Archive for July, 2009

Windows 7

Over the past few years, you’ve asked us to make some changes to Windows. We listened closely. Now it’s time to share an early look at how we’ve used your feedback. Windows 7 is faster, more reliable, and makes it easier to do what you want. Both the everyday things and the killer “is that really possible?” things. Dig into these sites to see what’s coming.

Explore the below link to know more about Windows 7

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx

Windows 7 Beta 7 (Sneak Previews)

A Tour of Windows 7 Beta
http://www.pcworld.com/article/157165/a_tour_of_windows_7_beta.html

Hands-on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 1
http://www.pcworld.com/article/158537/handson_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_1.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 2
http://www.pcworld.com/article/158676/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_2.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 3
http://www.pcworld.com/article/158723/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_3.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 4
http://www.pcworld.com/article/158725/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_4.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 5
http://www.pcworld.com/article/159267/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_5.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 6
http://www.pcworld.com/article/159363/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_6.html

Windows 7 Beta videos: a peek at the coolness to come

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-videos.aspx

Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder: Miracle tool

If you’ve ever offered technical support to other computer users, you might find yourself losing a slice of your sanity over their inability to describe the problem clearly. And most times it’s not the fault of the user, it’s just difficult to describe what you see with words. A feature new to Windows 7, called “Problem Steps Recorder” looks to be the missing tool for documenting where it all goes wrong.

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090111/windows-7-problem-steps-recorder-miracle-tool/

First Windows 7 build 7032 screenshot leaks

Days after the leak of build 7022 (32-bit) to public torrent sites, WinFuture.de has posted a screenshot clearly showing a 64-bit Enterprise edition of build 7032. We already know of a build 7034, but this is significant because there have been no screenshots or any other tangible proof of any of the 703x builds. The screenshot shows the following build string: “‘6.1.7032.0.winmain.090129-1812,” meaning that the build was compiled on January 29, 2009 at 6:12PM. Since it is an interim build, it’s not surprising that the screenshot shows the build expiring on July 2, 2009.

Other than the new build number, the screenshot (full-size image) does not show too much. A date is shown in the bottom left in a European format, but all this shows is that the screenshot was taken today. There appears to be a new icon in the taskbar, and it looks like it is for the Control Panel. IE8 is still at RC1, which is not surprising. The user has Hibernate set as the default for the power button in the start menu, but this doesn’t necessarily mean Microsoft has changed it from Shut Down. This build does not include the fixes to UAC.

Look out for more leaked builds in the coming days as users become more and more impatient awaiting the public RC build rumored to be coming in April. Testers are expected to get a newer build before that.

Update

WinFuture.de has now posted more screenshots of build 7032. Head over to their site to check them out in all their glory!

For Screen Shots – see below link (This may take time to load)

http://winfuture.de/news,45137.html

Information about UAC in Windows 7

http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/01/15/user-account-control-uac-quick-update.aspx

Sacrificing security for usability: UAC security flaw in Windows 7 beta (with proof of concept code)

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090130/uac-security-flaw-windows-7-beta-proof/

Microsoft dismisses Windows 7 UAC security flaw, continues to insist it is “by design”

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090131/microsoft-dismisses-windows-7-uac-security-flaw-insists-by-design/

Second Windows 7 beta UAC security flaw: malware can silently self-elevate with default UAC policy

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090204/second-windows-7-uac-flaw-malware-self-elevate/

Microsoft TechNet Forums – Windows 7 Beta
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/category/w7itpro/

Dedicated blog to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7 (Must visit!!)
http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/

Windows 7 News

Windows 7 News is dedicated to bringing you all the latest news, rumors, screenshots and videos of Microsoft’s next OS release, currently expected in 2010 all in one place. Since its creation in Feb 2007, the site traffic has grown from nothing to over 10,000 page impressions per day, and is expected to grow even further once more the launch date of Windows 7 gets closer.

http://windows7news.com/

Fore more information and screen shots of Windows 7, visit Paul Thurrott’s Win Supersite…….
http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/

Incase if you would like to test Windows 7 Beta on your systems, follow these links

How to Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP or Vista

http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista

Installing Windows 7 on Virtual Machine

http://www.scribd.com/doc/11571223/Installing-Windows-7

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Convert various PC video formats to a DVD that can be played on pretty much any standalone DVD player.

DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.

DVD Flick is Open Source, meaning that anyone can download and view or modify the program’s source code. It also means that it is absolutely free of charge. Several external programs are used by DVD Flick to do the dirty work like encoding and combining of video material. All of these programs are free, some are Open Source too.

DVD Flick can read and use the following file formats out-of-the-box:

* AVI type 1 and 2 files (.avi)
* MPEG files (.mpg)
* MPEG audio files (.mp2\.mp3)
* MPEG-4 files (.mp4)
* Matroska files (.mkv\.mka)
* Vorbis files (.ogm\.ogg)

And any other format as long as the appropriate DirectShow filters are installed for it.

