Ever since I first found out that you could run virtualized applications on the internet, I’ve been fascinated by the possibilities it offered. Sure, cloud-based apps themselves are great, but I have used Windows for 20 years now and always find it a bit more reassuring to run a Windows program.

Spoon’s pitch instantly attracted me: running virtualized versions of popular Windows software on any PC. Yes, unfortunately, it’s Windows-only for now, although the developers say other platforms will be supported soon.

There are so many reasons to instantly want to try out an app like Spoon.

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EnhanceMy8 – A Powerful Maintenance Utility for Windows 8

One thing Microsoft can be counted on is propping up third-party software companies. After all, every time the company launches a new version of the Windows operating system an entire ecosystem of new apps begins popping up around the web. Windows 8 has already proven to be no different, especially with the plethora of options that have cropped up to give users access to that Start menu that many users seem to think that they just can’t live without.

Aside from the missing Windows 95 relic, Windows 8 has provided coders with the chance to design all new maintenance and utility apps and EnhanceMy8 is one of the latest to come along. The app comes with many of the usual tools included in any Windows maintenance utility, but it is geared towards the brand new OS.

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Upgrading to a new operating system brings the risk that your apps suddenly no longer work. That concern intensifies with moving to Windows 8 because of the big change the operating system represents compared to earlier version.

The large number of changes to the visual looks could cause some apps problems and with ever operating system change there is always the risk of a small change that breaks some special functionality your program depended upon to work. Many people also need to continue using programs they either cannot or choose not to upgrade, but won’t work under Windows 8 — in a few cases a program doesn’t recognize the newer version of Windows and simply refuses to run.

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While I do not condone the ripping of rented or borrowed DVD’s or sharing ripped discs via bit torrent, there are perfectly legitimate reasons to record a DVD to your computer. Many of us are fans of home theater computers (HTPC) or have computer-based set-top boxes like Boxee or NeoTV that can stream content from different PC’s and servers around our home. That makes getting all of the discs we purchase onto a hard drive to create a sort of video jukebox a worthwhile endeavor.

There are a number of good free apps, such as DVD Shrink, that can do this but, thanks to ever-changing DRM methods, these can’t handle every disc. DRM, or Digital Rights Management, is a form of copy protection that is used by the movie studios in an effort to prevent their DVD’s from being ripped and pirated. It does absolutely nothing to thwart piracy, but it does cause plenty of problems for legitimate paying customers.

Is it worth your time? Let’s find out!

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Email, for most of us, is a vital part of every life as it allows us to communicate, being it sending messages or files quickly. Needless to say, emailing is a task we have all become accustomed to.

However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll always be looking for the best way to go about your email workflow. Of course each provider has a different set of features and abilities and this has caused arguments among folk for years — with everyone asking which the best provider.

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Every operating system has its advantages and disadvantages, and in the case of Linux the ease with which software can be downloaded and updated from a central repository is a big plus point. The various app stores that exist for mobile operating system work in much the same way, and Allmyapps brings similar options to Windows users.

You may have decided against upgrading to Windows 8, but this does not mean that you need miss out on having an app store of your own. Allmyapps is a free service that can be used to browse, install, update and sync your apps across multiple computers.

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Here at AppStorm, we love games! Why not relax for a minute and find a fantastic new game to enjoy – hopefully these roundups will help you out.

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Ho Ho Ho! Christmas is here. I absolutely love this festive season for ONE reason, among others, – presents. This is the one time of the year where you can indulge in a mindless shopping spree, without worrying too much about the budget (that part comes later).

But sadly it also means crowded streets which I’m strictly allergic to. To that end, I prefer to take things online. If you’re anything like me, read on. This guide is for you.

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Friend: “Hey, I wanted to borrow some music from you.”

Me: “Sure, what do you need?”

Friend: “Well, what do you have?”

When you have been ripping music CDs since the last millennium and buying digital ever since the iTunes store opened, it gets pretty much impossible to list all the artists or albums you have, let alone those stray songs.

In fact, the need to list a bunch of files comes up quite often. On past occasions, I’ve needed a file stored on my PC at home and couldn’t remember what it was called or where it was saved. Asking my wife to read out every file over the phone would’ve probably resulted in a call from a divorce lawyer. Is there a better way out? Sure there is!

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Get Your Computer Ready For the Holidays

It’s that time of the year — no matter what holiday you celebrate, the decorations are going up and the mood is becoming festive. But, those decorations inside and outside of your home aren’t the only ones you have at your disposal. Your computer may seem like a tool or a toy, depending on your use, but it is also a showcase for your moods, passions and celebrations. Yes, you can “decorate” your PC every bit as well as your home. And, why not? You probably see quite a bit of it anyway.

You are probably familiar with concepts like “wallpaper” and “themes”, and we will cover those as well, but there are other areas that can be customized, such as your web browser. However, we will start with the more obvious — wallpapers and themes.

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