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Sunday, March 28, 2010

AVG Rescue CD


The AVG Rescue CD is a powerful must-have toolkit for the rescue and repair of infected machines. It provides essential utilities for system administrators and other IT professionals and includes the following features:

  • Comprehensive administration toolkit
  • System recovery from virus and spyware infections
  • Suitable for recovering MS Windows and Linux operating systems (FAT32 and NTFS file systems)
  • Ability to perform a clean boot from CD or USB stick
  • Free support and service for paid license holders of any AVG product
  • FAQ and Free Forum self-help support for AVG Free users

Download Rescue CD (for CD creation)

Download Rescue CD (for USB stick)

    Key technologies

    • Anti-virus: protection against viruses, worms and Trojans
    • Anti-spyware: protection against spyware, adware and identity theft
    • Administration toolkit: system recovery tools

    The AVG Rescue CD is essentially a portable version of AVG Anti-Virus supplied through Linux distribution. It can be used in the form of a bootable CD or bootable USB flash drive to recover your computer when the system cannot be loaded normally, such as after an extensive or deep-rooted virus infection. In short, the AVG Rescue CD enables you to fully remove infections from an otherwise inoperable PC and render the system bootable again.

    Apart from the usual AVG functions (malware detection and removal, updates from internet or external device, etc.), the AVG Rescue CD also contains the following set of administration tools:

    • Midnight Commander - a two-panel file manager
    • Windows Registry Editor– simple registry editor for more experienced users
    • TestDisk - powerful hard drive recovery tool
    • Ping - to test the availability of network resources (servers, domains, IP addresses)
    • Common Linux programs and services– vi text editor, OpenSSH daemon, ntfsprogs etc.

    Free of charge

    The AVG Rescue CD is a free-to-use product that anyone can download. This also covers any new program versions and virus database updates. If you have any other paid AVG license, you are also entitled to receive our full technical support.

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    Linux Migration Guide: Installation Tips

    linux Migration Guide: Installation Tips


    While all Linux distributions are different, they ultimately all go through a similar install process. Rather than walking you through this process step-by-step like you could find in the distribution's documentation, this page addresses the issues you're most likely to encounter and recommendations for solving them.

    There will be many cases where the distribution installer offers to make decisions for you. If you aren't sure, go with its recommendations. More often than not, the default options are fine.


    For a lot of people, there might be one Windows program (or game) they just can't do without. Others would just like the security blanket of knowing they can return to their Windows installation if they need to. In these cases, by far the best option is to leave Windows running on one computer and install Linux on another. However, most people aren't made of money and don't have spare computers just lying around.

    If you can't manage a second computer, then the next best scenario is adding a second hard drive to your existing computer. Doing so allows you to dual boot, which means that you can install Linux on the other drive and have a menu that comes up when you start the computer, asking whether you want to use Linux or Windows. Don't worry though if you don't have the room or funds for an additional hard drive. You still have one more option.

    The third option is to resize how much room Windows gets on your hard drive, and install Linux in the space you've freed up.

    Those who go with the first option can install on their new Linux box with impunity. Choosing option two means you just need to add the second hard drive, make sure you know which drive the second drive is, and then install. The installer will let you choose the hard drive to put Linux on. Just in case, back up your important data first, whether you're going with option two or three.

    Speaking of option three, if you're going with this choice, you have some reading to do. It's best not to just jump in and start, make sure you understand what you're getting into first! Really it's not all that hard. However, you don't want to have to go back and reinstall Windows afterwards. That's just an assumption.

    The process for setting up dual booting is very similar across distributions, so a resource for one works pretty well as a resource for most until you get into the distribution's installation instructions.

    Some excellent materials that will help you prepare your system are:

    GNOME or KDE?

    As discussed in Choosing a Linux Distribution to Replace Your Windows DesktopGNOME and KDE are the two major choices for your Linux GUI. Some people swear by one or the other, but really, it's a personal choice as to which you prefer. Often you have the option of installing both of these desktops. If you have the space, installing both lets you experiment and decide for yourself.

