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Explore A Virtual Human Body With Stunning Graphics

In the old days, learning about the components of the human body meant poring over a copy of Grey's Anatomy.  Or, if you were studying medicine, you could take a scalpel to a real cadavre of course.  

Now, thanks to a fabulous web site at, you can learn about the makings of the human body without having to resort to boring textbooks or a lab.  

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Want The Ultimate Cloud Backup Service? Run Your Own!

Backing up your important documents, photos, music and other files makes sense.  In fact it's essential.  And backing them up to the cloud, via a service such as Dropbox, also makes sense too, because you don't have to remember to take manual backups.

But there are a few inherent problems with such cloud-based backup services.  How can you guarantee they're secure?  And if you want lots of space, it can get expensive.

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Protect Your Online Privacy with This Terrific New Extension for Chrome

Are you concerned about all the tracking that goes on while you surf the Internet? Users of the Chrome browser have a new weapon against the invasion of their privacy. [Added later: This works for Firefox also.] [Added even later: there seem to be a lot of problems with this extension in Firefox.] It is an extension that makes it really easy to configure the privacy settings for Google, Facebook, and many other sites. It is called PrivacyFix and has just been released. The description and download are at this link

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This $49 Excel Add-In Is Still Available Free. And It's Better Than Ever.

More than a year ago, I wrote about a great collection of add-in utilities for Excel.  Since then, the program has continued to improve.  It now has more than 200,000 users in 90 countries, and boasts more than 300 new features which it adds to all versions of Excel from 2000 to 2010.  The most recent update to the system was just last week.

The program is called the ASAP Utilities.  As you can see from the screen shot below, all of its features are handily grouped together on a ribbon menu, and the dropdown shows just how feature-packed this program is.

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Finally a Free, Flexible Youtube Download That Works

The web, not to mention my email inbox too, is awash with programs that claim to be able to download Youtube videos and convert them to various formats for offline watching and viewing.  In my experience, though, most of them don't work too well, and aren't worth the trouble of downloading.

So, for a change, here's one that's actually rather good.

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Wake Up To Your Favourite Youtube Track

Online Music Alarm ( turns your PC into a musical alarm clock.  Start by typing the name of a song, and the site will present you with a list of entries for that song on Youtube.  Choose the one you want, then type in one or more times.  So long as you leave your web browser open, your chosen songs will then load and play at the time you selected.

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Comparing TrueCrypt and AxCrypt As The Best Free Encryption Utilities

For a long time, I've been recommending TrueCrypt as my favourite data encryption program for Windows.  You may have seen a recent posting on our web site at which now recommends a relative newcome called AxCrypt.

As someone who uses encryption on a daily basis, I thought it might be a good idea to compare the 2 products and offer some advice on which is best for you.

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Windows Utility Alt-Tabs Through Your Apps Automatically

Ever wanted an easy way to keep an eye on a number of programs that are running on your PC? Or have you ever wanted to set up a rolling demo to show friends, family, colleagues or clients a selection of programs that are running?

OK, so it's not the sort of thing that every PC user needs to do, all the time. But occasionally, such a facility can be useful.  Especially if you want to monitor those programs in full-screen mode rather than as minimised windows.

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Manage Your iPad Files From Windows Without iTunes

If you're lucky enough to have an iPad, you'll know that the recommended way to copy files to and from it is via iTunes.  Trouble is, while the iPad itself is a wonderful device, iTunes is a bloated, inefficient app that mainly exists in order to try to sell you downloadable content for your device.

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A Simple Utility To Report Free Drive Space And Memory

If yesterday's memory-related Hot Find was slightly too complex,and you'd prefer a simpler reporting tool, then take a look at Memory Watch.  It displays a constant readout of your physical and virtual memory usage, and free space on any selected drive.  You can see the entire output, and options, in the screen shot below.

The program runs on all recent versions of Windows, is free of malware according to VirusTotal, and is only a 0.5 MB download.  I used the portable version (labelled as No Install on the download page), but there's an installable one too if you prefer.

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