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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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Once again it is time for some good old fashion wasting time at the office!  I found something very cool and fun for fans of Alice Cooper or even non fans who might find some new tracks your MP3 player.  Alice is releasing his new album Along Came A Spider next week and as part of the promotion this pinball game. This is a very simplistic flash based pinball game, but it has some very cool imagery via Mr. Cooper.  Not to mention you get to listen to some of the new album.    

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You’ve got tech skills… your friends and family ask for your help, and you share your knowledge with others on many online forums. Today I’m going to teach you how to turn that tech knowledge into actual money, using the CrossLoop Marketplace from the comfort of your own home.

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Personally I have never been a huge fan of the default gadgets in Windows Vista.  Since Vista has been out for well over a year now, I have come across some pretty cool ones.  Being a huge music fan I figured I would start with music gadgets.

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One of our readers wrote in yesterday asking about how to set Windows 7 or Vista to open files and folders with a single click, and I realized that was something I’d never written about before, so I figured I’d write it up.

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Many times we will want to enter in symbols and character other than the standard.  You might be doing business in Europe and need to enter in Euro’s or other symbology into Excel sheets.  We can achieve this in easily in Excel 2007.

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Now that we’ve put our computer together, setup the BIOS, and installed Windows, it’s time to get down to the business of tweaking our new computer. In the final installment of this series, I’m going to cover the basic configuration and software tweaks that you should use to keep your computer safe, secure, and running at peak performance, and a few tweaks to make Vista easier to use.

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After writing up the method for searching your Internet Explorer Favorites with Vista’s built-in search engine, another one of our great forum users pointed out a freeware utility that will let you search your IE favorites right from within the browser itself.

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