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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

GOODSYNC (www.goodsync.com)

www.goodsync.com/

Have you backed up your data this week? How about that laptop or PDA you so nearly left on the bus last night? Despite being simply lost without the data on our computing technology, so many of us just do not bother to back it up. This next product makes it so simple to do this that there really is no excuse.

At Goodsync.com you will find the excellent program designed to give you a quick and easy way to keep all your information regularly synced up, so you need never lose it again.

This application is really quick and easy to use, whether you are synchronising the data between a laptop or PDA and your desktop machine. Or transferring folders onto a memory stick to take out on the road with you, or backing up your folders to an online storage facility.

You need to state the two locations you want to sync up, including a URL if you want to work with an online source, and then just click analyse to have the programme review and mark up any changes to the data.

DAILYWRITINGTIPS (www.dailywritingtips.com)

www.dailywritingtips.com

Many people have blogs or websites these days. With more of us communicating through the medium of writing, so you can brush up on your skills take a gander at dailywritingtips.com.

In fact, regardless of your profession, writing skills are a big part of everyone's life. This blog site is written by group of well educated and worldly people and provides a really nice, simple route to improving your skills with words.

In typical blog style, you can read the latest entries on the opening page and access previous ones placed in handy categories from the panel on the left. All the entries are really well written and provide genuinely useful tips and advice, even for those who consider themselves to be quite adept with a word processor.

There are sections on grammar, expressions, vocabulary and advice for fiction and business writing. They even run fairly frequent short story competitions, which can be a nice safe way to test your literary skills on the general public. This is a very useful resource if you want to improve your writing.

START KILLER (www.tordex.com/startkiller)

www.tordex.com/startkiller

At Tordex.com you can download Start Killer which does exactly what it says on the tin.

If like me you often have a lot of programs and documents open at the same time, your task bar can get very crowded. This makes it hard to find what you are looking for. Start Killer is a simple but effective tool to free up a little more valuable real estate at the bottom of your screen.

After downloading and installing, when Start Killer is launched, it starts ridding your screen of the Start button.

When you close the program, your button comes back. And if you want occasional access to the Start button while you are working just use CRTL and Escape, or the Windows key on your keyboard.



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