Saturday, December 31, 2011

Most Popular Games of 2011: Elder Scrolls, Battle for Wesnoth

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The Elder Scrolls, Chapter II: Daggerfall
  • Version:
  • File Size: 152.281
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft DOS
The Elder Scrolls, Chapter II: Daggerfall is the critically acclaimed sequel to The Elder Scrolls: Arena, the very first game in the famous Elder Scrolls series of PC roleplaying games. Daggerfall expands and surpasses on every aspect of Arena s gameplay, delivering you into a sprawling fantasy world teeming with villages, tombs and castles to explore.- Alex Wawro
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Battle for Wesnoth
  • Version: 1.8.6
  • File Size: 274.979
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows 7
Battle for Wesnoth is a free, tactical, turn-based game in which you command fantasy armies in a variety of scenarios. The game follows a familiar pattern: Beginning with a few units, you must acquire resources, summon troops, and accomplish pre-determined goals, such as "Kill the orc chieftain" or "Escort the caravan across the map."- PCWorld Staff
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

File Compression: WinZip Standard, Free 7-Zip

Today's Picks Free Alternative
WinZip Standard
  • Version: 16
  • File Size: 54.31
  • License: Trial
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
WinZip 16 ($30) has a powerful engine and good support for the plethora of second- and third- tier compression formats that can be found around the net. It also provides a valuable block in this year's buzzword bingo, support for cloud computing.- Ian Harac
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7-Zip (32-bit version)
  • Version: 9.20
  • File Size: 1.085
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98,Microsoft Windows ME,Microsoft Windows 2000,Microsoft Windows 98,Microsoft Windows ME,Microsoft Windows XP,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows 7
When people talk about file compression, they usually mean ZIP. But ZIP is just one format, and it isn t necessarily the best. Open-source utility 7-Zip supports ZIP, but also the much-improved 7z compression format. 7-Zip s user interface will probably not blow you away. Its impressive compression ratios, however, just might.- PCWorld Staff
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Monday, December 26, 2011

Free Avidemux Video Editor, Muvee Pixie

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Avidemux
  • Version: 2.5.5
  • File Size: 11.22
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
While for-pay video editors have just started to figure out that you don't need to re-encode a file if you've only cut some frames out, Avidemux has always been that smart. As long as you're editing a single file, or a group of files with the same characteristics, then you simply save the result. Only the navigation information, key frames, etc. are updated.- Jon L. Jacobi
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muvee Pixie
  • Version: 8.0.1.16558_2379
  • File Size: 22.324
  • License: Trial
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows 7
Muvee Pixie ($30) is little sibling to, or subset of, Muvee's full Reveal video authoring utility. Reveal's claim to fame is its ability to automatically create professional-looking movie projects using prefab styles. Pixie does the same thing, but is less expensive and somewhat limited--though not to the point that it can't be useful.- Jon L. Jacobi
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Fun for the Holiday Break: Free Christmas Eve Crisis, Star Ruler

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Christmas Eve Crisis
  • Version: 1.06
  • File Size: 12.4
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
It's Christmas Eve, and Santa's having some issues. His shiny new sleigh malfunctioned in midflight, scattering presents far and wide. Your task is to guide Santa as he searches for gifts and delivers them to the correct houses. This game is great for casual gamers and kids alike.- Kim Saccio-Kent
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Star Ruler
  • Version: 1.1.0
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  • License: Demo
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
Star Ruler is a space opera 4X (eXpand, eXplore, eXploit, eXterminate) game, featuring spectacular graphics and a number of unique innovations. It's also one of the more approachable games of this type, appealing to more of the core gamer audience than some other games in the genre.- Ian Harac
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Most searches of 2011

Most Searched Person of The Year:

  • Bieber fever turned out to be contagious this year, making Justin Bieber the most searched person on Bing in 2011.  

Justin Bieber


Top Ten Most Searched Person In 2011 vs 2010:

Rank

2011

2010

1

Justin Bieber

Kim Kardashian

2

Kim Kardashian

Sandra Bullock

3

Jennifer Aniston

Lady Gaga

4

Lindsay Lohan

Tiger Woods

5

Jennifer Lopez

Barack Obama

6

Britney Spears

Justin Bieber

7

Katy Perry

Kate Gosselin

8

Megan Fox

Jesse James

9

Lady Gaga

Jennifer Aniston

10

Miley Cyrus

Michael Jackson


Most Searched News Stories:  

  • The high profile trials of Casey Anthony (#1) and Conrad Murray (#7) were followed closely by Americans this year.
  • Of the natural disasters in the top ten list, Hurricane Irene (#1) captured the most attention, followed by Japan's earthquake and tsunami (#4) and the Joplin tornado (#6).
  • Remembrances were top-of-mind this year, including the 9/11 Ten Year Anniversary and the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake.

