Category Archives: Computing

Free PDF Creator

Ever wanted to convert your documents into PDFs but found that Adobe Acrobat costs an arm and a leg? Well here’s just the thing PDFCreator, it’s opensource so it’s free and it works a treat.

” PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application.”

OpenDNS: Makes your Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable

as-salamu ‘alaykum,

I have been using OpenDNS for some time now and I must say it is excellent. They say:

“We make your Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. It’s free, and there’s nothing to download.”

One of the major benefits of using OpenDNS to handle your DNS lookups is that adult sites are blocked. You can set the granularity of the filter if you register with them but by default, if you use their DNS servers, you get filtering by default.

Just add:

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

as your nameservers (preferably on your router) or on your PC.

Check out OpenDNS http://www.opendns.org for more details.

wa’as-salam

Mas’ud
www.masud.co.uk

Apple or Microsoft? OS X or Windows?

as-salamu ‘alaykum,Having now had an Apple PowerBook G4 for 5 months now, I had visions of throwing out my PeeCee. Well so far I haven’t thrown it out and don’t think that I will. Being from a Unix background I love OS X, it is inherently much much more stable and secure than Windoze will ever be and I can’t imagine having to reinstall OS X because the kernel (similar to the Windblows registry, but far far more stable!) is corrupted because I just installed something.

Being someone who tinkers around with a website or two, I inevitably use Dreamweaver and Fireworks and these are much better on Wincrows than on OS X. I prefer Photoshop on the OS X than on the PC and I do enjoy using my Mac even though I grudgingly concede that the XP interface is easier to navigate around.

So there you have it OS X is far superior to Windows in terms of security and stability but Windows is easier to get around.

wa’as-salam

Mas’ud
www.masud.co.uk