"Here is a wonderful Romanian program for securely deleting "deleted" information. The Pro version has the capability to exceed Department of Defense standards for making wiped data irretrievable even by forensic methods. The standard version will work against software recovery tools. The program is also very handy for space maintenance as it can erase all temp files, Google search bar entries, Windows Media Player data files, cookies, history, internet offline content, and much more. If you share a computer with family, this is a real must. The coding is solid and the interface is easy to use."
I wrote the above in 2003, when reviewing East-Tec Eraser on my former web-site. Eleven years later, I still stand behind every word. Eraser is one of the first utility softwares I purchased. It is in constant use down to this day. I have been running the same XP Pro platform for this duration and it purrs like a kitten.
I would not use a computer if Eraser wasn't installed on it. I would walk to the bank and wait in line for a teller. Besides the obvious security issues which Eraser addresses, the maintenance aspects of this tool will lengthen the life of any computer, just as servicing a car will do the same.
Having tested and tried hundreds of softwares when I was reviewing for my site, I can say with authority again that the coding is solid. Just as corners may be cut in every other business and industry, software is no exception. I have tried out softwares that were Frankenstein monsters, sloppily glued together from a half dozen other people's unfinished work. Some lazy boy made a few quick bucks that way. He made thousands of fools wise and zero repeat customers.
When I began dealing with the folks at East-tec, I knew I had found something special, something that used to be the norm and sadly, is no more. Integrity is what I am talking about. Do your best, build something good and they will come. Start small and slow. Increase no faster than you can maintain quality and control over your product. Build a reputation based on facts. Keep your word and keep your original vision. That's what I was taught growing up in Texas. East-tec fits this description perfectly. Many others add bloat to a good product and thus ruin it for the long-time user. Eraser has only added utility and universality, not fluff.
I have two other softwares beside East-tec Eraser, which have remained steady on my computer for over ten years and it turns out that the people who did the coding for all three of these were either Finnish or Romanian. Perhaps the common sense, integrity,honesty, diligence, intelligence and ability of the old fashioned self sufficient ancestors of these two lands echoes down into the digital age. I think so and I'm writing this article celebrate that fact. East-tec Eraser will be around long after you break your next five computers through neglect.
A doctor once said I had torn menisci in both knees! The damaged cartilage was difficult to recognize on the CD from the MRI lab. Anatomica gave me a proper understanding of the problem. The imagination in combination with the fog of medicine; results in undesirable mental images. Using the software, I understood why the meniscus cartilage does not heal. Thus, I was able to intelligently make decisions. Everyone should have access to medical information. The program is expensive.
Are you tired of games in which you constantly die? The Longest Journey is a refreshing alternative. April Ryan will not do anything that would result in death. The landscapes are varied. The story is an epic and the characters are interesting. It has been translated into many languages and has many international players.
My favorite simulation is Silent Hunter. Perform the multiple tasks of a u-boat commander in the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic. Very realistic ambiance. Play it at full difficulty and earn your salt. Can be played online. This is for sailors!
