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Edison Kent

Edison Kent is an IT & Digital Communications professional who graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Digital Technology and Culture. His passions include the study of language and society, cognition and learning, design and visual communication, rhetoric, fine arts, and information science.

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With the recent introduction of the full color 7″ multi-touch Kindle Fire, Amazon has positioned the Kindle in yet another burgeoning segment of the holiday shopping stratosphere for 2011. It truly appears that Amazon’s goal for the Kindle brand of products, by 2012, is to breach every nook and cranny of the shopper subconscious, and then eliminate any and all barriers to a purchase by the end of the holiday season.

Kindle for PC has opened Amazon’s doors to millions of new potential customers, and increased the demand for Amazon’s eBooks by redefining their strategy and broadening their approach to the sale of their digital media. Within this in depth review, we take a long look at the Windows based variant of Kindle, and attempt to paint a better picture of the competitive advantages that Amazon hopes to gain with the introduction of the product.

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Have you ever wondered what’s under the hood of a new computer you’ve just purchased, or had the desire to boot up a system and instantly know what’s at the heart of the build that you’re working with? Speccy, an application from Piriform Ltd, allows you to do just that by aggregating system information about all of your components, and displaying it in one convenient place.

Within this in depth review, we will be examining the usability, design, interface, and overall performance of Piriform’s Speccy. This article is the final segment of our series examining the free to use applications available from Piriform Ltd. Hit the jump to find out just how well you really know your PC.

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Recuva is a program from Piriform Ltd, which attempts to simplify the process of file recovery by empowering users to find deleted files in rewritable media. This includes files of just about any type, from any rewritable source, including internal and external hard drives, memory cards, USB flash drives, or even an iPod. Recuva also promises the ability to potentially save recoverable files from damaged or formatted hard disks.

So how does it operate under real world conditions? In this article, we test many of these assertions and report back our findings. This in depth review is segment three of four in which we examine the consumer level products from Piriform Ltd.
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Hard drive defragmentation has for many years remained an essential component of system optimization, but it has just been in recent history that software developers have truly pushed for the production of more robust defragmentation programs. Within this article, we will take an in depth look at one such application in the form of Piriform’s Defraggler, and demonstrate how it has evolved into a flexible platform bringing increased stability and power to computing maintenance.

This article is the second segment of a four part series in which we are examining the consumer grade products from Piriform Ltd, in CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, and Speccy. Read on for an in depth analysis and screenshots of what Defraggler has become, and to judge for yourself if it is worth the free cost of its download.

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System optimization, security, and maintenance are three of the most important functions of computer support specialists across all areas of personal computing. With that said, there are countless pieces of software and a deluge of services, which claim to beat out the competition in these specific areas. Within this four part series, we take an in depth look at the competitive advantages of Piriform’s quintet of free to use applications.

To begin, we start with Piriform’s flagship product, CCleaner, which was first launched in 2004. It has the primary function of optimizing systems by cleansing their resources of unused, unnecessary, and temporary files, allowing for better performance from Windows, and protecting your privacy by removing traces of online activity and application use. Does it work as intended though? Let’s find out…

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