To make it easier and faster to pick up from where you left off with your work, it is possible to place your computer into sleep or hibernation mode. This not only gives you faster start times for Windows, but also ensure that the programs you were using are available just as you left them.

But when you need to restart your computer, you have to manually reopen all of the files you were using; this is, until you install Cache My Work web site .

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Winner Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway. I’m excited to let you know that the winner has now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@TheLiztress

Congratulations again to the lucky winner — please get in touch at windows [at] appstorm [dot] net. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions and giveaways!

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Anyone who has used Windows for a number of years will remember the occasional requirement to work with DOS. Although Windows has a rich and powerful graphical user interface, there are still times when the command line, if not DOS from the days of old, is still useful.

But the command prompt that is available by default is both limited and restricted, and this is where PowerCMD comes to the rescue.

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It’s been over two weeks now since Windows announced their new competitor in the tablet market. Surprisingly, I don’t think we’ll be hearing much more till the release date draws near. The hype over the Surface has slowly faded down but does the Surface actually have the potential to rival the highly sought iPad, come release day?

It’s true, the Surface is bringing something new to the table, features which Apple could have only dreamed of. However, I don’t feel that the iPad contingent is really going to get up and switch over to the alternative operating system. Apple’s “proud” supporters are more likely to stick with it till the end of time, continuing to purchase their high quality and advanced products. In my opinion, the Surface appeals to a different audience….

Read on to find out who!

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When you need to share files with other people, you can attach them to an email, and links can be shared in the same way or through social networks.

Or you can step in this century and use cloud storage services such as Dropbox. FluffyApp is a particularly fast method of sharing files and links that reduces the entire process to a simple drag and drop exercise.

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XWidget is Windows software that brings the famous Mac OSX dashboard to Windows computers while adding some new features of its own. There’s several Windows dashboard programs out there, but XWidget stands out from the crowd by almost perfectly balancing ease of use with customizability, including many unique features not found in any other dashboard software.

There are several other similar programs: Rainmeter (an extremely powerful but complicated program), Yahoo! Widgets (now discontinued), Google Desktop (also discontinued), and Microsoft’s Sidebar which comes bundled with Windows 7. XWidget is an excellent, easy alternative to a more difficult program such as Rainmeter, while still remaining more featured than the spartan Windows 7 Sidebar, packing a couple of surprises in its tiny package

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Computers are all about multi-tasking and this usually means having a large number of programs running at the same time, and having numerous windows open simultaneously.

WindowMenuPlus is a free tool that places you firmly in control over how these windows are positioned, how they look and much more, including enabling you to free up system memory and kill troublesome processes.

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We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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When taking photos, the wonderful range of the eye becomes obvious compared to the limitations of even the best digital cameras. The human eye works in a wide range of environments from midday sun to the faint glow of moonlight, but our cameras do not see this same range. This means a scene containing very dark and light areas that all appear to eye normally can in a photo loose part of the scene with areas either washed out or lost in shadow.

HDR attempts to compensate for the lesser dynamic range of a camera by taking multiple images that together cover the entire dynamic range of the scene and combining them together to produce a photo that better presents the full dynamic range in the original scene. Many high end graphic processing packages such as Photoshop contain the ability to create HDR images. Other specialty programs designed only to create these images also exist. Creating these images does not require expensive specialized software. Here we’ll look at using the free open source Luminance to produce HDR images.

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Everyone wants their computer to run as quickly as possible, but one of the most frustrating problems that can blight a computer is slow startup.

Almost every computer has a number of program that run automatically when Windows starts, and Startup Delayer is a tool that can be used to take control of these and help speed things up.

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