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Restoring Desktop Icon Positions

Friday, November 19th, 2010

There’s little more frustrating to a computer user, than finding your icons scrambled all over the desktop. In addition, if your desktop is full of icons, you can imagine how annoying it would be to arrange them manually.

This problem usually occurs when you change your computer’s resolution. Changing the resolution, either manually or when installing drivers for your video card, can sometimes change the order and… Continue reading

Everything Search Engine

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We recently ran a tip called Free Stuff, where I provided a partial list of the best free software installed in my computer, and readers were invited to suggest their own favorite freeware. You were not shy, and we received many good recommendations. Thank you. Several of the suggestions had already been covered in earlier tips, but some were new to me and worked… Continue reading

100% Free Chess

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

100% Free Chess is just what the name says. Utilizing a simple, intuitive interface, it includes several free chess games, along with helpful tutorials for those of us who need all the help we can get.

Let me begin by saying that there will be no mention here of the outcome of the test games I played. I suspected that this wasn’t my… Continue reading

Free Stuff

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The other day, I was reading online comments about software from an unhappy user. I have the same software installed in my computer, and it does what I need it to do, so I wasn’t particularly concerned with the specific issues described by the writer. What occurred to me though was that this software is free, and that fact was overlooked. I don’t have a problem with that omission, but… Continue reading

WinUtilities Free Edition

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I’m always looking for new products that will clean junk from my computer. As a result, after repeatedly installing new junk removing software, more junk accumulates. While I have kept, and still use, several other utilities, none seem to clean as thoroughly as WinUtilities. Most maintenance software misses or ignores certain items, including WinUtilities, but this one seems to find and correct more problems than any of the others. It… Continue reading

File Renamer Basic

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Writing download tips provides numerous opportunities to test new software. However, for many of the tips, I just download, test, and uninstall. This might be because the product doesn’t suit my needs, or it merely duplicates software I’m already using. Once in a while though, I run across something I’ll keep. File Renamer Basic is one of those. It shares a feature with another product I recently reviewed… Continue reading

123 Free Solitaire

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

If you like solitaire and if you like free, you’ll like 123 Free Solitaire. It’s 12 free games, beautifully displayed, and can be downloaded here. Once you’ve arrived at the site, just click the Download Now button.

The download and installation is easy and straightforward. However, you may want to postpone the installation until you have… Continue reading

jetAudio Basic Media Player

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

If you’re looking for a new digital media player, capable of ripping and burning CDs, along with most other features generally found in quality media players, jetAudio Basic may be for you. In addition to a full range of features, you might also find the price appealing…free.

jetAudio can be installed on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and supports mp3, wma, avi, along with many… Continue reading

Save Windows Updates

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Austin asks :
Is there a way to back-up Windows updates (in my case, for Windows XP) to a CD, so if I ever have to format and re-install, I don’t have to re-download everything?

Windows updates is a service by Microsoft which helps you to install the latest Windows components, hotfixes, security fixes, software upgrades e.g. Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer and so on. Security… Continue reading

Kindle For PC

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

If you’ve visited Amazon.com recently, you’ve probably noticed advertisements for its new ‘e-reader’, the Kindle. An e-reader is a physical device that displays e-books and other information on its screen for your enjoyment. Kindle ‘e-books’ are often cheaper than their physical equivalents, and are usually ‘delivered’ in under 60 seconds. The only problem is that the Kindle costs upwards of $250! For those on a tighter budget, Amazon offers some… Continue reading

WorkRave

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

How much time do you spent in front of Your PC everyday? All of us do, whether it’s Facebook-ing or paying our bills. Very conveniently, most of us choose to ignore the ill effects of so much ‘computing’. Though we see pamphlets at our workplace and ergonomic products in shops, most people simply don’t pay enough attention to RSI and eye strain warnings.

Repetitive Strain… Continue reading

Alanna S. Asks:
I tend to save a lot of websites to my Favorites folder. I looked today and there are tons that are out of date. How can I get rid of my old Favorites without having to go through every single one?

Hi, Alanna! I, too, save lots of websites (too many!) in my Favorites folder (they are technically

AVG Anti Virus: Better than the Rest?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Carl J from Palm Desert, CA asks:
Can you recommend a good virus protection program? I realize Norton and McAfee slow down my computer, but there has to be some real good ones out there that don’t do this.

Good question! First some info on Anti-Virus programs:

An Antivirus program is one of the most essential software applications any computer user must install… Continue reading

Jane Asks: In Windows Media Player, is it possible to print a playlist? If so, how?

