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3D Canvas

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

3D Canvas

I know that not too long ago, I ran a 3D rendering program that I thought was absolutely unbelievable. That was a program by the name of Blender. Blender is an Open Source, which of course means that it’s free to the public, and does a good job of allowing the user to create objects in 3D. My only concern was that the interface wasn’t… Continue reading

Inkscape

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I use a lot of image manipulation programs while going through my daily routines, usually Photo Impact, Photoshop and a few others to get the job done. There is another program that I used to use all the time, but was forced to lay off because I didn’t have a copy in the office. The program was Adobe Illustrator, and it’s perfect when you need to create professional looking drawings… Continue reading

Net Send Lite

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Net Send Lite

I remember being in some of my tech classes in college when everyone would send messages around to the other students using Net Send commands. Net Send is a lightweight TCP/IP messaging service that you can use with minimal setup, if any, to text people on the local network and beyond. It’s a command line tool, so you were usually running it from… Continue reading

ZipGenius 6

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

ZipGenius 6

Ever since the introduction of Windows XP and its internal zipping abilities, most third party compression programs have gone the way of the dinosaur. Don’t get me wrong, there will always be a need for these third party zip programs, but the need is a little more specific or specialized, you might say. For example, Windows XP can’t inherently handle files compressed using the RAR format, which I… Continue reading

My WiFi Zone

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

My WiFi Zone

I have done many articles over the years on how to spot and properly defend you local area network from intruders. I have described everything from what to do with firewall hits, viewing router logs, locking down your wireless network, and even how to securely use Hot Spots. However, I have yet to run across a… Continue reading

Spell Checker for Outlook Express

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Spell Checker for Outlook Express

You know I always thought it was odd that Outlook Express no longer includes any sort of integrated spell checker. Back in the days when MS Office included Windows operating systems, having a spell check was obviously not an issue, but once they discontinued the bundling of these components, Windows was left without any sort of spellchecker. Not only is this an inconvenience for the… Continue reading

Swissknife

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Swissknife

I have always been a big fan of hard drive management programs but I’ve never seen a good one for free. Having a partition management program can really get you out of a jam, help speed things up, and even give you a better understanding of the current status of your drives. Not to mention that these programs can take a lot of the… Continue reading

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

To show gratitude to you, all of our terrific readers, I wanted to present you with a really cool download for the holidays. I initially had a few downloads in mind for this week which ended up leading me on a long and seemingly fruitless search. I just couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, not without it being shareware anyway. Eventually I found… Continue reading

Firefox 1.5

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Firefox 1.5

I hope you guys are as excited as I am about the release of the much-anticipated 1.5 patch for Firefox, the popular Mozilla Browser. This update comes after a lengthy stint in beta version where it has been since early August. The update brings a few nice features to the table including improved security capabilities as well as ease-of-use… Continue reading

EULA Analyzer

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

EULA Analyzer

EULA’s, which are the End User license Agreements that pop up during any software installation, are so long winded and ambiguous in meaning that most people skip right over them. I don’t blame anyone for not reading his or her EULA because it’s about as much fun as a trip to the dentist and way more bewildering. Perusing over the equivalent of 10 pages of legal… Continue reading

Atmosphere Lite

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Atmosphere Lite

Finally the same great atmosphere taste with none of the guilt!

Atmosphere Lite is a sound scheme program that has a couple of potentially cool uses and an incredible amount of flexibility. What I mean by “Sound Scheme” creator is that with this program you can create background sounds, for example I’m sitting in my office typing away while listening to a woodland soundscape complete… Continue reading

Weekly Download: Windows Startup list

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Weekly Download: Windows Startup List

Everybody wants their system to operate responsively, boot quickly, and run applications immediately with no errors. Pruning your Startup List can be one of the greatest ways to help your system run without the burden of unnecessary programs.

Startup items are the programs that run when the PC first starts, using up system resources (usually unnecessarily). A couple of examples would be QuickTime… Continue reading

Irfan Photo Viewer

Here and even at home, I’m constantly working with groups of images. Looking through folders and working with one picture from here and one from there can take some time. I usually copy the ones I want and paste them into a new folder, just to keep everything conveniently organized.

From here I usually do some simple editing: a little cropping, image resizing, and maybe even applying… Continue reading

Download: Dawn Address Book Converter

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Download of the Week: Dawn Address Book Converter

We get a lot of emails around here concerning every possible aspect of email. This is understandable, since everyone uses it, including folks who aren’t exactly the biggest Nerds at the SciFi Convention, if you know what I mean. Email has become a staple in our modern everyday lifestyle.

