Category Archives: Software

Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 7 64 Bit

Successfully Install Dreamweaver 8 on 64 Bit Windows 7

Dreamweaver 8 can run perfectly with 64 bit Windows 7. Just a few small changes to the basic installation, and a patch from Adobe, and 32 bit DW8 is stable. Dreamweaver 8 is one of the software applications considered not compatible, or only marginally compatible, with Windows 7 or 8 64 bit operating systems. When installing older apps on 64 bit Windows, it’s always a good idea to Google the installation of the app… Some users found Dreamweaver 8 runs on 64 bit Windows 7 without problems – more experienced intermittent crashes and other issues.

Consensus is Dreamweaver 8 needs the patch available from Adobe: Download from this link to work properly with Windows 7 64 bit.

Installing Dreamweaver

First off, install Dreamweaver. Taking a tip from the process required for Adobe CS2, I installed this to a different folder than the default one used by Windows 7 64 for 32 bit software. (CS2 needs installation in a compatible DOS named folder – i.e. with folder name length of 8 characters or less.) It’s probably not necessary to follow this step, but you  may as well do it this way now, and not find problems later on.

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Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials Under Microscope

Microsoft Security Essentials LogoA look at Microsoft Security Essentials, the free anti-virus application from Microsoft. Is Microsoft Security Essentials any good? Will it protect a Windows PC from most common threats? Can MSE compete with commercial security applications?

Over the next few months we will see.

Annoyed with Commercial AV Software.

I have become increasingly annoyed with commercial anti-virus applications. They have become overpriced, use too much system resources, interfere with other applications, or slow down internet access. Worse still, none of the apps are able to detect every virus or malware… An example is Trojan Generic 24, which seems to be only detected by AVG (but doesn’t stop or remove it). Trend Micro Titanium and Norton AV don’t find all versions of this dangerous trojan.

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Open Source Software Popularity

Open Source Becoming Mainstream

“Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process” (Open Source Initiative)

Considering a poll being conducted on eWEEKeurope open source software is gaining penetration with business users.

OpenSource Poll Results

OpenSource Poll Results

47% of respondents significantly favour open source applications, and a further 15% are trying it out.

Slightly more tha 63% of responders make use of OpenSource to some extent.

A further 8% state they might use it but are locked into propretory software.

Only 13% said they they do not trust it.

Operating Systems:

Refering to a Softpedia article, Linux makes up 40.6% of the operating systems in use, while Microsoft Windows still holds a narrowing lead of 57.5%

Open Source in South African Public Sector

As far back as 2003 open source software started gaining support at official levels in South Africa. In 2003 the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Indsustrial Research) Launched an project to assist in the development of open source in the region (

A number of Government departments today rely on opensource, including The Northern Cape Provincial Government, Department of Land Affairs, and SA Revenue Services (Linux and Oracle). Education also makes extensive use of open source applications for in-school computer learning programs.

Facebook and Twitter Opensource.

I wonder how many of the approximate 800 million Facebook users realise the worlds most used social media network is based on open source technology.

Then there are the more than 600 million users of Twitter, another major open source appplication. How many of the 13% who ‘do not trust’ open source are regular tweeters, and spend hours every week on Facebook?


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8ta 3G Modem Issue Resolved

Recurring problem with 8ta 3G Modem

I have previously enthused over the 3G service package from 8ta Telkom South Africa, but mentioned one problem with the modem or software in my 1st month use review.

“the application has a tendency to ‘freeze’. It shows it is connected, but other apps, e.g. browsers and mail clients cannot connect to the net. A manual disconnection just leaves the modem reporting it is disconnecting, and cannot be closed without using Task Manager to force a close”

At the time of posting the article I mentioned I suspected it was something to do with my system, not the modem or the software.

“This may be a purely local issue with the PC in use”

Finally got round to sort out a few things for myself that have been left for ages.

Huawei Modem Instability  fixed

Huawei E1820 3G Modem
Huawei E1820 3G Modem

The Huawei E1820 Modem software app was uninstalled, and the modem moved to a rear panel USB port, instead of the front panel port it had been plugged into initially…

Additionally, the no longer used modem drivers and software (for the previous Voda service modem) were removed from the system.

End result – modem has been completely stable now for 8 days – more than 100 hours of connection time.

Possibly the older Voda software drivers were causing the problem, more likely the Huawei E1820 prefers the USB2 port it now inhabits (the front panel ports are USB1). Better still, it is now connected to a USB cable, whereas when using the front port, it would only work plugged directly in to the socket – suspect a power availability issue there

A local system problem only

The conclusion must be drawn that the 8ta 3G modem problem was purely a local machine problem and not anything wrong with the hardware or software. The service remains in my view the best value mobile connectivity option available in South Africa at present.

Custom or Out of the Box

Choosing between custom or out of the box software applications can be confusing. Whether the choice is for an in-house software system or a content management system (CMS) for a website which is the better way to go.

Custom Applications

Custom application softwareCustom software has one advantage: It can be tailor-made to suit a set of exact requirements. Custom application developers may over-state the benefits of custom software – creating these custom apps are their livelihood. What may not be mentioned are the potential difficulties that may appear later… What happens if or when the application builder is no longer available to support the product?

Consider also the cost of developing custom applications. Developing, testing and debugging (fault-finding and fixing) software is time-consuming. any custom developer worth their salt will charge premium rates (be very wary of anyone offering to work well below established market rates – custom development is one of those areas where you get what you pay for). As the buyer of the custom app you will most likely bear the entire cost of this development. Read the rest of this entry

AVG Anti Virus almost useless

AVG Antivirus Review

AVG antivirus 2011It may seem late to write a review of an application (AVG 2011) that is already available for 2012. One thing is certain, I will not be purchasing AVG 2012…

I have used AVG 2011 since December 2010. It is fair to say I am not impressed. In less than a month, 127 viruses and 3 trojans horses slipped through the internet security features of the app one of which was serious.

So what use are the various built-in utilities; Online Shield, Link Scanner, Anti-Spyware then there’s another utility called Resident Shield…. None of these are worth having, sorry, I forgot, Online Shield did detect one instance of malware (another trojan horse) and stopped it before it installed itself!… not bad, 1 out of 130 – less than 1% effective…

Of note, only one of these bugs was new; the rest dating back as early as 2005/6 if not earlier.

Before I continue, I must give the application one very big plus.

A Big Plus for AVG 2011 AV Scanner

After reading the following comments one might find it strange I have something good to say about the application – I do:
It found the worst virus I have come across since MS Blaster – Trojan generic24.cgol. No, it did not stop the virus getting in – none of the AV apps appear to be doing so at the moment, but it FOUND IT when a full scan was performed, which from research conducted over the past several days, many of the competitors apps are not doing. It alos removed the basic virus file, even if the the residual and secondary infections needed manual removal – that is unfortunately often the case with the Trojan generic24 family of viruses.

Credit is given where due!

Hoewever, in general

AVG 2011 has been waste of money

I can accept a free application missing some bugs, or even a commercial release failing to stop a new virus or other malware, at least until the manufacturers catch up and provide the updates.

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