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Watch TV and Movies on your PC with Hulu

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You may or may not have known that you can watch TV Shows and Movies on Admittedly, the selection of videos is somewhat limited. However, the site is both free and legal. Well now Hulu has created a desktop application (for both Mac and PC) that integrates with your Apple or Windows Media Center remote Need a remote? Try This one.icon This new application is definitely a step in the right direction for those who have media center computers hooked up to their TV's and don't want to be tied to a keyboard and mouse. Check out the overview video from Hulu:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 21:46

Cool Free Tools for Digital Photo Editing With No Installation

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Techno-geeks everywhere know that Photoshop is the premier photo editing software. I have a feeling, that even if they had it, most people wound't use 90% of its features. For those of us who aren't Graphics Professionals, there are several free and easy to use photo editing tools. Many of these tools are free and don't even require an installer. Give one of these tools a try next time you have some digital photos to work with.

  1. Splashup [link] This neat little browser-based tool allows you to upload photos from your PC, or even from facebook (with registration). You get basic editing tools, and even some nice filters. Over all a nice tool for a quick touchup job on the go.
    splashup screenshot

Linking to the TradePub XML database

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Here is a quick walkthrough for linking to the TradePub XML raw file source in a Visual Studio 2008 ASP.NET project. The steps are probably similar in other versions as well. Keep in mind that using this method, your page is pulling its data directly from the Tradepub XML url so you don’t have to update any local file. The performance seems to be slow some times, so in the future I will probably look at some caching options for the datasource in my website. If I find anything useful, I will update this post.

If you are reading this article and have no idea what TradePub is and why you would want to connect to its XML feed, don't worry. TradePub is a service for website owners to get paid to offer FREE business and technical eBooks and Magazines to your visitors. If you are interested, check them out here. If you don't have your own website but are interested in getting FREE eBooks and Magazines, you can go here.


TeamViewer - a free remote support tool for personal use

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If you are anything like me and "know about computers", you frequently have family calling you with questions. Sometimes these questions are simple and can be answered over the phone..."My computer wants to install Internet Explorer 8, what should I do?" And sometimes not so simple..."I was looking at this website and I got a pop up message that I had a virus. I clicked it and now it wants my credit card number." For those not so simple questions, I prefer to be sitting in front of their computer. Depending on location and time, it may not be feasible to drive to their location. That's where remote access software comes in. There are many expensive remote access tools, but did you know there is a free option for personal use?

Enter TeamViewer. This tool is targeted at business use with many nice features, but they also have a free edition for non-commercial use. As the "supporter" you go to the site and download the program, opening a session. Your family member also goes to the site and downloads the quick support module. You give them the password and are then connected to their computer, with full control of mouse and keyboard. You are able to instantly help your friend or family member without leaving your house. The software even offers nice extras like chat and session recording. Not a bad deal for free. Did I mention this software is compatible with both Windows (98/2000/XP/Vista/7) and Mac (OS X 1.4 and up)?

You can check out TeamViewer here.


Oops.. I did it again! (Deleted my file)

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It happens to the best of us at one time or another. Accidentally deleting an important file, not good. I am not talking about just sending it to your recycle bin, I mean totally blowing it away. But there may be hope for your file yet. A-FF laboratory has created a free tool (but accepts donations) for recovering deleted files called NTFS Undelete. This program may be just the thing to help recover a file that you deleted from a Windows PC. The team provides clear and simple instructions on their website. They also provide a few tips for the best chance at saving your file...

  1. STOP what you are doing immediately! Don't open or close any programs. This causes more disk activity which may overwrite or corrupt the deleted file.
  2. The preferred method of installation is to download the ISO and burn a CD from ANOTHER COMPUTER.
  3. Then run the program from your newly burned disc.

Hopefully this article and program helps bring your file back from the dead!

If that doesn't revive your lost file and you REALLY need it (i.e. willing to pay $), then you could always hire a professional data recovery service. This type of service can also be especially helpful if your hard drive has crashed. Disk Doctors NTFS Data Recovery


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