Tuesday, January 09, 2007 

Top Free Software for Windows


OpenOffice - office suite

PC Suite 602 - office suite

AbiWord - text editor

Atlantis Nova - text editor

Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer - power point files viewer

Adobe Reader - pdf reader

Foxit PDF Reader - pdf reader

PDFCreator - create pdf documents

Doc Convertor - document convertor

Convert - unit convertor

Converber - unit convertor

Sunbird - calendar/organizer

EssentialPIM Free - calendar/organizer

PhraseExpress - speed up your writing

ATnotes - create notes on the desktop

Archive managers

7-Zip - compression program

IZArc - compression program

TugZIP - compression program

CabPack - compression program

Universal Extractor - extract files from any type of archive


Firefox - web browser

Internet Explorer- web browser

Maxthon - web browser

Opera - web browser

Avant Browser - web browser

Thunderbird - email client

PopTray - check for emails

Free Download Manager - download manager

FlashGet - download manager

WellGet - download manager

Download Master - download manager

WGET - commandline download manager

HTTrack - offline browser

WebReaper - offline browser

Yeah Reader - RSS reader

GreatNews - RSS reader

RSSOwl - RSS reader


µTorrent - torrent client

Azureus - torrent client

BitComet - torrent client

ABC - torrent client

BitTornado - torrent client

eMule - p2p client

SoulSeek - p2p client

Shareaza - p2p client

DC++ - Direct Connect network client

PeerGuardian - IP blocker


Miranda - chat client

MSN Messenger - chat client

Yahoo Messenger - chat client

QIP - chat client

Gaim - chat client

JAJC - chat client

HydraIRC - IRC client

Talkative IRC - IRC client

IceChat - IRC client

Skype - VOIP client

Google Talk - VOIP client

VoipStunt - VOIP client

Gizmo - VOIP client

Wengo - VOIP client


AVG Free - antivirus

Avast Home Free - antivirus

AntiVir PersonalEdition - antivirus

BitDefender Free - antivirus

ClamWin - antivirus

CyberDifender - Internet Security Suite

Ad-aware - anti-spyware

Spybot: Search & Destroy - anti-spyware

Windows Defender - anti-spyware

SpywareBlaster - anti-spyware

Spyware Terminator - anti-spyware

Tootkit Reveaker - rootkit detection utility

Winpooch - system protection

HiJack Free - system protection

HighJackThis - hijackers detector and remover

Kerio Personal Firewall - firewall

Sygate Personal Firewall - firewall

ZoneAlarm - firewall

AxCrypt - file encryption

Simple File Shredder - securely delete files

PuTTy - SSH client

KeePass - password manager

LockNote - password manager

nPassword - password manager

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer - identify security misconfigurations


