Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.1


Cooliris for Internet Explorer, as the name says, is a plugin for Internet Explorer that provides a lightning fast, cinematic way to discover the web. This plugin actually converts your Internet Explorer window into a 3D Wall and it lets you browse a large number of pictures & videos with ease and speed. It helps you find what you are looking for, faster than the traditional way of clicking the "next" button webpage by webpage. The new version supports a number of customization, you can customize the look and feel of Cooliris - modify the number of rows, background image, wall angle etc. It is also compatible with Windows Vista. A number of new features included in this version like visually searching Google, Youtube and Flickr. It also previews your searched images as a slideshow. It works with thousands of sites across the Web. You can also share stuff with friends by dragging and dropping content from the 3D Wall. You can share as many items as you'd like, and even add a personal message. I recommend it to anyone who use IE as his browser.

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Software Simplifies Routing With Invaluable Data, Capabilities

The routing and scheduling software currently available to school bus operations is user-friendly and designed to make the routing process as smooth as possible for transportation personnel.
The maps provide a wealth of information, including streets, school locations, hazards, bus stops and district boundaries to help users create safe and efficient routes.
Moreover, with GPS capabilities and the capacity to manage special-needs routes and integrate with data-sharing tools, the software enables operations to further optimize routes, ensure that students are assigned to buses that accommodate their needs, and send information district-wide.
The following outlines specific features of routing software developed by several companies.

EDULOG
Education Logistics Inc. (EDULOG) manufactures several school bus routing and scheduling solutions. EDULOG.nt is the company’s flagship software in this arena; Carter Young, sales support manager, says it is the basis for all of the company’s other products.

“EDULOG.nt combines the functions of GIS [geographic information system], student location, routing and scheduling with optimization for runs and routes, special-needs transportation, shuttles and magnet schools,” Young explains.
Users have the ability to know which students belong on a bus, as well as where that bus has been and where it should be going. They can also add and relocate bus stops, create and change runs and routes, and adjust pickup, drop-off and travel times.
EDULOG.nt’s map displays students, schools, stops, runs, address ranges and street speeds, helping transportation officials identify when buses backtrack, runs cross or routes are duplicated.
There are two optimization software programs available with EDULOG.nt: run building and route coupling. Run building optimization produces a set of runs and sequence of stops that minimize travel time and distance while adhering to the user-defined parameters. Route coupling optimization combines a specified group of bus runs into bus schedules to minimize fleet requirements, layover time and deadhead travel distance.
EDULOG.nt is also well equipped to manage special-needs routes. The software offers users the option of either having all or part of rescheduling tasks performed automatically by the system, or of allowing the system to present all feasible rescheduling options and then making the final decisions independently of the computer. In either case, the software considers all possible student constraints to ensure that the alternatives presented satisfy specified parameters.
EDULOG’s second routing software, EduTracker, features a GPS/AVL component and a routing and scheduling component, facilitating two-way communication and data exchange. Young says, for instance, that driving instructions can be sent to buses for drivers on their routes while real-time GPS/AVL (automatic vehicle location) data from the vehicles are sent to the routing and scheduling component of EduTracker that indicates how long it takes for the drivers to complete the routes. If someone previously entered that a route takes 30 minutes to complete but the GPS/AVL data indicated that the driver completed it in 20 minutes, EduTracker can modify the data.
“With EduTracker, you know exactly where a bus is through the GPS/AVL data, and you can use that information to improve your routing through optimization,” Young says.
EDULOG developed EduTracker in recent years. The software’s fully integrated GPS/AVL and routing abilities stem from EDULOG’s view that they are connected. “We believe routing and scheduling are intimately connected with GPS/ AVL,” Young says, “and that the subsidiary [tasks] associated with routing and scheduling — such as driver tracking, student identification and pre- and post-vehicle inspection — should be integrated with routing and scheduling.”
EDULOG’s third routing solution for pupil transportation operations is ePTS (Electronic Pupil Transportation System). This software is an Application Service Provider system that the company designed specifically for smaller school districts.
The software allows smaller operations to utilize an EDULOG system without the large financial investment needed to purchase hardware or hire additional staff.
“EDULOG hosts the software on its servers and, depending on the service level selected by the school district, we can perform many of the duties of the transportation staff,” Young explains. “This has been very well received.”
With ePTS, EDULOG can handle such technical responsibilities as maintenance, map updates and customization of reports.
Transfinder Corp.
Routefinder Pro by Transfinder Corp. has been modified and upgraded over the past 20 years based on customer requirements and feedback.
Barbara Kane Pilliod, vice president of marketing and communications, says one feature that makes this user-friendly routing software unique is the fact that it is computer-assisted, meaning that the end user can incorporate his or her knowledge of the area into creating routes and stops. This ensures that routes are created correctly the first time around.
Moreover, with the integration of satellite imagery, Routefinder Pro provides a detailed view of streets, school locations, trees and hazards, which further aids in creating accurate routes. It also facilitates geocoding of students.
Along with the geocoding of students, the software features a GeoInfo Toolbox that allows users to outline a section on the map based on a point, walkout, radius, region or user-drawn area. They can then view all data associated with the section, including students, schools, streets, addresses and stops.
Pilliod says Routefinder Pro has an open architecture design. This allows for seamless integration with such datasharing tools as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, and Google Earth.
{+PAGEBREAK+} “In terms of Google Earth, we can export all essential data — students, stops and route information — to Google Earth, enabling transportation directors to see the information in real-world conditions and e-mail the maps to anyone within the district,” she explains.
Another unique feature of Routefinder Pro is its ability to provide custom reports. “The custom reports help our clients manage district and statewide report requirements,” Pilliod says. “We also have a report library within our client portal — users can access hundreds of report templates, download a template and integrate their data into the template. This makes their operations visually efficient to the district and the state.”
To incorporate GPS data, Transfinder offers its Busfinder GPS interface. Busfinder displays real-time or historical GPS data simultaneously with planned routes on the same map, while in routing mode. End users can then adjust their routes in a one-step process.
Transfinder currently offers an optional GPS implementation service for its clients that do not utilize GPS technology: RouteBuilder. RouteBuilder creates routes as school bus drivers drive.
“We loan our clients a set of handheld GPS units for the drivers,” Pilliod explains. “The drivers press a button [on the unit] every time they make a stop and that’s recorded so that the routes will be shown with the stops. Transportation officials can view the routes in Routefinder Pro through a RouteBuilder interface and manipulate them for time and distance. This is a way for school districts to get a taste of GPS and get their routes implemented quickly.”
Additional features of Routefinder Pro include shuttle run, field trip management and redistricting capabilities.
The software also has built-in reminders to notify personnel on steps they need to take to ensure that state requirements for vehicle upkeep and staff development are met.
Tyler’s VersaTrans Solution
Tyler’s VersaTrans Solution offers two versions of routing and planning software for pupil transportation operations: VersaTrans RP Standard Edition and VersaTrans RP Limited Edition. The standard edition is a solution for operations of all sizes, while the latter is a solution for operations with limited student enrollment.
VersaTrans RP by Tyler's VersaTrans Solutions features Fleet Schedule, which allows users to assign routes to a vehicle. Users can also adjust a school's bell times to see what current routes cost them compared to hypothetical scenarios.
A standout feature of the software is its map. It is designed for transportation and includes bus stops; district, school and walk boundaries; hazardous zones and streets; cross-street restrictions; right-side only pickups; and school locations with driveways.
“The map makes routing very easy,” Marketing Manager Melissa Belec says. “It grows with you as you insert or change things like house number ranges, hazards on the street and places where kids can’t cross the street. All of that information is stored in the map. The router doesn’t necessarily need to know the area to create a route that would be acceptable to the school district.”
Belec adds that because the data are stored in the map, not the route, the data are still available when a route is deleted and can be incorporated into a new route.
VersaTrans RP is equipped to create and manage both regular-ed and special- needs school bus routes, and Belec says one of the software’s strengths is its ability to integrate the intricacies that some special-needs students require.
“It handles special-needs routing exceptionally well by tracking what equipment a bus can accommodate,” she explains. “If the vehicle only has slots for four wheelchairs, [the software] would know, in routing, that you can’t pick up a fifth wheelchair-bound student because there wouldn’t be space for the student. It does the same thing for harnesses and other special equipment.”
VersaTrans RP also factors in the additional time it takes to load a special-needs student compared to a regular- ed student and creates routes that reflect the additional time.
Furthermore, the software is SIF (Schools Interoperability Framework) certified, signifying that it improves information-sharing within a school district and helps to streamline decision making. Belec says the software can communicate with almost any student information system so that users can input student data. VersaTrans RP can be programmed to import student data automatically at a frequency set by the end user.
Most of Tyler’s VersaTrans Solution’s software can be used in conjunction with one another. For instance, VersaTrans RP users can track their vehicles with VersaTrans OnScreen, the company’s GPS tracking and management system.
VersaTrans RP can manage shuttle routes as well, and it includes a predator tracking function to protect bus riders. In addition, the standard edition features district planning tools, but the limited edition does not.

