Archive for ‘Applications

Recovering pictures from a damaged memory card

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You (and virtually everyone else that uses a computer) know that if your hard drive crashes, there is a good possibility of not being able to access the data on that drive afterward. That’s why you need a backup. There’s another place where important data might be stored: your digital camera. What would […] Read more »

Unique screensaver

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Your screensaver might show you random pictures from your My Pictures folder – that’s pretty common. The disadvantage to that is you are seeing the same pictures over and over. What if you could see different pictures every time your screensaver kicked in? Random pictures from OTHER people? That is what you […] Read more »

Minimize your wasted website time

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Are you addicted to a particular website? Do you find yourself spending too much time at Facebook? Ebay? Digg? You can force yourself to fix that problem. Go to www.KeepMeOut.com and enter the website address. Then enter a certain time interval, such as 60 minutes. Bookmark the KeepMeOut alias, and only […] Read more »

Get rid of Facebook’s nonsense "quizzes"

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I have written about Facebook before. It’s a great place to connect with friends, and you will also meet up with people you knew years ago. I find it interesting to see how much people have changed over the years. Facebook recently changed its layout to a really annoying format. The newsfeed […] Read more »

Open that unrecognized file

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There has probably been a time when someone has sent you a file, and when you tried to open it, you were unable to do so. There are a variety of reasons that this might happen. In most cases, it is because the file was created with a particular program and you don’t […] Read more »

Free alternative to Microsoft Office

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What is the most common format for a computer-created text document? Naturally, it is .doc. When you see a filename that ends with .doc, you know that it was created with Microsoft Word, and you will need to use Word in order to read or edit it. Well, not really. A growing number […] Read more »

AVG antivirus – nobody’s perfect

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For several years, I have used and recommended AVG Anti-virus (my review of the latest version, and why you need it, is here). It uses much less of your system’s resources than Norton, and it does a very good job of detecting and removing viruses and spyware. Even the best make mistakes sometimes. […] Read more »

EULA analyzer

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Just about anyone who has used a computer has seen a window like this while installing some software: That is called an EULA, or End User License Agreement. Most people just blindly click “I Accept” or “I Agree” and go ahead with the installation. I must confess I do this too, if […] Read more »

Disable automated Adobe Reader updates

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It’s a question that is continually asked by computer users everywhere: why does Adobe Reader need to be so big and have to get all those updates, when it’s only task is to open PDF files? It always seems that those Adobe updates come at the most inconvenient time – right when you are in […] Read more »

Windows XP extended

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For those of you that love Windows XP (and who doesn’t), the popular Windows operating system will be around for a while longer. A while back, Microsoft had issued a decree to retailers that they had to stop selling copies of XP. But, there was a little loophole that allowed a customer purchasing a […] Read more »