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Virtualisation

Puppet Enterprise 3.0 pulls more strings

Version 3.0 of Puppet Labs' configuration automation tool shines with speed boosts, orchestration improvements, and deeper support for Windows servers
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Virtualisation

Rackspace Cloud review

Rackspace was one of the first players in the cloud arena. The company recognised early that enterprises wanted faster, simpler ways to spin up and spin down servers. If the bosses are going to be fickle and impulsive, there will always be a market for companies that make it easy for the people curating the data to pivot. If the corporate vision is going to morph, the IT shops will want a way to morph with it.
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Applications

GoodSync review

GoodSync is single-minded: It's intended to provide automatic synchronization and backup across folders and remote volumes. That narrow focus has two repercussions. First, the utility offers exhaustive, rich, and deep support for an array of services and options. Second, the learning curve for using the program to its best advantage is challenging. This program isn't for beginners, but other users will love it once they learn to use it--that is, if they learn to use it.
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Applications

SlimCleaner 4.0 review

SlimCleaner is by far one of the more useful multi-utility tools I've run across. Aimed primarily at cleaning the junk out of your system, it has the capabilities of several popular programs, including Piriform's CCleaner and Trend Micro's HijackThis. Version 4 adds several new features.
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Applications

Remote Utilities Free Edition review

Some office IT utilities make the transition to home use without skipping a beat. A staple of home PCs since the era of modems and MS-DOS, remote desktop control programs allow a user to take direct control over a system without being physically present. Given the mission-critical nature they often fill in a workplace, and the length of time they've been around, it's not a surprise that many of these suites are robust, stable, and capable of performing just about any computer task you care to conjure. Remote Utilities has been a player in this market for years, with their first release in 2004 of Remote Office Manager. Since then the feature list has grown considerably, but the biggest change came with the release of 5.2; the current version is now free for personal use. That's quite a perk, given the $30 cover charge for entry otherwise.
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Applications

BlueScreenView Portable review

Microsoft's Windows OS has come a long way, but it's still not perfect. Just as anyone who's experienced the infamous Blue Screen of Death recently. When Windows crashes in this fashion - screeching to a halt, often when you're smack dab in the middle of an important piece of work - searching for a cause is often a frustrating, unfulfilling experience. But the infamous "blue screen of death" doesn't have to leave you scratching your head if you fire up the portable version of handy utility BlueScreen View.
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Storage

CrashPlan+ review

With the demise of MobileMe upon us, you’ll need to come up with a new backup solution if this Apple service is your current backup method of choice. If you’re a fan of online, cloud-based backups, then CrashPlan is one to consider.
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Storage

Google Drive review

Start your engines: Google’s long-rumoured Drive service is officially out and ready for a test drive. The search giant’s answer to services like Dropbox, Drive offers 5GB of free online storage space that also syncs with a local folder on the desktop of your Mac or PC. (An Android app is currently available, with an iOS app in the works.)
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Applications

Process Explorer review

What if Windows were aimed only at the most technical of users? Process Explorer is the Task Manager that could have been.
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Applications

Pacifist 3.1 review

If you've ever wondered what an installer package is going to install, Pacifist can tell you: You just drag the package onto Pacifist, and the utility shows you a hierarchical (and searchable) list of every item contained therein. You can even see detailed information about each file: permissions, file size, file type and more.
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