Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Share optical drives over a network with Paragon Net Burner

Paragon Net Burner is a software application that allows you to share optical drives such as CD/DVD or Blu-Ray drive over a network and remotely make the device available for use by other networked computers. Paragon Net Burner gives users the ability to not only read from the drive but also record CDs/DVDs/Blu-Ray without having a local burner device.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Numerous Windows 8 details leaked to the web

When something as big as the next edition of Windows is in the making and involves hundreds - probably thousands - of developers, information leaks are inevitable.

One Microsoft Journal blog owned by Francisco Martin Garcia, a Microsoft VIP tester, got hold of several slides stamped "Microsoft Confidential" that discuss key features of the next operating system. The slides, purported to be for hardware manufactures, reveals some key points:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Guardian live blogger captures the crazy moments of an epic Wimbledon match

Last Friday, history happened on Court 18 at Wimbledon tennis ground. The match that will never be forgotten from Wimbledon 2010 between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes and stretched over a period of 3 days. It was eventually concluded with John Isner winning the match and the fifth set at 70-68.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Free download Cyberlink DVD Suite 7 Centra

The CyberLink DVD Suite 7 Centra combines 13 multi-media solutions for your surround-sound home theatre and entertainment centre. Enjoy full control with the CyberLink Power Ensemble: PowerDVD, Power Director, Power Producer and ten more high-grade tools let you play, author, edit, re-mix, manage, and burn high-definition videos, photos and music.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Onbile - Create a mobile version of your website for free

In early 2009 we looked at some of the options we had for creating mobile version of a website. Back then we had quite a few different and good players operating.  They still do, but their terms have changed: Mofuse has closed the doors to free seekers, Swift is no longer accepting new signups and Wirenode started pushing ads to free accounts. Some odd new services that sprang up during the past few months aren’t even worth mentioning.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

IE9 preview 3: More outstanding demos

Microsoft is determined to leave the ghost of the past behind with Internet Explorer 9, and they are damn serious about it. Earlier this year the Redmond company demonstrated some awesome capabilities in the upcoming browser loaded with hardware acceleration, HTML5 and some big tweaks in the JavaScript engine. Today the third release of IE9 preview is out.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Music industry wants Google to stop linking to illegal downloads

Anti piracy witch hunt took a new turn this week when the search giant Google was served with a cease-and-desist order by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), Britain's biggest recording industry association and one of the forerunners of copyright enforcement and lobbying in Britain. The order demanded the search engine to take down links to nine "one-click hosting" sites, each of which hosts thousands of illegal songs.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Automatically switch to HD when playing YouTube videos in full screen

Want to watch YouTube videos in the best available quality? There is an option for that. As Alex Chitu showed, you can just click on the drop-down menu for switching between formats, click on "Settings" and enable "Always play HD when switching to full screen (when available)". You can also change playback quality settings from this page.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Security flaw makes PPTP VPN useless for hiding IP on BitTorrent

With mounting pressure from anti-piracy outfits on governments to implement stricter copyright laws and record labels suing people left and right, millions of file-sharers have decided to protect their privacy by going anonymous. In Sweden alone an estimated 500,000 Internet subscribers are hiding their identities. Many of these use PPTP-based VPNs such as The Pirate Bay’s Ipredator or Relakks.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

How to prevent IE8 from launching new iexplore.exe for every new tab

A major but rarely advertised feature of Internet Explorer 8 is the way the browser handles creation of new tabs. Most browsers, including Opera, Firefox and IE version prior to IE8, consolidates all tabs under a single browser process. Because of this a single rogue website or a buggy code on a page can bring down the entire browser, which happens all too often.

MagicDisc installs virtual drive without rebooting Windows

I hate restarting my computer. It is not because of the time wasted or the interruption; it’s because of inconvenience. With 30 to 40 browser tabs opened, articles half written, a download in progress, and dozens of other things that I’m juggling around, I can’t afford to restart my computer. It’s too much trouble to save every window, session and work and start all over again.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

OnTopReplica – Clone a window, miniaturize it and keep it on top

Once in a while I stumble across an application software that is pure genius. OnTopReplica is one.

Sometime you need to monitor the progress of some job the computer is doing, but you have other tasks to keep you busy – write an article, code, draft a presentation etc. You can keep the job that needs to be monitored “always on top”. But if the job window is big you can’t stick it on top because it will keep getting in your way. So what you do? You use OnTopReplica.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bing Destination Maps creates cool hand sketched directions

Microsoft Bing Map has an awesome set of ‘Map Apps’ that offers more conventional functionality to simple driving directions. Among these include a Gas Prices App that shows how much gas costs at nearby stations, a Parking Finder App that shows where parking spots are available, traffic on streets and even a Roadside Sculptures and Urban Graffiti App that shows weird things you can see on roadside along your way.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Delete/Send files to Recycle Bin via Command Line

