PC Pitstop Newsletter – May 2009

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This Month


5 Requirements for Windows 7

Can your current system run Windows 7? Check out the required specs to make the most of this promising OS.


Windows 7 RC1 for Download

The new Release Candidate for Windows 7 is now available. Ready to give it a go?


Windoes 7 RC1 Here Goes!

Our newest guest columnist John Dodge takes the Windows 7 plunge and brings us along for the ride.


Ask the Pros: Laptop Drivers

Before you replace your Laptop hardware, check out these suggestions from our Pros.


Netbooks – Who’s Using Them?

Our research team digs into our data to find out if netbooks are here to stay or just a passing fad?


PC Pitstop

Guest Columnists


Windows 7 Good Bad and Ugly

by Bill Pytlovany

Bill goes through some convenient yet hidden new features of Windows 7.


Windows 7 RC FAQ

by Harry McCracken

Sixteen questions (and answers!) from Harry on the new, almost-finished version of Microsoft’s next OS.


5 Cool Web Services

by Steve Bass

Steve shares some of his favorite web services that malke his life easier and web pages easier to read.


Save Your Digital Assets

by Chris Pirillo

What happens to your online presence when you die? Give account access to your loved ones with this service.

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Tech Tips


FREE Old App’s Downloads

Amir points us to links for thousands of old versions of popular programs, because newer is not always better.


Desktop Slideshow Alternative

Change your backgound image to something new every hour, or every day. This tip brought to you by Stormy13.


Tidy Up Your Desktop

Got too many icons on your desktop? Put them in a toolbar and save space with this tip from Wigan.


Blog with Word 2007

Paultx points us to a step by step guide to blogging right away with easy instructions in Windows 2007.


$100 goes to the best tips each month.

Top 5 Drivers
The 10 drivers most recently added to our
Driver Alert database.

Click here for the full library .
Product Date
Realtek High Definition Audio 3/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA Geforce 9800 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405 3/27/2009






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Computer performance,security, and social networking are among the topics
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Techbite Newsletter

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New! Technologizer T-Week Newsletter

Technologizer’s T-Week is Harry McCracken’s weekly e-mail newsletter (delivered on Friday) with
highlights from Technologizer and original items. It’s timely, fun, and free–and you can
sign up to receive it right here.

Special Offers


“Very Powerful Protection”

“And here’s a tip: WinPatrol offers very powerful protection …
popular with techies since it was created 10 years ago by Bill Pytlovany, one of the original
designers of AOL and a longtime open-source practitioner. The premier version, called WinPatrol Plus,
costs just $30 for a lifetime subscription, which includes all updates, and is designed for the average consumer.
WinPatrol takes a snapshot of your Windows run registry, and from then on blocks and
alerts you to any new executable program, such as a malicious backdoor, that tries to install itself on your hard drive.”
USA Today, March 2009


Get a New Skin for Your PC

Skinit, Inc. is the industry leader in consumer personalization for electronic devices. Their online ordering and customization tools allow you to make your cell phone, MP3 player, laptop, PDA device, camera, or gaming device as unique as you are. Show your style, support a sports team, or truly express yourself with customized skins that you design.
Skinit has hundreds of designs, famous brand names in sports, entertainment, and art, and the special Customizer tool that lets you use design elements, select text, and upload your own images to create an entirely personalized skins.


Free Roboform Trial!

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Synch Your Files Automatically – Try Free!

From the makers of Roboform, GoodSync synchronizes files between desktops, laptops, and external drives, and works over a network or the Internet.


Save Money, Ink & Trees!

GreenPrint has designed software to save paper and ink which not only helps you with your printing costs but saves trees and resources to boot.


Crucial Technology – Best Memory Prices & Selection

Nothing improves system performance more than more memory. Crucial makes the right memory upgrade easy to find, easy to buy, and easy to install.
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Morpheus – Free Download

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Think Geek – Stuff for the Smart Masses

T-Shirts, Gadgets, Gifts and more for those who are passionate about technology.


15% Off Compatible Inkjet Cartridges

123inkjets is a leading provider of discount printer ink and toner for
virtually every inkjet or laser printer on the market. They carry a
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•Demonstrate, present, collaborate – right from your PC.
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