June 24, 2009

Free softwares


AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. utomate almost
anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. A tutorial at
http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/Tutorial.htm  The 1704 KB AutoHotkey
v., can be downloaded at
(Source: Linda Bee)

Advanced WindowsCare

Advanced WindowsCare's Personal Edition and Professional editions
promise a new way to maintain your computer with just a click each
day. No need to be an IT expert or geek! You are invited to try out
the v2 Beta 3.02 (July 27, '06) at http://iobit.com/BetaDownload.html
(Source : FreewareFiles Express)


WebMemo helps to make Firefox browsing history more useful by adding
two features - history entries can be stored for a longer time, and
history is displayed as a tree. The interface is accesible through:
View -> Sidebar -> WebMemo. Works with Windows and Linux, runs on
Firefox 1.5 - 1.5.0. The 634 KB WebMemo 0.8.1, by Pawel Hryczuk,
released on Jul 19, 2006, at https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2965/


"ShortText.com : A brilliant idea and a great find says BBC World.
What is ShortText? It's a convenient way to create your own instant
webpage, for free. Just paste a block of text into the text editor on
the site to receive a custom URL. Try it out at www.shorttext.com

Partition Manager

Ranish Partition Manager is a hard disk partitioning tool, for running
multiple OS such as Linux, Windows 98/XP, FreeDOS, and FreeBSD on a
single disk. It can create, copy, and resize primary and extended
partitions. Partition Manager 2.40, at
http://ev1.ranish.com/~mranish/part/part240.zip  its 2.44 (Beta)
version at http://ev1.ranish.com/~mranish/part/part244.zip

Reader wrote-

Some time back there was a link to install a software that can allow
us to download the files from sites like "youtube". Can you please
mail me the same .. I have misplaced it.

Replied -

VideoDownloader v1.0 can help to download videos from Youtube, Works
with Firefox 1.0-1.5.x, at http://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2390


email-based bookmark service

"toread", an email-based bookmark service, provides you with a simple
way to go through your "toread" web pages. It's simple, free and
handy, receive your "toread" websites by email, try it at

Happy Birthday mohan noothalapati



                                                                        HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOHAN!








It's knowing you're
somebody special today
And waiting to see
what the hours bring your way,
Forgetting the things
that you don't like to do
And doing the things
that seem pleasant to you
It's enjoying those
marvelous little surprises
That come from all over,
in all shapes and sizes -
a phone call or letter
that brings you delight,
warm wishes and greetings
from morning till night -
It's making a wish
as you blow candles out
And having so much
to be happy about
That you can't help but dream,
as the hours slip away,
Of many more happy
returns of the day.


As Jiddu Krishnamurthy puts it:


For the total development of the human being, solitude as a means of cultivating sensitivity becomes a necessity.
One has to know what it means to be alone, what it is to meditate, what it is to die;
and the implications of solitude, of meditation, of death, can be known only by seeking them out.
These implications cannot be taught, they must be learnt.
One can indicate, but learning by what is indicated is not the experiencing of solitude or meditation.
To experience what is solitude and what is meditation, one must be in in a state of inquiry;
only a mind that is in a state of inquiry is capable of learning.
But when inquiry is suppressed by previous knowledge,
or by the authority and experience of another, then learning becomes mere imitation,

and imitation causes a human being to repeat what is learnt without experiencing it.


Cheers and have a great year ahead!



June 20, 2009

Opera 'reinvents the Web'; Will anyone notice?

Opera on Tuesday unveiled technology it calls Opera Unite, which turns your plain old PC into a Web content server. Overall, the effort is quite innovative but with Opera’s browser market share it’s possible that no one will notice.

Depending on what market share tabulation survey you use Opera’s market share ranges from 1 percent to 2 percent. NetApplications puts Opera share at .72 percent. Google’s Chrome browser is pushing 2 percent, according to NetApplications.

Despite Opera’s share it’s a company worth watching. Its mobile browser is one of the best out there. And its Web browser is solid too. The problem? The browser battle is crowded and Opera can’t elbow its way into the dance.

