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World’s Best Free Software
Ask the Pros – RAID Arrays
Fastest Laptop in the World
Is Memory Load Killing Your PC?
Is Your Data Lost at Sea(gate)?
Bits from Bill: Whats New in Windows 7 Security
Techbite: Help is on the Way
Technologizer: A Retro Unboxing with Atari
PC Trends – Newspapers Near Extinction
PC Trends – Use of Free Software Takes Off
Tech Tips – Avoid Pointless Software
Tech Tips – A 360 Degree Windows Desktop
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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 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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Back in February, Steve Hogan made the case for getting a multi-core system. Rob Cheng’s experience shows that dual-core systems aren’t always faster though. It’s possible for a multi-core system to outperform a single-core system, but you’re not likely to see a desktop operating system or many applications that can take advantage of it. There are good reasons for that problem, and they aren’t going away any time soon.
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On January 21 2008, David T. Stone of Seattle, Washington was updating and testing a beta video driver for one of his many computers. Continuing his habit of quite a few years, he went to the PC Pitstop Full Test to check the results. No bells, no flashing lights, but that test was the 100 Millionth PC Pitstop Test run since our inception on March 3rd of 2000.
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New Free Driver Scan
Best Free Software
$1000 Secret Message
Vista, ME & Bologna
10 Online Shopping Mistakes
Research: Aging Drivers
Driver Survey Results
Survey: Peace on Earth & a New PC
Tip: Clear Your Google Tracks!
Tip: Use Gmail for FTP
Tip: Quick Launch Bar
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I love free software, and it’s not because of the price. In fact the opposite, I am always willing to pay for good well written software. I love free software because in many instances, it is also the BEST software. Let’s take a look.
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The PC has provided the ability for users to make, edit and copy of all types of digital information. PC Pitstop Research took a look at the prevalence of DVD decryption and ripping software found on the PCs running the analytical tests on our website. This type of software makes it possible for a PC user to decrypt and rip a DVD movie onto their hard drive or other digital media. A search of the Internet for DVD coping software reveals a variety of both freeware and commercial applications that a user can use to create backups of their DVD movies. Approximately 15% of the PCs visiting our web site have at least one of the DVD decryption and ripping applications installed.
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Each year, the publishers of US tax preparation software bombard the ad space with their promotions for US tax preparation software. PC Pitstop took a look at just how prevalent this type of software is on US PCs. We also took a look at the most popular titles to see how they compare.
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Our research shows that approximately 4% of the PCs that run our on-line tests have some sort of password management software on their systems. RoboForm and Norton appear to be the forerunners in this category.
Make sure to check out our October 2006 password management survey results.
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The PC Pitstop Market Research team is pleased to share this exclusive report detailing key trends related to publicly traded software companies. From anti-virus leaders like Symantec in a free fall of market share to the emergence of a new player in the Microsoft dominated office productivity space, this analysis uncovers some very intriguing shifts in the industry. View the video below to learn more.
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I was born in 1959, which puts me at the tail end of a trend called the Baby Boom. I’m a Baby Boomer. I remember long hair, Jimi Hendrix, LSD, bell bottoms, and Kent State as a rebellious youth. Maturity and greed replaced our wayward spirit; and with it came junk bonds, the personal computer, compact discs, IRA’s and the internet. We, Baby Boomers, have impacted, changed, and molded American society like no other generation before or after. Until now.
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It’s no secret that Windows has security holes so large you can drive a truck through them. My last article analyzed the difficulty Microsoft faces with Vista in winning acceptance of an improved security model. But this of course begs the question, what can Microsoft do to make a more secure computing environment for us all? Even if Microsoft is one of the most profitable companies run by the richest man in the world, I hope they can take a little constructive criticism.
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The overall prevalence of Anti Spyware Software has been relatively steady with a slight decreasing tendency during the past year. For PC’s with Anti Spyware Software, the majority have more than one Anti Spyware title.
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PC Pitstop’s Full Tests Overhaul
Microsoft Windows Vista and Security
P2P File Sharing Software
Thanks for the Survey Feedback
Windows Tip: International Characters
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Rob on Pod
Broadband Marches Ahead
Security Tip: Use a Blank Password
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PC Pitstop is speaking out against Gator and similar products because we believe that most users do not benefit by having them installed. This is consistent with the basic tenets that drive both our business philosophy and the advice that we give to users.
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