Monday, May 31, 2010

Car Locator (Android) - Stop sweating it, find your car easily

I'll admit I've had one or two moments when I thought my car had been stolen, when in fact I'd just temporarily misplaced it in a big parking lot. If this sort of thing happens to you or someone you know, and if you or they have an Android phone, you (or they) are in luck.

This handy little app, using GPS, will lead you back to your vehicle in no time. Assuming it hasn't been stolen.


Car Locator is on the Android Market

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

ActiveWords - Accelerate your productivity in Windows

Automation is awesome. Why? You have to ask? With just a little investment of time and effort you get back so much more in time and effort saved as you work or play. This app has the potential to be a major productivity enhancer along these lines, automating 8 different types of Windows tasks (see the screenshot).

When it's been set up, by typing a few letters in any text field you can enter text, open apps, go to web sites, etc.


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Friday, May 28, 2010

Hooker - A free portable key logger app

Hopefully you'll only use this app for good and not evil.

"Lightweight Keyboard Spy. Some of the features: stealth mode, log encryption, capturing of clipboard changes and currently used process, log viewer. Public version has several limitations: program shows it-self when started; stealth mode is deactivated when hot key is pressed (without password prompt)."


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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Image Inc. - Amazingly powerful, free image blender

Are any of my readers old enough, with sufficient powers of recall, to remember when a photo was accepted at face value? "It's true, we have a photo!" What an innocent age that was. Today, everyone has access to free software that can work magic with images so that you can't trust a damn thing. Here's a great example. A snippet from the developers:

"The purpose of this utility is to blend existing images in a very fast and easy way, using a layer mask for transparency. The process is simple ... load the base picture followed by a top layer image, then add a mask and the program automatically merges everything together. Ideal for anyone who doesn't want to use a major graphics application for this task."



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Saturday, May 22, 2010

GPhone Manager (Android) - Multiple useful utilities in one app

Want an app that lets you perform quick uninstalls, backups and restores, clears your cache, kills tasks, explores your files and has toggles and widgets? Of course you do, who wouldn't? Here it is, available on the Android Market as a free app.



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Thursday, May 20, 2010

SongVote - Make your next party's songlist democratic

Here's a neat idea: Next time you plan a party, don't be a musical dictator, deciding unilaterally what music will have to be endured by your guests. Give them a say with this Internet tool.


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

springpad for Android - An excellent, free personal organizer

Do you need someplace to keep everything? Well then you need springpad's new Android app. The developer says:

"Springpad makes it easy to save ideas and information you want to remember. Save notes, tasks or lists; scan product barcodes, take photos or geolocate businesses nearby. We automatically organize and enhance what you save with useful links and offers. Everything syncs with springpadit.com for instant and universal access."


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

OutSync - Sync your Facebook contact photos with Outlook

Everyone's getting into the act. Socializing everything. And I think that's a good thing. Pulling your Facebook contacts' photos into Outlook is a nice treat, making your Outlook stuff less stuffy. From the developer:

"OutSync is a free Windows desktop application that syncs photos of your Facebook friends with matching contacts in Microsoft Outlook. It allows you to select which contacts are updated. So you can update all contacts at once or just a few at a time."


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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Apps Organizer (Android) - Organize your apps by labels

As your apps multiply like bunnies, you may find that you need to put them into a semblance of order. Here's a great way to do that. From the developer:

"Apps organizer is an android application that allow you to organize installed applications using labels. With apps organizer you can:

* associate one or more labels to each android application
* create a "label shortcut" or a widget (with a custom icon) on Android home that contains shortcuts to applications with a label
* uninstall an application."




Apps Organizer is available on the Android Market

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Toucan - Portable sync, backup and secure

Many of you know the usefulness of portable apps, which you carry around on your thumb drive. Here's one that is so tiny, yet provides more features than many full desktop apps. From the developer:

"Toucan is a small utility allowing you to synchronise, backup and secure your data with more options than the built in suite utilities. It is split up into 7 tabs, allowing you to easily find the function that you want. This version features:

* Four synchronisation modes, copy, update, mirror and equalise.
* Backup and restore in industry standard zip and 7-zip files, with support for complete backups, updating existing backups and differential backups, as well as restoring files from an archive.
* AES-256 encryption using ccrypt
* Command line support, allows you to create a batch file for repeated jobs
* Variables, point to places on you USB drive no matter what its drive letter is."



