[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 electricity and money.…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.
If you are interested, please send an e-mail to admin [at] dottech [dot] org with the subject of “I Want To Write About Windows 8“.…Read More »
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 nice (or mean) comment below to let us all know!…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.…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 activity or change the browser’s security settings to make your computer more vulnerable to future attacks.…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.
For roughly the next 24-hours (this sale ends Friday October 26 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time), WinPatrol Plus is on sale for just $0.99.…Read More »
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.…Read More »
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 thanks to SmartDeblur.…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 to speed up the conversion process, EasyBrake is the tool to use.…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?…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.…Read More »
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 and you need a better way to read and organize them, ComicRack can help.…Read More »
If you are happy with the default Windows interface, then Rainmeter is not for you. However, for those of you who like to customize your Windows experience, Rainmeter may just be what you are looking for. Rainmeter makes it easy to not only to change the way Windows looks but it also offers a number of helpful additional functionality.…Read More »
Some ex-executives are not shy about criticizing the company they founded. Is Bill Gates one such person? Well, for one, he isn’t an ex — he is still chairman of Microsoft. For two, in regards to the original question, I don’t know.…Read More »
The built-in Image Viewer in Windows is a very basic image manager, providing very few feature that are basically limited to opening, rotating, or deleting images or setting an image as the desktop background. For those who want to do more with their images, third-party applications such as Phototheca can be useful tools.…Read More »
[Windows] FileMind is a good file manager for those who want to avoid complicated programs yet still quickly find files and folders
There are a number of free file management programs available that improve upon native Windows Explorer functionality. However majority of the programs come with a large number of options that can be confusing for novice users. For those who want a simple way to manager their files but are not happy with Windows Explorer, FileMind is an effective option.…Read More »
Updating all of your drivers, or installing missing ones, is often time consuming and annoying. It is possible to do it yourself, but a little help goes a long way. That is where DriverMax comes in. This is a free utility that you can use to not only update the drivers on your computer but also to restore missing drivers as well.…Read More »
[Windows] Share your printer with family and friends over the internet with PrinterShare (no need to be on the same network)
When connected to the same local network, it is very easy to share one printer with multiple computers an devices. However, there an issue arises when you want to share a printer with someone who isn’t on the same LAN as you.…Read More »
Marc Benioff is the CEO of Salesforce, a company that pioneered cloud-based CRM and is considered one of the leaders in today’s cloud computing market. Benioff is also the latest person to vent Windows 8 hate.
Speaking to reporters after Salesforce’s Cloudforce show in Manhattan, New York, Benioff stated:
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Windows 8 is the gambit — will [CIOs] upgrade, or will they do something else?
Just because you got a new computer does not mean that it is running as fast as it could be. Starting the first day you boot up your computer, you’re already cluttered with toolbars, pre-installed programs you don’t need, and ads.…Read More »
Name the last Windows operating system you used that didn’t benefit from a good ‘tweaking’. The truth is, almost every operating system runs better after you have it set up the way you want it. The problem is, opening all the different menus to make these changes, or even finding all these menus, can be tiresome.…Read More »
[Windows] Backup your images to multiple different image sharing and cloud storage services (Dropbox, Facebook, and more) with PicBackMan
A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. With the use of social media becoming more popular, so has the sharing of photos with friends — and family — online. There are a number of online storage accounts, including social networks, on which you can upload your pictures.…Read More »
Had enough Windows 8 hate to go around? Too bad, ’cause here comes more.
Self-professed geek Chris Pirillo, best known for founding the website Lockergnome, took to the streets to see how “normal people” react to Windows 8. What did he find?…Read More »
[Windows] Comodo Cleaning Essentials is a portable tool that helps find, stop, and remove malware/viruses
There are tons of different virus and malware removal tools out there. However, the problem is most of these programs have to be installed to do their job. What if you get hit by a virus that prevents you from installing new software and you have nothing to remove it?…Read More »
With the combination of magnesium casing and Gorilla Glass 2, no one can deny Microsoft Surface tablets have an excellent physical build… despite the questionable price tag(s). Steven Sinofsky, the President of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft, tweeted “couldn’t resist taking it out for a spin” with an accompanying photo of Sinofsky riding a Microsoft Surface tablet (it isn’t clear if it is the Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro version — likely Windows RT) like a freaking skateboard:
So that half-a-grand tablet can double as a skateboard.…Read More »
Despite using some of the most popular and expensive anti-virus programs, some users are still infected with stubborn malware. If your other anti-malware programs are of no help, Symantec’s new tool Norton Power Eraser could be the answer to remove such stubborn bugs.…Read More »
Any semi-techie that has being following the development of Window 8 and Windows 8 tablets knows that Windows RT tablets are akin to Android tablets and the iPad — Windows RT is essentially a mobile version of Windows 8. However, the general public is not full of techies and people knowledgeable about tech.…Read More »
Microsoft Surface tablet (32 GB, Windows RT version) is sold out within 24 hours — a sign of success despite the ridiculous price?
Yesterday Microsoft unveiled the pricing on the Windows RT Surface tablet, and opened preorders for the Oct 26 release. Less than 24 hours later, the 32 GB standalone version is backlogged, going from an estimated 10/26 shipment date to “within 3 weeks”… which more or less means it has sold out.…Read More »
Downloading and storing sound files from various sources may result in differences in the volume of the individual files. One is often left fiddling with the volume control almost every time a an audio starts, either to reduce the volume or increase it.…Read More »
In the land of the internet, p2p file-sharing is king — there is no better way to share large files with people over the web. However, trying to find a good p2p file-sharing program is no easy task. What people want is a program that is free to use but won’t hog all of their computer’s resources.…Read More »
Not liking Windows 8? You aren’t the only one. And it seems individual consumers aren’t the only ones unhappy with Windows 8. According to the Wall Street Journal, a survey by Forrester Research shows that only 33% of businesses plan on upgrading to Windows 8, either soon or in the more distant future.…Read More »
It is official: Microsoft Surface tablets start at $499, Windows RT version will be available Oct 26
After much speculation, the cat is out of the bag. Microsoft has officially announced the pricing on one of the Surface tablets… and it isn’t very pretty.
According to Microsoft, the WiFi-only Windows RT Surface tablet with 32GB will start at $499.…Read More »