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Linux: Lightweight Portable Security (LPS-Public) is a bootable live CD designed by the Department of Defense so that government employees can access data from a public computer without worrying about security violations. Booting from a CD and executing from system RAM, the lightweight Linux distro should be safe from spyware or viruses, and since the LPS-Public does not mount to the hard drive of the host computer no trace of work activity is logged. LPS-Public includes features designed to allow productive use of the Internet and CAC- or PIV-restricted Government websites from home or while traveling. LPS-Public comes preconfigured with a smart card-enabled Firefox web browser with Java and Flash support, Encryption Wizard-Public, a PDF viewer, a file browser, remote desktop software (Citrix, Microsoft or VMware View), SSH client, and the ability to use USB flash drives.
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Installing Mac apps is pretty simple, but getting rid of them and all the files they create isn't always so easy. Fortunately there are plenty of uninstallers to help with the task, and our favorite is AppCleaner thanks to its simple operation, intelligent feature set, and $0 price tag. Drag-and-drop app deletion Very small footprint Also uninstalls widgets, plug-ins, and other stragglers You can specify apps to be protected from deletion SmartDelete feature will notice apps in the trash and offer to delete their other leftover files Automatically updates itself My default, AppDelete automatically protects apps you have open and were installed alongside Mac OS X (but you can turn that off) AppCleaner is a very simple app, and considering what it does it ought to be. All you have to do is pick and app you don't want anymore, drag it on to AppCleaner's window, and it'll find relevant files you also need to get rid of.
Windows 7: FileSearchEx is a freeware utility for Windows 7 that searches through files faster than the default Windows search. Modeled after the Windows XP search, it features a simple, familiar interface and a variety of search filters. Once installed, you can search for files within any folder and order your results by the details you see in the screenshot above, making it easy to search through millions of items.
There are a couple of reasons you might want to take a screenshot (a.k.a., screen capture or screen grab) of your desktop or an application window. One of the most common is to send the image to tech support to show a problem you're experiencing. Whatever your motive, here's how to take a screenshot on both Windows and Mac. Take a Screenshot on Windows Look for the Print Screen key on your keyboard, which might be labeled PrtScn .
Windows: Auslogics BenchTown is a simple and free benchmarking tool that tests your system's hardware and gives you a rating score that you can compare with others. BenchTown checks your CPU, RAM, HDD, and graphics card (2D and 3D capabilities), and provides scores for each. You can also get a detailed view of these system properties in the program. The benchmark test took less than 5 minutes for me and was easy to use in the simple interface (much like Auslogics' fast Disk Defrag , one of Lifehacker readers' favorite Windows maintenance tools ).