source :http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/Management-Training/Articles/2009/09/Software-Simplifies-Routing-With-Invaluable-Data-Capabilities.aspx

Dreamweaver CS4 Portable PreActivated


Dreamweaver CS4 Portable PreActivated
Build world-class websites and applications with one of the industry's leading web authoring tools. Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 software is ideal for web designers, web developers, and visual designers.

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MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform & Netbook User Experience project release

Today we are announcing the project release of MeeGo v1.0. This release provides developers with a stable core foundation for application development and a rich user experience for Netbooks. The MeeGo Netbook user experience is the first to appear, with the development of the MeeGo Handset user experience moving to the open in June.


Releases are planned on a six month cadence. MeeGo v1.1 will be released in October and it will include support for touch-based devices, such as Handsets, Tablets, and In-Vehicle Infotainment systems. The development tree for MeeGo v1.1 is now open and we will start releasing various components in the v1.1 tree, including opening the development of the handset user experience in June.
We are now releasing the MeeGo API which includes Qt 4.6, the MeeGo SDK with an integrated application development environment, and various other operating system tools. Currently, the MeeGo SDK is focused on Netbooks, but the next version of the MeeGo SDK, an early developer release in June, will support touch-based devices, such as Handsets and Tablets.

The MeeGo Netbook User Experience includes:

  • Visually rich Netbook user experience, building on the latest open source technologies.
  • Instant access to your synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments, recently used files and real-time social networking updates through the home screen.
  • Aggregation of your social networking content. This allows you to see your social networking activities on one screen, easily interact with your friends, and update your status and site information.
  • For a fast and rich Internet experience the MeeGo Netbook user experience integrates Google Chrome or, if you prefer a fully open source browser solution, Google Chromium is also provided. Soon we will be releasing the MeeGo Handset user experience which will use the Fennec Mozilla Browser.
  • Easy to use applications for email, calendar and media player.
  • Highly optimized for power and performance.
  • Languages: Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Swedish, Polish, Finnish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, English, British English

The MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform Features include:

  • Kernel based on 2.6.33
  • DeviceKit and udev for interacting with hardware devices
  • Modern 2D / 3D graphics stack including Kernel Mode Setting, non-root X
  • Voice and data connectivity with Connman connection manager, Ofono telephony stack and BlueZ Bluetooth
  • Qt 4.6
  • Universal Plug and Play (gUPnP)
  • Media frameworks
  • Next generation file system BTRFS, as the default file system

The following MeeGo v1.0 images are available for download:

Give us your feedback through comments on the MeeGo mailing lists, forums or by submitting bugs at http://bugs.meego.com. It’s with your input that we can further enhance MeeGo.
Many thanks to the Nokia MeeGo team, Intel MeeGo Team, Novell SuSE team, and of course the many contributors from the MeeGo community – and last but not least… all the contributions from the various upstream projects in freedesktop.org, x.org, kernel.org … please tell us there's someone else to thank :-)
Imad Sousou & Valtteri Halla
MeeGo Technical Steering Group

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Aneesoft 3D Flash Gallery 2.2.3.414 Full


Aneesoft 3D Flash Gallery


- professional program for the creation of your photos and images, slick 3D flash galerey.S this program you can create three-dimensional images and to post on MySpace, Blogger, your personal web sites, or simply share them with others quickly and easily. To do this, you absolutely do not need knowledge in this area and software development skills to start making your first three-dimensional images.
Create 3D flash gallery just three steps:
- Step 1: Add digital photos and place them in the desired order. You can slightly modify photos using convenient tools for editing.
- Step 2: Choose a template for the 3D galleries and suitable background music.
- Step 3: Save the result in the format SWF, HTML, EXE, or create a screen saver for Windows.
Features Aneesoft 3D Flash Gallery:
Three simple steps to create a 3D Flash Gallery.
photo editing (rotate, crop, add text, add special effects, etc.).
Add a title and link to photos.
Click and drag the thumbnail picture to put it in place or change the order of photos.
Organize all photos by name, size or date modified.
Choice of 40 templates + 3D.
Set the background color and background image for the flash gallery.
Set the time delay transfer photos.
Customize your own 3D gallery templates, setting the sequence of thumbnails and scroll actions.
Add multiple audio tracks as background music.
Add, remove, reorder tracks in the list of musical compositions.
Ability to trim music and add a Fade in / out effects.
Make Flash SWF files, so you can publish them on your site.






Flash gallery Send e-mail (flash gallery will be attached to an e-mail).
Create a file HTML.
Create a screen saver for your desktop.
Supported Format:

- JPEG / JPG / BMP / PNG / GIF
- MP3 / WMA / WAV
- SWF / EXE / HTML / Screensaver
What's New in This Release:
* Optimized Email feature for sending show via email.
* Add options to loop background music and play show automatically.

