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How to use Google Chrome as your default PDF reader on Windows

I don't often need to open a PDF file, and when I do it's typically something I'm looking at in my Web browser. Since I'm using Google Chrome, the built-in PDF viewer is what I use 90% of the time. I do, however, get the odd email at my day job (where we don't use webmail) with a PDF attachment I need to read. So I thought, "why not open those in Chrome, too?" It's easy enough to set up....

5 great content discovery sites which aren't Digg

Despite what you may have heard in the last two weeks, Digg is not dead. It is, however, a very different service than when it started. What used to be a great place to find interesting links and hilarious commentary has become, for almost all intents and purposes, a Twitter clone. Digg isn't about to shut its doors, but I do get the feeling that regular, loyal Diggers are looking to take their...

Open source Qmmander is a dual-pane, tabbed Explorer alternative

A web browser without tabs? Hard to come by. Windows Explorer, on the other hand, is still pretty much the same pane it's always been. Qmmander is a lightweight, portable alternative. Built on Nokia's QT framework, Qmmander (like many Explorer replacements) adds tab support and split-window views to power up your file management tasks. File browsing is snappy, even when exploring shares on...

ArtWeaver: a Viable, Free Photoshop Alternative?

Before the shouting begins, no, ArtWeaver is not a Photoshop "clone." You won't find the same multitude of tools Photoshop offers, but ArtWeaver is a promising option for people wanting a slimmed-down alternative that offers the functions that beginning and intermediate users want. Artweaver's interface is uncomplicated and should be comfortable for anyone who's used Photoshop before. The...

Theft is Bad Karma: Stop Pirating Photoshop!

I understand that Photoshop is a great program. I'm willing to concede that there's really no comparable software for the professional user. What I just don't get is why the average user thinks 1) they need Photoshop and 2) they need to pirate it. A few years ago, no one came in and asked me "Can you put Photoshop on my computer?" Most users hadn't even heard of the program. Now the perception...

iTunes Alternatives

As the comment section from our recent post about the latest iTunes update shows, not everyone is in love with iTunes. Especially for Windows users, the program can be buggy, hog memory/system resources and it tries to force users to organize and store their music in a certain way (hey, some of us have very specific, if a bit arcane, organizational methods and we don't want iTunes to force us...