    Another option is to try both GNOME and KDE in a bootable distribution before you install. Out of Fedora, Kubuntu, Mandriva, openSUSE, and Ubuntu, only Kubuntu doesn't come with GNOME, and Ubuntu doesn't come with KDE. The others come with both unless you download a GNOME- or KDE-only version.

    Updating as Part of the Installation

    No operating system or program is 100% secure. Even if it manages to be for five minutes, the next minute someone may find a vulnerability that they can exploit. It's imperative that you keep everything up to date, so start this good habit by allowing the installer update your newly-installed system unless you don't currently have Internet access. The cool thing is that by updating, you'll have all of the latest versions of any other software as well. 

    Getting the Apps You Want

    Not every distribution installs the equivalents of popular Windows applications, such as Flash or Adobe Acrobat. Here's how to find and install the apps you'll need to make your Linux installation nice and polished.

    Installing Acrobat Reader

    You don't need Adobe's Acrobat Reader in order to read PDFs in Linux. There are a number of programs that come by default with your installation that will do the job. However, some PDFs come with features that you can only take advantage of with Acrobat Reader, so at some point you might decide that you want it.

    To install Acrobat Reader in your distribution:

    Installing Flash

    Depending on your distribution, you may need to download Adobe Flash Player or it may come on the installation media. Mandriva Club (paid) members will find Flash available in the Commercial packages section of their package manager. Everyone else will need to use these resources:

    • Fedora's FedoraFAQ
    • Kubuntu, use Ubuntu's UbuntuGuide
    • Mandriva (unpaid) users can get Flash from Adobe's Flash site
    • openSUSE users will find the Flash player in their package manager, in the Misc. Proprietary Packages section.
    • Ubuntu's UbuntuGuide

    Installing Java

    Java is a popular programming language because you can write code without worrying which operating system you're dealing with. Some Java applications run from your desktop, while others run in your Web browser. A key bit of information is that you're looking for the Java Runtime Environment, otherwise known as the JRE.

    To install Java in your distribution:

    Listening to MP3s

    Plenty of people like to listen to music. Today a lot of the music either comes in MP3 files, or we put it into MP3 files. No matter how it gets there, we want to be able to listen! The problem is that the MP3 format is patented, which legally complicates a lot of things.

    Mandriva users can listen to MP3s out of the box. Everyone else needs to do the following:

    Handling Graphics Cards

    It is becoming more and more unusual these days for any Linux distribution to have problems with the graphics hardware on a PC. However, if you want to use all of the special features provided by that hardware, you will need to get the driver provided by the hardware manufacturer.

    Installing ATI Drivers

    If you're using an ATI graphics card, here's how to get the drivers for your particular distribution:

    Installing nVIDIA Drivers

    If you're using an NVIDIA graphics card, here's how to get the drivers for your particular distribution:

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    Rene Bon Ciric
    Some minor corrections
    written by Rene Bon Ciric, June 18, 2009
    Well, I wouldn't use the Fedora FAQ as reference. I'd use the release notes. 

    Regarding flash, if you use x86_64, please, consider installing: 

    Just untar and copy to /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/ and set the right perms (compare to the other ones) and you're done!... if you have root privileges, that is, hehe...
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    Gergely Máté
    Some notes on Flash and Java
    written by Gergely Máté, July 14, 2009
    The good thing in free software is that you have alternatives. Mostly. 

    In the case of Java, you definitely have. These days you can can install OpenJDK, which is a fully functional free software version of Java. In fact it functions so well, that the next major Java release by Sun is generated from this one. 

    In the case of Flash, there are even more alternatives, but Flash is generally a proprietary platform, and Adobe did not show intention to make it open - yet. So Adobe is running away. What that means is you can install Gnash or swfdec which are free Flash players. They work for some part of the web, and they don't work for some other part. It's a shame. But it's a shame for the web, not for the mentioned software... 

    I would not suggest to people just migrating from Windows those software. If you install one of them instead of Adobe's proprietary player, you will face that a large albeit shrinking part of the web is only for users of proprietary software. It's not an immediate issue for the average user, but it's a big issue for users having disabilities and users certain about their freedom. 

