Daily Archives: September 14, 2006

The best value gaming PCs

Here’s some useful advice [1] for those thinking of building their own high performance gaming PC on a budget. The “budget” here was $1000 but over at Extreme Tech [2] it was only $800.

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The best virtual PC for free

There is little doubt in my mind that the best virtualization product on the market is VMWare Workstation. Indeed, it’s what I use for all my security testing and in two years of intensive use with some the most hostile malware products around its protection has never failed.

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How to hide a Windows folder

Folder hiding is a simple way of keeping prying eyes away from your private documents. From a human point of view it’s a good solution; what you can’t see, you don’t know you want.

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How to use Wi-Fi hot spots securely

Ten things that you can do to improve your security when using public access points.

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A new art form that will surprise you

This site features a new art medium: dusty car windows. The results are truly impressive.

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How to make your Windows desktop look like a Mac

A couple of issues back I mentioned the Vista Transformation Pack, a product that made XP look like Vista. Flyakite OSX will make it look like a Mac. It does a pretty good job, too; the visual styles, toolbars, cursors, etc. all look and feel very like the real thing.

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Lots of commercial software for free

Here you can find current versions of popular software products which are free (or near free) after applying vendor rebates. It’s a shifting feast so you may have to visit the site a few times before you find something you want.

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Create your own personal 3D avatar

Why use a plain vanilla photo or clipart item to identify yourself when you can create your own unique 3D identity at Meez.com? You can use your personal avatar anywhere including MySpace, Xanga, Skype, ICS services or Blogger.

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How to make sure a game will work on your PC

Subscriber Shafile Rashid writes, “Gizmo, it’s common for users to enthusiastically buy a PC game only to find that it won’t run on their PCs. At this site [1] you can choose a game then the site will download a small tool on your PC to check your hardware and settings.

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Free library offers process information

OK, your firewall pops up a message: “alg.exe is trying to connect to the internet (A)llow (D)eny.” You have no idea what to do because you don’t know what alg.exe is. Fear not, just go to this free site and type in alg.exe and it will tell you exactly what the program does along with some advice whether it’s a friend or foe.

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