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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

Download: Trillian

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Today’s download is for you Instant Message maniacs out there. I know a lot of you use your AIM (AOL Messenger) or your Yahoo! Messenger—it’s a neat way to chat with friends and co-workers quickly and easily. Best of all it’s free!

There’s one issue that you’re bound to run into though: people you want to connect with use different messenger services. For example, your son is on Yahoo, your… Continue reading

Download: Terragen

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Terragen is a landscape generator, which means it can be used to generate very near photorealistic virtual landscapes. Maybe some screen shots cam make a better point than I, so take a look at some of the demo shots from Tarragon’s web site—you will not believe these are made by end users. WOW, is all I can say. I had to do this as a download of the week—imagine the… Continue reading

Download: PIXresizer

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

I found something to make managing images for specific purposes easier that I know you’ll enjoy. How many times have you found the need to resize pictures? How about change a picture’s file extension (jpg, bmp, etc)? Whether it’s posting pictures on a website, emailing photos, creating avatars, or posting signatures on message boards there are many reasons to change the size or type of an image file.

This isn’t… Continue reading

Download: World Wind 1.2

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

This download is one of the coolest I think we’ve run, Dave actually found this one and after downloading and installing it my jaw dropped. Simply put—it’s amazing. Before you read on though I just thought I’d let you know that you must have Windows 2000 or XP and broadband for this one (don’t want you droolin’ over something you can’t have).

Word Wind is a program developed by NASA… Continue reading

AM DeadLink

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

AM Deadlink

This week’s download was sent to me by a thoughtful reader a month or so ago and after trying it out, I found it to be an easy to use and functional application. I thought that our terrific readers would find this as useful as I, so the decision to run this download was an easy one.

Alright, well I’m more than a little excited about this, because… Continue reading

Download: CDex

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I don’t know if this happens to any of you, but for me it seems like I need my music in a different format every now and then. For example, I was making some slide shows for my family with all the digital photos I took over the year. Everything was moving along at a steady clip until it came time to put some music in. The program I was… Continue reading

Download: Tiny Spell

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

It feels good to hunt down downloads for our readers and bag a winner. This may be one of the most useful weekly downloads that I have ever found. I loved this little bugger from the moment I misspelled my first file, (about 5sec after install).

It’s called Tiny Spell, and what it does isn’t tiny at all. Tiny Spell can correct your spelling in any application within Windows—that’s HUGE… Continue reading

Download: X-Setup 6.6

Friday, January 7th, 2005

Windows, in case you didn’t notice, has a lot of configuration choices. Let’s put it this way: a company called Worldstart (you may have heard of them) sends out 10+ articles a week on how to control or manage your Windows environment. There are Mammoth books written, classes given, and training CDs created all in an effort to help you get the most of your Windows system. People want to… Continue reading

Download: Movie Organizer

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Well I have some great news for everyone who regularly checks out these weekly download articles. I recently found a mother load of exceptionable downloads, which translates into tons of great, free software for you in 2005.

The first nugget in this download vein is a program that helps you organize all of the movies you may have on disk (i.e.CD/DVD-r’s/RW’s). To be honest I never really thought about using… Continue reading

Download: X-Setup 6.6

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

Windows, in case you didn’t notice, has a lot of configuration choices. Let’s put it this way: a company called Worldstart (you may have heard of them) sends out 10+ articles a week on how to control or manage your Windows environment. There are Mammoth books written, classes given, and training CDs created all in an effort to help you get the most of your Windows system. People want to… Continue reading

Download: SpoofStick

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Well, this week’s download goes a long with the phishing article I did a few weeks ago (12-8-2004). It comes from one of our attentive, informed readers who happened to be on the ball and sent me an email describing a program that I should consider exposing to our readers. Well, this morning I finally had a chance to run the program through it’s paces and I couldn’t… Continue reading

Download: Klipfolio

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Here at the office and at home I find myself constantly checking a few of my favorite websites for new up-to-date information. Not to mention the eight email addresses I monitor throughout the day. That’s one reason I’m so excited about this week’s download Klipfolio.

Klipfolio allows a user to install and view “Klips” which are defined as “A small window to a website or service”. The program itself is… Continue reading

Download: Hijack This

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

A wise man once said, “Don’t ever get on the computer with the thought that you will be on and off in a few minutes, because before you know it you’ll be there for three hours.” The reason for this is usually things like programs that need to update or the file you want strangely doesn’t seem to be in the place you thought it was, and on and on… Continue reading

Downloads: Firefox 1.0

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Believe it or not, Internet Explorer is not the only web browser out there and some of the choices are actually quite nice. On November 9 the Mozilla foundation released Firefox 1.0 for public download after much anticipation. Firefox is a browser built on Mozilla, an old Linux browser that Netscape was built on as well. Firefox comes from the Mozilla foundation, an open source community—that basically means it’s… Continue reading

Downloads: Thunderbird 1.0

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Many of you are familiar with Firefox 1.0, Mozilla’s official release of their answer to Internet Explorer. Thunderbird 1.0 is Mozilla’s answer to, you guessed it, Outlook Express with every bit the capabilities of OE and, in my opinion, much more. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind OE and I’m comfortable with it, but after using Thunderbird I realize that there were a few areas where I would have… Continue reading

Download: iDaily Diary

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

iDaily Diary

We at Worldstart get calls from time-to-time about a specific type of software—journal software to be specific—something you can use to record your life. The calls or emails usually sound something like this, “Hey, do you guys have anything like that software Dougie Houser used to use on that TV show, you know for writing journals.” In the past I would just describe to them that they could… Continue reading

Download: Personalize Your Icons @ Leo’s

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Weekly Download: Personalize Your Icons @ Leo’s

The Windows Icon selection leaves a lot to be desired, not to mention it seems like most of them are very similar to other icon choices you have. You can make Icons but you usually need some third party program and unless you know what you’re doing it’s going to look like a bunch of little Picasso’s, or digital amoebas all over your… Continue reading

Download: Bugnosis

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Weekly Download: Bugnosis

If you remember I talked about Web Bugs n yesterday’s security tip. To get everyone up-to-speed, web bugs are small gifs (usually) that are hidden in certain websites (in banners and other graphics) or HTML emails. Like cookies, web bugs are placed in your browser and track you, but web bugs also share your information with other web bugs you may run across while surfing the web… Continue reading

Download: StartupMonitor

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Download of the Week: Startup Monitor

Don’t you just hate when programs find their way into your Taskbar and you have no idea how they got there. I use my msconfig command every so often and under the startup tab I’m always surprised to see a couple of entries in here that I didn’t know about . How did they get there? I… Continue reading

Download: DrvClonerXP

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Weekly Download: DrvClonerXP

This week’s download was actually sent to us by a thoughtful reader, and he must have been reading my mind because I’ve been looking for a free program like this for a while. I’ve always said that with a regular backup strategy and a good drive image you don’t have to worry about losing your hard drive. Backup software isn’t that hard to find and varies in… Continue reading

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