Monday, May 11, 2009
This release features new functions to organize downloads in better manner with options to move a group of links up and down, ability to add comments (can be used to save archive password) and new system-tray icon feature.
If you are looking for a small, simple, fast and free CD, DVD and Blue-Ray burning solution JetBee would be the best solution currently available, I have written about Free Nero Alternative before but this one is far better then any other free CD/DVD burner out there.
JetBee is pretty small with installer sized only 1.59 MB and application just 658 KB, the application launches almost instantly and you simply need to Drag-N-Drop files and Click the Burn button to start the burning process, the application then minimize to the system tray so you can work on other things unobtrusively, this is by far the most easiest and fast approach you can get in a CD/DVD/Blue-Ray burner application, JetBee allows creation of Audio-CD, DVD Video and UDF discs with full support for creation of multi-session and bootable media featuring buffer underrun protection, test writing, and optimal power calibration.
All-in-all JetBee is a must-try utility, I have tested more then 5-6 free CD/DVD burning applications but was unable to find a alternative as simple and fast as JetBee.
By default Windows XP allows a maximum of 10 half open connections at a time, this limit is implemented as a security feature to slow-down spreading of internet-worms in-case the user machine gets infected, if your network use is crossing this limit your computers event-log will show the following Event:
EventID 4226: TCP/IP has reached the security limit imposed on the number of concurrent TCP connect attempts.
This limit can slow down your internet access specially Peer-2-Peer applications like BitTorrent which require connecting to several peers for optimal performance, to increase this limit for speedy torrent downloading you need to patch the Windows TCP/IP system driver file, If your have already patched your TCPIP.sys file and updated your computer to Windows XP Service Pack 3, you should re-patch it using the free TCP/IP patcher for Windows XP.
Periodic data backups are crucial for anyone using computer on regular basis, Backing up your data is like an insurance, you never have to worry if data corruption disaster strikes. Norton Ghost have been an all time favorite amongst PC users for making backup clone images of their Hard-Disks or partitions for restoring at a later time when disaster strikes, but if you can't afford Norton Ghost here is a little gift from "Paragon" - a well-known software company, Paragon is giving away "Paragon Drive Backup 9.0 Express" free for personal use.
The simple and easy to use software lets you backup and recover entire hard disk or separate partitions with ease without asking bewildering questions, Drive Backup Express make use of - allowing you to be productive and use your PC during backups. The software supports a wide variety of storage devices including Parallel ATA (IDE), Serial ATA (SATA), SCSI HDD, USB 1.x/2.0, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and even PC card storage devices, the wide-variety of file-system support includes FAT16, FAT32, NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1), Linux Ext2FS, Linux Ext3FS, Linux Swap and HPFS.
Flashget has always been my download accelerator of choice, but recent inclusion of Adware like components and stat collection modules in latest versions forced me to stick with the older builds, But here we have a brand new version of their upcoming product Flashget-Mini directly from their private VIP forums translated to English and all adware and spying components removed.
This nice, fast and compact free download manager from FlashGet comes with a brand new eye-catchy interface, the new product is optimized for smaller system resources use, faster downloading and better use of desktop real-state, The new version also lets you download videos directly from more then 56 video sites including YouTube.
All the dragging, piling and tossing functionality looks very similar to Microsoft Surface styled navigation, the best thing is that BumpTop works with touch-screen enabled computers running Microsoft Windows 7 allowing you to use touch-gestures to perform these functions.
BumpTop is currently available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 in two flavors Free and Paid Pro version which costs $29 to buy and features extra functionality over the free version.
The most popular CD/DVD writing software - Nero Burning ROM has evolved a lot from being a simple CD/DVD burner application to a full-fledged all-in-one optical media authoring solution, resulting in adding a lot of bloat and lots of other applications and features that you’ll never really use, so if you are looking to get rid of Nero bloatware and looking for a free, fast and simple alternative to Nero - BurnAware Free is your answer, the free CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning application is pretty much similar to Nero and comes in three versions - Free, Home & Professional, the free version allows you to burn data, audio, and video CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs pretty much sufficing everything you’d ever need.
