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A Lost Weekend With Windows 7

This is a story without a happy ending. For months I, like many others, had been bombarded with fawning reports about the latest edition of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 7. Admittedly, I was skeptical. Then I tried out a new laptop running the OS, and I was sold. I took to the software's new...

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Software Puts Film-Like Effects Into Digital Photos

During an annual outing of college chums this past summer, one of the bunch, following a flurry of digital picture taking, smiled wryly and said that he'd recently shot his last roll of Kodachrome 25. For those unfamiliar with film stocks, Kodachrome 25, touted by many as the best film ever manufact...

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Free Podcasting Program Hectic but Fun

So all this hype about podcasting has tickled your curiosity, but you haven't a clue where to start. Try WildVoice. Currently in beta, WildVoice is a Web site designed for creating and hosting podcasts. Not only can you create podcasts directly at the site, but WildVoice offers free audio mixing sof...

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VideoStudio 10 Crams Editing, Authoring Into Impressive Package

There are two schools of thought when it comes to consumer video editing programs. One school believes that most videographers want to create their movies with as little human intervention as possible. The other school argues that consumers want as much control as they can get to put their stamp on ...

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Checklist Puts Your To-Do List on Steroids

To-do lists have been a staple for software writers since the invention of the personal computer. Maybe that's because we all have things to do and never tire of finding better and faster ways to get them done. For many of us, a simple pad and paper, or the rudimentary to-do list in a personal dig...

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Latest Nero Multimedia Suite Goes Beyond Burning

When it comes to software, there are two schools of thought about tackling a basket of tasks. You can try attacking each task separately with an individual application, or you can look for a Swiss Army knife software suite to mount a unified assault on them. If the all-in-one approach appeals to you...

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Software Takes Hassle Out of Creating Slideshows

Remember the effort it took to put together a photo slideshow? First, you had to load slides into carousels. "Now let me see, should the printing on the slide face me or face away from me? How did that slide get in there upside down? Now it's time to lug the projection screen from the closet." That ...

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Program Provides Solution to the Sharing Challenge

Everywhere you turn these days in the digital world you'll run into touts about sharing. Share files. Share photos. Share video. That's fine, but someone forgot to tell the e-mail providers about this sharing craze. They're still putting limits on attachments to e-mail messages that put a grave crim...

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Online Service Offers Two Gigs of Free Backup

While I must confess I've never been a fan of online backup solutions, there was something about Mozy that tempted me to use it. Mozy is one of those new breed applications mushrooming under the umbrella Web 2.0, or the New Web. What's Web 2.0? Best I can tell, it's, in part, about creating a deskto...

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Online Service Offers Two Gigs of Backup for Free

While I must confess I've never been a fan of online backup solutions, there was something about Mozy that tempted me to use it. Mozy is one of those new breed applications mushrooming under the umbrella Web 2.0, or the New Web. What's Web 2.0? Best I can tell, it's, in part, about creating a deskto...

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TuneUp Keeps PCs in Tip-Top Shape

As Windows computers get long in the tooth, they require special attention to keep running at an optimal level. Hard disks and registries need to be cleaned and defragmented. Settings need to be tweaked. All those things can be done manually, or individual programs can be obtained to make the tasks ...

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The Little Photo Editor That Could

For heavy duty imaging work on a PC, there are some very powerful programs on the market. My application of choice is Corel Paint Shop Pro, primarily because I've been using it for years and have become comfortable with its interface. That's not to say its competitors -- like Ulead PhotoImpact and A...

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Clean Registries Make Happy Computers

If there's one software category that program makers never tire of taking a crack at it's registry cleaners. As many Microsoft Windows users know, the registry is a database of all the settings on a PC. It's one of the most crucial components of the operating system, and it's always a mess. Any time...

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Sluggish Performance Mars Video Editor

CyberLink may not be a household name among PC users, but the feisty company makes some robust entertainment software for producing and watching DVDs as well as editing video. Certainly, the Taiwanese enterprise has a tough row to hoe, pitted as it is against the likes of Sonic/Roxio, Pinnacle and U...

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Easy Media Publishing at a Hefty Price

So you say you want to share slideshows and videos on the Internet without a lot of rigmarole. Problem is, there's just so much noise in the media sharing space, you just don't know where to turn. Well, two well-known Net players have an end-to-end solution for you -- if you're willing to pay a heft...

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