Monthly archive - October 2011

CCleaner FileHippo

Filehippo CCleaner

File Hippo CCleaner

CCleaner and Filehippo are actually two different but related things. CCleaner is freeware system optimizer, privacy, and cleaner tool for your computer. Filehippo is website which offers many different software downloads, of which CCleaner is one of them.

CCleaner

CCleaner is freeware which means you can download and use it free of charge. CCleaner is going to do a few things for you. First it is going to do what is known as optimize your system. This means that its going to scan you computer and make little tweaks to make it run the fastest and cleanest possible. Next it’s a computer privacy tool as well. This means it’s going to go in and clean out your download and internet browsing history from all the most common web browsers, including IE, Chrome, Firefox, and many more. 

FileHippo

Filehippo is basically a repository of software which you can download directly to your computer. Some of the programs are freeware and some you will need to pay for. Filehippo is similar to the download section of CNET.

One cool function I notices when exploring Filehippo is a download which you can install which will periodically sweep your computer for software from Filehippo to see if there have been any updates.

 

While there are many programs which you can download from Filehippo CCleaner is a very popular one. You can follow the link below to find the page on Filehippo for CCleaner.

Download CCleaner from FileHippo.com

CNET Downloads

CNETCNET is a very cool website that deals with everything computer, software, tech, and innovation. They describe themselves as the premier destination for tech product reviews, news, price comparisons, free software downloads, daily videos, and podcasts. That is a bit of a mouthful but they do really seem to cover all that ground.

CNET Downloads

Most people who are directly involved in the computer industry seem to know CNET best for their free downloads though. To find a CNET download just go to www.cnet.com and click on the download button at the top of the screen. They have quite a selection so if you know what you are looking for then it’s best to just type it into the search box. If not and you are just shopping around then I personally think the most popular downloads page is really cool. If millions of folks have downloaded a piece of software then there is probably a reason.

CNET Free Downloads

If you take a look around the downloads section of CNET you’ll find that not everything is free. Many downloads are not. But you can find tons of offerings that are indeed free. Typically what is free are items that the company that wrote it would have given you anyway (like Google’s Chrome for instance) but it’s pretty slick that CNET had accumulated all of these in one place for convenience.

So if you are looking for a piece of software and you’ll like to download and not bother running to the store then CNET is a great place to start looking. While you are there you will fall in love with all the other information about tech and gadgets they offer as well!

Firefox Web Browser

Firefox Beta

Firefox

There are quite a few browsers out there for sure. The most popular based on how many machines it’s running on is Internet Explorer, which I could write a whole post on why it’s #1 and it has little to do with the functionality of the browser. Closer on IE’s heels everyday is Chrome which is made by Google. It’s good browser and offers lots of functionality and many fewer bugs and issues then IE. Firefox may be far behind these two based on the number of machines its running on, but it is far superior when it comes to coolness. People who work in the computer industry are much more common to choose Firefox as their browser when given the choice.

Firefox Plugins

To me the coolest thing about Firefox is that they essentially invented the phenomenon known as the app. Yes the idea of the apps that we all download onto our smart phones everyday we born from the Firefox browser. Some time ago Firefox decided that they would release the right for third party programmers to create applications that would run within their browser. These can range from really small Firefox addons to whole fully functional applications. Ironically one of the largest companies that built and still supports Firefox plugins is Google, who offers among others, Google Talk, Google Earth, Google Maps, and more.

Firefox Themes

Many of the other browser offer themes, but I feel that  it’s yet another reason that Firefox is cool! You can basically personalize your web experience and Firefox will remember your preferences. It’s kind of like a skin that is doing the same thing as the basic browser in most cases but has a cool look that you choose.

 

So if you are looking to better your internet surfing experience you might think about downloading the Firefox browser and see what it, and all its plugins have to offer.

Antivirus Software

Anti Virus Software

Computer Virus

If you run a PC then you certainly know what viruses are all about. You need to have antivirus software running all the time because there are just so many of them out there that can attack you. It’s almost a full time job keeping your computer free of a PC antivirus!

I said you are familiar with antivirus if you are running a PC for a reason. I’m not a MAC person but I am thinking about making the switch the next time I need to update my laptop. From what I understand though there isn’t a need for any antivirus with a MAC. I’m still not sure if they because they are some how built differently so that viruses can’t take effect or if hackers simply don’t have interest in creating a virus for a MAC? My guess is the latter but I guess time will tell. As Apple and MAC’s become much more popular you would think there would be lonely nerds out there that would take notice and write some viruses.

Computer antivirus programs come in two different forms. One that tries to block them before they can get on your computer, and the other will detect the ones that make it through. Most of the more popular software antivirus will attempt to do both. To find the antivirus program or programs that are right for you, I suggest you check out antivirus software review and antivirus ratings.

