Monday, February 27, 2006

Winamp 5.2

Winamp has always prided itself on being free and it has a steady, loyal following as a result. Version 5 is sure to please its current users, and likely also to win it some converts.

It looks good with a completely new interface, and comes with fairly comprehensive file support. Audio support includes CDA, MIDI, MP1/2/3/4, AAC, OGG, WAV, AIF, WMA and more.

Support for video is added in version 5, and currently this stretches to MPG, M2V, AVI and ASF formats.

It packs a good deal into a fairly slim package, with the player incorporating everything you would expect and more: loop, repeat, ID3 tag support, cross-fading between tracks, 2x CD burning/ripping, internet TV and radio support etc.

It has a media manager, 10-band graphic equaliser, visualisations, and a playlist editor.

Upgrade to the Pro edition to get full support for ripping/encoding audio into the MP3 format, and integrated CD burning up to 48x speed.

Winamp 5.2 adds iPod support and a slightly updated interface.


Yesterday we navigated the massive world-wide-web through the routes others had chosen for us: through manually created, hand-made links.
HyperwordsTM allow you to interact with all the text on the web.
Links are now only useful alternatives, not essential. It's all pretty easy: With the HyperwordsTM Firefox Extension installed just select any text and a menu appears.
You can search major search engines, look things up in reference sites, check dictionary definitions, translate, email quickly and much more.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Google Page Creator

Looks like the Google Beta team is at it again. This time it’s released a Web-based HTML editor. Think Frontpage Express but with a Google flair.
Want to create an online photo tour of your vacation to Bali? An overview of the South American precipitation cycle for your science class? A shrine to your pet ferret? Now's your chance. We're testing a new product that makes creating your own Web pages as easy as creating a document in a word processor. Google Page Creator is a free tool that lets you create Web pages right in your browser and publish them to the Web with one click. There's no software to download and no Web designer to hire. The pages you create are hosted on Google servers and are available for the world to see.

Friday, February 24, 2006


TrayBar is a small and handy application launcher that runs in the system tray and lets you access your favorite programs and files with a couple of clicks. You can completely customize the menu, select the applications, documents, web sites to include and also organize them in sub-menus. Furthermore, you can pick a custom tray icon, and the program integrates into the Windows Explorer right click menu to quickly add new items.

Mayk 2.0

Mayk is a simple file launcher that can hold up to 54 icon shortcuts to your favorite applications. You can simply drag a program, document or folder into the interface and the shortcut will be created for you. While not in use, the interface hides along the edge of the screen, and appears when you touch it with your mouse pointer. Other features include support for custom icons, grouping of programs to be launched simultaneously and access to common system commands. The program is easy to use, but is limited to alphabetical categories that cannot be organized or changed

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Online Open Television Platform Launches Today: Democracy Is Here


Watch Internet TV with Democracy Player

You've probably watched hundreds of tiny videos on websites -- it's tedious. Democracy Player makes video on the internet less frustrating and more enjoyable. You can subscribe to channels of internet video, download videos, and watch them fullscreen, one after the other, all in one application. Internet video becomes internet TV. It's free and open for everyone to watch and broadcast.


Welcome to Celestia
... The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.
Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

fd's Flickr Toys FREE

Flickr Toys is a collection of truly great web-based services that extend, enhance and augment in many interesting and useful ways the image hosting and sharing service provided by Yahoo/Flickr. Flickr Toys include among many other:

* Magazine Cover creator

* Mosaic Maker from your own photos

* Calendar maker

* Card Maker

* Badge Maker

* Photo Captioner

* Slideshow Creator

Internet Explorer 7 beta 2

Download the latest version of Microsoft's Web browser.
NOTE Have been using it now for the last week and so far am very impressed with it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Enter your worst web site then distroy it in all sorts of ways.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Parenting Video on Demand trial

The BBC is running this trial to find out more about the delivery of rich video content via broadband. To take part, you will need a broadband (high speed) Internet connection. We regret that we cannot offer content to non-UK users. Some non-domestic UK users may also experience problems accessing the service. Users with 255K or below connections will not receive video content. Please note that the actual download speed made available to you by your service provider may vary considerably from the advertised speed, depending on network traffic conditions within the provider's service
Have just tried this site and can recommend it to anyone with children OR even Grandparents who want to better understand their loved ones

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Free iPod Video Converter

Free iPod Video Converter provides an easy and completed way to convert all popular video formats to iPod video. You can enjoy DVD/VCD and AVI, MPEG, WMV, RM, RMVB, DivX, ASF, VOB video files in your iPod with few clicks. The program is a freeware and does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.
* It's clean and free, without any adware or spyware.
* It supports all popular video formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV (ASF), RM, RMVB, DivX, ASF, VOB etc.
* It's stable and fast.
* Easy-to-use wizard-like user interface helps you setup conversion process easily.
* The output video has excellent image and sound quality.
* ID3 Tag can be derived from the input files automatically.
* Batch Processing is supported, it can process an unlimited number of files at one time.
* Detailed HTML help file is included.
* The installing and uninstalling process is very easy.

MSConfig Cleanup

Cleanup MSConfig disabled items. MSConfig is a helpful system tool. But it lets you to only disable items but they remain in the startup list. MSConfig Cleanup helps you remove the residue!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Snarfer Read and Manage RSS feeds

I use this one and find it great

Snarfware LLC, Delivers Snarfer, The Best Way to Read and Manage RSS Feeds and Content with a Fast, Powerful and Easy to Use RSS Reader.

Earth, December 18, 2005 – Snarfer LLC, today announced the general availability of Snarfer, the best way to read and manage RSS feeds and content. Snarfer delivers a new approach to RSS aggregation focusing on speed, efficiency and ease of use. Snarfer targets the fast growing RSS marketplace providing a logical way to organize, view and manage RSS feeds and other content. The company was founded in December 2004 and includes a small team of software industry veterans who have a track record in developing and delivering powerful applications that deliver high value to end users.

A Snarfer is a new type of creature. Snarfers are hungry little creatures that crave information! They consume a steady stream of information feeds and store it for their users. Snarfer gets “smart” by accumulating information from many different places and then gives users the ability to read and manage it.

"There are a number of RSS readers available on the market today. None are as fast, efficient and as easy to use as Snarfer. We feel that delivering a product that’s focused on these three imperatives is the key to making users productive with RSS”” says Snarfware’s Chief Snarfer. “Snarfer delivers an immediate benefit to users who want to get functional with RSS”.

Snarfer is both an application and platform. It has been architected to support Plugins to add future functionality and Skins to deliver user interface customization. These features as well as many others will be exposed in upcoming versions.

About Snarfware

Snarfware, LLC, is located here on Earth with a mission of delivering fast, powerful, efficient and easy to use products for the RSS marketplace. Snarfware’s Snarfer is best way to read and manage RSS feeds and content and is designed to allow users to be fully functional with RSS seconds after downloading it. The company is privately held and was founded in December, 2004. Snarfware funds itself through an unobtrusive online advertising model. Snarfer is FREE and was announced Q4 2005.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Online image editor GREAT Little Program

The Online Image Editor is a free online image editor hosted by which allows you to do basic digital image editing from any computer without the need to install any commercial software. edit images. The online image editor is completely web-based and it allows you to upload, re-size or crop any digital image, and to save it in your preferred file format for personal use. Free.

The Rasterbator

The Rasterbator is a web service which creates huge, rasterized (rasterbation is the process of taking an image, blowing it up, pixelating it, and printing it onto numerous pieces of paper) images from any picture. The rasterized images can be printed and assembled into extremely cool looking posters up to 20 meters in size. The Rasterbator is very easy to use. You can either upload a file from your computer or use any file that is publicly available on the Internet. After you have cropped the image and selected a desired enlargement size, the resized digital image will be sent to you as a PDF file. You will need to have Macromedia Flash Player 7 and Adobe Reader (or other pdf viewer) to use The Rasterbator. Free.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

MailBigFile is a new free, web-based service that allows you to send large files up to 1 gigabyte in size to any email address without having to actually use the standard email programs and ISP gateways and file size limitations. requires no software download and in three easy steps it allows you to send very large files reliably to anyoneas. Files sent through are available for pick-up by the recipient for up to 7 days, or for a maximum of 3 downloads. With the option to secure files with 128-bit encyption, and the scanning of all emails for viruses MailBigFile scores high also on security and trust. Free.

Whonu ONLINE Search tool

Whonu is a web-based supersearch tool like no other one out there. Whonu allows you to apply your search terms to any of many possible different content universes including blogs, RSS feeds, news, standard web search, opinions and review, video or audio-based content, and much more. Not only. With whonu you can select a set of specific web sites and search only through those. also allows you to create RSS feeds for any of these searches. has a cool, easy and intuitive interface that makes using it simple for any novice or non-technical user. Compile a list of domains, type in your query in the search box provided on the same page, and see what comes up. Simply brilliant and free to use.

Calibrate your monitor

You can calibrate your monitor yourself by following the directions on this Web page:

Monday, February 06, 2006

A-ToolBar v3.01

The A-ToolBar is just about everything you could ever need in a desktop tool. Do you really have a desktop tool that does everything? I don't think so. Often I have to run to one Web site to do one task and another program to do another task. It shouldn't be that hard. What A-ToolBar does is bring just about every useful tool all under one roof. If you want to use it, chances are, A-ToolBar has it. This ultimate Internet and desktop tool brings you 50 useful tools in one program. So what about the features? What does this toolbar really deliver? Here is only a handful of the things this toolbar can do: meta search, Web catalog, latest news, feed (RSS) reader, spam remover, desktop search, links manager, applications manager, language translator, dictionary, Telnet SSH, proxy, ping, trace, DNS lookup, submit URL, URL info, link popularity, position analysis, keyword density, and so much more. So give it a shot and let me know what you think. It has more than enough features to keep just about everybody happy. From general tools, network tools, and URL tools, you should find more than enough to increase your productivity and to keep it around for a very long time.

MediaMonkey v2.5 Free

An easy-to-use music manager / media jukebox for serious music collectors. It catalogs CDs, OGG, WMA, APE, MPC, and MP3 files, and looks up track data via Freedb and the Web. It includes a tag editor & file renamer to organize your music library, a CD ripper & audio converter to save music, and a playlist editor to create music mixes. Plus, it levels volume, supports Winamp plugins, burns CDs via Nero, and syncs with portable audio devices." Some of the features of MediaMonkey include: audio and music manager, media player (play MP3, OGG, etc.), graphic equalizer and DSP audio effects, volume leveler, CD ripper (OGG, WMA, MP3 encoder), audio converter, auto renamer and file organizer, auto tag editor with album art lookup, find duplicate tracks and missing tags, playlist manager (auto music mixes), audio visualizer, iPod and MP3 player synchronization, generate reports and statistics, customization via scripts and much more. Want to add more features? Just check out the MediaMonkey extensions and plugins. There are loads of other tools and visualizations you can check out there. It is enough to go ape over, for sure. MediaMonkey is one of those tools that does everything but listen to the media for you. The freeware version is packed full of features and plenty of tools to use

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Google SMS FREE SMS (USA Numbers Only)

No logo, no muss or fuss, but it’s free and it’s from Google.Google SMS doesn’t use your email but you need to know the carrier of the recipient to get your message through, so no big technical breakthrough here.
Try Google SMS Here

Friday, February 03, 2006

New! Google Toolbar Beta IE only

Now you can make your Toolbar as unique as you are. You can add buttons and bookmarks; get instant search suggestions; share web pages with friends; and enjoy the Toolbar's pop-up blocker, web form filler, and spellchecker
Learn more

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Millions of Games

Millions of Games is the community games site where your MOGS make a difference.

You may want to
read about the site before you start.

MOG is in BETA at present so please be generous with your feedback.


Previewseek is a new search, powerful, meta search-engine, showcasing some unique features.
Previewseek relies on over 35 proprietary, patent pending algorithms utilizing artificial intelligence, Bayesian statistical data mining, word-sense disambiguation, cognitive visualization theory, heterogeneous database querying technologies, and behavioral psychology. Just type in any search term such as ‘Java’ and you will immediately see the powerful differences between traditional search engines like Google and Previewseek. Previewseek immediately understands that the word Java can mean many different things. Did you mean Java the island, Java the coffee, Java the programming language, or Javanese (the language spoken by people on Java island)? If you are not sure, Previewseek immediately gives you definitions of each different meaning. On Google, if you were interested in Java the island, you would have to click through over 70 pages of irrelevant results for ‘java’ before getting to anything useful. Previewseek is more comprehensive as it utilizes all the major search engines to gather the results it displays. Previewseek integrates also a full preview feature allowing you to see the actual web pages of all your search results via an image to the left of each result group. Additionally a Preview link for each individual result shows you to exactly what each result page looks like. Finally Previewseek clusters results by automatically organizing results based on related concepts or words. In beta. Free. Definitely worth trying.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Agnetha Faltskog

If you're an old goat like, me, and grew up in the 60's and 70's, you no doubt remember the international phenomenon known as ABBA.

The Swedish foursome sold untold millions of records, riding the disco wave while, curiously producing a style of music that was decidedly NOT disco.

If you were a teenaged male, what you most fondly remember about ABBA was the beautiful blonde singer. Well, she has a name, even though most of us couldn't pronounce it. It's Agnetha Faltskog (pronounced onyetta).

After ABBA's breakup, she recorded a couple of solo albums in the 80's, then withdrew from public life.

Well, she's back! She just released a new album in 2004 called My Colouring Book that scored very highly on international charts, even though it didn't do much in the US.

And, I am delighted to report that Agnetha, in her mid 50's, is still stunningly beautiful! Good for you, Agnetha. It's also great to see that she can still sell an album.

The site is well done in Flash. There are videos you can watch (though the RealAudio ones seem to be broken), wallpaper, an e-card, press releases, a bio, and links to buy her CD's. One of them lets you pay in American dollars, just keep trying the links.

So here's to Agnetha, who not only survived the 70's, but even managed to keep her looks!

With thanks to Family First