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We’ve Moved! August 7, 2008

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Our new site is called Just Plain Tech and is twice as awesome as this one. Go see it now.

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Pretty Up Your Windows Desktop with CD Art Display August 7, 2008

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I’ve been wanting a program that does this for a long time, it’s so simple yet so elegant. CD Art Display is a free program for Windows that works with almost all popular windows media players (iTunes, Winamp, Windows Media Player, foobar2000 but not Songbird) and then some. It takes the album art you already have tagged to your music and shows it on your desktop along with the name of the song, rating, artist, album and time left. Best of all it enables global hot-keys so that programs like iTunes, which lack them, can now be controlled easily from the keyboard.

gOS 3 Gadgets Beta Released August 7, 2008

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If you haven’t heard of gOS yet then you’re missing out. Its an Ubuntu based version of Linux that relies heavily on Google products. The “g” in gOS doesn’t stand for Google though, it stands for “Good”, don’t get confused and think that Google makes it, because they don’t. It comes pre-installed on those cheap Everex computers that Walmart sells. Read on after the jump to find out more.

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WTF is…Open Source? August 6, 2008

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I figured I should give an explanation of Open Source before I do the Linux article. To put it simply Open Source is when a team of programmers releases the source code to the public so that other people can help out with the project. Two awesome things that come out of open source projects: free software and great software. You may have noticed that a lot of the software we review here at TFTCM is open source, and for good reason. Read after the jump to learn more.

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Free Game of the semi-week: Chronotron August 6, 2008

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Any game that  uses time travel is bound to be awesome. In Chronotron you solve puzzles by repeatedly going back in time and helping yourself out. Obviously the more difficult puzzles take a lot of planning and only make the game more addictive. You have to work together with your past self in order to accomplish tasks. Some of you may notice that the time machine is similar to the TARDIS in Doctor Who, that only makes the game more awesome. Go play it.

One Week Anniversary…A retrospective and a look to the future August 6, 2008

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It has been one week since I started this blog, and it has come a long way. In that week our staff size has doubled, the number of readers increased by more than 2500% but we here at TFTCM are not nearly done. Expect some big changes coming in the near future possibly a move to a .com site. Due to ridiculous popularity we will change game of the week to game of the semi-week or hemi-week, I’m not sure what the correct term would be but expect twice as many games. I really like Luofei’s “Blast from the Past” ideas, so we’ll try to make more of those. Keep checking the site for updates because big things are in the works. 

Wubi…Linux for People Afraid of Commitment August 5, 2008

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I know you think Linux is only for nerds, but it’s not, in fact it’s super awesome. Many people are only afraid of Linux because they’ve never tried it, that’s where Wubi comes in. If you think you’re brave enough to install Linux without affecting your Windows install, read on after the jump. (more…)

TrueCrypt…for Security Crazed Conspiracy Theorists August 5, 2008

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For the security conscious TrueCrypt is a must. It has several different encryption options, I’m not going to pretend to understand the difference between them but from what I understand they are all pretty ridiculous. Better yet it allows you to use multiple encryption layers at once, making your files super-secure. Best of all it works with Windows, Mac, and Linux, so if you have things on your computer you want to keep ridiculously private, TrueCrypt is the way to go.

P.S. TrueCrypt is also a good way to hide pornography from loved ones.

Dell Studio Hybrid = WebPC redux August 5, 2008

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Dell just recently announced their Studio Hybrid desktop, a small form factor computer along the same lines as the Mac Mini, Asus Eee Box, or HP Slimline.  The Studio Hybrid is being touted for being small, fashionable, and eco-friendly (there is even an option to have the case made out of bamboo).  However, Dell’s new creation looks to me like an old creation revisited.  Read the similarities between the defunct WebPC and the new Studio Hybrid after the jump.

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Paintbrush: for Mac users suffering MS Paint withdrawal August 4, 2008

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Only in the the last few years have I used a Mac as my primary computer.  I still consider myself very tech agnostic though, and still use Windows with regularity and Linux every now and then.  One of the programs I found myself missing the most when I moved to Mac OS X (besides Minesweeper) was MS Paint.  OS X lacks a stupid-simple image editor/basic drawing tool.  That’s why I was so glad when I found Paintbrush.

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