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Windows has hundreds of thousands of programs. Because of this great volume and lack of a central store, software discovery (aka finding new and useful programs) is extremely difficult. With our Windows Software of the Day initiative, dotTech aims to …Read More »
A lot of people want to know how to program but don’t know where to start. It’s a complicated and confusing topic, and there are hundreds of guides teaching dozens of languages. However, a new company called Codecademy has taken …Read More »
Microsoft releases Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Try out Windows 8 for free, without that pesky “release” label
This morning at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Essentially a “Beta”, this release is intended to let Windows users see if Windows 8 is right for them. But what’s new in Windows …Read More »
Early alpha of Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” now available for HP Touchpad, courtesy of the CyanogenMod Team
Do you have a Touchpad and find that webOS is somewhat… lacking? It looks great, and has some amazing user interface ideas, but it App Catalog is sparse and has very few apps in it. With webOS being officially cancelled, …Read More »
Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”: A beautiful Android optimized for both tablets and phones [dotTech Analysis]
Android 4.0, recently made available for the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus S, and a few other devices, is Google’s answer to the criticisms that Android has previously fetched. It features a new visual style, better user experience, and several new …Read More »
Have you ever looked at the YouTube interface and thought, “this could use a face lift”? Or perhaps you thought, “a download link and some fancy drop shadows would be nice”. Well, then, let me introduce you to Youtubian.
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Create new Google Docs documents from your desktop by adding Google Docs to the right-click context menu
The cloud is the future of tomorrow. Today Google announced Google Chrome OS and the Chrome Web Store, so now more than ever before the cloud is on everybody’s mind. The cloud, being the cloud, mainly operates through the web …Read More »
What is that and where’d the taskbar go? That’s Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Netbook Edition, a free operating system designed for small-screen netbooks. Why’d anyone ever want it? Let’s find out!
That’s the “home screen”. Basically, it’s the single place that …Read More »
Having a slow computer can be annoying. A lot of the time, your computer is slow because it is running low on RAM. RAM comes in sizes from 32MB to 8GB in the consumer range, and nowadays generally costs under …Read More »
Every time I open a new tab in Firefox, I’m greeted with about:blank. As far as creative names go, the name of this page is not very creative because it is just that – blank:
For most of us this …Read More »
Have you ever taken a look at your desktop and wondered if it could look any worse?
Lets just say I am familiar with the issue. (OK, the above picture is faked, but still… it doesn’t reach my minimum standards!) …Read More »
Controlling other people’s computers from far away sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Well it’s not. Teamviewer is a great–and free–application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that makes screensharing a snap (and two numbers). I needed to help a friend …Read More »
Want a Galaxy Nexus, Google’s latest and greatest flagship smartphone? Good news! Google will be giving away 10 of the devices over the next 10 days, and all it takes is to solve a challenge to win one.
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Update: Mousepath is now known as IOGraph. Please read the article on IOGraph for more information.
Have you ever wondered where your cursor goes? Mouthpath is a small Java application that helps you quench your curiosity: it makes a little …Read More »
Not to be confused with virtual process machines, virtual machines are, as Wikipedia puts it, “a software implementation of a machine (i.e. a computer) that executes programs like a physical machine”. They’re operating systems like Windows or Linux inside a …Read More »
Ever been just using your computer, and suddenly a message pops up saying you need more disk space?
Don’t fret, we’ve all got it at least once! However, this is no need to run out and buy a new hard …Read More »
Sometimes hard drives croak. Maybe you’re writing an essay and your computer catches fire. Perhaps you deleted that file that you needed by accident and now you don’t have it. If you did not make external and/or offsite backups, you …Read More »
Spam, n: a subset of spam that involves nearly identical messages sent to… blah blah blah. We all know what spam is. We all know if we were to publicly display our e-mail addresses, spambots may pick up on it …Read More »
Need to browse two sites at once? Need to split the screen 50-50? Try TwoBrowse, a free HTML page developed by myself and Caleb Stein. TwoBrowse is based on the QuickBrowser source code and is a great way to look …Read More »
Update: This promotion is now over. Looks like TuneUp pulled the promotion very quickly. Sorry to those that missed it!
If you’re a regular on dotTech, you know that we’ve featured TuneUp Utilities many, many times before. We’ve shown you …Read More »
Lost your Windows and/or Microsoft Office license key? Use WinKeyFinder to recover them and store them safely encrypted
Do you know your Windows license key? What about your Microsoft Office license key? No? Bummer – what would happen if your computer crashed? Sure, most computers have little stickers on the side that display the Windows license key on …Read More »
Are you happy with your computer? Are there certain tweaks you could use to make it better? There are several programs you can try. Although CCleaner and the like immediately step into mind, there are good, lesser known pieces of …Read More »
While the animated GIF file that you see on the right is certainly pretty funny, what if we want it as a favicon? Or maybe as a giant, huge picture? Resizing an animated GIF is not as easy as resizing, …Read More »
Windows is a great operating system, but want to know just how green the grass is on the other side? Try Wubi, a Ubuntu installer for Windows.
The cool thing about Wubi is it installs Ubuntu like a program onto …Read More »
Have unusual hardware? Do you spend hours hunting down drivers for your computer every time you do a reinstall? Go right to enjoying your new installation with Double Driver, a free piece of software that lets you back up, restore, …Read More »
One of the worst parts of bundled software is that the vast majority of people don’t actually read installers as they go by, they simply click NEXT NEXT NEXT NEXT. This means downloader’s computers get filled to the brim with …Read More »
Now that you’ve gotten either Windows or Ubuntu – or both – installed in VirtualBox it’s time to go further. This article – the second in the series on virtual machines – will teach you how to restoring virtual machines, …Read More »
Does your phone still sound like this? Make your phone more interesting, more yours with a customized ringtone. Making a ringtone with Audacity is surprisingly easy and allows for a lot of control.
Image Credit: Wikipedia…
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gImageReader: Open source, Google-powered OCR (optical character recognition) program that actually works
Optical character recognition is one of a few types of technology meant to make our lives easier. The only problem is, to take advantage of this convenience, one typically has to shell out a lot of cash: Good OCR programs …Read More »
Says Wondershare about their ultimate video converter Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate:
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Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is an all-in-one DVD & Video converter tool and DVD burner for assisting you to convert videos/audios among formats like AVI, WMV, MP4,
Updated 6/29 with a better script.
As part of Google’s newest, most social redesign yet, the search engine giant has decided to go for a whole new color scheme, one of whites, reds, greys and blacks, as apposed to their …Read More »
PDF to Word conversions are tough to get accurate. Investintech has taken their own shot at the game and come up with Able2Doc, which they describe as this:
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Able2Doc 6.0 performs fast and accurate conversions to MS Word
Did you just drop that DVD?! You’ll never be able to see that movie ever again! And it was a good movie, Pirates of the Carribean, not Pirates of the Carribean 4 or whatever it’s called. …Read More »
How big is your hard drive? 500GB? 250GB? 120GB? No matter how big or small it is, it always seems like you’re about to fill it. Wise Disk Cleaner Pro can help, however:
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Wise Disk Cleaner Professional is
It’s something everybody does, and it’s something everybody gets annoyed by: lost or broken DVDs. However, there are pieces of software written to back up DVDs so this doesn’t matter, such as Digiarty’s MacX DVD Ripper Pro:
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