With all the hype about the upcoming release of Windows 7, it’s easy to lose track of the fact that Windows 7 is not really a new operating system but rather Vista with many of the bugs fixed — Vista Mark II, if you like.
What most people don’t realize is that it’s possible to tweak Vista to offer a number of the most important benefits of Windows 7 without spending a cent.
In my June 18
I pointed out the advantages of using portable applications to replace installed programs on your desktop PC or laptop.
By carefully organizing the portable applications on your hard drive, you can make the programs much easier to access.
Every PC slows down over time, compared to when it was brand new — but you can avoid a good deal of this slowdown by replacing some of the programs installed on your hard drive with portable versions.
You’ll end up with a system that’s not only faster but quite possibly safer and more stable as well.
One of the most common ways of getting a malware infection is by downloading and installing a seemingly legitimate program that has actually been tampered with.
You can seriously reduce the risk of this kind of infection by using a free checksum program that makes it easy to validate files before you open them.
A common cause of poor-quality digital photos is the lighting conditions present when the photos were taken.
While there’s no magic solution for photos that are already ruined, with the help of some clever software you can get superb digital photos from near-impossible lighting conditions that would normally be regarded as impossible.
While most Windows versions include their own tools for controlling a remote PC, there’s a much-better way.
Remote-access software gives you full access to PCs running any version of Windows via an Internet link, letting you do much more than simply transfer files.
You may believe that Twitter is just for self-obsessed Generation Y’s who think the whole world is actually interested in the fact that they just showered or bought a new shade of lipstick.
Well, you may need to update your viewpoint, because Twitter’s also a great way to share vital information with colleagues and co-workers.
Keyboard layouts are far from “one-scheme-fits-all” affairs.
If you find yourself frequently pressing a key inadvertently — often with dire consequences — it’s time to shift to an the arrangement that’s more to your liking.
E-mail standards let you use characters other than letters and numbers in your addresses.
Unfortunately, various ISPs and webmail systems have differing rules governing which addresses are acceptable, making the whole area a bit of a mess.
I’d been waiting years for the final version of the Chandler personal information manager to be released.
When version 1.0 became available, I went to the site and downloaded the software, full of hope and expectation that here at last was the program that would help me get organized — only to be disappointed by its 1.0-itis.