Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP

As a special "thanks" for fans of the Windows XP digital media experience, we offer the Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP! Jam-packed with utilities, PowerToys, visualizations, skins, sound effects, and much more, the free Windows Media Bonus Pack installs on your Windows XP-based PC and lets your personality and creativity shine.
The Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP includes:

Plus! MP3 Audio Converter LE
Sample a feature of Plus! for Windows XP and double the amount of music you can store on your PC by converting your MP3 files quickly and easily to Windows Media Audio (WMA). Get Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP to unlock all the great features and take Windows XP to the next level.

Visit http://www.microsoft.com/plus for more information.

PowerToys for Windows Media Player for Windows XP
Includes a dozen new and updated PowerToys for Windows Media Player for Windows XP, designed to give you more control of your music with the MPXP Tray Control, Playlist Import to Excel utility, Media Library Metadata Update Wizard and much more.

Windows Media Player for Windows XP Visualizations
Experience over a half dozen new Windows Media Player for Windows XP visualizations* that move to your music such as MSN Photos picture viewer, Fireplace, Dungeon Siege, and Trilogy.

Windows Media Player Skins
Express yourself and customize Windows Media Player with these new skins including Stars and Stripes, Anime, and the TDK Mixmaster designed by TheSkinsFactory.com.

Windows Movie Maker Creativity Kit
Enhance your home videos and unleash your creativity with this expansive collection of sound effects, music loops, clips, title videos and images. Whatever the occasion, there’s something here for you! Sounds and Music provided by major motion picture sound studio, SoundDogs.com, the first and largest online sound effects library.

For more information, see Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP Readme.

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Note: With your permission, some PowerToys in the Bonus Pack will modify your music files. Microsoft recommends you back up your data before running any utility that modifies your data.

The Windows Media Player Bonus Pack components are not supported by Microsoft Corporation and are provided as is.

Unstoppable Copier v1.9 FREE

This program is great for recovering files from scratched CD's or defective floppy/hard disks. Normally when your computer is unable to copy a file from a damaged disk it will abort and delete the portion of the file it has copied. This program however will continue to copy the file right to the end. Any data that is not recoverable after many retries is replaced with blanks. This will allow you to truly recover every byte of information that is available for recovery. The program allows you to specify a single file, a group using wildcards (* and ?) or if you wish, select a starting folder and the program will copy all data from it and any sub folders it may contain. This program doesn't just need to be used for copying files form defective disks, it can be used to transfer any files!

Restoration v2.5.14

There are lots of programs that permanently delete files and recover them, but doesn't just having one on your hard drive make you look like you have something to hide? Restoration can rescue your accidentally deleted files and permanently delete the files you want good-and-gone. It can live on a floppy, so it leaves no trace of its activities.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Donovan Miller

Imagine a cross between Bare Naked Ladies, the Grateful Dead, and Omaha pop singer Matthew Sweet and you'll have a reasonable idea of what Donovan Miller sounds like. The site claims the three MP3 tracks offered for download are unfinished, but they sound polished to my ears. Like much of the music rooted in Midwestern folk music, Miller's songs are rich with stories of life, love and loss. Hailing from San Francisco, by way of Iowa, Donovan Miller has crafted songs across a variety of genres, in addition to composing songs for a number of media outlets. I'm not sure whether the EP tied to these tracks is still in progress or available for purchase; either way, Donovan Miller tells a new story with each track.

Xero Plugins

Four collections of Photoshop compatible plugins totaling 36 effects add a variety of artistic options to photo editing projects. Selections perform tasks like cleaning up washed out skies (Skycleaner), adding moonlight effects (Moonlight), injecting fog into a picture (Serious Fog) surreal blurring effects (Bad Dream), and liquid metal transmogrification effects (Titanium). The plugins were primarily designed using Paint Shop Pro, so fans of that program should feel confident in compatibility. Other apps like Fireworks should also prove compatible for creating photo effects. A set of still images designed to be wallpapers for 1024x768 resolutions is also available from Xero. [Windows 9x/2k/XP $0.00]
hey should work without problems with any Windows graphics program that supports the Adobe Photoshop plugin architecture. Please read the notes included in the download files for terms and conditions of use and redistribution.

Please note: These plugins are available for Windows only.

Common Errors in English

This project has been hugely successful, judging by its high ranking in Google when you type in the word “English”. It would probably be #1

Banana Cashbook FREE

Banana Cashbook

Everything any small business owner or family will ever need to record their daily income and expenses. Simple (Excel-like) data entry - requires no previous accounting experience. Automatic repetitive entries. Reports for VAT (Sales tax) at the touch of a button. Balance always updated. Expense totals, details by category and period. Budget. Currency conversion. Cost Centers. Password. Conversion to HTML.

Saturday, May 28, 2005


Internet surfing security.. Scans all Cookies Delete all or select cookies History Chooser Deletes Index.dat history Deletes IE URL History Deletes IE Cache History Deletes Windows Media Player History Clears Start / Run Menu Clears Start / Recent Documents Empties recycle bin


As Internet communication increases, it seems like we all demand more server space for our e-mail. The classic 5MB that was offered with many of the free services back in the day just doesn’t cut it anymore. Services like Gmail have spoiled the masses by encouraging us to think in terms of gigabytes instead of megabytes. With that much space, you won’t have to worry about emptying your archives in order to make room for new mail. It should be known that Gmail isn’t the only free and generous e-mail provider on the Internet. For example, Inbox.com will give you 2GB of free storage for all of your messages.

I really like the way this service functions. First of all, the amount of space is most likely more than you'll need, and on top of that, all of this comes to you without any advertisements. The service contains many of the features that you've come to expect from an e-mail provider on the Web, and even more are on the way. With all of these great e-mail alternatives in existence today, there's virtually no reason for you to complain about inadequate storage space anymore.
and as an added bonus you also get free online storage for 2GB of files

Tile Machine.

One of the things that I love about the Internet is that there’s never a shortage of goofy stuff you can do to waste time. That may sound like a stupid statement, but that’s because it is. Using the Internet for worthwhile purposes is great, but when you feel like you can’t do anymore serious research, there are plenty of games, animations, and tools to waste your brain cells away with. You may as well create something while you’re having fun, and you can do that very thing with Tile Machine.

This site gives you a Shockwave drawing pad to mess around with. All of your regular drawing tools are available here, and a palette of colors awaits you. Create and edit as much as you like, and view your masterpiece in a variety of sizes. Once you’re done, you can save your tile for personal use (as a wallpaper, etc.), send it to friends, or submit it to the gallery.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Firefox toolbar blocks phishing sites

Netcraft has released its security toolbar for the open source Firefox browser, aiming to limit the threat from phishing scams by using a blacklist of known fraudulent websites.

The technology relies on individuals earmarking the URLs of phishing websites and passing the information on to other users. The toolbar then blocks access to the sites.

It also makes sure that the browser displays all the toolbars. Some phishing sites hide the URL to prevent users from noticing that the URL of the fraudulent site differs from the legitimate version.

The toolbar provides users with information on the site's hosting location, allowing them to confirm that the barclays.co.uk website, for example, is really hosted in the UK and not in some Soviet republic.

By displaying the country where the server is located, a user can more easily spot a fraudulent internet address.

The toolbar supports Internet Explorer running on Windows XP and Firefox version 1.0 and later for any of the supported operating systems, including Windows, Linux and Mac OS.

The toolbar is free of charge and can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

DVD Decrypter

DVD Decrypter is a free tool that allows you to decrypt and copy DVDs to your PC's hard disk. From there you can watch them with the likes of WinDVD and PowerDVD, you can write them back to DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / DVD+R DL / DVD-RAM media or you can convert them to VCD / SVCD / DivX for burning onto CD-R / CD-RW.

DVD Decrypter can write most types of CD / DVD images via its 'ISO Write' mode, and it supports all the latest writers (including booktype / bitsetting on many of the major ones - i.e. BenQ, LiteOn, NEC, Plextor, Sony). You can even use DVD Decrypter to erase / format your rewritable media!

Advanced functionality can be found in context menus that appear when you right click on various bits of the user interface. Can you find them all??!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

MSN Messenger PLUS

What can I do with it?
Well, this is hard to answer because you can do a lot of things with this add-on. This page lists some of the main features. Click the screenshots to view the full picture! If you're interested in details, a complete and detailed list of features is available on the full features list page.


What is doiop?
Some web addresses (URL) are very long and complicated. doiop creates for you a short URL with a keyword you choose, making it easy to remember or give away. This link will not break in emails and never expire

Monday, May 23, 2005

Some very interesting photography,

> Some very interesting photography, with some very well-captured lighting effects.

PixelToolbox 1.1

PixelToolbox is a complete tool to design and create patterns, wallpaper tiles, icons, and cursors for the Windows desktop. It provides a wide array editing tools, including advanced options like warping, gradients, selective fill, added text and others. You can create icons of different sizes, starting from 16x16 to 64x64 as well as 1 bit patterns, color patterns and cursors. Depending on your project, the workspace is automatically customized for the job.

Everest Home Edition v1.51

Freeware hardware diagnostics and memory benchmarking solution for home PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. It offers the world's most accurate hardware information and diagnostics capabilities, including memory benchmarks, hardware monitoring, and low-level hardware information.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Welcome to Pablo Software Solutions.

This web site is a collection of utilities, source code and other software products created by Pablo Software Solutions. All software that can be found here is designed with only one thing in mind: user-friendliness. Where possible all the unnecessary options and complex configurations are left out. Smart and easy to use user interfaces, small file sizes and most of the time you don’t even have to run a setup program. Just unzip the files and the software is ready to run!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

DeepRipper Free

This freeware Audio CD ripper comes with an amazing array of features.
Main Features

* Extremely easy interface. Absolutely no setup needed. Simply press one button to grab an entire disc
* Automatic ripping of a song or a whole disc of songs
* MP3/OGG Vorbis built-in support
* Many presets for a customized, yet instant start
* Advanced users love our fully customizable ripping format where every setting is adjustable
* Constant Bit Rate or Variable Rate


20 FREE prints
FREE online photo sharing
FREE unlimited storage

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

VCW VicMan's Photo Editor

VCW VicMan's Photo Editor is a versatile image editor with an intuitive interface and a wide variety of features. This powerful application is user friendly, offering simple image editing, high productivity and easy customization.

Now you don't have to fork out hundreds of dollars for a quality image editor. This award-winning application is freely downloadable and comes with a wide range of essential features for both novice users and professional designers. With VCW VicMan's Photo Editor you can refine your digital photos, draw artwork naturally and effortlessly, producing superb graphics for the web.
VCW VicMan's Photo Editor - Quick Tour

MediaMan Win XP or 2000 only

I continue to hold up the Mac OS X cataloging app Delicious Library as the quintessential tool for organizing books, DVDs, console games, VHS tapes and CDs. It's the most elegant organizer on the market. Not a reason to throw out your Windows box and buy a Mac, but definitely something I covet as a Windows user. I ran across MediaMan last week and after some close examination it comes close. In fact, I'd wager the developer of MediaMan took a fairly close look at what makes Delicious Library cool when he was putting together his own app considering some obvious similarities. The number one thing that makes MediaMan a winner is the option to use a webcam to scan UPC codes on books, DVDs and CDs. Most cataloging tools require you to either type or in the case of shiny disk media, you might be able to insert the disk in your DVD-Rom drive for identification. Data is drawn from various Amazon locations around the globe, so you get both localized data and a reasonable guarantee of accuracy. Numerous sorting options are supported for more accurate representation of your collection. A loan tracker shows you who is borrowing your stuff. Because the Amazon collection lacks some indie music and movies, eclectic tastes may still turn up no results, but this is true of all products in this category. An export feature keeps your data portable. Both elegant and effective, MediaMan is my new cataloging tool of choice. [Windows 2k/XP $0.00]

Kodak EasyShare Gallery.

To bring you the very best digital photography services, Ofoto is being integrated more closely into the Kodak family...
and will now be known as Kodak EasyShare Gallery.

But rest assured, that´s all that´s changed for now (soon we´ll be adding some exciting new features!).

The new name will not affect your albums, your sign-in name or password.

The Gallery will continue to offer all the Ofoto features that you know and love, including easy access to your photos, instant sharing with friends and family, and of course beautiful Kodak prints delivered right to your door.

As always, your memories will be handled with the care and expertise that comes from Kodak's 100+ years of imaging experience. Because at the Gallery, we understand that every memory can be a masterpiece.

To celebrate our new name, the first 10,000 customers to order from Kodak EasyShare Gallery will get a credit for 20 free 7 x 5" prints* (a value of £7.80) for their next purchase.

So what are you waiting for? Visit the Gallery today and create your masterpiece.


RoamDrive is an application that allows you to store data in your GMail (or Hotmail/MSN) e-mail account. Unlike GMail Drive, you can not mount this as a hard drive, but there is no 40 character file name limit or 10MB file size limit.
A software utility finally exists that will leverage all of the wonderful new storage space on all three* major free internet-based email providers - Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and GMail. RoamDrive is currently in beta/. By serving as a simple front-end to the underlying storage, You can very simply have "anywhere access" to your data. It will be interesting to see how this affects membership of the mail providers, as well as if it introduces new ways to use these services. One idea would be a very simplistic "data drop" for multiple individuals to share for simple team collaboration or data-sharing.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Enjoy, be you a Star wars fan or not

7 Tips to Manage Your Files Better

As the amount of data on our hard drives, network drives and other storage media grows and grows, keeping those files organized and finding what you need when you need it becomes more and more difficult. Good desktop search programs can help, but the first step in keeping your information manageable is to store them in an organized manner. That takes some time and effort; just as it's easier to leave your clothes lying on the floor instead of hanging them up or putting them in the laundry basket, it's easier to just save files to whatever directory you happen to be working in - but it's just as inefficient.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Opera for Windows

Surf the Internet in a safer, faster, and easier way

The most full-featured Internet power tool on the market, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera's groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat. And because we know that our users have different needs, you can customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse.

iEasy Switch: Opera can import your existing bookmarks, contacts, and e-mails.

Saturday, May 14, 2005


Dodgeball. A text-messaging/social networking service.

Magic ISO Maker

Simple and Intelligent

MagicISO is a powerful and easy CD/DVD image file edit tool. It can open / create / edit /extract CD/DVD image files, and convert bin to iso and back. Make image files from CD-ROM or hard disk, and handle bootable information at meanwhile.
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Friday, May 13, 2005

Sony 101

We recently updated our course curriculum at Sony 101 and the following courses are now available:

Personal Computing

* Advanced Home Networking
* Windows® XP Maintenance and Troubleshooting
* Be Safe Not Sorry: Protecting Your Data
* Build Your Own Web Site

Digital Imaging

* Digital Photography Made Simple
* Shooting Great Home Videos
* Touch Up Digital Photos with Adobe® Photoshop® Elements Software

Home & Personal Entertainment

* Digital Music Essentials
* I Want My HDTV
* Designing the Ultimate Home Theater

Joining a class is simple. Visit Sony 101 to enroll today.

Our courses are informative, free, and practical, and they fit easily into any schedule: Sony 101 classes are online 24/7.

See you in class!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Process Explorer


Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

Process Explorer works on Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Server 2003, and 64-bit versions of Windows for x64 processors.
Scroll to bottom of page for your particular download


Apple's multimedia player has long been among the most versatile such programs, for Windows users as well as Mac aficionados. Since it supports over 200 audio and video formats, you're likely to experience a minimum of hassle in playing any file you come across.

Two attractive features in this most recent version stand out: Instant-On gives you immediate playback to files, and Instant Access lets you use a time slider to jump through a movie. The program also includes skip protection to prevent interruptions in streaming media, a redesigned interface, and support for other recent codes. This version also features 3GPP: a new MPEG-4-based standard for the creation, delivery, and playback of multimedia over new, high-speed wireless networks.

Version: 6.5.2
Price: Free
QuickTime lets you experience streaming music, full-motion video, and 360-degree scenes. The plug-in, which is part of the main installation, can run inside Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator/Communicator, and America Online. You can optimize your connection speed options for DSL or cable modem, and you can use skins to change QuickTime's appearance.

This version features 3GPP: a new MPEG-4-based standard for the creation, delivery, and playback of multimedia over new, high-speed wireless networks.

The player is free, but if you want to encode files or change formats, you'll have to upgrade to the professional version, QuickTime Pro, which costs $30.

Satellite Photos From Google *

Enter any street address in its Search field. A heartbeat later (depending on the speed of your connection), you'll see a computer-generated map with a pinpoint on your desired location. But click the Satellite link in the upper right corner of the screen, and you're treated to a high-resolution satellite map of the same locale. Zoom in, zoom out, pan around--it's fun!
Of course, these satellite photos are free, so there are some trade-offs. For example, you can't zoom in to the highest levels of detail, like you can with a commercial satellite photo site like Keyhole. But the pictures you do get look great. And you can get turn-by-turn directions with the route overlaid directly on the map. That's pretty neat, too. If you love satellite photos of the earth as much as my family does, try out Google's newest site.


Part of what made Newsgator so successful was the fact that it integrated with MS Outlook. While I personally find the app to be overly bloated, it does make it super easy to import RSS and OPML goodies into a user’s PIM with little effort. Now that PIM integration has been addressed, this brings us to the need for something of the like for all of us who want this sort of functionality from within our Web browsers.

Enter Lektora. Designed to be not only easy to use, but browser friendly as well, this could become the application that will begin to drag more of the mainstream into RSS usage kicking and screaming. The fact is that you will not likely get the mainstream to jump on board RSS without integrating it into either a user’s browser or even their email client. This is nothing new and THIS program does them both.

Lektora is completely integrated in both Firefox and Internet Explorer. It also offers an intuitive user interface and highly polished aesthetic. You can now read your news in the Internet tool you use the most: your browser.

Reading feeds is made easy with Lektora, which presents feeds in a familiar journal approach, very similar to reading a newspaper. Less clicking, more efficient reading.

I have loaded this program onto my computer and it works without any problems at all.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Bouncing Bears Fun

Just what it says on the tin.

Great Sites: Movie and Music Collections

Preview movies online: If you're looking for DVDs to rent or buy, start with Ifilm:
You can search for a movie and pull up, at a minimum, a synopsis and credits. Most entries also include video trailers and often special features such as interviews with the actors and directors. In addition, Ifilm has a staggering collection of small-screen videos for your computer, with brilliant short films, music videos, game previews, sports, and TV clips in the Windows Media Video, QuickTime, and Real Video formats. (Caution to parents: The site's Uncensored tab leads to explicit videos.)

Monday, May 09, 2005

FastStone Screen Capture (FSCapture)

FastStone Screen Capture (FSCapture) is a FREE image viewer, editor and screen capture.It supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA. With its amazingly smooth and crystal-clear magnifier, every detail of images can be viewed gracefully in full screen without compromising the quality. Its resizing, rotating, cropping, color adjusting tools with UNDO support enable image enhancement easier than ever. Its screen capturing allows you to capture anything on the screen within just a couple of mouse clicks. Its DRAG & DROP enables you to drag images from windows, Internet browsers and other programs directly to this program. Favorite folder accepts images dropped from Internet, which makes image collecting very easy and full of fun.

100% Free for Home Users
No Adware No Spyware

Interactive Time Zone Check

Move your pointer over the country you wish to know the time for and thats it

Welcome to the Longevity Game!

See how your lifestyle can affect you in the years to come by answering just 12 quick questions. Your expected age will show in the tabulator in the upper left corner. Keep in mind your answers may increase, decrease, or have no affect on your expected age.

How to Detect Lies

Introduction to Detecting Lies:

The following techniques to telling if someone is lying are often used by police, and security experts. This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.

Warning: Sometimes Ignorance is bliss; after gaining this knowledge, you may be hurt when it is obvious that someone is lying to you.

Sunday, May 08, 2005


PookMail.com is a disposable email account system. Use PookMail.com to avoid giving your personal email address to suspicious websites.

It's very easy, anonymous and fun! Just think up a name and GO!

Friday, May 06, 2005


The Internet is a treasure trove of information for just about any subject you can imagine (and some that you can't, I am sure). There are various methods for finding the information you want or need, some more effective than others. Today we take a look at a program that not conducts your searches, but also helps you to fine tune them to maximize the resources you are using, and returing the results need without the undesired extras.

The program is called Searchautomator, and is the culmination of many years of work by the author Derek Franklin. This program will change the way you search the Internet. For most people, when they go looking for stuff online, they get it all wrong! They simply turn to their favorite search engine, such as Google, or Yahoo - they enter a query, hit search, and hope for the best. If this is currently your search method, not only are you probably frustrated and wasting too much time, but you're missing out on an absolute wealth of great content (information, audio, images, video, and more). Searchautomator helps to do that by keying on two simple premises: 1) Identify key skills/processes of how an expert searcher discovers information/content online, and 2) include, and where possible, automate these processes within a single, easy-to-use interface.

A picture is a thousand words, and at this site there is a presentation of the key features of the program, as well as a free video shows it high points. There are so many benefits to the program that rather than mention and rehash them here, I would simply ask you to visit the site and see for yourself. Derek has a well designed page that makes the information readily available and easy to understand. I am sure you will find it easy to understand and even easier to use.
Want a audio/visual taste of what Search Automator is all about?
Clicking here to begin viewing the video now.

Never Have to Remember a Password Again with this Nifty Secure Password Generator!

Even before security became one of the top issues on the Internet, remembering passwords was a hassle, admit it. Far too many of us recycle the same password or few passwords, over and over, knowing that we shouldn’t, and hoping that nobody catches on to us, tricks us into revealing our password, or hacks a file containing our passwords. Because, let’s face it, creating a brand new password for each new website, account, or forum, and then remembering all those passwords, is nearly impossible without resorting to such crutches.

Until now.

Nic Wolff, a self-professed Perl hacker from New York City, has created a nifty, secure password generator.

The way it works is this: you think up a master password. It could be anything, but for the sake of example let’s call it “FooBar". Whenever you go to a site which requires you to create a password, you call up Nic’s password generator (either from his site, or from a local copy which you can store on your own computer), and it takes your master password, combines it with the name of the site, and then creates an MD5 hash of it (you can think of this as encoding or encrypting it). So, if you needed a new password at the example.com website, the password generator would combine “FooBar” with “www.example.com", making a password of FooBarwww.example.com, and then convert it to an MDF hash. That MD5 hash of your combined master password and the site name becomes your actual password for that site.

Whenever you need to log in to that site, you just call up the password generator, and it plugs in your encoded password. Nifty cool.

Even if you have your web browser remember and fill in passwords for you, or even if you let the website store your passwords, each password is unique, and encrypted.

Bravo, Nic, and thank you for making this available for free to the masses!

Go here to check out Nic’s Password Generator.
Infoworld's Jon Udell has posted a cool movie showing how the generator works in practice.


Customize your Windows desktop
IconTweaker is a freeware application that allows you to customize all your Windows icons.

Icons are one of main parts of the Windows interface. Customizing them can make your desktop look better and can also improve the usability, because you can make it easier to recognize items.

Using the IconTweaker theme system, designers can share their icons with other people. IconTweaker has an open XML-based theme format that can be extended using plug-ins. If you created an IconTweaker theme for your icons, you can be sure they can be used by everyone.

Many themes with beautiful icons are already included and ready to use.

Monday, May 02, 2005

ClamWin AntiVirus FREE

It's in every other computer user's best interest to eliminate the possibility of virus infections because no viruses means fewer junk mail messages, less time wasted on trying to recover infected machines and more time to devote to more useful computing developments. AVG is gracious enough to offer a free version of their antivirus product, but it isn't updated as quickly as the full version and always seems to hog resources on any system I install it on. I'm finding ClamWin to be the most attractive free solution for Windows antivirus protection. It's based on the Clam AntiVirus engine, providing a simple user interface for integration into Windows and email clients like Outlook. The Clam AntiVirus engine is used in many enterprise production environments, so you're in good company. ClamWin scans files, supports scheduled scanning, receives automatic virus database updates and does all the key things you expect from antivirus protection. One downside to this particular app is that Windows XP SP2 does not recognize ClamWin and continues to report lack of antivirus on your system with ClamWin installed. If you already use an antivirus product, stick with it for as long as it keeps you safe. If you need an affordable antivirus package, or need something to recommend, ClamWin Free AntiVirus makes a good choice.