Sunday, August 31, 2008

D-Color - Change your desktop icons to your liking

No longer do you have to sit back and take whatever Windows serves up! Now, you can take charge of the look and feel of your desktop icons with D-Color. From the web site: "D-Color allows you to change the appearance of the desktop icon text foreground and background colors. It also allows you to change the view of your desktop icons from Large, Small, and Tile view icons."



D-Color XP 1.2

[via Lifehacker]

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Sxipper - An excellent password manager add-on for Firefox



Do you write down your web passwords on little pieces of paper? On post-its? Or worse yet, use the same password (your dog's name!) for everything, including your online banking? I would like to think better of my readership.

Whatever, here's a great tip from me to you...Sxipper. It's a Firefox add-on that will make saving your passwords (and retrieving them, don't forget that) as easy as pie.

What the web site says:

"Log into websites with a single click. Fill forms in seconds.

Sxipper makes interacting with the Web simpler by keeping track of an unlimited number of usernames, passwords and personal information such as name, address, phone numbers, etc. Presented as you need it, Sxipper securely stores this personal data on your computer.

Our mission is to make your interactions with the Web simple, keeping your data private and secure."



Sxipper

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

Desktops v1.0 - Virtual desktops utility from Windows Sysinternals

I'm not a huge virtual desktops fan, but maybe I just haven't caught on. If you are fan, here's a new offering from Microsoft. From the web site: "Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys."


Desktops

[via Digital Inspiration]

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Windows Live Video Messages - Use your webcam for something good for a change


Microsoft continues to add new applications to its Live ensemble. Here's a neat one you may enjoy...

From the web site:

Send Video Messages to the important people in your life to enjoy when they wish. With Windows Live Video Messages, recipients don't have to download and play video files on their PC. Instead, videos are stored with advanced security technology on a Web site.

With Windows Live Video Messages, you can control who gets to see your videos by locking or unlocking the messages you send. Only unlocked messages can be forwarded or saved by recipients of your Video Messages.

Sending, managing and repeated viewing of Video Messages requires a free Windows Live ID. This is not required for a single video viewing.

Windows Live Video Messages

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

WinExt - A simple horizontal dock for all your files and apps

There are so many docking utilities available now that you can easily feel a bit overwhelmed by them all. So why am I showing you yet another one? Because I like to see you suffer? Not at all. It's because having choices is what America is all about! From their web site:
Customize your desktop with a horizontal bar that gives you easy access to all your programs and documents. WinExt is not an alternative to the windows shell, but a good expansion which gives your shell at set of new features.

WinExt consists of a bar docked to the top or bottom of the screen and gives access to wide range of features while you work at your computer.

The menus system serves you programs and documents with very few mouse clicks. You can set up your own menu structure that fits your needs by adding the files and folders you use most frequently.




Winext


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Monday, August 18, 2008

IE Tab - The top 1 Firefox add-on!


Other blogs all give you the top 5 or top 11 or top 37.5 best whatevers. I give you the top ONE Firefox add-on! It has to be IE Tab, an add-on I use and use often.


People can go nuts with Firefox add-ons, installing so many that they quickly forget what you have. But IE Tab is useful for those times when you want to open a web page in IE, either because it doesn't render well in the Mozilla engine, or because you want to run a setup file without saving it to your hard drive, something IE does that Firefox doesn't.

IE Tab

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Circle Dock - A different type of free app launcher

Docked application launchers are productivity enhancers and look way cool to boot. But they all sort of look the same. Here's a different take on the app launcher: Circle Dock.

 

Circle dock appears wherever your pointer happens to be when you summon it. According to the developers: "The idea behind Circle Dock is that the dock should appear where your mouse is instead of you having to move your mouse to the dock like with other programs. This is accomplished by making the dock a circular or spiral shape so that it can be placed anywhere, even near the edge of the screen."

Circle Dock

[via downloadsquad]
 
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Lino-It Beta - Online stickies



Recently we looked at colored highlighters for the web...now it's colored stickies. You can really go nuts with these things on Linoit. From their site:
Manage your tasks (to-do), share your idea with your friends, collect photos from everyone who attended a party, and whatever you want to do with web stickies!



Linoit
 
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

note2email.com - Write anonymous emails


So, you need (or want) to send an email to someone without them knowing who it's from. I don't want to get into why you might want to do that. That's between you and them. Here's a simple way to do it...use note2email.com. (The web site describes the purpose of the application thus: "Note2email is a web application designed to send quick text notes to any email address in the world." So it's not really designed for sending anonymous emails, but it can be used for that purpose.)

note2email.com


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Drop.io - "Simple private sharing"

From the web site:

Drop.io is the simplest way to share files online.

Simply set up a private space to drop any files by phone, email, web, widget or fax and then share them with whoever you want via a variety of outputs.

Drop.io

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Aurora - The future of browsers


Check out this 4-part set of videos that give one group's vision of the future of Internet browsers.

Aurora (Part 1) from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.

See the rest of the series here.

