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Thu
10
Dec
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MIT Wins $40,000 'Balloon Hunt' Thanks to Internet

A government contest whereby participants were requested to spot ten weather balloons at once has been won by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT). But MIT took the prize thanks to the help of a network of ordinary Internet users ... recruited under an intricate cash reward system. The content was launched by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the same group which developed a network commonly acknowledged as the forerunner of the Internet. The idea of the contest was to see how people would use online networking to solve a problem too big for any one individual. ... (view more)

Tue
14
Jul
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Infopackets + PC Tools: Software Bonanza 2009

Note: Use Coupon Code INFOPACKETS30 at checkout to receive discount (up to 66% savings). Read below for full details -- or click here to visit PC Tools site now! Dennis here from Infopackets with a summer sizzler on simply sensational software! As ... most of you are already aware, we regularly recommend three award-winning software programs by PC Tools in our email newsletters, namely: Spyware Doctor with Antivirus, Spyware Doctor and Registry Mechanic. These programs are not only essential PC utilities in their own right, but they are also at the top of their class and continue to receive rave ... (view more)

Wed
25
Mar
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Ashampoo Office 2008 Trial Download

We've had a lot of feedback over the past few days regarding the review on Ashampoo Office 2008. The biggest question of course: "Where is the trial download?" We've contacted the folks over at Ashampoo and they've set us up with a direct page to ... the trial download ... BUT -- Before you go clicking on the download link, please read carefully: 1. There are two versions of Ashampoo Office. The "regular" version asks you for a serial number from the start and won't install without one. The other version is a 30 day free trial -- this is the one you want if you want to try the program ... (view more)

Fri
01
Aug
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Google Gloats: Search Engine Index Hits A Trillion Pages

There are now more than a trillion web pages...and those are just the ones Google knows about. Google's index of web pages has grown from 26 million in 1998 to a billion (one thousand million) in 2000 and now to a trillion (one million million) in ... 2008. The search engine firm announced the statistic as a way of publicizing its position as the market leader (ahem, gloating). Writing in a post on the company's blog, software engineers Jesse Alpert said that the Google system reprocesses the entire index several times a day, each of which is equivalent to checking every road intersection in a ... (view more)

Tue
15
Jul
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Google Bows To Privacy Pressure

There's been a surprising amount of buzz about a one-word change to Google's home page: 'privacy'. The company has added a link from the front page of the site to the various privacy policies for the first time. It ends a prolonged debate about ... whether or not Google was breaching state laws. The controversy arose in May when the New York Times pointed out that a 2003 California law requires commercial websites based in the state to clearly display a link to its privacy policies from its home page. At the time, Google argued that it had taken care of this with a link to 'About Google'; however ... (view more)

Wed
02
Jul
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'Lucid Link', and 'Google Media Server'

Today's fresh software picks were provided courtesy of Bob Helmer at Shell Extension City. Please note that the below software descriptions are provided solely from the developer and are absent from any guarantee or warranty. You are encouraged to ... review the Shell Extension Software Policy for more details. Lucid Link Wi-Fi Security can be hard. There are many options, many settings, and a lot of techno-babble in many WiFi clients that make it difficult for non-technical users to understand. The LucidLink WiFi Client eliminates all of the clutter and only presents what you need to connect to ... (view more)

Wed
14
Nov
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PC Tools Mega Deal of The Century!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 SPECIAL NOTE: This 2-week special offer expires T O D A Y (Wednesday, November 28th) at 11:59PM EST! -- RE: PC Tools Software Mega Deal Dennis here from infopackets with another super deal on simply sensational ... software! If you thought last month's deal was great, you simply won't believe your eyes when I tell you about this one -- and I absolutely *mean it*! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You Won't Beat This Deal! PERIOD! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As you know, we regularly recommend two award-winning programs by PC Tools Software in our email newsletters, namely: ... (view more)

Fri
14
Sep
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Skype Slammed Again by Worm

Love to talk? Many of us do. It's one reason Skype has becomes such a popular "telephony" service, although both Skype Ltd. and its customers are pulling out hairs this morning over news that a nasty worm is inching its way through the instant ... messenger service. Skype, which is a Voice over Internet Protocol, or VOIP service, has seen its fair share of threats. In April we reported on a similar issue, whereby a text link led to a JPEG file that in turn presented an executable link. Clicking that meant spyware-central, and a whole lot of headaches for a service developed by former ... (view more)

Mon
20
Aug
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'Junction Link Magic', and 'Freenigma'

Junction Link Magic Junction Link Magic is a utility that lets you create junction points with Windows 2000, XP, 2003 or Vista. Junction Link Magic automatically lists existing junction points, and it offers an easy interface to add, modify or ... remove junction points. http://www.rekenwonder.com/linkmagic.htm Freenigma Adds privacy technology -- with strong e-mail encryption -- to your favourite webmail service. Supports not only Google Mail, but all large webmail services. Freenigma encrypt your e-mails in Google Mail, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail, plus others. Encrypt your private and business e- ... (view more)

Mon
13
Aug
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Keep MS Excel From Automatically Updating Charts

Sometimes it seems as though Microsoft Excel is almost too efficient. For instance, Excel will automatically update a chart when you make a change to the chart data. If you need to capture a screenshot of your chart before a change is made, you need ... to break the link to its data source. Follow the steps below to prevent MS Excel from automatically updating your charts: To keep Excel from automatically updating a copy of a chart with new data, you need to break the link to the source data. Launch MS Excel if it isn't already open. Copy the chart that you do not want to be automatically updated ... (view more)

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