 

1

Casey Anthony Trial

2

Osama Bin Laden Death

3

Hurricane Irene

4

Japan Earthquake/Tsunami

5

Amy Winehouse Death

6

Joplin Tornado

7

Michael Jackson trial/Conrad Murray

8

9/11 10 Year Anniversary

9

Republican Candidates - Herman Cain, Rick Perry

10

Haiti anniversary

 

Most Searched Sports Stars:

  • Girl power! The boys got served by Maria Sharapova in sports-related queries, beating Tiger Woods by 4 percent and Brett Favre by 117 percent.
  • Women's Tennis also dominated the field with Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki all finishing among the top 5 most searched sports stars.
  • When it comes to major sports, Derek Jeter ruled the diamond, Kobe Bryant outdueled King James (Lebron) on the hardwood and a retired Brett Favre won top honors on the gridiron.

Top 5 Most searched sports stars were:

1

Maria Sharapova

2

Tiger Woods

3

Serena Williams

4

Brett Favre

5

Caroline Wozniacki

6

Kobe Bryant

7

Lebron James

8

Lamar Odom

9

Hope Solo

10

Carmelo Anthony


Most Searched Musician:

  • While Justin Bieber was the most searched musician on Bing in 2011, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears are showing that old school beats new school, bringing in more searches than Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.

The Top 10 most searched musicians were:

1

Justin Bieber

2

Katy Perry

3

Jennifer Lopez

4

Britney Spears

5

Lady Gaga

6

Selena Gomez

7

Nicki Minaj

8

Rihanna

9

Beyonce

10

Taylor Swift


Most Searched Consumer Electronics:

  • Gadgets also captured interest this year. Xbox was the most searched consumer electronics product of the year on Bing, beating out Playstation and Wii as the favorite games console of the year.
  • Interestingly enough, one of the most searched consumer electronics of the year doesn't even exist yet! Speculations about the iPhone 5 came in as the fourth most searched consumer electronic device.

The Top Ten Most Searched Consumer Electronics are:

1

Xbox

2

Kindle

3

Playstation

4

iPhone 5

5

iPad

6

Wii

7

iPad 2

8

Nook

9

Windows Phone 7

10

Macbook Pro


Most Searched TV Shows:

  • Not only is American Idol the most searched TV show, but it ranks as the most searched reality show in 2011 as well. Heading into its 11th season, American Idol had a strong hold on searches in 2011, beating second place winner, Dancing with the Stars(DWTS) by 43 percent.  

The Top Ten Most Searched TV Shows in 2011 were:

1

American Idol

2

Dancing with the Stars

3

Glee

4

Jersey Shore

5

Family Guy

6

Chelsea Handler

7

The Young and the Restless

8

True Blood

9

Audrina

10

Big Brother


Most Searched Reality TV Shows

  • American Idol of course takes top honors as it is the most searched TV show overall for 2011 followed by DWTS, which also finished second overall.
  • Moving abroad and filming in Italy kept Jersey Shore on its strong run as the show finished third overall.

Top Ten Most Searched Reality TV Shows in 2011 were:

 

1

American Idol

2

Dancing with the Stars

3

Jersey Shore

4

Audrina

5

Big Brother

6

The Bachelorette

7

The Bachelor

8

The Biggest Loser

9

Survivor

10

Deadliest Catch

 

Most Searched Reality Stars:

The Top Ten Most Searched Reality Stars in 2011 were:

1

Kim Kardashian

2

Kate Gosselin

3

Khloe Kardashian

4

Heidi Montag

5

Kourtney Kardashian

6

Kendra Wilkinson

7

Snooki (Nicole Polizzi)

8

Kristin Cavallari

9

Audrina Patridge

10

Tori Spelling


Most Searched Movies:

  • Tom Cruise and the Mission Impossible franchise are poised to make a comeback as the upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol edged Twilight: Breaking Dawn for the most searched movie in 2011.
  • Sequels reigned supreme this year, as the top 5 searched movies were all follow-ups to original stories.

The Top Ten most searched movies were:

1

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

2

Twilight: Breaking Dawn

3

The Hangover 2

4

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

5

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

6

The Help

7

The Smurfs

8

X Men: First Class

9

Just Go With It

10

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Most Searched Celebrity Event:

  • When people say a wedding is all about the bride, the rule extends to royal weddings as well! While the royal wedding was by far the most searched celebrity event of 2011, Prince William didn't even make the top 100 list, while his beaming bride, Kate Middleton, came in as the number 12 most searched person. And the female focus extended through the Middleton family, as Kate's sister and maid of honor, Pippa, ranked at number 21.

 

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  • Real royalty outranked Hollywood royalty with searches for the royal wedding outpacing searches for Kim Kardashian's wedding four to one.

