Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AMD Fusion Media Explorer for AMD users

I never knew microprocessor manufacturer AMD makes software too until I read about AMD Fusion Media Explorer at Chris Pirillo. The AMD Fusion Media Explorer (FME) is a 3D social media and digital media browser, that allows you to explore your digital media content from either your local machine or online resources such as Flickr, YouTube, Microsoft Live as well as Facebook.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ping multiple blog directories and search engines with BlogBuzzer

Pinging a blog is one way to get your blog picked up by search engines and aggregators whenever you post a new entry. Although services like Ping-O-Matic has been around for years and can also be integrated with popular blog engines like Wordpress, the range of servers they ping is too narrow. This where services like BlogBuzzer comes in handy.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

How to complete a burning job using fewest number of optical disks

Here is the situation: say you need to burn a gigantic amount of data that could require several DVDs. You don’t know how many disks you will need but you want to carry out the job using the fewest number of disks as possible. If you try to calculate the space used by each folder and files, and then try to organize them into chunks that would fit on a DVD and at the same time try to achieve the best fit, it will probably drive you crazy.

5 short links for today #33

jesus 1. Where is Jesus? : Who would have thought finding God could be so easy? Just go to this site and try to find Jesus in the picture. Once you positively identify him in the crowd, click on him to get another picture and another and another. Find him on public rallies, on shopping malls, among children and hippies. Holy bejeezus, you have found Jesus 11 times! You are finally saved!

Friday, March 26, 2010

PicasaExt – Access Picasa albums from Windows Explorer

PicasaExt is a free addon for Windows Explorer that provides better integration with Google's image editor and manager Picasa.

To make PicasaExt work, you must have Picasa installed on the computer. PicasaExt reads the ini files that Picasa uses to store information and makes them available on Windows explorer. Currently, the only thing it does is show starred pictures in Windows Explorer, but we hope there will be more features in future releases.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Photoshop CS5’s new Content-Aware Fill is magic!

Adobe recently demonstrated an eye-poping feature called Content-Aware Fill in their upcoming Adobe Photoshop CS5 which is so mind blowing that there has to be some sort of witch crafty involved. This new feature makes painstaking photo retouching jobs, which could take hours to complete, as easy as clicking a few buttons and watching Photoshop do it’s magic within seconds. This is one of the craziest things I have watched.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Showzey – View photos on Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, Yahoo and Gmail at one place

There are more than a handful of places to store photos online - Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, to name just a few. Many people use Facebook to keep touch with family and friends and share pictures. Others use Picasa or Flickr and some even mail pictures to each other. The trouble when you have too many options is that your photos are scattered everywhere. Showzey is a service that helps you assemble all your photos at one place.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

How to change color of the wavy spell check lines in Word 2007

Anybody who has used Microsoft Word is familiar with those wriggly colored lines that appear underneath whenever you make a spelling error. This is a standard feature in all Microsoft products and, in fact, all word processors from different software publishers. A red colored line indicates spelling error while green indicates grammatical error. Microsoft included a way to customize the color of these lines in Word 2007. This is how to do it.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Easy way to install Windows 7 and Vista themes

Many users, usually the less tech savvy ones, have trouble installing custom themes on Windows. And why not? There are no setup files that you can click through and no button with ‘Install theme’ written on it. Everything needs to be done manually, from patching files to copying folders. For a typical Windows user, it’s too much of work. So if your friend asks you how to do it, just direct them to Windows Themes Installer.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Feedling embeds RSS feeds on the Windows desktop

Feedling is an interesting RSS feed reader for Windows that lets you read feeds from your favorite sites on the desktop, quite literally. Feedling extracts news items from one or more feeds and displays it on the desktop over a transparent background. The result of the effect is that the feeds look like as though they have been embedded on to the desktop wallpaper.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

PayPal to introduce cheaper micropayment service

paypal_logoWith the rising popularity of digital music, popularized by the 99 cents per song iTunes store, videos, ebooks and cheap iPhone apps the micropayment market is fast growing. But the high transaction fees on credit cards reduces the profit share of merchants in such micro transaction, so much that many web merchants are reluctant to accept credit cards. In order to tap into this growing market and at the same time offer a cheaper payment model, PayPal wants to launch a platform where there will be cheaper fees for transactions under $10.

Remove unused file types in dialog boxes with Formats Customizer

Some applications particularly Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Word and a few others display an overwhelming number of file types in their Open and Save As dialog boxes. Often it takes a long time to locate a file type you want to save as or open because it’s buried deep in a list of other file types, most of which you never use.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spanish company zero2infinity planning space trips for tourist on balloons

Although hot air balloons today are used more as a sport than for transport, they are indeed, a viable alternative to shuttles, at least for space tourism. A Spanish company based on Barcelona called zero2infinity has taken the first baby step to fulfilling that mission, with their state-of-the-art near-spaceship balloon called Bloon.

