Super Photo Slideshow Screensaver – JPEGSaver

display-ico Most Windows systems already come with a nice built in screensaver for viewing the pictures you’ve stored on your hard drive. In Windows XP it’s called My Pictures Slideshowand it includes the basic settings you need to show your pictures when the computer is idle. Here’s an screenshot of the settings for it.


As you can see, the settings page is pretty simple. Many people complain that it doesn’t handle different size images very well and it doesn’t let you change images any faster than 6 seconds. I’ve also seen people complain that Windows 7 has even fewer options for displaying your photos in a screensaver.

Now you can get tons of options with the latest version of JPEGSaver. It works in all Windows versions and it’s still fairly easy to use.

Here’s what the settings for JPEGSaver looks like.


Take a look at all of those tabs. Each tab gives you far more control over how your photos are shown in the screensaver. It even lets you choose multiple folders of photos for it to display.

JPEGSaver does require a minimum of DirectX 9, and it will check your system for the correct DirectX files while it installs.

Download JPEGSaver:

Techie Buzz Verdict:

If you need more options when viewing your photos as a screensaver, JPEGSaver can be a life saver. Once installed it’s as easy to use as any of your other screensavers.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #8

freeware-signIn case you haven’t seen them, here are the most recent posts in our Freeware category. We hope you enjoy reading about these freebies, and maybe you’ll find a keeper in the mix.



Quickly Scan Any File with 40 Different Antivirus Engines

Having a good antivirus program installed on your PC is a must have. The additional ability to double check files using 40 different antivirus engines is not required, but it sure is nice to have.



Protect Your Portable Files with USB Safeguard

Traveling around with a USB flash drive full of your personal files is often very useful. However, it can also be risky. USB Safeguard can reduce the risk.


mouse MouseTrap Locks the Mouse Cursor in a Multi Monitor Setup

MouseTrap is a free utility for Windows which can lock the position of mouse cursor in multi monitor setups. You can use keyboard shortcuts to lock and confine the position of mouse cursors.



Screenshot Preview of Kubuntu Netbook Remix

I recently tried the newest version of the Kubuntu Netbook Remix (KNR). Take a look at the screenshots I’ve included here. You might consider trying this new OS on your netbook.


Clavier Makes it Dead Simple to Define Custom Hotkeys in Windows

Clavier is a nifty little utility for Windows which makes it dead easy to define your own keyboard shortcuts. You can use the keyboard shortcuts to launch programs, open folders, files, images, videos or possible everything in your hard drive.



4 Free Themes for XP from Microsoft

Even though Windows 7 is becoming more popular every day, most people are still using Windows XP. Since you’ve had XP for so long, isn’t it time you gave it a fresh facelift?



Linux Mint 9 is Expected to Release Very Soon

According to the Mint blog: "we’re about 1 week away from releasing Linux Mint 9". Take a look at this video showing off the newest version of Mint.


Be sure to let us know if you have a favorite freebie you’d like to see posted here. Our comments (below) are always open to you.

Linux Mint 9 is Expected to Release Very Soon

mint-logo According to Clem at the Linux Mint Blog, version 9 of Linux Mint will soon be ready for public release. Here’s what Clem says about it:

Looking at the remaining bugs and considering the amount of testing needed I would say we’re about 1 week away from releasing Linux Mint 9. I know most operating systems and distributions stick to release dates and announce them well in advance but I see no reason not to release something once it’s ready …

Clem stated this on Monday of this week, so we can expect to see some action shortly after the coming weekend. Last week, our Linux guru, Pallab, gave us a quick run-down on the features we can expect to see in the new Mint. I enjoy using Mint and nearly always keep a copy of it on home machines. Here’s a snapshot of version 8 on my netbook:


Here’s a video showing off the look and feel of Mint 9.

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The major change for Mint 9 will be that it’s running on top of the new Ubuntu 10.4. Mint is one of the best versions of Linux for new users because it’s ready to use as soon as it’s installed. Ubuntu is often missing multimedia codecs, players such as Adobe Flash and support for some types of movie files.

New users will also have no problems figuring out the program menus which are similar to those used in Windows. When my nieces and nephews drop in for a visit, I often make them use Mint to surf the net. That way, I don’t have to worry about my PC getting infected with the latest Facebook or MySpace bugs. It’s bullet proof! (kid proof)

I am looking forward to trying out the new Mint next week. What are you doing next week?

4 Free Themes for XP from Microsoft

Even though Windows 7 is becoming more popular every day, most people are still using Windows XP. Since you’ve had XP for so long, isn’t it time you gave it a fresh facelift?