Top Ten Most Searched Celebrity Events in 2011 were:

1

Royal Wedding

2

Final Harry Potter

3

Kim Kardashian Wedding

4

Beyonce's Baby Bump

5

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Dating

6

Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher Scandal

7

Kate Hudson Baby Bump

8

Lady Gaga Coming Out in the Egg

9

Lindsey Lohan Arrested

10

Russell Armstrong Suicide

 

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Vitamin D Webcam Surveillance, Free Comodo Firewall

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Vitamin D Basic Edition
  • Version: Basic
  • File Size: 25.8
  • License: Demo
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
Vitamin D can turn one or more webcams into a full-fledged video surveillance system. It's available in a free Starter edition, a $49 Basic edition (reviewed here), and a $199 Pro edition.- Erez Zukerman
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Comodo Firewall (64-bit version)
  • Version: 5.4
  • File Size: 37.466
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows 7
Comodo Firewall is an extremely effective protection tool for keeping yourself safe from Internet dangers. It blocks Trojans, hackers, and other threats--without charging you a penny.- PCWorld Staff
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Eail Add-Ons: Boomerang for Gmail, Mail Alert

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Boomerang for Gmail
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  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
Wouldn't it be great if your email client could read your mind? You know, sending messages at just the right time. Reminding you when people don't reply. And so on. Boomerang for Gmail these features and more.- Liane Cassavoy
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Mail Alert
  • Version: 2.5
  • File Size: 3.528
  • License: Trial
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP,Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
If you use Microsoft Outlook, you're probably tired of having to go to its sprawling program window to check for email. Wouldn't life be easier if you had an assistant telling you every time you've got a new message? That's exactly what Mail Alert ($7) does.- Preston Gralla
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

ASP.NET AJAX - Update Panel Timeout


ASP.NET AJAX - Update Panel Timeout

When using the asp:UpdatePanel server control for asyncronous communication with the web server the default timeout is 90 seconds. For some processes this may not be long enough.

It turns out that this is a page-level setting. The asp:ScriptManager server control has a property named AsyncPostBackTimeout. Set this value to the number of seconds you need to resonably run the process in question and you'll be fine.

<asp:scriptmanager id="scriptManager1" runat="server" enablepartialrendering="true" asyncpostbacktimeout="1000"></asp:ScriptManager>

AsyncPostBackTimeout = time in seconds 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Free Programmers' Editors: jEdit, TinyEdit

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jEdit
  • Version: 4.4.2
  • File Size: 2.88
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
Whether you're a coder, a Web developer, a system admin or just about any other kind of techie, chances are you will find yourself editing a piece of code, a page of markup or a configuration file sometime today. If you're not perfectly content with your current text editor, jEdit might be worth considering.- Erez Zukerman
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TinyEdit
  • Version: 2008.10
  • File Size: 0.594
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows 7
Weighing in at just under 600K, TinyEdit is a perfect fit for a flash drive or a cheap netbook. Combined with its syntax-highlighting features and tabbed interface, it's the perfect text editing program to go on any sysadmin's digital, or actual, Swiss army knife.- Ian Harac
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Free WriteMonkey Word Processor, Foxit Phantom PDF Maker

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WriteMonkey
  • Version: 2.300
  • File Size: 2.47
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
WriteMonkey is all about eliminating distractions and focusing on the task of writing. It's extremely lightweight, and feels very fast. While the editor is meant to run in full-screen mode, hitting Escape makes it switch to windowed mode, where you can use it alongside your other applications.- Erez Zukerman
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Foxit Phantom PDF Business
  • Version: 5.0
  • File Size: 13.07
  • License: Trial
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
FoxIt's PhantomPDF 5.0 Business ($149) costs a third of what Adobe Acrobat X does, and it can handle most everyday PDF editing tasks. It's is a lean, fast application that will work efficiently on older, slower computers in your office.- Alan Stafford
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Free Winter Wallpaper, Fun Black Jack Font for Invites

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Winter Wallpaper II
  • Version:
  • File Size: 5.97
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows XP
In Winter Wallpaper II landscape photographer Sven Müller gives us a somehow personal view of a quiet stream in a snow-shrouded forest--the perfect desktop wallpaper for the holiday season. It's lovely to look at, yet not overly busy and distracting.- Kim Saccio-Kent
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Black Jack
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  • File Size: 0.043
  • License: Free
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0,Microsoft Windows 2000,Microsoft Windows 98,Microsoft Windows ME,Microsoft Windows 98,Microsoft Windows ME,Microsoft Windows XP,Microsoft Windows Vista,Microsoft Windows Server 2003,Microsoft Windows Server 2008,Microsoft Windows 7
The season of party after party is fast approaching. We recommend branding your events like a Madison Avenue mogul with Black Jack. We predict your guests will toast you with more than a little envy. 'Tis the perfect season to turn on the suave and achieve the perfect pitch.- PCWorld Staff
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