Thursday, February 16, 2012

Resources Used by Free Anti-Virus

I've been a long time subscriber of Fred Langa's Windows Secrets newsletter. Recently I highlighted his article on Crapware. I also just described my experiences with Microsoft Security Essentials v4.

In an article in the current edition of the Windows Secrets newsletter, Fred applied the process he used in the Crapware analysis to the resources required of the various free anti-virus solutions. Fred comprehensively analyzed 6 free anti-virus tools for their impact on startup time, shutdown time, RAM footprint, and disk space.

There was no runaway leader. Microsoft Security Essentials didn't win nor lose any of the measures but was always respectable. Clamwin had more wins than anyone else.

I'm not sure there's enough difference among the leaders to make anyone switch from one to the other. To me the most interesting part was Fred's process using Oracle's VirtualBox.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Dropbox Beta

I never closed the circle with my previous discussion of Microsoft's Live Mesh. As Microsoft continued their migration of FolderSync to Sync to Live Mesh to Live Sync I gave up and moved to Dropbox. At the same time I was moving from BlackBerrys to Android. Dropbox is deeply integrated into Android and related apps.

With my Android I was always interested in passively uploading my photos to Dropbox. There have been several apps that have taken various approaches to this, e.g. DropSync and Syncly. None of them were seamless and DropSync cost $6.

This week Dropbox has opened the Beta testing program for their "experimental" version. You can get the PC version here and the Android version here. UPDATE: Android version is here.

Both platforms support automatic upload of photos and videos. I installed the Android version on my Captivate.

Here is the Settings screen where you enable "Camera Upload."

When you select "Camera Upload" here is the detail setting screen.

You can set Dropbox to only upload via Wi-Fi and whether to upload existing photos or videos.

Here is the "Upload" screen with uploads in progress.

RIP DropSync.

PS. A serendipitous benefit is that when you use this "experimental" version to automatically upload photos or videos on any platform, for every 500MB that you upload, Dropbox adds 500MB to your Dropbox quota permanently. Kinda like getting your cake and eating it too.