The full version of Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 Advanced is currently available for download through V3.co.uk Software Store, from May 28 through to midnight May 30, 2010. Those who wish to avail this offer should register an account at V3.co.uk and download the $50 worth software from this page. Registration is free.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Most movie subtitles you find on Internet doesn’t need to be edited or time-synced. Simply load them into your favorite movie player and they work, just like that. This is true for only new and popular movies, however. Try finding subtitles for some obscure movie and you will be lucky to get one. Even if you do, it’s likely to have lots of errors in transcriptions/translations of dialogs and annoyingly out of sync.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Opera Software today uploaded a parody video on YouTube poking fun at rival Google over the infamous Chrome speed text video that the company made a while back.
FolderSPy is a tiny application that allows you to monitor any directory for any changes. The changes might include creation of new files, file deletion, file modification or even renaming. FolderSpy can then alert you with a sound alarm whenever it detects a change. It can even detect changes in file and folder size.
Here is a nice trick you can use to spook your friends. It’s an old trick but still a good one. Show your friends an innocent looking, ordinary image like the one below (no offense to the photographer, it’s a brilliant shot!).
You frequently change your Windows desktop wallpaper. Adventurous ones probably apply a custom theme and even a new icon set every once in a while. But why stop there? Go ahead and choose a new mouse cursor to make the customization complete.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
With major graphic card manufactures shipping DirectX 11 compatible GPUs, Futuremark Studios is preparing to release a newer version of their popular benchmarking tool 3DMark supporting the latest standards.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
At a time when the entire music industry, music label companies and anti-piracy groups are going after torrent sites and illegal file downloaders, it’s satisfying to learn that there is at least one individual who really understands how the Internet works and how to leverage it to their advantage.
Nitro PDF Reader is a free PDF solution for Windows with features generally unheard of on free products. Most free PDF applications are either a viewer (or reader) or a virtual PDF printer that allows documents to PDF conversion. Nitro PDF Reader does both and additionally allows editing of PDF files.
An Israel based startup has recently launched a new software application called Solute, which was unveiled during the ongoing TechCrunch Disrupt. Calling itself the “anti-frustration software”, Soluto helps users understand the boot process and discover which applications are slowing it down, and then helps them to significantly improve it.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
For a long time, the percentage of revenue Google shares with publishers on the Adsense program has been subject to much speculation. Today these were finally laid to rest when Google publicly announced, for the first time, how much revenue the company shares with content publishers through the Adsense program.
Although Windows own ClearType font render works reasonably well on LCD screens as well as CRT monitors, an open source project is working on an alternative Windows font renderer.
You may have some sites you visit regularly but you wouldn’t want others to know. It could be a link to your secret blog or your bank’s website or you know, those kind of sites. Not only you have to type these URLs into the address bar every time you wish to open them, you have to memorize them too because you can’t keep them bookmarked. If only there was a way by which you could hide those links on your bookmark list.
Years of research and testing by security companies and independent testers alike have taught us that a single anti-virus software is incapable of detecting all virus and malware out loose in the wild. All anti-virus scanners are blind to a small percentage of malware, but given the astronomical number of worms and viruses crawling through the interwebs, even that small percentage adds up to a couple of hundreds.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the most popular video game of all time, Pac Man, Google put a playable version of the game on Google’s home page on May 21. It’s no longer on the page now but I hope you did catch it at least once during the 48 hours when it was up.
On March last, iCare Data Recovery Software conducted a giveaway where they gave away the $70 hard disk data recovery product for free. The giveaway was re-launched on May 21 and will last till May 25.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Hardcore music listeners never use Windows Media Player for listening to music or managing their collection as third party software offer better features and functionality. One good thing about Windows Media Player is that it supports plug-ins that allows developers and fans to generate greater appeal for the player by extending it’s functionality through useful plug-ins.
Friday, May 21, 2010
We have given away Handy Backup licenses twice before. Since our last giveaway on December 2009, four new versions of the software has been released which brought several new features among numerous updates, fixes and improvements to the product. It’s about time we do another round of giveaway.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Google Adsense program offers publishers several different ways to add Adsense advertisements on their site. The two most popular and commonly used formats are in-page contextual ads and ads on Google powered search results page.
