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Free Program Downloads 1000 TED Talks To Your PC [Updated]

If you've never heard of TED, that's a great shame.  It's an organisation that sets up free conferences throughout the world that offers a selection of interesting talks from inspiring speakers.  Topics include everything from science and technology to education, politics, finance, medicine, and just about everything else you could possibly imagine.  When I attended one of the offshoot TEDx events last year, there was even a session on life drawing, complete with naked model!

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Download Apps To Your Android Phone From Your PC

If you've got an Android smartphone, you've also got a Google/Gmail account.  After all, you can't easily set up the phone without one.  

Gmail on an Android phone is pretty easy to use.  But did you know that your Gmail/Google account also allows you to view your installed apps, and download new ones, direct from your PC instead of your phone?  And it's really simple to use.

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A Great Online Collection of Audiobooks, Videos, Textbooks, Courses And More

Have you ever thought that the internet lacks, well, a degree of culture?  That there's too much content that is irrelevant, superfluous, wrong, or pointless?  Would you like a portal site that points you to lots more interesting, educational resources?

If so, then check out Open Culture, at www.openculture.com.  It comprises links to lots of free courses, books, audio books, language learning courses, videos, textbooks, and loads more besides.  

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Create Your Own Custom Windows Cursor

You've probably come across web sites before, usually advertised via irritating popups, that offer to download dozens of new, pointless cursors onto your computer.  Such features are generally best avoided.  Having loads of cursors on your PC, in the shape of cartoon characters and other designs, is a waste of space.

However, if you want to create just a single custom cursor for your PC, it's easy to do.  You don't need to rely on any of those garish sites.  Instead, everything you need is either available free online or built into Windows.  Here's what you need to do.

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This Brilliant Tool Could Be The Ultimate Safe Computing Environment

There are lots of software products around which claim to provide a safe computing environment by preventing malware and viruses from ever accessing your hard disk.  If you like the idea of such a product, then here's a great one to try.

LPS, as it's called, stands for Lightweight Portable Security.  It's actually produced by the US Department of Defense for use by military personnel, but the licence explicitly states that it's also for use by the public.

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A Free Full-Text Search Program for Windows

Occasionally I need to search all the files on my computer for a specific word or phrase.  The "occasionally" part of that sentence is actually the most important, because it means I don't want to use a search feature that creates and maintains a full index of my hard disk.  It takes up space, and slows down my computer.  I'd much rather take the speed hit, and have something that can search without an index.  I don't search very often, so I don't mind if the operation takes a couple of minutes each time.

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A Simple, Free Hard Disk LED Simulator

Sometimes it's useful to know whether the hard disk LED indicator on your computer is flashing.  Because if it is, that will explain why the computer might be running slowly, or why it might be an idea not to restart the machine right now.

Trouble is, not all computers are fitted with a hard disk activity LED any more.  And even if yours has one, maybe the system unit is under your desk and thus the indicator isn't easy to see.

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Would You Qualify For Mensa Membership? Take A Fun, Free, Online Test

Mensa is an international organisation of some 20,000 people, all of whom have an IQ that's higher than the average.  Have you ever wondered whether you would qualify for Mensa membership?  Although it's not an official IQ test that you can use to gain entry into Mensa, the organisation has a free "mental workout" on its web site that you can try, in order to guage your own skills.

There are 30 questions, and you are allowed half an hour to take the test.  Once you've done so, you'll be graded immediately so you can find out how well you've done.  

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300,000 Free Lectures From The World's Top Universities

As any regular reader of these pages will know, I'm a loyal Windows user.  I'm not particularly keen on Apple's products, because I just don't really get on with them.  I prefer Android to iPhone, and I don't really like Mac OSX.

I'm no fan of iTunes, either.  But I do have to admit that one particular feature of Apple's online media store is absolutely wonderful, and well worth exploring.

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