Monday, December 31, 2007

Google Toolbar 5 for IE is Here!

googletoolbar

Check out the newest Google toolbar for Internet Explorer with these new features:
  • Add gadgets to your Toolbar to view your favorite content from any site.
  • Fill out web forms with a click and even keep multiple profiles, with improved AutoFill.
  • Access your Toolbar from any computer by saving your settings online.
  • Clip content as you browse the web with Google Notebook, now integrated with Toolbar.
Get it here.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Microsoft Has a New Download Site

Microsoft Download Center

Preeeezenting, the new Microsoft Download Center! This preview version has a more convenient layout than the current one and requires Silverlight (which you ought to have anyway).

Microsoft Download Center Beta

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

New Computer for Christmas? You Need the PC Decrapifier!

decrapifyer

Unless you built it yourself, chances are good that you (or your relative who knows next to nothing about anything made since 1982) brought home a new machine infested with crapplications. Those are software apps that you neither need nor want. Then why are they there? Simple. Because companies pay your PC maker to put them on their new computers in the hope that rubes will pay for them when the trial periods run out. Comes PC Decrapifier to the rescue.

I recently helped my college senior son pick out a new laptop at Best Buy. The sales person tried like heck to get us to pay for their "antivirus/antispyware" recovery disk. You can easily burn your own recovery disk, and you can download and install excellent antispyware and antivirus apps for nothing! What's even more annoying, however, is the enormous number of crapplications that come with your new machine. Like what? Like Norton "free trials," AOL offers, and stupid games aplenty.

To get rid of all this wastage, get PC Decrapifier and have a nice, clean, new PC experience.

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Grab Yahoo Messenger for Vista Preview!

Yahoo Messenger for Vista Preview

If you are like me (and who is, but anyway, you might be the type who has to try anything new), check out the live preview of Yahoo Messenger for Vista.

Yahoo Messenger for Vista Preview


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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Fastest Online Dictionary: Definr

definr

When reading or creating a document you come across a word whose meaning eludes you. Perhaps the reason for your ignorance is the fact that the word is not in English. You can't be blamed for that, can you? In any case, you need a definition, and you need it now. Check out Definr, billed as an "incredibly fast dictionary." It translates words and phrases before you have time to say, "What the hell does this mean?"

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Friday, November 23, 2007

More Gorgeous Fonts for Free

Free Fonts

Do not ever search for free fonts and visit the resulting sites willy nilly. Unless you also make good use of McAfee Site advisor, searching for free fonts, free screensavers or free wallpaper will bring you to the worst and most dangerous web sites on the internet, malware storehouses, in effect. So how do you find the free stuff that is safe for human consumption? You subscribe to RSS feeds from trusted sites like mine, that's how. And today I point you towards some 40 gorgeous typefaces that you can download and use freely. Check them out here.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

miniMize - Replace Taskbar with Minimized Windows



Some folks have a less than positive feeling about the Windows taskbar. They would like to do without it sitting there at the bottom of their screens. But then navigating to their open applications is not as easily accomplished. What to do? This is where miniMize comes into its own.

miniMize replaces the taskbar with thumbnails of your open apps on your desktop. Click on the one you want and you maximize or restore that window. miniMize has plenty of flexibility to make it work to your liking. Check it out at...

miniMize

[via appaholic]

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Buzzword - The Stylish Way to Write on the Web

Buzzword

There are many ways to create word processing documents on the web, and I use a couple of them regularly when I need access to the documents from different locations. They all work well, but this way, Buzzword from Adobe, just now available to everyone, is one of the coolest yet. Check it out.

Buzzword

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

10 Ways to Maximize Your Wireless Network Performance

Girl Networking

Almost everyone has a wireless router nowadays. Having one of these things is a wonderful way to share files and printers between computers and to share a broadband Internet connection. Used to be we had to string LAN cable through the house; what a mess that was. So you have a wireless network, but is it doing the best job of putting a strong signal throughout your home? Check out these excellent tips from Microsoft to get the best performance possible.

10 tips for improving your wireless network

[via One Tip A Day]

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Flock

Flock

I will not tell a lie: I love Flock. I have been a Flock fan for many moons, but it is just now being noticed by the public at large. If you have been a bit leery of trying a new browser, simply because of the learning curve you anticipate, leer no longer.

