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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You?

The intention of this article is to provide Windows users with some basic information about why and how they might choose to move to a Linux based operating system instead. 
In general, Windows users tend to stay with what is the most familiar computing environment, but many complain about it. 

Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC

Do you have some favorite free applications and utilities that you wouldn’t do without? Most active PC users have a list of favorite programs and here is my selection. I put these on every new PC I get.

Windows Web Browser Performance

Some interesting conclusions about web browser performance in Windows

Do we really need Windows registry cleaners?

In early 2012 I wrote this short article describing the impact of registry cleaning on Windows XP performance. I never published it because I was primarily settling the question for my own satisfaction. Secondly, I shelved it when I started working on a longer article that provides more detail on the scenarios. I never finished that other article so now I'm publishing this shorter article because it will still be useful to the many Windows XP users.

Windows 7 Startup Components


This article supports the Windows 7 Startup article.

I have documented the Windows components that are important to the Windows 7 Startup article. This article contains three diagrams to describe the Windows environment created at startup:

Windows 7 Startup

Want to know what happens when Windows starts?

Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought

It’s a common question, “Why do I have less space on my hard drive than I thought?” Now that multi-terabyte drives are common, this question may not seem important to some but the increased use of SSDs and partitioned drives makes it very relevant. Here are some answers.

What is “Freeware”?

Gizmo’s is all about freeware but just what is “freeware”? Not everybody means the same thing when they tag some piece of software as “freeware”. You will often see something labeled freeware when it really isn’t. In this article, I will describe various kinds of software that are often called freeware and try to clear up some of the confusion.

True freeware

What I call real “freeware” comes in these two varieties:

Free Arts & Crafts and Hobbies Video Instruction

This is a listing of 8 sites that legally offer video instruction on Arts & Crafts and Hobbies.

There is a separate listing of written materials in these genres.

Free Arts & Crafts and Hobbies eBooks and Written Instructions


This is a listing of 42 sites that legally offer free ebooks and written instruction on Arts & Crafts and Hobbies..

There is a separate listing of sites offering free video instructions in these genres at

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