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Matthew Guay

Matthew digs up tasty bytes about Windows, Virtualization, and the cloud, and serves them up for all to enjoy!

Ready to jump on the latest Ubuntu, but don’t want to mess up your current Ubuntu installation?  Here’s how you can painlessly upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10, or any later normal release of Ubuntu, directly from the Update Manager.

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Ready to breathe new life into your netbook?  Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 includes an innovative new look and feel and support for most netbooks without any extra configuration.  Let’s take a look at the newest features.

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Last week, it looked like Xmarks, the popular cross-browser bookmark syncing tool, was going to shut down.  We wrote up several alternatives to Xmarks so you can still keep your bookmarks synced, but now it looks like you ma...

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While most geeks rely on DSL to get a quick Linux fix from a flash drive or Live CD, we’ve come across an even lighter distro.  Tiny Core Linux is a very lightweight distro based on Linux 2.6 kernel, Busybox, Tiny X, a...

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Would you like to keep your projects on track and keep track of how time and resources are used?  Let’s take a look at Microsoft Project 2010 and how it can help you stay on top of your projects.

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Have you noticed your VMware virtual machines sees like they’re sluggish and slow to respond?  Here’s how you can quickly defragment your virtual disks to make them fast as they were originally.

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Have you ever needed to open an important file, or simply wondered what some random file on your hard drive was, only to realize you couldn’t open it?  Here’s some tips that can help you find info from even the most obscure file formats.

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Would you like to add an existing calendar to your Google Calendar?  Here’s how you can add iCal .ics calendar files or online calendars to your Google Calendar quickly and easily.

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Are you always nervous that you’ll accidentally download a malicious file or program?  Here’s how you can scan files for viruses before downloading them to your computer.

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Google just opened the doors to their own URL shortener today.  You’ve likely noticed Goo.gl links in Twitter posts from Feedburner; now you can make your own Goo.gl links.  Just browse to goo.gl, insert your link, an...

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Want to make it quicker to blog about the things you love, style your posts the way you want, and publicize your content?  Here’s how you can make Live Writer a better blogging tool with some of the best plugins we’ve uncovered.

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Would you like more of your favorite programs to include jumplists for your favorite tasks?  Here’s how you can customize your Windows 7 jumplists quickly with Jumplist Extender.

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Would you like to run programs on your PC without installing them?  Whether you’re wanting to run an outdated app or just want to try a program before installing it, here’s how you can run many programs online with Spoon.

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The new Internet Explorer 9 Beta includes many new features, including a Popular Sites page that presents a nice looking list of your most frequently visited sites when you open a new tab.  Here’s how you can customize or remove the Popular Sites page from IE 9.

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Have you ever worried that someone could figure out your password by trying different key combinations?  Here’s how you can prevent this by temporarily locking your computer when the password is entered incorrectly a couple of times.

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Would you like your computer to automatically lock and require you to enter your password when you exit the screensaver?  Here’s how to quickly change your screensaver settings to keep your computer secure when you’re away.

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Would you like to tweak your title bar and menu fonts in Windows 7?  Here’s how you can change those little settings you may have enjoyed tweaking in older versions of Windows.

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Are you one of the many Vista users who want to get in the Internet Explorer 9 Beta fun?  Although Microsoft mostly focused on Windows 7 specific features in it’s information, IE 9 still has a lot of great features for Vista.  Let’s see how you can use the best new features from IE 9 including pinning sites and site specific browsers in Windows Vista.

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Are you wasting time switching back and forth between your mouse and keyboard while browsing or using webapps?  Let’s look at how gleeBox can streamline your browsing experience with innovative keyboard shortcuts and prompts.

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Did you know that you can solve a wide range of math problems in OneNote?  Whether you’re taking notes in class and working homework in OneNote or simply need to solve some quick math, here’s how you can use OneNote to help you out.

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Are you tired of shuffling between windows when browsing or copying files between different folders?  Here’s how you can make Explorer more usable with integrated tab navigation.

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Would you like to make your fonts look nicer in Windows 7?  Windows 7 lets you easily turn ClearType on or off and tweak it to work best for your monitor, so let’s see how to make ClearType render fonts the way you want.

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Would you like to change out the icons on your taskbar with a beautiful set of icons that all go together?  Here’s how you can change out the random candy-colored icons for a stylish icon set of your choice.

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Do you find it too difficult to keep your blog updated?  Let’s take a quick look a Posterous, an increasingly popular hosted blog system that lets you post anything to your blog by simply sending an email.

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Would you like to keep your programs neat and orderly in your Windows 7 taskbar?  Let’s look at an easy way to make your taskbar simpler and more aesthetic all at the same time.

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