Two of the commonest questions are how to save the address book and… Continue reading

Download: Sunbird

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Download of the Week: Sunbird

One thing I’ve always liked about Outlook was the built-in Calendar. Unfortunately, I don’t really use Outlook anymore. Doctor appointments, birthdays, special events… I miss ‘em all. Heck, Christmas sneaks up on me every year. I need help; it’s only a matter of time before my lack of organization becomes a matter of life and death. I’m not joking. If I forget another anniversary, my… Continue reading

Download: ePrompter

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Weekly Download: EPrompter

Anyone with more than one email address will find today’s Download of the week to be very useful, which includes just about everybody I know.

ePrompter is by specific terms an “Email Retrieval and Notification Program”. Think of it as an email “Aggregator”, like a news aggregator or an RSS feed. Both of these programs will go to designated URL’s and “Get” or “Harvest” whatever information… Continue reading

Weekly Security Tip: Flash Drive Protection

Yes, you read correctly. This week’s Download and Security Tip go together, but they’ll make more sense in this order. Next week, the schedule will return to usual.

Yesterday, I showcased a couple of applications that run directly form a flash drive (Memory card, MP3 player, or thumb drive). Don’t have one of these little guys yet? We sometimes have really good deals on… Continue reading

Thumb drives, mp3 players, and digital players cameras are becoming exponentially more popular by the day. It seems like everyone has at least one of these items, if not two. Today I’m going to show you some tricks you can do with this Flash Memory technology that I think are going to amaze you, at least a little.

Flash Memory is usually small removable memory storage devices, also called solid… Continue reading

Panorama image software: Autostitch

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Download of the Week: Autostitch

A panorama image, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is made by piecing together multiple images that shows the viewer that is either wider or taller than your normal field of vision. For instance, if you wanted to take a picture of a clear horizon from atop some vantage point then you would take a series of pictures as close to the same horizontal/vertical… Continue reading

Download: WorldStart Clipboard Cleaner

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

OK, this is probably about the simplest program we’ve ever recommended here at WorldStart – and by far the easiest I’ve ever wrote :-)

The windows clipboard is one of the handiest little utilities ever conceived – but at the same time it can leak your sensitive information and slow down your computer if you have a large file copied to it.

So, I was thinking… Continue reading

Weekly Download: Cars Version 3.0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

If you’re like me (and for your sake, I hope you’re not), you change the oil in your car– oh, I don’t know– every three or four years. By the time I take my car in, the oil has gone through some mysterious chemical change to what I non-affectionately call “Black Peanut Butter”. To make a long story short, I’m not a car person. My car maintenance philosophy is “don’t… Continue reading

MSN Anti-Phishing Add-Ins

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Some of you may remember the MSN Desktop Search Toolbar Beta version as the download of the week on June 3, 2005. This great and much-needed addition (in my opinion, at least) to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer really brought the browser up to speed. Well, if you like the Search bar’s tabbed browsing and other features, then you should be happy to know that the official version of… Continue reading

Weekly Download: AutoStreamer

Friday, September 16th, 2005

If you have installed Windows XP, then you know that half the battle is keeping the system up-to-date with service packs and patches. This can actually take longer than the install. In fact, if you use a dial-up connection, it can take longer than a holiday weekend. This can be a real “time sucker”.

If people call you to fix their PC, you may find yourself installing Windows from time… Continue reading

Weekly Download: LeechGet

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

I tried to run a program like this that I came across about 6 months ago. The features sounded great, but I felt that it fell short in execution forcing me to abandon it for a more promising application. Though I can’t remember that program’s name, I of course remember its function. It was a download manager.

I found myself thinking, “A download manager, what do I need that for?”… Continue reading

Weekly Download: Easy Graphic File Converter

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

It never fails: every time I set out undertake some graphic or video project the format of some essential piece of media (audio, image, or video file) is never in the format I need. It just seems like I have one oddball format that I always have to deal with. Often it’s a format that I don’t even have a program to open, yet alone that has the ability to… Continue reading

Squirl Morph

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

This week’s download is an image morphing application that can take two, three, or more images “morph” them from one to another. For instance you can take a picture of your dog, cat, and bird and after you perform the “morph” building process the three images will twist, meld, and ultimately transform form image-to-image.

The files you create with the Squirlz Morphing Tool can be saved in a number of… Continue reading

Older Versions

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Who says newer is always better? Sometimes the older versions of programs just seem to work better. Maybe you finally got the hang of the old version when they totally revamp the interface of a new program. Maybe you liked the way things were laid out in the prior version of a particular program. Maybe the new version of some commonly used program has issues

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