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15+ free Windows apps to help you tackle Thanksgiving tech support

November 21, 2010


The holiday season has always been a time for gathering — but in recent years, it’s also been a time when family and friends come bearing gifts of computer troubles. Their computer friends — people like the Download Squad team and you, our readers — get asked to do everything from installing RAM upgrades to the annual computer tune-up. We’re happy to oblige, of course, because there’s a decent chance someone will pay us in beer or baked goods. Cash is welcome too, but never seems to be offered quite as readily.

To make your holiday tech duties a bit easier, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite troubleshooting apps for Windows.
Where download links for the files aren’t on the application’s main page, I’ve included a link to the appropriate download page. I’ve provided a handful of FileHippo links as well — they’re an excellent mirror site and they don’t surround download links in advertisements or “recommendations.”

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24 Great Open Source Apps for Admins & Technicians

November 30, 2009

I’m always on the lookout for apps that can ease my workload or free up some room in my budget, and open source applications are an excellent way for me to accomplish both.

If you’re in the same boat as me, hopefully you’re already utilizing some open source options. If not, I’ve put together this list of two dozen great applications that I can depend on to keep things running smoothly on my office LAN and customer systems as well.

Some of these you’ll recognize, but I hope that there are some that are new to you as well.

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9 free antivirus programs for Windows

February 24, 2009

Keeping your Windows computer virus-free doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Heck, it doesn’t need to cost you any money. There are plenty of good options available for those of you on the hunt for free antivirus software.

Wait – free? Don’t companies like Norton make a good business out of selling antivirus protection? Why would someone give it away? Developers of free antivirus solutions like Avast and AVG are counting on a couple of things. First, that you’ll like the free offering enough to want to buy an upgraded version of their product. Second, that if enough home users talk about how much they love it that their “computer guy” at work might want to use it on the company’s systems.

The free options listed after the break offer the same kind of protection as the boxed software you can buy at the store.

Two things to keep in mind:

First, as with other free software, some of the developers ask for support in the form of a toolbar install. They’re all optional, so make sure to un-tick the checkboxes during the install if you don’t want the toolbar.

Second, a number of the developers offer a non-free version on the free version’s download page via a service called TrialPay. The totally free version is normally on the left, the TrialPay offer on the right – make sure you’re clicking the link you actually want.

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Weird Wednesday: Real websites making fake stuff

February 15, 2009

Until we can finally allow robots to craft everything via iPhone CAD/CAM apps, you’ll have to get your fix of fake tombstones and dress-up robots online. Here’s a roundup of some helpful tools — maybe. Honestly, several are horrendous to use. Others are merely fugly. One frightened my hamster. Still, if you are looking for a way to express yourself on the cover of TIME magazine, this may be your thing. Please add more in the comments, I know I’ve missed a few decent ones among the junk.

Make these crazy things online: Tombstone, Internet Diploma, Magazine, Robot, Signs…

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