Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Top Headlines in Computer Software


Computer Software
 
 
Sean Parker On Why Myspace Lost To Facebook - techcrunch.com
 
With reports of social network Myspace about to sell for ~$30 million, the tech world eagerly awaits the HBS study for why the service, which was bought in 2006 by Newscorp for $580 million and was at some point valued at $1.5 billion...
 
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Google unveils new Facebook rival - bbc.co.uk
 
Online search giant Google launches a new social networking website in its latest attempt to take on Facebook, which now claims more than 500m users.
 
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Google unveils Swiffy: turns high maintenance Flash animations into HTML5 - engadget.com
 
Still hanging on to those sweet site loaders hoping they'd be of use again someday? Perhaps the time has come -- for some ads and animations, that is.
 
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Angry Birds Now Available for Windows Phone - mashable.com
 
Owners of Windows Phone 7 devices, rejoice: the time to crush those dastardly pigs with angry, feathered projectiles is nigh!
 
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5 Cool Tricks to Get More Out of LinkedIn - bnet.com
 
Little known ways to use the social network to do more for your business or career.
 
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Free PDF Tools - Nitro PDF Reader and CutePDF Writer

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Nitro PDF Reader (64-bit version)
  • Version: 2.1.1009
  • File Size: 29050
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows Vista,Windows 7
The new version 2 of the PDF viewer/creator/editor whose interface mimics Microsoft Office's to a great extent (2007 and now 2010--a good thing in my book), is now noticeably faster both opening and saving PDFs. This is no mean feat, as it was very fast before. Its new browser integration is nice as well. - Jon L. Jacobi
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CutePDF Writer
  • Version: 2.8
  • File Size: 3967
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 98,Windows 2000,Windows Me,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows Server 2003,Windows 7
CutePDF Writer is not an application in the normal sense. You don t invoke it directly; It installs as a printer driver, interfacing with one of the free postscript to PDF drivers (PS2PDF) that are available to enable you to create PDF files without buying Adobe Acrobat. - Jon L. Jacobi
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Free PC Benchmarking Tools - 3DMark and PCMark

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3DMark Basic
  • Version: 11 v1.02
  • File Size: 287125
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows Vista,Windows 7
As a free tool that can gauge the worthiness of your graphics card, 3DMark Basic does the job and takes little time or effort to run--and it might point out, as it did for me, an easily correctable oversight that was hindering performance. - Ian Harac
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PCMark Basic
  • Version: 7
  • File Size: 313500
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 7
PCMark 7 Basic is a free benchmarking tool intended for systems running Windows 7. It tests many aspects of performance, including video, Web speed, and disk access, and turns the results into a "score" that you can show to all your friends or use to justify the purchase of a new computer. - Ian Harac
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Free Windows Tools - Shutdown Timer and TimeComX Basic

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Shutdown Timer
  • Version: 3.1.0
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  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
Shutdown Timer's name belies its versatility. The application waits for any of a number of trigger conditions, and will execute an operation once it occurs. It can indeed shut down your computer, but it can also lock it, run a script or program you choose, or even wake it from sleep. - Erez Zukerman
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TimeComX Basic
  • Version: 1.3.0.5
  • File Size: 3473
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
TimeComX Basic may not be the most stylish automation solution (that title belongs to Shutdown Timer), but it is simple enough for most computer users: Despite providing powerful events and tasks, it manages to keep the interface sane by only letting you define one event and one condition at a time. - Erez Zukerman
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Most Popular Free Fonts - Champignon and Tattoo Lettering

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Champignon
  • Version:
  • File Size: 53
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows NT,Macintosh,Windows 2000,Windows 9.x,Windows Me,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows Server 2003,Windows Server 2008,Windows 7
I've been on the hunt for a graphic Cyrano de Bergerac; a font made to whisper poetry while I bashfully stand off to the side. Prospects were looking grim until Canadian Typographer Claude Pelletier showed up with Champignon and its flirty brother, Champignon Swash. The italic duo seems destined for romancing. - Kate Godfrey
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Tattoo Lettering
  • Version:
  • File Size: 91
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows NT,Macintosh,Windows 2000,Windows 9.x,Windows Me,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows Server 2003,Windows Server 2008,Windows 7
Why should medieval monks take all the credit for the art of illumination? Let's fast forward to the hipsters of today, sporting full-on body narrative. This painstaking style of illumination calls for a font to match. We found it in the appropriately named Tattoo Lettering, an intriguing font set by Canadian designer Daniel Gauthier. - Kate Godfrey
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Most Popular Free Hard Disk Tools - EASEUS and Eraser


