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    The best freeware for small businesses

    Posted June 24, 2012 - 7:43 am

    For too many people, the phrase "free software" conjures up images of pirated brand-name applications or poorly supported third-class programs. If that's what you think of freeware, you're missing an opportunity to save your business a lot of cash.
  • Review

    Create PDFs for free with PrimoPDF

    Posted August 29, 2011 - 9:57 am

    PrimoPDF (free) is a printer driver that creates PDF files from your documents, rather than printing them to paper. After install, whenever you choose the print option from an application, PrimoPDF will be listed along with your physical printers, print to file, etc. It's extremely easy to use and produces excellent PDFs--without the watermarks that some programs add.
  • Review

    Still awesome after all these years: 8 excellent free downloads

    Posted July 23, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Wine gets better with age. Men get more distinguished looking (or so my wife tells me). Even some cars seem to improve as time passes (I'm looking at you, 1965 Mustang). But there's nothing glamorous about old software apps, which just get less and less useful the older they get--right?
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    Review: Open source FreeOTFE encrypts disks handily

    Posted March 8, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    FreeOTFE may sound like a political bumper sticker, but it stands for "Free On The Fly Encryption." The "Free" part is self-explanatory; "On The Fly Encryption" refers to the encrypting/decrypting of data as it is written to or read from your hard disk. The data on your disk (either the whole disk or a portion of it, as you see fit) is stored in an encrypted form, and FreeOTFE handles all read and write requests, so that the operating system, applications, etc, operate normally. Despite what you might expect, speed impact is generally minimal and will probably not be noticed by a user under most circumstances.
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    Free VirusTotal Uploader Links to 40 Antivirus Programs

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    The Web site offers a free but invaluable security service. It will scan any Web download, e-mail attachment or other file you send it with 40-odd different antivirus scanners to let you know whether it's safe for your computer. The free VirusTotal Uploader utility makes sending a file to the site a breeze by adding a new right-click option for any file.
  • Review

    Find Chat Rooms to Discuss Almost Anything

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    If you're looking to chat about just about any topic under the sun, you'd do well to give PaltalkScene (free) a try.
  • Review

    HWiNFO32 Details System Information

    Posted October 18, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    If you want to know absolutely everything there is to know about your hardware--but you don't want to spend any money on software to do it for you--you'd do well to download the free HWiNFO32. This freebie provides an astonishing amount of information about every aspect of your hardware, and it's extremely easy to use.
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