Sunday, November 29, 2009

IObit Security 360 - Because you can never be too secure

I make money when people accumulate malware on their machines. I'm not complaining. Cleaning up infected computers is a nice way for me to earn a few dollars more. But if you want to avoid the need for people like me, grab a few good security apps like this one. Developer sez:

"IObit Security 360 is an advanced malware & spyware removal utility that detects, removes the deepest infections, and protects your PC from various of potential spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, and hijackers. With the unique "Dual-Core" engine and the heuristic malware detection, IObit Security 360 detects the most complex and deepest spyware and malware in a very fast and efficient way. IObit Security 360 has a real-time malware protection and frequent updating for prevention of zero-day security threats. Designed for Windows® 7, Vista™, XP and 2000 (32bit and 64bit), IObit Security 360 can work with your Antivirus for a superior PC security."




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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery - when your data's goose is cooked

Computers seem magical. Press a button and amazing, wonderful, hopefully useful, things happen. It's not surprising that we forget they are machines. Like lawnmowers and microwave ovens, just more complicated. They are partly hardware, and hardware sometimes breaks. Hard-drives break. And horrors, data goes bye-bye. (Sorry, I can't bring myself to treat "data" like a plural noun, even though it technically is.)

All this being said, I will now get to my point. We need a data recovery plan!

Backup is one part of a healthy recovery plan, sure, but we also need a way to fix the problem at the source. This is where partition recovery comes in. Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Software is a wonderfully intuitive solution to this, admittedly intimidating, problem. It's graphical interface makes it relatively easy to know what needs to be done and how to do it.



Partition recovery software won't be an everyday app, but when you need it, you'll be glad you have it ready to go. It not only helps recover your data from hardware issues, but from damage to your file sytems as well. Consider some of these dreaded error messages and tremble: "File not found," "File is corrupted," "Cannot access the file." With a Windows partition recovery system in place, you can deal with the problem right away.

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Full disclosure: The author received a free copy of the full version in exchange for this post. Nice, huh?

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Switcher 2.0.0 for Vista - A full-bodied yet free task switcher

Do you use your Windows taskbar to switch between running windows? How quaint. Get with it and speed things up with this cool app. Developer sez:

"Switcher puts you in control of your windows. See all your windows on one screen, quickly search through them, even decorate them with your favorite colors and fonts."



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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MouseExtender - A mouse-activated launcher

Looking for a neat new way to launch apps and urls? No? Read on anyway, you won't be sorry. I'm a big believer in speed, especially when it comes to computing, so I really perk up when a faster way to find and launch my most-used apps comes to light. From the developer:

"MouseExtender is a cosy utility with shortcuts to programs, folders and system functions (Control panel, Restart and Shutdown). This program allows you to improve your productivity. It is extremely simple and fully customizable.



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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Vitamin D - Put your webcam to use as a security camera

If you've got a webcam, it probably does nothing most of the time. Why not repurpose it? Want to see what happens when you're not around? Want to know who's been looking through your stuff? Whatever? Check out this free beta. Developer sez:

"We all want to know what's happening when we're not around. Now there's an easy way to find out. To try out Vitamin D Video, download the software and set it up with a webcam−even the one built into your computer. It's that simple."




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Saturday, November 21, 2009

MyDefrag - Excellent free tool for automatic defrag and optimization

When I bought my current car I got 31 mpg. Just a few months later I'm getting 25. WTHH? I have no idea, because I don't know cars. But I do know computers, and I know that they can slow down over time (especially older machines) when the data stored on their hard drives get scattered all over the darn place. So utilities like this one can clean you up and set you on the straight and narrow. From the developer:

"MyDefrag is a disk defragmenter and optimizer (a maintenance utility to make your harddisk faster) for Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 2008, Win7, and for X64. It is freeware, no time limit, fully functional, no advertisements. Fast, low overhead, with many optimization strategies, can handle floppies, USB disks, memory sticks, and anything else that looks like a disk to Windows. Included are a set of easy to use scripts for endusers, a scripting engine for demanding users, a screensaver, and a combined Windows plus commandline version that can be scheduled by the Windows task scheduler or for use from administrator scripts."




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Friday, November 20, 2009

National Geographic Wallpapers - A goldmine of gorgeous shots

Wallpaper fans this is for you. National Geographic has a veritable goldmine of beautiful photos you can download and use as your desktop wallpaper. Check it out.



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Thursday, November 19, 2009

LockThis! - Put a lock on your open apps

If you want to keep inquisitive sorts from restoring your minimized windows, slap a password-protection lock on them with this simple app. Developer says:

"LockThis! is a tiny Windows utility that makes it possible to password protect almost any programs or documents that's currently running/open. This tool is perfect for people who often lend their PC to others, because with this tool they can keep the content of some programs or documents from other people eyes without need to close them first. Huge time saver if you really often lend your PC."




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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Scan Tailor - Fix up your scanned pages

If you are prone to scanning lots of pages and tired of trying to make them presentable, this app could save your life. OK, not your life, although anything is possible. Perhaps lots of time and stress. From the developer:

"Scan Tailor is an interactive post-processing tool for scanned pages. It performs operations such as page splitting, deskewing, adding/removing borders, and others. You give it raw scans, and you get pages ready to be printed or assembled into a PDF or DJVU file. Scanning, optical character recognition, and assembling multi-page documents are out of scope of this project."




