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An Office Suite That's Especially Designed For Kids

OpenOffice is probably the best-known of the free, open-source office software suites.  It comprises a word processor, spreadsheet, and graphics apps.  But despite the fact that it's open source, few attempts have been made to create genuinely new and useful products from that code.  Until now.

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This Online Paint Program's As Good As Any Windows App

If you need evidence that the humble web browser, and the HTML language, has finally grown up, look no further than online drawing/painting programs such as Picnik (www.picnik.com).  No longer is the browser simply a program to display text and the occasional image, but it's now a complete environment in whch to run complex programs.  Hence Google's forthcoming Chrome OS, of course, which in reality is little more than a bootable browser and a TCP/IP stack.

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DataSafe Backup - Average Backup Software with A Unique Twist

Quick Summary

  • Very basic backup software, with simple 3 step job creation.
  • Backup Types Supported, Full, Incremental, Differential, Mirror.
  • Backup Scheduler.
  • 9 levels of compression. (Zip)
  • Password protection and encryption  (AES)
  • Backup to local drive, CD, or FTP.  (No DVD support)
  • Include/Exclude Filters
  • Backup Open files (Volume Shadow Service)
  • Uses hard links with mirror style backups to help eliminate data duplication

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I Actually Like This Simple Windows Media Player

Most days, I try to add a new entry to our ever-growing collection of Hot Finds.  But some days, as you'll have noticed, nothing appears.  Does this mean that I'm having a day off?  Not usually, no.  Well, not unless we're talking about the past couple of weeks, during which I moved to a new office and was thus without easy internet access for a few days.

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A Replacement Windows Explorer. With Tabs!

If you like playing with replacements for the standard Windows Explorer, you might just love this one for a number of reasons.  First, it's a tiny download of just half a megabyte.  Second, it doesn't need installing.  Just unzip the downloaded file and click on the application to run it.  So if you don't like it, removing it from your PC requires nothing more than deleting the file. Third, it's open source and free.  Fourth, it comes in 32- and 64-bit flavours. 

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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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