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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly

PDF CompressorPDF Compressor is, as the name suggests, a program for making PDF files smaller without any noticeable loss of clarity. This is especially useful if the PDF file contains lots of images, such as one that's been generated from a scanner. But even if it's heavy on text, you'll still see a noticeable improvement.

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Where Did All The Time Go? Find Out For Free. timesheetsToggl is an online system for creating and tracking your timesheets. It's great if you work for a company that bills its clients based on how long you spend working for them. Just a couple of clicks each time you start and end a particular task, or type of task, will allow you to produce reports that show what you've been doing and which client should be paying for it.

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Control The Amount Of Personalised Ads You See (Europe Only)

Your Online ChoicesRemember the TV show about the place where everybody knows your name? On the internet, nowadays, it seems that everyone knows much more than merely your name. They know what web sites you like looking at, and what products you're interested in. And they use this information to present you with what's called behavioral advertising. Adverts which they think will appeal to you.

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Monitor Your DSL Connection In Minute Detail

DSL StatsWelcome to 2017, and another year (hopefully!) of contributions from me. As you may have noticed, I took a couple of weeks away from the PC over Christmas, but I'm now back behind the keyboard again. In 2016 the stories I posted on this Hot Finds section achieved more than 2 million hits, so we're clearly doing something right.

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever

You've probably heard of the Raspberry Pi. It's a fully-fledged computer, the size of a deck of cards, that costs $35 and runs Linux. It was originally hoped that a few thousand people would be interested in buying one, yet a few months ago the figure hit an astonishing 10 million. The latest model really is powerful enough to use for almost all your non-gaming requirements, including web browsing and word processing. Just add a keyboard, screen and mouse and you're ready to go.

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Get This 1000-Page Book For Free

Security engineering bookProfessor Ross Anderson from the University of Cambridge in the UK is one of the world's leading authorities on security. And we're not just talking IT and computers, but also the security of everything from railway stations to nuclear power plants.

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Free Commercial-Grade Antivirus For Your New PC

Sophos antivirusIf you've recently bought a new PC or upgraded an old one, you'll be needing security software for it. This will ensure that you stay protected from viruses and other malware.

If you're using Window 10, you have a choice. You can stick with Windows Defender, which comes free with the OS, or you can replace it with something else.

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If Santa Brought You An Amazon Echo, Start Here.

Amazon EchoIf you have read Gizmo's Christmas message on this site (see then you'll be aware of just how quickly the internet is becoming a mobile platform. We use it more than ever from our phones instead of laptops and desktops.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo


It is Christmas Eve and another year draws to an end marking yet another year of tumultuous change in the internet world. The changes are many but notably the move to mobile continues at a relentless pace, social media reigns supreme, short catchy content is replacing articles of substance while the commercialisation of the internet is near complete.

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