The Best Tools to Free Up Disk Space on Your Hard Drive

If there is one thing I cannot stand it is how quickly my Windows computers pile up with garbage files that eat away at computer performance. In fact, I dare say I am a bit of a fanatic about how fast my computer runs – it must be speedy!! As a result, I have wound my way through a number of crappy programs over the years to find these few nuggets that really save me from pulling out my remaining hair. I expect over time this list will grow but here are a few tried and true programs I have used.

I feel it is important to note that here and there I have used affiliate links when linking to programs I recommend. This does not take away from the fact that I do 100% recommend each program; I simply figure I needed to link to the products anyway so why not make a dollar or two?

Favourite #1: WinDirStat (Free)

WinDirStat is a small program that, when run, will read all of the files on whatever drive you select and then provide you with a number of ways to find files that are taking loads of space on your hard drive. Continue reading

Best Price Qi Charger for Nexus 4

An image of a cheap Qi charger for the Nexus 4I got my Nexus 4 the other day and I am totally fascinated with the idea of a wireless charging station which is why it irritated the hell out of me to see the pricing of such technology; $50 and up because of the demand. Well, I came across a beauty of a deal on Amazon.ca today! Just $33 with shipping included for a Qi-certified wireless power pad for the Nexus 4It is available on Feb 15th but you can pre-order it now. I did!

Additionally, here are some other non-standard (i.e. not like the most commonly referenced  Duracell Qi Inductive Charger) Qi-charging products I found while doing my research. Continue reading

Netflix for Android Works on the Xperia Arc

Thanks to the ever-awesome XDA Developers I now have a working version of Netflix on my Sony Xperia Arc! This is going to make my little boy very happy on the next car trip!

You should know the Netflix for Android APK is available here and that, at least in my case, it was not available in the Android Marketplace so this is the only way I know of to get it as of Aug 2011. Those who have an Xperia Arc or have tried one will know that movies look unbelievably awesome on its Bravia screen so go and get this installed ASAP if you can. Continue reading

Microsoft Office Costs 25% More in Canada to Download

There are few things I despise more than getting cheated out of my hard earned money just because I am in Canada instead. This is especially true when there appears to be no reason other than greed!

Is Microsoft Price Gouging Canadians? My Experience Says Yes!

A screenshot I took of Microsoft Office 2010 shown at what turned out to be the USA price of $279.99I needed to get another copy of Office 2010 Home and Business for one of my staff. So, I went to Google and searched for the Office 2010 purchase & download site. I went there and found Office Home and Business 2010 for sale for a reasonable $279.99. When I clicked “Buy Now” I was taken to a page where… much to my surprise and annoyance the price increased to $349.99 !! What the hell??

For a while I just kept trying to find some reason why it increased in price and I didn’t figure it out until I looked at the two URLs of the websites:

  1. The address for page 1 (the MS Office order page):
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/home-and-business/?CTT=5&origin=HA101810737
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  2. The address for page 2 (the shopping cart):
    http://www7.buyoffice.microsoft.com/can/basket.aspx?cache=1165662165&culture=en-CA
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Dell Support Provider’s Acronym is “SOL” – No Really!

I am having some difficulties with my audio on my Dell m1330. As a result, I decided to look into my support options since I haven’t been able to resolve the issue. That is when I came across something so priceless I just had to share it; the service provider handling Dell’s rapid response hardware support is “SOL“.

pic showing Dell's rapid response depot provider is called "SOL"

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