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  1. The Highlander

    Photosuite ii

    here is a download for a trial of the version 5 suit, as to version 2 , not even the warez boards have that programe, as its way to old? 1999? http://www.freefunfiles.com/software/audio...5-platinum.html
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    One for the ladies out there

    Mine is the same to Paul, isnt that strange?, whats with shoes... you know its bad when you are on holladay and the house keeper says (island acent) "man you buy lot of shoe" and my wife replyed "Never"
  3. Hackers will feed on Vista in 2008, says McAfee As Vista grows in popularity and surpasses the 10 percent market-share milestone, McAfee expets more hackers to start targeting the OS Microsoft will face more than 40 vulnerabilities in Windows Vista next year as the operating system climbs past the 10 percent market-share milestone and malware authors really start to find flaws, a McAfee analyst said today. "Most of the current malware has ignored Vista," said Craig Schmugar, a threat researcher at McAfee's Avert Lab -- but that's not because the operating system has been frustratingly secure. In fact, Schmugar argued, Vista has been a worthwhile target in the first year of its release. "These people make their living writing malware or attacking users," he said. "They're driven by financial motivation, and only when market share has an impact will they really work on Vista." At some point in 2008, Vista will own a tenth of the desktop operating system market, Schmugar predicted. The milestone should mark the beginning of concerted efforts by attackers to root out vulnerabilities in the newer operating system. "Although the huge market share that XP has means [attackers] will still be profitable there for years to come, Vista at 10 percent will put it on their radar," he said. According to data from Web metrics vendor Net Applications in Aliso Viejo, Calif., Vista's market share was about 7.9 percent at the end of October, up from 7.4 percent the month before. "In the short term, Microsoft's case that Vista is more secure is supported by the data," conceded Schmugar, who referred to data Microsoft has cited from its Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. In its most recent report on the tool (PDF) Microsoft said the program cleaned malware from "60 percent less Windows Vista-based computers compared to computers running Windows XP SP2." Schmugar's argument is that while that number is probably accurate, Vista's better performance isn't due only to its security prowess; it also stems from the fact that hackers haven't paid much attention to it. "You look at the big malware, the most significant threats, and there's nothing specific to Vista in them," Schmugar said. "As Vista gains in adoption, it then impacts malware authors and forces them to focus attention on finding vulnerabilities, or to alter their social engineering techniques to accommodate it." If that concept sounds familiar -- that market share plays a part in determining the vulnerability profile of an operating system -- it's because Mac OS X users have long relied on it. "There are definitely parallels between Mac OS X and Vista" when it comes to the likelihood of an attack, Schmugar said. "Operating systems aren't bulletproof. You can have an OS that's attacked less, certainly, but a larger part [of the equation] is market share." This expected increase in attention, as well as past trends, led Avert Labs to project that Vista will be hit with between 40 and 45 vulnerabilities during 2008, more than double the number of flaws disclosed in its first nine months. "The National Vulnerability Database reports 19 Windows Vista vulnerabilities in the first nine months," stated Avert Labs' just-published top 10 threat predictions. "This compares with 16 Windows XP vulnerabilities during a comparable period. [but] the number of reported Windows XP vulnerabilities more than doubled in the following 12 months." Avert came up with its estimate for 2008 by using that same doubling-plus rate. "Some of those will come from malware authors digging a little deeper into Vista," said Schmugar, "and others will come from using the research on Vista that's already been done." Avert Labs' other predictions for next year can be found in the report posted on its Web site. http://www.mcafee.com/us/local_content/whi...ctions_2008.pdf Computerworld is an InfoWorld affiliate http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/11/26/...s-McAfee_1.html
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    Windows XP SP3 Yields Performance Gains