Because Webware has posted an wonderfully concise yet super-helpful article that will help you get going with one of the best browsers out there. You owe it to yourself, blah blah blah. Just check it out.

A Newbie's Guide to Flock

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

How to Choose a New Laptop

laptop

Personally, I like the power and size of a desktop machine. Large, dual (at least) screens, a nice big keyboard that keeps me from having to twist my wrists into the cramped configuration demanded by laptops. I know, I know, you can stick a laptop into a port replicator and have all that, but I can do without the hassle and extra cost. Bottom line, I do not need to do my computing for all to see in my neighborhood Starbucks, or in a tree, or on my hardwood floor. My desk is fine. But that's just me.

For those of you who have a small frame and need to take your machine with you wherever you go, a laptop is fine. But how to choose? Computer Tips for Everybody has a great post with some helpful hints.

What are the 10 things to look for in a laptop

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Gmail Adds IMAP

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

As everyone knows (or perhaps not), IMAP is the best way to access your email from multiple devices (home, work, mobile, etc.) because the information is always synchronized. Any changes you make take place on the server, not on your device. From the web site:
As we roll out the feature over the next couple of days, you will be able to use Gmail at work, in your car, or just about anywhere on any device, and actions you take will be automatically synced with Gmail on the web (and remember it works the other way too: anything you do on the Web will be seen on your phone or in your mail client). Just click the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab in your Gmail "Settings" and turn it on. (Psst. If you don't see the "IMAP" in the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab, then check back soon. We are giving it to users as fast as we can).
Article

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Search WorldCat: The Most Enormous Network of Library Content Ever!

WorldCat Search



From the website:

What is WorldCat?

WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.

What am I searching?

WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.

WorldCat.org lets you:

  • Search many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a library nearby
  • Find books, music, and videos to check out
  • Find research articles and digital items (like audiobooks) that can be directly viewed or downloaded
  • Link to "Ask a Librarian" and other services at your library
  • Post your review of an item, or contribute factual information about it
You may need to have an active offline membership with a WorldCat library to view/download content or check out materials through its Web site.

What will I find?

Illustration: Some of the media icons you'll see in WorldCat resultsYou can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages.

Can I check something out?

It depends on whether you have an active membership with a library that owns the item, and whether that library's Web site permits remote checkout of an item. WorldCat.org lets you find an item of interest and then locate a library near you that owns it. Usually you will link directly to the item record on the library's Web site. The actions available to you on that page will vary from one library to another. You may be able to join a waiting list, reserve the item, check it out or even have it shipped or delivered.

Can I get into electronic databases?

Some WorldCat libraries make their specialized reference databases available on their Web sites, but only to library members. Your search on WorldCat.org may produce direct links to articles and other resources in these databases. To access these resources, though, you may first be required to log in with a valid library membership.

Can I ask for help from a librarian?

Yes! WorldCat results often include a direct link to the "Ask a Librarian" help feature of a library's Web site.

Can I add information to WorldCat?

Yes! On the WorldCat page for a particular item, you can enter a rating and review under the "Reviews" tab, and contribute factual notes or a book's table of contents under the "Details" tab. Note that only you can modify or delete your own review, but other users can edit information that has been contributed under Details (similar to Wikipedia).

Can I search WorldCat at my local library?

Your library may let you search WorldCat from the online catalog on its Web site. (Again, you may have to log in with a valid library membership.) When you are physically at the library, you can search WorldCat using the FirstSearch reference service. Although the basic identifying information you'll find on this Web site can fulfill most needs, WorldCat at your library includes extra features such as:
  • Advanced search
  • "Find similar items"
  • Links to published reviews and excerpts
WorldCat

[via Lifehacker]

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Gmail Expands

Have you noticed that your Gmail storage capacity has recently been growing much faster than usual? If so, you are quite observant, and I commend you. I noticed the phenomenon yesterday. Suddenly I had gone from inchworm-slow growth that was hardly noticeable, to a jump of 4oMb seemingly overnight. Something big was going on.

Google has announced, or leaked, the fact that it is rapidly expanding your Gmail capacity to a nice, fat 6Gb by January 2008. On October 23 you will have 4321Mb, and by January 4 you will arrive at 6283Mb. What will you do with all that storage? I'm sure you'll think of something.

