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Computing Resources

      From Text to Speech.com : Provides a free online Text To Speech (TTS) service with natural sounding voices. Convert any English text into MP3 audio file so it may be played on any portable device.
      NVDA : Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person.
      Crucial.com : houses and online utility which determines the number of memory slots, the total memory capacity and the current memory status of your computer without having to remove the cover.
      CPU-Z : CPU-Z is an analytical application that can provide you an impressive amount of information, all of which is related to your hardware resources.
      Open Hardware Monitor : Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer.
      CloneZilla : The free and open source software for disk imagiing and cloning.
      DART : The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) is a powerful set of tools that can help you diagnose and troubleshoot computers.
      Recuva : recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. And it's free!
      SyncToy : is a free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations.
      Darik's Boot & Nuke: DBAN is a free erasure software that automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk it detects. Ideal is you're recycling a computer.
      Hiren's BootCD : is a completely free bootable CD that contains useful tools to analyze, recover and repair your computer when the primary operating system is inaccessible. Complete details are on the author's website.
      WinToFlash : WinToFlash starts a wizard that will help pull over the contents of a windows installation CD or DVD and prep the USB drive to become a bootable replacement for the optical drive. It can also do this with your LiveCD.
      Downtector : Downdetector offers a realtime overview of status information and outages for all kinds of digital and Internet services.
      DSLReports.com : provides a broadband internet speed test. Measure your DSL connection speed.
      FAST.com : provides a broadband internet speed test which allows you to determine if your ISP is throttling Netflix or YouTube.
      NetShell Utility : If you're having Internet connection problems, you can try resetting TCP/IP by running Microsoft's NetShell utility.
      PC Welt : Test your internet spped to see how svelt it is>
      SpeedTest.net : provides a broadband DSL connection speed assessment tool.
      Website Working : Tests to see if a specific website is currently available.
      Icon Finder : is an excellent resource for finding icons for your applications or website.
      OblyTile : is a user-friendly program specifically designed to help users create tiles to their Windows 8 Start screens.
      Ask Bob Rankin : and he'll likely have the answer on his free technical support website.
      Computer Performance : The website contains a multitude of tutorials on how to optimize settings and how to troubleshoot computer problems.
      DD-WRT: Reuse an old router to bridge wired devices to your wireless network.
      GitHub eBook Collection : A comprehensive collection of free programming eBooks on a wide variety of topics available on GitHub
      Microsoft eBooks : Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more!
      Windows 7 : is a comprensive tutorial on the Windows 7 operating system.
      Windows Secrets : Everything Microsoft forgot to mention. Resource filled free mailing list available.
      Facebook Specific Resources:
      Linux Specific Resources:
      Windows 8 Specific Files:
      God Mode : Invoke god mode to take control of settings in Windows 8
      Windows 8 Cheat Keys : Windows 8 Cheat Keys helps to teach the keys and other tips that allow users to get around quickly in Windows 8. Find shortcuts for this familiar features as well as many, many new and handy ones.
      Windows 10 Specific Files:
      GWX Control Panel : GWX Control Panel is a free program that you can use to permanently remove the Get Windows 10 icon.
      Universal Extractor : Universal Extractor is a program designed to decompress and extract files from any type of archive or installer, such as ZIP or RAR files, self-extracting EXE files, application installers, etc.
      ADrive : no longer offer 50 GB of free cloud storage. No longer on my personal favourite list.
      Amazon Cloud Drive : offers a free 5GB online backup, storage and file sharing service. Supports Win PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices. (Free 5GB pakcage available.
      BOX : offers a 5GB online storage and file sharing option for personal home use in addition to their robust business and enterprise options.
      Comodo Backup : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC, iOS and Android devices. (Free 10GB package available.)
      Dropbox : offers onnline backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices. (Free 2GB package available.)
      Google Backup & Sync : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC, Mac, Linux (coming soon), iOS and Andriod devices. (Free 5GB package available.)
      HiDrive : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC, Mac, iOS, Androids and WP7 devices. (Free 5GB package available.)
      Hubic : offers a free 25GB backup or storage space with apps to support several platorms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, MaxOSX & Linux.
      IDrive : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Suupports Win PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices. (Free 5GB package available.)
      MediaFire : provides users with 10 GB of cloud storage space.
      MEGA : is Kim Dotcom's newly launched Mega cloud storage service with its free 50GB of storage space!
      Memopal : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. (Free 3.5GB package available.)
      MiMedia : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC and iOS devices. (Free 10GB package available).
      Onedrive : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC, Mac, iOS, Android and WP7 devices. (Free 7GB package available.)
      pCloud : is another cloud storage alternative who offer 20GB free space.
      Safecopy : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices. (Free 3.5GB package available.)
      Syncplicity : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC, Mac, iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices. (Free 10GB package available.)
      TeamDrive : offers online backup, storage and file sharing services. Supports Win PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices. (Free 2GB package available.)
      All Purpose Tools:
      MXToolBox : MXToolBox offers a collection of diagnostic and internet tools to track, debug and analyze internet sites.

