Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sweet Home 3D

Sweet Home 3D

Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you placing
your furniture

on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview.

Video tutorial of Sweet Home 3D..

Windows SkyDrive FREE online storage

Welcome to the bigger, better, faster SkyDrive!
We know it's been mighty quiet on the SkyDrive blog, but we’ve been hard at work on a new version that we’re proud to announce today!

You've made two things clear since our first release: You want more space; and you want SkyDrive where you are. Today we're giving you both. You now have five times the space you had before — that’s 5GB of free online storage for your favorite documents, pictures, and other files.

SkyDrive is also available now in 38 countries/regions. In addition to Great Britain, India, and the U.S., we’re live in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey.

This release also includes bug fixes and improvements to make the site even faster and more reliable. We’re proud of this release — so proud, in fact, that we’re officially removing the Beta tag!

Check out the new version and let us know what you think. We hope you enjoy it!

The SkyDrive team

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Flex 3.0

Flex 3.0

Create engaging, cross-platform rich Internet applications

Flex is a highly productive, free open source framework for building and maintaining expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops, and operating systems. While Flex applications can be built using only the free Flex SDK, developers can use Adobe® Flex® Builder™ 3 software to dramatically accelerate development. Try Flex Builder 3 free for 60 days.

Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR

AIR is software for making Web applications appear like more like
desktop programs. Applications can run offline, access data on a
person's hard drive, have a desktop icon, and run without the need of a

Developers can use any Web development kit, such as Ajax frameworks, to
write applications that will run on AIR or they can use Flex.

JimdoFree-Page (free website):

JimdoFree-Page (free website):

It's really easy to create your own JimdoFree-Page (free website): just sign-up, follow the link to your own Page, integrate pictures, videos and texts in seconds, change the design with a click, add as many pages as you want...and show your swifty JimdoFree-Page to your friends (upgrade to JimdoPro for your own domain)!

Jimdo is free and really fun to use. So go ahead and sign up for your JimdoFree-Page!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Photoscape distinguishes itself from the crowd with an impressive set
of features. Although it eats and leaks about as much memory as
Firefox, it's aimed squarely at the at-home image editor who's making
the jump to dSLR cameras and the wide, wonderful world of high-density
RAW image files,

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Internet knows what you like

is a new recommendation service for finding interesting items on the Web. There are two variations--one for blogs and Web sites, and another for photographs. Both take four items picked by users to whittle down the types of sites or photographs you'd be interested in.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Research the latest threats to your computer

Research the latest threats to your computer
Want to know about the latest Internet threats? With the new Microsoft
Malware Protection Center portal, you can research a particular virus;
get the latest information on the top desktop, e-mail, and spyware
threats; and even submit suspicious files to be analyzed for malicious
or unwanted software. Check it out!

2 good free alternative to Windows Media Player.

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia
player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4,
DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming
protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems.
RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA
files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can
watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5 and even WMV movies.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The £99 laptop: how can it be so cheap?

A new budget computer aimed at schoolchildren is about to be launched. Our correspondent tries it out

Read the article from the Sunday Times HERE

and see the specs HERE

Looks like the One could be a rebadge of a Fontastic A-View ultra-cheap Chinese "simple PC".

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Killer Download: The Big Three free security applications

As users of the Internet we face security threats every day. Nefarious
hackers (not all hackers), viruses, and spyware are rampant when
online, and not taking precautions can mean lost data or even worse,
identity theft. Frankly, if your computer is unprotected, you are
rolling the dice every time you go online. Certainly many users already
know this and are already using trusted software, or have other
security measures in place to ensure safe surfing. This Killer Download
is for those who don't or anyone who has questions regarding their
safety online.
Here are my current Top 3 free applications I use at home.

Comodo Firewall Pro
offers solid protection against threats by learning your computing
habits and what applications you use. This way, if something out of the
ordinary occurs, you'll get a notification giving you the option to
block suspicious connections to your computer. The interface is easy to
understand and guides you through the setup process to make sure you're
protected. It's important to note that you will get a lot of
notifications in the beginning as Comodo Firewall learns your habits.
However, after awhile a window might pop-up which seems suspicious and
you'll be glad you have the ability to lock out a potential threat. As
an alternative, the free version of ZoneAlarm Firewall is another solid firewall.

Spyware Terminator

Use the tabbed interface to get to all of this applications features.

(Credit: CNET Networks)

Spyware Terminator
is my current favorite for antispyware applications. It has a slick
interface, performs relatively fast scans, and includes free real-time
protection. So many antispyware demos scan, but don't remove malware
before you pay the registration, or they do scan and remove,
but the real-time protection is locked. Spyware Terminator has all the
features of the paid applications, but it's absolutely free. One word
of caution: I'm not fully sold on the real-time protection in Spyware
Terminator because it seems to notify me a lot, even to the
point of repeat notifications. Whether you choose to have real-time
protection on or off, if you stick to a scan schedule, this application
will keep your system clean. Another great alternative is the ever
popular Ad-Aware 2007, but you won't get the real-time protection without paying.

AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic

Check this summary screen often to make sure you're up to date.

(Credit: CNET Networks)

Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition
rounds out my Big Three with solid antivirus protection at no cost.
This reliable application quickly scans drives for every form of virus,
trojan, and worm, letting you delete or quarantine anything it finds.
It lets you focus your search to specific types of scans, and select
drives if you have a hunch about a particular problem. This application
also offers a real-time guard, so you can stop a virus before it takes
root. Like any antivirus program (or antispyware program for that
matter) AntiVir will only remain a contender if they keep updating
their virus definitions, and so far they are perfect. Your alternative
for the third slot of The Big Three is the well known AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition which is definitely worthy of any home computer security system.

If you don't have a program which fits each of these three security
types, download and install them now. Though no security system can be
foolproof, once you have the Big Three covered on your home computer,
you'll be able to surf much more safely.

Friday, February 15, 2008

'Hello Kitty' MMO goes into beta

'Hello Kitty'

We bring you, courtesy of famous blogger and investor, Joi Ito: Hello Kitty Online, the new online game from Sanrio Digital.

In addition to many of the regular features of an online game, like a virtual economy, guilds and custom avatars, Hello Kitty Online
will offer players "a persistent, beautifully-designed environment
where thousands of players and (non-player characters) live, explore
and quest in a magical world with real and imaginary zones such as the
Flower Kingdom, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow and more."

Firefox 3 Beta 3 is available in more than 30 languages.

Firefox 3 Beta 3

Mozilla has released a third beta version of Firefox 3, bringing about 1,300 changes to the widely used open-source Web browser.

Firefox 3 Beta 3 should be more stable, perform faster, use memory more
efficiently, and fit in better on various operating systems than its
predecessors, Mozilla said.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Monday, February 04, 2008

Friday, February 01, 2008

Change Her World

The band, Five for Fighting, is generously donating $0.49 to Autism Speaks for *each time* the video is viewed. The
funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you
have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass
it along to your friends and family. They are aiming for 10,000 hits,
but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.

Please watch this even if your lucky enough HOT to have a child with Autism/

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