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Top Four industries about to be transformed by the Internet

Top Four industries about to be transformed by the Internet

It’s been 15 years since the Internet became a mainstream phenomenon and began revolutionizing modern life in so many different ways — from how we find information to how we communicate with other people to how we consume news to to how we buy books and music to how we find a compatible life partner. Along the way, the Internet has completely upended entire industries, killing off or reducing many of the existing power brokers, removing the middle men, and ushering…

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Five replacements for Windows Explorer

Five replacements for Windows Explorer

When using it for simple file management, and it starts up the old Not Responding behavior, it can be a nightmare of frustration. This is a pain because Explorer is so interconnected with so many other tools. That’s why I often rely upon one of the free replacements for the default Windows file manager. There are quite a few. Here are my FREE top five. Give these a try and more than likely you will come out with one you…

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Five alternatives to Microsoft Outlook

Five alternatives to Microsoft Outlook

If you’re exploring Outlook alternatives, give the below clients a try. Although not every client will connect with Exchange, they make up for it in flexibility, reliability, and security. Outlook is, hands-down, the most popular email client among the business set. And with good reason. It connects to Exchange, which allows businesses to determine many aspects of how and what their users can manage, use, and control. It also allows the sharing of things like calendars and contacts. But not…

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Plan now for serious hard drive shortages

Plan now for serious hard drive shortages

If you haven’t noticed yet, there will be a serious issue in the availability of hard drives. This is because of the major flooding that has occurred in Thailand. While this natural disaster is incredibly unfortunate for the people of Thailand, we also will see the supply chain impacted significantly for hard drives and other sub-components. Some ship dates at one of the largest server and storage brands in the US now list estimated ship dates after March of 2012….

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10 Windows 7 commands every administrator should know

10 Windows 7 commands every administrator should know

Before I begin… This article is intended solely as an introduction to some useful troubleshooting commands. Many of them offer numerous optional switches, which I won’t cover here due to space limitations. You can find out more about each command by checking out TechNet’s command-line reference. The command line is often the best place to resolve Windows 7 desktop problems. These basic commands will help speed your troubleshooting tasks. PC troubleshooting is becoming less common in larger organizations, but consultants…

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Free and open source text editors

Free and open source text editors

These days, most developers work inside an integrated development environment (IDE). But, there are still times when you need a text editor. Here is a list of five free (or open source) text editors that he feels are worth checking out. First on his list is, Notepad++ quite possibly the most popular open source text editor for Windows.  It has several developer-friendly features, like syntax highlighting and regular expression search and replace.  It recognizes all the major programming languages and…

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Improve your Web site right now

Improve your Web site right now

We often look at our Web sites and know that they need to be overhauled, but we just do not have the time to do it. A major Web site redesign project can takes weeks or months (depending on the size of your site and the technology underneath it) to complete. Meanwhile, your site is turning away visitors right now. Here are 10 easy things that you can do to improve your site. 1: Make your contact information more prominent…

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Things you should know about HTML5

Things you should know about HTML5

A year or two ago, HTML5 seemed like a vague idea that only a few Internet wonks cared about. Now, it feels like HTML5 is everywhere. Thanks to rapid releases from Mozilla and Chrome, and the deployment of IE9 from Microsoft (and IE10 already in “tech preview” status), browser support for HTML5 is available to nearly everyone in a limited (or better than limited) amount. Developers are starting to take advantage of the widely implemented features. With full HTML5 support…

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10 PC performance myths

10 PC performance myths

Computer lovers are always looking to get more speed out of their computers. Unfortunately, a number of incorrect or outdated performance tips have been around long enough to become myths. Here are 10 of these myths — and the truth about them. 1: Vista and Windows 7 require many times more RAM than XP When people first move from Windows XP to Windows Vista or Windows 7 and bring up a RAM usage meter, they often panic. What they see…

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How Windows knows the computer is connected to the Internet?

How Windows knows the computer is connected to the Internet?

Ever wonder how Windows knows whether the computer is connected locally or not, and if it has an Internet connection? It’s because of Network Awareness, specifically NCSI.  That’s right NCSI and it doesn’t mean Naval Criminal Investigative Service because that would be NCIS. NCSI is hard at work providing information on: Connectivity to an intranet. Connectivity to the Internet (Including the ability to send a DNS query and obtain the correct resolution of a DNS name). NCSI stands for Network…

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