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Pin Outlook Calendar & Tasks To Your Desktop

If you remember we had told you about a utility that would allow you to put pin outlook to your desktop, however if you are only looking to view calendar events and tasks we came across another called DeskTask.

Also Read: 12 Must Have Outlook Add-ins

DeskTask connects to Microsoft Outlook and displays your calendar and task items on the desktop.

 

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DeskTask Features

  • Your tasks will always be visible, saving precious time to launch or switch to Outlook.
  • Just minimize every window, and see what are the items due for today or tomorrow.
  • DeskTask displays the whole week so you can be prepared to organize your work.
  • Besides the calendar items, the Outlook to-do list (Folder Tasks) is also displayed.

DeskTask works with 2000 / XP / 2003 / 2007 on Windows XP, and .

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ClamWin Free Antivirus – Useful Portable Security Tool

Today’s malware and viruses and intelligent enough. One of the first things they do after infecting a computer is to disable the security applications installed there and block their update process. In some of these cases you may not be able to use the GUI of Windows and in extreme cases you may not be able to even boot up your computer.

In such a situation, you may need some external security tools, which are stored on removal media like USB, Pen Drive or CR ROM, and use it to clean your computer.

There are many such Portable Antivirus applications, which can be downloaded freely and used to clean already infected computers. Most of them are stripped down version of their full-featured counterparts. They generally do not provide you real time protection and so, are not a substitute of your regular antivirus applications.

ClamWin is one such popular Portable Antivirus available for free download from the famous security vendor ClamWin.It comes with an easy installer and open source code. It features:

  • High detection rates for viruses and spyware
  • Scanning Scheduler
  • Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database
  • Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer
  • Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.

The best part of ClamWin is that it is Open Source and you can be absolutely sure that it contains no spyware or anything like that. But, it is sometimes criticized also for being open source, because the source code is available to the malware developers also and they can easily modify their code to bypass the detection tactics used by ClamWin.

Related: Ultimate List of Portable Antiviruses For Your USB

[This is a post from Silki Garg, who enjoys writing about Internet and PC Security Issues. Check out her latest article on Windows Security Tool – WinPatrol.]

Twitter Revamps: Advertising, Redesigns Following and Follower Lists & More

has revamped and rolled out several changes, including ability to direct message followers and also new design changes to the followers and following list making it a bit more useful that it was earlier.

In addition to that looks like twitter is finally making some money out of the billions of pageviews they get, here are some of the changes that we came across.

Design Changes To Followers & Following List

The new design includes much more useful information that can make following new users that more easier. The new interface shows the users handle, along with their name and location and their last tweet.

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You can also switch the views to list view to hide the extra details while viewing your followers or the people you are following.

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More Options While Browsing Followers and Following List

In addition to that there are also some new buttons that allow you to perform several actions like replying to the user, sending them a direct message and blocking them.

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Direct Message Followers Without Following Them Back

However a surprising thing old thing which was available for a month, is that twitter now allows users to send direct messages to people who follow you, but are not in turn following back, earlier direct messages could only be sent to mutual friends (people who followed someone and were followed back)

Definitive Revenue Source

Twitter is finally making some money, and the source is not a surprise, they are now using the definitions they show on pages, to advertise sponsored listings.

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These are most of the changes we saw in the new revamp? Did you see any other thing we missed? What do you think about the new changes, do you like it or do you hate it? Let us know about it.

Free Software To Monitor TCP/IP Network Connections

CurrPorts is a freeware designed to provide you with a list of all presently opened ports in your system. These ports could be UDP ports or TCP/IP ports.

Besides the name of opened ports additional associated information about the process responsible for opening the port is exhibited too. Such information includes process name, process path, process version details, process creation time and creator name.

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You can also use this software to shut unnecessary TCP connections. You can make use of Command-line for shutting unwanted connections. The software can destroy the procedure responsible for opening ports.

The software permits saving the list of opened ports in XML, HTML files or in text file like tab de-limited. The command-line option can be used for saving the index of open ports to files.

Greater details about distant IP address can be obtained by integrating the software with IPNetInfo utility. Advanced filters feature helps screen only open ports you desire to monitor.

CurrPorts also permits the user to save details of alterations-added and detached connections to the log file which is brought up to date only when the list is manually refreshed, or by switching on auto-refresh option.

The software is compatible with Windows NT, XP, 2000, 2003, 2008, Vista and 7. A special edition of this version can be used on Windows x64. In Windows ME/98 the software will not exhibit process information.

The software can be used without installation procedure and extra DLL files as it is of the nature of individual executable.

The new feature introduced in version 1.65 is the drag-and-drop icon on the toolbar which when dragged and dropped in the application window, filters ports by chosen application so that only this application’s open ports are displayed.