If you are looking for an all-in-one free software to create, extract and edit icons look no further, IcoFX will do the job perfectly, the simple to use powerful icon editor lets you perform advanced icon tasks with ease, the software supports icon creation for Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista and Macintosh with full transparency and alpha channel support.
Media corruption, virus attacks, unexpected system crash or shutdown are few of the most common reasons you can end-up having corrupt Microsoft Word Documents, In this case Microsoft Word would display garbage content or won't let you open the file displaying one of the following errors:
- "This file is not in a recognizable format."
- 'XYZ.doc' cannot be accessed. The file may be read-only, or you may be trying to access a read-only location. Or, the server the document is stored on may not be responding.
- "The document name or path is not valid. Try these suggestions. Check the file permissions for the document or drive. Use the File Open dialog box to locate the document."
- "Word cannot open the document."
- "Word cannot open the document: user does not have access privileges."
In such situation's free utility "Repair My Word" can come handy to recover corrupted data from Microsoft Word files (.doc) with ease, the software is designed to recover text from damaged or corrupt Word files (.doc files), The recovered text can then be saved as an new error free Microsoft Word document.
The latest update bring optimized code with new 3GP download option and graphical buttons for single-click direct downloads in format of your choice.
Microsoft provides free Office Compatibility Pack for automatic conversion of Office 2007 documents to Office 2003 format, the small 28 MB compatibility pack enables earlier version of Microsoft Office to Open, Edit & Save Microsoft Office 2007 Documents.
However, the newer Office 2007 file format might not be the best way to distribute your files, Microsoft therefore provides free Office 2007 add-in for conversion and publishing of Office documents into more popular and widely used Adobe Acrobat PDF file format.
World's leading optical disc authoring application suite Nero got upgraded to the next major version dubbed - Nero 9, the latest release of the powerful comprehensive software suite enables users to easily create, rip, copy, burn, edit, share, and upload multimedia content with ease.
If you have already tried fixing CD/DVD scratches without any success or partial success, and are still unable to copy important files and folders from damaged media, try Unstoppable Copier - the small and portable Windows utility lets you recover maximum possible data from media having bad sectors, scratches or any other reason giving errors while reading data.
The program tries to read all possible data smartly skipping unreadable sectors, Using this method most types of files can be made usable even if some parts were not recoverable in the end.
There could be several reasons to use anonymous P2P networks like privacy concerns or for bypassing censorship, NodZilla is one such experimental decentralized, self-organizing, fault-tolerant peer-2-peer grid network meant for anonymous file-sharing and distributed services built on top of it like chat, efficient multicast video streaming, and secured file storage.
Unlike other similar file-sharing service Nodezilla offers cache features allowing servers to create local replicas of any data objects for providing faster access and robustness to network partitions help reducing network congestion by localizing access traffic. Furthermore, to strengthen the infrastructure against crash, information leakage, or become compromised the network makes use of full data redundancy and encryption techniques
Portable And Easy To Use Free Video Converter For iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, PSP, PS3, XBOX 360 and Zune
Some PDF provides simple to use free utilities for converting PDF documents to various file-formats like Word, HTML, and Text, their PDF Image Extractor utility lets you extract images from pdf files and save them to JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG, TGA, PBM, or PPM image formats.
The PDF image extractor utility supports encrypted PDF files and allows batch operations, you simply select the files and output folder and you are ready for the image extraction.
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It is usually highly recommended to update your device drivers as hardware manufacturers often release new versions of their drivers for fixing bugs, adding new features, increasing device and system performance, improving computer stability, fixing compatibility with other devices and closing security holes, While most of the popular automatic Windows driver updation utilities are not free, we reviewed RadarSync as one possible free option which worked quite well for me, but failed on many computers as noted in user comments.