    So if you care about your freedom, use free alternatives of Flash: swfdec or Gnash!
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    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    ow to Use CYDIA

    ow to Use CYDIA

    Cydia is the new and improved source for all your third party apps not found in the AppStore or regular iPhone. Over 500 applications and extras for download - free of charge!

    Below is all you need to get the most out of Cydia and its features:

    1. Click on the new Cydia icon on your Springboard.


    Wait patiently while it loads all sources and takes you to the welcome screen.

    2. Upgrade Cydia (if required)

    From here if you haven’t run Cydia in a while, or this is your first time running, you may get a notice about ‘Essential upgrades’. These are upgrades to the Cydia application itself that may be required for installing new packages and apps:

    • Press "Upgrade Essential"
    • Press Confirm to begin the download and install
    • Wait for Complete and press Close Window
    • Press the home key, and then re-open Cydia to continue



    NOTE: After installing essential upgrades, it’s always a good idea to restart Cydia to make sure the new packages are reloaded. Repeat Step 1 to open Cydia again (though you probably already guessed that).

    3. Update Applications

    If you’ve installed applications previously you may see a numbered notification next to the “Changes” menu. This indicates that there are updates available for currently installed applications. For our walkthrough I’ll update the NES emulator I downloaded a couple of days ago.

    To update applications:

    • Press Changes
    • Press Upgrade All (#) [top right of screen]
    • Press Confirm to begin download and installation


    You’ll notice on the last shot that NES has disappeared from the list and the notification
    (red 1) on the changes option has been removed.

    NOTE: Changes also contains applications that have recently been added or changed, this is a good place to go to find new applications on a regular basis.

    4. Installing New Applications

    Let’s install something new. I love Pac-Man, and it just so happens that the developer of Mac-Man, a great Pac-Man clone, is available on Cydia under the games category.

    To install an application:

    • Press Install [on the bottom]
    • Browse through categories to Games
    • Press Macman
    • Press Install on top right
    • Press Confirm to begin the download and installation



    You will see it run through a series of steps . . . Downloading . . . Preparing . . . Complete.

    • Press Close Window

    Now Macman is successfully installed, you should be able to hit your home key, wait for your homescreen to refresh, and a tempting new Macman icon will be waiting for you.

    Let’s go eat some ghosts!



    5. Removing or Reinstalling Applications

    Ok, so now you have an application installed, but you don’t really want to play it anymore. Removing it is as simple as a few taps:

    • Open Cydia again
    • Press Manage
    • Scroll and find Macman
    • Press Macman
    • Press Modify [top right of the screen]
    • Press Remove (you could reinstall if you were having issues with the application, like it wouldn’t start)
    • Press Confirm to begin removing the app
    • Once you see Complete, press home and the Macman icon should be gone



    6. Searching for Applications

    One of my favorite features of Cydia is Searching.

    I can find an app without having to go through countless categories because I can’t remember where it was located:

    • Press Search
    • Type part of the application name or description in the search box at top

    The list is filtered as you type, and all matching applications are shown. Select one to install and follow step 4 above.


    Check the Changes section in Cydia daily for updates. New applications are always being added and updated.

    Check Out Our Cool Cydia Applications for More Fun Apps To Download!


                 Cool CYDIA Applications for Download


    MiM (Make it Mine) 
    MiM lets you customize the carrier name on the top left of the phone. Change it to anything you want. Make it say Verizon. Make it say your name. Heck make it say anything you want!

    SpoofID is a funny app that lets you fake your caller ID and change your voice to sound like either a male or female's voice. Imagine all the endless pranks you can pull on your friend with this app.

    This powerful app let's you send Picture Messaging. Yes thats right, MMS. The only thing is that they give you a two week free trial and after that you have to obtain a license for the app which i believe is only like $8.

    Now with this cool app you have a copy and paste function on your iphone.

    This app make it easier to text because it adds a vibrating feedback function to your keyboard so it feels like you're typing on real buttons.

