The Best Freeware Downloads on the Web

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There are plenty of great freeware downloads on the Web; here are just a few good freeware downloads sites:
Thanks to about.com for collecting these gems.
 
  • Lifehacker Pack: the productivity experts over at Lifehacker put together a must-have packet of freeware downloads.
  • KeePass: "KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way."
  • Cspace: "CSpace provides a platform for secure, decentralized, user-to-user communication over the internet."
  • WriteRoom: "WriteRoom is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment."
  • The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities: 46 different freeware utilities sorted by function and category.
  • TrueCrypt: "Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows XP/2000/2003 and Linux."
  • PortableApps: "A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer."
  • Vyew: "Vyew is a browser-based conferencing and always-on collaboration platform that provides instant visual communication without the need for client downloads or installations."
  • I want a Freeware Utility to: "Extremely useful free utilities that do specific jobs really well and save time and money."
  • ClassicGaming: Be careful, this site is addictive.
  • Essentials 2006 Edition: a list of absolutely essential freeware downloads.
  • Stellarium: "Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope."
  • Yahoo Widgets: "Bring life to your desktop with fun, stylish, and useful Yahoo! Widgets."
  • QuickTime Alternative:"QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt and other extensions) without having to install the official QuickTime Player. It also supports QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages."
  • PrimoPDF: "Convert to PDF from any application."
  • Kinkless: "Kinkless GTD is a free set of Applescripts that work with OmniOutliner Pro to create a framework for implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done task-management methodology."
  • Belarc Advisor: "The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser."
  • ComputerZen: Scott Hanselman’s 2005 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List.
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Google Docs gets a profusion of templates

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Users of Google Docs, the online applications for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, now have a wide range of templates from which to choose.

Google on Thursday announced the templates, which were created by Google and a number of companies with experience in the business. They can be browsed and opened through a template gallery that currently has 294 to choose from.

Google Docs users now can use a wide range of templates.

Google Docs users now can use a wide range of templates.(Credit: Google)

Among the options: wedding planners, business cards, cover letters, screenplays with proper formatting, invoices, loan amortization schedulers, fantasy basketball standings predictor, wedding photo albums, and party invitations.

Some templates, such as the group shared expense report, are explicitly designed to take advantage of the fact that Google Docs can be edited by multiple people, one of the natural advantages the technology has over PC-based editing.

New iPhone wth 3G launched.

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In what may have been the worst-kept secret in Apple announcements of late, CEO Steve Jobs announced a 3G version of the iPhone on Monday, along with a slew of new third-party applications designed for the device.

The new iPhone will use third-generation wireless technology and run updated iPhone 2.0 software. It’s expected to launch July 11, Jobs said in his keynote speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The iPhone will also be cheaper than its predecessor, with a 16GB version priced at $299 and an 8GB version that costs $199.

Hardware features include longer battery life, a flush headphone jack, silver button controls on the side of the phone, and a plastic back case that comes in black or white (for the 16GB version only).
Featured applications included a mobile-blogging app from SixApart; a new version of Super Monkey Ball from Sega; an application from eBay that allows users to monitor their bids; an application from Modality that gives medical students up-close views of human body parts to help them study anatomy; an application that gives near real-time updates on Major League Baseball games; an Associated Press app that sends out local news based on where a user is; and a service from Loopt that lets people see where their friends are at any given time. (You can see a roundup of demos of each of these apps here.)

Bharti Airtel and Apple have confirmed that they will be bringing the highly anticipated iPhone 3G to India later this year. Full review of the new iPhone is here.

Want goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.com? Too Late

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Uptime monitoring service Pingdom has put together a list of thousands of .com domain names owned by Google, based on an analysis of the root zone file. They then verified the most interesting ones with WHOIS information. Does GoogleWarnerbros.com represent a future partnership, or a failed tryout? Googlereligion.com? Why not. Googlepoo.com? Sure.

