Tips ‘n Tricks »
Here you will find tips, tricks, and guides on various different topics, but mainly focused on computers.
Pick up and move to another computer easily: virtualize your current PC (individual partitions or whole disks)
Virtualization, or virtual machines, are very cool. For those that don’t know what I mean, here is a quick run down: Virtualization technology allows a user to “run an OS in an OS”; in other words, for example, you can have Windows XP 32-bit installed on your computer and run a virtualized version of Windows Vista 64-bit on top of that.…Read More »
Most of us know, or have heard about, Unlocker. On the other hand relative few of us have heard of LockHunter. Yet, both are excellent “file unlockers”. So, which one is better to have, and why it is better? Lets find out.…Read More »
Just great. 20,000 Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and other e-mail service provider users also hit by phishing scam.
Yesterday I posted about how 10,000+ Hotmail accounts were caught in a wide-spread phishing scam. Today, according to the BBC, “20,000 more names and passwords that have been posted online.” However, this time the e-mail accounts not just limited to Hotmail (@hotmail.com, @msn.com, and @live.com) accounts.…Read More »
Do you have a Hotmail (@hotmail.com, @msn.com, or @live.com) e-mail address? Refresh your password now! 10,000+ Hotmail accounts got hacked.
Apparently an “anonymous user” posted the login credentials (username and password) of over 10,000 Hotmail accounts on PasteBin.com. Hotmail accounts include @hotmail.com, @msn.com, and @live.com e-mails.
Microsoft, which has confirmed the story, says this is likely the result of a wide spread phishing scam.…Read More »
How to: easily create [autorun] menus for external media (USB/flash drive, CD/DVD, external hard drive, etc.)
We have all used DVDs before so we are all familiar with the “DVD menu” that appears at the beginning of every DVD and allows the user to navigate to specific parts of the DVD, change settings, or just play the DVD from the beginning.…Read More »
We all know Firefox is the great web browser of all times. One of the key pillars of Firefox is the idea of “profiles”. You see you may not know it, but when you run Firefox for the first time, Firefox creates a “default” profile for you.…Read More »
For the past couple of days I have been working on an article about a freeware program which allows you to assign hotkeys to literally any task (launch a program, file, folder, website, etc.). The publishing of that article has stalled because I am having minor difficulties getting it to work properly on Win7; I did (do) plan on testing it on my XP machine later today and finishing my article.…Read More »
A couple of days ago I made a post asking dotTechies if a dotTech sponsored URL shortening service would be welcome with open arms. For the most part the response was in the negative, but the comment which struck me the most, was by Kev93; he reminded me the dangers of URL shortening.…Read More »
In light of my recent post on questionable ethics by Comodo, Emrys, an avid dotTechie, reminded me of a software that helps you quickly and easily analyze EULAs (End User License Agreement – the thing you “accept” or “agree to” before you install a program).…Read More »
Comodo is a popular name in the software business. Comodo provides multiple free, and excellent, products for home users including, but not limited to, the award winning Comodo Firewall (now bundled with Comodo Internet Security). Comodo has also recently become a big name in multiple front-page controversies including the issuance of its SSL security certificates to known malware distributors/scam websites and a row with Softpedia over the inclusion of a third party toolbar in their software.…Read More »
New v6 of PC Tools Firewall Plus adds in 64-bit and Win7 support and makes Firewall Plus #1 best free firewall in terms of protection
My post on how to create your own security software suite for free is one of the most popular posts on dotTech [.org]; I am sure many of you are familiar with it (if not you really should met her him it).…Read More »
Leave the paper, pencil, canvas, and paintbrush behind: digitally draw or paint with SmoothDraw (now freeware)
I am one of those people who use more of their left side of the brain than the right. However even I can recognize a really cool, and useful, art-creating tool when I see one. SmoothDraw is one of these tools; SmoothDraw aims to bring artists into the digital age by providing them the tools to paint or draw right on their computer instead of the traditional canvas or paper:
SmoothDraw has many tools to help you create your very own masterpiece including but not limited to “many kinds of brushes (pen, pencil, dry media, airbrush, bristle brush, image hose, etc.), retouch tools, layers, image adjustment, and many effects…”.…Read More »
Back in August I wrote an article about Partition Wizard, one of the only free partition management software which supports 64-bit users and businesses. In my article I stated the only major caveat I noticed with Partition Wizard is the lack of a bootable CD.…Read More »
New Ashampoo ClipFinder version (HD v2.01) is out with new features and a new look; be sure to update/upgrade.
For those who don’t know what ClipFinder is please refer back to my original post to read up on it.
Ever since I posted about Ashampoo ClipFinder (v1.55) back in February, it has been one of the most visited Tips ‘n Tricks article.…Read More »
Be sure to check out dotTech’s review on Best Free Clipboard Manager for Windows!
At one time or another everyone of us has copied something then copied another thing (effectively overwriting the former copy) without remembering we already had important data copied (a few obscene and censored words usually follow after the fact).…Read More »
I have never really been a fan of memory optimization programs. The reason for this is most of the memory optimization programs I have come across actually make your computer slower(as opposed to faster) because of the way they are designed to work and the lack of effectiveness.…Read More »
Perfect Utilities is an excellent freeware system maintenance/optimization software… because it is a copy of WinUtilities!