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List Of Windows Updates On Your System

WinUpdatesList v1.23 is a freeware that shows a catalog of Windows updates that are set up in your computer. These updates refer to Hotfix and Service Packs updates. In case of hotfixes the software permits the user to view which files have been updated with them. This information is shown in the main window. You can also access the MS web venue Web Link that supplies details about a chosen update. To get the additional details select the update and choose Open-web-link in the file menu.

You can also perform update un-installation using WinUpdatesList v1.23. The list of updates can be added to the clip board or alternatively command-line options can be used to save the list to HTML, Text files or XML files.

The software also enables you to watch the Windows Updates of some other operating system provided that OS is Windows XP or 2000. These other OS may be either on the local computer or on a distant computer.

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The software is compatible with Windows 98/2000/ME and XP. Though the software does work in Windows ME and 98 all update details may not be exhibited as some of the information is not stocked up in the Windows Registry in these operating systems.

Being a standalone executable no installation process or extra DLLs are needed. The file has to be placed in a folder and run for using it. The latest version 1.23 of WinUpdatesList software displays dates correctly in the user locale instead of the system locale. This is the new feature in this version.

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Freeware To Capture In-Depth Network Details

AdapterWatch v 1.05 is a freeware that supplies beneficial details about the network adapter including IP and hardware addresses, WINS and DNS servers, total bytes sent and received, MTU value, present transmit speed and lots more. This information is presented by the main window of the software.

You can also get an idea about TCP/IP and ICMP and UDP statistics of your system by using this software. This information can be obtained by hitting the preferred tab.

The software allows release and refreshing of IP addresses attained from the DHCP sever. This task can be performed by clicking the network adaptor to choose it and select the favored action on the File menu.

This software is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista. It works in Windows 98 and Windows ME, however complete adapter details may not be exhibited.

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Command-line options can be used to save the catalog of network adapters to HTML, and text files (tab de-limited).

The software being a standalone executable does not need installation procedure and extra DLLs. The executable has to be run after transferring it to a desired folder.

The earlier editions of AdapterWatch software showed incorrect MTU values that were loaded from Windows API. The latest version 1.05 of the software corrects this anomaly by obtaining the MTU value from Windows Registry.

This software can also be translated into other languages. The translation procedure will transform the dialog boxes, menus and strings of the software to the other language and finally the converted strings will be obtained from the language file.

Even after the translation steps are over Adapter Watch version 1.05 can be run without translation by changing the language file’s name or altering the location of the file to some other folder.

It is backed by email assistance to help solve bugs bumped into by users when they use the software.

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Retrieve WEP / Wireless Network Keys And Passwords

WirelessKeyView v1.26 is a freeware that works on Windows XP which has SP1 or more. On logging in to windows with administration user privileges you can make use of WirelessKeyView v1.26 for retrieving all WEP or wireless-network keys and WPA or wireless-network passwords.

These are stocked up in your system by the wireless zero and WLAN auto configuration services in Windows XP and Vista respectively. While the wireless keys are stocked in the Registry in Windows XP, in Windows Vista their storage is done by the file system. The software does not recover third party stored network keys.

WirelessKeyView v1.26 helps you save the retrieved keys to files of various types. You can also copy any sole key to clipboard. The Command-line option allows you to save the catalog of all recovered wireless keys to file types like standard, tabular and tab-delimited text files as well as HTML and XML files.

The software also contains an option-Delete-selected-items’ that permits you to erase wireless keys and passwords belonging to previous network adaptors that are not plugged into your system now. However if the network adaptor is alive then the software cannot be used for deletion. You will have to make use of the Windows’ user interface for the purpose of erasure of unnecessary keys.

The earlier versions of this software would not display a key in ASCII format in the Vista operating-system if 32 characters were present in the WPA-PSK. This anomaly and bug has been removed in the new edition v1.26 of WirelessKeyView software.

Running the software is as easy as 1-2-3. No installation procedure is required. No extra DLL files are needed either. The executable file has to be simply copied to any desired folder and run.

It is possible to translate WirelessKeyView v1.26 to additional languages. Email assistance is provided to resolve issues and bugs.

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Detect And Screen Wireless Network Activity

WirelessNetView v1.21 is background software that detects and screens wireless network activity. It exhibits for every identified network its SSID, Average or most recent signal quality, Cipher and validation algorithms, Detection counter, MAC address, Channel frequency as well as number and RSSI.

Every wireless device’s company name is also shown by this software. The MAC address helps the software find out this name. A special external file is required to be placed in the software folder for accessing this attribute.

In the latest version of 1.21 information for maximum speed is also displayed unlike earlier editions of the software. The record of spotted wireless networks is repeatedly updated after every interval of 10 seconds to highlight those alterations that have occurred in the network signal and so as to append new networks to the catalog.

It is very easy to use this software as the executable file has to be just run. There is no difficult installation procedure for using WirelessNetView v1.21.

