Saturday, October 31, 2009

Google Sidewiki - read/write your comments on any web page

Knowledge is precious and information is power, so they say. They're right. But knowledge and information are often lost or wasted simply because they aren't shared effectively, not stored in a way that's easily retrievable. Google's Sidewiki is one of those wonderful apps that is changing things for the better. Watch the video to learn more.



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Thursday, October 29, 2009

JumpTo - A context-menu-based launcher

I'm always on the lookout for launchers that make the steps to opening apps or web pages easier and faster. Check out this one. From the developer:

"JumpTo is a menu based launcher that holds static links to files, folders, programs, websites, and even command line commands. The links can be held inside of 4 customizable sub-menus or alternately launched through a text command. JumpTo also offers quick note taking, window management (hide and show windows), a runbox replacement with added functionality, along with other smaller less used functions like, importing the date & time to the clipboard for easy pasting and formatting the contents of the clipboard to plain text or converting a copied file or folder to its full path."


JumpTo Tutorial from John-Paul LaBorde on Vimeo.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Acer GridVista - Divide and conquer your screen area

Unless you're Al Gore and have 3 30-inch monitors (OK, that pic is old, he may have 4 or 5 by now), you need to carefully allocate your screen area to the various app windows you want to see at the same time. That's where GridVista steps in. From the developer's website:

"Work smart with the new and improved Acer GridVista! Now supporting multi-window viewing on dual displays, this handy tool accommodates up to eight windows at once, for superb multi-tasking efficiency. Tailor-made for Acer widescreen notebooks and featuring an intuitive interface with streamlined 1-2-3 setup process, being productive has never been this easy!"




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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Signo - a monster of a hot-key manager

What would you like a hot-key combination to do? Insert text? Open a website or application? Shine your shoes? Manage your open windows? From the website:

"Signo runs silently in your tray bar and allows you managing multiple hotkeys and textkeys and their association with various actions. Signo intends to support everything you'd want to use hotkeys for and therefore is the most feature full hotkey manager you can find, including a very large range of feature such as action hotkeys, auto-replace textkeys, screen and windows management, screen are capture tool, etc."



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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

AllMyNotes Organizer - Smooth notetaking organizer for Windows

If you want a great system for keeping all your notes in one, easy-to-search file, it's hard to beat this free app. From the developer:

"AllMyNotes Organizer is a multi-functional hierarchical information manager for Windows. Store all your Notes in virtual folders in one file! Everyone is unique so AllMyNotes Organizer offers freedom of individualizing your notes in totally customizable tree structure. All Notes stored in a single AllMyNotes Organizer file and can be grouped into flexible virtual folders enabling easy, intuitive access, and instant search at all times."




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Monday, October 19, 2009

VistaSwitcher - A slick task-switcher for Windows

When it comes to the Alt-Tab task switching combo, I like fast, reliable and slick. This one has all three. Developer's website says:

"VistaSwitcher is an elegant and powerful task management utility for Windows OS. Once installed, it replaces the default Windows Alt-Tab dialog with a nice box that shows a list of all running tasks with their names and preview snapshots and enables the user to take actions on them using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts. With just one click, you can switch to a task, minimize, maximize, restore the main window or close the process."



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Sunday, October 18, 2009

BudgetSketch - See where your money WILL go

Everybody wants to know where their money has gone. It was in my bank account, now it's not; what happened? Like that. This budgeting tool does one better. From the website:

"BudgetSketch™ is an innovative, intuitive tool consumers are using to gain a handle on where their money will go, not where it has gone. Using a first in class proprietary system, BudgetSketch maps out where your money will go as it comes in, instead of simply showing you where it’s been spent. Isn’t it time to get intentional with your money?"

Watch the video to learn more:



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Friday, October 16, 2009

AVG 9 Free Edition - Excellent free upgrade now available

AVG recently upgraded their commercial version to 9, but the upgrade has only just been applied to the free version. So knock yourselves out!


