Saturday, January 30, 2010

OfficeTab – Tabs for Microsoft Office

OfficeTab is a free plug-in for Microsoft Office that brings a tabbed interface to the office suite. OfficeTab adds a tab bar to Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, just below the Ribbon in Office 2007/10 and below the toolbars in Office 2003, but this position can be changed. This enables you to open multiple office documents easily without crowding the Windows taskbar.

gedit text editor now available on Windows

gedit, the default text editor of the GNOME desktop environment, is now available in Windows binary to be run on the Windows operating system. gedit is a simple text editor and vastly inferior, if I may use that word, to powerful Windows text editor like Notepad++ and Notepad2. But Linux users who are used to qedit will find it exciting to be able to use this application when they work on Windows.

XWindows Dock, the Mac like dock for Windows hits 2.0 beta

The developers of XWindows Dock, the realistic clone of the Mac dock for the Windows platform, has just released a new updated beta version of their product. The new version 2.0 beta boasts of a new engine, new skins, new plug-ins, better look and faster performance. The new dock now also supports Windows 7.

Silentale – Archive all online conversation at one place

Silentale is a new cloud service whose goal is to “consolidate your contacts and conversations from multiple platforms, including webmails, social networks and mobiles.” Silentale runs as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform on top of Amazon Web Services, and functions as an aggregator for a number of web services the Internet folks use. With Silentale one can archive conversations carried on email, instant messengers, Twitter, Facebook etc on the cloud.

Friday, January 29, 2010

MSI Afterburner – Overclocking utility for video cards

MSI Afterburner is a free overclocking utility designed for MSI graphics cards, but also works with video cards from other manufacturers. MSI Afterburner’s main features include GPU/Shader/Memory clock adjustment, advanced fan speed, GPU voltage control and monitoring of the card’s vital statistics.

swffit auto-resizes Flash websites to browser window size

Among the many usability problems plaguing Flash websites is the problem of fluidity. Pure CSS based websites has the property of auto adjusting the contents of the page to fit the browser window size. If the window size is small the content can wrap itself to always remain visible. Of course, the site designer must allow for this behavior.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Digital Atlas of the Known Universe

The Digital Universe is an accurate 3D digital atlas of the Universe that maps planets, moons and stars and galaxies from the local solar neighborhood out to the edge of the observable Universe. The atlas incorporates data from dozens of organizations worldwide to create the most complete and accurate 3D atlas of the Universe.

Google Reader now lets you subscribe to websites without feeds

An update to Google Reader now allows users to subscribe to any websites, even sites that doesn’t publish feeds. Have you come across such a site without a feed? I have, and if you want to follow such a site you can do it with Google Reader.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Media Browser and Media Center Master for Windows Media Center

Folks using Windows 7 should look no further than the inbuilt Windows Media Center application for the home theatre experience. It’s a powerful free alternative to many media center applications we discussed in the past, and it’s plug-in system can easily correct any shortcomings or lack in feature WMC suffers. Two such plug-ins that work in conjunction to each other and bring a rich library management feature to Windows Media Center are Media Browser and Media Center Master.

RealWorld Cursor Editor - Convert CursorXP and Linux cursors to CUR/ANI or create new ones

RealWorld Cursor Editor is a free program that allows you to create your own Windows cursors or modify existing ones. You can either design your own cursor from scratch or load an existing one and modify it and apply the changes. Newly created cursors can then be applied through Windows Control Panel mouse pointer setting application.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

5 short links for today #26

1. Placefy is a fun geographic game that teaches you about world cities in pictures. The game ask you to identify cities by displaying one picture at a time and if you are correct you will earn points and jump levels.

2. Delete Your Account: A database of information on how to delete your account from all of the major social networking, blogging, shopping, etc. sites and services across the web - a total of 23 websites at the time of this writing.

