DriverGuide Scan Screen Shots

March 5th, 2009

We just uploaded some screen shots of our DriverGuide Scan so you can see what it looks like before you download.

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Scrubbing Our Comments

April 2nd, 2008

We’ve collected tens of thousands of download comments and ratings from our members and while the vast majority are helpful and serious, some folks out get confused or are just joking around and put in bogus entries, so we did some housekeeping and cleaned out the invalid ones.

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Company Pages Open to Everyone

March 21st, 2008

We have one of the most complete databases of device manufacturers out there.  We’ve got about 5,000 companies in our database, and for most of them we’ve got websites, phone numbers, addresses, product listings, and more.  We used to make this information available only to our members and tech professionals, but now we’re making it available to everyone.  Perhaps we’ll leave it open to the public, perhaps we’ll restrict access again to only our members.  Let us know what you think.

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DriverGuide News: A whole new look…

October 28th, 2005

DriverGuide is proud to announce our new design! It’s the same site you’ve always known, now with a better interface. Beyond merely improving the look we’re also working to improve the interfaces to many of our features, making things more friendly to novice users while not losing any of the features important to veteran users. And many exciting new features and services are on the horizon and will be launched in the coming weeks and months.

And if you find bugs and want to switch back to the old look/interface until we resolve them you can do that by choosing the appropriate option in the left hand nav.

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Windows XP SP3 Preview Surfaces Online

October 5th, 2005

“Though Microsoft still won’t confirm that it will release a third service pack for its Windows XP operating system, a preview version of the software update has been made available on the Web.”

Windows XP SP3 Preview Surfaces Online

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Microsoft’s OneCare, Antivirus, Firewall, Spyware Remover, and more

September 19th, 2005

Microsoft is preparing to release a product they call OneCare, it is a suite of security related apps which goes a few steps beyond the critical update patching of WindowsUpdate. It will include a far more functional firewall (than that provided in Windows), antivirus, spyware remover, backup automator, and disk fragmentation automator. Price has not been announced, but is expected (by the author of the article cited) to be ~$40/year.

As the article also points out, it is nice to know that Microsoft, not profiting enough from selling the OS, can now profit even more from the issues surrounding its insecurity, and in the process drive other competitors in that space out of business. I am not suggesting that Microsoft has been directly responsible for all of the security woes of the platform, not at all. Any dominant platform would be by its popularity the target of script kiddies, virus writers, bot net builders, etc. But, Microsoft has made their job considerably easier by their decisions and neglect. One example would be the fact that a virgin install of XP from media if directly connected to the internet would be vulnerable to and extremely often become infected with various worm-borne contaminants before it was able to be patched via Windows Update. The time before the average computer on the average network would be infected is something like 7 minutes, seriously. Either you need to have a hardware firewall (firewalled router) or you need to take the steps outlined by SANS, steps which should have been at the very least implemented by Microsoft in the original media. Other OSes have made other choices about which services/ports to allow open and vulnerable by default, and their choices (most often: none) have meant their OS can at least survive into its critical initial patching. Obviously if you’ve bought XP recently, or on a recent computer then you’ve been safe via the SP2-related protections, but that’s a bit too late for so many users, and the damages (hundreds upon hundreds of millions if you believe the news media reports of worm-related damage, not to mention annoyance from bot nets delivering spam and conquering more PCs) should be paid off (I would argue) by the profits they will reap from OneCare. Or, since that’s totally impossible/impractical, give OneCare away for free, as a penance for their many gaffes of the past, present, and future. Will it happen? Almo$t certainly not.

The article: Now Windows can clean up after itself

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Windows Vista Product Editions

September 10th, 2005

Paul Thurrott over at WindowsITPro got the skinny on just what flavors of Vista there will be, two days ahead of the general announcement at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2005.

Here are the names and roughly what their current equivalent is, read the article for the full details:
Windows Vista Starter Edition – like XP starter
Windows Vista Home Basic Edition – like XP Home
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition – somewhere between Home and Pro
Windows Vista Professional Edition – like XP Pro
Windows Vista Small Business Edition – like XP Pro, but with more enterprise features
Windows Vista Enterprise Edition – like XP Pro, but with even more enterprise features
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition – hard to describe succinctly, like XP Pro, but more control for gaming, access to premium content (music, video, etc.), and more

So many different versions, seems a bit confusing, but each seems to have a different demographic firmly in mind.

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Vista Itanium Uses Limited

September 9th, 2005

If you want to use your company’s Itanium server with Windows Vista I sure hope you’re planning on using it as a database, because that’s pretty much all they’ll let you run (well, and “custom and line-of-business applications”). Some of the things you won’t be able to do include: fax server, Windows Media Services, Windows SharePoint Services, and file/print servers. Seems a bit strange to me. Announcing Target Workloads for Windows Server “Longhorn” Itanium-based Systems

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Google’s Customized Microsoft Search Page

September 9th, 2005

Here’s a slightly strange fact, given Microsoft’s position on Google (and to a lesser degree vice versa). Google has a customized search page which searches only Microsoft content (http://www.google.com/microsoft.html), and that page appears linked to by Microsoft http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?linkid=23818. The fact that Google has the page isn’t really all that strange, it’s that Microsoft is linking to it that is. A relic from years ago? A link created by some naive developer at Microsoft? Who knows, not bad fodder for conspiracy theories, though. Google page searches for Microsoft content.

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Vista Good for Linux?

August 27th, 2005

An article on XYZ Computing suggests that Vista will present an opportunity to the Linux on the desktop movement. The lack of compelling features in Vista, the many features already cut from what was supposed to be in Vista, and the high cost of a computer capable of being Vista ready combine to make the next generation Windows operating system less of clear choice for most users. This hesitation to upgrade could provide an opportunity for users to move to Linux, especially if manufacturers wanting to continue selling low-cost PCs increasingly sell pre-installed Linux (such as Walmart with Linspire, etc.). Vista to Open Doors for Desktop Linux

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