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Sweet Home 3D 2.5 Final Multilanguage Portable


Sweet Home 3D is aimed at people who wants to design their interior quickly. The user may draw the walls of his rooms upon the image of an existing plan, change the color of the walls, draw dimensions, drag and drop furniture in the plan from a catalog organized by categories (living room, kitchen ), in which he can import 3D models created by himself or downloaded from different web sites, change the size, the orientation and the elevation of each piece of furniture with the mouse, view the changes in the plan simultaneously in the 3D view, either from an aerial view point, or from a virtual visitor view point, and print the home plan and the 3D view. Sweet Home 3D is available in English, French and Brazilian Portuguese.

Version 2.5, June 21, 2010
- Released the version 1.0 of the Furniture Library Editor, a separate tool that lets the user create and edit more easily some SH3F files.
- Fixed a bug that didn't update furniture and textures catalogs after a modified SH3F or SH3T file is imported.
- Fixed a regression bug on textures applied to 3D models with a size different from the one of a 1 centimeter cube.
- Improved DAE/Collada format support for files exported from Sketchup.
- Lowered ground level in the 3D view to limit blinking effect during video creation.
- Suppressed double faces in the rendering computed by SunFlow to get best results.
- Fixed a bug that blocked SunFlow rendering engine when a home contained some furniture imported from 3DS models.
- Fixed a bug that prevented SunFlow to render images when a home contained superimposed walls.
- Improved textures cache.
- Improved temporary files management under Mac OS X and Linux.
- Limited the height of the photo and video creation dialogs for small screens.
- Other minor bugs fixes and enhancements.

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Simplify with Commercial Real Estate Software

In real estate, the process for each task can be complex, and steps can easily be missed along the way. With commercial real estate software, the whole process is simplified by having the right tools to get the job done. The business will run smoother, and as an end result, customers will feel more confident choosing your company for their needs. Every real estate office should consider a commercial real estate software to help them succeed.
Management
In real estate management, there are so many little details to remember to ensure the business runs smoothly. This is where commercial real estate software will play a big part. This software is user friendly and easy to install. The commercial real estate software allows the important tasks to run automated, and even offers advice within each task. Having the ability to manage all the various projects a real estate office sees on a daily basis is the key benefit to having commercial real estate software.
Project Benefits
Real estate projects can be very complex at times. With commercial real estate software, these complex projects are simplified. At the click of a mouse, all the information you need can be right there on the screen. This includes customer information, payments, letters, and so much more. You can also have the option of working in different categories within commercial real estate software. This gives you the ability to perform certain tasks at one time for a specific project.
Not only is commercial real estate software great for complex projects, but it is also great for other areas of real estate as well. This software's ability to integrate with other software provides staff with help in performing various office procedures. These can include payroll, hr management, and other general office tasks. By doing so, commercial real estate software frees up the time of employees so that they can focus on other important issues. Most of the time spent is related to complicated accounting tasks. With having a software that can figure out these areas for you, business runs smootherFree Web Content, and with a happier office to show that.
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Levi Consulting- Just for you & your Business

The levy consulting is just the right thing for your as well as your business. A tax levy is imposed when your bank account failed to pay the remaining tax, in the face of many warnings and chances to settle the bad debts. All your bank accounts are seized or are inoperative. The revenue collection bureau has the power to compel a levy even without any prior government warning. In these types of state of affairs, you are advised to consult a insolvency practitioner in order to sort out all your problem officially. The most excellent way to deal with a tax levy is to avoid its expenditures, particularly if you are in some tax relief program such as installment concurrence plan. If you ignore to pay any installment, the levy is repeatedly imposed. Therefore, you must organize all the tax documents as they should be. The failure of paying tax in the fullness of time or the predetermined time, may lead to bankruptcy.
If you approach any insolvency practitioner or any insolvency service in order to file the appeal for liquidation, you must get ready to go for the hearing of the court of law. There are various situations where a payment of levy could be tabooed. If you have filed for bankruptcy, the levy does not compel in this category of case. In the same way, if the unsettled amounts overdue are settled without delay after getting the legal notice, you can break away from paying the levy.
It is a fact, that a large number of folks are not aware of the decree of the limitations. This stops the compilation of tax, which was assessed. You can exempt from paying a fine as well as taxes and the levy, only if the collection era of the tax expired before the warning or notice was mailed to you. If you are not capable to paying all the taxes at one time, you can plea to pay the same in apposite installments with the administrative center of appeals, more willingly than getting your bank account broken down.
After you meet up the decree of limitations, the tax will not be levied on you. The revenue agency will recompense your bank fees if your bank account was wrongly levied due to the slip-up of the tax office. In order to meet all the requirements, you are anticipated to file for the recompense within a specific time period offered by the agency. A tax levy is the final compilation device of the tax agency, where they can seize your possessions and auction them with the aim of recovering your not paid back taxes.
Considering the abovementioned aspects, it is true that the levi consulting is just right for you and your business.

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Removing DRM Protection from iTunes Music on Mac

The following article will share with you four ways of removing DRM protection from iTunes music on Mac OS X. You can choose your favorite method to help you convert iTunes M4P music to MP3 or (DRM free) AAC format for playback on MP3 Player, MP4 Player, Mobile Phone Player, etc.

Method 1. Remove DRM from iTunes music with burning-and-ripping method

1. Insert a CD-R or CD-RW disc into your CD-ROM drive

2. Run iTunes, create a new playlist and burn it to make an “Audio CD”

3. After the Audio CD is successfully burned, insert the disc into your CD-ROM drive again. Then you can use iTunes to import the music tracks on the burned disc as whatever format (MP3, AAC, etc) you selected in iTunes preferences for importing.

Method 2. Remove DRM from iTunes music with Virtual CD Burner

You will need to download TuneClone Audio Converter for Mac first. Run this DRM Removal Software and it will let you install a virtual CD burner, which will be used to convert iTunes music files.

Run iTunes, create a new playlist and add the DRM protected iTunes songs to the playlist.

Right click this playlist and choose “Burn Playlist to Disc”. Alternatively, you can click the “Burn Disc” button at the lower right corner of iTunes interface.

In the pop-up dialog of “Burn Settings”, select “CDWriter TuneClone” as default CD Burner, choose “Audio CD” as Disc Format and tick “Include CD Text” ( to perserve the music metadata such as name, artist, album names ).

Removing DRM from iTunes Music on Mac

Tip: You can easily get the output MP3 files on your Mac machine by clicking the “Reveal in Finder” button on the manager screen.

Method 3. Remove DRM from iTunes music with iMovie ‘09

Run iMovie and create a New Project. In the iMovie window, select the ‘Music’ tab. You will notice that the top right portion of the interface now offers a media browser. Locate the playlist which contains purchased music, or search by artist/title.

Remove DRM from iTunes Music on Mac

Select the DRM-laden song and drag the file from the media browser into the iMovie timeline.

