Add Sticky Note Reminders to Applications And Websites

[Windows only]: Sticky notes can be useful at times but this little tool may add an extra level of productivity on your routine computing jobs.

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Imagine this you work with applications and websites all day long and want yourself to be reminded whenever you open a specific application or a website. As an example, you want to see a specific message whenever you open Microsoft Outlook or browse Facebook during work hours. Meet Gumnotes.

Gumnotes is a simple sticky note application which lets you jot down ideas and comments from Windows desktop. The feature which separates it from other sticky notes apps is that you can attach a particular note with any program, document, file, image or a website. This is very useful when you forget important stuff you need to complete before a deadline – just write down the important things on a new sticky note and attach it with a document.

To add up custom notes or reminders, keep Gumnotes running in Windows system tray and work on the documents or website as you normally do. When you want to attach a reminder to a specific document, click the Gumnotes icon from system tray and write your message. Done!

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The next time you open the same document, the pop up reminder will be shown. The application can also scan your notes and show relevant suggestions, it’s a must use tool if you use a lot of to do lists, reminders, write down everything or aggregate stuff at one place.

The same is true with a website or email client if a note is added to a specific website, a message pops up reminding you of the things you had written earlier.

Did I mentioned that it’s completely free?

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Recover Passwords from over a dozen Applications

[Windows Only]

keys2-ico Have you ever forgotten a password? Keeping track of online passwords is one of the most important tasks you need to perform. If you need to recover a password from an application, we’ve covered some of the best ways to do that. Below you’ll find password recovery tools for Outlook, Opera, Google Talk, Google Picasa, Google Desktop Search, Gmail Notifier, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, other web browsers, Zip archives, Thunderbird, Windows Mail and Windows itself.

1. Free Outlook Password Recovery Tool

2. Recover Opera Saved Passwords | View Opera Passwords

3. Google Password Recovery Software | Recover Google Passwords| Lost …

4. Password Recovery for Zip, RAR and ACE Files

5. Asterisk Password Revealer

6. Recover Passwords From Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Mail

7. How To Reveal/Recover Lost Password Behind Asterisks

8. Recover Google Accounts Password Through SMS Text Message

9. ChromePass Lets You View / Recover Passwords in Google Chrome

10. Reset Windows Password If You Have Lost Your Account

Some of the password tools above will set off a false alarm in your antivirus software. There’s no need to worry, these have all been tried before and they are safe to use.

If you ever get tired of forgetting passwords, take a look at some of the password manager programs and services we’ve talked about previously.

Mozilla Account Manager May Simplify Online Identity Management …

KeePassX: Open Source Password Manager

Synchronize And Store Passwords For Free Online

Did we miss any applications you need a password from? Let us know in the comments below.

What is the Best Free Online Virus Scanner?

[Windows Only]

security-high-2 The other day, I was reading a newsletter from Windows Secrets. At one point, Fred Langa recommended three different online scanners for detecting malware. He said Three free sites to try are: McAfee’s Freescan, Trendmicro’s HouseCall, and Symantec’s Security Check.

Fred is a trusted source to me. I’ve been reading PC advice from him since years ago, when he wrote the Langa List newsletter. However, I decided to try out Fred’s recommendations, because I’ve never been a big fan of online scanners. If there’s a good scanner out there, I want to know about it.

McAfee Freescan

First, I took a look at McAfee’s service. The foremost objection that I had to this service, is that it requires Internet Explorer. It also runs as an ActiveX application, which is another thing I’ve never liked. The scan seemed to be slow, but it seems to do a good job of detecting infections.

The last item that I believe it fails in, is that it can only detect infections. It cannot remove them. I wouldn’t waste my time here again.

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Symantec Security Check

Next, I tried out Symantec’s service. You might be more familiar with their well known Norton security products. My initial impression of Symantec’s scanner suffered a big drop because it also requires Internet Explorer. However, I was impressed by the nice looking interface.

As nice as it looks, it can only detect malware, and you’re out of luck if you expect it to actually fix any problems. Adding to that, it gave me one false detection on a piece of software which I know is completely safe. Clicking on the Fix Nowbutton only sends you to Symantec’s site to read all about their premium anti-virus software.

The final failure that keeps me from returning, is that it told me that my computer had no antivirus software, even though I was using Microsoft Security Essentials. Hmmm, nice sales tactic, but it only works on foolish people. (Sorry! I mean those less knowledgeable about PCs.)

