Tag: 64 bit

Windows 8: Safely eject USB drive

If you are among the lucky to have upgraded to Windows 8 Developer Preview (released September 2011) despite naysayers bemoaning loss of the Start Orb and other Windows 7 and earlier functions, I’m sure you’ll agree there’s lots to love about this new operating system. But one of the things to hate is its USB handling. Although the Release Candidate fixes this glitch, for the rest of us here’s a super-simple fix: (more…)

Free RAMDisk 3.5 updated

From my website statistics, I see that the most popular posts are “Free RAM Disk supports FAT, NTFS and disk size up to 3 GB” (951 views) and “Free RamDisk works on Windows 7” (48 views) — both about a wonderful free software that lets you reserve part of the installed system memory as a volatile RAM disk. Read the linked posts for more on what you can use the software for. The latest DataRAMDisk 3.5 version (3.0 MB MSI installer download) brings you

New Features:

  • Configuration option added to disable creation of a backup image file.
  • Image file is automatically compressed when saving to an NTFS file system. In addition to reducing the amount of disk space required, this also dramatically reduces image save/load times. (There is a configuration option to disable this if so desired.)

Along with some bug fixes:

  • Fixed uninstall issues under Windows 7.
  • Fixed start menu items not being deleted when uninstalled.
  • Improved multiple start reliability under Windows XP.

PaleMoon browser is Firefox on speed

I’ve been meaning to write about the free Pale Moon browser. But didn’t get around to it until now. Yes, I still use Firefox. But it’s the Pale Moon edition that I use the most. It’s everything Firefox is as its built (re-compiled actually) from the same source code. But with significant differences.

Pale Moon is available in 32- and 64-bit versions. As well as a 32-bit Portable version. Actually 64-bit browsers are quite limited if you like visiting Flash-enabled sites. Installing the 64-bit Flash player on anything but Internet Explorer 64-bit is a nightmare that requires finding and copying files from the Windows System folder to your browser plugins folder. The hassle isn’t worth it.

Pale Moon has been “Specifically optimized for current processors. It makes use of enhanced instruction sets of newer CPUs” so if you insist on using a Pentium HT or an even older processor, I highly recommend Linux :). It also supports “Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and Canvas, Firefox Extensions (add-ons) and Themes, Personas, CSS Downloadable Font support (including WOFF), HTML5 and advanced DOM support.” Resulting in “significant speed increases for scripting and page rendering compared to Firefox.

Following the 80:20 rule (where most users standardize on core functions), Pale Moon re-introduces the status bar that was zapped from Firefox 4 in the regular Mozilla releases. And has done away with features few of us use or that aren’t supported by the Mozilla Firefox platform. Features like Accessibility (for visually or aurally impaired users). ActiveX as this doesn’t work on Firefox (included only for not clearly defined security reasons?). Also gone is Crash Reporter and Parental controls so if your children use your computer and you like to control what they do Pale Moon is not for you.

On a related note, isn’t it time you got your children their own computer? Because if they don’t learn responsible computing now, they never will! Mine have had access to their own system to use, modify or destroy since they were pre-teens.