Developed by Innovative Solutions, A Microsoft Certified Partner - DriverMax would be the best free utility to download and install latest driver updates for your Windows XP and Vista computers, the community powered driver updater service currently supports more then 80,000 different hardware devices with 1,29,000 different driver versions.
If you are looking for a free, fast and easy folder hiding and locking utility for Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista - My LockBox would be the perfect solution, the single-click folder locking and unlocking utility efficiently hides folder of your choice instantly.
Once locked, the folder can only be made visible by entering correct password using the hotkey enabled control-panel.
Custom and legacy software application compatibility has always been an issue with newer operating system platforms, and if this is the reason stopping you from upgrading to the latest operating-system technology all new Microsoft Windows Virtual XP Mode is now here for rescue, the XP virtulization technology integrates seamlessly with host system offering a streamlined experience with full backward application compatibility, to check the new Virtual XP Mode in Windows 7 I tested it using popular accounting software Tally 7.2 which is incompatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7, launching the application on Windows 7 throws the error as shown below.
Google Book Search - the free online book catalog with the aim to make world's information more accessible and useful has been criticized by writer and publisher community for inclusion of copyrighted works as an copyright infringement, However, Google denies the allegation citing that they only show a small portion of the book at a time, making it useless for freebie seekers intending to download the book.
Google Books does all what it can to prevent users from downloading and saving pages, but with free online service's like "Google Book Downloader" the whole process of saving pages from Google books is just a matter of few clicks.
VIPeers is a new one of its kind hybrid free file-sharing service allowing users to share files upto 5 GB in size with ease, to share files users simply need to upload it using the web-based uploader or the PODMailing software, Once uploaded VIPeers provides direct HTTP download links with option to share file using the BitTorrent protocol without the hassle of creating .torrent file, adding trackers, and even the seeding.
To make things even more easier VIPeers offers copy-and-paste code snippets for effortless sharing of uploaded files on blogs, forums, social-networks and websites.
Windows 7 XP Mode is must for users facing incompatible application problems on the latest operating system, but not all users can benefit from this feature as it requires hardware virtualization support from your CPU, the most easiest way to check whether your CPU supports Hardware Virtualization or not would be free portable utility SecurAble, the simple utility won't bog you down with complicated data displaying only three CPU features with bold graphics including processor bit-length, hardware D.E.P. and hardware virtualization support.
Windows 7 RC1 is now officially available for public downloading, the release candidate is set to expire on June 1, 2010 and will start to begin shutting down every two hours from March 1, 2010 you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010 to continue using it without expiration, after installing Windows 7 RC you have 30 days to activate your copy of Windows 7 online, you can follow the simple online activation process as detailed next for a fully functional genuine activated copy of Windows 7 till June 1, 2010.
Windows XP features embedded Picture & Fax Viewer for quick viewing of your images, However, the handy utility only supports common popular image formats like JPEG, GIF, and BMP making it necessary to install other multi-format image viewers like ACDSee or XnView, but not anymore free Windows Utility ImageXtender let you hack Windows XP standard Picture & Fax Viewer to support more then 200 known graphics extensions.
You just need to install ImageXtender and it patches the default viewer to support the new image formats, the process of viewing images would remain the same allowing you to view all image formats in three different viewing modes - Preview, Thumbnails and Filmstrip.
Microsoft Windows DirectX 10 features heavily improved 3D rendering capabilities and several new features to deliver a new generation of visual effects with significantly improved game and 3-D application performance, Sadly, DirectX 10 is officially available for Windows Vista only and Microsoft has no plans to release DirectX 10 for Windows XP, However, guys at "Falling Leaf Systems" ported DirectX 10 on Windows XP starting the project named "Alky" with the aim to provide compatibility libraries for making DirectX 10 work on Windows XP with full support for application development API's, the Alky project is now closed but the source-code is made open-source for further development by community.