When you delete files on a Windows PC using the command line, the files bypass the Recycle Bin and get permanently deleted from the disk. Now I don’t have a problem with that because I’m a Shift+Delete person and I don’t use the command line very often either. But system administrators who regularly use the text interface to manage computers on a network would love to have this feature.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

5 short links for today #38

1. Everyone on TV reads the same newspaper: Everybody on TV and in movies reads the same newspaper, it seems. And they've been reading that standard newspaper prop for decades. At a guess: paranoid studio lawyers don't want to use real newspapers because they think that they might get a copyright complaint from the paper (despite this incidental use being clearly fair use), so they insist that set-dressers all use the same prop that's fully rights-cleared. [via BoingBoing]

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

ISOBuddy – Disk image format converter

ISOBuddy is a software that can convert almost any image file format to the universally accepted and standard ISO format. Like the previously featured AnyToISO, ISOBuddy can handle proprietary and obscure file formats like GI, NRG, CDI, MDF, IMG, B5I, B6I, DMG, PDI, BIN and CCD and convert them to ISO. The software can also erase re-writable optical disks and burn ISO image files to CD/DVD.

Password protect video and media files with GreenForce-Player

GreenForce-Player is a portable media player that borrows its looks from VLC media player. Unfortunately, the similarity doesn’t go far. The player offers very limited functionality when it comes to playing files. So why did I, you may ask, chose to write about this player? That’s because of a very unique feature this media player has: you are able to password protect any media file.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

ALERT: Is your IP address on this ‘Hurt Locker’ hit list?

On May last, the producers of the Oscar Award winner "The Hurt Locker" had filed a suit in the Columbia District Court, against 5000 BitTorrent users for illegally downloading the movie. Voltage Pictures, the company that produced ‘Hurt Locker’ doesn't know the names of the defendants yet, who have been identified only by their IP addresses.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Microsoft Office Web App is now available on SkyDrive

Microsoft Office Web Apps, the online office suite, which was under beta for a while has finally opened its doors to users all over the world. Office Web Apps is posed to become the biggest threat to Google Docs, and its killer feature could be the integration with Microsoft’s cloud storage service Skydrive which comes with a staggering 25GB of free disk space.

Free download AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter 3

AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter is an efficient application to convert Adobe PDF files to well-formatted Microsoft Word documents. I have used this software before and I’m impressed with it’s looks, quality and speed. It’s definitely one of the better PDF to Word converter I have tried. The best part of AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter is that it retains the original text, layouts, images, tables and hyperlinks in the generated Word documents.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bring back File Type Association and Edit File Type option in Windows 7

Have you tried changing the default program association for a particular file type in Windows 7? If you have, you must have noticed that the “File Type Association” tab under “Folder Options” in Windows Explorer Tools menu is missing. Those who are aware know that it has been relocated to Control Panel > Programs >Default Programs > Make a file type always open in a specific program.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Resize, move, extend, split and merge partitions with Partition Assistant

When Partition Magic was under PowerQuest it was under active development – it was regularly updated and new and useful features were added with every release. Then Symantec purchased the application in 2003, and since then there has not been a new release. On December 2009 Symantec officially announced that it has no plans on continuing the product, not that anybody was expecting the company to revive the project after 6 years.

Free download Xilisoft HD Video Converter full version

Xilisoft HD Video Converter is a commercial video converter tool that can handle HD video formats such as AVCHD (mts, m2ts), H.264/AVC, MKV, MPEG-2 (ts), DivX, HD WMV, MPEG-4 and Quick Time. Besides converting among HD video formats, the Video Converter can also extract and convert audio files, capture pictures from various videos, make videos out of pictures with JPG, GIF, BMP or PNG extensions and even set the output file size.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Symantec joins public DNS bandwagon with Norton DNS

nortonSymantec Corp recently unveiled a new initiative called Norton Everywhere that attempts to take Norton beyond the PC and extend trust to new devices and consumer applications. The initiative spans the areas of mobile safety, web safety across any device and embedded services on smart devices. A part of this initiative is Norton DNS, a new public DNS provider service.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Free download WinUtilities Pro full version

WinUtilities Pro is yet another commercial system cleaning/tweaking application for Windows that is currently up for grabs. This application is a comprehensive suite of tools that help you optimize your system performance, remove unneeded files and delete internet tracks. Additionally, WinUtilities Pro has a startup manager, secure file deletion, Application Protect, Parent Control and Monitoring, Files Tools and more.

VMWare Tweaker lays bare dozens of hidden VMWare settings

VMWare is a popular virtualization software for Windows. When you create a virtual machine on VMWare, the application saves all the settings associated with the VM on a plain text configuration file having the extension .VMX. The various settings on this configuration file can be edited through the ‘Edit virtual machine settings’ option on VMMare products like VMWare Player and VMWare Workstation.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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