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BitMeter OS Keeps Tabs on your Bandwidth Consumption

Posted by Stu On February - 26 - 2011
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PROS: Easy installation, in-browser, free, open-source, cross-platform, detailed history reports, built-in RSS feed, transfer calculator, plug-ins.
BitMeterOS CONS: None
VERDICT:  BitMeter OS from Codebox Software is an exceptional way to keep tabs on your bandwidth consumption. Its built in tools which allow you to query the data it collects, send alerts if you reach a certain amount of data, calculate a transfer and build an hourly or daily RSS report (and more) coupled with a sophisticated web interface are a god-send to anyone who requires to keep an eye on their bandwidth.

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A few weeks ago Mike Duncan, Director of Business Development at asked me to take a peek at their software. Being the Geek that never sleeps and challenge accepted off we go on passage into the world of SUPERAntiSpyware.

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Hibernate or Sleep upon Startup [How To]

Posted by Thomas On February - 15 - 2011

Usually people use the  Hibernate or the Sleep Function when leaving the computer, to save time when returning to it. Mostly, I think, it’s because people feel the computer takes forever to get “work ready”. It may save you some precious time on the day-to-day basis, but there are occasions where a full Re-Boot is necessary.  Especially if you have applied an update or installed a Windows Service Dependent program. – What Then ??

One solution is to reboot when you go to get some coffee (or some other legal “drug”), or when you leave for the day. If you are on a password protected system, this really doesn’t help you any – you still have to wait for that last boot up services to start after typing in your credentials. If this is your case – do I got the perfect solution for you:

Introducing: Boot Snooze

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LogMeIn Free Lets You Remotely Access Your Computer

Posted by Rich On February - 14 - 2011
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LogMeIn Screenshot PROS: The free version gives you access to your PC with no restrictions that would make it difficult to use your PC remotely.

CONS: The only con is the pro features are not free but I have no objections to their pricing structure.

VERDICT: If you want to work on your PCs remotely, this tool will do everything you need. You don’t need to set any complicated firewall rules, set up any kind of DNS to access your PC, or worry about anything complicated. LogMeIn just works.

PRICE: Free (For LogMeIn Free)



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Purge Stalled Print Jobs [Quick Tip]

Posted by Thomas On January - 11 - 2011

Don’t you just hate it when your printer messes up? I most certainly do. Every once in a while, a document gets stuck in the spooler system and no documents will print. And if you don’t catch it right away you end up with a stack of documents piling up in your print queue.

You may of course unplug the printer, cut power and pray that this will let you to delete the stuck file from the queue. However, Sometimes even that won’t do you any good. What then? Do you reboot the computer?

Well, There might just be one more thing to try, first…

Purge Stalled Print Jobs … manually

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Fix Live Photo StartUp and Freeze problems [How To]

Posted by Thomas On December - 20 - 2010

Windows Live Photo Gallery is a handy free photo editing program. Some may experience that the application either won’t start at all, or freezes up and stops working after you open it. This happens when the database that’s created by WLPG gets corrupted.

Here’s what you can do to fix it.

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