Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Vertical and Horizontal strip calendar for your monitor

No, this isn't a calendar software for your desktop. This is a real paper calendar specially designed for sticking it to the sides of the monitor. It comes in two different formats - a horizontal one and a vertical one. These calendars also come in two different sizes - a regular size which is about 10.5 inches long and 1 inch wide and a legal size which is about 13 inches long and 1.30 inches wide.

horizontal calendar

vertical calendar

Download the PDF files and print it out.

PDF for horizontal and vertical monitor calendar regular page size
PDF for horizontal and vertical monitor calendar legal page size

A wonderful idea from Marlies' Creative Universe

Search As You Type in the Office 2007 Ribbon

The search feature seems to have invaded into every aspect of computing, from searching start menus to desktop. And now it comes to Office 2007. If you still have trouble getting to the functions you need in Office 2007's Ribbon interface, give Microsoft's new experimental Search Commands add-in a try. Search Commands adds a tab and search box to the ribbon that finds buttons as you type into it.

search command

Search Commands helps you find commands, options, wizards, and galleries in Microsoft Office 2007 Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Just type what you’re looking for in your own words and click the command you need.

[found via LifeHacker]

Sunday, April 27, 2008

winPenPack - The best portable applications for your pen drive

Portable applications, as you know, requires no installation, does not mess with the registry and does not litter you hard disk with files. The best thing about portable applications is of course, their portability. You can copy these application to a pen drive and carry it along with you and then run them directly from the pen drive.
The winPenPack is an all-in-one collection of some of the best freeware portable application for the pen drive. winPenPack comes in several editions like Essential, 1Gb, School, Game, Web and an option to make your own. These packs ranges from a few hundred MBs to 1GB. The essential pack contains a large collection of all essential tools and the school, games and the web pack has specialized applications, though most of the applications are also available in the Essential and 1GB pack.

winPenPack has it's own categorized launch menu that gives easier access to these applications. This interface is in Italian. To change it to English you have to download an additional language pack which is available at their site. Unpack the language pack to the installation directory to change the menus to English.



The winPenPack 1Gb pack contains very much everything you need. Here is the list of applications:

· X-Zphoto (flash-based photo album generator)
· X-Gimp (image manager and elaboration)
· X-PosteRazor (any dimension poster creation and print)

· X-IpScan (IP scanner and port scanner)
· X-Firefox (internet browser)
· X-FileZilla (FTP client)
· X-WinSCP (secure FTP transfer)
· X-TightVNC (virtual Network Computing)
· X-WackGet (download manager)
· X-WinHTTrack (website copier)
· X-Kompozer (Html editor for web pages creation)
· X-MagicMailMonitor (mail monitor)
· X-Thunderbird (e-mail client)
· X-HttpFileServer (file server, file sharing through web)
· X-RSSOwl (RSS reader)
· X-Miranda (multiplatform instant messenger, with MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ compatibly)
· X-Pidgin (instant messenger with MSN, ICQ, AIM and much more compatibility)
· X-Mule (p2p)
· X-SharkTorrent (Bit Torrent client)
· X-MetMedic (.met files editor, p2p)
· X-iDC++ (p2p, compatible client with Direct Connect e DC++)
· TYPSoft FTP Server (FTP server)
· Wiki on a Stick (wiki)

· Checkmate Mp3 Checker (it can analyze errors in Mp3 files)
· X-dvdisaster (CD/DVD data recovery)
· X-DivXRepair (DivX repair)
· Ant Movie Catalog (movie manager that help you to manage a collection of movies DVD, CD, VideoCD, DivX, and tapes)
· X-Audacity (Audio editor)
· X-MP3Gain (analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume)
· X-Tractor (audio CD extractor)
· X-VirtualDub (video editing, DivX included)
· MediaInfo (audio/video files info)
· X-InfraRecorder (CD/DVD burner)
· MultiMediaCenter (multimedia center)
· X-MediaPlayerClassic (great Windows Media Player substitute)
· X-VideoLAN (multimedia player)
· X-ScreamerRadio (internet radio player)
· X-EasyTag (utility for viewing and editing tags for MP3, MP2, MP4/AAC, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MusePack, Monkey's Audio
· and WavPack files)
· MediaCoder (video/audio transcoder)

· X-Winpooch (real time process scanner and anti-spyware)
· X-ClamWin (antivirus)
· X-Eraser (secure and programmable files and folder delete)
· LockNote (simple text writer with password protect)
· X-NeoCrypt (single/multiple files/folder cryptography)
· X-TrueCrypt (virtual disk creation protected by password)
· DC Firewall (firewall)
· X-KeePass (store and protect your passwords)
· InstallFix Security Suite (privacy and security Windows tools)

· X-Abakt (backup tool)
· winMd5Sum (MD5 checksum calculator)
· Universal Extractor (allows to extract/show the content of setup.exe files)
· X-7Zip (file compressor/decompressor)
· X-UPXShell (executable and .dll compressor)
· JKDefrag (disk defragmentation)
· JKDefragTWGUI (GUI for JKDefrag)
· X-WinDirStat (disk usage statistics viewer)
· Partition Logic (Floppy Disk Image and ISO Image, Hard Disk partition creator)
· X-ProcessController (real time process controller)
· DiskCleaner (search and delete for temporary and unavailing files)
· Drive Cleanup Wizard (permanently delete useless, .bak, .tmp, temporary internet files from the computer)
· MemTest-86 (RAM test)
· Regedt33 (advanced registry editor)
· X-RegShot (allows to notice the differences in Windows registry following the installation of a program)
· X-Pserv.cpl (active system services viewer)
· X-StartupManager (program that provides you the possibility to manage the Windows startup procedure)
· X-TaskSwitchXP (Windows task manager alternative)
· X-xpy (allows to change some functions of Windows XP)

· X-WinMerge (visual text file differencing and merging tool)
· X-Notepad++ (text editor enhanced)
· X-SciTE (text editor for developers)
· X-InnoSetup (installation setup creation)
· X-ISTool (Innosetup plugin)
· Web Server PAMPA (Web Server - Windows GUI that manages as a stand-alone application an AMP environment:
· Apache, MySQL and PHP)

· X-Sunbird (calendar with agenda functions)
· X-Scribus (desktop publishing)
· Money Manager Ex (finance manager software)
· GUIPdftk + Pdftk (.pdf tool)
· X-Sumatra PDF (.pdf reader)
· X-Planner (project management tool)
· X-StarDict (international dictionary software)
· X-OpenOffice (office suite, Microsoft Office open source alternative)

· X-GraphCalc (graphic calculator)
· X-CamStudio (it allows to capture desktop activity and save it as .avi file)
· Ditto (extension to the standard windows clipboard)
· X-VirtuaWin (virtual desktop management)
· Virtual Magnifying Glass (magnification glasses)
· WeatherNotify (show weather in status bar or in a window)
· X-AstroGrep (alternative hard disk files and folders searcher)
· X-ANote (pc post-it notes)
· Ant Renamer (files rename)

· Aspell
· Ghostscript
· Lame
· Java Runtime Environment

winPenPack homepage

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Display system information on your desktop wallpaper with BGInfo

BGInfo is small utility that automatically generates desktop backgrounds that include important information about the system including IP addresses, computer name, network adapters, and disk space and a lot more.


