Monday, July 09, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
- PC Tools Secure Password Generator
- Strong Password Generator
- EverPassword Password Generator
- Free Password Generator
- Secure Password Generator
- Ablazesoft Free Online Password Generator
- Techzoom Password Generator
- Password Crackers Free Password Generator
Friday, March 16, 2012
- AVG Free Malware Removal Tools
- AVG Rescue CD
- Avira Antivir Rescue System
- BitDefender Free Tools
- Kaspersky Rescue Disk and Virus Removal Tool
- Microsoft Safety Scanner
- Microsoft Windows Defender Offline
- Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
- Norton Power Eraser
- VIPRE Rescue
There's also a useful, downloadable guide available...
There's also a good tutorial on cleaning an infected system on Gizmo's Freeware...
Friday, March 02, 2012
If you've ever downloaded a disk image file in .ISO format, then you'll know that you need a means of mounting these on the system as the OS itself won't do it automatically.
For Windows, I use OSFMount, which supports .ISO and a great many other image file formats such as .IMG, .BIN, .NRG, .SDI, .VMDK and more.
OSFMount also supports formatting, extending, imaging and the creation of RAM disks.
Alternative solutions are Virtual Clonedrive and Daemon Tools Lite, although the latter is only free for non-commercial use.
Mac OS X
For Mac OS X, you can mount .ISO images using Apple's Disk Utility application, which can be found in the
/Applications/Utilities folder, as follow...
- Open Disk Utility
- Select the Open Disk Image... option from the File menu
- Locate your disk image and click on the Open button to mount it
hdiutil mount sample.iso
where sample.iso is the path to the image you want to mount.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
ssl-images-amazon.com. Here’s how you can find the one you're looking for...
ITEM LANGUAGE filetype:pdf site:ssl-images-amazon.com OR site:images-amazon.com
- manuals online
- eSpares - User Manuals
- The Manuals
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
If you're still reading, then I assume you do. Well, same here and I wanted a tool to do the job that didn't require a degree in video production techniques and of course, if it was free, then all the better.
After much searching and experimentation, I found a few free utilities available to do just that. There are also loads that either don't work as they say they will, are just too complicated or insist on re-encoding the video, which almost always results in some loss in quality.
There are a few provisos to attaining that no re-encoding goal in that all segments to be joined must be encoded in the same way, have the same bit-rate, same resolution, etc.
So, here are my recommendations for joining/concatenating the more common video file types…
Hint: before joining files, make sure they're all in the same folder and that each file is numbered in joining sequence. e.g. video1.avi, video2.avi, etc.
For ASF and WMV files, there's AsfBinWin. a Windows utility for cutting out fragments, joining, editing and repairing ASF files. It can operate on any ASF, WMA and WMV files and it does it all without re-encoding.
Joining ASF or WMV files with it is easy…
- Use the Select files from: … button on the right to locate the folder containing the desired file segments.
- Highlight the desired files in the order you want to join them in and click on the ←←← button to move the files to the List of input files: pane on the left. The program will check all is okay and number the files in colour-coded order.
- Under Destination: select a destination and file name for the joined file. The program will default to out.asf.
- Click on the Cut / Copy / Join button.
For AVI files, there's VirtualDub, a video capture/processing utility for Windows. Joining video segments isn't really what this program was designed for but it does it so simply and, with the right settings, without re-encoding…
- Select the Direct stream copy option from the Video menu.
- Select the Direct stream copy option from the Audio menu.
- Use the Open video file… option from the File menu to open the first file in the sequence.
- Use the Append AVI segment… option from the File menu to add additional segments in order. If the program warns you that the audio bit-rates don't match, then use the Full processing mode option from the Audio menu. It'll take a wee bit longer to process but not that much.
- Use the Save as AVI… option from the File menu to choose a file name and destination and to begin the joining process.
- Open the first file in the sequence.
- Click on the Append button to add the next file. Repeat until all segments have been added.
- Click on the Mux Now button.
- Save the file.
- Open the first file in the sequence.
- Move the insertion point to the end of the movie.
- Open the next file in the sequence.
- Select the entire movie using the Select All option from the Edit menu.
- Select the Copy option from the Edit menu.
- Activate the original/first file movie window and select the Paste option from the Edit menu.
- If you have more segments to add, then repeat steps 3 to 6 until done.
- Select the Save As… option from the File menu and save the new, concatenated movie.