      DNS Alternatives:
      DNS Advantage : provides an alternative Domain Name Service (DNS) for any user connected to the Internet.
      Google Public DNS : provides an alternative Domain Name Service (DNS) for any user connected to the Internet.
      OpenDNS : provides a free, alternative domain name service that separates your DNS operations from your ISP and gives you faster, more reliable Internet access. OpenDNS speeds up your Internet access by connecting you to high-performance DNS servers that are faster and more reliable than the DNS service provided by most ISPs.

      IP Addressing Tools:
      What Is My IP Address : This service provides you with your IP address for a specific session along with other network tools.
      You Get Signal : This web-based resource is an excellent tool which allows you to diagnose open ports on your network connection, display the location of a network, visually trace the route to a network address, find the location of a phone number, find the sender of an email, and reverse IP domain checking.

      PortForward.com : is an excellent resources which outlines which ports various programs may need open and how to do so in your particular router.

      Proxy Alternatives:
      FreeProxyServer.ca : Free Proxy Server provides a way to bypass content filters. Visit the sites that you want, when you want to, without restrictions. Surf the web through an intermediary toprevent unauthorized parties from gathering your personal information. Pierre Poutine certified!
      Proxy4Free : Proxy 4 Free is a free proxy list and proxy checker providing you with the best free proxy servers. It allow you to bypass firewalls and content filters and browse your favorite websites, without revealing your location (IP address).
      VPN Solutions:
      CyberGhost : CyberGhost VPN lets you surf anonymously by hiding your IP address and replacing it with that of the server you choose to connect to, making it impossible for hackers, third parties or other organizations to track you or meddle in your business.
      DreamMail : DreamMail is a POP3 mail client (no support for IMAP or Exchange) which can be configured for use with multiple accounts by multiple-users.
      Evolution : Evolution is the Linux equivalent of Outlook. Evolution offers email, calendar, tasks, contacts, memos, LDAP compatibility, multiple account support, plugins, intelligent junk mail, powerful folder search, built-in encryption support, collaboration server support, and much more. It is only available for Linux and is free (and open source).
      i.Scribe : i.Scribe is a small and fast email client with an intergrated contact database and calendar. It supports all the major internet mail protocols and uses international standards where possible. Scribe doesn't required installing or uninstalled and can be used from a removable drive without reconfiguration.
      Keyboard Tester : Simple, fast, efficient and free, KeyboardTester.com allows you to test every key on your computer keyboard within the comfort on your own browser.
      PDF2JPG : PDF2JPG is a free online resource which allows you to convert PDF to the JPG image format.
      Ubuntu : Super-fast, easy to use and free, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktops, netbooks and servers around the world. Ubuntu does everything you need it to. It'll work with your existing PC files, printers, cameras and MP3 players. And it comes with thousands of free apps
      Zorin OS : Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for Windows users who want to have easy and smooth access to Linux. It is based on Ubuntu which is the most popular desktop Linux operating system in the world.
      DoNotTrack+ : Do Not Track Plus is a browser addoon which blocks your interenet movements from being monitored.
      Tor Browser : Tor browser uses the Tor network by connecting through a series of virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection, thus allowing both organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.
      Buy A Pi : As one of Canada’s leading retailers of microcomputers and micro-controllers and their related peripherals, buyapi.ca is Ottawa's primary Raspberry Pi distributor.
      Cloud Storage Pi Solution : Build a your own personal system using a Raspberry Pi and OwnCloud. OwnCloud is a personal cloud storage system which runs on your own server giving you freedom and control over your own data.
      Raspberry Connect : Raspberry Connect is a site for the Raspberry Pi community to post articles about their Raspberry Pi projects and activities in a categorised directory or promote websites in the web directory.
      XBMC Solutions for the Raspberry Pi : XBMC is one of our favorite media center solutions, and the Raspberry Pi makes a dandy XBMC machine for $35. With three different builds for the Pi, though, which one should you use? They're all a little different and have various strengths and weaknesses. Here’s how to pick the right one.
      Computer-Shop.com : houses a wide assortment of refurbished and end-of-line computers and components.
      Canada Computers : is an Ottawa computer retailler with locations on Merivale, Rideau and 10th Line in Orleans.
      RefurbDepot : provides discount prices on refurbished electronic merchandise.
      Ad-Aware : offers a free anti-spam product.
      AuditMyPC Firewall Test : checks your computer for ports that are commonly left open which could otherwise leave your computer compromised.
      AVG : Grisoft's AVG free antivirus program.
      AdwCleaner : AdwCleaner is portable freeware that targets and removes adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
      Belarc Advisor : builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser.
