Archive for June, 2005

DriverGuide Adds YubNub Support

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

YubNub.org is a command-line interface to the web. It can be integrated with browsers as well as be accessed from that site. Here’s how it works, go to YubNub.org, type in “gim dog” in their command box, and you will be immediately sent to Google image search results of a dog query. You can also type in “am pony” and you’ll immediately be sent to Amazon.com’s results for books about ponies.

There are thousands of commands currently supported (any user can submit
one). The browser integration means that you can set it up so typing those
words in the address space of your browser will immediately do the yubnub
operation. So, i can click ctrl-o in IE, then type in “gim dog” and without going to the yubnub site i’m immediately taken to dog images on google. If you want to know more read on at their site.

Now that you know what it is, we’ve added a “driver” search on YubNub.

So, you can do the following:
“driver 9000″ and you’ll get drivers matching the keyword 9000.

If you’ve integrated YubBub with your browser all you do is type in the URL field “driver 9000″ and you immediately do the DG search.

I’ve been with DriverGuide 3 years, why do I need to sign up again?

Friday, June 10th, 2005

I’ve been with DriverGuide 3 years, why do I need to sign up again?~Just1N

You’ve probably already seen the official notice, which is why you ask, but we’ll repeat it here before going any further:

As part of our site-wide upgrades, we’ve installed a new user login and signup system. This new system will add a great many features allowing us to customize your experience of the site, including such things as keeping track of the devices you have, searches you’ve performed, etc.

We were not able to import your original signup information, because we kept some of the data securely encrypted in a manner which is not compatible with the new system. We take efforts to protect your privacy, and must, herefore ask you to go through the sign up process again so that our system can create your new account. We apologize for the inconvenience, and trust that you will come to find the moment of annoyance worth it as our many new features come online.

It’s unfortunate that we have to ask people to signup again, but there are plenty of advantages to doing so, and more coming every day. We’ve already begun adding some features to the site that can only be used if you are a member under the new registration system, so we really do recommend people signup now rather than later.

Do you support Windows x64 and Longhorn?

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Do you support Windows x64 and Longhorn? Fred

Absolutely, but we’re continually evolving and improving that support. Members and techs can currently upload x64 and Longhorn drivers, and can currently search for them. Our toolkit needs some tweaking to fully support x64 and Longhorn and we’re in the process of doing that now.

Why does your DriverGuide Toolkit need to connect to your server? And what…

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Why does your DriverGuide Toolkit need to connect to your server? And what is it sending??? jimbo

We occasionally hear from people wondering about this. Perhaps ZoneAlarm or the Windows firewall has popped up an alert. We’ve tried to explain/disclose it pretty well within the toolkit, but for those who might have missed it, there are two primary roles of the toolkit, one off-line and the other on-line. First, it collects/displays the information about the drivers and devices you have installed in your computer; you can then backup/restore your drivers, use the data presented for diagnostic purposes, etc. Second, it (optionally) sends the relevant parts of this device/driver data to our server so that we can find the latest drivers and device information for you. You have to use the toolkit in this way, you can use it entirely off-line, but most people derive the greatest value in the toolkit by allowing it to function on-line.

As for more specifically what data is transferred, the exact nature of the data depends on the operation, but is essentially just the device/driver data (which are not personally identifiable). To prevent abuse we also include an id unique to the toolkit, so that we can reduce piracy/etc. In the future we will also allow you to supply your DriverGuide account information within the toolkit so that we can create new management features on the site, allowing you to be alerted to new drivers without needing to run the toolkit.

All data is transferred via strong encryption.