Hamachi - VPN client

RealVNC - remote control

UltraVNC - remote control

Ethereal - local area network administration

The Dude - network administration

Wireshark - network administration

Angry IP Scanner - IP scanner

IP-Tools - IP scanner

Free Port Scanner - IP scanner

NetMeter - network bandwidth monitoring


FileZilla - FTP client

FileZilla Server - FTP server

EFTP - FTP client/server

XAMPP - integrated server package of Apache, mySQL, PHP and Perl

WAMP - Apache, PHP5 and MySQL server


Foobar2000 - audio player

WinAmp - audio player

1by1 - audio player

JetAudio - audio player

XMPlay - audio player

Xion - audio player

Apollo - audio player

MediaMonkey - music organizer

The GodFather - music organizer

dBpowerAMP - audio converter

Audacity - audio converter

WavePad - audio converter

Kristal Audio Engine - audio editor

Exact Audio Copy - CD ripper

Audiograbber - CD ripper

CDex - CD ripper

Mp3 Tag Tools - tag editor

Mp3tag - tag editor

Taggin’ MP3 - tag editor

Monkey’s Audio - APE compressor/decompressor

mpTrim - mp3 editor

WavTrim - wave editor

EncSpot Basic - analyse mp3 files


Windows Media Player - audio/video player

VLC - video player

Media Player Classic - video player

MV2Player - video player

CrystalPlayer 1.95 - video player

Zoom Player - video player

GOM Player - video player

viPlay - video player

DSPlayer - video player

VirtualDub - video editor

CamStudio - video screen recording

AviSplit - Avi splitter

Video mp3 Extractor - rip audio from video files

Free iPod Converter - convert all popular video formats to iPod video

MediaPortal - turning your PCinto a Media Center

The FilmMachine


Gimp - image editor

PhotoFiltre - image editor - image editor

ArtRage - image editor

Artweaver - image editor

IrfanView - image viewer

Picasa - image viewer

XnView - image viewer

FastStone Image Viewer - image viewer

FuturixImager - image viewer

Easy Thumbnails - create thumbnails from images

JoJoThumb - create thumbnails from images

iWebAlbum - create web photo albums

JAlbum - create web photo albums

3D Box Shot Maker - design quality box shot

FastStone Capture - screen capture

WinSnap - screen capture


Blender3D - 3D renderer

3Delight Free - 3D renderer

SketchUp - 3D modeling

Maya Learning Edition - 3D modeling


AutoIt - task automation

SciTE4AutoIt3 - text editor for AutoIt

AutoHotkey - task automation

PHP Designer - PHP editor

Notepad++ - text editor

ConTEXT Editor - text editor

PSPad - text editor

FoxEditor - text editor

Crimson Editor - source code editor

Elfima Notepad - text editor

Notepad2 - text editor

Nvu - HTML editor

Alleycode - HTML editor

BlockNote - web page editor

Weaverslave - web page editor


DeepBurner - CD/DVD burner

CDBurner XP Pro - CD/DVD burner

BurnAtOnce - CD/DVD burner

Express Burn - CD/DVD burner

Zilla CD-DVD Rip’n’Burn - CD/DVD burner

ImgBurn - ISO, BIN burner

Daemon tools - virtual CD/DVD

DVD Decrypter - DVD ripper

DVD Shrink - DVD ripper

Nero CD-DVD Speed - CD/DVD info and quality test


GSpot - codec information

AC3Filter - audio codec

Xvid - video codec

QuickTime Alternative - video codec

Real Alternative - video codec

K-Lite Codec Pack - all codecs

System Ulilities

CCleaner - system cleaner

xp-AntiSpy - OS setup

jv16 Powertools - system utilities

XP SysPad - system monitoring utility

What’s Running - process guard

Registrar Lite - registry editor

WinIPConfig - replacement for “ipconfig.exe” and “route.exe”

Unlocker - file eraser

Eraser - secure file eraser

Undelete Plus - file recovery

freeCommander - file manager

ExplorerXP - file manager

Duplicate File Finder - find all duplicate files

Ant Renamer - file renaming

ReNamer - file renaming

Icons From File - icos extractor

Chaos MD5 - MD5 generator

HashTab - MD5, SHA1 and CRC-32 file hashes

Rainlendar Lite - desktop calendar

Weather Watcher - weather firecast

Subtitle Workshop - subtitles editor

Ant Movie Catalog - movie organizer

Disclib - CD organizer

Dexpot - virtual desktops

DriveImage XML - create partition images

MozBackup - backup and restore bookmarks, etc.

