Friday, December 15, 2006

Post it Software Notes: Make Notes & Reminders on your desktop

"Information overflow" is the current phase of technology in 2006. There is suddenly so much information around and there is always a chance that you can forget important appointment and notices. Here is a tool that i have been using for sometime and i have found it quite usefull for reminders.

Post-it Note in general is a piece of stationary with a bit of gum on the back that can be used for temporarily attaching notes on boards,documents etc. The e-version of it is sold by a company 3M.


Its pretty simple all you have to do is first download it from here and install it

Next you can click for note and open a new note to make important notes . These notes can be placed as reminders on the desktop and that would helps you in remembering things at all times.


Post-it® Digital Notes lets you make and organize lists, plan projects step by step, sort your notes by category, personalize messages with photos, even set alarms to remind you of appointments or key dates.




The software is available for free for about 30 days and the full version can be purchased online for about 20$.

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CC Cleaner update Version v1.35.424:Must have software for your PC

CCleaner is perhaps the best freeware utility that is available in the market for Windows operating system. It is a simple program that removes unwanted and temporary files from your system

I personally like using this program as it removes unwanted and temporary files and its absolutely free. The best part is that it is under 2mb in file size. Just look at the popularity of this software it already has 40 million downloads.

This application removes temporary internet files in Windows, Internet Explorer and third party applications. The latest updated version even supports Windows Vista operating system making it compatible with the next generation operating systems.

Its totally free and can be distributed at all. CCleaner is available in 31 languages making it more user friendly globally. You too can downlod this software and utilize its powerful application. You can download it here

Once installed all you have to do is right click your Recycle Bin and click Run CCleaner.


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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Japans 500 km/hr Train: Technology has advances so fast

Create Favicons for your website

If you a regular surfer on internet you would have probably seen small pictures or designs on the left hand side of the address of a website in your navigation toolbar. Like for example take Google website. when you type in www.google.com on the navigation bar the first thing that you would see in the navigation bar is the favicon. For Google its looks like this

Some of the popular website favicons:
  • Yahoo
  • MSN
  • CNN
  • Youtube
Ever wondered how to create one of those favicons for your website. well let me help you in creating a favicon for you. first choose any picture that you like and save it your desktop for easy access. One suggestion would be to use the initials of your website address as the favicon. It makes sense as it matches your website address.

There are a number or free favicon sites that would help you in generating favicon's. Some of my personal favourite sites are
In the first site that i mentioned all you have to do is upload the image file that we discussed(to be stored in desktop) and click on the button enerate

Once the favicon button is generated a link appears below and you can either click the Download button or right click the image to store it on desktop

So now you would be thinking ok i have created the favicon so what to do next.....

For that you need to do two steps
  • Upload the favicon online
  • Add a link in your website
For the first step my personal favourite(if you dont own a webspace) i would suggest pages.google.com. Its absolutely free and gives you free space to store files

once a page is created on the right hand side would be a column called Files Uploaded. Below that would be a link named upload.

click on the upload link and an address bar with a browse button appears above it. click the browse button and upload the favicon file

once the file is uploaded. you need to feed the address of this file in your webpage for the favicon to appear in your website.

So here is an example:

i have uploaded the favicon in my google pages with my username being tom1989 and the file name as test.ico

The address of my favicon wouldbe tom1989.googlepages.com/test.ico .Then insert this piece of code right below

And you are ready to go. Refresh the page and your favourite favicon will appear instantaneously. if you like my posts you can subscribe to my newsletter

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Create cool looking free gmail image signatures

Gmail one of the coolest free mailing services in the market. Have you ever thought of having a cool signature for yourself. Just like the one that you can see in the top left corner of the header of the homepage. A few days ago i came across these cool sites that let you generate cool signatures for yourself.

Two sites that i recommend are:

http://gsig.brightdev.com/
http://gizmo967.mgs3.org/Gmail/

All you have to do is enter your gmail id and click on the button generate and your gmail signature's are generated. you can download the .png files and upload them to your websites or blogs.

Other sites that allow you to generate signatures for yahoo,hotmail,MSN,AOL etc is
http://www.sigless.com/

Choose the Email service to which you want to generate the signature image click
the Generate me icon. The image is generated below. Right click on the icon and Save it as image file. Hip Hip your Email image is ready !!!!!

Sony Ericssons W44S Cell Phone: Its the cool phone

Sony and its mobile partner Ericsson have launched the W44S cellphone on December 8th 2006 in Japan. My first impressions of the phone was that it looks too cool and unfortunately its available only in Japan.

Sony after its success with Bravia TV in 2006 is coming out with this new phone The W44S model has a 3 inch Bravia screen connecting to the phone with a folding hinge.

It has 3.2 mega pixel camera with about 120mb of internal storage memory along with a radio tuner. Indeed it becomes the first Japanese phone that comes up with a radio tuner

(Via) www.businessweek.com
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

VLC player 0.8.6 update released

Tell me one person who hasnt heard of VLC player ?. Well i would say 9 out of 10 would have heard about it. If not you are going to learn something great. VLC players is perhaps the most popular video player in the market. One being an open source media player. Two being a very efficient media player that is about 10mb in size. Would you beleive VLC player version 0.8.5 had an astonshing amount of 29 million downloads after its release. The latest version of VLC player has 1.4 downloads/sec and from this you can see how popular the player has become to us.

