Sunday, May 17, 2009

FREE Scrapbooking Software that lets you capture anything from the Web in an instant?


MyFotoPad is Scrapbooking Software that is completely FREE It does all the things you need in most scrapbooking functions  and the catch word is it is free to use.In MyFotoPad you can Write wherever you want, Draw anything you like, Use and create your own collages for your pictures, Capture any Bit of the screen you need from the Web or Elsewhere and Have AUDIO recordings as part of your scrapbook.

Scrapbooking Software with a Difference. - Opera

What's so Good about MyFotoPad?

Write wherever you want anywhere you like
Draw anything you like just like pen and paper
Use and create your own collages for your pictures
Capture any Bit of the screen you need from the Web or Elsewhere
Have AUDIO recordings as part of your scrapbook
Change your Fotos to Black and White
Give your Pictures a Sepia effect for a Dated look
Emboss your pictures to give that 3-D look
Create a Torn look on your pictures
Soften, Blur or Sharpen pictures at will
Lighten Darken and improve the contrast of your pictures
Convert your Scrapbooking to HTML pages

Download:
My FotoPad Direct Download

My FotoPad Home Page

Some word of caution :
As the
website suggests:

"Why is MyFotoPad FREE is their a catch ?? Absolutely NOT, no catches gimmicks or tricks. All we ask is that you pay a brief visit to any of our our sponsors sites below before downloading the software. We have teamed up with our sponsors so that we can make this a FREE service. The reason we are giving away such a wealth of functionality completely FREE is because MyFotoPad is software that grew from our very famous Livepad product. While we were developing the Livepad software we discovered that there was considerable overlap between Livepad (MS Office type application) and scrapbooking software.So we decided to build MyFotoPad from the bare bones of our Livepad Software."

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Windows 7 Release Candidate: Download instructions

 


Windows 7 Release Candidate: Download instructions

This write ups have been drawn from here

Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing. We're on our way to Windows 7, and if you like trying out pre-release software, now’s your chance. You get to see what's coming, and we get to see if our changes and fixes from the Beta testing are working correctly.

How do you test the software? You put it on your PC, and then do what you'd normally do. Your PC will automatically and anonymously send our engineers the information they need to verify the fixes and changes they made based on the Windows 7 Beta tests.
Here's what you need to know:

This is pre-release software, so please read the following to get an idea of the risks and key things you need to know before you try the RC.

You don't need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.

Watch the calendar. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use. (Learn more about installing windows )Protect your PC and data. Be sure to back up your data and please don't test the RC on your primary home or business PC.

Tech details/updates: Before installing the RC, please read the Release Notes and Things to Know for important information about the release.
Keep up with the news. You can keep up with general technical information and news by following the team blog. And, you can get non-technical news, tips, and offers by subscribing to the monthly Exploring Windows newsletter.

Keep your PC updated: Be sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update in case we publish updates for the RC.

Installation: You can install the Windows 7 RC on a PC running Windows Vista without backing up the PC—but we encourage you to make a backup for safe keeping. If you’re running Windows XP or the Windows 7 Beta, you’ll need to backup your data, then do a clean installation of the RC, then reinstall your applications and restore your data. If you need to do a backup, please see How to back up your PC for more details and a suggestion for how to backup a PC running Windows 7 Beta or Windows Vista.

To install and use the RC, you'll need to know how to:

Troubleshoot problems. You're pretty much flying solo, so you'll need to handle your own tech support, and rely on other RC testers for their know-how

Burn an ISO file to make an installation DVD

Install Windows

Backup and restore your PC

Set up a network

Create and use a system recovery disk

To learn more about the Windows 7 RC, see Frequently asked questions.
Here's what you need to have:

Internet access (to download Windows 7 RC and get updates)

A PC with these system requirements:

1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)

DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Please note these specifications could change. And, some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV or navigation through the use of "touch," may require advanced or additional hardware.

The 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 RC are available in five languages: English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish. Just choose the version that fits the system you'll be using, pick your language, and click go to register for and download the RC.

Downloading the Windows 7 RC could take a few hours. The exact time will depend on your internet provider, bandwidth, and traffic. The good news is that once you start the download, you won't have to answer any more questions – you can walk away while it finishes. If it gets interrupted, it'll restart where it left off. See this FAQ http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/faq.aspx#faq2_4 for details.

