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How to Use AppTrap

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Most of the screencasts we have done have been ones that help you learn about different types of software. The one today, submitted by Joe, is no different. He has created a screencast to show all of you how to use AppTrap to remove applications quickly and effectively.

When you remove an application from OS X, it can leave files such as preferences and documents. AppTrap will help you remove all of the associated files and permissions from an application. There are other programs availalbe to help you do this, but they are either paid-for versions, or don’t do the job very well. AppTrap is not only free, but it is powerful. It will help you get the job done!

With AppTrap, when you move an application to the trash, you’re automatically asked if you want to move the associated preference files as well. Now that’s uninstallation – the way it should be!

Once AppTrap is downloaded and installed, it is quite simple to use. Now, when you drag an application to the trash to delete it, a box will automatically pop up from AppTrap. It will ask you if you want to remove all associated system files, as well. You can choose whether or not to do this, based on your own preferences for each application.

AppTrap is a small – yet powerful – piece of software that helps you keep your OS X installation nice and clean, and free of leftover junk from uninstalled applications.

Thanks, Joe, for a great screencast! We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the future.

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Malware by the Millions

One of the disheartening pieces of news recently came from PandaLabs. The security firm reported that the new strains of malware for last year numbered in the millions. That is not a typing error. There were literally many millions of pieces of new malware.

Security company PandaLabs has claimed that it recorded more new malware in 2009 than in its 20 year history, identifying 25 million new strains in just one year compared to a total of 15 million since the company began.

This is malicious software that wants your banking codes, wants your personal information for identity theft, wants to turn your computer into a spam spewing bot, or other such malevolent intents. If you are on the Internet, it is absolutely necessary to pay attention to online security. It is not an exaggeration to say that when you are online, your computer is at risk.

You may be nodding in agreement and saying to yourself that you know this (hopefully because you read the security material on our sites). However, chances are that you have friends or family members who pay little to no attention to computer security. Not only do they endanger themselves… but they are also a danger to others. We are all connected online. Those people who ignore computer security are comparable to those who buy ‘products’ from spammers.

Do a good deed, and tell these people that they should have an anti-virus, a firewall, and at least one anti-spyware program running at all times. For an anti-spyware program, we are recommending SUPERAntiSpyware. We have an excellent deal for you (and for you to recommend) that offers real time protection.

SUPERAntiSpyware has “real-time blocking of threats! Prevent potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing! First Chance Prevention examines over 50 critical points of your system each time your system starts up and shuts down to eliminate threats before they have a chance to infect and infiltrate your system.”

SUPERAntiSpyware will detect and remove spyware, adware, malware, Trojans, dialers, worms, keyloggers, hijackers, rootkits, and many other types of threats. This program is easy to use and it is effective. SUPERAntiSpyware is being offered at a special rate for our readers. There is a ten dollar ($10.00) saving until January 20, 2010.

This is a program that is highly recommended within the security community. People who work on these pages use it and recommend it, too. Suggest this security program to your friends and family. The amount of malware probably will continue to increase this year. We are trying to make it as easy and as economical as possible for our readers and their friends to protect themselves and your computers.

How to Save Money on Mac Software

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You know I love software, especially when I can get it at a discount. Mac Update is currently running their promo winter bundle. You can get 14 Mac Apps for only $50.00!! That is a 90% savings off of the normal retail price. Celebrate the holidays with a collection of legendary apps and a few new classics at an unbeatable price!

Once you purchase, you will receive Path Finder, Socialite, Yep, Radio Gaga, GarageSale, Drag Thing, Speed Download, PCalc, HealthNut, Machinarium, iRip, and more!

You have to hurry, as this is a time-sensitive sale. It ends at midnight on Sunday night, December 27th! There’s only about a day and a half left, as of the writing of this post. Nearly ten thousand bundles have already been sold, so what are you waiting for? Hurry and get yours!

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How to Install Your Favorite Windows Software

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The easiest ways to get programs these days is to download them. When I was getting started with software, you had to actually go to a store and buy them. The Internet didn’t really even exist back then! There’s software available for any platform these days, but this video is all about Windows… and the ease with which you can install programs using Ninite.

Choose your software, and let Ninite do the rest. It will download and install your programs with the default setup. It will even say “NO WAY!” to installing toolbars and other such nonsense that some programs try to sneak past you. All Ninite will do is install the latest versions of the programs that YOU choose. Nothing else is downloaded or installed onto your system.

