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No, I have not had too much to drink. Slooh is a website. A space camera website.

Starting at 2:30 (Pacific) today, you can watch multiple live feeds of the Venus transit on


The last transit of Venus in our lifetime – catch it live on Slooh from multiple feeds worldwide at t-minus zero – FREE to the public. Patrick Paolucci and Bob Berman will helm the 8 hour broadcast alongside many guests, including scientists, filmmakers, researchers, and astronomers..”

If you are at all interested in stars and nebulae and telescopes, etc. (aka “astronomy”) be sure to click the link and take a look at this interesting website (with a funny name):

My thanks to the alert reader who brought this to my attention (you know who you are).

Today’s free download: Emsisoft Emergency Kit 2.0 available!

The first portable dual-engine emergency cleaner worldwide

Fans of our free anti-malware solutions will be delighted: The most recent remodeled version of Emsisoft Emergency Kit 2.0 is the first portable free malware scanner with dual-scan engine. The emergency kit against virtual parasites of any kind can be launched directly from removable media devices such as USB sticks or a CD-ROM without being installed. (click here.)

Today’s reading reco’s:

* The boss is watching, look busy: Employers step up social media snooping

Employers are planning to routinely monitor what staff members say on social networks — but they risk finding out too much about their workers’ personal lives.Read more..

* Tips for navigating Windows 8 with your mouse

“Navigating Windows 8 with a mouse and keyboard will definitely take some getting used to, but Greg Shultz gives you some hints to get you started.Read more..

* Enhance Your Online Search Experience with Yahoo Axis

Yahoo, in an effort to to get us out of the archaic method for which we perform searches and to improve its’ position in the world of search engines, recently developed and released a very cool iOS app and browser plugin called Yahoo! Axis. Yahoo! Axis, at this point, is available as a browser plugin […]” Read more..

And just because:

I get lots of important mail…

Today’s quote:Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.” ~ Thomas Fuller

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June 5, 2012 Posted by | add device, antivirus, computers, free software, Internet, iPhone, Portable Computing, tech, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Remove Service Pack 1’s uninstall files– save almost a Gig

Folks, today I’m passing along a quick tip that I picked up from Bill Detwiler over at TechRepublic. This is for folks who are running Vista and who have installed Service Pack 1.

As I wrote about in my article Running with Vista Service Pack 1, If you are running a Vista machine, you really want to install the package of Updates and bug fixes called “SP1”. (Microsoft installed SP1 via Windows Updates a few months ago, and so you may not even be aware that you were upgraded.)

If you are happy with SP1 and are sure you are not going to want uninstall it — and I cannot think of one good reason why you would uninstall it — you can delete SP1’s uninstall files, and recover at least 800 MB’s* of space on your hard drive in about a minute’s time (that’s about 250 MP3’s worth).

Tip of the day: remove the unnecessary pre-SP1 files from your Vista machine.
1) Open a command prompt with Administrator privileges. (Start> Programs> Accessories, right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as Administrator”)
2) Type in “vsp1cln” (no quotes) and hit Enter.

The file cleaning tool will take a couple of minutes to run, depending on your machine, and when it’s done, you will have almost a Gigabyte more storage on your hard drive– it cleaned 925 MB’s from my hard-drive.
I know, on today’s giant drives that’s not a big deal.. but who wants useless files taking up space for no reason?

Today’s free link: SpywareBlaster from Javasoft. “SpywareBlaster doesn’t scan for and clean spyware–it prevents it from being installed in the first place. SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs. It can also block spyware/tracking cookies in IE, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, and many other browsers, and restrict the actions of spyware/ad/tracking sites.[note: this very useful tool requires that you manually check for updates.]

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July 30, 2008 Posted by | advice, computers, file system, how to, PC, performance, storage, tech, tweaks, Vista, Windows | , , , , , , | 2 Comments