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Imageshack Desktop Photo Uploader

Imageshack is one of the most popular anonymous image sharing service where users can upload images and share them with others, without having to create a account. However, users still have to visit the website to upload images to Imageshack.

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If you are looking for a desktop tool to upload images to Imageshack, you can use the Imageshack uploader, which is a application based on .

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Once you have installed the software, you can drag and drop your images on the uploader area to upload the image to Imageshack. You don’t have to register or login to Imageshack.

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Imageshack uploader also provides you with an option to crop/resize the images before uploading them online.

Also see: Localhostr Screenshot tool and uploader

Techie Buzz Verdict

Imageshack is widely used by forum users to upload and share images and screenshots. A desktop tool to upload images will definitely make things much more easier.

Imageshack uploader also store a history of all your uploaded images. You can easily view your history to find links to the images.

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Enable Windows 7 Task Switching in Windows XP and Vista

Starting with , Microsoft made the Windows key more useful with some excellent . In Windows 7, you can use the Windows key in combination with numbers 1-9 to cycle between the applications in the taskbar.

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did have a similar feature, but it was only limited to the applications in the quick launch bar. We had covered more such shortcut keys in our of Windows button shortcut keys.

ActivateByNum is a , which will allow you to use the Windows key + number, task switching functionality from Windows 7 in and Vista.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The Windows key + number task switching comes in pretty handy when you want to navigate or open applications without using the mouse or Alt + Tab key combination.

This should definitely come in handy on Windows XP, however it might disable the Quick launch hotkeys on Windows Vista.

Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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Translate Content On Your Desktop Using Air Translate

Language barriers are usually overcome using translators, in person or as a service. We have told you about several tools which allow you to translate Word documents, translate PDF files and documents, use an  instant messenger for translation and a free desktop translator.

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To add to that list, we came across and application called AirTranslate, which is based on the platform. AirTranslate makes use of the Google translation engine to provide you with a desktop tool to translate content on your desktop.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[3] Adobe Air applications are platform independent, which means that you can run this app on any OS which supports Adobe Air. Since this translator uses the Google Translation engine, it provides translation for more than 50 languages.

Another interesting feature about this app is that it will automatically use the text from the clipboard and add it to the translate text box. This will save you some trouble of copy pasting text into the interface.

Overall this app provides a neat and simple interface to translate content from one language to another.

Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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Desktop Reminder Is an Awesome Reminder Tool

There are tons of ways in which you can manage your TODO lists both online and offline. We have reviewed several applications for offline TODO List management, as well as several online TODO List manager services.

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Desktop Reminder is another , which acts like a TODO list manager and reminder tool for desktop users. Adding tasks to Desktop Reminder is very simple. To add a new task, click on the New task button.

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A new window will popup displaying several options for the task, you can set the date of the task, choose the reminder time, change the event to a recurring one and more. Desktop Reminder add new task is very similar to a regular calendar interface, so adding tasks should not be a huge problem.

Dealing with completed tasks is pretty simple too, all you have to do is select the task from the main interface and click on the “Mark as done” button.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] Unlike traditional reminder software and services, Desktop Reminder allows you to set reminders for months in advance. You can use that feature in many ways.

Say for example, you want to travel somewhere 6 months down the line, you can create a task and set reminder to book tickets 2 months in advance, this will help you get a cheaper deal, while booking tickets.

Another example could be a friend’s marriage, you could setup reminders a few weeks earlier, so that you can think and buy an appropriate gift, rather than scrambling for a gift at the last moment.

Other than that, Desktop Reminder has a pretty simple interface which makes setting up reminders a piece of cake. Desktop Reminder is a by Techie Buzz.

Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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Keep Your USB Drive Private with SafeHouse Explorer

safehouse-icon Ever since USB sticks have become popular, there’s been a real demand for methods to keep the files on them private. Many people worry what’ll happen to their data if they lose their little USB sticks.

The first solutions I used was simple file encryption. It works fine as long as the encryption programs could be stored on the USB stick. Other methods I’ve seen even go as far as special hardware built right into the stick. That makes them more expensive but still affordable by business users. If you look hard, you’ll find dozens of ways to keep the data on your USB drive safe from prying eyes.

Recently I’ve been trying out a great program called SafeHouse Explorer. It’s done everything I’ve wanted so far with few problems. Here’s what the home page for SafeHouse says about their software:

“What will happen to you when your private information falls into the wrong hands? It’s all preventable! SafeHouse Explorer is free security software for hard drives and memory sticks. Keep everyone out. Period. Get it now. Or be sorry later.”

