Do you want to reduce the size of your images? Maybe you want to send pictures to someone, and you need to reduce the size to make them easier to send. Or maybe you are limited on disk space. Well, to do that, you can always compress the images. The [...]Read More »
[Windows] ToolWiz Care comes with more than 50 built-in utilities to help you clean, optimize, and manage your PC
There are a lot of “cleaning” or “optimization” programs out there for your computer. Most of them claim to find tons of things wrong with your computer, fix a few, and then tell you to pay to fix the rest. That is not the case with ToolWiz Care. This [...]Read More »
Microsoft bought Skype last year. As you have noticed, since that time Microsoft has been trying to integrate the VoIP juggernaut into existing Microsoft services. The latest casualty of the Skype purchase? Windows Live Messenger, or MSN Messenger as it was formerly known for a very long time.
Sourcing “several [...]Read More »
[Windows 8] How to change size of tiles, turn off live tiles, remove tiles, rearrange tiles, and group tiles on the Start screen
Windows 8 comes with the new Start screen which is designed for best use with touch screen. How about desktop users? If you’re having a mouse and still confuse in how to use Start screen effectively, this article will show you some tips to master it. You can actually even [...]Read More »
Most tech pundits have given a negative outlook to Windows 8, primarily due to its touch-optimized interface on keyboard and mouse PCs. Great, we know how techies feel about Windows 8. How about real people? Yeah, yeah, we have already seen some reactions from “normal people” when prompted to use [...]Read More »
Ever wanted to check your monitor for dead pixels? Well, you can with Dead Pixel Checker. This is an extremely small Windows program that will help you spot all of the dead pixels on your screen, or lack thereof if you suspect a dead pixel and aren’t sure.[...]Read More »
I don’t know about you, but when I get on the computer I lose track of time. I get into whatever it is I’m looking at, and before I know it hours are gone. Needless to say, I don’t always give my eyes the rest that they need. Not because [...]Read More »
Java, Flash, and iTunes are in the “top 10 vulnerabilities” list — Microsoft products are nowhere to be found
Kaspersky Labs, a digital security firm, releases a quarterly “IT Threat Evolution” report. For the Q3 2012 report, one section provides information as to what programs have the most widely spread vulnerabilities. I’m sure you can guess some but may be surprised by others.
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[Windows] PDFill PDF Tools is an excellent tool that allows you to edit PDFs — merge, split, encrypt, rotate, crop, add watermark, and much more
Working with PDF files can be a pain if you don’t have the right tools. Sure, there are a lot of programs out there that can view PDF files, but changing them is a different story. On top of that, most of the free programs that allow you to change [...]Read More »
One of the many advantages of third-party file managers for Windows is tabbed browsing. If you don’t want to completely switch from Windows Explorer to a third-party file manager but still want tabbed browsing, now you can get tabbed browsing in Windows Explorer with QTTabbar.[...]
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Despite the availability of internet connections with unlimited bandwidth, a sizable section of internet users opt for a connection that has limited bandwidth and a major worry for such users would be taking care that they do not exceed their bandwidth limit. With the average internet user playing online games, [...]Read More »
Looking for a program that is like Notepad but a little bit more robust? Well, DoctPad is just what you need. This is a free alternative to Notepad and performs all the same functions but offers more time-saving tools as well.
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Have you ever wanted to see your face on the body of a celebrity? What about put pictures of your friends and family in different natural environments? Well now you can do this quickly and easily with Funny Photo Maker for Windows.[...]