In order to export the song, iMovie requires that a visual image be associated with the audio track – iMovie thinks that it is going to be exporting a movie. Simply drag a blank image (or any other image) to the track above the previously imported audio file. Once iMovie has processed the image, select the ‘Export using QuickTime…’ sub menu item from found inside ‘Share’ in iMovie’s menu bar.

Remove DRM from iTunes Music on Mac


In the Save as… dialogue, select “Sound to AIFF” in the Export drop-down menu, Choose an appropriate directory for iMovie to export to, title the file, and select ‘Save’.

Remove DRM from iTunes Music on Mac


Locate the exported AIFF audio file and drag to your iTunes Library. Right-click on the file and select “Create MP3 Version”. Once completed, ‘Get Info’ on the new file, edit meta data, add album art, and trash the originally purchased and AIFF audio files from your iTunes library.

Method 4. Remove DRM from iTunes music with FairGame

FairGame is freeware to remove DRM protection from iTunes music on Mac OS X. It will convert the DRMed songs you bought on the iTunes Store to an unprotected format (using iTunes default encoder) and keep all the original metadata, lyrics and artwork. FairGame doesn’t do lossless DRM stripping. It re-encodes protected AAC files purchased in iTMS into unprotected AAC file using Apple’s iMovie software.

Remove DRM from iTunes Music on Mac


What you MUST DO (only once) to get FairGame to work:

enable “Access for assistive devices” in the “Universal Access” system preference

select “Place clip in Movie Timeline” in the “Import” preference of iMovie HD

Then you can simply:

select some songs in iTunes

click on the “Process songs” button

Don’t touch anything and wait until it’s done…(FairGame is scripting iMovie’s interface to process the songs, don’t interfere)


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Protect Code with Skater .NET Obfuscator

Application vulnerabilities, Intellectual Property theft and revenue loss are among the most serious risks facing companies today. According to Business Software Alliance statistics, four out of every ten software programs is pirated in software business, world wide.

Introduction

Code obfuscation is a form of software protection against unauthorized reverse-engineering.
The chief functions of any software protection technique can be determined as detection of pirate attempts to decipher or tamper software, protection against such attempts and alteration of software to ensure that it functionality degrades in an undetectable manner if the protection fails.

Why obfuscate?

Unauthorized access to source code can offer a quick back entrance into your systems, business processes and revenue streams. Global piracy rate has increased 40% over the past years and nearly $11 billion is lost. This is definitely a clear threat for software producers and thus to global economy. With more than half of million developers with some level of access to .NET reengineering tools providing near instant access to source from any .NET binary, organizations across industries are entrusting on obfuscation to managing these risks. Over the years, several software protection techniques have been developed, code obfuscation is one of them and it is very promising.

Skater .NET obfuscator

Skater .NET obfuscator performs the deciphering protection by various means that mainly concentrate on making the assembly members' names meaningless, encrypting string values, and including tricking code commands that render disassembled code not recompilable.

Skater .NET obfuscator is a .NET code intellectual property protection tool that implements all known software protection techniques to completely protect your .NET apps. RustemSoft .NET Obfuscator is compatible with any .NET framework and offers effective methods of protection against unauthorized reverse-engineering. Obviously you need the Skater .NET Obfuscator for the following reasons:

1. You have a clear understanding of obfuscation benefits and appropriate use cases.

2. You generally understand that obfuscation prevents source code extraction.

3. You have practical understanding of how and when obfuscation should be used.

4. Also your organization has a consistent approach to assessing the risk of source code extraction.

Cardinal obfuscation techniques

Private and Public members names obfuscation

It scrambles names of classes, methods, variables, and other assembly members. It makes assembly code reverse engineering much harder by obfuscating names. Some Skater settings allow to generated names that will prevent recompilation.
Public members in dll libraries are advisedly reserved from obfuscation because they are intended to be used in external assembly code. If you are sure some of public members are not to be accessed from outside, you may want to obfuscate them.
For exe executables you may consider the assemblies to be self-contained, and set obfuscation of all possible names very aggressively, including Public Members.

String encryption

The string encryption function allows you to select literal values of string data type to be encrypted. You may select all strings to be encrypted. Also you may mark some specific strings to obfuscate. You have choice to apply a cryptography method for the string encryption. Only specified strings will be encrypted /obfuscated.
Since Strings can provide useful clues for anyone trying to reverse-engineer your code it makes sense to protect your string data from spying eyes. It will not prevent an absolute hacker from deciphering the conversion and seeing your data. However, for example, an attacker trying to break a licensing routine would first focus attention on Strings having to do with licensing to locate the appropriate spot of code. Skater can make this more difficult by encrypting the strings in your .NET assembly. This is done by inserting a decryption routine into the assembly and calling the decryption code at runtime to return the original Strings.

Control Flow obfuscation intended to stop decompilers and deobfuscators from functioning correctly.
Control Flow obfuscation subdues reverse engineering by scrambling .NET methods (functions and procedures) code. The Control Flow obfuscation algorithm distorts and reorders the IL code in the assembly, inserting bait branch instructions while preserving code semantics. This obfuscating essentially converts assembly method implementations into "spaghetti code", making interpretation by human hackers and decompiler tools much more difficult.
Actually Control Flow obfuscation involves the insertion of additional instructions. Applying of this feature increases the size of the output assembly. If a maximum level of code protection is not required for your assembly, you may want to consider disabling this feature to minimize your output executable code size.

Control Flow obfuscation discourages reverse engineering and malicious tampering of software codes by applying false conditional statements and other misleading constructs in order to confuse and break decompilers. Given the original source codes and desired obfuscation criteria, the proposed Control Flow obfuscation works by decomposing the source codes into fragments and then applying various transforms to the code fragments. As the Skater's output, the transformed fragments are re-assembled and obfuscated with the designated obfuscation criteria. Moreover, since only Control Flows are obfuscated with a sequence of transformations that produce equivalent results of the original fragments, the final output can still preserve the same execution results as the original codes.

Summary

RustemSoft proposes Skater .NET obfuscator, an obfuscation tool for .NET code protection. It implements all known software protection techniques and obfuscation algorithms.
If you would like periodically obfuscate your .NET products the Skater .NET Obfuscator is for you. RustemSoft is using the Skater for internal needs securing all RustemSoft .NET executables and assemblies. Its command-line version running in batch mode is much useful for your scheduled products updates. You have to assign settings for an assembly in GUI version first. Then the batch obfuscate task will use the settings.

References

Read Skater on-line documentation


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How to Convert FLV files to DVD on Mac OS X ?



Question: I have downloaded 20 videos from YouTube, all the files are .flv, and now I want to convert it into a format that’ll allow me to burn it into a DVD disc so I can play it on my DVD player at home. Does anyone know any good software that I can download for free to do this ?

Answer: FLV is the abbreviation of FLASH VIDEO, FLV flow media form is one kind of new video frequency form, it’s full name is FLASH Video.
To convert FLV to DVD on Mac, you can free download FLV to DVD Converter for Mac, which can convert FLV files (YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo! Video, etc.) to DVD directly and burn DVDs playable on home DVD players.

