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

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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Absolute Color Picker – Ross’s Must Have Tools

Absolute Color Picker is a huge time saver for anyone who occasionally needs to alter the hexadecimal color of a style on a stylesheet or on a web page; at least for those not nerdy enough to have memorized them 😉 Until I found this application I had to open Dreamweaver or Adobe Fireworks to pick a color.

Absolute Color PickerAbsolute Color Picker is incredibly fast to download, takes virtually no space on your hard drive and runs quickly. An even cooler benefit… you can select a color anywhere on your desktop to get the hex of the color as well as other useful stats.

Here is what you can do with Absolute Color Picker:

Select colors and grab them!

Select any color you like from any of the tabs available. Every tab emphasizes a certain aspect of a color selection. You can choose any color by relying on hues combination, color palettes or color saturation/brightness availability.

Convert colors into hexadecimal code.

Color Picker will immediately convert any color you choose into HTML-based hexadecimal representation.

Generate color schemes.

With Color Picker you will be able to not only generate any color scheme you like, but also manage default color schemes and the ones you have created yourself. Moreover, Color Picker has a very useful Eye Dropper feature. If you click the eye-dropper and while holding down the mouse button move cursor to any point of the screen, you will get the color of this point.

Check out the Absolute Color Picker – its 100% free. Note that I am totally unconnected with it. I do not get paid for this, and I am not an affiliate. This is just me raving about a cool product that has definitely saved me time and money!