Features:

* Burn near any video file to DVD
* Support for over 45 file formats
* Support for over 60 video codecs
* Support for over 40 audio codecs
* Easily add a menu
* Add your own subtitles
* Easy to use interface
* Burn your project to disc after encoding
* Completely free without any adware, spyware or limitation

What’s New:

Version 1.3.0.7

* Added: buttonSubtitleMenuX and buttonAudioMenuX button types that jump to a title’s audio or button menu directly.
* Changed: Removed “High” encoding priority setting. It is not useful anyway (no speed gain, only chokes other processes).
* Changed: Updated FFmpeg to revision 19276.
* Changed: Updated ImgBurn to version 2.4.4.0.
* Changed: Removed “Enable menu” checkbox and replaced it by a “None” menu option.
* Fixed: Overflow error when loading large files.
* Fixed: Negative audio delays were not corrected.

DVD Flick has the following system requirements:

  • Processor: A Pentium MMX or compatible AMD processor, or better. A Pentium IV or later is recommended, the faster the better. Multithreading is supported.
  • Memory: At least 256 MB of free physical RAM, 512 MB or more is recommended. When using Windows Vista, at least 512 MB is required.
  • Operating system: Windows 2000 Professional, or any edition of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Source code

The source code of DVD Flick is released under the GPL. You can download it, use it, redistribute it, modify it and copy and paste from it as you see fit, as long as the license is left intact and credit is put where credit is due, though that is more The Right Thing to do, but not required by the license.

Most of DVD Flick’s code is written in Visual Basic 6. You will need MinGW and GCC if you want to compile DVD Flick’s support library and TCMPlex. The supporting programs are not included. And must be copied from a regular DVD Flick installation.

Download DVD Flick source code – 2 MB

Latest version:
1.3.0.7 – 13 MB
View the changelog to find out what’s new.

Click here to begin download

Features

Supported video codecs

All of the following video codecs are supported by DVD Flick. The ones highlighted in green are common video codecs.

4X Video American Laser Games Apple Animation Apple Graphics
Apple MJPEG-B Apple QuickDraw Apple Video Asus v1 and v2
ATI VCR1 ATI VCR2 Autodesk Animator Studio AVID DNxHD
AVS Video Bethsoft VID C93 Video CamStudio
Cin Video Cinepak Cirrus Logic AccuPak Creative YUV
Duck TrueMotion v1, v2 DV DXA Video Flash Screen Video
FLIC video Flash Video Fraps FPS1 H.261
H.264 HuffYUV IBM Ultimotion Id Cinematic
Microsoft Video-1 Miro VideoXL MJPEG MPEG-1 and 2
MPEG-4 (DivX\XVid) Id RoQ Intel Indeo 3 Interplay Video
JPEG-LS KMVC LOCO Lossless MJPEG
Microsoft RLE MSMPEG4 v1, v2, v3 MSZH On2 VP5, VP6
Planar RGB QPEG RealVideo Renderware TXD
RTjpeg Smacker Video Sony Playstation MDEC Sorenson Video 1, 3
Sunplus MJPEG TechSmith Camtasia THP Tiertex Seq Video
VC1 VMD Video VMware Video Westwood VQA
Winnov WNV1 Windows Media ** Xan/WC3 ZMBV
MPL \ TrueHD Motion Pixel Video EA CMV \ TGV EA XA

* RealVideo 3 or 4 support is not yet perfect
** Windows Media 9 is still experimental

Supported audio codecs

All of the following audio codecs are supported by DVD Flick. The ones highlighted in green are common audio codecs.

4X IMA ADPCM AAC AC3 \ E-AC3 AMR NB and WB
Apple lossless Apple MACE 3, 6 ATRAC 3 CD-ROM XA ADPCM
Cin Creative ADPCM CRI ADX ADPCM DSP Group TrueSpeech
DTS Duck DK3,4 IMA ADPCM DV EA ADPCM
FLAC lossless G.726 ADPCM Id DPCM Intel Music Coder
Interplay DPCM Microsoft ADPCM MPEG layer 1, 2, 3 (MP3) MS IMA ADPCM
Musepack * QT IMA ADPCM RA144 RA288
RADnet Real COOK ** Shorten lossless Sierra Online DPCM
Smacker SMJPEG IMA ADPCM THP ADPCM True Audio (TTA)
Vorbis WavPack Westwood Studios IMA ADPCM Windows Media 1, 2
Xan DPCM Nellymoser

* Only SV7 is supported
** 5.1 surround version is not supported

Supported container formats

All of the following container formats are supported by DVD Flick. The ones highlighted in green are common formats.

4xm ADTS AAC audio American Laser Games ASF (WMV)
AVI AVS Bethsoft VID C93
CIN Creative VOC CRYO APC DV
DXA EA Multimedia FLIC format SWF *
GXF Id Cinematic Id RoQ Interplay MVE
Macromedia Flash Matroska MPEG audio MPEG-1 systems
MPEG-2 PS, TS MPEG-4 MXF Nullsoft Video (NSV)
NUT Playstation STR QuickTime Raw AC3
Raw CRI ADX audio Raw MJPEG Raw MPEG video Raw MPEG4 video
Raw PCM ** Raw Shorten audio Real Media Sega FILM/CPK
SEQ Sierra Online Sierra VMD Smacker
SUN AU format THP WAV WC3 Movie
Westwood Studios VQA/AUD TechnoTrend PVA LMLM4 MVI
EA XA

* Only embedded audio is decoded
** 8\16 bits mulaw/alaw

Supported subtitle formats

MicroDVD SubRip (SRT)
Substation Alpha (SSA\ASS) * SubView

* Only text is read, no markup or colors

AviSynth

DVD Flick can also read AviSynth scripts, which allow you to do advanced postprocessing of images using a powerful scripting language. You will need to have AviSynth installed in order to use it’s functionality in DVD Flick. AviSynth’s homepage is at http://avisynth.org/.

FFMPEG

DVD Flick relies on the very powerful FFMPEG project to decode the many file formats and codecs it supports. FFMPEG is also used to provide audio and video encoding functionality in order to produce the final DVD.

FFMPEG’s homepage can be found at http://ffmpeg.mplayerhq.hu/.

Millions of users worldwide rely on Spyware Terminator, winner of many awards and high ratings from industry experts and users. Its free comprehensive protection is comparable to competitors’ paid versions!

Spyware Terminator includes:

  • Fast spyware scanning
  • 100% real-time protection
  • HIPS protection
  • Antivirus protection
  • Multilanguage Support
  • Free automatic updates
  • Free scheduled scans
  • Free support

Spyware Terminator will scan your computer for known threats and report findings in a manner that is easy to read and interpret. Every entry is given a rating and a classification, which makes it very easy to decide if a detected item should be removed. Unlike some free software titles, Spyware Terminator will remove all threats for free.

Spyware Terminator is licensed for free for both home and business use.

Download: Spyware Terminator 2.5.8.145 – 632KB (Freeware)
View: Spyware Terminator Website

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Windows only: Last year we shared TubeMaster Plus with you, an extremely handy program for downloading videos and music from streaming sites. TubeMaster++ has been released and comes with a slew of new features.

TubeMaster++ makes grabbing streaming videos and music incredibly simple. As long as TubeMaster++ is running, it will grab nearly every kind of media you watch over your internet connection thanks to its ability to scan the incoming data and not rely on the browser itself. Whether you’re watching a video in Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera, as soon as you start watching it, TubeMaster++ will begin capturing it.

You can save files, play them back right in TubeMaster++ and convert them. What formats can you convert into? A better question would be what formats can’t you convert into. You can convert audio formats into WAV, MP3, OGG, and AC3, among others. Video can be converted into dozens of formats and presets for mobile devices including the Creative Zen, iPod, Blackberry, PSP and PS3, various mobile phone sizes, and more universal formats like AVI and MPEG4.

TubeMaster++ does lose one feature from its predecessor: because of dependencies it has on installed software it is no longer portable. The trade off will be more than worth it for most people however as the new version is more stable, offers more features, has a built-in video and music search engine, and has dropped the upgrade requirement to download from adult video-sharing sites. TubeMaster++ is freeware, Windows only, and requires Java Runtime Environment and WinPcap (both of which are included in the installation if you don’t have them.)

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Windows only: Backup and Synchronization utility GFI Backup is an easy to use, full-featured package for keeping your collections of files safe and secure.

Using the software is easy, with a wizard-based setup for new backup tasks and lots of options to choose from. GFI Backup can do AES encryption, incremental or differential backups, notifications, or file synchronization—and it can backup your data to local folders, FTP, network, or even removable flash drives, making it worth a look for anybody seeking a free but powerful backup solution.

GFI Backup is a free download for Windows, email registration required to download. For more, check out our five best Windows backup tools, our five best file syncing tools, or just check out previously mentioned DropBox for instant file-syncing anywhere.

Windows only: Firefox lovers have no doubt already updated to the recently released Firefox 3.5 for its amazing new features, but if you’re more the portable type, Firefox 3.5 Portable Edition is officially available for download.

This portable version comes to us from the reliable folks at PortableApps.com, makers of the popular, previously mentioned Portable Apps Suite, and brings all the goodies of Firefox 3.5 to your thumb drive. You may still need to perform a little about:config tweaking to get your extensions working with Firefox 3.5, but apart from that the portable version looks like it’s ready to go.