Picasa is a great photo organizing tool, some might disagree. If you are using Windows OS, then Windows Live Photo Gallery is also a good alternative. But there is one software that has recently grabbed my attention, it is a free opensource photo organizing tool called My Photo Index. It is a simple-yet-powerful photo organizing too that is both flexible and easy-to-use.
You can import the pictures from your hard drive or a digital camera and organize them according to their categories and tags. You can also rate the pictures, which can help in distinguishing between professional and amateur photos. Read More
F.lux is a free cross-platform tool that adjusts your computer’s display with time of the day. You will have notice that a computer’s display usually looks better during the day,t he problem arises at night when the screen is too bright. The developer sums up the problem in a simple sentence,
During the day, computer screens look good—they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.
Once installed, it will automatically start in the system tray and your display will change according to the time of the day. Just tell this program the type of lightning you have and the place where you live, then forget about everything. It will do the rest automatically. Read More
Flickr .Net Screensaver is a free opensource tool for windows that let you view your flickr photos as screensaver. Apart from your own photos, you have the ability to display photos of your contacts, your favorites or a from a group or global tag. The feature that makes this tool worth is it’s ability to display photos that are private, but needs authentication. This tool is still under development but is very stable and requires .NET Framework 2.0 to run.
Just install this tool and it will open Screen Saver Settings with Flickr being the default screensaver. Read More
What if your Digital Camera memory card gets accidently formatted? Or worse an important office file from your hard disk or USB drive gets deleted. Fret not, since these deleted files are still recoverable. DiskDigger is a free portable app that lets you recover all lost files of any type(image, document, video, data, etc).
Run the executable file and you will see the list of drives detected(both internal and external). Read More
What’s the point of locking keyboard keys or mouse buttons? It’s the first question that comes to mind. If you are using a wheel mouse like me, you will know that there is a middle button. I have pressed this button thousand of times by mistake while scrolling down webpages, so I need to disable it in some way. Kid-Key-Lock is a simple free program that lets you lock keyboard and mouse functions easily.
Once you run this tool, it will sit silently on the system tray. Double-click this program icon and a Setup window will open. Read More
I covered a post on extracting colors from websites. But what if you want to extract colors from an image? CSS Drive's Image to Colors Palette Generator is a free online service that lets you generate colors pallete instantly. You can either upload the image from your computer or enter an image link. Only png, .gif, .jpg and .jpeg images are supported and they must not be bigger than 1MB in size.
I uploaded a very unique multicolored art image, the end results were astonishing. Read More
Did you just download a song from YouTube or any other online video site? Now suppose you want to listen to this song on your iPod or any other mp3 device, or maybe you want to add it to your music playlist. The best way to do this would be to convert this music video in flash format (flv) into mp3 format. There is a nifty little free tool called Hash FLV to MP3 Converter
that can do this job.
Run the program, click Add files button or press Ctrl+A to add flash music videos to the list.
Google Book Search
has thousands of books, magazines, and documents available for free for the public. You can read them online, but what if you want to read them offline? Google should have a build-in feature to download books since most people are not always connected to the internet. What if I want to read a book while traveling and there is no internet connectivity? Google Book Downloader
(link seems to be down, grab it directly here
) a handy tool which you can use to download books directly from Google and save them directly in PDF format.
Update: Try out the new tools to download Google Books. For Windows, go here. For Mac, go here.
Here is how it works, you have to provide the book code in order to download it. But where exactly is the book code? It is given in the URL, the screenshot below will make it more clear to you.
Did you come across an awesome website and wondered which combination of colors they are using? I Like Your Colors is a free online tool by Owen Winkler that extracts the colors of any website or blog. It actually reads the website’s stylesheet(style.css file) to find the colors and the end results are surprisingly accurate. Read More
Is Instant Messaging banned in your office or school? TinyChat is a free online service that lets you create chat rooms instantly. You can create a temporary chat room and invite your friends to join it with one simple link. There is no restriction on the number of people who can join your chat room. And the best thing is, no registration is required while creating or joining the chat room.
Sounds unbelievable, right? Here is how you can create your own chat room within seconds. Click on create a free chat room button, and it will begin creating a chat room for you. Every chat room has its own link.
Everybody has high expectations for the upcoming Windows 7 OS, this is what compelled me to collect these awesome wallpapers. Whether you are using Windows 7 beta OS or not, these wallpapers will surely enlighten your desktop. All wallpapers have been taken from Deviantart and are copyrighted by their respective owners. To download these wallpapers go to the link given above every wallpaper, once you reach the author’s wallpaper page click Download on the left sidebar.
Bonus wallpaper is at the bottom of the post along with my favorite Windows 7 bootscreens.
Windows 7 Glow Wallpaper by ~dj-corney
DVDStyler is a free cross platform DVD authoring software that allows you to create professional looking DVDs with full customization. The user interface is pretty simple and easy-to-understand, you will get used to it after navigating around for a few minutes.
To begin, first select the background image, then go to File Browser tab and drag the videos you want to add to the preview window(see screenshot below).
You will have to resize the videos once they have been added, they will also get a title assigned to them automatically. Now finally add some buttons by going to Buttons tab. Once done, you will have to right-click these buttons and go to their properties to edit text, change colors, define action, etc. Read More
There are many image hosting sites that calm to be the fastest when it comes to uploading and sharing pictures. But nothing comes close to Pict, with a single click you can upload a picture(or multiple pictures) and with another click you can share your pictures instantly. You also have an option to share the whole album, all these options are given in the main page. No registration is required and there are no restrictions on the number of pictures you can upload.
Just click on any empty window and select the image(s) that you want to upload. Once uploaded, you will see the thumbnail of the the image. Read More
Everyone knows that iTunes can’t be controlled with keyboard. There are many apps that add keyboard control functionality but they suffer from poor interface. iControl is a free, simple, and easy-to-use remote control for Apple’s iTunes that uses Global keyboard shortcuts to control it. It is still under development and the version available for download is Beta.
Surprisingly it worked very well on my system running Windows Vista. Just run iControl.exe and it will load iTunes instantly. Once iTunes is loaded, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F12 to bring iControl settings window. Read More
To update your facebook status message from Gmail, you will have to first install Xoopit plugin. It is a plugin I cannot live without, read the post I wrote about it here. Once you have installed this plugin you will find a Facebook Connect message on the top-right side of the screen.
Clicking Connect will bring a pop-up window asking to connect Xoopit with Facebook. Read More