Microsoft launches online TV service MSN Video Player

Microsoft Corp today quietly launched a video-on-demand service called MSN Video Player that enables UK consumers to watch TV anytime at no extra charge. MSN Video Player, which was has been available as beta since August 2009, is now a fully launched service even as it faces stiff competition from other players like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and another recent entrant SeeSaw.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Map of Total Solar Eclipse Paths (2001 to 2025)

Although partial solar eclipses are quite common and can occur four to seven times a year, total solar eclipses are rare. The number of viewable total solar eclipses are even fewer because in order to be seen, the shadow of the moon during an eclipse must pass over human reachable regions on Earth. Since two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water a large number of total solar eclipses pass over oceans and other remote areas.

Check Adsense, Adwords and 500 other affiliate programs stats from the desktop

If you are heavily into Internet marketing and use a ton of affiliate programs like Google Adwords, Commission Junction, ClickBank etc apart from publisher advertising programs like Google Adsense, Yahoo publishers and so on, you probably waste a significant amount of time each day logging-in and out of these program, checking statistics and performance. For such webmasters and marketers, Nifty Stats is indispensable.

Why progress bars are inaccurate

The entire purpose of a progress bar is to let the user know how much longer he or she has to wait till the program finishes doing whatever it’s doing. But most progress bars I have come across are useless. Have you not seen a progress bar that randomly switches between varying lengths of time from 2 hours to 5 minutes, when the actual file copy operation took 10 minutes?

New Nokia Ovi Player 2.1 transfers songs, playlists from iTunes to Nokia phones

Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has just released an updated version of Nokia Ovi Player, a software solution for Nokia devices users. The new version 2.1 of Nokia Ovi Player, which was formerly known as Nokia Music when we reviewed them last, lets users manage and transfer music between their computers and phones, discover new music from the Nokia Music Store, and more.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Worksheet Database – Powerful spreadsheet program to manage lists, projects etc

Worksheet Database is a free program that lets you to use spreadsheets in ways you never thought possible. The program allows you to create spreadsheets that has check boxes, drop down menus and date calendar, which you can use to create any kind of lists, manage projects, organize information, track inventories, etc.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hundred year old EULA on Edison’s Wax Cylinder

If you thought EULA (End User License Agreement) is a 21st century invention by evil businessmen, meet Sir Thomas Alva Edison. This photograph shows what could possibly be the oldest EULA ever. It’s a license statement on Edison’s Wax Cylinder, one of the oldest sound recording and reproducing medium, whose terms proves that EULAs were in existence for over a century ever since man learnt to keep record of music on physical objects.

How to solve high CPU usage when running Windows Virtual PC

When you run a virtual machine in Windows Virtual PC, you may experience high CPU usage in the guest operating system on certain hardware platforms, such as notebooks. Oddly however, when you examine Task Manager, no CPU usage issues are displayed in the host operating system. Keystrokes in the guest operating system are delayed and there is a definite lag in the response of the system.

Start Menu 7 - Alternative start menu for Windows 7

Start Menu 7 is a new software that replaces the Start Menu on Windows 7 with a different one. The standard Windows 7 start menu is compact, while Start Menu 7 covers a larger area and comes with additional functionality. It’s difficult to say whether the new Start Menu 7 offers a more productive alternative, but it does offer us a choice in start menus.

Free full version of Zemana AntiLogger

Zemana AntiLogger is a powerful way to protect your PC from malware attacks. The program doesn’t rely on virus signature updates and file scanning like the traditional anti-virus programs do. Using a unique technology, similar to heuristic methods used by antivirus software, Zemana AntiLogger detects when malware runs on your computer, and terminates it before it can cause damage to your system. Zemana AntiLogger eliminates threats from keyloggers, SSL banker trojans, spyware, and more.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Google rolls out new Blogger Template Designer

For a long time the collection of templates that Blogger offers when creating a new blog has remained constant. I’m fairly certain no body uses them any more particularly when there are so many good templates available from other designers. Google wishes to change this by introducing a new feature on Blogger in Draft called Blogger Template Designer.

Desktopify converts web widgets into desktop widgets

Desktopify is a web service that lets you convert web widgets into standalone desktop widgets to be used on the Windows or Mac desktop. Web widgets are those typical widgets that we can embed in our blogs or websites, consisting of a snippet of HTML or JavaScript code or Flash content. Desktopify can take these codes and convert them into self executable files.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Create a customized, unattended Windows 7 installation disk or USB drive

RT Se7en Lite is a Windows 7 configuration tool (similar to nLite and vLite for Windows XP and Vista respectively) that allows you to create a completely customized installation disk or USB Flash drive of Windows 7. Using RT Se7en Lite you can integrate updates, drivers, remove components, add wallpapers, Icons, themes, and create an unattended installation disk.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

3RVX - Stylish volume display and controller for Windows

The name 3RVX on paper might look odd to read and spell, but on the desktop it looks fantastic, for it’s a stylish and skinnable volume display and controller for the Windows desktop. It displays the sound volume level with its on-screen display and allows you to control the volume via a skinnable slider or custom hotkeys. 3RVX also supports drive eject notification, mouse hotkeys, and a wide range of customization options.

