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Another week of cool articles featuring useful tips and showing off software features.  I started with the Online Storage Series where we will look at most of the services available.  Thanks to all the readers who commented on the fact AOL is selling Xdrive.  Hopefully another company will buy it out so existing users can keep their data and storage space.  In case you missed anything here is a list of what was covered last week.

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After writing about how to create a shortcut or hotkey to mute the speakers in Windows, I got a couple of requests for how to do the same thing in Linux, which turns out to be really simple if you are running the latest version of Ubuntu or Gnome.

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Yesterday a friend pointed out that about every 3 months I go on a quest to find a new music player.   When I think I have found “the perfect one” I end up repeating the same quest.  Those who are regular readers of this blog know I have covered several music players over the past 18 months.  I think my indecisiveness started back when I went on my iTunes rant.  Since then I am still looking for the crown jewel of players.  Well, for now I think it is aTunes which is an Open Source Java based music player.

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After reading an article I wrote over at Lifehacker on how to use the Quick Parts feature in Outlook, reader Jason wrote in asking how you can transfer them to another computer once you’ve created them, and it seemed useful enough to explain for everybody’s benefit.

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Being able to burn an ISO image should not be as difficult as it sometimes is.  Being able to burn them should actually just be a standard feature in Windows.  Of course there are hundreds of things a person could list that should be included.  We can get this feature by adding a the free 3rd party application ISO Recorder V3.  This handy utility is developed by Alex Feinman and he will gladly accept donations on his site. 

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If you have a dual boot system and often switch back and forth from Vista to XP, you’ve probably already been annoyed with the fact that you have to wait until the boot menu comes up and choose the right OS… and half the time you step away and it ends up booting into the wrong one anyway.

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So far we have taken a look at SkyDrive, Mozy, and ADrive for backup, storage, and sharing your data.  Another popular option is AOL’s Xdrive.  Like Microsoft’s SkyDrive you get 5GB of storage with Xdrive.

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After a number of readers have written in about how to remove the dotted black outline that sometimes appears when you make a file selection, I realized that I needed to write this up for everybody’s benefit, since there actually is a solution.

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The user interface of Xdrive is quite intuitive as is managing your files online.  The free account is for 5GB of storage with the file size only limited to the amount of space on the drive. 

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As part of our online storage series we will take a look at most services available.  I am going to focus on the free services, taking a look at what they offer or do not, which should help you decide if one is appropriate for you.  Using online storage services as a supplemental step is beneficial in a well rounded backup plan.

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