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AVG LinkScanner, another free security tool to help protect you

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AVG has released another free tool that can help protect your PC from internet scum.  This is not a full security suite, but just a small browser add-in that checks out links you are about to click and lets you know if they are suspect.  Yes this type of tool is present in some full featured security suites.  However, if you already have security software installed that does not include this type of feature LinkScanner may be a worthwhile download (hey its free!).  The attached video is AVG's quick intro and explanation of the tool.  If you are looking for new full featured security software for your PC, you should check out AVG Anti-Virus.  They have a special right now: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0 - 2 years for the price of 1!

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2010 14:26
 

Useful World of Warcraft Add-ons

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I have been playing World of Warcraft (WoW) since I recieved it as a gift for Christmas. It is definitely a well designed game with many intricacies.  However, as with any game there are things that could be improved.  This is where WoW Addons come into play.  Addons tweak or change the game's user interface (UI) to improve your gaming experience.  According to Blizzard's policy, UI addons are acceptable as long as they follow a few basic rules.  Below are a few of the addons I have found extremely useful and links to download them.  These addons are all available from the Curse.com website.  Personally, I do not use the Curse client becuase I have read mixed reviews about it.  The Curse website also offers all the addons as a separate download  for manual install (you just unzip the folder and dump it in your AddOns directory (C:\Users\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns if using Vista or Windows 7). 

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  1. Quest Helper - This addon is useful for anyone, as it basically provides on-screen GPS directions to completing your quests.  Saves time looking at the map and can help you optimize your time. 
  2. Auctioneer - This addon is useful for anyone who posts items in the Auction House.  It helps you research selling prices and post items more efficiently.
  3. Postal - This addon is also useful for anyone.  It gives some nice address book like functionality to sending mail and also a helpful "open all items" button for taking all message attachments at once.
  4. Omen - This addon could be useful for many classes, but a mage especially.  It provides feedback on your threat level compared to other party members so you can avoid getting aggro from a big boss.
  5. Healbot - This addon is probably most useful to healers, but could assist other spellcasters as well.  It allows you to monitor and efficiently target your party or raid group for healing/buffs/curse removals.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2010 13:56
 

Get quick, free feedback on your website design

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I recently came across a great site called FiveSecondTest.com.  The site has a basic free service where you can get some basic visitor feedback.  The free service includes feedback about where the user clicks and what they remember about your site.  There are also more detailed services available if you wish to register and buy credits.  If you are working on a new website design, I would definitely recommend spending a few minutes to get some user feedback.  I submitted a few of my sites to this service and was surprised by some of the feedback I received.  Check it out here.

 

Watch TV and Listen to Radio on your HDTV

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Boxee is a must if you have a PC connected to your TV, or really even if you don’t. There is now a Boxee client for Windows, Mac and Linux. Using Boxee, you can browse and watch numerous media sources. Many full length TV shows, movie trailers, movies, and other HD video await your screen. There are even audio feeds such as iTunes and Pandora radio. You can see an intro to Boxee in the video below and go to the boxee site to register and download the free client.

quick intro to boxee from boxee on Vimeo.

the October 20th release of boxee takes the great user interface of our social media center to control all of your downloaded media, and adds the great streaming content from CBS, Comedy Channel and Hulu! When your friends watch a TV show or movie that is on any one of these (and more) streaming sites, boxee will automatically connect you to the full movie or featured clips, so you can watch along with your friends, for free!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 21:32
 

Run older applications on Windows 7 with Windows XP Mode

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Microsoft is going to try their hardest to convince you to upgrade to Windows 7. In my opinion, the "Windows XP Mode" feature helps ease the transition if you have applications that require XP. This feature is an integrated copy of Windows XP Professional that allows you to run XP apps side-by-side with Win 7 apps. Windows XP Mode will be included with Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate Editions.

If you don't have one of those three Windows 7 versions, you will be able to download Windows Virtual PC separately here. For more information about the Windows XP Mode feature in Windows 7 you can go here. If you are considering an ugprade to Windows 7 but still have applications that require Windows XP I would recommend exploring this option.

 


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