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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Celestia - Get yourself off-planet

Need to de-stress? Thought about leaving the planet behind for a while? Then try this freeware space-simulation app and say goodbye to your troubles, at least until you get back, at which point they will probably be much worse.




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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Free Stocks Ticker - Put a scrolling stock and news feed ticker on your desktop

Want to have a CNN-like news and stocks ticker on your own desktop? Who wouldn't? Developer's description:

"A highly customizable open sourced free scrolling stocks or news titles from RSS feeds. Default feeds include Fox-news, CNN and Yahoo news. Quotes are downloaded from Yahoo. The utility uses very little CPU power. Users can quickly change what is scrolled by selecting different feeds from the context menu. The utility allows multiple lines at the top or bottom of the screen. Easily change which stocks are being quoted and which RSS feeds area available."



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Saturday, November 14, 2009

XP Quick Fix Plus - Fixes 40 common XP problems

Maintaining a computer's efficient operation means fixing problems as they come. But sometimes they accumulate, simply because the computer owner doesn't know how to fix them. This portable app makes it easy, with a grid of quick fixes for some of the most common XP problems. From the developer:

"There are a lot of excellent free Windows comprehensive repairing and fixing tools around the internet.

But there are times when you want just one quick fix for example when you are under a virus attack and you just want to enable the Task Manager or the Registry Editor so you can fight the virus back, or when some new installation changed your XP behavior and My Documents opens on every start up.

This is the right time to draw XP Quick Fix Plus with 40 common Windows XP problems fixes, only 0.58mb, portable, small and fast, a must have on every computer and with a small extra, a command line utility to fix 6 common problems directly from command line!"



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Friday, November 13, 2009

OuttaSight - hide running apps with the click of a button

I don't want to know your reasons, but there are many possible ones and this app will be useful for countless ones of you. I guarantee it. Developer description: "OuttaSight (outofsight) allows you to hide any application window from your desktop. You can choose to hide them completely, or to minimize them as icon to the system tray. The program also includes an auto-hide feature, that lets you hide specific windows automatically whenever they appear. Additional features include hotkey operation (Boss Key) to hide selected or all windows, and an option to hide desktop components like taskbar, start button and more. (Please note: OuttaSight is designed for 98/NT, however we tested it on XP and it worked fine, except for hiding of the Start button and system tray)."



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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TV-Browser - Put a nicely arranged grid on your desktop

There are several ways to check what's on TV from your computer. This is a desktop client that seems to do it well. Developer's description: "TV-Browser gets the daily TV program from the internet and shows it clearly arranged - like a printed TV guide. An internet connection is only necessary during the data update."



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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Pyramid Scheme Alert - Don't be a victim

Looking for a way to make money that will cost you money? Eager to be seriously embarrassed by your credulity? Simply respond to Internet come-ons for work-at-home and secret-shopper opportunities.

Want to make sure you avoid the above? Want to investigate an opportunity that sounds too good to be true? Read Pyramid Scheme Alert.



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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Make Business Cards - Do it yourself cards for free

Except for the paper, printer ink, Internet connection, etc. In this economy we have to save money, blah blah blah. Words from the developer: "Make your own business cards online. Type in your contact information, point to your logo and get a printable PDF that you can take to virtually any printer (Kinko's)."



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Friday, November 06, 2009

The Form Letter Machine - Helps you generate form letters by component

If you have the need to design and generate form letters using pieces of pre-written text then this free app is for you. Developer's description:

"The Form Letter Machine is a program that will help you to write letters and emails by mixing and matching from pre-written paragraphs.

It's useful for people who regularly need to send out emails which include different components in different circumstances. For example if you field technical support requests, or if you need to reply to various inquiries, etc.

It enables you to assemble text from multiple paragraphs, each one customized for a specific type of inquiry or response. You can build your own configurations using checkboxes and radioboxes and nested groups, and then easily write new letters or respond to inquiries by checking off the components you want to include. A real-time preview allows you to view the message as it is composed. The program also supports user defined variables, which allows you to quickly personalize the template with a name or other data that is specific to the task. The text is then copied to the clipboard and can be used in your e-mail program or word processor.




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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Google Translate Desktop Client - A sweet translation tool

Developer's description: "Just select text in your web-browser or other application and get instant translation by Google Translate Service. Google Translate is the most widely used free translation service. But translating a webpage or a piece of text can still be a tiresome process: you need to visit Google Translator website, copy/paste the text, choosing the language... Too long! Client for Google Translate is a free translator which translate text in every Windows application such as Outlook, MS Word, Internet Explorer, Firefox and so on."



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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Lingoes - A Windows translation and dictionary app for language lovers

You know who you are. You can't hear an unfamiliar word without rushing to a dictionary. Languages give you thrills better reserved for being with someone special. For you there is Lingoes. Developer's description:

"Lingoes is an easy and intuitive dictionary and text translation (application). It offers look-up dictionaries, full text translation, capture(s) word(s) on screen, translate(s) selected text and (offers) pronunciation of words in over 80 languages. These language are English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Thai and more..."



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