BGInfo does not display your system's information in real time. It takes a snapshot of the system information and then embeds this data into the wallpaper by generating another wallpaper and placing it one the desktop. It always takes the same wallpaper you currently have on the desktop, unless you configure it to use another one. By placing BGInfo in your Startup folder, you can ensure that the system information being displayed is up to date each time you boot. You can also use the Windows Scheduler to run BGInfo on a regular basis to ensure long-running systems are kept up to date.

When you run BGInfo it shows you the appearance and content of its default desktop background. If left untouched it will automatically apply these settings and exit after its 10 second count-down timer expires. Selecting any button or menu item will disable the timer, allowing you to customize the layout and content of the background information.


In the configuration window you can select which information you want to display, adjust the fonts, size color and the like you normally find in a word processor.

Since, BGInfo only generates wallpaper and does not constantly run in the background, it consumes zero memory and zero CPU time.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Add "ScreenTabs" on your screen with Stick

Stick is a cool little application that add tabs to the edge of your screen, which when clicked launches tools like notes, calendar, RSS feeds, explorer etc. Stick is highly customizable and can be placed on any edge of the screen - on the top, on the sides or at the bottom. Tabs can be added for 6 types of application:


Tabs on the right edge of my screen

- Explorer that shows the content of any particular drive or folder. These explorer windows provide true explorer context menus for folders and files as well as full drag/drop support.

stick explorer

- Note tabs, that are small text files with options for formatting like bold, italics, font change, list etc. It can be used as a mini word processor.

- A calendar

- An RSS reader

- A calculator

- A browser that runs on Internet Explorer

Stick also a has a quick launcher. Hit the Windows key and spacebar (combination can be changed) and it will launch the quick launcher. Type the name of the application and it will display a list even before you finish typing it. Select the application and then launch it. You can configure the the quick launcher to index the drive or folders where you applications are installed.

stick quick launcher

Since the tabs occupies such a small strip of space you can configure it to stay on top of all windows, so that these tools are always visible and accessible on one click. The only drawback of this application is the inability to add custom application to the tabs. Otherwise it would have made this program brilliant. It's still quite useful, nonetheless, particularly the explorer tabs. I can add any number of tabs to quickly open my favorite folders. This is certainly a must have tool.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Use OCR softwares to copy-paste from printed books

Copy-paste is the most used and misused function among all computer users. Thanks to Apple, who first brought this functionality to the computer, copying and pasting has saved us from hours of typing and editing. But the copy-paste we are familiar with works only with the digital medium. What if you want to copy a paragraph from a text book, or say you want to digitize an entire book so that you can read it in your cell phone or in your laptop? How do you copy from a printed text book?

The answer is the OCR (Optical character recognition) software. An OCR software translates a typewritten, printed or even handwritten books into machine readable texts from scanned images of printed texts. The OCR software uses a combination of different technologies like pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and machine vision to "guess" the characters on the image and then outputs a text version of the scanned image. Today's OCR softwares are up to 99% accurate.

Only a handful of OCR applications available are freeware. SimpleOCR, TopOCR, and FreeOCR are some of the free ones, while ABBYY FineReader and OmniPage are some of the best commercial versions available

SimpleOCR converts your scanned images to text files or Word documents. It also comes with a developer toolkit that may be used to add OCR to custom software application. SimpleOCR lets you manually specify image zones for scanning and supports English, French and Dutch dictionaries.


FreeOCR is a complete scan and OCR program including the Windows compiled Tesseract free ocr engine which is developed by Google. FreeOCR supports multi-page tiff's, fax documents as well as most image types including compressed tiff's. FreeOCR also supports manual zoning, which allows you to select an area to process. This helps to increase the accuracy by eliminating borders, pictures etc. Also this makes the software useable to OCR documents which contain columns.


TopOCR is supports digital cameras, camera phones and scanners, and can recognize 11 different languages. Unlike OCR applications designed for scanners, TopOCR understands that images from digital cameras and smartphones have more variation in image quality. As a result, the OCR processing in TopOCR is more robust and utilizes sophisticated image processing algorithms that the older OCR programs completely lack.


qipitThere is also a online version of OCR called Qipit. Take a photo of the documents with a digital camera or camera phone and upload it to Qipit. You'll then receive a link to the online digital copy of your document.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pismo File Mount - Access contents of ZIP and ISO files without extracting

Pismo File Mount Audit Package is a free Windows application that allows users to mount the contents of ZIP, ISO, and Private Folder files to the file system as virtual folders. Pismo File Mount integrates with the Windows shell and is thus available from the context menu and allows such inherent Windows behavior like drag and drop. using this application you can mount zip archive files as read-only folders and directly access it's contents without having to extract it first. It also has the ability to execute applications contained within the archive. This is very useful as it allows you to keep you files zipped to save space and still use it as folders.

Similarly, DVD and CD ISO image files can be mounted in place as a read-only folder. This allows direct access to contents through the file system, without first burning to media. The software has one additional feature called the Private Folder where you can create special private folders to store sensitive data files and applications in an encrypted and compressed container file. Private folders are created using a password to generate the encryption key. Once the password is provided at mount time, the protected contents of the Private Folder become accessible in place through the file system.

Screenshots - Mounting ISO for software install

Pismo File Mount Audit Package

Pismo File Mount Audit Package

Pismo File Mount Audit Package

Pismo File Mount Audit Package

Download Pismo File Mount Audit Package

How to get emails on your phone as SMS

Even if your cell phone does not have internet connectivity, you can still get email messages delivered directly to your phone via SMS messages. Some email services provide this feature, for example Yahoo. You can setup Mail Alerts for your Yahoo account to receive mails on your phone as SMS messages. Currently, this facility is available for only 10 mobile providers. Checkout Yahoo! Mail Alerts to see whether your cell phone service provider is there in the list. If you are using a different wireless service and your primary mail account is not with Yahoo, you can still receive emails as SMS text messages to your phone.

Most wireless carriers have "SMS gateways" which is an interface between the SMS service and other protocols. The SMS gateway can take email messages sent through the internet and deliver to their customers cell phone as SMS text messages and vice versa. If your wireless carrier has an SMS gateway, it means that your cell phone already has an email address! The email address is in the following format:

For example, if you use Virgin Mobile then the email address of your cell phone will be [10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
Example: 5551234567@vmobl.com

If are using Verizon, then the email address will be [10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
Example: 5552223333@vtext.com

Now all you have to do is forward your emails or only selected emails (by using filters) to this email address. Find out your email address from the list below. 

