Updates 2010-11-15

Hey folks!

I’m getting a number of reports by people that are getting a “popup” about AVG being out-of-date, should they upgrade? Yes. DO NOT trust the installer, however, just to be safe. You can get the current version of AVG here:
If you’re only installing it on one computer, use the Download manager (first download link), otherwise, select the correct download for your hardware type (32-bit or 64-bit) and download the full installer. If your computer is from the last 1-2 years, it’s likely a 64-bit, BUT if you don’t know for sure, it’s easy enough to find out by pressing and holding the Windows key and then pressing the “pause/break” key. “System type” or “processor type” will have the details for you. These are huge files, tho, so if you’re using a “limited” connection, consider downloading during your grace period (if you have one), in order to avoid impacting your ability to use the Internet over the next couple days.

Also, I’ve seen several computers in the last few days that haven’t updated Flash or AIR. Folks, these are both CRITICAL security updates and need to be installed ASAP. Download the following THREE files, close all browser windows, then install them. As soon as possible. Really. 🙂

Looking for an upgrade?

Black Friday is coming. In less than two weeks, the largest sale for technology items each year will occur. If you’re looking for a replacement computer, and you can get to a tech store before 8am, you might get a great deal. Otherwise, consider shopping online instead – it’ll save you time, frustration, and the headaches that go with Black Friday.

If you’re going to go shopping for a replacement computer, the important things to remember:

  • At least 3gb RAM.
  • At least a dual-core processor, though the more you have the faster it’ll be (for most people).
  • If buying a laptop, be sure to look at the touchpad buttons (sometimes they are difficult to use), the numpad+arrow keys (a lot of people have specific layouts they prefer), and check the bottom for ventilation – it should have at least 2 fans and vents on at least 2 sides.
  • If buying a desktop, DO NOT buy a “low profile” or “mini” computer – as these tend to have much smaller power supplies and overheat far more frequently. Also, look for ventilation – there should be what look like two fans on the back of the machine – NOT one.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

FileZilla 3.3.5 improves several encryption options, SFTP transfer speed, several UI changes and other bugfixes. This should be treated as a security update.

Codec Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Win7 Codec Package 2.6.7 updates included codecs and other minor improvements. To install the update, you must uninstall the application through it’s configuration window and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.

Win x64 Codec Support 2.7.1 updates included codecs and other minor improvements. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 10.1 adds AirPlay support, iOS 4.2 support, stability and security updates. This is a security update.

VLC Media Player 1.1.5 is a security update, but also adds various protocol and encoder support, as well as several bugfixes. This is a security update.

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Notepad++ 5.8.4 corrects several minor bugs and adds new user interface options. This is not a security update.

Kindle for PC adds intuitive dictionary support, and additional viewing options. This is not a security update.

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Any Video Converter 3.11 adds DVD burning option, DVD menus support, output profile management, and several minor bugs. This is not a security update.

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Speccy 1.06.191 makes major changes to drive, graphics and network detection, as well as several other bugfixes. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉


Shawn K. Hall

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