Sunday, November 30, 2008

AxCrypt - Free, open-source file encryption software

When you need to keep certain files secure and unreadable from unauthorized eyes, you can pay for lots of different applications, or you can us the free, open-source AxCrypt.

"Easy to use strong file encryption, integrated with Windows Explorer. Encrypt, compress, decrypt, wipe, view and edit with a few mouse clicks. Cryptographic primitives are AES-128 and SHA-1. A combination of strong symmetric encryption with compression and double-click editing/viewing. Encrypted files have a '.AXX' extension added to their names, and are shown with a new icon."


AxCrypt

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pandora Sidebar Gadget - For Pandora lovers with Vista sidebar

Pandora is a fantastic, free music service that lets you set up "stations" that play the kind of music you like. If you're already familiar with it, and if you make use of the Vista sidebar, you need to know that Pandora now has a sidebar gadget.

Once installed, you simple drag the gadget out of the sidebar to log in and view in regular mode, then drag it back to have it sit in your sidebar looking pretty and showing you what's playing.


Get it here.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Cabos - A free, clean, effective file sharing application

What to do when Limewire doesn't get the job done? When you can't find that song you can't get out of your head? Try Cabos.

A very simple, clean interface belies the effectiveness of Cabos, which has proven effective for me when other apps have fallen short.

"Cabos is Gnutella file sharing program based on LimeWire and Acquisition. It is free software. No spyware. No adware. Guaranteed.

Cabos provides simple sidebar interface, Mojito DHT support, firewall to firewall transfers, UPnP support, IP2Country support, iTunes integration, "What's New?" searches and more."


Cabos

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

OfficeZilla - Free web-based project management tools

Working on a project with far-flung colleagues can be a nightmare without a good, web-based system. There used to be several free choices, some of which I used to good effect in years past, but now, sadly, they seem to be extinct. Wait. Looky here!

OfficeZilla offers all the tools needed and some you may never have thought of...


"With OfficeZilla your organization can share calendars, files, forums and more in a secure and private web place with no limits, ads, or fees. Anyone can use OfficeZilla!"

Check it out at OfficeZilla

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

TextFlow - Introducing parallel word-processing

TextFlow is now in public beta, which means anyone can sign up. From the web site:

"Parallel word processing helps you produce text faster and use feedback better."


TextFlow

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Monday, November 24, 2008

springpad beta - Manage your life and track everything

There are scores of Internet tools that claim to help you manage your life and get organized. Springpad does this with notebooks called springpads. From the web site:

"Springpads are free online notebooks that help you manage your life. Use your springpad to keep track of notes, photos, maps, to-do’s, contacts, appointments & more."

springpad beta

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Appupdater - Keep your apps up-to-date the easy way



Newer versions of software applications not only work better than the older ones and have greater functionality, they are also more secure. (I know there have been exceptions, but this is true most of the time.) But who can keep up?

Appupdater makes the task much easier that it would otherwise be, because "It automates the process of installing and maintaining up to date versions of programs."


Appupdater

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Spicebird - Open source email client, calendar, task manager, etc.

If you're ready to try something new, check out Spicebird...

"Spicebird is a collaboration client that provides integrated access to email, contacts, calendaring and instant messaging in a single application. It provides easy access to various web services while retaining all the advantages of a desktop application. The application is based on projects like Thunderbird, Lightning and Telepathy and adds more functionality and integration among its components."




Spicebird

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

StickySorter - A great idea from Microsoft Office Labs

Some of the greatest products are the kind that meet a need you didn't know you had. This application fits that category for me. From the web site:

"StickySorter is an Office Labs sponsored spare-time project by two Microsoft employees, Julie and Sumit. The idea sprung from the need for project teams all over the world to gather and organize data using a collaborative process known as affinity diagramming.  Since its inception, StickySorter has evolved into a desktop application so anyone can use it to collaborate and organize ideas electronically, using a familiar sticky note interface."

StickySorter

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

LiveUpload to Facebook - Send your photos directly to Facebook with Windows Live Photo Gallery

If you like posting your photos on Facebook, here's a nice shortcut method. Use Windows Live Photo Gallery along with the LiveUpload to Facebook plug-in.

 

LiveUpload
 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

kwout - Web-based, context-sensitive screen capture


This little bookmarklet allows you to capture only the part of a web page that's relevant to you. From the site...

