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Free Software February 23, 2007 posted by

Convert your Windows XP to Windows Vista – dangerous liaisons

Feeling brave and yet too cheap to splash out more money to Microsoft? Then download the free Vista Transformation Pack and transform your boring old Windows XP interface into a shiny new Windows Vista look-alike. Why brave? Because this skinning stuff has a tendency to dig itself deep into the guts of your PC, which can make it tricky to uninstall if it doesn’t work properly. In other words, don’t do this unless you’re prepared to re-format your machine and start again…

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Free Software February 22, 2007 posted by

Devicescape – quick and easy auto-connect to hotspots

Devicescape. Sign up, download the software and it will automatically sign you in to your WiFi service of choice as you roam. The program runs on Windows PCs, Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphones and a couple of other WiFi devices, but it will need many more VoIP and WiFi enabled devices on the list to make this really useful. One to watch though, because anything that makes it easier to connect to hotspots gets a thumbs up from us. No more…

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Free Software February 19, 2007 posted by

SlimTimer – log your task timings super easily

SlimTimer. Rather slick browser app lets you log and report on the time you spend on your tasks. Think of it as a super easy timesheet application. Embed it into your browser and every time you start a new task you can start a new clock and keep adding to it each time you do a bit more of the task. Use it with Bubbles and you can minimize the timer to the task bar which is even cooler. Nice.   * Making time tracking…

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Free Software February 16, 2007 posted by

Cool Firefox extensions – Split Browser and S3Fox Organizer

A couple of cool Firefox extensions that I’ve stumbled across. Split Browser. Great little utility lets you split your browser or tab window as many times as you like, vertically or horizontally. Lovely. S3Fox Organizer. This extension makes it a snap to manage your Amazon S3 storage areas. Excellent tool. Tags: firefox+extension, split+browser, amazon+s3

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Free Software February 15, 2007 posted by

Songbird and Democracy – Open Source starts to flower

If anyone needs proof that the Open Source movement is becoming a seriously important factor in the world of software, they only have to look as far as the two newest arrivals on the scene. Songbird and Democracy are two media players – music and video respectively – which have the potential to blow the bloated, DRM enslaved commercial alternatives out of the water. Make no mistake, this stuff is not just good because it’s free, it’s good because it’s well coded,…

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Bookmark This! February 8, 2007 posted by

Smart2Go – free navigation system for 150 countries

Wow, Nokia has just released a free GPS navigation and map system which provides free routing for 150 countries on a plethora – say it again, plethora – of devices, ranging from mobile phones to handheld computers. You download the Smart2Go application first and then select and download the maps you want separately. It’s not a cut down offer either, these are full blown street level maps with 15 million points of interest included overall. It’s an amazing announcement, if only because it will open…

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Bookmark This! February 5, 2007 posted by

Sample Swap – free audio samples for download

Sample Swap. Free ‘professional quality’ audio samples for downloading. Over 7000 samples available and there’s a nice Flash audition feature too.  Are these sounds royalty-free? Can I use them in a commercial arrangement? In two words: Not necessarily. Our policy is to require that members only upload original sounds that they are giving up into the public domain, but there’s no way for us to be sure that 100% of the sounds on this site are free and clear from any…

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Free Software January 30, 2007 posted by

Kish Kish – Skype lie detector upgraded

They’ve gone and upgraded the Kish Kish Lie Detector for Skype. It’s now got a fancy needle and a dial just like a proper lie detector. Golly. I’m sure I don’t need to warn you against relying on this piece of software in any serious or meaningful way, do I?  Then, every time you call or receive a Skype call the KishKish Lie Detector will come to the front. The first 10 seconds are used to calibrate the system to…

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Free Software January 30, 2007 posted by

Omziff – encryption for free

Omziff. Small freeware encryption program. Secure your passwords, shred files and otherwise mess with stuff. Designed to be USB flash drive friendly to give it that portable touch.  Omziff is a straightforward encryption utility that uses various cryptographic algorithms to encrypt and decrypt textual files. These algorithms include: Blowfish, Cast128, Gost, IDEA, Misty1, AES/Rijndael, and Twofish….Omziff also generates random passwords, splits files, and does secure file deletion according to DOD Standards. It is freeware, comes in a standalone executable file with no…

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Free Software January 26, 2007 posted by

Advanced Windows Care – free fixer

Advanced WindowsCare Personal is billed as the ‘most essential and practical’ Windows fix utility. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, so can’t vouch for its real world benefits, but the specs look pretty good for the price. Worth a look, I reckon.  Advanced WindowsCare v2 Personal is a comprehensive PC care utility that takes an one-click approach to help protect, repair and optimize your computer. It provides an all-in-one and super convenient solution for PC maintenance and protection. This fantastic program is available free of…

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Free Software January 25, 2007 posted by

YamiPod – free iPod file and music manager

YamiPod. Pretty cool freeware program to manage your iPod music and files the way you want. Better yet it works under Linux, Windows and Mac and is available in 28 languages. Anyhoo, copy to/from the iPod, playlist import/export, PC synch, RSS upload support etc etc. Even has Last.FM support. Nice!  YamiPod is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. It can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation. Take a look at the feature list to find…

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Free Software January 24, 2007 posted by

iRemotePC – free remote desktop control and file sharing

iRemotePC. A freeware remote desktop control utility. Download the software to the machine you want to control and then access it from any web browser anywhere. It’s straight down the line VPN stuff, isn’t it, but this one apparently works from behind firewalls etc. Worth a look?  iRemotePC is a “Remote Desktop Viewing” service that allows you secure access and full view of your remote computer’s desktop all from any web-browser. This provides an extremely cost effective, practical and secure…

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Bookmark This! January 19, 2007 posted by

LibriVox – more free audiobooks

LibriVox is another free audiobooks site which looks quite nice. You can also volunteer to read some public domain works into the library for them. It’s very Open Source, very community. Deserves to get an audience, so do take a look.  LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net (via podcast and catalog). Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. We are…

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Free Software January 16, 2007 posted by

Free Classic Audiobooks – free to ear

Free Classic AudioBooks. Available in either MP3 or m4b audio book format. Something to add to your player for those cosy winter evenings by the fire. Just you, a pair of earphones and a good cat.  Welcome to the Free Classic Audio Books site where you can download free audio books in either mp3 format or m4b audio book format for iTunes and the iPod. Some of our audio books are human narrated Librivox recordings and others are narrated using…

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Free Software January 11, 2007 posted by

ZedFiles Project – Open Source Software Suite

The ZedFiles Project is an Open Source suite of ‘integrated desktop and content management applications’ for Windows. Basically it’s a package of a whole range of the coolest and most useful Open Source stuff – like Firefox, VLC Player, AbiWord etc – which can be downloaded in a single folder. Nice one!   The ZedFiles Project…has grown into a comprehensive Open Source Software Suite of fully integrated desktop and content management applications compatible with Microsoft Windows operating systems. It includes a…

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