Tool for removing device drivers

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Sometimes when you're removing something from your computer, say you're putting in a new video card and don't need the old drivers anymore, the old files aren't always removed properly. Luckily for us someone else noticed this too only he wrote a program to fix the problem - tell it what drivers you had before and it'll make sure all of the remnants are promptly given marching orders, and its completely free.

Free backup software that's great!

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Another backup program for you to try. Genie Games Backup is the little sibling of a range of much more powerful backup software but is completely free. Despite being free Genie Games Backup gives you a pretty wide range of options to work with, from zip file encryption to script generation for automatically backing up the important files for specific programs. Despite the name Genie Games Backup is able to backup any file you wish, the key difference between it and its bigger siblings is that it can't back up to removable media (CDs, DVDs, tape, etc), instead only to another directory or a zip file. Honestly, though, its features should be enough for most people, and once you do a backup you can always save it out to CD or DVD manually. Go give it a spin!

New power supply is great!

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After last night's fun we picked up a new power supply for our computer. Its a beefy 500Watt thing by the company Antec and had some discounts this week at CompUSA to make it easier to swallow. Anyway, twenty minutes of fiddling later and I've got everything where it should be - the video card is working again and the DLT drive isn't making the system freak out. The DLT drive is actually recognized now, which it wasn't last night for the five minutes before the video card decided to take its ball and go home, and I've been able to erase a tape as a test. Next off is a complete backup - the drive will store up to 35gig of data uncompressed and can go to about 70gig if the files are compressible. I'll let you know how it goes, but so far I'm pretty darn happy - we can finally do proper backups!!

Backup drive = needs lots of power

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After finally getting a backup tape drive to replace our previous one which decided to not work right, I've managed to a) probably blow another video card, and b) have finally realized that the power supply in our computer just isn't strong enough for what I want/need to do. Because I consider backups to be pretty darn important we'll be picking up new power supply to get it all working, and hopefully tomorrow night actually be able to start making backups! Fingers crossed!

We no need no stinkin Exchange!

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Microsoft Exchange Server is a hulking beast with many ingrained problems yet is still the most commonly used mail server with most companies. Several oranizations have tried to come up with a good replacement for it, and it looks like there may finally be one with a chance of doing so:

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