When I traveled, chess always accompanied me. From Chichicastenango to Makati, from Tangiers to Iraklion, chess was a passport. I played with people that I could not otherwise have communicated with. The first reference in literature to the game of chess is from 550 a.d.. The game of chess apparently began in India and was brought to Persia. From there, it conquered the Islamic world and was brought to Spain and Italy by the Arabs. In Europe, during the latter years of the fifteenth century, the game of chess was altered. The changes were adopted by all Europeans. The British allowed a pawn to advance two squares on its first move. In response, the French introduced a move, known as en passant. Next, the queen could move as a bishop and as a castle. She became the most powerful piece. Finally, the bishop could move any number of squares on his diagonals. The first book about chess was published in 1496 in Spain. It was followed in 1512, with an Italian book, written by Damiano. A Spanish priest, Ruy Lopez de Segura, felt that Damiano's book was inadequate. He published a book in 1561. He was one of the best players, until he was defeated by two Italians at a competition that was organized by King Philip II. As a chess theorist, Lopez was replaced by Gioacchino Greco. This man was without equal and his writings were published in English, French and German. In the late seventeenth century, the game of chess was nurtured and improved in two cafés. Slaughter's Coffee House in London and the Café de la Régence in Paris. Voltaire, Rousseau, Robespierre, Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin frequented the Café de la Régence. The chess masters, Philidor, Bourdonnais, Deschapelles and Kermeur also played inside these cafés. The Italians wrote the best books about chess theory until the mid eighteenth century. The first international tournament was in London in 1851. It was organized by Howard Staunton. He was defeated by Rudolph Anderssen. In 1858, an American went to London and defeated everybody. Paul Morphy was such a skilled opponent, Staunton would not play him. Anderssen was defeated by Paul, who became the unofficial world champion. The Chess Federation was created in France in 1924. The Soviets had the greatest influence on the game of chess in our century. Spassky was defeated by Fischer, who then disappeared for twenty years. Fischer reappeared and defeated Spassky again. Fischer would not play Karpov and in 1975, Karpov was the world champion. Karpov was afraid of being defeated by Garry Kasparov and he complained to the President of the FIDE. Campomanes altered the tournament rules in order to appease Karpov. Angered by this, Kasparov created the Professional Chess Players Association. He become an alternate world champion, after he defeated an Englishman. The choice of chess software is simple. I recommend Chessmaster. It teaches the game. It analyzes the play and has a vast library of master's games. You can watch the games with full commentary. Play chess online. Receive a rating. It is a strong opponent and adjusts to your weaknesses. The tutorials are written by Josh Waitzskin and Bruce Pandolfini. If you already know how to play chess or if you want to learn, this software will improve your game. Who knows how far you will go?
I am honored to introduce a wonderful program that was written by a clever guy in Finland. The Finns use a word to describe one of their national traits. The word is sisu. To persevere despite all obstacles. The Finns are also extremely intelligent. This is a powerful combination of strengths for a programmer. There is a programmer in Finland by the name of Jouni Vourio. He possesses both of these strengths. He has made a wonder tool. It is jv16 PowerTools. This is a necessary tool. It optimizes the registry. It finds empty files, duplicate files, superfluous DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files and temporary files. Remove those useless files and regain space on your hard-disk. Armed with this tool, you are a mechanic. It is well written and it has many other functions. It is the best registry tool on the planet and you can test this assertion. Bravo Jouni!
Stopping superfluous XP services liberates 12-70 MB of RAM. Look in: Control Panel/ Administrative Tools/ Services. My computer has more than eighty services. I was able to stop the majority and save RAM, without adverse effects. Indeed, my computer worked better! I had expert help from the Black Viper. He has made a configuration guide. It is easy to use and very informative. Here you can discover the function of each service. Then you are able to make intelligent decisions. There are several different configurations to choose from, together with clear advice about the procedure. Visit http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm.
Computer Security is a vast subject. It is necessary to have a place to learn. Wilders Security Forums are the best security forums on the internet. The members are both friendly and intelligent. The forums are well managed. Communicate with a good team of generous people!
As a computer user, I have endured much indignation. To defend a computer on the Internet is a complex task. I have often wished for the necessary knowledge. Some people submit to slavery. Some people give territory. Frustration can cause both of these options to seem reasonable. There was a time, I considered selling my computer. Fortunately, before I decided, I heard the sound of bagpipes over the cyber hills. Then I saw reinforcements with their swords drawn. Their captain comes from Bochum, Germany. His name is Patrick Michael Kolla and his sword is Spybot-Search & Destroy. His program can defeat many types of intrusions. It is easy to use and offers thorough protection. It increases your confidence. This program is merciless to its foes. Spybot is freeware! Please donate to the cause of Mr. Kolla.
Every computer user needs anti-virus. The alternatives to this protection are: to pay someone to mend your problem or to reformat. I tested several of the popular anti-virus applications and some of them worked well. There were also problems. Some programs leave many files in many locations after removal. This is not necessary. This is negligent. I found Norton to be in this category. A critical part of an anti-virus program is its virus definitions updates. If this feature does not work, the protection is obsolete within hours. Another part is the willingness and ability of the maker to give you assistance. Some companies are too big and too busy. The reverse is also true. You need properly written code and a program that you can install and remove easily. The database update must be reliable. You need swift responses to your queries. A good idea would be the ability of the program to update itself without having to be reinstalled. My search for these criteria ended in Bilbao, Spain with Panda Antivirus. For business computers, I recommend Panda Internet Security.