Set up is simple. Download a 3mb installer file and agree to the terms of use as you run it. The SafeHouse program will appear in your Windows Add/Remove panel and start menu just like any other application. It can be used on your hard drives or USB drives and other portable media. To take it on the road, find the SafeHouseExplorer.exe file in the Program Files folder and copy it to a USB drive. It will now run as a “stand-alone” or portable program.

It works by creating an encrypted and password protected virtual drive (or volume) inside a single file. Simply click the “New Volume” button in SafeHouse and follow the volume creation wizard as it guides you through the process. It’s pretty simple and basically only needs to know the volume file name, location and the size you need.

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The SafeHouse Explore interface looks a lot like a Windows Explorer file browser. It acts like Windows Explorer even down to dragging, dropping and right clicking on files. You’ll have no problem getting used to managing the files in your protected volumes.

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SafeHouse Explorer has the following features and more:
* stand-alone on USB or other media such as iPods or floppy disks
* hides, locks and encrypts any file types
* 256-bit Twofish advanced encryption
* unlimited number of storage volumes
* volumes can be up to 2,000 Gigabytes in size
* password strength meter
* create self-extracting EXE encrypted volumns

Techie Buzz Verdict:
This is excellent free protection for your private data. It’s very easy to use and the stand-alone copy works even on PC’s that don’t allow you administrative rights. The only failing I saw is that when it’s run in stand-alone mode, each time you fire it up, it asks you to agree to the Terms of Use.

I feel good about recommending SafeHouse Explorer to anyone who needs to be a little paranoid with their private data.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

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Do you have any questions about file security or encryption? Do you have any ideas you’d like to share? Be sure to add a comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

Access Windows Live Skydrive from Windows Explorer

services allow you to store files in the cloud, allowing you to create multiple of your files. However, most of them do not provide you with desktop tools or explorer integration to browse and upload files easily.

A longtime back we had told you on how you could integrate your Box.net account with explorer. If you are a Skydrive user, we came across another software called Skydrive Explorer, which will help you to access files stored in Skydrive from Windows explorer. This adds a whopping 25GB of space to your computer.

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Once you have installed Skydrive Explorer, you will see a new entry called Skydrive Explorerin Windows explorer. This drive will not be functional until you login to your Skydrive account.

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Double click on the Skydrive Explorer icon to login to your Skydrive account. Once you have entered your credentials, you can access your Skydrive files from Windows Explorer. You can copy and paste files to the Skydrive Explorer, just like any other folder on your computer.

Techie Buzz Verdict

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Skydrive Explorer is a , as it makes it much more easier to manage files in your Skydrive account. The fact that it acts like just any other folder on your computer, allows users to quickly copy/paste files and back them up in the cloud, without having to go through a web interface.

Skydrive Explorer is a must download.

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

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Improve Your Typing Speed With Rapid Typing Tutor

An improved typing speed can go a long way towards boosting one’s productivity. The best thing is that you don’t need to join expensive classes to improve your typing speed. There are numerous free utilities which can help you. Rapid Typing Tutor is one such application.

Rapid Typing Tutor includes a large collection of typing lessons which will help you in getting accustomed to your keyboard. There are separate lessons focusing on specific character combinations, syllables, upper case letters, special symbols and words. During typing lessons you will be assisted by a virtual pair of hands. This is a neat feature and lets novice typists learn how to place their fingers on the keyboard. Rapid Typing Tutor includes fairly in-depth statistics and allows you to track your progress. You can even submit your score online and compare with other users.

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The biggest problem with Rapid Typing Tutor is its interface. It is confusing and ugly. To make matters worse, each of the available skins is equally poor. The other problem is that during typing lessons Rapid Tutor only displays few words at a time. While this is fine for novices, it’s a huge distraction for advanced typists. It prevents them from seeing in advance which words are coming up next. If you type too fast, your eyes will get strained as the text will fly across your screen. The other big problem is that, Rapid Typing Tutor doesn’t put enough emphasis on accuracy. If you mistype nothing happens. Ideally you should have to go back and correct all the errors.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

Rapid Tutor is a nice tool for beginners. The virtual keyboard and broad range of typing exercises allow novice typists to get familiarized with the keyboard. However, good typists who are looking to further polish their typing skills will only end up getting frustrated.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5(Good)

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Capture And Upload Screenshots To Flickr With Social Screen Capture

Saving screenshots on your computer and uploading them onto your Flickr account is a boring and tiresome job to do. Here is a utility that helps you to do this work in an easy way.