The entire list is embedded below. Some of the more interesting ones:

* 30dayfitness.com
* bayareaburritos.com
* donationcard.com
* essentialmommy.com
* greengardengifts.com
* mariolovespasta.com
* thesecretofburritos.com
* goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.com
* google4kids.com
* googlebackups.com
* googleauction.com
* googlebroadband.com
* googlecasinogames.com
* googlefamily.com
* googlejokes.com
* googlelovers.com
* googlepersonals.com
* googlereligion.com
* googlefaith.com
* googlegym.com
* googledaycare.com
* bankgoogle.com
* googlepaperproducts.com
* googletimewarner.com
* ebay-google.com
* googlewarnerbros.com
* checkoutsucks.com
* dejastinks.com
* frooglesucks.com
* fuckengoogle.com
* gmailblows.com
* gmailsucks.com
* googlefools.com
* googlemotherfucker.com
* googlepoo.com
* googlesucks.com
* errorpageassist.com
* googlemonitoring.com
* googleclusters.com
* googlewebmonitoring.com

Read this doc on Scribd: 0804 google domains.

 

Best of Webalbums

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There are plenty of paid offerings to choose from in this category of software, but I’ve found several free programs on CNET.com that do the job nicely. The best Web album software provides ways to host your work on the Web so all you’ll need is some creativity and your already honed photo-snapping skills.

Photozig Albums Express

The step-by-step process makes it easy to create simple albums.(Credit: CNET Networks)

Photozig Albums Express offers a step-by-step process so you can design your project from start to finish. Big button icons with descriptions make it easy to start your project and select the preferred output for your images including sending in e-mail, burning to a CD, or uploading to a Web site. The finished product is a basic layout of thumbnails that you can click to enlarge, but you’ll have no skins to choose from with this one. The Photozig Web site requires you register with an e-mail address, but you’ll be able to display your albums on the Web for free once you’re signed up. For basic albums, this is the one to choose.

Web Photo Album

A clean-looking interface and several themes make album creation easy.(Credit: CNET Networks)

Web Photo Album is another simple free album creator offering several nice (if sometimes cheesy) templates. A nice interface layout makes it easy to find the pictures you want and quickly create a simple album. It offers basic editing functions like red-eye removal and picture rotation, and you can add captions to each picture. The finished product comes out as a page of thumbnails and once you click on a picture, you’re given a close up with the ability to navigate to other shots across the top of the page. Though there are a staggering number of themes to choose from to match your pictures, your overall layout is unchangeable. Web Photo Album lets you sign up for the free Photo hosting service, or you can save to a folder to burn to CD or post to your own site.

JAlbum

With numerous skin and layout choices, JAlbum is tough to beat.(Credit: CNET Networks)

JAlbum for both PC and Mac users is one of my long-time favorite free Web album programs. It doesn’t direct you through the process like Photozig, but a quick look through the menus will be enough for you to get started creating great Web albums. There are several great-looking templates and skins to choose from, with more skins available at the JAlbum Web site. An integrated FTP program makes it easy to post albums to your Web site or blog. The JAlbum site also lets you post your projects to their Web hosting service for free, but as with the others, you’ll need to register with a name and e-mail address.

With spring weather returning, you’re going to have a lot of chances to snap some great pictures. Use one of these free Web album programs to turn your pictures into a nice project that’s easy to share with anyone.

Your guide to Inflation

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Everyone now seems to be talking about it. And everyone must have an opinion about it.
So, here comes Harshal again to help you out from the misery of watching mutely while others are showing off their knowledge on.. INFALATION!
Check out this link and get your basics right about the inflation. This article will tell you about how is inflation measured, why prices are rising and what your investment strategy should be.

You must know how Inflation is affecting life around you. This article will tell you about the impact of raising oil prices, impact on agriculture, change in market structure and the similar stuff.
Finally, its time to calculate how Inflation is affecting YOU. Check it out here.
So next time you see a group of people blaming government about rising prices, you know how to shut their mouths.

10 tech certifications that actually mean something

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Its the time of the year when most of the IT pros think of making a ‘switch’.
So, this article will explain which certifications are hot in the market now and which will fetch you a fat pay cheque.
Check out the 10 tech certifications that actually mean something.

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