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July 4th, 2012
Force Your Mac to Go to Sleep

There are times when your Mac may not want to go to sleep, and it's probably because of something that is running in the background preventing the OS from wanting to go to into the standby mode. If you've come across a similar situation the free PleaseSleep app might be exactly what you need.

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July 3rd, 2012
Google Chrome Bookmarks Menu Extension

In Google Chrome there are only a few ways you can view your bookmarks. You can have them always displayed in a toolbar that appears below the navigation bar, or they can be displayed as a toolbar within the new tab page. I guess you can also type "chrome://bookmarks" in the address bar to pull up the Bookmark Manager, but I doubt you'd want to do that every time you wanted to open a bookmark.

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July 2nd, 2012
WrapUp: Google Nexus 7 Tablet, Chrome for 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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June 29th, 2012
Remove Items from the Windows Explorer and IE Context Menus

When you install applications such as Adobe Acrobat they like to tuck away menu items in the context/right-click menus in Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer.

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June 28th, 2012
Disable GoogleUpdate.exe from Automatically Running

I don't know about you but I'm not a big fan of things that run in the background when they're not really necessary. Google has a process, GoogleUpdate.exe, that they like to run periodically on your system to see if there are any Google apps that need updates, and depending on your situation that may be something you want to disable.

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June 27th, 2012
Create a Bootable USB Drive for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Others

The last time I burned a DVD was several years ago, and if I recall it was to try out one of the latest builds of Ubuntu. Since that time I've either experimented with the various Linux distributions in a virtual machine or by creating a bootable USB drive.

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June 26th, 2012
Mac: Sign a PDF for Free Using Preview

The built-in Mac OS X Preview app is designed to handle a lot of different kinds of files ranging from images to PDFs. If you happen to be using it with a PDF file it has a lot of nice features for marking up the document, but one feature that tends to get overlooked the most is its ability to capture/digitize your signature using the iSight camera included on your Mac.

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June 25th, 2012
WrapUp: Microsoft Surface Tablet Announced, Windows Phone 8 Preview, 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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June 22nd, 2012
XBMC: Running XBMC on Startup in Windows 8

In the Windows 8 Microsoft is making sure users see the Metro interface first thing when the OS boots up. Even if you drag an application like XBMC into the Startup folder it won't work exactly as you expect. Doing that will cause XBMC to start with Windows 8, but it will be running in the Desktop portion of the OS.

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June 21st, 2012
WaterFox: A 64-bit Performance-Focused Version of Firefox

Are you a Firefox user that is running a 64-bit version of Windows? If so you make want to take a look at the Waterfox project. The geeks who put this together are trying to milk the browser for every ounce of performance that can be squeezed out of Firefox.

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June 20th, 2012
Automatically Lock or Logoff Your Windows Computer

Windows can be configured to lock your computer after the screen saver kicks in, which means when you return you'll need to login again. The security this offers is nice but it's not very customizable, and one such example is that you can't easily the screen to turn off and lock the computer at the same time.

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June 19th, 2012
Dexpot 1.6 Beta Offers Slick Virtual Desktop Management for Windows

I always loved the way that Apple handled the virtual desktop interface, and even though they simplified the usage in the latest version of Mac OS X it still has some of the intuitive drag-and-drop ease that Spaces offered on past versions of the OS.

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June 18th, 2012
WrapUp: Apple’s WWDC 2012 Announcements, Verizon Reveals “Share Everything” Plans, 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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June 15th, 2012
Music/Video Tag Editor for Windows

Getting your music and video library cleaned up so that all of the tags look nice can be a very time consuming project. There are plenty of apps out there that try to lookup the tag information online, but they don't always work that well. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do the work manually.

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June 14th, 2012
XBMC: Free and Official iOS Remote for XBMC Released

When we wrote up all of our previous XBMC guides we also covered an excellent iOS app that could be used to control all of the XBMC instances running in your house. While the app, XBMC Commander, is very polished and well worth the $4 in my opinion there will always be users looking for free alternatives.

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June 13th, 2012
How to Install a WAMP Server: Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP

If you want to play around with PHP and MySQL the chances are pretty good that you've heard of LAMP, which stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

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June 12th, 2012
Songza Offers Free Streaming Music

It's been over four years since we last covered the music streaming service called Songza, and in that time it has been drastically changed over and over again. Back then it tried to leverage the music selection available on YouTube to stream almost any song on demand, but it has since transformed into a playlist-powered free music streaming service.

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June 11th, 2012
WrapUp: Chrome for Windows 8 Metro Coming, Movies.io Launches for Finding Movie Torrents, 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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June 8th, 2012
Block Websites with a Timer to Help Focus

The other day we showed you how you can try to eliminate background distractions on your Mac by dimming or blurring background windows. Sometimes your distractions may not be background windows though… a lot of the time it will be with websites such as Facebook and Twitter. So that's where SelfControl (Mac) and SelfRestraint (Windows/Linux) come in.

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June 7th, 2012
Extend Your Windows Taskbar to a Second Monitor

One of the features I'm excited about in Windows 8 is the built-in multi-monitor Taskbar support. Microsoft finally got around to adding a Taskbar that stretches across all of your monitors, but for people running another version of Windows can always fallback to the free ZBar utility that does the same kind of thing.

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