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Netbook Operating Systems to Replace Windows

If you want a cheap, small laptop that does everything a traditional laptop or desktop can do, then a netbook is a great buy.  However, netbook hardware is rarely as powerful as a "proper" laptop (what do you expect for the price?), which means it's not ideal for playing processor-intensive games or doing serious work such as video editing.

As a general-purpose machine for lighter tasks, such as word processing and web browsing, though, it's perfectly adequate.

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Amazing 3D Sculpture App Is Currently Free

A very talented programmer called Tomas Pettersson spent 6 months creating an amazing Windows program which he called Sculptris.  It is, effectively, a computer simulation of a ball of clay, which you can sculpt, prod, pull, poke, and generally manipulate with your mouse in order to create a sculpture.  

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Check The Temperature Of Your CPU

If your PC keeps crashing for no apparent reason, and if those crashes tend to occur when the machine is busy doing lots of things, there's a pretty good chance that the problem is down to an overheating CPU.  Maybe one of the fans in your system has stopped working, or an air vent is blocked with dust.

To help diagnose such problems, here's a wonderful little Windows utility that tells you the current internal temperature of your CPU.  If the chip has multiple cores, it'll even give you a separate reading for each. And if there are multiple CPUs, that's catered for too.

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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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