Downloads
IT pro? Go here 
to get your download and the resources you need.

Download 32-bit version English
Download 64-bit version English :
Download the print version of this Microsoft article:

32-bit, 64-bit? Once relatively rare, today’s more powerful PCs often use 64-bit versions of Windows. If you’re not sure what to download, just match the version you’re currently running. Here's how to check.

FAQ:

You can keep up with general technical information and news by following the team blog. And, you can get non-technical news, tips, and offers by subscribing to the monthly Exploring Windows newsletter.

Before installing the RC, please read the Release Notes

Before installing the RC, please read the  Things to know for important information about the release.

(Learn more about installing windows 7)

Suggestions:
This version will begin shutting down every 2 hours in March of 2010 with the RC expiring altogether in June of 2010.

Agnitum Outpost Free 6.5is alive again


According to  Donation Coder

it has been a unexpected announcements as the Donation Coder website states:
"Talk about unexpected announcements. As you may recall, back when Outpost was a new player in the firewall arena, the app did have a basic free version that garnered critical praise for its features and thorough protection. Unfortunately, Agnitum never updated the software to include the many improvements done in the "Pro" versions, or to improve compatibility with the new Windows versions.

But it looks like the team decided to change this, and they're offering a free version of Outpost 2009, with the usual restrictions applied (you can also get the Pro version for free with Trial Pay, but I think there's enough spam in the web nowadays). Still, Agnitum remains as one of the best options for a firewall according to the various tests done around the net, so even a basic version is a good alternative."

As the website of Agnitum Outpost suggests   protect yours digital valuables against hackers and identity theft for free.It also claims solid firewall protection with standard packet and application filtering to safeguard your data against unauthorized third parties.Also it gives advance protection against illegal program activities,all this with the minimum impact on  yours system resources.

Quote from: Major Geeks
Agnitum Outpost is the first personal firewall for Windows developed with Open Architecture. The Open Development Process proved its efficiency with the development of the Internet and with Linux. No company can be as fast, flexible and innovative at enhancing a closed product as thousands of developers from different countries all working on an open one.

Agnitum Outpost is the first personal firewall that supports plug-ins. Sample plug-ins are included to show how this revolutionary technology can easily be employed for such tasks as Intrusion Detection, Advertisement Blocking, Content Filtering, E-mail Guard and Privacy Control.

Compatibility is no problem. Agnitum Outpost brings you peace of mind in any environment no matter what:

- Connection type you are using (dial-up, DSL, ISDN, Cable, T1 or Satellite).
- MS Windows version (95,98, 98SE, ME, NT, 2000, XP).
- Network (standalone PC, office network, home network, VPN or Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing).
- Application you are using (every browser and e-mail client, Web or FTP server, ICQ, IRC, Online Gaming and every other application imaginable) .

Limitations: Free version has a few less features and is not supported. The full Pro version is available for $39.95 through the official Agnitum Affiliate Program.

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Features:
Bi directional firewall
Protection that cannot be shutdown by hackers
Application behavior monitoring
Intuitive resource friendly operation
Activity monitoring capapbilies
Windows vista and 64 bit compatibility

Links:
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here comparison between Outpost firewall free and Outpost firewall Pro
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Old Versions Outpost Firewall Free 1.0

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Download size :
It is a 16.63MB (Freeware) download Date added:    April 27, 2009 by
Agnitum Ltd 
author of this freeware

requirements: Requirements:    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista

Review:

Agnitum Outpost is the first personal firewall that supports plug-ins. Sample plug-ins are included to show how this revolutionary technology can easily be employed for such tasks as Intrusion Detection, Advertisement Blocking, Content Filtering, E-mail Guard and Privacy Control.

Agnitum Outpost is equipped with every feature a personal firewall should have. It is the most functional firewall in the world. Outpost supports all the latest security techniques and features such as: Full Stealth Mode, Anti-Leak, and MD5 Authentication.


 

Hyderabad – City of Pearls and Biriyani

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Hyderabad was founded by Sultan Mohammad Quili Qutub Shah in 1590 AD at Golconda Kingdom. It is the fifth largest city of India and is a Metro now. Hyderabad and Secunderabad are together known as twin cities.

Hyderabad is divided into two parts- Old City and New City. The Old City has historical monuments, buildings and bazaars while the New City on the North of the Musi is full of modern buildings, offices, schools, colleges and malls.

Secunderabad is at about 7 kilometers towards the north of the Hyderabad City passing through the Hussain Sagar Lake.

     Hyderabad is situated at 1760` above the sea level.
     Its temperature varies between 40*- 22*C in summer and 22*- 13*C in winter
     Pin Code – 500001
     STD Code – 0842
     Indian Airlines City Office at Saifabad, Ph. No. 236902
     Airport – 842051-3 

REACHING HYDERABAD :

By Air: Indian and almost all other private airlines offer round the clock domestic and a few international services.

By Rail: excellent train services available to all Indian cities.
By Road :
     It has NH 7 – Varanasi-Nagpur-Bangalore-Kanyakumari
     And NH 9 connecting Bombay-Pune-Sholapur-Vijayawada

Distances from:
     Aurangabad – 599kms.
     Nagpur – 468kms.
     Vijayawada – 271kms.
     Visakhapatnam – 837kms.
     Bhubaneswar – 1063kms.
     Bhopal – 813kms.
     Tirupati – 651kms.
     Delhi – 1453kms. Kolkata – 1516kms.
     Mumbai – 739kms.
     Chennai – 704kms.
     Bangalore – 566kms.

Places to see:

1.    CHARMINAR

It was built in 1591 AD. It has four minarets built up on four granite arches facing the four directions, each side measuring 60` in length and 42` in width. Each minaret is of 90` high with four storey. The height of each minar (pillar) from the ground level is 180`. You can have a glimpse of the suburb from atop the minars. The four granite arches face North, South, East and West. Each of the four pillars faces a highway. Each minar has four storeys and last upper part consists of one mosque and a school. 
MECCA MASJID
Replete with Islamic art and architecture situated at the Charminar South Gate, this mosque claims its antiquity to 1614 AD from the era of Emperor Aurangzeb. Its length, breadth and height are 225`, 180` and 75` respectively.
SALAR JUNG MUSEUM
On the opposite side of the State Library and by the side of River Musi, this amazing museum is situated which has a rare assemblage of the old and the rare and modern and the beautiful. This museum is open from 10AM to 5PM.
HUSSAIN SAGAR
A tourist can hire or share a boat ride based on the number of hours` ride. Boating on Husain  Sagar is very pleasant and enjoyable especially with family and friends.
GOLCONDA FORT
King of  Warrangal built this fort which is one of the rarest edifices India boasts of. The height of the fort is 400` and the circumference of the fort wall is 5 miles with 87 semi-circular bastion. The fort has nine gates, namely, Fateh Darwaja, Banja Darwaja, Pattancheru Darwaja , Bahmani Darwaja, Jamati Darwaja, Moti Darwaja , Mecca Darwaja , New Fort Darwaja and Bodli Darwaja of which nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5 are open to public now.
BIRLA TEMPLE
The Hindustan Charity Trust, a Birla foundation has constructed this amazing temple of exquisite craftsmanship at Kala Pahad opposite to Noubat Pahad with Lord Venkateswar at 9.5` height made up of granite stones weighing eight tones.

OTHER SIGHT-SEEING PLACES:
1.    Fateh Darwaja – the main gate of the fort.
2.    Ravindra Bharati – the famous National Theatre of Hyderabad
3.    Osmania University – established in 1918
4.    Nehru Zoological Park – situated beside Mir Alam Tank Road, 2kms. From Charminar. It is the biggest park of its kind in India.
5.    Osman Sagar – a reservoir built in 1920 across the Musi River, 20kms. away from the city covering an area of 18 square miles
6.    Ajanta Pavillion – has arts and paintings of the like of Ajanta & Ellora Caves near the building of Hyderabad Museum.
7.    Qutub Sahi Tombs
8.    Macca Masjid – a fine monument of Oriental Architecture & Islamic art of 16th century AD.

Hyderabad is the city of pearls and unless you visit a pearl merchant of the likes of Mangat Rai at Charminar or at other places, you cannot give your friends and relatives a better presentation at a cheaper rate.

For Biriyani, a good number of standard outlets exist unless you visit big ones for better taste, and, of course, with better cost.

More Travel articles:  The Travel


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Rubber Ducky - a small, fun resource monitor


    
   
   
    

Rubber Ducky - a small, fun resource monitor

MimarSinan Rubber Ducky - a small, fun resource monitor is a small system performance monitor that reports on your RAM and swap file use, network traffic, plus hard drive and CPU activity levels.There are similar dozens of programmes but still it is somewhat unique and fun.

