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Magazines & Forums



www.computerweekly.com

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www.computeractive.co.uk

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web20.telecomtv.com

gigaom.com

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www.gamesradar.com

www.gamezone.com

www.4gamersuk.com

www.computerandvideogames.com

uk.gamespot.com

uk.videogames.games.yahoo.com

www.wired.co.uk/reviews/games.aspx




www.reviewcentre.com

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reviews.cnet.co.uk

www.reevoo.com

www.newegg.com

www.techsupportalert.com

www.hdtvlounge.net

whathifi.com

www.telegraph.co.uk/digitallife

www.stuff.tv

www.t3.co.uk




forums.overclockers.co.uk

stackoverflow.com

thedailywtf.com

www.joelonsoftware.com

www.computer-juice.com/forums

www.crowdstorm.com

www.cableforum.co.uk

www.avforums.com

www.avtalk.co.uk

www.defacto2.net

www.nforce.nl




www.tomshardware.co.uk

www.anandtech.com

www.hardwaresecrets.com

www.pcshell.com

benchmarkreviews.com




www.pcguide.com

www.pcmech.com/byopc




www.cartridgeworld.co.uk

www.inkagain.co.uk

www.reelrods.co.uk/weeecollect

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Tool Directories


File Hippo

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do Downloads

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PC Pit Stop

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Yahoo Widgets


Games & Patches


Impulse

Euro Gamer

Tig Source

Pocket Gamer

Meta Critic

Javis Games


File Planet

Gamer Shell

Tool & Patch Directories



Filehippo.com

download.cnet.com/windows

download.live.com

sourceforge.net

www.majorgeeks.com

www.dodownload.com

www.datapicks.com

www.pctoptips.co.uk


www.karenware.com

wareseeker.com

codebox.org.uk

www.roadkil.net

www.geektools.com

english.ircfast.com

www.uberdownloads.com

www.c4lpt.co.uk

pcpitstop.com

english.ircfast.com

widgets.yahoo.com




www.impulsedriven.com

www.eurogamer.net

www.tigsource.com

www.pocketgamer.co.uk

www.metacritic.com/game

jayisgames.com


www.fileplanet.com

www.gamershell.com

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Firewalls


! Comodo

Zone Alarm

R-Firewall

PC Tools Firewall

Jetico

Kerio

Sygate

GRC


Firewall Guide (Reviews)

Gizmo's (Reviews)

Matousec (Reviews)


Anti-Malware


! Avast

! Spybot Search & Destroy

Microsoft Windows Defender

AVG

AVG Link scanner

Lavasoft


Security & Profiling


GRC (firewall test)

Password strength checker

Secure Password Generator


! True Crypt

! KeePass (secured password file)

Cryptoforge


Maintenance


! CCleaner

! Spybot Search and Destroy

! Process Explorer

O&O Defrag

! Defraggler

Disk Reporter

Recuva

UDPix (fix dead pixels!)


Startup Processes (Refs):

Process Library

File Net

Pacs Portal

Bleeping Computer


Hardware Monitors:

! Speccy

Samurize

CS Fire Monitor 3

Hardware Monitor

CpuZ

Speed Fan


PC Benchmarking:

Prime 95

3D Mark 06

Novabench

Sandra (lite)

Security & Maintenance



www.comodo.com

www.zonelabs.com

www.r-firewall.com

www.pctools.com/firewall

www.jetico.com/jpfirewall.htm

www.majorgeeks.com/Kerio_Personal_Firewall_d738.html

www.majorgeeks.com/Sygate_Personal_Firewall_Free_d3356.html

www.grc.com


www.firewallguide.com

www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-firewall.htm

www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-challenge




www.avast.com

www.safer-networking.org/en/download

www.microsoft.com

www.free.grisoft.com

linkscanner.avg.com

www.lavasoft.com




www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?Bh0bkyd2

www.passwordmeter.com

www.pctools.com/guides/password


www.truecrypt.org

www.keepass.info

www.cryptoforge.com




www.ccleaner.com

www.safer-networking.org

technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

www.oo-software.com/home/en/products/oodefrag

www.piriform.com

www.jgoodies.com/freeware/jdiskreport

www.piriform.com

udpix.free.fr



www.processlibrary.com/directory/files/reader_sl

www.file.net/process/index.html

www.pacs-portal.co.uk

www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups



www.piriform.com

www.samurize.com

www.pcwintech.com

www.cpuid.com

www.cpuid.com

www.almico.com



www.mersenne.org/freesoft

www.3dmark.com

novabench.com

www.sisoftware.net

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Writing


! Open Office

! Notepad++

! Sage

Portable Apps Suite (USB office)

! Primo PDF

PDF to Word Conversion

Express PDF



File & Disk


Disk Backup:

Karen's Replicator

File Hamster

Zyb Mobile Backup

Cobian Backup (FTP)

LaCie (External disc)

Get external hard drive!


Disk Images:

! Img Burn

! Burn Aware

CD Burner Xp

Nero ROM Burner (£40)

DVD Maker Pro


File Compression:

!! 7 Zip

! J Zip

Win zip

Pk Zip


File Shredding & Recovery:

Drive Wipe

File Shredder

TBD


DVD Decryption:

DVD43

DVD Fab

Dazzle

Office Tools



www.openoffice.org

notepad-plus.sourceforge.net

www.sequencepublishing.com/thesage.html

portableapps.com/suite

www.primopdf.com

www.pdftoword.com

www.expresspdf.com






www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp

www.filehamster.com

www.zyb.com

www.cobiansoft.com

www.lacie.com/uk




www.imgburn.com

www.burnaware.com

www.cdburnerxp.se

www.nero.com

www.protectedsoft.com



www.7-zip.org

lp.jzip.com

www.winzip.com

www.pkware.com



www.howtowipeyourdrive.com

www.fileshredder.org




www.dvd43.com

www.dvdfab.com

www.pinnaclesys.com/dazzle

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Browsers


Internet Explorer 8

Mozilla

Firefox (US)

Firefox (EU)

Chrome

Opera

Safari

Flock

Windows Messenger mobile


Browser Plug-Ins:

Internet Explorer Add-ons

Surf Canyon (IE add-on)

! Freecorder (stream recorder)

Zamzar (web Stream Saver)


Download Tools


Bit Torrent & Peer to Peer:

eMule

Mininova

Pirate Bay

Bit Torrent     

Legal Torrents


Download Monitors:

! Networx

NetMeter

Bit Meter 2

Rokario Bandwidth Monitor

Net Stat Live

Broadband Download Monitor

Net Limiter


Download Managers:

Free Download Manager

Get Go

Download X

Download Manager

Download Accelerator Plus

Flash Get


Connection speed tests:

UK Broadband speed checker

US speed test

Check Speed

Road Kill's Comm Test


Communication


Web Cam & Chat:

! Skype

Windows Live Messenger

Web cam sites

Pidgin (all in one)

Google Reader


VoIP:

Skype (by far best)

Vonage

Gizmo Project


PC Connectivity:

Xming

Cygwin

FileZilla

PuTTY

Exceed

Hummingbird

Recommended SSH tools

LogMeIn (remote PC use)


Diagnostics


NIC Monitors:

Advanced Port Scan

Current Ports

Karens LAN Monitor


Network Diagnostics:

Newt Pro

Wireless Key/Net View

Net Stumbler (WiFi network snooper)


IP Diagnostics:

Ping Easy

! Ping Plotter

! IP-Tools

IP Tools (online)

Wire Shark


Cool Who Is (DNS Query)

Arin who Is

DNS Stuff


Web Hosting


Streamline

Fast host

1and1

TinyURL (create URL fwd to host)

Click names (new URL fwd to host)

Domain Name Analyser

ISP might offer free web space!

Networking



www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx

www.mozilla.org

www.firefox.com

www.mozilla-europe.org/en/firefox

www.google.com/intl/en_uk/chrome/browser

www.opera.com

www.apple.com/safari

www.flock.com

messengergonemobile.com



www.ieaddons.com/en

www.surfcanyon.com

www.freecorder.com / applian.com/freecorder4/welcome.php

www.zamzar.com





www.emule-project.net

www.mininova.org

thepiratebay.org

www.bittorrent.com

www.legaltorrents.com



www.softperfect.com/products/networx

www.hootech.com/NetMeter

codebox.org.uk/pages/home

www.rokario.com

www.analogx.com

www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/broadband-download-monitor.html

