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Chat on Skype without Installing Skype Client on Your PC

Skype is one of the most popular VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services. A   drawback in Skype is that it does not have an online client. You have to install a desktop client to chat with your buddies.Here is a simple tool that can help you overcome this drawback.

Imo.im is an online service that helps you to chat with your Skype buddies online. This service allows users to IM, talk and voice chat without actually installing Skype on the computer. Apart from Skype, this service has many more IM protocols such as MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, AIM, My Space and Facebook.

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This service is very simple to use. All you need to do is, go to imo.im. Select the IM protocol you want to use. Enter the corresponding username and password. Start Chatting!

Features:

  1. The Whiteboard feature in this service lets you create drawings, diagrams and text documents in real-time with your friends online.
  2. You can upload and share your photos with your buddies on your list at [email protected] It provides about 2GB of free space.
  3. You can even create broadcasts about your service/ blog using its broadcast feature.
  4. Another feature that is worth to mention in this service is, you can log on to multiple accounts simultaneously. So you can chat with your Skype buddy while pinging your GTalk buddy.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

It is a very good service. It has really cool and simple interface. It does not have any messy ads unlike many other online services. It’ amazing features such as whiteboard and multiple account login provides this a plus point.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Easily Encrypt and Decrypt Files using 128-bit Cipher with Crimson128

We have told you about several file encryption and decryption tools in the past, Crimson128 is another utility which will help you encrypt and decrypt files from the context menu in Windows.

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Using this tool, you can quickly encrypt and decrypt files using a simple right click. Crimson128 also supports hardware keys and split hardware keys for more security. Crimson128 uses 128-bit cipher to encrypt files and also allows you to benchmark your PC and create custom password keys to encrypt your files.

Techie Buzz Verdict

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Crimson128 is a really simple tool which makes file encryption and decryption a breeze. Encrypted files can only be opened with a passkey used to encrypt the files. In addition to that, Crimson also supports any types of file for encryption, making it a really useful tool to have on your computer.

Once a file has been encrypted it can only be decrypted by using the Crimson decryption, the file cannot be read or opened anywhere else.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 4/5 (Excellent)

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CleanDesktop is Desktop Cleanup Wizard for Windows Vista and XP

Having a clean and well organized desktop is often the first step to improving productivity. If you have ever used Windows XP, you will surely remember the Desktop Cleanup Wizard. It was a no-fuss utility which automatically scanned your desktop icons and offered to delete the ones you never used. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to dump this utility in Windows Vista.

Fortunately for us, Omkarnath from TheWindowsClub has developed his own CleanDesktop utility. It is intended to be a Desktop Cleanup Wizard substitute for Windows Vista and 7. CleanDesktop scans your desktop entries and lists items which haven’t been used for 30 days or more. You have the option of permanently deleting these entries or moving them to the folder \Desktop\Unused Icons.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

CleanDesktop is a portable utility which does exactly what it is supposed to do. In order to make the most out of this utility, I recommend that you use Task Scheduler to run it once every month. In fact I would like to see future versions of CleanDesktop include in-built scheduling options. Give CleanDesktop a try if you frequently end up with a cluttered desktop.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)
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uTorrent 2.1 Adds Support for Video Streaming, Access Anywhere and DNA

The final build of uTorrent 2.0 may not be out yet, but that hasn’t stopped the developers from beginning work on future builds. They have already released multiple alpha builds of uTorrent 2.1 (codenamed Falcon). Falcon will be a major update for uTorrent and will include both visible and under the hood changes.

The biggest attraction of uTorrent 2.1 is support for video streaming. Video streaming will allow you to begin watching videos without waiting for it to be completely downloaded. In fact if your connection is fast enough, you would be able to instantly begin watching the video. This will be similar to the experience provided by online video services like YouTube.

Simon Morris (VP of Marketing and Product at BitTorrent) commented that, “Our hope is to transform getting media using uTorrent from a ‘load-wait-watch-tomorrow’ to more of a ‘point-click-watch’ experience.”

Although uTorrent didn’t explain how the new feature works, it probably uses a sequential download scheme. In sequential download mode a client gives preference to pieces with lower sequence numbers (rather than giving preference to availability). This can reduce download speed, but allows an audio or video file to be previewed before the download has been completed. Many rival clients like BitComet have had this feature for a long time. For playback uTorrent can use its own online player or your favourite local media player.

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Falcon will also introduce a new zero-configuration, secure web UI which will allow you to access uTorrent from other terminals or from your smartphone. The new “Access Anywhere” feature will utilize end to end encryption to enhance security and privacy. Another notable addition is support for DNA – a free content delivery service run by BitTorrent. uTorrent 2.1 also features a refreshed UI with brand new icons. Other features which are currently being worked upon include, optional file security preferences and browser integration. A beta release is expected during the first quarter of 2010. If you are feeling adventurous you can download the alpha build from here.

