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Friday, February 25, 2011

Keriver 1 Click Restore Pro (1CRP) Review

Ive been hearing alot of Keriver lately and figured Id see what all the fuss is about. Im a person who likes to have a backup of every computer I have in case of emergency. I think its the number one key to fighting malware. Sure go ahead and get infected, it doesnt matter, just restore a clean snapshot and your golden. You dont have to bog your system down with real time antivirus software and antimalware software, you dont have to run a limited user account or run programs with restricted rights. All you need is a solid backup solution and thats where Keriver comes in.

I normally use Paragon Drive Backup Pro v10 on my gaming rig which is the same rig Im using Keriver on for this review. They are a little different in their functionality. Paragon is important incase of total hard drive failure where as Keriver is important for recovering single files or folders, but not an entire HD image.

One important feature of Keriver is that it literally is one click. There are no configurations to mess up. This makes it extremely appealing to your every day user who may not have the technical background to get into VSS and worrying about creating a 1:1 shot of your HD.

Another thing I notice right off the bat is that the GUI is very minimal with the option to open an advanced dialogue box which gives you a few options. You can name your snapshot or you can choose what type of snapshot to create (Baseline, Differential, or Incremental) and thats it.


The main screen of the 1 Click Restore Pro allows you a few more options. It offers the ability to lock snapshots from being deleted, schedule tasks so you dont have to worry about having one, an event log to diagnose any mishaps, a snapshot locations page showing the HD vitals of where the snapshots are located, and of course a tab with some settings that dont really fall under anything else.

 Another very cool feature is the recovery ISO image. It allows you to install it to a USB, CD, or even external hard drive so you can recover your laptops hard drives in the case of failure. Only issue is on top of the 90Mb Keriver download the ISO is another 90Mbs.

Over all its a very light and snappy program weighing in at 4.5Mbs versus Paragon's Launcher weighing in at 22Mbs just to start the program up.

Overall I like the program. Its not as fast at creating backups like some of the other players in the arena, but Id rather have stable and reliable rather than speed. The GUI is second to none. Ive never seen a backup solution like this with such a well organized and snappy GUI.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

[EXPIRED] Keriver Giveaway

I have arranged for a license giveaway for 6 Keriver licenses. 3 for Keriver 1 Click Restore Pro v2.2 and 3 for Keriver Image v5.1.

The rules are simple and are a requirement to be eligible for the give away. Once you meet the requirements your email will be put into a list and the list will be randomized. The top 6 will get the licenses. The first 3 will get the 1 Click Restore Pro and the second set of 3 will get the Keriver Image v5.1.

 The give away will end in two (2) weeks from now at 12PM (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time. The due date is March 10th, 2011 for you to finish the requirements.

The requirements are meant to weed out those who may use it and those who want/need something like this. If your going to stash the key away for months before trialing the program please dont waste my time.

Requirements:
1. Subscribe to the PC Babble RSS Feed via Feedburner or your favorite RSS reader
2. Write a 50 word review about your likes, dislikes, possible bugs you encountered, or suggestions
3. Reply to this post saying you have completed the requirements with a link to your review. Please be sure to fill out your email address so that I have it for the give away.

Good luck to all.

Monday, February 21, 2011

[ANDROID] Bloat Freezer Review

As mentioned in a previous post yesterday Ill be reviewing my first Android app. Up first on my chopping block is an app that can only be used on a "rooted" Android phone running Android v.1.6-2.3+. Its written by Trey Holland. An over view and product description can be seen here by clicking the link or using a QR Code reader on the following code:




The app looks identical to what is shown in the screenshots above. Its really that easy and straight forward. You open up Bloat Freezer, find the app you want to freeze, and click it. If its in a "defrosted" state it will ask you to freeze or cancel. If you want to defrost an application just click it and it will ask for a defrost or cancel.

The GUI is laid out and logical. The frozen apps are on a blue background with an ice cube where the application icon would be. The legend is at the bottom of the application so there is absolutely no confusion.

Ive compared this to Titanium Backup Pro and TiBackup seems to be the preferred application. However Ti is limited, it can not freeze Amazon MP3. Bloat Freezer can back up its claims and does infact freeze Amazon MP3.

An important part of any business is the customer service. I can say that the creator of Bloat Freezer also offers exceptional customer service. The program is built to send logs upon Force Closes to the creator so that the proper debugging can occur. The email response time is fast day or night. I emailed him at about midnight one night for this review and around 10AM the next morning for a glitch I was experiencing. Both times emails where sent promptly within about 10-15 minutes.

Dont worry the glitch Im referring to was my own fault. I accidentally froze an important app for what I was trying to do.

Alot of people are going to pick this apart, but to be honest this program is boarder line perfect. Its simple, light, fast, and intuitive. The only thing I would like to see is a backup mechanism.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

First Android Application Review Coming Soon!

