Saturday, September 29, 2007

Thumb Drive - self-destruct in 10 seconds

Thumb drives are a convenient and cool way to carry around your data, and with drive sizes in the gigabytes, you can store a ton of photos, files, music, and video in a very tiny space. Unfortunately, due to their small sizes, they are targets for information thieves.

Think about it - all that personal data - your resume, email, password-files, and pictures of your girlfriend can be picked up and copied and returned before you even noticed it was missing. You want to have this data handy, but handy for you and not for that scumbag down the hall with the sticky fingers.

Like you, the US Military wanted portable but secure storage, and the guys at IronKey stepped up. They've developed the perfect solution that's one-part thumb-drive, and two parts Mission: Impossible. Their thumb drives hold up to 4 Gigabytes of data, but includes a hardware encryption chip that scrambles the data so as to be completely unreadable without a password.

Passwords can be hacked, but not the IronKey. It's built to withstand attacks both virtual and physical. 10 incorrect password attempts, and the encryption chip self-destructs, making the contents of the flash drive totally unreadable. The contents of the drive are filled with epoxy, so if a hacker tries to physically access the chips, he'd more likely damage them instead. Even if he did get access to the memory chips, they'd be worthless without the encryption chip. Electron-shielded, even a scanning electron microscope can't get inside.

Applications built right onto the IronKey help keep your personal data safe. For example, the password manager keeps your passwords safe. How? Your passwords are securely stored in a hidden hardware-encrypted area inside the device (and not in the drive's file system), being first locally encrypted with 256-bit AES, using randomly generated keys encrypted with a SHA-256 hash of your device password. All of this data is then doubly encrypted with 128-bit AES hardware encryption. Hack that.

A secure copy of Firefox included with your IronKey encrypts your browsing session through a VPN tunnel to IronKey's Secure Sessions Service. It works by tunneling your entire web browsing communications through the Tor-based Secure Sessions proxy on your IronKey. The Secure Sessions tunnel connects over an encrypted connection to their network routing servers, which in turn route your traffic between a number of servers, and then eventually out to your destination website. This approach protects your identity and your confidentiality, encrypting and anonymizing your Web surfing on almost any network or VPN (virtual private network).

These drives have already seen duty in Afghanistan, keeping US Military secrets safe from unsavory people. They're certainly good enough even for your most sensitive data.

All this goodness is demoed here. Go check it out!
* Fast 30MBPS Read, 20MBPS Write
* Drive contents encrypted with AES CBC-Mode Encryption
* Onboard IronKey Password-manager keeps all your internet passwords safe
* Secure version of Firefox included that encrypts all your web-surfing traffic
* Encased in a potted metal case, not plastic, making it one of the strongest USB keys around
* Exceeds MIL-STD-810F military waterproofing standards
* The encryption chip self-destructs if an invasive attack is detected
* If your Ironkey is lost, you can restore from a secure backup to a new Ironkey in minutes
* Dual channel SLC NAND Flash for high-quality and read/write speeds
* Windows XP and Windows Vista only, but Mac and Linux drivers are in development

jZip – a free alternative to WinZip

jZip is a powerful and reliable compression utility. jZip is based on proven and reliable 7-Zip archiving technology by Igor Pavlov. jZip sports an elegant, easy to use yet powerful user interface.

  • Create, extract and manipulate Zip, RAR, TAR, GZip, 7-Zip and other file archives
  • jZip is absolutely FREE for everybody, home and enterprise users
  • jZip is an easy to use and fast archiving software
  • jZip is based on proven 7-Zip technology by Igor Pavlov


Friday, September 28, 2007

Microsoft Office Mobile 6.1: Upgrade for Office 2007 format

Office Mobile 6.1 is an upgrade to Office Mobile applications on Windows Mobile. The new upgrade supports the new Office 2007 file formats.Microsoft Office 2007 introduced new Open XML-based file formats for Office applications. These new file formats reduce file size, improve security and reliability, and enhance integration with external sources.

To allow Windows Mobile users to work with Office documents created in the Open XML formats, Microsoft has developed an upgrade for Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile applications. This upgrade to the Office Mobile applications allows viewing and editing of Word documents and Excel workbooks and viewing of PowerPoint slideshows created by using Microsoft Office 2007.

If your Windows Mobile device does not have a version of Microsoft Office Mobile prior to 6.1, you can purchase the full version of Microsoft Office Mobile.

The Office Mobile application suite includes Microsoft Office Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint® Mobile for Windows Mobile 6 powered devices, helping users manage and review documents. Microsoft Office Mobile includes support for rich reviewing and minor editing capabilities as well as support for rights-managed documents.

