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Kiaro! color inkjet label printer for labeled printing

A renowned brand of Astro-Med, Inc., QuickLabel Systems has announced the release of its fastest label printer, called Kiaro! color inkjet label printer. Made for businesses that require to print their own labels, Kiaro! color inkjet label printer comes equipped with Custom QuickLabel Omni labeling software, a USB 2.0 cable, a printer driver for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP operating systems. In addition to this, the recently released printer also features a starter set of CMY Kiaro! ink cartridges.

“We believe that the new Kiaro! is the most advanced, flexible and user-friendly in-house full color label printer under $10,000 on the market,” said Eric E. Pizzuti, Vice President and General Manager. “With its 1200 dpi print quality, 8 ips fast label print speed, roll-to-roll label printing, on-demand print mode, and easy-to-integrate compact size, the Kiaro! is the right choice for printing color product labels in medium-to-high quantities.”

Currently, Kiaro! color inkjet label printer is available with a limited warranty of one year.

Microsoft® Windows® security patches

In January 2011, Microsoft released two bulletins for patching up three shortcomings related to security measures which can affect the Windows operating system. The major vulnerabilities of serious nature can be exploited through drive-by downloading websites as warned by the software company. Flaws for the drive-by download which were covered through MS11-002 were briefed to Microsoft through the program ‘TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative’ which buys data of vulnerability from private researchers.

The bulletin contains a minimum of two separate types of vulnerabilities in Microsoft Data Access Components and cautioned that security problems are there in the path of Microsoft Data Access Components which permitted third party usage of API and allocation of memory. Microsoft treats this as an important issue various editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows XP. On Window Server 2008, Windows Server R2 and Windows Server 2003 the harshness is downgraded to vital. The second bulletin projects vulnerability regarding publicly disclosed matter in Backup Manager for Windows.

MS11-001 extends a patch with respect to DLL preloading matter in the backup tool of Windows. It is rated as important and applies only for Windows Vista. Preloading of DLL is an issue in other operating systems. It attracted attention in August 2010 when many vulnerable applications were found. Given the opportunity of preloading vulnerabilities of the DLLs, it is recommended for implementing the updates, KB2264107 and Security Advisory 2269637 that neutralizes the malicious attacks.

Although, some shortcomings will not be rectified such as Graphics Rendering Engine of Windows and vulnerability patches related to zero-day threats. These vulnerabilities may still be exploited as opined by Dave Marcus, director of communications and security research at McAfee Labs. The recommendation of McAfee is that one should install patches of Microsoft as early as possible. Users of Home editions of Windows should utilize Windows Automatic Updates. Users of Business editions require implementing a strategy for risk management and prioritizing the patches.

Windows® 7 Migration Tool

Windows 7 is the latest operating system released by Microsoft and has gained good popularity among the masses. This looks like a refined and bug free version of Windows Vista. Users of Windows Vista can upgrade to this operating system very easily through the simple upgrade path, but users who do not have Windows Vista, will have to take a longer path in order to upgrade to Windows 7. Technically there is no direct upgrade path available for moving to Windows 7 from Windows XP, but if you search on the Internet you will find some third party tools which can assist you in doing the same. The way that Microsoft suggests is to take a backup of your data in Windows XP and then install Windows 7 completely fresh on the hard drive, but these ways users will lose their installed applications, settings, and other personalization which they would have done in Windows XP. One of the best tools out there in the market for solving this purpose is known as Windows 7 Migration Tool. The Basic Migration tool is free of cost but you would need to pay a little for migrating extra stuff which is not covered in the basic edition. In this post I will discuss some features of this tool.


1. Easy to interface with very little complexities so that any normal user can find it helpful.

2. Capable of migrating data, settings and applications from Windows XP to Windows 7.

3. In case some of the applications cannot be migrated then this tool will assist you in manually downloading the applications and installing them later on in Windows 7.


Basic Migration Tool:

Using the basic migration tool you can easily migrate your user profiles, desktop settings, application and other software settings, and the data stored in ‘My Documents’ folder. All this can be migrated using the basic edition of Migration Tool and this comes for free. If you wish to get the advanced Migration Tool then you need to pay for the support subscription and the technicians supporting the tool will assist you out in the overall migration and upgrade process. This assistance will be over the phone or over the remote session wherever and whenever possible.

In case you do not wish to use this tool then you will have to sacrifice all your installed applications, because you can certainly take a backup of the files. Once you have taken the backup of your data on some external media, you can go ahead and install Windows 7 on your computer and once done you can restore the backup to get your files back.

How to start Microsoft® Outlook Express in Safe Mode

Microsoft Outlook Express is the default e-mail application which comes bundled with the Windows operating system till Windows XP. It got renamed as Windows Mail in Windows Vista and later the name of the actual executable remained the same. Microsoft Outlook Express is a free application which can be used to configure POP, IMAP e-mail accounts so that e-mails can be read and written. As far as the e-mail configuration is considered it is very similar to Microsoft Office Outlook, but the files and architecture of Microsoft Outlook Express and Microsoft Office Outlook is entirely different.

