10 New Screensavers – Worlds of Water

[Windows Only]

screensaver-icoWater, water everywhere, and it’s all on your screen. Check out the newest batch of water themed animated screensavers below.

As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

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One of the nice features of the screensavers is that they all now have settings to mute the sounds. Some of the screensavers also have a setting to include a small analog clock on the screen.

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Windows 7 themes?

If you have Windows 7, be sure to check out the Blue Water theme from Microsoft. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still snag the wallpapers by using this trick.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

10 New Screensavers – Halloween, Sports and More

[Windows Only]

Last week I showed you 10 Spooky Screensavers for Halloween. This week 4 out of the 10 are new Halloween themes, but these are a bit happier. In addition, they’ve included some sports themes and even a fish tank theme.

As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

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One of the nice features of the screensavers above, is that they all now have settings to mute the sounds. Some of the screensavers also have a setting to include a small analog clock on the screen. I think you’ll like that.

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Check out these Eerie Wallpapers and Apps!alt

Be sure to check out the dozens of Halloween wallpapers I wrote about. Also, here are eerie Windows 7 themes that Pallab wrote about last week. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still grab the wallpapers using a trick that’s easy to learn. Also, if you’re an Android phone user, check out these Halloween apps.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC

Microsoft has released the first RC (Release Candidate) build of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to the general public. In order to install the service pack, you must have a final RTM version of Windows 7. Moreover, if you have already installed a previous build of the service pack, you will have to uninstall that first. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate has also been made available for download.

Windows 7 SP1 doesn’t include any major new features. It’s mostly a collection of previously released hotfixes and updates. However, the server edition introduces two new features – RemoteFx and Dynamic memory, which were discussed earlier. The final build is expected to be released in Q1, 2011.

[ Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate ]

10 Spooky Screensavers for Halloween

[Windows Only]

Would you like some creepy screensavers for Halloween? Most of these aren’t   scary, but they set the mood nicely and are perfectly safe for the little ghosts and goblins at home.

As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

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One of the nice features of the screensavers above, is that they all now have settings to mute the sounds.

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Some of the screensavers also have a setting to include a small analog clock on the screen. I think you’ll like that.

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Bonus Eerie Wallpapers and Apps!

Be sure to check out the eerie Windows 7 themes that Pallab wrote about earlier this week. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still grab the wallpapers using a trick that’s easy to learn. Also, if you’re an Android phone user, check out these Halloween apps.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Review of Wise Registry Cleaner Free

[Windows Only]

wise-registry-cleaner-iconWould you pay good money for a program, if you could get some of the same features for free? How many ridiculous TV commercials have you seen for Double-My-Speed or My-Clean-PC? Both of those programs are from Cyberdefender, which many people claim is a scam.   One of the main components of these questionable programs, is a registry cleaner.

There are many free registry cleaning programs out there. The idea behind them is that they remove registry entries that are not needed, thereby speeding up the PC. I recently tried one named Wise Registry Cleaner Free.

Below, the first image shows the Wise cleaner in action. As you can see, the scanning can be adjusted to include or exclude several types of registry entries. Once the scanning is done, a click on the Fixbutton takes care of the cleanup.

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This program is a free but limited version, and you’ll notice an upgrade button in the toolbar. However, it contains everything most other registry cleanup utilities have.

The most important feature any registry cleaner should have, is a way to backup the registry settings before making any permanent changes to the Windows registry. The Wise cleaner has very good backup features, easily found by hitting the second button in the toolbar. You can create a System Restore Point, or a full registry backup. I recommend doing both of these before doing any registry cleanup.

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One additional feature is the registry defragmenter, which is initiated from the main toolbar. Once it’s running, it will analyzethe registry and then offer you a chance to defragment it. This supposedly helps Windows run a bit faster, since the registry is better organized after a defrag.

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Wise Registry Cleaner Free is offered in a regular and a portable version.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Some people claim that registry cleaners are a waste of time and possibly dangerous . I am still undecided as to how much good they do, but I’ve never had any bad mishaps using them. If your PC is running a bit slow, this cleaner may help speed things back up. I believe it’s very safe to use as long as you take advantage of the backup features.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Free Game – Secret Maryo Chronicles

Are you an old time gamer like me? I still remember playing the old platform games on Nintendo and Super Nintendo systems. I still like playing them now and then. However, I don’t need to get my old system out of the garage to play them. There are plenty of free games that look and feel just like the old ones.

One of my recent downloads is Secret Maryo Chronicles. As the name suggests, it’s very similar to the Super Mario games. I found the game at Penguspy, which is a good place to find great games for Linux, as well as Windows systems.

One good point in the game is that it’s available for Windows and Linux both. Now I’ve got something fun to do in Ubuntu 10.10.

Here’s a screenshot of the game.