"kwout" is a way you quote a part of a web page as an image with an image map. To use this service, all you need is to add our bookmarklet to your favorite browser.
Kwout

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

tidyfavorites - Put your bookmarks in visual order

There are social bookmarking services that try to use a visual interface for accessing your favorites, but what if you want to store them on your local machine? Then you're back to the usual list of folders and menus.

But now there's tidyfavorites...


"Tidy Favorites is a next-generation program that makes working with bookmarks safer, faster and easier. Intuitively designed and fully customizable to suit your exact needs, Tidy Favorites sets a new standard with dozens of exclusive features:
- Find websites instantly by viewing easy-to-recognize thumbnail images
- Open, copy, delete and update bookmarks in a single click
- Drag and drop to resize and rearrange bookmark thumbnails
- Add temporary links to a "stack" keeping your Tidy Favorites looking tidy
- Search through any website in seconds using a Command Line
- Use the same list of bookmarks in every browser - IE, Firefox, Opera, etc."

tidyfavorites 

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

shutdownguard - Just say no to unwanted shutdowns and restarts

I don't like it when Windows assumes it has a right to shut down and restart my machine whenever it feels like it. This small application tells Windows where to stick it.


shutdownguard


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Friday, November 14, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

FeedDemon 2.8 Beta 2 - The best (free) way to manage your RSS feeds

Says I. You are free to disagree, but I much prefer pulling in my RSS feeds to a standalone client than using a web-based system. And in the client realm, FeedDemon is excellent. Check out the newest beta version, if you dare.


FeedDemon 2.8 Beta 2 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Get Ready for Gmail Voice and Video

When Google first introduced its chat feature, we all marveled at its minimalistic approach. They've added bits over time, but now they've come to the big additions: voice and video chat. According to the Gmail blog, today's launch day, but the feature will be rolled out to everyone over the next day or two.


Download the plugin here.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

SmartDefrag - "The world's most efficient defragmenter"

From the web site:

"What’s the primary cause of slow/unstable PC performance? It’s disk fragmentation. Smart Defrag helps defragment your hard drives more efficiently than any other product on the market –– free or not.

This powerful, award-winning free defragmenter is 100% safe and clean with no adware, spyware, or viruses."



SmartDefrag

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Gourmet Recipe Manager - A powerhouse app to collect, search and organize recipes

I've been looking for an application like this for a long, long time!

"Gourmet Recipe Manager is a simple but powerful recipe-managing application. Gourmet is intended for the GNOME desktop environment, but works on any platform that gtk supports, including windows.

Gourmet allows you to collect, search and organize your recipes, and to automatically generate shopping lists from your collection. The latest version also allows you to calculate nutritional information for your recipes using the USDA food database (or entering custom information by hand)."


Windows users: Look through the stable releases for the most recent .exe package.




Gourmet Recipe Manager [via Lifehacker]

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

DateInTray 1.5 - Display the date in your system tray

A small freeware utility that brings the date to your system tray...

"DateInTray is a small freeware utility that displays the date in the Windows tray.

The day of the month is displayed in the DateInTray icon, and the entire date can be seen in a tooltip popup by holding the mouse cursor over the icon.

A useful popup calendar can be brought up by clicking on the DateInTray icon. This easily accessable calendar popup is very useful when you need to quickly reference a calendar. The calendar popup automatically shows the current date, and include arrow buttons to easily view next and previous months.

DateInTray can be easily added to the Startup folder in the programs menu so that it automatically starts every time you log in."


DateInTray 1.5  

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

icoFX - An excellent, free, icon editor

Many people don't realize that creating and editing their own icons is well within their grasp. From the web site:

"IcoFX is an award winning freeware icon editor. It is an all-in-one solution for icon creation, extraction and editing. It is designed to work with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Macintosh icons supporting transparency.

With a wealth of tools and more than 40 effects at your fingertips, there’s virtually no limit to the icons you can create. You can easily convert your favorite images into icons, or icons into images. IcoFX gives you the possibility to create icon libraries or change icons inside exe files. Create a favicon for your website or blog.

Convert your Macintosh icons to Windows icons and vice versa. With IcoFX you can extract icons from other files, including Windows Vista and Macintosh files. You can easily work with multiple files using the batch processing capability of IcoFX. "


Give it a try at
icoFX 

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Very Cool Firefox Wallpaper

I'm always looking for new and beautiful computer wallpapers. Good ones please my own eye and give a hint of my style to those who wander near. This web site has some gorgeous wallpapers focused on a Firefox theme (example shown below).


