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Friday, November 28, 2008

Search for large and good quality images

Use Google and Yahoo search to get the best wallpapers of your desired size.
For images larger than 1024X768 resolution.
I never knew that some images could be so detailed and of so good quality.
See the simple tutorial..

Go to Google.com
Click on images Tab
type the name of the name of person or thing you want pics of.
click enter.
Now to see the best quality images click on the drop down menu saying
Showing- and select Extra large

Same trick works in yahoo
Go to image tab in yahoo and select..
Wallpaper for searching images of size - 1024 X 768..
or larger.

Full codec package for Vista

This intelligent codec software package has all the codecs you will ever need on you Vista machine. Codecs have been a problem for most users at one time or another. This is because there has never been an 'out of the box' working solution that the average computer user could install and just have everything work properly from the beginning.

The installer will automatically remove most other popular codec releases from your computer before installing this concise yet comprehensive package. You won't need to make any adjustments or tweaks to enjoy your media content immediately. Windows Media Player and Vista's Media Center will instantly recognize all your files as playable.

Download here


Source- Softpedia

New Yahoo messenger

Yahoo! Messenger - Instant messaging allows you to quickly exchange messages with your online friends. Unlike e-mail, instant messages appear as soon they`re sent. By downloading the Yahoo! Messenger application to your computer, you can send instant messages to other people from around the globe, send them files or have a voice conference. Download the latest version.


Other features include voice chat, file transfer, mail and stock quote alerts, sports scores, news, and much more.

NOTE: The Yahoo! Messenger Vista Preview works only on Vista OS.

This download is marked as adware because it displays advertisement banners or other type of commercials while running.

Here are some key features of "Yahoo! Messenger":

· Photo Sharing
· Drag-and-drop photos into your IM windows and talk about them like you're there.

· LAUNCHcast Radio
· Make your own radio station and listen to music you like!

· Yahoo! Games
· Challenge your friends to classic Yahoo! Games in the IM window.

· IMVironments
· Use interactive themed backgrounds in your IMs.

· Find, Add, Share Friends
· Easily get connected with the people who matter most.

· Yahoo! Search
· Search from your IM window, and get results both you and your friend can see.

· File Transfer
· Drag-and-drop files for real-time sharing and instant notification that they've been received.

· Address Book
· Synchronize all your contact information.

· Stealth Settings
· Make yourself appear online to some and offline to others.

· Audibles
· Let these animated characters say it out loud for you!

· Emoticons
· Express your feelings with these animated smiling faces.

· Yahoo! Avatars
· Represent yourself with a stylized graphical image.

· Display Images
· Select an image to represent yourself to your friends.

· Skins
· Select new visual designs or disable them altogether.

· Voice
· Make free worldwide PC-to-PC calls and enjoy great sound quality and voice mail.

· Take Yahoo! with You
· Stay connected to Yahoo! Messenger on your mobile phone.

· Webcam
· Share live video with friends and family around the world.

· Conference
· Exchange text messages with multiple people in one IM.

Reasons why this program is marked as adware:

· ADWARE INCLUDED - you can, however, UNCHECK that ADWARE at installation!
· � Yahoo Toolbar
· � The Software is trying to change your Home Page and your Default Search Engine
· � Displays advertisement banners

New wallpaper for each startup

See a new wallpaper each time you start you computer. Wallpaper Changer is a wallpaper manager that can change your background images on every startup, once a day or at regular intervals. You have the possibility to create, store or reload your collection of favorite wallpapers.
Download here

Perfect starter kit for new PCs

Cnet just composed a started kit full of free software that would help you do all your essential tasks fruitfully.
CNET Download.com has compiled a brand-new Windows Starter Kit, complete with all that your freeware-coveting heart could ever desire. This year we bring you a Web Browser, an E-mail Client, Office and Productivity tools, Image Editors, Music and Video Jukeboxes, File Compression, a PDF Reader, Chatware, a Torrent Client, and seven must-have Utilities. And you don't even have to stress about whether that shiny wrapping paper is recyclable.