The primary user scenario enabled by Office Mobile is viewing e-mail attachments, performing minor edits, sharing document versions, and opening documents from an SD card or a SharePoint server. Office Mobile provides a high-fidelity document viewing experience, with capability to edit as well as fast performance in loading the first page of the document.

Note: This free upgrade works only for Windows Mobile powered devices that have an earlier version of Office Mobile. If your Windows Mobile powered device does not have Office Mobile applications, this upgrade will not work for you. You can purchase the full version of Office Mobile 6.1 online. For more information, click here -

Microsoft Office Mobile 6.1: Upgrade for Microsoft Office 2007 file formats

Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs R1.78

Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Windows 2000 /XP /2003 /Vista (32/64 bits)

Download: Windows 2000/XP/2003(32/64 bits) (Executable file) | Mirror 1 | Mirror 2 | Mirror 3Mirror 4 | Mirror 5 | Mirror 6
Download: Windows 2000/XP/2003(32/64 bits) (ZIP file) | Mirror 1 | Mirror 2 | Mirror 3 | Mirror 4 | Mirror 5 | Mirror 6
Download: Vista Driver (32/64 bits) (Executable file) | Mirror 1 | Mirror 2 | Mirror 3 | Mirror 4 | Mirror 5 | Mirror 6
Download: Vista Driver (32/64 bits) (ZIP file) | Mirror 1 | Mirror 2 | Mirror 3 | Mirror 4 | Mirror 5 | Mirror 6


AOL Working On Patch For Instant Messenger Vulnerability

America Online is working on a critical patch for the company's highly popular AIM application. Researchers at Core Security Technologies Wednesday disclosed a bug that could enable a remote hacker to execute malicious code, exploit Internet Explorer bugs, and inject scripting code in the IE browser. The researchers noted that all of the vulnerable AIM clients include support for enhanced message types that enable AIM users to take advantage of HTML to customize text messages with different fonts and colors. "We have addressed the issues that Core Security has brought to us on the server side. We are comfortable with the server side fixes we have in place, but we are also working on a client fix," said an AOL spokeswoman.

According to Core Security, the vulnerability affects AIM V6.1, as well as the V6.2 beta, which is the latest version of AOL's instant messaging application. It also affects AIM Pro, the instant messaging version for corporate users, and AIM Lite, a simplified version of the client application. "This vulnerability poses a significant security risk to millions of AIM users. Core Security has alerted AOL to this threat and has provided full technical details about the vulnerability so that they can address it in their products," said Ivan Arce, CTO at Core Security.


AMD Launches 'Black Edition' Athlon 64 X2 5000+

To complement the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Black Edition, AMD has silently launched its Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition. All technical aspects of the processor are identical to its non-Black Edition counterpart; the only new feature is an unlocked multiplier – allowing overclockers to increase the frequency of the processor without the need to adjust the HyperTransport clock. In other words, the chipmaker is hoping the processor’s overclocking performance will make it a worthy new product. According sources familiar with the new CPUs launch schedule, retail availability of the processors should come later this month, but as of right now no major supplier is selling the new processor. AMD guidance sets the MSRP of the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition at $136 in quantities of 1,000.


Thursday, September 27, 2007


Cartoonist is an easy to use image warping tool. Unlike most other warping tools, it uses a simple drag and warp technique, that requires no learning curve or technical expertise. Just select the area to warp, and drag with your mouse to achieve the desired effect. You can easily change facial expressions, turn people into funny, cartoon-like figures or any other things that may come to mind. Fun and easy to use.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Outpost Security Suite Pro 2008 – public beta 3

Agnitum has reached a significant milestone with the release of the first public beta of Outpost Security Suite Pro 2008 (OSS 2008 ). Building on the solid foundation of the initial version of the suite, this latest product delivers a long list of additional threat protections and enhancements for users of Microsoft Vista.

Download: Outpost Security Suite Pro 2008 – public beta 3

Sun Microsystems CEO Gets $7.7 Million in Compensation

According to Associated Press calculations, Sun Microsystems Inc. Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz received a compensation package which the company valued at $7.7 million for beating financial goals. The new CEO helped the server and software maker emerge from its prolonged dot-com-era-induced slump and return to consistent profitability. Schwartz, who replaced Sun co-founder Scott McNealy as chief executive in April 2006, saw his base salary increase 9 percent over his pay before the promotion to $980,769 during the latest fiscal year.

