Stories by Daniel Dern

  • 10 commandments of Windows security

    With the introduction of Windows 7, many PC and notebook users may feel more secure than they did using older versions of the Microsoft operating system. Newer OSs have more security features, offer better out-of-the-box security settings and have closed many of the historical security holes. Windows 7, for example, has changed the default User Account Control level so that it's harder for rogue programs to run without first explicitly gaining the user's permission.

  • Sanitize your hard drives with Drive eRazer Ultra

    CRU-DataPort's <a href="http://www.wiebetech.com/products/Drive_eRazer_Ultra.php">Drive eRazer Ultra</a> ($249) is a small device that lets you "sanitize" hard disk drives -- that is, remove any data that you wouldn't want somebody else to gain access to, such as credit card numbers, passwords, financial data, photos, web histories, software license numbers or contact information. It can also wipe your entire disk, including the hidden, protected data that most free software-based utilities can miss.

  • How virtualisation improves development

    Virtualisation’s big push to fame was arguably kick-started by VMware’s Workstation product, which allowed individual users to run a bunch of OSes, versions or instances (similar to multiple application windows) instead of having a one-at-a-time multi-boot environment. In many companies, virtualisation arrived with developers fi rst using the technology quietly to do testing and development, then introducing the virtualisation tools to IT higher-ups.

  • How Virtualization Improves Software Development

    Virtualization technologies aren't just for server consolidation. They've long been valuable tools to anyone writing or testing software. We show how these tools are being used for software development and quality assurance now and identify a few places where developers still want more from virtualization.