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dvdsmith - interface

I came across DVDSmith Movie Backup quite recently and two things immediately caught my eye… 1) it is free… and 2) it removes most common DVD protections. It’s not easy to find quality DVD backup freeware which also includes a decryption feature. DVDSmith Movie Backup provides a means for backing up DVDs to a “Video_TS” Read more

my computer - network location

The area in Windows Explorer known for a long time as “My Computer” and in more recent iterations labeled just “Computer” is generally not terribly customizable. For items such as hard drives and devices to be displayed they first have to be detected and recognized by Windows. However, there is an exception under the “Network Read more


  Windows Basics Although this post is primarily aimed at Windows computer users, it will hopefully provide good advice for any computer owner. Over time it is inevitable that computers get dirty. Not only in the physical sense, but in an electronic way as well. This “dirt” eventually slows down the machine and can even cause system Read more

Dear Microsoft: Say it ain’t so!

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I received an email today that sent shivers down my spine! You’re probably thinking the worst. Death in the family? Close relative exiled to Siberia? No, not quite that bad, but for anyone who works in IT it is close! Microsoft is closing their TechNet program. I imagine you’re asking yourself what is a “TechNet” Read more

MS free ebooks

We’ve reported the availability of free eBooks from Microsoft previously, some time last year from memory. Apparently, previous releases have been so popular that Microsoft, in particular Sales Excellence Program Manager Eric Ligman, has recently made a further 60 plus eBooks available for download. As before, these books are all free with the vast majority Read more

kidzy logo

Children are curious and enthusiastic by design, there is very little we can do about that. However, when it comes to kids, computers, and the internet – it is, in my humble opinion – extremely important to keep our innocents safe from unsavory content. Fortunately, there are ways and means to satiate a child’s curiosity Read more

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Tracing cookies, and particularly those emanating from 3rd party sources, have been well and truly under the microscope of late. In an effort to appease disgruntled users, ‘Do Not Track’ options and plug-ins have become part and parcel of many browser feature-sets. The issue with many of these solutions is that they still rely largely Read more

air 2013

This is the fourth in a series of articles related to Apple’s WWDC 2013. Apple CEO Tim Cook and company took the stage at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco on Monday, June 10th for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, took to the stage Read more