Check the full list...


Where's the antivirus apps? If you're looking for programs to make your PC more secure, check out our overhauled-for-2008 Security Starter Kit.

Web Browser

Mozilla Firefox made tabbed browsing mainstream and redefined the browser wars, but that's not why you should use it. Replete with ways to customize through add-ons make it supremely powerful, and now specialized versions like Flock take that further, but that's not why you need it, either. A JavaScript debugger is standard, and Firefox displays the page-source code in a new window, using indents and color-coded tags like an HTML editor. Again, not enough--on its own.

The built-in pop-up blocker, antiphishing protections, and enhanced extension security aren't enough reason for using Firefox. Add them all together, though, and you get a full-featured browser with an infinite level of customization.

E-mail Client

Mozilla Thunderbird combines smart browsing with sharp innovations aimed at both Web mail clients and industry standards like Microsoft Outlook. Basics like junk mail filters, HTML support, multiple identities, and POP, IMAP, and Microsoft Exchange server support load fast and are bolstered by S/MMIE, digital signing, message encryption, and a phishing detector. Interface tweaks maximize message viewing, a necessity in an e-mail reader.

Mozilla Thunderbird

Back and forward browser-style buttons, customizable tags, and colors make it a cinch to keep things organized, even across folders. Gmail support is as simple as entering your e-mail and password, searches can be saved, and Thunderbird supports extensions like Firefox, allowing for serious enhancement tweaks.

Office and Productivity

A credible rival to MS Office, OpenOffice.org includes powerful applications for making text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, diagrams, databases, and HTML and XML documents. It handles complex equations and multipart documents as easily as simple letters and faxes.

Even advanced Office users will find the templates, collaborative features, macros, and programming language familiar. Extensible and open source, it lets you both import and save documents in formats as diverse as MS Office formats, PDF, HTML, WordPerfect, XML, and others. However, the default is to save files in the open-standard Oasis OpenDocument XML format for maximum compatibility with other applications.

Multilingual and cross-platform, OpenOffice.org is a compelling option for anyone in search of an alternative office suite.

If OpenOffice is too much, AbiWord, gives you just the word processor without the entire suite. It has a quick learning curve with an interface similar to those in Word and WordPerfect.

All the basics are here, including highlight, notation, and a bevy of common formatting tools. Although we did miss a grammar-checker, AbiWord has a multilingual spell-checker. A huge plus is the ability to open and save Microsoft Word documents, though the program also has its own proprietary file format. You can download plug-ins at the publisher's site to import and export a wide variety of other formats, including OpenDocument.

Image Editors

The volunteer developers of The GIMP have developed a polished, user-friendly, and open-source image editor. Although the separated palette windows may disturb users who prefer traditional layouts, your comfort level should grow as you discover how pain-free the program is.

The GIMP

Comparable with Photoshop, GIMP's features include channels, layers and masks, filters and effects, tabbed palettes, editable text tools, color operations such as levels, scalable brushes, revised selection tools, full-screen editing, printing, red-eye removal, perspective clone, lens distortion, and more. It even has regex-based pattern matching for power users, but it also might be much more powerful than what you need. We've recommended a more basic image editor below.

If all you want is a quick image retouch, The GIMP is overkill. Paint.NET, on the other hand, is an open-source editor with all the essentials, including tools to crop, rotate, resize images, adjust colors, and create collages. It supports common image formats but not high-resolution RAW files.

There are enough basic and intermediate effects and features to keep image-tweakers happy, though the red-eye removal tool is notably weak so those images may require manual attention. The pleasing interface boasts semitransparent windows for ease of use. Unlike most free image editors, Paint.NET supports layers and has an actions manager.

