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Cool Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista and 7

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Gadget1I know there are no shortage of gadgets for Windows, but good ones can be harder to find. This is a nice "system monitor" type gadget. System Monitor 3 is clean, easy to read and responsive. This Basic edition of the gadget is free and has some nice features. You can download the Basic edition in the Windows Live Gallery. There are also Professional and Professional Plus editions if you are willing to pay a little for a lot more features. You can checkout the developers website and compare editions here.


Securely Erase Files from your PC

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According to Eraser's website, "Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Works with Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008." This is a free, open source application which means you are free to use the software however you like. Eraser can be used to permanently delete files, folders, or all the unused space on your drive (previously deleted files). This program can be used on-demand or scheduled to run on specific locations on your drive.

If you are concerned with keeping others from ever seeing your personal files, you should check out Eraser. You can read more about eraser and download the free program here.


Cool Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 9.10

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I have to say that the most recent release of Ubuntu is the best yet. I had no driver issues, the install was ultra fast, and it performs very well on this lower end machine:

  • AMD Sempron LE-1100 (1.9ghz)
  • 1GB RAM
  • ATI x1650 Pro graphic card
  • 40GB Hard Drive

I have been using Ubuntu 9.10 since its release for internet browsing, email, desktop publishing, and some light gaming. It performs all of these tasks very efficiently. Its likely I could completely replace Windows if it weren't for my .NET Development and heavy gaming needs. Oh well... Anyway, after installing Ubuntu, you might be wondering what else you can do with your system. The answer is "What can't you do?" There is no shortage of free software available for Linux systems and the configuration options are endless. I could not do a better job at explaining the possibilities and walking you through them than Danny on his The Silent Number blog. So head over and check out his article; you will be downloading and installing new themes/screensavers, media tools, and games in no time.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2010 11:58

Keep your Video Card Drivers up to date1

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A key factor to PC gaming performance is keeping your drivers up to date.  Nvidia has created a helpful widget to keep your video card drivers up to date.  


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