Schwartz's pay package included substantial bonus money - $2.5 million - for hitting certain financial targets, including boosting revenue and operating profit margin, which measures how much a company makes before interest and taxes on each dollar of revenue. In the fiscal year ended in June, Sun pulled in $13.87 billion in sales, a 6 percent increase over the prior year, and had $309 million in operating profit, which compared to operating losses of $870 million in the prior year. Improved profitability of its products and Schwartz's cost-cutting campaign, which has included cutting about 4,000 jobs through layoffs and attrition since June 2006, also helped lift Sun's financial fortunes.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Secunia Personal Software Inspector Beta

The Secunia PSI is an invaluable tool for you to use when assessing the security patch state of software installed on your system. It constantly monitors your system for insecure software installations, notifies you when an insecure application is installed, and even provides you with detailed instructions for updating the application when available. The Secunia PSI detects installed software and categorizes your software as either Insecure, End-of-Life, or Up-To-Date. Effectively enabling you to focus your attention on software installations where more secure versions are available from the vendors.

Highlights of The Secunia PSI:
* The Secunia PSI will be available free of charge
* Calculates your unique Secunia System Score
* Automatically scans your computer
* Enables you to update Insecure/End-of-Life software
* Provides Direct Download Links to security updates & patches
* Detects and advises on more than 4,200 applications
* Direct correlation between thousands of Secunia Advisories and your specific system and software
* Secure SSL encrypted connection to Secunia

Secunia PSI version (BETA) changelog:

* Fix for installation issue on Windows Vista


Sunday, September 23, 2007

How to install RipIt4Me, DVDShrink and DVDDecrypter in Linux

Although there are some very good programs for dvd ripping and dvd backup under Linux such as devede and k9copy many window users that have moved to Linux still prefer using dvddecrypter and dvdshrink. Therefore they have a dual boot system just to use those programs! In this guide I will explain how it is possible to install dvdshrink and dvddecrypter under Linux using wine. Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. In other words think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs as it is described in its official home page.

For the following tutorial I will be using wine 0.9.45, dvd shrink, DVDDecrypter and RipIt4Me You must also find and download those 2 dlls, mfc42.dll and msvcp60.dll. They can also be found in a windows installation in C:\Windows\System32 folder. For the rest of the guide I suppose that you have all of these files under ~/downloads folder.

I have completed the installation and rip process in a Fedora 7 32bit system. Therefore I don't know if it works in other distributions. I believe it should. Please report if you achieve it under another Linux distribution.
Full Tutorial...

Micro-USB Mobile Phone Charging Standard

Last week, at the Open Mobile Terminal Platform, mobile phone manufacturing leaders such as Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and LG discussed the future of phone charging and data exchange. The companies agreed to adopt a new USB standard called Micro-USB, hopefully putting an end to the mess of incompatible proprietary power connectors that has plagued the cell phone industry for years. The move will likely be first implemented in next year's cell phone designs. The Micro-USB standard was develop early this year and introduced by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the group responsible for new USB standards.

Until a new standard is adopted, consumers will finally be able to use their old charger when they purchase a new phone. Companies will no longer have to pay for part of the user disposal and recycling fees for chargers as certain environmental laws worldwide have forced them to do in the past. Another financial benefit for the cell phone companies is that they won't have to include a charger with phones they sell, possibly cutting a major cost. This will in turn allow for smaller, lighter phone boxes, which will cost less to ship and store. Overall, both companies and consumers should end up spending less money once the new standard is implemented.


Friday, September 21, 2007

Open Source Windows softwares list...

The promise of open source software is best quality, flexibility and reliability. This is the updated list of the best open source software.

Bill gates promoting ubuntu...

Expressivo - Text To Speech free service

you can listen to books, messages, RSS feeds, articles or even e-mails. Moreover, you can easily create audio books which you can take with you anywhere you want on your mp3 player. You'll be able to listen to your book or any kind of text document while walking, resting or even driving a car.


Shrink XP’s Start up and Shut Down Times

When trying these suggestions wisely use System Restore (or a suitable alternative)!

