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Software Updates

Messanger Plus! Live – The Plus! Live team released the 4.6 version of the most popular extension to MSN Messanger. They changed the notification windows to be better looking, all the features work now in the Mobile Device chat windows, and the .WMA files can be selected now for Custom Notifications.However, if you are a script developer there will be a lot more new features available to you. I don’t want to go in to much details, but the UploadFileFTP,  GetElementPos, ExtractFromZIP and support for synchronous callbacks with GetCallbackPtr  few of the new features. Check out their release notes for more information.

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Aim 6.8 Beta – Aol’s Instant Messanger got its new beta ou. They added the Aim Search, but if you have the previous version of Aim Beta then your plugins, Aim Phoneline, and Aim Call Out will not work. They are still working on the bugs, but they are encouraging all Aim Beta users to upgrade since many features will be incompatible between the new and old versions.

XnView – A freeware graphic file converter, multimedia viewer, and browser. It supports more then 400 graphic formats, resizing, rotating, cropping, and much more. It’s very simple and easy to use, similar to Irfan View but much more advanced.

Software Updates

Unlocker v1.8.6– this freeware application just got a new version out replacing v. 1.8.5. It’s the best solution to delete, move, or rename files or folders when Windows will not let you with its famous message “Cannot delete file: Access is denied.”

Firefox 3 Beta 4 -as mentioned in the previous post, the new Firefox 3 beta came out with a lot of improvement in performance, memory usage, and protection. Before installing it be sure that you back up your Firefox 2 files since there is a chance for them to get deleted or replaced in the process.

SmartFTP Beta -This FTP client has an Explorer-like interface that is customizable. Has several features like: resume broken downloads, passive transfer mode, supports drag-and-drop functions, proxy support, and much more.

TrueCrypt v5.1 – “Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.” The new features are: support for hibernation, ability to mount a partition without a re-boot, command lines for creating new volumes, faster booting, many bug fixes, and much more.

Firefox 3 Beta 4 Released

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is out, and it a matter of time before the public can start downloading it. Early developers have the chance to download Beta 4 for many official mirror website holding the new version, and now so do you guys after reading my blog. There are no release notes so far with the update, but there have been a lot of bug fixes, performance increase, and better word search suggestions. Before you go rushing to download and test the new beta, be sure you back up all your bookmarks and Firefox in general, since there is a possibility you can lose all your data.

How to download:

  1. Click the link bellow to take you to the Firefox mirrors.
  2. Choose your area (Asia, Europe, etc.) and click the link below it (HTTP).
  3.  Click on the Firefox folder >Releases Folder
  4. Select Firefox 3 beta 4 version to download.

Update: The release notes for Beta 4 just came out. Here are few of the changes listed by the Firefox team:

  1. More then 900 improvements on preformance, security, and memory usage.
  2. Malware Protection
  3. Anti-virus integration
  4. Vista Parental Controls
  5. New Web Forgery Protection page
  6. Full Page Zoom
  7. New Download Manager
  8. Integration with Lunix
  9. Places Organizer
  10. Smart Bookmark Folder….and so much more.

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Social.Im

First off, I want to apologize for not updating the blog for quite a while now. I was sick for a whole week, and as soon as I got better I had a lot of exams crammed at the same time. I’ll try to update the blog more often, but I’m not making any promises since now it is the busiest time at school.

Anyway, moving on. This post is about Social.im, which is a social network instant messenger. The difference between Social.im and all the other instant messengers out there is that this one not only offers the regular MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, or AOL, but it is specifically designed for Facebook. Once you have downloaded the Win/Mac version (it also runs on Lunix and Meebo) and installed it, you will put in your facebook email and password, allowing you to connect to all your friends on facebook. If you have friends that don’t have Social.im, you can send them an invitation to ask them to join you on Social.im. Social.im is a very simple im application with a friendly user based interface. It’s worth a try.

