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The number one rule which is drilled into your brain as an IT professional is “Backup Your Data!”  As part of a theme in the coming weeks The Geek and I are going over several different processes to backup data on your PC.  In a recent Lifehacker poll readers were asked what is the best Windows backup tool.  I was a bit surprised SyncBack did not make a better showing in the poll as it is an incredibly simple and powerful free backup utility.  In this first part of the SyncBack series I am going to demonstrate a straight forward simple and easy backup to an external drive.

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Windows Vista has some new tools to help in diagnosing problems with your system.  Yes there are still the familiar ones such as Event Viewer, Task Manager, and Performance Monitor, but Vista has improved upon these standards and added new diagnostic tools as well.  One very cool on was previously covered by The Geek which is the Memory Diagnostics Tool.  Here I am going to cover an often overlooked but extremely convenient tool which is generating a System Health Report.

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Windows Vista has some new tools to help in diagnosing problems with your system.  Yes there are still the familiar ones such as Event Viewer, Task Manager, and Performance Monitor, but Vista has improved upon these standards and added new diagnostic tools as well.  One very cool on was previously covered by The Geek which is the Memory Diagnostics Tool.  Here I am going to cover an often overlooked but extremely convenient tool which is generating a System Health Report.

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Have you ever noticed that the File Types option was completely removed from Vista, and there’s no built-in way to change the editor for many file types? Sure, you can change the default application used to open the file, but you can’t change what happens when you right-click / edit.

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Time for some Friday fun!  This game was brought to my attention by a “lazy network admin” friend of mine.  He got into this game so much at work he ended up beating it.  Robokill Titan Prine is a very impressive Flash game from Rock Solid Arcade.

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After writing the article yesterday about how to run CCleaner silently through a shortcut or a hotkey, many people expressed to me that they’d like to know how to run it every single night on a schedule, so I’m writing that up for everybody’s benefit.

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For those of you who familiar with the SyncBack utility for file backup know the genius of 2BrightSparks software.  One utility you may not know of is EncryptOnClick.  This is the easiest encryption software I have ever used.  It uses military grade 256-bit AES encryption with password protection. In addition to encrypting your documents, they are also compressed at the same time.

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Having one location to check all of your email accounts via your desktop is always a good thing.  There are many email managers to choose from including Outlook and Thunderbird.  Being able to check your email from Webmail accounts sometimes requires additional cost such as with Yahoo Plus.  Speaking of Yahoo, The Geek has a great tutorial on checking your Yahoo email in Thunderbird using YPOPS!

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CCleaner is one of the most popular freeware applications to clean up your computer, and with good reason – the application is powerful and easy to use. So how do we make a shortcut that runs it in silent mode like the “Run CCleaner” option on the Recycle Bin?

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