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Integrating Google Docs and Microsoft Office

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I'm not sure how many of you use both Microsoft Office and Google Docs, but if you do take a look at OffiSync. This is a free add-in for Microsoft Office that allows you to open and save Excel, Word, and PowerPoint documents to and from Google Docs. This in itself may not sound like a huge deal, but it does open a low-cost (free) collaboration channel. By using this add-in, users can communicate and share document changes with other Google Docs users. You can check out the free OffiSync add-in here.

 

Everything I need to know about my computer, I learned from SIW

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Have you ever wanted to know more about your computer, but didn't want to tear it apart to learn? windowscoaThere is a great program called SIW (System Information for Windows), created by Topala Software Solutions, that can help you learn EVERYTHING you ever wanted know know about your computer. SIW can tell you about your motherboard, cpu, memory, BIOS, and more! It can also tell you about the Operating System and software running on your computer.

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Say for example that your dog eats the Windows COA sticker off of the side of your computer and you need that key so you can reinstall Windows on your Computer. You can run SIW and it will tell you the Windows Key that was used for your Windows Install. If your computer came pre-loaded with MS Office, it can also give you the key that was used for the Office installation. Holy Passwords Batman! I just saw that this program can also tell you all of the usernames and passwords that you have saved in your internet browser! That is definitely a nice feature if you have saved several passwords and don't remember them.

This tool can be yours for the low, low price of FREE for personal use. There is also a Pro version if you are looking to use SIW for commercial use or need to export your information to CSV, TXT, or XML. Either way, if you want to learn more about your computer's hardware and software configuration I would recommend this tool. You can check it out here.

 

Linux Mint - An improved Ubuntu distro

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linux mint logoLinux has definitely come a long way over the past few years in the area of user experience. I feel that one of the reasons for that has been the work of the Ubuntu team. They have really worked to create a more user friendly distribution and a great community.

I do use Ubuntu on one of my desktops and I would still recommend it to someone wanting to try Linux. However, it is not perfect. Some of the items many Ubuntu users complain about are the poor Adobe Flash support and lack of media codecs (online video) by default. While you can add these things in separately, there can be issues getting Flash to work at all on some Ubuntu systems. I can respect the Ubuntu team for this decision, they do not include any software that is "non-free" (meaning open source) in their distro.

Mint Desktop screenshotThis is where Mint comes in. This is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, but with all those nice extra's already included. What does this mean? Out of the box, you can watch online video and play flash games! Farmtown on Facebook anyone? Smile The Mint team has also done quite a bit of work around creating a visually appealing operating system. The default artwork and theme are a nice change from "Ubuntu Brown" which some of you may be familiar with.

For any of you looking for a new Linux distro, I would recommend giving Mint a try! You can check out the project and download the newest ISO here.

 

Send large files over the internet quickly and for free

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Every email provider I have used over the past few years has some limit to the size or type of files you canYouSendIt attach to an email. The majority of the time I send files they fit these limitations and are sent just fine. However, on occasion I have a file that is larger than 10mb or is a type of file that my email provider doesn't like (.exe). YouSendit to the rescue! This service allows you send larger files across the internet quickly and easily. You can use the service for free to send a file up to 100MB. All you have to do is attach your file, enter your email address and the recipient's email address. Another limitation of the free service is that you can only send one file at a time. If your file is larger, or you wish to send more than one file at a time you could check out the Pro account for $9.99.

 

ExamForce IT Certification Study Guide Bundle

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exam force it certification bundle

ExamForce is offering an awesome free download for anyone looking to get certified in SharePoint, Windows Server 2008, or Networking. This bundle includes study guides and practice exams for the certifications listed below. If you are working toward certification or are even interested in learning more about these topics

, get the free download here.

Practice Exams and study guides go hand in hand, and ExamForce produces some of the highest quality reference material available. ExamForce's certified instructors craft these study guides so they follow each exam's specific and recommended objection categories to ensure that you've got what you need come exam day.

Microsoft

  • 70-631 TS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Configuration – 29 pages
  • 70-640 TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration – 78 pages
  • 70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Server 2003 Environment – 45 pages
CompTIA
  • N10-004 CompTIA Network+ – 75 pages
Cisco
  • 640-802 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (Provided as two study guides)
  • CCNA 640-816 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part II (ICND2) – 51 pages
  • CCNA 640-822 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) – 71 pages
 


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