Thursday, July 28, 2011

Be Productive and Mobile!

The ScanSnap designed to go wherever you go
This featherweight champion packs quite a punch. The ScanSnap S1100 is our most mobile ScanSnap ever. Its weight makes it feel almost non-existent in a carry-on, and its dimensions let it fit practically anywhere. Scan all the paperwork you encounter from full-size documents to business cards and receipts and quickly get them out of the way and off your mind.

See everything the ScanSnap S1100 has to offer, 
visit http://us.fujitsu.com/scansnap/

 


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Free Power Scheme Toggler, Hotkey Maker

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Power Scheme Toggler
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • File Size: 259
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
Power Scheme Toggler lets you change your computer's power usage profile with a click of the mouse. Setting it up is almost as fast as using it: Choose two power schemes that you'd like to switch between, create a toggle shortcut, and click Save.- Liane Cassavoy
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WinHotKey
  • Version: 0.70
  • File Size: 826
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista
WinHotKey is a great first step toward the world of one-button automation, because it builds a ton of customizations into a program that's pretty simple to use. By default, WinHotKey loads when Windows starts up, so your customized hotkeys will be part of your operating system from then on.- David Murphy
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Make Waiting Fun: Free Nyan Cat Progress Bar, Elevator Music

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Nyan Cat Progress Bar
  • Version: 2.1.1.1
  • File Size: 663
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 7
The little app created by Ben Stone is appropriately known as the Nyan Cat Progress Bar. The program makes light of waiting times and sees the lovable Pop-Tart cat dance along your desktop each and every time you transfer a file. - Chris Brandrick
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Instant Elevator Music
  • Version: 2.1
  • File Size: 2042
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
Whether you're copying, downloading, or opening them, big files mean long waits. Soothe your irritated nerves with Ben Stone's Instant Elevator Music. This small free/donationware program plays a pleasant tune in a loop while your PC does its thing. - Laura Blackwell
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

3 Ways to Handle a Hostile Interviewer

3 Ways to Handle a Hostile Interviewer
We've all been in interviews when it seems like all the interviewer wants to do is trip you up. How can you diffuse such an uncomfortable situation? Check out these three interview techniques you can use to take control!
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Draw/Paint Programs: Corel Painter, SmartDraw VP

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Corel Painter
  • Version: 12
  • File Size: 304461
  • License: Trial
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
All in all, Painter 12 ($429) is one of the most inspiring and striking applications I've come across in recent memory. Plain and simple: It rocks. If you've ever wanted to draw with "natural" media using your computer, Corel Painter will blow you away. - Erez Zukerman
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SmartDraw VP
  • Version: 19.1.3.1
  • File Size: 529
  • License: Shareware
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
Billed as the world's first "visual processor," SmartDraw VP ($297) works like a word processor, but churns out graphics rather than words. The free trial lasts seven days. After downloading the trial, SmartDraw currently gives you a $100 discount coupon to apply to the cost of purchasing the full version. - Clare Brandt
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Free Security Add-Ons: TrackMeNot, WebFilter

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TrackMeNot
  • Version: 0.6.727
  • File Size: 96
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
The TrackMeNot Firefox add-on takes a unique approach to protecting your privacy from search engines that can create profiles of you. Rather than hiding your searches, it inundates search engines with a blizzard of background searches from you, so that no practical profile can be built. - Preston Gralla
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WebFilter
  • Version: 0.16.3
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  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
WebFilter is a free Chrome extension that blocks objectionable or dangerous sites. It's a generally useful tool, although it is somewhat marred by its surprising inability to block at least one very obvious problematic site. - Preston Gralla
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Turn Windows Features On or Off

Would You Like to Play a Game?

No? Well, then let me show you how to delete the pre-installed games that come with Windows Vista, then! I can't think of any reason why one would want to get rid of stuff like Solitaire, Free Cell and Minesweeper, but then again I never play them, so there might be others out there that feel the same.

Here's the tip:

Go to Start>Control Panel and double-click "Programs and Features".

Off to the left you'll see an option to "Turn Windows Features On or Off". Click on it, and a window that looks like this will appear.



Simply expand the "Games" tree, and un-check the ones you don't want anymore. You can always come back and re-install them later via this method, although you may need your Windows Vista install disk.

Gameless! What a shame!

~Andrew


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Back Up Your Movies: DVDFab Blu-ray Copy, HandBrake

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DVDFab Blu-ray Copy
  • Version: 8.0.9.2
  • File Size: 18036
  • License: Demo
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
It's a gray area--the right to back up your media, and breaking the copy protection to do so. The latter, which is what DVDFab's Blu-ray Copy ($60) does to make copies, is technically illegal according to the DMCA. However, break and copy is what this program does, and does fairly well. - Jon L. Jacobi
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HandBrake
  • Version: 0.9.5
  • File Size: 5876
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
It happens to all of us. You have a DVD that you really like--even paid good money to get--but the format restricts the ways you can use it. If you want to turn it into a friendly format so that you can store it on your hard disk, make a backup to disc, or play on a mobile device, you'll want HandBrake. - Preston Gralla
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Google Plus vs Facebook – An Overview

Google has again entered into the social networking game with new strategies. Google's new social networking platform Google plus has been released as an "Invite only" release and this is a popular marketing technique nowadays to intensify the users' urge to join while doing the beta testing with a limited number of users. I got an invite and explored it for a while and all I can say is Google+ is really cool. However, at this stage it's very hard to predict if the Google plus vs Facebook competition will make sense. Because, social networking is a market that closely works on peoples' psychology giving them a virtual world with an environment that they want. Google already has its social network Orkut, which has almost been ignored by many and it does not have any potential to grow. It's still bit popular in India and a few other countries and it speaks all about it. Forget Orkut, even google has forgotten it now.

