Category Archives: Software

Local Player – Plays Your MP3 Collection in Chrome Browser

I’m sure you all have your favorite music players. Why would you even need to play your MP3 collection using a web browser? I found one good reason. Recently, I was testing Splashtop, an operating system (similar to Browser Linux) that doesn’t have a music player installed. All I had was the Chrome browser. I was inspired to take a look in the Chrome Web Store for a solution, and that’s how I found Local Player.

Here are the main features:

  • A music player in your browser for LOCAL FILES.
  • Drag mp3/ogg files from file browser into the window.
  • You can also add files from a file dialog, which appears when you click the ‘+’ button.
  • You’ll find the file names show up, and the player will automatically start playing.
  • If you double-click a file name in the file list, it’ll play that file.
  • Supported file types – mp3, ogg, aac, and m4a

Once installed, you’ll find the app shown by it’s icon in Chrome’s New Tab page.

local-player-icon

The player controls are easy to figure out. Everything you need is there, including Forward, Back, Pause/Play, Progress, Volume, Random Play, Repeat and Color Themes. I chose the dark theme, as you can see in the image below.

10 Free April Fools Day Screensavers

[Windows Only]

Do you like a good joke? April Fools day is coming up and you need to get ready. One good prank is to secretly install a joke screensaver on your friend’s or family’s computer. Your only problem is finding the right time to install it without the victim finding out before you spring your surprise.

Below are a few of the April Fool screensavers at NewFreeScreensavers.com, and first up, I’ll show you

New Screensavers for St. Patrick’s Day

[Windows Only]

shamrockMarch 17th is almost here and you’ll be seeing plenty of green. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day is coming. If you don’t want your computer to feel left out on that day, check out the 10 new St. Patrick’s Day screensavers below.

Here’s a video preview of these “green” savers.

st-patricks-day-screensavers

There are plenty of free screensavers and wallpapers on the net, but you have to be careful to visit only safe websites when you are looking for them. 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.

arrow-down-double-3 Screensaver Download Page

W i n d o w s 7 t h e m e s?

ireland-themeIf you have Windows 7, be sure to check out the Ireland theme from Microsoft. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still snag the wallpapers by using this trick.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

New Screensavers for International Women’s Day

[Windows Only]

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Google appears to be organizing meetings on bridges to celebrate this day.

Here’s a video about these bridges.

It’s also the day to wish your wife, mom, sis, grandma or aunt and even friend with a thoughtful message or maybe a new screensaver. Here are some screensavers made just for this day.

intl-women-day-screensavers

There are plenty of free screensavers and wallpapers on the net, but you have to be careful to visit only safe websites when you are looking for them. 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.

arrow-down-double-3 Screensaver Download Page

W i n d o w s 7 t h e m e s?

win7-love-birds-themeIf you have Windows 7, be sure to check out the love bird theme from Microsoft. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still snag the wallpapers by using this trick.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

10 New Aquatic Life Screensavers

[Windows Only]

Kick back and relax as you watch your fish swim through these 10 new screensavers.

aquatic-life-screensavers

There are plenty of aquarium screensavers and wallpapers on the net, but you have to be careful to visit only safe websites when you are looking for them. 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.

One of the nice features of these screensavers is that they now have settings to mute the sounds. Some of the screensavers also have a setting to include a small analog clock on the screen.

arrow-down-double-3 Screensaver Download Page

W i n d o w s 7 t h e m e s?

blue-water-themeIf you have Windows 7, be sure to check out the water themes from Microsoft. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still snag the wallpapers by using this trick.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Download Windows 7 SP1

Microsoft had released the SP1 to MSDN users last week and it has been made available to regular customer starting from February 21, 2011.

Most of the Windows 7 Service pack updates have already been released as patches earlier on and the SP1 would help you apply all those updates if you haven’t done so already in the past. Service Packs are also used by administrators to deploy patches across a large number of PCs at once.

If you are looking to download the service pack 1 for Windows 7, you will receive it through the Windows Update. However, you can also download and apply the Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP1 directly to your PC by visiting this Microsoft Download Link.

The download size of the files are pretty large, so you might just want to wait for Windows Update to ship the service packs to you.

Hooeey Webprint Builds An Offline Archive Of Webpages You Visit In Firefox

Do you need to automatically capture snapshots of webpages you visit, without having to bookmark them manually or having to search them later from the browser’s browsing history ?

