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Essential software - and the rest

Now that the biggie is over, the rest is much simpler.

If there are any requests, comments, corrections or additions, please go ahead and keep them coming.

Utilities

7-Zip is a file archiver that supports many formats, and is free.

ISO Recorder - This allows you to burn "iso" disc images from within windows without the need to resort to other programs such as Nero

Anti Spyware

There are two good options that I am aware of here, but I have not used either in a good while:

Spybot Search & Destroy - Simple, easy and very good.

Essential software - Choose your antivirus carefully

Every Windows Based PC should have an up to date antivirus solution installed. A lot of the popular/advertised options have either a fixed or an annual cost. however, they may not always be the best and could even be resource hogs. There are a few free contenders out there that I am aware of here.

The rule of thumb is: Avoid Norton. It really is a system hog and replacing it with another alternative could give your PC a new lease of life.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft's Security Essentials is the new kid on the block and its free to all users who have a legitimate copy of windows, so its a good alternative to the others below where some have a "home use only" requirement.

It seems to work well, have decent detection rates, and since it is from Microsoft, it should have staying power atleast. However it may not be as performant or as fast as some of the others on the market.

Chrome, baaby, Chrome.

[img_assist|nid=59|title=Google Chrome|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=200|height=138]The Browser wars are expanding and Google has just launched its foray into the war - Google Chrome.

I am posting this message using Chrome and I think I like it. It's fast and has a minimalist style.

It also seems to import all the settings from Firefox.

It has a few nice bells and whistles too - you can drag a tab to the desktop to open a new browser, and you can drag tabs between browsers. It is also supposedly better with web applications.

The url/address/omni bar is a little ugly with the large font and slight greying out bits of the url, but it is usable. Not as good as the Firefox "Awesome Bar".

Change of Hosting

After my recent interweb troubles, I have decided to move away from 1and1 and have chosen the hosting services of eUKHost - they seem to offer a lot more for a similar amount of money (after using a discount code).

The new set has around three times as much guaranteed RAM, 4x as much Burstable and almost 4x the bandwidth as before. (which I don't really need. yet.), two ip addresses as standard, and fast help, either as live chat or over the phone 24/7.

So far the new service has been excellent - they even transferred the data and settings over for me!

After the troubles with 1and1, this is a massive relief and I would recommend them very much for hosting.

Drupal is Great (Themes related)

This post is brought to you in conjunction with hotspot shield (because the access issues are continuing) and 11 heavens through which I found a simple fix the the bounding issues with the ablock theme.

According to the 11heavens link, Drupal supplies a css class to fix the bounding issues I was experiencing on this site with the current theme. I have now filed an issue for it to be fixed.

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