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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

11. If you want to secure a business plan, family snaps or other private files from prying eyes, TrueCrypt is ideal for storing files in a password-protected vault. TrueCrypt can secure a folder or an entire disk. And it's great for a USB drive, which could easily be lost or stolen.

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12. If you'd like to get TV and music online, try episode-collection sites such as Joost.com. BBC iPlayer now offers whole series for streaming and download. You can stream music for free to your PC from Deezer and Last.fm - or get an internet radio, of course.

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13. Search smarter. Drill down through Google search results with advanced operators. Enclose phrases and proper names in quotes to bring up exact matches. Use the + and - signs to specify meaning and use the filetype: operator to find certain kinds of documents (as in budget filetype:xls).

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14. Reduce print costs. Print at the lowest quality, opt for duplex printing and shrink several pages on to each sheet of paper (use preview first). Use the Aardvark Firefox plug-in to delete ads from web pages. CutePDF will also print documents as PDF files.

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