I have reviewed two tools before that allow you to run an application at any date or time. Ka Firetask is a great tool but is too complicated for most users, while Rocket Launcher lets you launch an application at any day or time(date cannot be selected).
RunAsDate on the other hand is a free portable tool for Windows that can launch a program at both date and/or time without any fuss. It is a tool from Nirsoft, the guys behind many useful tools that we have covered before here, here, here, and here. Read More
Once in a while everyone needs a break, if you are looking to play an interesting game, give Flight Gear a try. It is a free multi-platform opensource flight simulator that anyone can download and play. It looks more like Microsoft’s Flight Simulator because it allows you to fly various types of planes, helicopters, and even airships.
The graphics are pretty impressive considering that it is an opensource game that was developed without a serious budget. It comes with a fully-functional 3D cockpit and various add-on support. You can add more planes, objects, cities, etc. You can perform a rescue operation, land/park a plane, refuel your plane during mid-flight, and much more. Just run the game, learn some basic controls, and you are good to go.
If you need to gain some more space on your Ubuntu desktop, you can use the auto hide feature of Panel. By enabling auto hide, your panel is hidden and it only becomes visible when you hover your mouse cursor over it. You can achieve this in two ways in Ubuntu Linux. Let me explain both:
Do you want to change background color of the desktop icons, change the text color of the these icons, save and restore the positions of your desktop icons, or simply want to reduce the clutter on your desktop?
is a free tool for Windows that gives a user complete control over all his/her desktop icons.
You can customize the color of your icons, hide them, select a background, position them easily, or do whatever you want.
It is vital to adapt tool for data backup so as to have a point of recovery in case of accidental deletion of data. Ubuntu Linux has some very useful data backup software. Sbackup is one of the commonly used application for data backup and recovery. It is free and has user friendly graphical interface to manage your backups. It allows you to take backup of your system data any time you want and also lets you schedule the backup process.
KDE 4 is a free desktop environment for Linux/Unix based systems. It offers graphically rich applications and various easy-to-use desktop features and applications. Although, default Ubuntu desktop environment GNOME is pretty straightforward, but if you want enhanced features in your desktop software, then you should definitely give KDE a try. To install it, run the following command in terminal.
For those of you looking for a way to write something without getting distracted, meet Momentum Writer. It is a free tool for Windows where you can create a new plain text document or open an existing one and start writing whatever you want without getting distracted.
It works on the principle of typewriter, once you have written something, there is no going back, you cannot make changes or edit any written text. But of course you can open the .txt file later using notepad and edit the mistake. Most writers are curious about the spelling mistakes or other small mistakes and sometimes leave their writing to correct these mistakes. When they continue writing again, most of their ideas vanish away because of distraction. Read More
Mplayer is a free, easy-to-use movie player. It supports almost all media formats. Its very first release was only for Linux based systems, although now it works with all major operating systems like Windows, Linux/Unix and Mac OS. To install Mplayer on Ubuntu Linux, type the following command in terminal.
There are plenty of file managers out there, but none has the ability for tabbed browsing, except Nomad .NET. Just like there are tabs in web browsers which makes browsing much more easier and faster, Nomad .NET
has full tabs support as well that allows a user to open multiple folders, thus allowing a much more faster overall experience. It supports threaded file operations, such as, delete, move, copy, etc.
Most often you need to run windows applications in Linux, Wine makes it possible. It is a free, easy-to-use application which allows you to run windows programs in Linux environment. Wine is capable of installing programs of almost all versions of Windows. Installing wine in Ubuntu Linux is very easy. Just run the following command in your terminal to install it.
A few days back I covered a tool named Google Translate Client
that translates any text to any other language instantly. But what if you want to translate a word and then find it’s meaning? Or perhaps, you simply want to research more about it on Wikipedia?
is a free portable tool for Windows that is a combination of four important online services, Google Dictionary, Translate, Suggest, and Wikipedia. In other words, it is also a multilingual dictionary.
After you have installed the tool, it will show an icon in the system tray. Right-click the system tray icon and select Options. Now under Dictionary+Translation, select the language that you commonly use to translate and click OK.
