Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Windows 7: Securely Erasing Data Using the Cipher Tool

When you delete files from the hard drive, that doesn't mean the data has been destroyed. There are several programs out there that can recover deleted files. There are also a great of programs that can securely erase files, and even whole hard drives.

What happens if you delete sensitive files, and want to make sure they are not recoverable. There is a command line tool that will allow you do it this, it's called the Cipher command.
Warning: This operation overwrites the selected files with
random characters, so they will not be recoverable after the operation is performed.

  • Open a command prompt with elevated privileges (in the Start menu search field type CMD.EXE and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter)
  • In the command prompt, type cipher /w [drive]:\[folder], substituting the drive letter and folder path for [drive] and [folder].

For example, to erase the contents of a folder named "Classified" in the Documents folder of a user named Ted on the C: drive, you would type "cipher /w C:\Users\Ted\Documents\Classified"

Monday, June 28, 2010

Toshiba libretto W100

Features of the Toshiba libretto W100:

  • Run Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Dual 7” diagonal multi-touch screens
  • Weighs under two pounds
  • Wireless-N and Bluetooth® v2.1
  • Webcam

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Windows 7: Pin a File to the Taskbar

One of Windows 7's new features is the ability to pin applications to the taskbar. What happens if you want to pin a document to an application in the taskbar.

To do this, from the desktop or the Windows Explorer, drag a file to a application in the Windows 7 taskbar (for example, drag a .DOC file to the Word icon). Then to access that document, all you have to do is right-click the program's icon and select the file.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Firefox: Enabling Taskbar Preview (Windows 7 Only)

Do you want to try a cool hidden feature of Firefox. Personally I am not sure why this feature is not turned on by default. Maybe some my find it annoying, but I like it. Its gives Firefox a tab preview feature that use to only be in Internet Explorer for Windows 7.

  • Launch Firefox

  • In the URL field type: ABOUT:CONFIG

  • In the Filter field type: browser.taskbar.previews.enable

  • Change the value of the preference name to: True

Note: This feature is only available in Windows 7