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SafeMSI lets you install and remove apps in Safe Mode

One thing that's always bugged me about cleaning up and repairing systems for my customers is the fact that the Windows Installer Service doesn't run in Safe Mode -- not by default, anyways. That means there's additional tinkering involved before I can remove any number of annoying and useless applications -- and installing useful programs which require the Installer service to be running. ...

Microsoft opens Windows 7 XP mode to systems without hardware virtualization

One gripe against XP Mode for Windows 7 is that it required hardware-assisted virtualization support. In many cases, it was difficult to tell whether or not a system's hardware was up to snuff -- so Microsoft offered up a free download to help administrators and find out (called HAV detection tool). Now, however, the Windows Team has announced that hardware virtualization is no longer an...

Yahoo! starts up Internet Program for Investors

Yahoo! is getting ready to take the wrapper off TechTicker, an online program aimed at technology investors. TechTicker specifically targets technology stocks in a portal type environment. The new program will offer streaming video, blog posts and breaking news targeting the technology investment sector. The portal and show which are said to be launching in January 2008, pick up where Yahoo!...

Tubes - new accounts will be 1GB instead of 2GB soon

We covered Tubes before - it's a free PC+web application designed to let you instantly share photos, music, video and documents with everyone you know and have them share their stuff with you through the same tube. It has online backup and automatic syncing capabilities, and is getting some great reviews. If you are interested in trying Tubes out, you may want to get a leg on, as they will be...

FreeTechBooks.com

Looking for some great free books, or some stored knowledge in the form of e-books, lecture notes, programming texts? FreeTechBooks.com has you covered. All books are legally free and available for online viewing or download. There is a lot of great stuff here, and the only "catch" is that the texts are bound by their own terms, which isn't a problem in my book. Most of the titles are in the...

PC World's 100 Best Products of the Year

Now that we've got the worst products ever out of the way, how about the best? PC World is running an article with the past year's 100 best tech products, and I'm tempted to copy-and-paste the whole thing into my wishlist. It's an even mix of hardware, software, and web sites, but since this is a software blog I'll give you a sampling of the latter two (spoiler warning): Adobe Premiere Elements 2,...

PC World's 25 tech products of all time

I dithered quite a bit over posting this link because, well, my employer's dial-up service is on the list, and it ain't near the bottom (and I can't say as I disagree). But what the heck: The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time from PC World is an excellent list of the crappiest of the crappy and the cruftiest of the crufty.  A few gems on the list: Windows ME, Microsoft Bob, Internet Explorer...