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August 1st, 2012
Classic Shell: A Start Menu for Windows 8 that Skips the Metro Interface

I'm fairly certain that some of the most popular hacks and tweaks for Windows 8 will be those that bring back the typical Start Menu interface that users have become accustomed to in previous Windows releases.

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July 31st, 2012
Dexpot 1.6: Mac Exposé and Spaces Brought to Windows in Style

Over a month ago I wrote about a Beta version of Dexpot that was packed with some very polished features that emulated the Spaces and Exposé features from the Mac OS.

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July 30th, 2012
WrapUp: OS X 10.8 Review, Kansas City Getting Google Fiber, and More

Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about.

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July 27th, 2012
Free Screenshot and Screencast App for Windows

Are you looking for a free tool that will let you capture both screenshots and screencasts? Well, Screen Capturer can do both of those things and you won't have to drop a dime for it. When you first download and install the app you'll be required to enter a registration key, but you can get that for free.

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July 26th, 2012
Watch Log Files with Tail for Windows

One of the useful features on Linux is being able to use the Tail command to retrieve just the last few lines of a log or text file. When you're dealing with a log file that is several gigabytes in size having that capability is extremely handy. While it's not available natively in Windows there is an application called Tail for Win32 that will provide some similar functionality.

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July 25th, 2012
TED Notepad: Minimalist Notepad Alternative

As many of you know I am always on the lookout for a good Notepad replacement, and generally I tend to always fall back to using Notepad++. It's a solid application with a lot of great tools, but in some aspects Notepad++ is a big departure from the simplicity that the built-in Windows Notepad offers.

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July 24th, 2012
How to Shutdown or Restart Windows 8

I have quite a few friends that have tried out Windows 8 at this point, and the first question they always ask is "how do I shutdown Windows 8?" It might sound like a stupid question, but Microsoft ditched the Start Menu that has been in Windows for a long time, and as a result the shutdown/restart buttons also got tucked away in a new spot.

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July 23rd, 2012
WrapUp: Google Acquires Sparrow, Office 2013 Offering Subscription Model, and More

Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about.

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July 20th, 2012
Search for and Copy Files to a Folder

There are a lot of backup utilities out there, but GoGet takes a different approach that I figured some of you may find interesting. You can give it a search expression (using an asterisk for a wildcard), a starting folder, and a destination folder. It will then pull all of the matching files over regardless of how many subdirectories they are nested in.

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July 19th, 2012
Mac-Style Mission Control on Windows

I figured at some point there would be a developer that would clone the Mission Control interface on the Mac and bring it to Windows users. It appears that Mission Control / Expose Clone W7 is exactly that project, and while it's just starting to get off the ground I have to admit that it's looking pretty good.

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July 18th, 2012
Create Shape Collages Online

Want to throw a quick shape collage together using online image sources such as Facebook, Instagram, or a simple Google Image Search? Loupe has to be one of the best tools for doing that. In just a few clicks you can have dozens of images related to any subject pulled in and formed into a variety of shapes.

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July 17th, 2012
Free Calendar for Mac Menu Bar

One of the things that I use all of the time on Windows is the built-in calendar that appears when you click on the time in the Taskbar. Apple, for some reason, hasn't implemented something similar for when you click on the menu bar clock, but a free little app called Day-O is able to do exactly that.

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July 16th, 2012
WrapUp: Apple’s In-App Purchases Hacked, Advanced Gmail Search Using Regular Expressions, and More

Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about.

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July 13th, 2012
Excellent Twitter Client for Windows, Mac, and Linux

I'm not a huge fan of Adobe Air apps as I have stated countless times in the past, but it seems as though some of the best Twitter clients are all powered by it. The one I am talking about this time around is called DestroyTwitter, and while the interface looks extremely simplistic there are actually a fair number of options that you can customize.

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July 12th, 2012
Online Syntax Highlighter and Formatter for SQL Code (MSSQL, MySQL, Oracle, and More)

Earlier this year we wrote about an online syntax highlighter that could take a block of code and format it in a way that makes it easier for people to read.

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July 11th, 2012
Turn Off Your Monitor with a Keyboard Shortcut

This is probably one of the simplest apps I've written about. BlackTop accomplishes a basic but useful task: a quick press of the Ctrl+Alt+B keyboard shortcut will immediately send your monitor into a power saving mode, which is almost the equivalent to turning it off.

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July 10th, 2012
Free Cross-Platform Image Editor Similar to Paint.NET

I've always thought that free tools like Paint.NET are incredible pieces of software because they drastically simplify the image editing process for most users while still offering a lot of the advanced options for the power users out there. The downside to Paint.NET is that it's only available on Windows, but a free app called Pinta tries to bring a similar set of features to all platforms.

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July 9th, 2012
WrapUp: Weather Channel Acquires Weather Underground, Cydia Tweaks for Chrome on iOS, and More

Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about.

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July 6th, 2012
Check DNS Propagation

Have you ever had to switch the DNS on one of your domains and wanted to know if the rest of the world is seeing the change? It's virtually impossible to test the change for every single person that might be making a request for your DNS entry, but with What's My DNS Propagation Checker you can get a pretty good idea of whether the rest of the world is picking up the change.

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July 5th, 2012
Free Online Image Compressor

If you're running a website and are trying to minimize the amount of bandwidth being used then one of the things you might be looking at is compressing the images on the site. It may be worth running some of the key images on your site through the Yahoo! Smush.it tool to see what kind of magic it can work on them.

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