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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is an amazing time saver when it works well and a huge time sink when it malfunctions. Check out this comparison of 10 OCR tools to find one best suited for your project.

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There may be no point to it… it must be a stupid geek trick! Here’s how you can convert some of your images into sound files and hear what your photographs are secretly saying to you.

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Have you ever seen those weird desktop.ini files that seem to pop-up everywhere? The truth is that they do serve a purpose and Windows uses them to identify how a folder should be displayed, much like the .DS_Store files used in OS X.

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Room for gaming [via Reddit]

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Windows keeps track of documents you have recently opened in a Recent Items list on the Start menu. The Run dialog box also stores a most recently used (MRU) list of commands you have run.

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Do you enjoy mixing beautiful views of indoor and outdoor settings together on your desktop? Then you will definitely want to have a look at the Steve Coleman Photography Theme for Windows 7. The theme comes with seven wallpa...

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You’re outside the reach of local broadband networks but you want to browse the web with ease. Build a whole-house 3G-to-WiFi router to pull down high-speed wireless internet instead.

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It’s the day after Halloween and hundreds of thousands of Jack O’ Lanterns begin their march towards the trash. Some, however, met a spectacular slow-motion end in this 2000 fps video.

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Cetorhinus Maximus [WallpaperAbyss]

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If you’d like to play around with the smooth motion a camera dolly provides (without the expense of a commercial camera dolly) this clever Gorillapod-based hack can get you started on-the-cheap.

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Forgetting your password is never any fun, but luckily there’s a really easy way to reset the password. All you need is a copy of the Windows installation disk and one simple command line trick.

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October has been full of geeky goodness here at HTG where we covered topics such as anonymizing and encrypting your BitTorrent traffic, installing Android on your HP Touchpad, reinstalling Windows without having to reactivate it, and more. Join us as we look back at the most popular articles from this past month.

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Once a week we share some of the reader emails we’ve answered with the greater HTG readership. This week we’re looking at how to batch resize photos, exporting Outlook Express messages from XP to Windows 7, and cleaning a filthy keyboard.

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We all know about QR codes. Some black and white boxes, containing encoded data. Boring, isn’t it? Let’s decorate and make your QR code more stylish and customized!

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Android: If you’d prefer to swipe your finger to switch between apps (instead of opening the task switcher) SwipeSwitcher enables simple swipe-based switching.

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This definitely isn’t the kind of candy you’ll be handing out to trick-or-treaters but for a Halloween party it’s tough to beat glow-in-the-dark candy.

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OpenELEC is an installation and optimization tool for XBMC that aims to make installing and using XBMC. the beloved but sometimes technically challenging media server software, as simple as using a DVD player.

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Windows XP just isn’t secure anymore! If the expense of the new Windows operating systems is too great, here’s an easy and painless way to get a completely free Linux, keep your old Windows XP installation, and start surfing securely.

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