Rather than cover all the same ground again, may we take the liberty of referring you to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review280960.html"]our earlier review of System Mechanic 9.5[/URL] which provides all the basics of what the software is and what it does? In a nutshell though, System Mechanic is a collection of diagnostic, repair and optimization tools which have been engineered to work together in order to 'tune-up' your computer. It helps fix errors that can cause crashes and slow down performance, boost Internet speeds and Windows start times, clean out clutter and generally ensure your computer runs smoothly and speedily. [attach]17923[/attach] So what's …

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Fatal System Error, subtitled 'The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet' is that rarest of finds: an IT security book that is not only informative and fascinating, but truly gripping from start to finish. This newly published made for Kindle edition is the cheapest option aa well, saving $11.26 off of the $25.95 print edition cover price. [attach]17844[/attach]Joseph Menn, a reporter for the Financial Times, is surely a closet novelist such are the twists and turns that he weaves into what by rights ought to be a pretty dry expose of the emerging cybercrime …

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If you have never played Angry Birds before, here's the skinny: use a giant rubber band to slingshot a variety of birds (some of which explode, drop egg bombs, multiply in flight, speed up like a rocket, well you get the idea) at a bunch of pigs hiding in a building framework of wood and stone. The idea being to use all the demolition skills you, and your angry birds, can muster in order to destroy those darn pigs. Like all the best games it is amazingly simple and incredibly annoying all at the same time. [attach]17799[/attach]Simple because anyone can …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]17025[/ATTACH]If there are two things I enjoy in life, it’s mob movies and shooting people in video games, so naturally, I was excited to play [I]Mafia 2[/I], the recently released mobster offering from 2K Games. This excitement was soon shot down like Spider in [I]Goodfellas[/I]. You play as Vito, the generically named Italian immigrant trying to escape a childhood of poverty and crime. Fresh off a tour of duty in World War 2, you arrive home to your old friend Joe offering you small-time jobs for local made men and are blinded my the lifestyle it will allow you to …

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Wireless is, without doubt, a really great thing. Apart from when it doesn't work that is. If you live in a big old house, for example, then getting your WiFi signal to extend through a few thick walls from one end of the place to the other is not always easy. And before you utter the magic words 'repeater hub' I throw back the 'not always easy' incantation in your direction. I know all about the fun you can have with a less than optimal wireless signal, especially if you throw a few kids and an Xbox into the equation: …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17297[/ATTACH]This is it. You’ve aged that cache of Mountain Dew Game Fuel in your finished basement for three years since [I]Halo 3[/I]. You bit the bullet on your purchase of [I]Halo: ODST[/I] to find out it was as tame as you had expected. You took another one on the chin with [I]Halo Wars[/I], which was a cheaper gimmick than [I]Lion King[/I] toys in a McDonald's Happy Meal (stupid Ensemble Studios). The wait for redemption is finally here. The golden child to a decade’s long culmination of gaming’s premier and most coveted franchise has arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, [I]Halo: Reach[/I] has …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]17229[/ATTACH]In my recently reviewed [I][URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review307026.html"]Shank[/URL][/I], I talked about how the title was a throwback to a genre neglected in the modern gameosphere. The once lively and marketable side-scrolling beat-em-up seemed to have died with 8-bit/16-bit consoles and the arcades, left to only shame itself with pitiful modern iterations of [I]Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles[/I] games, which produce a knee-jerk reaction like when the New Kids on the Block came back to tour. Two years in the making, [I]Castle Crashers[/I] finally arrives on the PSN. Following the games release on Xbox Live, it went on to win accolades far and wide for …

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The likes of Norton these days make much fuss about just how quick installing a security suite is, but you can forget all claims of being done in 60 seconds when it comes to Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security. Think less of speedy rocket-powered installations and more of slow and steady, with a certain degree of swimming through treacle wearing flippers thrown in. Having checked for any conflicting software (such as Norton) or even traces of such software left behind by other security suite uninstallation routines (hello Norton again) and then removing them, the Trend installer goes and fetches the …

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I will admit that I didn't stumble upon Steven Levy's classic tale of how the IT west was won, for want of a better phrase, until 1993 when it was republished some 10 years after the original book but with the addition of a handful of new pages to celebrate it's anniversary and note the changes the industry had seen. Fast forward to the present, and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the book (which was actually first published in 1984, go figure) we have another new edition. Well, I say new addition but it's more the 10th anniversary edition …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16999[/ATTACH]Seagate made the switch to serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives a few years ago, but have only upgraded to the 6 Gb/s standard (SAS 2.0) within the last year. SAS drives require special controllers that are occasionally built into motherboards, but more often, come in the form of a PCI-Express card in order to achieve 6.0 Gb/s. The Savvio product line is marketed towards enterprise customers, purchasing drives for businesses or applications that require high speed and reliability, usually in the form of a RAID configuration. As such, these are not marketed, or priced, for the average consumer or computer enthusiast. …

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When it comes to data storage and retrieval the current buzz is undoubtedly cloud-shaped, so why would anyone want to invest in Network Attached Storage? Two words: cost and capacity. Cloud services are great, but as far as storing and accessing large amounts of data is concerned things can get very expensive not to mention a little on the slow and clumsy side. Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices solve both the cost per Mb issue and that of access speeds. Unfortunately, setting up a NAS server to work how you want it has traditionally been a fairly complex business and …