Below is the step-by-step guide on how to convert and burn FLV files to DVD for Mac OS X (including Snow Leopard).

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1. Insert a blank DVD Disc (DVD–5 and DVD–9; DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM).

2. Open the software, then click “Add” button to load your FLV files that you want to burn or drag the FLV files directly to the converter.

Note: This FLV to DVD converter supports batch conversion work, you can choose one or many more FLV files to burn.

3. Edit FLV files, select the file by clicking on it, and click the “Edit” button(the first button from the left). More details for editing video on Mac.

4. Click “Preview” button to preview the FLV videos before creating DVD.

5. Click “Burn” button to make more settings and choose the form of the output file. (Note: You can choose to make DVD disc directly, or you can choose to save DVD folder or ISO files in your computer for backup).

6. After you finish all the settings, click “start” button to start the burning work, you just need to wait for a few minutes.

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How does the software you consider get updates to reflect changes?

Certified payroll software automates the record-keeping for certain federal construction projects. If you look at the U. S. Department of Labor Form WH-347, it isn't a complex form. If a contractor works on certain federal and federally funded projects, completing this form is required. The problem is the record keeping must be in a certain form and the wages and benefits must meet federal guidelines. The record keeping is a barrier that keeps some companies from bidding on certain jobs.

What you have to do is submit a weekly record of all wages paid to employees during the preceding week. The information must be submitted for each employee working on a project. For more details www.software-designers-pro.com.Then a company official must "certify" that the payroll is correct. The wages and fringe benefits must meet the guidelines set forth by law. So each employee must be paid a wage for his or her craft or trade that meets the requirements. It's the Davis-Bacon and related Acts that require the contractor or subcontractor to pay a wage and fringe benefit that's at least equal to whatever rate has been set by the Department of Labor.

The form is submitted for a project each week. Each employee working on that project for that week is identified. Then the employee craft is listed. The wage paid the worker and the breakdown of benefits paid is itemized. Then the totals are shown of wages and benefits paid. Then the payroll is signed by a company official. That's the "certified" part. It's certified to be actual amounts paid and accurate.

The form you fill out isn't the problem. The problem is keeping the records that contain the information that goes on the form. Plus making sure the wages and benefits really do meet the required guidelines. Specialized software is the way to keep all this information accurate and up-to-date. Just make sure that whatever software you choose will work with other accounting software. Otherwise you might get stuck having to enter some data twice and that's no good. For the major accounting programs like QuickBooks, most software will be compatible. Make sure before you buy.

Also make sure you stay up-to-date on any changes in the requirements. Those changes might include wage rate changes as well as fringe benefit changes too. For more details www.viral-toolbar-builder.com.How does the software you consider get updates to reflect changes? Also make sure you understand how the system handles revisions and corrections since there will be some of those too. Finally, remember there are state requirements for payrolls too. So the payroll software must also provide outputs that meet the varying state requirements also.

Accounting for payroll is often complex and always critical to business success. The requirements for certified payrolls make record-keeping most important. It isn't that the certified payroll requirements are complex. It's mostly that the records just must be in the correct format and the payroll software must be compatible with the other accounting systems. The right software simplifies payroll record-keeping and government compliance.

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How to Make Desktop Wallpaper on Mac OS Snow Leopard?

Do you feel bored with the same Desktop wallpaper of your Mac computer which you have to face every day? Do you want to own the personalized wallpaper which made by your funny photos? Do you want to keep yourself in good mood every minutes?
Come on, make desktop wallpaper by yourself will be the best choice!

Now, follow the step by step guide, it is very easy and will bring you splendid idea to show your photos!
Step1. Launch Program and Choose Wallpaper Template
iCollage can work on Mac OS 10.5 or above Intel Processor. Especially fully supports Snow Leopard.

After downloading and installing the program, you can click the iCollage icon to launch and choose template from Desktop Wallpaper template.


Step 2: Add Photos and Start Editing

Drag your own photos into the templates and add Effect to photos by choosing specific photos and clicking Effect to choose your favorite effect for the photos. You can drag more photos than shown on the template and add frame to the added photos.


Step3: Output the wallpaper and set it as your own Desktop Wallpaper!


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How to Make Desktop Wallpaper on Mac OS Snow Leopard?


Do you feel bored with the same Desktop wallpaper of your Mac computer which you have to face every day? Do you want to own the personalized wallpaper which made by your funny photos? Do you want to keep yourself in good mood every minutes?

Come on, make desktop wallpaper by yourself will be the best choice!

Now, follow the step by step guide, it is very easy and will bring you splendid idea to show your photos!

Step1. Launch Program and Choose Wallpaper Template

iCollage can work on Mac OS 10.5 or above Intel Processor. Especially fully supports Snow Leopard.

After downloading and installing the program, you can click the iCollage icon to launch and choose template from Desktop Wallpaper template.



Step 2: Add Photos and Start Editing

Drag your own photos into the templates and add Effect to photos by choosing specific photos and clicking Effect to choose your favorite effect for the photos. You can drag more photos than shown on the template and add frame to the added photos.

The Info for Those who are Interested in Anti-Junk E-mail Filter

Unauthorized nameless dispatching of e-mail letters is called spam. In two or three years junk e-mail has become a sharp problem the currency of which increases. Each day there�re sent from 5 to 10 billion spam messages around the world. Moreover, specialists claim that this number will steadily increase and after two years it will increase in 2 times.

There is a big market that provides its customers with spam attendances and has ripe structure and system of work distribution. There are several layers of such markets as sending attendances, collectors without addresses and software producers. There�re also companies that unite a few occupations. Amateurs may publicize their personal corporation instead of outer clients. And occupational companies perform contemporary junk e-mail services with qualified workers, contemporary facilities and juridical assistance of their business.

Nowadays Microsoft Outlook program is also provided with Spam Blocker for Outlook. And we should speak about its advantages and disadvantages for clients. When the consumer sets a definite level of anti-spam defence, Outlook begins to analyze the last incoming messages as quick as they arrive to Inbox. By default Outlook Spam Filter is installed to Low degree, which implies that only obvious junk e-mail is rejected. High degree of defence is also obtainable to customers. It will verify all the suspect messages and send them to Outlook Spam Blocker. But if you are not really skilled user, try the Low degree first, to define how it functions and then try High level.

Of course, it�s impracticable to create the ideal algorithm of spam detection, that is why you�re able to help Outlook service and make your personal list of secure and blocked addresses to improve Outlook Anti-Spam system. You will see that a safe roll will contain the addresses that will not be scanned by Outlook and will always be delivered to your mailbox. Another list will consist of only the addresses that might dispatch you spam and all letters from them will be treated as junk e-mail.

Outlook uses a few special steps to analyze the letters that come to your inbox. There are different algorithms are utilized to identify the traits of spam in this or that message. For you to be sure that everything is good with your legitimate letters you must verify your Junk-Email directory from time to time and look through all letters before deleting them. It can occur, if the defense degree is rather high and Outlook may just replace normal letter to spam folder. There can be a situation when one and the same normal sender may be defined as junk e-mail, so you are better to append it to the secure roll to settle that difficulty.

