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Showing posts from February, 2010

See Saw – Ad-supported online TV launched

See Saw is a new ad-supported TV-on-demand service that launched last week with more than 3,000 hours of content. See Saw includes programmes first broadcast in the past seven days and as early as a few hours ago on Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC and shows from independent producers. See Saw, which is currently in public beta, will be available only in the UK. Viewers can watch TV shows on SeeSaw for free with a 60 second pre and mid roll advertising within programmes.

5 short links for today #30

1. The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever : Can you solve this? 2. Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python is a free e-Book that teaches you how to program in the Python programming language. Each chapter gives you the complete source code for a new game, and then teaches the programming concepts from the example. The book is written to be understandable by kids as young as 10 to 12 years old.

FreeFixer – Diagnostic and malware removal tool

FreeFixer is a general purpose malware removal tool which helps you to delete potentially unwanted software, such as adware, spyware, browser toolbars, trojans, viruses and worms. FreeFixer works by scanning a large number of locations where unwanted software is know to be found. It then displays what it finds in categories such as drivers, registry startups and running processes etc allowing you to remove them from the system.

ReadPal – Clutter and stress-free document reader

ReadPal is a Microsoft Word document, text files, email and HTML page reading application for Windows that provides a pleasurable reading experience for the user. ReadPal reminds me of the Readability , a bookmarklet that re-formats the text in your browser providing an enjoyable reading experience. ReadPal is to Word and Text documents, what Readbility is to the browser.

Can you describe everything in 10 words? Ten Word Wiki can

It’s well know that Internet users suffer from very short attention span, but we can’t blame them. The overwhelming amount of information that we have to process each day has seriously affected our ability to concentrate on anything longer than a few paragraphs.

Windows Vista look-alike Longhorn Linux

Longhorn Linux is a distribution built on the core of Ubuntu that has a UI which looks like Windows Longhorn, the pre- Windows Vista build. Longhorn Linux has the looks and feel of Windows Vista including the Aero glass like effects, the Vista sidebar and flip3D features of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

CloudDrive – Desktop client for Adobe Acrobat online storage

Adobe offers free online storage space of 5GB through their Acrobat Document Service. But the service is a nightmare to use – you can upload files only one at a time and you cannot upload folders.

Combine many stylesheets into one with CSS Mixer

Some people like to use more than one stylesheet on their website. It may be for valid reasons, like presenting different styles for different media types or user-agent, or settings different styles for different pages or different sections of pages. While there is nothing to prevent you from adding as many stylesheet you want the key is not to overuse it. Limiting the number of connections the browser makes to  server is necessary and combining stylesheets is one good practice.

Create Windows 7 Start Buttons with StartOrbz

StartOrbz is a freeware program that allows you to create Windows 7 Start Buttons. The Start Button or Orb can be changed easily with programs like Windows 7 Start Orb Changer and Windows 7 Start Button Changer . But creating one from scratch is not that easy because there are certain limitations in dimension the Start Button image has to follow.

Format Factory – Audio/Video/Image conversion, DVD ripper, Video/Audio joiner and more

Format Factory is a free program for Windows that lets you to perform a number of operations on multimedia files. Format Factory primarily handles format conversion and it support a number of audio, video and picture file formats. It’s also capable of ripping DVDs, and audio CDs, creating ISO files and joining multiple video and audio files into one.

The Attack of the 50ft Robot [Free Game]

Feeling the Monday Blues? Why not take out the frustration by ravaging an entire city to the ground? Yes, why not?

How to unlock cursor when running Windows Media Center on two monitors

Windows Media Center has a big frustrating issue in a multi-monitor setup. When you run Windows 7 or Vista Media Center maximized on a second screen, Media Center captures the mouse so you can not move it on to the other screen. Anything you are doing on the first monitor comes to halt once you maximize Media Center on the second monitor. This makes it impossible to work on one monitor and watch videos on the other, a behavior that negates any usefulness of a dual monitor setup.

Heavy duty yet free Nuance PDF Reader

Nuance PDF Reader is a new entry into the growing field of free Adobe PDF Reader alternatives. There are already a few strong contenders in the market like Foxit and Sumatra. Nuance shouldn’t have difficulty competing with them because it offers a host of extra features typically found only in premium products.

ShadyURL turns URLs humorously suspicious

We have seen a bunch of clever and amusing implementation of short URL services in the past. First came the fad of elongating URLs just for the fun. HugeURL became hugely popular. Then a couple of other long URL generators came out in succession - Freaking Huge URL and ReallyHugeURL . Then a Reddit user came up with the brilliant idea of converting URLs into passages from the works of the 19th century novelist Charles Dickens. And so came DickensURL into existence.

