Saturday, July 31, 2010

Google Earth now shows real time weather

Google Earth has always been a great tool to explore the world. But now you can use it to explore weather patterns around the globe too. A new update for Google Earth has just been released that projects images of rain, snow and other weather patterns over the areas as it’s actually happening. Unlike the imagery, weather reports are real time. Of course, it wouldn’t make sense to show stale weather information.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Run Windows XP/2000 application on Win98/Me with KernelEx

KernelEx is a fascinating open source project that aims to resurrect a dead operating system. KernelEx enables machines running Windows 98 and Me to run applications designed to be used on Windows XP and 2000. The software “patch” adds a compatibility layer to the older operating system that implements missing API calls used by newer applications that are absent from Windows 98 and Windows ME.

Pirate Party offers servers and hosting to Wikileaks

Anonymous whistle blower website Wikileaks which publishes anonymous leaks of otherwise unavailable documents, usually sensitive ones, has come to be perceived as a serious threat to government organization worldwide, particularly big brother United States. Recently, the site released more than 90,000 government documents related to the war in Afghanistan not previously available for public review. Prior to that, the site leaked sensational videos of US military indiscriminating slaying dozens of people including two Reuter journalist on a website called Collateral Murder.

Microsoft’s interactive guide to Office 2010’s Ribbon interface

Still struggling your way around the Office Ribbon interface that was introduced in Office 2007 and continued to Office 2010? Microsoft is here is help. A new resource has been made available for free download by Microsoft that is designed to help customers upgrading from Office 2003 or earlier to Office 2010, to get familiarized with the new Office interface.

System Silencer performs multiple actions when your computer idles

System Silencer is a helpful little utility that can perform a multitude of different actions after your computer goes idle. On a typical modern operating system, usually the only actions a computer can perform when it’s idling are turning off monitor and hard disk to save power or launching the screensaver. System Silencer goes beyond that.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Google Reader Play on Windows 7 Media Center

Sometime ago Google introduced a new way to read Google Reader – Google Reader Play. On Google Reader Play you can browse the news in slideshows, view pictures and videos and read popular stories in comforting white text over black. Unfortunately, you can’t use Google Reader Play to read your subscription, only stories recommended by some algorithm which limits it’s usefulness, if any.

CleverPrint – Print multiple pages on one sheet, remove graphics, add watermarks and more

CleverPrint is a printing application that enables users to control how and what they want to print. It’s smarter than your average printer software and offers a handful of tools to customize and clean up your documents before sending them to the printer. CleverPrint can reduce your printing costs by up to 50%, they claim.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

How to access your Google Analytics account from Excel

Google allows you to download reports from your Analytics account as CSV sheets which you can open in any spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel. This is useful when you wish to keep an offline record or carry trend analysis upon the data. If you do that quite often, there is a way by which you can skip the entire step of logging into your Analytics account from a browser, generating a report and downloading it to your computer. Instead, you can import that data directly into Excel from within Excel.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

StackVM makes virtual machine sharable and accessible from web browsers

Latvian programmer and geek Peteris Krumins along with his American partner James Halliday are working on an pretty neat project called StackVM. Using StackVM users will be able to access and run virtual machines right within their browser, something like Microsoft is doing on their Windows 7 test drive site, only much more accessible and without requiring special plug-ins. StackVM will even let people embed virtual machines in their blogs!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

2 Free Microsoft Office 2010 ebooks from Microsoft

Microsoft is offering users plenty of resources and guides for their latest Office product – Microsoft Office 2010. Most of them are online, but two of them are available as ebooks and available free of cost.

First Look Microsoft Office 2010 by Katherine Murray was released back in January. Somehow, I missed the story. So here it – download in PDF or XPS.

SpeedCrunch is an open source power calculator for those who can’t remember formulas

SpeedCrunch is an open source, cross platform calculator designed for power users who struggle with formulas like volume of sphere and surface area of a cone. SpeedCrunch’s built in help system containing mathematical formulas, physical constants and functions ensures that you arrive at the correct result each time you hit Enter without having to memorize any 18 digit number.

Launch your own satellite for $8000

Forget personal cell phone towers. Forget even laser guns. If you have the moolah you can now launch your very own satellite. Price: $8000 only. The age of Personal Satellite is here.

Planet Earth’s Interorbital's TubeSat Personal Satellite (PS) Kit is a low-cost alternative to the CubeSat, another private satellite project started in 1999 to help universities, companies and even government organization to perform space science and exploration at fraction of the cost. CubeSats could each be made and launched for an estimated $65,000 – $80,000 dollars, a price tag far lower than most satellite launches. Planet Earth does it for even lower - $8000.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

World’s first Pirate ISP to launch in Sweden

Earlier this year when the Pirate Bay was ousted by their host due to legal troubles, a Swedish political party by the name of Swedish Pirate Party came forward to provide bandwidth to The Pirate Bay to safeguard it from constant bullying by record companies and government agencies. Now the Pirate Party will be doing the same for the average citizen by launching its own ISP with focus on anonymity, privacy and protection.

Damn Vulnerable Linux is the most vulnerable OS in the world

Security experts and fanboys can argue as long as they want upon the question of the most vulnerable (or secure) operating system in the world. But here, we have a clear winner. Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is a Linux distribution that is riddled with security holes. It is everything a good Linux distribution isn't, the developers explain. Its developers have spent hours stuffing it with broken, ill-configured, outdated, and exploitable software that makes it vulnerable to attacks. That’s because DVL isn't built to run on your desktop - it's a learning tool for security students.

Monday, July 19, 2010

System Nucleus – All-in-one Windows diagnostic, backup and management tool

System Nucleus is an all-in-one, all powerful Windows administration software that serves as the “nucleus” of your entire computer system. System Nucleus packs more than 10 different system utilities such as system audit, backup, disk management, startup manager and more. The aim of the software is to provide all essential Windows maintenance tool under a single roof.

How to embed a font in Word document or PowerPoint slide

When you create a Word document or a PowerPoint presentation on a computer that uses a particular set of fonts, those fonts may not look the same when you open the same document on another computer that has different fonts installed.

You can solve this problem by embedding the fonts in the Word document or PowerPoint presentation. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint supports embedding of fonts that do not have license restrictions that prevent embedding.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

How to type the Indian Rupee symbol - Rupee Font, PSD and more

The Indian Rupee Symbol was finalized a few days ago by the Union Cabinet. The country didn’t have an international symbol until now. Previously the Indian currency was typed as INR which is an abbreviation of “Indian Rupees”. The new symbol for the Indian Rupee, which was designed by a postgraduate at  Indian Institute of Technology, looks like this:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Email files to Dropbox using Send to Dropbox

Send to Dropbox is a new service that allows you to upload files to your Dropbox account via email from any computer. A major advantage of using Send to Dropbox, over other services (MailDrop, for example) is you don’t require to install the Dropbox client or any other software to use it. This lets you quickly send files to Dropbox from any public computer without having to spend time setting up the computer.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Paragon Go Virtual - Create virtual clone of a physical PC

Paragon Go Virtual is a brand new software from the popular Paragon Software Group, that lets users migrate a physical computer into a virtual environment. The software allows the user to convert a physical system running a Windows operating system later than Windows 2000, with all application, settings and user files intact, into a virtual system.

10 short links for today #40

Since I haven’t posted a link collection in a while, I will try to make up by publishing 10 links in place of the usual 5.

1. Apollo Images: 20,000 high-resolution scans of original film from the Apollo missions – from Apollo 9 through Apollo 17. The total size of the collection is reported to be in excess of 12 GB.

2. Video card troubleshooting: This page has a collection of screen grabs of corrupted screens which are results of specific video card problems. You can diagnose your video card by comparing your screen with the example corrupted screens.

BlackBox Security Monitor – Monitor user activity on a network

BlackBox Security Monitor is a kind of spy application software that allows administrators to monitor and oversee user activities on other computers on a network.

The software guides the administrator through a short wizard type program via which the administrator adds computers and users to monitor on BlackBox Security Monitor. It’s possible to monitor activities of only specific users. The program than monitors the following activities and events on the computers:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Create Ken-Burns style video slideshows from pictures with PhotoFilmStrip

Creating video slideshows from your images is not a big deal. You can easily do that with even rudimentary tools like Windows Movie Maker or Virtual Dub. But to make your slideshow appealing and standout from the crowd you have to add few distinctive touches to it, and what’s better than the good ol’ Ken Burns effect?

License Giveaway and Review: Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate

Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate, formerly called Daniusoft Media Converter, is a software application that carries a spectacular set of tools under an average sounding name. Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate, as the publisher puts it, “cuts in the scope of multimedia decoding & encoding, legitimate copyright circumventing, DVD decrypting & authoring and media file transferring for personal use.”

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Free version of PowerArchiver 2010 released

PowerArchiver 2010 Free is the latest version of the powerful file compression utility that comes free of cost for personal use. Many of the advanced features found on the Pro version are disabled in the free edition. But most of these are peripheral like CD burning and FTP client. The core features related to file archiving and compression remain untouched.

Watch Hulu from outside US without proxy or VPN

hulu-logo Stop press! A Reddit user has discovered a way to watch streaming content on Hulu from outside US without resorting to any of the typical methods users employ – proxy connection or VPN network. Rather, he has invented an indigenous method that involves an addon for Firefox and blocking of a few ports. Sounds unbelievable, right? So lets get this thing working. Ready?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Open source hardware sensor monitor

Some of you like open source software and many of you prefer open source over anything. So here you are, an open source hard sensor monitor for Windows.

The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source application that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer. It supports most hardware monitoring chips found on today's mainboards like the ITE, Winbond and Fintek families. The CPU temperature can be monitored by reading the core temperature sensors of Intel and AMD processors. The sensors of ATI and Nvidia video cards as well as SMART hard drive temperature can be displayed.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New update to improve Windows 7 backward compatibility

A new update was made available by Microsoft for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system that is designed to advance the backward compatibility capability of the two platforms.

The backward compatibility feature of Windows 7 allows running of older application that doesn’t play nice with the new operating system. Although not a one-hundred percent fool proof solution, the backward compatibility feature has worked for me on a number of occasions in the past.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Shotwell is a simple, open source image manager and viewer

Shotwell is a photo organizer and viewer that runs on both Windows and Linux operating system. It comes with a photo manager that allows you to import photos from disk or camera, organize them in various ways, tag them, do basic image enhancing and view them in slideshows. The Linux version comes with an additional option that allows publishing of photos on Facebook, Flickr and Picasa Web album.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Startup MessageBox Maker displays custom messages at Windows logon

If your computer has multiple users, like those on family PCs, you can display messages or what is known as “legal notices” to each user when they login. This can be done by adding a simple registry key as explained in this Microsoft support page. This is an old trick and I’m pretty sure a majority of Windows users are aware of it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Buzz Folders – File Open/Save Dialog Box Extender

The Libraries feature on Windows 7 is useful but not enough, because it doesn’t give me access to the most recently used folders.

When I was on Windows XP, FlashFolder used to help me with this. It attached a toolbar to the File Open and Save dialog box that gave me options to access the recently opened folders, favorite folders and so on. Unfortunately, FlashFolder doesn’t work on Windows 7. But Buzz Folders do.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

7 alternative firmware for wireless routers

There are several open source and actively developed, wireless router firmware projects created by people not affiliated with the manufacturers. Many of these are based on source code that some vendors have been forced to release to the public as part of it was based on software licensed under the GNU General Public License. Specifically the Linksys WRT54G series, which was the starting point for many of these projects.

5 best wardrobe management software for managing clothes and accessories

Do you have a hard time deciding what to wear when you go out? Which shirt to wear and which trousers, tie and shoes will go along with it? Then you should try one of these wardrobe managing solutions.

Grab a camera, take pictures of your clothes and create a virtual wardrobe of your actual clothes on your computer. Whenever you need to make a match, instead of rummaging through a physical closet, browse through the virtual closet and pick the most appropriate dress to wear in record time.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Troubleshoot and unlock locked domain accounts with Lock out fixer

Windows 2000 introduced a new security feature called ‘account lockout’ that disables a user account when a certain number of failed logons occur due to wrong passwords within a certain interval of time. The purpose behind it is to foil any attempt by attackers to brute-force into a user account by guessing the password. If the attacker enters too many bad guesses the account gets locked.

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