Windows 7 has a hidden “rearm” command that can extend Windows activation grace period of 30 days by an additional 30 days. The rearm command can be used up to 3 times. So if a copy of Windows 7 is rearmed on the last day of every 30 day period, a user can use the operating system up to 120 days without activation.
Those who run multiple operating system on a single machine and need to frequently reboot from one to another, know how tedious it is to sit around waiting for the boot screen to load so that you may select the operating system to boot. The boot manager, on the other hand, doesn’t wait for you. If you don’t act within a specified time frame it will swiftly boot into the default selection, and if that happens you have start all over again.
Windows 7 Jumplists are pretty nifty. Unfortunately a lot of programs are yet to take advantage of this feature. This is where tools like Jumplist Extender comes in.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Years ago the only decent audio player available for Windows was Winamp. You would find one copy on every machine during the Windows 98 era and the early days of Windows XP. Today users have more choice and much better audio players and organizers – Foobar2000, AIMP and MediaMonkey to name a few.
Please pardon the slew of Facebook privacy related posts in recent weeks, and bear with me one more time as I write about yet another application that emerged out of the Facebook privacy mess.
OutSync is a simple Windows desktop application that syncs photos of your Facebook friends with matching contacts in Microsoft Outlook.
Here at Instant Fundas we have a detailed guide and numerous tips on how to surf at work surreptitiously. These are really good to save your skin if a colleague or a boss happen to stop by your cubicle. But the complete silence at your cubicle while you surf the Internet might get you suspicious looks from co-workers.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
WiseStamp is a browser plug-in for Firefox and Chrome (available also for the email client Thunderbird), that allows you to embed a surprisingly wide variety of customized and personalized signatures on your email messages. These include adding links to latest blog post, bookmarks, pictures, videos, Twitter and Facebook status and so on.
If the rumor is true, then soon we will be seeing a new kind of hard disk drive from Seagate - one that is a combination of the flashy new Solid State Drive and the traditional spinning disk platter drive.
Monday, May 17, 2010
You do know your Facebook wall updates are publicly searchable, don’t you? Well, if you don’t, there is a new site that shows you how scary and embarrassing the situation is.
Advanced SystemCare Pro, formerly known as Advanced WindowsCare, provides an always-on, automated, all-in-one PC Healthcare Service with anti-spyware, privacy protection, performance tune-ups, and system cleaning capabilities. This powerful tool fixes stubborn errors, cleans out clutter, optimizes Internet and download speeds, ensures personal security, and maintains maximum computer performance automatically.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Google plans to allows users to run encrypted search by next week, it announced in a blog post on Friday. Ironically, the announcement of the upcoming and rather important change came in a blog post explaining that Google had been mistakenly eavesdropping on unencrypted wi-fi networks as its Street View cars were taking pictures of cities around the world.
Friday, May 14, 2010
If you have visited Wikipedia during the last 48 hours or so you must have noticed that the online encyclopedia now sports a soothing new look. The new theme is called Vector and aside from the looks include improved navigation for reading and editing pages.
Backing up Opera browser’s profile settings manually is easy but clumsy and require you to backup several different folders/files, feeds, bookmarks separately. To help you in this process we have a freeware tool simply called Opera Settings Import & Export Tool.
Product Observer is a browser addon for Firefox and Internet Explorer that can monitor the price of a chosen product on a shopping site and alert you when the price drops. This helps you save money as well as save yourself from having to keep track of the prices manually.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
In celebration of the launch of Steam for Mac, Valve Corporation is giving away the game Portal for free. This promotion is different from the usual “free weekend” offer. Portal is free for everyone to keep forever on their PC, as long as they download it before May 24.
Until now, there were only two options when you upload a video to YouTube – either make it public or make it private. Making it public meant anybody can view the video without logging into YouTube and the videos will appear on search results and recommended videos. Private videos is the other extreme – only specific YouTube users can view them. Today YouTube rolled out a third option, Unlisted, whose privacy option lies in between the two.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Remember Rick Roll? If only there was a way to peek into the videos before playing them. Think of all the hours of your life you have wasted watching totally irrelevant videos because there was no way you could know what a video contains without watching them.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
With only a few exception, a majority of uninstallers that come with software applications are pure junk. These uninstallers remove only the core files- the executables and binaries and retain user files, configuration files, DLL files and other stuff making your system drive a junkyard.