www.netlimiter.com



www.freedownloadmanager.org

www.getgosoft.com

www.downloadxctrl.com

www.internetdownloadmanager.com

www.speedbit.com

www.flashget.com



www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk

www.dslreports.com/speedtest?flash=1

www.adslchecker.bt.com/pls/adsl

www.roadkil.net





www.skype.com

windows.microsoft.com/en-US/messenger/home

www.bbc.co.uk/webcams

www.pidgin.im

www.google.com/reader



www.skype.com

www.vonage.co.uk

www.gizmoproject.com



sourceforge.net/projects/xming

www.cygwin.com

www.hetzner.de

www.putty.org

connectivity.opentext.com/products/exceed-products.aspx

connectivity.hummingbird.com/home/connectivity.html

www.openssh.com/windows.html

secure.logmein.com/products/free





www.radmin.com

www.nirsoft.net

www.karenware.com/powertools/ptlanmon.asp



www.komodolabs.com/newtpro.shtml

www.nirsoft.net

www.netstumbler.com



www.pingeasy.com

www.pingplotter.com

www.ks-soft.net/ip-tools.eng/index.htm

www.iptools.com

www.wireshark.org


www.coolwhois.com

ws.arin.net/whois

www.dnsstuff.com



www.streamline.net

www.fasthosts.co.uk/hosting

www.1and1.co.uk

http://tinyurl.com

www.clicknames.com

www.domainpunch.com/products/dna


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Images


Image Viewing:

Infranview

Picnik

Picasa (online)


Photo Editing:

Gimp

Photo Filtre

Exif Pro (£11)

Aviary (online)

Photo Synth (2D to 3D)


Drawing & Painting:

! ArtWeaver

! Inkscape

Paint.net

Pencil     

Corel Paint Shop Pro (£80)

Adobe Photo Shop (£500)

Adobe Photo Shop Elements (£50)

Serif Draw Plus7


3D Modelling & Animation:

! Autodesk 3DS Max

! Blender

Sketchup (online)


Miscellaneous:

! Top OCR (image to text)

! Foto Sketcher (image to painting)

Convert Image

Crazy Bump (normal mapping)


Video


Video Players:

Real Player

Quick Time

VLC Media Player


Video Editing:

Windows Movie Maker (good basic)

Pinnacle Studio

Roxio Video Wave

Ulead Visual Studio 10 (£60)

Adobe Premier Pro Elements (£70)

Adobe Premier Pro (£700)

Features to look for colour correction, image stabiliser, slow-mo, special effects - sepia/blue screen


Video Capture:

FRAPS

Bandicam

MSI Afterburner

WinAvi

Videosoft Studio 5

BSR


Audio


Music Players:

Media Juke Box

Songbird

KM Player

Win Amp


Sound Editing:

! Audacity (highly recommended)

Acoustica (Pro)

Acoustica (Free)

Magix Music Maker

Multi Media




www.infranview.com

www.picnik.com

www.picasa.google.com



www.gimp.org

photofiltre.en.softonic.com

www.exifpro.com

www.aviary.com/tools/phoenix

photosynth.net



www.artweaver.de

www.inkscape.org

www.getpaint.net

www.windows7download.com/win7-pencil/qlffzabd.html

www.corel.com

www.adobe.com

www.adobe.com/uk/products/photoshop-elements.html

www.serif.com/drawplus



www.autodesk.co.uk

www.blender.org

sketchup.google.com/index.html



www.topocr.com

www.fotosketcher.com

www.softinterface.com/Convert-Image%5CConvert-JPG.htm

www.crazybump.com





uk.real.com

www.apple.com/uk/quicktime

www.vlcapp.com



www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/what-is-windows-7.aspx

www.pinnaclesys.co.uk

www.roxio.co.uk

www.ulead.com  (best non-super-pro out there)

www.adobe.com

www.adobe.com (extra level complexity for super-pro)






www.fraps.com

www.bandicam.com

event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

www.winavi.com/video-capture

www.dvdvideosoft.com

www.bsrsoft.com





www.jriver.com/mj

getsongbird.com

www.kmpmedia.net

www.winamp.com



audacity.sourceforge.net

www.acoustica.com

www.acondigital.com

www.magix.com

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Operating Systems


Microsoft Windows

Apple, Leopard OS

Google Chrome OS

Linux

Linux - Distributions

Fedora 11

Ubuntu


Windows


Windows Live Essentials

W7 Features

Windows 7 Editions

W7 Personalisation

W7 Forum

Windows - Re-Un-Install

MS DOS lib


MS-DOS commands

Building on Command Line

Setting env-vars for cmd-line builds

MS Help & Support

MS TechNet Tools

WMP Content


Linux


Wine HQ  (run Windows apps on Linux)