List of carriers and their SMS Gateways

3 River Wireless  -- phonenumber@sms.3rivers.net
ACS Wireless -- phonenumber@paging.acswireless.com
Advantage Communications -- 10digitpagernumber@advantagepaging.com
Airtouch Pagers -- 10digitpagernumber@myairmail.com
Airtouch Pagers -- 10digitpagernumber@alphapage.airtouch.com
Airtouch Pagers -- 10digitpagernumber@airtouch.net
Airtouch Pagers -- 10digitpagernumber@airtouchpaging.com
AlphNow -- pin@alphanow.net
Alltel -- 10digitphonenumber@message.alltel.com
Alltel PCS -- 10digitphonenumber@message.alltel.com
Ameritech Paging -- 10digitpagernumber@paging.acswireless.com
(see also American Messaging)
Ameritech Paging -- 10digitpagernumber@pageapi.com'
(see also American Messaging)
American Messaging (SBC/Ameritech) -- 10digitpagernumber@page.americanmessaging.net
Ameritech Clearpath -- 10digitpagernumber@clearpath.acswireless.com
Andhra Pradesh Airtel -- phonenumber@airtelap.com
Arch Pagers (PageNet) -- 10digitpagernumber@archwireless.net
Arch Pagers (PageNet) -- 10digitpagernumber@epage.arch.com
Arch Pagers (PageNet) -- 10digitpagernumber@archwireless.net
AT&T -- 10digit@txt.att.net
AT&T Free2Go -- 10digitphonenumber@mmode.com
AT&T PCS -- 10digitphonenumber@mobile.att.net
AT&T Pocketnet PCS -- 10digitphonenumber@dpcs.mobile.att.net
Beepwear -- pagernumber@beepwear.net
BeeLine GSM -- phonenumber@sms.beemail.ru
Bell Atlantic -- phonenumber@message.bam.com
Bell Canada -- phonenumber@txt.bellmobility.ca
Bell Canada -- phonenumber@bellmobility.ca
Bell Mobility (Canada) -- phonenumber@txt.bell.ca
Bell Mobility -- number@txt.bellmobility.ca
Bell South (Blackberry) -- number@bellsouthtips.com
Bell South -- phonenumber@sms.bellsouth.com
Bell South -- phonenumber@wireless.bellsouth.com
Bell South -- phonenumber@blsdcs.net
Bell South -- phonenumber@bellsouth.cl
Bell South Mobility -- phonenumber@blsdcs.net
Blue Sky Frog -- phonenumber@blueskyfrog.com
Bluegrass Cellular -- phonenumber@sms.bluecell.com
Boost -- phonenumber@myboostmobile.com
BPL mobile -- phonenumber@bplmobile.com
Carolina West Wireless -- 10digitnumber@cwwsms.com
Carolina Mobile Communications -- 10digitpagernumber@cmcpaging.com
Cellular One East Coast -- phonenumber@phone.cellone.net
Cellular One South West -- phonenumber@swmsg.com
Cellular One PCS -- phonenumber@paging.cellone-sf.com
Cellular One -- 10digitphonenumber@mobile.celloneusa.com
Cellular One -- phonenumber@cellularone.txtmsg.com
Cellular One -- phonenumber@cellularone.textmsg.com
Cellular One -- phonenumber@cell1.textmsg.com
Cellular One -- phonenumber@message.cellone-sf.com
Cellular One -- phonenumber@sbcemail.com
Cellular One West -- phonenumber@mycellone.com
Cellular South -- phonenumber@csouth1.com
Centennial Wireless -- 10digitnumber@cwemail.com
Central Vermont Communications -- 10digitpagernumber@cvcpaging.com
CenturyTel -- phonenumber@messaging.centurytel.net
Chennai RPG Cellular -- phonenumber@rpgmail.net
Chennai Skycell / Airtel -- phonenumber@airtelchennai.com
Cincinnati Bell Wireless -- phonenumber@gocbw.com
Cingular -- mobilenumber@mycingular.com
Cingular -- mobilenumber@mycingular.net
Cingular -- mobilenumber@mms.cingularme.com
Cingular -- mobilenumber@page.cingular.com
Cingular -- 10digitphonenumber@cingularme.com
Cingular Wireless -- 10digitphonenumber@mycingular.textmsg.com
Cingular Wireless -- 10digitphonenumber@mobile.mycingular.com
Cingular Wireless -- 10digitphonenumber@mobile.mycingular.net
Clearnet -- phonenumber@msg.clearnet.com
Comcast -- phonenumber@comcastpcs.textmsg.com
Communication Specialists -- 7digitpin@pageme.comspeco.net
Communication Specialist Companies -- pin@pager.comspeco.com
Comviq -- number@sms.comviq.se
Cook Paging -- 10digitpagernumber@cookmail.com
Corr Wireless Communications -- phonenumber@corrwireless.net
Delhi Aritel -- phonenumber@airtelmail.com
Delhi Hutch -- phonenumber@delhi.hutch.co.in
Digi-Page / Page Kansas -- 10digitpagernumber@page.hit.net
Dobson Cellular Systems -- phonenumber@mobile.dobson.net
Dobson-Alex Wireless / Dobson-Cellular One -- phonenumber@mobile.cellularone.com
DT T-Mobile -- phonenumber@t-mobile-sms.de
Dutchtone / Orange-NL -- phonenumber@sms.orange.nl
Edge Wireless -- phonenumber@sms.edgewireless.com
EMT -- phonenumber@sms.emt.ee
Escotel -- phonenumber@escotelmobile.com
Fido -- phonenumber@fido.ca
Galaxy Corporation -- 10digitpagernumber.epage@sendabeep.net
GCS Paging -- pagernumber@webpager.us
German T-Mobile -- number@@t-mobile-sms.de
Goa BPLMobil -- phonenumber@bplmobile.com
Golden Telecom -- phonenumber@sms.goldentele.com
GrayLink / Porta-Phone -- 10digitpagernumber@epage.porta-phone.com
GTE -- number@airmessage.net
GTE -- number@gte.pagegate.net
GTE -- 10digitphonenumber@messagealert.com
Gujarat Celforce -- phonenumber@celforce.com
Houston Cellular -- number@text.houstoncellular.net
Idea Cellular -- phonenumber@ideacellular.net
Infopage Systems -- pinnumber@page.infopagesystems.com
Inland Cellular Telephone -- phonenumber@inlandlink.com
The Indiana Paging Co -- last4digits@pager.tdspager.com
JSM Tele-Page -- pinnumber@jsmtel.com
Kerala Escotel -- phonenumber@escotelmobile.com
Kolkata Airtel -- phonenumber@airtelkol.com
Kyivstar -- number@smsmail.lmt.lv
Lauttamus Communication -- pagernumber@e-page.net
LMT -- phonenumber@smsmail.lmt.lv
Maharashtra BPL Mobile -- phonenumber@bplmobile.com
Maharashtra Idea Cellular -- phonenumber@ideacellular.net
Manitoba Telecom Systems -- phonenumber@text.mtsmobility.com
MCI Phone -- phonenumber@mci.com
MCI -- phonenumber@pagemci.com
Meteor -- phonenumber@mymeteor.ie
