March 2012 archive

Mario Kart 7 Strategic Tip

As I build up others I’ll add them to this entry. One of the more useful (or annoying) items you can collect on the track in Mario Kart 7 is the “spiny shell” (or the “blue shell” as some people might call it). It’s great when you are further back in the pack but a …

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Get Windows 7 Resizing Capabilities in Windows XP & Vista

Here’s a quick tip for those of you still on Windows XP and Windows Vista. One of the great things about Windows 7 is the ability to quickly and simply put two windows side by side by using keyboard shortcuts (so “Windows Key + Left Arrow” to snap a window to the left of the …

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Download Password Protected Online Videos

A while ago I recommended KeepVid as a great tool to download videos from popular video streaming sites including¬†YouTube, DailyMotion, Google Video, Megavideo, Metacafe and Vimeo. However, KeepVid doesn’t work if the content is password protected or restricted in its ability for the general public to access it. If you do need to download a …

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A Free Alternative to Google Maps

There no doubt that the mantle of premier online mapping solution well and truly belongs to Google Maps however, if you’re a business wanting to take advantage of Google Maps, it can be quite an expensive proposition to obtain the required licensing. The other major alternative is Bing Maps but the general sentiment is still …

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Get the Better of Locked Files Under Windows With Unlocker

Have you ever tried moving, renaming or deleting a file or folder and getting an error message along the lines of: “Cannot delete folder: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again” It can be a pain trying to work out what …

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Debug Your Internet with Netalyzr

Here’s something for those network tweakers out there. if you want to do something a bit more than benchmarking the speed and latency of your internet connection then there is a great little utility that will perform an examination, give you some detailed results and also help university research at the same time. The ICSI …

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BitLocker and iPods – Will They Blend?

Leading on from yesterday’s article about BitLocker and the unfortunate situation that Mac OS X users find themselves in when BitLocker to Go is enforced at work when using USB devices we should also consider one popular USB device, the iPod. It may be a lesser known fact that iPods will use either HFS+ or …

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BitLocker Drive Encryption and Mac OS X

Earlier in the week, a colleague of mine had his work laptop upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows XP. To many of us this would seem to be a welcome change but for some this could actually be a complication.¬†As part of the changeover, “BitLocker to Go” drive encryption is enforced on USB drives as …

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Draw Something

Draw Something - Bad Words

I thought I’d share my experience with a simple game for iOS that has started to chew up a lot of my time – namely “Draw Something”. The premise of the game is simple, you have to select one of three words to draw (varying in difficulty), draw it and have your game partner guess …

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Windows 8 Tablets Can Beat Retina Displays

Today, Microsoft published a blog entry about Windows 8 and its requirement and ability to scale to different screen sizes and resolutions with differing ranges of pixel density. One interesting thing caught my eye which was this diagram. The thing that interested me most was not what was on the right hand side of the …

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