Enter Opera Unite (Techmeme). The idea behind Opera Unite is to take the client-server computing model and toss it into a browser. Your computer can share content with other PCs on the Web without servers. This functionality would happen from within a special version of the Opera 10 browser.

Opera Unite has a series of services such as file sharing, Web server, media player, photo sharing, a chat service and a notes exchange. Opera is hoping developers will jump on the Unite bandwagon and add other services.

Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner says:

Technology moves in distinct cycles. PCs decentralized computing away from large mainframes. Opera Unite now decentralizes and democratizes the cloud. With server capability in the browser, Web developers can create Web applications with profound ease. Consumers have the flexibility to choose private and efficient ways of sharing information. We believe Opera Unite is one of our most significant innovations yet, because it changes forever the fundamental fabric of the Web.

Indeed, there are enough use cases for Unite to get me to take it for a spin. It’s a great idea.

However, this browser as a Web server concept is an innovation I see being picked up by other browsers. Can you imagine this approach bundled with Chrome, Gmail and other Google services? Wouldn’t Unite be great bundled as a Firefox add-on? Opera Unite will have a big impact, but the vision may be realized by browsers with more market share. Perhaps Unite puts Opera on the market share map, but don’t get your hopes up too high.

June 16, 2009

Allowing users to 'vote' for browsers could be Microsoft's worst nightmare

There have been a couple of leaks of late in the ongoing Microsoft antitrust trial in the European Union that could spell bad news for the Softies if they’re true.

A couple of weeks back, the Wall Street Journal reported that the European Commission was leaning toward requiring Microsoft to distribute other vendors’ browsers with Windows as one piece of the possible remedy in the case brought by Opera Software. Given that Opera originally sought some kind of distribution deal to “level the playing field” among browser vendors, that kind of requirement wouldn’t be a surprise.

But on June 8 Bloomberg reported that the EC has distributed a survey to a number of PC makers, asking them about a possible “ballot screen” that it might require Microsoft to include with Windows. There aren’t a lot of specifics as to what such a screen might look like, but one can guess it would offer users, at installation, a choice of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and possibly Safari. It’s also not clear whether the actual browser bits would be on the disk/DVD or users would be required, via a ballot-screen prompt, to download their choice from the Web.  (Microsoft isn’t commenting on this alleged remedy, or pretty much anything involving the EC antitrust case, for what it’s worth.)

Having just returned from a demo today of Firefox 3.5 — a new interim test build of which is due out this week, with a Release Candidate and then final code expected to follow shortly — I’d say Microsoft could be in some serious trouble if users really are encouraged to choose proactively based on features and functionality, rather than take the easy way and use what’s provided by default. The new Firefox has a number of features, from “tear-off” tabs, to souped-up JavaScript performance, to audio/video integration directly into the browser window, that aren’t in IE. (Granted, IE 8 has several features, like granular private-browsing settings, that Mozilla is just getting around to now. But the new capabilities Mozilla is touting for its 3.5 release are the kinds of “demos-well” features that could convince fence-sitting users to jump.)

If the EC simply requires PC makers to provide a check-box list of browsers, Microsoft’s known-quantity status might keep some customers from switching to lesser-known competitors. But many less-savvy users don’t know there are browsers other than IE out there. They might be inclined to try a browser from Apple or Google simply because they know Apple makes iPhones and Google delivers Web search. And if there is any kind of “trailer” or mini-demo allowed as part of the “balloting” process, via which each browser vendor could submit a two-minute clip of what each browser could do, Microsoft might have some very serious competition on its hands.

As I’ve said before, I’m somewhat surprised the EC agreed to pursue Opera’s case, given Microsoft has been allowed to claim for years — with next-to-no challenge — that IE is part of Windows. (I say “somewhat” because the EC sems hard-pressed to find any anti-Microsoft case it doesn’t like.) But the case is forging ahead, with Microsoft’s proactive move to allow the “removal” of IE from Windows 7 seeming to have done little to blunt the court’s enthusiasm.

Instead of debating the usual “the EC is right/the EC is wrong,” I’d like to hear what you think of the possible “ballot screen” remedy.

