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It may turn out to be true after all that the best things in life are free. Certainly when it comes to software and services designed to make your PC faster, more fun, and easier to use, there's no shortage of amazing freebies. Whether you're looking to speed up boot times, block malware and viruses, manage your media, or work smarter from the road, we've got you covered.
Anyone who uses Microsoft Office will agree on two things: It's a powerful collection of applications, and it needs improvements. Here are six programs that bring Office a lot closer to what it should be. The first three work across multiple Office applications, improving the much-loved--and much-hated--ribbon-based interface. The other three are application-specific, giving Outlook, Word, and Excel additional capabilities that Microsoft either didn't think of or didn't bother with. For links to these downloads all in one convenient place, see our "Six Downloads to Improve Microsoft Office" collection . User Interface Improvements
UPDATED: 03:26 GMT, 12 December 2010 WikiLeaks' publication of 250,000 diplomatic cables and the impact it has had on governments was the subject of my column last week. I took the view that governments would react with an attempt to regulate the internet. There has been an interesting debate on the MailOnline website, with some agreeing with my argument, while others took a liberal and pro-internet line.
News December 8, 2010 07:12 AM ET Computerworld - Massive network attacks and other punitive actions taken against WikiLeaks over the past few days only appear to have made the site and its contents far more resilient to takedown attempts, a security researcher said. In the 10 days since WikiLeaks began releasing classified cables from the U.S Department of State, wikileaks.org was hit with massive denial of service attacks , the termination of its its domain hosting service , the loss of Amazon.com as a host , and the loss of PayPal, MasterCard and Visa Europe services. Yet, in what's becoming an interesting case study in Internet resilience, WikiLeaks not only continues to serve up its controversial content, it appears to have bolstered its ability to do so, said James Cowie, chief technology officer at Renesys, an Internet monitoring firm.
The Windows registry is a mysterious place , but if you're comfortable editing it, you have the power to tweak nearly every Windows setting you can imagine. Here are 10 of our favorite registry tweaks that make life easier. All of these hacks work in Windows 7, even if not labeled as such. Many may work in Vista or earlier versions of Windows, but varies, so be sure to read up more on the tweak before you go meddling in Vista's registry. And, of course, be sure to make a backup of your registry before you start hacking away. 10.
Would you like to easily access all of your Google accounts without using multiple browsers or special addons? Here’s how you can use the new Google Multiple Sign-in feature to quickly access all your accounts. Google services permeate most of our online lives, and many of us end up using multiple Google accounts for different projects. You may have a personal Gmail account, a specialized one for your website, and another for using on public forums and comments. Before, the only way to access all the accounts would be to use multiple browsers or to use special extensions to sign in to multiple accounts at the same time . Now Google has made it easy to link all of your Google accounts so you can access them directly in the same browser.
Just got started using BitTorrent and want it to download torrents faster? With some easy configuration, you can use your bandwidth to its utmost potential, even if you don’t have fat pipes at home. This is the fifth article in our series explaining BitTorrent—be sure and check out our beginner’s guide , how to create your own torrents , protecting your privacy , and how to privately share large files with your friends . Image by The Planet
Back in January I wrote a Hassle-Free PC aimed at novice users, " Raise Your Windows IQ: Advice for Newbies ." Given the questions I've been seeing in my inbox, I think it's time to revisit that series, to help Windows novices master more of the basics many of us take for granted. For example, sharing: I have a family member who, bless her heart, reads a lot of what I post online and often wants to share my articles with friends (thanks, Mom!).
With an ever-growing number of distractions that are fighting for your attention throughout the day, it’s more important than ever to be as productive as possible when you’re actually on the job.
Your PC is under attack on all fronts.
In response to a recent Hassle-Free PC that described quickly determining which version of Windows you have , a reader asked the following question about his system: "Microsoft Windows XP, Media Center Edition, Version 2002, Service Pack 3: Is this the 32-bit or 64-bit variety?"
Think you know tech? If you don't have a handle on every single one of these 15 tech facts, habits, and efficiency tricks, you're not living up to your potential. 1.
If malware were biological, the world would be in the grip of the worst pandemic in history. In 2009, more than 25 million different unique malware programs were identified, more than all the malware programs ever created in all previous years (see the annual report from Panda Labs ). That's a pretty incredible statistic. Malicious programs now outnumber legitimate ones by many orders of magnitude. The world's largest cloud computing user? Not Microsoft, not Google, not Amazon.com.
Editor's note: The following corrections have been made to this article: We should have said that the HP OfficeJet Pro 8000 Wireless inkjet printer has just one standard input tray and that the cost of the OKI C610dtn color printer is $799. Also, one product mentioned, the Lexmark Prestige Pro805, has been discontinued. PCWorld regrets the errors. Printers are money pits: You pay for the machine, and then you keep on paying more for the ink or toner it needs to produce your documents. With some lower-end models, your first set of replacement consumables may cost almost as much as the printer itself. But you don’t have to crack into your 401(k) just to run your printer.
If today's economy has left you in need of more cash, consider this emerging trend: Millions are using the Internet -- and a minimal amount of time -- to bring home extra bacon. Whether delving into e-commerce or selling ad space on a blog, Internet sellers often benefit from a rock-bottom initial investment, the convenience of working wherever and whenever they please, and the freedom of being their own boss. However, before you quit your day job, it's important to consider the potential pitfalls of selling on the Internet. These include startup time, extenuating costs and stiff competition. "There are a lot of people trying to do the same thing," says Robert Spector, author of the book "Amazon.com: Get Big Fast," a book covering the history and development of the Web giant. "What's going to differentiate the book I get from you versus the book I get from your competitor?"