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Tue
02
Sep
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'Set Up A Home Server', and 'Virtual Clone Drive'

Set Up A Home Server You could use it to run a website, collect and send e-mail messages, store your OpenID credentials or serve your music around the home or around the net. No matter the use, having your own server is a handy thing, and this guide ... from the friendly folks at webmonkey will prove very useful in reaching that noble goal. http://www.webmonkey.com Virtual Clone Drive Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or ... (view more)

Fri
22
Aug
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'Set Up A Home Server', and 'Extra Putty'

Set Up A Home Server Running an open-source operating system is a popular and useful activity. For example: you could use it to run your own website, collect and send e-mail messages, store your OpenID credentials, or serve your music and videos ... around the home. http://www.webmonkey.com Extra Putty Extra Putty is a secure SSH (shell) client for Windows and is based on the original "putty." ExtraPuTTY has all the features from the original and adds others, including: allow win32 application to send, receive data on Telnet, SSH, RLogin and Raw protocols, and more. http://www. ... (view more)

Mon
25
Feb
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Disney and Microsoft Introduce the Tech-House of the Future

Fifty years after being first unveiled, the Disneyland "House of the Future" is back with all-new innovations that could never have been imagined 50 years ago. The Disney "Dream Home" is the brainchild of The Walt Disney Co., Microsoft Corp., ... Hewlett-Packard Co., LifeWare and Taylor Morrison. All five companies hope to make the house into an actual retailed product one day, with initial estimations starting at 15 million dollars. (Source: sfgate.com ) In 1957, just two years after opening their gates for the very first time, Disneyland introduced the world to the "House of the Future" exhibit ... (view more)

Fri
11
Jan
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'Mail Store Home', and 'Top 10 Usb Thumb Drive Tricks'

Mail Store Home Mail Store Home allows you to back up all your e-mail messages from multiple applications into one safe archive. You can import your mail from Outlook, Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Exchange, as well as POP/IMAP ... accounts and local files. You read your mail from within the interface, search fast through all your messages by keyword and advanced criteria, and even burn a Backup CD. Messages are stored MIME-compatible, and can be recovered at any time without information loss. http://www.mailstore.com/en/mailstore-home.aspx Top 10 Usb Thumb Drive Tricks Make use of ... (view more)

Wed
26
Sep
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Switch to the Internet and All Phone Calls Are Free?

Two new start-up companies are looking to entice the average consumer to make all of their telephone calls over the Internet and bypass the high-priced local phone and cable television companies. Using the service will may result in free calls, and ... will be compatible with almost all standard-issued phone handsets. But, in a world where most good things come with a catch, the "free calls" are not initially free. The one-time hardware cost and subsequent low annual membership fees have many believing that nationwide calling from a regular home phone is getting really close to eventually ... (view more)

Wed
18
Apr
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A Few Thoughts: Microsoft and Windows Vista

Since last November and even before that, Microsoft has been aggressively hyping the features and virtues of Vista. We've all seen it talked about in the printed media, on television, and on web sites, including Infopackets. Is Vista the latest and ... greatest Windows operating system ever produced? The jury is still out on that. Even I, the local Linux 'geek', look upon Vista and can see where there are seeds of potential greatness, but only the potential. It's just too soon to say for sure if will attain greatness. Why So Much Memory? On the technical side, the reasons for the expanded ... (view more)

Thu
11
Jan
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Live like The Jetsons: Appliances that Interact over WiFi

Imagine coming in after a hard day of work in the summer months and wanting nothing more than to sit in the coolness of your own home and watch some television. Imagine only having to push a single button, and the temperature of your home, your ... favorite television channel and even the dimness of the interior lights adjust to your personal preference. Imagine pushing another button and all of the settings return to their previous state. Welcome to the future of convenient living. Beginning next month, Best Buy will sell a package called 'ConnectedLife.Home' that features a computer with ... (view more)

Tue
18
Jul
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Nothing Short of Pure Magic: Genie Backup Manager v7 Released!

Last year, infopackets.com went on a quest to find the most ideal backup software available based on very stringent criteria . That expedition ended with the discovery of Genie Backup Manager. Well, as any good treasure hunter can attest to, there's ... always more gold to be found ... and in this case, it's the launch of Genie Backup Manager version 7! Reminder: What Is Genie Backup Manager? Genie Backup Manager (GBM) is an easy-to-use and extremely versatile all-in-one backup solution. Among some of its basic backup features, Genie Backup Manager can archive any file or folder, emails, media ... (view more)

Tue
28
Mar
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8 Flavors of Vista? Nope, Only 6!

Recall -- A few weeks back I wrote about 8 versions of the new Windows Vista (the successor to Windows XP). It appears that this was misinformation. The newsworthy story was leaked by an internal Microsoft site that was accessed by an outside ... reporter, who then dutifully told the rest of the world that there were 8 versions of Windows Vista. After three weeks, that internal site became unavailable, and Microsoft officially declared there were in fact 6 versions of Vista. The below information was taken from a recent Microsoft document . To clarify: " Microsoft ... will offer Windows Vista ... (view more)

Wed
01
Mar
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Windows Vista: 8 Flavors to Choose From!

It's been reported on a number of blog sites that Microsoft will release Windows Vista with -- get this -- 8 different versions. Hint: Windows XP only has 2 versions (Home and Pro edition). Unfortunately, they have yet to describe what the ... differences are between each version. It's also speculated that Microsoft Vista will require (at minimum) 512 MB of memory and a Pentium 4 class microprocessor to operate efficiently. The 'Vista list' is as follows: Windows Starter 2007 Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Basic N Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Business Windows Vista ... (view more)

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