Daily Archives: June 15, 2006

The best free drive imaging program

Acronis True Image may be the best drive imaging program on the market [1] but at $79 it’s not within everyone’s budget. In this review I looked at free alternatives. These included: Drive Image XML, g4u, HDClone Free Edition, SystemRescue CD, and the Ultimate Boot CD.

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Best free boilerplate text manager

Boilerplate managers are utilities that allow you to store and insert commonly used phrases into your email, documents and other programs. For example rather than type “We have received your order,” you can select the phrase from a list and then it will be automatically inserted without you typing a thing.

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How to reduce spam

As spam recipients go, I’m a class act. I get over 1,000 every day and on some days, more than 2,000. Yet in my mail box I hardly see any.

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Great optical illusion

And I thought I’d “seen” them all!

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How to take good lecture notes

Nothing radical here just good common sense. There are a few other guides on this site worth checking, too. I liked the one on remembering lists.

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Free Photoshop goodies

Free Brushes, shapes, gradients, styles, plugins, textures, displacement maps, frames, patterns and more.

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Can you reliably pick out a phishing letter?

Well, I can’t; that’s why I treat any email requesting that I login to a financial site as phishy and verify the content by phone. Test out your Phishing detection abilities at this site.

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How to make a scratched CD playable

The technique in this article works fine but so do the alternatives suggested in the reader comments.

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Share your computer software blues

Fed up with the poor quality of computer software? Then visit this site and take some solace.

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Help for carpal tunnel sufferers

Last month I featured an article about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and got dozens of informative emails from sufferers. Thanks to all who wrote. This email from subscriber Gary Richter offers some excellent advice: “Hi Gizmo, I recently began suffering from Carpal Tunnel and have looked for non-surgical ways to reduce the pain.

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