Microsoft Outlook Express comes bundled with Windows and thus it is the default e-mail client, and uses the same address book which Windows has in it. Contacts in Windows Address Book and those in Microsoft Outlook Express are the same. We can have multiple identities in Microsoft Outlook Express to have various people use the application but this often results in troubles. Microsoft Outlook Express is closely integrated with the other DLLs of the operating system and many a times it crashes because of any changes in these common files. One of the most common problems which Outlook Express suffers from is that it never starts when user clicks on its icon. There can be number of reasons why this happens but many a times it can be fixed by running Outlook Express in its safe mode. Please do not confuse this Safe Mode with the Safe Mode of Windows as both are two entirely different things. Almost all the applications have a way to start them with minimal or no third party extensions enabled. This mode is called as the Safe Mode because when we start an application in its safe mode it is only the basic application which loads and no other extra plug-ins and extensions. Many a times when Outlook Express fails to start the reason is because of some plug-in, or extension which prevents it from loading in to the memory and we can fix it by trying to start it in Safe Mode.

Step 1: Click on ‘Start’ menu and then click on ‘Run’.

Step 2: If Run is not available then press the ‘Windows’ key along with letter ‘R’ on the keyboard.

Step 3: Now type ‘MSIMN /A’ in the ‘Run’ box and then press ‘Enter.’

Please note that ‘MSIMN’ is the name of the executable file of Outlook Express and it stands for Microsoft Internet Mailing and News. This name is still the same even in Windows Mail in Windows Vista and adding /A to it makes it start in its safe mode. This ways we can at least make the application to start so that we can further troubleshoot the issue. If Outlook Express starts in Safe Mode then this proves that there is any add-on or plug-in which is preventing Outlook Express to start and this can be found out by checking the list of all the add-ons under tools and options.

Dell® Latitude E6420 review

The Dell Latitude E6420 laptop is meant for business applications. Its weight is 4.56 pounds and has a four-cell battery. The rugged design as well as smooth finish of the laptop feels straightforward as well as useful. It has a full sized keyboard and a 14–inch display.

The Dell Latitude E6420 laptop has a compact design. There is one interesting thing about the laptop. It is very difficult to find the “Latitude” name on the laptop. It is said that the “debadged” look was a conscious design decision to give the notebook a very nice and smooth appearance. The new Latitudes are designed by keeping consumer preferences in mind. There’s a little curved bezel on both the screen and the chassis. It has an optional HD webcam of 3.2 mega pixels and noise-reducing microphones. It has high quality components, which offer a great experience, either at home or at work.

The Dell Latitude E6420 laptop is powered by the Intel Core 2 “Sandy Bridge” chips. Users have options between Intel’s HD graphics or the NVIDIA NVS 4200M chips. The operating system options include Windows 7 Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Windows Vista and Ubuntu 10.10. Dell Latitude E6420 has a 14-inch (1366-by-768) LED screen and here is also a touchscreen model. Models with screen resolution of 1600 by 900 are also available in the market. There are some user friendly features such as the ‘Delete’ is place the upper right corner, which can be found very easily. The power button’s placement is also near the same location.

The Dell Latitude notebook has a secondary hard-drive option, allowing a user to use a secondary hard drive with a different user. One of the most important things in a laptop is its connectivity; Dell Latitude E6420 has four USB 2.0 slots, an optional USB 3.0 module, Gigabit Ethernet, and lots of Wi-Fi options. This beautiful notebook also comes with a memory card reader, HDMI out, a 54-mm Express Card, and one full and two half-size mini card slots.

The new Dell Latitude E6420 shines as a business machine that can perform faster is reliable anytime anywhere, and has a lot more features that a user can surely love to use.

Microsoft® disables AutoRun on Windows® XP and Windows® Vista to prevent malware infections

Autorun is an in built feature of Windows that routinely runs a program made distinct by the’autorun.inf’ file whenever a CD-ROM, USB or DVD is plugged into a computer that is Windows-based. Autorun automatically starts any installer when a media that is removable is inserted into the computer drive. Autorun has, however, become a major security risk with the increase in the number of variants of malware that can infect and cause the transfer of the virus to a computer. The infections passed on by autorun involve malware that is capable of loading the infection in to the root folders of the computer. When the removable media gets inserted in to the computer, autorun starts to look for autorun.inf and instantly executes another file to run in the user’s computer. As the drive gets infected, malware can infect the computer if the autorun does not get disabled in time. The best way of preventing such infections is to disable the autorun.

Despite the threat put on by autorun, there are users who still run Windows XP with the autorun feature. Microsoft has decided to disable the autorun feature that is found on Windows XP. This non security update is not supposed to affect the CDs or DVDs containing the autorun files and those that target the other removable media. Microsoft is making this move to try and limit the infections caused by autoRun.

The similarity that is shared by all worms is that they have a common method of propagation. Most of the infections exploit the autoplay feature of Autorun. They mostly do so by maneuvering Autorun.inf files on both the network drives as well as removable media. When a user connects, the malware gets automatically processed on the system causing infection.

Survey has shown that on an average only nine percent of users of Windows 7 have reported malware infections. Microsoft therefore has a tough task at hand to update the users who are using the older Windows XP version.

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