PCWorld Reviewers’ Favorite Files: February 2011 – The brevity of February couldn’t keep our reviewers from finding some excellent software. Organizing did especially well, with tools for passwords, photos, and social media. Handy plug-ins helped with browsers and system utilities.
Windows 7 GodMode: Tips, Tricks, Tweaks – Windows 7 has a few hidden developer shortcuts that can make life easier for IT admins and normal users alike. Here’s how to use them.
Splashtop: Linux for Windows users – Most desktop Linuxes are meant to replace Windows lock, stock, and barrel, but Splashtop acts as a “as needed” replacement for Windows.
Free Internet Security Tools, Lightweight PDF Reader – Protect yourself from Internet nasties for free with Flagfox for Firefox and BufferZone Pro; try the streamlined Sumatra PDF for basic needs instead of clunky Adobe Reader.
Gmail Bug Squashed, Access Restored for Most Users – Google is busy bringing Gmail users affected by an outage back online. A storage software bug update caused the outage, which affected only .02 percent of users.
Mac OS X Variant of Windows Trojan to Pose Rising Threat – BlackHoleRAT, a Mac OS X variant of darkComet RAT for Windows, is backdoor Trojan that is still rudimentary in its capabilities, but the malware author promises there’s more to come.
10 Cool Things Virtualization Lets You Do – Virtualization isn’t just for geeks or those who run enormously powerful servers. It offers something for everybody, and if you haven’t yet dipped your toe into the virtualization ocean, then you’re at serious risk of being left behind.
Software Speed Boosts for Your PC – Here are 14 software tips and tweaks for turbocharging your computer from startup to shutdown.
How to Install Ubuntu 10.10 – In this walkthrough, executive editor Robert Strohmeyer demonstrates the steps to install Ubuntu 10.10, or “Maverick Meercat.” The community developed, Linux-based operating system contains a slew of applications and is fast to boot up and run.
Python 3.2 Debuts With Improved Multithreading – With Python 3.2, the first 3.x release not associated with a 2.x corollary, the open source language aims for broader adoption in the financial and scientific communities.
Messaging & Online Collaboration: 10 Ways Adobe Is Transforming Enterprise Digital Experiences – In one of the biggest enterprise announcements the company has made to date, Adobe Systems on Feb. 25 introduced its new WEM (Web Experience Management) suite, which merges Adobe enterprise technologies with recently acquired Day Software and Omniture solutions.
Forget Apple iPad 2: Reports Say iPad 3 Is the One to Watch – Reports suggest that Wednesday’s iPad announcement will reveal mainly minor upgrades and that the upcoming iPad 3 will have all the new bells and whistles.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Oyster Photo Fakeouts – Oyster visits hotels undercover and takes hundreds of photos of each hotel so our members can see the truth before they book. When we compare the photos we take to the ones used for marketing on other travel sites, the results can be quite funny.
6 Dirty SEO Tricks You Must Avoid – Don’t use these nefarious tactics to improve your company Website’s search rankings, or you’ll soon pay the price.
How to Put Gaming to Work for Your Business – Contrary to the popular stereotype, computer gaming is no longer a hobby restricted to teenage boys in their parents’ basements. Rather, the mobile phone is increasingly the device of choice for gaming, and the pastime is enjoyed by a full one-third of mobile phone users.
10 Ways to Goof Off at Work Without Getting Caught – Here’s how to take a recreational break on company time–without the boss finding out. Just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you can’t take a break now and then. And there are solid reasons to goof off, too.
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
– Soren Kierkegaard
Today’s Free Downloads:
Windows Live Essentials – Windows Live Essentials is Microsoft’s flagship bundle of Web-based productivity apps for managing and sharing images online, editing video, and sharing documents and files between PCs. In this latest version, the video editing and photo programs are hardware accelerated for better performance.
CCEnhancer – Power up favorite utility CCleaner with new capabilities.
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