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I won’t go into details about how to play the game. You can figure out most of it by watching the video.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

This game is perfect for old timers who miss Mario. It’s also a great game for younger people. Since it’s free, and available for Windows and Linux, I have no problem recommending it.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

10 New Screensavers – Clocks and Gauges

[Windows Only]

As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.com. Here are the most recent additions to the site.

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These ten new screensavers seem to be mostly either clock themes, or some type of gauge. I was surprised to find that the gauge screensavers are uniquely designed clocks for displaying the time. The gauge on the left shows 24 hours. The gauge on the right shows 60 minutes. If you have the time, you can download one of these to help you keep the time.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Windows 7 SP1 pre-RC Build Leaked?

Leaked Microsoft software is nothing new. Both Windows 7 and Office 2010 kept getting leaked during their development stages. Now, Softpedia is reporting that an internal Windows 7 Service Pack 1 build has been leaked. Although some websites are claiming that this is the release candidate (RC), the leaked file is most likely a pre-RC build.

The leaked image is a chinese Windows 7 (32 bit) installation, which has been slipstreamed with SP1. The build number is 6.1.7601.17104. According to reports, the leaked build is time bombed to 01.09.2011. In other words, the leaked build will stop working in September 2011. This indicates that the leaked build is at least a month old.

Installing leaked builds is never recommended. Not only are they likely to be unstable and rough around the edges, but there is also the possibility that they have been tampered by the releaser. However, if you are dying to get your hands on the latest and greatest from Microsoft, then you should be able to locate the leaked release with a simple Google search.

Ray Ozzie Posts Windows 1.0 Press Release Online

Ray Ozzie, the Chief Software Architect at Microsoft has published something which many of you might probably haven’t seen yet. A press release for Windows 1.0, which was sent out in 1985.

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The press release which was sent out on November 20, 1985 can be read on Docs.com here. Below is a snippet of the release:

BELLEVUE, WA — NOVEMBER 20, 1985 — Microsoft Corporation announced today the retail shipment of the Microsoft Windows operating environment to dealers and distributors.

Microsoft Windows extends the features of the DOS operating system, yet is compatible with most existing applications that run under DOS. Windows lets users integrate the tasks they perform with their computer by providing the ability to work with several programs at the same time and easily switch between them without having to quit and restart individual applications. In addition, it provides a rich foundation for a new generation of applications.

So why did Ozzie post this, probably to let us know about it along with publicizing the fact that Microsoft’s Docs.com now supports PDF documents too. He also stressed on the fact that he moved his Live Spaces blog to WordPress. If you haven’t done that yourself, read our guide on Migrating from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress.

And yes, go ahead and enjoy the press release for the first version of Windows.

Try Ubuntu Inside Windows – Uninstall If You Don’t Like It

wubi-installer-icon Do you want to try the newest operating system for PCs? Ubuntu 11.04 has recently been released. Although many people would enjoy trying it, the need to make permanent changes to their computers may be stopping them.

There is a way to install Ubuntu inside of Windows using the Wubi installer. If you decide you have no use for it, it can always be easily uninstalled later. Below, I’ll show you the details of a typical Wubi/Ubuntu installation.

First, you’ll need to download the correct Wubi file.

*** Download Wubi for Ubuntu 11.04

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If the download goes well, you’ll have a wubi.exe file to run. When you launch it, you should see a setup screen like the one shown below. It should show the version at the top.

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You can choose the Desktop Environmentusing the pull-down menu. In it you’ll get a choice of different versions of Ubuntu, such as Ubuntu (Desktop), Ubuntu Netbook, Kubuntu, Kubuntu Netbook, Xubuntu or Mythbuntu.

The rest of the settings are fairly obvious, but I was a bit confused when I entered my password and got an error. I didn’t notice that I had to enter the password twice.

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Once you hit the Installbutton, you should see this next image. The download is fairly large. It took about 25 minutes on my DSL connection.

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Once it finishes, you’ll be prompted to reboot.

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Once the reboot has started, you will now have a new boot option in your Windows boot menu. Just select Ubuntu and it will finish installing. Here you can see a short video showing you basically what you’ll see as Ubuntu finishes up.

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I won’t spend any time telling you how to customize Ubuntu once it’s finished installing. If you need help, there’s plenty of help available at Ubunutu forums.

When you return to Windows, you can find a new folder at C:\ubuntu, which contains the entire installation. This copy of Ubuntu can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove applet in Windows, or by launching the uninstall-wubi.exefile in the install folder as shown below.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Wubi is a good solution for people who aren’t sure that they’ll like Ubuntu. If they decide they don’t like it, it’s easy to remove. A free operating system and an easy way to remove it are a winning combination in my opinion. Wubi with Ubuntu has my recommendation.

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Techie Buzz Rating: (4/5) Excellent