50 Top Portable Addictive Free Games

May 18, 2011

From TechMynd

For gamers we have collected 50 top best free portable games. Portable games can be copied in a USB drive and you can take these games anywhere with you and if you are free infront of a PC – let’s say friend’s PC – you can play these games without installing a thing in the computer. These games are free and most of these are open source. We have got portable shooting games, portable puzzle games, portable board games, portable racing games, portable educational games, portable chess, portable solitaire, portable card games, portable 3d games and more. Download best of the best 50 portable entertaining addictive games.

Read the rest at: http://www.techmynd.com/50-top-portable-addictive-free-games/

Where to Get the Best Free Education Online

May 1, 2011

From Lifehacker

Whether you’re a student looking for supplemental learning or you’re in the workforce but thirsty for knowledge, you don’t have to drop thousands of dollars in tuition to enjoy a top-notch education from some of the best schools in the world.

While most online resources won’t grant you a college degree, there’s a lot more to the internet than Wikipedia when it comes to learning. Whether you learn best through video or text, want to take a year-long course or just to touch up on a few topics, there are more than a few places online that can give you the full experience. In fact, there are enough that it can get quite overwhelming, so we’ve rounded up the best resources to make it all a bit more manageable. Here are some of the best places to get an education without ever leaving your computer.

Read the rest at http://lifehacker.com/#!5615716/where-to-get-the-best-free-education-online

The Best Free Software of 2011

April 7, 2011

Yes I know it’s another list of free windows software but this one has about twice the amount of programs than my last post.

From PCMag.com

Got Windows? These 208 free products are yours to download and install to help you with just about any computing job you can imagine.

Every year at this time, PCMag takes a look at what is worth installing on your PC— software that’s totally free that does the job as well as, if not better, than the big boys. That’s not to say programs from Microsoft, Adobe, and hundreds of other developers aren’t worthwhile, but you should always be aware of your options, especially when they’re free.

With that in mind, we’re here again to gather the best of the freebies. First, we re-examined our picks from last year’s story (The Best Free Software of 2010) to ensure they’re still worth installing and that they’re still freeware. Of course, we also took a look at all of the great free software announced in the last 12 months.

The list is primarily productivity apps for Windows users (mainly Vista and Windows 7, with some XP tools)—the kind you download and install to your hard drive. However, we make frequent note of other places the apps can run: Mac, Linux, Web, Mobile & Portable.

Read the list at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381528,00.asp

The Best Of: Free Windows Software

April 1, 2011

From MakeUseOf

On this page you will find the best 102 free Windows programs for all your needs. We’ve taken the effort to categorize the apps and picked only those we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you.

With these categories: Anti-virus, Malware removal, Firewall Apps, Defragmenters, File Recovery, ininstallers, Backup Apps, System Maintenance, Browsers, Email Clients, Communication, Photos/Images, Audio Tools, Video Tools, Files/Drives, Documents, Productivity, Archive Managers, CD/DVD Tools, Downloads & Others

See the list at http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software

FOUR Free Alternatives To Adobe Reader Malware Magnet

March 21, 2011

From: Bill Mullins

FLASH – A critical vulnerability (March 14, 2011), exists in Adobe Reader, as well as Flash Player and Acrobat. But don’t worry, Adobe will address this issue during the week of March 21, 2011. (OK, enough sarcasm).

If you’re shaking your head and wondering if you’ve heard this before – you can stop wondering. The date might be different; the vulnerability might be different, but you have heard this before – unfortunately, not once before, but often.

The graphics below (courtesy of Secunia – the developers of Secunia PSI), convincingly illustrate why Adobe Reader is considered one of the most hacked pieces of software.

Month by Month (so far) in 2011
The “Month by Month” graph below shows the number of issued Secunia advisories affecting Adobe Reader 9.x on a month-by-month basis.

Read the rest at http://billmullins.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/four-free-alternatives-to-adobe-reader-malware-magnet/

Reliability and Service: Technology’s Most (and Least) Reliable Brands

March 12, 2011

From PCWorld.com

When you buy a new PC, camera, printer, or TV, you want a dependable device from a manufacturer that’s committed to supporting its customers. We asked 45,000 readers and found out which companies you can really trust.

Every year, consumers purchase millions of computers and peripherals. And every year, millions of those devices break down.

For anyone who plans to buy a piece of hardware, the overall reliability of a vendor’s products and the quality of its service are important considerations. Unfortunately, much of the information that people use in deciding which product to buy is fragmentary and anecdotal–not the kind of data you’d want to base a three- or four-figure decision on.

To obtain some hard data about which vendors have done the best job over the past year, we recently polled approximately 45,000 visitors to PCWorld.com, asking them about the mechanical soundness of their tech products–laptop PCs, desktop PCs, HDTVs, digital cameras, and printers–and about the quality of the tech support they received when those products required service. For similar evaluations of smartphone vendors, see “The Smartphones You Can Rely On.”

