The last two tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico have done a real number on us. Despite going into the northern costal part of Mexico, they kicked up enough moisture in the atmosphere to drench us here in the metro-Houston area with considerable wetness.
The end-result are pockets of water that have now bloomed with mosquitoes. This morning I sprayed the entire outside entryway door area with repellant to keep the buggers from hitching a ride inside when the door is opened/closed. So far it seems to be holding.
This is a light post as most of the week has been spent playing with and configuring a new
toy system support tool that came in Monday from Hawaii courtesy of TinyApps.Org. So that post will be the doozie.
Snack on these in the meantime…
- Posterous can now import from Blogger: let the exodus begin!
- Unlocker – (freeware) – Now supporting x64 Windows. Not “standalone/portable” but still a strong tool. Note reviews below and that the installer now comes with the <insert sarcasm> added support for toolbar and eBay shortcut installations as well. These can be opted-out. Reviews and more feedback below
- Unlocker Deletes Locked Files, Now Works for 64-bit Windows – Lifehacker
- Unlocker now removes stubborn files on 64-bit Windows – Download Squad
- Unlocker Gets 64-bit Support, Adds Sucky Installation – ghacks
- Work under way to add sidebars to Google Chrome – Download Squad. I’m really hoping this gets delivered soon. I really would use Chrome much more if I could leave my extensive bookmarks open in sidebar while browsing like I can do in Firefox.
- Installing Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions - Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog. Ben Armstrong (maybe) clears up some mis-information by Microsoft regarding XP-Mode and Virtual PC on Windows 7. Windows 7 Home edition does allow for installation of Windows Virtual PC (not just the older Virtual PC 2007 version). Windows 7 Home edition will not allow you to run Windows XP Mode “out of the box” with a download of a pre-configured/activated XP VM that users of Windows Ultimate/Professional/Enterprise can get. However, if you do have a spare XP CD/license laying around, you can then load it in a new VHD, and then get all the features of XP Mode yourself. Oh. Thanks for the confusion Microsoft. Per Ben..
- URLStringGrabber - Grab URL strings of Web sites from Internet Explorer – (freeware) – NirSoft. Nir has a brand-new utility that will scrape all opened URL references out of open Internet Explorer (only) sessions. You can then export some/all of the URL’s for later analysis in a application that supports text, csv, html, or xml file formats. Might be a handy tool to document/log/analyze the linked content on web-pages during a malware study.
To clarify – “Windows Virtual PC” is the virtualization program that allows you to create and run virtual machines on Windows 7. “Windows XP Mode” is a free pre-configured Windows XP virtual machine. “Windows XP Mode” is not available for people running Windows 7 Home editions; but these users can download Windows Virtual PC and use a separate (fully licensed) copy of Windows XP to create their own Windows XP virtual machines and get all the functionality of Windows XP Mode.
You can download Windows Virtual PC directly from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2B6D5C18-1441-47EA-8309-2545B08E11DD