Gnump3d is an easy-to-use and free streaming media server for Ubuntu Linux. It allows you to watch and navigate through your media collection via web browser. Since it has a browser interface, watching and sharing media files across the network is a piece-of-cake. It was mainly developed to support mp3 files but now also supports various other audio formats, such as, wav, ogg, au, and mpc. Installing and using gnump3d is quite easy.
Apple has announced the next generation iPhone called iPhone 3GS, where the ‘S’ stands for speed. The new iPhone is much more faster than it’s predecessors, according to Apple it loads the applications twice as fast as the original iPhone 3G. Below I have listed the complete specifications in full details.
Are you leaving your office or maybe planning to take a vacation. Security is something that everybody considers strongly. Instead of purchasing expensive video surveillance systems, you can now convert your webcam into a motion-sensing security camera without paying a buck.
Rise Sun is a free webcam motion-detecting software for Windows that can turn your computer into a video surveillance system. The motion sensing is so accurate that I couldn’t resist trying it on myself. You can manually adjust the Sensor Sensitivity, Camera Performance, and Trigger Threshold. For the program to detect the motion more accurately, you will have to set the Trigger Threshold to medium.
Note: Rise Sun for Windows has been discontinued. You can check out previously featured TeboCam
Sleep Moon Xpress
is a free advanced automation tool for Windows that is filled with various easy-to-use features that you won’t find in any other task scheduler. Unlike other task schedulers where you have to define the time&date, this tool can perform a task based on network bandwidth
Suppose you want to Shutdown the computer when Download speed is less than 5kb/s or you want it to notify you or open a file when upload speed has crossed 40kb/s. In such situations, Sleep Moon Xpress can help.
When it comes to picking a color, a tough choice has to be made. Every color gives a person different impression, to select the finest color is still a difficult task for many designers, artist, and, photographers. Whether you are looking forward to make a logo, a design for your client, or simply a graphic drawing, selecting the right color will definitely help.
Yahoo! Messenger is a popular communication platform for many internet users. What they do not realize is that their communication is not secure, since the messenger does not use any type of encryption. Any computer sniffing tool can intercept and log the conversation that happens on Yahoo! Messenger.
is a free anti-sniffer tool for Windows that provides encryption for Yahoo! Messenger. It does not prevent the sniffer from functioning but ensures that what sniffer reads is pure junk(unreadable text). According to the developer, “Rocksyhoo will encrypt each message before it is sent and will decrypt that message after it is received on the destination computer. Both users must have installed Rocksyhoo and use the same password established by agreement in private or by public key protocol.”
Editor’s Notes: Sometimes it is better not to pay for a software. We at AddictiveTips do our best to find out ways to solve a problem for free without having to pay for a commercial software. One tool alone cannot quite accomplish a task, this is why we are going to use multiple tools to create our very own Computer Activity Monitoring Software. This method can be followed by almost everyone, since it does not require even a single line of code to be written. ;)
By definition, a computer activity monitoring software means a tool that can monitor the activity without the person knowing that he is being watched. Auto Clicker Typer is not a monitoring tool, but we will convert it into one by making some clever modifications.
Installing and Setting Up Auto Clicker Typer
To begin, first install Auto Clicker Typer
. Once done, open it and check the Record Cursor Movement checkbox.
Google Translate is the most widely used translation service currently available for free. But translating a webpage, a paragraph, or a piece of text can still be a tiresome process. First you need to visit Google Translate website, copy/paste the text, at last choosing the language, and finally clicking Translate.
Google Translate Client
for Windows makes translation a piece-of-cake. It integrates itself into every Windows application, whether it be Firefox browser, Notepad, Microsoft Word, or Windows Live Writer. It is to date the best 3rd party Google Translate tool I have ever tried
It’s been a long time since I held my last reader’s poll. So you must be thinking, why you should vote? By voting, we will know better which type of tips our readers love. So today I am going to ask you, Ubuntu 9.04 or Windows 7?
UPDATE: I want more votes to decide properly, so if you are reading this please don't forget to vote.
I understand that most of you are from Windows background, but Ubuntu is one great OS too. You can do things on Ubuntu that is not possible on Windows, and vice versa. Both have their benefits. Before you vote, have a look as to what I think about both operating systems.