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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

Download: BootSkin

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

This download isn’t anything too fancy, but it doesn’t need to be—it’s a load screen changer called Bootskin. Startdock, the company that brought us CursorXP, is also responsible for this one and together they really get your Windows XP looking absolutely unique. Bootskin is a small program that allows you to change your Windows Startup image (the picture you see while Windows is loading).

The program couldn’t be easier to… Continue reading

Download : CursorXP Free 1.3.1

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Windows XP cursors (aka pointers—yes, the words ARE interchangeable now though it has not always been so) are about as exciting as talcum powder, I’ve been looking at the same white arrow since my relationship with PC’s began (I did have a short flirtation with a blinking square). Don’t know if any of you recall from one or two of my earlier articles, but one of my biggest issues with… Continue reading

Download: Google Earth

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

It really is a small world after all, and with Google’s new program it’s gonna seem a lot smaller. Google Earth is a program that lets you cruise around this big blue ball without leaving your PC.

Google Earth is basically a virtual globe, but this is a far cry from any globe you’ve probably ever seen—it’s right out of a Sci-Fi movie. With Google Earth the… Continue reading

Download: Boss Key

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

I don’t know if I could count the number of times Steve has found me playing online poker at work. He must not be a card player because it really seems to upset him, every time he notices I’m playing some Texas hold’em he gets all made and goes on and on about work or something. I don’t know, it’s hard to play when Steve’s talking to me, it’s really… Continue reading

MSN Search Toolbar (Beta)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Well it’s about time, Microsoft. I can’t speak for everybody but I believe that tabbed browsing is one of the best things to happen to browsers since pop-up stoppers. Once I got used to using tabbed browsing there was no looking back and no reason to as far as I’m concerned. I think that the introduction of tabbed browsing with Opera and FireFox set a new standard for what users… Continue reading

Download: Blender

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Where do I begin? This free download is a recommendation from Shawn (part of the creative force here at Worldstart). It’s a 3D rendering/animation program, he informed me, but he was a little concerned that it may be a little much for the average reader. Not having a ton of exposure to this type of program I ignored Shawn’s concern since I was eager to try my hands at this… Continue reading

Download: FolderShare

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

I’ve done file-sharing programs before—some primarily handle a particular type of file such as Hello the image sharing program, or Grouper used for sending huge files back and forth. Well this download is also a file-sharing program, and like the others, this has its own features and attributes, some of which are quite impressive.

With Foldershare version 2.3.3 you can share, download and even synchronize folders… Continue reading

Download: Deskman

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Deskman is a desktop lockdown program that features a stunning assortment of options to give you complete control over your desktop environment.

So what exactly is a “Desktop Lockdown” program? In a nutshell, this is a program that allows you to tweak your desktop environment in ways that Windows does not readily offer. An example of such a setting would be the ability to remove the Run box from the… Continue reading

Download: Post-It Notes

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Here’s a neat little program from 3M, the makers of genuine Post-It notes. It’s is a virtual embodiment of their physical sticky notes and is like having Post-It notes on your PC, but with some really cool futures.

Here’s a small list of what the program can do:

* Create your own notes with pictures and hyperlinks
* Stick notes on your computer desktop as a… Continue reading

ScreenSwift 5.0

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

What ScreenSwift does is allow you to create flash desktop wallpapers that actually behave just exactly like a flash file. This isn’t some stagnant image. You can either store the entire flash movie as a wallpaper and when you want to see the movie action select the “Play” button and get some popcorn.

There is nothing to the set up. All you need are some .swf files—which… Continue reading

Downloads: Flash Saver & Viewer

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

I get links out to great flash movies all the time—from my colleagues here at work and friend’s—heck, I even find them on my own sometimes. I love a great flash movie and some of them are absolutely hilarious. One thing I don’t like about them is making bookmarks to one or digging through my browser cache and deciphering through the .swf files looking for that cool Elmer Fudd movie… Continue reading

Download: Flash Saving Plugin

Friday, May 13th, 2005

I get links out to great flash movies all the time—from my colleagues here at work and friend’s—heck, I even find them on my own sometimes. I love a great flash movie and some of them are absolutely hilarious. One thing I don’t like about them is making bookmarks to one or digging through my browser cache and deciphering through the .swf files looking for that cool Elmer Fudd movie… Continue reading

Download: Belarc Advisor 7.0L

Monday, May 9th, 2005

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Have you ever wanted to know detailed information about your computer? Have you ever been asked “What kind of motherboard do you have?” or “What version of Norton Antivirus do you have?” You’re in luck.

Belarc Advisor tells you everything and anything you ever wanted to know about your computer

My friends know I’m not a big fan of QuickTime. It’s constant reappearance after I turn it off gets old. I don’t like the fact that if you don’t watch it and navigate their download site wrong you end up downloading iTunes. Just not a fan.

Real Player is another media player that has some issues—some even claim it has adware. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want… Continue reading

Download: Virtual Desktop manager

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

If you’re anything like me then you may find that you’re working with five or six applications at once. I’ll have Outlook Express, Photoshop or Photo Impact, Work and a dozen websites open at once, and then there’s my test machine that is easily just as busy. It’s usually not too big of a deal especially if you have two monitors, which gives you a little room to breath. Unfortunately… Continue reading


Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

This isn’t actually a download, but if you downloaded Picasa, or Hello then you may already be familiar with the Blogger. It’s not a 1950’s Sci-Fi monster from the gelatin family, though it sounds like it, it’s a component of Hello that can turn your PC into an image sharing, blogging machine.

Think it takes years of education, complete understanding of the web, or some knack in… Continue reading

Download: Picasa 2

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

This week’s download has got to be one of the most impressive and useful programs I think I will offer all year. Picasa is a photo editing, sharing, slideshow program but it’s so much more—it’s part of the rising Google empire that continues to do things right.

Picasa is, in my opinion, more of a complete image manager, though it has some image editing tools there is nothing ground breaking… Continue reading

Download: Object Dock

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

I know I’ve done desktop enhancements before, but I like them. I like making changes to the stale Windows interface. I like that my desktop looks entirely different than everyone else’s—it stands out and makes everyone jealous of my super cool interface (man am I a geek!). Object Dock is another desktop enhancement, a little Macintosh-ish, but still cool.

Object Dock is an alternative toolbar that’s more aesthetically pleasing than… Continue reading

Download: The Grouper

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

I was really excited about this download—it’s a typical Peer-to-Peer network, but safe. There are a few problems with traditional file sharing over the web:

(1) You don’t know who you’re getting these files from

(2) The files and the programs themselves are loaded with spyware/adware

(3) a lot of what goes on there is illegal and you don’t want to be part of that.

There are, however… Continue reading

Download: BHO Demon 2.0.19

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

This week’s download is a little gem that helps figure out if any of those BHO’s you have on your browser are safe or are known to be malicious. Now you may be saying one of two things: (1) “Great these BHO’s have been going on unchecked in my system for far to long”, or (2) “Hey Ma, you ever hear of a BHO?” Well don’t feel a shamed if… Continue reading

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