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool Makes Typing in Indian Languages Simple

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Microsoft has quietly released a new product called Indic Language Input Tool, which is aimed at Indian users. Indic Language Input Tool enables input of text in Indian languages on any webpage and application. The initial release supports Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telegu and is available as a desktop software as well as an online utility. The Indic Language Tool utilizes free-form transliteration, which means there is no learning curve. Users can type the desired text in a natural manner (phonetically) utilizing English script and the utility will automatically transliterate it.

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The web version works through a bookmarklet and works with all popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari. It’s refreshing to see a Microsoft product which is cross-browser compliant, since Microsoft products are notorious for not playing well with alternate browsers. Once you have installed the bookmarklet, simply click on it whenever you wish to activate the Indic Language tool. Any text you type is automatically transliterated on a word by word basis. Languages can be easily toggled through a floating icon, which is added to the currently active text box.

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The desktop software utilizes the language bar and works with any offline utility (as long as it features a text box). If you don’t see the language bar even after installing the tool, you will need to enable it manually from Control Panel–>Clock, Language and Region–>Change keyboards or other input methods.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Microsoft-Indic-Language-Tool-Techie-Buzz-Reccomended Microsoft Indic Language Tool is a joy to use. Its biggest strength is that it works pretty much everywhere and anywhere. The interface is minimalistic and never gets in your way. On most occasions, Indic Language Tool is bang on with its transliteration. And, in case it gets things wrong, you can easily enter the correct text from the on-screen keyboard. The developers – Emerging Markets Labs team of the Microsoft India Development Centre, have done a fabulous job. Indic Language Tool is still in beta, hence there may be some issues. I had some trouble while installing the Desktop version (for Bengali). There are also few minor oversights like missing punctuations. But, if you are willing to look past these issues (which are to be expected from any beta product), you will definitely be impressed with Indic Language Tool.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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Free Full Version of WinOptimizer 5

As is often the case with Ashampoo products, shortly after they roll out new versions, you start seeing free offers for the previous versions.

There’s nothing wrong with that at all. I’ve used several Ashampoo products after free versions became available. I’ve found their offerings to be very good in most cases. Ashampoo WinOptimizer is also one of those cases.

What is WinOptimizer?

winoptimizer-5-box WinOptimizer is a PC cleaner and optimizer. After scanning the system, the software offers you opportunities to change the PC settings to increase performance. It also scans for unnecessary (junk) files and orphaned or corrupted registry keys.

Here are a few additional features:

  • Undeleter
  • Icon Saver
  • Real-time backup
  • Registry Optimizer
  • Drive Cleaner
  • Tweaking Tools
  • Process Manager
  • StartUp Tuner
  • File Wiper
  • One-Click Optimization

WinOptimizer has consistently had a 4 out of 5 user rating at Download.com and is a popular download despite a normal cost of around $40 or $50 USD after a trial period.

In order to get it for free, you will have to jump through a few hoops. However, none of the hoops are on fire, and I’ll guide you through them step by step.

Get a free license and download WinOptimizer:

Keep Your Registry Clean With Mr.Fix – Registry Cleaner

Many of us use heavy applications for maintaining our PC registry issues, start-up program list and so on. These heavy applications themselves sometimes cause trouble with the PC. If you are searching for a simple tool that can help you to do these jobs, Mr.Fix is for you!

Mr.Fix is a freeware tool. This is a registry cleaner that helps you to fix your registry issues in a single click. Apart from registry cleaning, it also has some other interesting features that are worth looking at.

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Features:

As the name says, it’s main objective is to scan for issues/errors in the registry. It gives you a list of corrupted keys and entries in your registry. You can select the errors you want to fix and click “Fix Now”.

Another good feature in this application is it’s built-in uninstaller through which you can uninstall the applications installed on your PC and keep it clean.

Apart from these, it has start-up manager by the help of which you can monitor the processes which run in the start-up. You can also add some tweaks, like hiding the programs list in the start menu, hiding the shutdown button and so on!

Techie-Buzz Verdict

If you are using some big heavy apps for normal day-to-day registry cleaning, then this is a good substitute for that. It only occupies around 1.6MB of your disk space! Overall, keeping in mind many factors like interface and efficiency, this tool can be given a average rating.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Average)

Create Own Photocards And Send To Your Beloved Ones This Christmas

Festive season is on! I am sure many of you are looking for creative ways to wish your beloved ones. If so, here is a tool that might help you wish your beloved ones.

Photo Card Maker is a freeware that helps you to create personalized greeting cards for different occasions such as New year, Christmas and so on. You can write your own message and add your own photo to the cards and send it to your beloved ones.

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Using this tool is very simple. All you need to do is select a template from a gallery of 32-35 templates. (If you want more templates,   you can even visit the official website. It has some new christmas templates). After selecting a suitable template, add your desired photos and edit the greeting message. Save it and send it to your beloved ones!

Techie-Buzz Verdict

This tool could have been a lot more better. At the first look, I thought it has some amazing features. I was expecting auto-fitting of photos in the frames. That feature was missing. It would really look awkward if you had a square/rectangular photo inside a circular frame! So, a point goes down here.

