NirSoft's RegScanner is a lightweight, portable tool that searches the Windows registry for specific values, displaying its findings in a simple list view that lets you quickly access specific results. You can view the properties of registry values, open items in their containing folder, or double-click items to open them directly in the Windows Registry Editor (RegEdit). RegScanner is easy to use, even for beginners, but our usual caution about changing things in the registry applies to RegScanner since it's perfectly capable of deleting keys as well as copying, saving, and exporting them. We recommend utmost caution when … Read more
Printers are suffering the same fate as hardcover books -- which is not only good for the environment but maybe for your state of mind.
In a research note titled "Dead-tree format is dying," Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore illustrated the decline of paper-spewing printers with plenty of stats (see graph below).
June quarter results for printer suppliers were "particularly weak as Canon, Epson, Lexmark and Xerox all missed expectations," according to Whitmore.
Canon, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, and Lexmark over the past 10 quarters show combined supplies and hardware revenues declining about 6 percent year-over-year in the … Read more
Let's be real: paper isn't going anywhere. Just yesterday I needed to print my tickets to the local airshow. And last week I had to scan some signed forms to send to corporate.
In other words, every home and home office needs a good multifunction printer. And, preferably, an inexpensive one.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, OfficeMax has the Brother MFC-J430W multifunction printer for $49.99 shipped (plus sales tax in most states).
Actually, to score free shipping, you need to spend at least $50 -- so you're a penny short. Might I suggest … Read more
The glamor days of great meals on airplanes, no luggage limits, and easy boarding at airports are long gone. Those Pan Am dreams have disappeared into a maze of airline money-saving efforts and increasingly personal TSA security checks.
Ever since the TSA rolled out its revealing body scanners, we've been in the midst of a contentious privacy versus security debate. … Read more
Some big stories in Thursday's tech highlights, but stick around for the Olympic LOLs:
Google Wallet now lets users pay with any major credit or debit card. But you still have to have one of the few Sprint devices with NFC to use the service. That's because Verzion, AT&T and T-Mobile rather have you wait for the competing service they invested in, called Isis. But don't hold your breath waiting for Isis.
I've been flying a lot lately and it's become harder to find security lines that don't have nude body scanners.
They seem to be proliferating like Zuckerbergs at Google.
Worse, they become ever more spectacularly demeaning, as people take up a submissive pose -- like bending over at the proctologist's -- and hope it will be over quickly.
One assumes that all the powers that were, be, and are were happy with these things.
It appears not. For the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is grousing that the TSA … Read more
Hackers are like unruly sailors on liberty when it comes to open ports: You can't keep them out, and they leave disaster in their wake. Protecting your ports is essential to keeping your system safe, and that starts with knowledge of your system's ports and whether they're Wide Open or Closed for the Duration. Free Port Scanner is just the tool for the job. This simple freeware from Network Security Audit Software (Nsasoft) thoroughly scans and tests your system's ports. It can reveal vulnerable access points so you can take action to close them to attackers.… Read more
If you're thinking of getting rid of all that nasty paper clutter in your life, Fujitsu makes some of the better document scanners, including the new ScanSnap S1300i, which is compatible with both Windows and Mac PCs. It's available now for $295 list.
A while back I reviewed Fujitsu's bigger and more expensive S1500 and gave it high marks. Fujitsu touts this compact, relatively lightweight model (it weighs 3.1 pounds) as 1.5 times faster than its predecessor, the S1300 -- you can scan up to 12 double-sided color pages per minute -- and talks up … Read more
We may be heading toward a paperless society, but we're not there yet. Everyone needs the occasional printed page, photocopy, and/or document scan.
But why spend big bucks for something you need only occasionally? If you have modest print/scan/copy needs, today's deal was tailor-made for you.
For a limited time, Staples has the Canon Pixma MG4120 all-in-one printer for $59.99 shipped (plus sales tax where applicable). It lists for $129.99 and sells elsewhere for around $80.
The Pixma packs an amazing feature set into its compact, 6 x 12 x 17.7-inch shell. … Read more
Scanbox, created by Australian design company Limemouse, works as a miniature studio in a box perfect for scanning documents (up to A4 size), receipts, 3D objects, or even a page from a book.
At first glance, the $15 Scanbox may appear like some sort of strange geometric shape, but the peculiar design optimizes lighting conditions for the perfect shot. It only takes a few moments to set up the device, as the user simply aligns a few high-strength magnets built into the box.
A stencil of a smartphone with a square hole sits on top so that the user knows exactly where to place the camera lens every time. When the photo shoot ends, the Scanbox folds back up into a flat shape for easy transportation. … Read more