Hooeey Webprint, an Adobe air app keeps a closer eye on the pages you visit in Firefox and automatically captures a full page snapshot so that you can quickly find the websites you visited in a given time period.

hooeey-webprint

The best thing regarding Hooeey Webprint is that all the data is stored locally on your computer so that you can quickly view the full page screenshot of earlier visited pages, when no internet connection is available.

This is extremely useful for designers and developers who need a better way to archive screen mockups, design prototypes on which they were working through out the day.

Since the app runs on the Adobe Air platform, the program works with Windows, Linux and MAC computers. Following are some of the nifty features of Hooeey webprint:

Real Time Web Page Capture: Hooeey webprint captures the snapshots automatically in the background. There are no settings to configure and absolutely nothing to tweak. Once the browser extension is in place, the add-on automatically keeps recording the snapshots in the background and archives them for later viewing.

Tagging And Searching: The app contains a useful Search pagesfeature which allows you to filter webpages by keywords and tags. So if you want to filter archived pages from a particular website, simply type the domain name in the search box and hit the Returnkey

webprint-search

Otherwise, you can also use the auto generated tag cloud on the left sidebar, which filters archived pages according to keywords.

Sharing Screenshots: Sharing a particular screenshot is easy, double click the thumbnail to expand it into the full view. Then you can share the screenshot on Twitter, Facebook or open the link in your browser.

There is also a printoption which can be used to print out the complete full page screenshot of a webpage you had previously visited.

share-screenshot

Complete Privacy Control: Worried that your 7 year old kid who knows a thing or two regarding apps can spy on your browsing activities ? Hooeey webprint allows you to password protect your offline archive so that only you can open the local snapshots and no other shared users of the same   computer has access to the local archive.

Custom Blocklists: Sometimes you might want to prevent specific webpages from being recorded e.g search results, Facebook news feed and so on. In those situations, you can define a custom block list of URL’s in the blocklist settingspanel.

This includes private IP’s, custom FTP addresses or secure sites (https).

blocklist-urls

In addition, Hooeey webprint lets you completely export all the data to a custom email address or you can also export all the snapshots, meta tags and full text archive to your local computer.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Hooeey Webprint is very useful when you want an easier way to archive all the webpages for later viewing. The extension is available only for Internet Explorer and Firefox, which seems to be the only downside of the application.

Techie Buzz Verdict: 3.5 (Very Good).

Using a Comic Book Viewer and Not Growing Up

[Windows, Mac, Linux]

Did you ever read comic books when you were younger? Maybe, you are like me, and you will never grow out of enjoying a good comic book. If that’s the case, you may want to read and collect comic books on your computer.

Recently, I spotted a post at How To Geek about a great comic book viewer for Ubuntu Linux, called Comix. I tried it out and I was not disappointed. Comix is already in the Ubuntu Software Center, and you don’t have to work hard to find it.

Typically, I spend most of my time on Windows computers, and I wondered if there was a good comic book reader for XP, Vista and Seven. I found the answer very fast on Google. There’s a great viewer for Windows and Mac, called Comical. It’s an Open Source project, and fairly new, but it makes viewing comic book files pretty simple.

comical-screenshot

Here is the description of Comical from the readme file.

————————————————
Comical – The Comic Book Archive reader
————————————————

Finally – a cross-platform, open-source CBR and CBZ reader!   Read your favorite scanned comic books and graphic novels with Comical’s absurdly easy GUI and in-your-face double page display!

Nifty Features:

  • Single-Page or Double-Page display modes.
  • Several zoom modes – Fit, Fit-to-Width, Fit-to-Height, Original, and Custom.
  • Crisp image scaling with algorithms adapted from FreeImage 3.
  • Autodetects double pages scanned together and displays it accordingly.
  • Page rotation.
  • Full-Screen mode.
  • Left-to-Right or Right-to-Left browsing.
  • Displays JPG, GIF, and PNG images.
  • Supports RAR(.cbr) and ZIP(.cbz) comic book archives.
  • Supports all encrypted RAR archives as well as ZIP archives with pkzip 2.04g
    encryption.

I’ll take a moment to explain the two file types .CBR and .CBZ, that are mentioned above. CBZ means Comic Book ZIPped, and CBR means Comic Book RARed. Both of those are simple archives of images. Therefore, the Comical viewer is a great tool for viewing any collection of images that is archived as a ZIP or RAR file.

Do you need to know how to open ZIP, RAR, ISO or other archives?

There are very few places that offer truly free comic book files. Here is one place that will help you find some.

