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MailStore Home

In the wake of the Gmail temporary loss of accounts a lot of tech sites are highlighting ways to back up your account.  I like the suggestion of Hotmail accessing your Gmail through POP but that’s another cloud solution to…

All-In-One Tray

All-In-One Tray is a great free Windows 7 utility that sits in your system tray and provides access to pretty well all the operating system’s built in utilities plus a lot more like purging DNS cache and rebuilding icons.  As…

SSDLife

A decent utility that in its free form give two great pieces of information: that TRIM is enabled and the relative life of your SSD drive. Unfortunately it didn’t matter how long I left SSDLife running it never showed my…

DriverEasy

While on my recent trip I picked up the June 2010 issue of PC Plus; in it they glowingly recommended a product called DriverEasy.  I was on vacation and although PC Plus is the most expensive British tech mag import…

Macrium Reflect Free Edition

Setting up a PC for a friend and they needed some sort of backup.  My first thought is always Windows Home Server but this was a single PC and the extra cost couldn’t be justified.  I turned again to Macrium…

Disk Space Fan

Eventually every PC user comes to the point when they try to save something on their PC and there isn’t enough space.  We all react the same way: what’s filled my hard drive?  It seemed for a while gargantuan hard…

AVG Rescue CD

AVG produces a great anti-virus product and makes a free version available; it’s highly recommended.  Recently they released AVG Rescue CD and it’s just as it sounds: a bootable CD with AVG on it, ready to fix those virus issues…

Macrium Reflect Free Edition and deleting old backup files

Update 16-Mar-10.  Forfiles command line updated to show @file instead of @path; testing and working. Update 02-Aug-10.  Download location for ForFiles changed since Microsoft CodePlex page has been removed. I needed a simple and free backup program for a single…

Lime Tech unRAID

After working with FreeNAS as a free storage solution for small businesses I came across Lime Technologies unRAID, which takes a completely different approach to storage.  It’s a software RAID type solution that uses your largest disk as a parity…

FreeNAS: first steps

FreeNAS seems to be making a lot of news and tech sites lately; it’s a free network attached storage operating system so you can make your own NAS box out of whatever hardware you want.  I haven’t been interested because…