The free DirectX 10 compatibility libraries provided by Alky project allow's developers to create DirectX 10 powered games and applications on platforms other than Windows Vista using Microsoft DirectX 10 SDK and API's, Windows XP users on forums and blogs are reporting successfully using Alky's DirectX 10 for Windows XP to port and play Directx 10 only games like Halo 2 and Shadowrun on Windows XP.
There are numerous free video downloaders and converters for Windows and finding one suitable for your needs is pretty easy, but if you are on Mac you are out of luck as finding a free solution is quite hard, Thanks to our reader EVA, today I will be sharing an easy to use solution for downloading videos from online video sites on your Mac OS X (Tiger & Leopard) computer.
iSkysoft Video Downloader is an free software for Mac allowing users to download FLV video files from popular video sites like YouTube, Google Videos, Yahoo Videos, Metacafe, Break, MySpace, Gofish, AOL, Veoh, imeem, Blip.TV and other similar video websites.
Using the software is pretty easy as it automatically sniffs video files played inside Safari and Firefox browsers allowing you to download the full-length videos with ease, the utility is multi-threaded and supports batch downloading options for simultaneous downloads, you can enjoy the downloaded .FLV movie files on your MAC computer using the in-built FLV player, but if you want video conversion feature you will need to upgrade to the PRO version costing $29, However, If you are not willing to spend money and want a free solution, here are two excellent free solutions to convert videos on your Mac computer with ease.
YuvaYantra - the Indian software portal offered free Kaspersky Anti-Virus keys a few months ago and now they are offering 100% free genuine one year license for ONSPEED Web Accelerator, the popular web-acceleration software from ONSPEED offers upto 10x speed gain on Dial-up connection and upto 5x on Broadband connection achieved using proxy based compression between your computer and the website server.
After a long time Apple is now back with a fresh new update of its Safari web-browser for Windows and Mac, sticking to their claim of being the world's fastest web-browser the latest version Safari 4 Beta further improves on the speed using the new Nitro Rendering Engine.
The new version features top-sites, cover flow, full history search, tabs on tops, native Windows look and feel and set of development tools as described in details below.
Rapidshare free users have to face several annoying limitations including pre-download timer, no simultaneous downloading and variable download wait before successive downloads, because of these limitations downloading multiple-files one after another can be tedious for free users, today I will be sharing a free utility "Rapidshare Plus" to overcome this problem, the small portable utility lets users add and download a queue of Rapidshare links one after another in a fully automated way.
The user interface is very easy to use and intuitive, users simply add Rapidshare links to create the download queue, and Rapidshare Plus will do the rest automatically downloading file one after another saving them to the folder of your choice.
We have blogged about Freeware Video Splitter solution earlier on this blog, But if you are looking for a fast and free video joiner with ability to convert video to different format's here is the perfect solution - "Free Video Joiner" is as simple as its name sounds, the single screen interface offers basic functionality but gets the job done fast and easy.
Free Video Joiner supports AVI, MOV, WMV, MOV and MPEG video formats for input and can output to AVI, WMV, MOV, MP4, DVD, VCD, iPod, iPhone, Zune and PSP compatible video formats covering all popular devices and video formats.
OpenOffice is one of the most preferred open-source office application suite, despite being the best free alternative to Microsoft Office, OpenOffice lacks in terms of speed and full-compatibility with MS-Office formats, But this can be taken care of with Go-OO - A fork of OpenOffice, which promises to be faster and lighter then OpenOffice, still having better compatibility features with other office-suites.
Go-oo supports OpenXML and SVG natively and is capable of importing Microsoft Works, DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX formats out-of-the-box, coupled with excellent VBA, WordPerfect graphics, and EMF rendering capabilities the application offers a lot of compatibility options, sized at only 132.38MB (Windows) the application is available on Windows and Linux platforms.