Meteor -- phonenumber@sms.mymeteor.ie
Metrocall -- 10digitpagernumber@page.metrocall.com
Metrocall 2-way -- 10digitpagernumber@my2way.com
Metro PCS -- 10digitphonenumber@mymetropcs.com
Metro PCS -- 10digitphonenumber@metropcs.sms.us
Microcell -- phonenumber@fido.ca
Midwest Wireless -- phonenumber@clearlydigital.com
MiWorld -- phonenumber@m1.com.sg
Mobilecom PA -- 10digitpagernumber@page.mobilcom.net
Mobilecomm -- number@mobilecomm.net
Mobileone -- phonenumber@m1.com.sg
Mobilfone -- phonenumber@page.mobilfone.com
Mobility Bermuda -- phonenumber@ml.bm
Mobistar Belgium -- phonenumber@mobistar.be
Mobitel Tanzania -- phonenumber@sms.co.tz
Mobtel Srbija -- phonenumber@mobtel.co.yu
Morris Wireless -- 10digitpagernumber@beepone.net
Motient -- number@isp.com
Movistar -- number@correo.movistar.net
Mumbai BPL Mobile -- phonenumber@bplmobile.com
Mumbai Orange -- phonenumber@orangemail.co.in
NBTel -- number@wirefree.informe.ca
Netcom -- phonenumber@sms.netcom.no
Nextel -- 10digitphonenumber@messaging.nextel.com
Nextel -- 10digitphonenumber@page.nextel.com
Nextel -- 10digitphonenumber@nextel.com.br
NPI Wireless -- phonenumber@npiwireless.com
Ntelos -- number@pcs.ntelos.com
O2 -- name@o2.co.uk
O2 -- number@o2imail.co.uk
O2 -- (M-mail) number@mmail.co.uk
Omnipoint -- number@omnipoint.com
Omnipoint -- 10digitphonenumber@omnipointpcs.com
One Connect Austria -- phonenumber@onemail.at
OnlineBeep -- 10digitphonenumber@onlinebeep.net
Optus Mobile -- phonenumber@optusmobile.com.au
Orange -- phonenumber@orange.net
Orange Mumbai -- phonenumber@orangemail.co.in
Orange - NL / Dutchtone -- phonenumber@sms.orange.nl
Oskar -- phonenumber@mujoskar.cz
P&T Luxembourg -- phonenumber@sms.luxgsm.lu
Pacific Bell -- phonenumber@pacbellpcs.net
PageMart -- 7digitpinnumber@pagemart.net
PageMart Advanced -- /2way 10digitpagernumber@airmessage.net
PageMart Canada -- 10digitpagernumber@pmcl.net
PageNet Canada -- phonenumber@pagegate.pagenet.ca
PageOne NorthWest -- 10digitnumber@page1nw.com
PCS One -- phonenumber@pcsone.net
Personal Communication -- sms@pcom.ru (number in subject line)
Pioneer / Enid Cellular -- phonenumber@msg.pioneerenidcellular.com
PlusGSM -- phonenumber@text.plusgsm.pl
Pondicherry BPL Mobile -- phonenumber@bplmobile.com
Powertel -- phonenumber@voicestream.net
Price Communications -- phonenumber@mobilecell1se.com
Primeco -- 10digitnumber@email.uscc.net
Primte -- l phonenumber@sms.primtel.ru
ProPage -- 7digitpagernumber@page.propage.net
Public Service Cellular -- phonenumber@sms.pscel.com
Qualcomm -- name@pager.qualcomm.com
Qwest -- 10digitphonenumber@qwestmp.com
RAM Page -- number@ram-page.com
Rogers AT&T Wireless -- phonenumber@pcs.rogers.com
Rogers Canada -- 10digitphonenumber@pcs.rogers.com
Safaricom -- phonenumber@safaricomsms.com
Satelindo GSM -- phonenumber@satelindogsm.com
Satellink -- 10digitpagernumber.pageme@satellink.net
SBC Ameritech Paging -- 10digitpagernumber@paging.acswireless.com
(see also American Messaging)
SCS-900 -- phonenumber@scs-900.ru
SFR France -- phonenumber@sfr.fr
Skytel Pagers -- 7digitpinnumber@skytel.com
Skytel Pagers -- number@email.skytel.com
Simple Freedom -- phonenumber@text.simplefreedom.net
Smart Telecom -- phonenumber@mysmart.mymobile.ph
Southern LINC -- 10digitphonenumber@page.southernlinc.com
Southwestern Bel -- l number@email.swbw.com
Sprint -- 10digitphonenumber@sprintpaging.com
Sprint PCS -- 10digitphonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
ST Paging -- pin@page.stpaging.com
SunCom -- number@tms.suncom.com
SunCom -- number@suncom1.com
Sunrise Mobile -- phonenumber@mysunrise.ch
Sunrise Mobile -- phonenumber@freesurf.ch
Surewest Communicaiton -- s phonenumber@mobile.surewest.com
Swisscom -- phonenumber@bluewin.ch
T-Mobile -- 10digitphonenumber@tmomail.net
T-Mobile -- 10digitphonenumber@voicestream.net
T-Mobile -- Austria phonenumber@sms.t-mobile.at
T-Mobile -- Germany phonenumber@t-d1-sms.de
T-Mobile UK -- phonenumber@t-mobile.uk.net
Tamil Nadu BPL Mobile -- phonenumber@bplmobile.com
Tele2 Latvia -- phonenumber@sms.tele2.lv
Telefonica Movistar -- phonenumber@movistar.net
Telenor -- phonenumber@mobilpost.no
Teletouch -- 10digitpagernumber@pageme.teletouch.com
Telia Denmark -- phonenumber@gsm1800.telia.dk
Telus -- phonenumber@msg.telus.com
TIM -- 10digitphonenumber@timnet.com
Triton -- phonenumber@tms.suncom.com
TSR Wireless -- pagernumber@alphame.com
TSR Wireless -- pagernumber@beep.com
UMC -- phonenumber@sms.umc.com.ua
Unicel -- phonenumber@utext.com
Uraltel -- phonenumber@sms.uraltel.ru
US Cellular -- 10digitphonenumber@smtp.uscc.net
US Cellular -- 10digitphonenumber@email.uscc.net
US Cellular -- 10digitphonenumber@uscc.textmsg.com
US Wes -- t number@uswestdatamail.com
Uttar Pradesh Escotel -- phonenumber@escotelmobile.com
Verizon Pagers -- 10digitpagernumber@myairmail.com
Verizon PCS -- 10digitphonenumber@vtext.com
Verizon PCS -- 10digitphonenumber@myvzw.com
Vessotel -- phonenumber@pager.irkutsk.ru
Virgin Mobile -- phonenumber@vmobl.com
Virgin Mobile -- phonenumber@vxtras.com
Vodafone Italy -- number@sms.vodafone.it
Vodafone Japan -- phonenumber@c.vodafone.ne.jp
Vodafone Japan -- phonenumber@h.vodafone.ne.jp
Vodafone Japan -- phonenumber@t.vodafone.ne.jp
Vodafone UK -- phonenumber@vodafone.net
VoiceStream / T-Mobile -- 10digitphonenumber@voicestream.net
WebLink Wiereless -- pagernumber@airmessage.net
WebLink Wiereless -- pagernumber@pagemart.net
West Central Wireless -- phonenumber@sms.wcc.net
Western Wireless -- phonenumber@cellularonewest.com
Wyndtell -- number@wyndtell.com