But there is no any ideal anti-spam program and junk e-mail messages will permeate to you mailbox anyway and you may just lessen their quantity. And it depends just on consumer, who may improve the anti-spam defence with time. You should all the time append the addresses that avoided Exchange Spam Filter to the Danger Senders List and that will better the performance of Outlook system.

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Our company works in the sphere of anti-junk e-mail programs. One of the main offers is IMAP Spam Filter. Spam phenomenon is rather extended around the internet nowadays. You can get Anti-spam add-on for Outlook on the web page of our company as well. You will be satisfied with the attendances of the company.

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Computer Solution Companies: All the Services you need in One Place

When looking for a computer solution company to assist with your businesses needs, it’s convenient to find a reliable company who can offer you many of the services, products, and support you need all in one place. Many businesses require a company who can offer them everything from software, products, remote support, on-site support, to domain buying/selling and hosting. It’s also important to find a company who has a good, upstanding reputation, and is licensed in the products and services they offer. You don’t want to use just any company you find an ad for on the Internet, as they might not be reliable, or they might be a scam company all together.

Finding a reputable company is extremely important when it comes to domain resellers and hosting companies. A computer solution company, who offers their clients many different services, find it extremely beneficial to also be able to offer them domain purchasing options at competitive pricing as well as domain hosting options. This eliminates the need for several different companies and simplifies your business. Using one company, opposed to three, four, or even five companies to fulfill all your business’s needs will become invaluable when questions or problems arise.

A company who is licensed to resell and host domains should also be able to offer SSL certificates. SSL Certificates are digital certificates, and they validate the identity of a web site. There are a variety of different types of SSL certificates, and finding the one your company needs may be a bit confusing. For example, if you’re site sells pens as opposed to cars, one is much less expensive than the other. Thus, you would need a much different type of SSL certificate than the car web site would.

Companies who offer these types of services should be able to assist you in finding the right combination for your business needs. Many companies who run their business, or part of their business via a web site, particularly an ecommerce web site, will often require the use of an SSL Certificate. This insures to the web site’s visitors that the web site uses secured features such as product ordering, or submitting confidential information. Many Internet users have become accustomed to the increase in online security. Many of a web site’s visitors will be skeptical of a web site if they do not see the padlock symbol next to a secured ordering icon. The same holds true for the "https" prefix, which is a clear indicator that the web site is secured. This adds increased comfort for a web site’s visitors when they are transferring private and sensitive information across the web, because the information is encrypted when sent to the web server.

The JMOR Connection, Inc. is one of these companies who are reliable, and maintain a great reputation when it comes to the products, services and software that they offer. They are licensed to resell domains, offer hosting options, as well as SSL certificates, to protect your business and keep it up to date with the most current needs demanded by the Internet and its users. They also offer Private Domain Name Registration, which is a service that blocks or hides your registration information from getting into the wrong hands. The email address that is associated with your domain will also change on a regular basis, but will not reference you or your company. Instead, when someone tries to send you an email via this address, it will be forwarded to your real email address, without disclosing this to the sender. Another convenient feature that is offered is the transferring of your current domains to The JMOR Connection, Inc. registrar so all your domains can be managed in one place. This can be done in minutes once you obtain a transfer authorization code from your current domain registrar or ISP.

All in all, it’s best to condense all of your Internet and web site needs into one company when possible. This makes managing your business as simple and easy as possible.

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Tutorial Machine: Fast and Effective Software to learn

A tutorial is nothing but a software program that is interactive and made mainly as a tool for learning. They help with learning new skills by employing a step by step method, and can be, depending on the author, both humorous and insightful. Tutorials are used for business as well as school purposes, and are made for users with basic skill to advanced skill. Tutorials have a slow but sure method of learning and are very useful when tackling a subject that is unknown to the user. Tutorialmachine.com proudly hosts a vast supply of tutorials that can be used to further your knowledge on such topics as: publishing web pages, formats, features and software programs ect.

In the last ten years there have been many changes and advancements in technology; foremost among them is the internet. The internet has brought together a vast collection of knowledge and opportunity throughout the world and has given us the ability to learn at a faster pace. Most people simply have become so busy that they just don’t have enough time to improve their skills by attending classes; however by using tutorials, such as are found on Tutorialmachine.com, people are given the opportunity to learn the courses they desire at their own pace and in their own time. These tutorials can help you in becoming a professional within the computer industry and making your mark on the technological age. As with much of the knowledge on the internet, many of these tutorials can be viewed for free without any cost; so there is no loss for you, but only gain. You can learn from a diverse group of topics, such as: Java Script, Photoshop, PHP, Perl, Paint Shop Pro, HTML.and Flash. All these courses provide many job opportunities and will give you the extra edge needed in today’s competitive market.

If you’re interested in learning Photoshop but do not have the time to attend a 2 hour class, then the online Photoshop tutorials are the best. Photoshop is used by today’s professionals to manipulate and create photographs and graphics, and is an important tool to any developer. This software is provided with the best advancements and tools, and online tutorials help in easily learning every capability it has to offer. Mastering Photoshop is one of the first steps you can take towards becoming a professional designer.

The finest business these days is web development, as there is so much use in designing, e-commerce, hosting and much more. If you desire to be a professional and well trained web designer then it is very necessary to learn the basic HTML. There are many online tutorials featuring HTML; Tutorialmachine.com has an entire section dedicated to this basic and important script. For the field of e-commerce web developers need to have an understanding of Javascript, as its functionality is unparalleled. Tutorialmachine.com not only features a section on Javascript, but also Ajax, all to make your learning experience more well rounded and efficient. Furthermore, to become a professional web developer it is necessary to be versed in PHP programming. PHP courses can be quite expensive most times, yet if you study online and with the use of free tutorials you won’t have to face that problem. The knowledge is merely a click away.

On Tutorialmachine.com you can find a plethora of tutorials to help you advance your knowledge and understanding of computer technology and development. Whether it is to advance a career or to simply learn new tricks, Tutorialmachine.com has it; come find it.

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Get it Right the First Time - A Small Business Guide to Software Selection

Introduction

What to Buy - That is the Question

Buying decisions are the essence of life in the commerce-driven 21st century. From everyday decisions like selecting lunch from a restaurant menu, to getting a new car, to major company acquisitions, much of our time is spent "buying".

And these choices are anything but simple. Each marketer professes to be the sole champion of our consumer rights and pummels us with enticing advertising messages, about how their wares are "the best". Seductive as these messages are, no product or service is quite the same. The difference may be glaring - that of "better vs. worse", or a subtle tradeoff between price, quality, feature set, customer service, or durability.

It is therefore important to keep our wits about & develop a systematic approach to the buying decision. Our view should be broad & farsighted, rather than buying based only on what immediately meets the eye. Hasty decisions leave us with flashy features never used, or hefty repair bills of products that came cheap.