Facebook is the most successful social network in the internet history, unlike the other social networks facebook's growth is solid and it keeps the platform changing frequently so as to give the people something new and keeping them busy with them so that they will not feel bored and think of going outside facebook (not for all but for the majority it works). Moreover facebook started challenging the other Internet giants who are/were not at all into the social networking business. Though google is still the largest Internet company, it has been affected a lot by the growth of facebook. How? Because google's main income is coming from advertising (Google Ads) and after facebook started its advertising game (Facebook Ads) the advertisers have got another choice and the growth of facebook grabbed some advertising areas from google since the social network allows some kind of unique demographic targeting that a search engine or content network can't provide. Still Google is bigger than facebook and the advertising market google has is much larger than Facebook but things can change in future.

Why google wants to get into the social networking business?

Search engines can't expand their user-base in a bigger way like social networking platforms.  If a person wants to search something on the Internet he will use google – that's all (forget other search engines since they are too small compared to google). But the social network, on the other hand has a highly expanding user-base. Social networks drag the people into the virtual world and do the necessary things to keep them inside that virtual world for a long possible time while making them drag some other people too into this virtual world. The more a user spends his time on facebook the greater the money facebook makes. Today facebook has set many new standards to social networking and now facebook's standards have become as the current definitions of social networking. Thus, google can not go away from the current social networking standards and eventually the Google+ looks like a facebook clone. However, one of the nature of the business world is "Copying from other successful businesses". Facebook copied some core concepts of twitter too in their later releases and those features helped facebook to expand its boundaries even more. Due to these issues I don't see the copying some features of facebook and any other social networks is not going to make google looks bad. It is just business and as a user what I only want is a social networking platform that gives me the environment I want.

The best way to describe an unknown is comparing it with a well known, let me compare Google+ and Facebook!

Google plus vs Facebook – My thoughts :

The pluses of Google+ over Facebook

  1. Google+ provides better privacy and well layered grouping – Circles
  2. Google+ does not have annoying applications like facebook (may be yet)
  3. Google+ combines facebook and twitter together when the main features are concerned
  4. Google+ is simple and sweet – May be just because it is new
  5. Google+ uses the google chat for chatting. It is much better than facebook chat

The minuses of Google+ over Facebook

  1. Google+ lacks some features that facebook has (Since it's new and beta)

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Top-Notch Photo Tools: $15 Ashampoo, Free FastStone

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Ashampoo Photo Optimizer
  • Version: 4.0.1
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  • License: Trial
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
Photo Optimizer ($15) is a remarkably easy-to-use image editor and photo organizer. We expect that photo editing novices will be up and running--and having fun with their photos--within moments of first opening the program. However, users with more experience may find the program too simplistic. - Sally Wiener Grotta & Daniel Grotta
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FastStone Image Viewer
  • Version: 4.0
  • File Size: 4619
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
FastStone Image Viewer displays pictures lightning-fast and lets you browse through them all in Windows Explorer-style fashion. But it does much more than that. You can crop, rotate, and resize pictures, as well as send them via e-mail and convert between file formats. - Preston Gralla
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Free Recovery Tools: BootMed, Recuva

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BootMed (32-bit version)
  • Version: Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)
  • File Size: 681461
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 2000,Windows 9.x,Windows Me,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
BootMed is an Ubuntu-based boot disc tailored designed to recover failed or malware-infected Windows PC installations. It also helps less tech-savvy users through the process. It's a large download, but worth it. - Jon L. Jacobi
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Recuva
  • Version: 1.40.525
  • File Size: 2395
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows Server 2003,Windows Server 2008,Windows 7
Chances are that if you've accidentally erased a file, or something malicious like a worm or virus has done it for you, Recuva will find it. It's a great little undelete program. - Jon L. Jacobi
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Free Geeky Wallpapers - Circuit Periodic Table

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Circuit
  • Version:
  • File Size: 1207
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
If you want a simple desktop background that shows off your geek cred and impeccable sense of style, then load up Circuit. This wallpaper puts a simplified artist's rendition of a computer circuit board on your Windows desktop. It's a clever idea, and well executed. - Kim Saccio-Kent
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Periodic
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  • File Size: 17
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
Are you a science geek, and proud of it? Display your true colors with Periodic. This wallpaper puts the periodic table on your desktop, in soothing colors on a white background. It's simple and unfussy. - Kim Saccio-Kent
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