Friday, December 31, 2004

PopCap Games - Bejeweled 2

PopCap Games - Bejeweled 2: "With four unique and entrancing ways to play, explosive new game pieces and awe-inspiring planetary backdrops, Bejeweled 2 is more wildly addictive than ever before!" (CLICK the free web version on the right hand side of the site)

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

HowStuffWorks - Learn how Everything Works!

HowStuffWorks - Learn how Everything Works!The website HowStuffWorks provides a great way to learn how things work across areas like computers, health, autos, science and travel.

Monday, December 27, 2004

1-More Minishow

1-More Minishow
email a photo slideshow

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1-More MiniShow allows you to create a portable slideshow of selected images, that can be sent via email. The program offers a thumbnail display that lets you select the images to include and then compiles a standalone EXE file with the slideshow viewer, that can optionally be zipped and attached to an email message. The photos will be automatically compressed to 320*240 pixel and are small enough to be sent by e-mail, but too small for printing or full screen viewing. However, if you have access to an FTP server, the program can automatically upload the full size images to your FTP account, and then provides a button in the slideshow viewer, that allows the user to download the full size image from your FTP server.

IrfanView - one of the most popular viewers worldwide

IrfanView - one of the most popular viewers worldwide
Irfanview is a great utility for opening and saving in a vast range of graphics file formats as well as performing a reasonable amount of manipulation along the way.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah

Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah
The Christmas Card for ALL?????????? I like it anyway

Hotkeycontrol XP

Hotkeycontrol XP
Hotkeycontrol XP is a complete hotkey utility that allows you to set hotkeys to do common tasks like opening files, ejecting your cdrom drives, restarting your computer, controlling active windows, controlling Windows media player and Winamp 3, changing volume, typing in commonly used text (macros) and much more. Besides the regular features, the volume status can be shown on the screen (OSD) or in the tray. You can also display any information on screen for easy access. The program is completely customizable in all aspects and has a great interface. Also the additional keys on your existing Multimedia/Internet keyboard can be used with Hotkeycontrol XP and all the hotkeys are functional even in games and in other full-screen DirectX applications.

InformationWeek > PC Maintenance > Langa Letter: Year-End PC Tasks > December 20, 2004

InformationWeek > PC Maintenance > Langa Letter: Year-End PC Tasks > December 20, 2004: "Chances are, your PC is different from the way it was at the start of this year. In fact, because you're the kind of PC user who reads articles like this one, I'll bet your PC is different from the way it was even a few days or weeks ago: Perhaps you added or removed some software. Maybe you installed a patch or update, or allowed one to be installed" Well this site will help you out in finding that free program to spring clean your PC

11view: The highest-quality free image viewer

11view: The highest-quality free image viewer: "11view is a free, fast and easy image viewer with several unique features. It shows, prints and converts images with the highest possible quality.

Special features: loading-time interpolation makes any picture appear smooth and clear when stretched onto a full screen, color management corrects color and brightness distortions giving you the most realistic colors possible, gamma correction allows you to light-up dark images or darken too bright ones while viewing them."

Friday, December 24, 2004

Fotobay The coolest way to share photos online with Cool Album and Cool Objects

Fotobay The coolest way to share photos online with Cool Album and Cool Objects
Dude, this is totally cool! Express and experience your photo stories like never before with's unique "Cool Album" technology. Everything is done through the web browser with nothing to download or install. Set your imagination free and bring new dimensions of creativity and fun to your photo memories. See what you can do in 5 minutes here! Get 50MB of free photo storage, visit today!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Stardock - ObjectDock (A genuinely useful animated program launcher)

Stardock - ObjectDock
Available as a free download, Object Dock is an animated program launcher and alternative to the standard Windows taskbar. Object Dock Plus picks up where this leaves off, adding a good selection of useful features.

If your desktop is littered with icons, the new tabbed docks will be right up your street. You can organise your icons into as many categories as you like, then click on the relevant tab to bring them up. You can also add multiple docks, use multiple monitors and even change those little icons in the Windows System Tray.
This is only for Win200 and XP so I have not tried it myself (I use ME -SAD I know) but from what I can see it looks good

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Bad Computer Icons!

Icon Story
Thanks again to the web for bringing us this little bit about what your computer icons do at night when you are sleeping.
(Thanks to linkfilter)

Beginners Guides and Tweaks -

Beginners Guides and Tweaks - "Welcome to the PCstats Beginner's Guides! We pride ourselves on having some of the clearest and easiest to follow how-to articles available on the 'net. From hardware upgrades to home networking to data backups, you'll find it here on, or in the weekly PCstats Newsletter!

What we are trying to do with these guides is to strip the mystery out of computer setup and servicing. The plain fact is, do it yourself computer maintenance just isn't that complicated, and we see no reason why the average computer user should have to pay the 'experts' for help when easy and often free solutions are within reach." Home Page Home Page
THE SUN-SPONSORED project based on open sourced StarOffice code has released a preview of the upcoming OpenOffice 2.0 product. This version touts better MS-Office loading and parsing, strict XML compliant output, a new database program that mimics Microsoft's Access, and much more. It's available for 32-bit Windows, Linux (x86), Sun Solaris x86, and the traditional Solaris for Sparc. We used this opportunity to take this pre-release "version 1.9.65", which will end up being 2.0, for a quick spin.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Aeroseek: Aircraft

Aeroseek: Aircraft
A great aviation search engine and directory. I have been to many similar sites on the web, this is one I had not seen until recently and is now one of my favorites.

Santa Claus and Christmas at the Northpole

Santa Claus and Christmas at the Northpole
Welcome to Santa's Secret Village

Enjoy the joy and magic of Christmas in Santa’s Secret Village! We invite you to experience a traditional look at Christmas through the many free activities here at Write to Santa, read stories, enjoy Karaoke, send e-cards, find recipes, play games and puzzles, print stories to color—even put you or your child in a personalized story! Our stories and activities combine traditional feelings of Christmas goodwill with state-of-the-art computer technology—all richly illustrated with original artwork.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Howstuffworks "How Blogs Work"

Howstuffworks "How Blogs Work": "How Blogs Work
by Marshall Brain

Blogs appear on the news pretty often these days. For example, a reporter is tipped to a story by a blog, or a blog reports another angle on a story. Blogs show up in magazines a lot, too.

But there is a good chance you have never seen a blog (also known as a weblog) or experienced the Blogosphere. What are blogs? There are now millions of them -- where did they all come from?"

CDBurnerXP Pro - freeware burning solution | Home / News

CDBurnerXP Pro - freeware burning solution | Home / News
Need to burn DVDs and a few kinds of CDs on a budget? CDBurnerXP Pro is a free program to do just that. It can write to CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD+R/RW discs. If you're backing up your data in a hurry, you'll appreciate it that CDBurnerXP Pro will let you record data discs on the fly--no need to image the disc beforehand. You can record many popular audio formats--MP3, OGG, and WMA, to name a few--on the fly as well. CDBurner XP Pro uses a multithread buffering system and supports BURN-PROOF for error-free recording. It auto-tests CD-R/W drives it doesn't recognize, so it should work with most drives.

You can rip disc to your local hard drive as well. CDBurnerXP Pro rips the big three audio formats mentioned above without making intermediate WAV files. The program supports jitter-correction ripping modes to rip tracks from scratched CDs and can restore damaged tracks from CDs that have been listened to within an inch of their lives.

This is beta software, and thus may be unstable. Use with caution and at your own risk.


IF on the other hand you LIKE someone then I recommend you send them this


If you wish to say SORRY to someone there is no better link

GSpot Codec Information Appliance

GSpot Codec Information Appliance
A required tool for anyone downloading lots of video from the Internet, GSpot is a codec detective capable of telling you which codec is required for viewing a specific AVI movie. By checking a database of 350 video and 150 audio codecs, the app scans your drive for available codecs, compares the video file header information for codec requirements, then lets you know whether you're PC has the required codec.Use in conjunction with AVIcodec to optimize your video viewing experience

Friday, December 17, 2004

avast! 4 Home Edition Download - Free antivirus software download

avast! 4 Home Edition Download - Free antivirus software download
100% Virus Bulletin awardIn the latest Virus Bulletin tests (November 2004, Windows Server 2003) avast! 4 Server Edition again detected all ItW viruses (i.e. viruses known to be 'in the wild') and was awarded with another 100% Virus Bulletin award!

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Yahoo! Video Search

Yahoo! Video Search
Search the internet for video clips from all types of sources.

Folder View - Official Home

Folder View - Official Home: "Folder View is a free (freeware) add-on for Windows that drastically enhances the way you browse the folders on your system.

Files are often scattered around many different folders on the harddisk and locations on the network. Every time you want to copy, move, open or save a file, this situation leads you to a quest through levels of folders.

