How to quickly kill a program in Windows
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How to quickly kill a program in Windows

During my regular work, I tend to face repeated issues of Excel hanging. This can be really frustrating because a stuck Excel means a painful wait for Windows to figure out what it wants to do with the process. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do about this because it is mainly due to addons that I have installed in Excel, which are required for me to do my job coupled with large files with tens of sheets and hundreds of rows with data.

How to get Windows 8 touchpad gestures working on your old Dell laptop
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How to get Windows 8 touchpad gestures working on your old Dell laptop

I purchased a Dell laptop in early 2010 and getting drivers from Dell for laptops that old is impossible. On the bright side, there are other laptop manufacturers, like Gateway, who have maintained up to date drivers. I upgraded to Windows 8 around a month back and as part of the process, I had to uninstall my incompatible touchpad drivers.

Users panic as WhatsApp throws up Error status message
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Users panic as WhatsApp throws up Error status message

A few hours back WhatsApp started throwing up an Error: status unavailable for all contacts. This was sufficient to trigger mass panic of users addicted to the popular messaging service and this has brought back several variations of the year old hoax chain message. As you can see below is the error message for my profile.

Skype releases a preview of its Windows Phone 8 app
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Skype releases a preview of its Windows Phone 8 app

The Skype team today released a preview of the Skype for Windows Phone 8 app. Available for download in the Windows store. In this Preview, you’ll get all of the Skype basics in the new, modern design along with many of the new features such as integration with the People Hub and a combined contact list with buddies from Windows Live Messenger.

Speed up your typing tasks with PhraseExpress
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Speed up your typing tasks with PhraseExpress

If you’re regularly blogging, or even just writing, it is important to maximise your speed of typing. Learning touch typing is an important step towards improving productivity. However, if you’re not an expert at touch typing, or would like to speed up still further, then using an autotext software is a very good solution.

Manage your cloud storage with DragonDisk
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Manage your cloud storage with DragonDisk

For a brief period of time I had an account with Amazon S3, which I mainly used as a test for a project I was working on. The biggest problem I faced then and which is still prevalent is the ability to easily use the interface to move files to and fro your computer. DragonDisk makes file management simple if you’re using Amazon S3® or Google Cloud Storage®, or any other S3 API compatible service.

Convert your audio, video and image files with Format Factory
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Convert your audio, video and image files with Format Factory

If you find yourself frequently loading your iPod or Blackberry or any other portable device with audio and videos from CDs or DVDs, you’ll find the need for a multimedia converter. Format Factory is a free Windows audio, video and photo converter that supports a large range of formats for encoding and ripping. The software a wide range of multimedia formats including conversion to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF and MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV.