Saturday, July 31, 2010

Gridy - Create an invisible grid on your desktop

Many people like to arrange their open application windows just so. Gridy helps you do that. From the developer:

"Gridy adds an invisible grid to Windows, so that any window you move or resize is snapped to it.

Snapping is enabled with mouse drag or keyboard arrow keys.

Gridy also lets you store and restore a window's size and position in up to 9 slots. This is useful for quickly arranging your windows in a convenient way.

In addition, you can: Make any window semi-transparent, hide the window's Alt-Tab icon and set any window to be Always on Top."




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Friday, July 30, 2010

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tab Candy - Coming soon to a Firefox near you

cnet news - 7.23.10 by Josh Lowensohn

Mozilla's head of user experience for its Labs unit, Aza Raskin, on Friday unveiled a new project called "Tab Candy" that promises to dramatically change the way users manage open browser tabs.

Tab Candy is not an extension, but a new feature that Raskin and team plan to build into a future version of the Firefox browser. In essence, it creates a desktop-like workspace for users to separate and organize open tabs into groups. When opened, these groups act like their own instance of the browser. So, say you had grouped together 5 of 50 open tabs, then opened that group through Tab Candy; you'd only see those 5 in your browser, and not the other 45. You could then jump back and forth between the main grouping and other subgroups--all without having to keep open (or track of) various Firefox windows.


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An Introduction to Firefox's Tab Candy from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Start My Day - Automatically loads your favorite apps, websites and music

The idea of automation has fascinated me ever since that Bond movie with the alarm clock bed that dumped Bond and his lover of the moment into his indoor pool. This app won't come close, but it's a neat concept nonetheless. From the developer:

"With Start My Day, a user can pre-configure a list of applications web links and music to automatically load using an Alarm clock. A user also has the option of running them manually from the list. The application supports dragging and dropping items to the list as well as browsing for items."


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Friday, July 23, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

System Restore Manager - Manage your system restore points

Surely you've made good use of your Windows system restore points, haven't you? Committed a serious boo boo with a defective or malicious software installation and had to go back in time to when your computer worked right? It's a great thing, but managing your restore points isn't easy, unless you have a good manager. From the developer:

1. Create a Restore Point on the fly, by clicking the Create Button
2. Restore your Windows PC to a prior restore point. Just select a Restore Point from the list and click the Restore Button. This will Restart your computer and launch the Restore Process
3. See all the available restore points
4. Selectively remove Restore Points you don’t want and save the one’s you want
5. Just select a Restore Point from the list and click the Delete Button
6. Select a Drive and change the maximum amount of disk space to use, System Restore can use. On Windows 7, the default is 5% of available disk space.
7. Change the System Restore Point Creation Interval. On Windows 7, the default is 24 Hours
8. Change the Restore Point Time to Live. The default is 90 days,on Windows 7.


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Awesome Drop (Android) - Wireless file transfer from desktop to phone

Who likes having to attach your phone to your desktop via USB to transfer files? Exactly. That's why the ability to do it wirelessly is so highly prized. Check out the video below to see if Awesome Drop rings your bell.



Awesome Drop is available on the Android Market

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

systemnucleus - Several powerful Windows tools under one roof

It's about maintenance, baby. Life is growth, but it's also just keeping things running well and, for good or ill, this applies to your Windows OS, too. From the developer:

"Want to stop 2 processes at once? You can do that. Need to uninstall 5 applications? You can do that too. Want to view the process information for a running service, generate a detailed audit of a machine's hardware, software & settings, optimize network performance, and disable those annoying programs that start every time you login, all from one tool? With System Nucleus, you can do all of that and much, much more."


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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Swiftkey for Android Beta - This keyboard is so fast it's creepy

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who finished all your sentences? And they were spot on? This keyboard is different from other keyboards because it doesn't just predict the word you're trying to type; it predicts the next word you are going to type. And it learns how you write, so it's already spooky predictive powers only get better over time.



This app used to be in private beta, but now it's available to all on the Android Market.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

MyNature Animal Tracks (Android) - Release your inner tracker!

Something about nature strikes a pleasant chord within the human psyche. Perhaps it's the fact that we're related, however closely or distantly, by a common ancestry to every animal on the planet. Whatever the reason, MyNature Animal Tracks is an Android app that will definitely please the nature-lover in each of us.

Animal Tracks opens with a screen that provides 3 paths to your investigation of 46 North American species. You can choose to look at the animals' tracks, to help you identify which animal you're seeing the tracks of; you can go directly to a view of all the species; or you can listen to each animal's peculiar vocalizations, to see which animal you might be hearing.






Animal Tracks also has beautiful images of the animals in the wild...


The app not only has wonderful and informative content, but it also works smoothly and quickly so you can find the information you need without unnecessary distraction. The attractive and intuitive interface makes using the app a pleasure. Both adults and children will find this Android app to be a boon to their appreciation of North American wildlife.

Developer's Highlights:


# A searchable database on track size and shape featuring 7 search categories. For example 4 toes round in shape the Felid family, 4 toes oval to square in shape the Canid family, hooved tracks, tracks with 5 toes, tracks that are birdlike and much more.
# Clearly illustrated track drawings showing both fore and hind prints with track measurements along with a description of the animal’s habitat and life cycle.
# Illustrated images of each animal’s common gait as well as other gait patterns they may use.
# Digital images of an actual track of each animal in the wild.
# Range maps to reference an animal’s presence in your location.
# Sound wavs of each animal’s vocalizations.
# A full color digital image of what the animal looks like in it’s natural environment.
# A handy ruler to measure and aid in track identification.
# MyNature journal, where you can personally record the tracks you’ve found along with the location, weather conditions or just your own personal thoughts about your day afield.
# Tips on finding tracks, plaster casting and much more.

MyNature Animal Tracks is available on the Android Market

(Sponsored Post)

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

WinSplit Revolution - A easy way to organize your open windows

Using several applications at once is what most of us do nowadays. Some of us like to bring whichever window we need at the moment to the foreground with an Alt-tab or similar key combination, but others prefer to have their windows organized so they can see them all at once. For these fold, there are apps like the one described below:

"What is WinSplit Revolution?

What is it for? WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning them to make the best use of your desktop real estate.

What can it do? WinSplit is especially useful for high-end LCD screens with high resolutions because it helps you to efficiently manage many active windows. For example WinSplit is useful for owners of the Dell 2407FPW monitor. As you can see in the screenshot below, the advantages of using WinSplit is that it saves you from having to drag and drop windows by allowing you to snap windows into specific tiled configurations using simple keyboard hotkeys."




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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gmail New Feature - Add Rich Text Signature

Email signatures are useful and fun, as long as you don't make them annoying to others. Well, if you promise to make your signatures tasteful and not too lame, I'll tell you that Gmail now allows you to set up rich text email sigs. Go to your Gmail and click on settings, then scroll down to the place that has a rich text editor for your signatures. Play nice now.


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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Desktop Earth - Shows Earth from space on your desktop

The live wallpaper updates your desktop to show how Earth looks from space at your time of day. From the developer:
"Desktop Earth is a wallpaper generator for Windows. It runs whenever you're logged on and updates your wallpaper with an accurate representation of the Earth as it would be seen from space at that precise moment."



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Thursday, July 01, 2010