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Get to know your Windows operating system inside out! Pick up tips & tricks, and discover the best Windows software & modern apps out there

AIM Blast: Group Messaging For AOL Instant Messenger

Windows

AIM Blast: Group Messaging For AOL Instant Messenger

I don’t think you or I need to look at any official statistics to come to the conclusion that AOL Instant Messenger has been on a bit of a slope for the past few years. Skype, the messaging client of this decade, does everything that AIM can do, and usually even better. One of the nicest features available to Skype is the ability to create group conversations. I’ve come to realize that many users of AIM never knew that a similar feature has existed on AIM for years. That feature is AIM Blast.

Craig Snyder August 9, 2013
AIM Blast: Group Messaging For AOL Instant Messenger
How To Share A Windows CD Or DVD Drive On Your Network

Windows

How To Share A Windows CD Or DVD Drive On Your Network

“How do you share a CD or DVD drive across a network?” This was the question that dropped into my head recently as it became apparent that I would need to access data on some archive DVDs. If I was using a standard PC this wouldn’t be a problem; as it is, I’ve been the owner of an Acer Iconia W700 for several months now and one of the key drawbacks of a tablet computer is that they don’t come with integrated DVD drives. Surely there must be a way to share the DVD drive on my wife’s laptop across the home network?

Christian Cawley August 8, 2013
How To Share A Windows CD Or DVD Drive On Your Network
FullRecall: A Cross-Platform Tool to Remember Everything

Android Linux

FullRecall: A Cross-Platform Tool to Remember Everything

The human memory can store data for an amazingly long time, but unlike a computer, we have a hard time recalling information that’s not frequently used or obviously important. We can have hard time digging up important details from a book read just a few weeks ago. Repetition is a great way to work around this problem. This concept is core to FullRecall, a simple, free program that can be customized to help you remember anything you’d like. Let’s take a look at how this app can help you improve your memory.

Matt Smith August 8, 2013
FullRecall: A Cross-Platform Tool to Remember Everything
Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux

Linux Mac

Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux

When it comes to video editing, most programs currently available are extremely dense and packed with hundreds of options. And why shouldn’t they be? Video editing is all about control and that requires a lot of features. The downside is the huge inherent learning curve of such complex programs. What if you want to edit videos on a more basic level? I present to you: Avidemux.

Joel Lee August 7, 2013
Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux
Finding the Best PNG Image Compression Tool

Browsers Internet

Finding the Best PNG Image Compression Tool

Any image that has a smaller size will load on a web page faster, fit into an email message more easily, and transfer across the Internet more quickly. Compressed images can speed up the entire page load time of your site, and that’s really important when you’re looking to design a high quality web page that people aren’t annoyed to visit because the images take so long to load! In this article, I’ll test out four PNG compression apps, provide the results for each case, and then draw a conclusion as to which one performed the best.

Ryan Dube August 7, 2013
Finding the Best PNG Image Compression Tool
2 Handy Tools To Monitor Your Windows Files & Folders

Windows

2 Handy Tools To Monitor Your Windows Files & Folders

We’ve all lost a sock or two in the dryer, but how about losing disk space in your Windows folders? It seems like it happens out of nowhere, and before you know it you find yourself at a point where your computer is just growing inside of itself. What if you had the ability to monitor your folders, both in real-time and on demand, to constantly know what was going on within your system? It’s completely possible and not difficult at all. Let me introduce you to two tools that can help you do just that.

Craig Snyder August 6, 2013
2 Handy Tools To Monitor Your Windows Files & Folders
How To Run Old Games & Software In Windows 8

Gaming Windows

How To Run Old Games & Software In Windows 8

One of Microsoft’s big strengths — and weaknesses — is their focus on backwards compatibility. Most Windows applications will work just fine on Windows 8. This is especially true if they worked on Windows 7, as Windows 8 is very similar to Windows 7. Some old games and software, particularly ones designed for older operating systems like Windows XP, Windows 98, or DOS, may not work properly out of the box. The below tips apply to all different types of software and will help you get an idea what the problem is.

Chris Hoffman August 5, 2013
How To Run Old Games & Software In Windows 8
How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre

Linux Mac

How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre

The biggest problem with an eReader like the Amazon’s Kindle is that it requires unreasonable effort to move books between different devices. Before Kindle, I fell in love with Calibre. A bit on the heavy side, but this eBook management suite is incredibly powerful and always easy to use. Whether you’re just installing Calibre for the first time, or it’s already filled with incompatible EPUB files (like mine was), below are some tips to optimise Calibre for use with your Kindle.

Simon Slangen August 5, 2013
How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre
4 Easy Ways To Know If You’re On A 64-Bit Version Of Windows

Windows

4 Easy Ways To Know If You’re On A 64-Bit Version Of Windows

Are you using a processor that supports a 64-bit operating system and are you running a 64-bit operating system? The average off-and-on PC user probably doesn’t know the answers to these questions, although they should. The 64-bit versions of Windows operating systems offer many advantages, such as practically unlimited RAM. There are so many reasons why 64-bit operating systems are better! Now, let’s look into four ways that you can figure out if you’ve already got the 64-bit goodies.

Craig Snyder August 4, 2013
4 Easy Ways To Know If You’re On A 64-Bit Version Of Windows
Managing Notifications in Windows 8

Windows

Managing Notifications in Windows 8

Windows 8’s new app platform provides an integrated notification system for Modern apps. Windows 8-style apps can use several different types of notifications — traditional toast notifications, lock screen notifications, and live tiles. All of these can be managed, whether you want to disable an app’s notifications, allow notifications only for certain email accounts, or temporarily silence notifications. Unfortunately, Windows 8 doesn’t include a notification center that shows a history of your notifications in one place.

Chris Hoffman August 2, 2013
Managing Notifications in Windows 8
5 Vital System Tools Every Windows User Should Know About

Windows

5 Vital System Tools Every Windows User Should Know About

Not sure why your computer keeps crashing? If you’ve been afraid to poke around your system and figure out how to maintain it, don’t fear: it’s simpler than you think. There are plenty of articles on this very site pointing out third-party tools for maintaining your Windows system. What we occasionally overlook, however, are the tools Windows provides out of the box for doing the same things. Knowing where to find tools for scanning your hard drive and memory can’t hurt – and neither can some basic diagnostic tools.

Justin Pot August 1, 2013
5 Vital System Tools Every Windows User Should Know About
Batch Edit & Watermark Hundreds of Photos With PhotoMarks

Mac Windows

Batch Edit & Watermark Hundreds of Photos With PhotoMarks

Batch image editing is something most people don’t even think about until they find themselves staring at tens, hundreds or thousands of photos that require an identical edit. The task seems impossible, and you wonder; how the heck am I going to do all of this without perishing of boredom? Fortunately, many people have been in this spot before, and many developers have created solutions to quickly whip thousands of photos into shape. One such solution is PhotoMarks. Let’s see what this batch editor has to offer.

Matt Smith August 1, 2013
Batch Edit & Watermark Hundreds of Photos With PhotoMarks
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