Gladinet – Desktop client for cloud storage services

Gladinet is a ubiquitous cloud storage client for Windows that integrates popular cloud storage services like Amazon S3, Google Docs, Box.net and many others with the Windows file system. Files from the cloud are accessible from the Windows explorer as if they were on a local disk or a mounted network drive.

iMacros, the macro recorder extension for Chrome

iMacros, named after the popular Firefox iMacros add-on, is an extension for Chrome that brings a fully featured macro recording utility to the browser. iMacros is designed to automate the most repetitious tasks on the web like filling forms, clicking buttons, logging into websites and so on. Just record the steps to perform a repetitive activity with iMacros and the next time you need to do it, run the entire macro at the click of a button.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Easy website testing on multiple standalone versions of Firefox

Need to run different versions of Firefox at the same time on your computer for testing a website you designed? The Edskes Software Mozilla Firefox Collection will sure come handy.

The Edskes Software Mozilla Firefox Collection (ESMFC) contains multiple versions of the Mozilla Firefox, all of which are standalone so they can be used at the same time. The Mozilla Firefox Collection lets you see how your websites look when rendered using different versions of the Gecko render engine. The Firefox collection comes from the same person who prepared the Internet Explorer collection kit containing standalone executables of different IE versions.

Blogger in Draft introduces Pages

Google has finally answered to one of the top requested feature from Google Blogger users by introducing support for Wordpress styled pages. This new feature will first be available on Blogger in Draft, as usual, before finally implementing on Blogger. All Blogger users can use it by signing into Blogger in Draft.

Sleep Moon Xpress: Remote control your computer via Bluetooth, Sound and Mobile

Sleep Moon Xpress is a remote control application for Windows that lets you schedule a computer shutdown, restart, log off, hibernate, standby, or launch files at specific times or send control signals to execute these commands via a Bluetooth equipped device, a WAP enabled phone, an Infrared remote control or a simple clap of the hands!

YouTube to bring live telecast of IPL 2010 cricket matches

A recent blog post on the Official Google Australia blog revealed that YouTube is going to live telecast the Indian Premier League 2010 cricket matches, confirming reports of the first live major sporting deal. The YouTube deal involves every country outside the US – a significantly larger scope than reports had suggested. It was originally rumored that YouTube would only stream live matches to countries that did not have TV deals with the IPL. The reason why the US was left out of the deal is because Willow TV holds the North America internet rights.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Learn Microsoft Office features by playing Ribbon Hero

Ribbon Hero is an intuitive Microsoft Office 2007/2010 training tool from Office Labs designed in the form of a game. Ribbon Hero is created with the intention to help users boost their Office skills and knowledge, and particularly educate them and get them comfortable with the ribbon interface.

SuperTabMode – Firefox tab enhancement tool

SuperTabMode is an addon for Firefox that greatly enhances the default tab behavior and browsing capabilities of the browser. Apart from tab management, SuperTabMode also includes options to block page content, auto lock tabs, hide Firefox from the screen (boss key) and cache management features.

Upload Windows clipboard content to FTP server with Clupper

Clupper is a free tool that lets you upload the contents of Windows clipboard to one or more FTP servers with a single click. Additionally, Clupper can capture screenshots of the desktop, copy it the clipboard and upload the same to an FTP server. Clupper can upload anything that is copied to the clipboard – images, files, folders and even text.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Create your own Google Reader like web based feed reader with rsslounge

rsslounge is a Google Reader clone that allows anybody to build their own web based RSS feed reader. All you need is a web host that supports PHP and MySQL, the kind that are abundantly available.

rsslounge has features similar to Google Reader and much more. Capabilities like assigning priority to feeds, support for images and ability to control feed refresh interval and other user customizable settings makes it a powerful alternative to the popular Google Reader. rsslounge is also open source which means that any person with a decent grasp in programming can tailor the reader to one’s individual needs.

Windows 7 SP1 screenshots leaked

A Spanish website named Muywindows today released a couple of screenshots purported to be the first preview of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7. Muywindows got the screenshots from a Russian individual who wishes to remain anonymous. The screenshots were taken from a demo copy of a Pre SP1 Build of Windows 7 which will be made available to a selected group of testers.