    Windows XP SP3 Yields Performance Gains After a disappointing showing by Windows Vista SP1 (see previous post), we were pleasantly surprised to discover that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (v.3244) delivers a measurable performance boost to this aging desktop OS. Testing with OfficeBench showed an ~10% performance boost vs. the same configuration running under Windows XP w/Service Pack 2. Figure 1 - OfficeBench Completion Times (In Seconds - Lower is Better) Note: As with our Vista SP1 testing, we used the identical Dell XPS M1710 test bed with 2GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 1GB of RAM and discrete nVidia GeForce Go 7900GS video. Since SP3 was supposed to be mostly a bug-fix/patch consolidation release - unlike w/Vista SP1, Microsoft made no promises of improved performance for XP - the unexpected speed boost comes as a nice bonus. In fact, XP SP3 is shaping-up to be a "must have" update for the majority of users who are still running Redmond's not-so-latest and greatest desktop OS. Of course, none of this bodes well for Vista, which is now more than 2x slower than the most current builds of its older sibling. Suffice to say that performance-minded users will likely choose to stick with the now even speedier Windows XP - at least until more "Windows 7" information becomes publicly available. Windows Vista = Windows ME "Reloaded?" You be the judge! http://exo-blog.blogspot.com/2007/11/windo...ance-gains.html
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    New QuickTime bug opens XP, Vista to attack

    New QuickTime bug opens XP, Vista to attack November 25, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Security researchers warn that attack code targeting an unpatched bug in Apple Inc.'s QuickTime has gone public and added that in-the-wild attacks against systems running Windows XP and Vista are probably not far behind. There was no word as of Sunday whether the Mac OS X versions of the media player are also vulnerable. The critical bug in QuickTime 7.2 and 7.3 (and perhaps earlier editions as well) is in the player's handling of the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), a audio/video streaming standard. According to alerts posted by Symantec Corp. and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), attackers can exploit the flaw by duping users into visiting malicious or compromised Web sites hosting specially-crafted streaming content, or by convincing them to open a rigged QTL file attached to an e-mail message. Symantec credited Polish research Krystian Kloskowski with first reporting the zero-day vulnerability on the milw0rm.com Web site Friday. By Saturday, Kloskowski and an unnamed researcher identified as "InTeL" had followed up with separate proof-of-concept examples that executed on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista machines running QuickTime 7.2 or 7.3. A successful exploit would let the attacker install additional malware -- spyware or a spambot, say -- or cull the system for information like passwords. An attack that failed would likely only crash QuickTime. A gaffe by Apple's developers, however, makes attack easier on Vista, said InTeL, who claimed that the QuickTimePlayer binary does not have Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) enabled. ASLR is a Vista security feature that randomly assigns data and application components, such as .exe and .dll files, to memory to make it tougher for attackers to determine the location of critical functions or vulnerable code. Apple's forgetfulness prompted Symantec analyst Anthony Roe to note: "This makes reliable exploitation of the vulnerability a lot easier." Another Symantec researcher, Patrick Jungles, added that QuickTime vulnerabilities usually draw attackers quickly. "In the past, we have seen a very short period of time between the release of proof-of-concept exploits for QuickTime vulnerabilities and the development of working exploits by attackers," said Jungles in a note to customers of his company's DeepSight threat management service. "Popular applications such as QuickTime are strong candidates for exploitation in the wild." Apple last patched QuickTime less than three weeks ago, when it released Version 7.3 to fix a number of critical image-rendering and Java-related vulnerabilities. So far in 2007, Apple has issued six QuickTime security-related updates that have fixed a total of 31 flaws. http://www.computerworld.com/action/articl...;intsrc=hm_list
  6. Vista SP1 benefit will be stability and reliability, not performance Will Vista SP1 and how this won’t bring any relief to those who find Vista a bit slow or sluggish? Not really, but then again service packs aren’t about performance increases; they’re about reliability and stability. I’ve seen a lot of service packs in my time. Windows 95 and ME both got one service pack, NT 4.0 saw six, Windows 2000 had four and XP has so far seen two. But what I don’t remember regarding any of these service packs is installing it onto a system and then seeing any significant boost in performance. Service packs don’t really work that way. Sure, you’ll feel specific improvements as a result of some of the tweaks and fixes contained in the service pack, and you might feel the benefit of having your operating system refreshed by loading the service pack onto it, but a service pack should not be looked upon as a performance upgrade. If your system can’t run an OS, what it needs is upgrading or replacing, not the application of a service pack. With Windows Vista SP1 on the horizon it’s time to cut through the hyperbole, speculation and myth and get down to reality. Now that Microsoft has released a preview of the release candidate of SP1 we no longer need to make wild guesses. By marking this preview as a release candidate we know that barring any last minute bug fixes, this is what SP1 will look and feel like when it’s finally released. I’ve been running Vista SP1 on a number of non-critical systems now since it was made available and overall I’ve been very pleased with it. I’ve been running Vista since the day that it went RTM over a year ago and since then the operating system has matured greatly, not only as a result of hardware vendors releasing better drivers, but also because Microsoft has been drip-feeding users updates designed to improves stability, reliability and performance. These updates will be rolled into SP1, which means that those who have been keeping up with will already be benefiting from them, while those that haven’t and who are waiting for SP1, they’ll see the benefits after installing the service pack. http://bink.nu/news/vista-sp1-benefit-will...erformance.aspx
  7. The Highlander