      BitDefender QuickScan : Bitdefender QuickScan is an online tool which uses .in-the-cloud. scanning to detect malware running on a PC very fast, usually in less than 60 seconds.
      CA Online Threat Scanner : scans your computer for viruses and spyware and can detect malware threats from within your web browser.
      Comodo Cloud Scanner : is an online scanner which comes as a standalone program. Its user interface offers plenty of settings and options and it’s one of the few online antiviruses that we’ve tested which lets you run both quick and full system scans, as well as custom scans..
      EMET : is the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit utility which helps prevent vulnerabilities in software from being successfully exploited. It can be downloaded directly from Microsoft.
      ESET : provides a full featured online virus scanner that supports 64-bit operating systems.
      F-Secure : provides a complete full-featured online system scanner.
      herdProtect : provides an antimalware, multiplatorm scanning platform in the cloud.
      Hosts : provides a replacement "hosts" file for your Windows OS to control sites you may not wish to see.
      Immunet : Immnunet's antivirus software adapts rapidly to protect against tody's theats.
      Kapersky Labs : A new, improved version of the Kaspersky Online Scanner.
      Kapersky Rescuse Disk : Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 is designed to scan and disinfect x86 and x64-compatible computers that have been infected. The application should be used when the infection is so severe that it is impossible to disinfect the computer using anti-virus applications or malware removal utilities running under the operating system.
      Kaspersky TDSSKiller : Kapsersksy TDSSKiller weeds out nasty rootkits with this antirootkit utility.
      Malwarebytes Anti-malware : utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.
      Microsoft Safety Scanner : The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.
      OpenDNS : makes networks in homes, schools and businesses safer, faster, smarter and more reliable.
      Panda ActiveScan 2.0 : A comprehensive online scanner for detection of all types of malware, vulnerabilities and unknown threats.
      Panda Cloud Scan : Panda Cloud Cleaner is an advanced disinfector based on Collective Intelligence (scanning in-the-cloud) that detects malware that traditional security solutions cannot detect. The FREE DISINFECTOR.
      ShieldsUp!! : benignly probes the target computer at your location to check for vulnerabilities in your IP address.
      Stinger : is a standalone utility by McAfee used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but a specialized tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with infected system.
      ThreatFire : gives you the ability to block installation of malware by indentifying bad behaviour on the network.
      Trend Micro Housecall : The Trend Micro's Housecall online scanner supports 32 and 64-bit operating system.
      VirusTotal : VirusTotal is a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners.
      Windows Defender Offline Beta : Windows Defender Offline Beta can help remove such hard to find malicious and potentially unwanted programs using definitions that recognize threats.
      WinPatrol : WinPatrol takes a snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge.
      Zone Alarm : is a free firewall program from Zone Labs.
      Download.com : allows you to download a variety of freeware and shareware programs.
      daFONT : houses a large collection of free fonts available for download.
      FreewareWeb : is your source for the latest and greatest of freeware software. Features a quick loading, well organized, regularly updated and searchable freeware archive.
      NirSoft : NirSoft houses a unique collection of small and useful freeware utilities including: Windows Password Recovery Tools, Network Tools, Streaming Video Capture Tools, Windows Registry Tools and Domain/IP Lookup Tools.
      PCWorld : 112 best free downloads, sites and services (2010)
      ProduKey : is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of numerous software programs. This utility will recover keys from more than 1,000 software titles.
      Snapfiles : allows you to download a variety of freeware and shareware programs.
      SourceForge.net : At SourceForge you can find, create and publish open source software for free!
      StartIsBack : Start Is Back provides Windows 8 a full featured start menu and start button, behaving exactly like the ones in Windows 7.
      Tucows : allows you to download a variety of freeware and shareware programs.
      How The Internet Works : A neat little video that gives an artist’s perspective of the flow of Internet packets.
      Microsoft Virtualization Tools : By heading over to Microsoft’s Virtualisation Tools page, you can download virtual machines that run IE6 through to IE10 across a combination of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
      Oracle VM VirtualBox : VirtualBox is powerful Cross-platform Virtualization Software for x86-based systems whcih allows you to create and run multiple Virtual Machines, running different operating systems, on the same computer at the same time.
      VMWare Player : VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC.

    A wide variety of software is readily available through Warez repositotires. Captain Jack Sparrow suggests you ensure the software you download from these sites is not copyright material. We accept no responsibility for materials hosted/ posted or otherwise available through other sites.

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