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November 10th, 2009
Should We Prefer Metered Bandwidth Over “Unlimited”?

We love unlimited. Everything is better when it's not limited, right? Then what's not to love about unlimited bandwidth? Actually it's bad for us consumers. Here's why.

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November 3rd, 2009
Speed Tricks: Launching Programs Quickly With Windows’ Run Command

You may not know this if you haven't used Windows XP (or earlier) in a while, but all Windows versions have a killer feature that lets you launch applications quickly without having to install memory-eating launcher apps.

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November 2nd, 2009
7 Ways to Download Free Independent Music

If you consider your music tastes a little more adventurous than FM radio, you probably already know that the internet is a gold mine for good yet rather unknown music. It has allowed independent bands to flourish and often, they're more than happy to put out some free MP3's to get the word out about their songs.

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October 30th, 2009
How to Clean Up Your Desktop

Is your desktop the digital equivalent of a gigantic stack of unsorted stuff? Perhaps it's time then to cut through the clutter once and for all and get everything cleaned up. In this article, we'll help you make it look organized again step by step and advise you on how to keep it that way.

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October 26th, 2009
How to Get Free and Legal MP3 Downloads from… Universal Music!?

Universal Music Australia is currently giving away un-DRM'ed music from some of their artists, including Akon and Colbie Caillat. Although the music that's on offer consists mostly of lesser known artists, this represents a major step in Universal Music's way of thinking about artist promotion.

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October 22nd, 2009
Why Our Computers Are Not Fully Wireless

Wireless everything... It's one of those clich├ęs that usually come to mind when talking about the future of technology. While wireless has seen plenty of success with the invention of the mobile phone and WiFi networks, our computers still have a truckload of wires attached to them.

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October 21st, 2009
How to Stop Google, Yahoo & Bing from Tracking Your Clicks

In 2008, Google said there's no such thing as complete privacy. You're being tracked all over the web by their AdSense ads, by sites that use Google Analytics and - probably the most important - their search engine. But Google Search isn't the only search engine that tracks your behavior.

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October 16th, 2009
Get Your Five-Minute Multiplayer Game Fix with OMGPOP

Have a few minutes to spare for a quick online game? OMGPOP has over ten different multiplayer games (and counting) that have one thing in common: they're excellent at getting your productivity down a notch! And thanks to the site's obligatory social networking features, it's really easy to challenge your friends to a Bomberman game over the internet.

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October 7th, 2009
How to Make Facebook Worth Your Time Again

If Simon was a color, he'd be green. When Amanda reincarnates, she'll be a dog. If Max was a Friends character, he'd be Ross. If this sounds familiar, chances are that your Facebook home page is filled with random quiz results from your friends. While these apps may entertain some people, for most of us it is one of the major reasons to leave the quiz-flooded Facebook.

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September 29th, 2009
How to Save a DVD to Your Computer

Looking for a way to back up your old DVDs onto your hard drive? Want to watch your purchased DVD movies on your iPod? You're certainly not the only one. For some reason however, developers are not very keen on developing tools that do this. Luckily, HandBrake has stepped up to the plate with a free tool that lets you take control of your media.

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September 25th, 2009
WOT Keeps You Safe On the Internet, Tops Bloated SiteAdvisor

SiteAdvisor started out as a really good idea. Whenever you went to a site, the SiteAdvisor label would turn green (safe), yellow (shady) or red (dangerous) to indicate the safety of that site.

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August 14th, 2009
Why the Industry is Dealing with Piracy the Wrong Way

As you probably know by now, the entertainment industry is still busy trying to sue The Pirate Bay out of existence. If they get what they want and The Pirate Bay closes down, their big piracy problem will not suddenly melt away. It may in fact continue to flourish, with or without The Pirate Bay.

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June 6th, 2008
Why Linux Hasn’t Gone Mainstream Yet

Editor's Note: This post was written by guest author Pieter De Decker, who is also the developer of the free USBsyncer and iPodCALsync! Feel free to read past articles that Pieter has written.

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October 9th, 2007
gPodder – A Full Featured Podcast Client for Linux

We gave gPodder a quick mention a while ago, but it has improved greatly over the last couple of months. Here's a quick rundown of gPodder's most important features.

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July 11th, 2007
OnTV: TV listings on your GNOME desktop

There are lots of TV listing fetchers out there, but OnTV is certainly different. OnTV is not a stand-alone program. It's a GNOME applet, which means that you can put it anywhere on your GNOME panels. When setting up OnTV, you can choose which channels you want to be shown.

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July 10th, 2007
And now, for something completely different: Linux gaming

One of the major disadvantages of Linux is that it won't let you play most Windows games. On the other hand, lots of great free Linux games have been developed over the last couple of years. Here's a list of some entertaining Linux games I've come across so far.

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May 4th, 2007
Linux + iPod: Six Tools to Manage your iPod on Linux Systems

Being the owner of an iPod Nano, I was kept from switching to Linux for a long time because there's no Linux version of iTunes. Then I discovered that the Linux community has worked hard on some good alternatives, and today we're going to take a look at some of them.

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April 17th, 2007
How to Install Tarballs on Linux

Many Linux applications don't have to be installed manually because most distributions have implemented a package management system to make it easier for you to install software. But that's not always the case. Some programs only offer tarball packages for download, which have to be compiled from source. We'll show you how to do that.

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