With Folder View, these quests are over. Folder View enhances the Windows file Explorer by making all folders you need available in a single click. It integrates with other applications, speeding up opening and saving of files and also lets you copy and move files very quickly. Click the screenshot on the right to get an overview of the features.

How does it work...?"

ConTEXT - Features

ConTEXT - Features
When I look for a good editor, I look for something that appears to have the same simple interface of Notepad, but has a lot more under the hood. ConTEXT qualifies. Anyone can just open the editor up and start using it, but you start to see the real functionality of the program when you open a few of your source code files. Syntax coloring is present here, and in my opinion, that’s always a good thing. The options that the editor gives you are perfect for allowing you to tweak the program to do exactly what you want – almost as if you programmed it yourself. I’m officially a big fan of this free and lightweight program.
Screen Shots

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Backtec Software

Backtec Software: "freesoft.gif (1832 bytes)

Fully functional freeware with no hidden tricks."

Picture Tools > Home

Picture Tools > Home: "Picture Tools is an Internet Explorer plug-in which assists in browsing picture gallery web sites. "

Find anything, anywhere fast with MSN Toolbar Suite Beta

Find anything, anywhere fast with MSN Toolbar Suite Beta
Yesterday afternoon, Microsoft’s MSN unit unveiled a beta version of the MSN Toolbar Suite, a sweeping set of desktop and Web searching tools that promises to give Windows users many of the search features that the company originally promised for Longhorn. The MSN Toolbar Suite includes the taskbar-based MSN Deskbar, Windows Explorer and Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)-based toolbars, and the MSN Toolbar for Outlook. And, unlike a hastily released rival desktop search tool from Google, the MSN Toolbar Suite keeps your local file searches on your hard disk and doesn’t require a Web server to display results.

Windows Update: Tweak UI 1.33 : [Microsoft, Windows 95, downloads, download, updates, update, user interface]

Windows Update: Tweak UI 1.33 : [Microsoft, Windows 95, downloads, download, updates, update, user interface]
Tweak UI

Free yourself from the tyranny of ordinary Windows with this extra set of tools (also called PowerToys) created by Microsoft developers. Adjust menu speed and window animation. Move the StartUp folder up the Explorer hierachy, or move the My Documents folder to another drive. If you get the "No Help topic is associated with this item" message when you access the help menu, Tweak UI may have answers. The tool set also offers quick fixes for adding and removing items to your right-click New menu. And you may get a second chance at recovering lost uninstall options (but only if you've installed the program while the original uninstall list in Control Panel is intact).

Version: 1.33
Price: Free

Stickies v5.0a

Stickies v5.0a

With Stickies, you can set your notes to nap in the background until you set them to wake. Using styles and colors, you can change their appearance to color-code your work or suit your aesthetic. Bullets and changeable title bar text help organize your notes. Track your work by making Stickies change from transparent to opaque when edited. Paste URLs into Stickies and open the Web site by clicking right on the sticky note. You can send Stickies over a network, or over e-mail.

Version: 5.0a
Price: Free

Wallpaper Changer Utility- Freeware! Keeping your desktop fresh everyday.

Wallpaper Changer Utility- Freeware! Keeping your desktop fresh everyday.: "Wallpaper Master is a highly customizable and easy to use wallpaper changer and manager. It will automatically change your background wallpaper with a large range of options, and is great for indexing large collections.

If you're the kind of person that changes their wallpaper frequently then you'll love this program. You can have this utility change your wallpaper at whatever interval you specify. It has a lot of features and it's completely free!"

QuickSysInfo Home

QuickSysInfo Home: "QuickSysInfo is a small and fast program to quickly and easily look up your system information. Version 1.1 -- Upgraded for Windows 2000 and XP. The information is in the following areas, ------------

ScreenHunter - Screen Capture Home

ScreenHunter - Screen Capture HomeThe program is one of the very best screen capture tools I’ve ever come across. It comes in three versions- ScreenHunter Free, ScreenHunter Plus, and ScreenHunter Pro. Yes, they actually do put out a free version. And yes, it’s really free (unlike some other software I’ve come across). The company is certainly one of the better ones out there, since this free version comes with no disabled features, though the feature set is not what you get from the Plus or Pro versions, of course. What makes it so good? Performance, pure and simple. It has a system tray icon that sits there quietly in the background and it doesn’t cause performance hits and it doesn’t cause problems.

Cool Site of the Day

Cool Site of the Day
Finding interesting content on the Internet can be a challenge. There are billions of Web pages out there, and it’s common knowledge that you’re going to have to sift through a bunch of junk in order to get to the good stuff. People have different ways of discovering great content – some use search engines, while others may just randomly click on links from well-respected sites. Whatever you do, it’s always enjoyable to find a cool resource on the Internet. In order to receive a new site recommendation each day, check out Cool Site of the Day.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Google Help Central

Google Help Central
Google's Cheat Sheet helps unlock tools not normally known about this revolutionary search engine., a site that collects outdated versions of major free software applications. A great site.
Outdated" may not be the right word here, since as's slogan rightly says, "newer is not always better." There have certainly been times when I've wanted to go back to a previous version of an application, for troubleshooting reasons or simply because I didn't care for the update. OldVersion's old versions run from the recent (ie, once-removed editions) to the antiquated (such as AOL Instant Messenger 1.0).

Best Free Help Sites

Best Free Help Sites: "Best Free Technical Support Sites

In compiling this list we have looked only at free third-party support sites. If you are looking specifically for vendor support sites, then click here.

Most of the sites in this category have volunteer staffing and that means the quality of answers to your questions can very widely - it all depends on the individual you get. So don't take the following site rankings too literally as your experience may well differ from ours.

In total we reviewed 27 sites, of which 2 were rated outstanding, 3 highly recommended and 7 recommended."

PC INSPECTOR smart recovery

PC INSPECTOR smart recovery
PC Inspector Smart Recovery v4.45

Digital cameras and camcorders make it easier than ever to document anything--and to accidentally destroy your images. PC Inspector Smart Recovery can restore your lost photos or videos from a number of different storage drive and file types. It works on flash cards, SmartMedia, Sony Memory Sticks, IBM Micro Drives, MultiMediaCards, Secure Digital cards, and any other common data storage devices for digital cameras. Supported photo file types include .jpg, .tif, .bmp, .gif, Canon .crw , Fuji .raf , Olympus .orf (E-XX), Olympus .orf (C5050), Kodak .dcr, Minolta .mrw, Nikon .nef (D1H/D1X), Nikon .nef (E5000/E5700), and Sigma-Foveon .x3f. Supported video files include .avi and QuickTime .mov. You can recover audio files in .wav and .dss format.

Desktop Ruler

Coder d.o.o. Split
Desktop Ruler v1.38c

Don't scrabble through your desk looking for a ruler. Desktop Ruler lets you use one right on your PC. Summon this handy digital version of the old standby, and you can measure centimeters or pixels on your desktop. Right-click the ruler, and you can customize it in a number of ways: rotate it 90 degrees, change its color, make it transparent, stick it to the mouse, and more.

Windows XP drivers (windows xp modem drivers win xp printer drivers xp video driver update etc.)

Windows XP drivers (windows xp modem drivers win xp printer drivers xp video driver update etc.)
Need Drivers for XP?

Are you looking for hardware device drivers for XP? It can really be a problem if you have a computer that came with a different operating system and now you're upgrading to XP. If you can't find what you need on the hardware vendor's Web site, check here for one of the largest sources of XP drivers:

Internet phones: CNET Editors' guide to VoIP - CNET reviews

Internet phones: CNET Editors' guide to VoIP - CNET reviews: "Your next telephone may not actually be a telephone. It may look and work like a phone, but it will connect to the Internet, not a telephone line, and it will cost less than today's phones. You'll also get better features and ease of use."

Find Your Child (Mobile Phone Locator)

How does child mobile phone tracking work?
Uses your mobile providers data

Every mobile phone acts like a radio – emitting a signal which is picked up by the base stations that make up a telecommunications network. The network needs to know where your phone is at any time, so that it can direct calls to and from it. Our service uses the same information to deliver mobile phone tracking.

Search several phones from any PC or your own mobile phone!

Once you have registered as a user, you can add mobile phone(s) numbers to your account, which you can then make searches against. You can make these searches at any time from any internet connected PC, or from your own mobile phone. View a map or receive an SMS.
If you search from a PC, we get the location of the phone from the network, and then display it on a map on your screen. If you search from your mobile, we send you an SMS that says “john is in the vicinity of………”

Monday, December 13, 2004

Musicmatch Jukebox - World's best music player V10

Musicmatch Jukebox - World's best music player
One of the major hassles of any decent-sized digital music collection is keeping it all organized in a way that makes sense to you. MusicMatch Jukebox 10, now owned by Yahoo, debuts today and gives music lovers lots of help in arranging their tracks in just the way they want.

Musicmatch 10, which comes in a free and a $20(£10) premium version, is available to download

Sign Generator Page - Fun Flash Text/Image Sign Generators! Try A Sign Generator, Very Funny Comedy You Can Create And Send To Friends

Sign Generator Page - Fun Flash Text/Image Sign Generators! Try A Sign Generator, Very Funny Comedy You Can Create And Send To Friends: "Open a sign below and change the caption text on the image (make your own customized funny phrases on these whacky images). Send as a greeting card once made or capture the image to your harddrive (do a screen capture as these are Flash files)."

Sunday, December 12, 2004

CDBurnerXP Pro - freeware burning solution | Home / News

CDBurnerXP Pro - freeware burning solution | Home / News: "CDBurnerXP Pro is a free CD/DVD burning solution.
With this software you can burn CD-R, CD-RW DVD R/RW DVD-R/RW discs. All features you can read on the features page."

encyclopedia of spices

encyclopedia of spices
Ever wonder about spices? Where they come from and how they are used? Nice resource for your bookmarks.

Mac Specialist: Essential Mac Applications

Mac Specialist: Essential Mac Applications
long list of useful stuff, plus some more ideas in the comments section

Saturday, December 11, 2004


iSerenity: "Welcome to iSerenity

Welcome to iSerenity - ambient sound environments at your desktop for relaxation and solitude."
Just click on any picture for the sound.

Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing

Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing
Just what it says

Main Page - Wikinews

Main Page - Wikinews: "Welcome to Wikinews, a free content news source. We started in November 2004, and have currently written 167 articles. Our mission is to create a diverse environment where citizen journalists can independently report the news on a wide variety of current events. Find out how you can get involved right now.

Please give us some time to sort out the policies and procedures before relying on Wikinews as a source. Voice your opinion on policies on the talk page or at the water cooler."

SpellBound - Spellchecker for Firefox and the Mozilla Suite

SpellBound - Spellchecker for Firefox and the Mozilla Suite
Installing SpellBound might seem a little confusing, but just follow their directions and you should be all right. I've been using it for a while now and have yet to run into any problems.

The best task this little extension tackles is forum posting. I post to a lot of forums, and going back and forth to spell check with a separate program can become a real drag. Cut. Paste. Check. Rinse, lather and repeat. It could also be ideal for blog posting as well.

For those three people out there still using Internet Explorer, you are not left out in the dark. For you there is ieSpell.

Download Free PowerPoint Viewers -- The PowerPoint FAQ

Download Free PowerPoint Viewers -- The PowerPoint FAQ: "Download free PowerPoint viewers:" For those who don't have powerpoint and wish to open a Power Point file

The Good Deal House


on sofas to soap dishes, television sets to teapots, dining tables to dishwashers, bathroom suites to bedside lamps."
I came across this site last night and think that it could be of use to mant people.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Bobyte Software

Bobyte Software
Home of multimedia applications

FOOOD's Icons - Custom icons for Windows XP, Mac, Linux, Docks etc.

FOOOD's Icons - Custom icons for Windows XP, Mac, Linux, Docks etc.
#Foood Icons, a welcome addition to any desktop. If you've never checked out his amazing collection of icon replacements for Windows XP, take a look. He's got alternatives for applications, folders, system items, file types, and just about anything else you could possibly want. For personal use, the icons cost nothing. Download and enjoy.
Taken from Jake Ludinktons digital lifestyle

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Welcome to is an online graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you might need an impressive logo without a lot of work. We provide real-time generation of graphics customized exactly the way you want them.

Simply choose what kind of image you would like to create. Then fill out a form and you'll have your own image created on the fly. will always be available for use free of charge.

XnView (FREE)

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With XnView, you can import around 400 graphic file formats. You heard me right – 400! You’ll probably never even come close to using that many formats, but it’s just nice to know that you can. The media browser works nicely by allowing you to preview all of the supported media. You can even watch your movies within the software. If you need to convert an image, XnView will give you about 50 formats to export to. Basic editing functions are available for your images, including a handful of filters. The software also gives you the capability to create Web pages of thumbnails, and a rather nice screen capture utility is present, as well. It seems like once you’ve seen one media manager you’ve seen them all, but this one offers up a selection of features that may be worthwhile to you.

[3.23M] [Win9x/2k/XP/OS X/Linux] [FREE]

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Picture Tools >

Picture Tools > Home
Browsers are good at displaying lots of photos, but saving several images to your hard drive isn't always easy. The Picture Tools IE add-on makes it easy to grab some or all of the images from a Web page for future reference. See how it works by clicking the demo button

AltaVista - Babel Fish Translation

AltaVista - Babel Fish Translation
Since the Internet is a global phenomenon, you’ll run into people who speak languages you may have never heard of. Before you know it, you’re the new minority. Communicating with these people is a humongous challenge that has to be dealt with. Even though we aren’t fluent in all of the languages of the world, Babel Fish Translation will help us to marginally close the communication gap.
Videoconferencing can make you feel like you're in a badly dubbed movie. SightSpeed reduces latency so you don't see jerky images with amateurish lip synching. Your lips and the words they shape will match--no Milli Vanilli syndrome for you.

This version introduces video messages (the video equivalent of voice mail) and video mail (which you can send to as many recipients as you like). The new premium feature, multiparty calling, gives you a video call with up to three other people.

SightSpeed's software is free. Receiving video from the video messenger is also free, as is unlimited VoIP calling. To send more than 15 minutes of video per day or to host multiparty calls, you must subscribe to the monthly service. SightSpeed offers three levels of paid service as well as a free plan.
Video Messenger

Microsoft Windows Media - Windows Media Encoder 9 Series

Microsoft Windows Media - Windows Media Encoder 9 Series: "Windows Media Encoder 9 Series is a powerful tool for content producers who want to take advantage of the many innovations in Windows Media 9 Series including high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition video quality, new support for mixed-mode voice and music content, and more.

Windows Media Encoder 9 Series

Download Now 9,450 KB 44 min @ 28.8 Kbps
See all downloads in the Download Center

More Control and Flexibility More Control and Flexibility
Capture content with frame-accurate control. Protect live streams and initiate broadcasts. Author for a range of delivery scenarios including MBR streaming and CD/DVD.
Unmatched Audio and Video Quality Unmatched Audio and Video Quality
Create the clearest audio from multichannel to voice-only content. Encode to any level from HD quality (1080i/1080p) to low data rate screen capture. Fine tune compression using new encoding modes.
Extensibility and Automation Extensibility and Automation
Extend the Encoders functionality. Fully automate the encoding process. Includes 4 new utilities.

An example of how customers are benefiting today, the Inscriber Instream Plug-in for Windows Media Encoder 9 Series offers content creators professional graphics and text integration.
Learn more and download the plug-in Leave this Web site
How-to for Content Producers How-to for Content Producers
Find technical articles and rich media presentations to help you use the encoder to create Windows Media-formatted content.
FAQ System Requirements
Lists required and recommended configurations.
Refer to the Encoder 9 Series FAQ for important information about key issues.
If you own a digital camcorder, this is a must have. With it I’ve done plenty of remote keynote presentations over nothing more than a regular broadband connection. There’s no easier way to broadcast and archive an A/V stream, easily switching among inputs on the fly. When you plan on using your face, as well as your cursor, this will fill the bill.


10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time / by Jonathan J. Harris

10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time / by Jonathan J. Harris
Get your news in an interesting way

Exploratorium: Online Activities

Exploratorium: Online Activities
The Exploratorium There is enough on here to keep you happy for ages. Go look around

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

X-RayPc Spyware Remover

As the spyware versus anti-spyware battle rages on, we were looking for good tools that allow a user to examine the contents of his machine and to take corrective actions against [that which proves to be harmful]. An excellent candidate for this is “HijackThis” by Merijn, which is already in use by plenty of “anti-spyware experts.” We felt that HJT could be improved upon in some ways and thus the idea for X-RayPc Spyware Remover was born. We took the best parts of the HJT concept and linked [them] up to the SpywareGuide database. The result is something like a systems management tool with [a built-in] expert system. If you can’t wait to try it out, click the link above.

Beyond Ad-aware: Block Spyware Parasites, Web Bugs, And Other Pests

Still frustrated with spyware attacks, despite installing Ad-aware and Microsoft’s Service Pack 2? Consider these programs as picked by PC World.

CWShredder v1.59.1
Eliminate an insidious pest that Spybot S&D and Ad-aware can't stop.

Block suspicious programs before anti-virus companies profile them.
If you give it permission to work through your firewall, Qwik-Fix Pro can automatically check back for updates as often as every hour.

IE Privacy Keeper v2.3
Clean out unwanted traces of your online journeys through IE.

Block Web bug elements in e-mail messages without having to turn off HTML.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

The Foundations of Web Design

The Foundations of Web Design: "Principles for Building Smart Web Sites," All you need to know to build your first web page.

Able Web Editor Demo 1.0.0 - Free Download. An HTML Editor with Page Samples that demystify HTML and CSS.

Able Web Editor Demo 1.0.0 - Free Download. An HTML Editor with Page Samples that demystify HTML and CSS.: "An HTML Editor with Page Samples that demystify the process of creating Web Pages using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets. It runs on Windows 98, ME, XP, and 2000 with a minimum screen size of 1024 by 768 pixels. It includes tools for Color Selection and Image Tag preparation. A 'Getting Started' tutorial demonstrates how to use the program by illustrating how to create Web Pages using HTML and CSS. The Free Demo is fully functional and has no time restrictions. The full version of the program offers more extensive information in the Page Samples and additional program features."

Put your photos on DVD

Not everyone owns a computer. This fact became very apparent to me recently when I told a friend that he could view some party pictures on his computer, and he said (somewhat embarrassedly) that he didn't have one. Gasp!

Once I lifted my jaw off the floor, I got to thinking: What other cool ways (beyond an actual stack of photos) are there to show people your digital pictures that don't require a computer? Then I remembered that my friend had a DVD player, so I did a little searching on ZDNet Downloads and found some great software for making photo DVDs.

With these programs, not only can you have your friends check out photos on their DVD players, you can make slide shows with background music and captions for a full multimedia experience. Here are the ones I found that offer the best options.

MemoriesOnTV was the first photo DVD software I came upon, and I wasn't disappointed at all with the results. Using my regular CD burner, I was able to make a photo CD playable on a DVD player, including music, text, and a customized menu to make it easy for my friend to navigate. (Shareware/Windows)

PhotoDVD lets you create mixed audio and visual presentations with professional-looking results. Create your own slide show, add music, sync the music to your pictures, and even preview your work before you burn it to DVD. (Shareware/Windows)

Still Life for Mac OS X lets you experiment with panning over single images, using background music to present a unique photo experience in your DVD presentation. Use the zoom options and create a dramatic camera path to get the best effect. (Shareware/Mac)

:: w.bloggar ::

:: w.bloggar ::
This Web log tools make it easy to write, design and publish your blog. Blogs make it possible for anyone to share their thoughts, experiences and images with the world.

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SlySoft Inc. Multimedia Solutions | dvd copy, burning dvd, dvd ripper, dvd copying software

SlySoft Inc. Multimedia Solutions | dvd copy, burning dvd, dvd ripper, dvd copying software
essential tool for film fans

Friday, December 03, 2004

Sqirlz Morph - multi-morphing freeware

Sqirlz Morph - multi-morphing freeware: "Sqirlz Morph allows you to mark features on several images, and the program mixes the images so that each feature on one image moves smoothly to the corresponding feature on the other images - a technique widely used in the film industry.

Multi-morphing is available - any number of images can be morphed together, so try mixing all your family's faces at the same time!"

Vasilios Freeware

Vasilios Freeware
Welcome to
Vasilios Freeware Applications
Web site
I came across this site by accident and find that some if not all of the apps are of interest.

New Hotmail

New Hotmail: "Discover the new, free MSN Hotmail
The new free MSN Hotmail is here. Which means the world's favourite email is bigger and better than ever before."

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Cerulean Studios: The Creators of Trillian and Trillian Pro IM Clients

Cerulean Studios: The Creators of Trillian and Trillian Pro IM Clients: "The award-winning*, multi-network Trillian IM client allows you to seamlessly integrate all of your communications traffic in a single, sleek package. Stay in touch with contacts spanning multiple networks and grab the latest news, stocks, and other information with our versatile array of plugins. [Learn more]" is the best place to find freebies, freeware, free stuff, samples, downloads, email, games, free software, fonts, Webmaster freebies, is the best place to find freebies, freeware, free stuff, samples, downloads, email, games, free software, fonts, Webmaster freebies, MP3s, sweepstakes, contests, coupons, catalogs, free food
They say that the best things in life are free, and this mentality has seeped into our thinking over time. The value of the freebie cannot be underestimated. Some people will do anything within their reach to obtain free items, and from firsthand experience, I can assure you that the majority of these people are certifiably insane. Hey, there?s nothing wrong with getting free stuff

Google Desktop Search Download

Google Desktop Search Download: "# Find your email, files, web history and chats instantly
# View web pages you've seen, even when you're not online
# Search as easily as you do on Google"

Belarc Advisor

Belarc Advisor gives you the scoop on what's installed on your desktop or notebook. It scans your computer and generates a profile of everything installed on it, from your main circuit board to software. Version, manufacturer, and serial numbers are listed, as well as statistics such as available memory slots and hard drive space.

Version: 6.1f
Price: Free

Palm Software - How-to...

Palm Software - How-to...
Ask fans of Palm OS-based handhelds why they prefer Palms to Pocket PCs and you typically get the following responses:- There's much more software available for the Palm OS.
So if your wondering where its all at try this site.
Expert Guides
You know your Palm Powered device is a great calendar and address book. But if that’s all you use, you’re missing out on the best parts.
Passionate Palm OS users have created guides to help you get the most out of your device.

Clipboard Recorder FREE

Clipboard Recorder is a free tool used to record what you have copied/cut to the clipboard. You can paste the same item by selecting from the list of records without repeating copying/cutting the same item from its original place. Works seamlessly with Microsoft Office and other applications. Supports a variety of formats. Including RTF text, HTML, CSV, Bitmap, Meta file and Embedded Object. Four easy ways to access the records: popup list, floating list, menu and the main window. Supports Transferring clipboard data between computers. Small and Highly optimized. Uses negligible resources.

PhotoBox - award-winning 12p prints FREE online photo albums for sharing

PhotoBox - award-winning 12p prints FREE online photo albums for sharing
Includes FREE online photo sharing.
Launched at the beginning of year 2000 PhotoBox is a privately owned and funded company, and specialises in digital photographic services using state of the art facilities. PhotoBox was the UK’s and Ireland's first online digital photographic company and has won best of breed awards in the photographic trade press, internet press, national press, and industry awards. PhotoBox is strategically partnered by FujiFilm UK and Metro Imaging. A few highlights...

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Froogle U.K.

Froogle U.K.: "froo�gle (fru'gal) n. Smart shopping through Google." AND this one is the UK version.If you are reading this and live in Germany then you will be pleased to know that you now have your OWN German Shopping site too

Microsoft Download Center

Microsoft Download Center: "Download Center Home"
Download Categories
*Windows (Security & Updates)
*Windows Media
*Office and Home Applications
*Mobile Devices
*Macintosh & Other Platforms
*Server Applications
*System Management Tools
*Development Resources

Copernic Meta - More of the Web at Your Fingertips

Copernic Meta - More of the Web at Your Fingertips: "Copernic Meta is an add-in for Windows and Internet Explorer that provides quick and permanent access to powerful Web searching. Performing simultaneous searches on multiple search engines, Copernic Meta allows you to explore more of the Web than any single search engine. It also lets you easily integrate the search functionalities of any search engine directly with the Copernic Meta toolbar. "

Copernic Agent Basic - Home Page

Copernic Agent Basic - Home Page: "Make every Web search a super-search with this intelligent tool, trusted by millions of users worldwide. Copernic Agent Basic queries leading search engines to bring you back relevant, high quality results. Its intuitive user interface quickly allows you to make the most of the numerous search enhancement features included, making your Internet searches faster and easier than ever."


Every once in a while, there is a program that is just fun to use. One that captures the imagination, serves a purpose, provides information, and takes advantage of the latest internet and computer technology. This is just such a program and the associated website.

The site we are looking at is called, and the product they have that is so cool is called Keyhole 2. Keyhole 2 is a digital atlas of the world.
Some of the demos on the site are neat to look at. You can take a tour of Boston to Fenway Park, visit Olympic venues, and see what Hurricane Charlie did to the southeast US. You can demo the program for seven days, to see it you would use it.

Pluck: Search, Retrieve, Organize & Share the Web

Pluck: Search, Retrieve, Organize & Share the Web: "Pluck Web Access (PWA) manages your bookmarks and research in a central
location that you can access from any
browser. You can easily store, annotate
and interactively share links and folders
with friends and co-workers."

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Sign In - Yahoo! Briefcase

Sign In - Yahoo! Briefcase: "Welcome to Yahoo! Briefcase"
Yahoo's Briefcase online service, a handy, free way to move and store up to 30MB of data. Just upload files into your briefcase, then use the service to send your buddy or coworker an e-mail message with a link to the file. I have multiple briefcases, some private, some available to others. It's a great service, provided you can deal with Yahoo's confusing registration and its intrusive, blaring ads. One other caveat: No single file can be larger than 5MB.


SnapFolders: "The shortcuts you create with SnapFolders are automatically placed on the Start Menu or a side menu to the Start Menu. Like any shortcuts they can be copied or moved anywhere you want. Like any shortcuts they can be renamed or deleted as you wish.

Shortcuts to folders have been available in Windows since Windows 95 was released in 1995. In those days a 1 GB hard disk was considered a luxury. Today, a 200 GB hard disk is quite ordinary. The average home user is lost in a folder jungle that gets bigger and bigger every year. The average professional user has to cope with a network where the jungle is even bigger.

Arm yourself with a machete in the folder jungle!"

Nero [Nero 6 Ultra Edition Major Update]

Nero [Nero 6 Ultra Edition Major Update]
The successor to the popular Nero Burning ROM, Nero 6 Ultra Edition is a suite aimed at the casual user who wants to burn CDs and DVDs for audio, video and data backup. Nero Burning ROM has a good reputation for ease-of-use, and features lots of walkthroughs and wizards for various projects. It supports on-the-fly disc recording, multisession, mixed-mode recording, and digital audio extraction. Nero is also a full-featured WAV editor with a full palette of audio processing options. The latest version supports all DVD formats.

Free avast! 4 Home Edition - Free antivirus software - free virus protection for home PC

Free avast! 4 Home Edition - Free antivirus software - free virus protection for home PC: "Free avast! 4 Home Edition

avast! 4 Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users, non-commercial users. Both conditions should be met! Our company offers Home Edition free of charge, since in our opinion, it is possible to avoid global virus spreading by efficient prevention; however, many user are not able or do not want to pay for antivirus software. This page will show you the most important features of this program."

Monday, November 29, 2004

FolderShare - Secure Remote Access VPN Solution

FolderShare - Secure Remote Access VPN Solution
FolderShare, My Hero

Of all the products I've tried and talked about, FolderShare is the one I still use. That's because even the freebie version is handy-dandy for popping a handful of files over to, say, my daughter. It lets you queue up to three files to transfer online. Once queued, the files are transferred one after another without you having to manually intervene.

The only significant downside is in a separate feature that allows you to create a file library on your PC and share those files with friends and colleagues. The program limits your sharing to just two libraries of files and you can't have more than 1500 files in a library. But this isn't a big deal, especially for free. (BTW, there's no time limitation on the trial version--which is why I call it a freebie.)

Copernic Desktop Search - The Search Engine for Your PC

Copernic Desktop Search - The Search Engine for Your PC
Copernic Desktop Search is always available with a single click.
It offers non-obtrusive, integrated entry-points into your operating system.

* Desktop Search Window: Perform searches in an easy-to-use interface, open folders or files directly, and more!
* Windows Deskbar: Perform searches from any application, anytime. This search bar conveniently integrates with the Windows taskbar.

Copernic Desktop Search's key features:

* Lets you perform sub-second searches of your PC's files and emails in a user-friendly interface.
* Enables you to search from any application, anytime. The search bar conveniently integrates with the Windows taskbar.
* Offers specific refining fields for each desktop search category.
* Uses your computer resources intelligently when indexing documents so as not to impair your work by throttling back while you are using other software.
* Displays and filters matching results as you type.
* Quickly creates and updates the index in the background with no limitation concerning the number of documents to be indexed.
* Delivers advanced fault tolerance and recovery architecture to ensure everlasting index integrity.
* Automatically indexes on-the-fly new and updated files in the background (Windows NT/2000/XP required), including new emails sent or received with Microsoft Outlook
* Supports advanced Boolean operators (AND/+, OR, NOT/-), quotes (exact phrase or whole word) and parentheses.
* Lets you enter keywords directly into the search box located in the Windows taskbar using a keyboard shortcut from any application.
* Lets you preview Web pages, text files, e-mails and pictures for selected results without needing to open any other application to analyze document’s relevancy or cut and paste a selection.
* Scrolls document previews directly to the first word or phrase that you are looking for.
* Offers specific sorting and grouping fields for each search category in order to ease result viewing.
* Offers plenty of time-saving shortcuts to other applications via links and right-click menus available in search categories.
* Offers many customizable options to configure various features and parameters.
* Highlights search keywords with a different color for each keyword in result lists and previews of text files or documents.

Available desktop search categories:

* Files: Office documents (Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel worksheets), WordPerfect documents, Adobe Acrobat documents, HTML pages, Text/RTF documents, and more
* Emails: Outlook/Outlook Express emails and attachments
* Music: MP3, WMA, WAV, etc.
* Pictures: JPEG, GIF, etc.
* Videos: MPEG, QuickTime, Windows Media, etc.
* Favorites: Internet Explorer favorites
* History: Internet Explorer history
* Contacts: Outlook Express/Outlook, Windows Address Book

Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again (XP and above)

Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again
Bring your digital photos to life with
Photo Story 3 for Windows.

Software Extravaganza (Mostly FREE!)

This is a site created by Jason McFeetors and has a section dedicated to tools and utilities which are available as freeware to users. There are two main differences between his site and other freeware sites:
This is what he has to say:-
1) All of the applications that are available are used by me personally so that their usefulness is properly understood.

2) All applications must be freeware or freely available. This means that the software is accessible by everyone. In fact, much of the freeware is intended to replace actual retail software.

The list is significantly smaller than most freeware websites but I see most of the software in the list as "crucial". In fact, I have removed software from the listing which was more trouble than it was worth (which, since it was freeware, was nothing)!

I have not updated the website in a couple of months but I am presently working on an updated site with search capabilities and a "What's New" option. Since it will be a while before it is updated, here is a complete list of all the software and services which are presently in my new website database (which is not yet published to the internet). All changes will be available in the future at my site [note: this link is not currently active] but here is the list until that time:

Name: 602Pro PC Suite
Description: Seamless compatibility with Microsoft Office is a must today. 602Pro PC SUITE 2000 is composed of three components 602Text (word processor), 602Tab (spreadsheet) and 602Photo (graphic editor). 602Text is a powerful word processor compatible with Microsoft Word (.DOC 9x/2000) and many other document file types. 602Tab is a Microsoft Excel (.XLS 9x/2000) compatible spreadsheet with over 150 available functions. 602Photo is a graphics editor designed for digital camera and scanner image editing with support for over 15 graphic formats.

Name: Adobe Acrobat Reader
Description: Adobe Acrobat Reader is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. With Acrobat Reader, you can also fill in and submit Adobe PDF forms online. And now Acrobat Reader for Palm OS lets you view Adobe PDF files on the go.

Name: AI RoboForm
Description: AI RoboForm is a one-click web form filler and password manager with some serious Artificial Intelligence (AI) inside. It works as an add-on to Microsoft Internet Explorer ver 4 or later, all browsers based on IE, and Netscape.

Name: AutoIt
Description: AutoIt is a simple tool that can simulate key presses, mouse movements and window commands (maximize, minimize, wait for, etc.) in order to automate any windows based task (or even windowed DOS tasks). AutoIt was primarily designed to assist in automatically installing software that cannot be automatically installed by other means. This is most useful during a PC rollout where hundreds or thousands of client machines need to be automatically installed. However, AutoIt is not limited to software installation and can be used to automate most simple windows tasks.

Name: BgInfo
Description: How many times have you walked up to a system in your office and needed to click through several diagnostic windows to remind yourself of important aspects of its configuration, such as its name, IP address, or operating system version. If you manage multiple computers you probably need BgInfo. It automatically displays relevant information about a Windows NT/2000 computer on the desktop's background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well as the font and background colors, and can place it in your startup folder so that it runs every boot, or even configure it to display as the background for the logon screen.

Name: BigFix
Description: BigFix is a great new application that drastically reduces the number of bugs and conflicts that affect your computer. Using its proprietary Relevance Engine, BigFix can automatically check your computer for bugs, configuration conflicts, and security holes, and let you fix them with a simple mouse-click. Most of the time, BigFix can even alert you to a problem before any damage is done, helping you avoid painful downtime. BigFix is a great way to worry less about computer problems, and focus on more important things.

Name: Filemon
Description: Filemon monitors and displays file system activity on a system in real-time. Its advanced capabilities make it a powerful tool for exploring the way Windows works, seeing how applications use the files and DLLs, or tracking down problems in system or application file configurations. Filemon's timestamping feature will show you precisely when every open, read, write or delete, happens, and its status column tells you the outcome. Filemon is so easy to use that you'll be an expert within minutes. It begins monitoring when you start it, and its output window can be saved to a file for off-line viewing. It has full search capability, and if you find that you're getting information overload, simply set up one or more filters.

Description: FREESCO (stands for FREE ciSCO) is a free replacement for commercial routers supporting up to 3 ethernet/arcnet/token_ring/arlan network cards and up to 2 modems. Why should you use Freesco? Ease of use - it's insanely easy to set up Thoroughly documented - it's more or less self contained, read one doc and you're off and running Like most players in this field, it runs off one floppy Freesco runs in as little as 6 Mb RAM. Unique Web Control Panel Freesco is the easiest to use, one disk Linux system available.

Name: FTP Explorer
Description: FTP Explorer is a file transfer protocol client for Windows 9x/ME/2000 and NT 4.0, that looks and acts very much like the Windows Explorer, offering a fun way to FTP.

Name: InstallRite
Description: Provides "application cloning" as opposed to "disk cloning", simplifying software distribution.

Name: InstallWatch
Description: Records modifications made to your PC during the installation of software, hardware, or configuration changes.

Name: IntegrityCheck System
Description: Spytech IntegrityCheck is a small, free, wizard utility for quickly checking possible security weaknesses on your PC. IntegrityCheck will quickly guide you through steps which will determine all open ports on your PC that may be possible vulnerable attack points for hackers and trojan software. IntegrityCheck will also check for common backdoor trojans running in your process memory.

Name: IrfanView
Description: IrfanView is one of the best graphics views available on the internet. It allows you to not only view the majority of bitmap file formats, it also lets you create a slideshow of your pictures. You can even do some basic manipulation of images.

Name: NetMonitor
Description: Monitor your Internet connection and get an array of vital statistics that will give you a better hold on what's happening with your Internet connection.

Name: PGP
Description: With millions of users worldwide, PGP is the world's de facto standard for email encryption and authentication. PGP Security is proud to provide freeware versions of PGP products to non-commercial customers. These products provide limited, but important, capabilities including secure e-mail, file encryption and peer-to-peer VPN. Please note that Network Associates and PGP Security do not provide Technical Support for freeware products.

Name: PowerArchiver
Description: PowerArchiver is the ultimate archive utility for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. With a modern easy-to-use interface, PowerArchiver provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools. PowerArchiver is the most complete archive utility available today.

Name: PowerArchiver Command
Description: Console tools for extracting and creating archives. All formats supported.

Name: SFX Maker
Description: SFX Maker can convert ZIP files into EXE files which allows you to share you ZIP archives with almost anyone with Windows 95/NT 4 or later, regardless of the software installed on their machine or their technical competence. A SelF-eXtracting archive or SFX for short contains everything the end user needs, the ZIP archive, the tool to extract it (so they do not need other software such as PowerArchiver or WinZip) and any information you want to give them, all contained in a single EXE file. Yet, despite its technical capabilities it is remarkably easy to use.

Name: Spytech Eradicator
Description: Spytech Eradicator is a secure file wiping utility. With Eradicator you will never have to worry about others peeping into files that should have been deleted in the first place. Eradicator offers multiple levels of secure deletion for the everyday user. Wipes files clean - permanently Three secure deletion strengths
-Multiple file deletion capability
-Irrecoverable deletion security

Name: Spytech PasswordLock
Description: Spytech PasswordLock is an easy to use utility for storing all your sensitive passwords in one secure place. You can add as many passwords to your secure encrypted, password protected list for easy password management. Passwords stored in a secure encrypted list All lists are password protected
-Password Revealer utility for forgotten passwords
-Random Password Generator utility
-Easy password management and copying
-Easy, quick password security

Name: Spytech PortSecure
Description: PortSecure is a simple, Windows port scanner that you can use to scan your IP or remote IP's for open ports as a result of common software or trojans.

Name: TridiaVNC
Description: With TridiaVNC (virtual network computing) you can view and control a computing desktop from a wide variety of platforms.

Name: VNC
Description: VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is, in essence, a remote display system which allows you to view a computing 'desktop' environment not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from a wide variety of machine architectures.

Sorry for such a long list but I believe that all of the applications here are useful and important. ---Jason McFeetors


Boumchalak Software
In a nutshell: Install, run, capture using the main window. Minimize it, press PrtSc to grab the screen at any time. Images will go to the "My Pictures" folder. Dig your way through the options to customize everything: Grabbing keys, folders, file names, ...
The long version: Its key features are:

* Distinguishes between grabbing and capturing:

GrabCaptureScreen Posted by Hello

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Video2Photo - FREE and used by me

Video2Photo - Links
Video2Photo can capture individual frames from a video source, such as a DV camcorder, Web cam, or from a local video file (AVI, DivX or MPEG). You can play the movie from within the application and easily select individual frames or sections to be extracted. In addition, you can choose to apply a variety of effects or processing options to all or selected frames, including color corrections, cropping, old photo effect, and more. The result can be exported as HTML thumbnail gallery, Flash file (SWF), AVI movie, or individual image files. The interface is easy to use, even for non-technical users, and uses a step-by-step wizard to guide you through the process.

Video2Photo can import:


Single frames from a Digital or Analog Camcorder or WebCam

Single frames or sequence of frames from a video file (AVI, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4/DivX, Video CD, S-Video CD)

Single frames from an Internet Video Stream (experimental)

Saturday, November 27, 2004

National Geographic Online (maps, photography, travel, more)

National Geographic Online (maps, photography, travel, more)
Most of us have probably seen the magazine at one time or another, and were likely blown away by its information. The stories are fantastic, and the pictures are unforgettable. The National Geographic Web site just takes the beloved content of their magazine online. You’ll find the same content that has kept you in awe throughout your entire life. Some great multimedia can be found here, and it’s presented in a way that you have come to expect from National Geographic.

Friday, November 26, 2004


Kazaa promises unlimited free internet calls
Latest P2P client includes integration with Skype
Robert Jaques, 22 Nov 2004

Sharman Networks today launched Kazaa v3.0, the latest version of its P2P client software, which features integration with Skype to enable users to make free internet phone calls.

"Internet telephony is a new frontier in P2P communications and a rapidly growing market," said Nikki Hemming for Sharman Networks. "The inclusion of Skype is a natural extension of the Kazaa product and of P2P."

Hemming claimed that over 300 million people have already downloaded the Kazaa application and are using P2P technology legally to purchase licensed music files, videos, games and ring tones.

"Despite narrow-minded attempts by others to stymie P2P technology through litigation, boycotts and legislation, Sharman Networks remains committed to delivering on the promise of P2P," said Hemming.

In addition to Skype, Kazaa v3.0 also offers a free blog trial through an affiliate programme with TypePad. The offering also includes improved search capabilities, enabling up to 3,000 more results per search than previously.

cPicture--The compact Software for digital camera pictures

cPicture Screen shot Posted by Hello
cPicture LE is a software to view and work with your digital photos. It offers support for thumbnail browsing, EXIF display, histogram view, as well as various features to resize, rotate, crop and more. You can also remove red-eye effects, create a HTML gallery or picture index, and batch process images to perform selected operations on multiple photos at once. The program supports all popular images formats, and even view/convert various RAW formats as well (including Canon CR2), which is not often found in free image viewers. The interface is easy to use and provides access to the features with non-technical commands (I want to ...) and a modern look. cPicture LE offers several other handy features like mouseover image zooms, lossless rotation, image slideshow, command line options, color profile support and more. The program comes as standalone executable, and does not require installation. Can also be downloaded from SNAPFILES where you will find the writeup

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Tux Paint 0.9.14 FREE paint program for kids

BlogerBot Posted by Hello
Tux Paint is an easy-to-use drawing program, designed for children ages 3 and up. It offers a simple interface, with large, colorful buttons and sound effects. Even though it is designed for kids, the program is not limited to simple paint operations, but includes a good array of features like paint effects (rainbow, fading, sparkles etc.), auto-fill, text insertion, shapes, image gallery, image stamps and more. The program can either run in normal windowed mode, or full screen. Tux Paint is easy enough to be used by young children, yet provides enough features to keep them using it as they grow older.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004 Free Recipes - Online Cookbook Free Recipes - Online Cookbook: "Free Recipes! Thousands of free recipes for you to browse by category or search by keyword and ingredients.
Be sure to sign up for our free weekly newsletter and our free myChef membership.
Add your own recipes, create a personal recipe web site, PDF cookbook, and much more."

File Transit - Welcome to File Transit - Freeware, Shareware and Demo Software Downloads

File Transit - Welcome to File Transit - Freeware, Shareware and Demo Software Downloads: "File Transit is a software distribution site with thousands of high quality applications and games. We support over 25 operating systems and hold thousands of titles which are carefully placed in hundreds of relevant categories. We make updates each day to ensure the freshest content possible."

WinPatrol Download

BillP Studio: WinPatrol Download
WinPatrol "Scotty" watches your system 24/7/365 and, as long as you ALWAYS click "NO," it won't allow hijackers.

Windows CleanUp! Utility homepage

Windows CleanUp! Utility homepage
Free disk space, make your computer run better/faster and protect your privacy - all in one easy solution. All for free!

TrustyFiles - Personal P2P File Sharing for MP3 Music, Movies, Games, Photos, and Software

TrustyFiles - Personal P2P File Sharing for MP3 Music, Movies, Games, Photos, and Software
Dowload Kazaa and you risk being hit with tons of spyware and adware. Tech support professionals even have a tool called KazaaBegone created by Merijn. But what if you don’t want to give up your file sharing/downloading capability? Try this one:

Imagine a rich universe of music, movies, games, and software. Hot mp3 tunes, killer videos and photos, and rad software. Explore new tastes and genres. Rediscover forgotten pleasures. Revel in 10 billion titles and choose from among thousands of search results. Enjoy a single click to share with friends or save for the fastest downloads.

TrustyFiles promises NO spyware, NO bundled software, unlike Kazaa and others… You can even issue your own branded version of the software and use it to market your own products; they have a complete online step-by-step guide:

Got Files? Are you an artist, distributor, content developer, or a fan who likes to create and share his own files? Promote your work to an untapped market of 80 million people looking for hot entertainment just like yours.

Broadband Content Search Engine and Links...

Broadband Content Search Engine and Links...
Humungous database of Broadband sites for your delectation

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Shopping, best Shop, Product review and Price Comparison at

Shopping, best Shop, Product review and Price Comparison at
Dooyoo describes itself as a 'decision-enabling platform'. More simply put, it has loads of reviews written by ordinary folk about almost anything, including kitchen sinks.
Hot topic: Electronic goods enjoy a slight edge in terms of review numbers.
Our favourite review of the day: A budding Bill Oddie writes a review on feeding ducks: "The first step is to locate a nearby pond or river. For added excitement, try to throw the bread between two competing ducks. This will allow you to judge the birds on reaction times, speed and temper."
What they said about my phone: While most reviews were positive, many echoed my own grumble – that the battery drains too fast. One reviewer used almost the same phrase I did when I complained to my phone company: "The battery must be leaking because it has to be recharged every day and I don’t use [the phone] much at all."
What we liked: The clear presentation, category headings and search tool make browsing a doddle. Reviews have an admirable level of intelligence and thoughtfulness, and most reviews are well-balanced, outlining the good as well as the duff: one writer praises his Alba DVD player, but adds: ‘the remote control is a nightmare’.
You can pen your own reviews, receive newsletters and even earn Dooyoomiles for your works. There are 1,000 Dooyoomiles in a pound, and you earn 100 for writing an opinion or 30 every time someone reads one of your reviews.

WinMX - The best way to share your media

WinMX - The best way to share your media: "What is WinMX?
WinMX is a FREE file-sharing program like no other. It allows you to connect, download, and share files with MILLIONS of other users through the decentralized WinMX Peer Network. Once WinMX is installed, you'll have access to one of the largest and most diverse networks of shared media files in the world. And unlike many other 'peer to peer' software providers, we respect your privacy and will never sell you out to spyware. When you download WinMX, you're getting WinMX and only WinMX, no bundled spyware, no ads, no B.S."

Children's/Young Adult Online Books -

Children's/Young Adult Online Books - "Select Full-Text Children's/Young Adult Books " all in ebook format - Downloadable audio books and more! - Downloadable audio books and more!: "To start downloading, right-click the title of any of our public domain books below." is a new science news website... It has sections on human biology, the environment, technology, and my favorite, "the science of fiction," where real science meets SF.

It's not just another blog... It's an original content site with articles by actual scientists and science journalists.

And for once, it's a news site that doesn't require a registration!

iPodlounge | All Things iPod

iPodlounge | All Things iPod
The site claims that it contains information on all things iPod, and boy, are they right. Head here for all of your news, reviews, gear, downloads, and help dealing with the iPod platform. There is an insane number of resources to look into for this one device, and iPodlounge will help you wade through the selection. You’re guaranteed to learn something here, and you’ll probably find a piece of gear that you've just gotta have. Relish your iPod by visiting iPodlounge. You’ll be happy you did.

SoftForYou Keylogger 1.0

download page at SnapFiles Pro: "SoftForYou Keylogger is a personal keylogger that allows you to log applications used and text that was typed on the computer. It runs comletely hidden and logging starts automatically whenever your computer boots. The log viewer provides an easy-to-read overview, that can also be filtered by user or application. The SoftForYou Keylogger interface can only be accessed by a `magic word`, which you need to configure and remember - whenever you type that word, the interface will show and reveal access to the log viewer."
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Please feel free to download the free software
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MountVD is a virtual drive mounter. Once installed - using Windows Explorer (or such like browser) right-click on any folder and select 'Mount Virtual Drive'. Choose a drive letter and the folder will then be mounted as a drive. To unmount right-click on the drive letter and select 'Unmount Virtual Drive'.
Desktop LX:
Desktop LX is a quality utility designed to offer you the user total and complete control over your PC's desktop wallpapers.
By using Desktop LX , you can use any of your favorite images as your desktop wallpaper with ease.
MP3 Tages is a MP3 tag editor. Once installed - using Windows Explorer (or such like browser) right-click on any MP3 music file and select 'Tag Editor'.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Famous Quotes and Quotations at BrainyQuote

Famous Quotes and Quotations at BrainyQuote: "Over 45,000 famous quotes by 5,000 authors from Aristotle to Zappa! Browse quotations by topic: "

Word Translations - BrainyTranslation

Word Translations - BrainyTranslation: "Welcome to BrainyTranslation. Now you can translate words into Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. Just choose the word in English and you can find out what it means in other languages."

Online Dictionary - Learn Definitions

Online Dictionary - Learn Definitions: "Welcome to BrainyDictionary. We have so many words to search and study that you could be here all day. Use this wealth of information to explore new words, build vocabulary and spelling skills, or ponder the definitions of words you already know. Be sure to bookmark this great site. "

The World Factbook 2004 - BrainyAtlas

The World Factbook 2004 - BrainyAtlas: "Welcome to the best geographical information site on the web! We have extensive profiles on 268 countries. You can get information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications and more. Don't forget to bookmark this great resource.
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Bloglines | Free, Web-Based News Aggregator

Bloglines | Free, Web-Based News Aggregator: "Bloglines is the most comprehensive, integrated service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds, blogs, and rich Web content. It's free and easy-to-use."

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Home - Taking Advantage Of Technology

Home - Taking Advantage Of Technology: "Welcome to
Electronics are everywhere, and technology drives pretty much everything we do in today's world. We show you how to take advantage of these electronics to make them faster, give them added features, or to do things they were never intended to do.

We are not a 'cracking' site, we are hackers. Our inquisitive nature leads us to find ways of making technology work for us. We do not support unauthorized access into systems, breaking into email systems, or anything of that nature. Please do not email me asking me how to do this type of stuff."

Saturday, November 20, 2004


download page at SnapFiles Pro: "GrabCaptureScreen is a full featured screen capture program that supports 7 different capture modes, as well as fully automatic image saving. You can perform interactive captures, or simply use a keyboard hotkey to capture the area, window or selection, and automatically save the file to a specified folder (with auto-numbering and prefix)"----------

Friday, November 19, 2004

Linspire Internet Suite

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Linspire: "LinspireTM is a full-featured operating system like Microsoft Windows XP or Apple Mac OSX. Linspire offers you the power, stability and cost-savings of Linux with the ease of a windows environment. In addition, Linspire features exclusive CNR technology that makes installing software on Linspire fast and easy -- simply find the software you want in the CNR Warehouse, then click and run it! Watch a 5-minute Flash Demo to quickly learn more about Linspire and CNR."


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Ashampoo is one of the leading Internet-based companies worldwide in the field of software development, sales and web portal sites, with more than 2 million registered customers and over 20 million program installations.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Cypherix : Cryptainer LE Free Encryption Software

Cypherix : Cryptainer LE Free Encryption Software: "CRYPTAINER LE ENCRYPTION SOFTWARE

Secure your data and ensure absolute privacy with Cypherix's powerful encryption software Cryptainer LE. It 's powerful 128 bit encryption, creates multiple 25 Mb encrypted containers (vaults) on your hard disk. These encrypted vaults can be loaded and unloaded on need. You can view, modify and hide all types of file with a single password."

The Great Software List, A-Z

The Great Software List, A-Z
The Great Software List. This is a wonderful source of information about software that is well organized and very useful. I know I see a few programs that I am going to try.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

TCM - Multimedia Trailer/Video List

TCM - Multimedia Trailer/Video List
TCM's archive of actual theatrical film trailers, including upcoming movie airdates. In RealPlayer and Windows Media formats.

How many are there? I stopped counting at 100, and was only partly through letter "B".

There's something in this treasure trove for everyone

Feel better!

Feel better!
A link guaranteed to make you feel more loved. Including YOU Cath.

PhotoBox - award-winning 12p prints FREE online photo albums for sharing

PhotoBox - award-winning 12p prints FREE online photo albums for sharing
Join now to store photos into your FREE online album space. You can choose to share albums with friends and family around the world. Your friends can view the photos, enter comments in the guest book and even order their own prints or gifts if they wish.

Sign up and you'll get 50MB of FREE space for photo storage and sharing for as long as you want. Place an order, (even for one print!) and you'll get 200MB and your space keeps rising by 50MB with each order placed! If you have a cameraphone, you can add photos by MMS and share pictures to mobile phones for FREE. - UK Weather Forecasts [UK 2004 White Christmas Weather Forecast] - [Updated on Wednesday November 17 2004 at 23:00] - Weather Feeds - Li - UK Weather Forecasts [UK 2004 White Christmas Weather Forecast] - [Updated on Wednesday November 17 2004 at 23:00] - Weather Feeds - Live Data - Long Range Weather Forecasts

World Community Grid - Home

World Community Grid - Home: "World Community Grid's mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Our work is built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better. Our success depends on individuals - like you - collectively contributing their unused computer time."
Simply donate the time your computer is turned on, but would normally lie idle, for projects that benefit humanity. Like a screensaver, grid technology is easy to use, safe and free. When you are ready to use your computer, the grid connection will shut itself off until the next time your computer is idle. Join World Community Grid today!

Finding a second opinion: Using free Web-based AV scanning resources (Virus)

Several antivirus companies offer free Web-based services you can use to scan your entire system for infection. Since they scan an entire machine for viruses and worms, I refer to these tools as "system scanners" to differentiate them from the "file scanners" which I'll discuss later. With a system scanner, simply surf to the site, click on a button typically labeled "scan now", and watch as your system is scanned. Here is a list of my three favorite Web-based system scanners for Windows machines:

* Computer Associates' system scanner. This tool has a very easy to use point-and-click interface with results that are simple to understand.
* Symantec's system scanner. This solid scanning tool is one of the faster ones. Also, beyond an antivirus scanner, this site also includes a separate scanner to look for common Windows vulnerabilities and Trojan Horses.
* Trend Micro's system scanner. This tool is also very good, featuring reports showing more detail about potential infections than the other services.
Most of these system scanners are implemented via ActiveX controls the Web site sends to your browser. Therefore, depending on your browser configuration, you may need to permit a single ActiveX control to run on your system. Given that a major antivirus vendor runs each of these sites, allowing such access is likely quite reasonable in most organizations. Furthermore, by pushing the ActiveX control to your browser, where the scanning occurs, none of these services involves sending any of your files across the Internet for inspection. All scanning is done locally. Remember that none of these system-scanning services is a replacement for a solid antivirus tool installed locally. They give you a good second opinion, but require you to manually surf to their Web sites to initiate a scan.

But what if you only need to check an individual file? That's where free Web-based file scanners come in handy. For each of these services, you can submit a single file or an archive containing a group of files. The service then runs one or more antivirus tools against the file and sends you the results. All scanning takes place at the services' machines, so no new software at all runs on your system, not even an ActiveX control. Here is a list of some of my favorite Web-based file scanners:
#'s file scanner. This Web site is the best one I've found for scanning individual files. (I use it all the time.) You can submit a suspicious file or archive by filling out a Web-based form, thereby sending the file via http. Alternatively, you can send the suspect file via e-mail to The beauty of this service is that they will scan your file with 11 different antivirus tools, including ClamAV, CA, Eset Software, FRISK Software, Kaspersky Labs, McAfee, Norman, Panda Software, Softwin, Sybari and Symantec. You'll get the diagnosis from each of these tools in a nice little report. Once you've submitted a file, you'll typically hear back within five seconds to two minutes.
# Kaspersky's file scanner. This one lets you submit files via a Web form, and get a response within a few seconds
# Symantec's file scanner. This scanner lets you submit files via e-mail. You'll need to zip the file in a password-protected zip archive with the password "infected" and send it to They claim they'll respond within 24 hours with the verdict, although every time I've used the service, I get the results back in about an hour.
Keep in mind that these file-scanning services merely attempt to see if the file you submit matches any of their respective signatures. Your file might get a clean bill of health in these scans, but could still be very malicious. It's possible that you've received custom-created malicious code for which no signature has been created. Therefore, use the results of a file scanner as a single data point in your decision about whether the suspect file is really malicious. However, even given this limitation, these free services are immensely helpful in identifying infected systems and malicious code.

About the author
Ed Skoudis, CISSP, is cofounder of Intelguardians Network Intelligence, a security consulting firm, and author of Malware: Fighting Malicious Code (Prentice Hall, 2003).

Bored. " "
matter how busy we usually are, there always comes a time when we are just plain bored. These are the types of occasions where you can say that you did absolutely nothing the entire day and actually mean it. During these times, you can probably be found sitting on your couch, frustrated with your own boredom. Whenever you reach this low and are desperate for something to do (besides watching bread grow mold), open up your Web browser and surf on over to

The site functions like a directory that leads you to amusing sites. The content is split up into categories, and you’re sure to find something stupid enough to be funny. Perhaps you’d like to see what your phone number spells, or you may wish to pop virtual bubble wrap. The choice is yours. You can also watch videos of stupid people doing stupid stuff – that’s always self-motivating. These are just a few of the time wasting options available on the site, but rest assured that there is a lot more to see here. - Free web space provider. 100/250 Megs of free space, front page extensions, FTP, free games, free site tools, free web page - Free web space provider. 100/250 Megs of free space, front page extensions, FTP, free games, free site tools, free web page: "Sign up for your own FREE Website, loaded with features"

BrainPOP - Health, Science, Technology, Math, English Animation and Educational Site for Kids.

BrainPOP - Health, Science, Technology, Math, English Animation and Educational Site for Kids.
The more you know, the more you know!®

You can learn more about us by watching our presentation movie or by reading our fact sheet.

BrainPOP is the leading producer of educational animated movies for K-12. The company creates original animated movies to explain concepts in a voice and visual style that is accessible, educational and entertaining for both children and adults.

Speegle Speak Perfect Web Search.

Speegle Speak Perfect Web Search.
A Talking Search Engine! What more can I say?
Oh yes there is something,----- Try clicking on the Newsfeeds button to get your spoken list of the days news etc.

Profotos Professional Photography Resource

Profotos Professional Photography Resource: ">> Deanna Devine - Silvestre
Children are life's greatest gifts and the photography of these precious people is an important part of every parent's life.Deanna Devine - Silvestre of Devine Memories captures these children beautifully. View Deanna's Portfolio >>

What is is a premier professional photography website, specializing in the online promotion of photography and photographers."

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Lissa Explains it All -- HTML Help and Tutorial for Kids

Lissa Explains it All -- HTML Help and Tutorial for Kids: "Hello, and welcome to Lissa Explains it All, the first and original HTML Help JUST for Kids. Lissa Explains it All is a colorful and fun approach to learning HTML for Kids and the young at heart. With this tutorial, kids and beginners learn step by step how to make their own Web page and publish it on the WWW. For the more advanced, .htaccess files, installing perl scripts and much more is covered." Search > Company > Why use
A9 is a service brought to us by the prolific retailer called Amazon. The goal of this engine is to make your searching experience much more than a one-sided event. It tries to involve you by adding personalization options. Basic things like changing the look of the page can be done here, but there’s much more to see than just that. By creating an account with the site, A9 will remember your previous searches, assisting you in figuring out what you’ve already seen. On top of that, you can also store your bookmarks with the service, and take various notes on each page.
NOTE Have to get around to trying this later but for now why not try it yourself?

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Common Sense Security

Common Sense Security
NOTE This site is owned and run by someone that I know and I have NO hesitation in recommending it to you.

This site is designed to give an overview of what we can do to keep our computers safer and more secure while we are on the Internet. My intention here is to give you a chance to learn about these programs in a general way so that you can be more informed about what is out there - and how to KEEP it out! This is not a technical site that gets into the chips and resistors of creating an impenetrable defense, it is a site that tries to explain some things in non-geek terms so that you can understand and learn. Every day, more and more programs are being developed to gather information about us, take over our web browser, and send us 'targeted advertising' in the form of pop-up windows. Chances are good that you have some of these programs on your computer right now without even knowing that they are there!