Source: Notepage.net

More information:
SMS Gateways on Wikipedia

Monday, April 21, 2008

Windows Search 4 - Improved search for Windows XP and Vista

Windows XP's search function is very primitive. It take ages to search for files on a large hard disk, and people do have large hard disk these days. There are alternatives such as Google Desktop Search and Copernic Desktop Search that gives quicker search results. Windows Vista includes a better search tool that allows you to search right from the start menu from program files to documents. Now Microsoft has released a new version of their search tool called Windows Search 4.0 for Windows XP as well as Vista

Windows Search 4.0 lets you perform an instant search of your computer for documents, e-mail messages through Outlook, music files, photos, and other items on the computer. The search engine in Windows Search 4.0 is a Microsoft Windows service that is also used by programs such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007. You can use this search engine to index a program's content and to obtain instant results when you search in a particular program.

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Windows Search 4 in Windows XP and Windows Vista

Windows Search 4 also allows searching and indexing of encrypted files and files across a network. Through the Group Policy editor you can choose to allow or exclude certain locations for indexing, change the default search locations and modify existing location in the All Location menu and a number of other customization. The new Windows Search 4 provides a finer and faster search and more control to the users.

Windows Search 4 for Windows XP
Windows Search 4 for Windows Vista

Friday, April 18, 2008

How to bookmark a page in PDF

Ebooks are usually in the PDF format, so it would be useful if you could bookmark a page on a PDF file you are reading, just like you bookmark a page in a real book. That can be done in Acrobat Reader with a small hack. Now Acrobat Reader is such a resource hog that you might not want to use it. Even I don't use it. Recently, I wrote about another PDF reader, the Adobe Reader Lite which is much faster and lighter than the original version. This hack works with the Lite version too.

Download Bookmark JavaScript for Acrobat Reader. Unzip it, and then copy it into your Acrobat Reader JavaScript's directory (/Adobe/Reader 8.0/Reader/Javascripts). Now open any PDF file with Acrobat Reader or Acrobat Reader Lite. Scroll a few pages and then open the View menu. Here you will find 4 new options - Bookmark this page, Go to bookmark, Remove bookmark and Clear bookmarks. (Note: you can't see the bookmark items when a PDF file is opened to the first page. You have to get to at least the second page for the bookmark items to become visible). The items are self explanatory. You can create as many bookmarks you want in a single PDF file. "Remove bookmark" will allow you to remove a single bookmark and "Clear bookmarks" wipes out all the bookmarks.

bookmark pages in Acrobat reader

The bookmarks created by this JavaScript aren't PDF bookmarks that get saved with the document. They behave more like web browser bookmarks in that they enable you to quickly return to a specific PDF page.

[Found via O'Reilly Hacks]

Get email alerts at price drop. Buy cheap.

You find a product that you like at a shopping site but the price is high. You want to buy it but at a lesser price. So what you do is bookmark the page and check on it every couple of days to see whether the prices has dropped. Now you can automate this entire process by using a free service called Price!pinx.

Price!pinx is an easy and convenient solution that monitors any product on almost any website for you and then notify you through email when the price for that product drops. The process works this way:

First you setup a bookmarklet on your browser, the same way you bookmark a page. The next time you see a product you simply highlight the price and click the Price!pinx bookmarklet. This takes you to pricepinx.com where it quickly and automatically record the product and the price. From there on it starts to monitor the price for you and you don't have to worry about it anymore. If the price changes, Price!pinx send you a price drop email notification and you can then choose to buy the product. Simple.


Setup the bookmarklet


You found a product. Highlight the price and click the !pinx bookmarklet


Price!pinx records your !pinx and alerts you when price drops

Price!pinx main page itself is quite informative. It has a list of the most recent price drops of products people have bookmarked using Price!pinx. The list is a handy guide for shoppers looking for a bargain. Right now I can see that the price of Seagate 1 TB hard disk has dropped from $289.99 to $269.99 at Newegg.com, and Apple 80 GB iPod has dropped from $239 to $215. Anyone planning to buy those? This is probably the right time.

There is another list of products that Price!pinx is currently monitoring for price drop. Here is somebody waiting for the price of Call of Duty 4 to drop at Amazon and some lady is dying to wear a SUPER Platform High Heel Shoe but can't afford to buy it at $65.

Are you watching the price of some products too?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

5 more useful Opera tricks that you are probably unaware of

Picking up from where I left in my earlier post 5 Opera tricks you did not know about, here is another 5 extremely useful tricks for better and faster browsing with Opera.

1. Open links in a new tab:

The usual procedure to open links in a new tab is right clicking on a link and then selecting "Open in new tab" or "Open in background tab". Now here is the shortcut. Press SHIFT while clicking on a link to open in a new tab and SHIFT+CTRL to open in a background tab. This works for the context menu options as well. For example, highlight a word, right click on it and then click Search while pressing SHIFT will open the search page in an new tab. Similarly, pressing SHIFT+CTRL will open the search page in a background tab. The same thing happens with "Go to URL" option.

2. Alternate shortcut for PageUP/PageDown

If you are right-handed then you are holding the mouse with your right hand while your left hand is near or on the keyboard. So keyboard shortcuts which are nearer to the left hand are easier to execute than shortcuts which are towards the right. This is the reason why some games have WASD key combination for movement and the mouse for attack. In Opera, to scroll up a page instead of using PageUP press SHIFT+SPACEBAR. To scroll down press SPACEBAR.

3. CTRL+Mouse Wheel to Zoom

The shortcuts for zooming pages is the Numpad+ and Numpad-. For the same reason stated above these keys are difficult to reach. Instead, press the CTRL key and use the mouse scroll wheel to quickly zoom pages in and out.

4. CTRL+Click to save an image

Want to save an image? Press CTRL while clicking on an image to open the Save as box. Give a name and hit Enter.

5. CTRL+Spacebar to open homepage

If you’ve set a homepage in Opera, you can open it quickly by pressing Press CTRL+Spacebar.

Mac on a budget? Buy a used one.

You want to own a Mac but you can't afford it, so what do you do? The most obvious answer is of course, buy a used one. There is nothing wrong in owning a second hand Mac. People buy second hand stuff all the time. Ebay is the biggest example. Today I'm going to visit a site that looks like a nice place to buy a used mac.

mac logoDV Warehouse is a shopping website that specializes in used Apple products. Apart from Macs and Apple parts, DV Warehouse also has a large collection of products for digital video for broadcasting and editing and production work from Adobe, Avid, Newtek, Matrox and Pinnacle.

Heading to the Apple section, I found the products categorized into Power Mac G5, G4, G3, PowerBook, iMac, Mac Mini etc. I was disappointed not to find any Macs powered by Intel processors. It seems that the newer models are missing. The PowerPC powered Macs are however plenty as well as some older and discontinued models. In the iMac section I was surprised to find one G3 500 MHz model selling for $129. That's dirt cheap! Of course, 500 MHz would be damn slow but you are also getting 128 MB RAM, a 20 GB hard disk, a 15" display along with the usual accessories. The iMac G5 1.8Ghz, with 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard drive and 17" TFT monitor is selling at $599.00 which is quite a bargain. The PowerMac G5s are available from $699.00 onwards. If you are looking for older products then you can look at eMacs. The G4 1.0 GHz eMac with 256 MB RAM and 40 GB hard disk for $299 is a steal deal. In the laptop section, there is the PowerBook and the older and cheaper iBook. The Powerbook G4 1.33GHz 512 MB RAM and 60GB hard drive for $699 is a powerful traveling companion. For the ones on frugal budget there is the 800 MHz iBook for just $299. There are also used Apple parts in stock like battery, adapter, displays, hard drive memory etc.

All DV Warehouse's products comes with a 90 day warranty within which they offer to repair a hardware item if it is found to be faulty. Before you buy any product request a quote from their site and know the shipping charges. DV Warehouse usually ship from their warehouses in Los Angeles, California, so your shipping charges will vary depending upon your location. Once your product is shipped you will be provided a tracking number using which you can track the status of the delivery.