    Change the font on your iphone. give it a different look.

    Tired of seeing that apple logo everytime your phone boots or turns on? With this app load any picture from the web or your photo gallery to make your own boot logo.

    Embarrass your friends with the most outrageous fart machine for the iphone. With 5 funny fart sounds, the laughs are sure to come!

    iRealSMS 2.0
    Full Landscape Mode for all your text messaging needs.

    This app lets to tether your iphone's internet to your laptop via wifi so you can use your laptop to browse the web through your iphone's internet..


      How to Use Cycorder


    Cycorder is a Video Recorder for your iPhone. This is a powerful app that lets you record at least 5 hours of video and sound. Very good video quality. .


    The only real functionality for Cycorder at present is simply this: clear, seamless video. It encodes immediately, so there is no significant wait time as compared with iPhone Video Recorder. You point, click on the round record button icon, and when finished, click it again. Your video is there to view in a list, immediately. It is also labeled clearly and without confusion.

    To begin recording just tap on the little round icon down on the bottom of the screen. It will then turn red which means recording has started. Just tap on the icon again to stop recording.

    Just tap on the upside down arrow on the lower left side of the screen and it will bring you to a list of all your recordings. There are no other features at present. Pressing the edit button simply allows you to delete the video. You can SSH into the iPhone to grab your video, but there is no interface to share or export your video from the phone.


    • Audio
    • Colorized Navigation Buttons
    • TV-Out Supported Playback
    • No Autolock when recording

    One nifty feature of Cycorder now is that if you exit the app while recording (pressing the home button), it will continue recording! This allows you to check on email or whatever while it is recording in the background!


    Cycorder records in .mov format at 7-15 fps. The result is exceptionally clear video.

    Cycorder is very easy to use and will bring the most out of your iPhone. Enjoy!!!


            How to Use dTunes

     Dtunes is kind of like iTunes but FREE (Sort of like Limewire). It lets you download free music. As long as you have WiFi or internet access download all the free music you want. First step is to open up Dtunes on your iphone.

    On the bottom of the screen you will see browse, media player, torrents, search, and settings. Select the Search option.


    Now it will take you to a site called beemp3 where you will begin to download all the songs you like for FREE!

    Type in and song or artist you like in the search bar. For example i typed in Green Day. As soon as you are done press GO.

    Now it will take you to a list of all the songs that corresponds to Green Day. Now just select any song you like. Just select any file name that has mp3 right after it. In this case i will select the song Day after Day.

    Now you will see this on the next page. Notice it telling you to enter in a code which is those funny letters inside the box on the left.

    Just enter in the code inside the small little yellow box. In this instance, the code is ZGG. Press go when you are done.

    Now you will see the little green arrow pointing down with the song name next to it. Just click on that.

    Now you will see two options. Download or play in media player. Just select download. Let the song download all the way.

    When it is finished. Just go to the little folder on the bottom left corner of your screen. You will see the song you just downloaded there. Just select your song and enjoy!

    Note: These songs will be located in your Dtunes media player and not your iTunes media player.


            How to Use Ringtones

     Ringtones is a really cool app that lets you create your own ringtones with the songs you already have in your iphone. Note: In order for this to work you have to have your own music on the iphone. You can sync your own music using iTunes.

    Upon opening Ringtones, just select Start converting.


    Now it will take you to a list of your music library. For our tutorial i will select Linkin Park.

    After you select your song it will give you a couple of choices. Quick conversion is easy but it will only take the beginning of the song and make it into a ringtone. We will choose Advanced conversion where you can select where you want your ringtone to start and stop.

    Move the cursor to where you want your ringtone to start. Select next when you are done.

    Move your cursor again where you want your ringtone to end. Select next when you are done.

    Now on the next page select Build Preview.

    Now wait while it converts your ringtone. It might take a couple of minutes.

    When it is done it will let you preview the ringtone. If you like it, just select Sounds good, Convert it! When that is done just go to your iphone sounds settings and your new ringtone is there.