5 short links for today #29

1. Openfilm is the place where you can watch films from independent film makers free of cost. It provides a venue for users to watch premium films in high resolution, as well as for filmmakers to exhibit their works, and to enjoy a full-featured, social networking forum between viewers and creators, reviews and blogs, coverage of industry events, and online databases of film festivals.

Interesting hard drive facts you probably didn’t know

Everybody has one, but nobody gives it much thought – the hard disk drive. It’s just another device, another component on their computer system. But those who care, here are some facts to ponder upon.

How much your gadgets actually cost to build?

When you fish out $200 for an iPhone or $500 for a PS3, have you ever paused to wonder how much the companies bore to build that gadget? Are you getting a fair deal or are the companies ripping you off? Market research company iSuppli clears all doubt by tearing down 25 popular gadgets to find out the price of the component parts and the vendors supplying those ingredients.

TVersity streams content from your computer to TV, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii

TVersity is a media streaming software package that can stream any video to any device regardless of the limitation of the device. It can do this by automatically transcoding videos to the proper format for easy streaming, on the fly. TVersity supports different kinds of devices like UPnP, DLNA and Adobe Flash enabled Devices, which effectively includes all gaming consoles (XBox, PS3, Wii), mobile devices (iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia N-series), networked TV, DVDs, Stereo Receivers, Digital Media Adapters/Receivers, Satellite and Cable set-top-boxes and more.

SE-TrayMenu – System tray Application launcher

SE-TrayMenu is a dead simple application launcher for Windows. It resides on the system tray and gives access to a pop-up menu from where you can select the application you want to run. You can add any elements to the pop-up menu by simple dragging and dropping. By all elements I mean – programs, folders, files, URLs, and more.

KolibriOS – An OS on a 1.44MB floppy

KolibriOS is a piece of programming marvel. An entire Linux distribution Operating system, and not just a blinking cursor on a terminal, but with a graphical environment complete with text editors, system utilities, games, browser, media players and lots of other stuff. All neatly and impossibly stuffed inside a meager 1.44 MB floppy disk.

5 short links for today #28

1. openWYSIWYG is a free cross-browser WYSIWYG editor that's packed with every rich-text editing feature you will want for your web applications and web forms. 2. FeedBooks is a place to discover thousands of public domain books and original books from new authors that you can read on any mobile device. You can also use FeedBooks’ publishing service to turn your book into a high quality e-book.

What happened in my birth year?

What happened in my birth year? is a new website by Philipp Lenssen, the creator of Blogscoped , that tells you what events took place globally on a particular year, in an elegant manner. Simply type in a year and watch as a reverse countdown from 2010 begins. The screen slowly dims to black as the number starts dropping giving you the impression of going back in time.

Portable WinHosts: Easy way to edit Windows host file

The Windows host file is a plain text that Windows uses to map hostnames to IP addresses, like a DNS resolver. The contents of the host file are always at a priority level higher than other domain resolving methods. Because of that the host file is often used by network administrators to define domains on a LAN or rerouting traffic. It is also the easiest method to block websites, Internet ads and other contents across all browsers.

Alcohol 52% – Free CD/DVD emulation software

No I’m not talking about the spirit you consume on late night parties. I’m talking about the unusually named optical disc emulation software. I’m pretty sure you have heard about Alcohol 120%, haven’t you? Now meet Alcohol 52%, his younger brother but unlike his elder sibling, this one comes free (although there is a paid version).

Beware of Microsoft Windows anti-piracy update KB971033

If you are running a pirated copy of Windows 7 or a copy with a non-genuine activation key, the smartest thing to do is to keep low profile because Microsoft will be pushing out a new update to Windows 7 that will close a number of loopholes that counterfeiters had used to foil the operating system's built-in antipiracy measures.

iTuner – Honey, I shrunk iTunes!

I never really understood the attraction for huge UI on music players. Hello? it’s music, it’s for listening. Why do I need to have an interface that stretches from one edge of my monitor to the other? I don’t know who started the trend but now every media player comes with the same horrendous, logic-defying big skins… even Winamp. But at least Winamp has the ability to collapse unused sections and shrink the player to the bare minimum. But not iTunes.

The Minesweeper Controversy: How Flower Garden came into Windows Vista

Every Windows user must be familiar with Minesweeper, the simple but addicting logic game, that first made it appearance on Windows 3.1 in 1992 and included in every Windows release since. On Windows Vista Microsoft gave the game a major visual overhaul, just like any other application of course, but a part of the decision for change was influenced by a controversy that has been brewing around Minesweeper for years.