Check out these four free Windows XP themes from Microsoft.


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Ree Ree Khao Sarn

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The only thing you may not like about these themes is that you will have to pass the Windows Validation test to download them. It’s not a big deal, unless you have a pirated copy of Windows.

Here are several other themes and mods for XP that we’ve shown off in the past:

Download Windows 7 Theme For Windows XP

Christmas Themes for Windows XP | Christmas Theme Pack

Transform Windows XP to look like Windows Seven aka Windows Vienna

Make Windows XP look like Windows Vista

Windows 7 Theme For Windows XP

Google Chrome OS Theme For Windows

How To Backup Your Current Theme In Windows XP and Vista

Download AeroFlame, Awesome Black Windows Vista Theme

Replace Windows XP Start Button with Windows Vista Orb

I hope you enjoy trying some of these themes out. If you have a theme you’d like to tell us about, be sure to comment below.

Get Your Free ClipArt at

lady-bugI often spend too much time looking for the right image to use in a blog post or web page. My biggest problem is finding an image that I can use without worrying about copyrights. Most of the images you find on the web are not labeled with a clear message that says who it belongs to.

Since I’ve found, I think I’ll be saving a lot of time. Everything there is completely free. There are no strings attached. You can use their images in anything you publish.

open-clipart has been doing this since they were founded in 2004. This is what they say about their project:

The usage of the name is to convey connection to Open Source software and culture. Also, the word conveys the concept of the project lowering barriers for participation for submission of artwork, development on the project, use of the site and use of the clip art stored.

If you just want to use the freebie art, you only need to go to the site and type in a search term or use the categories to find what you need.

They also offer several packages loaded with all of the clipart from the entire website. These can be downloaded in a couple of different formats.

Download Clipart

If you are an artist, they’d love to get your help with this project. Here’s how to get involved.

If you’re just an average graphics-challenged person like myself, be sure to tell everyone you know about this cool website.

Screenshot Preview of Kubuntu Netbook Remix

kubuntu-icon I recently tried the newest version of the Kubuntu Netbook Remix (KNR). As you may already know, the newest versions of Ubunutu 10.4 LTS (Lucid Lynx) and Kubuntu were recently released.

I’ve always been a bigger fan of the Gnome desktop in Ubuntu, but I still like to check out the KDE versions in Kubuntu, just to see what’s new. This release of the Kubuntu Netbook Remix, is really a great operating system for netbook users. I’ll show you what it looks like below.

Loading it onto the netbook was an easy task for me. I simply downloaded the 776mb ISO file from the download page. Then I burned it to a 2Gb SD Flash card using Unetbootin.


Here are the screenshots:

1. The Newspaper Page

This page is revealed when you click the Newspaper’ button on the top task bar. The image below is actually a screenshot of the last version of Kubuntu. Somehow, I totally missed seeing this page when I gave it my test run. As you can see, it has a task list, calendar, weather report, sticky notes and image viewer.


2. The home screen

This first screen shows you the major categories of applications and settings. At first, I had no idea why there was an Installicon at the very top, all by itself. Later I found out that this section at the top is the favoritessection. You can add your favorite apps to this section by clicking on the little star you see when you hover over an application’s launch icon.


3. The Office’ applications

Everything you need for your mobile office is included. I use the Open Office apps almost exclusively when I’m at home or on the road. Who needs the big dollar MS Office Suite when you can get the same functions for free?


4. Education software

I can’t tell you much about the applications in the educational section. I’ve never used them.


5. Games!

That’s my favorite section and I was happy to see my favorite game, Mahjongg. You might recognize some of the others as your favorites.


6. Graphics

A good selection of image viewers and editors. I think they need to put Gimp back in though.


7. Internet applications

There are tons of internet apps here. Browsers, Email, and a Blog editor are the main ones I’ve used. I was surprised to find that Firefox was not installed. However, they have a nice little launcher here that made it simple to install.


8. Multimedia apps

I have never used any of these three apps. However, I’m told that Amarok is an awesome music manager.


9. System tools

Everything you need to tweak your system is here.


10. Utilities

Several handy and must have’ utilities are included here.


11. Application switching (method 1)

The first way I found to switch the application displayed, was to click on the apps runningbutton on the top taskbar. It gives you a nice overview of the apps currently running. Just click on the one you want to use.


12. Application switching (method 2)

The second method to switch running apps, is to use the ALT + Tab keys. This takes you into the awesome looking 3d task preview. It will certainly get some attention when someone is looking over your shoulder.



