9 de jun de 2010

Safe browsing with Norton DNS

Safe browsing with Norton DNS: "
I learned long ago that there is value in having someone else manage DNS services for my small business. Up until now, I’ve used OpenDNS. In my opinion, it is the best SOHO option for both name resolution and controlling access to questionable sites. However, that might all change with the introduction of Symantec’s Norton DNS.

Norton DNS is a component in the emerging Norton Everywhere offering, eventually providing control over sites your employees or family members can visit or blocking access to sites known to distribute malicious content. I say eventually, because although OpenDNS beta blocks malicious site access, the user management console is still unavailable.

Beginner Geek: Scan Files for Viruses Before Using Them

Beginner Geek: Scan Files for Viruses Before Using Them: "
To help avoid getting your computer infected by malicious software, it’s a good idea to scan files before executing them. Today we take a look at a couple of options that will let you scan files easily from your desktop.


How To Install The Same Software On Multiple Computer Systems

How To Install The Same Software On Multiple Computer Systems: "
Computer users with multiple PCs often want to deploy the same software on all of their machines to access the same data and work with the same configuration. That is relatively easy if the software offers data synchronization, some web browsers like Firefox, Opera or Google Chrome do for instance. It is on the other hand complicated if synchronization is not supported.

Google outlaws Windows, but what if Microsoft outlaws Google...?

Google outlaws Windows, but what if Microsoft outlaws Google...?: "


Late last night news emerged that Google is banning Microsoft Windows from its corporate offices. This is the final resolution of the Google vs. China cyber warfare, a conflict that began with the hacking of a Windows-based computer at Google.


Fill a Flash Drive with Portable Software using Lupo PenSuite

Fill a Flash Drive with Portable Software using Lupo PenSuite: "
A flash drive full of portable software is helpful to have along wherever you go. The Lupo PenSuite lets you choose from three different versions to get the best fit for your everyday needs.

Note: If running the full version you will need a 512 MB USB flash drive or larger.

77 Features for Windows 7 that Every IT Professional Should Know About

77 Features for Windows 7 that Every IT Professional Should Know About: "Windows 7 builds on Windows Vista's positives and eliminates many of the negatives. It adds new functionality, is less resource-hungry, and starts and shuts down noticeably faster. Whether you're upgrading from Vista or moving up from Windows XP, these 77 tips and tricks, along with other new and enhanced features, deliver improved performance and productivity, better troubleshooting, stronger security, and a whole lot more."

Control Sysinternals Suite & NirSoft Utilities with a Single Interface

Control Sysinternals Suite & NirSoft Utilities with a Single Interface: "
Sysinternals and NirSoft both provide helpful utilities for your Windows system but may not be very convenient to access. Using the Windows System Control Center you can easily access everything through a single UI front end.

Router Password Recovery

Router Password Recovery: "
The new Nirsoft application Router Pass View may help computer users in the recovery of router passwords. Many modern routers have an option to backup the configuration of the router into a file so that the settings can be restored at a later time.
These router configuration backups often contain important data like the login password of the router, the ISP username and password and wireless access configuration settings.
Router Pass View has been designed to extract the login information found in router configuration backups. The portable software program supports a limited number of routers with the promise to add additional routers in the future.

Internet Explorer History Monitor

Internet Explorer History Monitor: "

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer keeps track of the accessed websites and urls just like any other web browser by default. That’s helpful to keep track of already visited websites, especially to access them at a later time if their url cannot be remembered and they have not been added to the bookmarks of the browser.
But the Internet history has also raised privacy concerns as it can be used to trace a user’s activities on the Internet. It is possible to change the history settings in Internet Explorer and delete the history right away.
The portable program IE History Monitor offers an alternative to that by displaying the complete Internet Explorer history in its interface.



internet explorer history

DLS (beta) review: free, portable Norton Power Eraser takes aim at malware

DLS (beta) review: free, portable Norton Power Eraser takes aim at malware: "


FBackup is a simple, no-frills free backup application

FBackup is a simple, no-frills free backup application: "

FBackup


19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs To Know [How To]

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Your OS drives your whole PC experience, so it's your job as an enthusiast to keep it in a high state of tune.
19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs To Know [How To]:



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DLS Review: Scanner disk-space visualization software

DLS Review: Scanner disk-space visualization software: "

Scanner

Scanner lets you visualize disk space usage using a futuristic-looking, color-coded pie chart. Having tested it, I must say it does not come close in usefulness (or even visual appeal, but that's subjective) to WinDirStat, which is my go-to for this type of thing.