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

TrendProtect - Stay safe from malicious websites

The real danger of having your computer drafted into a botnet army comes from visiting malicious websites. You don't have to click on an attachment or link or do anything. So it helps to have a plug-in that'll warn you before you go to the wrong place. From the website:

"TrendProtect is a FREE browser plug-in that helps you avoid Web pages with unwanted content and hidden threats. TrendProtect rates the current page and pages listed in Google, MSN, and Yahoo search results. You can use the rating to decide if you want to visit or avoid a given Web page. To rate Web pages, TrendProtect refers to an extensive database that covers the following information for billions of Web pages:

* Content category
* Phishing scam detection
* Site reputation
* Page reputation"




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Monday, October 12, 2009

PhotoJoy - Transform your photos into screensavers, wallpapers, etc.

When you love photos you want to use them in everything. Here are some very neat ways you can spread the joy. From the website:

With PhotoJoy You Get:

Wallpaper Collages – The perfect way to relive your favorite moments
3D Screensavers – Make your photos look spectacular
PhotoToy Widgets – Display your photos in fun ways
Professional photos – 1000’s of them
So much fun and so easy to use



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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rizone's Power Tools - An impressive array of optimization tools for Windows

I love freeware! This executable app has a nice feature set and an attractive, easy to follow interface. From the website:

"The Internet is swamped with misc. tools for optimizing, fixing, testing and tweaking Windows. Most tools will only perform specific tasks and you need to download many different tools to perform all the tasks you want to do. I spend about 2 days downloading all the tools I wanted to use to fix a computer once. That gave me the idea. How about a suite of tools that can perform all the tasks in one. I’m not speaking about a typical utility suite. Rizone’s Power Tools will be able to do almost everything except make you coffee in the morning."



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Friday, October 09, 2009

CeeVee - Build a nice-looking résumé for posting or printing

In simple steps CeeVee helps you build your résumé and post it to Twitter or Facebook, or save as a PDF. Billing itself as "quick and painless résumé management," the site does a creditable job of accomplishing just that.




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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Dropico - Drag and drop your media across social networks

If you are one of those who uploads photos to more than one social networking sites, this drag and drop utility can save you lots of time and suffering. Check out the video to see how it works.



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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Microsoft Theme Builder - Creates document themes for Office 2007

It's sometimes necessary to prepare MS Office documents with common themes for the boss or whatnot. This application lets you choose themes that will cut across lines. From the website:

"The Theme Builder tool enables the creation of document themes for Microsoft Office 2007. Document themes provide a quick and easy way to apply a consistent look across all your Microsoft Office documents. You can apply the same theme to PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and even Outlook emails."



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Monday, October 05, 2009

MouseExtender - A fabulous middle-mouse button app launcher

App launchers are a dime a dozen these days, but this one is a gem. From the web site:

MouseExtender is a cosy utility with shortcuts to programs, folder and system functions (Control panel, Restart and Shutdown).
Just click middle mouse button!
ME provides following features:

   1. Instant access your programs and folders in a second!
   2. Access to Control panel and restart/shutdown buttons!
   3. Nice Windows 7™ like effect!
   4. Disable ME in specific programs
   5. Run ME when Windows® starts
   6. Access to the source-code




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Saturday, October 03, 2009

FileSeek - Powerful, fast, small footprint

Used to be keeping your computer files organized well was the key to finding what you needed without tearing out the little hair you had left. Today the key is powerful searching. Finding a needle in a haystack is easy if you have a powerful needle finder. This is one powerful needle finder that doesn't suck up your computer's resources like a pig just coming off a starvation diet.



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Friday, October 02, 2009

Device Remover - A device manager that does everything you need it to do

Another 3rd-party application that takes Windows' built-in utility and takes it to undreamed-of new heights. From the developer's website:

# In-Depth view of all installed Devices, Device Classes, Drivers and Services on a
Windows System (Hidden, Detached, Current installed, Problematic Devices,etc,...)
# Easy On-The-Fly bulk removal of Devices from your System
# Modification/Manipulation of Devices, Drivers and Services on the System
# Live detailed View of Device Detections on the System
# Huge Device Problem solving Features and Functions
# Easy On-The-Fly Drivers, Registry Entries and Files Backup
# And many more use- and powerful Features,...



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