Get Instant Desktop Notification Alerts When Important Event Occurs [Growl & Snarl]

When an important event occurs, who wants to miss it? Nobody. This is exactly what this post is all about. Whether a download has finished, the next track of your music playlist has begun, the battery of your laptop is going to die, or you have received a new email, both Growl For Windows and Snarl will notify you know about it instantly. I have reviewed both free system notifications tools in details, below.

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Remove ‘Gadgets’ From Windows 7 Desktop Right-Click Context Menu

A few weeks back when I installed Windows 7, everything looked great, until I right-clicked the desktop. I always tend to keep my context menu clean and clutter-free. Since I am not a big fan of fancy Windows Gadget, removing it from the desktop right-click context menu makes sense.

Note: Before making changes to the registry, make sure you have backed up your Windows Registry, to learn how to backup, click here.

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How To Mount Blu-Ray Image As Virtual Drive

In the previous post we discussed about ripping and burning blu-ray disk, this post will focus on mounting and un-mounting blue-ray image. The tool we will use for this process will also be the same(BDDecrypter). There are various emulation tools that now support mounting of blu-ray image, but we will use this tool since it can also rip and burn blu-ray disks. Thus, making all three tasks possible from within one easy-to-use tool.

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How To Rip And Burn Blu-Ray Disc Quickly

This guide will teach you how to Rip and Burn Blu-Ray Discs using BDDecrypter. BDDecrypter, which stands for Blu-Ray & DVD Decrypter is a free tool for Windows that lets you rip, burn, and emulate the blue-ray discs, we will discuss the later in a separate post. (Update: Mounting Blu-Ray Image as Virtual Drive as been posted here) You can rip the blu-ray disk either to an ISO image file or to the m2ts file set. The same goes for burning, you can burn a writable blu-ray disk either from blu-ray image or blu-ray file set. Read More

Moovida – Powerful Open Source Media Center For Linux And Windows

Today, I finally got some time to try out Moovida(formally named Elisa Media Center). At first it looked like just another media center, but I have to confess that it got me addicted for the last 6 hours(my longest with any media center). It has a sleek design which gives it a professional eye-candy look, supports 3rd party plugins, and has a very robust and intrusive interface. Since this is a new app and has a small but growing community, the plugins available are limited. At the moment, you can view Photos from Flickr and DeviantArt, Videos from YouTube, GameTrailers and TED Talks, listen to Music from GrooveShark, Radio from Shoutcast and Yes.fm. Read More

Portable Cookie And System/Internet History Remover – ZeroTrace

Every time you browse the internet, your information is stored in cookies and browser cache. When you use an app, your activity is stored in Application History. When you simply browse the computer and open files, the activity is stored in Recent Documents in Start Menu. How would you remove all traces of user activity and history without having to remove them manually one by one?

There are many tools that can do such job, but most of them require installation. ZeroTrace is a free portable tool for Windows that has recently grabbed my attention. I can now use a public computer and simply run this tool at the end to erase all my activity and history, thus, not worrying about my privacy anymore.

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Make A Free 3D Virtual Box/Book Cover

Did you just compile your software or maybe just wrote a book? In both cases, you would want to add the image of virtual software box or book cover on your website. By adding the virtual box or book cover, it gives a more fresh and eye-candy look to the customers/visitors.

You don’t need to be an expert in Photoshop or graphic designing to make them. QuickBox is a free portable tool for Windows that let’s you make 3D box/book covers instantly. On the right sidebar you will find Front Image, Top Image, Spine Image, and Floor Image, just double-click them and add your custom images. You can change the Width, Height, and Depth of the cover depending on where you would like to place on your website.

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Hide Text In Image File With ImageHide

Want to send an important message to someone without having a fear that it will be read by someone else? ImageHide is a free portable tool for Windows that does exactly that. It can hide any written text inside the image file, without altering the image quality.

All you have to do is load the image, type the message, and hit Write Data. You can also Encrypt(Password Protect) the message in one click.

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Make A Slideshow With Music And Audio Using PhotoStage

Remember, last year we discussed about making a free DVD slideshow(with music) in Windows Vista. Well it got a lot more easier and professional with PhotoStage. It is a free tool for Windows that lets you create a professional slideshow with any media file. You can add photos, videos, music, and also add your own recorded voice to the slideshow all from within a simple-to-use interface.

The slideshow feature in Windows DVD Maker contains basic features only, while in PhotoStage you can edit every aspect of the slideshow to give it a professional look.

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Open Doc, Docx, RTF, HTML, And Txt Documents With Word Reader

Word Reader is an alternative to Microsoft Word 2003/2007, that can open documents of various formats. You can not edit the document, but only read it. If you are an impatient person and cannot wait for Microsoft Office to load up a simple document, then this tool does the trick. It opens the document 10 times faster than Office 2007.

The case here is almost similar to that of Adobe Reader, which has many 3rd party alternatives such as Foxit Reader, PDF XChange Reader, Free PDF Reader, and many others.

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