Join a Ubuntu machine to a Windows domain

Join a Ubuntu machine to a Windows domain: "
I had been hoping to accomplish this for some time now. At work we work under a Windows domain and I have a Ubuntu test machine that I have been hoping to join to that domain. Finally, thanks to Likewise-Open5, it happened. And, believe it or not, it’s not all that difficult.
Oh sure you can use Samba to take this task on, but you better be prepared for some serious configuration and work. With Likewise-Open5 that job is made significantly easier. Now I understand that with the upcoming major release of Samba, joining a domain should be much simpler. But with the tools we have now, Likewise-Open5 is your best bet. In this article I will show you how to join a Windows domain using a Ubuntu box.
Installation
Installing Likewise-Open5 is simple. Although there is a GUI that comes along with Likewise-Open5, we are going to install and use the CLI tool. Why? It’s more reliable. So for installation open up a terminal window and issue the following command:
sudo apt-get install likewise-open5
That command should pick up all the necessary dependencies and have you ready to join i no time.
What you need
In order to connect to your domain, you will need the following information:
  • Domain name: This is the domain name (FQDN) of the domain you want to join.
  • DNS: Although you may be tempted to use something like OpenDNS, you will want to use the DNS used on your domain.
  • Access: You will need to have an account that is able to join your domain.
You will also need some more information for configuring Sudo later.
Joining
To join the domain, the command you want to use looks like this:
sudo domainjoin-cli join DOMAIN USER
Where DOMAIN is the domain you want to join and USER is the username that has rights to join said domain.
You will be prompted for your password. Once you have authenticated, you have officially joined that domain.
Now, let’s set Likewise-Open to use this domain as the default domain. This will mean you can actually log into your domain from your Ubuntu login screen. In other words, you will automatically be joined upon boot. To do this open up the file /etc/samba/lwiauthd.conf and add the following line:
windbind use default domain = yes
Now, restart the daemon with the command /etc/init.d/likewise-open restart and all is well.
Leaving
If you want to leave the domain, just issue the following command:
sudo domainjoin-cli leave
Sudo
One thing you will notice is that, when you have logged in under the domain, your user has no sudo rights. In order to get around this you need to log into your machine as your standard user and edit your /etc/sudoers file. But at this point you need one more bit of information. You need to know the Group your user is a member of in Active Directory. Most likely this is Users. If that doesn’t work, contact your IT department and they should be able to tell you.
In the /etc/sudoers file, look for this line:
#Members of the Admin group may gain root privileges and do the following:
and append the following under it:
%DOMAIN\\GROUP ALL=(ALL) ALL
Where DOMAIN is the actual domain and GROUP is the group your user belongs to. Now if you log out and log back in your domain user should have sudo rights.
Final thoughts
Linux has come a long, long way. And I have confidence this process will soon become a part of either the installation or be included as an easy to use wizard. But for now, it’s no longer a harrowing experience to join a Windows domain.
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Microsoft FixIt Center beta fixes Windows 7 and Vista errors automatically

Microsoft FixIt Center beta fixes Windows 7 and Vista errors automatically: "



Double Driver 4.0 is an even better driver backup and restore app for Windows

Double Driver 4.0 is an even better driver backup and restore app for Windows: "


One thing DIYers (myself included) often forget to do prior to reformatting a system is to take a few minutes to make sure all of the necessary drivers for their hardware are at the ready. You pull the trigger on the format option only to realize that, oh crap, you didn't save that .zip file for your TV tuner card, and you'll have to go sift through support pages...again.


Two plus ways to transfer files via FTP in Windows

Two plus ways to transfer files via FTP in Windows: "
While writing the Core FTP LE Product Spotlight blog post, I discovered a new way to transfer files using FTP. It led me to wonder how many other people were unaware of the two-plus ways to transfer files via FTP using only the tools provided in Windows.

I will briefly discuss each method using Windows 7 in the examples below. These instructions will also work in Windows Vista. Each method uses a different component of Windows to initiate the transfer:

  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Explorer
  • DOS command line