We get expert impressions of Apple's iPad 2. How do you run 3rd party security apps along with Microsoft's own Windows Defender and Security Essentials. Is Thunderbolt the ultimate peripheral interface for the modern PC? Our recommendations for archiving data onto hard drives.
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Speaking of breached security there's also a trojan for OS X called the BlackHole RAT. Does it mean that OS X users are now are target? Maybe but the salient point is: don't download software from untrusted sites. In light of the security threat Motorola has told Infoworld that it has plans to develop APIs that will match Blackberry and iPhones in the level of security. On a more upbeat note PCMag is reporting that Motorola's XOOM is built to be modified and has been overclocked to 1.5 GHz and PCMag reports that it's case may be easy ti open to make it quicker to upgrade to 4G connectivity.
Steve Jobs comes out of medial leave to announce the release of the iPad 2. This update to the original Apple iPad offers more processing and GPU power, reduced heft, built in magnets, and 2 cameras. See what some industry watchers are saying about Apple's latest product.
Chris was wanting a way to power his modem and network router independently from a wall outlet and was piqued by a potential that an old Systm episode where we showed how to extend the time a UPS could run without being plugged in. Call it serendipity but fellow viewer Wesley sent in his version of a DIY portable power pack. Now depending on your draw, say 2 amps total, you'll get more than 4hrs worth of running time from a your standard NP12 Battery.
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Rob had a question about the differences between Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 and 3rd party anti-virus applications like Avira and AVG. For the most part they do the same things. Windows Defender is a spyware/malware detector and removal tool while Security Essentials is Anti-virus tool. Now you can use Defender with a 3rd party anti-virus. Just don't run two anti-virus apps at the same time. Windows will still nag if you don't update the virus definitions however if you want you can turn off the notices under Real-Time Protection or turn off alerts in the Action Center within the Control Panel under Change Action Center settings on the left most pane.
Carla wrote in asking how to change the new look in Firefox 4 back to the way it was it previous versions. She feels the minimalist look of the GUI puts a dent into her web surfing activity. Worry not Carla for TechSpot.com has a great write up on tweaking the interface and disabling the Firefox button. Veronica also recommends using Firefox 4 UI Fixer which allows plenty of customizations to the Firefox 4 UI as well.
Manny had a question about archiving data long term on hard drives. What types of drives to use - 2.5" or 3.6" - and what kind of external drive solution would work best. The ideal solution is to use a long lasting archival grade media or have it stored with company that specializes in the role. While today's hard drives are relatively robust they could be corrupted as age and temp can alter the magnetic arrangement on the drive platters themselves. In Manny's case something like Data Robotic's Drobo will provide storage unit that with self-repairing ability if one of the four user installed drives fail. Other options include an external RAID 5, 10, or higher unit that allows rebuilding of data when a drive in the array fails. In terms of 2.5" to 3.5" drives the larger desktop 3.5" variety tend to offer more space for lower cost making them ideal of bulk data storage.
Finally Yannis in Chicago sent in a video question about what to do with his old but still functional PDAs. We're hoping you our resourceful viewers might a answer or three for Yannis. If you do email us at email@example.com!