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I Love This Free Collection of Audio and Video Converters

Rather than using a VCR or PVR to record television programmes, I use a PC running Windows 7 Media Centre.  I much prefer it to using a dedicated unit.  Partly because I find Media Centre much easier to use than the interface on any other similar device.  Partly because I can access recordings via my LAN, and thus watch stuff in my office which has been recording in the living room.  And partly because of the wonderful Remote Potato utility, which allows me to schedule recordings remotely, via the web, from wherever I happen to be.

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Connect to Any PC Remotely with Team Viewer

One of the most irritating decisions that Microsoft ever made was to split Windows Vista, and its successors, into a multitude of different versions.  With XP it was simple - Home and Professional.  The Home version did everything that home users needed, while the professional version added the stuff that professionals needed, such as the ability to join a centrally-managed domain rather than a peer-to-peer workgroup.

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This Online Web Page Template Generator Is Impressive

If you want to create a web site, the first thing you need is a template.  You can design it yourself, using HTML and CSS along with a copy of something like Dreamweaver.  Or you can download a ready-made template from sites such as www.demusdesign.com.  But here's yet another alternative, and I happen to think it's really very clever indeed.

It's a web-based web site template designer.  Think of it as a free Web-based service that's a bit like running Dreamweaver.

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Free Utility Makes MS SkyDrive Even More Useful

A couple of months ago, Rhiannon briefly mentioned a new utility called SD Explorer on her weekend roundup (you can read her article at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/weekend-roundup-may-7-2010.htm).  It just so happens that I've recently been using SD Explorer too, and I think it definitely qualifies as a Hot Find.  So if you already saw Rhiannon's post, I apologise for mentioning the product again.

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Retrieve the Software Installation Keys From Your PC

You know how it is.  You buy some software on CD, or online, and install it.  The program works perfectly for ages.  And then one day it doesn't.  Or you change your PC.

Time for a reinstall of your applications.  Except that you forgot to write down the installation key of that software, and the CD case (or confirmation email) has long since been lost.  So you face the prospect of having to buy another licence for that can't-do-without application.

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This Professional Application Prototyping Tool is Free

 

If you develop software professionally, and you're after a program to help you develop prototypes and mockups, here's a great application.  Serena Prototype Composer (http://www.serena.com/products/prototype-composer/index.html) is an industrial-strength tool which is completely free to download and use. 

You do have to supply a valid email address and phone number before you get to see the download link, but that's a small price to pay for what is a very powerful product.

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Get Remote Access to your Windows Media Centre

 

One of the best features of Windows 7 is Media Centre (ok, Media Center if you prefer, but I don't).  Connect a TV tuner card to your PC, either as a plug-in card or on a USB stick, and your computer becomes the ultimate Personal Video Recorder.  Not only can you easily watch and record TV and radio programmes, but you can also access those recordings from elsewhere on your home network.

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Hundreds of Free, Portable Apps on a USB Key

If you're like me, you probably carry a USB pen drive around with you, just in case you need to copy a file or 2 from someone else's PC.  You might even go as far as keeping a couple of important apps or documents on that stick, just in case.

But imagine having hundreds of ready-installed applications on that drive, ready to access from whatever machine you plug it into.  Never again will you borrow a friend's PC, or use a public computer, and not have access to an installed program that allows you to do what you need to do.

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