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Free Network Monitoring For Serious Professionals

Free Network Monitoring software for network administrator, multiple sensors, recommended for small and large network setups to automatize reporting

PRTG monitors your network 24/7 to timely alert you to issues before they become emergencies.

application monitoring

 

150,000 sysadmins — at organizations from small businesses through the Fortune 100 — have used PRTG Network Monitor to make their networks faster, more responsive, and more reliable. PRTG fits into any budget and can grow with your needs. It will be the last network monitoring software you’ll ever buy.

 

Start your free trial (installation will only take 2 minutes) and see how PRTG can make your network more reliable and your job easier.

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How to: Change SATA Modes After Windows 7 Installation

Types of SATA modes:
  • IDE – Old, slower, it is simply a compatibility mode
  • AHCI – AHCI stands for Advanced Host Controller Interface. It makes Native Command Queuing (NCQ) along with hot-plugging or hot swapping through SATA Serial-ATA host controllers possible. NCQ is one of the important features of AHCI for SSDs. SSDs can process requests faster than HDDs. It can process so fast that the SSD could end up waiting for work. NCQ allows the OS/controller to request up to 32 simultaneous requests at once. So you basically get more performance from your drive over older IDE mode.
  • RAID – RAID stands for redundant array of independent disks, originally redundant array of inexpensive disks. It is a means by which your PC uses multiple disks as if they were one, either to increase performance, safeguard against disk failures, or both. RAID mode has all the advantages of AHCI mode. There are four main factors of a RAID setup: striping, which spreads data across multiple drives, mirroring, which copies the data to more than one disk, space efficiency, which is how much of the total space is available to use, and fault tolerance, which is a measure of how well protected the RAID array is against disk failure.

The Problem:
The issue with changing the SATA modes is they need to be enabled in the BIOS prior to OS installation; doing so after you have installed the OS will disable the PC. The reason why is Windows disables the drivers for the others that are not needed during installation. This tutorial will show you how to enable the different SATA modes after you have installed the OS.

Note: You may have to uninstall then reinstall any SATA drivers such as Intel RST or AMDs equivalent.

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A Quickstart Guide to Burning XBOX360 Games

This tutorial is intended for users that have a ‘modded’ XBOX360 (i.e. “Firmware Flashed“) and is not intended for out-of-the-box systems. Nowadays XBOX360 rips are done professionally, and in most cases require a minimal amount of tweaking to get them going as planned.

You will require:

 

Hardware:

  • — A DVD-DL burner (Dual-layer).
  • — DVD+R DL blank (DVD9) media disks (Verbatim is recommended). Don’t use minus-r (-R) disks.

Software:

  • — XDVDMulleter – current release is “XDVDMulleterBeta10.2″
  • — ImgBurn – Burning software – current file is “SetupImgBurn_2.4.1.0.exe”.

STEP 1 — A Look at XBOX360 Releases

Pre-Patched Games

Some NFO files will stipulate that the release is ready-to-burn and should be compatible with an “IXtreme’d” XBOX360. These are called pre-patched games:

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How to Select Any Edition or Version (SKU) of Windows 7 to Install From Single Edition DVD Disc Media or ISO

It’s possible the Windows 7 ISO or DVD disc media that end-user possessed may be restricted to install a single edition or version of Windows 7 only. For example, a Windows 7 Professional media may not prompt option to select which edition of Windows 7 to install, and instead will install Windows 7 Professional edition. Likewise for Windows 7 Ultimate DVD ISO image or disc which may not have edition selection screen.

However, all DVD of Windows 7 does contains and able to install all and any version of Windows 7, from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional to Ultimate edition. Actually, the ability to select the version or edition of Windows 7 during setup installation, or which edition that the setup will automatically install, lies with a small configuration file named ei.cfg on the Windows 7 DVD, disc media or ISO image.

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Restoring from Restore partition without Ctrl+f11 nor restore disks.

Restoring from Restore partition without Ctrl+f11 nor restore disks.


Just to state first and foremost, this is not an issue I have. This is a preventative post for anyone that may ask down the line. (as I’ve seen it asked on multiple other forums.)

I had this issue with an inspiron 1720 I just got. It had an issue, so I installed vista from a Vista RTM disk. It didn’t fix the problem in the end, so I sent it into dell and got fixed, but I wanted to a fresh restore from the restore partition because on restarts, I’d get the blue screen of Death. Fun stuff right?