    One for the ladies out there

    Ha ha ha.... my wife said she's got one of them allready.... but she liked it anywayz Yer Yer Paul and bruce no smart commnets over this reply , as i can ready your brains working allready
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    Error 0652 on Rolllback Install

    I see you have a dell, can you check that 1. you dont have any other cd or dvd burning apps installed by dell (under add & remove applications.) 2. can you make a new account under control pannel called user or the like (and make sure you make it a adminstrator as the account type) and then log into it as a test and see if you can install it, as some times dell and hp ect give users a power user account and not a admin account and this make a big diference. thats all i can sugest at this stage sorry but i hope it may help you good luck
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    Important Virus Advisory - 23 November 2007

    there has been discovered two viruses this week that are serious enough to document. they have been identified as w32/mypis.h and a yet unnamed virus we are calling win32/logogo. Please note that the major Antivirus brands including Trend Micro, Symantec, and McAfee in most cases are failing to detect both viruses. Both viruses have destructive payloads, and have no available clean up tools at this time. Clean at this time is labour intensive. Fortinet Firewalls have identified w32/mypis.h from the 14th of November 2007, and are blocking it with pattern files downloaded after this date. If you see the following behavior on any of your workstation’s, or servers please disconnect that machine from the network (pull the cable out) to isolate any infection, and contact your IT Administrator or IT person if you require assistance on cleanup. Symptoms observed to date are… Win32/Logogo · Logogo.exe present as an operating process. · Xp.exe located on any drive · PC crashing when trying to access main operating system drive (C:) · Chinese lettering appearing within Explorer shell or Internet Explorer context menu. · Time clock on PC being reset thus preventing the workstation login onto the domain. · PCs having unexplained crashes when opening Windows Explorer. · Unexplained faults with PCs network connection. Identified when suspect PC is “pinged” and return address has unusual character in the resolved network address. Win32/mypis.h · A quiet achiever. · This work aggressively attached itself to any .exe file it can find. · Spreads via email, including using its own SMTP engine. It also tries to spread through shared resources on a network. · When run, the worm can delete several files and entries in the records related to several security applications (antivirus, etc..). · Every day 3 of each month, the worm can trigger a dangerous and destructive routine that overwrites all the files with certain extensions, all local drives.
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    Vista SP1 a Performance Dud

    Vista SP1 a Performance Dud For those who think the new SP1 for vista will sort out there systems , see below With the initial performance characteristics of Windows Vista leaving much to be desired , many IT organizations have put off deploying the new OS until the first service pack (SP1) is released by Microsoft early next year. The thinking goes that SP1 will address all of these early performance issues and somehow bring Windows Vista on par with - or at least closer to - Windows XP in terms of runtime performance. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. Extensive testing by the exo.performance.network (www.xpnet.com) research staff shows that SP1 provides no measurable relief to users saddled with sub-par performance under Vista. http://www.activewin.com/outbound.asp?Head...ce%2Ddud%2Ehtml
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    Roxio Activation Module 1.0

    the next question would be why ?
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    Old computers for Christmas

    recycling whats that?.... we here at the PC shop just throw it in the crusher... USA is a fair bit ahead in that side of PC recycling. id throw out 20 a week in the bin , some working some not, and some i give to local daycares and schools if we have time.
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    Vista SP1 a Performance Dud

