Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Turn the Windows XP taskbar into a Mac-like Dock

You may not use a Mac, but now there's a way for us PC users to get the stellar moving and popping icons that make OS X look so cool!

ObjectDock is a little application that turns your Windows 2000 or XP taskbar and QuickLaunch bar into a slick-looking takeoff of the OS X Dock. You'll have the same Windows functionality, but the graphics will float onto your screen when you mouse over them.

ObjectDock is really easy to use. Install the program and launch it. The change to your desktop will happen immediately.

The program also has an awesome extra feature. Minimize a window and look at the bottom of the page you have open. You'll be able to see a screen shot of the last page you worked on. You'll love it!

Monday, October 18, 2004

SequoiaView

Ever wondered why your hard disk is full? Or what directory is taking up most of the space? When using conventional disk browsing tools, such as Windows Explorer, these questions may be hard to answer.

With SequoiaView however, they can be answered almost immediately. SequoiaView uses a visualization technique called cushion treemaps to provide you with a single picture of the entire contents of your hard drive. You can use it to locate those large files that you haven't accessed in one year, or to quickly locate the largest picture files on your drive. The screenshots below give a first impression of the original cushion treemaps:

Orbitron

Ever wonder where the many thousands of satellites are located at any moment? Wonder no more with Orbitron.

Orbitron gives you a colorful world-map overview screen and lists dozens of satellites for your tracking pleasure. Simply check the box next to a satellite name and it will show up on the map at its present location. Also try clicking on individual satellites to get more information such as position and altitude.

Cool Beans System Info

You can never know too much about what's going on behind the scenes on your PC. Let's face it, CPU, RAM, and network usage are three important measures of how well your PC is working. Today's free file brings those measures to the forefront. Cool Beans System Info will work on most versions of Windows, including 98, Me, NT, 2000, and XP.

System Info gives you all the information about your network-upload and network-download usage. It also monitors your CPU usage, and how much physical and virtual memory is available. There's a list of running applications and processes. Sure, lots of this can be found in XP and 2000. But much of this is harder to find in Windows 98. Plus, there's one cool feature not found in any operating system: a network download stopwatch. If you don't have XP, you'll definitely want this. If you do have XP, you should still take a look at it.

Agnitum Outpost Personal Firewall

The Agnitum Outpost Personal Firewall combines the security features of personal firewalls like ZoneAlarm with ease and usability perfect for most novice PC users. Today I'll show you how to use it.

After a simple installation, the Agnitum firewall is up and ready to go. When you access any network function, such as email or a browser, the firewall presents a question dialog box asking whether or not you want to allow this transaction to go through. You can set it for once (this time only), never, or always for this application.

Other outstanding features include the ability to filter sites for inappropriate material and scan email for spam. It also acts like a mini antivirus program, preventing potentially dangerous email viruses or worms from infecting your machine. Add a simple plug-in and it will act as a pop-up killer, stopping banner and pop-up ads.