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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Google is one of my favorite web companies because of all the incredible free apps they offer. They are my go-to for email, calendar and photos, and now they are my first choice for online file storage.

After many months of its rumored existence, Google Drive was finally launched on April 24, 2012. Now that it’s been a little over a month, it’s time to see how Google Drive stacks up against its competitors.

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While it is not exactly difficult to create folders in Windows to help keep your files and shortcuts organized, it is a process that can take just a little too long.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create folders on the fly, without the need to fiddle about with context menus, Smart Folders could be just what you need.

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If you’re also an Android user, then you should definitely check out Android.AppStorm – maybe start by grabbing some great free apps!

There’s certainly no shortage of free Android apps, but a lot of these are really more like free demos: they’re ad-supported “lite” versions with accompanying paid apps, or they’re 30 day trials, or they require you to unlock extra features via in-app purchases or by paying for a monthly account.

That’s not a bad thing, of course; we shouldn’t expect all developers to give away the products of their hard work for free! But in this roundup, we’ll look exclusively at apps that don’t ask for a penny.

Head over to Android.AppStorm to read the post!

Summer is a time of relaxation. A time to rest after a hard years work and put your feet up. Many of us will hope to be in better shape for this time, and with summer quickly approaching, you need an effective way to keep fit! We all need an easy way to do this, however, it’s often very hard to achieve noticeable results over a short period of time.

Today, everyone has their phone on them. In my opinion, I recommend scrapping your books because your phone will be the best tool. They say “there’s an app for everything”, and they couldn’t be more right! The Windows Marketplace contains 100s of different apps suited towards improving your fitness and making you healthier. For a solid regime you need organization and something to motivate you to try harder!

I’ve picked out the best 50, sorting them into five different categories. Showing a wide variety of apps to possibly help you feel better about your shape and size. Read on to find out more!

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Alright, that pun could have been a lot better, but sadly the same can easily be said for the Windows Phone ports of what were, in their original forms, two excellent games. For those of you not in the know, the excellent fellows at 2K games recently ported two of my all-time favourite titles to Windows Phone, namely the empire-building Civilization: Revolution and swashbuckling Sid Meier’s Pirates!.

Those of us who are eager spectators of the gaming industry may know these two games as the brainchildren of Sid Meier; grandfather of the immensely popular Civilization series (of which I am a self-confessed fan), as well as a variety of other entertaining gems, including the one-shot wonder, Pirates! and the brilliant Alpha Centauri. Since both titles were released simultaneously, by the same developer and sadly suffering from the same underlying problems, I have decided to review both of them in one convenient package. So, for such a promising background, where did it all go wrong for the pair?

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A few years ago, I was recruited by my dear mother to set up my grandma’s new computer and bring her up to speed on computing in the modern world. No big deal, right? Explaining the keyboard and mouse is fairly straightforward. Windows operates in a user-friendly manner most of the time so no problems there. And then there’s the Internet: one of the most powerful inventions of the 20th century with the power to connect users to family, friends, and free knowledge, and the evil to empty your bank account into the hands of a skivvy email spammer.

Where does one begin when laying out a framework to explain the ins and outs of the World Wide Web? How does one go about relating the etiquette of never using all-caps to type an email or the self-preservation of never falling for a Craigslist buyer’s promise of sending a freight truck to pick up your used car? I’m about to make an attempt so here goes: an Idiot’s Guide to Good Browsing Habits.

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There are countless routine tasks you perform at your computer time and time again. You might launch the same set of programs, type the same set phrases, click the same menu options in applications time and time again.

Rather than doing all of this manually, you can turn to JitBit Macro Recorder to do the hard work for you, saving you not only effort, but also time

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Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Strain Injury and Myopia are painful byproducts of working long hours in a computer. If you’re not careful, they will lead to a situation where surgery will be the only option relieve your pain.

One of the easiest ways to prevent these ailments is to make sure that you take regular breaks when working to relax and stretch your muscles. But when you are so busy with work, you might forget to do that and that’s when Workrave comes in handy. Is it worth your time? Let’s find out!

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There are two piece of hardware that almost every computer user works with on a daily basis – a keyboard and mouse. A keyboard is not just used for typing; it can also be used to interact with programs with keyboard shortcuts.

It is likely that you are working with a keyboard that has a standard QWERTY layout, but this does not mean that you are stuck with it. Using KeyTweak, you can change the function of any of the keys to do something else.

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