How to mute audio ads on Spotify or automatically mute sound by window title text

MUkoTE is a program with a unique purpose - mute sound of a specific application when the title of a window contains text patterns defined by the user. As soon as the window title text matches the text contained in a “Mute list”, the sound is muted. When the window title changes or closes, the sound is activated again.

Open Photoshop PSD files in Paint.NET

Paint.NET is a powerful, free, image editing program for Windows that was originally intended to be a replacement for Windows default paint program. While Windows paint program continued to remain a kid’s play tool, Paint.NET grew and evolved from a free alternative into a powerful image editor of it’s own.

Windows 7 Start Orb Changer

Have you come across a Windows 7 theme which you feel could have been better if the Start Orb was different? Don’t let the Orb stop you – it can be changed. Windows 7 Start Orb Changer is a program that allows you to change the circular Start Menu Orb on Windows 7 task bar. The program comes with a collection of 33 different Orb designs to start with. You can also design your own or use Google to find more.

VMMap - Memory usage analysis tool from Sysinternals

VMMap is the latest addition to the pool of extremely useful utilities from Windows Sysinternals. VMMap is a process virtual and physical memory analysis utility that shows a breakdown of a process's committed virtual memory types as well as the amount of physical memory (working set) assigned by the operating system to those types. The utility displays a graphical representations of memory usage, and a summary of information and a detailed process memory map. It also shows the content of the memory broken down into individual addresses.

FrontMotion Login - Animated Windows XP login screens

FrontMotion Login is not your typical login screen changer. It spices up Windows login by replacing the boring, traditional image based login screens with flashy animated screens. FrontMotion Login works with Windows NT, 2000 and Windows XP and requires no DLL hacking or replacing system files, which makes it awesome.

Explore the oceans on Google Ocean Showcase

Here is more news from Google Earth, but this time it has to do with the Google Earth plug-in and not the software. Google Earth 5 already introduced us to the oceans allowing users to plunge underwater and enjoy the aquatic life of underwater flora and fauna. But that requires Google Earth, the software, to be installed. Now with the launch of Ocean Showcase, users can tour the ocean from the comfort of their browser using the Google Earth browser plug-in.

Historic WWII Imagery in Google Earth

Google Earth 5 introduced a great feature called historical imagery which enables you to turn back the clock and see imagery of a location from a previous timeline, if available. Historical images are available on select cities up to several decades back. Google has now added another set of images - historical images going back to the World War 2 era.

How to find cheap filler items to avail Amazon’s free shipping offer

If you have ever shopped at Amazon, you can’t possibly have missed the free “Super Saver Shipping” offer. Under this offer Amazon will waive your shipping charge and ship the items you buy for free if the total value of your shopping cart is over $25. (This offer is available only for US addresses). Amazon usually alerts shoppers at the time of checkout with the message: " Wait! Add $X.XX of eligible items to your order to qualify for FREE Super Saver Shipping ."

Free download AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter

AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter is a, well… PDF to Word converter, of course. It’s a commercial product that typically retails at $30 for a single license. But till March1, 2010, you can get a free serial key for this valuable software that unlocks the software for a lifetime.

Use Shutup.css to remove comments from websites

Reader’s comments at the end of an article or blog post are an important part of the blog, but this is true only if the comments add value to the discussion. Unfortunately, most comments you come across blogs are inane and purposeless left by either spammers or trolls. If comments on a page distract you or offend your intelligence, there is a way to get rid of them.

Replace Text- Search and replace text in multiple files

If you have a bunch of files and need to make the same edit on all of them there is no easy way to do it on Windows, or Word or Notepad. You have to edit each of the files manually which is repetitive work. To help you in such situations, there is Replace Text.

5 short links for today #27

1. If Murdered – A new website that lets you leave your voice before you die. The creator explains: “I thought up the idea for this site because there is a creepy guy at my work. I mean the guy is just intensely weird. I got in a little spat with him at work, and I was joking to my coworkers at lunch that 'if I'm found dead, he's who killed me'. It was just a funny idea so I tossed up this website.”

Gmail doesn’t let you create a label named “buzz”

Blogscoped reported this strange phenomenon: if you try to create a label named “buzz” in Gmail, it returns the message: “Sorry, you can’t create a label named ’buzz’ (it’s a reserved system label). Please try another name”

5 best screen color pickers for Windows 7 (and XP)

Ever since I switched to Windows 7 some of my favorite programs stopped working, among which was Absolute Color Picker – a screen color picking application. I started looking for other color pickers that ran on Windows 7 without issues. For a while I used the color picker in PicPick tools . But I use Snagit for capturing screenshots and PicPick tools screen capture program clashed with Snagit. So I started looking again.