Up until now, I’ve felt the EC Microsoft browser-bundling case was more pro-competitor than pro-consumer. But if Microsoft isn’t forced to distribute its competitors’ products, and, instead, is required to offer customers a choice of brower at startup, might that option be a boon to customers and not just the competition?  Do you think more users would choose non-Microsoft alternatives if offered a choice at installation? Would this kind of remedy allow the best browser to win?


Top 10 Mood-Lifting, Calorie-Burning Chores

Next time you feel a little overwhelmed, grab your broom and give the kitchen floor a quick sweep.

Truth is, you shouldn't dread housework. Bafflingly, studies show it actually has the power to cheer you up. And, oh, by the way, chores count as exercise.

Dusting with a Smile

Chores and other forms of medium- to high-intensity activity may lift our emotions in a big way. And it doesn't take much of a time commitment to do the trick. A recent study found that just 20 minutes once a week of any kind of activity -- not just traditional things like walking, but also doing laundry, gardening, or washing windows -- can keep people from feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed.

It Counts as Exercise, Too

The key to turning any household task into exercise is to pick up the pace or intensity and sustain it for as long as comfortably possible without resting.

For example, if you have three floors to mop:

  • throw on some headphones with upbeat music
  • put some major muscle behind your scrubbing
  • time yourself to see if you can get a sparkling result under a certain time limit

These tips will help you keep the activity intense enough to count as exercise.

Top 10 Household Chores for Burning Calories*



1.   Moving furniture


2.   Scrubbing floors


3.   Raking leaves


4.   Gardening


5.   Mowing the lawn


6.   Washing the car


7.   Cleaning windows


8.   Vacuuming


9.   Washing dishes


10. Doing laundry


* Estimates based on a 150-pound person and 30 minutes of activity


June 11, 2009

Free Softwares E-Utilities URLs : 11 June 09

Software Informer

Software Informer can help manage system softwares. It can
automatically scout all the softwares installed in the computer and
if need be, update and uninstall them. Key Features: Detects every
software installed on the computer, lists them, and automatically
updates them, provides direct access to the software's website to
seek clarifications and or write comments, registration to keep
abreast on recent questions and comments, and sports a unique
floating desktop feature through which all installed softwares can be
accessed, with just a click. To initialize Software Informer do
restart of the computer after its installation.

The 713 KB siClient v1.0.405b for Windows 9x/XP/Vista
can be downloaded at http://files.informer.com/siinst.exe

Presently 13,992 programs (15,144 versions) have been reviewed by the
editorial team of Software Informer and 203 339 members registered
with it.


F.lux can adjust the color of the pc screen to make computing less
strainful on your eyes, at night. You would find the screen look
warmer and less glaringly blue than during the day. The colour change
is automatic and would be based on the estimated sunrise and sunset
hours for your location. As the location is only a guess provision
has also been provided to enter an exact latitude and longitude, if
you desire so. f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room
you're in, all the time, by changing the color temperature of your
display. The default setting is 3400K for night and 6500K for daytime.
This can affect color sensitive work such as editing digital
photographs, but there is a disable switch that lets you to turn F.lux off.

The 545 KB Flux for XP/Vista can be downloaded at
http://stereopsis.com/flux/flux-setup.exe  for Mac OS X at
https://secure.herf.org/flux/Flux.zip  and the Linux version XFlux
for Linux (glibc6) at https://secure.herf.org/flux/xflux.tgz

An FAQ can be browsed at http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/faq.html

Freebie Notes

Freebie Notes is an easy to use electronic self-stick notes(stickers)
manager for home or office. It can be used to create electronic notes
which can be placed on the desktop. The reminders can be associated
with separate alarms. Also, they can be customised individually to
make them look more or less visually prominent. Features: create
electronic notes (stickers), edit stickers in the advanced mode,
specify the date and time of reminder, customize the default
parameters of electronic notes, unlimited number of notes, autosaving
of notes, notes database editor, fast notes displaying time setting,
and saving of the text of a note to a file.