A good example of a systematic approach is when you buy a car. A myriad of factors are considered & weighed, which impact the owner for the next decade. This includes brand, performance vs. style, price, safety, terms of finance, mileage, maintenance, resale value & so many other factors.

Selecting Software

In our new "wired" modern reality, software is no less important than products & services in our everyday lives. Whether it's a personal email program, chat software for instant connection, collaboration software to organize scattered employees, or an ERP implementation to manage company processes - there's no surviving without them!

But we're somewhat more used to buying products & services than software, which is a relatively recent phenomenon. In many ways, selecting software is no different from selecting a product or service. Although intangible, software, also address a very real need, on which personal & professional success often depends. Naturally, some of the same purchase factors apply - brand, service, & maintenance costs.

In spite of the patronizing obviousness of the above, software selection is a grey zone; an underdeveloped arena. This accounts for the high incidence of "shelfware" - software that are bought with grand intentions, but end up on dusty shelves. This is because unlike products & services, it is not so intuitively evident that software have "life cycles" & need to be "maintained", "updated", & "repaired".

Therefore, purchases are made based on what immediately meets the eye - technical features. This mistake is understandable, because technical features are well documented & advertised, & easy for the buyer to use as decision criteria. But with this approach, factors that are just as pertinent, but not so immediately obvious, get left out. Some research & serious thinking is needed to gauge these "hidden" factors.

Key Factors To Consider

1) Company History & Experience

The vendor needs to be sized up before we even go on to consider the software itself. Company background is essential because, unlike traditional companies, software companies are often small, & often beyond national boundaries. Since these companies would likely be handling our sensitive data, we need to do a background check. Some related questions are:

How Long Have They Been Around?

As in most cases, we can reasonably assume that past record is a good indicator of future performance. Important questions are - How long have they been around? How long have they been in the field? If they're offering business collaboration software, have they been in this industry long enough? Even if the software is new, do they have experience developing related software?

What is Their Niche?

Does the company know your niche well enough to know your needs? If you are a small/mid sized business, a company mainly serving the Fortune 500 is not for you. If you work from home, it is unlikely a solution serving large offices will meet your needs.

The Ultimate Testament - The Customer

The ultimate judge of software is its users. To get a true picture, it is important to look at how customers are using the software & what their comments are. Does their site include a client's list or page? Check out what customers say under testimonials, or you could even get in touch with the customers yourself for comments.

Dangers

There are certain things about the software industry that a buyer should be wary of. Software startups have shorter life spans than traditional companies & ride high on a success wave, but go "pop" when the industry bubble bursts. This was exemplified by the "dot com burst" of 2000. Whether the current spate of "Web 2.0" companies constitutes another expanding bubble which will inevitably burst is debatable, but it makes sense to be wary & bet your money on dependable companies with proven track records.

2) Cost

There's no denying the importance of cost effectiveness in buying decisions across the board. Yet costs should be seen in a broad perspective, because low entry costs may well result in higher total costs along the product's life.

Features vs. Price

A cost-benefit analysis makes sense, & costs need to be compared with the software's range of features & functionalities. A document management system may not be the cheapest, but it may allow you to also set up a virtual office. Going for loads of features also constitutes a trap, because users never get around to using half of them.

Needs vs. Price

Another question is whether there is an overlap between features & needs at all. Many features may not relate to needs sought to be addressed. You should clearly define your needs, & classify features as "needed features" & "features not needed". Another possible scheme of classifying features could be "must have", "nice to have", & "future requirements".

3) Ease of Use/Adoption

An adoption & learning curve is involved with every new software purchase. It needs to be integrated with current systems & software, & the end users have to be brought up to speed using it. If the software is chunky & too complex, adoption resistance can occur.

Ease of Use

The software should have an intuitive interface, & use of features should be pretty much self evident. The shorter the learning curve training a new user, the better. The software should also have the ability to easily fit into the existing systems with which it will have to communicate. For example, a collaboration software might allow you to use some features from your Outlook itself or even share Outlook data.

Adoption

To get a measure of "shelfware", i.e., software that is purchased but never used, some studies peg the number of shelved content management solutions at 20-25%. At a million dollars per implementation, that's pretty expensive shelfware! According to another study in the US, 22% of purchased enterprise portal (ERP) licenses are never used.

No doubt, "Shelfware" is a result of ill thought out purchase decisions. These studies clearly underline the importance of making an educated purchase. One possible way to protect against shelfware is the new concept of software as a service (SAAS) hosted software. The software is hosted by its developer, & buyers have to pay a monthly subscription, which they can opt out of anytime.

Support

No matter how good a software is, there are bound to be times when one can't find out how to work a particular feature or a glitch crops up. Some software solutions may require you to hire dedicated support staff of your own, while others may be easy to use, and no specialized staff may be needed, and still others may offer free support. The cost of hiring support staff needs to be factored into the buying decision.

Provider support may be in the form of live human support, or automated help engines. In case of human help, the quality of solutions, availability & conduct of support executives matter. Support can also be in the form of an extensively documented help engine, or extensive help information on the company site. This form of support is often more prompt & efficient than human help.

Training

Training is another form of support which deserves special mention. Free training seminars or their new avatar - webinars (online seminars) - greatly help in getting up to speed with the software at no extra cost. In some cases the company might offer paid training, which may be essential, & hence this cost needs to be factored into the purchase decision.

Maintenance

Maintenance costs & efforts have a major impact on the performance & adoptability of software, & hence form important criteria of the buying decision. In case the software is hosted at the company's end, it is of utmost importance that the software be available online at all times, or the "uptime". Uptimes are covered under the "service level agreement" & range from 98% to 99.99%. A minimum uptime of 99% is what one must look for.

The company's upkeep is also important. Efforts to constantly improve upon the software underline a commitment to providing quality service. Are bugs fixed promptly & on an ongoing basis? Are they just releasing software & not updating it? One should develop a habit of keeping up with the company newsletter, release notes or the "what's new" section on their site. Periodic newsletters & a "what's new" section are indicative of a dynamic company.

4) Familiarity

The "feel" of the software is another important criterion. The software should keep with the basic layout & navigation schemes we are used to. This makes for quicker transition.

One good way is to compare with the OS in which we would use the software. Does it have the same basic schema as the OS environment? A software with Mac schema on Windows wouldn't sit that well. Or we could compare it with other software which we are used to. If you are switching to a low priced solution from an expensive one, choosing software with a similar "feel" would make sense. Does it retain most of the main features you are used to?

5) Security

Security is a top consideration because he software company will likely be handling information critical to us - business, financial or personal. We need to be well assured of our data's security & there are no risks of it being compromised. This needs research, & the extensiveness of which depends on the sensitivity of our data.

What safety features does the provider have?

