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Firefox, you lost

Posted: October 4th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: madabout, online | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sadly but I don’t have a computer at home, occasionally, I read news or I write posts like this on an old Tecra A3: 512MB RAM, super slow HDD, intel 915GM video card and extra large resolution 1400×1050.
I’ve been using Firefox for ages, but after I read a post about using IE8 instead of Firefox 3.5.x+AdBlock Plus I was curious about the results.

I went home and I have installed IE8.
And, it’s true.
IE8 on old computers is faster than firefox.
I have enough free memory for my tabs, no more than ten.

On the computer at work I have about 60 tabs open, anytime, I didn’t felt like I have a problem, slow computer, not enough memory.
But, on this one, old one, IE8 is faster.

So, Firefox you lost this battle on old computers.
Sorry. Moved to IE8.

And another thing, there are no adblock features comming with IE8, but you can install a local proxy to filter your web traffic like I did, BFilter.

Keep your Windows secure and up-to-date

Posted: April 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: howto | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I use three tools to keep my windows patched/updated:
– apup[1], faster than windows update;
– sumo[2], to have latest versions of your installed programs;
– secunia PSI[3], personal security inspector, to know if your programs are exosed to risk(s).

Your default installation should include an Antivirus, antispyware and a sandbox (sandboxie[4]) to play with untrusted applications.

[1] – http://www.autopatcher.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=89
[2] – http://www.kcsoftwares.com/?sumo
[3] – http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/
[4] – http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?DownloadSandboxie

Have fun!

DHCP sevices for Windows

Posted: February 12th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: howto | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

These days I had to install a DHCP service for an isolated network with Windows XP on computers.
I need it to statically associate the MAC addresses of some devices with the same IPs every time the devices are started up.
(IT scientists are lazy and do not to manually configure networking on the devices :))

After 10-20 minutes of search I have found these two wonderful solutions:
Tiny DHCP Server

Goods: easy to use,  GUI, associate MAC with IP at a click away, light
Bads: not so free as I thought

DHCP Server DNS Server

Goods: free, stable, light
Bads: old school text config to associate MACs with IPs