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Hello, I've been going through K.N. King's [url=http://knking.com/books/c2/index.html]C Programming: A Modern Approach[/url] and, after completing the first 10 chapters, I wanted to give my knowledge a try and write something I've always wanted to: a Hangman game. It turned out more of a "Mystery Word" game, as I haven't created the different phases of the hanging :) This being said, I'm looking for some code review. I want to know how I could have written it better, within the bounds of my current knowledge (no pointers or strings, no file input/output, no use of databases, to name the few constrains …

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Netbooks remain hugely popular courtesy of their small form factor and low price, both achieved partly due to the relatively limited technical specs of the average device. Low computing power and Internet security suite software do not, it has to be said, traditionally make for good bed-fellows. Which leaves netbook users stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to keeping the nasties off the netbook without impacting upon performance, especially when online. And that's where Trend Micro has stepped in with a security product developed specifically with the low power processor and memory requirements of the …

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Have you ever wanted to write your own code to create software for the Mac, iPhone or even the iPad but have never actually programmed on a Mac platform? Great, then this new book by Tim Isted is for you. Tim has been coding for the Mac for 15 years, and now he's sharing that knowledge with a wider audience of Mac coding newbies through the Beginning Mac Programming book. [attach]15687[/attach]Insisting that he will take the reader on the fastest and easiest route to releasing software, even if they have never written a single line of code before, Tim is …

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[ATTACH=right]14704[/ATTACH][B]Reviewer's View[/B] I'm the kind of person who has an almost religious fervour when it comes to keeping data backed up, perhaps unsurprisingly as I am an IT professional and my livelihood depends upon it. So when it came to the hands-on testing of System Mechanic 9.5 for this DaniWeb review I had no qualms about going real world, biting the bullet and letting the computer tune-up software loose on my day to day work netbook. That, and the fact that System Mechanic has been used by more than 23 million consumers to fix more than 70 million computers over …

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I drive hundreds of miles every week, I write about technology for a living, I've been a TomTom user for years and I own an iPhone. It had to be done, I just had to review the TomTom satnav app for the iPhone. Being both an iPhone 3GS owner and a happy TomTom satnav in-car user, like many people I had been waiting for the iPhone TomTom application to arrive. The delays seemed to go on forever, and in the meantime other players had entered the market: both Navigon MobileNavigator and ALK CoPilot Live launched before TomTom got into the …

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[attach=right]13654[/attach]What's small and pink, incorporates a Linux kernel and an embedded ARM compatible processor, and let's you set up your own personal cloud? The answer is the latest [URL="http://www.pogoplug.com"]Pogoplug[/URL] device from Cloud Engines Inc. Combine this insanely easy to set up bit of kit with a free iPhone app and you have a secure environment for privately viewing and sharing content anywhere on the Internet - and all without changing your network configuration, firewall settings or fiddling with anything more complicated than plugging a box into your router, a USB drive or four into the box and activating it all …

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CoPilot Live 8 Mobile Navigation on the iPhone has been a runaway success at the App Store, consistently keeping ahead of its TomTom rival in the 'top grossing' app charts at least in the UK Store. It arrived first and costs half as much as the TomTom app, but is it better? If you had asked me that question a month ago then the answer would have been a resounding no. Extensive testing showed up huge problems in keeping a GPS lock and the app even refused to start half the time I wanted it to. But then, just as …

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It has long been affectionately known as the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2008/08/28/jesus-phone-does-not-perform-miracles/"]Jesus Phone[/URL] because of the almost religious following it receives, but can the iPhone really harness the power of the Cosmos to help organise your life? Veteran TV presenter Noel Edmonds, he of Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old and Noel's Christmas Presents fame reckons it can. Indeed, Edmonds already created something of a fuss about the new age concept of Cosmic Ordering after taking to drawing different symbols on his hand for each show in the Deal or No Deal TV programme. The show became …

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How many passwords do you have to remember? The common answer is either too many and I sometimes forget them, or alternatively just the one as I use it for everything. Both options are bad in terms of security. Which is where password management systems come in, and these can take many different formats. Some people use the pen and paper format, writing down all logins and passwords in a book and hiding it somewhere. Bad, bad security. Others do the same, but using dedicated software, which is much better security-wise as the list can be encrypted. Atek has come …

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In a [URL="http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;649220418;fp;16;fpid;1"]comprehensive review[/URL] of the new ZonaAlarm virtualized security environment that is ForceField, Roger Grimes praises the elegant user interface. While admitting to being a big fan of Check Point and the ZoneAlarm brand, Grimes remains skeptical of these kind of virtualization products and it would appear with good reason: because he reveals that the sandbox security client still allowed his test system to be compromised by malware within sixty seconds of browsing. "ForceField did stop many malicious Web sites from loading and many malicious programs from being installed" Grimes says "it reported stopping more than 16,000 threats from …

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A quality power supply unit is a ‘must’ in a modern, high performance PC system. Cheap, generic units don’t supply stable enough voltages for highly demanding components, and introduce greater risk of failure which can put expensive PC components at risk. Choosing the unit to use can be a nightmare, as there are many, many alternatives to choose from. Thermaltake have introduced a new design in power supply which will suit even the most demanding of situations. Worried because you’ve not had enough power connectors to fit all of your components? Puzzled over where to tuck the unused cables so …

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