Monday, September 29, 2008

lastpass - The last word in password managers


If you're tired of trying to remember multiple passwords and don't want to be an idiot who uses a single, easy-to-guess password for all your sensitive web sites (think Sarah Palin), then you need lastpass. From the web site:
  • Create strong passwords, knowing you only have to remember one.
  • Log into your favorite sites with a single click
  • Fill forms in a second; stop pulling out your wallet to get your credit card number
  • Access and manage your data from multiple computers seamlessly
  • Share logins with friends and let others share logins with you



Check it out here.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Secunia PSI - Keep your software up-to-date automatically


Who can keep up nowadays? There's so much software on our computers, and updates and patches are flying at us like a swarm of killer bees. This superuseful freebie does it all for you and does it well. From the developer's web site:
The Secunia PSI is the vulnerability scanner for your personal computer. It is the FREE security tool designed with the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer from software vulnerabilities.

Secunia PCI

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Easy Duplicate File Finder - Make room on your drives



Doesn't matter how big your drives are, you'll find a way to overload them. I know you. One way to make room is to get rid of duplicate files. From the web site:

# Search for true duplicates (files with same contents)
Powerful search engine with fast files check
Full binary (byte-by-byte) comparison

# Flexible Scan settings
Search files by masks
Size conditions & skip zero-length files option

# Find duplicates from selected folders or drives
Add multiple folders/drives for scanning

# Safety
Protect system files and folders
Move files to Recycle Bin or delete duplicate files permanently
Mark selected duplicates by renaming them with adding prefix to file names - to test which files is safe to delete

# Convenient user interface

# Duplicate file management - remove only unnecessary duplicates
Select files manually (for deletion) or use flexible selection options
Rename duplicate files with prefix/postfix
Move duplicate files to folder
Open folder containing selected file
Show file properties
Open file with associated program

# Full Unicode support
Support for files with Chinese, Japanese, Arabian etc names

# Export list of duplicates to HTML document or to TXT file




Easy Duplicate File Finder

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Google Toolbar 5 beta for Firefox


Listen up everybody...Google has a new toolbar for Firefox with some new features, like...

# Add gadgets to your Toolbar
to view your favorite content from any site.
# 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 suggestions instead of error pages
for broken links or mistyped web addresses.


Google Toolbar 5 

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yahoo Messenger 9 - Available now!


From the web site:
Easier ways to stay up to date:
    See more updates from your friends in the detailed Messenger list
Show off your status:
    Easily add links and emoticons to your status messages
Watch videos together:
    Share videos from popular sites and watch them with friends right in your IM window
# Instant message with one friend, or conference in a bunch
# Send text messages (SMS) to friends' mobile phones for free*
# Join a chat room to meet new friends while you discuss your favorite topics
# Make free PC-to-PC calls and PC-to-phone calls for as low as 1¢ a minute (plus free voicemail!)

Yahoo Messenger 9 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

xNeat Clipboard Manager - Runs rings around Windows clipboard


The clipboard was a revolution. Several decades ago. Now it's taken for granted. But many of us need more than what's on offer from Windows, and for us, there's xNeat's free Clipboard Manager. From the web site:
The problem with the Windows clipboard is that you can only copy once before pasting , xNeat Clipboard Manager solves such problem by keeping track of all your copied items and giving you quick access to them.



xNeat Clipboard Manager  [via freewaregenius ]

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Free PC Audit - Find out everything there is to know about your computer

No one likes the word "audit," even auditors hate it. But in this case it's not so bad. There are many occasions when you need to know what your computer's thingamabob is, or what model whatzis it has. Who the hell knows the answers to those kinds of questions? Well I suppose some people know that stuff, but you really don't want to think too much about them.

For the rest of us there's Free PC Audit, a standalone executable, so it doesn't need to be installed. Just open the executable file when needed.




Free PC Audit [via Lifehacker]

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

MyUSBOnly - Keep your computer safe from flash-drive bad guys




I don't often feature applications that you have to pay for, but this one could save you big money somewhere along the line: MyUSBOnly costs $30, but will keep your data safe from anyone who would purloin it with a thumb-drive, MP3 player or portable USB hard-drive.


From their web site:
Stealing information - or just reading it without permission - is a lot easier than it used to be. All you have to do is stick a USB thumb drive into a port, copy some files, and put the drive back into your pocket.
You're very careful about encrypting your backup files, and the information that you send over the Internet. But you're probably not protecting your USB ports, which means someone could copy important PC files to a thumb drive. These thumb drives fit easily into pocket or purse. Bad guys can use them to steal your files, your financial information, and your identity.





MyUSBOnly



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Saturday, September 20, 2008

FoxTab - Switch between Firefox tabs with style

Why click on your Firefox tabs to switch between them when you can do it this way:


From the Mozilla Add-on site:
FoxTab provides a new fascinating and elegant method for finding and selecting a tab in the browser. FoxTab is designed to be suitable for many types of users, those with only few tabs opened and those out there (like me) who usually have tons of opened tabs to select from. The idea behind FoxTab is to provide new visual methods for quick tab switching.
There are 5 layouts which you can choose from:
Stack - Tabs are 3D-stacked one behind the other.
Wall - Tabs are displayed on a wall (similar to a TV store).
Grid - Tabs are aligned on a grid.
Row - Tabs are arranged horizontally.
Circle - Tabs are placed around a 3D circle..

