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Bookmark This! January 26, 2009 posted by

Deluge P2P client – new nice looking open source cross platform BitTorrent client

Deluge is a new open source cross platform BitTorrent client which sports the kind of nice clean user interface that you can take home to your mother. It’s not particularly lean, but it supports plugins for extra functionality and the fact it works on Mac, Linux and Windows is a definite plus. The install is a breeze and in use it’s easy to navigate and fast, which makes it a worthy contender. Definitely worth a look.  Deluge is a full-featured…


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Free Software January 23, 2009 posted by

Date Reminder – small freeware program reminds you of recurring dates

Date Reminder is a tiny freeware program which pops up an alert from the Task Bar when a date comes up you should remember. You can set it for birthdays, appointments, your bath month, anything you like really. Useful tool.  Date Reminder reminds you of recurring or nonrecurring events, like birthdays, bills to pay, appointments etc… The program can be run from the Startup folder with an option to show only, if there are any alerts for this day. If…


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Bookmark This! January 22, 2009 posted by

Handwriting Calculator – calculate handwritten formulae on your phone or PC

Nokia has come out with a freeware Handwriting Calculator which lets jolly mathematical types conduct handwritten calculations on their Symbian phone, Maemo tablet or Windows PC. It seems to work fine, although my ability to craft meaningful maths formulae stops with E=MCcubed or something. One for you nerdy numeros. Video.  Handwriting Calculator is a showcase of Nokia’s new handwriting recognition technology. It allows you to calculate handwritten math expressions with a touch-screen Nokia device (and with a Windows PC). Tags: freeware,…


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cool tech January 21, 2009 posted by

ProgDVB – freeware television software with recording

I was hunting around feverishly for a decent online television channel to use for the inauguration yesterday (Joost stuttered like crazy over here, and the BBC talk way too much) and I stumbled across ProgDVB. It’s a freeware TV watching program which gives you a huge set of global radio and TV channels to choose from, as well as cool PVR timeshift recording and a general recording feature for terrestrial and satellite broadcasts. I couldn’t record Internet TV for some reason (although the…


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Bookmark This! January 20, 2009 posted by

Drawing for Children – free art program for tiny Titians

Drawing For Children is a free drawing program for kids. It’s super simple easy to use for very young kids with most of the work being done by simple drag and drop clipart, icons or patterns. Super duper fun.  Drawing for Childen is a free drawing program for children with many nice options. You can draw with many different pens, you can put stamps on your drawings, create all sort of text effects, and much more. The program is suitable…


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Bookmark This! January 19, 2009 posted by

Sitelauncher – Firefox add-in makes it simple to access your fave sites

SiteLauncher is a Firefox plugin which gives instant keystroke access to your favourite websites. Once installed you can navigate instantly to the site by pressing a custom defined keystrokes (e.g. alt-shift-a for Amazon). You know what, it’s pretty cool. And rather useful. The big thing with all these helpers is to remember they’re there of course. I think I’m going to use this…  A Firefox add-on that gives a highly convenient and clutter-free method to quickly open websites that you…


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Bookmark This! January 16, 2009 posted by

FreeLanguageTranslator – because we all just need to get along

Here’s the deal. You can never ever have too many free language translation programs on your computer. It’s a fact. This particular version, The FreeLanguageTranslator, offers a basic but easy to use front end interface to Google translate. Cut and paste your text into the box, select from the large list of Google listed languages (or use Auto-Detect) and press Translate. You can set up custom dictionaries and there’s a translation accuracy bar along the bottom of the results to…


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Awesome January 15, 2009 posted by

Boxee – the world’s best media manager. Period

I’ve been Alpha testing the new free open source Boxee for Windows media manager and the more I play with it, the more impressed I get. At first glance it’s just another media center software clone, kinda like MythTV, Tvoon and Front Row (here’s an excellent list of media center software) but dig a little deeper and some awesome features start to jump out at you. The first thing to note is the 10 foot interface. Sure most of the better media manager programs…


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Bookmark This! January 14, 2009 posted by

105 Free Calendar Templates from Microsoft – get your dates right and prosper

105 Free Calendar Templates. Microsoft has gathered all its Office calendar templates into one place. They’re free to download and use (‘for genuine Microsoft users’) and are available for the full range of MS products from Word to Publisher. You’ll need to be using Internet Explorer of course, this being Microsoft, and go through that naff anti-piracy validation. But if you’re in the market for a free calendar for your desk, pocket or wall, this is as good a place…


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Free Software January 13, 2009 posted by

Dia – freeware Visio clone is a diagram queen

Dia is a free Open Source diagram maker which aims to provide the kind of flow and org chart loveliness that’s missing from your life. It was ‘roughly inspired’ by Visio (a darn fine product!) which makes for a good start. The latest version imports from Visio files and exports to just about any format you’ll need. Definitely worth a look.  Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program ‘Visio’, though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can…


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Awesome January 12, 2009 posted by

Crayon Physics Deluxe – the game is out…get it NOW!

The mega-fantabulous-super-funskadelic computer game Crayon Physics Deluxe is finally out. It’s a full commercial version at $19.95, but I’ve included it here under the freeware tag because there’s a free demo which is full featured and promises to deliver oodles of enjoyment while you’re scraping up the necessary credit-crunch cash to buy the complete thing. So please don’t dawdle, get your hand on that mouse, click that button and just enjoy enjoy enjoy! PC only at the moment though.  Crayon Physics Deluxe…


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Free Software January 9, 2009 posted by

KD Player – free Java MP3 player for your mobile phone

KD Player is a free Java based MP3 player for your mobile phone. It comes in a variety of screen resolutions, supports multiple skins and offers coolness that a lot of standard MP3 players on phones don’t (e.g. album art support). And it should work on most handsets, not just fancy smartphones. Worth a look. Tags: freeware, KD+Player, MP3, mobile+phone, java


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diy January 8, 2009 posted by

GridOMatic – print your own graph paper

GridOMatic is a freeware program for creating and printing out your own graph paper. Lovely little utility, free for personal use (although the developer asks for contributions and contact for commercial purposes).  The only purpose of this little tool is to print graph paper, either as millimetric (with 10th divisions) or imperial (with 8th divisions). A laser or inkjet printer is capable of printing paper of a very high quality, and as a bonus you can adjust the scale, to…


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Free Software January 6, 2009 posted by

Install-it – simple instant free CD installer utility

Install-It is a tiny freeware utility which does one thing. Burn this prog to the root folder of a CD, add some other program files and when you insert the CD into a PC it will automagically display a list of the programs ready to install.  It’s perfect for creating basic but easy to understand disks for friends and family who need to install programs, drivers or other bits and pieces when you’re not around. In other words, think of it as…


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Free Software January 5, 2009 posted by

Vista Codec Package – enhance your multimedia donkey of an operating system here

The Vista Codec Package is a standalone freeware add-on to Windows Vista which installs the codecs you need to run most popular media on the net and beyond. Sounds like a win.  With this package installed you will be able to use any media player, limited only by the players’ capabilities, to play all movies and video clips. Streaming video is supported in several formats in all popular web browsers. Users of VCP have the ability to choose what is installed and…


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