Various fun stuff in general

KanManDet now with Google Translate

I just added a gadget that can translate this page to a bunch of languages, neat 🙂

And yes I know Google Translate is not perfect, but it still do a decent job (and its a laugh to read the funny translations)..

You will find the gadget in the lover left part of the sidebar – Have fun 😀

The origin of 10-4

I have often used “10-4” to state that I agree and will do that, however I never quite could come up with where I picked it up..

Anyhow, a wiki search revealed this;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten-code

I actually did not know that, I thought it was military in origin. Thank god for Wiki 😉

Wii – youtube fun

Companies are getting quite creative when marketing their stuff, one of the latest gimics is a Nintendo promo video on YouTube which is quite fun..

Have a look yourself;
http://www.youtube.com/experiencewii

Philips Lumalive Textile

Now THIS is awesome, Philips have invented a technology to embed led technology into textile, possibilities are endless… Nifty, but also likely to be somewhat expensive :-(

Have a look at their intro here;

Sony Rolly – I’m speachless

Ok, this is ……. well I don’t quite know if I’m impressed or just thinking WHAT… But it’s quite geekey and as such it deserve a slot on my blog.. Sort of an animated MP3 player I guess? Would you buy one at the price of UK £350? :-D

100 portable apps for your USB pen

With a 8 or 16gb usb pen you may be wandering what to fill it up with?

Well dont, here is a “getting started” list to fill it up 🙂

Link for the list;
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/portable-software-usb/

100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (both for Mac and Win)

Free Portable Apps This stuff can be installed on any portable drive, i.e. USB thumbdrive, PDA or an iPod. You can use them at work, school, or any other place where you can plugin your device. Check them out, you can either scroll-down for relevant category, i.e office software, email tools, messengers, games, etc. or get a ‘all-in-one’ package (all essential tools) . While there are more apps for windows users, I tried to include a mac version for each essential tool. All free. Enjoy!

What is a portable program ? : A portable program is a piece of software that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any other computer. It can be your email program, your browser, system recovery tools or even an operating system. The coolest part about it, is that all of your data and settings are always stored on a thumbdrive so when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.

Portable Office Software

  • Abiword [Win (6.3 mb) / Mac (9.5 mb)] – word processor (compatible with Microsoft word)
  • OpenOffice [Win (65 mb) / Mac (127 mb)] – free alternative to Microsoft Office (fully compatible with Microsoft Office docs)
  • PDF Viewers: Sumatra [Win (1.1 mb) ], Foxit PDF Reader [Win, (1.8 mb) ]
  • Notepad ++ – feature-rich Notepad replacement.

Portable Email/Calendar/ToDo Programs

Portable Text and Voice Messengers

  • All-in-One (Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, etc.): Gaim [Win, 6.9 mb], Miranda IM [Win, 1.2 mb], Adium [Mac, 15.5mb], Trillian [Win]
  • iChat [Mac] – requires locally installed iChat
  • Newspeak [Mac, 1mb] – Newspeak Cocoa IRC client
  • Skype – exlpains how to make skype portable

Portable Media Tools (Audio / Video)

  • Audacity [Win (2.4 mb), Mac (5mb)] – simple audio editor and recorder
  • VLC [Win (9.3 mb), Mac (24 mb)] – powerful media player that plays almost all popular audio and video formats
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack with Media Player (resource unaccessible) – another powerful media player for playing all conceivable formats
  • iShout [Mac, 7mb] – record and listen to your favorite internet radios.
  • CocoaJT [Mac, 8.7mb] – stream live TV programs from major broadcast channels.

Portable Graphics Viewers and Image Editors

     

  • GIMP [Win (8.6 mb), Mac (87.5 mb)] – free alternative to Photoshop
  • IrfanView [Win, 1013kb] – fast graphic viewer with basic image editing features
  • XNView [Win, Mac, Linux] – image viewer and converter (supports more then 400 image formats)
  • Inkscape [Mac, 24.6mb] – scalable vector graphics editor

Portable Browsers and Internet Tools (FTP, Feedreaders, Torrent Clients…)

Portable Security Software

  • Antivirus: ClamWin [Win, 5.9mb], Dr.Web CureIt [Win, 5.5 mb]
  • Keepass Password [Win, 1mb] – securely store and manage your passwords
  • Omziff [Win, 0.5mb] – lets you encrypt/decrypt a file, using secure encryption algorithms. Also includes a password generator, file shredder, file splitter and some more tools.
  • LockNote [Win] – simple text file that lets you store sensitive info with 256bit password encryption.
  • RoboFor2Go [Win] – secure password manager and form filler
  • Smart Sniff [Win, 57kb] – lets you inspect network traffic that passes via your network adapter.

