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14 simple tips to improve your computing life

All the tricks you need to know, but don't like to ask about

7. Ditch your laptop and take your PC with you on a USB flash drive or iPod. Portable Windows software such as MojoPac and U3 put a desktop on a drive, enabling you to run applications and save documents. See our workshop on portable software.

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8. Use a single mailbox. If you've got several email accounts, you can get lost trying to keep on top of them all. Google Mail's Mail Fetcher can retrieve messages from up to five POP3 email accounts. You can send mail from your non-Gmail addresses via Gmail's Compose screen too. GMX.co.uk offers similar functions.

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9. Get on top of your busy schedule by setting up an automated email reminder for recurring events or tasks. Google Calendar will happily send alerts via SMS or email, but most web-based calendars and task managers, as well as sites such as HassleMe, support alerts of this type.

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10. Never forget your usernames and passwords. Instead of writing everything down on Post It notes, lock up your store of sensitive passwords in a secure, encrypted password database. KeePass assigns a single master password to your secure database.

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