Windows

Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 is now Free

Yup, that's right Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 is available for a free download now from Microsoft. Too bad they haven't made the Mac edition free.

But, nevertheless if you need a PC virtualization solution or you want to run multiple PC-based operating systems like Linux, OS/2, Windows 98, Windows XP all together, simulatenously on one PC, give Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 a go. To put in real IT terms it's tremendous value for the money or no money :)

How To: Download Music from the iPod

Getting music off from an iPod is not a thing most of us worry about until the inevitable happens - a desktop PC crash. Imagine  over 25 GB of music stuck in your iPod and a empty playlist in the PC. If you haven't yet experienced it, you cannot Sync iTunes and get all music back; iTunes will not sync back the music from the iPod to a crashed PC. Thankfully, there is hope - in two versions; iLinkPod for the Mac and EphPod for Windows.

 From the iLinkPod site:

"iLinkPod is first of all a unique tool that creates a permanent and direct access from your Desktop  (and your iPod or wherever you want) to the hidden folders in which iPod stores your audio files.  All this in the safest way, without modifying any file/folder or configuration file of the iPod!  Direct access means that you'll access your previously hidden audio files directly fromthe Finder, while they remain hidden! (remember: iLinkPod will not modify any properties of files on your iPod!). So you don't need iLinkPod or any other utility to access your hidden audio files on the iPod, you'll have access to them through a common folder on your Desktop (and iPod too). You don't need do execute iLinkPod again if you add or delete/modify songs on your iPod, you'll have access to your iPod as it is in that moment!" > Read more

Intel Core Duo Battery Drain Bug Windows XP Fix with Patch

The dreaded battery drain bug, which was plaguing the Intel Core Duo notebooks has now been fixed with a patch from Microsoft.  Did we hear applause?

Though originally it was believed to be a problem with the Intel Core Duo chipset, the bug was later identified as a glitch in the USB driver in Windows XP. You can get the patch here.

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