We’ve got too much swag sitting around, and decided to let you test your geek skills in an attempt to prove just how much of a geek you really are… and also get some free stuff.
How Do You Win?
This long string of numbers and letters contains a clue that will lead you to the answer. The first person to leave a comment with the correct answer wins a coffee mug and a t-shirt that we will ship to you free of charge. Just make sure to put in your valid email address so we can contact you.
Here’s a little starter clue to help you decode it: “I put a spell on you…”
Update: Looks like reader Preston won the contest with the first answer after only 12 minutes, congrats! Your swag is on its way!
The Geek Contest
This is just a little preview, we’re thinking of making the geek contest a regular thing – and perhaps giving away some interesting prizes worth a little more money. Make sure to stay tuned to our daily articles for more information.
Interesting Random Stuff We Found This Week
Here’s a few things that we found this week while wasting our time browsing the web:
- Windows 7 Release Candidate: Download instructions
Yeah, you probably already know about the new release, but if not here’s the link anyway!
- Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta
If you aren’t sure whether your computer can run Windows 7, this Microsoft utility will help let you know if everything will work.
- Growl for Windows
That’s right, there’s finally a port of the slick OS X notifications package that runs on Windows.
- CrossLoop for Mac is Released
The remote desktop tool that helps you fix mom’s computer just released a Mac version. Check out our guide to how to make money using CrossLoop, and a (slightly outdated) tour of how to remotely control somebody’s desktop the easy way.
- MonoDevelop for Mac
Yeah, it’s a programmer tool. It also means that you can use the Microsoft .NET platform on Windows, Mac and Linux – a good sign for all of us users.
- Find the Date When a Web Page was First Published on the Internet
With a little URL magic, you can use Google to figure out when a document was first published.
- Windows 7 RC gets its first bug, and it’s a doozy
That’s right, already found a bug. At least they are finding them now and before it’s officially released.
- Download Free Chapters From Microsoft Press Books About Windows 7
This blog post lists out a couple of free chapters, including one from Ed Bott’s upcoming book, which is likely to be excellent.
Lifehacker Articles You Should Really Read
For those of you that aren’t aware, I’m one of the writers over at Lifehacker. Here’s a couple of articles that you should really check out written by myself and the other editors.
- Set Up and Use XP Mode in Windows 7
Windows 7 has a new virtualized copy of XP that you can download and install separately. I wrote up a guide on how to install it, in HTG style.
- Lifehacker’s Guide to Upgrading to Windows 7 RC
If you aren’t sure what to do or how to upgrade to the latest version, Lifehacker has a quick guide for you.
- What’s New in the Windows 7 Release Candidate
Nice fancy screenshot tours of all the latest features, including all of the awesome new wallpapers.
- IE8 Logs You Into Multiple Webmail Accounts
The File -> New Session feature in Internet Explorer 8 is actually a cool feature.
Latest Reviews at How-To Geek
Even more reviews posted this week, Mysticgeek has been hard at work!
The Good: Free, lightweight easy to use interface with One-Click Maintenance. Several maintenance tools all in one suite. Fast scanning with automatic restore points
|Advanced Audio Recorder
The Good: Easy to use, records high quality audio from any audio source sent into the PC. Offers full audio editing utility.
|Wondershare Video Converter Platinum
The Good: Fast conversion between most standard video formats, side by side video editing, support for HD
The Daily Articles
Just in case you missed them, here’s the list of daily articles from the week.
- Fix for VLC Skipping and Lagging Playing High-Def Video Files
- CodySafe is an Alternative to PortableApps
- Transform your XP Computer to a Modern Look
- Use Image Placeholders to Display Documents Faster in Word
- Geek Fun: Play Alien Arena the Free FPS Game
Editor’s Weekly Note
Some people have noticed that we’ve had a lack of great registry hacks lately, and nobody can even remember the last Linux article we posted. In the near future, we’re going to have a lot more how-to goodness coming your way. More writers, more content, and more awesome geekery. Stay tuned.