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Norton Hotspot VPN

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One of the thorniest issues is traveling and maintaining security.  Norton has come up with a nice little VPN package that allows for secure surfing while on open networks.

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Norton 360 Version 4.0

By | Virus | One Comment

Unfortunately, a major part of being in the Windows crowd is having to have a lot of protection.  Norton 360 Version 4 is a big seller because it protects and is very affordable.

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ProcessTamer Keeps Programs in Check

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Software is constantly pushing hardware to its limits.  Well, unless you are like most office users who utilize a quad core to do word processing and email.  But I digress.  Anyway, ProcessTamer is a great little program that keeps programs in check by lowering their priority if they start hogging all your resources.

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Synergy Plus Keyboard and Mouse Sharing

By | Utilities | No Comments

KVMs are great.  If you don’t know, KVM is a keyboard video mouse switch.  They are boxes that you attach that allow you to switch between computers.  This way, you can use only one mouse, keyboard, and monitor for multiple computers.  Well, Synergy Plus does this as well, but does it through ethernet instead of specialized hardware.  Oh, and it’s free – unlike those expensive KVMs.

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Ambit Droid Smartphone Child Protector

By | Utilities | No Comments

It’s a crazy world out there.  Smartphones are powerful computers.  I think some people fail to grasp that.  That means your child could be walking around with something that allows them unlimited connectivity to almost anything and anyone.  Ambit allows you to bring some level of control to that whole experience.

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DimDim Free Web Conference Software

By | Utilities, Video | One Comment

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Not that long ago, I posted about a really cool free web conference software called openmeetings.  It was a little harsh in terms of install, setup, and configuration.  The hardest part was scaling the product in terms of networking and QOS.  I planned on coming back to that product for more testing when someone tipped me off to DimDim.  DimDim is simply a killer free web conference software package.  Also, it’s hosted (if you choose that route), up to 20 attendants – and, did I mention free – forever!  Yes, you can download the open source software and host it yourself, but DimDim blows open the limitations of openmeetings.

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Asus AI Booster

By | Utilities | No Comments

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Asus AI Booster may work some magic for the unitiated.  Some people use their computers in stock mode and that’s it.  Then there are people who want to squeeze every ounce of performance out of their machine.  I don’t blame them.  But then there are some who want to have a little hand holding when it comes to overclocking and the like.  That’s where the Asus AI Booster finds a niche.

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Crashplan Offsite Backup

By | Storage, Utilities | No Comments

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If there is one thing that I harp on about, it’s backing up data.  Backups should be automated and it should be an offisite backup.  Most people do backups locally to things like external drives.  That’s not a bad step, but it’s not enough.  What if your home or office is destroyed by fire or flood?  Yep, that data is probably toast as well.  Crashplan makes backing up off site easy.

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