is a free tool for Windows that is a bit similar to Screen2Exe
but does a very different job. Just as you can create an executable file after recording a screen cast using Screen2Exe. This tool allows you to create an executable file from any media files, it could a movie, a family video, or whatever.
The support of various video formats is astonishing, you can convert an .avi, .mov, .flv, or whatever video format to a self-playing .exe file. The first step is to choose a media file, also the output destination and file name. Second step is to choose the Splash file(should be in .gif format) and Icon file(should be in .ico format). You can also choose to add a personal URL, but it is not necessary. By benefits of adding the URL is that after the video playback is complete, your website can be shown in any default browser automatically.
Lan Explorer is a free tool for Windows that lets you browse all aspects of your local area network. Everything from Computers to Shared Folders and Printers are presented clearly. The bottom area is split into two windows, where one is your local computer while the other shows the remote computer. The files that are being transferred are shown in the last window at the bottom. The main layout is a bit similar to that of FileZilla FTP. Read More
You can obviously achieve better system performance if you are monitoring your system properly. Every operating system has the tools and techniques to monitor the system performance , so does Ubuntu Linux. You can monitor your Ubuntu system in one of the following ways.
Sometimes we need a translator who can help translate a chat conversation with a foreigner to your local language
. If you have some friends who live outside your country in your Instant Messenger contact list, then you must know how hard it is to talk with someone who doesn’t speak your language.
is a free service that lets you chat with anyone around the world. It can translate up to 15 languages to your local language. Suppose you want to chat with someone who speaks French, if this person writes a message to you, it will automatically get translated to English or whatever your local language is. In this way you can understand what he/she is saying and reply in your own local language, for the person with whom you are chatting, he/she will receive the message in French.
Not everyone is familiar with PDF documents, take an example of my family members who know nothing about PDF documents but know everything about MS Word document. So when I have to share a document with them, first I will have to convert it to MS Word. Another need to convert it to MS Word arises when you need to edit something from the read-only PDF documents.
Last year I wrote about an online service that allows you to convert documents from PDF to Word format. The service instead of converting the file on-the-fly and showing you the download link, will actually send you an email after some time, which in my opinion is not productive. Another downside is that you cannot batch convert the files, instead you will have to repeat the process over and over again.
Ubuntu offers one of the best graphical interface for users when compared with other Linux distros. Navigating through your desktop icons, menu and other options has been made easier and much more faster with the use of hotkeys. If you know some hotkeys, you can move through your desktop and system quickly. Below, I have listed some of the commonly used hotkeys in Ubuntu Linux.
You will certainly get irritated if you are to perform the same repeated task every day, all operating systems offer solution to this problem via Task Scheduler. Ubuntu Linux has a free and easy-to-use tool to automate tasks, called Gnome Task Scheduler. To install it, simply run following command in your terminal.
sudo apt-get install gnome-schedule
I have seen various cases where the default language of Facebook gets changed automatically. Most users are reporting that their language has been changed to Arabic, Polish, French, Vietnamese, etc without any reason. Go here and read all the comments to get an idea what I am talking about.
The most popular way to change the language is to go at the bottom of the page and then change it by clicking the Language link. But this method is reportedly not working for most users, when they change the language using this method, it gets changed back to some other language. Read More
Do you have Microsoft Office
(doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pps, xls, xlsx
), Open Office
(odt, odp, sxw, sxi,
etc), or Text
) documents that you want to open online? Suppose you receive an email with any one of the above mentioned documents, what will you do?
View Docs Online
is a free service that lets you open almost any type of popular documents online. Instead of downloading a client that can open such document, you can simply enter the URL of the document and this service will open it instantly.
We have covered many ways to synchronize folders with each other, you can find some here and here. But most synchronization tools do not allow syncing of more than 2 folders. What if you want to sync more than 2 folders?
Horodruin(this name is quite difficult to remember) is a free synchronization tool for Windows that allows syncing of multiple folders. It supports multi-threading and is for advanced users only. Since the whole concept and user-interface is different, you will have to read the documentation that comes with it before you are able to fully utilize it. Read More
Do you want to share some files with your friends or co-workers and at the same time protect those files from intruders? You never know who is accessing your shared folder, there is no tool inside Windows that can help you determine who exactly accessed your files.
NetShareMonitor is a small portable tool for Windows that lets you protect your shared files from unauthorized access. It runs silently in the system tray and logs all active sessions, accessed files, and shared resources. Read More
Linux/Unix based system's real power lies in their terminal. If you have to work in the Ubuntu's terminal and you are not comfortable with it's default color, you can change it easily. Both background color and text color can be changed.
If you are bored with the current look and feel of your operating system, you can change its theme to get a fresh look. Ubuntu Linux comes with various excellent eye-candy themes by default. You can also download and install 3rd party themes.
has recently launched the first release candidate of version 3.2.5. By using the RC1 you can get a glimpse of what is coming in the latest release. So you must be wondering what’s new? Well, it includes the following four new features apart from various bug fixes:
- Remote file search
- Add option to hide identical files to directory comparison
- Remember SSH host keys for session duration if not trusting permanently
- MSW: Display full UNC path on drive-mapped network shares
If you are uncomfortable with the default icons in Ubuntu Linux then you can change their size easily. There are two ways through which you can change size of icons in your Ubuntu Linux desktop. Let me explain both in details with necessary screenshots.
If you have to create visual communication documents for professionals or co-workers and you are not aware with graphic designing, then need not worry. You can still create very beautiful and attractive documents by using desktop publishing software. Scribus is a powerful cross-platform desktop publishing software with broad set of features. It is specially famous for its rich page layout features. It can import images, text, and supports almost every image formats. Further you can convert Scribus document to PDF format and distribute it more easily. By default, it will save all documents in .sla format.
If you are one of those people who read my blog frequently, you would have noticed the new re-design for the last 12 hours. This is the design I was working on for the past 3 weeks. This new redesign is rebuild around Thematic Theme framework
0.9.5. Thanks to Crisiti for understanding what I really wanted and doing an awesome custom work.
For those who want to get their blogs re-designed, I would highly recommend going over to Cozmos Labs
and contacting Crisiti. He is one heck of a great guy to work with!
Not all websites or blogs are compatible with all web browsers across different OS. This is where the need for such a service arises where we can test multiple websites across different browsers.
is a free online service that allows you to test your website design across multiple browsers. In short, it lets you know if your website is compatible with a certain browser. Just write a website address and hit Enter. You can choose the way you would like a website to be displayed, 1-up view, 2-up view, or Onion Skin View. Since I do a lot of comparing across different browsers, I personally prefer 2-up view.
If you are using Windows, there are many 3rd party
tools that can help you recover your files easily. But if you are using Ubuntu, then it can be quite a huge problem. But worry not, since now you can recover your files in Ubuntu too.
Scalpel is one of the best command line tool to recover deleted files in Ubuntu Linux. It can recover almost all types of files. It visits data blocks of files sequentially and identifies deleted files and recovers them instantly. You can install it by running following command in your terminal.
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