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How to Stop Vista Objecting to Programs at Startup

Oh the joys of Vista.

One of its many "charming" characteristics is that it will fail at startup to run certain utilities you have installed.

It does this for your protection but when you have deliberately and consciously installed a program and it won't run, it is a total pain.

The classic example is the wonderful free "Everything" search program. After you install "Everything" Vista will simply not automatically run the program at startup. Instead it issues a warning message. The only way to start the program is to do it manually.

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Don't know the name of the song? Just hum a few bars into this search engine.

Song title imageAre you looking for a song but only know some of the notes to it and the title simply escapes you?  Then Midomi might just be for you.  Just sing, hum, or whistle into your microphone and let Midomi find your music for you.  It's not perfect, but it is a new revolutionary way to find that lost tune you don't know the title of.  It requires that scripts are turned on in your browser, so be careful.

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New Firefox Extension Makes Surfing Safer

I recently had an email from Yotam Elal, the developer of the well known Firefox FoxLingo extension, to let me know about his latest product, LinkExtend.

LinkExtend is a free Firefox extension that adds a special search toolbar to your browser.  With LinkExtend installed, all your search results (whether done through the LinkExtend toolbar or not) are annotated with a wealth of information about each site listed including:

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How to Remove Old & Dangerous Versions of Java

Sun Java has become a popular attack target for hackers and criminals as it can be found on almost every PC.

Sun have responded by regularly releasing new versions that patch newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Unfortunately when you install a new version of Java the old one is not deleted. Sun does this just in case some old applications won't work with the latest Java version. In my experience, this is a rarity.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform

I never thought I'd see it happen; a free password manager as good as Roboform and maybe even better.

Unlike Roboform which is a utility that runs on your PC, LastPass uses a web service that works in combination with a program that runs on your PC.

It's a smart approach: 

The webservice means your passwords are accessible from different computers: PCs, Macs or Linux boxes.

The stand-alone program that runs on your computer means that you can access and use your passwords even when you are offline.

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Free Firefox Add-in Let's you Know Who's Tracking You

Ghostery is a small Firefox plug that scans any web pages you visit and alert you if the page contains any web bugs.

And what are web bugs?

"A Web Bug is a graphics on a Web page or in an Email message that is designed to monitor who is reading the Web page or Email message. Web Bugs are often invisible because they are typically only 1-by-1 pixel in size"

Web sites use web bugs to learn more about you and your web behavior in much the same manner that they use cookies. Indeed web bugs are often used together with cookies to learn as much about you as possible.

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35 New Freeware Programs

The folks over at regularly run contests to encourage their programmers to come up with new freebies.

Here are the 35 top programs from their latest contest: the 2009 NANY Challenge (New Apps For The New Year)

Some of the programs in the list are trivial while others are specialized but useful to those who have a particular need. Still it's well worth checking the list out as you may find something you have long been looking for. My favorite was DropCommand, a program that enables drag and drop of files to a command window in Vista.

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Open Source Windows Grep


dnGREP is a new Open Source GREP utility written in .NET 2.0 (testing so far only on Windows).

A GREP is "a program which selects lines in a file which match a given pattern". dnGREP was designed to provide a fast and stable regular-expression based search/replace functionality to Windows users.

This utility currently supports:

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