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Back Up Huge Files In Seconds (But Not the First Time!)

Unix and Linux people love talking about a great utility called rsync.  In a way, it's rather like the Windows utilities "robocopy" or "xcopy".  But where rsync really wins is that it only copies as much of a file as it needs to.  So if only a few bytes in a 3 GB file have changed, rsync could copy that file almost instantly whereas robocopy or xcopy would need to shift all 3 GB across the system again.  A pain if you're backing up across your local LAN, and a massive problem if you want to back up across the internet.

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Clean Up Windows and Speed Up Your PC With This Free Utility

 If you're a fan of programs which claim to be able to speed up/optimize/clean up your Windows installation, then you'll like 360amigo.  It's quick, friendly, and easy to use.  And while the paid-for version costs around $20 a year, there's also a freebie version which has loads of useful features.

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Free 15-point Security Checklists

In the US, it's currently National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is an initiative sponsored and promoted by the Department for Homeland Security.  The Department was created in 2001, in response to a series of attacks far more deadly than anything which the internet has ever been responsible for.

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Free, Portable App Encrypts a USB Flash Drive

A USB Flash drive is a wonderful way to store or back up  hundreds of megabytes of files in a tiny pocket-sized device.  Until you lose it, or it gets stolen.  You then get to spend the rest of your life worrying about where your files have ended up, and who's been looking at your private/confidential/personal/intimate information.

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Real-Time Continuous Backup Freebie

I've never been a big fan of traditional backup applications.  I normally find it simpler to back up my files with something like Robocopy, which is a free command-line utility that Microsoft has shipped with all versions of Windows from XP onwards. Or if you don't like command lines, there's a similar utility, again free from Microsoft, called Sync Toy.

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This 50-page Guide to Windows 7 is Free

If you're still running Windows XP or Vista, but you're considering the move to Windows 7, here's a handy e-book which goes into useful detail about where 7 is different from, or similar to, previous incarnations of Windows.  It's a handy, easy read, and is well worth checking out.

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Free Software for Aspiring Novelists

Ever been tempted to write a novel?  If so, you'll probably have approached it in the same way that most aspiring novelists do.  Fire up your favourite word processor, then start throwing random words, scenes, plots, characters and one-liners into  a document.  And then you realise that you've ended up with an impenetrable mess, and should have used something other than a word processor.  But what?  An outliner?  Database?  Spreadsheet?

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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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