Computer Power User — March 2011


Good stuff! March 2011 issue of Computer Power User magazine is here, available as a free download in PDF format (33 MB).  Chris Trumble, CPU Publication Editor, predicts at first how difficult it will be to keep buying CPUs with discrete graphics cards once Sandy Bridge CPUs are available, that beat the 980X in game benchmarks, video transcoding, for about a third of the price, and use significantly less power and generate less heat. Will 980Xs and X58 boards be put aside in 2011? That’s a big question. Looks like in CPU magazine April 2011 release there will be a comparison on Sandy Bridge-ready motherboards (talking about 32nm Intel’s new H67 chipset) versus AMD Fusion boards. Continue reading “Computer Power User — March 2011”

Computer Power User — February 2011

cpu-feb-2011As usual here is the February issue of Computer Power User magazine, available as a free download here in pdf format (32 MB). 

Some interesting topics inside with my little editing:

“Avast Software Goes Viral—In A Bad Way”: funny story about stolen licence for Avast Pro product (14-user license Avast issued June-30-2009 for a Tucson company, Arizona) mushroomed up to almost 800’000 active users by late 2010. I just wonder why Avast waited for so long to slam it.

Chrome OS is characterized as provoking “careless computing” and predicted to die next (2011) year — opinions from Richard Stallman and Paul Buchheit.

New AMD based 890GX & 880G Motherboards.

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition – the latest top chip in AMD’s six-core line. Clocked at 3.3GHz, the 1100T also sports a slight specification bump up from the 1090T (3.2GHz).

SandForce SF-2000: New Family Of SSD Processors Promises Impressive Performance.

But anyway, what is going on with Computer Power User magazine? Where is Anand Lai Shimpi with his Anand’s Corner? Alex St. John (The Saint) with his cigar and game-oriented picking at Microsoft? Where are Alex “Sharky” Ross, Mike Magee, Barry Brenesal, crazy Chris Pirillo, Rahul Sood, and Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda with his articles.txt?? Where are all these people who contributed a lot to CPU in the past?

Get Service Pack 1 RTM for Windows 7 Now!

Windows 7 Ultimate package retailFinally! Service Pack number One for Windows 7 is out! Good bye blue screens of death! Sigh and install Windows 7 now if have not done it yet. There are number of fixes and improvements included, I already mentioned in one of my last posts. Officially Microsoft has not provided Service Pack 1 to public yet, but its RTM version (released to manufacturing, the final one!)  has leaked and available in torrents to download. Here’s some links below: Continue reading “Get Service Pack 1 RTM for Windows 7 Now!”

Computer Power User — January 2011

cpu-mag-jan-2011What’s the rush? It is January already for Computer Power User magazine. Here is a fine new release of January 2011 issue, available as a free download here in pdf format (84 MB). 

Some interesting topics inside with my little editing: 

• What Motivates Consumers to Engage With Companies Online? — number one reason is discounts and giveaways (77%)
• Better With Age — Two Years Later, X58 Is Still Intel’s Champion (ASRock X58 Extreme6 gets 4.5 point, i.e. “perfect”)
• Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 — Fermi Shows Its True Colors
• The Radeon 6800 Series. New Display Options Highlight AMD’s Latest Graphics Cards
• White paper: Toggle Mode NAND Flash. Samsung, Toshiba May Open More Markets For NAND
• The 2010 CPU All-Star Team. The Parts You Care The Most About: 

The best CPU: Intel Core i7-875K, 2nd is AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition

The best Motherboard: Evga X58 FTW3, 2nd is Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7

The best Graphics Cards: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 (1GB), the 2nd is AMD Radeon HD 6850

The best Storage Devices: OCZ Vertex 2 (240GB), 2nd is Crucial RealSSD C300

• The hardcore software winners: Norton Internet Security 2011 (?, I don’t understand this), Paragon Hard Disk Manager Professional 2010, Apple iTunes 10, Cloudmark DesktopOne.

And other interesting stuff!

Computer Power User — December 2010

cpu-dec-2010New issue of my favorite technical magazine — Computer Power User December 2010 — is available as free download here in rich pdf format!

Chris Trumble (CPU Publication Editor) is talking in the Editor’s Note: [The last issue] represents the completion of nine full years of CPU magazine, which is simultaneously awesome and terrifying.
I hope they won’t be closed.

