Posts filed under ‘freeware’
I have created a new toolbar for Tech Help Videos. The toolbar works for both Firefox and Internet Explorer Version 5+. You will be required to have Windows 2000 or XP or Vista.
The toolbar features:
- Search function powered by Google
- RSS Feed Updates
- Email Notifier
- Weather Updates
- Links to ‘Tech Help Videos’ and ‘Tech Centre’
- Messaging feature
- Customizable Widgets
This toolbar will allow you to get the latest tips and tricks from Tech Help Videos, received secret messages and tips, received email notifications, weather reports and forecast, quick access your favourite technology help website – Tech Help Videos! and customize your toolbar with widgets of your choice.
I would appreciate some feedback on this toolbar for version 1.1.
Keeping your computer clean is not just wiping the dust of it with a cloth. What I mean is that it is very important to not let your computer get infected with virus and spyware and also to not install a lot of junk unless if you have no choice. Viruses and Spyware can be avoided with a good Security Suite. However, there is no program that prevents you from installing a program. It is up to you. I recommend installing the software that you really need and the ones that you trust. Installing more and one security suite and anti virus program can cause them to not function properly and to conflict each other. Also, although you uninstall a security suite or anti virus program, compartments of that software can still be stored in the back ground of your PC. That is why it is better to stick with one Security Suite than try out a different one each year. Another important point is to prevent installing trail out software and betas. Installing too much of these can cause your computer to slow down. Take this real example, When I first bought this ASUS laptop, I upgraded to Vista and then installed nearly everything I could. I kept the trial software, installed five web browsers and all these other freebies and performance enhancement utilities. When I start-up the laptop, it took about 3 minutes and 3 minutes to shut-down and 70% of RAM were already used up. So then I wanted to install Windows Live OneCare and it was a total nightmare. (Read my nightmare story here)
After reinstalling Windows, I was too scared to install any other junk on my laptop. Although some performance enhancement software does help your PC’s speed, they may conflict your Windows default settings and too many of them can cause your computer to crash. So, I do not want you to experience my nightmare and having to reinstall Windows. I have done it and I have experienced it, so you don’t!
A lot of software is shipped with our operating system. I find the most comes from Windows XP. However, apart from all those junk trail software where you can’t really use them without purchasing them, there are actually quite a lot of really useful programs. Most of these useful ones are not third-party programs, they are from Microsoft. One great example is ‘Paint’. Paint comes standard with Windows 2000, XP and Vista. Although it does not offer any serious pro tools but it is very easy to use and is enough for a lot of purposes. I use Paint all the time for doing Print-Screens and then copying it into Paint and then do a bit of editing with Paint and sometimes with Windows Live Photo Gallery. You can also do this job is Adobe Photoshop. However, you will have to spend a few hundred bucks and for starters, Photoshop can be very complicated to use and learn. So if you are one of those people who write-off simple applications like Paint that comes standard with your PC, I want you to try using them for some simple purposes and see how you go.
Google Talk is a free chat client. It allows you to do instant messaging, voice mail and PC to PC calls. However, it does not have video chat. Although it does not have the features and functionality of its competitors like Skype and Windows Live Messenger, none can compete with its easy to use and intuitive user interface. Once you see it, you get it. Even very basic users will straight away know how to use it. Google Talk will require you to have a Google account. The small client is very easy to install and is less than 5MB. For a detailed article of the features in Google Talk, please click HERE
Google Talk is great for connecting with your friends and family. To download, Google Talk please, click HERE
This week’s freeware is Google Picasa. I know that al lot of people already know about Picasa but I just want to get it out there and let everyone know about it. Google Picasa is a photo organizer and editor. It has amazing ability to organize your photos and also movies. You can even customize how you want Picasa to display and categorize your photos. Google Picasa has some very useful photo editing features such as brightness adjustments, cropping and much more. Also, you can make great looking collages with your photos.
Google Picasa is free to download and use and has great integration functionality with Google Web Album. You can easily upload your photos and videos to your Web Album (which is a free Google online photo storage service) within a few clicks.
To download and find out more about Google Picasa, please click HERE.
MusicBridge is a program that helps you to sync your digital media information and data such as song ratings and the number of times a song is played from one Media player to another. In addition, it can help move those ratings and info from one computer to another. MusicBridge works well with iTunes and Windows Media Player. Also MusicBridge can regularly update those ratings.
MusicBridge is compatible with both Windows XP and Vista. Although MusicBridge does not have an official website, you can download it from download.com. Please click HERE to download.
(Previously, I thought of a work around to make a play list for different starred songs. To read this post, please click HERE)
Question: How do I setup a Gmail notification that will automatically notify me when I receive a new email in my Gmail account?
Solution: You can easily setup a Gmail notification feature by doing the following (There are two easy methods):
Method 1 – Download the Google Toolbar for your web browser. This will notify you when you have a new Gmail. To download Google Toolbar, please click HERE
Method 2 – If you are using Firefox, you can install the add-on called ‘Gmail Manager’. There will be a little Gmail status bar at the bottom of your web browser indicating if you have a new Gmail. In addition, there are a couple of other features that ‘Gmail Manager’ does which are quite useful too. To download this add-on please click HERE
For Internet Explorer users, you can install an add-on called ‘Graace Toolbar’. This will notify you when you have a new email message from your Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Hotmail. In addition, there is a list of other great features including a pop-up blocker, instant access to useful links, get various news headlines automatically, and listen to online radio from the toolbar. To download ‘Graace Toolbar, please click HERE.