The downside of DV Warehouse is their unavailability of newer products like the Intel powered ones and the MacBooks, but that's the same problem with other sites selling second hand Apple computers. If you are looking for used Macs, I wouldn't advise you to stick with one site. Keep looking for what you want across several sites. However, DV Warehouse is a fairly good place to start looking for one.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

HydraBrowser - The browser with Office 2007's looks

Microsoft invented the ribbon with Office 2007, and another application borrowed it. That application is a browser called HydraBrowser. No matter what people say about Microsoft Office's ribbon, you have to admit, it does look sleek and sexy. And HydraBrowser has got that sleek and sexy look. HydraBrowser is powered by the IE engine but that's the only thing common it has with IE7. In terms of features it is way ahead of IE7.


Let us see some of the features of this brand new browser:

# Tabbed browsing. Well that's standard these days.
# Organize multiple web sites into Presets and open with a single mouse click
# Customizable Power search - define your own search providers and search multiple sites at once - set it and forget it! You can even record your search as a macro, much like in Office programs.
# Customizable ads and popup blocker, as well as phishing filter
# Automated logins - record your logins, protect them with a master password and put them in a preset - open all of your login sites with just one click.
# Support for mouse gestures
# Sidebars for web 2.0 sites, and a bunch of funny gadgets to open in a sidebar and have fun while browsing the Net.
# Form filler - automatically fill forms and profiles
# Bookmarklets that lets you create thumbnails for your favorite sites.
# Limited support for Greasemonkey scripts
# Extract links and images from web pages with a single click of a mouse, or you extract absolutely everything from the page you're looking at and save the files on your disk separately or as an archive. Now this is useful.
# Integrated RSS reader which is customizable. Edit a simple HTML template and enjoy reading news your way
# Full fledged Download manager built right into your browser.
# Listen to your favorite Radio station at the same time you're browsing the web, or simply pick one of the few hundred stations already built into the software

As you can see HydraBrowser comes laden with features. The downside of this is the rather high memory requirement - 512 MB. 512 MB? This is just a browser for God's sake! But well, if you can use Windows Vista and Office 2007, then I guess, you can use this too. After all it has the same kind of look.

Now here is something good. Apart from being a browser, Hydra is a charity project as well. First, for every download of Hydra $0.10 goes to charity. Once Hydra reaches a million downloads, $100,000.00 is donated, and the cycle starts again. Second, 50% of all of the remaining profits will again be donated to charities. Now that's something worthy of a download.

Download HydraBrowser

Product Review: Logo Creator 5.0

Logo Creator is a logo design software that does exactly what it's name says, create logos. The logo making procedure works this way: you begin by choosing from dozens of different templates, which are some pre-made logos, and then modify and manipulate each of the different elements that make up the logo. If you don't want to start from an existing template, you can begin afresh and load various shapes and elements into the canvas and manipulate and arrange them as you like. The logo elements are grouped together into sets such as alphabets, orbs, glasses, shapes, swooshes etc. You can load as many elements as you want into a canvas. These elements are added as layers which you can rotate, scale, adjust colors, transparency, and add various cool effects like reflection, blur, 3D, shadows and all sorts of effects you normally find in Photoshop and other major image editing application.

Even though you are using pre-made shapes in your logo, but because these elements or shapes are so customizable the resulting logo can look entirely different from anything anybody has ever made before. You can then save the logo as an image file or as a template to re-use it in your later projects. The good thing about this software is that it needs very little creativity on your part to come up with attractive professional looking logos.

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A simple logo that I created

However, the program's interface is a little confusing. Just like Gimp, it uses individual windows for each element instead of one big parent window with all sub windows inside the main window. I find such interfaces a bit difficult to work on. Thankfully, there is a hide desktop option that removes the distracting desktop from the background giving the illusion of working "inside" a bigger window. There are some little nags like the program not remembering the window positions from last time and there is neither a maximize button nor any scaling options. This can cause problems if you are working on a canvas size that is bigger than the size of your monitor. These are some minor bothers but otherwise the application does a good job. If you are a professional designer, by the way, you won't find this program too helpful as it's limitation will come in your way. But for the rest, this program is mighty useful.

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Some sample logos created using Logo Creator

Logo Creator comes in 7 different editions, Corporate Logo, Business Mascot Logo, Travel and Leisure Logo, Entertainment Logo, Spiritual Logo, Real Estate Logo and Sports Logo Edition. Each of these edition costs $29.95. Or you can get yourself the The MEGA Pak Logo Collection that contains logos from all the 7 sets for a hefty sum of $189.95.

Monday, April 14, 2008

KompoZer - The best open source alternative to Frontpage and DreamWeaver

Although there are many open source and freeware web authoring tools, KompoZer deserves a special mention. KompoZer is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML Editor based on the now discontinued Nvu, which was another great open source HTML editor. KompoZer is a complete web authoring application that combines web file management and WYSIWYG web page editor similar to those found in Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe DreamWeaver and other expensive programs.

KompoZer is based on the Gecko engine, the same one that powers the immensely popular Firefox. It's a fast, very reliable and standards conformant engine that is continuously updated and maintained by the open source community.

Here is a quick run down of Kompozer's features and capabilities:

- It has an easy to use WYSIWYG editor with tabbed interface making working on multiple pages a snap. There is a cool viewing mode called "HTML tags" that displays all tags, carriage returns, block boarders etc visibly on top of the document in small floating tags.


- Supports forms, tables and templates. The table creating wizard has a cool quick mode where you can drag your mouse to specify the number of columns and rows in the table.

- It has an integrated FTP manager to directly upload files to your web server. Simply login to your web site and navigate through your files, editing web pages on the fly, directly from your site.

- KompoZer also has a CSS editor. You can see your style settings applied '"live" to the document you're editing.

Kompozer css editor

- Right-click on any element in the hierarchical toolbar at the bottom of the window and set directly its style properties.

- The toolbars are customizable in the same drag-and-drop method used in Firefox.
- It has a markup cleaner that performs such action like fix nested lists, remove alignment on empty cells, remove the most annoying trailing <br> tags and transform local URLs into relative URLs. This is another handy feature for Frontpage users. Frontpage has this annoying habit of adding the full URL of inserted images and other files instead of relative ones. We then have to go back and manually edit all the URLs. KompoZer will save you from this.

Kompozer markup cleaner

- It also has a W3C's HTML validator which can be called right from within KompoZer that will help you create valid, clean documents.

KompoZer is certainly one of the best web authoring application I have ever used. You know what, as I type this (which I'm doing in KompoZer itself) I have already decided to replace Frontpage with it.

Download KompoZer

GPS Tracking Key - The coolest portable GPS tracker

The Global Positioning System or GPS is a constellation of 24 medium earth orbit satellites that transmit a constant and precise microwave signal which enables a GPS tracking unit to determine the precise location, speed and direction of a vehicle or a person the GPS tracker is attached to. GPS tracking systems are used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from guiding missiles and rockets to studying plate tectonics. A more common and simpler application is vehicle tracking.