SyncBack - system backup

Atomic Cock Sync - syncronize your clock

Citrus Alarm Clock - alarm clock

TaskSwitchXP - Alt-Tab replacement

Launchy - application launcher

allSnap - make all windows snap

Sysinternals Tools - various system tools

StrokeIt - mouse gestures

Net Profiles - create profiles of your network settings

ResourceHacker - view, modify, rename, add, delete

Java Runtime Environment - java for Windows

UI Enhancements

RocketDock - application launcher

AveDesk - desktop enhancer

IconPhile - customize windows’s system icons

CursorXP Free - change mouse cursors

MacSound - volume control

LClock - Windows Longhorn clock

Y’z Dock - application launcher

Y’z Shadow - shadow effect to the windows

Y’z Toolbar - change the toolbar icons in Explorer and Internet Explorer

Taskbar Shuffle - rearrange the programs on the taskbar by dragging

Visual Task Tips - thumbnail preview image for each task in the taskbar

Badges - put badges on any folder or file

Folderico - change icons of the folders

Folder Marker - mark your folders

Folder2MyPC - add favourite locations to My Computer

Microsoft TweakUI - system settings

BricoPacks - shell packs

ShellPacks - shell packs

Tango Shell Patcher - shell patcher

XPize - GUI enhancer

Vista Transformation Pack - complete visual style

Vista Sound Scheme - Windows Vista sound scheme

Royale Theme - visual style

Hardware monitoring/Benchmarking

CPU-Z - cpu information

CrystalCPUID - cpu information

Central Brain Identifier - cpu information

Everest - system information

SiSoft Sandra - system information

SpeedFan - hardware monitor

Memtest86 - memory test

PowerMax - HDD test

3Dmark 06 - 3D game performance benchmark

Aquamark - performance benchmark

rthdribl - 3D benchmark

Fraps - 3D benchmark, fps viewer and screen recorder

Prime 95 - cpu benchmarking

SuperPI - cpu benchmarking

CPU Rightmark - cpu overclock

Core Temp - cpu temperature

ATiTool - video overclock

ATI Tray Tools - Radeon tweaker

aTuner - GeForce and Radeontweaker

RivaTuner - video overclock

Nokia Monitor Test - monitor adjustmets

UDPixel - fix dead pixels


123 Free Solitaire - solitaire games collection

Arcade Pack - classic arcade games

Live For Speed - online racing simulator

Enigma - puzzle game

Freeciv - multiplayer strategy game

Tux Racer - race down steep, snow-covered mountains


SpeQ Mathematics - mathematics program

Dia - diagram creation program

Google Earth - explore the world

NASA World Wind - 3D virtual globe

Celestia - explore the space

Stellarium - planetarium


nLite - Build your own custom Windows disk.

VirtualPC - create virtual machines

grabMotion - webcam capture

iDailyDiary - simple page-for-a-day diary

Pivot Stickfigure Animator - create stick-figure animations

Wink - create presentations

Scribus - professional page layout

FreeMind - midn mapping software

Windows Live Writer - WYSIWYG blog authoring

Wednesday, December 27, 2006 

Geek's Words of Wisdom

>There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

>If at first you don't succeed; call it version 1.0

>Microsoft: "You've got questions. We've got dancing paperclips."

>My pokemon bring all the nerds to the yard, and they're like you wanna trade cards? Darn right, I wanna trade cards, I'll trade this but not my charizard.

>1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d t0 g37 l41d.

>I'm not anti-social; I'm just not user friendly.

>I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code

>Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

>A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

>My software never has bugs. It just develops random features.

>The box said 'Requires Windows 95 or better'. So I installed LINUX.

>Roses are #FF0000
Violets are #0000FF
All my base
Are belong to you

>People say that if you play Microsoft CD's backwards, you hear satanic things, but that's nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.

>The speed of sound is defined by the distance from door to computer divided by the time interval needed to close the media player and pull up your pants when your mom shouts "OH MY GOD WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!"

>The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty: it's twice as big as it needs to be.

>In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

>You have just received the Amish Computer Virus. Since the Amish don't have computers, it is based on the honor system. So please delete all the files from your computer. Thank you for you cooperation.

>Passwords are like underwear. You shouldn’t leave them out where people can see them. You should change them regularly. And you shouldn’t loan them out to strangers.

>Failure is not an option -- it comes bundled with Windows.

>Enter any 11-digit prime number to continue...

>Ethernet (n): something used to catch the etherbunny

>You know it's love when you memorize her IP number to skip DNS overhead.


>Windows had detected you do not have a keyboard. Press 'F9" to continue.

>Use The Best...
Linux for Servers
Mac for Graphics
Palm for Mobility
Windows for Solitaire

>Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.

>UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.


>Hand over the calculator, friends don't let friends derive drunk.

>MICROSOFT = Most Intelligent Customers Realize Our Software Only Fools Teenagers

>The code that is the hardest to debug is the code that you know cannot possibly be wrong.

>A thousand words are worth a picture, and they load a heck of a lot faster.

>Girls are like internet domain names, the ones I like are already taken.

>A Life? Cool! Where can I download one of those?

>Unix, DOS and Windows...the good, the bad and the ugly.

>How do I set a laser printer to stun?

>I spent a minute looking at my own code by accident. I was thinking "What the hell is this guy doing?"

>Software is like sex: It's better when it's free.

>Better to be a geek than an idiot.

>Alcohol & calculus don't mix. Never drink & derive.

>The difference between e-mail and regular mail is that computers handle e-mail, and computers never decide to come to work one day and shoot all the other computers.

>Windows XP -now comes with free anger management courses.

>I see fragged people

>Who needs friends? My PC is user friendly.

>Windows does not detect a keyboard...Please press 'ENTER' to continue...

>Never make fun of the geeks, one day they will be your boss.

>Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about Rock-n-Roll.

>ACs are like computers- Both work fine until you open Windows!

>I don't care if the software I run is unstable crap, as long as it is the LATEST unstable crap.

>Who is General Failure and why is he reading my disk?

>"Concept: On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape button."

>Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.

>Beware of computer programmers that carry screwdrivers.