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AutoHotkey

First I posted about automatically adding lyrics to your portable media player. Now I’m gonna tell you about a freeware that will automate the rest of your computer. AutoHotkey is an open source macro for Windows that lets you not only to have autotext, but hotkeys for your keyboard, mouse, and joystick. With just following the tutorials on their site, you can make simple macros that will help make everything much easier to access because of the hotkeys. The autotext also improves your productivity by finishing your sentences and saving you time. AutoHotkey has a Window Spy feature that records what site, programs, or applications you visit making it easier to make hotkeys for each and everyone of them based on the rank of usage.

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Sync Your Toys

Today most of us connect our digital cameras, cellphones, PDAs, portable media players, etc. to out laptops or desktops. Microsoft has made SyncToy, a freeware, to help Window users for a quicker way of moving, deleting, copying, and renaming files between computers and folders. SyncToy is able to manage the usage of multiple folders at a time, which saves a lot of time in the long run compared to going back and forth your taskbar to change folders. It also combines files from different folders into one with a simple click, while it can delete or  rename other files in a completely different folder. Its a must for your computer, which will save you a lot of time and frustration in the end.

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SyncToys v2.0 Beta 

EvilLyrics – Freeware

There is a great feature in the iPod, which is to add lyrics so you can read them when you listen to the song. However, for this to be done you would have had to manually upload all your lyrics for your song. If the capacity of your iPod was full, I’m sure you wouldn’t want to manually put 10,000 (more or less) lyrics to your songs. That’s were EvilLyrics comes in. This freeware program allows you to automatically upload lyrics to your iPod for each song you have.

EvilLyrics is not only compatible with iTunes, but Winamp, Windows Media Player, Music Match, Foobar, MediaMonkey, XMPlay, Album Player, Real Player, and much more. You can find how to set up each one to be compatible with EvilLyrics, which you can then use to synchronize your iPod. It has other cool features like translating the lyrics in other languages, searching for guitar chords, and searching for cover albums and posters. Say good-bye to the old days wasting your time adding lyrics to your iPod with EvilLyrics. Now you have an easy and simple way of adding lyrics to your iPod automatically.

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Youtube Dowloader 2.3

youtubeThis freeware program not only downloads Youtube videos to you computer with just pasting an url in the program, but it downloads them as an .avi file rather then .flv. The advantage is that you don’t have to waste time converting the .flv files to be able to put them on a CD. All you have to do is copy and paste the video URL , select the folder where you want to download it, click download, and you are done. You can also watch the Youtube through the Youtube Downloader without installing any third party flash programs, since a flash player has been integrated in the program. It’s guaranteed that there are no spyware, malware, registration, or pop ups. Furthermore, it has a great friendly interface that even beginners will find easy to use this downloader.

Youtube Downloader 2.3

Free, Open Source Windows

Open Source Windows is a site that offers free, open source programs for Windows platforms. Some of the software you already know and use daily that has been listed on Open Source Windows. The website has been categorized by the use of each software, including: browsers, e-mail providers, rss readers, video player and video podcasting, P2P filesharing, instant massaging, and much more. It’s worth checking out, since it gives you all the best and free software in one place. You can save a lot of time rather then wasting it by going to different websites looking for each software that you want to download. Also, if you are a developer by following few simple steps in their guideline you can have your own software posted on their site so they public can use it.

Free and open-source software is good for you and for the world. This is the best Windows software that we know of.
No adware, no spyware, just good software.

Open Source Windows

Federal Tax Return Free With TaxAct

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TaxAct is an online service that allows you to prepare, print, and e-fill your Federal Tax Return for this year. The Standard package allows this, which you can use online or you can download the program to your computer. If you want addition help from TaxAct, you can upgrade your package for a fee. Also, you can prepare your State Tax Return, but will not be able to print it or e-fill it; however, for a small fee of $13.95 you can send in your State tax as well. If your a student, don’t forget to check your school’s date on accepting the FASFA application.

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