Well, Unknowingly, when I installed vista off of the cd, that removed the ctrl+F11 option from the dell. This is stated on many forums, and it seems that most answers to this issue is to format and install a fresh install from cd again, or call dell and get recovery disks. I figured “Heck, If I still have the restore partition, there is not reason why I can’t get it to restore with some effort.”

Some other people I’ve seen have just had viral attacks, or just want to sell their laptop and need a fresh install. This is for those people that need it. The answer to the question of what if Control and F11 don’t work.

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Printing without print confirmation dialog

After searching for a solution for printing using the javascript print(); command WITHOUT creating a print dialog box I finally found a solution. I couldn’t find any information online, so I thought I would put it here for the next guy.

We are creating an application using LINUX/MySQL/PHP/Apache. The application runs on a dedicated box and is used by customers. We have successfully removed all of the dialog boxes, but the print dialog box kept popping up every time the user hit our javascript window.print() button. This created a probelm of professionalism in the interface. After much searching, we discovered that the talented team at Mozilla.org has already solved this problem, but there were no instructions on how to make it work.

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Spyware Terminator

Spyware Terminator Box

What’s new in Spyware Terminator 2.8?

Are you interested in new features of Spyware Terminator 2.8? Read this article to learn what features have been added to our antispyware application. 

  • Effective Spyware Protection
    Spyware Terminator prevents spyware from infecting your computer.
  • Free 100% Real-Time Protection
    Guards your system and ensures spyware is intercepted before it installs.
  • Antivirus Protection Included
    Extended detection of malware during scans and within the Real-Time Shield.
  • Safe Internet Browsing and Search
    Web Security Guard is one of many useful Crawler Toolbar’s features that displays website reviews and threat level to help prevent users from entering potentially dangerous websites.

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SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition


SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition is 100% Free and will detect and remove thousands of Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, KeyLoggers, Dialers, Hi-Jackers, and Worms. SUPERAntiSpyware features many unique and powerful technologies and removes spyware threats that other applications fail to remove.

Remove Spyware

  • Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
  • Light on System Resources and won’t slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won’t conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution!
  • Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

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SharePoint Designer 2007

SHAREPOINT DESIGNER 2007 IS NOW FREE! Be sure to watch the video (read more below) to learn more about details and future direction. Office SharePoint Designer 2007 provides the powerful tools you need to

deliver compelling and attractive SharePoint sites and quickly build workflow-enabled applications and reporting tools on the SharePoint platform, all in an IT-managed environment.

GIMP free Adobe Photoshop

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.       It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.         GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows andMac OS X.

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PANDORA Best free Internet Radio

About Pandora®

When was the last time you fell in love with a new artist or song?

At Pandora, we have a single mission: To play only music you’ll love.

To understand just how we do this, and why we think we do it really, really well, you need to know about the Music Genome Project®.

Since we started back in 2000, we have been hard at work on the Music Genome Project. It’s the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Together our team of fifty musician-analysts has been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every song. It takes 20-30 minutes per song to capture all of the little details that give each recording its magical sound – melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics … and more – close to 400 attributes! We continue this work every day to keep up with the incredible flow of great new music coming from studios, stadiums and garages around the country.

With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart’s content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings – new and old, well known and completely obscure – to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.

You can create up to 100 unique “stations.” And you can even refine them. If it’s not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you.

The Music Genome Project was founded by musicians and music-lovers. We believe in the value of music and have a profound respect for those who create it. We like all kinds of music, from the most obtuse bebop, to the most tripped-out drum n bass, to the simplest catchy pop tune. Our mission is to help you connect with the music YOU like.

We hope you enjoy the experience!  Pandora.com

DropBox

With Dropbox, your files are always in sync.

Let’s say you’re editing a document in the Dropbox folder at home. As soon as you press Save, Dropbox will sync this file to all your other computers and mobile devices instantly and automatically. It’s as if you saved the document to all of your computers. This gives you the freedom to work anywhere and always have the files you need.

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OpenOffice (MS Office alternative)

OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

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Combofix

ComboFix IconRemoves Malware,Spyware…

Combofix is a freeware (a legitimate spyware remover created by sUBs), Combofix was designed to scan a computer for known malware, spyware (SurfSideKick, QooLogic, and Look2Me as well as any other combination of the mentioned spyware applications) and remove them.

ComboFix allows the manual removal of spyware infections . It ‘s a specialized effective cleaning tool, which is useful compared to other malware and spyware removers.
After Combofix finished,a report will be created. You can use this report to search and remove infections which are not automatically removed.

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