I enjoyed the few minutes I spent trying out Kubuntu Netbook Remix. I was amazed at how well it ran on the very limited resources that my netbook has. The KNR team has really put together a big winner here. However, it’s not enough to steal me away from the UNR (Ubuntu Netbook Remix) that I love even more.

Call and Create a Public Voicemail as MP3

phone-msg-2-mp3 There are many file sharing services out there. Many offer simple free file hosting, however, I don’t know of any that offer as many ways to share files and share ideas as the service. I recently received a letter from them that mentioned a cool feature I wasn’t aware of. Here’s the letter:

Few know this, but it’s easy (not to mention useful) to record a voicemail inside a drop.

Here’s how:
1. Start a ‘drop’ with 1-click
2. Inside the drop, hit the button that says ‘create a free number’
3. Call that number and leave a voice message
… that’s it! The message will automatically become an mp3.

Reporters use this function as an easy way to record interviews on-the-ground and podcasters use it for their shows. We like to leave personal greetings on drops filled with photos for our friends and family.

Check out the voicemail we left for you – and leave us a message in return.

I can think of several other ways to use a public (or private) online voice mail. There are many other useful features you might want to check out. Here’s short video about them:

Here are a few of our previous posts about the site and services:

1. Extension For Google Chrome

2. | A File Sharing Program, which is more than just RapidShare

3. Send 100MB Attachments With Yahoo Mail

4., A Service To Privately Share Your Files

5. Extension For Google Chrome

Be sure to let us know if you have some new ideas how to use this or any other file sharing service.

How to Choose a New Laptop Hard Drive

Guest post by Manas Pandey

hd-001 Your laptop’s hard drive is the major source for storing all your data. It is the place where all your applications, files and other data are stored. A typical laptop hard drive measures 2.5 x 2.5 inches in size and is smaller and lighter compared to a desktop hard drive. It is also available with different storage and data access capabilities.

Generally, people change their laptop hard drives only when the original hard drive gets corrupted or stops functioning. However, changing hard drives just to increase the storage capacity of laptop is also very common. Whatever the reason for changing the laptop hard drive, the following factors should be kept in mind while choosing a new one:

Form factor and interface:
The laptop hard drive is available in different form factors and has different interfaces. Form factor primarily refers to the external dimensions of a hard drive. It is important that you opt for a laptop hard drive with a form factor and interface that is compatible with your laptop. If you are not aware of the process to install or uninstall hard drive, you must contact the laptop manufacture or get a professional to help you with the process.

Capacity and Performance:
A hard drive with large capacity allows to you to store more data. It is therefore essential that you choose a hard drive with enough storing capacity. In my opinion, for an average user a hard drive with 250GB storage space is sufficient. The performance of the drive depends on the spindle speed of the disk. The faster the spindle speed, the faster the data is accessed and the better your hard drive will perform.

The RPM (Rotation per Minute) value refers to the spindle speed and is a vital factor in determining the functional capacity of the hard drive. The spindle speed of a typical hard drive is about 5,400 RPM. A laptop hard drive with faster spindle speed has better performance but consumes more powers and heats up quickly. For example, a hard drive with 7,200 RPM consume more power and gives better performance than a hard drive with 4,200 RPM. You must therefore choose a hard drive, which offers reasonable RPM, consumes less power and delivers good performance. It is also advisable that you confirm from your laptop manufacturer that the hard drive will work with your particular laptop configuration. Not all laptops will support a high RPM hard drive.

Cache helps to improve the functioning of a hard drive by keeping the data intact for temporary or instant use. A hard drive with larger cache will hold more data and thus the functional capacity of a hard drive is greatly increased. Generally, laptop hard drive comes with different cache options starting from 2MB and 8MB to 16MB.

Finally, if you have selected the model and brand of the hard drive, keep in mind that newer versions of the drive will always be better than older versions. So make an informed decision on your new hard drive.

About the author:
Manas Pandey writes technology related articles, providing useful information on
Laptops, Smartphones, Tablet PCs and other handheld computing devices.

Protect Your Portable Files with USB Safeguard

usbsafeguard-ico Traveling around with a USB flash drive full of your personal files is often very useful. However, it can also be risky. These little thumb drivescan easily be lost or stolen. If you have personal information on them, the loss could cause you plenty of trouble. Fortunately, there are several free utilities designed to keep your personal files protected (encrypted) with a password.   USB Safeguard is a good option.

USB Safeguard is available as a single executable file named usbsafeguard.exe’. It’s only about 736k, so it will fit easily on most current USB drives. You’ll find that you actually have to move the usbsafeguard.exe file onto the flash drive before it will run. Once it’s started for the first time, you’ll see the following prompt for a password:


You can type in your password, or you can use the built in on-screen keyboard by clicking the tiny keyboard icon just above the first password field. You’ll have to enter the password twice to confirm it’s typed correctly.