Read more about this here.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Terminate Locked Files with Extreme Prejudice

There have been times when a perfectly useless file that I was attempting to delete hid behind the protection of my Windows operating system and refused to be dislodged. Particularly when I have saved a setup file to my desktop and tried to delete the file after installing the application, I have had to search the Internet for the technique needed to erase it. Not any more! File Assassin will take increasingly powerful steps to erase those tenacious hangers-on until they are well and truly gone.

Now hear me on this: You need to be absolutely certain that it is safe to delete the file, because File Assassin will not quit till it's six feet under. This is a great utility to have on hand for those times when you need it.

File Assassin

[via appaholic]

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

What's Next in the World of Computing?

Future of Computing

Cordless power, zero-ink printing, flexible displays in the near-term, gigabit Internet and probe storage a few years further out. This is according to an informative and intriguing article on PCWorld.com. Can the flying cars be that far behind? Hey, forget about flying cars, will you?

Source article.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

What the Flip: Get Vista Flip 3-D on XP!

Shock Aero

For those who prefer XP over Vista but like some of the Vista eye-candy, here is an app that gives you the 3-D alt-tab feature. Feels a bit like cheating!

Shock Aero


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Saturday, September 22, 2007

More Fantastic High-Q Wallpapers

Computer Wallpaper

For those who cannot get enough of high-quality computer wallpaper, here is one of the largest and best collections I have seen from a reputable designer.

VladStudio Wallpapers

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Get Windows Se7en Wallpaper

Windows Se7en Wallpaper

If you happen to be in love with the latest and greatest anything, you will definitely want to be the first kid on your block to have Windows Seven wallpaper on your desktop screen. Formerly codenamed Blackcomb, then Vienna, Windows Se7en is supposed to be the name of the next version of Windows, due out in 2009 or 2010. Whether or not it has anything like the look of this wallpaper, the look is quite stunning.

Windows Se7en Wallpaper

[via JohnTP]

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Upgrade to OpenOffice 2.3

OpenOffice 2.3

For those of you who are unfamiliar with OpenOffice, you should know that it is an open source (read free!) alternative to the pricey Microsoft Office. If you are hesitant to plunk down big bucks for multiple installations of MS Office, OpenOffice might be your solution.

If you're already a fan of OpenOffice, version 2.3 is now available, even though the official release comes tomorrow. Lots of bug fixes and feature updates are included in the new version.

OpenOffice 2.3

[via downloadsquad]

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Remote Desktop Control Solution: Yuuguu

Yuuguu Remote Desktop Control

As a self-proclaimed computer guru, I am often called upon to assist a friend or customer by telephone with their computer malfunction issues. Anyone who has tried to help someone with a computer problem over the phone is painfully aware of how difficult this can be when the recipient of your help cannot describe what he or she is seeing or doing. This is where a remote desktop control solution comes in handy.

When you can not only see for yourself what's on the person's screen, but take control of their machine from the comfort and convenience of your own desk, well, that's a little slice of heaven right there, isn't it? So check out this free beta offering and help or be helped.

Yuuguu

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Blog Like a Pro with Live Writer Beta 3

Windows Live Writer Beta 3

Whichever blogging platform you use, you will find that Windows Live Writer makes your blogging easier and more flexible.

What's that? You don't have a blog? What are you waiting for, the Singularity? Get with the program! Seriously though, check out Live Writer Beta 3 and see what's new:
  • XHTML Support
  • Insert videos
  • Upload photos to PicasaWeb
  • Additional language support
  • Enhanced image handling
  • Beaucoup bug fixes
Windows Live Writer Beta 3

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

As Promised: Windows Live Suite Installer

Windows Live Suite Installer

Windows has released its Live Services Suite installer. With it, you can select and install any or all of its suite of online services. It works with XP and Vista.

Windows Live Services Suite


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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Take Opera 9.5 Alpha Out for a Spin

Opera 9.5 Alpha

Opera seems to be one of the most underused browsers available today, and that is unfortunate because it happens to be an excellent and innovative product with some very cool features. If you want to try it out, check out the new, publicly available, 9.5 alpha release. It adds features like full history search, status bar with zoom and image control, restore closed widows, improved bitTorrent performance, skins and more.