Interesting topics with some of my editing:

• Does Xbox Chip Modding Violate DMCA?
• Windows 8 Release Rumored For 2012
• Steam active accounts reached more than 30 million
• In Facebook Era, Email Remains the most popular way of sharing content (Facebook is second)
• Enclosure Disclosure – review of new set of computer chassis
• AMD Radeon HD 6870 & 6850 – The $200 Sweet Spot’s Never Been Sweeter
• Motherboard Gigabyte X58-USB3
• The PC Modder Holiday Gift Guide – Hardware For The Naughty & Nice
• White Paper: Intel Sandy Bridge – 32nm “Tock” Is Aimed At Mainstream Users
• CPU’s 2010 Graphics Card Buyer’s Guide
• Can Web Browsers Really Cover Your Tracks?
• Big failure of Uniblue Systems Limited PowerSuite 2010
• Ubuntu One: Streaming Music, Winning Hearts
• Game of the month: Civilization V, Dead Rising 2, World of Warcraft expansion Cataclysm, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
• A Brief History Of Linux Text Editors
• Interview with Brad Wardell (the founder and CEO of Stardock, a software development firm that designs and publishes applications and games)

Reenforce Your PC Heuristics Shield. Install McAfee Internet Security 2011 free for 6 months.

mcafee-2011Are you a Facebook user? Here is a link to a free 6-month subscription of McAfee Internet Security 2011, complimentary for all Facebook users: If you are not, you can register and receive that nice software as well. Why McAfee? Well I found it interesting to see in the last issue of Russian computer hacking magazine ( a heuristics test of Kaspersky Internet Security 2011, Eset NOD32, Avira AntiVir, and McAfee (all latest builds).

Continue reading “Reenforce Your PC Heuristics Shield. Install McAfee Internet Security 2011 free for 6 months.”

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate

win7-sp1-rc-hotfixesHere it is — the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate (KB976932), available for public here at Microsoft download center. As stated there: The RC is best suited for IT Pros, tech enthusiasts (for us people!), and developers who need to test the service pack in their organization or with the software they are developing. The final release of Service Pack 1 will be available through Windows Update for consumers when it is ready. RC is only released in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Everybody can try though, it is safe and easy to uninstall if something goes wrong. The RC will expire on November 30, 2011.

Here’s the question for the big underground part of computer world: will Windows 7 RC tackle DAZ loader and all similarly successful cracking stuff? I would bet any money it won’t. But I will test anyway and let you know. Sometimes Microsoft was known for making bad surprises for lovers of freeware at the very end of testing period and that can be an example.

If you can not install SP1 RC for Windows 7 having error code 80070017, try to disable antivirus and run again.

Here’s the TechNet Evaluation Center for W7 SP1 RC for further information.

Here you can download a list of Fixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 SP1 (625 patches altogether!)

 Changes specific to Windows 7:

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Computer Power User — November 2010

Something wrong is happening to the Computer Power User magazine. They removed all the content from their main page and now you are transferred directly to the DigitalEditions page

But here’s the latest CPU magazine issue of November 2010: official download link (zipped pdf, 29 MB)

In this issue:

  • Through The Stereoscopic Looking-Glasses. A Wonderland Of 3D LCDs monitors.
  • CPU’s annual software guide
  • The Art & Science Of Viral Video Advertising

And more good stuff!!

Stop paying Rapidshare, get Mipony instead

Mipony v1.1.2Mipony is a very nice download manager, which can be real lifesaver then it comes to getting files out of free host sites such as Megaupload, Rapidshare, Hotfile, Easy-share, Gigasize, Mediafire, Depositefiles, Filefactory, Uploading, 4shared, and others — complete list can be found here. Captcha screens, of course, will appear as usual, but you won’t have to see any advertising associated with those sites. For big files (like images or movies) you can keep it running overnight, it will properly put all the file pieces in line to download one after another. The latest version is 1.1.2, download it here.

Here’s some screenshots of the program below (click to enlarge).

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Windows Live Essentials 2011 Final is out

Windows Live Essentials 2011 FinalWindows Live Essentials 2011 Final is available now, check this out. As reported Windows Live Messenger 2011 Build number is 15.4.3502.922.

Windows Live Essentials 2011 includes Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, and Windows Live Mesh, plus Bing Bar, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight, and Outlook Connector Pack (Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger). Operating system requirements: 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 with the Platform Update for Windows Vista, or Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2.

Direct download link for offline installer