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Free Microsoft Stuff!

People don't generally think of the term "free" in conjunction with "Microsoft", but in truth, Microsoft actually has a huge list of useful free stuff. You just have to know where to look or how to dig for it. You don't even have to do that. Because I have done it for you Continue reading

Recommended Troubleshooting and Free Tech Support Sites

A collection of the best computer support and tech support sites, major computer vendor support pages, podcasts and broadcasts, free eBooks and troubleshooting flowcharts, and other resources for adventurous do-it-yourselfer's and PC enthusiasts. Continue reading

Use Password Savvy to make hard-to-hack passwords that are easy to remember

These days, in order to have strong password protection, you have to mix capital letters with lower-case letters, throw in a handful of random numbers, and sprinkle some punctuation around. I typically sit down with a piece of paper and write down a few random words, but words that I will remember, and then make some modifications and substitutions, until I have a strong password.

It’s easy enough, just write down some words, or even a phrase: “My name is James O’Brien

Then string them together: mynameisjameso’brien

From here, I like to substitute some letters… Continue reading

Recommended Websites: Free Online Academic Classes and Lectures

One of the greatest benefits of the Internet is that it makes knowledge that at one time was restricted to academic institutions available to anyone with Internet access and a browser. This is a short list of academic websites I like to visit when ever I am in the mood to expand my knowledge and explore different academic disciplines. This list will grow and change over the next few weeks. If you would like to be notified when this page is updated, use the form below to subscribe to this post. I promise, no spam!

Professor Messer… Continue reading

Score Ten Free E-Books from Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press is giving away ten free e-books on SQL Server 2008 and 2012, MS Office 365 and 2010, Deploying Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010, Programming Windows Phone 7, and Virtualization Solutions. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Introducing Microsoft Server 2012   (Download in PDF Format – 288 pages; 10.8 MB)  The final and complete version of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012, by Ross Mistry  and Stacia Misner. 10 Chapters covering Introduction, Disaster-Recovery Enhancements, SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements, Data Administration, Performance and Scalability, , Security Enhancements, Programmability… Continue reading

Recommended Website: Send Private Info That Self-Destructs

From time to time, I find it necessary to send sensitive information such as passwords to clients via e-mail. The problem with sending sensitive information through e-mail is most of the time, the recipient is not set up to handle encrypted e-mail. Fortunately, there is an easy solution that lets you send private info that self-destructs after the recipient accesses the information.

Simple To Use – Click the blue button. Paste something private. We’ll encrypt it and give you a unique URL that you can share

Encrypted – Your data is encrypted from you to us, and… Continue reading

Recommended Website – Ninite.com

Installing programs in Windows can be time consuming, and even confusing for some users. This is especially true when you have a list of programs that need to be installed. One way to simplify the process is with a free web-based utility called Ninite. Continue reading

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