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Once  week we round up the best reader tips and share them here. This week we’re looking at running Windows 8 as a VMware machine, speeding up Windows 7 search with Agent Ransack, and making zip ties reusable.

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Sometimes a person just gets tired of seeing EULAs that are as long as books and longs for something simpler.

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Is your favorite text editor lacking a few features? Maybe you want to easily get a word count or change the case of selected text. There is an easy way to enhance your editor with these and additional features.

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Luigi decides to starting wearing the same colors of clothing as Mario does. Is this an innocent change or is there a more sinister motive behind Luigi’s new colors? Watch to find out the results when confusion and mayhem set in!

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Android: If you’re a fan of the travel search engine HipMunk you’ll want to scoot over to the Market and grab a copy of their new, and rather polished, Android application.

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Windows: If you’re a VirtualBox power user, VBoxLauncher generates a custom jumplist of all your VirtualBox machines for easy access.

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Do you know how long your cell provider is storing your text messages, call logs, and other personal information? Find out here.

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We’ve covered QoS before when we showed you prioritize your DD-WRT router’s traffic and in our 5th tip for getting the most out of Tomato. It’s a little more complicated than creating rules, so let’s see how things work.

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Windows 8 introduces two new ways of authenticating yourself other than just using a password. Now you can use a Picture Password, which uses gestures, as well as PIN code. Here’s how they both work.

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While there are a myriad of FTP clients available, nothing is easier than sending files to an FTP server with a right-click. Likewise, there are loads of utilities available which add this functionality to Windows, but for a geek it is quite satisfying to uninstall “yet another utility” and replace it with your own tool.

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Electronic payment is quick, paperless, and easy to keep track of. Have you ditched traditional paper bill payment for online payments?

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Why hello there my little pets!

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Captain Falcon has just been in an accident and goes to file a claim with his insurance agent. Unfortunately for him the insurance agent says that they can no longer cover him. With a record of 160 wrecks per day for six mont...

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In Windows 7, the System Tray has become the Notification Area and it allows for more customization than was available in Windows XP. You can choose which icons in the Notification Area are visible and which are hidden.

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Windows/Android/iOS: If you’re reluctant to share photos online because of embedded metadata (like GPS coordinates in pictures taken from your camera phone), PixelGarde offers easy metadata stripping and photo sharing.

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Today Amazon revealed their in-house Android-based tablet, the Kindle Fire, as well as a host of changes to the Kindle lineup.

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Star Wars Skies: ANH Tatooine [deviantART]

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Popular presentation sharing web site SlideShare has abandoned flash and shifted entirely to HTML5–you can now view SlideShare on any app that has an HTML5 compliant web browser.

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