Firefox Wallpapers 

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

EASEUS Partition Manager - Free, powerful partition manager

Not necessarily for novice computer users, disk management and partitioning tools are nonetheless an important part of a serious user's arsenal. Windows has a basic set of tools, but EASEUS offers a free and powerful way to do it better. From the web site:

"As Partition Magic alternative, EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition is a FREE comprehensive hard disk partition management software to let you enjoy free with all the powerful functions: Resize and Move partitions, Create, Delete and Format partitions, Hide and Unhide partitions and much more. What's more, the freeware works perfectly with hardware RAID and Windows 2000/XP/Vista Operating Systems. Your data is completely protected during all operations. Why not free download EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition now to enjoy it like the commercial program Partition Magic?"

Features:

# Support hardware RAID.
# Resize and move partitions without losing data.
# Create, delete and format partitions with simple step.
# Label partitions - assigned to a partition for easier recognition.
# View Disk/Partition property of each partition.
# Hide and unhide partitions - protect important data from unauthorized or casual access.
# Set an active partition - specify one partition to be the boot partition.
# Powerful safety features protect you against system failures while partitioning.
# Step-by-step wizard walks you through partitioning process.
# Preview any partitioning tasks before completing it.
# Change cluster size automatically and manually.
# Undo feature any partition step.
# Support hard disks from 2 GB to 1 TB.
# User-friendly interface.


Screenshot:

 

EASEUS Partition Manager
 
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Gmail Backup 0.104 - Fast, easy way to backup your Gmail accounts


If you have a brain, you'll be asking me why you need to backup your Gmail accounts. After all, you can totally trust Google with your life, right? I mean, they would never, ever screw up so badly as to decimate your precious Gmail.

On the other hand, why leave the safety of your important email in the hands of the monolith? Take charge and make regular backups with Gmail Backup.



Gmail Backup


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Monday, November 03, 2008

PcHelpware - Free and simple remote PC assistance software


Whether you're Nick Burns (of SNL fame), another computer guru from whom people often ask for help, or an innocent-but-clueless helpee, this software could be the answer to your prayers.

When friends and colleagues ask you for computer help, it can be nearly impossible to do them any good if you can't see or control their computers. Further complicating the problem is the fact that most remote control apps are too complicated for the people you're trying to help to set up.

This is the perfect place for PcHelpware. Massively simple to use and free, it fits the need so well it's uncanny.


From the web site:

"PCHelpWare is a free alternative to the various paying remote assistance services that can be found on the net

PCHelpWare is a powerful remote support software that allows you to control (right from your own PC) a distant PC connected to the internet. It is the ideal solution to provide quick remote assistance and help your customers, colleagues, friends and family members, even if they are on the other side of the world

PCHelpWare is customizable : you can create your own server package with your logo and -company- name


The individual you want to remotely assist only has to download and execute your customized package. That's all

No router/modem/firewall configuration is needed to access a remote PC even when it's standing on a protected network behind a NAT


If your PC is also behind Firewall/NAT routers, PCHelpware has the solution that makes everything simple anyway


Using the provided Repeater service, no router configuration is needed at all."


PcHelpware

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Facebook Firefox Add-ons - 2 excellent add-ons for Facebook addicts

Take a look across your office space at your colleagues. They look like they're deep into their spreadsheets, right? They're probably deep in Facebook.

If you are, too, check out these 2 Firefox add-ons that'll enhance your experience:

Facebook Toolbar

"Integrate your Facebook life into your browser..."

 

Boost

"Join more than 600K fellow Boost users and customize your Facebook experience with 300+ facebook skins, 30+ special features, selectable options, custom album viewers, video downloader and more!"



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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Read It Later - A Firefox add-on lets you save pages for later reading

We all run across web sites that seem interesting and useful, but we don't always have time to indulge our curiosity right at that moment. And we don't want to bookmark them yet, either. Why jam up your bookmarks with pages you'll later decide are crap? This is where the Read It Later add-on comes into its own:



"This Firefox extension allows you to save pages of interest to read later. It eliminates cluttering of bookmarks with sites that are merely of a one-time interest. A commenter below (Chris) summed it up very well: 'It’s a ’staging area’ for bookmarks.'"

Read It Later

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