utilities

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Bell’s Internet Usage Meter is Off by Up-to 60 Hours

Last March, I switched ISPs from Rogers to Bell’s fiber-to-the-building Internet Max 16 service. I made the switch at the same time I ‘cut the chord’ – dumping Rogers cable in favor of HD, over-the-air only, TV recorded on my Series 3 TiVo. Bell offered me a one year promotional deal for their Internet Max

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Evernote Review – It Has Become an Integral Part of my Life

When I first purchased my Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, several years ago, I dabbled with an earlier stand-alone version of Evernote. It presented a never-ending scratch-pad of sorts that I could write on with the tablet’s stylus. It was nice, even useful, but it didn’t supplant OneNote as my primary note-keeping software, until recently. Evernote is

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I’m Using Dropbox to Sync Key Files Across My PC, Laptop and iMac

I have recently been experimenting with various cloud-based services. Among the best are EverNote, Google Apps Gmail with iMap, xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) and, now, Dropbox. As described in more detail below, among other things Dropbox: (i) allows me to securely sync office documents between my PCs and Mac at any location; (ii) unchains me from

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The Windows Apps I Use and How I Configure Them

The Daleisphere Command Center In mid-February 2009, I made the unfortunate mistake or using a registry cleaner in hopes of tweaking even more performance out of my Windows 7 Beta (“Win7B”) setup. The net result – my ship was sunk! All my data was backed up, of course, but it took me two months to

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How to Use Windows 7’s System Image Backup Feature

In mid February 2009, shortly after installing Windows 7 Beta on my primary PC, I made the huge mistake of running an automated ‘Registry Cleaner’ program. Suffice it to say, it destroyed my system. Because, my data is backed up on a nightly basis, I lost no data. But I did lose years (stretching back

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How to Import Firefox Bookmarks into Safari 4 Beta in Windows

While Firefox is my mainstay browser, I pretty much use all current browsers from time to time both to test my various websites for compatibility and to keep current with what’s new in the browser wars. I recently installed the Safari 4 beta. In earlier versions of Safari, there was always an option to import

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The Twitter Apps, Tools and Widgets I Use

The Twitter apps, tools and widgets I use are constantly changing. Below are the tools I currently use (click on the images for larger views): Desktop Client – Twhirl I use Twhirl as my desktop twitter application. I looked at TweetDeck but it was overkill and it takes up too much screen real-estate. I tried

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How to Upgrade to Apache 2.2.10 with Windows XP

For weeks now I have had a persistent problem with my wishhh.com service. It was taking an inordinate amount of time to connect to the service (sometimes as much as 2 minutes or more). After ruling out every possible issue, I decided to upgrade my Apache server to the latest release (version 2.2.10). I’m delighted

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Give your PC a Check-up with Microsoft’s PC Advisor

Here’s another Paul Thurrott tip from the Windows Weekly 81 podcast (also discussed on his blog here). Microsoft’s free PC Advisor (download here) falls into the ‘does no harm and just might help’ category. I would recommend it to friends and family who find their computer is having problems. Hey, it can’t hurt. I downloaded

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Simple, Free Group File Renaming with Ant Renamer

This tip comes from Paul Thurrott on the Windows Weekly 76 podcast (available here). How I long for the old days of DOS commands. It was so easy in those days to rename groups of files. X-Tree was (and still is) my all time favourite Swiss-army knife utility for the PC for this kind of

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Get Rid of AVG's 'No Virus Found' Email Footers

I highly recommend Grisoft’s AVG’s Free antivirus software (v. 8.x available here) and the free Windows Defender (spyware protection) to my friends and family as cornerstone software in the ongoing battle to keep their computers safe and secure. AVG is powerful and very processor efficient. In other words, it doesn’t suck the life out of