Tell Us How PC Pitstop Has Helped You

Our friends at VideoGenie are allowing us to test drive a cool new application – that allows you to instantly provide us with feedback.

Have a webcam attached to your PC?

This is really easy!

Simply follow the link below to record a brief video – “Telling Us How PC Pitstop Has Helped You”.

On July 30, 2010 – our Pit Crew will award 3 $100 Amazon gift cards to the 3 videos we like the best.

CLICK HERE TO RECORD A VIDEO

By submitting your video, you agree to let us share it with the rest of the PC Pitstop community here at techtalk.pcpitstop.com and pcpitstop.com

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Ask Leo: Is It Safe to Delete This File?

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By Leo Notenboom

My C: and D: drives have many gigabytes of .DAT files under “Documents and
Settings”. I’m trying to free up space on the C: drive. Can I delete any of
these files? I really don’t know what they are, how they got there, or why they
occupy so much space on my computer!

I don’t know.

Honestly, I have no idea either as to what they are, how they got there, or
why they occupy so much space. That’s the problem with “.dat” files – there’s
no way to know what they are without more information.

But I do have some ideas on how to determine if deleting them is ok, and
ways to do it safely. And those ideas apply to any file type, not just
“.dat”.

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Bits from Bill Pytlovany: Who Gets Your Personal Information on Facebook?

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By Bill Pytlovany

Are you one of the 350 million Facebook users? I’m a big fan of Facebook and like many I connect daily to see what my friends are doing and to share photos. As a security professional I am very careful about what I post and what information I allow to be shared. In that respect I’m unique. It surprises me how many of my friends will refuse to allow companies to share their information but eagerly give away their personal information to application developers on Facebook.

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Long Live the PC!

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There has been a lot of buzz lately about the iPhone replacing the PC. Here’s one from my buddy, Harry McCracken. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, wrote a piece as well. There is certainly a lot of buzz and hype about the iPhone, but as a practical matter, the iPhone is nowhere near able to significantly encroach onto the venerable PC’s territory. As I write this, I am thinking of all my friends that have iPhones, and the look of pride on their face. I am not trying to rain on that parade, I just honestly do not think of the iPhone in the same category as the PC. Here’s why.

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Vista Speech Recognition

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Is it a tool or a toy? It’s certainly possible to open some programs and “Drill Sargent” a Word Document into existence but is it cost effective. Does it accomplish the task easily and professionally? Start listening…. Open Word…..OpenWord…..Open Word Document…..Open….Word….Close it….Open Word….Select Word….. Select Document… Numbers…. Numbers….. Number Grid….

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Lithium-Ion, It’s light, It’s powerful, It’s….

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…the element of choice.
A recent trip drove home the importance of battery life in laptops. Although my laptop was relatively new at less than a year old, it lasted just under 2 hours on battery power. I had all the energy saving features on and I had dimmed the screen, but it didn’t seem to help much. When I got home I did some checking to see what was coming in the way of battery technology. While I found some information on new technologies, most seemed far from being ready to use. In fact there were only hints that there would be anything new within the next five years.

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Your PC is NOT Old

I just finished doing the math. I began computing in 1983 and during that time, I have owned exactly 10 different computers. That means, the average life of one of my PC’s is 2.5 years. That certainly is an eye opener. 2.5 years is not that long a time in PC years. When I purchased each one, my anticipation was a lot more than a couple of years, so why is that?

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A Faster PC – In Any Language

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Optimice, Aperfeiçoe
PC Pitstop Optimize – A Faster PC in any Language

PC Pitstop’s Optimize product is now available in Spanish and Portuguese. The language can be set during the Optimize setup and changed inside the application by going to ‘Review previous runs, or restore settings’. Look for Optimize to become available in other languages in the near future.

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Dirty Spyware Tricks

If you had a complete knowledge of what most spyware was doing to your system, you would never agree to install it. So how does it end up installed on so many PCs? Here are some of the dirty tricks that spyware uses to worm its way onto your system and stay there. (Not all spyware uses every technique.)

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