    We have a similer issue here in NZ, lots of resellers are flicking off Vista home basic laptops and PC's with 512 ram in them, and all they do is basicly just run , if you want to install any office or apps , they stall allmost... I dont understand why they do it , as the person will be back there complaning that there unit is just soooo slow. Microsotfs own recomendation is the min ram for any flavor of vista is 1 gig , and it will take as much as you can throw at it ....... any how iv been testing the SP1 on my Vista ultamte , with 2 gig ram and iv had no speed or performance increase so far, im going to love to see how many will opt to get it sent to them on cd instead of downloading it... its a big sucker... lots of nothing to fix lots of nothing......
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    Vista SP1 a Performance Dud

    i think that my post above was more directed that alot of users think that the Service pack 1 for vista will speed up there system and make there windows more stable, what i was more directing is that....... It's NOT going to.... and yes iv found a few things that have had issues with SP1 so far but id like to see the whole list after it's release...
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    Windows XP SP3 moves closer to completion

    Windows XP SP3 moves closer to completion Beta testers have received access to a release candidate of Windows XP Service Pack 3, but general consumers still have a long wait until they'll see SP3 available for download. Microsoft has scheduled the last major update to its six-year-old OS for the first half of 2008 - likely after Windows Vista SP1. Around 15,000 testers now have access to XP SP3, and Microsoft says it plans one last public beta release before releasing the final bits next year. The same individuals are testing Vista SP1 RC Preview, although Microsoft has also promised a public SP1 build. Although XP SP3 is more of a roll-up of existing hotfixes and should be completed before Vista's first upgrade, Microsoft will likely delay its release and use SP1 to encourage holdout XP users to upgrade to Vista.
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    Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Error

    Can you give us here a bit of info on what you are running?, vista?, xp? also some info on the computer?, dell?, hp?, make model, as all of these things help fine it down, as some computers like dell have a few known issues ect?
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    New ATI Drivers fix EMC9 Issues

    AMD Catalyst 7.11 Display Drivers (AMD OWNS ATI) Highlights of resolved issues: Bioshock: Pulling the lever in the chamber no longer results in the game failing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30493 Bioshock, Lost Planet, and World In Conflict: Connecting certain dual link display devices to certain ATI Radeon™ 2x00 series of cards no longer results in limited display resolutions being available. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30090 Call of Juarez: Enabling CrossFire™ no longer results in flickering being noticed when playing the DX10 version of the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29540 Doom 3: Playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 series of product and running the Windows Vista operating system no longer results in display corruption being noticed when using the console commands. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29978 Fable: A black ring is no longer seen around the player character. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29939 Hellgate, Lord of the Rings, PT Boat, and World in Conflict: Corruption is no longer noticed when AA is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number 737-30487 Rainbow Six Vegas: Setting the display resolution to 1600x1200 and applying the in-game settings to high no longer results in corruption being noticed when using an HDMI display device. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28826 Roxio Creator Premier v9: MyDVD: Attempting to burn a DVD no longer results in the burn process failing at the encoding preview. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29937 Serious Sam: the Second Encounter Demo: Game play is no longer delayed when playing the game on a system running Windows XP and containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-29933 http://game.amd.com/us-en/latest_news.aspx?id=AMD000000016
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    Please read all you ATI video card users

    Looks like ATI have admited to there drivers crashing some burning items in Roxio EMC9 http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=31133 Read it here and hope it helps you
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    Unable to run RoxioEMCsuitev10

    Also i use a auto downloader tool that resumes any downloads that may stop for you, here is a link to a free one. these are very usefull for any large file downloads http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/
  20. Try these steps, (PS: i dont know if you are running XP or Vista) Run this tool http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=27807 FOLLOW ALL STEPS Then reboot and install Windows installer for XP http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en Windows installer for Vista http://blogs.msdn.com/windows_installer_te...now-posted.aspx Reboot and try the install of EMC10 again
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    EMC 10 Doesn't Install

