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More Desktop PCs Opinion

  • Opinion: Resize Windows Easily and Precisely With Free App Sizer

    As a technical writer and software blogger, an important part of my job is taking screenshots. I need to do this every day, and they often need to be in very specific sizes. To make that happen, I find myself reaching for Sizer (free) multiple times every day.

  • Opinion: Free WinSplit Revolution Makes Monitor(s) More Useful

    Ever since the dawn of Windows, a big part of the appeal was… well, windows. Being able to give each application its own area on the screen and run multiple applications at the same time completely transformed computing. But that’s old news; today, many of us have 24” monitors (sometimes more than one), and the challenge is how to use all of that screen space effectively. With the free WinSplit Revolution, you can make sure every inch of your monitor or monitors is displaying valuable information.

  • Opinion: Can You Do Real Work With the 30-Year-Old IBM 5150?

    When IBM released its first personal computer, the 5150, 30 years ago, it was deliberately drab--black, gray, and low-key. That’s because IBM intended the 5150 to be a serious machine for people doing serious work.

  • Opinion: Foxit Reader Opens Your PDFs Fast

    Foxit Reader is a fast, free, lightweight alternative to Adobe Reader for opening and displaying PDF files. It's also feature-packed, though it lacks the print-to-PDF and conversion capabilities of fellow freebie Nitro PDF Reader.

  • Opinion: Six PowerPoint Nightmares (and How to Fix Them)

    You're giving a speech in front of an audience, and suddenly you realize that you're naked.

  • Opinion: Why Apple beats every other tech manufacturer

    Tech manufacturers have much to learn from the success of Apple's unique hardware and software integration

  • Opinion: Instant Elevator Music Plays When Your PC Makes You Wait

    Whether you're copying, downloading, or opening them, big files mean long waits. Soothe your irritated nerves with Ben Stone's Instant Elevator Music. This small free/donationware program plays a pleasant tune in a loop while your PC sets about its work.

  • Opinion: Clipboard History Makes Easy Work of Cutting and Pasting

    Have you ever copied something to the clipboard, and then copied something else before you pasted? Or opened up Notepad just to hold some text while you copied something else? If yes to either (and I've done both), Outertech's free Clipboard History is likely to be a useful tool.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 puts us all on the take

    Windows 8 will encourage us all to embrace the web. But cloud computing is setting itself up for a fall by its very dependence on the internet. If you can’t access your apps, how will you use them?

  • Opinion: Office 365: Hands-on Look at Microsoft's Cloud Services

    Microsoft officially launched Office 365 on Tuesday. Individuals and businesses of all sizes can now take advantage of the same productivity and communications platforms that have traditionally been reserved for larger companies with big budgets and IT departments. Those larger companies with big budgets and IT departments can cut costs and let Microsoft manage the back-end tedium to deliver these services.

  • Opinion: Migrate to a New PC Without Benefit of Monitor

    Barrbender has a new PC and a transfer cable for migrating files from the old computer. But he has one problem: He didn't buy a new monitor, and therefore can't run the two PCs simultaneously.

  • Opinion: Upcoming MacBook Air Refresh Should Be First 'Ultrabook'

    When Intel showed off the specifications for and a prototype of its new "Ultrabook" mobile platform in late May, the thin and light laptop design looked awfully familiar to a lot of Mac owners.

  • Opinion: Tiny Linux Plug PC Offers a Cloud Computing Alternative

    Linux-based plug computers such as the Sheevaplug have been drawing fresh attention for some time already, but on Monday MimoMonitors launched the new MimoPlug, a tiny, cube-shaped contender that's designed as a desktop PC alternative for cloud computing applications.

  • Opinion: Apple Releases Mac Defender Security Update

    MacOS users now can fence themselves off from the Mac Defender malware. Apple released a security update to Mac OS 10.6.7 that detects and deletes the malware that allegedly rode in as a Trojan horse on Google Image files.

  • Opinion: Navigate Office Documents Freely With Office Tab Free

    What's one of the most annoying things about Microsoft Office? How difficult it is to keep track of all the documents you have open. Wouldn't it be nice if you could see them all as separate tabs, in the same way you can see different Web sites in a browser? With Office Tab Free (free), you can do exactly that. It comes in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Offers Students Free Xbox 360 with PC Purchase

    Student looking to buy a laptop or desktop computer this coming semester can pick a free Xbox 360 gaming console thanks to a pretty sweet Microsoft promotion. The Xbox deal is valid with the purchase of any Windows 7 computer starting at $699.

  • Opinion: Mac App Store Upgrade: Will OS X Lion be Apple's Vista?

    The first thing that came to mind when I heard that Apple may seed OS X 10.7 Lion via the Mac App Store to all users running Snow Leopard: Windows Vista.

  • Opinion: How 'New' Is the New iMac? iFixit Teardown Tells All

    Apple announced its new upgraded iMacs earlier this week, and sure enough, the geeks over at iFixit have already cracked one open to discover their deepest, darkest secrets.

  • Opinion: Apple iMacs Refresh Expected Next Week

    Apple is expected to refresh the iMac line next week, adding new Intel processors and Thunderblot ports, according to AppleInsider. If the rumors prove accurate, May 3 should be the day the improved iMacs go on sale. The iMac line was last updated nine months ago.

  • Opinion: Tablet tumbleweed

    It must be a sign of either indolence or incompetence in the computer industry that there’s so much vapourware these days. To explain, here’s a précis of the computer revolution that has hit the trade over the past 12 months



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