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Three great solutions to collaborate online: Dropmark, Online Support Tools, and Fullsync

We keep saying things like, “The world is smaller now,” and “The shortest distance between two places is now a byte’” and when it comes to business these days we are just as likely to be working with someone two states or continents away as we are someone two blocks away. In this post we

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Run your favorite Android Apps and Games on your Windows or Mac with BlueStacks Beta

BlueStacks Beta is a great program for Windows and Mac OS that will let you run your favorite Android Games and Apps right on your desktop system. It’s totally free to download and use during the Beta phase of development, and very easy to get started. I have an Android Tablet. My neighbor has an

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It’s Windows! It’s Linux! No, it’s Zorin, a full featured Linux OS that looks and feels just like Windows

What if I told you that you could run a 100% free, full fledged OS that can do anything that you would want from a PC, such as an internet browsing, gaming, viewing and managing media files, email, and that even offers an advanced office application, etc? This, in a nutshell, is the promise of

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Mount disk images as writable disks with OSFMount

OSFMount from Passmark Software is a free disk image mounting software with some nice features that distinguish it from similar programs; specifically, OSFMount can mount image files as WRITABLE disks, and also allows to create virtual drives in memory. Mounting means using a file as a virtual disk in My Computer. There are several utilities

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VBoxLaunch: pin your Virtualbox virtual machines to the Windows 7 start menu

This is a free program that will appeal to those who frequently use Virtualbox to run and manage multiple virtual machines. Simply, VBoxLaunch will let you pin your individual virtual machines to the Windows 7 start menu. See the attached screenshot to see what I mean. Ok, I know it’s geeky to the max, but

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Roozz: create browser based web apps out of any desktop program

What if I told you that a technology exists that can take any Windows program and turn it into a fully-functional web app that looks and feels exactly like the original desktop version, without the need for the source code, and without the kind of re-programming or web development that aims to rebuild the app

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Noteworthy Shareware turned Freeware in Feb 2011

The following three interesting programs used to be paid but recently turned Freeware: Bufferzone Pro, Chasys Draw IES, and WinX DVD Author. Bufferzone Pro is a virtualization/Sandboxing program, Chasys Draw IES is a bitmap image editor, and WinX DVD Author is a DVD authoring app.

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Cameyo: competent, free program virtualization app can create portable executables from any application

Software virtualization, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is a process whereby a specific program is run in a “virtual layer”, where the interaction with the operating system and the host environment is temporary and is automatically undone once the virtual program is terminated (more commonly referred to as “sandboxed”), until the next time you run

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How to run a virtual instance of Windows XP from within Windows 7

There are a handful of free machine virtualization programs out there, such as VirtualBox, VMWare, and of course Microsoft’s Virtual PC. These programs will let you run another instance of an operating system within your current operating system. The only problem is that, unless you’re virtualizing Linux or another free OS, you will need a

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VMWare Server: free Virtual Machine Infrastructure, step-by-step

I’ve previously discussed virtual server infrastructure with an article on Microsoft’s Hyper-V which comes included with Windows Server 2008. Due to the performance hit that a Server 2008 machine will take just by having the Hyper-V role installed, I went looking for another solution. I had a few criteria though. Since I was just doing

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MobaLiveCD: launch Linux LiveCDs from within Windows

MobaLiveCD is a free program that can run Linux Live CD’s on Windows in emulation mode without the need to burn the Live CD ISO into a CD and boot into it. What this program enables you to do is quickly run Linux in virtual mode from within the Windows environment. I came across MobaLiveCD

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Ulteo Virtual Desktop: run a virtual Linux environment inside Windows

Ulteo Virtual Desktop installs a virtual Linux environment inside Windows. This free program shows up as a panel inside the Windows desktop and allows you to access Linux applications within Windows with little effect on performance, enabling users to run both Windows and Linux apps simultaneously and to switch between them at will. For those