    bm1000 if you returned it ?, why are you still on the board bugging people? and heroshima this is your first posts?, so you listen to an idiot who knows nothing? without trying to fix your issue here.... strange and unbelievable all at the same time?.
  22. AMD's Phenom Unveiled: A Somber Farewell to K8 It's surreal isn't it? Is this how you pictured it? With forty-three days left in the year, AMD is finally letting us publish benchmarks of its long awaited Phenom microprocessor. The successor to K8, AMD's most successful micro-architecture to date, and the cornerstone of AMD's desktop microprocessor business for 2008: Phenom is here. But shouldn't there be fireworks? Where's the catchy title? The Star Wars references were bound to continue right? Why were there no benchmarks before today, why are the next several pages going to be such a surprise? AMD had been doing such a great job of opening the kimono as its employees liked to say, giving us a great amount of detail on Barcelona, Phenom and even the company's plans for 2008 - 2009. The closer we got to Phenom's official launch however, the quieter AMD got. We were beginning to worry, and for a while there it seemed like Phenom wouldn't even come out this year. At the last minute, plans solidified, and we received our first Socket-AM2+ motherboard, with our first official Phenom sample. What a beautiful sight it was: These chips are launching today, with availability promised by the end of the week. Phenom today is going to be all quad-core only, you'll see dual and triple-core parts in 2008 but for now this is what we get. The architecture remains mostly unchanged from what we've reported on in the past. This is an evolutionary upgrade to K8 and we've already dedicated many pages to explaining exactly what's new. If you need a refresher, we suggest heading back to our older articles on the topic. The Long Road to Phenom Ever wonder why we didn't have an early look at Phenom like we did for every Core 2 processor before the embargo lifted? Not only are CPUs scarce, but AMD itself didn't really know what would be launching until the last moment. At first Phenom was going to launch at either 2.8GHz or 2.6GHz; then we got word that it would be either 2.6GHz or 2.4GHz. A week ago the story was 2.4GHz and lower, then a few days ago we got the final launch frequencies: 2.2GHz and 2.3GHz. Then there's the pricing; at 2.2GHz the Phenom 9500 will set you back $251, and at 2.3GHz you'd have to part with $283 (that extra 100MHz is pricey but tastes oh so good). The problem is, and I hate to ruin the surprise here, Phenom isn't faster than Intel's Core 2 Quad clock for clock. In other words, a 2.3GHz Phenom 9600 will set you back at least $283 and it's slower than a 2.4Ghz Core 2 Quad Q6600, which will only cost you $269. And you were wondering why this review wasn't called The Return of the Jedi. AMD couldn't simply get enough quantities of the Phenom at 2.4GHz to have a sizable launch this year (not to mention a late discovery of a TLB error in the chips), and the company was committed to delivering Phenom before the holiday buying season as these are tough times and simply waiting to introduce its first quad-core desktop parts was just not an option. Rather than paper launch a 2.4GHz part, AMD chose to go with more modest frequencies, promising faster, more competitive chips in Q1 2008. It's not the best PR story in the world, but it's the honest truth. Two more quad-core Phenoms will come out in Q1: the 9900 and 9700, clocked at 2.6GHz and 2.4GHz respectively. The Phenom 9900 will be priced below $350 while the 9700 will be a sub-$300 part. As you can probably guess, the introduction of those two will push down the pricing of the 9600 and 9500, which will help Phenom be a bit more competitive. It's worth mentioning that in the 11th hour AMD decided to introduce a multiplier-unlocked version of the Phenom 9600 sometime this year that will be priced at the same $283 mark. Whether or not it's called a Black Edition is yet to be determined. http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3153
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    the world's largest BSOD?

    Bite me
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    the world's largest BSOD?

    the world's largest BSOD? For the last few days, the four giant display "screens" in Toronto downtown have been crashed, the four giant display "screens" at The Bay downtown have showin this BSOD? now it looks like they may have started to fix them , I think they should leave them the way they were?
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    ptfAC.tmp Error

    There are three things that may allso help you. 1. go to superspyware site and get there free tool (the reasion i sugest this tool is that all, and i do say ALL the other tools like spyboot ect need to have you manual update and manual clean of the product and spyware found, superspyware dosent, and its free , allso it removes even the hardist ones, i bet idf you download it and run it, it will find more stuff on your PC that spyboot missed) 2. go to bitdefender free online scan here (its free and it has been the no:1 antivirus voted in two years running ) allso get there free 1 year version (it kicks butt)\ 3. get an app called CCleaner , it will remove all the temp stuff (even locked files) and old installers and registry files (again free ) this will make a big diference to your pc as well. Links below: Online Bitdefender scan Antivurus scan free tool http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html Free 1 year antivurus of Bitdefender http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-14-en--...ee-Edition.html Bitdefender Voted No:1 2 years in a row buy top 10 awards http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/ Free superspyware tool download: http://www.superantispyware.com/ CCleaner download link: http://www.ccleaner.com/download Hope these help you