Portable Games

Other Portable Utilities

  • 7Zip [Win, 1.1 mb] – file archiver and compressor, supports 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR and more
  • Registry Tweaker [Win, 1.52mb] – registry tweaking tool
  • Restoration [Win, 229kb] – handy program for recovering deleted (or formatted) files
  • YamiPod [Win] – powerful iPod manager (copy mp3/AAC files to and from your iPod, import/export playlists, search for songs, remove duplicates,..). More iPod tools
  • Drive Manager [Win, 1191 kb] – quick summary for each local and removable drive.
  • PStart – lets you organize and create menu-like list for quicker access to your portable programs.
  • SyncPAppX – script that syncs preferences between portable and local applications.
  • RQ Money – handy utlity to manage your credits and debts
  • SIW – a system analysis tool that tells you almost everything you need to know about a computer, i.e. hardware, configuration settings, etc.
  • WinAudit – one more analysis tool
  • Convert [Win, 155 kb] – fast metric unit conversion tool (distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass…)
  • UK Calender [Win, 321kb] – straightforward calendar with ToDo and reminders
  • CPU-Z [Win] – provides detailed info about your processor and other components
  • Country Codes [Win, 1358 kb] – a small database of country codes and additional information for all countries.
  • TreePad Lite [Win, 866kb] – personal database program, lets you store all your notes, emails, bookmarks, etc. into one well-structured file
  • StartupList [Win, 158 kb] – displays all items that are in any way related to your computer startup and are executed without any user interactions
  • eTextReader [Win, 279kb] – read plain text files provided by Project Gutenberg in a book-like manner.
  • Index Your Files [Win, 640kb] – provides an easy way to create index databases (of specified folders and drives) for quick file/term search
  • RockXP [win, 768kb] – handy utility for retrieving Win XP’s product key
  • WhoisThisDomain [Win, 42kb] – view owner and registration info for any domain name
  • Converter – portable unit convertsion utility

Portable Developer Tools (Techies Only)

  • Nvu [Win (7.3 mb), Mac (12 mb)] – easy-to-use webpage editor. Simpler alternative to Dreamweaver and Microsft Frontpage
  • Server2Go – apache webserver (no configurations needed)
  • InstantRails[Win, 60mb] – contains Ruby, Rails, Apache, and MySQL, all preconfigured and ready to run.
  • Putty [Win, 0.9 mb] – lightweight telnet and SSH client
  • Follow-Me IP – displays your external IP address
  • XAMPP [Win, 25/17 mb] – integrated server package of Apache, mySQL, PHP and Perl. Just Unzip and Run
  • HTTP File Server [Win] – simple and easy-to-use file server for personal file sharing.
  • CurrPorts [Win, 46kb]- lets you view a list of ports that are currently in use, along with applications that use them
  • FTP Servers: Quick’n Easy FTP Server [Win, 355kb], PureFTPdManager [Mac, 10.9mb]

All-In-One Packages

  • PortableApps Suite [Win, 89.5mb] – includes 7 programs for essential needs (office, email, IM client, etc.) + cool Startup manager and backup utility
  • FSuite [Mac, 668.3mb] – over 30 useful tools in one file (Office, Graphic, Audio, Video, Internet, Developer Tools and Games)

Portable Operating Systems (’HowTo’ Articles)

USB ThumDrive Tips

That’s mainly it… In case you’re looking for something that wasn’t mentioned above, there are a couple of resources you may want to check out. These are Portablefreeware.com and Tinyapps.org

Seeing is believing

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When I fist saw this house on YouTube I actually thought it was a model or something, but…. its not, some guy actually did create this utterly cool Christmas display…

It makes my few Christmas ornaments look like nothing…  Its SOOOOOOO cool..

So for a few idea’s for your next christmas display goto this site and see the walkthrough;
http://www.holdman.com/christmas/projects.asp

Ambilight

Wall mount for plasma
I was just browsing for the Philips amBX speaker solution (basically an ambilight solution for the pc, which I btw found out is hideously expensive) when I stumbled over this cool do-it-yourself project for next winter (a backlit livingroom wallmount for your lcd/plasma), have a look at;

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6954036

for a demo on the more expensive buy-it-ready amBX solution for your pc, visit youtube;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAEanIqlZEU

WOW – when time is not an issue.

Now as everyone else I have heard of WOW (World of Warcraft), Second Life and the list go on and on, but with a ‘First Life’ to take care of my time to explore such universes are limited.

Anyway I stumbled across a reference to a YouTube video that I simply had to share with you, maybe a good reason to keep out of wow 😉

Just shows that online computing can be a hazard to your mental state 😉 *lol*, but hey its cool that someone actually has the time and energy to really get it under their skin, shame I did not invent WOW man they must be earning a mean $ or two these days.

YouTube Gems

During the last six months I have caught myself exploring YouTube.com on more than one occasion, my what a treasure box. I quite enjoy the waste musical scope and have spent quite some time browsing/listening through the hours and hours of excellent (and not so excellent) musical entries, I quite enjoy listening to the “amateure” recordings of various songs – some are surprisingly excellent performed.

Should you wish to “harvest” some of the videos for your Ipod or just for enjoying offline I can recommend “Any DVD converter” which can both download and convert the YouTube videos (mind you the quality may not be perfect on your 42″ plasma ;-))..

A few links to get you started;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsHtNZzpzcI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXVrnv7gnVQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqOzre7RcNU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85bnCMg1BIw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SenJPh4nTu8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdRJou6pMX0

And finnaly this one – both pleasing for ears and eyes :-), now I somehow regret not taking French in School 🙂