Great Free MS Word Alternative – DeVicky Word

no-word [Windows Only] I don’t have anything against Microsoft Word, except the price. Most businesses will pay the big money that MS wants, but a home user will usually use whatever is already installed on their PC. That does not have to be true. There are several free Word alternatives that will happily do the same job. I found one free replacement that looks great and will even run quickly on older PCs. It’s called DeVicky Word.

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DeVicky Word not only does many of the things that MS Word does, it has a few unique features that make it worth downloading.

Here’s a list of some of the features:

* Bullets and Numbered Lists – completely customizable
* Character and Paragraph Formatting – full WYSIWYG
* Document Sections – add as many sections as you need
* Headers and Footers
* Hypertext Links – inside and outside links
* Multi-Level Undo / Redo
* Page and Document Settings
* Page Columns – any number of columns
* Printing – what you see is what you get
* Search and Replace
* Spell Checking
* Tables – add tables within tables if needed
* Text Frames – add boxes of text anywhere
* Doc Reader – listen to you docs

Supported File Formats

* Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) Export
* Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) Import
* Adobe Portable Document Format Archive (PDF/A) Export
* Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
* Image Formats – TIFF, WMF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, GIF
* Microsoft Office Open XML (DOCX)
* Microsoft Word (DOC)
* Rich Text Format (RTF)

Download DeVicky Word:
http://www.devvicky.com/products.php

Techie Buzz Verdict:

After using it for a short while, I decided that I liked DeVicky better than the Word alternatives I’ve tried in the past. It seems more responsive and launches much quicker than the other full featured apps.  It also has very good built in help files.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Customize Firefox FullScreen Mode With MiniMode

In Firefox, you can switch to full screen mode by hitting the shortcut key “F11″. The full screen mode removes all the toolbars, panels, status bar, address bar and presents a clean and clear reading environment. For example: whenever I am writing something or watching a YouTube video, I normally use the full screen mode to avoid distractions.

But there are some problems with the full screen mode in Firefox. The full screen mode hides everything, which is often a barrier for quick browsing. Let’s see some common examples:

1. Can not copy the URL from the address bar: You may want to hide only the toolbars and might want to keep the address bar intact so that you can copy the URL of the page in full screen mode. You don’t want to revert to the normal mode again, just for copying a URL.

2. Can not switch tabs: The full screen mode also hides all the tabs, so if you want to switch tabs – you have to come to the normal mode, change the tabs and then go to the full screen mode again.

3. Can not open a bookmark: Since all the toolbars are hidden, you do not have one click access to the bookmarks. You have to come to the normal mode again, load a bookmark and then switch to the full screen mode.

This is when you need the Minimode add-on for Firefox. The add-on helps you to customize the full screen mode according to your needs. Once the add-on is installed, restart Firefox and open the add-on preferences from “Tools > Add-ons > Minimode > Options”.

As you can see, you can choose the elements you want to hide by selecting the appropriate checkboxes in the add-on settings. The keyboard shortcut is Control + F11, which will hide all the toolbars except the tab bar and the title bar. This is useful, because I can switch the tabs even in the full screen mode. From the add-on preferences, you can choose to show any combination of toolbars in the full screen mode.

Here is how my WordPress writing pane looks, after I have installed the add-on and writing this article:

Techie Buzz Verdict

The Minimode add-on lets you customize the full screen mode in Firefox. You can choose which elements to show and which elements to hide, thus making it a very handy extension for productivity. One flaw spotted: don’t try to hit F11 after the add-on is installed, it freezes the screen. Hit Control + F11 instead.

Techie Buzz rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good).

PicGhost: Edit, Resize and Watermark Images In Bulk

There are many tools that let you resize or watermark your images but very few that let you do both. PicGhost is an online tool that lets you edit images, resize them and add watermark to them in bulk. The images can either be uploaded from your computer or from the web.

Once the images are selected, you can specify a custom width and height or resize them to match the smallest or the largest image. You can also choose from one of the many recommended sizes to quickly resize the images. The option to lock the aspect ratio maintains the proportionality of your images.

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The tool also lets you add a text or image watermark to your images. You can either upload the watermark image from your computer, or enter the text to display. Custom selection of font, font size and color let you customize the look of your watermark. You can also choose the alignment of the watermark on your images or have it tiled. Once the images are edited, you can preview them before downloading them as a single zip file.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

PicGhost is a great multi-purpose image editor and resizer that saves a lot of time and effort. The interface is intuitive and the the functionality is simple.

Rating: 4/5

Watch Chinese Grand Prix Online Right Now!

So the Chinese Grand Prix is on right now and you are not even close to a TV! So what do you do? You watch it online of course!

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The Chinese Grand Prix, held at Shanghai is the fourth race in the Formula 1 series of races and looks to be pretty interesting. Though it started off as Vettel, Webber and Alonso it has escalated into a fight between Rosberg, Button and Kubica!

Catch all the action on the official site (registration required, of course!). However, uStream.tv has a live coverage going on right now for all of you speed demons. So get set and go!

Videocon Launches Night And Std Packs inTamilNadu Circle

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Videocon Mobile Services has announced the launch of two special packs in TamilNadu. These packs offer Night Calling & STD Calling benefits at an attractive price.

The following are the details of two new packs:-
1) Night Pack 26 :
400 local Videocon to Videocon minutes from 10PM to 8AM
Validity: 30 days

2) STD Pack 29
It offers 50 FREE STD Minutes to any network across and provides National SMS at just 2p/SMS after the first paid National SMS at Rs.1.50 valid for 30 days from the date of recharge. The number of messages per day is limited to 1000.
Videocon Mobile`s Limited also stated that it will soon launch more such special offers regularly.