I can’t think how it could get any easier than this, other than if the service could read your mind and know what programs you want without your having to click anything. Ninite has excellent choices, as well. I recommend – and use – many of them already! Choose your favorites in the following categories and get ready for easy install:

  • Web browsers
  • Instant Messaging programs
  • Media Players<
  • Photo/Graphic Editors
  • Document creation and editing programs
  • Anti-Virus programs
  • Runtime utilites (such as Java)
  • Utilities
  • Compression programs
  • Developer tools

The list is very good, with excellent choices… and it sticks them all into one nice, neat little installer.

If you know of any other easy ways to get the latest and greatest software, I’d love to hear about it.

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Are You a Pack Rat?

I’ve noticed lately that I seem to save things that most people would simply throw out. I have software that dates back so far, it wouldn’t even install on any computers I currently own. Seriously – some of it is that old! I have cables and cords that won’t fit any plugs. I have clothing that went out of style more than a decade ago. It’s time to face it… I am a pack rat.

However, I just can’t pitch this stuff. There are people who don’t have clothing that I could donate mine to. There are people who have and use older computers, who may be able to use this software. Heck, there might even be someone – some where – who can use some of these damn cords that are lying around!!

My point is, if you’re a pack rat it’s time to clean out. But don’t just throw it all away, guys. Take time to figure out who may really need what it is you no longer want/wear/need. You may just make a big difference in someone’s life, by taking a few moments to donate what you need to get rid of, anyway.

I went through a lot of things today, and wore myself out. I had to take a sanity break to check out what’s going on in our community. It’s a darn good thing I did, or you might have missed out on some of it yourself!

Our downloads team has been working very hard to keep updating the new and hot apps that are available. I hope you’re taking advantage of the savings they’ve found!

Also – the holidays are right around the corner. Our coupon guru is hard at work as well, making sure he’s getting the best and biggest coupons there are! Keep the coupons page bookmarked.. you’ll definitely want to check there often during the next few months!

What are You Downloading?

Whether or not you’re a fan of Java, it’s something we use every day – often without even thinking about it. If your Java version isn’t updated to the most recent, you’re going to run into troubles. Thankfully, Sun has been busy releasing updates… and upgrades.

Now that Motorola is going to be moving to Android, it will be interesting to see how many others will follow. Some people aren’t cracked up about a few of the updates Motorola has in store. What do you think?

Who would have ever thought that the iPhone would be providing a boon to the flash memory market? I rely on my iPhone to survive, pretty much. I use it nearly as often as I use my actual Mac Pro! The more I use it, the more memory and storage I need. Being able to use flash memory on a mobile device is sending the demand for such things through the roof.

Have you checked out our download site yet? Our developers have been working night and day to bring you a clean interface, coupled with downloads you really need. You’ll find tabs full of downloads for your Mac, Windows machine, mobile device and even console games. There are programs and utilities available for everything from balancing your budget to backing up your system. Make sure you see what you might need today!

You don’t necessarily have to be a technology enthusiast to be a Geek. A Geek is someone who is filled with passion for something. You can be a Gardening Geek, a Motorcycle Geek, or even a Wine Geek. Our Geeks social network is a place where Geeks of all types, ages and affinities can come together to discuss whatever it is that is on their minds. Join us today!

Discounts for OS X and Windows: Mariner Software

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I love software! It’s so soft and squishy! Oh wait, maybe it’s not soft and squishy. But software does make our lives easier – helping us accomplish things that would be difficult to otherwise do. Software vendors regularly approach me, wanting me to push their titles to all of you. I turn them down quite often. For one thing, it’s usually never free software. Once I tell them no (due to cost), then they tend to splutter. I then ask them what kind of a coupon or deal they’re going to give all of you. The folks at Mariner have come up with one heck of a deal…

During the month of May, 2009 – you can save 25% on every software title from the great people at Mariner Software!! According to their staff, they have just about anything you can think of. There’s everything for both Mac and Windows users – from screenwriting software, to recipe management!

At Mariner, you’ll find Blogging software – Poetry software – Podcasting software – Recipe Management software – Word Processing software – and so much more. They even have software available for your iPhone!

