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Incursion D20 Based Roguelike Game (Discovery)

Roguelike games are not for everyone as they lack all the pretty graphics that many people think are absolutely necessary for a good game. However, roguelike games have very deep gameplay hidden behind their text "graphics." Incursion is a new roguelike game of the standard fantasy dungeon hack-and-slash fest variety.

AuthorPoint Lite - Convert PowerPoint to Flash (Discovery)

PowerPoint is the standard presentation program for most of the business world, but PowerPoint files make very poor web presentations. AuthorPoint Lite is a freeware program that converts a PowerPoint presentation file (.ppt or .pps) to a Flash file (.swf) that can be uploaded to the web and viewed by almost everyone (as almost everyone has the Flash plugin already installed in their browser).

Emergence BASIC -- Free Programming Language (Discovery)

I remember when the BASIC programming language came on all computers. Most people did little more than play with it, but many people started a lifelong interest in programming or even made money writing programs with it. Emergence BASIC is a modern attempt to recapture that "anyone can program time" with a modern Windows operating system. The language is simple enough that anyone can learn to write simple programs, but complete enough for professional programming.

Free Flash Video (FLV) to AVI/MPEG/WMA Converter (Discovery)

Flash Video has become very common on the Internet with popular sites like YouTube using for all their videos. Unfortunately, if you download a Flash Video, you will discover that they are very hard to play on your PC as most video players do not play Flash Video. This freeware program will convert Flash Video files to AVI, MPEG, or WMV video files which can be played in Windows Media Player and other video players.

MathCast -- Free Equation Editor (Discovery)

If you have to edit mathematical equations for homework, papers, or web pages, MathCast may the program for you. It is a freeware, standards-based equation editor that supports popular word processors as well as XML in web pages.

Here are some of MathCast's features from the MathCast web site:

* Works with popular word processors such as MS Word and OpenOffice.org Writer, allowing you to integrate mathematics into written documents of any type: equation sheets, lab reports, study guides, and so on. You can also use the equations in posters and presentations.

Tunestor -- Down Music from Internet to IPod in Just Two Clicks (Discovery)

I don't have an Ipod, but Tunstor looks like a great program for those who do. It lets you right click on an mp3 file download link on the web, select "Download Directly to iTunes" and Tunestor automates everything: "it automatically downloads the file to its music folder and adds it to the Tunestor playlist in iTunes. When you connect your iPod to your computer, all the music downloaded in this playlist will automatically get copied to your iPod!" This sounds like it would be a lot faster than manually downloading a file to a folder and then adding it to iTunes.

LaptopAlarm -- Protect Your Laptop (Discovery)

LaptopAlarm is a simple program that will make your laptop sound an alarm if someone tries to log off, shut it down, disconnect the power, or disconnect the mouse. While it is probably not going to stop a determined thief, it might deter someone who sees your laptop alone in the library when you stepped away for a few moments to find another book or talk to a friend.

Operating System: Windows
Price: Free
Web Site: http://www.syfer.nl/

Safarp -- A Fast Uninstaller for 2K/XP (Discovery)

If you have ever used Add-Remove Programs on a computer well-stocked with software, you know that it can take forever and a day to load the list of installed software. Safarp loads blazingly fast and, according to the Safarp web site, has a number of extra features:

* Search function
* Obsolete list entries removal
* Export program list to a file (HTML, RTF, CSV...)
* New report templates can be written to export to other file formats
* Accessibility via the Control Panel (optional)
* Option to hide the Windows hotfixes

ClickOff -- Automatically Say You're Sure (Discovery)

Many programs have annoying dialog boxes that ask you if you are really sure that you want to do what you just told windows to do. Sometimes these are useful safety features ("Do you really want format drive C?") but often these dialogs are just pointless and annoying. ClickOff with "press" the necessary button to just continue on any dialog box you set it up to watch for -- without actually moving your mouse pointer.

Apple Safari Browser for Windows (Discovery)

Apple has released a beta of their Safari browser for Windows. While consider a Mac browser for Windows? According to Apple there are a number of reasons, but this is the one that caught my eye:

Blazing performance. The fastest web browser on any platform, Safari loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. And it executes JavaScript up to 2.8 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2.

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