ComicRack is an amazing e-comic book reader

The electronic comic book format is typically a compressed archive file of images. The images are usually copies of the pages of the comic book and they are named sequentially. A comic book reader is capable of displaying these images in sequence according to their file names without uncompressing the archive file. This idea of the comic book format was made first popular by CDisplay, another comic book reader.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Find Wi-Fi hotspots anywhere in the world with WeFi

WeFi is a free software that helps you find Wi-Fi hotspots in your area. It allows your computers to automatically find and map nearby hotspots, and also helps you manage connections to the hotspots other WeFi members have found.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Customize Ubuntu Live CD before downloading with Reconstructor

The Ubuntu installation/Live DVD that is available for download is packed with tons of applications. But most user do not need the full DVD. They install only specific packages. A large number of Ubuntu users skip the server tools and development packages. Others might de-select Games or Administrator tools during installation depending on their use and requirements. This is true for not only Ubuntu but other Linux distributions as well. So why download the whole DVD?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Backup your online accounts with Backupify

Over the last few years, there has been a sharp growth in online services and an increasingly large amount of data is stored online. We store our mails on Gmail, post pictures to Flickr, bookmark sites on Delicious, have blogs on Blogger, keep documents in Google Docs and tweet with Twitter. Backupify provides an easy way to backup our data on numerous online services.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What are BitTorrent magnet links and how to create them?

Some torrent search engines provide users an alternative way of downloading torrent files – via Magnet links. A magnet link is a unique way of linking to a specific file. Instead of linking to a file by location or name, magnet links identifies a file by content, more precisely, by the content's hash value. This peculiarity of magnet links allows users to download torrent files directly from a seeder or leecher without the need of a tracker!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Double Feature – Simple open source movie organizer

Double Feature is an open source software for Windows that lets you organize and catalogue your movie collection. Double Feature is designed, as the description says, for “small and medium-sized collections.”

InterfaceLIFT wallpaper downloader

InterfaceLIFT is a popular destination for desktop wallpaper downloads. Everyday the site updates with a fresh stock of wallpapers submitted by users. Naturally, keeping tab of all uploads and downloading wallpapers one at a time is not an easy task.

LightShot – Capture screenshot and upload online

LightShot is screen capture tool for Windows that works very much like the Snipping tool in Windows Vista and 7, with the added advantage of automatically uploading it online for sharing or editing.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

5 short links for today #25

1. Body By Victoria: Photoshop Disasters once featured a wonderfully horrible image from Victoria's Secret. Hacker Factor took the image and did a detailed forensic analysis revealing tell tale signs of numerous touch-ups and manipulation. Great detective work. And here is the follow up post.

Friday, January 8, 2010

How many frames per second can the human eye see?

How many frames per second can the human eye see?

This is a tricky question. And much confusion about it is related to the fact, that this question is NOT the same as: How many frames per second do I have to have to make motions look fluid?

LMMS – Open source music production studio

LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio) is an open source, cross platform, complete music sequencer, synthesizer and composer. Despite the presence of the word “Linux” in it’s name, LMMS is available for the Windows platform and of course, Linux and also OS X. LMMS includes synthesizers, audio sample playback, drum machine and piano roll composition, automation tools and is compatible with VST plug-ins, making it an exceedingly powerful music production software.

Display a Google Analytics visitor counter on your site

Visitor counter are so 1998, but there are still some who like to show off their site’s stats to others. Most web analytic tool like Sitemeter, Statcounter, etc offer display counters to show on your site… most, except Google Analytics. The lack of a visitor counter in Google Analytics is fulfilled by Sharega.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Google India offering free SEO service to Indian webmasters

Who can give better advice on your site’s SEO than Google themselves? This is what the Google India team is now offering. The Official Google India Blog yesterday announced the launch of the Google India Site Clinic that will give webmasters an opportunity to get their site reviewed and analyzed by who else but Google’s Search Quality team!