GPS Tracking KeyLandAirSea Systems Inc, a manufacturer of GPS tracking systems, has been producing multiple types of GPS tracking equipment since 1994, and the coolest among them is the GPS Tracking Key. GPS Tracking Key is a small, light weight, pocket sized GPS tracking device measuring less than 4 inches in length and small enough to conceal in your palm, something right out of a James Bond movie. At first glance, the GPS Tracking Key looks like a bulky USB pen drive. It runs on 2 AAA batteries and once the batteries are loaded it begins tracking. You can carry it in your pocket or attach it to a vehicle you want to spy upon with the help of a strong magnet mount that comes with the device. The device is water resistant so you can mount it anywhere, even underneath the vehicle. The GPS Tracking Key will continuously record the movement of the vehicle anywhere on earth with an accuracy of 2.5 meters. The device will go into a Sleep Mode when there is no movement for 2 minutes. When you want to view the data, just retrieve the device, plug it into your PC and download the data. The data that is logged are:

- Route Traveled
- Velocity
- Direction/Orientation
- Duration of device remains stationary

Another cool feature of the GPS Tracking Key is the compatibility with Google Earth. The tracking data can be viewed superimposed over Google Earth's high resolution map and the route traveled by the vehicle is beautifully displayed on top of a street map or satellite image. See the screenshots below.

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Cool, isn't it?

Features in brief:

- Pocketsize design
- GPS tracking accuracy of 2.5 meters
- Can be placed in, on, or under the vehicle with strong magnet mounting
- Logs the driving speed, location, date, and time of every stop. Shows you the maximum speed driven for the day.
- Fast USB download. The tracking key plugs right into your computer.
- Data is compatible with the popular Google Earth.
- Software animates the vehicle driving over a digital street map.


- Dimension: 3.80" x 1.46" x 1.34"
- Power: 2 AAA batteries.
- Battery Life: About 28 hours. The battery life can be extended by decreasing the sampling rate which is set at once per second.
- Data output: USB
- Storage capacity: 100 hours
- Price: $229.00

Buy GPS Tracking Key

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Open PDF files faster with Adobe Reader Lite

When it comes to bloatware, one of the strongest contender is the Adobe Reader. I never recommend anybody to use Adobe Reader to read PDF files. It is slow, occupies more hard disk space and consumes more memory. Though Foxit Reader is my preferred PDF reader, one software that grabbed my attention is the Adobe Reader Lite.

Adobe Reader Lite is based on Adobe Reader 8 minus several plugins and unnecessary features that bogs down Adobe Reader. The result is a much lighter and faster Adobe Reader. The Lite version still has several features and is definitely more powerful and resourceful than Foxit Reader. In my test Adobe Reader Lite was still a fraction of a second slower in opening files than Foxit and consumed about 4 to 5 times more memory. But even then, in my opinion, Adobe Reader Lite is still a very handy PDF reader.

Adobe Reader Lite

Adobe Reader Lite has a much better looking interface compared to Foxit. And it doesn't have that strip of advertisement you see on Foxit. You might also come to love some of it's features like the Reading Mode where the toolbars are removed to get maximum screen space, automatic scroll etc. If nothing else, you get to reclaim the familiar PDF icon on all your PDF files which was so arrogantly replaced by Foxit's icon!

Download Adobe Reader Lite

Tip: You can speed up the original Adobe Reader application by moving all the items in the /Plugins folder to the /Optional folder. Once the Plugin directory is empty, your PDF files will open in a jiffy.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Forget Skype. Use Gizmo5

Gizmo5, formerly known as the Gizmo Project, is a VoIP application which is built using an open standard called SIP. The current version of Gizmo5 ( is officially the first release of the application. All versions prior to the current were released as beta. Internet Telephony is nothing new and there are millions of people who are already using Skype, the largest VoIP provider in the world. As a matter of fact, even the Gizmo Project is around 3 years old. So what new does Gizmo has to offer? A lot.

skype vs gizmo5

Gizmo5 has many features which are lacking in other VoIP application and particularly Skype, even though it's the most popular VoIP software. One notable feature of Gizmo5 is the interoperability with other services because of their use of open standards for call management - the SIP and Jabber. On top of that, Gizmo is a lot cheaper than Skype and offers some features for free which otherwise cost money with Skype, free Voice mail for instance. Here is a comparison of features and their prices offered by Skype and Gizmo5.

# Skype to Skype calls, file transfer, call conferencing, video calling - Free
Gizmo5 to Gizmo5 calls, file transfer, call conferencing, video calling - Free

# Skype supports only Skype to Skype instant messaging.
With Gizmo5 you can chat with your AIM, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, iChat and Google Talk buddies directly from Gizmo5. Gizmo5 also has chat history that allows you to save all your past IM conversations.

# Voicemail in Skype costs $6 for 3 months or $20 for a full year.
Voicemail in Gizmo5 is free.

# You can record your calls with Gizmo5.
Skype has no such feature although third party tools exist which can record your Skype calls.

# Gizmo5 rates are a lot cheaper than Skype rates. For example, you can make a call from the U.S to India on a landline at 14.6 cents/min with Gizmo5 compared to 17.7 cents/min with Skype, which is about 17% cheaper. A call to the U.K on a cell phone costs 21 cents/min with Gizmo5 while with Skype it costs 29 cents/min which is again about 27% cheaper. Call to other countries similarly cost less with Gizmo5. Besides, when you buy Call Out for Gizmo5 it stays on your account until you use it, unlike Skype that has a validity period within which you have to use it otherwise it expires. Gizmo5 users also get 20 minutes of free calling if they can refer one person to download and use Gizmo5!

# Like Skype, Gizmo5 allows you to receive calls from any landline or cell phone from anywhere in the world (currently only about 30 countries are supported). While the rates for Skype are $18 for 3 months or $60 for a year, Gizmo5's rate starts at just $3 per month.

There is no doubt, Gizmo5's has the potential to be a serious threat to Skype. The only thing that needs to be done now is to promote their product aggressively and increase their user base quickly if they want to give Skype a run for their money.

Friday, April 11, 2008

FeedDemon is the best feed reader I have used

Three months ago when NewsGator made FeedDemon free, I was using Opera's built in feed reader. I didn't make a switch because I liked the way it was, everything in one application - browser, mails and feeds. But then, having everything in one application isn't such a great idea. Opera started to become bloated and it would freeze for a few seconds every time it updated the feeds. I decided that I needed a separate feed reader.

I had previously tried a number of free feed readers but liked none. This time I picked up FeedDemon and I fell in love with it immediately.

Adding feeds to FeedDemon is so easy. Copy the feed URL and click New Subscription. It automatically recognizes the URL in the clip board and adds it to feed address box. Click Next to complete the process. You have the option of configuring the feed properties before it starts retrieving the feeds the first time or you can do it later. FeedDemon's main window has two panels - the left side contains the list of your subscription and the right side, called the newspaper UI, displays the actual feeds. The feeds can be sorted according to date or title or according to groups which you can assign. You can also choose to view the full post if it's available or the summaries of the feeds or only the headlines. FeedDemon can be configured to open pages in your default browser which means you don't have to abandon your favourite browser. Clicking in a link opens the website in a new tab in your browser. You can even set the tabs to be opened in the background so that they don't pop-up in front of your eyes.


FeedDemon is such a powerful feed reader. It has a feature called Watches. You specify some keywords that you are interested in say for example firefox. FeedDemon will start watching for the term "firefox". Any news article that contain your watched terms will be moved under a special category Watches (on the right hand side).

