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Windows 2000-XP-Vista

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.

Ashampoo ClipFinder -- Find and Download Onlive Video

Ashampoo ClipFinder is a freeware program that lets you search online video portals like Youtube by keywords and view and/or download the videos it finds. Most programs for video downloading are browser addins that allow you to try to save the video playing on a page you are viewing. ClipFinder takes a different approach. It searches video sites for videos managing a search term and allows you to view and/or download one or more of the videos it finds.

FairUse4WM Updated!

This thread on the Doom9 Forum is reporting that Fairuse4WM, a program that removes copy protection from purchased Windows Media files so they can be used on devices not approved my Microsoft, has been updated to work with Microsoft DRM up to version 11.0.6000.6324. While Microsoft apparently hates this program and it probably violates the DCMA, it restores ones ability to use one's music on the player of one's choice.

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/

IndieVolume -- Per Application Volume Control

One of the nicer features of Windows Vista is independent volume control for every application. IndieVolume brings this feature to Windows XP (also ME, 2000, and 2003) -- and apparently has done so for several years. This program is payware, unlike most of the programs I review, but it provides a unique feature that I haven't seen in any freeware application.

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

Custom Folder -- New Folder Done Right (Discovery)

Do you have a number of "New Folder" or "New Folder ##" (where ## is some number) scattered about your hard drive from times when you create a new folder with Windows Explorer's context menu but were too lazy to give the folder a meaningful name? If so, Custom Folder can help.

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.

Taskbar Shuffle 2.1 -- Shuffles System Tray Icons Too

I have written about Taskbar Shuffle before. It is a nice little program that allows you to rearrange buttons on your taskbar by dragging and dropping them. A new version (2.1) adds the ability to rearrange system tray icons (although this requires using a hotkey).

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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