5 PC Upgrades Almost Everyone Does Wrong (and How to Do Them Right) – Upgrading your PC’s hardware can be easy, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do each task. Here are five upgrades that most users do a half-baked job on, and tips to help your upgrade go flawlessly.
Quick Tip: Shrink a hard drive volume in Windows 7 – Use the Disk Management Tool in Microsoft Windows 7 to shrink a hard drive volume to create room so you can add a new partition.
Police warn of online identity theft in the lead-up to Christmas – Police have warned online shoppers identities are a commodity and should be protected like cash. ONLINE criminals can steal identities and issue credit cards for as little as $88 – then start spending. (submitted by Mal C.)
5 Tips To Shop Safe On Cyber Monday – Cyber Monday holiday shoppers beware — scammers can be lurking with bogus websites and fake emails to separate you from your money or even your identity. The large number of people expected to shop online Monday presents thieves with a golden opportunity to bilk unsuspecting consumers. If you’re planning on letting your fingers do the shopping, here are five tips to help you stay safe.
Smart Phone Voice Recognition Is the Future – In the very near future you will spend more time talking to your phone than using your phone to talk to other people. Of course Siri can do a lot of other useful things like post Tweets, Facebook updates, and send text messages. And Siri is a wiz at math.
Holiday Desktop PC Buying Guide: The Specs Explained – We help you identify the key specifications and components you need to consider when shopping for a desktop PC.
How to Upgrade Your PC’s RAM – When a computer runs short of RAM, it’s forced to swap the overflow data on and off of the hard drive, which can significantly slow performance. Below, we’ll tell you how to diagnose a memory shortage and what to do about it. To see how a RAM upgrade is done, check out our companion video.
Stats and Trends for the Holiday Shopping Season – Are you ready for the holiday shopping season? If not, these 29 reports, predictions and guides will get you on track.
AMD Introduces Branded Memory Modules for Desktops – By offering its own branded memory modules for desktops, AMD aims to “take the guesswork out of DRAM selection, providing an easy and straightforward experience when looking for the ideal match for gaming or multimedia PC needs”, it said in a statement.
iPhone Customers ‘Most Loyal’ Smartphone Buyers – Apple is doing a better job of inspiring loyalty among customers than its rivals in the mobile marketplace, according to research.
Motorola to launch Droid 4 in December? – The Droid 4 will launch December 8, according to purported promotional materials obtained by Droid Life. The site reports it has confirmed that employee training is already in progress at some Verizon Wireless stores.
SmartRecruiters Adds Mobile to Free SMB Recruitment Tools – The San Francisco firm is on a mission to eradicate unemployment by helping small businesses find the right candidates for open jobs, and it has added free mobile career sites to its arsenal.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Desktop Wallpaper: NASA concept art – Some of the most interesting images available on the NASA.gov website are artist renderings of space exploration concepts. Here are a few of my favorites.
Man builds girlfriend $125 iPad – The way China Daily hums it, Wei Xinlong, a college student at the Northeast Normal University in Changchun, really wanted to make his girlfriend, Sun Shasha, very happy. He knew she would love to be in possession of the world’s No. 1 passion possession, the iPad. However, he didn’t have the money to effect that love. So he set about building an iPad from scratch.
Work Smart: Disrupt Your Inbox – If you’re looking for a quick way to improve productivity for yourself as well as those around you, look no further than your inbox. Most of us take email for granted now, which is why there is an opportunity there to improve and optimize how you communicate. In this week’s episode I’ll tell you about the techniques used by a variety of different entrepreneurs to optimize their email correspondences. (submitted by Michael F.)
‘Brick’ breaker: Lego bible too racy for Sam’s Club – After what it said are complaints about the “mature” nature of “The Brick Bible,” the national retailer has pulled copies of Brendan Smith’s book, which used Legos to interpret the Bible.
The Bicycle Animation – A beautiful demonstration of the wagon wheel effect seen in ‘westerns’. Submitted by Michael F.)
“An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.”
– Simon Cameron
Today’s Free Downloads:
SugarSync Free – Download and install SugarSync Free on each PC or Mac, then on each PC tell the software what files and folders you want to keep synchronized. SugarSync uploads those files to your free online backup, and synchronizes them between your machines.
Sticky Notes – Choice is good, especially when it comes to freeware desktop utilities. When you’re looking for a sticky-notes program, for example, you want as many choices as possible, and you’ve sure got them; everything from simple text apps with yellow backgrounds to elaborate efforts to duplicate the look and behavior of actual paper. We looked at Sticky Notes, which is fast and simple yet offers plenty of options for customizing your notes, including background colors, fonts, and priority.
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