Thursday, January 29, 2004

Network shares not working

Suddenly today my network shares at home stopped working. After some investigation I found the culprit. I disabled one of the firewalls and the shares started working again.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Ahhh speed!

Yep, that's the one main advantage of a new PC. Windoze starts up faster.
Unfortunately, the old machine, still connected, is just sooooo sloooowwww...

Saturday, January 24, 2004


Installed firewalls on both PCs - freeware Kerio Personal Firewall on my new machine and Sygate Personal Firewall on the old one. I had been relying on a hardware firewall, but felt that I need more "protection".
So far, Kerio seems more polished, but has "rules" which may be a little intimidating to newbies.
Sygate is a bit easier to use.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Word password tool not for security

The Microsoft Word password tool is not meant for security! The full story here at ZDNet

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

BackUp Maker Review

I just tried the program BackUp Maker version 3.1 standard.

This backup program is free for personal use, and the interface is available in three languages - English, French and German. Using the Wizard interface, you can create a ZIP file backup of a number of files, and optionally write them to a CD or DVD. The program can be configured in a number of ways.

My one complaint was that I could not save a backup set of files, for repeating the same backup later. The interface was slightly confusing, for example: what is a "Backup Protocol"?