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More 2006 Downloads

Friday, December 29th, 2006

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

Celestia

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Celestia

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

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

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

Spurl

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Spurl

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

AssessTree

Friday, November 10th, 2006

AssessTree

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

SpeeDefrag

Monday, November 6th, 2006

SpeeDefrag

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

Friday, October 27th, 2006

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

ARP++

Friday, October 13th, 2006

ARP++

I’m just going to come out and say it, “Everyone can benefit from this week’s download.” Let’s put it this way, who reading this, has ever had a program uninstall or has had their system go bad? For example, has anyone tried to uninstall Norton AntiVirus lately? That can eat up a better part of your day, only to find that it’s left orphaned bits of itself all over… Continue reading

WordMorph

Friday, October 6th, 2006

WordMorph

Have you tried to get a domain name lately? How about a new IM handle or even a new e-mail address? It’s tough finding a name you are willing to deal with, because you know you’re not getting the one you want. Instead, what you get is something that kind of looked like what you had in mind with 30 numbers behind it. So, you end up with something… Continue reading

Google Browser Sync

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Google Browser Sync

I don’t know about you, but I usually work with about three PCs on any average day. I know I’m somewhat of a geek, but I figure it’s a safe bet that a lot of you out there put your time in to at least two different PCs. If you do, I’m sure you know how tedious it can be to keep your favorites or bookmarks the… Continue reading

CatSpy

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

CatSpy

Web cams have been a very popular item for us in our online store over the past year or so. People just seem to really love them. The thought of video conferencing with friends and family over the Internet for free or even just capturing some video or still shots is all very fun and exciting. Well, I think they are a blast as well. You can really have… Continue reading

A.S. Football Editor

Friday, September 15th, 2006

A.S. Football Editor

Yesterday, one of our staff asked me if I knew of any software that a football coach could use to draw out plays. I had really never had the need myself to create and edit football plays, but I decided to take a look for her. I had no idea of what to expect. I knew it needed to be easy to use and something you could… Continue reading

MouseImp

Friday, September 8th, 2006

MouseImp

I never really had any problems with the functionality of my mouse; that is, until I found out what I was missing. For instance, I was happy with my wired, two-button roller ball mouse until I got my big bad two-button scroll mouse. Wow, what a difference! And the story goes on. After the scroll-wheel came the optical and of course, I now have a wireless mouse with 75… Continue reading

Pictexter

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Man am I tired. I just learned a cool new skill today and in an effort to entertain you fine folks, I exercised this new talent by creating a little Text Art for your enjoyment. What do you think?

You would not believe how long that took me. I must have spent at least five seconds on it.

With this… Continue reading

Windows Media Player 11 Beta

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Windows Media Player 11 Beta

It seems like only yesterday I was saying goodbye to Windows Media Player 9 (WMP 9) and now WMP 11 is out in beta. They grow up so fast, don’t they? I know WMP takes a lot of heat compared to iTunes, Winamp and even MusicMatch as far as digital players go, but I have always liked WMP and I like this new version as… Continue reading

Gadwin Printscreen

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Gadwin Printscreen

I use screenshots for everything. I use them in articles to illustrate some element of what I am discussing and they are also great for helping to describe and fix technical support issues. There is almost no limit to the usefulness of screenshots. However, I wish I could say the same for the integrated screen capture application that is included with the Windows operating systems.

Windows’ printscreen… Continue reading

2006 Downloads Revisited

Friday, July 28th, 2006

2006 Downloads Revisited

We get a lot of e-mail around here at WorldStart all with varying subjects. Some that ask for tech help and even some that are just looking for an old tip or download that we featured in a newsletter at an earlier time. The e-mails are of course routed off to their appropriate destinations where we, the WorldStart employees, receive them and attempt to reply with the… Continue reading

Personal Finance Manager

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Personal Finance Manager

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to handling money and finances, I’m about as organized as an Enron accountant. Bills constantly catch me off guard, I have a real hard time saving up for anything huge and not to mention, all the fan mail I get from credit card companies and banks.

This was how it was until I got organized, made a plan… Continue reading

Gpedometer

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Gpedometer

Attention all runners, cyclists, rollerbladers, walkers or anyone who routinely likes to take jaunts around the park or neighborhood and would like to get a little geeky about it. By geeky, I mean streamline your excursions and suck all the data you can from the experience. “That’s the way I roll” and with this week’s download, you can too!

This program, called Gpedometer, was written by a runner who… Continue reading

BeInSync

Friday, July 7th, 2006

BeInSync

Working with copies of the same files on more than one PC can get pretty complicated, pretty quick. Sure you can use the old Windows briefcase, but it can be a little awkward to use and the data isn’t always available.

Did you ever attempt to bring some work home with you only to forget the important documents you need? Or even worse, what if you brought the… Continue reading

AM Notebook

Friday, June 30th, 2006

AM Notebook

This week’s download should help you keep all your little chores, daily duties and random notes in order with extreme efficiency. The program that will help you do this is called AM Notebook and as the name suggests, it is like a small notebook.

AM Notebook is a small, powerful tabbed notebook application that allows you to store notes and spreadsheets in a convenient, centralized manner. The AM… Continue reading

FontPage

Friday, June 16th, 2006

FontPage

One thing that has been overlooked in the Word Processing game is a good font viewer/manager. You know, just something that can help you to view your current fonts, install new ones and then compare them until you are absolutely sure about your choice. Fonts can really help set a tone and a theme for a document and finding the right font for the job can mean everything. Around… Continue reading

Lightning

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Lightning

Hot off of the creator’s desktop comes a new program called Lightning that is like a cross between a super clipboard, Window’s Quick Launch toolbar, NotePad and a screenshot manager all rolled into one. Lightning’s goal is to speed up the normal repetitive procedures that one finds themselves performing throughout the day. It achieves this by creating a simple interface that can be pulled up quickly using a two… Continue reading

XP Syspad

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

XP Syspad

One area where I thought Windows XP could use improvement was in the way the various utilities and monitors were laid out. It just seems to me that Microsoft could have possibly made more of an effort to centralize all the administrative and system tools in one easy to find location. Instead, you almost feel like Microsoft is hiding things from you by making you search through your… Continue reading

Disk View

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Disk View

This week’s download comes from Sysinternals. As many before it, and as most of their free programs, it is simple, to the point and absolutely great. This download is no exception. From the uber geek to someone running his or her first defrag, Disk View will seem like one cool program.

Disk View is a program that produces a graphical representation of the folders on a… Continue reading

WinXP IPconfig Tool

Friday, May 12th, 2006

WinXP IPconfig Tool

Setting up a home or small office network is easy to do. If something goes wrong however, it can be a nightmare to fix.

This week’s download is a cool little tool or utility that simplifies a common networking tool called IPconfig. IPconfig is a tool used for troubleshooting TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) errors. It is the standard by which almost all networks run… Continue reading

Google SketchUp

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Google SketchUp

I guarantee this week’s Download of the Week is going blow you away. I know I have done a few different 3D modeling programs over the past year, and that’s because I think they are so cool, but I feel they intimidate most people, with myself included. So, if I can find some free quality applications out there that you can sink your teeth into before dumping tons… Continue reading

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