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Get DVDFab DVD Copy software for free

DVDs may be on the way out, but for now they're still a pretty big part of movie-watching life. Just one problem: they're incredibly prone to scratches, and a scratched DVD is a non-playing DVD.

That's why I sometimes like to make copies of the movies I own, just to have a backup. I'm also a fan of copying DVDs to my media-center hard drive for faster, easier viewing.

Alas, good, reliable copy utilities tend to be pricey. But today only, Giveaway of the Day has DVDFab DVD Copy absolutely free. The app is normally $50, … Read more

TeraCopy made portable

TeraCopy Portable is a portable freeware version of TeraCopy, a free tool that improves how Windows copies and moves files, making the process not only quicker and easier but also more secure. It adds extras like the ability to pause and resume transfers, even broken transfers; skip bad files; and recover from errors. It also verifies checksums.

TeraCopy Portable is essentially a slightly slimmed-down version of teracopy.exe that comes with a PortableApps PAF installer as well as modifications that store settings and other data locally. We installed the program and opened it via the PortableApps Suite, though it's … Read more

Get a Brother wireless all-in-one printer for $49.99

I'll cut right to the chase: the Brother MFC-J270w all-in-one printer has a list price of $99.99, but Best Buy currently has it for $49.99. Shipping adds another $15, but you can save that cost by picking it up in-store. (What you probably can't escape, however, is sales tax.)

Even with those surcharges, that's a downright awesome deal on a device that prints, scans, copies, and faxes, and does so without wires. Yep, like all printers should, the MFC-J270w rocks Wi-Fi.

It also comes with a 1.9-inch color LCD (small, but acceptable for navigating … Read more

Tips for copying text in OS X

Perhaps one of the more useful features implemented on computers is the ability to copy and paste items, allowing for the quick transfer of text, images, and other items between separate documents. Though this function is integral to many computing environments and tasks, there are some limits to the default clipboard in OS X and other operating systems, with the primary one being that it can only hold one copy instance at a time.

If you copy an item to the clipboard and then copy a second item, the first item will be overwritten so you will need to go … Read more

Chrome copy extension

Perhaps the surest sign that Google Chrome is making inroads in the browser wars is the appearance of free extensions like AutoCopy. It does something simple but useful: when you select text in Chrome, AutoCopy automatically copies it to the system Clipboard, much like Unix does.

To install AutoCopy, we merely had to open it in Chrome. We re-opened Chrome, clicked Tools/Extensions, and clicked AutoCopy's options, which offered a few choices for how it copies text, such as Enable copy on select and Copy when selecting inside text boxes (Copy as simple text is already selected because of … Read more

Get better screen captures with Snagit for Mac

Arguably one of the best screen capture programs for Windows is now available on the Mac. TechSmith's Snagit has a long history with Windows fans as a highly flexible and feature-rich tool for quickly grabbing visual info on your screen. The software's main strength is that it offers a number of tools for adding graphics--like arrows, boxes, and thought and speech balloons--to call out specific areas on the screen. When you're finished with a capture, you can quickly add the project to a presentation, just about any document, or send the screen capture through e-mail. One of … Read more

Exclusive: How to copy, paste in Windows Phone 7

NEW YORK--Just after Steve Ballmer finished up on stage, I cornered some of the development team members and got a look at the copy and paste features that Microsoft said will come early next year to Windows Phone 7.

The current version of Windows Phone 7 lets you move the cursor, but not highlight any segment of text. So I imagined that the copy and paste feature would build on the cursor. Instead, it starts out taking advantage of the fact that, while not visible, the operating system does recognize individual words, something needed for the spell checker and text … Read more

Look inside the clipboard

The Windows Clipboard only displays basic file formats like text and bitmap when you copy a file to it, but in fact it makes a wide range of formats available; it just doesn't show them. NirSoft's InsideClipboard is a small, free utility that displays the binary content of all the formats currently stored in the Clipboard and lets you save the content of a specified format as a binary file.

Like most of NirSoft's utilities, Inside Clipboard is completely portable and runs as soon as you click the program file, with no formal installation required. It has … Read more

Clone hunter

With hard disks in the terabyte range, many users think they don't need to worry about duplicate files, but duplicates still waste useful space and resources, slow your system down, and fragment your archives. Heatsoft's free Clone Cleaner Lite is ready to help you root out duplicate files on your system. It identifies duplicates by several methods and gives you the option to remove them or copy them to a specified directory, so you can clean up and organize your files without accidentally deleting anything important.

Clone Cleaner Lite's businesslike interface features resizable main panels for adding … Read more