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Turn off your PC and BitTorrent from a Linux console with rTorrent

This week's series of tips is all about downloading files via BitTorrent. We'll highlight ways in which to torrent more efficiently, obtain higher download speeds, and generally make the whole process easier. For more tech tips, check our Tips index. Only noobs BitTorrent from their main Windows or Mac computer! Torrenting uses a lot of system resources and can significantly slow down your...

Comment followup: SDelete is a tiny tool for securely deleting files

When I wrote about Eraser, commenter jxejiehyzoli (great nick, by the way) noted that there's also SDelete, which is a simple command-line tool by Sysinternals. Since I love everything that Sysinternals does (long live Autoruns!), I decided I'd try the massive 46KB download. It's a single file that you can place anywhere on your system or on a USB drive. If you place it in your path (for example,...

Geektastic Console Font now available for download

While you're probably not going to use Console Font as your system-wide default, it's definitely the kind of typeface that geeky types should have stashed away in your fonts folder. Hey, it's way more awesome than some of the built-in fonts you have and it only takes up a couple kilobytes of disk space, so why not? You never know when you're going to need to whip up invites for your next LAN,...

GTweak is a Windows tweaking app for CMD fanatics

There was a time when the vast majority of my time spent online was wrapped in the awesomeness of ASCII art and two-color interfaces. If you're anything like Sebastian or me, you get a little excited any time you come across a brand new app which harkens back to the days of the BBS. ... Like GTweak, which eschews the shiny, modern look most Windows tweaking apps go for in favor of good old...

Microsoft set to destroy Apple in every games market

Did you know that the Xbox 360 is just a PC in a box? Sure, the inputs are different and you generally attach it to a TV -- but still, internally, it's PC hardware. You can even use the controllers with your PC if you like! The Xbox doesn't run Windows though; and despite its name, Windows Phone 7 isn't anything like the Windows you'll find on your PC. It's a similar situation with Apple...

Video games overtake movies in the UK

It had to happen eventually -- and sooner rather than later it would seem! Today I am proud to be a crumpet-eating, tea-drinking subject of the Queen because in the UK, video games outsold movies in 2009. A total of of $2.8 billion was spent on video games, while only $1.93 billion was spent on DVD, Blu-ray and box office sales. That's not just a minor victory, that's a frackin' landslide. ...

Proper web browsing on a console: Firefox coming to the Sony PS3?

It seems the age of humdrum, crippled browsers on consoles might finally be coming to an end! Though the details are very slim, with the only source being an unnamed insider very close to Sony, it is exciting news indeed if it turns out to true. Games consoles have always had feeble browser offerings, with PS3's default browser generally considered one of the worst and most unreliable. Porting...

Add color, tabs, and copy/paste to the Windows console

If the stark black screen and white text of the Windows command console doesn't do it for you, you might want to check out Color Console. It's a free application that has all the features you'd expect from a basic Windows command prompt, and then some. For example, you can change your color scheme to yellow, orange, blue, or "matrix," which is a custom black and green skin. While the color...

Flipping the Linux switch: New users guide to the terminal

The command line. It strikes fear in the hearts of many a new Linux user. They open their terminals reluctantly, and there the prompt sits, with the cursor blinking in rhythm with their racing hearts. What does that blinking cursor want? It's expecting something... It wants something... All right, so maybe it's not horror movie material. But it is intimidating for many new users. Navigating the...

GameTap to offer ad-supported video games

GameTap is sort of like Netflix for old video games, except without the mailbox. For $10 per month, you have access to an online library of older video games from a variety of consoles ranging from PC to Nintendo. The company currently offers access to 864 games, and the catalog is growing. Now GameTap is planning to launch a new site that will provide access to about 30 popular games for free....

Console: Tabbed command prompt for Windows

I spend about half my time in Windows with at least one command prompt window open, and usually more than one. Some things just go smoother with a CLI to work with, though that obviously depends a lot on what kind of computer user you are. But after a few days this week of having three consoles open constantly I began to wonder about tabs. My web browser has tabs, my text editor has tabs, why not...