Social Screen Capture is a simple and useful utility for Windows users. With this, users can directly capture and upload the screenshots to Flickr with a single click. Moreover, this is a light weight app that just occupies about 4 MB of your system memory!

Also read: Uploading MP3 files to your Flickr Account [How To]

Using this application is a child’s play. It has no complications. Install the application, authorize it with your Flickr account, capture and upload the screenshots.

Here is a pic of how it looks:

Also Try:   Localhostr Uploader

Techie Buzz Verdict

First, let us look at the good points of this one; It is a very light-weight app, or rather weightless. It reduces lot of time consumption by enabling you to upload screenshots with a single click. It automatically deletes the pictures after you close the application. That saves a lot of memory. Very simple interface.

There also a few bugs. It has an error in authorizing with Picasa account. However, no errors with Flickr. It doesn’t show any message about whether upload is successful or not after the upload is complete.  

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5

However, a nice app to have if you use Flickr a lot.

Install Portable Applications Using ZipInstaller

Portable applications are great since they don’t need to be installed and can be carried on a USB device. However, for people who have several dozen applications on their system, portable applications can be slightly inconvenient. Most portable applications don’t provide any option to create start menu entry or desktop shortcuts. In other words, if you want to launch the utility, you will have to manually browse to its location. The same applies if you want to remove the utility. In the end, most such portable utilities end up being forgotten and lie around unnoticed in some corner of your system.

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ZipInstaller is a free utility which installs all no-install applications which are packaged in zip files. It extracts them to a specified folder, places shortcuts in your startmenu and desktop and even creates an uninstall module which can be accessed from Add/Remove Programs.

Techie Buzz Verdict

ZipInstaller has an obvious limitation – it works only for those applications which are packaged in ZIP files. Like all Nirsoft Utilities, it performs a specific task and does it extremely well. While it will prove to be an indispensable resource to some, others won’t even feel the need for it.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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A Fast and Easy Control Panel for Windows 7 and Vista

Every day, I learn more about Windows 7 and it’s sometimes hidden features. Since I skipped Vista, a great deal of the options and settings are new to me.

There are dozens of utilities and settings applets built into Windows 7 and Vista. Often the easiest way to find them is to search for them by name in the Start menu.

The problem is that there are far more settings and utilities available than any average user would find on his own. What if you don’t know the name of the app or control you are looking for? What if you didn’t know it existed?

Some people at “The Windows Club” have tried to make it easier to find all the applets and controls with their new “Windows Access Panel“.

Here’s what they say about it:

Windows Access Panel v 1.0 is meant to minimize your trouble in accessing such programs. It has been tested on   Windows 7 & Windows Vista. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application. Place it in your Programs Files and Pin its shortcut to your Start menu and you are all set to a faster way of accessing   the ‘hidden’ Windows system utilities.”

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I tried it and it’s simply great, but I do have a couple of recommendations for it’s improvement.

I was not able to resize the Windows Access Panel (WAP)  in any way. It was very large and disappeared from my screen on the sides. I think they need to make this window re-sizable and perhaps add more tabs to better organize the tools into smaller groups.

In the future it might also be nice to be able to add your own shortcuts or commands into WAP.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

It’s safe, it’s useful and will save you time. I especially like the fact that it’s portable. However, I look forward to improvements that will make it a “must have” application.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5

Do you have any questions about Windows 7? Do you have any ideas you’d like to share? Be sure to add a comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

Extend Windows 7 & Vista Battery Life By Disabling Aero Glass

comes with lot of features and visual enhancements, including features such as Aero Glass and Aero Peek. These features make Windows 7 more appealing to work with. However, if you are on the go, disabling these features can increase the battery life and gives you more power on the go.

Aerofoil is a handy and open source software, which will allow you to disable Windows 7/Vista features such as Aero Glass, and also disable sounds, to increase your battery life on the go.

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In addition to that, Aerofoil also allows you to manage your power plans using its own interface. The beauty of the software is that, it will automatically disable aero and switch to power saving mode whenever the laptop is running on the battery.

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You can also manually disable the Aero Glass and mute sounds by right-clicking the taskbar icon.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Aerofoil can come in pretty handy if you are on the go most of the times and want to get the most of your laptop battery. Though you can manage to change the settings manually, this software provides a interface that makes it easy to change them through a frontend interface.

One annoying thing about this software is that it does not allow you to change the options once it has been installed, you can only select the appropriate power plans for AC mode and battery mode when you are installing the software. If not for this problem, we would have rated it a bit higher.

Another notable fact is, that when you unplug the power cord, you might see a lot of screen flickering, this is due to the software disabling Aero Glass. However, this cannot be avoided. You may also see the screen flickering when the power cord is plugged back in, this is when Aero Glass is enabled again.

Download this if you are using a laptop, desktop users do not require this as they are always directly connected to the power sockets.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Good)

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Removed Unwanted Browser Toolbars

There are many chances, that while installing free software, you might have also installed some associating toolbars unknowingly. Considering the amount of software that bundle these toolbars you might end up, having a browser full of toolbars.

Removing each of these toolbars individually can be quite a pain, this is where a called Smart Toolbar Remover, can come in handy.

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Smart Toolbar Remover will detect all the installed toolbars and allow you to uninstall it from your PC with one click.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Smart Toolbar can come in pretty handy, if you usually install lots of softwares and using the standard installation instead of custom one’s, where you can approve each installation. These types of installation are where most of the toolbars get past your eye.

It can also come in pretty handy to perform maintenance on your browser and uninstall unwanted toolbars from your PC from a single location.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Good)

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Remove Fake Antivirus from Your System

There are several gullible ads, which prompt users and alert them that their system is infected with virus. Many users fall for the trap, in the process downloading an actual malware software which further affect their systems.

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Power users are well aware of these tricks and drift away from them, however many users are not so tech savvy and end up installing fake antivirus software on their PCs.

Fake Antivirus remover is a useful and security software, which will allow you to uninstall and remove all the fake antivirus software from your PC, with a single click.

Fake Antivirus remover tracks and removes the following Fake antivirus software: Cyber Security, Alpha Antivirus, Braviax, Windows Police Pro, Antivirus Pro 2010, PC Antispyware 2010, FraudTool.MalwareProtector.d, Winshield2009.com, Green AV, Windows Protection Suite, Total Security 2009, Windows System Suite, Antivirus BEST, System Security, Personal Antivirus, System Security 2009, Malware Doctor, Antivirus System Pro, WinPC Defender, Anti-Virus-1, Spyware Guard 2008, System Guard 2009, Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 2010, Antivirus Pro 2009, Antivirus 360 and MS Antispyware 2009

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] Considering the amount of fake antivirus software that people mistake for real ones, this software is a definite download.

The process of removing fake antivirus software is hassle free and simple, which means that even non tech-savvy users can easily get rid of stupid malware. We recommend all our users to download and install this software, even if they are pro users as it just requires one click to get rid of scumbag software.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

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Download Portable Google Chrome

are very useful when it comes to moving your settings and preferences between several computers, without having to setup software over and over again. You can just dump the portable software on a flash drive and access it from any computer.

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PortableApps is a portable software suite, consisting of applications that provide you with tools for your daily computing life, including a web browser, open source office suite and a multi-protocol instant messenger among other things.

PortableApps have now released a portable version of , which you can download and use from anywhere. Once you download the installer, run it and extract the files directly to your USB drive. Once you have done that, you can easily use Google Chrome from any PC.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] Google Chrome is pretty lightweight and allows you for faster browsing, having a portable application will ensure that you do not lose your settings, cookies and preferences when you frequently access multiple computers.

With the help of the portable version, you can easily have access to all your history and saved sessions. Very useful and a definite must download.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 4/5 (Very Good)

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Microsoft Releases Windows 7 ISO USB/DVD Creation Tool

Microsoft Store has released a   which will allow users to easily create a copy of their downloaded ISO on a USB or DVD. This tool will help you create a bootable copy of the installation, which can then be used to install Windows 7 on your PC or laptop.

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Once you download and install the software, run it and select the Windows 7 ISO and click on next. To create bootable Windows 7 USB drive, choose the USB option and select the flash drive from the list and click Begin copying. In order to create a bootable Windows 7 DVD, click on Begin Burning.

Techie Buzz Verdict

This tool from Microsoft will come in pretty handy, if you have decided to download a digital copy of Windows 7, in the form of a ISO or compressed file. Using this tool you can quickly and easily create a bootable USB or DVD drive and install Windows 7 with ease.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 3.5/5 (Good)

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