If, you're tired of glaring at tiny numbers and graphs, but still want something to help you keep  eye of yours smooth and calculative with small fun in relation to  what your system is up to, give  Rubber Ducky - a small, fun resource monitor a try. It uses a small "aquarium" complete with little rubber duck that sits above your system tray. Each element in the aquarium means something. Rubber Ducky - a small, fun resource monitor unique is the display.

Key Benefits:
System Information at a Glance
small aquarium sits above the system tray
elements of the aquarium represent system information
see what is slowing down your system at a single look

Available Performance Monitors
water level: RAM usage, if the duck is drowning close some running applications to improve the performance.
water color: SWAP file usage, if the water color is too dark then means the computer is starting to use swap file as it is running low on free memory, so close some of yours memory intensive applications.
bubbles: CPU usage
fish: NETWORK traffic,fish moving from right to left means the download the inbound traffic and
plants: DISK activity, almost all the programmes write to hard disk but some are more ,plants waving means programmes writing to disk and on the contrary plants still then the opposite.
bubble: if there is too much bubble then one of the program me using too much cpu so control it otherwise system may slow down or destabilize the system.

Downlaod Link 
Direct Downlaod Link

Review:
Quite a creative
Creative way to visualize the metrics.
Always on top can be configured through settings.
Load on start up can be managed through settings.
Transparency level can be managed as the default being 200 percentage.
It consumes  5 to 6 MB of Ram .
When clicked gives a twittering sounds of birds
Cute and unobtrusive.
In a way you can manage yours memory also enjoying the fun of aquarium.
keep the aquarium visible on the desktop so that you can constantly monitor the system status.

    
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pandora Recovery

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This product will help you find and recover your deleted files from both NTFS and FAT formatted volumes. Pandora Recovery will allow you to scan all files and directories on any logical drive of your computer with supported file format. Once the scanning is complete you have full control over which files to recover and what destination to recover them to.

  Installation
Installing Pandora Recovery is accomplished by running the installation utility available at Here
and then accepting the End User License Agreement (EULA), and then completing a few quick settings as detailed below.

  Wizard
An easy way to get started recovering your deleted file(s) is by using the Wizard. By default the Wizard will open automatically when you start Pandora Recovery. You can also access the Wizard by clicking on the wizard icon in the program toolbar.

  Browse Method

If you have selected the “Browse” method using our wizard, the “Next” button will collect data on selected drive and display deleted files found on that drive. Please see our Recovering Deleted Files section to learn how to recover deleted files(s).

  Search Method

If you have selected the “Search” method using our wizard, the “Next” button will take you to the Pandora Recovery Search page. You can also get to the “Search” method by clicking on the “Search” tab at the very top. Enter the search parameters for the deleted file(s) you are looking for and then click the “Search” button. A list of files matching your search criteria will be displayed .

  Surface Scan Method

If you have selected the “Surface Scan” method using our wizard, the “Next” button will take you to the Pandora Recovery Surface Scan page. You can also get to the Surface Scan page by selecting the “Surface Scan” tab at the top.

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Download Pandora Recovery from here

REVIEW

1. Very good software having recovering some un recoverable files as I have experienced with some of other soft wares in this category.
2. while recovering the files it takes 9 to 10 mb of Ram which is excellent considering the recovering  process it is undergoing.
3.GUI is extremely understandable and user friendly and smooth and also very intuitive with lots of tips to do what is or what not to do and  so on.
4. Surface Scan Method is very useful though it takes time ,  it physically analyses your drive sector by sector to locate deleted files that still reside on your drive. This method is much slower than the method use in Browse and Search. However, performing the scan using this method can locate additional files not found using the faster and simpler Browse and Search methods, including files deleted during a drive format.
5.The preview method is excellent and also recovering files with automatic folder opening at the recovery has been excellent and good.
6.In the option section you have option of show wizard at start up or vice -versa
7.automatic update or manual update can be configured
8.Log file size limitations can be done manually
9.In languages section apart from English 3 more languages can be configurable
10.GUI is wonderful and it itself guides the user for a smooth drive.
11. One drawback  is unable to recover the software you have accidentally deleted , if you find is wrong then please comment and then I will rectify it.