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

ExitReality - Australian company launches 3D Internet tool



(I haven't tried this yet, so proceed with that in mind...)
An Australian company on Thursday launched a free tool it says offers web browsers a world-first opportunity to view the Internet in three dimensions.
Founder Danny Stefanic said that previously only specialised websites such as Second Life and World of Warcraft allowed users to enter a 3D environment.
"ExitReality goes far beyond that," he said. "It allows you to view not just one website but the entire World Wide Web in 3D."

ExitReality.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Google Desktop - New and improved


If you like the look of a nice sidebar and want to be able to search your computer quickly, Google Desktop 5.8 could be for you. From the site: 

"Google Desktop makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google. It's a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, Gmail, web pages that you've viewed, and more. By making your computer searchable, Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails and bookmarks.
Google Desktop doesn't just help you search your computer; it also helps you gather new information from the web and stay organized with gadgets and sidebar. Google Gadgets can be placed anywhere on your desktop to show you new email, weather, photos, personalized news, and more. Sidebar is a vertical bar on your desktop that helps you keep your gadgets organized."



Google Desktop

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Artweaver - A free alternative to Photoshop

Certainly not as full-featured, and not for experts, Artweaver is free and has tools that many will find useful. For example:

# Support of many different digital brushes e.g. chalk, charcoal, pencils...
# Standard image editing tools like gradient, crop, fill and selection tools.
# Transparency and Layers support.
# Effect filters like sharpen, blur, emboss and mosaic.
# Support for the most common file formats like AWD (Artweaver), BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, TGA, TIFF, PNG, and PSD (no layer support).
# Pen Tablet support for a realistic feeling.
# Support for many languages through language files (Columbian Spanish, Danish, Hungarian, Swedish, ...).
# Artweaver is Freeware.
# And much more...


Artweaver


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Sunday, September 14, 2008

speed.io - Test your Internet connection speed and more


Ever wonder if you're getting the connection speed promised by your Internet provider? When things slow to a tortoise-like crawl, do you ask yourself, How slow is my Internet today?

Here's a simple way to get those questions answered. From their web site: "speed.io measures your current internet speed to the nearest server (we have almost 50.000 server worldwide). We test your download (speed with which you receive data from internet), upload (speed with which you send data to the internet), connection test (maximal number of connections per minute) as well as ping (response time between your computer and the internet)."



Speed.io

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Friday, September 12, 2008

iSearch - Will it make googling a thing of the past?

Humans are social creatures, at least that's what other humans tell us. So we spend lots of time searching for people on the Internet. According to the good people at iSearch: "iSearch is destined to change the way we search for information about people online....and has the potential to make "Googling" someone a thing of the past."

iSearch


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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Flash Killer - Save your sanity in Firefox

There are certain flash ads that cause me indescribable irritation and not a little suffering. They toast my buns. You know the one with the face of an attractive woman that turns old and ugly? It is so lame!! I can't stand it!!

Luckily there is Flash Killer, a Firefox extension that lets me annihilate that ad and others of its insufferable ilk with a single click so that I can read the offending web page in Zen-like peace.

Flash Killer

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Stormpulse - The most beautiful way to track storms




Living in the target-zone of hurricanes is exciting this time of year. Remember 2004? That was the year I was in the path or three major hurricanes. So I spend a fair amount of time checking on the latest paths of Atlantic storms prophesied by those in the know. Of all the web sites I've seen, this one is the coolest.




Stormpulse


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Friday, September 05, 2008

Docstoc - Free online storage and synching


With the advent of cloud computing, online storage of your documents is not only a great backup solution, but it allows you to access the latest version of your documents from any Internet connected computer. Along these lines, here's a cool offering: Docstoc.
Docstoc MyDocs is the best place to keep your docs online.
Quickly preview and manage any of your Docstoc documents. MyDocs is the best way to store both private and public documents in one central online location.



Docstoc

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

KeePass - Top notch open-source password manager



I wrote about another password manager a few days ago, so why again today? The last one was a Firefox add-on; this one's a stand-alone application. In that class, KeePass does what a password manager should do and does so admirably. From their web site:
Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your homepage's FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem... A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, homepage, etc. Unimaginable.
KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).




KeePass


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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Pictomio - Incredible 3D browsing of your photos and videos




This free application somehow turns your photos into a 3D experience. From the web site:
Image Management - Pictomio easily manages thousands of media intensive image and video archives and groups your media according to orientation, time, type, size, rating, etc. 
Video Management - Finally a tool to directly manage your videos. Along with viewing Thumbnails you can also rotate and zoom video.
Library - With the Library you can display photos by the date taken and EXIF values (e.g. type of camera) as well as sorted by category and album.
And lots more!




Pictomio


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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Google Chrome - Google's new open-source browser

It's to be made available to the general public (that's us!) today. Check out the first screenshot, and keep your eyes on this site: http://www.google.com/chrome.





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Monday, September 01, 2008

Microsoft readying apps store for Windows Mobile?

When a friend bought an iPhone 3G and started sending me screenshots of scores of cool apps downloaded from the Apple store, I became envious. Why can't I get more stuff like that on my Windows Mobile smartphone? I thought. Well, there may be some good news on the horizon (even though I may end up with an Android phone down the road).

CNET News - August 31, 2008 by Steven Musil

It looks as though Microsoft is joining Apple and Google in the mobile "apps store" market.

It appears the software giant expects to launch an applications store called "Skymarket" this fall for its Windows Mobile platform, if a recent job posting spotted by Long Zheng at Istartedsomething.com is accurate. According to the ad posted Sunday on Computerjob.com, the Skymarket senior product manager will head a team that will "drive the launch of a v1 marketplace service for Windows Mobile."

Original article>>

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