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Hundreds of Free, Portable Apps on a USB Key

If you're like me, you probably carry a USB pen drive around with you, just in case you need to copy a file or 2 from someone else's PC.  You might even go as far as keeping a couple of important apps or documents on that stick, just in case.

But imagine having hundreds of ready-installed applications on that drive, ready to access from whatever machine you plug it into.  Never again will you borrow a friend's PC, or use a public computer, and not have access to an installed program that allows you to do what you need to do.

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Download These 1080p HD Video Clips to Test Your HTPC's Display

No longer is the home PC just used for word processing and web surfing.  An HTPC, or Home Theatre PC, is designed to look nice enough to sit in the living room alongside the TC and hi-fi, and to act as a TV receiver, media player, personal video recorder, and so on.

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I Love this Free Desktop Extender

Have you ever stared in envy at people who have multiple monitors on their desktop PC, and wished you had enough money (and desk space!) to allow such a setup?  If you like the idea of multiple monitors but you don't have the space or money to implement it for real, then take a look at this great desktop extender application for Windows.

The program is called GiMeSpace (give me space!), and you can download it from various sites including:

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Automatic Face Recognition Helps Tag Your Photo Collection

Managing a collection of digital photos on a PC isn't always easy.  How should you arrange the folders and directories?  Should the pictures of dad at your wedding be filed under dad, or wedding, or last June?  

There are some great freeware applications available to help manage, sort, display and print all the images stored on your PC.  Google's Picasa is one well-known example, and others include Irfanview and FastStone.  

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This Top Windows Tweak Tool is Now Free

If you're the sort of person who likes fiddling with Windows settings, then X-Setup Pro may be well known to you.  It allows you to tweak more than 1900 settings, including those to do with MS Office, booting, internet access, and hundreds more.

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Convert Text to MP3 Files. These Great Online Services are Both Free.

Ever downloaded a hefty text file, such as a free e-book or a product manual, and then come to the sad conclusion that you probably won't ever have time to read it?

If so, here's a great idea.  Why not convert the text to an MP3 file, and listen to it on your MP3 player when you're out and about!

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Microsoft Offers Web-based Office Applications for Free

In a direct response to the popular free Google Apps service Microsoft has quietly launched the beta version of its own free online suite of office programs.  Called “Office Web Apps” it offers free online versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft OneNote.  Even better they are giving users 25 GB of free online storage to store their documents on Microsoft’s SkyDrive service.

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Make Your Own Customized Bootable Linux Live CD (or USB Stick)

Recent versions of Ubuntu and other Linux distros can be set up to create “persistent” live CDs and USB flash drives where your data is saved across sessions.

That’s nice but what if you want to preserve your wallpaper, theme, custom drivers, apps and general system configuration?  In other words, have a live CD or USB where Linux is configured specifically to your personal taste and requirements.

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