Soluto Now Fixes PC Crashes and Analyzes Browser Applications

I have used Soluto on my personal computer system for about nine months. The original version only dealt with applications that started in boot, which the user could delay or pause. Soluto analyzed your boot process and then provided a listing of applications that could be delayed or paused to speed up the boot process. The software was so innovative that TechCrunch gave the software founder its annual Disrupt award.

I was honored when I received an invitation to try two new additions that Soluto was adding to their already fine product. The features are PC crashes and how to fix them, plus browser applications that also could be delayed or paused. During the testing process we were asked not to write about the new features until they became public. Yesterday Soluto made the download available to all Soluto users in beta form, which includes the added features.

Notice I said in beta. The software is still in its testing phase and is dependent on users like you and me to test the software. In order for Soluto to be more effective, each phase requires input of data from your system to the Soluto servers in order to analyze and recommend solutions for all users. If you feel uncomfortable with this procedure, this software may not be for you. In my professional opinion you have nothing to be concerned about and I trust the folks at Soluto to only collect information that will improve their software.

The first new feature Soluto added helps to identify applications and toolbars that may be slowing down your browser. In addition, Soluto can identify those toolbars that can hijack your browser and prevent you from selecting your preferred search engine of choice. Soluto also finds add-ons that might be sucking the life out of your browser.

The second new feature is my favorite. It monitors system crashes and attempts to provide a solution for you. The crash report also makes suggestions as to what is causing the crash. If a solution is currently not available, and if a solution is found at a later date, you will be notified.

Take Soluto for a test drive and see what you think.

Order A Missed Call To Avoid Confrontation

There is a new service available called Slydial, that can bypass a cell number and go directly to the cell answering service. The service actually has some comical situations in which a person may wish to use Slydial, which is free and advertised supported.

All a person has to do is to follow these simple directions:

  1. Dial 267-SLYDIAL (267-759-3425) from any landline or mobile phone.
  2. At the voice prompt, enter the U.S. mobile phone number of the person you want to slydial.
  3. You will be directly connected to their voicemail. Leave them a voicemail, sit back and relax.

On their site Slydial uses some examples of when a person might want to place a sneak call:

Buy yourself some time.

You go to a week long convention for work in Las Vegas and blow $5,000 the first night at the roulette table. You need to call your wife and tell her why she should hold off on making the monthly mortgage payment. Her voicemail will be much more understanding than she will.

Appease your family.

Your Aunt June sent you a sweater for your birthday. You need to call her to thank her but you don’t want to listen to her go on and on about her recent hip replacement. Instead just leave her an appreciative voicemail that she can share with her bridge club.

Just tell your side of the story.

You just partied hard last night and going to work is just not on your radar today. You dread having to call your boss and answering any awkward questions he may have. Instead just leave him a simple voicemail letting him know that you won’t be coming into work today.

These are just some of the examples when Slydial may come in handy. I am sure we can all think of other useful situations in which Slydial my be a blessing. :-)

Comments welcome.


AVG 8 – More Helpful Information

I received this from reader Merna [under comments here]  and checked out the links provided. I believe for those who are having issues with AVG 8 this site may be helpful. I will also be doing a second part covering additional information. Thanks Merna.


Thank you for your numerous recent articles about AVG 7.5 and 8.0 (free and paid). For in-depth reports and comments your readers might like to try the following links. I found the two April ones in early May when researching for two discussion groups and just rechecked them for additional readers’ comments before posting here.

On the recheck I found there had been an earlier one in March (when the writer was a beta tester) and there has been a fourth one since. I would suggest reading all of them before trying anything as the later articles and/or readers’ comments contain answers/solutions to some of the problems and/or questions in the earlier ones.

I appreciated the thoroughness of Claus Valca’s posts about AVG and his readers’ comments. (And I think I’ll be having a good look around to see what else he has to say.) My husband is using XP and has upgraded his free AVG to 8.0. I am still using 98SE and free AVG 7.5.


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An alternate link (to the one you have previously provided) for the AVG Free 8.0 manual is at .


I read some of what has been posted at the links above, and found it very useful. I would recommend if you are having issues with AVG 8 you read what Claus has stated and also the comments which have been made. Between his site, my site here and the forums, users should find enough information to assist them in getting AVG 8 working. OR, make a decision to wait for a later release.

Comments welcome.

Check To See If Your Computer Is A Botnet

It is estimated that millions of computer system around the world are being used to attack other systems. These Botnets as they are called, are usually not detected by the average user. To this end, TrenMicro has a RUBotted program that you can use to determine if you are part of the problem or not. On their site it states:

Malicious software called Bots can secretly take control of computers and make them participate in networks called “Botnets.” These networks can harness massive computing power and Internet bandwidth to relay spam, attack web servers, infect more computers, and perform other illicit activities.

Security experts believe that millions of computers have already joined Botnets without the knowledge of their owners. By using remotely-controlled computers, the criminals in charge of the Botnets try to remain anonymous and elude authorities seeking to prosecute them.

RUBotted monitors your computer for suspicious activities and regularly checks with an online service to identify behavior associated with Bots. Upon discovering a potential infection, RUBotted prompts you to scan and clean your computer.

The download is only 4.9MB. I took RUBotted for a spin and in a matter of seconds it confirmed my system wasn’t one of the systems infected. RUBotted is another of those useful tools to add to your toolbox. Oh yes, it’s free. Since it is from Trend Micro you can also trust the product.

Comments welcome.

RUbotted can be found here.

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How to Become a Beta Tester

What is a beta tester? First of all, beta software is ‘test’ software that a software manufacturer offers to those who are interested in trying its latest wares. The software may then be offered for testing to either the public, as in Symantec’s latest offering for testers, about which I have already posted in a past issue – see link here or by invitation. Once you have signed up and have been accepted, you then become a ‘beta tester.’

You will then be sent a link by the software manufacturer that normally will have an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) for you to accept, which requires that you may not disclose certain aspects of the program, and also a link to download the software for testing.

So what is then required of the tester?

1. Naturally the software manufacturer would like for you to install its test software on your computer system. Warning! If possible, I would recommend that you use a computer that you normally would not use in your daily activities or rely on for business purposes.

2. You will then provide what the software manufacturers calls ‘bug reports.’ This is where some testers fail. ‘Bug reports’ should be concise and of value to those who have written the program. To submit a ‘bug report’ such as ‘it didn’t work’ offers very little value. Be concise with your report so that the software folks can duplicate the problem and try and fix it before the final release.

3. Be an active tester. Use the beta software as much as possible. Look for updates and patches that may be offered during the testing period. Also some software companies may offer testing forums in which you can participate in feedback.

By sending in good ‘bug reports’ and becoming active in the company’s software testing forums, you will increase your chances of being invited again to test other beta software.

What’s in it for you? Sometimes nothing is offered except the satisfaction in knowing you helped in creating a better software product. Sometimes the software manufacturers may offer free software to those testers who have provided useful and helpful feedback.

Enjoy, and happy computing!

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Sites to Help You Do Stuff

If we can have Freeware Fridays, then why can’t we also have a little bit of Wednesday Link Love? In preparing for another small video project, I had to sign up for a handful of video upload accounts that I didn’t previously have. Of course, if you missed the fun – it’s all still here (with 60 comments and growing). Where did I go for the impending video battle royale?

So, stay tuned for the ultimate assembly and presentation – although some of you may have already figured it out. This time, as you can see, I let my holiday spirit come shining through! Now, let’s say you’ve never recorded a video in your life – and you don’t care about sharing your wacky antics with the rest of the galaxy. I’ve got a few more links you might love:

Every single one of these sites is quite bookmark-worthy – for different reasons. You never know when one of these Web tools is going to come in handy. So, if you liked this link roundup, I’ll have to deliver at least ten more useful links to you this time next week – assuming, of course, that my impending move across town goes smoothly (and then I’m getting married next Saturday).

[tags]productivity, getting things done, gtd, useful[/tags]