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If you follow this site then you are likely a bit of  computer geek — sorry to be harsh, but that is the cold, hard fact and don’t worry because you are not alone here. You are reading something written by a geek. While we geeks love computers, we also love other things almost as passionately — Sci-Fi, Fantasy and science among them.

When it comes to the science part astronomy is my biggest passion. There is nothing to compare to finding a nice dark location and looking up into the night sky. The problem arises when you do not know exactly what you are looking at — and most of us are not astronomers, meaning we qualify for this category. After all, it is a vast, endless universe out there and everything is constantly moving around.


This is the second in a continuing series of how the “cut the cord” and move away from your cable or satellite TV service. It has become a popular concept these days, but, for many people, it is a daunting prospect. The thought of not having that simple, easy access is unnerving, but honestly, it is not as hard as it sounds.

In part one we examined some basics of using a computer in your home theater system. The HTPC has been around for some time, but has never gained the mainstream adoption that companies like Microsoft had hoped for. Still it remains perhaps the single best option in my opinion.


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.


Keeping Windows up to date is part and parcel of regular system maintenance, and it helps to ensure the on-going health of your computer and improves your security levels.

But updating is not just something that applies to Windows – any program you have installed on your computer is prone to vulnerabilities and updates are often released to fix problems and patch holes that have been discovered. Is AutoP the answer?


For Windows users there is virtually no end of choice of apps and with such a wealth of software titles, things can easily get somewhat overwhelming.

One of the great things about having a huge selection is not only the fact that there is choice, but also that there are free as well as paid-for programs that do the same job. We’ve collected together 50 of the finest apps to save you time hunting for the tools and utilities you need.


If there is one thing you need to hand to Apple, it’s the fact that they made getting software easy. Because of the iPhone App Store, Blackberry created App World, Google revamped the market, and Apple themselves spun off a Mac version of the store.

It’s pretty much expected now that if you have a platform, you’d need a store, even though just five years ago you had to go hunting for apps. Unfortunately, Windows does not yet have a centralized place to get software. Lucky for you, I know just where to find it.