UPDATE2: It seems like the developer of Perfect Utilities is no longer providing it freeware. Anyone that tries to download Perfect Utilities will get WinUtilities ($49.95)!
UPDATE1 – WARNING: Since I reviewed Perfect Utilities, the developer has made update to the software.…Read More »
I just posted about how one can attain a 90 day trial of Windows 7 Enterprise to see if you really want to purchase Win7 or not. In the post I mentioned to install Windows 7 Enterprise you will need to put the .ISO you download on a DVD or on a bootable USB.…Read More »
Here is an interesting utility for us insane multitaskers out there. WizMouse is a software which allows you to scroll a window without making it active. You simply have to place your mouse over the inactive window you want to scroll and use your scroll wheel to scroll.…Read More »
Update: DiskDigger is no longer freeware. It now costs $15.
Ever had an “oh crap did I seriously delete that file” moment? Sometimes it is as easy as looking in the recycle bin and recover your posture. However for other times (which seem to happen more often than the former) when you cannot just restore the file from recycle bin, programs like DiskDigger become handy:
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DiskDigger can recover files from any type of media that your computer can read.
Free and feature filled Partition Wizard one-ups the competition by supporting 64-bit users and businesses (in addition to the norm home user)
When I think of partition management three five big names come to mind: GParted (Linux based), EASEUS, Norton, Acronis, and Paragon. GParted and EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition of course being free while Norton, Acronis, and Paragon focusing more on commercial tools.…Read More »
Windows Movie Maker has been the go-to software for quick and basic movie editing needs for a long time. Being bundled with Windows, everyone had easy access to it making it convenient. With the coming of Windows 7, Microsoft found it fitting to give Windows Movie Maker a make over.…Read More »
So far ways to get Windows 7, official release version not Beta, for cheap have included the pre-order for $50/$100 (now expired) and the purchase of the 3 license Home Edition family pack for $150. I am about to tell you about two more ways to get Windows 7 for extremely cheap (as little as $16) or even get it for free.…Read More »
Many dotTechies know about WinX DVD Ripper because it was given out on Giveaway of the Day sometime ago. However it seems now the developer of WinX DVD Ripper has made it freeware…
…and has added a new “Platinum” edition which you can pay $25 to upgrade to.…Read More »
Okay first up let me say I question the developer’s judgment of including the word “pimp” in the name of his/her website. However the name aside, PimpTheFace is a free web service that allows you to create very “artisty” looking human faces very easily.…Read More »
Bing.com to double cashback starting August 10, 2009 for a limited time – if you need to buy online, buy now!
***This is for USA residents only. Sorry rest of the world!***
By a raise of hands how many dotTechies know of Microsoft sponsored Bing.com Cashback (formerly known as Live.com Cashback)? I learned of this cashback program last year (figured most people know about it so no use creating an article on it) and have been using it to save money while buying online (mostly eBay) for a while.…Read More »
Opera Turbo: surf the web at blazing speeds on a slow internet connection and on your smartphone (faster than an iPhone 3GS!)
Okay some of you may know this but some may not but I recently got a new phone. So with new technology comes new territory so I have been getting into Windows Mobile stuff lately.
Ever since I got my phone I have been jealous of my friend’s iPhone 3GS’s (comparatively) fast web surfing.…Read More »
Cut, copy, and paste (any combination of the three) has got to be one of the most widely used commands in Windows… ever. Come on… who here has never used any of the three before (please raise your hand so I can slap some sense into you)?…Read More »
UPDATE 9/24/09: There is a new version of Ashampoo Burning Studio out (Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010). Please visit http://dottech.org/freebies/10072 for more information.
Long time ago in a glaxy far, far away Naboo was under an attack I posted about how to get Ashampoo Burning Studio 2009 for free.…Read More »
Back in April I posted about an article on free alternatives to Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost. The programs I posted about are excellent programs for those who need the basic image backing up capabilities and would rather not pay for it.…Read More »
I bet everyone here has at least one @hotmail.com or @gmail.com or @yahoo.com or @aol.com or [insert generic email address here].com email – I know I do (although I am making the move away from generic email addresses to more customized ones).…Read More »
Old search box:
New search box:
Huzzah! Personally the new larger search box feels odd to me. What do you guys think?
[via Official Google Blog]…Read More »
NetDrive is a small program developed by Solution Box, Inc. It allows you to mount an FTP or WebDav server as a networked drive. For instance, when you upload files to a web site (if you have one) then you can just open up the My Computer window and open up your site. …Read More »
As most of you know I recently changed web hosts for dotTech. In the process of changing web hosts, all my emails were left at the old web host with copies in Outlook on my computer. Now this got me a little worried because now I have no access to my old web host so if anything happens to my computer I lose all my emails (important emails at that).…Read More »
I ran across Shortwave about a week ago and have been debating with myself ever since then how I am going to write about it. Is it bookmark or is it a plugin? What should I call it? How do I explain what it does?…Read More »