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Friday, May 14, 2010

Diagram Designer - A super-simple flowchart designer

Did you get a look at the flowchart the Pentagon designed in PowerPoint to explain the war in Afghanistan? This software won't do that. But if you want a simple diagram to explain a simple process, this is what you need. Features:

# Customizable template object palette.
# Spellchecker (see below about dictionaries).
# Import/export WMF, EMF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, MNG, ICO, GIF and PCX images.
# Slide show viewer.
# Simple graph plotter to plot mathematical expressions.
# Advanced "pocket" calculator with equation solver.
# MeeSoft Image Analyzer integration for bitmap image editing and extended file format support.
# Uses compressed file format for minimizing drawing file size.



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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tab Utilities Firefox Add-On - Customize your tabbed browsing in Firefox

Make tabs work the way you want them to with this add-on. Developer sez:

"Open Bookmarks/History/URL/Search in new tabs, and more utilities for tabbed browsing, including open tab next, focus unread/last selected tab, protect/lock/faviconize/pin tab, tab clicking options, open link with history, single window mode, etc."



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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sunday, May 09, 2010

LogMeIn Ignition (Android) - Access your desktop from your phone

I use the free version of LogMeIn remote desktop for Windows, so it's no leap to expect me to be happy that they've now got an Android app. Check out LogMeIn's Android app here.



Ignition is available on the Android Market

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Dropbox Folder Sync - Easily sync any folder to your Dropbox

I've become a big fan of Dropbox, meaning I make good use of it, and even more lately with the new Android app. But here's a nice add-on that'll make it even more useful. Developer sez:

"Lets you sync any folder outside dropbox using a simple GUI or just Right Click any folder and Select 'Sync With Dropbox.' Moves the original folder to dropbox and creates a symbolic link for the folder using the junction utility(installs automatically with the setup) from Sysinternals. Thus you can access the same folder from two locations."


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Friday, May 07, 2010

Norton Power Eraser - Seek out and remove computer risks

Have you ever witnessed the result of leaving a computer unprotected? I have, many times, and I want to lose my lunch every time. Or kick and punch a few malware distributors. People who leave their machines vulnerable to malware infection end up having to pay someone like me to fix things for them. Better you should take precautions. Hence this suggested app.

Caveat: It's a very aggressive program, so don't use it lightly, and take advantage of the option to create a restore point in case you want to undo what you erased.


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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Moo0 MultiDesktop - Dead simple multi-desktop environment

Multiply your desktops with this simple app. Get four virtual desktops and switch between them with ease to quadruple your productivity.

Developer description:

"Moo0 MultiDesktop lets you enjoy a multiple desktop environment in the simplest way. Haven't you ever wished for a larger desktop space? Or, haven't you ever wanted to hide something quickly by switching to another desktop? This tool may be one of the easiest and simplest out there."


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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Desktop Google Reader - Excellent RSS client for Windows

RSS feeds are wonderful. This is how I keep up with technology developments on a daily basis, and as a tool for being aware of what's going on out there, they can't be beat. So it's no surprise that a great desktop client for reading your RSS feeds would get a big endorsement from me.



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Saturday, May 01, 2010

NoteFly - Desktop stickynotes with a social connection

Desktop sticknotes apps abound, but this one has a nice twist, allowing you to send your notes to email, Twitter or Facebook from the context menu. Features:

-Very small application. Less than 100kb setup.
 If .net framework 2.0/Mono is installed1.
-Change color of notes.
-Make a note sticky on top.
-Make notes transparent.
-Create an e-mail of a note.
-Send a note to your Facebook wall.
-Tweet a note to your twitter account.
-Resize notes how big or small you want it.
-Syntax highlighting for html content notes.
-Fully xml based (does not need windows registry2)
-NoteFly is opensource.



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