Black Screen (of Death) solution for Windows (XP, Vista, 7, NT, 2K, 2K3, 2K8)

Windows
It looks like in trying to make the OS more secure, the latest MS updates (KB915597 and KB976098) "could" actually break the windows login process. From what I understand the access permissions on the winlogon shell entry for explorer.exe are invalidated after this update and hence the OS will not load explorer.exe (and you end up with a black screen). The whole story can be found over at Prevx's Blog site plus a potential rescue program (and how to use it).As bad as MS is -- sometimes -- with their updates, I think this one is the worst. Although, if I were MS I would have probably done the same thing. Too many malwares attach themselves (or attack) this entry, so it makes sense to tighten up security around it.…
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Copy Cat will copy your files off unreadable media…..

Windows
Yep, neat little free utility I came across today. Copy Cat 2.0 actually skip the bytes which are not readable from file and copy all other bytes therefore it extracts max data which is normally not done by windows copy operation. Copy Cat can be helpful at times when you want to copy a CD or DVD which is scratched,when you want to copy data from harddisk area which is partially not readable , when you want to copy data from floppy which is currently not being copied by windows. So download and enjoy.Copies your oldest collection of CDs and DVDsIt even tries to copy a highly damaged media byte by byteIt gives you the option to skip the bytes if bad area foundIt is a very fast data recovery…
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Synergy+ lets you share a mouse and keyboard between several computers.

Linux, OSX, osx Server, Windows
I've been using Synergy for about 3 years now and never really thought about writing about it. Tonight I came across Synergy+ which is a maintenance fork of the original Synergy. So I thought about writing a small note about it since it's now maintained again.Synergy+ (synergy-plus) lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, without special hardware. All you need is a LAN connection. It's intended for users with multiple computers, where each system uses its own display. It's a little like having a 2nd or a 3rd desktop. It's not a KVM or VNC tool, but it does achieve similar results (but with added convenience). No need to press any buttons when you want to change desktops, and your keyboard…
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EasyVPN Rocks…..

Windows
It's probably not right to compare the Comodo EasyVPN with it's cousin LogMeIn's Hamachi2. Both products are free and allow you to setup groups of privately connected computers and access them from within that private network. Both are available for Windows only (although there are command line versions of hamachi for Mac and Linux). The thing that sets EasyVPN apart though is the fact that it comes in 32-bit or 64-bit flavours and that it includes remote desktop capabilities between all the machines participating in the network. For remote desktop capabilities with Hamachi2 you need a extra product called LogMeIn Free, which btw is also available for OSX. To grab your copy of EasyVPN hop over to the following link.
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Ninite: Number 1 application you need in Windows…..

free, Microsoft, Opensource, Windows
There are a lot of fantastic free software packages out there for the PC if you're running windows. VLC, Firefox come to mind. The problem is that it takes a long time to install all of them on your PC. You know the routine, click, wait for download, double click, next, next, next, etc......Well, why? Head over to Ninite's website, choose the applications you want and let them create a custom "Meta Installer" for all the applications in one package. Run the installer and wham, you got all those free/opensource apps downloaded and installed on your machine in one shot, with minimal clickage :-). No sign-up required, Free for personal use, Just in time for Windows 7 Upgrade (or potentially downgrade). Now if only someone would make something like this…
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FastPictureViewer RAW Codec Pack….FREE

free, Photography, Windows
If you're using any one of Windows XP, Vista or 7 Platforms in 32 or 64 bit mode, you might be interested in the FastPictureViewer RAW picture codec pack from Axel Rietschin Software Developments. They are FREE for personal and educations use and give you fast access to preview RAW images taken by just about any digital camera capable of shooting RAW in Explorer. It even supports the slideshow function in Photo Gallery and Photo Viewer. The fact that it supports 32 and 64 versions of Windows is a bonus since most camera manufacturers -- atleast up to now -- have been very slow in supporting 64-bit windows. Here is a list of supported RAW Formats:Adobe Digital Negative (.dng)Canon Raw Image (.cr2, .crw)Fuji Raw Image (.raf)Hasselblad Raw Image (.3pr, .fff)Kodak…
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Windows 7….Bad for your Health

Funny, Microsoft, Windows
....Atleast if you're in Japan. Take a look at this monster...seven freaking patties stacked up in between two buns.....in time to celebrate Windows 7 launch. You'll pay (roughly) $17.10 for the pleasure of clogging your arteries with this 5.1 inch tall monster. Once you're done -- if you're still alive -- you'll finally understand how your computer feels after a windows installation :-).
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