Perhaps the most surprising thing about our most recent survey results is how closely consumer opinions about reliability and service this year match those we reported last year.

Read the rest at http://www.pcworld.com/article/187407/reliability_and_service_technologys_most_and_least_reliable_brands.html

The Tech Brands You Can Trust

March 12, 2011

From: PCWorld.Com

Every year PCWorld polls its knowledgeable readers to see which companies are providing the best tech support and service. The results of our latest exclusive survey of 79,000 tech aficionados reveal some welcome improvements and some familiar shortcomings.

Device manufacturers spend billions each year on designing, marketing, and advertising their products. That’s what they need to do to get you to the counter to buy.

But how many of them are willing to spend the money it takes to ensure that their products hold up after the sale has been made, and to service the product if it breaks?

Those are important questions for customers to ask before they buy–and the key questions of our annual Reliability and Service Survey. Each year we survey thousands of our readers to find out which hardware manufacturers have the best–and worst–product reliability and customer service and support.

This year’s response was unprecedented: 79,000 of you rated the tech products you use. With such a large pool of survey data, we learned a great deal about the companies that make laptops, desktops, smartphones, HDTVs, cameras, and printers. Here’s the mile-high view of what we found.

–Put simply, products made by Apple, Asus, Brother, and Canon are typically reliable and well supported.

–Products made by Dell and Hewlett-Packard often aren’t, especially if you’re a home user.

–Laptops are slightly more reliable than before, and have fewer serious problems than desktops.

–Business PC customers are generally more satisfied than their consumer counterparts.

And there’s much, much more.

After you read this article, you may want to jump to PCWorld’s Facebook page, where readers can add their own stories of product reliability and vendor service.

Read the rest at http://www.pcworld.com/article/211074/the_tech_brands_you_can_trust.html

The Easiest Way To Move Your iTunes Library To An External Drive

March 1, 2011

From: MakeUseOf.com

Storage space is one of the biggest problems for laptop users. You can run out of those bytes in no time at all, especially if you fill your laptop with multimedia files like music and movies – the types of files that you keep and manage using a multimedia manager like iTunes.

A quick look at the folder sizes inside my MacBook hard drive shows that the iTunes folder occupies a large area on that near-full storage space. To regain some room to breathe, I decided to move my collections to an external drive.

If the problem is only moving everything inside the iTunes folder to the external drive, a simple cut and paste would solve it. The trick however is to keep everything intact. Nobody wants to re-fill hundreds (or thousands) of song information, re-assign all the ratings, re-paste all lyrics and re-hunt for the cover art. The only thing that should be different after the move is the location.

Read the rest at: MakeUseOf.com

Stay Malware Free (Hopefully!) – Scan With A “Live CD” Regularly

February 21, 2011

From Bill Mullins
I’m regularly asked how often I scan my primary personal machine for malware. The answer is – as part of a layered security approach, I have a formal schedule which I stick to without fail.

Once a day, I quick scan the system drive with both Microsoft Security Essentials, and Malwarebytes’ Antimalware – making sure the databases are updated and current.
Running a quick scan with both these applications, takes less than 5 minutes. For example: Malwarebytes’ – 150,000 objects – 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Microsoft Security Essentials – 30,000 items – 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Much of today’s malware though, can be extremely difficult to identify and remove – despite a user relying on frontline antimalware applications to do the job. So, I don’t see any advantage in running full scans on a live system – instead, once a week I run a Linux-based antimalware application (a live CD), which scans from the outside looking in. Malware generally can’t hide if it’s not running.

I’ve come to rely on the following free live CDs, which I regularly alternate, to ensure (hopefully), I’m operating in a malware free zone.
Read the rest at http://billmullins.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/stay-malware-free-hopefully-scan-with-a-live-cd-regularly/

Free Training Manuals for MS Office

January 2, 2011

From: Gizmos Freeware Reviews

Mouse Training is a UK-based company that offers training courses to companies whose staff use Microsoft Office. Following the release of Office 2010, the company has made available all of its training manuals for previous versions, totally free of charge. So if you’re one of the millions of people using any of the Office 2003 or 2007 apps, and you’d like some in-depth information on how to use it properly, just head on over to http://www.mousetraining.co.uk/ms-office-training-manuals.html.

Near the top of the page you’ll find free downloadable Quick Guides to the Office 2010 apps (needless to say, the full manuals for Office 2010 aren’t free!). Scroll down, and you’ll find the free guides for Office 2003 and 2007, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook, FrontPage, Project and Access.

These are superbly-written tutorials, produced by professional trainers. Whatever version of Office you’re using, they’re definitely worth a look.