Week in Geek: The Windows Live Essentials Edition

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By Akemi Iwaya on June 27th, 2010

This week we looked at the New Office Web Apps, backed up data to a virtual hard-drive, ripped audio CDs in Linux, added videos to a Boxee queue, used TrueCrypt on Macs, and much more. Now that the weekend is here you can enjoy catching up on all the geeky goodness with our weekly roundup of links and news.


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Weekly Feature

Interested in adding the Windows Vista DreamScene feature to your Linux desktop? Read how to set it up with this tutorial.

Note: Works with GNOME 2.x on Ubuntu & Debian 32/64 bit distributions.


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Random Geek Links


The first beta for Windows Live Essentials Wave 4 is now available.

The third Internet Explorer Platform Preview has been released and continues to evolve.

Plugin isolation has been built into Mozilla Firefox’s latest version.

The Bing Search engine is now officially available in Opera.

The first service pack beta for Windows 7 has been released to invited testers.

Microsoft begins new Business Productivity Online Suite versus Google Apps campaign.

Learn useful command line tricks for Google’s new command line program GoogleCL.

The newest version of VLC Media Player drops support for AOL’s Shoutcast, adds support for Icecast.

Could HP be getting ready to take on responsibility for total customer satisfaction on the hardware and software fronts?

The Geek on Lifehacker


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There are so many myths, misconceptions, and just plain old lies about viruses that it’s often hard for anybody to know what to think. Let’s examine a few of the biggest myths about viruses, and debunk each of them.

Nine Common Myths and Misconceptions About Viruses, Examined and Debunked

Random TinyHacker Links


If you’ve got a home network which has computers with both Ubuntu and Windows 7 installed, then you will be truly interested in these two guides.

Here’s the fastest and easiest way to create a system repair disc in Windows 7.

By default, Windows will restart if the the system crashes. If you want to see the error message, you have to disable automatic reboot.

Learn how to track down your laptop if it is ever stolen.

Check your site for security vulnerabilities using ZeroDayScan.

Super User Questions

Here are more hot questions with great answers from Super User this week.

One Year Ago on How-To Geek

Here are some more great posts from one year ago.


The Geek Note

We welcomed two new authors to the How-To Geek family this week, so be sure to watch for new articles from Justin and Christopher. Enjoy the reading and the rest of your weekend! Remember, if you have any great tips make sure to send us an e-mail at tips@howtogeek.com.


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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 06/27/10
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