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Free Software July 25, 2011 posted by

Use DiskMark to benchmark your hard drive

When you install a new piece of hardware on your computer, how do you know that it runs any faster than the one it replaced? If its something like a graphics card, you can usually see obvious results when playing games. However, if you upgraded to a new hard drive, you’d have to analyze read and write times, which aren’t always easy to compare. What you need is a good benchmarking tool, which can give you a nice set of…


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Free Software July 22, 2011 posted by

Volume 2 gives you more control over your system volume

Volume can be a difficult thing to control. It’s time consuming and quite the hassle to meander through settings to try and adjust sound for different purposes. Volume 2 is a great way to have customizable sound control that is easily accessible to users. You can choose from a variety of volume sliders, and designate hot keys or use the mouse to control system volume. This program even has event schedulers that can be programmed to go off on start…


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Volume 2 gives you more control over your system volume
Free Software July 22, 2011 posted by

Snail Mail project transforms an email into a handwritten letter

It seems that we have lost some of the human touch with this uprising of technology. Our grandparents are always saying “I never hear from you” when it’s really just a matter of your grandparents not having an email, and you not having the patience to sit down and write a letter. Some wonderful people with a good heart have started a service called Snail Mail My Email. This service is completely free of charge, and is a very personal…


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Snail Mail project transforms an email into a handwritten letter
Awesome July 21, 2011 posted by

Use TunnelBear to access sites restricted to the US or UK

Have you ever been trying to browse a site, only to find out that you’re being blocked due to your geographic location? This can be a huge annoyance, as you can’t very well pack up and travel to another country just to look at a website. Sometimes it’s a YouTube video that has had restrictions placed on it, or perhaps you want to login to your Netflix account and watch a movie in another country. If you’ve ever ran into…


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Use TunnelBear to access sites restricted to the US or UK
Free Software July 20, 2011 posted by

Read PDF files on your Kindle using Kindle/PDF

Having an eReader can be a wonderful thing. You can potentially have access to thousands of books with just a few taps of your finger. However, if you already have some documents that you’d like to read, but aren’t in the right format, it can be something of a headache. One of the biggest pains can be trying to get your Kindle to read a PDF file. If you’ve ran into this issue, you might want to check out Kindle/PDF….


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Read PDF files on your Kindle using Kindle/PDF
but is it art? July 18, 2011 posted by

Nyan Cat spices up your Windows progress bars

Nothing is quite so dull as watching a progress bar on your computer. I tend to copy large files across to my file server, so I’m familiar with seeing this boring box. Fear not though, as there is now a way to make it a lot more interesting, or annoying, depending on how you look at it. The Nyan Cat Progress Bar is a Windows app that does one simple thing. It turns your progress bar into Nyan Cat, and…


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Nyan Cat spices up your Windows progress bars
diy July 15, 2011 posted by

Turn your laptop into a Chromium notebook

I was one of the fortunate people who received one of Google’s coveted Chrome OS notebooks late last year. It was really interesting to see how well an OS could function when it was essentially just a browser. Google has done a great job with it, though in the end, it wasn’t a good fit for me. If you want to test it out, but don’t want to drop the necessary cash on one of the new notebooks with the…


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Turn your laptop into a Chromium notebook
diy July 14, 2011 posted by

Automatically unlock your PC with a Bluetooth phone

Don’t you hate sitting down at your computer and having to enter a password just to log on? You’d think in this world of modern technology that we live in, such a thing wouldn’t be necessary. A computer should be able to recognize that the owner is present, and give them access automatically. The good news is that you can do this, so long as you have a Bluetooth-enabled phone. A piece of software called BTProximity can be configured to…


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Automatically unlock your PC with a Bluetooth phone
Free Software July 13, 2011 posted by

StumbleUpon releases new, more powerful iPad app

If you’ve ever visited StumbleUpon, you know just how much time you can lose to it. The appeal of finding new, seemingly random content with the click of a button is almost too much to resist. You find yourself saying “just one more click,” only to realize that one click turned into about fifty. This seems like the perfect thing to do with your iPad, however, it hasn’t exactly been the greatest success on Apple’s tablet. Thankfully StumbleUpon has redesigned…


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StumbleUpon releases new, more powerful iPad app
Free Software July 11, 2011 posted by

SMS Corrector turns text-speak into legible messages

It’s amazing to watch our language evolve these days. With the rise of instant messaging and texting, it seems that written communication has changed more rapidly and completely than at any other point in history. Granted, I’m no historian, so I could be way off. But just look at a text conversation between two teenagers, and you’ll understand what I mean. Even though I’m fairly well-versed in text-speak, some of them are still incomprehensible to me. I can’t imagine what…


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SMS Corrector turns text-speak into legible messages
Free Software July 8, 2011 posted by

Use MightyText to mirror your text messages on your PC

Have you ever been texting someone, and wished that you could also view the messages on your computer? This would make it easier to archive important information that was discussed, to copy down an address, or any number of other things. If you have an Android phone, it’s actually possible to do this very thing, using MightyText. This service allows you to send a copy of all texts to and from your phone to your computer. What’s more, is if…


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Use MightyText to mirror your text messages on your PC
Free Software July 7, 2011 posted by

Spotify announces US service

If you live in the US like I do, you’re probably not very familiar with Spotify. For those not in the know, Spotify is a music streaming service that is very popular in Europe. With a collection of over 13 million tracks to choose from, you can create playlists for your desktop, laptop, cell phone and just about any other device for free. So why the mention of this service? Well, it has just been announced that it will finally…


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Spotify announces US service
Free Software July 6, 2011 posted by

Instantbird – The open source IM client

I’m a huge fan of open source software. Aside from my operating system, I do try my best to go the open source route when I can. In fact, I’m writing this in Open Office, as I don’t see any benefit from buying Microsoft Office at an outrageous price. For my IM client, I’ve used Trillian for many years, but I’m now considering switching to Instantbird, an open source client that has just recently been released. Like many of the…


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Instantbird – The open source IM client
Free Software July 5, 2011 posted by

Use File Repair to freely repair corrupted files

How many times have you tried to open a very important document, only to find out that it is corrupted? If there is a backup of the file that you can easily retrieve, it generally isn’t a big deal. However, if it is the only one you posses, you can be in for a huge headache. Thankfully, there is software out there that can help you repair such files and recover your seemingly lost data. A piece of freeware simply…


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Use File Repair to freely repair corrupted files
Free Software July 4, 2011 posted by

Use HardlyWork.in to browse Facebook covertly at work

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I was behind the curve in even getting an account, mostly because despite my love of the internet, I really didn’t feel the need to be that connected to so many people. Unfortunately, I found that many people would rather simply post a status update than actually tell people about somewhat important events. Thus, I created an account, and spend more time than is necessary browsing the site. Thankfully, I can do it…


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