Tuesday, June 24, 2008

CentOS 5.2 Release


CentOS released an update to their latest version of their OS.  CentOS is the community version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux product which has been stripped of proprietary binaries and artwork. 

CentOS 5.2 Release Notes

Friday, June 6, 2008

Microsoft Releases Windows Search 4.0


Desktop search has brought simplicity to the ever growing storage locations of files, folders, and email.  You no longer have to remember exactly which folder you filed that Word document or email into to recall it to your screen.  Simply use search to find what you are looking for.  Windows Vista shipped with Search integrated into the system.  Microsoft released Windows Desktop Search for Windows XP to bring that functionality to the "legacy" OS.  Now with version 4.0 comes some new features (mostly for enterprise group policy), speed, and efficiency.  The new version is available for download from Microsoft for Windows XP, Vista, 2003, and comes in 32-bit and 64-bit.  Microsoft plans to eventually release the update into the Automatic Update stream.

Ars Technica - Windows Search 4.0 adds features, speed, uses less resources

Google Desktop search is another alternative if you wish to not use Microsoft's desktop search.  Google does provide enterprise features to control the search product through group policy. 

Microsoft Updates Coming this June


Patch Tuesday is coming next week.  Be sure that your servers and clients get updated.  Of course if you're a sysadmin you should probably be using Microsoft's WSUS in conjunction with Group Policy to push out those updates effectively. 

Ars Technica - Microsoft Patch Tuesday for June 2008

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

IE7Pro - A Must Have Add-on for Internet Explorer If you Must Have Internet Explorer


While I wouldn't be a true everyday sysadmin if I didn't recommend you use FireFox as your primary web browser, some may still not be able to wean themselves off of their IE addiction due to habit or IE-only sites. IE7Pro steps in to help you get some of the best features of FireFox in Internet Explorer 7 (I haven't tested it with IE8 Beta yet).

  • Enhanced tab management
  • Crash recovery (get those tabs back in an IE crash)
  • Proxy switcher
  • Ad Blocker (Hurray!)
  • Inline search
  • Spell check

Head on over to pick up the free download and bring life back to Internet Explorer.

Monday, June 2, 2008

PointUI for you Windows Mobile Phone


I have been using PointUI for awhile now to help me bring usability back to my Windows Mobile phone. Ever since the iPhone's debut the need to use a stylus to work with your touch screen phone seems inefficient. Thanks the the developers of PointUI you can quickly access the things you need on your Windows Mobile phone with your fingers (for free). Head on over to PointUI's website to pick up the download. They recently updated the software to a new version which must be installed overtop of the old version. The updater in the older version doesn't pick up the new version for some reason which is why I'm just finding out about the new version.

Here is a video of the older version, but it will give you a good idea of the simplicity and beauty of the software.