Free Antivirus Program

There are programs out there which will both detect incoming viruses and those that are all ready on your hard drive, for free. You do have to be careful about free antivirus programs though. While there are some good ones, I am always leary about something useful that is free. Why is it free? Antivirus software free typically means, “We’re actually putting viruses on your computer!” So be careful of what you choose for your free antivirus protection.

Antivirus Removal

Because there are so many malicious antivirus programs out there, there is a whole industry of programs which will remove these free antivirus programs. Make sure to get something that will completely clean it off of your hard drive. And just like the original free antivirus program you need to be leary of free antivirus removal. Free comes at a price!

Fry’s Electronic

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fry.com

Fry’s is a popular electronic store, mainly located in the central and western US. They are famous for their computer and electronic goods and great discounts! Fry’s can be found online at www.frys.com

Fry’s electronics ad is well knows for it’s weekly Fry’s electronics ad, where you can really find some great weekly deals. Everything from software, computer hardware, and camera and televisions. If it’s electronics they have it. Just like any other place where you might find electronics you need to shop around to make sure you are getting the best deal. But if it’s in their weekly flyer then it’s going to be hard to beat.

Fry’s really does have everything too. They really are more of an office supply store even though they are mainly known for their electronics. They have pens, pencils, backpacks, and even health and beauty items.

So if you are look for a good deal on electronics, office and school supplies, software, or more eclectic items then check out Fry’s!

 

 

 

 

Barebone Computer

Barebones System

Barebone Kit

If you are thinking of a getting a new PC and you have some basic technical computer hardware knowledge then you can really save some serious money if you look into barebone computers. The typical person who is looking for a new computer is going to check out Dell or Apple and buy everything they need, including the keyboard, speakers, and all the common peripherals. The thing is if you all ready have a computer and you are just looking to upgrade then you likely have most of what you need. I mean, do you really need a new keyboard? Is your monitor fine? Your hard drive is still working fine.

So a barebone computer is going to be offered by retailers and mail order outlets as well. Barebones computers are going to just be the basics that you need to get a new PC. Different packages will vary in what exactly they are going to ffer with a computer barebone set up, but typically you are going to get a new tower, a power supply, a motherboard, and a processor. Depending on what you want to spend in you can get some extras added on as well, but that is going to be the basic package.

Computer barebones options is really great if you have enough knowledge to pull out your existing drives and cards (possibly memory and/or hard drive as well) and plug them into the new tower. Even if you don’t have this specific knowledge but you are relatively handy and computer savvy then you can probably find a Youtube video that will walk you through it. Or the company selling you the barebones set up might even offer some detail instructions.


 

So if you are open to the idea of a project and are looking to save some money on the purchase of your new PC then a barebone kit is in your future.

Internet Software

Cloud Computing

Cloud

These days it is becoming more and more common for the programs that we use to be be internet software as opposed to something that runs on your machine. This is basically what has become to be known at cloud computing. Cloud software (also known as website software) runs in cyberspace in a web browser for you, and your data is saved on a server. With cloud computing you are basically just using your computer as a way to connect to the internet, and all the “doing” is happening on the cloud.

Cloud Computer Providers

Because cloud computer has become so popular there are quite a few big name competitors getting in on the action. Some of the cloud computer leaders are Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Google got into the game very early, and is still a leader. Microsoft picked up on the idea kind of late but has a decent market share because they are Microsoft and they are everywhere pushing Sharepoint software. Amazon’s cloud computing play for right now is more of an online hard drive, offering competitive rates for large amounts of cloud storage.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

The main advantage of cloud computing is that everything is based on the internet, including the application and your data. So as long as you can get to an internet connection then you have access to all your work. So you no longer have to carry your files back and forth to work from home or out of town to presentations on some kind of media. You can just log online when you get there and you are ready to go. The other thing that is nice about cloud computing is how much easier it is to share files and collaborate on work. You don’t have to email files back and forth and wonder if it’s the most recent version. You can just give someone access to your file and you are always looking at the same version of the same file all of the time. With Google Docs you can give someone full access to a file and you can both be online viewing and making changes at the same time!

Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

The only real disadvantage to cloud computing is that you are putting a lot of trust in the company that is handeling your applications and data. Suppose you got out of down and your presentation is a Google Doc. You are expecting to log on when the presentation starts and use it to illustrate for the audience. But if for some reason Google goes down (which is fairness almost never happens) you are left there with nothing to present. You are also trusting these companies with your data too. I mean, if you are saving your favorites recipes, then it’s not that big a deal. But let’s say you are saving some personal financial data for all your customers. If that company gets hacked your could have real issue on your hands!

Over all cloud computing is really taking off and is a great thing. The key for it truly being the future is in the hands of the companies that offer these applications and data storage. As long as you can always get to the applications and your data, and your data doesn’t end up the in the wrong hands then it is going to be the wave of the future.