Reduce your boot time:

  • Check the BootOptimizeFunction registry key: If the Enable string value is not set to Y, change it. (This is enabled by default.) Exit regedit and reboot. A boot up defragment will now take place. This will optimize the position of the boot files for a faster boot. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction.
  • Purge Prefetch? I’ve found that after purging C:\windows\prefetch my system takes longer to boot. Admittedly, it is a delay of only few seconds and things normalise after the use of the computer over a few days. An exception is to clear out obsolete .pf files referring to programs that have been uninstalled. For more details, please see the March 2005 APC.
  • Check the BIOS: Look for quick Power On Self Test (POST), and Boot Delay enabled. (On pressing the power button you will have to quickly press one of a number of keys. Esc, F1, F2, F10 and Delete are commonly used. It varies according to the BIOS manufacturer.) If you never use a floppy drive, turn off the option for seeking a boot up floppy.
  • Completely defrag your boot/system drive: Unfortunately, the defragger provided in XP is a limited version of Executive Software’s Diskeeper. Opinions differ as to the best defragger for XP. Popular choices are Diskeeper, O&O Defrag and PerfectDisk. Worth investigating is a good, full-featured defragger available from: This is a complete defragger. Multiple instances can be run simultaneously (if you have multiple disks). It features individual file defragging, with wildcards and recursion and will defrag NTFS, FAT and FAT32 file systems on any media (HD, Zip/Jaz, floppy, etc). Depending on the size of the hard drive, its free space and the number of files involved, this can take several hours. Planned for a future release is the defragmentation of NTFS metadata files.
  • Remove the garbage and optimise the registry: Be very wary of know-all, do-all, and promise-all registry cleaners. Your choice should have an undo function. Norton One Button Check Up/Norton WinDoctor have their devotees. The freeware EasyCleaner available at is more aggressive than these Symantec products, but when used carefully is beneficial.
  • Use a Registry Optimiser: Download the excellent freeware program Erunt V. 1.1h from This includes a tool for backing the XP registry and one (NTregOpt) for optimising it. NTregOpt optimises by compacting the registry hives to the minimum size possible.
  • Malware problems: In addition to full AV scans, regularly use at least two recognised spyware/adware removal programs to check your system for nasties. The free Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta 1 is commonly regarded as an excellent product.

ComBOTS - Synchronized Instant Messaging

ComBOTS integrates rich media messaging, advanced telephony and reliable file transfer in one easy to use tool for PC and mobile. Simply drag large files up to 100 MB, hundreds of photos or folders with up to 1 GB of data onto a contact, and ComBOTS takes care of the rest.

Chat, audio, videoclips, voicemail, photos, files,… and access to all IM networks: ICQ, MSN, AIM, Yahoo, Jabber. Use ComBOTS simultaneously on as many PCs and mobile devices as you like (e.g. office, home, laptop, mobile phone). All your communication is available on every device, seamless and always up-to-date, just as you would expect. You will never again miss a new message, because ComBOTS saves all of your messages using server-based storage. New messages are delivered to all of your devices and not just to a single device that happens to be online or enabled.

At the same time, your contacts can send you messages (containing pictures, files, …) while you're offline. As soon as you're online again, the messages will be delivered to you automatically.

Call with a click: PC to PC, PC to Phone, Phone to PC, Phone to Phone - everything based on your existing calling plan! Calling your friends all over the world for free from your PC is fun and saves a lot of money. However, it's inconvenient and impractical to use a headset, microphone, or a special telephone set, with ComBOTS you don’t need that anymore! Just use your own telephone to make PC-to-PC calls.

File Transfer
Thanks to server-based delivery you can send files at any time – no matter whether the recipient is online or offline.
At the same time, others can send you files while you're offline. As soon as you're online again, the files will be delivered to you automatically. With ComBOTS you can easily send files to multiple contacts or also to groups of contacts. When sending the same file to several recipients, it is uploaded only once, thus saving time and bandwidth. ComBOTS also secures all transferred data using 256 bit encryption. This is well above Internet standards, e.g. 128 bit encryption for online financial transactions.

Send photos and files on the go, ComBOTS makes sending photos or files from your mobile phone a breeze: Take a photo with just one click, add some text or voice comment, and send it. ComBOTS ensures that all messages are always synchronized between your PC and your mobile phone, no matter where you receive, read or write them.

ComBOTS Home Page

Thursday, September 20, 2007

DivX 6.7 Final

The DivX Codec takes the power of advanced digital video compression to the next level, encoding video at resolutions up to high-definition 1920 x 1080. That's right, you heard it straight: 1080i and 1080p, at a fraction of the file size. What more can we say? Wait, we almost forgot, there is more. Read on, dear friend, for a list of DivX Codec features.


* Compress digital video 5 to 10 times more than MPEG-2/DVD format and hundreds of times over raw digital video
* Encode high-definition (HD) video at resolutions up to 1080p
* Maximized performance for all HyperThreaded, dual core and dual CPU (SMP) systems
* Improved support for interlaced video
* Six carefully optimized encoding modes for balancing visual quality and performance
* Automated noise reduction reduces grain and low-light noise (common with DV cameras) without significantly degrading the video


Microsoft's new Service Pack 3

Microsoft® Office Project Server® 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Project Server 2003. It further hardens Project Server against potential attacks and other security threats. This service pack also includes fixes that have been previously released as separate updates for Project Server 2003.