Quick Access Bar – Horizontal dock bar for Windows 7

Quick Access Bar is a horizontal bar that docks to the top of the screen and gives access to the hard disk partitions, Control Panel, special folders like My documents, My pictures as well as custom folders.>/p>

Free full version download of Platinum Guard 4.0.0

Platinum Guard is a file cleaner software that helps you to remove any unnecessary files from your computer and free up valuable hard disk space. Platinum Guard can also clear temporary folder cache of popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera.

Free Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 ebooks from Microsoft

Microsoft is leaving no stone unturned in making sure that end users, IT Professionals and developers can access information that will help them embrace Microsoft’s latest release of desktop and server operating system. In one such move the Redmond company has released two ebooks focused on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, that are available for free download. Users looking to adopt Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will find lots of helpful advice and suggestions in them.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Which movie should you watch next? Try FilmGator

I’m a sucker for movie review sites, particularly the ones that let me find new movies to watch. I use IMDB, Jinni, Clerkdogs, Nanocrowd and the recently reviewed HelloMovies every once in a while to search movies. Today I tried a new site called FilmGator.

Comodo Time Machine – Better alternative to Windows System Restore

Windows System Restore, introduced in Windows Me, is a life saving feature that allows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc. to a previous state in the event of malfunctioning or failure. System Restore has helped me numerous time to recover my system due to corrupt files and faulty application programs.

Enhance desktop features on Windows 7 with Preme

Preme for Windows 7 is a freeware application for Windows 7 that improves the usability of the Windows desktop by adding a number of features and functionality to it.

Free download EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard 4.8 Beta

Data recovery and hard disk utilities manufacturer EASEUS is currently giving away the beta release of the new EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard 4.8 for free. The product is normally priced at $70. The offer is valid till 1st February, 2010.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

FreewareUpdater - 200+ freeware applications under one roof

FreewareUpdater is a marvelous software management tool that helps you keep track and install some of the most popular freeware and open source applications.

FreewareUpdater by itself is a small tool and does not include the installation packages of these freeware. It only provides you an interactive list of applications, which you can install with just a click. You can also read descriptions of each program and access it’s official website from within FreewareUpdater. At the time of writing this, Freewareupdater contains 203 freeware programs across multiple categories.

Enna Media Center for Linux first public release

Enna is a Media Center application for Linux developed by the GeeXboX team. It’s based on the powerful Enlightenment Foundations Libraries (EFL) for its graphical user interface and GeeXboX libraries for multimedia playback and information retrieval. Although development on Enna has been on for a while, it made it’s first official stable release (v0.4.0) only this January.

How to secretly copy (steal) files from a computer to a USB Flash drive

Let’s say you and your friend are preparing for an all important exam that is going to decide the course the rest of your life takes. Your friend has some important notes on his computer that he isn’t going to share with you. Your friend is a moron. You need the notes so badly that you are willing to steal from him. He deserves it anyway.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

BlackBerry Master Control Program

BlackBerry Master Control Program (MCP) is a power tool for BlackBerry devices designed to help users manage their BlackBerry phones from the PC.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Free download Fast DVD Ripper PRO

fast-dvd-ripper-box-small Fast DVD Ripper PRO is a DVD ripping program that not only rips DVD movies but also converts these files to a number of different formats to fit into your mobile device. Fast DVD Ripper PRO can convert a DVD movie to all popular video formats, such as AVI, FLV, WMV, MPEG, MP4, RMVB, 3GP, etc. It is fully compatible with normal DVDs, CSS protected DVDs and region 1-6 DVDs.

TCP/IP Manager – Quickly change network settings

TCP/IP Manager is an open source application designed to help computer users keep track of their network configuration in different locations, and switch from one network to another easily.

An old typewriter converted into a USB keyboard

If there is an example of how to revive technologies of yesteryears to a high tech device of today's, this is it. The author of Grafz.net has successfully converted an old typewriter Smith Corona of the 1940s to a USB keyboard and connected it to a ThinkPad X40 laptop. If only this was for sale, it would have made a nice Christmas gift for grandpa.