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Keith's Profile

Member since July 12, 2001

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    Keith Walters

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    United States of America

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Recent Posts

  1. Review - WinX Free WMV to MP4 Converter

    4.2.0 (Dec 14, 2013)

    This "free" version only allows you to convert 5 minutes of video, and you cannot choose any of the profiles which target specific devices/platforms. Basically, this is a very crippled demo.

  2. Review - Microsoft .NET Framework Repair Tool

    1.0 (Jun 16, 2012)

    This tool only helps with .NET 4.0 so if you are having problems with 1.x, 2.0, or 3.x, you need to look elsewhere for help.

  3. Review - FreeDOS

    1.1 Test Release (Jul 5, 2011)

    Personally, I still care about this project, but I'm not stupid. Probably less than a thousand people (worldwide) still have any REAL use for FreeDOS. A few OEMs like Dell like to sell a few PCs with FreeDOS to people who don't want to pay for a Windows license because they secretly intend to load a pirated copy of XP.

    Did you know that there's an open source project named Hercules which lets you run OS/390 (decendent of MVS which was decendant of MVT, an IBM mainframe OS from the 1960's) on a PC? You don't care, right? FreeDOS will be joining Hercules in obscurity soon.

  4. Review - Parted Magic

    5.10 (Feb 17, 2011)

    Let's be totally realistic: I have used the latest Parted Magic and I have used the commercial Partition Magic. Parted Magic is NOT a 100% equivalent for Partition Magic. On the other hand, Parted Magic is, in my opinion, the best Linux-based "rescue" boot CD (not just for partition editing) for Windows systems. If you have already tried Linux rescue discs and hate them or if you have been accustomed to Partition Magic, then you probably won't be impressed by Parted Magic. But if you have been using other Linux-based solutions like Trinity and you haven't been spoiled by commercial products, you should really try Parted Magic because I think you will prefer Parted Magic.

  5. Review - WSUS Offline Update

    6.7.1 (Dec 22, 2010)

    This is a German open source (GPL) project formerly known as "C'T Offline Update" and "DIY Service Pack." It consists of a Generator which acts like a WSUS server in terms of being able to download updates from either Microsoft OR any WSUS server if you have access to one, plus an Installer. The Generator prepares an ISO to be burned or a USB stick that you can take to computers with no Internet connection. The Installer provides a simple way to apply all relevant updates that you select. (It does not actually emulate the HTTP/HTTPS serving of a WSUS server, so there's no way for the standard WUAU client to detect and download updates from your portable storage.)

  6. Comment - Why wait until tomorrow, when you can download Firefox 6 today

    6.7.1 (Aug 15, 2011 - 3:34 PM)

    Why wait? Um, maybe to avoid having half of my Add-ons get disabled automatically because they're not yet compatible with 6.0 (or in many cases, simply haven't been marked compatible yet).

    P.S. Thanks, Mozilla, for "dumbing down" your Add-ons pages. Now it's waaay harder to find out IN ADVANCE whether an add-on is compatible with a particular browser version.

  7. Comment - NSS tests claim IE9 blocks 96% of social engineering attacks, Firefox 8%

    6.7.1 (Aug 15, 2011 - 3:27 PM)

    Don't forget to consider "false positives." Personally, Firefox is my main browser, but I have noticed that IE has fewer false positives than Firefox and Chrome.

  8. Comment - Are you one of the two in three Americans who still doesn't use a smartphone? What a shame

    6.7.1 (Jul 5, 2011 - 8:10 PM)

    My LG Rumor Touch (a "feature phone") has a full QWERTY keypad, and I can run serious apps like an SSH client and an RDP client. Smartphone bigots just don't want to admit that Angry Birds is the true reason for their waste of money.

  9. Comment - Microsoft pays University of Nebraska $250,000 to use Office 365

    6.7.1 (Jul 5, 2011 - 8:07 PM)

    Misleading headline - "incentives" is not the same as cash. Presumably, incentives from Microsoft would be free/discounted software licenses. Academics could argue that the "lost opportunity cost" equalled $250K but the reality is that "incentives" cost Microsoft $0 in cash terms.

  10. Comment - Take advantage of Dropbox revised terms of service with SecretSync

    6.7.1 (Jul 4, 2011 - 12:45 PM)

    Personally, I've got nothing against Dropbox nor SecretSync nor BoxCryptor, but I have to wonder out loud: If you're not willing to trust Dropbox, then why would you trust any closed-source software? With open source, you at least have an opportunity to check for back doors (or get a trusted friend to help you check for back doors, if you lack programming skills). But if you're merely replacing your trust of one vendor with another, what's the point?

    In fact, if you distrust Dropbox, why wouldn't you consider the possibility that Dropbox is secretly sponsoring programs like BoxCryptor and SecretSync? If not today, then what's to stop Dropbox from buying those vendors tomorrow?

    Also remember that, regardless of back doors, ANY encryption can be cracked, given enough time, resources, and motivation. If you truly want to keep something secret, never let it get on the Internet in any form, encrypted or not. Know why it took 10 years to find Bin Laden? He stayed off the Internet, period. He might have had a pr0n stash, but it was all delivered on physical media.