A: You would think it would be easy to print a simple playlist from Windows Media Player. Unfortunately, it isn’t. It’s a shame you have to go so out of your way to do something that should be easy, but as with many things, it takes more work and time than it should

What’s included with Open Office

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Since we regularly discuss OpenOffice and why you might want to use it, today I thought that it might be a good idea to go over what comes with your free OpenOffice download.

Once you’ve run the setup wizard and launched OpenOffice, you should bump into this:

From this

One of my favorite parts of Windows Vista Ultimate edition is Dreamscene – the ability to use a video from your PC as your Windows wallpaper. The drawback is that it only supports .wmv and .mpg formats. This makes it difficult to use videos from the internet, as most of these are in .flv format.

To the rescue comes the Video Download Helper add-on for… Continue reading

Wallpaper Master

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Have you ever wanted to change your desktop wallpaper, but had trouble choosing between different images?

Wallpaper Master is a free program that will cycle through a series of desktop wallpapers saved on your computer at periodic intervals. All you have to do is select which images you want it to cycle through and it will regularly change your desktop wallpaper after a period of… Continue reading

Control Your PC Faster

Monday, May 24th, 2010

We live in the Digital Era. We have fast cars, fast food and fast computers. Since their conception 30 years ago, the performance of personal computers has skyrocketed. In fact, they are so fast that we are actually slowing them down.

Despite all this speed, not much has changed in the way we interact with our personal computers. We still use a keyboard for commands… Continue reading

Free Alternatives to Windows Programs

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

New substitutes for built-in Windows programs have been popping up all over the place. The alternatives listed below can sometimes be more useful or simply more fun. We all need a little change once in a while, right?

Replacements for Wordpad include…
* OpenOffice – a Java based office suite that is perfect for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases, and more. It allows… Continue reading

Playon

Monday, May 17th, 2010

I like movies, but had mixed reactions when Netflix first introduced its instant streaming capability. Like I say… I like movies, but I’d really much rather watch them on my 42″ HDTV than my 20″ computer monitor.

But then, like a gift from the Gods, came Playon. http://www.playon.tv/index.php

Playon is an easy to load, easy to use program… Continue reading

Time Tracking Software

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Time management is key to efficiency, which is why we need ways to track our efficiency at home or at work. We feel more accomplished after a busy and engaging day. Here is where time tracking software is becoming more popular, so you can measure your performance through the day. Listed below are some of the more effective ones:

Paid Time Tracking Software

FEBE for Firefox Backup

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Are you a die hard Firefox fan? Do you love using Firefox add-ons and can’t imagine surfing the internet without them? There are a lot of add-ons for Firefox, and some of them are quite useful too, but the problem comes when you want to use the same set of add-ons in multiple computers.

Here’s an example: You have two computers – one at your office and… Continue reading

GFI Backup

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

There are many services and software that allow you to backup your computer files, however the majority of these programs are usually not free and can be quite costly. Fortunately, GFI Backup Utility isn’t like that, because it allows you to backup your entire computer for free! The following information shows how to backup your files with GFI.

Step 1: Download GFI Backup Utility

Tune Up

Friday, April 16th, 2010

If you take a look through your iTunes music collection, you are bound to see more than a few songs that are misspelled, missing artist or album information, missing cover art, or my personal least favorite: a bunch of songs named Track 01, Track 02 and so on. These often come from downloading music off the Internet that doesn’t have the complete track information, or from

GridMove

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

GridMove is a windows utility that neatens up your desktop, even across multiple monitors. One program occupying the entire screen consumes more pixels. Even when you are multitasking, ALT+TABs can be saved by making multiple Windows get the display at the same time. This utility lets you to snap a window to a visual grid on your desktop.

Predefined Templates:
GridMove has number… Continue reading

TweetDeck

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010


TweetDeck is a program many are unaware of that saves time when updating your status messages on multiple social networking websites. It allows you to post up to a 140 character status message to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn all at the exact same time. You simply type your status message, select all three of them at the top to send to and hit enter… Continue reading

FreeRip Mp3 Ripper 3.3

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The FreeRip MP3 software is a utility that can easily be used in order to extract the audio files from music CDs to your computer in an efficient way. It functions reasonably fast on all types of operating systems, projects an uncomplicated interface packed with some useful options and also features easy to reach settings that work flawlessly.

After downloading and installing the program onto… Continue reading

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