Managing your feeds is made very easy with FeedDemon. There is a Clean-up Wizard using which you can remove feeds that are old by a certain number of days or hasn't updated for a long time. Then there is what is called a Panic button. The "Panic Button" detects when you have a ton of unread items and offers to mark them (or a subset of them) as read. You can email an article, submit to Digg and delicious or blog it in your own blog directly from FeedDemon. To make a long story short, FeedDemon isn't just a good feed reader, it's great!

Weekend Fun: Create fiery drawings on your desktop

A software called Napalm lets you draw over the desktop in a fiery animated ink. The artwork stays on the desktop and spews fire like an animated wallpaper. The author says that his software is useless and thus absolutely necessary. I like this argument.

When you install the application and launch it you will see the Settings window. Click "Start Over" to remove the NAPALM logo. Then press Ctrl+F6 to hide the settings window. The whole screen should be covered with a transparent blue layer and the mouse pointer should turn into a plus sign indicating that the Drawing mode is on. Now draw with your mouse. When you are done press Ctrl+F8 to turn off the drawing mode. The blue screen will be removed and the mouse pointer will return back. What will remain is your fiery drawing on the desktop. The artwork remians in the background and does not hinder the normal usage of your computer. Pressing Ctrl+F7 will toggle this fire drawing on and off.


There is a whole lot of settings to adjust the look and behavior of the flames. Settings like hue, saturation and alpha controls the appearance of the flame. Then there is something called Gravity. A zero gravity will allow the artwork to float at one place. If you increase the gravity the artwork will slowly fall to the bottom of the screen deforming the artwork as the force of gravity acts upon it, just like real. The emitter lifetime setting controls for how long the flames will burn. A low lifetime causes the flames to die down gradually as if the fuel is exhausted. There are number of other settings to play around. You can also save your artwork and load them later. Just have fun!

NAPALM requires Windows XP, Vista or above. Download NAPALM (direct download link, 1.4 MB)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

How to use different wallpapers in dual monitors

DisplayFusion is a fantastic application that can make your dual monitor (or triple monitor or more) life much, much easier! From allowing you to use a different wallpaper on each monitor, to integrating with Flickr for image searching, to providing hotkeys for managing your application windows.

What DisplayFusion can do?
  • Set a different desktop wallpaper on each monitor (either a picture or solid colour)
  • Set a desktop wallpaper that spans all monitors (either a picture or colour)
  • Change your desktop wallpaper on a timer
  • Easily manage application windows with fully customizable hotkeys:
  • Move windows to the next monitor
  • Move windows to the next monitor and maximize them
  • Move windows to centre of the screen
  • Move windows to centre of the screen and size it to 75% of the work area
  • Tile windows along the top, bottom, left or right side
  • Maximize windows so that they span all monitors
  • Customize your own hotkey to do anything you can imagine
  • Integrated Flickr image search & download
  • Drag maximized windows to other screens

DisplayFusion requires .NET2 framework to function

DisplayFusion DisplayFusion

Share files and desktop with your Skype buddies with Gogrok

Gogrok is a plug-in for Skype that provides a platform for sharing files, applications and even remote access your friends's computer over Skype. Gogrok is more than a plug-in that requires it's own login and has it's own window. It features a connection status indicator, docking buttons, Skype contacts importing--which is fast but must be done at every login--and three headshots indicating your status and the status of contacts you're connected to. Double-click on a contact to initiate the connection, and Gogrok will activate voice calling with Skype. Remote program control begins once you select which of your active programs, or your entire PC, should be guest-controlled.

The familiar interface doesn't help the program run smoothly. The program is highly dependent on the system resources of the computers involved. Throw in varying Internet connection speeds and stability becomes a major problem. Mouse movements were usually more responsive than keyboard inputs, and read-only access runs smoother than edit-level permissions. Labels at the top of the remote screen make program status accessible. Skype itself handles any file transfers. Also, Gogrok has two help resources, a standard user-initiated query and a feature that's activated in a child window by relevant keyboard and mouse commands.


Gogrok's performance is largely dependent on user-end variables--memory, processor, Internet connection and is a bit heavy on resources. Gogrok is still in the beta stage and has some issues but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Download Gogrok

[found via ZDNet.co.uk]

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Use your camera phone as a webcam

The images produced by webcams are of very poor quality because of the cheap lenses they use and the low resolution. If you want a better quality webcam then well, just use your camera phone over Bluetooth. Now that's cool. No tangling wires and a webcam that you can carry it along with you, and of course that's your phone too.

wwigoWWIGO, pronounced as "we go", which is an abbreviation of "Webcam Wherever I Go" converts your camera equipped cell phone into a wireless webcam. The transmission takes place via Bluetooth. You can use your phone to do video chat through Skype, Yahoo and other Video IM. You can also live upload into video sharing sites such as Youtube, Grouper through your phone.

WWIGO consists of two software components - a mobile component that resides on the phone and streams video to the PC, and a PC component that receives video from the phone. The lack of wires gives you so much flexibility, not to mention the superior video quality. WWIGO is a free application and supports all Nokia S60 v2.0 and v3.0 devices. It supports Bluetooth enabled with any one of these bluetooth Stack, IVT BlueSoleil Bluetooth Stack, Microsoft Bluetooth Stack, Widcomm Bluetooth Stack, Toshiba Bluetooth Stack.

You will need to register before you can download the software. Instructions to setup the software are given in this help file.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Lockup your secrets with LockNote

LockNote is a clever little portable application that password protects a single text file. It is a great way to protect you valuable information like credit card number, passwords, serial numbers etc. Launch LockNote and type your text. When you click on the close button it will prompt for a password. Type a password and your text gets locked with AES 256bit encryption no body can break. It is a hassle free way of safely keeping your private information. No hidden folders or any folder locking application. It is a stand alone password protected text file that you can place it on any folder and any hard drive. LockNote does not require installation so you can carry it in a USB drive with the text still protected. You can create as many LockNote files you want. One great feature of this tool is that you can drag an existing text file into the LockNote window and it will be encrypted automatically.


Looks like Notepad, isn't it?

Download LockNote

Firefox extension - Gmail Skins for a better Gmail experience

Want to super charge your Gmail inbox? Then use Gmail Skins. Gmail Skins is a Firefox extension that skins Gmail and also adds a lot of extra features to Gmail.

What Gmail Skins does?

• Change the colour of your inbox. All sorts of colours available.
• View weather, Google calendar and news headlines along side your emails - Any Google IG module can be added.

Gmail Skins

• Insert images from your Picasa web album in to your emails - Google lets you send emails from Picasa, but not send photos from Gmail.

Gmail Skins

• Insert smileys, images, tables and html in to your emails

Gmail Skins

• Change the attachment paperclip to an icon indicating the type of attachment - The attachment icon reflects the filetype of the attached file. For example a PDF attachment will show the PDF icons, a Word document will show the Word icon and so on.

Gmail Skins

• Complete integration with Gmail - Settings are changed from the Gmail settings page and they are stored on your account in a special Gmail label meaning your settings are persistent from computer to computer.

Gmail Skins

• Make the navigation (Inbox, Starred, Sent Mail, etc) horizontal
• Fix the navigation in place so that you don't have to scroll to the top of the page to see it
• Zebra stripes on mailbox - pretty!
• Hide various page elements (invite panel, page footer, your email address from the top right of inbox - may be useful for public computers)

Download Gmail Skins

Image Courtesy: http://gmailskins.mozdev.org/

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