Monday, August 4, 2008

Technobrief #4

Summary: Recent discoveries: software, articles, videos, and more.

Since the last technobrief, I have added the following to the list of items worth checking out:

  • Avanquest Connection Manager detects laptop network settings and sets up printers, email, and disk drives and other connection-specific resources.
  • Configuration Mania Firefox add-on for editing advanced Firefox settings.
  • CubicExplorer is a better alternative to Windows Explorer.
  • DVD Catalyst Free converts DVDs and other video formats (avi, mpeg, divx, xvid, mp4, mkv, etc) into format that can be played on portable video players (iPod, Zune, etc).
  • FireFTP Firefox add-on for accessing FTP servers.
  • Jing screencast and screenshot software for capturing images, recording videos, storing and sharing them online.
  • Ka Type In inserts predefined text snippets into any application.
  • KMPlayer plays most video and audio formats without the need to install additional codecs.
  • nCleaner cleans your system and applications, frees disk space, and boost your system's speed.
  • Open IT Online Firefox add-on for editing documents and images online.
  • Ordered Preference Import/Export Firefox add-on for exporting and importing Firefox extension settings.
  • Pencil Firefox add-on for sketching and prototyping.
  • Pismo File Mount mounts compressed archives (ZIP files), ISO image files as virtual drives.
  • Pronounce Firefox add-on for pronouncing English words.
  • Read It Later Firefox add-on for bookmarking interesting pages that you would want to read when you get time.
  • Speed Launch application launcher for opening frequently used websites, documents, and applications.
  • WinDirStat disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool.
  • Windows SteadyState allows to revert a computer to a previously stored state every time it reboots, or when an administrator sets it to.
  • Xerox Mobile Express Driver allows you to print to virtually any PostScript device on your network, even to those made by other manufacturers, without installing device-specific drivers.
  • XnView shell extension adds graphics-specific options (image thumbnail, image format conversion, etc) to the context menu.
  • ZoomIt screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations.
  • Deezer and Imeem offer storing, (legal) sharing, and steaming of your favorite music (I can't yet figure out which one is better).
  • HP Blog Printing widget lets your blog readers choose the posts they want to print, free of sidebars, ads and other clutter.
  • Just-Traceroute online route tracing from four or more servers located on different continents.
  • Podmailing lets you send and share really huge files.

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