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  • How-To: Run applications from a flash drive

    Joseph Mott wants to know if he can put applications, specifically Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel, onto a flash drive.

    13 Aug. 09 02:00 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • E-mail etiquette: Tips for home and work

    The rules for handling e-mail messages properly and considerately may be old hat to you, but it doesn't hurt to examine some of the newer and lesser-known tenets of polite e-mailing.

    12 Aug. 09 14:26 Written by Christopher Null
  • Introduction to Clojure

    It's relatively simple to get up and running with Clojure - the latest Lisp dialect. We show you how.

    10 Aug. 09 17:27 Written by Pascal Hakim
  • Choosing the perfect notebook for Windows 7

    Picking a laptop can be a complicated ordeal that amounts to balancing features against portability against price -- and with Windows 7 on the way, the choice gets tricker. Here are some tips for purchasing a notebook computer that will work well with Windows 7.

    06 Aug. 09 20:10 Written by Frank J. Ohlhorst
  • Is your Linksys or Netgear router open to attack?

    If you have a Linksys model WRT160N or Netgear RP614v4 router, it may be time to worry a little. At least according to a report out of Defcon from The Register. The vulnerability is based on CSRF, or cross-site request forgery, an issue with the cPanel web-based control software used to administrate the devices.

    04 Aug. 09 04:06 Written by Jason Cross
  • Switch to full-screen view in your favorite apps

    Monitor space is a terrible thing to waste. Yet most of us sacrifice valuable screen estate to omnipresent toolbars, which appear in our Web browsers, our word processors, and other apps.

    01 Aug. 09 04:11 Written by Rick Broida
  • Avoid TwitViewer phishing: use OAuth-friendly apps

    It came across my Twitter feed in the early morning, a sea of users all sending the same message: "Want to know whos stalking you on twitter!?: http://TwitViewer.net."

    29 July 09 06:06 Written by David Murphy
  • Be more productive in Microsoft Outlook

    Do you depend on Microsoft Outlook for your e-mail and scheduling needs? Are you annoyed with the e-mail client? Well, join the club--thousands of Outlook users are lobbying Microsoft for improvements in the next version. But this week let's not just complain about Outlook; I'm here to tell you how to make it better.

    29 July 09 00:01 Written by Rick Broida
  • Wikipedia expert tips: How to keep the facts close

    Wikipedia is a great idea, and increasingly it is establishing itself as a credible source of information on an astonishingly wide array of topics. Most people use it as a quick reference tool, and it's great for that. But if you want to go deeper and become a Wikipedia power user, the following tips and tools will get you started.

    22 July 09 01:11 Written by Adam Pash
  • Gmail expert tips: How to tame your inbox

    Gmail ushered in a whole new way of accessing and managing e-mail. Many people think that it's a major improvement over the old desktop-app approach.

    22 July 09 00:38 Written by Adam Pash
  • Seven ways to improve your e-mail messages

    You are judged by the writing style, tone, language, and mistakes in your e-mails every single day. We're all so optimistic we believe people will overlook our e-mail typos and mistakes, while at the same time we privately label those who send us sloppy e-mails as careless, confused, or ineffective.

    15 July 09 07:51 Written by James E. Gaskin
  • Mobile social networking tips

    In the past few months, I've reconnected with friends from kindergarten through college and beyond. I've discovered thought-provoking online articles and videos I probably wouldn't have found on my own. I've also read meaningless updates from friends, such as "I'm getting in the hot tub," or "just received a special gift from a special friend."

    08 July 09 15:21 Written by James A. Martin
  • Promote your business with online video

    Whether you're General Motors or the corner convenience store, you probably could use a little more business. The question is how to get the word out about your products or services to the people who need them. One hot technique these days is to use short videos.

    08 July 09 03:19 Written by Alfred Poor
  • App demystifies Windows 7 built-in firewall

    Want fine-grained control over the firewall built into Windows 7 and Windows Vista--especially the way it blocks outbound connections? Good luck. Even if you manage to unearth the controls buried deep in Windows menus and applications, you'll be baffled. Windows 7 Firewall Control Free solves the problem for you.

    07 July 09 02:41 Written by Preston Gralla
  • Simple upgrades for your laptop

    The low price of storage means it's feasible for most laptop owners to expand the capacity of their machines. But if you're going to the bother of installing a new hard drive, why not go one better and opt for a solid-state disk (SSD) instead?

    03 July 09 14:05 Written by Rick Broida, Andrew Harrison and Christopher Null
  • Ensuring you get pizza with sync tools

    How often have you had to repeatedly copy files from one place to another either to create a backup or to synchronize two locations, and finally resorted to writing some dumb batch files to do the job? Of course, as your batch files have no real intelligence, you could well find your ad hoc solution has failed you.

    03 July 09 05:10 Written by Mark Gibbs
  • Soft skills are sexy

    If you think technical skill is all you need for a career in IT, think again. Expectations for IT employees are changing.

    03 July 09 03:37 Written by Jennifer Kavur
  • Moving from insight to action with real-time analytics

    ​As big data goes mainstream, real-time analytics has emerged as the catalyst to turn insights into more immediate action.

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    Elastic helps organisations make data usable in real-time to power mission critical applications that solve today’s problems.

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