LEGAL DOWNLOADS: Free stuff that won't put you behind bars

CONTRARY to what most people believe, the downloading of music, movies and software is not entirely illegal. There are actually several things that one can download legally without fearing imprisonment.

Two particularly useful programs that allow one to do this are Limewire and Miro. You can download each peer to peer program legally without any hitches from the pages linked. They are both lightweight programs that take minutes to install and set up.

Limewire is mostly used for downloading music. The program will ask you whether or not you want access to illegal torrents when you install it. A lot of people tick that option but there are surprisingly several songs you can legally download if left unchecked.

Miro, on the other hand, is the prime pirating program. It can be used to download just about anything, but be warned that this is illegal! However, Miro does offer several legal torrents (i.e. stuff that can be downloaded legally). There are daily podcasts and videos available on Miro that you can legally watch and listen to without fear of building a criminal record.

As with anything involving the Internet, one has to be careful when downloading anything and you must use your discretion. The temptation to download goodies illegally will always be there, but be strong! Ye have be warned...

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That Tech Guy

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SKYPE: Setting yourself up for web chatting in a few easy steps

SKYPE is great for chatting to friends and loved ones spread across the globe without worrying about getting a hefty phone bill at the end of the month. The web application is completely free for home use and can be set up in a few simple steps.

What you’ll need is a computer, Internet connection and a microphone and headphones. You can buy headsets with built-in microphones if you want to go for more of a call-center look and keep conversations private. Alternatively, you could buy an external microphone and use your speakers as the audio output if more people are keen to participate in web chatting.

Next, you simply need to download the latest Skype from www.skype.com and install it. There is very little to configure once installed, and the program will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to set up your microphone. This really just involves plugging it in correctly and testing it.

skypeThe next step is providing a user-name for yourself and to start adding web contacts. Skype lets you easily search for people you know on the web, and adding them to your contact list is a breeze.

The application will also let you know who is online and ready for chatting. Clicking on “dial” once you have selected a person to call will start making Skype-like noises and connect you to that person — wherever they may be in the world.
Commence chatting as if you were having a normal conversation.

If you would like to see each other while chatting, you’ll both need to have web cams installed. These are now available for around R300. Web chatting has never been easier. To get started, simply download Skype from the link below.

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That Tech Guy

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AVAST! Free virus scanner that will serve your PC well

IF your PC is connected to the Internet, having a good virus checker is of the utmost importance. There are many virus scans available and the more expensive ones are generally better, however there are some free ones available for download that will serve your PC just fine.

Avast! is one particularly good virus scan that is both free to download and easy to use. You can download it by doing a Google search for “avast free download.” As with most free software there may be a few features that are unavailable to you, but Avast! will still be sufficient at protecting your PC from spyware and viruses.

It is also important to update your virus checker periodically to keep your PC protected from new threats. Almost all virus scanners will notify you when updates are available for download. Avast! will give you voice notifications when your virus signatures have been updated. You can also configure it to download these updates automatically, which is highly recommended.

Lastly, have your virus checker scan your PC and a regular basis (once a month is a good window to go by). You can set your virus software to perform such scans automatically too.

That's all for this issue! Until next time.

Kind regards,
That Tech Guy

The home PC has evolved into what is now considered a modern-day home entertainment system. Capable of behaving like a television, home cinema, game station, work station, music player and much more, the home PC is far more capable than it has ever been before. But with all these capabilities come complexities, and there are several things to consider when investing in any form of home entertainment. This is what Easy PC plans to simplify.

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GMAIL: Why Google Mail is the best

DID you know that more than 70% of the Internet is comprised of spam? We usually find these in our email inboxes – often in the form of Viagra adverts.

If you wish to rid yourself of spam (or want to get email for the first time) then Gmail is definitely the way to go. You can sign up for free by visiting www.google.co.za and clicking on the Gmail link up top. You only need to create a username and password and you’re ready to get spam-free email that is 100% free.

An extra bonus of getting a Gmail account is that you can use the same username and password to access other Google services such as Google Talk, Google Analytics and Google AdSense.

The amount of space that Gmail offers its users is close to 7.5 Gigs each. This means that you can send and receive large emails with attachments and store them within your Gmail or Google account. It also has the best spam protection so you’ll never have to receive a Viagra advert again.

That’s all for this time.

Kind regards,
That Tech Guy

The home PC has evolved into what is now considered a modern-day home entertainment system. Capable of behaving like a television, home cinema, game station, work station, music player and much more, the home PC is far more capable than it has ever been before. But with all these capabilities come complexities, and there are several things to consider when investing in any form of home entertainment. This is what Easy PC plans to simplify.

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EASY PC: How to keep your home PC squeaky clean for cheap

WIRES can be an eye-sore in any home and desktop PC’s tend to have a lot of them. They also tend to attract a lot of dust, which can cause overheating if it gets into the internal bits of your computer.

A wireless desktop (keyboard and mouse) is a good start at reducing the amount of wires your PC needs. They’re also reasonably priced (at about R300 for both). Wireless network adaptors are also available if you wish to rid yourself of an Internet cable, but be warned that this may affect your Internet speed.

It’s also a good idea to set up your PC how you want before you plug anything in. This will prevent wires crossing and getting tangled together. To keep wires looking neat you can buy clips that can bunch a whole lot of cables together, or you can use cable ties as a cheaper alternative.

Computers also tend to attract dust and it is especially important to prevent a dust built-up inside your tower. You can safely open the side panel of your tower (with your computer switched off) to give it a good dusting. Use a fan for best results and never touch any internal hardware unless you are properly Earthed or grounded.

For the outside parts you can buy PC cleaner solutions but I find MR Min to be a great alternative. Use a dry cloth to dust first and then polish. It is also safe to give your screen a good buffing. A keyboard, on the other hand, can be put through a washing machine and still work after it’s dried (but that is a bit of a silly idea), so a damp cloth is perfectly safe for getting rid of any grubby keys.

That's all for this week.

Easy PC

Kind regards,
That Tech Guy

The home PC has evolved into what is now considered a modern-day home entertainment system. Capable of behaving like a television, home cinema, game station, work station, music player and much more, the home PC is far more capable than it has ever been before. But with all these capabilities come complexities, and there are several things to consider when investing in any form of home entertainment. This is what Easy PC plans to simplify.

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  1. Virus Scans
  2. Buying a new PC
  3. Good old Google
  4. Setting up Skype
  5. Legal Downloads
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