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Open All Your Favourite Programs Automatically When You Log On

So, it's time to use your PC.  You sit down and turn it on.  Then you spend a couple of minutes getting everything just how you want it.  You open a web browser or 2 maybe, and a word processor.  And perhaps a chat program.  And a weather app.  And then you move the windows around the screen until everything is just right.

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The Simplest Way To Improve Your Web Browsing Security

A couple of years ago I wrote about a neat utility called Spotflux, to help make your web browsing more secure.  You can read the original article at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/strong-effortless-security-your-...   In a nutshell, you could download a 10 MB program, and all your web browsing now goes via the Spotflux servers instead of directly between you and the web site.

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Publish and Manage Online Newsletters For Friends And Family

If you've ever thought about publishing an electronic newsletter for friends, family or clients, you've probably spent some time looking at the technology available and then decided to abandon the idea because it's too complicated or expensive.  Managing a web site is not really the right way to do it, and sending things via email is just too much trouble when you have to keep track of subscribers.  Plus, sending an email to lots of people will likely mean it gets wrongly classed as spam by your email provider.

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Want Some New E-Reading Material? Here's Lots.

You've written a novel.  Or perhaps the first few chapters of one.  Or you've written a short story.  You don't want to publish it professionally (or perhaps not quite yet), but you'd like other people to read it.  It obviously makes sense to put it online, but where exactly?

For millions of people around the world, the answer is a site called Wattpad. It's a showcase for new writing.  Publish a novel, or part of one, on the system for others to find and read.  Or just upload a short story or 2.

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Download The Original Spelunky For Free

One of the hot games of 2012 and 2013 was Spelunky, a platform game for the PC (and other platforms too) that provides an endless set of challenges.  You can buy it in shops, or online, and it costs around $15.

Spelunky is actually based on a free game that came out a few years ago.  The concept is similar, although the graphics in the latest version are far better than in the original freebie.

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LogMeIn No Longer Offering A Free Service [Updated]

For the past 10 years or so, LogMeIn has offered both a paid-for and free version of its software that lets you connect to another computer over the internet.  It's a great way to provide remote support for friends and family.

However, the company has today started emailing customers saying that the free version will be withdrawn in the next few days.  It's already impossible to sign up for LogMeInFree, and some users on the company's support forum have reported that they can't log into their free accounts any more.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google

An internet-hosted cloud-based office software suite is not always the first option that springs to mind when you're looking for software that allows you to edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations.  But as Microsoft and Google are keen to point out, it does have its benefits.  There's nothing to install, you're always running the latest version, and you can access your files from anywhere that has web access.

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Assign Text To Hotkeys With This Tiny Freeware Program

If there are some words, phrases or sentences that you find yourself typing often, you may find it useful to assign each of them to a particular Windows hotkey.  For example, pressing Ctrl-Alt-N might paste your full name into whatever application the cursor is currently in.

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Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting

Many years ago I managed to get my own handwriting immortalised as a Windows font, which I could use in any Windows application.  It even printed properly too, from any program.  The whole process was done by post and took about a week.  It cost something like $50 at the time, if I recall.

Which is just one of the reasons why I'm so hugely impressed by a new web-based service that will do the job instantly, and for free.

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Get Your Very Own (Virtual) Classic Apple Macintosh

If you never had a chance to play with an Apple Mac Classic, which was launched in 1990, now's your chance to find out what it was like in the days before Windows ruled the world.  And if you were a Mac user in those days, here's a great opportunity to bring back those happy memories!

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