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TrendMicro Housecall

At last, TrendMicro has unchained itself from Internet Explore. It works in any browser, and the scanner is offered as an installer EXE file. The scanning is typically slow, just as I saw with the other two services. However, another bright spot is that it can actually FIXsome of the problems it finds. Housecall is actually a service I could recommend.

The only drawback is that you have to save the installer file, or go back to the website if you want to scan with it in the future.

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Conclusion:

Of these three services, Housecall won easily. Some time back, I also reviewed ESET online scanner and it was just as good as Housecall, maybe better. Check it out.

I would only recommend an online scanner like these as a follow-up after cleaning a PC that was badly infected. Typically, I depend on MalwareBytes to clean up serious infections. If your current antivirus and antimalware software has failed, it’s not likely an online scanner will do you any good.

On the other hand, scanning with an online service like these won’t hurt, and it could pick up something your current software has missed. There are also several other online scanners that I haven’t tried yet. Do you use any online scanners that you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #20

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In 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.


10 Animated Screensavers Flowers for all Occasions

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10 new screensavers that offer you nicely animated bouquets of flowers. Check out the Roses, the Sunflowers and more.

Thriller and Mario Paint Composer

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Mario Paint Composer is fun for all ages. It’s easy to create and share music with others and the software is easy to use.

Download IE9 Beta

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As I had posted earlier, Internet Explorer 9 is now available for downloads at BeautyOfTheWeb.com. The latest Microsoft browser which has already received rave reviews is ready for downloads.

10 New Animated Autumn Screensavers Mountains, Rivers and Falling Leaves

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10 new screensavers that offer a you nicely animated Autumn scenery with falling leaves, majestic mountains, running streams and more.

Free and Portable MPlayer WW for Video Files

MPlayer WW is a portable, open source media player that will play nearly any type of video file. It’s small and it’s easy to use. Give it a try.


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10 Animated Screensavers – Flowers for all Occasions

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As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.com. Check out these great looking flower themed screensavers.

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Last week, I told you about screensavers with spectacular Autumn themes. These flower themes are good for any time of year, and you don’t have to be a lady to appreciate the beauty of these blooms.

Be sure to take a look at the top ten most popular screensavers which are available as one easy download. All of these screensavers are safe and totally free.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I noticed that the author included a sound mute setting in this bunch. However, you may not need to mute them, since I was not able to hear any sound in the first one I tried. Email the download link to a girl friend (or beau), because these flowers won’t wilt and die. It’s a perfect way to show your undying’ love.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Thriller and Mario Paint Composer

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Today I ran into a video showing off the Thriller tune in Mario Paint Composer. I was amazed. Here’s the video …

Click here if you can’t see the video.

I’d never heard of Mario Paint Composer, but it’s been around since 1999 on Nintendo game systems. According to Wikipedia, Mario Paint was rated the 162nd best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power‘s Top 200 Games list.

The design team at unFun Games has a version you can run in Windows and Mac. Anyone, even someone as musically stupid as me, can create their own tunes in it. Here’s what the authors of the game say about it.

Mario Paint Composer is a remake of the music system from the original Mario Paint for the Super NES. It is made by unFun Games. The game is, of course, completely free, but we ask that you check out our website if you like it. You’ll find other fun online games to play there for PC and Mac!

Mario Paint Composer is 100% virus/spyware free. It will not harm your computer in any way.

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I downloaded and unzipped it to my computer and within only a few minutes, I’d figured out how it works. You can load tunes, save tunes and even download tunes that others have created.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Mario Paint Composer is fun for all ages. It’s easy to create and share music with others and the software is easy to use. It’s portable freeware and you can run it from a Flash card or USB stick if you need to. This one gets a big thumbs up from me.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

10 New Animated Autumn Screensavers – Mountains, Rivers and Falling Leaves

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As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.com. Now that Fall is nearly on us, you can get prepared for the weather with 10 new Autumn screensavers.

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Two weeks ago, I told you about their new screensavers with   Yellow, Green and Blue Themes. This Autumn set is not only beautiful, the author has added new settings to help you control the screen and sounds.

