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99 of the best Windows freeware programs you may not know of - StumbleUpon Because of the popularity of my previous article on Help Desk Geek entitled 99 ways to make your computer blazingly fast, I’ve decided to write another list post with 99 items, but this time on Windows freeware programs that you may have not heard of. If you search for “best freeware programs” or “top freeware apps”, you’ll get lots of lists, but mostly with programs everyone has already heard of: AVG anti-virus, 7-zip, Firefox, OpenOffice, etc, etc. That’s all nice and fine, but what about all those little gems programs that work great, but don’t get all the headlines? In this article, I will try my best to mention as many small name freeware programs as I can that can help make you more productive! As usual, I write for both Help Desk Geek and for Online Tech Tips, so I will be linking to old posts throughout if I’ve written about it or else I will link out to the main website for the program. These are written in no particular order! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Improve Your Google Search Skills [Infographic] Don’t limit yourself to just plugging in simple search terms to Google; check out this infographic and learn a search string search or two. You don’t need to limit yourself to searching just for simple strings; Google supports all manner of handy search tricks. If you want to search just’s archive of XBMC articles, for example, you can plug in XBMC to search our site. Get More Out of Google [HackCollege via Mashable] Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to.

In Pictures: Online computer tutorials based on pictures. Free. Essential Life Lesson #1: Over is Right, Under is Wrong & Current Configuration As part of our ongoing effort here at Current Configuration to make your life not only better, but also 10% more crunchy, we’re offering you this first installment of what will be an ongoing series of Essential Life Lessons. Kicking off this series will be a critical but even-handed examination of a common misunderstanding that occurs in a realm of many misunderstandings: the bathroom. Put simply, there is a right way to hang the toilet paper, and a wrong way. Toilet paper has a natural curve, a way of being that lends itself to certain orientations on the toilet paper spool.* If handled with skill and knowledge, it can provide an abundance of both sanitation and comfort, quilted together in each square of pillowy ply. Below are examples of the helpful and fruitful over-hung method on the left and the annoying and detrimental under-hung method on the right. Notice the dramatic difference in the amount of visible toilet paper. Wasted paper, frustration, the destruction of our forests.

Save All Around by Powering Your Computer Down Experts discuss the costs of powering your computer down vs. leaving it in standby mode. Having to boot up your computer each time you want to use it can be inconvenient, but keeping it in sleep mode may not be the best alternative. The sleep mode on your computer is designed to keep the machine on while drawing a small amount of power. This only costs about $50 more per year on your electric bill, which seems low, but the true cost of leaving it in this mode may actually be higher. According to our experts, you shouldn't leave your computer on standby if you're going to be away for more than an hour. Turning your computer on and off won't cause damage. So, when it comes to your computer, be mindful of letting it sleep for too long and power down instead.

Life-Changing Books: Your Picks We asked our readers what books made the biggest difference in their lives, and here’s what they had to say. The list below tells you what books shaped their lives and why. 1984 – George Orwell 1984 “was the first book I actually enjoyed reading. A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson “Wow this book is incredible. Ariel – Sylvia Plath “After reading through these suggestions, I realized there’s a big hole: Poetry! Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut “This book reignited the pilot light of my imagination like no other book had done in quite awhile. Crooked Cucumber – The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki “Although I am not practicing Zen (yet), this book is like my Bible in that I plan to always read over it and reflect upon the messages therein. Disturbing the Peace – Vaclav Havel “I read it as a junior in high school, picked up on the bargain pile at a B. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer Great Expectations – Charles Dickens Hiroshima – John Hersey –“Epic.

Tutorials « Categories In this surreal manipulation tutorial I will show you how to create a cute hedgehog made of a dandelion. Read more In this abstract photoshop manipulation tutorial you will learn how to create a simple yet nice abstract artwork using only 3 stock images. In this raw photo editing tutorial I will show you how I edited a RAW photo I took in Dublin in 2015 using Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance it. Learn how to create sun rays in Photoshop using gradients and blend modes and make them look realistic with adjustments. In this quick Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to change the luminosity of colors selectively without affecting their saturation. In this simple photoshop cc tutorial I will show you how to recreate a windshield and create reflections in Photoshop. In this video I will show you how to make a cinematic ambient light effect in Photoshop by creating beams/rays of light In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple yet impressive movie poster in Photoshop CC.

The Best New Features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 Photoshop CS6 has some great new features that designers are sure to love. Upgrading from CS4 or CS5 is simple and straightforward, and the new tools are intuitive, practical, and extremely helpful for a wide variety of design purposes. Adobe put a lot of time and effort into their newest iteration of Photoshop. As a result, there are hundreds of improvements. Rather than trying to list every single one of them, here are a few of the most noteworthy additions in Photoshop CS6. Content Aware Move This is one of the most impressive additions to Photoshop CS6. Once you have made your selection, make sure that the Content Aware Move Tool is selected, and simply move your selection wherever you want it. The New Blur Filters Field Blur Field Blur is an excellent filter for giving your photos a realistic blurred look. It doesn’t take much, since I only set the blur effect to 15px to get the result shown above. Iris Blur Iris Blur adds a blur to every part of your image, except for a focal point.

[Giz explica] Por que sua senha é ruim A única pessoa que você pode confiar sua senha de forma segura é você mesmo. E, sendo bem sincero, você provavelmente não está fazendo o bastante para deixá-la segura mesmo. As razões: sua sopa de letras, números e símbolos provavelmente já está espalhada em diversos sites, não é longa o bastante e provavelmente não é muito pessoal. A maioria de nossas senhas é ruim demais. E isso é um problema bem grande. O ponto que você precisa entender é que a maior ameaça à sua segurança não é algum maluco parado na frente da sua tela de e-mail, colocando senhas aleatórias em busca da sua conta. E a configuração necessária para desmembrar senhas fracas não é nada complexa ou especial. Ah, e um aviso: escrever com números no lugar de letras, como se você fosse super hacker das interwebs, não manterá sua senha segura. Uma vez que uma senha fraca tenha sido descoberta, não é só aquela conta num site qualquer que se dará mal. Ok, então no resumo tudo isso é ruim para todo mundo. Veja mais sobre

Hot Wire Your Car From Wired How-To Wiki Nine times out of ten, the term "hot-wire" summons images of car theft. Of course, anyone who's been stranded in a hostile environment without their car keys knows better. Here's the trick to getting your vehicle moving again. This article is a wiki. What you'll need Proof of ownership of the vehicle Slotted screwdriver Wire stripper Insulated gloves Try the screwdriver It's not pretty, but a screwdriver can save you some trouble. If you're considering hot-wiring your car, chances are you're already in dire straits. No such luck? Remove the ignition cover Be careful not to do permanent damage when removing the cover. Before continuing, be sure to exercise extreme caution. The first step is to gain access to the wiring. Identify the battery and starter wires Consult your vehicle's manual to get the correct wire color code. You'll typically see three pairs of wires running into the back of the cylinder. Here's where it gets tricky. Strip and connect the power wires