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EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition
  • Version: 8.0.1
  • File Size: 8643
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
When the basic Windows partition management functions won't cut it, download Easeus Partition Manager Home Edition and save yourself the $40 or so you'd spend on a paid program. EPMHE is an excellent tool for an older home PC. - Jon L. Jacobi
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Eraser
  • Version: 6.0.8.2273
  • File Size: 8968
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows Server 2003,Windows 7
If you want to make sure your data is gone for good, use Eraser, a free file deletion utility that uses DoD-grade algorithms to repeatedly overwrite your deleted data until it's practically unrecoverable. - Robert Strohmeyer
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6 Useful Windows Tricks

6 useful Windows tricks

You know that feeling you get when your friends or family see you do something on your computer that they've never seen before? If you've had this experience, you know that "world's coolest power-user" feeling. But if you haven't, start here. Knowledge is power!
Read these six tips for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP that will keep you schoolin' your friends and family.

1. Don't just maximize your windows—go full screen

When you need a really big window for viewing photos and videos, don't just maximize it: go full screen! This tip works great for viewing photos and videos at maximum size in Windows Explorer or Windows Media Player, utilizing screen space usually occupied by the header at the top of the screen and the taskbar at the bottom. Here's how:
Open any photo in Windows Explorer, or open a photo or video clip in Windows Media Player. Do one of the following:
  • In Windows 7 and Windows XP, click the F11 key at the top of your keyboard.
The photo or video image enlarges to its maximum size and the title bar and taskbar are hidden.
Viewing a photo in Windows Explorer standard view
Viewing a photo in Windows Explorer standard view
To undue full-screen mode and restore the window to its normal view, press the Esc(Escape) key at the top of your keyboard

2. Customize the Navigation pane

You can use the navigation pane (the left pane) to find files and folders and display links to frequently used folders and other items. You can also move or copy items to a destination in the navigation pane.
If you don't see the navigation pane on the left side of an open folder window, clickOrganize, point to Layout, and then click Navigation pane to display it.

To customize the navigation pane in Windows 7

  1. In an open folder or library window, click Organize, and then click Folder and search options.
  2. In the Folder Options dialog box, click the General tab, and then do one or both of the following:
    • To show all the folders on your computer in the navigation pane, including your personal folder, select the Show all folders check box, click Apply to see the change, and then click OK.
    • To automatically expand the navigation pane to the folder that's selected in the folder window, select the Automatically expand to current foldercheck box, and then click OK.
Customizing the navigation pane in Windows 7
Customizing the navigation pane in Windows 7

More ways to customize your favorites in Windows 7

  • To add a folder, a saved search, a library, or even a drive as a favorite, drag it to theFavorites section in the navigation pane. Note: You can't add individual file to Favorites, but you can add them to any folder in Favorites.
  • To change the order of favorites, drag a favorite to a new position in the list.
  • To restore the default favorites in the navigation pane, right-click Favorites, and then click Restore Favorite Links.
  • To view the folder where your favorites are stored, click Favorites in the navigation pane. Favorites are stored as shortcuts.
  • To remove a favorite, right-click the favorite, and then click Remove. This removes the favorite from the navigation pane—it doesn't delete the files or folders that the shortcut points to.
The Favorites area of the navigation pane in Windows 7
The Favorites area of the navigation pane in Windows 7

Add folders and files in Windows Vista

In Windows Vista, you can add folders to Favorite Links in the navigation pane so that you can open them from any folder window at any time. To do this, first open the folder that contains the subfolder you want to add. Then simply drag its icon from the original folder to where you want it in the navigation pane. You can also clickFolders at the bottom of the pane and drag a folder from the folder list up into the Favorite Links section of the pane. Note: You can't add individual files to Favorite Links, but you can add them to any folder in Favorite Links.
Pictures folder in Windows
Pictures folder in Windows

3. Pin a program or items to the Windows 7 taskbar

You know what would make a great taskbar? One where you could pin your favorite applications or files so that you could open them quickly from any window at any time. Guess what? You can.
In Windows 7, you can also pin shortcuts for favorite or frequently used files, folders, and websites to the Jump Lists for each of those programs to the taskbar. Learn more about Jump Lists.
Pin a program to the taskbar
To pin a program shortcut to the taskbar, do one of the following:
  • If the program is already running, right-click the program's button on the taskbar (or drag the button toward the desktop) to open the program's Jump List, and then click Pin this program to taskbar.
  • Or if the program isn't running, click Start, find the program's icon, right-click the icon, and then click Pin to Taskbar.
  • You can also pin a program by dragging the program's shortcut from the desktop or Start menu to the taskbar.
Pinning a program to the taskbar
Pinning a program to the taskbar

