Archive for March, 2009

101 Great Free Sites and Downloads You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.

March 24, 2009

We scoured the Internet to come up with 101 innovative, entirely free downloads and services. Don’t miss our Best Bets.

In these tough times, the notion of free becomes more attractive than ever.

We’ve sifted through the Web to find and test 101 of the best free downloads and services out there. We concentrated on utilities and other helpers that can rev up your smartphone’s performance, streamline your social networking experience, and tame your PC while bending Windows to your will.

Our also list targets great productivity pumpers, security boosters, PC enhancers, and browser builders. But this list isn’t all deadly serious: We also pinpointed the best no-cost ways to find and manage video, and to do much more with your digital photos and music.

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Coda.fm – Music Album Torrents Directory (Q&A with Admin)

March 21, 2009

A great website surfaced not too long ago, and it has been a a gold mine for music lovers everywhere : a torrent site fully dedicated to music, with an UI to make Amazon envious. In this article we’ll discuss the past and future with its creator and administrator, a mysterious web developer from Europe, who wishes to remain anonymous due to threats from the RIAA and IFPI. We’ll also take a look at Coda.fm and analyze how it has changed the way you will download music.

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Clean Your Windows PC with Microsoft’s OneCare (Free)

March 21, 2009

We have all used applications to try and fix up our computers. It goes back to the early 90’s and a little program called Norton Utilities. Then lots of other similar products showed up and yet Microsoft still did not feel the need to release one themselves – maybe they were just looking to help consultants like myself along with tons of work.

It looks like Microsoft has wised up a bit and offers a little service called OneCare it is located at http://safety.live.com . When I tell some people about it they roll their eyes and give me that look, you know the look that says I do not want to give Billy Gates anymore of my hard earned money! Well if that was the case you would not be reading this on MakeUseOf… Are you following me?

Good! So long story short this is a free service that any authenticate version of XP or Vista can use to get a cleaning. It does not just look for spyware and viruses…

It also checks for registry mis-configurations and errors as well as other system issues like fragmentation. It will check on your firewall and antivirus programs as well. This program will also NOT let you shoot yourself in the foot. You will NOT be walking away with a busted computer when you are finished. Everything is un-doable via restore points as well. The one short fall of this application is that it MUST be run in Internet Explorer.

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HOW TO GUIDE: 60+ Great How To Sites and Resources

March 20, 2009

Ever had one of those moments when you really wished you knew how to do something specific? If only there were someone you could ask…

Thanks to the social web, particularly niche blogs and expert-driven communities, it’s easy to find knowledge, insights and guidance direct from the pros, no matter what the topic area. In fact, online tutorials and how-to sites have been around almost as long as the web itself.

Here’s a run-down of more than 60 great how-to sites and guides covering everything from building a mashup to being more productive, creating a website and more.

Read the rest at Mashable

25 Websites To Have Fun With Your Photos

March 15, 2009

Getting a little bored how your photos are presented online? How about injecting some fun and humour into it. You don’t really need to be Photoshop literate to edit and add effects into your photos. There’re some really great sites out there that allows you to add effects to your photo by using their existing effect-templates.

The best part is – most of them are free and output is shown immediately on the fly. Here’s a collection of 25 Sites To Have Fun With Your Photos we’ve come to know. You know they don’t really have to be your photos 🙂

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Top 10 Free Applications to Burn CD/DVD

March 15, 2009

Nero is the name which comes to mind when we think of CD/DVD burning. Mostly Nero comes bundled with out CD/DVD drives but the latest version of Nero is also resource intensive. There are other free alternatives which can perform as well as Nero and also consume less resource and space. Here are the 10 applications which you can use to burn CD/DVD/Blu Ray discs.

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23 Ways To Speed WinXP Without Defrag

March 14, 2009

To defrag, or not to defrag? If you’re looking for ways to speed WinXP machines used by your customers, then the answer is Not.

Defragmenting, of course, is the process of reorganizing all data on a hard-disk drive so that each file is arranged into a single uninterrupted, or contiguous, location on the disk. Many system builders and technicians have been taught, and still believe, that defragmenting hard disk drives on a regular basis keeps PCs operating at peak performance. But that idea is behind the times.

While it was true that defragmenting helped older PCs, it no longer applies. Today we have 7200-RPM (rotations per minute) hard-disk drives with improved seek and latency times; many also contain an 8-MB cache buffer. Let’s not forget Windows XP’s ultra-efficient NTFS (NT File System). For PCs, servers, and workstations equipped with these innovations, defragmenting no longer makes much improvement, if any, to system performance.

Since defragging the disk won’t do much to improve Windows XP performance, here are 23 suggestions that will. Each can enhance the performance and reliability of your customers’ PCs. Best of all, most of them will cost you nothing.

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Uncover Kernel Mode Trojans or Rootkits

March 12, 2009

Check for Rootkits with free detectors.
A Rootkit (a Kernel Mode Trojan), is a malware program, or a combination of malware programs, designed to take low level control of a computer system. Often, they are Keyloggers as well.

Techniques used to hide rootkits include; concealing running processes from monitoring programs, and hiding files, or system data, from the operating system.

In other words, the rootkit files and processes will be hidden in Explorer, Task Manager, and other detection tools.

It’s easy to see then, that if a threat uses rootkit technology to hide, it is going to be very difficult to find.

Kudos to the major anti-malware companies though; many have come up with a free serviceable solution to rootkits. Enter the Rootkit detector which will provide you with the tool to find and delete rootkits, and to uncover the threats rootkits may be hiding.

Generally, rootkit detectors are capable of the following type of scans, although it is important to note that not all detectors scan, or handle rootkits, in precisely the same way.

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Huge List of Free Web Apps, Tools & Softwares

March 10, 2009

Here am Posting Some of the Best and Cool List of Free Web Apps, Tools & Softwares. Which Are really Hepful to All readers these are some of the Best that I can get. These for all the newbies and the regular visitors of Technobuzz.net.

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12 Free Windows Antivirus of 2009

March 10, 2009

What is the Best Antivirus Software in 2009? What is the best free anti-virus software in 2009? Lest us look at what is highly reviewd and rated. This review picks the best antivirus software based on its virus detection abilities, features, and breadth of protection. Whether you’re seeking total system coverage or an ala carte solution, each of the following products provides superb virus protection for Windows-based PCs. Because every system is unique, evaluate several of these antivirus products to find the software best suited for your PC and your level of experience.

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