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Valve is Giving Away Portal until May 24th

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headerTo celebrate the launch of thier Steam platform on Mac, Valve is giving away the game Portal (that runs on both Mac and PC) for free!  But hurry, they are only giving it away until 5/24/2010.  If you already have a Steam account, you can get the game directly from the store.  If you don't already have a Steam account, you can get the game you can access it here
If you are not familiar with Portal, here is a description from the SteamPowered website:

Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life® 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation.

Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.


Free Ubuntu Getting Started Manual

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As I recently noted, the newest version of Ubuntu (10.04) was just released.  Whether you are interested in checking it out or have already installed and are a little lost; there is help!  The Ubuntu Manual Team has released a free getting started guide.  This guide will step you through installation, initial setup, and working with the Ubuntu desktop.  It will even help you get started working with photos, videos, music, and web browsing.  The manual is released under an open source license and is free for you to download, read, modify and share.  I would definitely recommend checking out this manual here

ubuntu bibleIt looks like MakeUseOf has also published a free Ubuntu manual.  You can get it here
Last Updated on Monday, 03 May 2010 20:04

Windows 7 Troubleshooting Tools

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Windows 7 has several troubleshooting tools built-in as well as online.  These troubleshooting tools cover things from display settings, network/security, maintenance, and more.  Here is how you can check out all these tools in one place:

  1. Go to Start Menu and type troubleshooting in the Search box.
  2. Click the View All link on the left side of the window.

Now you should see both the installed and online troubleshooting tools available to you!



Last Updated on Monday, 03 May 2010 17:43

Access ALL Windows 7 Control Panel Settings

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With Windows 7, Microsoft has really made some changes to the control panel structure.  If you are like me and have difficulty finding certain settings, this trick may help.  This little "hack" allows you to pull all the control panel settings into one window!  It is very simple to do. 

  1. Right Click your Windows 7 Desktop and create a new folder.
  2. Rename the folder to (without the quotes) "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}."
  3. The folder should change it's icon once you click to open it. 

Give your laptop battery a checkup

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You may not give much thought to your laptop battery, until it fails.  Did you know Windows 7 now has a built in tool to give your battery a checkup?  This utility will give you information such as charge capacity (compare to its original state) and what programs are using your computer's resources.  Here are the simple steps to use this tool:

  1. Click your Windows Orb (start menu icon)
  2. Type cmd in the search box
  3. In the results, you should see the program for cmd (dos prompt).  Right-click its icon and choose Run as administrator
  4. In the new command prompt window that appears, type powercfg -energy

Hit Enter and it will begin to process.  When complete, the utility will list the number of items it found.  It will also display the path to view the complete report.  It will likely be similar to "c:\windows\system32\energy-report.html".  There you will be able to view all the dirty details of your battery and its usage. 



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