Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Non-toxic Cleaning: 12 Ways to Use Temperature Instead of Chemicals

We put a few temperature-based house cleaning methods to the test, and found most of them work. Some of these cleaning solutions are widespread urban legends. Others are from an exhaustive list of alternative cleaning methods provided by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, Illinois. The agency acknowledges it simply compiled the list without testing any of the methods. That’s where we come in. Here is our verdict on eight boiling and freezing cleaners, with four extra tips thrown in for good measure.

Friday, May 20, 2011


CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components. CDBurnerXP is freeware but closed source because it currently uses some proprietary libraries.

Download: CDBurnerXP

Thursday, May 19, 2011

VirtualBox 4.0.8

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Sun ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.

Download: VirtualBox 4.0.8

McAfee Stinger

Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files, and scan performance optimizations.

Download: McAfee Stinger

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flow Architect Studio 3D 1.4.2 Portable

Flow Architect Studio 3D 1.4.2 Portable | 38.7 MB

PIXELPLAN Flow Architect Studio 3D is a software package that enables a simple and easy way to create interactive 3D visualization - virtual walks. Created visualizations are like a computer program, located in one file and are suitable for further distribution and publication on the website.

In PIXELPLAN Flow Architect Studio 3D
* You can quickly and easily create a visualization of any object
* You have to keep the facilities built preview (WYSIWYG)
* Have the ability to build any walls and the creation of custom objects
* And any of their deployment
* In a natural way you arrange the lighting
* And create animations of selected geometric objects
* You can use libraries of models, materials and textures
* In a simple way with your project, you can generate the final visualization
* You can import new models for libraries
* And build from scratch your own library

Visualization created using PIXELPLAN Flow Architect Studio 3D
* Is a computer program allows you to freely walk
* Uses the latest 3D technology
* Has dynamic lighting
* And dynamic shadows

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Trillian 1.1 for Android: Now free of charge

We're pleased to announce that Trillian for Android is our first mobile application to go free, so head on over to the Android Market on your phone to get your copy! We've fixed a handful of bugs in this build, added a basic chat history viewer, and made major improvements to our networking engine. You should notice fewer disconnects and should be able to interface with existing chat windows more easily even when you've lost your network connection.
If you've already purchased Trillian for Android in the past, your account has been automatically upgraded to ad-free status. You purchased an ad-free client with free upgrades and you will continue to receive an ad-free client with free upgrades. As an additional perk, your ad-free status will go with you across all mobile platforms, so if you switch to an iPhone or BlackBerry one day your original purchase will be honored as Android if you bought Trillian there as well! Of course, if you're a Trillian Pro customer you can therefore take advantage of an ad-free experience everywhere, with the additional perk of cloud history. If you notice any bugs here please send us an email and we'll investigate right away.
We're already hard at work on an amazing new version of Trillian for Android, featuring many popular feature requests and some awesome new UI enhancements. Stay tuned, and thanks for supporting Trillian!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

JAlbum 9.4 Portable

JAlbum 9.4 Portable | 46.07 MB

JAlbum is a program that helps you make from your digital photos HTML albums. Its creators say it is most severe, but also one of the most powerful in the industry. It takes your pictures, a few clicks of the mouse and your album is ready - in the HTML version you can publish on the Internet. Sample albums by the program, you can see here.With the proliferation of digital cameras, each day there are more users who forget to disclose reels and work with their photos directly on your computer. The problem comes when it comes to ordering these images or teach a friend, role that until now the traditional photo album.

Show your photos like a pro
Jalbum lets you create and share stunning customized photo albums. Publish to or your own site.
It's free.

... stunning albums in a snap with the Jalbum application. Your home page is automatically created when you sign up and you can start sharing your albums right away. It's free.

... your albums' look with skins and your homepage with themes. Make your albums social with widgets. At Jalbum, your presentation is as unique as your photos.

... your albums on and/or on your favorite social network. Uploading is just one click either to or to your own site (if you got one).

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ooVoo Portable

ooVoo Portable | 15.94 Mb

ooVoo has many great features - from video calls with up to six people at once to video messaging to chat and file transfer capabilities. See below for some of our highlighted features and be sure to check back on this page often to see what's new.

Start a face-to-face conversation and include up to six people.

Twice the video clarity and four times the video window size of ooVoo Standard Resolution!

Create instant memories by recording your ooVoo video calls.

Tired of typing emails? Give your fingers a break and send a video message to one friend or a group.

Do you want to grow a virtual mustache or become a Superman – all while on a video call? Now you can.

Have a face-to-face ooVoo conversation with anyone (even those friends that don't have ooVoo yet) through a Web browser.

Calls from ooVoo to a landline or mobile phone in the USA* or Canada.

Text chat with up to six friends at a time!

With ooVoo it’s easy to share files with your friends!

Import contacts from the most popular email programs: Office Outlook, Gmail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo mail, AOLmail and more.

Enable sidebar view to clearly view documents or other tasks on your screen.

Build your blog or MySpace page to life with an ooVoo link.

ooVoo is an exciting and fun new way to communicate and we want every one of your ooVoo experiences to be safe and secure.

System Requirements:
* Pentium 4 1Ghz with 256MB of RAM
* 20MB Hard disk space
* Webcam and Headset
* Broadband connection (Cable, DSL etc..)
* Microsoft Windows 2000, XP or Vista

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Monday, May 16, 2011

How to Sync Android with Your Mac as Seamlessly as an iPhone

From LifeHacker:

It may sound too good to be true, but it's actually just as easy to sync an Android phone with your Mac as an iPhone. Even better, the majority of syncing is done in the background for you, constantly, through Google.
The key to headache-free syncing between Mac and Android is to use Google's cloud services as a middle-man. Your phone's already designed around using Google for its mail, contact, and calendar data, so we're just going to show you how to sync those down to your Mac, which takes little effort. Once you've got it all set up, the only reason you'll ever have for plugging your Android phone into your Mac will be to sync music (and if you really want to, you can sync that over Wi-Fi too).

Setting up Gmail in

If you just use a browser to access your Gmail account, then you don't need to worry about Mail at all. If you do use the app, you'll be happy to know that syncing it with a Gmail account is so simple that it's almost automated.
Open Mail's preferences, click on Accounts in the top bar, then click the "+" symbol at the bottom-left of the window. After that, it's as simple as entering your name, email address, and login information. Mail automatically knows what settings to choose for Gmail.

Syncing Your Contacts with Mac's Address Book

Open the Address Book, then open its preferences and click on Accounts in the top bar of the window. You should see an account called "On My Mac Local," which should already be selected. To the right of that is a check-box labeled "Synchronize with Google." Just check the box!
Afterwards, you should see a small sync icon in your Mac's menu bar. Normally, that sync indicator would be used by MobileMe, but it'll also work for other accounts. If you click on it, a menu will appear and you'll have the option to "sync now." Click that, and Address Book will begin to fill up with entries from your Google Contacts within a few seconds. Simple as that, your contacts are synced.

Syncing Your Calendars with iCal

In iCal, open preferences, then click on Accounts in the top bar. Click the "+" symbol at the bottom-left of the window. Leave Account Type set to "Automatic," then enter your Gmail login information. After you click Create, iCal will sync your Google Calendar automatically. If you use reminders or alerts of any sort in Google Calendar, you'll also want to click the Advanced tab in iCal's preferences, and check the box marked "Turn off all alarms." Otherwise, you'll be receiving double reminders.

Syncing Your Music with DoubleTwist

If you've got a Google Music or Amazon Cloud Drive account, you can already upload your iTunes library and stream the music to your phone. Since not too many people use those services yet, and since they're a different type of syncing than what we're after today, we'll use previously mentioned DoubleTwist.
DoubleTwist is called "iTunes for Android" for a reason. Not only does it look like a miniature iTunes, but it performs most of the same functions, only for your Android phone instead of an iPhone. With DoubleTwist, you can sync music to and from your phone, whether it's song by song or a whole playlist. It's fast, simple, and free (which we like).
There's also a DoubleTwist music player app available for Android, but you can use any music player on your phone to play back what you've synced with the desktop app.
The DoubleTwist desktop app for Mac can sync photos and videos just as easily with the built-in media browser.
If you really want to one-up your friends with iPhones, you can buy the DoubleTwist AirSync app to perform all your syncing over Wi-Fi. It costs $4.99, but it's pretty fancy-pants to be able to sync without a cable. Note that it'll definitely be slower, though, and is probably a bigger drain on your battery.

Sync Your Photos with Picasa Web Albums

Last but definitely not least are your photos. We're going to use Picasa Web Albums, since it syncs beautifully with Android. Many Android phones should be able to sync with Picasa out of the box. Just double check that all your Google services are set to sync by checking in your phone's settings under Accounts & Sync, and tapping on your Google account.
You don't need every Google service on the list to sync if you're not planning on using them. Google Books, for example, may be listed. If you don't plan on using it, just leave it unchecked. It won't affect anything when syncing with your Mac.
Unfortunately, this is only really available to users with phones running stock Android. Users in HTC Sense or other manufacturer UIs might notice that there is no Picasa entry in Accounts & Settings, but there will likely be a Flickr entry. In this case, you have two options: you can download the stock version of the Gallery app and install it on your phone, which will let you sync Picasa, or you can sync with Flickr, which is also iPhoto-friendly. Note that if you want to install the original Gallery app, you'll need an account at XDA and you'll need to check the "Unknown Sources" box in Settings > Applications on your phone.
On the Mac side, you can either use Google'sPicasa desktop software to sync Picasa albums, or you can use the iPhoto to Picasa uploader. This iPhoto plug-in which will let you upload and manage Picasa albums by choosing File, then Export. If you've chosen to sync with Flickr, you can just hit the Flickr button in the bottom right hand corner of iPhoto's window to send any album to your Flickr account—it's already built-in.

Apple has actually made it very easy to sync your data with Google, so the setup should take you very little time, and by the end, you'll have all your favorite Mac apps syncing data right to your phone. From here on out, your mail, address book, calendars, and music libraries should look the same on both devices, without you having to lift a finger. Got your own tricks for keeping your Mac and Android phone in sync? Let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

AcroPano Photo Stitcher 2.1.2 Portable

AcroPano Photo Stitcher 2.1.2 Portable | 11 MB

Acropano stitch your photos into dazzling panorama fully automatically and perfectly, at the same time provides full manual control over every single parameter. You can fully control over the final result. When you take panoramic shots, you will need to make sure that all items in all photos actually fit at the same zoom level. And 25%~65% overlap on each adjacent photo usually works best for stitching.

AcroPano offers three modes for stitching:
· Horizontal Panorama: Stitches multiple horizontal photos of a view into a single wide panorama. Great for wide-angle view or representation of a physical space, vast landscapes, city skylines.
· 360 degree Panorama: Creates a 360 degree cylindrical panorama. Stitching in 360 degree puts you right in the middle with all you're surrounded by. Great for a range of mountains, a forest of trees or the fence in your own backyard.
· Vertical Panorama: Stitches multiple vertical photos of a view into a single wide panorama. Great for snapping a full picture of soaring skyscrapers, towering trees, and cascading waterfalls.

Here are some key features of "Acropano":

Intelligent photo organizing:
- Automatically organizes associated photos in the right order.

Automatic photo stitching:
- Programmatically creates panoramas in just a few mouse clicks.

Manual mode:
- Manually control stitching points on associated photos.

Supported output formats and sizes:
- Creates panoramas in JPEG (JPG), BMP, TIFF (TIF), PNG and TGA.

Multiple styles:
- AcroPano offers three Panorama Modes to suit well for presenting wide-angle view of vast landscapes, city skylines, a range of mountains, or cascading waterfalls, etc.

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