Archive for December, 2006

December 25th, 2006 by Keith

InsaniSoft iEx Settings 0.1

Posted in Fun Stuff, Utilities, Windows


InsaniSoft has developed iEx Settings 0.1 for Windows end users. iEx is a Windows XP utility that displays a grid of thumbnails, each representing an open window on your personal computer. These thumbnails, when clicked, brings the corresponding window to the foreground, which can be very useful for people who like to have a lot of Windows opened at the same time.

This program was initially created by siwu. Some modifications have been made to simplify the option interface. Before running the program, it is vital that users read the Installation information from the web site.

Download Link
iEx 0.1 [420kB]

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December 24th, 2006 by Keith

Birthdaybook 4.2

Posted in Fun Stuff, Mac OS, Utilities


The latest version of Birthdaybook 4.2 is now here. Birthdaybook is a simple Applescript Studio birthday program for storing and reminding users of upcoming birthdays.

The interface appears neat and tidy, with several beautiful icons appearing at random in the reminder interface. This application supports full Integration with Apple Address Book and ical.

The release is more of fixing a bug in the installer that caused an apparent loss of users birthday data. This version should hopefully restore the data. Users are required to install the latest release if version 4.1 is installed.

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December 24th, 2006 by Keith

Paint.Net 3.0 Beta 3 – Photo Editing Program

Posted in Graphics, Utilities, Windows

Since the last article on Paint.Net, a beta version has emerged. Designed and developed at Washington State University with guidance from Microsoft, Paint.NET, a student project programmed in C# and GDI+, is a photo and image editing tool designed for computers running Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000. Currently it is maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it.

Bringing powerful features to the desktop, such includes a myriad of special effects, plug-in extensibility, and layer manipulation, to enhance the image editing process. Digital photographers and artists can enhance their images with features and effects such as levels adjustment, cross-layer cloning, anti-aliased tools, motion blur, and red eye removal.


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December 23rd, 2006 by Keith

WizCrypt 2.0 – Encryption Tool

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Solaris, Utilities, Windows

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WizCrypt is a cross-platform encryption tool that requires no configuration. Basically, it uses industry standard RC4 and MD5 encryption. However, the application will require Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.6 and above to work. (WizCrypt versions 1.x requires JRE 1.5 and above).

The utility runs in the form of command line execution, and operates in two modes.

  1. Encryption mode Whatever file is given as input, the same is encrypted, and saved with .wiz extension. You have to pass command line argument `-e’ for operating in this mode.
  2. Decryption mode Files with .wiz extension are converted back into ordinary file. You have to pass command line argument `-d’ for operating in this mode.


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December 23rd, 2006 by Keith

GNUnet 0.7.1 – Peer-to-Peer Networking

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Site News, Web Apps

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Want a secure peer-to-peer (P2P) networking framework? Perhaps, you could try GNUnet 0.7.1, one that does not use any centralised, or otherwise, trusted services as third party.

With GNUnet, the first service implementation on top of the networking layer allows anonymous censorship-resistant file-sharing protocol. The application uses a simple, excess-based economic model to allocate resources such that its users in the GNUnet network can monitor each other’s behaviour with respect to resource usage. For example, peers that contribute more to the network are rewarded with better service; in a way similar to BitTorrent.

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December 22nd, 2006 by Keith

Device Info 1.02

Posted in Utilities, Windows

Device Info

Device Info 1.02 is a simple utility that lists all the computer’s device drivers, their providers and version numbers.

New Features

  • * In this new version it will now skip over any registry errors and continue to display devices. The previous version would not display any data if it encountered a registry error.
  • * Additional columns of information now displayed about the devices such as the driver date etc.
  • * Changed to Windows XP style.

The tool runs under Windows platform and can be downloaded for free. It is available in both .exe and .zip format.

Download Links
Device Info (.exe)
Device Info (.zip)

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December 22nd, 2006 by Keith

VMware Fusion Beta

Posted in Development Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Utilities, Windows

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VMware is renowned for developing virtualization product. Now, VMware has released the latest desktop product for the Macintosh, codenamed Fusion. This VMware Fusion Beta allows Intel-based Macintoshs to run x86 operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, Netware and Solaris in virtual machines.

Built on VMware’s advanced desktop virtualization platform, currently used by over 4 million people, the engine is powering VMware Fusion is considered to be stable and powerful. With this application, users can run traditional PC application on the Mac, by leveraging the power of virtual machine technology.


  • - Create and run a wide variety of 32- and 64-bit x86 operating systems on OS X without rebooting. You can simultaneously run PC applications next to your OS X applications.
  • - Leverage Virtual SMP capabilities to gain additional performance improvements. On any Mac with dual-core processors, you can assign multiple CPUs to your virtual machine to gain additional performance for CPU-intensive workloads.
  • - Access physical devices from the virtual machine: read and burn CDs and DVDs, and use USB 2.0 devices like video cameras, iPods, printers, and disks at full speed. Even devices that do not have drivers for OS X will work in a virtual machine.
  • - Drag and drop files and folders between OS X and virtual machines to easily share data between the two environments.
  • - Leverage the cross-compatibility of VMware virtual machines. VMware virtual machines created with existing VMware products are all cross compatible, including virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware Server and VMware Infrastructure 3.
  • - Run any of the 360 virtual appliances available from the Virtual Appliance Marketplace

Registration is required in order to download the product for free.

Download Link
Fusion Beta

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December 22nd, 2006 by Keith

Adsense Preview 1.0.1

Posted in Development Software, Linux, Mac OS, Plugins, Software Companies, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows

Adsense Preview

Want to know what Google ads might be displayed on a particular web page? Try Adsense Preview 1.0.1, a free tool from Yellowpipe Internet Services. This small utility tool is a Firefox extension that allows users to preview Google advertisements showing on any web page.

With just a few clicks, the ads which may appear on the your browser will appear. This is also quite helpful when making a decision to design a web page with Google ads embedded within.

Support ad formats

  • * Leaderboard (728×90)
  • * Banner (468×60)
  • * Button (125×125)
  • * Skyscraper (120×600)
  • * Wide Skyscraper (160×600)
  • * Square (250×250)
  • * Medium Rectangle (300×250)
  • * Large Rectangle (336×280)

The above listed are ad formats that are currently supported by Adsense Preview. An official preview tool for Internet Explorer is also available. See the download link below.

Download Link
Adsense Preview 1.0.1 (Firefox extension)
Official Google Adsense Preview Tool (for Internet Explorer)

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December 21st, 2006 by Keith

Skype for Windows Released

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

Skype 3 for Windows

The next release of Skype version 3 for Windows is now available. Skype for Windows is released on December 20, 2006. So upgrade now.

Some of the Cool Features in Skype 3.0 includes:

  • * Call anyone else using Skype, anywhere in the world.
  • * See who you are talking to with video calls.
  • * Chat with one person or have a group chat with up to 100 people at the same time.
  • * Conference calling with up to four other people at the same time.
  • * Send files and photos to each other easily.
  • * Search the web with the Google Toolbar (optional install).

System Requirement

  • * PC running Windows 2000 or XP. (Windows 2000 users require DirectX 9.0 for video calls).
  • * Internet connection (broadband is best, GPRS is not supported for voice calls, and results may vary on a satellite connection).
  • * Speakers and microphone – built-in or separate.
  • * To make video calls you’ll need a computer with at least a 1GHz processor, 256 MB RAM and of course a webcam.
  • * We also recommend that you have at least a 400 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM and 15 MB free disk space on your hard drive.

Skype for Windows can be downloaded here. Builds for other platforms are also available, i.e. Linux or Macintosh.

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