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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Grocery Checklist - Make creating your grocery list as painless as possible



 You'd think a famous blogger like me would have people to do this for him, but no, sadly I must make my own grocery checklist. So how do I get my list in shape with minimal hassle? With the online tool called...wait for it....Grocery Checklist!
 
I want my list to follow the layout of my grocery store so I don't end up hopscotching from one end of the place to the next and spending more time than necessary there. This list-maker has everything laid out in the most commonly grouped sections in your average store. 



Grocery Checklist


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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Q-Dir 3 - Everything Windows Explorer should be

Windows Explorer may seem nifty when you first tried a Windows machine, but by now you probably chafe at its limitations. If not, you should. Here's a list of some of its features from their web site:

Favorites:
Quick access to most often used folders.

Drag&Drop:
Move files by dragging in Q-views, and other programs such as MS Explorer.

Clipboard:
Copy/ Paste between the Q-Dir directory views, and other programs such as MS Explorer.

Folder-Type:
ZIP-, FTP-,cabinet-,network-, system - folders, shortcuts ...

Views:
Large icons, tiles, list, detail, thumbnail (Vista: extra large symbols) .

Export:
to XLS, CSV, TXT, HTML.

Popup Menus:
Desktop, My Computer.

Screen magnifier:
anything on the screen can be enlarged.

Color Filter:
Different colors for different item types (e.g. *.log;*.txt).

Highlight-Filter:
Effective way for fast items highlighting.

File-Filter:
Allows for quick and easy filtering of the items.

Columns:
All columns support, and save function .

Quick-Links:
For fast folder access.

Folder-Select:
Fast & flexible folder selection address-bar/ desktop menu/ my-computer menu/...

Multi-INI:
Several INI files for Q-Dir.

Tree-View:
Simple and quadruple.

Preview:
Allows a quick preview.

Portable:
from 2.77 Q-Dir
is portable.


Still need convincing? Q-Dir comes recommended by PCWorld.

Q-Dir

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

KeyScrambler Personal - Free protection from keyloggers

What are keyloggers? And why do we need protection from them? These are good questions to which all computer users should have the answers. Keyloggers are small computer programs that record the keystrokes typed on a computer keyboard. They can be secretly installed on a computer so that, as you type in your passwords and user IDs to access your online bank information, someone can get them and do bad things with your money, like stealing it.




This application "encrypts keystrokes at the kernel driver level to defeat known and unknown keyloggers.  It gives you, your family and your business the world's best anti-keylogging protection."

KeyScrambler Personal


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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Wired-Marker - Highlight the Web with this Firefox add-on


Take a look at what's on your desk. See any highlighters? Come on, you know who you are. You LOVE highlighters, you've got every color conceivable. Now, wouldn't you like to have all those colors available to markup the web? Now you can, with Wired-Marker.




Wired-Marker

via Digital Inspiration

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

File Dropper - Share humongous files for free

You have an enormous file and want to send it to your friend or colleague, but your ISP or email host won't allow files larger than 10Mb. What can you do? Sites like this one are extremely useful for this purpose, but many of them have limits of 100Mb or you have to pay.

Here's one site that allows up to 5Gb for free. How does it work? Simple. Upload your file, get a link, share the link. No need to sign up, but if you want to pay a little bit for a membership, you can do that too.

File Dropper

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Grooveshark - Online music made simple

 
Online music communities have come a long way in the last year, allowing us to search for music, play it, and even create playlists that we can share with friends and strangers. Here's one I found that makes all these activities as simple as possible.




Grooveshark


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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Revo Uninstaller - For deep-cleaning your system


My name is Barry, and I am an installaholic. But I can quit any time I want. Actually, since I'm a self-appointed blogger on useful software, I am obliged to try a lot of applications. Sometimes they don't work out so well, and it's at times like these when I need to uninstall some. The problem is, many applications leave their spoor all in your system even after you've "unistalled" them. Revo Uninstaller deep-cleans to get rid of all traces left behind.


From the web site:
Here is the list of the tools and utilities included in Revo Uninstaller:

Auto Start Manager - Stop programs that start automatically on Windows startup; speed up loading of Windows!

Windows Tools Manager - Handy and useful tools bundled with every version of Windows; easily find useful system tools and options!

Junk Files Cleaner - Find and remove unnecessary files from your computer; free up disk space and delete files you do not need!

Browsers History Cleaner - Erase web browser history, visited pages history and temporary internet files of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape and Opera web browsers; free up a lot of disk space by deleting temporary internet files like temporary saved videos, temporary flash files, temporary pictures etc!

Office History Cleaner - Remove the history of most recently used files in MS Office; remove your tracks by deleting the list of last opened MS Office documents!

Windows History Cleaner - Remove the history of recently opened files, delete temporary files, remove usage tracks and other history items that are saved by Windows; remove your tracks saved by Windows for a lot of operations!

Unrecoverable Delete Tool - Erase files and folders forever; be sure that nobody could recover your files and folders after deleting!

Evidence Remover - Make sure already deleted files, folders and other data are unrecoverable; securely erase your data!
Revo Uninstaller

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