Friday, July 22, 2011

Best Free PC Games

This is the showcase for some of the most top-notch, high quality, freeware games out there in each respective category.  Contrary to popular belief, not all free games have viruses. In fact, a vast majority don't. Some are for publicity, some are too old to sell anymore, but most are just products of people's hobbies. Gizmo is one of my favorite sites. I have never had a problem with any of the programs he recommends. Read more and get games.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Best Free Portable Applications

Portable applications reduce problems with uninstalling software (you just delete them and don't have to worry about failed installs or incomplete uninstalls), they allow for extra flexibility in copying or moving software to different locations on a portable device or on a PC, and they help improve your privacy and security by running from portable devices like flash drives.
Take your "computer setup" with you, keep every piece of free software that impresses you or run them, say, at a library. I suggest starting a collection, or an army actually, of your favorite portable apps instead of trying to minimize the number of programs you install.

For an introduction to portable software, read the Guide to Portable Applications.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Readers' Choice Awards 2011: Printers

Take a look at what PC Magazine readers believe are the best manufacturers when it comes to making reliable printers and multi-function units for documents and photos. Here are the results:

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How Secure Are Your Saved Internet Explorer Passwords?

One of the most convenient tools browsers offer is the ability to save and automatically prefill your passwords on login forms. Because so many sites require accounts and it is well known (or should be at least) that using a shared password is a big no-no, a password manager is almost essential.
So if you are an Internet Explorer user and answer “yes” to allow the browser to remember your password, how secure is this information?

"Your system is low on virtual memory" - what to do

This message pops up on occasion."Your system is low on virtual memory"
Here is what to do:

  •     Click Start, then open the Control Panel.
  •     Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.
  •     Click the Advanced tab.
  •     Under Performance, click Settings.
  •     Click the Advanced tab.
  •     Under Virtual memory, click Change.
  •     Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file (virtual memory) settings that you want to change. In almost every case, this will be your C: drive.
  •     Click to select the "System managed size" option, then click Set.
  •     Click OK three times and restart your computer.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Internet Explorer 9 Utterly Dominates Malware-blocking Stats

Internet Explorer 9's dual-pronged approach to blocking access to malicious URLs—SmartScreen Filter to block bad URLs, and Application Reputation to detect untrustworthy executables—provides the best socially engineered malware blocking of any stable browser version, according to NSS Labs' latest report. Internet Explorer 9 blocked 92 percent of malware with its URL-based filtering, and 100 percent with Application-based filtering enabled. Internet Explorer 8, in second place, blocked 90 percent of malware. Tied for third place were Safari 5, Chrome 10, and Firefox 4, each blocking just 13 percent. Bringing up the rear was Opera 11, blocking just 5 percent of malware. 

Why Google Plus Is About to Change The Web As We Know It

After a series of failed attempts at social networking, Google may have nailed it with Google+. See why and how it could have a major impact on the future of the Web.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Memolane: Take a Trip Down Virtual Memory Lane

Capture photos, videos, music, tweets, posts, and much more. View and share your entire life online. Create stories of your best memories together with your friends.
Explore and search your life and the lives of your friends online.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Spotify has landed in the U.S.

The award-winning music service that's taken Europe by storm has landed on US shores. Millions of tracks ready to play instantly, on your computer and your phone. Any track, any time, anywhere. And it's free!
Visit for more details.

Flash Memory Cards: What You Need to Know

With most people carrying around smartphones, MP3 players, digital cameras, pocket camcorders, or all of them, flash memory cards have become a requirement for keeping your digital life running smoothly. If you got a shiny new device that can snap photos or play music, odds are (unless, of course, it's an Apple product) it's going to use a flash memory card to offer additional storage capacity.    

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Is Your Smartphone Bill About to Explode?

Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T have implemented new tiered pricing plans that could result in hefty overage charges for mobile data users. Here's how to track your data usage and avoid a big surprise in your next bill...

Magic Mesh

This is from a contributor to the "As Seen on TV Product's Information" website.

A simple rule of thumb when buying anything on TV is Google it for complaints. If they offer a two for one, it is a red flag and is a definite scam. Do not and I repeat do not buy anything without checking for scams first. Most items on TV are of poor quality and overpriced. There is far too much money being made for the TV stations to police the ads and neither will the attorney general remove them, as there are too many.

Read what people say about this "too good to be true" offer.

Blu-ray players

This year, it seems like Blu-ray players have finally arrived. While they've picked up a great deal of momentum ever since Blu-ray soundly won the high-definition war against HD-DVD, these players have still been either too expensive or too bare-bones to be popular among the mainstream. Finally, we're starting to see affordable, functional players that don't skimp on the features or performance. The Samsung BD-D5700 is one such player, foregoing 3D but offering excellent performance, built-in Wi-Fi, and a full set of Web apps for less than $200 ($199.99 list). Price Range: $154.99 - $199.99


SmillaEnlarger is an Open Source program that enables you produce quality enlargements of your digital photos. It enables you to convert a low resolution image into a high resolution copy while maintaining as much of the details as possible and minimizing image noise. You can also clip a portion of your photo and create a high quality crop with the same or higher resolution than the original. SmillaEnlarger offers several adjustment options and an instant preview to inspect the results.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CNET Reviews of Appliances, Electronics and More

This is a great site to find the best products in many categories. 
  • Camcorders
  • Car Tech
  • Cell Phones
  • Desktops PCs
  • Digital Cameras
  • Home Audio
  • Home Video
  • Laptops
  • MP3 Players
  • Printers
  • Tablets
  • TVs
  • Appliances
  • Bluetooth headsets
  • Components
  • Games & gear
  • E-book readers
  • GPS

Sunday, July 10, 2011


With Instantbird, we intend to redefine the way instant messaging is used, so that it works the way you want. Both simple and powerful, it will help you manage all your real time communications. Instant messaging is for communicating with friends. If they are using different IM networks here is a program that uses all of them.

Learn more.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Did Facebook Give me a Virus?

Facebook told QueenPendragon that her PC was infected. The message looked very much like rogue malware trying to trick her into downloading something vicious. She asked the  Antivirus & Security Software forum for advice.

I have to admit that when I first read QueenPendragon's story, I assumed she caught a rogue. I was wrong. The message actually came from Facebook. Read more...

391 Places for Free Books Online

This is a listing of 391 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing. 

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Zoho Notebook

Zoho provides a wide, integrated portfolio of rich online applications for businesses. With more than 20 different applications spanning Collaboration, Business and Productivity applications, Zoho helps businesses and organizations get work done. Our applications are delivered over the internet, requiring nothing but a browser. This means you can focus on your business and rely on us to maintain the servers and keep your data safe.

There are many applications for use at home. Zoho Notebook does an amazing amount of things—you can save text, image, audio and video objects, aggregate them in one place, keep track of changes and share a whole book, page or just an object on a page by granting read/write permissions.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Just what rights do you grant (and give up) when you upload files to a cloud-based service? In this post, I look at the TOS (Terms of Service) for Amazon Web Services, Apple’s MobileMe,, Dropbox, Google, Microsoft Windows Live (including SkyDrive), and SugarSync.

How to Check If Your Email Account Has Been Hacked

This is good. Just enter your email address at this website and it will check it against 15 publicly available lists of stolen or hacked email addresses. has been created to help the average person check if their password(s) may have been compromised and need to be changed.
This site uses a number of databases that have been released by hackers to the public. No passwords are stored in the database.  

Don Edrington - The Senior Computer Tutor

Don Edrington has been writing freelance computer columns for some Southern California newspapers since the early 1990s and decided early on to create a website where he could post copies of the articles. His writing has been mainly about PCs and the site is called PCDon. Read more...

I just discovered this man. You really should visit his web site. I love the music! Click on his picture to access his home page.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Google shows off its new Gmail inbox

Google is changing the inbox design for its wildly popular Gmail service, and letting users try the new look out, the company announced today. Unlike the ordinary themes that address color scheme, these new themes are part of a larger redesign that addresses elements like the size and shapes of the Compose button, search buttons, and navigation controls.

Ten good reasons to use Gmail: