Lorine via e-mail asks:
Do you know of a good audio recorder that I can use? I have tried several and they just don’t seem to do the job.
Thanks for the question, Lorine – I love when people ask me this, because it gives me a chance to talk about a
If you haven’t noticed, there are so many different instant messaging programs these days. I mean, there’s AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, IRC Chat and the list goes on and on. That’s all good and well, but there’s one little problem: all of those IM clients do not talk to each other.
For example, if you have a friend who uses AIM, you have to… Continue reading
Have you ever had to look up your system information (such as your processor speed, memory, hard drive space, etc.?) If you know anything about that, it always seems to take so much time! Well, today I have a free download that will put all of that vital information right on your desktop for you. And you know what that means. Yep, you don’t have to go digging around… Continue reading
Have you seen the price of the newest version of Photoshop? Yikes! It’s a good thing there is a program out there that is completely free that has all the same functions as Photoshop. Interested? Then let’s check it out!
This program is called GIMP (it stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program). If you like to do special things with your digital photos and you don’t feel like coughing… Continue reading
Want to listen to your iTunes music on any computer and with any Internet connection? Well, you can now do that with Dot.Tunes!
I mean, haven’t you ever thought about how cool it would be to be able to listen to your iTunes music collection anywhere and anytime, without having to lug your MP3 player or iPod around? If you have, this free download is just for… Continue reading
Do you ever notice that your Internet connection is different throughout the day or week? Do you download files and surf the Web faster later on at night, rather than earlier in the day? Have you ever called your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to tell them you’re offline or your connection is painfully slow, only to have it bounce back up to an acceptable level by the time… Continue reading
Swooping down from Mozilla’s Web site like a diving bird of prey, capturing and devouring e-mail as if it were a field of mice, Thunderbird 2 is here and this time, it means business.
First of all, let me start by apologizing for this week’s download. I told everyone last week that I was going to run the Total Commander file manger, but things have come up and I have decided to go with another program. The replacement is a file manager as well and it has tons of features, but it will not allow you to plug in the features from… Continue reading
Have you ever gotten a document or an image from someone and when you go to view it, you realize you don’t have the correct application to view the content? I have and I find it a little annoying to have to go out on the Web and look for some stand alone viewer application just so I can open that one file. Not to mention, if you… Continue reading
I love my MP3 player! I use it all the time and not just for music either. I have a couple of podcasts I listen to from day to day and every now and then, I will use it to listen to a book in digital form. I never used to listen to books on tape or CD before, but with the MP3 format and compact players, it’s… Continue reading
Prepare to be blown away! This week’s download is a gift from the “geek” community that makes me proud to be a tech. The program is called Network Notepad and I have been looking for something like this my whole life, along with a few other things that I still haven’t found.
Network Notepad is a network drawing tool that allows you to completely illustrate a diagram of… Continue reading
This week’s download is a little specific and a little bit of a more involved program. It’s called Media Coder and what it does, is allow users to convert video/audio formats to other formats for specific reasons. For example, to play on your iPod or PSP. This process is called transcoding and if you like to dabble in video/audio editing, this might be a very useful tool… Continue reading
Norton Removal Tool
This week’s download is not the most exciting piece of software you’ll ever see, but you may find it very useful, nonetheless. In all my years as a tech, Symantec has dominated the PC security market with their Norton line of antivirus software, among other security based applications. The products are very good, which is the reason the company has stayed on top for so long… Continue reading
System Information for Windows (SIW)
I love showcasing cool software and this week’s download definitely qualifies as “cool!”
System Information for Windows, or SIW, is a program that gives you exactly what it says it will. A lot of it. SIW will scan your PC and network up and down and deliver to you a wealth of information that will keep you busy for quite some time. (That is… Continue reading
Hidden XP Utilities
Sometimes a little program crosses my path that I just can’t ignore and that is the case with this week’s download. What if I told you I found a program that can take a lot of the Windows tools you use, some you may not and some you may not even know about, and situate them in one easy to use centralized interface? And what if I… Continue reading
Drivers, in respect to personal computers, are the software that enables a hardware device, such as a printer or a scanner for instance, to properly communicate with the system. Driver incompatibility, corruption and conflict are usually the problems that I run across when I have to troubleshoot some uncooperative device.
Installing drivers is also one of the procedures that can take considerable time when, for instance… Continue reading
On my desktop alone, I have 150 icons at any given moment. It’s like a sea of manila icons, scattered from one end of the monitor to the other. Sometimes, finding the things I need can turn into a hunting expedition. I do try to organize my folders, so they are not in the way so much. I move them to other drives and folders in an attempt to categorize… Continue reading
I’m going to go ahead and say it. This the coolest software ever! It just came out on January 15th and look who’s got it for you to download! That’s right, Chad. The free download man and if you have ever wanted to set up a Virtual Private Network (or VPN, as us nerds refer to it), this is your chance!
All kidding aside, Hamachi is a Virtual… Continue reading
Everyone who ownsNe a PC needs a good registry cleaner. They can be invaluable tools for cleaning up your system’s registry, freeing up space and helping your whole system run more efficiently. Junk files, such as fragments left behind like forgotten souls from long uninstalled programs, hinder your system’s speed with their unnecessary presence.
Well, I used to have a registry cleaner here that I ran as… Continue reading
Hello all my fellow Netizens! I am Chad and welcome to another edition of WorldStart’s Downloads of the Week. Netizens is a term coined by Civil Netizen, an online parcel service for large files, meaning citizens of the Web or NET, thus Netizens. What Civil Netizens has to offer is a great program or Web service that allows users to send large files over the Internet with very… Continue reading
More 2006 Downloads
Well, can you believe it? The holidays are almost over already and a new year is pretty much upon us. It’s a time to remember the all the good times you’ve had in 2006 and to pass around some good cheer. In this season of giving, I decided it would be nice to spread even more cheer with a few more downloads that I have showcased over… Continue reading
I just finished testing Celestia, a space simulation program, and boy do I feel small and insignificant!
Did you ever wish that you could fly through space? Take a closer look at the celestial bodies that majestically occupy our universe? From the surreal rings of Saturn to the minute detail of an impact creator on the surface of some moon, this week’s download will not only take you… Continue reading
Virtual CD Drive
In my opinion, this week’s download is really cool and I have a lot of information to give you, so I’m going to go through the description rather quickly so I can get down to the meat of the article.
Have you ever had a program that, even after you installed it, would not run without the disk in your PC? This used to be a common… Continue reading
Keeping your bookmarks/favorites synchronized across multiple PCs can be a chore and it seems as though it is never exactly right on. You’re always missing a bookmark that you want to use at home, but you only have it at work. Sure, there are portable browsers you can use, but you still have to carry arounWantd a thumb drive everywhere you go in order to use it.
This… Continue reading
I clean my PC out a lot. I clean my parent’s PC, I clean my uncle’s PC, I clean my neighbor’s PC, I clean my neighbor’s friend’s PCs, etc., etc. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I end up cleaning a lot of PCs. This is a normal part of maintaining a healthy PC and it should be done often if you expect top performance from… Continue reading
As I’m sure all of you know, defragging your PC is a maintenance procedure that can vastly improve you system’s efficiency performance. As I’m also sure most of you know by now, defragging your system is a long uneventful procedure that can tie up you PC for three to four hours, easily. I believe that it is for this reason that a lot of people (myself… Continue reading
GOM Multimedia Player
Do you ever watch videos on your computer? I do! They’re usually AVI/MPG files that I have downloaded or uploaded from my camera. Heck, I’ll watch movies on my laptop while I’m working on my PC. One thing I have never really liked about the whole video player scene is downloading and installing codecs that you need in order to play certain types of… Continue reading