Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nitro PDF Reader - The latest free tool for creating PDFs and more

Do you like remembering the olden days, those days of yore when reading PDFs was free but creating them was only for those who could afford to spend hundreds on a piece of expensive bloatware? I do. Makes me appreciate free applications like this one even more.

Nitro PDF Reader has features you would only expect to see in a costly piece of software, such as the ability to create PDF documents, extract content and markup and comment, and so much more than can be mentioned on my little blog. Check it out in the video below.





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Monday, August 30, 2010

Google Shopper (Android) - Add power to your bargain-hunting

Competition is what puts consumers in the power seat, but you can't always know what the competition's prices are...or can you?

With this Android app you can scan bar codes to find the best online and local prices.



Available on the Android Market

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Froyo (Android 2.2) Stable Release CyanogenMod-6.0!

For those of you Android users who have or want to root, Froyo is now within your grasp! No need to wait on promises from your carrier. CyanogenMod-6.0 is now ready in its stable release form.


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

EmoCube (Android) - Very cool social diary

Was last Monday a great day? Or was it as bad as it gets? Can't remember? Get EmoCube and you can record the essence of each day, how you were feeling, and share it on Facebook and Twitter.



EmoCube is free on the Android Market

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Every Time Zone - Online tool for scheduling multi-time zone meetings

If you have to schedule conference calls or online meetings with people who live in different time zones around the world, this Internet tool will make your life easier. A visually attractive interface lets you drag your meeting time to coincide with the best time for everyone. Check it out!



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Sunday, August 22, 2010

EspressoReader - A new Google Reader desktop client

This is an attractive, full-featured desktop reader for your Google Reader feeds. It's easy on the eyes and makes managing, navigating, and of course reading your feeds a pleasure. From the developer:

EspressoReader is a desktop client for Google Reader that helps you manage and sift through your feeds efficiently and in a visually appealing interface. It includes features like

* Pulling data into local database to find related content in your feeds
* Keyboard navigation
* Quick "Jump to" functionality by hitting the spacebar at any time
* Magazine view and List view
* Twitter integration


Just remember though, and this is very important, there is no X in Espresso!


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Image Analyzer - Ultra-powerful graphics freeware

You won't need to spend hundreds on the big name applications in order to analyze and enhance your photos and graphics. Check out the plethora of features:

# Automatic brightness, contrast, gamma and saturation adjustment
# Build-in conventional and adaptive filters for noise reduction, edge extraction etc.
# Retouch tools
# Retinex filter for reducing shadows and increasing local contrast
# Deconvolution for out-of-focus and motion blur compensation (see below)
# Easy red-eye removal
# User specified filters in spatial and frequency domain
# Resize, rotate, crop and warping of images
# Scanner, camera and printer support
# File format support:
Read/write BMP, ICO, CUR, WMF, EMF, PNG, MNG, GIF, PCX, JPEG and JPEG 2000 images
Read CR2, RAS, PNM, PGM, PPM, HIPS and Matlab files
# Morphological operations
# Color model conversion: RGB, CMY, HSI, Lab, YCbCr, YIQ and PCA
# Distance, Fourier and discrete cosine transformation
# Math expression module for creating and transforming images and advanced "pocket" calculator with equation solver
# Plugin system for adding more specialized features. See below for available plugins


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Friday, August 20, 2010

WindowShades - Soothe your screen-sore eyes

All our eyes are different, and personal taste is, well, personal. So what you find soothing to your eyes I may find painful. That's why this portable application is so cool: It lets you overlay your screen with colors that make screen viewing more pleasurable. From the developer:

"Creates a color-and-opacity configurable tinted overlay that maintains an "above-topmost" position in the window Z-order while at the same time being "click-through" so as to not interfere with the user's ability to interact with the computer."


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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Weather & Toggle Widget (Android) - Gorgeous home screen widget!

Looking to beautify your home screen and give yourself instant access to time and weather? This inexpensive widget does that and more.

"This is a premium widget pack that include a beautiful clock widget, 3 different size weather widgets and 10+ toggle widgets. All widgets are skinnable with 150+ skins."


Weather & Toggle Widget is on the Android Market

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Password Tools Bundle - Analyze, generate and manage your computer passwords

Computer security becomes more and more important as we keep more and more personal and private information thereon, and there aren't many aspects of security more important than the strength and secrecy of your passwords.

To help with all that, check out this free application. From the developer:

"The Password tools bundle is one application combining three tools - the Analyser (shows the "strength" of your password, the Generator (generates "strong" passwords) and the Manager (stores passwords securely using Rijndael)."


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Sunday, August 15, 2010

AeroTweak - Tweak 50 Vista or Windows 7 system parameters

You don't need to be comfortable plunging your digital hands into the guts of Windows to adjust its system parameters. You only need an application like AeroTweak. From the developer:

"AeroTweak allows you to change about 50 different system parameters that affect user interface, performance and system security. Program does not require installation and consists of one executable file with 1 MB size, that is really useful if you will use it from removable device. AeroTweak supports English and Russian interface languages."


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Which is the best type of hosting for my web site: VPS or Shared?

Choosing a web host for your new or existing web site can be difficult, mainly because there are factors to consider that you may not be familiar with. This article will sort out some important factors and help you make your choice with confidence. The question is, should I choose VPS Web Hosting?

Shared, VPS or Dedicated?

VPSs (Virtual Private Servers) represent the middle ground between shared and dedicated hosting.

Shared hosting means you're sharing all of the host's resources, RAM, disk space and CPU, with other web sites. Your site will be one among many. Sharing is a nice concept, but it means there will be less for you when it comes to your web site.

At the other end of the spectrum is the dedicated host. This means your web site will live on a machine that hosts only your site. This sounds nice but there are disadvantages. One disadvantage can be cost. Another one can be that you end up with a low-end machine if you have to keep costs down. Finally, you may be killing a fly with a bazooka, getting (and paying for) more than you need.

Rather than having to choose between the aforementioned options, there is another one you should consider: VPS.

VPS offers dedicated RAM and disk space, while sharing only the CPU.

What makes VPS a better choice than shared hosting?

First, you get server-level customization. I'm a huge fan of customization. I like things to look, feel and work according to my own preferences. With VPS, you are allowed to set things up the way you like.

Second, you get burstable memory. On a practical level this means there's additional power available when you need it. When there's a spike in your traffic, your site won't bog down or crash. Instead, the resources available for your site will ramp up to handle the added load.

Third, you get scalability. It's not one-size-fits-all, but instead you get what you need at the moment with room to grow and without the trauma and disruption of switching machines or upgrading. Starting with a single site and no databases, for example, you can grow into several sites, large databases, e-commerce, etc., easily and smoothly.

Can my site benefit from a VPS?

It may be time to move up from shared to VPS hosting if you're starting to feel cramped by your current host. You want/need more resources because your site/s and your traffic are feeling a pinch, or you find you need customization options that are not allowed by your shared host. Going to a dedicated server is overkill, but you need more than you have now.

If you now have multiple sites, dynamic content and the possibility of major spikes in traffic, VPS may be just the ticket.

(Sponsored post.)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gmail quietly adds multiple account sign in!

Everyone hated the fact that you had to sign out of one Gmail account in order to sign in to another one. Everyone. Except people who have only one Gmail account. Well now you can set up multiple account sign in! (The feature is being rolled out, so you may not see the option yet, but keep your eyes peeled.)

Go to the Google accounts page and look for the new option called "multiple sign-in." If it's there, click on the "Change" link and follow the directions.



When you've set up your additional accounts you will see a drop-down list next to your default email address. Now you can easily switch between multiple Gmail accounts.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

deviantART Muro - HTML5-powered free drawing app

You've heard of HTML5, right? No clue what it is or how it will affect your life? Here's one way. HTML5 ss a new web standard that's coming online more and more, and this app makes use of it's power and capability to bring you a powerful drawing tool right in your browser. From the developer:
"From start to finish, deviantART Muro allows users to create complete works of art in ways never before realized by digital drawing programs. deviantART Muro already boosts standard and interactive brushes, full-blown layer capabilities, and the ability to upload directly to your deviantART account, but we’ve also left room for expansion. You can expect to see many features and functions added in the coming weeks and months."

Some features:

# deviantART's free HTML5 powered drawing app
# 21 brushes, each uniquely programmed
# Basic and Pro modes, both free
# Intuitive layout and functionality
# Supports all HTML5-enabled browsers including the iPad
# Submit drawings directly to your deviantART Gallery
# Convenient design allows more focus on your art
# Join fellow deviants in a public forum to share drawings
# Start private threads in your group's Admin Area and enjoy picture comments



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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Registry Defrag - Optimize your registry for better performance

The Windows registry can quickly become fragmented and, on some machines cause slowdowns in performance. This small utility defragments and optimizes it to make speed improvements. From the developer:

"Simnet Registry Defrag is an extremely easy-to-use and freeware utility that allows you to defrag windows registry. Over time, with daily use of windows, system's registry becomes fragmented and response times of applications increases. By using Simnet Registry Defrag periodically, you improve your system's performance, prevent registry corruption, compact and optimize windows registry."


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Monday, August 09, 2010

Compatibility Reporter Firefox Add-On - Get old add-ons working with new Firefox

Love getting new versions of Firefox. Hate when add-ons are rendered useless. Now you can make your old add-ons work with new versions of Firefox with this nifty add-on.



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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Saturday, August 07, 2010

System Explorer - An advanced task and system manager

For when you need more than the stock Windows tools, some of the features of this free utility include:

# Detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files.
# Security information about processes with online File Reviews.
# Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotal or Jotti service.
# Easy search details about file/process via online databases.
# Action History for monitoring processes activities.
# Performance graphs for monitoring usage of system resources in time.
# System Snapshots for easy finding of system changes
# WMI Browser and System Additional Info
# Tray Hint with detailed System and Battery status
# **NEW** CPU Cores Usage Graphs
# Multilanguage Support




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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Vonage Mobile App for Facebook (Android)

Talk on 3G/4G (uses minutes) or WiFi (free) to your FB friends. Via PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network:

"The downloadable application is free to get and free to use. The new service enhances the ability to connect with Facebook friends through the addition of voice calling. It is available for iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices. And the service works over Wi-Fi and 3G /4G networks in most countries.

The new service is easy to use. The app works with a user’s existing community of Facebook friends, so there’s no need to remember screen names or to input numbers. The application eliminates dialing – users can just click on a friend and start talking. When placing a call, the friend’s profile picture and status update display on the screen."


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