>Whoa! I can submit my prayers via html based forms!

>Cool people are just idiots wearing pricy clothes

>Who wants to be cool when you can be a nerd

>Who needs the library? I've got google!

>You laugh at me because I'm differnt. I pity you because you all use the same damn quotes for your internet profiles.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 

Video: Symptoms of Computer Addiction

My son having too much of his laptop... an early sign of Computer Addiction and stress...

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The Symptoms of Computer Addiction

Thursday, September 14, 2006 

You Know You are a Computer Geek when...

*You try to enter your password on the microwave.
* You now think of three espressos as "getting wasted."
* You haven't played solitaire with a real deck of cards in years.
* You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
* Your daughter sells Girl Scout Cookies via her web site.
* You chat several times a day with a stranger from South Africa, but you haven't spoken to your next door neighbor yet this year.
*You didn't give your valentine a card this year, but you posted one for your email buddies via a Web page.
*The concept of using real money, instead of internet shopping, to make a purchase is foreign to you.
*Cleaning up the dining area means getting the fast food bags off your computer desk.
*Your reason for not staying in touch with family is that they do not have e-mail addresses.
*You consider 2nd day air delivery painfully slow.
*You refer to your dining room table as the flat filing cabinet.
*Your idea of being organized is keeping 'My Documents' defraged.
*You find you really need PowerPoint to explain what you do for a living.
*You think a "half-day" means leaving at 5 o'clock.
*You hear most of your jokes via email instead of in person.
*You've made your family pics into icons so you can spend time with them
*Your bookmarks takes 15 minutes to scroll from top to bottom
*Your wife drapes a blond wig over your monitor to remind you of what
she looks like
*You have thought up about 100 smiles more clever than :)
*Co-workers have to email you about the fire alarm to get you out of the building
*Every night you tell yourself you will not eat tomorrow's meals with a fork in one hand and a mouse in the other
*You turn off your modem and get this awful empty feeling, as if you just pulled the plug on a loved one
*You see a good web design and still have to change it
*You feel sea-sick and light headed when you finally take those reading glasses off and try to stand up.
*You dream in HTML
*You find yourself typing "com" after every period when using a word
*Monday has become your favourite day, back to your free PC with broadband too.
*Friend tells you all about his Cressida V6 ; U reply "Yeah, I had V5, but it was full of bugs!"
*You refer to going to the bathroom as downloading
*Your holiday was ruined … there was no internet café in town
*You take lunch in your office snacking with your chat friends .
*You find u can still get butterflies in your stomach ... the thought of seeing your PC again after your holiday/vacation
*You have prayers said everytime your PC dies.
*You ask your doctor to implant a gigabyte in your brain.
*Youdream of coming back as a cyborg.
*The remote to the T.V. is missing...and you don't even care.
*You're amazed to find out spam is a food
*You've sat 2 inches in front of your screen with a magnifying lens to see how they made the colors
*You have owned a calculator with no equal key and know what RPN stands for
*You've spent consecutive Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings programming a computer
*You refer to your age as 2.x
*Your I.Q. number is bigger than your weight


The Three Letters

When I was hired to run the IT department of a major company my predecessor left three letters in the desk that was now mine. Each letter was clearly labeled; System Failure #1, System Failure #2, System Failure #3. A post-it note was attached to the bundle of letters.

In case of a substantial system failure open the letters in order, once per failure, and they will help you through the problem.

I put the letters back in the desk and forgot about them.

About one year later we had a cascading server failure that left our corporate intranet and several important production servers off-line. While repairing the problem I remembered the letters. Curious, I opened the first letter.

“Blame me, your predecessor”

The day after we got the servers back up I was called in to my boss’s office to explain what happened and why were down for so long. Taking my queue from the letter I blamed my predecessor. My boss was satisfied with my answer and let me go.

About six months down the road we had another big failure. This time our primary database server went down and the secondary was having trouble dealing with the load. I had to put a lot of extra hours into getting them back up and we lost a few transactions due to the backup server not being able to function under the load.

Once again, I reached into that desk drawer and opened letter #2.

“Blame the equipment”

This time I lamented to the boss about how it wasn’t my fault. It was that backup server! If we had some good equipment to run on these things just would not happen. He was satisfied with my answer and I went back to work.

Things ran smoothly for the next 18 months. Then we got hit with a virus that somehow got past our firewall and wrecked havoc on our systems.

I opened the third letter.

“Write three letters”

- Author unknown.

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