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Be sure to check out the top ten most popular screensavers which are available as one easy download. All of these screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Since the author added controls for sound, I was looking forward to fewer noisy surprises. However, the settings are not working for me at this time. Don’t let that stop you though. The problem might be on my end, and these awesome animated Fall scenes are well worth the download.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Free and Portable – MPlayer WW for Video Files

[Windows]

MPlayer WW is an open source player that supports dozens of multimedia formats. It not only handles almost any video format, it also has a nice selection of skins to make it fit your tastes. Below is what the default skin looks like.

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To get started using MPlayer WW, you will have to download a zip file from the home page, then extract the files onto your computer. You can start MPlayer by double clicking the mplayer.exe file.

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Since this is portable, you could create a shortcut to the program and place it on your desktop. That would make it easy to access when needed.

However, a better alternative is to create file type associations to your favorite media file types. This will allow you to double click a media file and open it automatically with MPlayer. To associate file types in MPlayer, right click on the program’s title bar and select the preferences as shown next.

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Click the Associatetab and you’ll be able to set associations by adding check marks next to the ones you want.

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Once you have a movie running in MPlayer, you can control playback using the visible controls at the bottom. There are also plenty of keyboard shortcuts which you’ll find under the Input tab in the Preferences.

MPlayer has a few other features that only true video geeks will appreciate. The most important fact about MPlayer is that it does it’s job very well with no problems.

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Download MPlayer WW

Note: Check out these other free media players.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

MPlayer WW allows you to easily play many different types of video files. A few of its best features are that it’s open source, light weight and portable. Although it’s not as fully featured as some of the bigger, more popular media players, it deserves a thumbs up.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #19

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In 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.


Collect Complete PC System Information with WinAudit

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WinAudit is a small, stand-alone executable and it’s free for personal or business use. When it comes to collecting useful system information, it does far more than you’d expect from such a compact program.

 

Opera 10.62 for Desktop Released

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Opera 10.62 is a recommended update that fixes numerous stability and security issues.

 

Firefox 4 Beta 5 Adds Hardware Graphics Acceleration, Audio Capabilities and HSTS

Firefox 4 Beta 5 Download Released. Firefox 4 Beta 5 adds new API for HTML5 Audio and Video tags, hardware graphics acceleration and also implements a new Security protocol called HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS).

 

Slim Down and Speed Up Your Computer with SlimComputer

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SlimComputer offers nearly every utility you need to speed up a computer. It’s still in beta, but it seems to be better than most of the junk that’s offered on TV commercials.

 

Manage Windows Services with Portable Services Suite

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If you need a fast, functional and easy way to manage the services that run on your PC, take a look at Services Suite, a portable application from RoyalFool.de.

 

Instant Weather Reports with ForecastFox

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The ForecastFox addon/extension is excellent for keeping me up to date on weather. It stays out of the way and does it’s job with no visible hit to my system performance.


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.


Collect Complete PC System Information with WinAudit

[Windows only] There are dozens of utilities around that will give you details about the guts of your PC. If you’re looking for a free and easy to use system information tool, WinAudit is one of the best. Here’s what the authors of WinAudit say in their description of this program.

PC audit and inventory of software, licenses, security configuration, hardware, network settings…

  • Easy to use
  • No setup
  • Csv/html/pdf/xml
  • E-mail
  • Database export
  • Command line
  • Fully documented
  • Free for any use!
  • WinAudit can be used to collect information on home PCs or work PCs on a network. Since WinAudit can be run from the command line, it’s easy to set up business PCs to automatically run a WinAudit report and file the reports on a central server.

    The program is offered for download as a ZIP file. After downloading, you should unpack the single program file to a safe place. To launch the program, simply double click the WinAudit.exe file.

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    When running in normal mode, this is what you’ll see:

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    The first things you should do are to set your default language under the Language menu and then click the Options button to set the types of information you want to collect. As you can see next, there are plenty of categories of information to be seen.

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    The report interface is easy to navigate and search.

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    Once you are done looking things over, you’ll be asked if you want to save the report. The reports generated can be saved in several formats, such as PDF, CHM, CSV, TXT, HTML or XML.

    The information you file away should probably be saved someplace safe, either online or on another PC. That way you’ll have it if you ever need to replace broken hardware or software.

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    See also: Know Your System’s Details With Speccy

    Techie Buzz Verdict:

    WinAudit is a small, stand-alone executable and it’s free for personal or business use. When it comes to collecting useful system information, it does far more than you’d expect from such a compact program. In addition, this program is fully explained and documented in the help menu. WinAudit deserves to be highly recommended.

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    Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)