PC Pitstop Newsletter – November 2009 #2

    The Dodge Retort: Twitter, Facebook fertile phishing grounds
    Ask Leo: Secure Delete – What is it and do I need it?
    Chris Pirillo: How to Convert Cassettes to MP3
    Bits from Bill: Verizon Droid Day One
    Technologizer: 25 Most Notable Quotes in Tech History
    Use Your Droid as a Modem…Tethering
    TechBite: Fixes for 3 PC Annoyances
    Tip #1: Create Windows 7 Themes
    Tip #2: Float your Hard Drive LED
    Tip #3: Information about your Hardware
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PC Pitstop Newsletter – October 2009 #2

    Bits from Bill: Should You Upgrade to Windows 7 Now?
    Windows 7 – The Faster Version
    The Dodge Retort: Hopeful for Windows 7, But…
    Chris Pirillo: Windows 7 Security
    Ask Leo: My PC was Stolen, What Now?
    TechBite: 5 Tools to Tickle Your PCs Fancy
    Technologizer: Worst PC in America Slideshow
    Tip #1: Admin at Welcome screen
    Tip #2: Get Back the Classic Taskbar
    Tip #3: Install Windows Backup on XP
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PC Pitstop Newsletter – September 2009

PC Specs Don’t Matter

OverDrive: “Outstanding Tool”

Ask the Pros: Kill Fake AntiVirus

2 Steps to Dual Boot Windows

64 Bit Systems on the Rise

Chris Pirillo Video: Do You Need More Memory?

Bits from Bill: 4 Reasons Win 7 is 10x Better

Technologizer: World’s Weirdest Laptops

TechBite: 6 Surprising Uses for Google

The Dodge Retort: The Politics of FIOS

Tip #1: Screenrecorder

Tip #2: Virtual PC

Tip #3: Refresh Firefox Tabs Fast

Tip #4: Monitor Off Utility

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Top Loved Notebooks

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These are exciting times in the world of computing, and portables are seeing all the action. One thing that is becoming obvious is that the line between netbook and notebook is starting to blur. Netbooks are becoming more powerful and Notebooks are becoming lighter, and longer lasting. Shown below are your picks for Most Loved Notebooks. Keep in mind that Netbooks have been filtered out of these results and were the category we used to kick off the Most Loved series. You can find those results in the previous July Newsletter or by looking for previous articles in TechTalk.

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Top Loved Netbooks

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Welcome everyone to a new and very exciting part of PC Pitstop. Roughly a year ago, as part of the incredibly popular OverDrive test, we began collecting user input about PC satisfaction. We began asking the following three questions:

  • * How satisfied are you with this PC?
  • * Is this PC running slow?
  • * Is this PC hanging or requiring frequent reboots?

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World Portable Rank Added to OverDrive

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January 14th, 2009 marks an important upgrade to the PC Pitstop OverDrive scan. “World Portable Rank” is now a standard feature of our well known System Analysis Software. Untill now all computers were included in one group to compare rankings and performance. Thanks to Lyle, Sandy, and Kevin, it’s possible to see how your portable stacks up against other portables using this newly created class, No more comparing your 3 lb. ultra-light to my 56 pound gaming box or someones 6 drive RAID array.

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PC Pitstop OverDrive – New and Improved

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PC Pitstop is always striving to improve Overdrive and maintain our dominant position as the worlds best Free System Analysis Software. With almost 200 million tests in it’s database, Overdrive gives you a depth of analysis and suggested fixes found nowhere else.

Today we are proud to announce even more functionality has been added to help keep your system safe and fast. Just click the [SCAN NOW] button and see what’s really taking place on your computer.

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PC PITSTOP FIGHTS SCAREWARE – AV2008(9)

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This happened just 2 days ago. On Saturday I installed a new copy of Windows XP. It was a brand new copy and I put it on a brand new hard drive for the purpose of software testing. I finished the install and applied the drivers. I was behind a router which acts as a firewall. I opened the IE browser and went to a favorite site. I read the forums and exactly 23 minutes after the install I was receiving AV2009 popups. It’s scare ware. It told me I was infected and needed to download their program to remove the threat. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even have an email client installed, no Instant Messenger.

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August 2008 Newsletter

*The Hard Drive of the Future
*Software is Wasting Your Cores
*OverDrive – Once Is Never Enough
*A Faster PC – In ‘Any’ Language
*Bits from Bill: Top Sources of Free Software
*Malware Survey
*Pitstop Research: CPU Olympics
*Tip #1: XP Tweak Myths
*Tip #2: Remove Old Java Installs
*Tip #3: Print Folder File List

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Battle Of The Sexes

Through our world renowned OverDrive diagnostic test, PC Pitstop has accumulated a unique view of trends in the PC industry. In this report, we take a look at several million computers to analyze the computing differences between males and females.

Surprisingly, there are some very large and real differences between male and female computers. We take a light hearted look at the battle of the sexes for computing supremacy. Roll your mouse over each chart to learn more about each and every tasty difference.


Men Are Faster than Women

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Trashed From The Factory Straight To Your Doorstep

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Recently my focus has been on how the computer manufacturers are clogging our machines with boatware and craplets. My most recent look at this problem was disheartening to say the least. Instead of continuing to whine, I decided to see what I could do about the problem.

I started with a Sony VAIO VGN-NR185 laptop. The same one used in the �From Bloat To Craplet� article. This first laptop uses an Intel Core2 Duo 1.6 GHz processor and 1024 MB of memory. I’ve always liked the VAIO from Sony but the recent problem with craplets and Sony’s position on DRM has led me to safer alternatives. I wanted to see how much time it took to clear this machine of the headaches installed by Sony.

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PC Pitstop OverDrive Beta

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Long time no see. What? It’s past Ground Hog’s Day? Man, I feel like I’ve been buried in a hole. The reason is because I have been working non stop on a (w)hole redesign of our world renowned Full Tests. We are renaming the service, PC Pitstop OverDrive Beta. Our plan is to run the beta for as long as necessary to weed out any last bugs. The product has already undergone substantial testing, but it is not possible to foresee every situation without a formal and public beta period. Once that is over, our plan is to move our signature Full Tests to OverDrive. Vrooom!

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