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Are you looking forward to mailing a large file but the upload speed is just freaking your mind out? Or do you have multiple files and you want to archive them together? Or maybe you have downloaded a ZIP or RAR file and you want to unextract it? Well, if [...]Read More »
Have you ever needed to break up a large file into smaller, more manageable pieces? If so, then WinSlice is a utility that can help you out. Not only can it break programs and files into smaller pieces, but it can also re-assemble them into an exact duplicate of the [...]Read More »
Fake e-mail from “Microsoft Windows 8 Team” claims to give you free Windows 8 but is actually a phishing attack
We have seen many e-mail scams, ranging from e-mails that try to steal your information to e-mails that try to infect your computer with malware. In particular one fake e-mail was particularly clever because it used the cover of a real Microsoft e-mail to infect your computer. Now there is [...]Read More »
Popular image editors, though complicated programs, do provide a number of great features for editing image. While professional photographers or graphic designers find such programs to be very useful, there are not so great for casual users as casual users have to spend considerable time to learn how the program [...]Read More »
Have you ever wanted to run your favorite applications on any computer without having to install them? Get sick of updating programs to make sure you have the latest version? Then let Spoon do all of the hard work for you. Now, you can run all the desktop apps you [...]Read More »
Context menu, or the right click menu, is useful in improving the access to commonly used programs. It helps you to do things like launch programs faster, for example open up an image in image editor, such as Paint or Photoshop, or scan a file with your anti-virus program. However, [...]Read More »
In the world of internet security, one can never be too safe. One great way to protect yourself against hackers is to use a good firewall. Windows Firewall can get the job done for most people, but if you’re looking for beefier protection, you may need something a little stronger. [...]Read More »
[Windows] SmartPower will automatically shutdown or hibernate your PC after completion of a download or task
Those who like to keep their computers on during the night downloading files as they sleep face a problem: when they wake up, they (typically) find that the computer has completed downloading the file a long time back and has stayed on doing nothing during the night, thus wasting both [...]Read More »
We all make mistakes, it is part of being human. At some point I am sure we have all deleted something we wish we could get back, or our computer crashed and we lost something important. It is moments like this that we wish we could magically recover these files. [...]Read More »
I’m looking for a Windows enthusiast to cover Windows 8 for dotTech. The responsibilities for this position will be to cover Windows 8 software and apps, and tips and tricks. This is a paid position.
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Windows 8 officially launched yesterday, Friday October 26. With so many monetary discounts provided by Microsoft for those that upgrade, I’m sure curious as to how many dotTechies have already upgraded or plan on upgrading. So, if you will, please cast your vote in the poll below and leave a [...]Read More »
Skype has become a popular mode of communication between family, friends, and business associates. The application makes use of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) through which users can talk with their contacts. With Skype being very user friendly, it is the preferred mode of communication by many people. However one [...]Read More »
Have you ever wanted an easy way to share your videos, pictures and documents with family and friends? Well, now with Droplr you can. This is a service that is well-known for Mac and iOS, but many people are not aware that they have an app for Windows as well.[...]Read More »
Often when your computer is infected with malware, you will find that it has made changes to your browser settings. These may range from comparatively harmless changes to your homepage or search engine to more serious threats such as installations of plugins that may be used to spy on your [...]Read More »
WinPatrol is an excellent program that many dotTechies, including myself, are big fans of. If you have been using the freeware WinPatrol, this is your chance to upgrade to WinPatrol Plus for less than a dollar.
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Do you have trouble visualizing what a 2D layout will look like in real life? If so, then Sweet Home 3D might be just what you need. The overall idea is pretty simple, but the results can be extremely helpful for someone who needs help visualizing a room in 3D.[...]Read More »
There has been a lot of Windows 8 hate lately. How about some Windows 8 love? No, I don’t mean the kind coming from Bill Gates but rather the kind coming from the average Joe. …The average 3 year old Joe, that is.
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We all love to take pictures, but let’s face it — we don’t always take the best shots. Often, and by often I mean 11 out of 10 times, photos come out blurry or fuzzy due to motion. The good news is you no longer have to trash these pictures [...]Read More »
While there is no lack of free video converters that can convert videos into multiple formats, almost all of them require you to configure the output before they can start converting the video. For those who are not interested in such detailed configuration of their converted videos and would like [...]Read More »
Had enough Windows 8 hate to digest? Too bad, ’cause here comes more.
Jakob Nielsen, a user interface expert at Nielsen Norman Group who has been working with user interfaces for years, conducted a test with people on Windows 8. What did he find? He found people have “a lot [...]Read More »
[Windows] Zotero is a very useful tool that helps you cite and organize research sources, and it now comes with a Standalone version
Efficient organization of sources can prove to be a major help when conducting research, be it academic or scientific. Maintaining an organized list of sources can go a long way in lessening the workload. Zotero is an excellent researching program that can help you in this task.[...]
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Do you love to read comics and mangas on your computer? Do you know what .CBZ and .CBR files are? If you said yes to any of these questions, then, chances are, ComicRack is a program for you. Basically, if you have a growing collection of comics on your computer [...]Read More »