Download: Project Server 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
Download: Project Server 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Multilingual User Interface Pack

Microsoft® Office Visio® 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Visio 2003. It further hardens Visio against potential attacks and other security threats. This service pack also includes fixes that have been previously released as separate updates for Visio 2003.

Download: Microsoft® Office Visio® 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
Download: Visio 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Multilingual User Interface Pack

Microsoft® Office Project® 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Project 2003. It further hardens Project against potential attacks and other security threats. This service pack also includes fixes that have been previously released as separate updates for Project 2003

Download: Project 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
Download: Project 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Multilingual User Interface Pack

Microsoft® Office OneNote® 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for OneNote 2003. It further hardens OneNote against potential attacks and other security threats. This service pack also includes fixes that have been previously released as separate updates for OneNote 2003.

Download: OneNote 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3)

The Guide 2.0 dev 2

The Guide evolved from the need to have an application that could organize information and ideas in a hierarchical, tree-like structure. Tree-based structures are frequently employed to manage information through a "divide-and-conquer" approach, wherein each level of the tree represents a further level of specialization of the parent-level topic — the best example of this being a book.

The Guide is an application that allows you create documents "guides" which inherently have a tree which you can modify as you please and text associated with each node of the tree. The text itself is of the rich-text variety, and the editor allows you to modify the style and formatting of the text (fonts, bold, italics etc).

For the initiated, the Guide is a two-pane extrinsic outliner. This concept is similar to mindmapping in some ways.

New Features (since v1.6):

- Proper hyperlinks.
- Link targets are shown in status bar.
- Node expand/collapse state is remembered.
- Upgraded to Rich Edit 5.0.
- Ported to unicode. East european, east asian characters supported fully in tree pane also.
- Foreground and background color of nodes in tree pane can be changed via RMB menu.
- Node colors are used when printing and exporting also.


- .gde file format has changed. The Guide v2.x series can read files of both format, and will write out in the new file format.

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Bose unveils high-end desktop speakers

Bose Corp. introduced new $399 speakers on Tuesday designed to provide top-quality sound from a desktop and capitalize on the emergence of the computer as a home music center.

The audio gear maker said it's able to provide symphony hall-comparable sound in digital camera-sized speakers through what it called a breakthrough: a technology for delivering deep bass tones from small enclosures.

The key to the roughly 5-inch-by-2-inch speakers is what Bose calls "dual internal opposing passive radiators."

Conventional speakers typically feature one large radiator. Each of the new Bose speakers has two smaller radiators, in addition to a larger loudspeaker at the front of the unit.

With the radiators opposite one another inside the back of the speakers, the vibrations created by one work in opposition to those created by the other and cancel each other out. Without the opposing forces, such small speakers might creep along, propelled by the force of the powerful vibrations.

For now, the technology is incorporated only in the Computer MusicMonitor, Bose's attempt to gain a piece of the expanding market to use home computers for digital song downloading. It goes on sale Oct. 4 online, in Bose and other stores and by phone order.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007 2.3 released

As was in news Highights recently ,” 2.3 is about to release” and finally it has been is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.It includes six products which are also free and open sourced:-
Writer – a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.
Calc – a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyse, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.
Impress – the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.
Draw – lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.
Base – lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within
Math – lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor
You can download the 2.3 version from here.You can also order the CD’s and even download it via P2P networks.

AutoMKV 0.90b

AutoMKV is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for MPEG-4 encoding tools. Its aim is to provide a user-friendly interface to the encoding tools without sacrificing the ability to tweak tool and codec-specific settings if necessary.


AutoMKV has the following main features:

* User-friendly graphical user interface
* Batch processing
* Define settings for each batch item separately
* Support for multiple media file formats
* Support for anamorphic encoding
* Intelligent algorithm for selecting optimal combination of quality/resolution to hit target media size
* Support for special media types such as Zune and PSP media

AutoMKV supports the following video sources for input:

* DVD (as IFOs and VOBs on HDD or on DVD Drive)
* MPEG-2 (and all its wide family like: VOB/TS/M2V...)
* MPEG-4 (DivX, Xvid, H.264, VC1...)
* User-Created Avisynth Scripts
* Anything else that can be played by Windows Media Player

AutoMKV supports the following Video codecs for output:

* XviD
* H.264 (Using x264 as the Encoder)

AutoMKV supports the following Audio codecs for output:

* MP3 (Using LAME as the Encoder)
* AAC (Both HE and LC, Using Coding Technologies (Included) or Nero (Not Included) as the Encoder)
* OGG Vorbis
* The Original Audio from the Source Can be Copied.
* A User Created .BAT file can be used.

