Monthly Archives : January 2012

Bluetooth Monitor-Samsung SyncMaster

bva is always looking for good monitors because they are crucial for user satisfaction and create ease of use which is important.  We got wind of this cool 23-inch monitor from Samsung, this monitor also comes with a small USB dongle for your laptop that allows you to wirelessly connect to the Central Station. With the dongle and drivers installed on your system all you have to do is walk within five feet of the monitor and the base will recognize the laptop and a connection is made. Video quality via wireless USB is not that great and there is a noticeable lag, but it’s fine for everyday office tasks. As an added bonus you can connect to the internet wirelessly via the USB dongle as long as you have a wired connection to the base’s Ethernet port. Lastly, the base can be used as a four port USB hub to connect to a variety of peripherals.  On top of the base are a series of touch sensitive buttons used to navigate the on-screen display, adjust volume and brightness, and select an input. The Menu button that takes you into the Picture settings menu  is where you can access the Samsung Magic presets, including Magic Angle, Magic Bright, and Magic Color.

Here are some of the features:

  • normal HDMI and VGA inputs
  • docking station capabilities with multiple USB ports
  • wired Ethernet port
  • audio output
  • laptop can connect wirelessly via a tiny USB dongle
  • good color
  • viewing angle performance
  • USB super charging ports
  • 1920-by-1080 resolution
  • non-reflective matte anti-glare coating

This monitor has a three year parts, labor, and backlight warranty, the Central Station comes with a driver/user guide CD, a PC to dock USB cable, and the wireless USB dongle.  The monitor’s Eco Saving feature lets you reduce power consumption by 50 or 75 percent, but in doing so the screen image becomes almost too dim.  The Samsung Central Station (SyncMaster C23A750X) is a unique, yet pricey solution($499), but fits a need for many work environments.

Virtual Desktops

Desktops v1.02: Ever feel like you don’t have enough desktop space to do the work you have to perform on your computer? Want the ability to open different applications on different screens and even though you may have two or three screens, you feel it’s still not enough? Then you need to try Desktops an application by Sysinternals Suites that lets you virtualize your desktop screens. It allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops and with the use of shortcut keys you can alternate between the set of desktop screens as you need to.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx

Unlimited Backup!

Backup’s are extremely critical for individuals and organizations to have in place. One solution I’ve found to be not only extremely cheap and affordable for any user, but also extremely safe and reliable is known as BackBlaze, a $4 dollar per month service that provides unlimited storage, end to end encryption, and integrates seamlessly with both mac and window’s based environments. Not only is this solution a great for anyone, it’s also extremely easy to use and setup, accessible anywhere through their easy to use website, and automatically keep’s itself in sync providing you reports of job success’s and failure’s.

Features Include:

  • Unlimited Storage
  • External Drive Support
  • Military-Grade Encryption
  • Continuous Backup
  • Automatically Finds Files
  • Automatic Throttle
  • Locate Computer
  • Free Web Restore
  • Restore to USB Hard Drive
  • Restore to Flash Drive
  • File versioning
  • 11 Languages

WiFi – Secure? Think Again!

When it comes to WiFi, most would claim their network is secure and that there is little to worry about when it comes to someone in your neighborhood breaking into your network, but what happens when you combine a PogoPlug, 8gb of flash storage, some WiFi & GPS Radio’s, and a case or enclosure to hide all of that? You get the F-BOMB (Falling or Ballistically-launched Object that Makes Backdoors), Created by Brendan O’Connor and funded by DARPA, it’s a battery-powered device that cost’s a mere $50, and once it’s in range of a wireless network, this home-brewed Linux based device can crack into your WiFi network and upload it’s findings to a server, making it a device remotely accessible for further mischief. We here at BVA strongly suggest taking every precaution available for protecting your home-networks and business networks which includes the use of certificates, mac filtering, and even enterprise protocol’s.

Dropbox

One of my favorite apps that I use daily on my computer and iphone is called Dropbox. Do you want to be able to access your files from anywhere you are? Computer, web, phone, and or tablet? Dropbox is a cool app that allows you to do this seamlessly by simply installing the app on your computer, or your smartphone. Dropbox is cloud service that basically backs up any changes you make to a file no matter which device you’re using to access the file.

Features include:
• 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
• Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
• Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
• Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
• Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
•Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.

Another cool feature is file sharing. You can share folders and thereby documents so if you need to collaborate with someone, you all have access to the same file. Never be without your files again.

Remote Desktop Access for iPhone and Droids

Control your desktop or server with your smartphone or tablet from any where you have internet access.

There are many remote applications out there today to help one remote into desktops or servers via smartphones or devices such as iPads. I found that Jump Desktop (remote desktop) app works great on both the iPhone and the iPad. You can easily setup a RDP sessions and log into any desktop or terminal server with remote access and control apps, type information, and move files around. This is an easy to use app for RDP sessions and VNC client.

Features include:
• Connect to multiple computers
• Printing support
• Audio Streaming
• Console sessions
• Multiple monitor support for Windows 7 and above
• Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 and SBS Server
• Free PC-to-PC remote desktop

2X Client is another app for accessing remote desktops and files securely. Both apps allow for seamless access to remote computers.

World IPv6 Launch

Microsoft joined other members of the Internet Society to announce the World IPv6 Launch. This is the start of an industry effort to permanently enable the next generation of Internet Protocol – Ipv6.

The goal is that major ISPs, equipment manufacturers, and web companies all over the world are trying to permanently enable IPv6 on their services and devices by June the 6th of this year. Last year, the first World Launch occurred (June 8, 2011), which was a one-day, coordinated event where IPv6 was enabled to demonstrate its successful function.
The IPv6 protocol is intended to replace the IPv4 protocol in use on the Internet today, and which has run out of available IPs. IPv4 was a 32-bit protocol, with addresses commonly shown as four octets – numbers between zero and two hundred and fifty-five, separated by periods (e.g. 192.168.0.1). There were about four billion addresses mathematically possible in that protocol.

IPv6 is 128-bit based, which means there will be virtually unlimited numbers of available addresses -340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 or 3.4×1038 possible addresses. This is important in that the number of computers, phones and other devices that use IP addresses has been growing at an enormous rate over the past decades. The new protocol will enable enough addresses to keep us all connected for some time to come!
If your home or business network are not yet ready to make the leap to IPv6, not to worry. It will be enabled in parallel with the existing IPv4 protocol, and both systems will run together for some time.

For more detailed information about the Launch, see their web site, and their FAQ, at http://www.worldipv6launch.org/

Kaspersky-AV (anti-virus) Product of the Year

Throughout the year AV-Comparatives.org tests security products in a variety of ways. Each product that passes a test receives at least a standard rating. Those that perform better than most but still have areas needing work get an advanced rating, and the very best receive the rating advanced+. At the end of the year, the company reports on all tests and names a product of the year. This year Kaspersky took that honor.

How They Test
In the on-demand test researchers scan hundreds of thousands of malware samples and note what percentage each product eliminates. The retrospective test is similar, but by forcing each product to use old virus definitions it emulates proactive detection of zero-day threats. The whole product dynamic test challenges each product to resist infection by hundreds of active threats over a period of weeks. The performance test measures how much impact each product has on system performance.

AV-Comparatives runs those four tests twice each year. This year saw the introduction of a new removal test. Researchers gathered a collection of threats that had been detected by every tested product for at least six months and then challenged each product to fully remove those threats. After all the testing, Kaspersky came out on top!