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Ever had to wait for a download to finish and wished that you could play a game of Tetris? Even if you have never been in that situation, you can use this trick to increase your geek cred the next time your friends come over.

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Ubuntu and other Linux distributions have extensive package repositories to save you the trouble of compiling anything yourself. Still, sometimes you’ll find an obscure application or a new version of a program that you’ll have to compile from source.

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Firefox Sync allows you to access your open tabs, bookmarks, history, passwords and preferences everywhere, whether you’re using a laptop, desktop or smartphone. Firefox Sync also works as a backup for your browser data.

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Windows: If you’re looking for a way to supplement Window’s Updates system scan with one that covers peripheral programs, FileRex scans over 10,000 applications and checks them for updates.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Canonical’s ending of support for Kubuntu after the 12.04 release, the time of day when e-mail viruses are most likely to appear, the arrival of Chrome on Android, and more.

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Have you always wanted to try Linux but don’t have a spare machine or don’t care to dual boot your main computer? Well, thanks to virtualization technology, you can easily install one operating system inside another on one machine.

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and we have just what you need to add the perfect romantic touch to your desktop with our Valentine’s Day 2012 Wallpaper collection.

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If you have a lot of windows open on your Linux Mint desktop, wouldn’t it be nice to “roll up” windows to get them out of the way, but still see what you have open?

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Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right!

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This time-lapse animation shows the movements of hundreds of storm chasers (and the storm cells they are chasing) across the United States–it’s a fascinating eye-in-the-sky look at storms and the tracking community surrounding them.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite bookmarklets—tiny pieces of JavaScript packed into browser bookmarks that enhance your browsing experience—and now we’re back to highlight your bookmarklet tips and tricks.

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If you’re struggling to stay focused while working on your computer, enable restricted user accounts with access to only the tools you need.

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Islands and Waterfalls [The Paper Wall]

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If you’re looking for some way to enjoy a new table top game this weekend without breaking the bank, print and play games offer nearly free (printing cost only) fun.

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In this week’s game it is literally a fight for survival as you marshal your dinosaur defenders in a last ditch effort to survive the deadly meteors falling to Earth? Do you have what it takes to succeed or will you become extinct?

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Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android is the complete package. Not only will it show you the channels used by nearby wireless networks on a slick graph, it’ll recommend the ideal channel to reduce interference on your wireless network.

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