New TrueCrypt Available – Free Open Source Disk Encryption Software for Windows Vista/XP , Mac OS X, and Linux

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TrueCrypt is a great little freeware tool I’ve used on my USB flash drive for quite a while. A new version was just released that includes the following features: Ability to encrypt a system partition/drive (i.e. a partition/drive where Windows is installed) with pre-boot authentication (anyone who wants to gain access and use the system, […]

Online port forwarding tester

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Having problems getting applications to work through your firewall or router? Use the online Port Forwarding Tester to determine if your device is properly configured to pass traffic through the appropriate ports. This application will automatically detect the public IP address your browser is originating from, or you can specify the IP of your choice. […]

Ninotech Path Copy – a free Shell extension to copy the path of a file or directory to the Clipboard

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Ninotech Path Copy is one of those free utilities I’ve just discovered recently, although it has been around for years. I found it on Novell’s Cool Tools web site, and it isn’t just for use in a Novell Netware environment. You can quickly install it into your Windows 95-Windows XP context menu, where it can […]

Free application vulnerability scanners from Secunia

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I was reading Claus’ Grand Stream Dreams site today and came across a post where he mentioned Secunia’s Software Inspector, a free online application vulnerability scanner that will search your computer for software with known security issues. It’s a Java applet which doesn’t require installation and performed a through system scan quite quickly. Within a […]

Microsoft Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit

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A blocking tool is available for organizations that would like to temporarily prevent installation of Service Pack updates through Windows Update. This tool can be used with: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (valid through March, 2008) Windows XP Service Pack 3 (valid for 12 months following general availability) Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (valid […]

Microsoft’s Zune Device Diagnostic Tool Now Available

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Microsoft’s Zune Device Diagnostic Tool is now available. The Zune Device Diagnostic Tool compiles data to help Product Support Services diagnose Zune USB and wireless sync connection problems. While you’re troubleshooting your Zune, go ahead and upgrade to the most recent version of the Zune client software, version 2.1 as of today [12-24-2007]. Kurt also […]

the back room tech utilities for December 20, 2007

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The great Sysinternals suite has been updated Defraggler – freeware Windows defrag utility than can defragment specific files rather than the entire drive at once Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Site

the back room tech utilities for November 26, 2007

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XVI32 – freeware hex editor Quickpar – Parchive creation and repair utility Protected Storage Pass View – see contents of Windows Protected Storage AutoPatcher Updater – slipstream Microsoft updates and patches into your installation media

the back room tech utilities for November 25, 2007

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smartmontools – hard drive monitoring DeltaCopy – Rsync for Windows ShareWatch – Windows Share Monitoring Medusa – Parallel Network Login Auditor