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macX and winx video converter pro logos

Well known video/DVD software company Digiarty is currently running giveaways for two of its video products… MacX Video Converter Pro (for Mac) and WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe (for Windows). These are the latest full versions which would normally sell for $49.95us each but are now available free for a limited time. MacX Video Converter Read more


Draw Free-Form with a Pen or Highlighter in OneNote I bet you didn’t know you could draw free-form or write a note in OneNote! You can and more than that, it’s fairly easy to do. Follow the steps below to learn how: Click the Draw tab. In the Pens gallery, select a pen or highlighter, Read more

sideslide - startup & tour

I came across this great little free application just the other day, although I believe it has been around for some time. It’s called SideSlide and this is how the developer describes it… “SideSlide is an advanced, portable, unobtrusive, dockable, skinnable, instantly accessible, highly configurable Desktop Extension on Steroids!“. An exaggeration? Well, maybe just a Read more


It’s official folks, Windows 8 has finally overtaken Vista in terms of overall market share. While this might not exactly be a momentous achievement and Windows 8 adoption rates remain moderate, it does indicate that at least Windows 8 is steadily increasing its market share… a fact that would undoubtedly provide Microsoft with a degree Read more

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