Yum download

Wish man page

Cygwin

Cygwin Forum

Cygwin X11 Tcl-Tk

GNU & GCC

Tcl/Tk

Wish


BIOS


Bios

 

Dual booting



Virtual Machines


Windows Virtual PC

Windows Virtual XP

XP mode (review)

Virtual Box

VMware Player  

Operating Systems



windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/home

www.apple.com/uk/retail

www.chromium.org/chromium-os

www.linux.org  

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_distributions

fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora

www.ubuntu.com




www.windowslive.co.uk

www.pcpro.co.uk/features/262021/windows-7-the-complete-guide.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions

windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/personalize

social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/category/w7itpro

support.microsoft.com/kb/316941

www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/ntcmds.mspx

www.computerhope.com/msdos.htm

msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/f35ctcxw(VS.80).aspx

msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/f2ccy3wt(VS.80).aspx

support.microsoft.com

technet.microsoft.com

windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/windows-media




www.winehq.org  

linux.softpedia.com/get/Utilities/Yum-2656.shtml

linux.die.net/man/1/wish

www.cygwin.com    /   opencircuitdesign.com/cygwin

www.nabble.com/Cygwin-f12165.html

opencircuitdesign.com/cygwin/tclcompile.html

gcc.gnu.org

www.tcl.tk

www.tcl.tk/man/tcl8.4/UserCmd/wish.htm




www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bios-beginners,1126.html

www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bios-a-z,1200.html

www.lockergnome.com/windows/2005/12/21/configure-your-bios-to-boot-from-cd

apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_vista_installed_first.htm

apcmag.com/the_definitive_dualbooting_guide_linux_vista_and_xp_stepbystep.htm



www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx

www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/01/windows_7_xp_mode_review

www.virtualbox.org

www.vmware.com/products/player

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Consumer Electronics


Comet

Currys

PC World

Lets Go Digital

Kelkoo

ebuyer

New Egg


Mobile Phones


Phone Shops:

Carphone Warehouse

Phones 4U

GSM Arena

Mobile Online

Mobile Phones

Mobile Saving Expert

Dot Mobile (students)

One Compare

envirofone (recycling)


Network Providers:

Virgin Mobile

Vodafone

T-Mobile

Orange

O2

3


Manufacturers:

Nokia

Ericsson

Motorola

BlackBerry

Apple

Panasonic

Philips

Samsung

HTC



PC Hardware


Hardware Suppliers:

! OC UK

Dabs

Tekheads

Cyber Power PC UK

PC Specialist

Palicomp

Morgan (surplus supplies)

Bosse Computers

Quiet PC



Hardware OEMs:

Intel

AMD/ATI

NVIDIA

XFX

Gigabyte

Patriot

Micron

PNY

Western Digital

Pioneer

Logitech

Asus

Samsung

Realtek Network cards

Belkin Routers

Netgear

Dell AlienWare


Software Stores


Software for Students

Computer Active Store

Electronics Companies



www.comet.co.uk

www.currys.co.uk

www.pcworld.co.uk

www.letsgodigital.co.uk

www.kelkoo.co.uk

www.ebuyer.com

www.newegg.com





www.carphonewarehouse.com

www.phones4u.co.uk

www.gsmarena.com

www.mobileonline.com

www.mobile-phones.co.uk

www.mobilesavingexpert.co.uk

www.dotmobile.co.uk

www.OneCompare.com

www.envirofone.com



www.virginmobile.com

www.online.vodafone.co.uk

www.t-mobile.co.uk

www.orange.co.uk

www.o2.co.uk

www.three.co.uk



www.nokia.com

www.ericsson.com

www.motorola.com

www.blackberry.com

www.apple.com

www.panasonic.co.uk

www.philips.com

www.samsung.com/uk

www.htc.com






www.overclockers.co.uk

www.dabs.com

www.tekheads.co.uk

www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk

www.pcspecialist.co.uk

www.palicomp.co.uk

www.morgancomputers.co.uk

www.bossecomputers.com

www.quietpc.com




www.intel.com

www.amd.com

www.nvidia.com

www.xfxforce.com

www.gigabyte.com.tw

www.patriotmem.com

www.micron.com

www2.pny.com

www.wdc.com/en

www.pioneer.co.uk

www.logitech.com

uk.asus.com

www.samsung.com

www.realtek.com.tw

www.belkin.com

www.netgear.com

www.dell.co.uk/alienware




www.softwareforstudents.co.uk

www.computeractive-direct.co.uk

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