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How To Prepare Bootable USB Drives For Windows/Linux Installations

I have found a number of tutorials on the Internet that describe how to take a regular bootable ISO image and place it on a USB flash drive, but none of them really laid out what utility was needed and what ones won’t work. There are a number of uses for this since most of the newer computers that exists today can boot off of USB drives. If you place your Windows installation disc on a USB drive -installing Windows again is breeze because you don’t have to worry about scratched discs or other related disc reading problems. Also, installing from USB allows you to directly edit files (if you use an answer file or OEM drivers) and you’re installation will be a much faster process than reading off a traditional optical disc. In fact, if your computer doesn’t have a disc drive, it likely does have a USB port that can be booted from.

Switching Email On A Blackberry To Google Apps (Gmail)

I have long used a blackberry address (@rogers.blackberry.net) that connected to my phone directly and then forwarded email messages to the phone from the various accounts that I held. Since moving to Google Apps more than a year ago I have noticed a number of improvements to the Blackberry Internet Server (BIS) and Google Apps Servers. I have decided today I would make the switch and show you how it goes.

Returning To Windows XP From Windows 7

Let’s say that you are running Windows 7 today and you want to return to Windows XP. You may be all too aware of the coming expiry of the Windows 7 Release Candidate running on your computer or you may be finished with the Windows 7 trial version that you have running on your computer. No matter the reason, you’re just done with Windows 7 and you want to go back to the venerable Windows XP operating system. Here’s how you do it.

Using Windows VNC On Standard TCP/IP Ports

VNC LogoThe VNC (Virtual Network Computing) application is quite a popular program for use as a remote control application. The program is free, and Open Source and can be used in a wide variety of situations. While you can now control port numbers easily in the interface – you may want to know how port numbers are changed on a Windows system. In this article I will describe how to setup the VNC Server (On Windows) to use ports that are commonly used on the Internet.

Free Tool: SpamBayes – [SPAM Control]

SPAM Classic, 12-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6 )I’m always looking for new and interesting tools or utilities. Every day I come across a number of these useful programs and look forward to sharing them with you. In this series of blogs I’ll go over some of the best and most interesting I have found and tested – I welcome you to go try one of them and let me know what you think!

Today: Spambayes (Author’s Web Site)
Version:  1.1a6
Platforms: All current Windows versions only
Licence: Open Source

2010 CONTEST – Make a guess, win a Netbook!

I had an idea, why not see how this would go? I’m always looking  for more people to read my blog, so I thought that if I offered you the chance to win something for spreading the word – you might appreciate it. No strings attached. I pay for the Netbook and I’ll pay for the shipping. If you don’t want to help spread the word, that’s fine too – you’ll still get a shot.

Here’s the contest:
I have a jar of loose change (pictured) that is being counted by a digital tracker my girlfriend was nice enough to buy me. I want you to guess the exact amount of money in this jar…..

Free Tool – Screenpresso [Screen Capture]

I’m always looking for new and interesting tools or utilities. Every day I come across a number of these useful programs and look forward to sharing them with you. In this series of blogs I’ll go over some of the best and most interesting I have found and tested – I welcome you to go try one of them and let me know what you think!

Today: Screenpresso (Author’s Web Site)
Version:  1.0.2.0
<Platforms: All current Windows versions (XP too, requires .NET)
Licence: Freeware

Life After Windows? If Microsoft Dies, We’ll Be OK!

Earlier today I read an article by Randall C. Kennedy of Infoworld that spoke of a world without Microsoft and Windows that would be more of an apocalypse. At first, I thought: “This is junk, I wouldn’t share it” and I kept reading. After I finished the article, I just sat on it and I kept coming back to how utterly ludicrous it was. The preposterousness then turn to more of a WTF – this is more than crazy, it’s dead wrong.