Archive for the ‘ Free Software ’ Category

Shut down computer with your Cell

Here’s a PDF file that i found online.

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Best Holiday apps

Here’s a webpage i fell upon during my  xmas vacation. Some fun apps to keep your mind busy while you relax during the holidays.

Happy New Year!

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2012/12/21/here-are-some-holiday-apps-to-save-your-day.aspx

NetSpot

Found a great little wireless network monitoring tool for Mac users. Netspot can determine “dead zones” and other wireless problems by creating a color-coded map that shows real-world signal strength and can help determine where a booster or bridge might be most effective. Great tool for your small home network or small businesses.

NetSpot is compatible with all forms of 802.11 Wi-Fi networks (a/b/g/n) and requires no extra equipment, utilizing only the Wi-Fi network adapter built into any Mac (though portables are the most useful as the machine will need to be moved around to compile the survey). Users simply load a map of the area they wish to have surveyed, specify the real-world scale, identify the borders of the area to be scanned and then walk or drive around the survey area, periodically pinpointing their location on the map. NetSpot requires a Mac running OS X 10.6 or 10.7, and will also be available from the Mac App Store once the product is finalized.

Read more: http://www.macnn.com/articles/11/08/12/uses.standard.on.board.equipment/#ixzz2DsD7P0Mb

NetSpot is available for free download here: Netspot for Mac

TeamViewer

Need to trouble shoot your friend’s computer and wanna go in remotely?

Give TeamViewer a try. Its easy and free.  There is a commerical and private use version. Works on windows/osx/linux

TeamViewer

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Microsoft made Windows 8 available this week for consumer preview. Still beta version, but if u wanna give it a try download it here:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

SkyDrive

Skydrive is  a service offered by Hotmail or Live. Thanks to a friend, i started using it. It works exactly like the DropBox but SkyDrive comes with 25 gig storage compared to only 2gig with Dropbox Free service. Downloaded the app on my IPhone and  then uploaded a pic into Skydrive from my CameraRoll.Quick upload and the pic was instantly there in my Live inbox on my computer.

Good alternative for those who want more space!

SkyDrive

Microsoft Security Essentials

I’ve installed this on some machines that run Windows 7 and for a free software its not that bad for free. It works both as virus and malware protection. It caught 7/10 malware and trojans that i  installed purposley on first install and quarantined it on its automatic first time scan. I think the software itself is user-friendly. Easy to install and bright color alerts for when there are updates ready to install. There are many options to set it to delete file upon being detected or quarantine. Personally i delete it. Make sure you after your scan, to clean out all temp files on your comptuer regulary and empty the trash. Download a free file cleaner utility like CCleaner.

The free MSE download is the basic protection, you can upgrade but for now, using the free one will give you an idea of how it works. Weekly is set but you can change the hour if you don’t want it scanning it the background. You can also lower the CPU usuage during the scan if you do choose an hour where you’ll be online.

I did notice that it is a little bit of a cpu hog if you don’t have enough RAM in your system. Best minimum amount of memory to run is 2gb on a Windows 7 platform. I haven’t tried on WinXP but im thinking that 1gb would be suffice.

I still like AVG 10  but now there is AVG12 out in Beta.  The Premium version has more bells and whistles but the free version still tops many free software lists. I stopped using Avast and Avira but those are others that you can try for free.

MSE is available here for download

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