So what exactly seperates VLC player from its so called competitors like
Windows Medial player or the Real player. VLC player supports Windows, Linux and Macintosh Operating systems.

The best feature i like about it is the Mozilla/Firefox plugin that allows you watch video files embedded in the browser.Install this plugin and you dont need a quick time player or Media player to watch videos online.

The other feature that i really like is its ability to play unfinshed,damaged or incomplete audio or video files. It even supports downloading files wiht
BitTorrent and Emule P2p downloading software. Adding on it can even player .iso image files.

So what has VLC player 0.8.6 in store for us and why shoud we upgrade to this new player. I will help you out in making your decision of whether to update or not

VLC has become the first free and succesful cross platform media player. The new feature is that it can be used as a streaming server with extended features like video on demand. What it means is that your system becomes the server and you can provide videos to clients that are on demand for the video. Further VLC also supports passive streaming where the video file is uploaded to a server and the user has no control over the streaming.

From the interface point of view the new version had added hotkeys for crop and zoom of videos being played. It now supports snapshots for http interface. What it simply means making backup copy of files over http interface. Further a no of new skins have been added to the new player

The playlist now supports shoutcast TV listing. VLC media player which can be used as a server and as a client to stream and receive network streams. VLC is able to stream all that it can read.

The new version too provides WMA speech support and VP5/VP6 - Flash Video support. Along with that Additional OpenGL effects (cylinder, torus, sphere)and Direct3D 9 video output (win32). Best served on Vista :)

So the question now is Do we upgrade or not? Well looking at the above features i would defintely update to latest VLC player 0.8.6. For those of you migrating to Windows Vista i would say its a must as it supports Vista operating sysem. The feature that i feel is most improves is its ability to stream videos and support flash files. I have been waiting for this update and thanks that VLC has come in support it .

It supports a wide range of
Video codec formats like 3ivx, Cinepak, DivX, DV, H.263, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, HuffYUV, Indeo 3[7], MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, RealVideo[8] , Sorenson, Theora, VC-1[9], VP5[9], VP6[9], WMV, Xvid

Audio Formats: AAC, AC3, ALAC, AMR[6], DTS, DV Audio, FLAC, MACE, Monkey's Audio, MP3, QDM2/QDMC, RealAudio[10], Shorten, Speex, Vorbis, WMA

VLC player might lack the lustre of a
Windows media player. But looking at its performance for a small price. Its simply superb. You can download it here at http://www.videolan.org
Welcome to world of open source

Related: VLC's Twin in audio player: foobar2000

Monday, December 11, 2006

Download foobar2000 0.9.4.2: Nothing comes near it

The other day i had written an article regarding the release of "Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP". One of my friend had recommended be Foobar2000 as the best Audio player for music. Indeed i do agree with him.

Foobar 2000 is a audio player for the Windows platform. The setup file is about 1.6MB which is quite small compared to other big media players. Foobar 2000 supports MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CDDA, WMA formats. It has a open architecture that allows you to extend the functionality of the player. It even features the tagging capability allowing you to categorize your audio collection

To download foobar2000 just go to www.foobar2000.org and it downloads in a zip. Let me know if you like it by posting your comments.

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Apocalypto Movie Review : Gibson Rules at the Box office

He started off with Brave Heart then came the Passion of the Christ and now Apocalypto. There has always been controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's movies including the latest one that hit the market in USA on December 8th,2005. Apocalypto movie release under the Disney Banner has made a whooping $14.2 million estimately by sunday evening.

The movie could simply be described as Bloody and Beautiful. The brutality in "Apocalypto" is so relentless that it just goes beyond horror and is rated "R" at the theaters. This movie is definitely not for the faint hearts.Hearts are torn, still beating, from slashed-open chests. A man’s face is chewed off by a jaguar. Another’s neck is pierced by darts tipped with frog venom. Most disturbing, perhaps, is the sight of hundreds of corpses haphazardly layered in an open pit.

The movie is set in the Jungles of Central America,Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in the waning days of Mayan civilization. Featuring a Virtually unknown cast on the screen in Mayan dialects the film was recieved with respect from critics. The visuals in the movie are so powerful taking us to a neverland offering sights of exceptional vividness.

The movie is fully sub titled in English as the whole movie is spoken in Mayan dialect. The essence of the movie is about a man trying to save himself and his family from a blood thirsty rival tribe and a large powerful community with full of greed,lust,Blood . Movie starts off with a small community of people who like to live a happy, simple life. Then the movie goes on with a group of men on a hunting spree and lingering here and there in their heavenly village. Jonathan Grewer is teased by his mother-in-law and buddies in not being able to get his wife pregnant and he accepts the criticism like a small kid. Life is quiet and happy until some predators led by Zero Wolf(Raoul Trujillo) ruthelessly rape women, kill men and destroy their homes. Locals resist valiantly but are led away in various directions and Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) one of the survivors mission is to rescue his pregnant wife and his son from the predators. Mel Gibson does a great job and is the evidence of the blunt characterizations and the emphatic emotional cues in the movie.

Will Jaguar Paw be successful in rescuing his Wife and Son ?. Check out the movie in the theaters.“Apocalypto” is rated R (Under 17 must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian)