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Q&A Monday: LZMA File

Q&A Monday:  LZMA File

Question: I received a file from a coworker that has a LZMA file type with a large sum of data, and I don't know how to open it.  Please help! Kevin Knight South Dakota  Answer: LZMA is a compressed file, something like the ZIP compression that most of us are generally familiar with. It's used as a way to group files together and [...]

Upgrade BackTrack 5 R1 to the new R2

Upgrade BackTrack 5 R1 to the new R2

If you are anything like me, you hate to wait for things and here's a time you can get the information before the release.  BackTrack R2 will be released on March 1st 2012, but there are directions to make all the upgrades today, all you need to do is follow the directions below, and you'll get the newest kernel, security updates and tools [...]

Alternatives to Outlook

Alternatives to Outlook

    I've been asked about this more times than I can remember, so I figured I'd just do an article about it....What are some alternatives to Microsoft Outlook.  To fully disclose I still cling on to my Outlook for my windows machine, but I do use other software for my linux machines.  So I've done some testing and some asking around and found [...]

Security Update: Mozilla Firefox 6 and 3.6.20

Security Update:  Mozilla Firefox 6 and 3.6.20

    Mozilla identified and fixed several memory safety bugs in its browser engine used in Firefox 3.6, Firefox 5 and other Mozilla-based products. Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption under certain circumstances, and that they fear that someone with enough effort could be exploited to run arbitrary code.  This update is [...]

Q&A Monday: Controlling the IT Budget

Q&A Monday:  Controlling the IT Budget

Question: I am under great pressure from management to decrease our IT budget for next year, while providing the same level of services. I've spent time with my team trying to figure out service contracts or software upgrades to cut, what are some of the ways you've cut budgets? Judith R. Eastman Knoxville, TN Answer: It has been some [...]

Security Update: Blackberry Enterprise Software

Security Update:  Blackberry Enterprise Software

Blackberry has announced that there is a vulnerability on their Blackberry Enterprise Server product and have released a patch to fix the vulnerability.  RIM (the maker of the blackberry) has released the patch for what they are calling a high risk vulnerability and being that it is being classified as "high risk", it is recommended you get the [...]

XP Mode “Virtual Windows XP could not be restored”

XP Mode “Virtual Windows XP could not be restored”

I recently ran into a weird problem with my Windows XP mode program in Windows 7.  While trying to turn on the virtual machine, I kept getting a pop up with the following error: "windows xp mode could not be restored because of either host processor type mismatch" Regardless of what I tried to do, I couldn't get the Windows XP Mode virtual [...]

Software Update: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Update

Software Update: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Update

Apple has released iOS 4.0.2 for the iPhone and iPod touch and iOS 3.2.2 for the iPad to address vulnerabilities in the FreeType and IOSurface packages. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or gain system privileges.    This is most likely to address the jailbreakme.com website that was [...]

Picking a Helpdesk Software

Picking a Helpdesk Software

One of the first I was assigned when I became a manager was to find a new helpdesk solution.  Our current solution was OK, but had been in use for several years and our department had outgrown the usefulness.  Plus a big plus was we wanted our user base to be able to track the status of their tickets. I had assumed that this take [...]

Browser Update: Google release new Chrome Update

Browser Update: Google release new Chrome Update

Google has released Chrome 5.0.375.125 for Linux, Mac, and Windows to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or obtain sensitive information. Please see the Chromium security page for more detail. Note that the referenced bugs may be kept private until a majority of the users are up [...]

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