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DNS Server Blocks Malware Sites Automatically

Here's a great idea to help keep your PC free of malware.  It's free, and you don't need to install anything.  You simply need to change a setting on your PC or in your router.

As you probably know, every web server on the internet has an IP address.  Google's, for example, is 173.194.36.104.  If you were to type http://173.194.36.104 into your web browser, you'd reach their web site. Try it if you don't believe me.

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Turn Your PC Into A Kindle

Amazon's Kindle device is probably the best-selling dedicated ebook reader right now.  Almost half a million books are available in Kindle format, which you can download straight to the device automatically if you buy from Amazon.

If you don't have a Kindle, but you want to experience the e-book concept for yourself, Amazon offers a free application for Windows that turns your PC into a Kindle.  You can then download your e-books straight to the PC and read them there.  

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This To-Do List Manager is Top-Notch and Free

If you're the sort of person who buys self-help books aimed at busy people, you've almost certainly heard of David Allen.  He's the inventor of a concept called GTD, or Getting Things Done.  It's not so much a way of managing your to-do list, but more a way of life. 

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This Is My Hard Disk Space Analyzer Of Choice

if you're starting to run short of hard disk space on your PC, there are two solutions.  One, of course, is to add more.  And with 1TB drives now available for around $100 it's tempting to do just that.  But adding more disk space brings further problems.  How are you going to back up all those extra files?  Isn't it better to start by finding out why you're short of space, and perhaps trying to free up some storage by deleting or archiving stuff that isn't important?

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Hot News: Gizmo's Freeware Makes PC Mag's Top 100 Websites of 2010

OK I know it's not a Hot Find but we've just found out that we have been listed in PC Magazine's Top 100 Websites of 2010 and we just have to tell everyone.

I thinks it's a wonderful recognition for the 90 volunteers who run this website.  We don't have a single paid employee me included.

It's also a great testimonial of the power of community. I'm so proud of the team and I hope you are as well.

Gizmo

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2367733,00.asp

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Print Your Own Paper!

Do you ever buy lined paper?  Or graph paper?  Or music notation paper?  Or score sheets for popular games and sports?  If so, you'll know just how expensive some of these custom papers can be.  Especially the special ones designed for use in proprietary personal organizers.

So, how about printing your own?  It might well be cheaper.  It's almost certainly more fun, and it's definitely more flexible because you can print what you want when you want it.

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Don't Like the MS Office Ribbon? Bring Back Proper Menus.

Many people think that the new ribbon interface that Microsoft introduced with Office 2007 was a definite change for the better. But lots of people, including myself, disagree. We spent years learning our way around the traditional menu structure, which merely resulted in frustration when Microsoft decided to "improve" things.

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Another Great Youtube MP3 Converter

For converting Youtube videos into MP3 files, to copy onto my portable player, I've always been a fan of a free online service called http://vixy.net.  But it's occasionally unavailable for long periods, which can be infuriating.

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Find Out Which USB Devices Have Been Used on Your PC

It always amazes me to discover just how much information Windows stores, regarding previous activity on the PC.  We all know about stuff like your web browsing history, for example, and all those thousands of cookies associated with web sites.  Thankfully, there are programs which can delete this information in order to help maintain your privacy.

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