Make sure that when you order, you use the coupon code: chrismay. This way, you’ll save 25% off of anything they offer – whether you buy one title or all of them!

One of my favorite apps from Mariner is the Poetry software. It’s honestly very cool, and available for both Mac and Windows. Desktop Poet is “fridge poetry” software for the desktop of your computer. Desktop Poet presents you with your choice of hundreds of word tiles on your desktop or “virtual fridge” area.

It’s very simple to use, and a lot of fun. There are tons of options to the software – you don’t only drag around the word tiles. Who knows? You may write the next great poem or Hallmark Card. Or… you may just find the best new way to de-stress yourself!

Make sure you check out what Mariner Software has to offer, and take advantage of this great offer they’re passing along to us. If this goes over well, who knows what they’ll do with us in the future!

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How to Get Cheap Mac Software

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There’s a myth that there’s no software available for OS X. That is a lie! If you don’t believe me, then check out the MacHeist Bundle. It has a handful of Apps that would be worth around a thousand dollars – but it can be yours for $39!

This year’s bundle features a dozen popular apps, games and utilities that represent the best of the Mac development community. It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in cooking, playing games, or selling on eBay – the MacHeist Bundle has you covered.

MacHeist is again donating part of the proceeds to charity. 25% of each sale will go to a partnering charity of your choice. To date, MacHeist customers have raised over $700,000 for charities around the World. That amount is definitely nothing to sneeze at!

So what do you get in this year’s Bundle? I’m glad you asked! You’ll receive apps such as iSale, SousChef, World of Goo, Kinemac, WorldView and more! Kinemac alone would normally cost you about $300.00! You’re getting these titles and more for only $39.00. You just can’t beat that price.

There aren’t any equivalent bundle programs that you’ll find anywhere. I can’t wait to see what these guys are up to next. I’m looking forward to working with them more, and to helping all of you save money!

If you weren’t able to join us for the official MacHeist Bundle reveal show, you can still watch it on YouTube.

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MacHeist: Mac Software Discounts, FTW!

When someone offers you hundreds of dollars worth of software for a fraction of the cost (legally), you’re insane to ignore the offer. This is what MacHeist is all about: a bunch of crazy people running around the Web, completing puzzles, and getting tons of digital bits in return. This time around, I scored dozens of apps (valued at $500 in total) without dropping a dime.

In a short period of time, I have collected over 900 awesome applications for Mac OS X – and I keep most of ’em inside a Tools folder. Few of ’em needed installers, and most of ’em were either free or part of these Mac community software bundles. I’ve effectively disproved the wildly-outdated “no software for the Mac” theory. In all my years of using Windows, I never saved that many EXEs (for posterity or otherwise).

I met the MacHeist Directorate at Macworld this year, not realizing that I met one of ’em (Scott) when I was still at TechTV. They asked if I wanted to participate in one of the missions – and I was all for it. Pretty soon, sirhc.ollirip.com was set up and revealed to the masses. They’re transferring the domain to me soon, although I’d love to turn it into one of those simple sites where you can do wacky things with text (turn it upside-down, backwards, cHaNgE cAsE, etc.). That’ll be fun. 🙂

They invited me down to SF to film the live bundle reveal show with Veronica and Lisa. I was more than happy to take them up on their offer, given my appreciation for their efforts and the general Mac community. We broadcast the session to 4,000+ people over the course of a couple of hours. I’d do it again in a heartbeat:

As of this moment, there are 11 more days for you to take advantage of MacHeist 3 – so you’d better get in while you can. As mentioned in the video, the unlocks will be available to you even if you buy into the bundle before they’re attainable.

How to Get Free Microsoft Software

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Whether you love them or hate them, Microsoft is here to stay. If you ask me, I’d have to say I’m more on the love side. They do some pretty amazing things… especially giving away software to students and teachers!

Head over to DreamSpark. Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students to download Microsoft developer tools to advance your learning and skills through design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.

In order to get this software at no charge, you will be asked to establish or verify your student status once every 12 months. If you’re not 18 yet, your parents or guardians will have to log onto the site and accept the usage agreement.

It’s no joke, you can get a load of Microsoft software for absolutely zero dollars. If your school isn’t listed on the site yet, give the web address to your school administrators. They can get your school signed up.

Now, if I ask again – do you love or hate Microsoft – what do you answer now? This is an excellent program. Hat tip to Microsoft!

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