WirelessNetView v1.21 is a freeware that works only if the operating system of the computer is Windows Vista or Windows XP that have SP2 or SP3 and which possess a wireless network-adaptor and card driver. KB918997 is required to be set up in your system if it uses Windows XP operating system with SP2, for proper functioning of this software.

It is possible to translate WirelessNetView v1.21to different languages so that the dialog boxes and menus etc are converted to that language. On fulfilling translation process steps the transformed strings will be obtained from the software’s language file.

Even after this whole process is completed you can still operate the software without any translation by changing the language file’s name or by altering the location of the file to some other folder.

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Download Kaspersky Anti-Virus & Internet Security 2010

toplogo Kaspersky Labs, creator of premier security applications have launched the new versions of their security suites. Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 and Kaspersky Antivirus 2010 are out on the streets.

The new updated suites carry a lot of updates and new features to keep you safe from the bad guys. Kaspersky’s software has a very good reputation of spotting and killing viruses. So you need not worry, the cops are with you.

A quote from the Kaspersky team to let you know about some new technologies they have used in the updated 2010 range of their products.

The new version 2010 products incorporate the advantages of advanced Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) technology in the Application Control module that assigns a security rating to previously unknown malware; unique Sandbox technology embodying virtualization technologies and providing a dedicated secure runtime environment; and the innovative Kaspersky Security Network that uses information from millions of users to dramatically reduce response times to new threats and replenish reputation databases with the most up-to-date information about clean and infected files.

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Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 provides the basic tools needed to protect your PC. It offers protection for a range of IT threats.

New features:

  • Kaspersky Toolbar for Internet browsers to warn you about infected or unsafe websites.
  • Special Game Mode to suspend alerts, updates and scans while you play.
  • The Safe Runfunction makes surfing the Internet using various web browsers much safer and easier, as well as allowing any number of other applications to be run simultaneously. A green border around the application window also makes it easy for the user to see that it is protected.

Updated Features:

  • Basic identity theft protection, including improved secure Virtual Keyboard
  • Urgent Detection System to stop fast emerging threats
  • Next generation proactive protection from zero-day attacks and unknown threats

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 has everything you need for a safe and secure Internet experience. All the features and technologies of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 are included in this product.

New Features:

  • Unique Safe Run Mode for questionable applications and websites
  • Kaspersky Toolbar for Internet browsers to warn you about infected or unsafe websites
  • Special Game Mode to suspend alerts, updates and scans while you play

Updates Features:

  • Security Application Monitor to give you full picture on programs installed on your PC
  • Identity Information Controller to give valuable data an extra layer of protection
  • Advanced identity theft protection, including improved secure Virtual Keyboard
  • Urgent Detection System to stop fast emerging threats
  • Next generation proactive protection from zero-day attacks and unknown threats

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 works to prevent the system from getting infected, which is a much more effective approach than treating an infected computer.

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Free, Powerful PDF Toolkit

One needs to properly know or have a basic idea about Pdtfk before getting to work with it. There is a primary difference between Pdftk and PDF. If you consider the latter an electronic paper then the former is an electric staple remover, binder, secret decoder ring among others. This is a very simple tool and is extremely user friendly and no special expertise is needed to utilize it. This is a free tool that is required to operate everyday things with PDF documents. This is a perfect device’ that can do the following actions:-

It can split as well as merge several PDF pages

The Pdftk has the ability to both decrypt as well as encrypt several PDF documents

The Pdftk also has the power to both uncompress as well as decompress several streams of pages.

The above functions are considered to be its main purposes of existence. The website of Pdftk has several useful links through which one can download several very useful software. The website also provides several instruction links that would guide an average person to properly install and use it. The Pdftk is very important and very useful software and it absolutely hassle free.

It currently runs on several computer configurations namely Linux, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD and also on Mac OS X. Some of the users can download several precompiled binaries while there are others who need to download the code of source and will have to compile and build up the Pdftk after properly using gcj, gcc and also libgcj. This software is also pretty useful when it concerns the command prompts for the Windows.

Then there is an application that is also pretty helpful and is called the PDFTK Builder. This is a standalone program and can be carried around in an USB Driver. This application also has several functions like it can rearrange or delete pages; split up single PDF files into multiple ones, protects the password of a certain PDF file and also disables the function of printing. The collate tab is widely known to be the most extensive function of the PDFTK Builder. It merges a couple of PDF files after taking the contents of the doc2.pdf and appends it successfully to the doc1.pdf. The Split tab helps you to break up one PDF file into several single documents. The background or stamp tab can be utilized to add a particular watermark or a background. A person can also rotate the PDF pages to his or her liking.

You always have the option of making the output file protected by a password. You also have the option of disabling the copying of documents and also prevent the printing if you feel like. Thus as we can see, that the Pdftk is a really useful application that can be used by almost anyone who knows a thing or two about computer software. This application is something that enhances your workings regarding Pdf and lets you have the maximum output out of them. This user friendly application should be used in the right procedure so as to enjoy the right outputs and get all the desired results.

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