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Get A Free Game From Game Giveaway of the Day

Most of us have heard of the site Giveaway of the Day (GOTD), some of us have used it, and from time to time one of their giveaways will show up here.

If you like games, they now have another site: Game Giveaway of the Day.(GGOTD)

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Two Free Portable Application Launchers

By sheer coincidence I was notified about two different application launchers on the same day. I've had a quick look at each and they are both impressive though they adopt very different approaches. They are tiny downloads and don't need installing so try them both and see which one best suits your style of working.

Appetizer

Here's what the developer Laurent Cozic wrote:

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Easy Way To Use Linux In Windows

During my time at University, I have come across many useful tools available in Linux that are not available in Windows. I know what some of you are thinking.  I could simply switch to Linux, as it is more-or-less as easy to use as Windows.  But I require some programming tools in Windows that make the switch impossible.  I really did not want to reboot every time I required a Linux-only program.  For a long time I would use a VNC client to remotely log into a Linux PC to use the tools I needed, but that left me with two locations with current files.  Not ideal.

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Desktop Earth - The Earth on Your Desktop in Real Time!

Desktop Earth is a wallpaper generator for Windows. It runs whenever you're logged on and updates your wallpaper with an accurate representation of the Earth as it would be seen from space at that precise moment.

Day and night is accurately represented depending on the Sun's overhead position (which depends on both the time of day and the day of the year) and both the snow cover and the foliage changes with the seasons.

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Download Microsoft SharePoint Designer Free (no time limit)

SharePoint Designer is Microsoft's WYSIWYG HTML editor and general web design program that replaced Microsoft FrontPage.

When SharePoint Designer replaced Front Page, Microsoft changed the HTML rendering engine to one that is more standards compliant - making it easier to design web pages that are readable in most browsers.

You can get more information and the download link at the SharePoint Designer home page.

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Free Utility Speeds Up Vista

Experienced users are well aware that you can improve the performance of all versions of Windows by shutting down non essential Windows services.  Indeed whole web sites such as Black Viper (http://www.blackviper.com/) are dedicated to the subject.

Of all the versions of Windows, Vista shows the greatest gain from shutting down non essential services. That because it has so many er, non essential components. OK then, so many useless components.

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How to Stop Vista Objecting to Programs at Startup

Oh the joys of Vista.

One of its many "charming" characteristics is that it will fail at startup to run certain utilities you have installed.

It does this for your protection but when you have deliberately and consciously installed a program and it won't run, it is a total pain.

The classic example is the wonderful free "Everything" search program. After you install "Everything" Vista will simply not automatically run the program at startup. Instead it issues a warning message. The only way to start the program is to do it manually.

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Don't know the name of the song? Just hum a few bars into this search engine.

Song title imageAre you looking for a song but only know some of the notes to it and the title simply escapes you?  Then Midomi might just be for you.  Just sing, hum, or whistle into your microphone and let Midomi find your music for you.  It's not perfect, but it is a new revolutionary way to find that lost tune you don't know the title of.  It requires that scripts are turned on in your browser, so be careful.

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