time, the Microsoft Windows XP tweaking series covered a lot of ground, from minor to serious, these optimizations were mostly software/OS oriented. So, we thought it’s about time to ‘sing another song’ and go from software to hardware tweaks. In today’s episode, we’ll only cover printing tweaks, mostly intended for printer servers or users dealing with large amounts of printing jobs, but some of them might also be useful to any average user owning a printer.
For those of you just joining us, here’s the deal with this series: it provides immediate access to registry tweaks hidden in Windows XP that will help you unlock cool features just by using Notepad. You don’t need to install any other tweaking program, because you’ll do the optimizations by yourself. More »
If you read our latest articles about tweaking Microsoft Windows XP by modifying the registry, we surely know we’ve covered the customization of the Internet Options window. On the other hand, if this is your read about the XP registry tweaks saga, here’s the basic idea: we provide an absolutely free, easy to perform tutorial on how to unlock hidden secrete inside good-old XP, just by using Microsoft Notepad.
Internet users will also be interested in another important XP application: Outlook Express. OE is the default email client integrated into Windows XP and covers the basic functions for this of software. In this article will cover a few Outlook Express tweaks that will ease your work with this program or at least improve it a bit.
Let’s start with the preparations: as always, you’ll have to create a .reg file that must run after adding the customizations. This process is described in detail in the first article about Windows XP tweaks, so take a look here for all the details. Now that you’ve created your tweaks.reg file and added in Notepad Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 at its beginning, you can choose of the following tweaks and paste it below that line. More »
Microsoft has made available for download a new security tool designed to assess the attack surface of Windows operating systems.
As Windows platforms are being used, a variety of changes are introduced, more often than not, increasing the risk of attacks.
One scenario illustrative of this involves the installation of new software. Applications deployed on top of Windows manage not only to add extra functionality and capabilities that customers need, but also to introduce changes, some of which could represent security liabilities, or even be exploitable vulnerabilities.
This is why the Redmond company decided to share with the world an internal tool designed to catalog changes introduced to the Windows platform by new software being installed. More »