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tweak\'e
10-10-2002, 09:24 PM
jv16 PowerTools 1.1.0.148 RC1 released
jv16 PowerTools, the RegCleaner program for LANs and home PCs, version 1.1.0.148 RC1 has been released with the following changes:
- Improved a lot of file tool's performance.
- Improved filetool's user interface quite a bit.
- Fixed a bug in the file tool's duplicate finder. It sometimes found small files (
- Improved the registry tool's registry cleaner. It's now slower than it used to be but it finds more invalid entries.
- Improved the registry tool's safety.
- Fixed the file tool's mp3 info retriever part. It now works much better.
- Improved the installer, it now gives you much more options how to install the program.
- Improved the network code in a way that all network traffic is now encrypted.
- Removed the ActiveX / COM scanner. I will add it when I get it to work (= not any time soon)
- Fixed a lot of small bugs.

Mirror 1 (http://www.verkkotieto.fi/jv16/index.php)

Mirror 2 (http://home.hccnet.nl/h.edskes/mirror.htm)

MajorGeeks has posted up a freeware tool for flushing the Prefetch log and controlling the Prefetch Parameters in Windows XP. Windows XP monitors the files that are used when the computer starts and when you start applications. By monitoring these files, Windows XP can prefetch them. Prefetching data is the process whereby data that is expected to be requested is read ahead into the cache. Prefetching boot files and applications decreases the time needed to start Windows XP and start applications. Get more info and download from the link below:
Windows XP Prefetch Clean And Control version 1.0.0 out (http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=2495&cat=17)

Windows Media Player 9.0 Beta Build 2903 released
Microsoft has released a new build of WP9, bringing it up to build 2903. The new build has the following changes:
Personal Firewall issue: If you have a personal firewall product installed on your computer, in some cases Windows Media Player fails to receive content over a network and in other cases the Player may crash when trying to receive streaming content. The problem is related to the firewall software that is not yet able to handle new Windows XP and Windows .NET Server networking APIs. Windows Media Player 9 Series Beta Refresh (build 2800) addresses this issue.

Surround Sound Speaker Setting issue: If Windows Media Player starts to play audio but there is no sound, check to see if your speaker settings are set to Surround Audio. There is a known issue in Windows Media Player 9 Series Beta where the Player may crash when you play regular stereo or mono WMA content while your speaker settings are set to Surround. Even if the Player does not crash, you still won't hear any audio. Windows Media Player 9 Series Beta Refresh (build 2800) addresses this issue.

Mirror 1 (http://www.fileconnect.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2288)

Mirror 2 (http://www.icrontic.com/)

Microsoft XDocs, the Microsoft Office Information-Gathering Tool
Microsoft has introduced a new member to the Office family of applications, XDocs. XDocs is the codename a tool that streamlines the process of gathering information by enabling teams and organizations to easily create and work with dynamic forms. The information collected can be integrated with a broad range of business processes because XDocs supports any customer-defined XML schema and integrates with XML Web services. As a result, XDocs helps to connect information workers directly to organizational information and gives them the ability to act on it, which leads to greater business impact. XDocs will be included in the next version of Office due out next year. You can read more on the new member at Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/office/xdocs/default.asp).

A new multimedia player is out called n.player version 0.9.2.000 RC3. n.player is a media player that plays DVD, audio CDs, MP3, WMA, AVI, DiVX, or any media with the pre-isntalled DirectShow decoder. It also supports enhanced features for playing video and audio. The built in skin has a Quicktime look and feel, but there are heaps of others available for download. You can read on the features of n.player here (http://nplayer.nortiq.com/).
n.player version 0.9.2.000 RC3 (http://www.samo.cz/nplayer/files/nplayer_install.exe)

The mp3Pro Zone has produced an mp3PRO plugin for Winamp 2 ONLY. The plugin will allow playback of mp3PRO files and streams on your Winamp player. The changes in this version are:
bugfix for showing file duration in playlists
general speed improvements for mp3PRO decoding
mp3PRO Winamp Plugin version 1.2 out (http://www.mp3prozone.com/assets/mp3PROAudioDecoder_v1_2.exe)

Cmedia 8738 Audio version 6.41 driver released
There are new CMedia 8738 Audio drivers version 6.41 out for motherboards with the CMedia integrated sound. The drivers are for all OS's and no word on changes is out.
Windows 98SE (http://www.soyousa.com/downloads/count.php?id=1895&next=%2Fdrivers%2Fk7vx%2Fcmediawin98sev0641.zip)
Windows ME (http://www.soyousa.com/downloads/count.php?id=1897&next=%2Fdrivers%2Fk7vx%2Fcmediawinmev0641.zip)
Windows 2000 (http://www.soyousa.com/downloads/count.php?id=1896&next=%2Fdrivers%2Fk7vx%2Fcmediawin2kv0641.zip)
Windows XP (http://www.soyousa.com/downloads/count.php?id=1899&next=%2Fdrivers%2Fk7vx%2Fcmediawinxpv0641.zip)
Windows NT (http://www.soyousa.com/downloads/count.php?id=1898&next=%2Fdrivers%2Fk7vx%2Fcmediawinnt40v0641.zip)

Official SiS AGP 1.11 Chipset drivers released
SiS have officially released a new AGP Chipset drivers version 1.11. The new driver brings support for AGP8x and works with all SiS chipsets from 630 and higher.
Mirror 1 (http://driver.sis.com/agp/agp111.zip)
Mirror 2 (http://driver2.sis.com/agp/agp111.zip)
Mirror3 (http://driver3.sis.com/agp/agp111.zip)

New SIS Xabre drivers version 3.06.55
As well as the new AGP driver, SIS have also released new new Xabre performance drivers version 3.06.55 for all SIS 315 based cards and the integrated SIS740/650/651 version.
Mirror 1 (http://driver.sis.com/graphic/gpu/xabre/xabre30655.exe)
Mirror 2 (http://driver2.sis.com/graphic/gpu/xabre/xabre30655.exe)
Mirror 3 (http://driver3.sis.com/graphic/gpu/xabre/xabre30655.exe)

NeroMIX version 1.3.0.39 released
Nero, the makers of burning ROM have bought out a new multimedia burner called NeroMIX. NeroMIX creates or copies anything you can think of by grabbing the data and burning it. NeroMIX combines dynamic CD burning (data, audio, copying) with the newest Internet audio technology in one customisable interface. Check some pics, info and download links here (http://www.nero.com/en/index.html).

A new version (build 488) of Winamp 3 has been released to plug a security hole in the application. Here are the details:
Winamp 3 skin files are *.WAL and are automatically opened by MSIE. They
are actually ZIP files with altered extension. They contain pictures and
configuration files used by wsabi (Winamp skinning system).

Wsabi engine is implemented inside wasabi.dll and is designed to provide
very configurable, OS-independant system for building skinnable
applications, quickly and easily (that's the reason why wsabi.dll is 800K
big).

A buffer overflow inside wsabi.dll may occur if
tag is altered with extremely huge value for file PATH (btw, MAX_PATH on
win32 is defined to be only 512B). This can allow the execution of
arbitrary code inside the address space of Winamp. Wsabi filters most non-
printable characters but specially designed shellcode will still pass
through.
New Winamp3b Build 488 (http://ftp15e.newaol.com/winamp/client/winamp3_0-full.exe)

Asus introduces 52x CD-writer
Fresh on the heels of Lite-On, Asus has now introduced the CRW-5224A a 52x burner featuring CAV (constant angular velocity) writing strategy, FlextraLink, FlextraSpeed, DDSS II and AI auto-speed adjustment. The drive runs at 24X re-write and 52x read. The retail package includes the ASUS Internal IDE 52X CD-RW Drive, Cable Set (IDE Cable*1pc + Screws*4pcs + Audio Cable*1pc), Bundle S/W CD (Latest CD Burning Software), Manual, ASUS 52X Blank CD-R Disc, ASUS 24X Blank CD-RW Disc. You can check out more info at Asus (http://www.asus.com.tw/).

Optimising Windows XP Pro/Home Guide
Activewin has posted up another XP tweak guidethat has some fairly handy tips without all the crap that some other guides post. Here a slice of the action:
With most people now moving over to Windows XP Home or Pro on new PC's and even some older PC's everyone will be trying to get the most out of Windows speed wise. With a few simple tweaks you can get Windows XP running very sweetly without compromising on the new look that it has to offer. Also included in this is some tips and tricks for any problems you might get when things go wrong. A lot of these tweaks with with both Home and Pro, but if there is a tweak especially for one version it will be stated.
Check out the full guide here (http://www.activewin.com/editorials/alex_harris/2.shtml).

FlashGet, the download manager program, version 1.31 is out with the following changes:
* some small changes
* general fixes
FlashGet demonstrates speed and management of downloaded files. If you've ever waited forever for your files to download from a slow connection, or been cut off mid-way through a download - or just can't keep track of your ever-growing downloads - FlashGet is for you. Flashget can split downloaded files into sections, downloading each section simultaneously, for an increase in downloading speed from 100% to 500%. This, coupled with FlashGet's powerful and easy-to-use management features, helps you take control of your downloads like never before.
FlashGet 1.31 released (http://www.amazesoft.com/npfg11.exe)

Pentium 5 to be released in 2005
News.com (http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1103-961210.html) has posted an article that details the release of the replacement/redesign of the Pentium 4 will occur in early 2005. Here's a bit from the article:
Intel is working on a major overhaul of the Pentium 4 chip, which sources say will debut in the first half of 2005. Code-named Nehalem, the chip will embody a new architecture that will substantially differ from the current Pentium 4, according to sources. Concepts in the current chip line will be found in Nehalem, but it will contain new, and largely unknown, features such as improved power management that will mark it as a distinct evolutionary step, similar to the changeover from the Pentium II to the Pentium III.

In the meantime, Intel is also working on updates to the Pentium 4. In the second half of 2003, the company will release "Prescott," a Pentium 4 variant that will feature a new security system and "strained silicon," a chipmaking method that speeds up transistors.
Check the rest of the details at the link above.


AGP 3.0 explained
Ever been mystified by all the talk of AGP 3.0 or 8x and the increases in bandwidth and the such, well be mystified no more as Planet3Dnow has posted up a guide that explains what AGP 3.0/8x is. Here's a bit of the explanation:
AGP 3.0 is the third generation of accelerated graphics for the Intel-compatible computers and will be officially introduced on 11/12/02. In contrast to AGP 2.0 the AGP 3.0 specification isn't just a derivation of an existing standard. AGP 3.0 is incompatible to AGP 2.0 - in theory. However, compatibility can be forced by implementing the "Universal AGP 3.0 Motherboard" standard.
You can check out the whole deal at Planet2Dnow (http://www.planet3dnow.de/artikel/diverses/agp30eng/index.shtml).

thx thy god monty (http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html)

Chilling_Silence
11-10-2002, 03:31 PM
So what's new in NeroMiX, I use it and love it.. but why update? I cant find whats new, and its a 8.15 meg download... any reason for me to update if it already works?

Cheers

-=JM=-
11-10-2002, 07:31 PM
If you're happy with what you've got then stick with it.