AutoMKV supports the following Media Containers:

* Matroska
* MP4
Instructions for installation and system requirements are available on this page, or you can find them as the first section in the mentioned manual.

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VUPlayer 2.49

VUPlayer is a freeware multi-format audio player for Windows supporting the following formats:
* Sound/Noise/ProTracker * MultiTracker * ScreamTracker * FastTracker * ImpulseTracker * MO3 Packer * MPEG Audio * QuickTime MPEG-4 (AAC/Apple Lossless) * Musepack * Ogg Vorbis * Free Lossless Audio Codec * Monkey's Audio * WavPack * Audio Interchange File Format * Windows Media Audio * Windows PCM/ACM * Audio CD

Features include:

* gapless playback
* MP3/OGG internet file streaming
* optional 32-bit mixing
* 9-band graphic equalizer
* volume, balance & pitch controls
* full system tray functionality
* timer playback/screen saver feature
* configurable system-wide hotkeys
* support for multiple visuals via a plug-in system
* digital audio extraction
* encoding to Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, APE, WMA & WV formats
* Audioscrobbler support
* remote freedb support

Changes in version 2.49 ((18 September 2007))

- updated to libvorbis 1.2.0, libFLAC 1.2.1 & WavPack 4.41
- updated to version of the BASS library

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

PowerArchiver 2007 10.20 Final

PowerArchiver is an award-winning archive utility for the Windows family of products that provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools though an easy to use interface that seamlessly integrates with Windows Explorer. PowerArchiver natively supports ZIP, 7-ZIP, CAB, LHA (LZH), TAR, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2, BH, RAR, ARJ, ARC, ACE, ZOO, GZ, BZIP2, XXE, MIME, UUE and yENC file formats. An internal viewer displays TXT, RTF, and more than 18 image formats. PowerArchiver creates and works with unlimited size ZIP archives with enhanced ZIP format speed and compression; a Password Manager stores your frequently used passwords; encrypts your archives using 5 different methods including 256-bit AES; backs up your work with PowerArchiver's Auto-Backup tool and FTP support; creates powerful CAB and ZIP self extracting (SFX) archives using a Wizard; a Batch ZIP tool compresses hundreds of files all at once; and a Multi-Extract tool can extract hundreds of archives instantly.

PowerArchiver 2007 Feature List:

* Complete built-in support for 7-ZIP, ZIP, CAB, LHA (LZH), TAR, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2, BH, RAR, ARJ, ARC, ACE, ZOO, GZ, and BZIP2 file formats
* Support for reading and extracting disc image formats: ISO, BIN, IMG and NRG
* Built-in support for XXE, UUE, and yENC encoded files and full MIME (Base 64) support
* Creating ZIP, 7-Zip, CAB and PAE encrypted self-extracting archives using a Wizard interface
* Support for unlimited size ZIP archives, with improved performance when working with 100,000+ files
* Support for Deflate64, providing improved compression results (both size and speed)
* Complete support for PKZIP 4.0 and PKZIP 4.5 disk spanning
* Compression Profiles to store frequently used compression settings
*Fullsupport for ZIP AES encryption, 128-bit/192-bit/256-bit supports KZip5.1 (full), Secure Zip 8.0 and WinZip 9.0 AE-1 & AE-2)andproprietary PAE format using 5 different methods: Blowfish(128-bit),DES (64-bit), Triple DES (128-bit), AES 128-bit, and AES256-bit
* Support for AES encrypted 7-Zip archives and multivolume 7-Zip archives
* Support for transparently updating 7-Zip archives and more...

What's New:

Final release of PowerArchiver 2007 version 10.2 has been announced. This release incorporates numerous changes, most important ones being completely new Modern user interface that performs more like Office 2007 interface and extended TAR support, which now supports GNU Tar specifications. It also features the Tiny toolbar option, as well as the ability to hide the toolbar completely for those who want to maximize their screen space. Number of issues have been fixed as well and performance was increased in certain situations.