How to know when your emails are delivered or read

WhoReadMe is a free email tracking service that lets you track emails you have sent and inform you when they get opened. There are many email tracking services available, all work on the same principle – by embedding a small invisible tracking image to the mail. Some services require you to generate the tracking code and manually paste it on to the mail, while others require you to use their email service. WhoReadMe is of the latter kind but it doesn't require you to abandon your existing email address.

Enhance your portable MP3 Player with Rockbox firmware

Rockbox is a free, open source replacement firmware for various portable MP3 players that greatly enhances the capabilities of the player. Rockbox offers an alternative to the player’s operating system firmware, in many cases without removing the original firmware, with a plug-in architecture for adding various enhancements and functionality to the player which are not present in the original OS. Enhancements include PDA functionality, applications, utilities, and games. Rockbox can also enable video playback functionality onto MP3 players that doesn’t support video like those released in mid-2000.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

OrangeNote – Note taking program and manager

OrangeNote is a free WPF-based text note manager for Windows (and Mac) with a dash of eye candy. The program allows you to store an unlimited number of text notes that can be tagged and pulled up from the database at any time with a quick full-text search. OrangeNote also functions as a clipboard manager allowing you to copy and keep unlimited number of text items on the clipboard.

Use Windows Live Writer to publish to your Posterous blog

Posterous is a simple blogging platform that enables a user to post to their blog by simply emailing them whatever he or she wishes to publish. Posterous became an instant hit among casual bloggers. The unique blogging method enabled them to post to their blog from mobile devices, and Posterous automatically handled all attachments like music, video, images and documents.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Create a bootable Live USB drive with LinuxLive USB Creator

LinuxLive USB Creator or LiLi USB Creator is a software for Windows that allows you to create a bootable Live USB key of any Linux distribution. LiLi USB Creator was formerly called Live uSbuntu Creator which we reviewed earlier on Instant Fundas. LiLi USB Creator is an improved version that supports not only Ubuntu but 30+ different Linux distribution.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

How to restore previous Windows installation after Windows 7 upgrade

If you upgraded your Windows Vista or Windows XP computer to Windows 7 using the upgrade option, you still have your old files on your disk in a folder called Windows.old. It’s possible to revert back to the earlier operating system using this folder - this is why that folder exist. The following article will show you how.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Find out which articles on your blog got the most tweets

Sites like Tweetmeme and helps you find the hottest stories on Twitter at any moment, but they fail to show which stories from a particular domain are currently hottest. Tweetmeme can provide that information but only for articles within the last 7 days. If you want to find out all articles from your blog that are shared on Twitter or which one got the highest number of tweets you will have to use different tools.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Upload photos to Orkut directly from Picasa

With Facebook and Google Buzz hogging the limelight and drawing media attention people tend to forget there is another social networking site from Google – Orkut. Ever since it’s launch in 2004, Orkut failed to gain traction among Internet users except among users from India and Brazil which together accounts for more than 70% of it’s user base.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Scientists want a new prefix for 10^27 - ‘Hella’

1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, is a helluva number. Any digit followed by a truckload of zeros deserves a name of it’s own. The International System of Units (SI) currently allows for a maximum of 24 zeroes which was named “yotta” in 1991. Since then no new prefix has been added to the family even though researchers in various scientific fields regularly come across numbers greater than a yotta, for instance in calculations relating to the wattage of the sun, distances between galaxies, or the number of atoms in a large sample.

Disk Space Fan – Coolest hard disk usage visualization

Disk Space Fan is a free hard disk space and file analysis tool that provides you an  overview of the contents of your disk partitions, enabling you to determine which folders and files are occupying the most disk space. Sounds familiar? Of course, there are quite a number of such software in the market. Recently we brought you one called DiskAnalyzer Pro, and previously another powerful one called Xinorbis.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Google Webmaster Tools to notify site owners of hacking and abuse

The guys behind the Google Webmaster Tools are making a commendable effort in helping site owners prevent their websites from getting hacked. On November last year, Google announced that they would be notifying webmasters about new releases of software running at the backend of websites such as CMS like Wordpress, Drupal and Joomla, whenever they are available so that owners can get their site patched. A lot of sites get hacked because they run on outdated, unpatched software and according to Google, the numbers are staggering.

Geosense for Windows: Location sensor for Windows 7

The Windows 7 operating system provides built-in support for sensor devices, such as GPS devices, and offers an API that allow third-party developers to build native application that are location-aware. However, Microsoft didn’t integrate a default geolocation provider. Thus developers could not take advantage of this until Windows 7 PCs started shipping with GPS sensors.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Macrium Reflect Free – Disk imaging software

Macrium Reflect Free Edition is a disk imaging software for Windows that can create disk images using Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service and perform data recovery operations using Linux based and Windows based rescue CDs. The free version is limited to disk imaging and data recovery only, while the paid version packs in a file backup solution, incremental disk imaging and a handful of useful features.

FlowHeater - Import/Export data between different database formats

FlowHeater is a powerful tool that makes it possible to import and export data to and from a widely differing data sources and targets using a flexible graphically defined conversion. FlowHeater facilitates quick transport of data from one place to another with necessary conversions performed on the fly. Using FlowHeater, a wide variety of data sources can be interconnected by making use of exchangeable adapters, with unrestricted data flow.

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