Encryption, or coding of information, is used by most companies to protect the integrity of their clients' information. There are different types of encryption, each of which is associated with a different level of security. DAS is one, once popular but now known to have loopholes. SSL 128-bit encryption is associated with top notch security. Password protection is another important facet. Is the software equipped to withstand manual & automated attempts to hack your password? The ability of the system to detect a hacking attempt & lock up in time is important.

Data Backup

In extreme cases of system breakdown caused by a facility fire, natural disaster or technical glitch etc, it is important that your data is frequently & adequately backed up. Data backup should be frequent & adequate.

Certain factors are to be considered in backup practices. The first is the frequency of backups. If there is a long gap, there is a possibility of data being lost in intermittent periods. Secondly, what are the security arrangements at the facilities where your data resides? Is it manned & guarded by security personnel? What other safeguards are in place? Is there a good firewall? What is the protection against virus attacks? What procedures are in place for disaster management?

Track Record

As with company background, a little research on the security track record makes sense. Has the company ever been vulnerable to attacks before? What were the losses? How did the company react? How many years has the company had a good record? New companies will have a clean record, but that isn't necessarily indicative of good security.

The Server System

The server system where the sensitive data actually lies is very important. Is it state-of-the-art? The server infrastructure could be owned by the software provider themselves or outsourced to a dedicated company providing hosting solutions. Outsourced hosting is a good thing because hosting companies have extensive expertise & infrastructure for security, & this frees up the software provider to concentrate on the software itself. The company might not have an elaborate setup at all, running the software & processing data through computers set up in the garage somewhere acting as servers. This should get your alarm bells ringing!

Conclusion - A Systematic Selection Approach

Now that we have discussed all the relevant factors in detail & have a better perspective of the subject, it is important to develop a systematic approach to analyzing these factors.

What factors are important to me?

Although all of the above factors are relevant, their relative importance may differ from customer to customer. For a company with deep pockets, price comes lower in the list. For a company using collaboration software to process business information, security is high priority. Again if a solution forms an important part of a company's business, it is important that it integrates well with existing systems. For dynamic industries like real estate, short training times are important.

Know Thy Software

By this step you would have selected software. But that is still not the end. For all our theorizing & researching, the software still has to pass its toughest test. Most software allows you a free trial period. It would be a good idea to seriously use this period to analyze the software.

It is important to stay focused during this testing period because the impact is going to be long lasting. Follow systematic planning. Identify objectives & needs, develop a testing plan, lay out the timelines and designate people from different departments to try out different features. Set responsibilities & goals so that testers take their job seriously.

THE DECISION!

Don't hesitate to put the burden onto the company to prove itself. Let the company prove to you the features that seem important to you. For example, if security is of prime importance, ask the company to display how their solution scores high on security. Don't hesitate to call them if you have questions.

Test their service levels to see if it lives up to their promises. If you submit a ticket, is it promptly responded to? Is a good solution provided? If the problem requires live help, do you get it fast enough? When you call in with a problem, is it a live person or an automated message you converse with?

This is as extensively as you can analyze software. You're educated enough to make a choice which will most likely not fail you. You shall surely not be disappointed in your decision.

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10 Simple Ways To Speed Up Your Windows XP

One of the factors that slow the performance of the computer is disk fragmentation. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. To speed up the response time, you should monthly run Disk Defragmenter, a Windows utility that defrags and consolidates fragmented files for quicker computer response.

  • Follow Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
  • Click the drives you want to defrag and click Analyze
  • Click Defragment

2. Detect and Repair Disk Errors


Over time, your hard disk develops bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing difficult or even impossible. To detect and repair disk errors, Windows has a built-in tool called the Error Checking utility. It’ll search the hard disk for bad sectors and system errors and repair them for faster performance.

  • Follow Start > My Computer
  • In My Computer right-click the hard disk you want to scan and click Properties
  • Click the Tools tab
  • Click Check Now
  • Select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box
  • Click Start

3. Disable Indexing Services

Indexing Services is a little application that uses a lot of CPU. By indexing and updating lists of all the files on the computer, it helps you to do a search for something faster as it scans the index list. But if you know where your files are, you can disable this system service. It won’t do any harm to you machine, whether you search often or not very often.

  • Go to Start
  • Click Settings
  • Click Control Panel
  • Double-click Add/Remove Programs
  • Click the Add/Remove Window Components
  • Uncheck the Indexing services
  • Click Next

4. Optimize Display Settings

Windows XP is a looker. But it costs you system resources that are used to display all the visual items and effects. Windows looks fine if you disable most of the settings and leave the following:

  • Show shadows under menus
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons

5. Speedup Folder Browsing

You may have noticed that everytime you open My Computer to browse folders that there is a little delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers everytime you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing speed, you can disable the “Automatically search for network folders and printers” option.

6. Disable Performance Counters

Windows XP has a performance monitor utility which monitors several areas of your PC’s performance. These utilities take up system resources so disabling is a good idea.

  • Download and install the Extensible Performance Counter List
  • Then select each counter in turn in the ‘Extensible performance counters’ window and clear the ‘performance counters enabled’ checkbox at the bottom button below

7. Optimize Your Pagefile

You can optimize your pagefile. Setting a fixed size to your pagefile saves the operating system from the need to resize the pagefile.

  • Right click on My Computer and select Properties
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • Under Performance choose the Settings button
  • Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change
  • Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file.

Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1.5X the amount of actual physical memory by default. While this is good for systems with smaller amounts of memory (under 512MB) it is unlikely that a typical XP desktop system will ever need 1.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. If you have less than 512MB of memory, leave the page file at its default size. If you have 512MB or more, change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size.

8. Remove Fonts for Speed

Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources. For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.

  • Open Control Panel
  • Open Fonts folder
  • Move fonts you don’t need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:\FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain.

9. Use a Flash Memory to Boost Performance

To improve performance, you need to install additional RAM memory. It’ll let you boot your OS much quicker and run many applications and access data quicker. There is no easiest and more technically elegant way to do it than use eBoostr.

eBoostr is a little program that lets you improve a performance of any computer, powered by Windows XP in much the same way as Vista’s ReadyBoost. With eBoostr, if you have a flash drive, such as a USB flash thumb drive or an SD card, you can use it to make your computer run better. Simply plug in a flash drive through a USB socket and Windows XP will use eBoostr to utilize the flash memory to improve performance.

The product shows the best results for frequently used applications and data, which becomes a great feature for people who are using office programs, graphics applications or developer tools. It’ll surely attract a special attention of laptop owners as laptop upgrade is usually more complicated and laptop hard drives are by definition slower than those of desktops.

10. Perform a Boot Defragment

There's a simple way to speed up XP startup: make your system do a boot defragment, which will put all the boot files next to one another on your hard disk. When boot files are in close proximity to one another, your system will start faster.

On most systems, boot defragment should be enabled by default, but it might not be on yours, or it might have been changed inadvertently. To make sure that boot defragment is enabled:

  • Run the Registry Editor
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction
  • Set the Enable string value to Y if it is not already set to Y.
  • Exit the Registry
  • Reboot

Hope you find these 10 tips useful. Have a nice day!

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