PowerArchiver Home Page

Monday, September 17, 2007

How to install 145 operating systems on one PC

So you think you're pretty hot because you figured out how to load Windows XP and Ubuntu on your PC, huh? Or maybe you've even gone so far as creating a triple boot machine with XP, Vista, and a Linux distribution. Well, one JustLinux forum member has you beat. And by beat, we mean he finished a marathon in the amount of time it took you to cross the street.

JustLinux member saikee has posted details of his system that boots 145 operating systems. That includes 3 versions of DOS, 5 versions of Windows, and 137 flavors of Linux. He created 152 partitions on 4 hard drives to get his system up and running. And he probably has the longest GRUB menu you've ever seen. We're guessing the slowest part of the boot process on this system is the amount of time it takes to find the operating system you want to use.

There are obviously very few practical reasons anyone would want to load 145 operating systems onto a PC, but we have to say, we're pretty impressed anyway. It's kind of like climbing Mount Everest because it's there. If you had licenses for 8 MS operating systems, the ability to download as many Linux distributions as you'd like and way too much free time on your hands, wouldn't you do the same thing? No?


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Compiz Fusion

It seeks to provide an easy and fun-to-use windowing environment, allowing use of the graphics hardware to provide impressive effects, amazing speed and unrivalled usefulness. The first Compiz Fusion developer release was Compiz Fusion 0.5.2 on August 13th 2007, shortly after Compiz 0.5.2 was released.

Compiz Fusion, as well as Compiz, is an open-source software project, meaning anyone can use it and contribute to it freely.

It is important to note that Compiz and Compiz Fusion are not the same thing (see: Compiz Fusion Vs Compiz). Shortly said: Compiz Fusion is a community-driven extension pack for Compiz. There is close co-operation between the developers of Compiz and the developers of Compiz Fusion, though; in fact, many Compiz Fusion developers are also Compiz developers.

Features of Compiz and Compiz Fusion

  • Hardware-accelerated window management and desktop compositing through OpenGL, using rendering paths like AIGLX, Xgl and direct rendering solutions on some hardware.
  • Powerful and flexible plugin interface, allowing almost limitless extension possibilities.
  • ARGB rendering, allowing true transparency when the applications support ARGB visuals.
  • Compiz Configuration System
    • A library which offers transparent support for gconf, kconf and ini settings storage.
    • A GUI Plugin Configuration Manager, CCSM

  • Many community and developer contributed plugins
    • Main Plugins - Plugins which many users will find useful

    • Extra Plugins - Plugins that add eye candy or less sought after functionality

  • Window Decorators, which provide window frames and titlebars
    • GTK Window Decorator - Window decorator that supports GNOME Metacity themes

    • KDE Window Decorator - Window decorator that supports KDE KWin themes

    • Emerald - Window decorator that is custom themeable and supports full Alpha blended themes.

In addition to these technical features, Compiz Fusion has a significant focus on community interaction.

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Pidgin 2.2.0

Pidgin is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr.
Pidgin can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AIM, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.
Pidgin supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, and typing notification. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, spell checking, tabbed conversations, and more.
Pidgin runs on a number of platforms, including Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems.
Download Pidgin from here or visit the official site.
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ext3cow File System

Ext3cow is an open-source, versioning file system based on ext3. It provides a time-shifting interface that allows a real-time and continuous view of the past. This allows users to access their file system as it appeared at any point in time.

Ext3cow was designed as a platform for regulatory compliance, and has been used to implement secure deletion, authenticated encryption, and incremental authentication. See the publications page for more details.

Some advantages of ext3cow:
  • It does not pollute the name space with named versions
  • It has low storage and performance overhead
  • It is totally modular, requiring no changes to kernel or VFS interfaces


jMemorize is an free open-source Java application that manages your learning processes by using flashcards and the famous Leitner system. jMemorize makes memorizing facts not only more efficient but also more fun. It boosts your whole learning experience and features categories, statistics and a visually appealing and intuitive interface.


  • Absolutely free and open source! No spyware or ads.
  • Runs with Windows, Linux, Mac and any other operating system that supports Java.
  • Maintain hundreds of flash cards and arrange them by categories.
  • Cards are fully Unicode powered, of course.
  • Use text formatting on your cards
  • Features a intelligent learning algorithm that knows when you should learn which cards.
  • Check you learn status at a glance with the motivating learn chart.
  • Import and export different file formats like XML, CSV, RTF and PDF for easy printing.
  • Customize your learn session settings in numerous ways, including which category and what types of cards to learn, adding time limits, learning cards with flipped card sides and choosing from different learn schedules.
  • Select from various translations, including German, Spanish, Dutch, Danish and others.
  • And much, much more..

