How to recover lost data from a crashed application

What if the application in which you were working has crashed, and your precious document has been lost? This could be a question without an answer, if you cannot read the information saved by the Windows OS in your PC’s RAM.

Also known as memory address space, this is where all the applications that run on your computer load there content for further use by the operating system. In case you cannot read its content, you won’t be able to recover your lost data. But with DumpIt, this is actually possible. All you have to do is to double-click this executable and this tiny utility will generate a copy of your PC’s physical memory in the current directory.

This copy is nothing else but a huge binary file which has to be read with a hex editor in order to be able to identify the content of your lost document. Free Hex Editor Neo can be a good choice to cover all this file. All you have to do is launch the program, access the Search function and type a word or phrase from the lost document. For Microsoft Word users, check the Unicode string option and search again. In this way the program will locate immediately the Word file.

DumpIt is free to use and it has been developed as a fusion of win32dd and win64dd (former products with the same functionality developed by the MoonSols company) in one executable. It has only 203 KB of memory, a portable character, and its easy to use. There are rarely occasions when you will actually use this program, but its unique utility makes it a must-have tool when such a disaster strikes.

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Find subtitles with Sublight

Sublight is a freeware application ready to find the missing subtitle for your beloved movie. You just have to choose the video file from your hard-drive, activate the search function, and the application will connect to the database from where it will extract the right subtitle for your movie version.

Simple as that, the process of finding the right subtitle is now a manner of 2 clicks with the help of this application. But as fast it may be, the search process is not always successful. That’s because the Sublight database relies on the community activity, which at the moment is not enough to cover all movie files that are released worldwide. Plus, a lot of junk files will obstruction your search success.

In this case, when Sublight might return too many results, you can search for the subtitle manually by typing the title of the movie. If the number of results is still humongous, you can use filters based on language, rate, publisher and even number of discs for your video version.

For the best match, pay attention to the highlighted entries, as these subtitles are marked by members of the Sublight community as suitable for your video version. In general this means that the subtitle file is properly synced to your video file. You can also mark subtitles as properly synced by right clicking their entry and choosing the Link label. Same action goes for creating reports for false match-ups: right-click the entry and choose Invalid link.

Being a freeware product, Sublight requires .NET Framework 2.0-3.5 to be installed on your machine. At the moment this useful application runs only on PC’s running Windows OS.

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Speed up slow computers with Diskeeper 2011

During a recent trip home to visit my parents, I turned on both of their computers and was stunned by the poor performance on both boxes. My parents purchased 15″ MacBook Pro’s in 2008 and 2009, and both are high end with Core2Duo processors running at 2.80 MHz and 3.04 MHz respectively. Both have 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drives. Both laptops are running Windows via Boot Camp and both had high levels of drive fragmentation, crippling their performance. Thankfully, tools like Diskeeper 2011 Home can prevent problems like that from happening.

Read the full review | Diskeeper 2011 Home

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Set your PC to lock down automatically when you’re away

Do you know how to set your PC to lock down automatically when you’re away just using the Screen Saver?  It’s really simple, start by typing ‘change screen saver’ into the Start Menu Search field and then hit Enter.

Select the screen-saver that you like and check the box “On resume, display logon screen” and then enter the number of minutes you want to wait before your screen-saver starts.

Click Ok to save your settings.

Type ‘user accounts’ into the Start Menu Search field and then hit Enter.

Click on “Create a password for your accounts” and set a password for account.

Done – when the scree-saver will show up, you’ll have to enter your Account password.

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Apple updates MacBook Air with new Processors, Thunderbolt & Backlit Keyboard

Here it is guys, the new McBook Air. Hand-in-hand with the release of the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the latest version of Apple’s operating system, Apple updates their MacBook Air with the next generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 dual-core processors, Thunderbolt, backlit keyboard and of course, Mac OS X Lion.

Portable, affordable and powerful, MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “MacBook Air features our most advanced technology and is an ideal match for Lion, especially with its new Multi-Touch gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control and Mac App Store.

Price & specs. MacBook Air is available in 11-inch and 13-inch models:

  • The 11-inch model weighs 2.38 pounds and provides up to 5 hours of battery life, while the 13-inch weighs 2.96 pounds and provides up to 7 hours of battery life. The 1.6 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air is available in two models, one with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage for a suggested retail price of $999 (US), and one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for $1,199 (US).
  • The 1.7 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air comes in two configurations, one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), and one with 4GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage for $1,599 (US). Configure-to-order options and accessories include a 1.8 GHz Core i7 processor, additional flash storage, MacBook Air SuperDrive and a USB Ethernet Adapter.

You can order the new MacBook Air from App Store , Apple’s retail stores or Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Mac OS X Lion has been downloaded by 1 million users worldwide

1 million users have purchased Mac OS X 10.7 Lion during the first day of availability. This is the official statement made by Apple in which they also mentioned the fact that this number relates to users that have bought the product and to users that have downloaded it. It’s a questionable statement that can be easily reinterpreted.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing declared:

“Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic.”

Well, many critics say that there is something wrong about this OS. It’s huge and slow, and many of its features are just useless especially in terms of usability. Users that have already bought it, complain about the lack of additional info regarding its features. Many of them will praise any downgrade available from Lion to any other Mac OS version. So where is the truth about this product? Will Apple become the new Internet Big Brother through its products?

In case you want an answer to these questions and you have $29.99 to spend, just visit the Mac® App Store™.

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Safari 5.1 has been released for Windows and Snow Leopard OS

Apple have released a new version of its Safari browser for Windows and Snow Leopard OS, to come in line with the bundle edition that comes with their latest Lion OS. The difference is that this stand-alone version lacks of some special features found in the bundle such as: sandboxing, full-screen browsing and multi-touch gestures.

Safari 5.1 is based on a new programming architecture that causes the browser to be much more responsive in displaying the pages. Besides this technical improvement Safari 5.1 comes also with new features that improves its user-friendly character. Reading List works like a container where you can save any article, video, or link for later usage. Its content can be viewed in a separate list from where you can access it whenever you want.

The security has not been forgotten, therefore Apple have introduced a Privacy Pane that shows what kind of data websites are storing and lets you remove it. You can also customize cookie settings and choose whether websites can request your location information. Related to this features, Apple have also introduced the Private AutoFill function that keeps your personal information private. Whenever you come across a web form, Safari automatically detects it and lets you choose to use AutoFill to complete the form with information from your Address Book. No information is ever added to a form automatically unless you say it’s OK.

A must-have feature already present in most of the browsers present on the market is the Resume function, which now is also present in Safari. This means that you can choose to have Safari automatically restore your windows and tabs from your last browsing session in the General pane of Safari preferences.

In case you interested in this product, you need to know that Safari 5.1 is available for Windows XP, Vista and 7 and Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8).

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Convert, resize, rotate and prepare more than 90 image formats, quick and easy with Picture Dude Image Converter

Digital photography is all the rage. It’s so compelling that most everyone that I know who isn’t computer savvy wants to jump on board. The biggest problem with people in that category, however, is that once they have their pictures, they don’t know how to enhance them. Red eye, resize/crop, etc. and similar activities become problematic. This is where applications like Picture Dude Image Converter come in handy.

Read the full review | Picture Dude Image Converter

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