It should be noted that SUPER claims to be able to join identically encoded files of any input format it supports so it'd be worth trying on any of the above formats.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
- Recover Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7 32-bit(x86) product keys.
- Recover Microsoft Office XP/2003/2007 product keys.
- Recover over 700 software product keys.
You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer - by using command-line options.
The Nirsoft site has a wealth of free and extremely useful Windows-related utilities and is well worth exploring if you like that kind of thing.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
If the free utilities above can't recover the key you need, then you may want to look at the shareware Recover Keys utility, which can check for over 1,100 product keys.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
After some trial and error I've decided on a formula to work out the size of the frame and matte. The frame width is calculated as the width of the narrowest axis (in pixels) * 0.032. I've no real scientific or artistic reason for the choice but it works for me. So, for example, a photograph measuring 4000 * 2000 would produce a frame width of 64 pixels with the matte width being twice that at 128. If I wanted to use a double matte for an edge highlight, then I'd calculate that width using a factor of 0.004.
Bearing in mind that I'm just trying to enhance the on-screen display a bit, I decided to go for a plain-coloured frame, no wood-grain or textured finishes, just a flat colour. After a bit of research that seemed to suggest that the best colour to use would be one that complements the colours in the photograph, I decided to use a site I'd mentioned a few years ago to calculate the best colours - Whats Its Color.
Whats Its Color is an image-color processing utility that'll give you an image's primary and complementary dominant colours, how many visually unique colours there are in it and the top ten visually unique colours used. All very useful when trying to choose frame, matte and highlight colours around an image.
Choosing which colours to use is also quite simple. The frame gets the complimentary colour and I pick a highlight colour from the image for the matte, lightening it a bit if necessary. For a highlight edge, I'd pick the colour closest to the main subject of the image or one of the top-ten colours. As I said before, it's all a matter of personal taste so whatever works, works.
If you're just interested in experimenting with framing without actually editing your photographs, then have a look at the BigHugeLabs Mat tool. It'll let you add a matte and frame border as a percentage of your choice of the original image and has a few extra bells and whistles like bevelled edges and credits.. It's also compatible with Flickr, Photobucket and Facebook.
Of course, if anyone knows of a recognised way to calculate all of the above, I'd be grateful to hear it. Also happy to take comments on any of those that I've framed on my photostream as well.
Related Posts: Whats Its Color
Friday, April 03, 2009
Pod to PC is a freeware utility that lets you copy and recover music, videos and playlists from any iPod, iPhone or iPod touch to a Windows PC and iTunes.
Use it to…
- copy any music or video files from any iPod onto your computer.
- recover your music into iTunes after a computer crash,.
- preview music and movies on any iPod before transferring into your iTunes library.
- easily copy a whole or partial playlist from any iPod into iTunes.
Pod to Mac is a freeware utility that lets you copy and recover music, videos and playlists from any iPod, iPhone or iPod touch to an Apple Macintosh and iTunes.
See Pod to PC above for a list of capabilities.
Pod Photo Transfer is a freeware utility that lets you transfer photos from an iPod photo or iPod video to a Windows PC.
I suspect that it's been superceded by the two utilities above as both can transfer photos and videos from any iPod that supports them.
Related Posts: DiskAid - Disk Enable Your iPhone And iPod Touch, iPod -> Folder, Access Your iPod!
Friday, March 13, 2009
You can convert just about any major document format into iPaper, including Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs,OpenOffice documents, and PostScript files. Supported formats include:
- Adobe PDF (.pdf)
- Adobe PostScript (.ps)
- Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pps, .pptx)
- Microsoft Excel (.xls, xlsx)
- OpenOffice Text Document (.odt, .sxw)
- OpenOffice Presentation Document (.odp, .sxi)
- OpenOffice Spreadsheet (.ods, .sxc)
- All OpenDocument formats
- Plain text (.txt)
- Rich text format (.rtf)
Scribd's iPaper document viewer is embeddable in any website or blog. Whether you have a few documents or a million, Scribd has tools to help you convert, publish and manage them better than ever before.
You can even send documents as attachements to Scribd via email and have them deliver links to the converted files to your recipients via iPaper@Scribd. That way, the recipients can view the documents in their browser without downloading the file. Of course, they can opt to download the original if they want to as well.
All of this is very nice but the limitaton of having to use the Scribd servers to convert and host your documents will limit the spread of iPaper as a web-wide tool. Fine for personal and small website use but corporates and goverment sites won't look at it until they can utilise the technology inside their own networks.