PC Pitstop Newsletter – September 2009

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This Month


PC Specs Don’t Matter

A new marketing campaign from AMD suggests consumers only care about what a computer can do – not the specs.


OverDrive “Outstanding Tool”

An industry expert calls OverDrive an “outstanding tool” for PC diagnostics.


Ask the Pros – Kill Fake AntiVirus

Just as problematic and infectious as the Swine Flu – how to get rid your PC of fake antivirus software.


2 Steps to Dual Boot Windows

Not sure about Windows 7 after the bad news about Vista? Try a dual boot setup with these simple steps.


64 Bit Systems on the Rise

No longer reserved for servers – 64 bit processing power is now common in desktops.


PC Pitstop

Guest Columnists


4 Reasons Win 7 is 10x Better

by Bill Pytlovany

4 reasons you should upgrade to Windows 7.


Do You Need More Memory?

by Chris Pirillo

A sluggish PC may mean its time to upgrade … is more memory the answer?


6 Surprising Uses for Google

by Steve Bass

Google is not JUST a search engine, it offers a load of extra cool tools.


World’s Weirdest Laptops

by Harry McCracken

Multiple efforts to top the standard clam-shell laptop design.


The Politics of FIOS

by John Dodge

Not everyone will get Fiber Optic Internet & the reasons are purely political.


Optimize 3.0 is an incredibly powerful tool that will now do even more to instantly boost the speed,
stability, and overall security of your computer.


Tech Tips



Capture and save small videos of what is going on your PC screen, including audio for FREE. Thanks to Paultx.


Virtual PC

Run Windows XP on your Windows 7 or Vista machine. Thanks charlezag.


Refresh Firefox Tabs Fast

Watching an auction or a page that you need to refresh often is easier with this add on. Thanks Wigan.


Monitor Off Utility

For OLD laptops that don’t turn off screens to save power, this little utility will help. Thanks Adamsappleone.


$100 goes to the best tips each month.

Top 5 Drivers


Top Drivers Library

The newest drivers are presented to you in all their detailed glory. Make sure your PC is up to date.


Process Library

Check your PC against our running processes library to identify potential malicious processes and shut them down.


Top 25 Best Loved PCs

Netbook, laptop, desktop, and custom builds each have their own top 25 list in our satisfaction library.


Popular Freeware

We’ve added more useful freeware and utilities to the list. Who needs to pay for good software anymore!





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Best Memory Prices & Selection

Nothing improves system performance more than more memory. Crucial
makes the right memory upgrade easy to find, easy to buy, and easy to
install. Check out their memory now.


Free Trial!

Still logging in by hand? Let Roboform log in for you! No keystrokes to track, no hassle for you.


Synch Your Files Automatically – Try Free!

From the makers of Roboform, GoodSync synchronizes files between
desktops, laptops, and external drives, and works over a network or the

Other Newsletters



Lockergnome community newsletter, Pirillo’s Picks, features links to the best
discussions and blogs found around our various sites. Signing up is
free, and simple. Just send an email to: picks@lockergnome.com


Techbite Newsletter

TechBite’s columnist Steve Bass
and PC World Contributing Editor publishes a free weekly newsletter
with commentary on the technology products he loves, the strategies for
getting the most out of them,and the gotchas that can cause computing
misery. Sign up for the newsletter here.


New! Technologizer T-Week Newsletter

Technologizer’s T-Week is Harry McCracken’s weekly e-mail newsletter (delivered on Friday) with
highlights from Technologizer and original items. It’s timely, fun, and free–and you can
sign up to receive it right here.

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