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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives

Bootable Linux Live CDs such as those offered by Ubuntu and Mint are a great way to try Linux without interfering with your Windows installation. They are also a handy tool to have on hand as they give you access to your Windows data without the need for Windows. This can be invaluable should your Windows system become unbootable or infected by difficult-to-remove malware.

CDs are however an inconvenient format to carry around. USB Flash drives are a better solution as they are smaller and give better performance.

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How to Generate a Tiled Print. Two Great Online Utilities.

Have you ever taken a great picture with your digital camera and wished that you could print it out as a large poster?  If so, then I have some good news for you.  You can, and you don't even need to install any software on your PC.  All you need is a standard desktop printer (laser or inkjet) and Web access.

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Convert Any Web Page to a PDF File

Have you ever wanted to download one or more web pages in a form that you could read on a PDA or an ebook reader?  Have you ever come across a large web page which you wanted to print, but which your web browser simply couldn't scale properly?

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Find the Passwords Internet Explorer is Storing On Your PC

One of the features of modern web browsers is that they automatically store usernames and passwords for many of the private web sites that you visit.  This can, of course, be a very useful feature.  Sign up for a discussion forum, log in once, then you don't have to worry about logging in again.  Just let your web browser fill in the details automatically, each time you visit the site.

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New Sysinternals Tool: RAMMap

 

I just noticed that Sysinternals released a new free utility called RAMMap. It is a great companion to the rest of this extraordinary set of system utilities.

RAMMap requires Windows Vista or higher, or Windows Server 2008 or higher.

Here is what Sysinternals writes about it:

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Two Excellent Free Mind Map Programs

I've always been a fan of a business graphics package called Smartdraw (www.smartdraw.com).  It's an easy way to do mind maps, org charts, calendars, room plans, flyers, web pages, and just about every other type of graphic you can imagine.  However, at almost US$300 it's not cheap.

Edraw (www.edrawsoft.com) is cheaper, at around US$100, and works in a similar way. 

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Find Out What's Been Causing Your PC to Crash

Windows is generally quite tolerant of badly behaved programs but sometimes a program (or especially a device driver) causes a problem so severe that Windows gives up entirely, and you're left with nothing but a Blue Screen of Death.  

Before Windows stops responding, it normally creates what's called a Minidump file.  Within this file are a lot of clues as to what caused the problem.  However, understanding the file is not easy.

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This Privacy Settings Scanner for Facebook is Great

If you use a PC you may already be familiar with Microsoft's free "Baseline Security Analyzer" tool.  It checks your PC for missing security patches, critical updates, weak passwords and so on.  

If you like the concept of such a tool, and you use Facebook, and you're worried about allowing strangers to find out information about you online, you need Reclaim Privacy.  It's a great new piece of freeware which checks your Facebook settings and gives you advice about whether they are secure or not.  For example, here's what it said about my own Facebook account:

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Free Trial Versions of Latest Microsoft Office and Visual Studio

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2010.  Office 2010 is now available to corporate customers who are on site licence deals, and will be available for general purchase next month.

Meanwhile, you can now download trial versions of both packages, to see what all the fuss is about.

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Free Programs to View or Edit Very Large Text Files

 
For editing document files, Open Office or Microsoft Office contains all the tools you need.  And for working with plain text files, Notepad or WordPad are included with Windows and do the job just fine.  But what if you need to edit, view or search text files which are too large for Word, Writer, Notepad or Wordpad to comfortably handle?
 

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