Free Online Comic Books

Searching online, you’ll find that most of the comic books there are pirated copies and are located in places that are not always safe to visit. Please be extremely cautious while looking for free comic books. I recommend using the WOT addon for filtering out risky search results.

arrow-down-double-3Download the Comical viewer

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The Comical viewer is small, easy to install, and simple to use. If you need an easy way to read CBR and CBZ comics, this is a great solution.

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools of the Week #30

freeware-sign2

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.


Google Chrome 10 Beta Released; Faster than Rabbits

Google Chrome

Google Chrome 10 beta released. The new version is twice as fast as Chrome 9 and includes the Crankshaft technology for V8 engine and GPU-accelerated video support to decrease CPU usage.

 

Opera 11.10 "Barracuda" Alpha Available for Downloads, It’s Really Fast

Opera 11.10 Barracuda

Opera has released Opera 11.10 "Barracuda" Alpha for Windows, Mac and Linux. Download the Opera 11.10 Barracuda Alpha.

 

10 New Water Themed Screensavers

water-water-water-screensavers

These new water screensavers will put you in a relaxed mood. Be sure to give one a try.

 

Block Websites in Google Search Results With Chrome Extension

Block Websites Google Search

Ban websites from appearing in Google Search Results. Personal Blocklist extension allows users to block websites from appearing in Google Search Results.

 

Minus Is A Dead Simple App To Share Images and Files

Min.us Drag and Drop Uploading

Minus provides a dead simple way to share images and files online. Drag and drop files and images to share them online.

 

6 Must Have Chrome Extensions for Twitter Users

twitter3

Twitter is source for news, place to get real-time updates on what happening right now. If you’re using Chrome to access Twitter here are the extensions that might helpful to you.

 

Download Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

Internet Explorer 9

Download Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate. Download IE9 RC for Windows 7 and Windows Vista PCs.

 

Call of Duty Parody Hits 1.25 Million Downloads

dutycalls

When People Can Fly studios released their First Person Shooter (FPS) parody Duty Calls (directly mocking the Call of Duty series), they just wanted it to be a satirical view on the realisticFPS genre and an anti-demo for their game Bulletstorm. Basically, what they were saying is that our game, Bulletstorm, is not this game. It is definitely everything but this game. Look at this game. This game is stupid. You know which game we are talking about, right? Yes, that game., more or less.

 

10 New Screensavers for Your Valentine

valentine-10

Valentine’s day is close and you’ll find plenty of free screensavers and wallpapers on the net. Be careful to visit only safe websites when you are looking for them.

 

Google Chrome 9 Hits Stable Build, Google Chrome 11 Hits Canary Build

Google Chrome

Google Chrome 9 has been released to stable channel users, while Google Chrome 11 is now available in the Canary build.

 

Spybot Portable a Great Way to Search and Destroy Spyware

spybot-sd-ico

Spybot Search and Destroy was one of the first effective freeware apps for the removal of of adware and spyware that were infecting PCs. After 10 years of development, it’s still one of the best.

 

Learn the Countries of the World with Enigeo

globe

How many countries are there in the World? What are their names? Where are they located? Learn all this and more with Enigeo, a free learning game for all ages.

 

This Is Probably The Fastest Way To Take Screenshots And Share Them Online

greenshot_2011-01-27_22-40-03

You thought you could screenshot fast? Beat this, because this is the fastest.

 

20 New Screensavers for Valentines Day

valentine-screensavers

Valentine’s day is close and you’ll find plenty of free screensavers and wallpapers on the net. Be careful to visit only safe websites when you are looking for them.

 


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.

Import Delicious Bookmarks To Google Bookmarks

Back in December, Yahoo almost created chaos and destroyed a popular product; Delicious, with a leaked PowerPoint presentation. Many people freaked out and tried to export their Delicious bookmarks out so that their data would remain safe.

Delicious Google Bookmarks

We also wrote about several Delicious Alternatives for Bookmarking and ways to import your Delicious bookmarks into Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Diigo and Xmarks, but it looks like Google too now wants your Delicious bookmarks and have launched a tool to import your bookmarks into Google Bookmarks.

As reported by Mashable, the Delicious to Google Bookmarks tool will help you import your Delicious bookmarks to Google Bookmarks. The import tools uses Yahoo’s OAuth validation to fetch your bookmarks from Delicious and then adds it to your Google Bookmarks account. You will have to provide your username and password if you haven’t migrated your Delicious account to a Yahoo account. Google will not store any of your credentials after the import process is complete.