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Woke up this morning, turned on my kindle and Amazon pushed Kindle Software update version 3.4 to my Kindle 3G. Make sure your Kindle is plugged into wall power before updating your Kindle or you could have problems. My update went smoothly and I’ve noticed no problems so far this morning.

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MAGICAL JELLY BEAN KEYFINDER

FROM: Magical Jelly Bean Software
(http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/)
PRICE: FREE
SUPPORTED OS: SEE BELOW
RECOMMENDATION: Highly Recommended

Sometimes you have to recover the key to your Microsoft Windows OS, or your Windows Office install, or Photoshop etc.  The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder extracts license keys for you.  Even when you don’t, it’s a good idea to run this software, save the keys to a file, print the file and store it with your installation CD’s, just in case.

Screenshot: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

Jelly Bean will extract, from the registry:

  • Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista 7 license keys
  • Windows Servers 2000, 2003, 2008 license keys
  • Office XP, 2003, 2007 license keys
  • Even extracts license keys from the registry hive of any drive connected to the computer. Pull out the hard drive from a blown computer plug it into a working computer and recover the keys!
  • Save as .txt or .csv

Jelly Bean is free (as in free beer) and is open source and I highly recommend you download it, extract your keys to a file, print the file and store it somewhere safe with your installation CD’s, just in case.

I know, I know, I’ve warned you twice. But its that important.

One of our readers sent in this question:

What PC has the best state-of-the-art-system?

(UPDATED for 2014)

The PC with the Best, State of the Art system.

K9 Web Protection

From: BlueCoat K9 Web Protection
(http://www1.k9webprotection.com/getk9/download-software.php)
Price:
Free, up-to-date, Highly Recommended
Supported OS: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista; Mac OS X 10.4.7 and later

BlueCoat manufactures security devices providing Web Content Filtering for corporate enterprises.  They also make a parental control application called K9 Web Protection which is free for home users.  It is an excellent balance of filtering capability and ease of use and has a lot of options to help parents set limits on web browsing and block unsafe or inappropriate sites.  What you get is pretty impressive, given that it is  free.

FULL ARTICLE: Free Parental Control for the Web