Ive recently purchased my first Android based phone, the HTC Incredible. Its nothing short of Incredible especially after having it "rooted". I figured this blog is an appropriate place for Android security and application reviews as well so my first review will be coming up shortly.

Ill be reviewing Bloat Freezer by Trey Holland.

http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/tools/bloat-freezer-root_qfjk.html

Saturday, February 5, 2011

MouseLaunch v5.2 Review and Giveaway

MouseLaunch v5.2 is a desktop application launching program. Its being given away for the next 72 hours over at TipRadar:

http://www.tipradar.com/giveaway-mouselaunch-5-2-full-version-unlimited-downloads-for-72-hours.html

It basically functions as Rocketdock or any other docklet type program. Only difference is that it doesnt sit on your desktop at all times. It only appears when you call it by pushing the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously.

Here is the website and a list of features.

http://www.uinterface.com/mouselaunch/

MouseLaunch is a quickest program launcher that is activated by one mouse gesture. MouseLaunch uses a built-in unique technology of detecting both mouse button pressing and it enables the complete new user interface of using mouse and launching programs.
  • Quickest & intuitive launching
You can activate the launcher by holding down both mouse buttons at any location in Windows.
Once the launcher activated, move the mouse cursor a little to the registered program/file (eight-direction) and click to launch.
Once you experienced, it will takes less than 1 second for entire action.
After you launch a file, the launcher will be minimized automatically not to disturb your further operation.
  • Drag-and-Drop registration
MouseLaunch supports a drag-and-drop to register your favorite programs and files to the launcher panels.
You can drag and drop a file from desktop area, Start menu, Quick Launch area, Windows Explorer and even from the favorites of the Internet Explorer.
You can register up to 8 files for one section and change the location freely by right-clicking at the panel.
  • Multi-Section support MouseLaunch supports 3 sections - center, left, right and with SHIFT key combination, you can register/launch up to 48 files quickly.
  • Special Panels
MouseLaunch supports special panels - Emailer, Text Clipboard - that enable you to send email and copy multi-line text to the clipboard quickly.

Here is a brief overview of what I will talk about. You can see the different configurations and screens here along with some instruction from UInterface.com



 Upon installation it MouseLaunch asks you to log off and log back into your user account because it starts up via registry key in the HKLM CurrentVersion Run. This first thing you will want to do is right click the tray icon and go into the options. Heres a quick screen shot of my configuration.


 As I mentioned earlier you press the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously to bring up the configuration panel where you can setup the programs in each of the 8 locations. Again this is different than other docking applications. It gives you 3 panels to launch programs from so you have some type of sorting mechanism. In the center of the screen you will see a bar with a blue box in it and 2 blue arrows. That is the indicator for what tab your on. You can scroll through the tabs by clicking the left or the right mouse buttons. The left mouse button scrolls through to the left and the right scrolls through to the right. You can also scroll through the tabs by right clicking which box you want to go to or by scrolling the wheel on your mouse. Scrolling the wheel up will move to the right, scrolling down moves to the left. Pretty common sense.


If you right click in an empty box it brings up a drop down menu with 2 options. Option 1 is to setup an email. This option allows you to input an email address that you email frequently. It will auto fill the To: portion of an email you are sending. Option 2 is to setup an add text to clip board. You can type out text that you want added to the clip board so you can just paste it without having to work around the copy + paste right click or the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

The setup is fairly simple. You pick which tab you want to add programs to and you just go to your desktop or start menu and drop the icons to what order you want and proceed until your happy with each tabs configuration.

Once you have programs in the layout you have more options in your right click. You have the option to empty the square. You have a move to option which gives you a list of numbers 1 through 8. This allows you to specify what square you want the program moved to. Then you have connect with. This allows you to setup a chain of events. If you connect Audacity to Internet Explorer. When you open IE, Audacity will also open without having to click both items. Then you have remove connection which removes the connection or program launch triggering. Finally the properties which brings up the standard Windows Explorer properties dialogue box. If you hover over an icon that you have configured it will display the name in the bottom of the screen.


And then of course you have your right click tray icon menu options.

The options brings up the first screen shot from above.  The Open Data Folder opens up MouseLaunches application folder within the Windows Program Files. The rest is self explanatory.


And now on to actual usage and stability. Rocketdock on my laptop weighs in at 4.92Mbs running idle in the background. MouseLaunch weighs in at 10.11Mbs so very very light, but not the lightest for me. I have a total of 1.67Mbs installed on the hard drive which is basically nothing these days. Installation takes about 10-15 seconds and the uninstall is just as fast. Of course your mileage may vary.

Overall Im impressed with the program however the right + left click to bring it up is going to take some getting used to. Perhaps they could implement a hotkey function to call it rather than assuming every user is going to press both mouse buttons.