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The Easiest way to Prototype a Web Page or User Interface

Are you still using scraps of paper to sketch the layout for your web pages?  Or maybe you've gone a bit more hi-tech, and are using Post-It notes on your desk?  Or perhaps even a whiteboard and pens?

I don't blame you for not using a computer.  After all, there's just no software app that can compare with pen and paper when it comes to roughing out a page design.  Or at least, there hasn't been until now.

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New Microsoft Service Fixes Common PC Problems for Free

Fix it Center is a new Microsoft service currently in public beta that provides a set of online and offline tools for diagnosing and fixing common PC and device problems.  It may be a beta but it’s already a useful and highly usable product that offers a support lifeline to many average Windows users with PC problems.

Fix it Center consolidates into a single product a whole range of trouble shooters, wizards and other support resources currently scattered throughout the Microsoft site and Windows itself. It works with any Windows version from XP through to Window 7

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Create a Live Web Page from Scratch in Seconds, via Email

Posterous ( is almost certainly the quickest way to create a web page and get it online.  Post a simple text message, or include additional content such as an MP3 file or a picture.   Unlike traditional blogging and publishing services, such as Blogger or MySpace, you don't even need to sign up for an account.  Just think of something to say, then email it to  Within a few seconds, you'll get back a reply telling you the address of your published page.

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A Free Replacement for Windows Search

After nearly a decade, software developer Mythicsoft has finally released a new version of its popular search program Agent Ransack.  The program has always had a strong following as a replacement for Windows Search and the new version will further increase its appeal.

Windows inbuilt search function has always been a problem child. Older versions like that in XP took forever and made a habit of missing files while the newer versions in Vista and Windows 7 consume a lot of your PC’s horsepower building and maintaining huge search indexes.

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Protect Your Valuable Data with My Lockbox

It was during my research for an alternative security setup that I discovered My Lockbox that seemed to offer a simple effective solution for storing away my confidential information. 

I had a particular problem. I wanted to hide the existence of my secret data.

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Next Generation Malware Attacks PCs Via Firmware in Hardware Devices

At the recent CanSecWest international security conference in Vancouver, French researchers compromised a Linux PC by exploiting a feature in the machine’s network card.  The same technique could be used to take control of any PC including Windows PCs that use Broadcom NetXtreme cards with the remote factory diagnostic mechanism enabled. These cards are in widespread circulation and have been used in a number of Hewlett Packard PCs.

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Free AVG Rescue CD Helps Get Unbootable PCs Working

AVG have just released a free rescue CD that can be used to recover your computer when the system cannot be loaded normally, such as after an extensive or deep-rooted virus infection.

The AVG Rescue CD enables you to fully remove infections from an otherwise inoperable PC and render the system bootable again

This could also be handy for folks who this week were locked out of their PCs by a faulty update installed by BitDefender and Bullguard (which uses the same engine and signatures) which rendered many 64 bit machines useless.

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Popular Science 137 year archive available online for FREE

That's right.  137 years of Popular Science magazine available to download for free.

From the Popular Science web site:

"We've partnered with Google to offer our entire 137-year archive for free browsing. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. It's an amazing resource that beautifully encapsulates our ongoing fascination with the future, and science and technology's incredible potential to improve our lives. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do."

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Free Screen Recorder


BB FlashBack Express lets you record your screen, sound and webcam for free in its default fbr format. Immediately after recording, you can play back the file with its player that comes together with the recorder as a package.

The player is nicely designed in that you can jump from one frame to another or just skip to a certain time spot to review your recorded file.

If you don't like to keep the recorded file in fbr format, the player does allow you to export it into more common swf or avi format easily.

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New Free Edition of Paragon Backup & Recovery (10.1)

 Paragon have now released Backup & Recovery Free Edition which is not a time-limited offer, as it has been in the past.  It has many new features, including support for Windows 7, cyclic backup - complete infrastructure for establishing a self-acting data protection system, support for the latest hardware and back up and restore of GPT entire disks.  There is also support for the latest hard disk partitioning schemes.

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