Via: Telecomtalk

Microsoft May Launch Cheaper Windows Phone 7 Handsets in India

Windows Phone 7 is pretty awesome; there is no doubt about that. However, the strict requirements specified by Microsoft mean that all Windows Phone 7 devices will cost a bomb. In fact, I would be surprised if any of the initial Windows Phone 7 handsets sell for less than Rs. 30,000. This is obviously a problem in countries like India, and Microsoft knows it.

According to Economic Times, Microsoft is already working with OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to produce cheaper Windows Phone 7 powered handsets. According to Sudeep Bharati, director, developer tools for Microsoft India’s Visual Studio Team, “The low-cost version of the phone will have a different chassis than version 1 to be launched by 2010 end”.

Mobile phones using the new chassis are expected to include at least 128 MB RAM along with 5-megapixel camera. It will offer manufacturers enough legroom to price the devices at around Rs. 25,000 ($500-$600).

Videocon introduces exciting 5 FRC`s and 3 STV`s in Haryana

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Videocon Mobile Services has launched special tariff offers in Haryana Telecom Circle. These offers are dubbed as Get More for Less’ offer and includes 5 FRCs & 3 STVs.
The list of FRC`s and STV`s are as follows.

FRC`s

FRC Rs31 provides Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days along with a talk-value of Rs 25.

FRC Rs61 provides Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days along with a talk value of Rs 61.

FRC Rs101 provides Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days with Rs 120 as talk-value .

FRC Rs149 provides 30 min of Local Off-net calling per day. It also provides a 30 min of Local On-net calling per day. However, it comes with no talk-time and the tariff validity is 30 days.

FRC Rs399 provides Unlimited Local Usage with no talk-time but the tariff validity is only 30 days.

STV`s

STV Rs28 provides Local and STD calling at just 1p/sec valid for 365 days with Rs 23 as Talk-value.

STV Rs148 provides 30 min of Local off-net and 30 min of Local On-net calling per day valid for 30 days. It does not come with any talk-time

STV Rs395 provides unlimited Local Usage with no talk-time valid for 30 days.

In addition to STV`s and FRC`s, Videocon Mobile Services is also offering following special benefits.

1) All new customers get Color Ring Back Tone (CRBT) bundled with the above recharge cards valid till 10th June 2010.
2) All FRCs have promotional SMS offer of 100 Local SMS FREE every day after the first 2 paid SMS (Local or National). The validity is 90 days from the date of recharge.
3) Free Missed Call Alerts are provided with all the above-mentioned activations valid till 10th June 10.

Via: Telecomtalk

GameStation Owns The Soul of 7,500 People, That Too Legally

An online British game retailer has recently announced that it officially and legally owns the soul of 7,500 people who made any form of online purchase at their website. They are basing this claim on a clause added to their license agreement which gives control of a customer’s soul over to GameStation.

The exact clause says,

By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions.

This was an April Fool’s joke. The term of soul ownership was added on the 1st of April. It clearly proves that no-one reads the license agreement. Also, there was another checkbox to opt-out; only 22% of the total people clicked it. Surprisingly, this led them to a £5 discount.

To further clarify the customer’s position in this, the company will e-mail clients and tell them the truth about this being a joke.
(Via: Foxnews)

Two Profiles You Would Least Expect to Find on Facebook

Facebook is an amazingly crazy place. You will find the most unexpected type of people here. But these two Facebook pages which have surfaced this week and are surely the ones you would want to check out.

Kip Drordy

The first is that of Kip Drordy.  Southpark fans went gaga over the release of the last episode of Southpark. The last episode marks the 200th birthday of Southpark. This episode shows a Facebook overdrive amongst people and a craze for friend count. Our character Kip Drordy, who is new to Facebook, is in desperate need of online friends on Facebook.

Well, someone went ahead and created a real page for Kip Drordy on Facebook. He has 133,299 fans now and you can see his fan page created by a guy from North Carolina. He has no connections whatsoever with Facebook. But it is interesting to see that status updates like “Made oatmeal cookies. Ate 2.2 cookies” get 6,343 likes and “There was a bee in my room” gets 1321 comments.

Osama Bin Laden

Even before you read any further, I want to tell you that this is a fake Osama Bin Laden profile. This profile is not real. It is clearly a case of identity theft and Facebook has banned the page now. The profile went by the name of The leader of the Mujahideen, Osama bin Laden.  As expected, the messages posted on the page were in Arabic and the page has over 1000 fans. The account went online just a month ago and you can read more on this at The Sun.

Google Introduces Spelling Auto-correction in 31 Languages

Google-Search If spelling is not your strongest suit, then cheer up, as Google is here you lend you a helping hand. Google has beefed up its already impressive spelling tool, which is capable of automatically spotting spelling mistakes and suggesting correct alternatives.

As a result of this update, Google is now capable of offering spelling suggestions even for names by taking into consideration the context. For example if you search for “matthew devin oracle” Google will automatically realize that you are looking for Oracle’s Matthieu Devin. This feature is currently supported only for English spellings in the U.S. However, Google will be rolling out the change to other parts of the world in the near feature.

Google is also rolling out auto-correct for certain terms in 31 languages. For common misspellings, Google will directly offer results for the spell-corrected term instead of displaying the “Did you mean..” prompt. For example, if you search for “aiprt”, Google will automatically pull up results for “airport”.

Another aspect of Google Search that has been improved upon is Google Suggest. Google Suggest will now take into consideration your location and offer appropriate suggestions. So, if you live in New York, you will be getting different suggestions than folks living in Seattle.

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