Opera 9.5 Alpha

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Get Ready for Windows Live Unified Installer!

Sounds like what physicists are searching for, the grand unified theory (GUT), but Windows plans to launch this week "free software that connects its Windows operating system to software services delivered on the Internet, a practice increasingly referred to as “cloud” computing. The initiative is part of an effort to connect Windows more seamlessly to a growing array of Internet services," according to the NYT.

Bringing you closer to its Windows Live online offerings, like Search, SkyDrive, Mail, Photo Gallery, Messenger, OneCare and Messenger, this software promises to make connecting with its services easier than ever before. A good idea? Sounds like it to me. Keep your eyes peeled.

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

A Sweet Suite of Online Services: webAsyst

webAsyst

There is an overabundance of online applications available, God knows, but this one stands out for sure. It is beautifully laid out in prime Web 2.0 fashion, it is cleanly set up and works well. I do not sign up for every tom-dick-and-harry suite out there, but I signed up for this one. If you want a nice set of apps that will increase your online productivity, regardless of your real job, this could be the one you need.

webAsyst


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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Snag Links with Snap Links Firefox Extension

Snap Links

Lasso your links to open them all at once with Snap Links. Snap Links is a Firefox extension that lets you select multiple links by right-clicking and dragging across the links you want to open. A green box appears around them. Once you release the right mouse button the links will open in separate tabs. Neat, huh?

Snap Links

[via Learn Firefox]

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Zoho Adds a Start Page!

Zoho Start

Zoho is already well known (and lauded) for its excellent suite of online apps. They all work beautifully and give us the opportunity to do our work online, collaborating with colleagues and sharing our documents with others. The one thing Zoho lacked has now been added: One place to access all our documents, whichever application they are associated with. Now we can go to Zoho Start. Enjoy!

Zoho Start

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

FotoFlexer: A Powerful Online Photo Editor

FotoFlexer

To continue the theme of manipulating photos, this online application can do things to your photos you never thought possible, like removing blemishes, changing hair color and changing backgrounds, all without being a Photoshop guru.

FotoFlexer

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Paint.NET 3.10 Final Version - New Photo Effects

Paint.NET Portrait Effect

Why spend hundreds for commercial photo-editing software when Paint.NET will do the job for free? The newest version of Paint.NET has arrived, and it boasts some cool new photo effects like the Portrait Effect and the Ink Sketch Effect.

Paint.NET 3.10


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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Vista Feature for XP: Visual Task Tips

Visual Task Tips

Another little bit of Vista eye-candy for XP users, this small, fast and light program adds thumbnail previews to your taskbar tasks when you hover over them.

Visual Task Tips


[via One Tip a Day]

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Webmail, Plain and Simple: Litepost

Litepost Webmail

If you feel a bit overwhelmed with web mail offerings these days, you probably have company. All the bells and whistles are dandy, if you want them and need them. But what if you happen to want a simple, clean interface? Today is your lucky day, my friend, because I am going to introduce you to the web mail you desire: Litepost.

From their welcome email:
We're Different:
Until now, the webmail experience has been a stale and confusing experience. Instead of finding new ways to help you communicate better, other services just add more features, often at the expense of usability. Fortunately, we've rethought webmail, focusing on one thing: sending and receiving messages (imagine that). No more, no less. (If you really want to subscribe to RSS feeds from within your inbox, we hear the new Yahoo! Mail beta has it.)

Clutter-Free Design:
Instead of burying the user in features they'll never use, the Litepost webmail experience is simple and straightforward. Nothing in the interface is out of place, nor is any detail too small. Using webmail is suddenly a quick and intuitive workflow, rather than a chore. Browse, sort, read, manage, and send with ease.

Everything Is Free:
Just like most other services, Litepost offers free hosted email accounts. But we've taken the definition of free to another level. We've made the Litepost webmail server an open source download, so you can install the solution on your own server, without relying on another company to store your messages.

One Size Doesn't Fit All:
Out of the box, we think the default Litepost webmail interface will work great for most people. However, if a user has different preferences or needs, we happily support change. Interface templates allow you to totally change your webmail experience, both aesthetically and functionally. Find one that suits you or design your own.
Litepost has quietly opened its registration to all comers.

Litepost

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