Blogger Play: Watch the blogs go by

Blogger Play will show you a never-ending stream of images that were just uploaded to public Blogger blogs. You can click the image to be taken directly to the blog post it was uploaded to, or click “show info” to see an overlay with the post title, a snippet of the body, and some profile information about the blogger who uploaded it.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Cheet Sheets - For all programming things...

The's project. All cheat sheets, round-ups, quick reference cards, quick reference guides and quick reference sheets in one page. The only one you need.

Color Schemer...

Over the last few years, all of the major browsers have included support for a special set of 140 colors that are recognized by their color name within HTML or CSS code.

This means that rather than having to remember that the color orange is specified with the hex code “#FFA500″, you can simply type the word “orange” when specifying a color in your code and the browser will automatically translate it to its hex code.

Below link is a handy reference list of all 140 browser-supported named colors, which you can quickly sort by color family or name.

Color Schemer

Media Player Classic [Home Cinema]

Media Player Classic looks just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but has many additional features. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support (requires QuickTime and/or Real Player); built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec. Media Player Classic was created and is currently maintained by a programmer named "Gabest". This is a mod of Media Player Classic design for home cinema usage.

Changes in Media Player Classic - Home Cinema

* New features :
- Latests Clsid patches (Bento4 0.9.3, faad2 2.6b, dtsdec 0.0.2, libmad 0.15.1b, libpng 1.2.18, zlib 1.2.3, mpeg decoder: progressive frames fix, mpeg decoder: dsutil interlaced fix v2)
- Command line "/d3dfs" to start MPC in D3D full screen mode
- Logitech lcd support (e.g. G15 keyboard)
- Remember file position and DVD position work only when "Keep history" is set (preserve privacy issue)
- Screen saver is now kick only when a video is playing
- Build for X64 platforms
- Multilingual support : English, French and German. Need to download language pack and put Dll in MPC folder. If you want to translate in another language you can send me a private mail here
- DirectX SDK updated to August 2007 (v35)

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Social·fm Desktop

Social·fm Desktop formerly Mercora IMRadio is for the music connoisseur or aficionado who is into music discovery. Social·fm Desktop is the "universal tuner" that connects you to the world's largest and legal music radio network powered by people, dj's and artists just like you. With Social·fm Desktop, you can search, find and listen to thousands of artists and hundreds of genres in near-CD quality sound from webcasters all over the world - you can never find such variety with other online services, AM, FM or even XM. Social·fm Desktop also allows you to legally time-shift authorized webcasts for listening at a later more convenient time or when you are disconnected from the Internet. Social·fm Desktop mission is to catalogue and organize the world's music and make it universally searchable and legally listenable. Social·fm Desktop is free.

Mercora Home Page

Friday, September 14, 2007

PC Tools ThreatFire

ThreatFire is an easy-to-use application designed to protect your computer against malware such as trojans, spyware, rootkits, keyloggers, and buffer overflows by intelligently detecting and blocking behavior consistent with that of malware. ThreatFire does this by constantly monitoring your system, and analyzing programs and process activity. Whenever ThreatFire detects any unusual process or activity, it will display an alert with further information on the threat. If it is a known threat, then ThreatFire will automatically quarantine the malware and no further action is required on your part. If the threat is unknown, or new, then ThreatFire will display an alert and prompt you to Allow or Quarantine the process. All alerts provide detailed information to help you make an informed decision.

New features:

- Cyberhawk is now named ThreatFire, which has a new look and feel and is branded as a PC Tools product. The basic product layout and functions are similar to the older version, so hopefully it will be easy to make the switch to ThreatFire.
- Certain features previously found only in Cyberhawk Pro are now available in the new free product: ThreatFire Free Edition. These features include malware quarantine and removal, advanced custom rules, the rootkit scanner, and the built-in search on ThreatFire alerts which allows you to find out additional information on a threat.
- The “potentially malicious”alerts (yellow alerts) now give the option to Allow or Quarantine, instead of Allow or Deny. This is because ThreatFire is now able toquarantine any threats it detects, not just threats that wereclassified as “known” malware.
- The newPro versionincludes theon-demand scanning piece of PC Tools AntiVirusso that you can scan your system for dormant threats that may not becaught by ThreatFire’s real-time behavior-based protection. This AVscanner greatly increases the overall protection offered by ThreatFireand offers protection from a full spectrum of both known and unknownthreats.
- Greatly improved the overall protective capability of ThreatFire since the Cyberhawk v. 2.04 release.
- Fewer false positives.
- Miscellaneous other program fixes.

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