Daily Archives: September 13, 2007

A new way to find out what’s eating up your disk space

When your hard drive fills up, the quickest way to find out which files are hogging the space is to use a specialist utility that displays your disk space usage visually. There are a number of excellent free contenders that differ mainly in the way the disk space usage is portrayed.

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How a subscriber got RoboForm for one cent

In last month’s Premium edition I mentioned the CheckOutFree system [1] used by many sites [2], [3], [4] where you can get free copies of premium software by agreeing to buy or take out trial versions of other products that are being promoted . Now I’m well aware that you subscribers are a smart bunch, but this email from subscriber Brad Hayashi had me smiling in admiration.

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Waste of time department compilation

Regular contributor Callie Jordan has put together a compilation [1] of the best “Complete Waste of Time Department” items from this newsletter for the last year. Looking at the list you could wipe out days with this stuff.

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Print your own calendars

Regular contributor Tony Bennett writes “Gizmo, I thought I would pass this list on as I think I have found all the free photo calendar software that’s around. My favorite is Kalender [3].”

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PC in a keyboard

Or in a monitor if you prefer. Nice idea where space is a premium. Thanks to Callie Jordan for the link.

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New study: cell phones fry brain cells

A report [1] on a research study from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel claims they have found that human brain cells show pre-cancerous changes with as little as ten minutes exposure to cell phone radiation. These findings come at a time when a number of other recent studies suggest that using cell phones may have adverse impacts on users.

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An apology from Gizmo

I’ve been having terrible trouble delivering this newsletter in recent months because certain webmail providers, notably Yahoo, have been blocking delivery of the newsletter from my list server.
In frustration I wrote at the end of August to all affected subscribers telling them what they could do to ensure future delivery.

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Malicious Web sites threaten normal users

Until recently the chances of an average user encountering a hostile website was very small. Those at risk were mainly adventurous surfers who roamed to the nether regions of the web.

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Microsoft shuts down AutoPatcher

AutoPatcher [1] is a free service that allows users to download a single file containing all Windows monthly updates released since the last service patch. It is an enormously useful service that saves users with a new PC the tedious task of spending hours connected to the web to download patches from Windows Update.

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How to improve your network security without paying a ton of money

If you’re looking for a free open source alternative to SonicWALL and WatchGuard for blocking spam, spyware, viruses, adware and unwanted content on the network, download the Untangle Gateway Platform [1]. It’s built around more than 30 open source projects including SpamAssassin, ClamAV, and Snort – and can be downloaded, installed, and configured in less than one hour.

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