Music and Video Jukeboxes

The most recent WinAmp updates have made it competitive again. It now features strong device support, including iPod synchronization, AAC encoding, CD burning, and a robust file-management system. There's an optional new interface layout that joins the separate windows, podcast support, you can edit device synchronization while in progress, and a built-in browser for media discovery. We liked that clicking on an artist's name will get you related headlines and Web sites in a separate pane.

Unfortunately, MP3 encoding and full-speed CD burning requires the Pro version. Album art support is spotty, and there are occasional stability issues during video playback. WinAmp 5.5 is no iTunes killer, but it is a strong alternative and should be of interest to those looking for something with more meat on its bones.

Aiming to redefine how people manage and watch their videos, open-source Miro deserves its praise. It can subscribe to and play back video podcasts while comprehensively managing your saved videos. When you launch the app, a left sidebar hosts a folder tree for managing your videos. The central pane does double duty for viewing videos and searching for new ones. The bottom hosts a search box for parsing through YouTube and other sites, a video control panel, and volume control.

Miro

Features include full torrent support, so you can download and view torrents in the same app, folder watching to manage only the hard-drive folders you specify for new videos, resumable playback, topic-based channel surfing, video sharing, hosting, and vodcast creation assistance.

VLC Media Player offers a one-stop solution for the file-format problem. The program supports playback of every major and most minor file types, and can stream media. Because of its open-source foundation, it evolves quickly, with new features and fixes released frequently.

Though the interface varies from platform to platform, the Windows version is sparse. Skinning it perks things up, but also seems to cause unpredictable behavior. Beyond drag'n'drop, the basic task of opening a file is far more confusing than it should be. Overall, though, VLC Media Player is a must-have application for its ability to open just about any type of video file you throw at it.

File Compression

7-Zip unpacks most archive formats, including ZIP, TAR, GZ, RAR, and its own 7z format. It can create TAR and GZ archives, which are commonly used on Unix and Linux systems. In our tests, 7z archives were up to 40 percent smaller then their ZIP equivalents, although compression did take longer. Advanced options include the ability to create solid and self-extracting archives, and to adjust the compression level and password protection. The program also has a command line module.

Though the main interface is overly simple, it's easy to use and self-explanatory. The context menu options indicate that 7-Zip should be taken seriously.

PDF Reader

Foxit Reader is everything that Adobe Reader isn't: lightweight, effective, and streamlined. Foxit's main purpose is to read PDFs, but it also has annotation tools. The interface mimics Adobe's, so you won't have to change your reading habits. Text readability is nearly the same, and the 1.6MB Foxit starts surprisingly fast compared with Adobe. It's a nice touch that it opens PDFs from the Internet in their own Foxit window, instead of sucking resources from within the browser.

Foxit PDF Reader

It's incredibly irritating that URL hyperlinks were unclickable, and that some features were blocked in the evaluation copy.

Chat

If you've need to use Yahoo, MSN, AIM, and Google, at the same time from the same window, Pidgin is the chatty bird for you. Like other third-party IM clients, this open-source messenger accesses multiple IM networks, including MySpaceIM, as well as lesser-known protocols such as Jabber and Gadu-Gadu.

The IM features are unimpeachable: smileys, file transfers, and multiperson chats. The Buddy Pounce feature automatically performs certain actions when a contact signs on or off. Pidgin gets lots of intangibles right: logging and time-stamping, for instance, are well-executed. Twenty-two plug-ins come prepackaged, but there are still some bugs. Still, Pidgin remains a highly recommended text-only messaging app.

Pidgin doesn't do video chat, but Camfrog does. Its chat rooms feature everything from music lessons to sign language to non-English chatting, and integrating video, audio, and text components are a great leap forward for since a Webcam is not a requirement. Be warned, though: There are X-rated chat rooms--this is not a program that kids should use without supervision.

Camfrog

You can create your own password-protected chat room, and the Contacts list has a section for favorite rooms and one-click contact adding, user searching, and profile management. Despite several toolbars it tries to foist on you during installation, if you're looking for a well-trafficked video chat program that serves a diverse community, CamFrog is cool place to land.

Torrent Client

What computer would be ready for the broadband age without a dedicated torrent client? Miro supports torrents, but if all you want is a torrent, it can be a bit much. uTorrent is so light on resources and memory that it's small enough to run off an old USB key. uTorrent's clean button interface makes it easy to pause downloading.

Finding torrents can be hard, but included are both a torrent search bar and an RSS feed manager that will automatically download files as they publish. Adding, starting, pausing, and listing torrents takes merely a click or two each. A speed guide tests ports and adjusts system settings for optimal performance. uTorrent isn't feature-heavy, but has enough to make it the torrent program of choice for novices, intermediate, and advanced users.

Utilities

Auslogics Disk Defrag couldn't be any easier for rejoining disparate hard-drive bits. Choose a hard drive from a pull-down menu, and Disk Defrag displays the size, space used, free space, and a pie chart. One click starts the program, with a sector map showing how much is fragmented, allocated, or free. As it churns, defragged sectors are displayed in blue.

Auslogics Disk Defrag

Even on older XP systems the program is fast. A handy report is prepared after each session: the total files and folders defragged, and Detail lists the defrag outcome for each file. We only wish a final sector map was included in the report.

A lack of visual polish doesn't hurt this utility that replaces the cumbersome Windows Task Manager by showing running processes in an intuitive tree format. Process Explorer makes the job a lot easier by including program icons and other data, such as description, image, and processor time.

It also can identify the process for a given application window or look up a process name in Google--a handy way to spot spyware. Additional features offer detailed information on performance, DLLs, threads, handles, TCP/IP connections, security settings, and environments. Process Explorer is one of the best we've seen.

WinDirStat identifies how much disk space you're using. Based on Linux's KDirStat, it shows you an informative visual HD usage display. It can also analyze external devices. The initial WinDirStat scan may take quite a while, so be prepared to grab a cup of coffee.

WinDirStat

When you return, you'll see your files displayed by colors according to file type. By default, the order is blue, red, green, but the Options menu can change these settings. It's also loaded with features for managing files. It's one of those apps that you didn't know you needed until you started using it, but once installed it's hard to imagine life without it.

A hectic interface can't stop the power of NoteTab Light. This replacement for Windows' built-in Notepad jumps in with Web browser-style tabs for managing different projects simultaneously, and it can automatically replace the tool it's based on.

However, there's much more to it. A list of commands on the left, called Clips, do anything from inserting bits of text to generating code. Libraries of clips appear as tabs at the bottom of the screen. The FTP library, for example, lets you create server profiles, connect, upload and download files, and issue various commands. The publisher's site offers many user-created libraries, or you can make your own.

Launchy lets you open nearly any program, file, folder, or Web site on your system with just a few keystrokes. It lives in the background, and a quick hot-key combo calls up the small, skinnable Launchy box.

Launchy

Enter the first few letters of a file or program, and Launchy automatically displays the rest of the name. Simply press Enter to open or launch it. If the name displayed isn't what you want, wait a few seconds and the tool displays a drop-down list of other likely candidates. The tool is easily configurable, and it also looks at your default browser's Favorites file.

RAMBooster helps alleviate the RAM jam suffered by most users. Small and effective, installation is quick. Use program defaults, or modify through Edit/Preferences how much RAM you'd like it to free up and at which point of resource consumption. RAMBooster keeps track of RAM usage and scrub your RAM free of flotsam left behind by closed windows and background programs.

The tray icon indicates status: red and black if you're fine, escalating to yellow as free memory falls. Mouse over the icon to see exactly how much free RAM you have. You can also clean your RAM manually via the context menu or the full interface.

Although it lacks a few of the bells and whistles found in other cleaning applications, CCleaner offers more than enough to make it worthy. The logically-designed interface makes it easy to wipe away your tracks from browsing, various Windows system areas, and some third-party applications.

CCleaner doesn't support a large number of extraneous programs, but it can erase traces from such popular programs as Spybot and WinZip. Also missing is a secure file shredder, but it does supply a Registry-cleaning utility that quickly scans for invalid entries before removing them. The app can back up your Registry before altering it, and also uninstall any program on your machine.


Win a Ipod Touch

The CNET blog launched a contest asking users for asking about the best tech gift this thanksgiving and Black Friday. Just need to ask them a live question during the live streaming on November 28, 2008--or "Black Friday"--for the 2008 Holiday Help Desk live on CNET TV.

Go to here to win the Ipod or get featured on the Blog

One click application killer

Close any hanged or problematic application with just a click using this software. With this very small utility you can kill your frozen programs with one click. For example when you double-click on a program's icon, the target-like cursor will show-up. Then on the next program you click it will be terminated. The idea was based on Xkill. from the UNIX world. Basically, this utility is a Windows clone of Xkill.

One Click App Killer 1.1

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HP celebrates thanksgiving. gives free prizes worth $6000

Starting from today, three of the fifty participating blogs will be accepting entries for the jaw-dropping HP and Microsoft $6000 Magic Giveaway contest. This is not your average mouse pad and a sticker giveaway, the prize-pool includes a multi-touch PC, two laptops, a netbook, a printer, a media server and software. Suffice to say if you win this, it will make your Christmas and hopefully others around you too.

For the best chances of winning, make sure you visit each of the fifty blogs during their 7-day contest period. To make it easy for you to follow along, here are dates of all the blogs in fancy Google Calendar form and downloadable ICS format.



All 50 blogs..

Tech Enthusiast Sites


Bleeping Computer - You're here now! Gotta Be Mobile
Barb's Connected World I Started Something
Boston Pocket PC JK On the Run
Digital Home Thoughts Last 100
Digital Inspiration Liliputing
The Digital Lifestyle MediaBlab
The Gadgeteer Neowin
Gadgetell Notebooks.com
Gear Diary OSNN
Gear Live Planet x64
Geek.com Slashdot Review
Geek News Central SlashGear
Geeks! Small Biz Vista
Geeks to Go! Techie Diva
Geekzone Windows Connected


College Sites Spanish and Portuguese
language Sites


Hack College Carlos Alberto
One Day One Job C?berPrensa
Paul Stamatiou Eliax
Student Bloggers GeeksRoom

INFOwester
Women's Blogs La Bit?cora de Erwin Ried

Noticias Tech
Down-to-Earth Mama Uni?n de Bloggers Hispanos
Living - In Theory
merlot mom
Moosh in Indy
Morningside Mom
Stop, Drop & Blog
Techmamas
Thoughts on poetics & tech

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Future of GUI ( Graphic User Interface)

See the embedded video..

Get email of orkut friends

Get list of all friends on Orkut and also those of pending request with this simple trick. This lets you get all the contacts in a Excel document with names and email addresses. Its too simple to be used..
Just follow these simple steps..

1. Send a friend request to the person you wish know email of, it is not necessary that he adds you. This trick also shows email of pending requests.
2. Go to friend tab present at the top near home and scrapbook.
3. Now navigate to manage contacts, present at lower right corner.
4. Click on the Export contact button. A file will be downloaded with all your contacts with names. Open this document in MS-Excel.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mobile browser from Mozilla - Skyfire


Mozilla already had launched a web-browser for mobile devices. Skyfire is a very fast browser i couldn't compare it with Opera mini ( The mobile browser from Opera) but it is good.
It lets you watch videos , listen to music and ya surf the web as well.


What i believe it's made for good multimedia phones with enough RAM like the HTC touch phones and Nokia's E and N series phones and for similar phones as well. See the Demo Video
Download it here.


Software from Mozilla not just Firefox or Thunderbird much more

Great software provided from mozilla , and i thought they had only FIrefox and Thunderbird.See all the software in the list below, some of them are really useful and you would be amazed why you didn't knew about them before.continued health of the Internet.
Powered by Mozilla


Mozilla Applications

These applications are developed by the Mozilla community and their code is hosted on mozilla.org.

  • Bugzilla

    Bugzilla™ is a bug tracking system designed to help teams manage software development. Hundreds of organizations across the globe are using this powerful tool to get organized and communicate effectively.
  • Camino

    Camino® is a Web browser optimized for Mac OS X with a Cocoa user interface, and powerful Gecko layout engine. It's the simple, secure, and fast browser for Mac OS X.
  • Firefox

    The award-winning Web browser is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life. With Firefox® 3, we've added powerful new features that make your online experience even better.
  • SeaMonkey

    SeaMonkey® is the all-in-one application formerly known as the "Mozilla Application Suite", containing a web browser, a mail and newsgroups client, an HTML editor, web development tools, and an IRC chat client.
  • Sunbird and Lightning

    Sunbird® is a cross-platform application that brings Mozilla-style ease-of-use to your calendar. The Lightning extension adds a fully integrated calendar to Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • Thunderbird

    Thunderbird™ is Mozilla's next generation e-mail client. Thunderbird makes emailing safer, faster and easier than ever before and can also scale to meet the most sophisticated organizational needs.

Mozilla-Based Applications

These applications are built by individuals and organizations using Mozilla technologies. If you would like to suggest other applications to feature here, please let us know.

  • BlueGriffon

    A next-generation WYSIWYG editor for the World Wide Web based on the Composer tool from the original Mozilla Application Suite that helps you create standards compliant HTML and CSS code.
  • Skyfire

    Skyfire™ is a free mobile web browser that allows you to experience the internet on your phone exactly like on your PC. Now, you can use the full web from your mobile phone with unprecedented speed and simplicity.
  • See more Mozilla-based applications...

Mozilla Labs Experiments

    Mozilla Labs is a place where people come together to create, experiment, and play with new Web innovations and technologies.

  • Ubiquity

    Ubiquity is an experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common tasks more quickly and easily.
  • Weave

    Weave is an experiment in blending the desktop and the Web through deeper integration of the browser with online services to increase user control over personal information.
  • See more Mozilla Labs experiments...

Mozilla Technologies

The Mozilla community creates a variety of different technologies that are freely available for other people and organizations to use in their own products.

  • Gecko

    Gecko is the layout engine that reads web content, such as HTML, CSS, XUL, and JavaScript and renders it on a user's screen. In XUL-based applications Gecko is used to render the application's user interface as well.
  • XULRunner

    XULRunner provides an environment for developers to build XUL-based applications such as Firefox and Thunderbird. It provides mechanisms for installing, upgrading, and uninstalling applications.
  • See more Mozilla technologies...

Mozilla Specifications

The Mozilla community has created and spearheaded the development of various specifications for languages that are used in Mozilla projects and can be used by others as well.

  • XUL

    The XML User Interface Language (XUL) is used to build feature-rich cross platform applications and add-ons that extend the functionality of existing Mozilla-based programs. Web developers will learn XUL quickly and can start building applications right away.
  • See more Mozilla specifications...

Add-ons

  • Add-ons Site

    Find the latest and greatest extensions, themes and plugins for Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey and Sunbird.

Ubuntu 8.10 Download or request a CD

The latest version of the most popular Linux version is launched. It features a huge backup by a large open- source software database. Ubuntu has got great graphics and is one of the safest OS to use when comes to security.
Ubuntu is available in 2 versions the Desktop meant for home and personal computers and the Server edition for setting up a server.
Ubuntu is completely free and all of its software are also free and without any charge.

Also it gives you full licene to modify or re-distribute the CD to anyone and use it anywhere you like to.

You can Ubuntu Download it from here.
Request free cd
Or you can also request a CD of Ubuntu to be delivered to your home for free anywhere in the world.
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