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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

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

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