Using Jump Lists in Windows 7


4. Customize the Quick Launch Bar in Windows XP

In Windows XP, the customizable Quick Launch Bar also gives you convenient shortcuts to your favorite programs, folders, and files. The Quick Launch Bar remains accessible from most windows, so it's a handy way to open the applications and files you use frequently.
If the Quick Launch Bar isn't already visible to the right of the Start button Start button, you'll need to turn it on. To do that, right-click an open area of the taskbar. Hover your mouse pointer over Toolbars, then click Quick Launch. The Quick Launch Bar appears on your taskbar.
The Quick Launch Bar on the Windows XP taskbar
The Quick Launch Bar on the Windows XP taskbar
To add a program shortcut to the Quick Launch Bar, click the Start buttonStart button, click All Programs, then click and drag the application you want to the Quick Launch Bar. Release the mouse button and the application's icon appears in the Quick Launch Bar.
To add a folder or file shortcut to the Quick Launch Bar, open Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder, subfolder, or individual file you want, click and drag the folder or file you want to the Quick Launch Bar. Release the mouse button and the icon for the folder or file appears in the Quick Launch Bar.
To remove a shortcut from the Quick Launch Bar, right-click on the icon in the Quick Launch Bar of the application, folder, or file you want to remove and right-click it, click Delete, and then click Yes when asked if you're sure you want to delete the shortcut. Note: Although the shortcut is removed from the Quick Launch Bar, the actual application, folder, or file has not been deleted from your computer.

5. Arrange windows on your desktop

In Windows, you can arrange windows side by side, which can be especially helpful when comparing two documents or when moving files from one place to another.Note: If you're using a nonstandard setup (such as dual monitors), the tricks below may not work as expected.

Windows 7

  1. Drag the title bar of a window to the left or right side of the screen until an outline of the expanded window appears.
  2. Release the mouse to expand the window.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with another window to arrange the windows side by side.
To return a window to its original size click the Maximize button in the window's title bar and the window expands to full size.
The Maximize button
The Maximize button
Learn more about managing multiple windows in Windows 7.
Tip: To snap an active window to the side of the desktop by using the keyboard, press Windows logo key Windows logo key +Left Arrow or Windows logo key Windows logo key +Right Arrow.
Viewing windows side by side in Windows
Viewing windows side by side in Windows

Windows Vista and Windows XP

In Windows Vista and Windows XP, it's easy to display any two (or more) windows side by side on the desktop, all equally sized. Press and hold the Ctrl key and click two or more of the window buttons on the taskbar that you want to open. Release the Ctrl key, right-click, and then do one of the following:
  • Windows Vista users, click Show Windows Side by Side.
Windows Vista, Show Windows Side by Side command.
Windows Vista, Show Windows Side by Side command.
Windows XP, Tile Vertically command.
Windows XP, Tile Vertically command.

6. Organize your files into groups

Windows offers a variety of options for organizing folders and files in the ways that work best for you.

Windows 7

The easiest and most effective way to organize your stuff in Windows 7 is to use file arrangements in your libraries.
You can arrange files in the Documents library by author, for example, or you can arrange the Music library by artist if you're looking for an album or song by a particular band.
To arrange a library
  1. In the taskbar, click the Windows Explorer button Windows Explorer button.
  2. In the navigation pane (the left pane), click a library (such as Music).
  3. In the library pane (above the file list), click the Arrange by menu, and then choose a property. For example, in the Music library, you can choose Artist to quickly arrange your music collection by artist.
    The 'Arrange by' menu
    The "Arrange by" menu
  4. When you arrange your files, Windows doesn't just put your files in a different order. Instead, they are presented in a completely different way. The arrangements work differently depending on which one you choose. For example, arranging your pictures by month puts your pictures into stacks, like this:
    Files arranged in 'stacks'
    Files arranged in "stacks"
    Arranging by day puts them into groups, like this:
    Files arranged in 'groups'
    Files arranged in "groups"
    There are four default libraries in Windows 7, each with its own specific arrangements. You can also create new libraries and choose which arrangements are available for them.
    For more information about libraries, see Working with libraries.

Windows Vista

Open a folder that contains several different subfolders and file types. Right-click any empty space on the window's contents pane, point to Group By, and then click your grouping choice.
Windows Vista Group by command.
Windows Vista Group by command.

Windows XP

Open a folder that contains several different subfolders and file types. Right-click any empty space on the window's contents pane, point to Arrange Icons By, and then click Show in Groups. To arrange the window's contents, right-click again in any empty space on the window's contents pane, point to Arrange Icons By, and clickNameSizeType, or Modified (the choices may vary depending on the contents).
Windows XP Arrange icons by command.
Windows XP Arrange icons by command.
Some of these tips are from the book, Windows XP Killer Tips by Kleber Stephenson, ISBN 073571357X. Published here with the permission of Pearson Education, Inc.


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