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The Ultimate Scientific Calculator. From Microsoft. And It's Free.

Microsoft used to sell a program called Mathematics, which was aimed at students.  It was a very capable product, able to solve equations, draw graphs, do calculus, and much more.  Ideal for anyone involved with mathematics, science, engineering, physics, and so on.

So why do I say "used to sell"?  Have they stopped producing it?  No.  They've merely stopped selling it, and are now giving it away!  There's even a brand new version, 4,0, which was launched only last week.

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Re-Program Your Windows Keyboard Keys With This Simple Utility

The ability to re-program one or more keys has been built into Windows since version 2000.  However, not many people use it because it involves editing the registry, and that can be dangerous at the best of times.

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Now available to all: 9 Great Freeware Programs that should be on Every PC

Update: This article was updated on January 5 to include a direct download link for non-Facebook users. In the original article it was stated that the download link for non-Facebook users would not be available until the following week. This was changed as our non-Facebook users felt they were being discriminated against. This was certainly not my intention and I apologize to those who felt this way.  - Gizmo 

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Gizmo's Freeware 2010 Product of the Year

Here at Gizmo's Freeware we have been selecting an annual freeware product of the year for the last six years. Normally we make the selection ourselves but this year we asked our readers to nominate their choice for the best freeware product of 2010. 

The voting results are in; we have a winner.

Best Freeware Product of 2010

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The Easy Way to Repair Your Internet Connection

Sometimes, Windows loses its connection to the internet.  This happens regardless of whether you're using an ADSL modem, an ADSL router, a cable router, a dial-up modem, or any other hardware device to connect.  And it happens regardless of whether your connection is cabled or wireless.

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Get a Free Year's Licence For This Recommended Security Program

Over at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-browser-protection-utility.htm there's a round-up of some of the best products available to help protect you when surfing online.  One of the recommended products is from Returnil.

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Download a Free Office Suite And Help a Charity Too

If you need an Office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics) for your PC but you don't want to fork out hundreds of dollars/pounds/whatever for Microsoft Office, then there's a handful of well-known free alternatives.  Probably the best-known is Open Office, but in recent years it's become big and slow.

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Edit PDF Files Online, For Free. No Download Required.

There are plenty of free programs around for reading PDF files.  There's Adobe's official app, of course, as well as lightweight alternatives such as Foxit Reader.  But if you want to edit a PDF file, your choices are much more limited. 

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A Very Handy List of CPU Rankings

I'm typing this on a PC which, according to Windows, has an Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q8200 running at 2.33 GHz.  I can easily find this out, by right-clicking on the My Computer icon and choosing the Properties option.

But just how good is a Q8200 compared with, say, an AMD Athlon 2800+? 

With so many hundreds of processor options available, how do you know whether the new machine you want to buy is actually faster than your current one?  And, if so, by how much?

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