In case you are using Mandriva, the once popular Linux distribution, you might be interested in knowing that the French company is now up for sale. According to Mandriva Linux Online, the firm is in deep financial trouble and getting sold is the next best option to total closure. I’m sure there are still many Mandriva fans out there and they wouldn’t like the distribution to disappear.
Monday, May 10, 2010
DocTranslator is an online file translation service that uses the Google Translate service to translate DOC, DOCX, PPT, XLS, XML and TXT files.
There are hundreds of Run commands for Windows – some of them are very popular and are frequently used and seen in articles like the regedit command or msconfig command. Some others, while not so popular, bring handy file browsing capabilities to Windows. Together with the new Vista/7 Start Menu, the Run tool provides an excellent user experience for keyboard junkies.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
In case you you are not familiar with LaTeX, here is a brief description:
LaTeX is a document markup language based on the idea that authors should be able to focus on the content of what they are writing without being distracted by its visual presentation.
Friday, May 7, 2010
AM-Notebook Lite is a software that has notes, to-do list, calendar, contact book and a simple spreadsheet application all rolled into one. This comprehensive life-organizer comes free of cost, although if you are willing to fork out some 30 odd Euros you can upgrade it to get plenty of more features. For now, we will restrict ourselves to the free version.
In a new privacy scare, several blogs reported a sneaky new security hole on Facebook yesterday. It was discovered that when you visit certain sites while logged in to Facebook, an app for those sites will be quietly added to your Facebook profile. Facebook displays no dialogue box or notification window asking permission.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher for Windows that can create high-resolution panoramas from a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location.
A typical CSS/HTML code for a page contains lots of redundant codes such as repeating DIV tags, A tags, attributes etc. You can minimize the amount of work by copy pasting most of these stuff, or if your code editor has auto-completion feature, but still you have to do a lot of typing.
You must have noticed computers in movies keep making weird beeps and sounds whenever the actor is using the keyboard or hacking into the mainframe. Thanks to Nullsoft (the makers of Winamp), you can replicate these sounds on your computer.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
A large number of users find Adobe Photoshop and applications of similar caliber too intimidating, and rightly so. After all how many point and shoot digital camera owners understand histograms and gradient map, or know how to use the Healing brush. It’s like asking them to mash potatoes with a sledgehammer. What these folks need is a simplified, automated image editing tool, and Zoner Photo Studio Free fits the requirements.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Timeshot is a new tool built upon an entirely new concept of photo manipulation. Instead of using a brush to pain on photos, Timeshot uses photos to paint on photos to create stunning effects of time lapse. The software can be best understood by seeing it at work.
To mark the 50th anniversary, the Anne Frank Museum has launched a virtual tour of the house where the 13 year old penned the most famous diary in history, hiding from the Nazis during World War II. The amazing reconstruction allows visitors to explore the entire house as well as the garden in three-dimension while a voiceover gives you a description of what you are seeing.
You must be aware of applications such as Skydrive Explorer and Gladinet that lets you use your online Skydrive account as a local folder on the hard disk. Although these tools make it easy for the user to access files on Skydrive as if they are stored locally, what these applications are missing is a synchronizer.
Instant Elevator Music is a fun little application that sits on the system tray and automatically starts playing cozy elevator music whenever a progress bar appears on the screen.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Home videos are generally unappealing. The under exposed, shaky, pixilated and out-of-focus videos of your kids blowing the birthday candles doesn’t do justice to the dollars you spent on your camcorder. So either you train up the amateur photographer in you or get this amazing piece of software I’m going to introduce today.
Granola is a safe to use power management software for x86 based systems, laptops, and PCs running Linux and Windows that reduces power consumption by the computer by automatically optimizing the system to use energy more efficiently without compromising performance or availability.
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Search engines can pull up hundreds of recipes for any given dish. Which one will you choose? Surely, the one that doesn’t require you to ru...
Are you running the same mouse cursor (pointer) that came with Windows XP or Vista? How boring! If you can change your desktop wallpaper and...
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