Next you’ll be asked to save the password in a text file on your hard drive. This is a precaution you might want to take, just in case you forget the password later.


After that, you’ll get the main interface where you can add files from your flash drive that you want to encrypt. You can add files by dragging and dropping them into the large empty area, or you can use the Encrypt Allbutton to grab everything on the flash drive.


If you’ve added files by dragging and dropping, you’ll need to hit the Encryptbutton to move to the next step. Here’s what it looks like while it’s encrypting your files.


After it’s finished encrypting, the original files will need to be removed. The following screen gives you several options for dealing with them.


Here’s what it looks like when you are deleting files:


Now when you look at the files on the flash drive, you’ll only see the usbsafeguard.exe file and the encrypted archive named image.dsk. That single image file could contain hundreds of files if that’s what you want in it. The size of you flash drive is the only limitation.


In order to get your files back out, all you have to do is run the usbsafeguard.exe file and supply the password. You’ll see all the files listed and you can select them and decrypt(unpack) the ones you want.

Here are three other file encryption tools we’ve written about:

Keep USB Data Encrypted With SafeHouse Explorer
Encrypt and Hide Data on Flash/USB Drive with Rohos Mini Drive
TrueCrypt | A FREE file encryption utility that is useful too

Techie Buzz Verdict:

This is a good solution for protecting files. I’m not very happy with the main interface that’s used to drag and drop files into. I think it might be more useful if it was more like a Windows Explorer file browser. That said, I plan to keep a copy of it.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Quickly Scan Any File with 40 Different Antivirus Engines

VirusTotal-icoThere are several online services that will allow you to check files for viruses or malware by uploading the files from your computer. One reason you might use one of these services is that you have downloaded a new program and you want to know if it’s safe to install on your computer. One of the services that I use most often is called Virus Total’.

Virus Total is a free, independent service that will analyze uploaded files with around 40 different antivirus engines. Here is the current list:

AhnLab (V3)
Antiy Labs (Antiy-AVL)
Aladdin (eSafe)
ALWIL (Avast! Antivirus)
Authentium (Command Antivirus)
AVG Technologies (AVG)
Avira (AntiVir)
Cat Computer Services (Quick Heal)
ClamAV (ClamAV)
Comodo (Comodo)
CA Inc. (Vet)
Doctor Web, Ltd. (DrWeb)
Emsi Software GmbH (a-squared)
Eset Software (ESET NOD32)
Fortinet (Fortinet)
FRISK Software (F-Prot)
F-Secure (F-Secure)
G DATA Software (GData)
Hacksoft (The Hacker)
Hauri (ViRobot)
Ikarus Software (Ikarus)
INCA Internet (nProtect)
K7 Computing (K7AntiVirus)
Kaspersky Lab (AVP)
McAfee (VirusScan)
Microsoft (Malware Protection)
Norman (Norman Antivirus)
Panda Security (Panda Platinum)
PC Tools (PCTools)
Prevx (Prevx1)
Rising Antivirus (Rising)
Secure Computing (SecureWeb)
BitDefender GmbH (BitDefender)
Sophos (SAV)
Sunbelt Software (Antivirus)
Symantec (Norton Antivirus)
VirusBlokAda (VBA32)
Trend Micro (TrendMicro)
VirusBuster (VirusBuster)

They keep those engines up to date with the latest virus signatures, and they also offer detailed results from each engine in their reports. Virus Total is available in nearly two dozen languages.

To use this service, you simply visit the web page, click on the file upload button, select the file and wait for it to upload. Once the file is uploaded, you will often have to wait a few minutes for the scan results to appear. If you think that sounds pretty easy to do, you are correct. However, Virus Total now offers an even easier method, the Virus Total Uploader.

After you install the Virus Total Uploader [Windows Only] on your PC, you can right click on a file, then Send tothe Virus Total site.


After a few seconds, your web browser will open up to show you the results of the antivirus tests from Virus Total.

That’s not the only trick that the Uploader has for you. When you launch it from your Start menu, you’ll see three other upload options in it’s interface:


  • upload a file by choosing it’s process name
  • select a file by browsing to it’s location
  • type in the URL of a file on the web

Go to the Virus Total Uploader page to get it.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Having a good antivirus program installed on your PC is a must have. The ability to double check files using 40 different antivirus engines is not required, but it sure is nice to have. If you’d like to try this application, I recommend it.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)