Another feature I was expecting from this is that it could have had a “Send Greeting” option integrated in itself. But, now you need to save it and send it seperately.

However, it has got an average collection of themes. It has templates for various occasions such as Sports, Christmas, Cartoon, Love and so on. You can even download the latest ones from its website.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)

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Change Your DNS Settings Fast with Dns Jumper

If you don’t know what a DNS is, or how to access your DNS settings, I recommend that you read an article I posted nearly two weeks ago: How to use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP

If you already know what DNS is, then you might get a real kick out of Dns Jumper.

Dns Jumper is a small, portable freeware application which makes changing your DNS settings as easy as clicking a button.

Here’s what it looks like:

You’ll need to download and unpack a ZIP file in order to gain access to the Dns_Jumper.exefile. There is no installation. Just move the EXE file to a safe folder and double click it to run Dns Jumper.

The home site for this little utility is fairly new, so it’s not rated by anyone yet, but this particular app seems to be quite safe to use.

Download Dns Jumper

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Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Using this free little app sure beats having to dig into the Control Panel settings. The fact that it’s portable freeware is just icing on the cake. However, since I’m not familiar with the site and it’s author, I’ll reserve giving Jumper a higher rating. Oh, one thing I’d suggest to the author is … get rid of the music.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Antivirus Removal Tools for Popular Antivirus Software

Antivirus software are usually used to protect your computer from threats, however, after using an Antivirus for a while you might decide to remove it completely, either due to not being satisfied with it, or because the trial period for it ended. Whatever the reasons, sometimes Antivirus software are stubborn and don’t have straightforward removal tools. I did encounter one such issue while removing ESET from the computer.

Here are some Antivirus removal tools which will allow you to completely uninstall popular Antivirus software from your computer. A big thanks to The Windows Club forum for the putting up these tools.

AppPaths Exports Installed Software as a List

AppPaths is a handy program which will display a list of installed software and allow you to export it or save the list as a file.

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The app is both a and Portable Software. However, it only does one part of what it promises. It can only display the installed software list. The Save button is practically useless as it does not do anything. I searched high and low but could not find the file, this in turn makes this software not so good on our list.

Techie Buzz Verdict

We hope the developer of the application is reading this and will let us know where the application list is saved? We searched high and low but could not find it, while you are reading this, kindly add an option to export the data as both a HTML or text file.

We would have rated this app much higher, but alas for the missing save option, or mysterious save location as we might call it.

Rating: 1.5/5 (Average)

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Google Wave Desktop Notifier

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might not be the best product of the year as it was made out to be. However, there are still many users who use it. Google Wave Desktop notifier is a and Open source software which will notify you about new waves in your Google Wave account in the system tray on your desktop.

Google Wave notifier can come in pretty handy if you do not want to keep up with new waves without having to open the website every time.

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Budget Tracker Tracks Your Budget On Your Desktop

Oh am I running out of cash? How did that happen? These are few questions we tend to ask ourselves whenever we are reaching the end of the month, since many times we do not keep track of income and expenditures and don’t realize when we cross our budgets.

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Budget Tracker is a simple tool created in which will allow you to track you income and expenses and create a proper budget without breaking your head. It allows you add different types of accounts such as Income account, Utility accounts, Loan Accounts, Credit Card accounts and Misc Expenses Account.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Budget Tracker is a very basic budget tracking program and does not feature things such as an option to add day to day expenses. In addition to that, it also lacks the ability to create budget accounts for different months, so you are need to edit the same account over and over again.

Budget Tracker is good for very basic use.

Ratings: 1.5/5 (Average)

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Mount Folders As Virtual Drives Using Virtual Drives Manager

If you are a regular reader of Techie-Buzz, you might remember that we had reviewed a freeware, with which you can mount folders as virtual drives (Virtual Subst). Today, we have found another useful freeware that you can use for mounting folders as drives. If you are wondering how this tool can be helpful, check the previous post that is linked above.

Virtual Drives Manager is a really simple tool. It has a very minimal interface. All you need to do is, select a folder> click on “Create Virtual Drive”. It will make the selected folder as a drive!

Here is a screenshot of how it looks.

This small application doesn’t need any installation. You just need to extract the RAR file and start using it.

Also Recommended: Mount ISO file as a Virtual CD / DVD Drive | Mount FTP Site as a Virtual Drive in Windows

Techie-Buzz Verdict

This tool is as simple as snow! Even a rookie in computers can use this tool. If you found that Virtual Subst is a little bit complicated, then this would be a good alternative for it.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Average)

Windows 7, Vista, XP CD Key Finder

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Quite sometime back we had told you on how you can find the XP Product CD key on your installation disk. If you are planning to re-install your system or format it, here is a nice which will allow you to find your Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 CD Key.

Though the product says that it only extracts CD keys from XP, we successfully ran this on and too.

Download XP CD-Key Finder