About Norm

Norm is a a Canadian IT professional with 12 years of experience under his belt as a Technology Architect, Microsoft Certified Application Developer and as an Analyst. He has written numerous articles for multiple technology blogs, in addition to his own blog http://www.geekeleet.com.

Articles by Norm

View .Docx Files With Word Viewer For Windows

View .Docx Files With Word Viewer For Windows

Is this a familiar scene for you?  Someone has sent you a file with the .docx extension and you can’t open it? Fear not, help is on the way. Since the early days of Office 2003, Microsoft has been offering a free download of an application called Word Viewer that allows users to open documents […]

Manage Your Ebook Library with Calibre

Manage Your Ebook Library with Calibre

How many times have you stared at the vast collection of ebooks that you have and wondered if there was a better way to keep track of them?  I certainly have. Time and time again I sift through my ebooks as I attempt to locate one that I knew I had somewhere. I knew that […]

Easily Troubleshoot Your Graphics Card With GPU-Z

Easily Troubleshoot Your Graphics Card With GPU-Z

I recently wrote about a great software utility that opened up a world of information about your motherboard, CPU, and RAM. Well, I have another great utility to tell you about, only this time it’s all about your graphics card. Though manufactured by different companies, GPU-Z from TechPowerUp does look a lot like the aforementioned […]

Diagnose Your PC With CPU-Z

Diagnose Your PC With CPU-Z

If knowledge is power, then CPU-Z from CPUID will make you feel like a superhero. This handy little tool was featured in the MakeTechEasier 101 best free computer software downloads list. CPU-Z is a Windows only tool that gathers information on some of the main hardware components of your computer. The information that it collects […]

Kill Problem Applications Like a Ninja

Kill Problem Applications Like a Ninja

Linux fans who run Windows (for any number of reasons) can finally rejoice, xkill has essentially been cloned and is available as a free download . This Windows copycat of the popular xkill utility is aptly named – Kill. Kill allows you to end the process behind an application simply by clicking on the application […]

How To Watch Hulu From Anywhere With Hotspot Shield

How To Watch Hulu From Anywhere With Hotspot Shield

If you live in the United States then you probably won’t get the Hulu.com reference, however if you live anywhere else, chances are you know exactly what I mean.  For those not familiar, Hulu is a popular video playback site from NBC that streams many mainstream television shows right to your browser.  The biggest problem […]

Another Great Disk Usage Analyzer for the Masses

Another Great Disk Usage Analyzer for the Masses

Don’t let the simplicity of the name fool you, Free Disk Analyzer by Extensoft is packing plenty of features. In a previous post I talked about a great disk usage analysis tool called TreeSize Free that visually summarized how your disk was being used.  Free Disk Analyzer performs a similar task, however it also has […]

Sing Along To Your Favorite Songs With Lyrics Plugin

Sing Along To Your Favorite Songs With Lyrics Plugin

How many times have you been listening to a song and wanted to sing along, but couldn’t because you didn’t know the words?  Even better is when you know most of the words but there are two or three that you just can’t get.  Those days are about to become history. There is a powerful […]

Simplify Batch Photo Processing with Bulk Image Resizer

Simplify Batch Photo Processing with Bulk Image Resizer

With the cost of digital cameras steadily decreasing and the perpetual increase in available resolutions, it’s easy to accept that the average household is going to have one or more kicking around. With my wife being an amateur photographer, I’m often exposed to the trials and tribulations that come with digital photography.  Once such dilemma […]

How To Auto-Clean Windows Vista With CCleaner

How To Auto-Clean Windows Vista With CCleaner

If you’re not familiar with everyone’s favourite system cleaner, CCleaner, it’s a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool.  This application does a very nice job at cleaning up after you, assuming that you actually remember to run it. In today’s fast-paced world, many of us don’t have the time or capacity it takes to remember […]

Recover Long Lost Files with Recuva

Recover Long Lost Files with Recuva

It seems like everything that Piriform produces becomes a handy tool to keep in your PC toolbox.  Recuva is no exception.  This handy application offers Windows users the ability to restore important files that have been deleted from the system.  Much in line with CCleaner and Defraggler, Recuva is a free utility that provides unquestionable […]

Download High Definition Video With YouTube Downloader

Download High Definition Video With YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader HD is a great little Windows-only application for anyone who likes to download videos that they have seen on YouTube.  I can think of a handful of times that I needed an offline copy of a YouTube video when my Internet connection was not available, or YouTube was blocked by corporate policies. This […]

Speed Up Your External USB Drives in Windows Vista

Speed Up Your External USB Drives in Windows Vista

If you’re like me, you’ve probably expanded the storage on your computer by adding an external hard drive or two.  I’m not talking about one of those USB thumb drives.  I’m referring to the USB connected 80GB+ drives that often require a separate power source. In my system I store backups and archived data to […]

How To Backup Internet Explorer Settings with BackRex

How To Backup Internet Explorer Settings with BackRex

The browser today means a lot more than it did ten years ago, heck it means a lot more than it did even two years ago.  In today’s world the browser represents not only a way to view the musings of the Internet, but it’s also the thin face to many server-based applications.  The browser […]

How To Properly Maintain Hard Drives with Defraggler

How To Properly Maintain Hard Drives with Defraggler

If you read our earlier article about tuning up your PC with CCleaner, then you already know about the high calibre of software that is developed by Piriform.  I’m definitely a big fan of the CCleaner product.  I’m sure you can guess that it was a no brainer that when Piriform released their next masterpiece, I just had […]

TreeSize Free Makes Disk Space Analysis a Breeze

TreeSize Free Makes Disk Space Analysis a Breeze

Have you ever wondered where your disk space is being consumed?  I have.  There have been plenty of times where I thought that I should have more free disk space than I actually had.  I used to spend countless hours reviewing the properties of folder after folder, each time hoping to find a clue as […]

How To Resize Your Partitions with EASEUS Partition Manager

How To Resize Your Partitions with EASEUS Partition Manager

If you’ve ever had to resize a partition, or make new partitions, then I completely understand what you most likely went through.  Good partition management software for Windows is hard to come by, well the free partition managers anyways.  Almost everyone has heard of Partition Magic, but there is a hefty price tag that comes […]

Backup Your Windows Data the Simple Way – with Cobian Backup

Backup Your Windows Data the Simple Way – with Cobian Backup

Cobian Backup is a real treat for anyone looking for an easy-to-use backup solution for their Windows desktop.  The latest release, Cobian Backup 9 (Amanita), provides support for Windows NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Vista.  This multi-threaded application can be used to schedule and backup your files and folders from your local system to a […]

How To Tune Up Your PC (and cover your tracks!) with CCleaner

How To Tune Up Your PC (and cover your tracks!) with CCleaner

CCleaner is an easy-to-use system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool that was designed with the masses in mind. The simplistic layout of this application allows even the novice user to perform a tune-up on their Windows-based computer quickly and easily. The results speak for themselves – a faster running system with some additional and valuable free […]