Latest version of the popular Windows PC optimization suite "TuneUp Utilities 2009" is now available for downloading, being one of the most comprehensive PC optimization application suite, TuneUp Utilities 2009 offers all the required tools you will ever need for Windows maintenance as an easy to use, single streamlined solution, the all new TuneUp Utilities 2009 makes use of an much improved intelligent optimization approach by analyzing individual PC configuration to tune-up the Windows system delivering the maximum performance.
We have written about methods on how to update Kaspersky products offline, one of the discussed method made use of a pretty unknown official Kaspersky updater utility, the free command-line utility is now in public beta and allows downloading of all Home and corporate Kaspersky Lab's product updates to a folder of your choice for offline update, the good thing is that the new version now supports a GUI to control the CLI Universal updater utility.
Virus's can get real nasty and make your Operating System unbootable, in such cases the user is left with only two choices either to format and re-install the operating system or to use a bootable anti-virus cleaner for removing the virus infection, obviously the second option is the preferred one, almost all major anti-virus companies provide bootable rescue disk's for removal of such stubborn virus infections, Kaspersky Rescue Disk is one of the best bootable anti-virus rescue disk out there with an fully functional option to download latest anti-virus definitions updates from internet, the free rescue disk GUI is similar to Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 allowing users to remove virus's and malware's via a familiar interface without booting into Windows.
Increasing Windows Half Open connection limit is known to boost overall internet speed specially while using Peer-2-Peer applications like BitTorrent and Skype, We have shared Windows XP SP3 TCP/IP Patcher earlier offering the most basic TCPIP.sys patching for Windows XP, today I am sharing the mother of all TCP/IP patcher's - TCP-Z, the free universal Windows TCP/IP tweaker let users monitor and patch half-open connection limit on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 computers supporting both 32 Bit (x86) and 64 Bit (X64) OS versions.
TCP-Z would be the most advanced utility of its kind offering statistics like number of established connection, half-open connection, download/upload speed and number of warnings events per-minute all in real-time, the software makes use of advanced in-memory patching of Tcpip.sys for immediate effect without restarting the computer.
Java is a versatile powerful programing language allowing users to enjoy interactive web-content, powerful multi-platform applications and much more on their computers, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) allows users to run applications and applets written in Java on their computers, being a powerful and widely used programming language Java is often a primary target for Malware authors who use vulnerabilities in JRE to spread the infection, Java advises users to always have the most updated version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) on their computers to enjoy latest feature additions, better performance and fixed security vulnerabilities, however at the same time Java updater retains older versions for backward compatibility, and if you don't want this, open-source utility JavaRa is the solution, the portable utility lets you automatically remove all the older Java Runtime Environment (JRE) versions and update to the latest with ease.
McAfee VirusScan Plus is one of the leading security software's available today, We have shared two promotions earlier for grabbing a full-functional genuine serial key for latest version of McAfee Virus Plus anti-malware security suite, here is another free coupon allowing you to enjoy one year access to McAfee® VirusScan Plus.
If your work involves screen-capture then you must have heard about the leading screencasting software SnagIT, The software is available as a shareware download and requires users to pay $49.95 for the latest v 9.1, However, under a special Christmas giveaway by Avanquest software portal you can grab a fully-functional free license key for older SnagIT 7, no doubt the latest version does include lots of new features and enhancements but version 7 does everything you would ever require to perform common screen-capture activities, you can compare the two versions here, you can also use the trick to first get the free license for SnagIT 7 and then benefit from 50% discount on the upgrade price of only $24.95 compared to $49.95.
Free mass file-mirroring service's like RapidSpread and UploadJockey are quite popular these days, but here is something which beats these services hands down - Zoom’s File & Image Uploader is a free utility which takes the pain out of creating mass file and image mirror's to more then 70 file and image hosting services including mass-mirror services like RapidSpread and UploadJockey.
The portable utility features a fully functional drag-n-drop interface with ability to use premium accounts with parallel uploading support, the only thing missing is the handy Windows context-menu integration for fast access, this should be expected in upcoming releases.