July 1st, 2010
Smart Defrag: Fast Defragmenter for Free

For the longest time I've always been good about regularly defragmenting my hard drives. With Windows 7/Vista that has been a bit easier since it is set up to automatically defrag all drives every Wednesday, but I have to admit that Smart Defrag trumps many of the alternatives because of how fast it really is.

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June 30th, 2010
Dynamic Time-Based Earth Wallpaper

Are you a big fan of having images of Earth set as your desktop wallpaper? If so then Desktop Earth is definitely something you'll want to checkout. This free app will rotate your desktop wallpaper on an interval that you specify, and things such as the sunlight will be reflected across the map based upon the time of day.

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June 29th, 2010
Bulk Convert Videos

I have used a lot of video converters in the past, but it wasn't until recently that I had a bunch of AVI videos that I needed to convert to MP4 so that they would play on my iPad. I looked into a lot of different apps, and Miro Video Converter has been one of my favorites due to how easy it is.

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June 28th, 2010
WrapUp: Search Engine for Recipes, Xbox Live Family Pack, 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 25th, 2010
CyberKidz: Online Educational Games for Kids

Good educational games for kids can be hard to come by, and finding ones that are targeted towards a specific age group are even more rare. The website CyberKidzGames.com, however, does just that. All of their online games are broken down by ages ranging from 4 to 11, and from there they are all categorized.

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June 23rd, 2010
OnTopReplica: Create a Live Thumbnail of Any Window

I'm always on the lookout for great apps that take full advantage of the Aero interface in Windows 7 or Vista, and OnTopReplica is undoubtedly one of the more handy ones. When you run this free (and portable) app you'll see a clear glass window. All you have to do is right-click, and select which of your currently open windows you want to clone on the screen.

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June 21st, 2010
WrapUp: Lakers’ Victory Sets Twitter Record, Droid X Revealed, 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 17th, 2010
RegexRenamer: Bulk File and Folder Renaming Using Regex

We have covered all kinds of bulk file renaming tools here, but the free RegexRenamer is one of my new favorites. As you can see in the screenshot above it has a very clean interface, but that is largely because it relies on you understanding how regular expressions (a.k.a. regex) work.

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June 15th, 2010
WrapUp: New Xbox 360, Speed Up Your Boot Time, and More

Note: This WrapUp is a bit longer than usual since we are making up for two weeks of news, instead of the typical one week.

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June 11th, 2010
Customize Your Mouse Buttons

I've always been a rather keyboard-oriented person myself, but mouse lovers can enjoy their own kind of shortcuts. X-Mouse Button Control is a free Windows app that lets you customize all the various buttons on your mouse so that they are a bit more useful, and the best part is that you can customize it on a per-app basis.

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June 9th, 2010
IOGraph: Turn Mouse Movement into Artwork

I'm not a huge fan of Java-based apps, but IOGraph is actually kinda cool. There isn't any real purpose to the app... it is really just for your own amusement.

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June 7th, 2010
Explorer++ is a Free Windows Explorer Replacement

Microsoft has been on the right track with the Windows Explorer updates in Vista and Windows 7, and I really like the breadcrumb functionality that they added. I never really understood why they didn't add tab capabilities, which makes sense with how many Explorer windows some users have open at any given time. Heck, at work I probably average having a dozen Explorer windows open at any moment.

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June 4th, 2010
Learn to Type for Kids

We don't write about too many kid-friendly apps, but this one sure is. Rapid Typing is a freeware application that teaches both adults and kids how to type. It has all kinds of lessons that target specific areas of the keyboard, and the beginning stages even target specific letters. It then branches out to punctuation, entire paragraphs of text, and also the number pad.

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June 2nd, 2010
System Information, Benchmarks, and More

Getting both the hardware and software details of your system typically requires using multiple apps. You'd have to peruse through the device manager, jump on over to the Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel, and then if you want to run some diagnostics or benchmarks you'd have to go hunt down some apps to do that as well.

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May 31st, 2010
WrapUp: A New Kind of Phishing Attack, Bulk Printing Documents, 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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May 28th, 2010
Auto Lock a Computer with a USB Drive

Most people carry a USB drive around for storing files on-the-go, but that's not all they are good for. A free (for non-commercial use) program called Predator will actually let you use a USB drive as a key for your computer. Basically, when you remove the drive the computer will lock itself, and it will be unlocked the next time you insert the drive.

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May 27th, 2010
Set the Default Priority for a Process

If you use the Windows Task Manager on a regular basis there's a pretty good chance that you've tinkered with an application's priority. This is typically accessed from the "Processes" tab when you right-click on one of the entries, and from there you can assign the particular process a priority that the OS will use to determine which applications/processes should be given special treatment.

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May 25th, 2010
Automatically Rename Files and Photos

Sometimes it can be a pain to constantly rename new files and/or photos as you move them onto your computer. We've covered quite a few batch file renamers in the past, but one area that makes Personal Renamer unique is in its automatic processing capabilities.

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May 24th, 2010
WrapUp: Reasons to Jailbreak Your iPad, New Chrome OS Screenshots, 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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May 21st, 2010
Best iPhone-to-iPhone Messenger (Blackberry and Android Versions Soon)

Ashley and myself have always been on the lookout for the perfect iPhone-to-iPhone messenger app that would let us drop down the number of text messages that we send each month.

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