The 1.5 MB Freebie Notes 3.27 (May 30, 2009) for Windows 9x/ME/NT
/2000/XP/2003/Vista can be downloaded at

An FAQ can be browsed at http://www.pw-soft.com/stick-notes/faq.html

The developers aver that Freebie Notes would not carry no ads,
banners and is free from spyware programs.



DH reader suraj wrote

Can you suggest me a freeware that can be used as a personal diary
with many features?

DH suggested

You could try the 4.2 MB iDailyDiary v3.52for MS Windows 9x, ME,
2000, XP, 2003, and Vista at



Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

- Leonardo da Vinci

June 9, 2009

Introduction to GSM / GPRS Wireless Modems

What is a GSM Modem?

A GSM modem is a wireless modem that works with a GSM wireless network. A wireless modem behaves like a dial-up modem. The main difference between them is that a dial-up modem sends and receives data through a fixed telephone line while a wireless modem sends and receives data through radio waves.

A GSM modem can be an external device or a PC Card / PCMCIA Card. Typically, an external GSM modem is connected to a computer through a serial cable or a USB cable. A GSM modem in the form of a PC Card / PCMCIA Card is designed for use with a laptop computer. It should be inserted into one of the PC Card / PCMCIA Card slots of a laptop computer.

Like a GSM mobile phone, a GSM modem requires a SIM card from a wireless carrier in order to operate.

As mentioned in earlier sections of this SMS tutorial, computers use AT commands to control modems. Both GSM modems and dial-up modems support a common set of standard AT commands. You can use a GSM modem just like a dial-up modem.

In addition to the standard AT commands, GSM modems support an extended set of AT commands. These extended AT commands are defined in the GSM standards. With the extended AT commands, you can do things like:

·         Reading, writing and deleting SMS messages.

·         Sending SMS messages.

·         Monitoring the signal strength.

·         Monitoring the charging status and charge level of the battery.

·         Reading, writing and searching phone book entries.

The number of SMS messages that can be processed by a GSM modem per minute is very low -- only about six to ten SMS messages per minute.

What is a GPRS Modem?

A GPRS modem is a GSM modem that additionally supports the GPRS technology for data transmission. GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Service. It is a packet-switched technology that is an extension of GSM. (GSM is a circuit-switched technology.) A key advantage of GPRS over GSM is that GPRS has a higher data transmission speed.

GPRS can be used as the bearer of SMS. If SMS over GPRS is used, an SMS transmission speed of about 30 SMS messages per minute may be achieved. This is much faster than using the ordinary SMS over GSM, whose SMS transmission speed is about 6 to 10 SMS messages per minute. A GPRS modem is needed to send and receive SMS over GPRS. Note that some wireless carriers do not support the sending and receiving of SMS over GPRS.

If you need to send or receive MMS messages, a GPRS modem is typically needed.


Which is Better: Mobile Phone or GSM / GPRS Modem?

In general, a GSM/GPRS modem is recommended for use with a computer to send and receive messages. This is because some mobile phones have certain limitations comparing to GSM/GPRS modems. Some of the limitations are described below:

·         Some mobile phone models (example: Ericsson R380) cannot be used with a computer to receive concatenated SMS messages.

What is a concatenated SMS message?
A concatenated SMS message is a message that contains more than 140 bytes. (A normal SMS message can only contain at most 140 bytes.) Concatenated SMS works like this: the sender's mobile device breaks a message longer than 140 bytes into smaller parts. Each of these parts are then fitted in a single SMS message and sent to the recipient. When these SMS messages reach the destination, the recipient's mobile device will combine them back to one message.

What is the cause of the problem?
When the mobile phone receives the SMS messages that are parts of a concatenated SMS message, it combines them to one message automatically. The correct behavior should be: when the mobile phone receives the SMS messages that are parts of a concatenated SMS message, it forwards them to the computer without combining them.

·         Many mobile phone models cannot be used with a computer to receive MMS messages. Because when they receive a MMS notification, they handle it automatically instead of forwarding it to the computer.

·         A mobile phone may not support some AT commands, command parameters and parameter values. For example, some mobile phones do not support the sending and receiving of SMS messages in text mode. So, the AT command "AT+CMGF=1" (it instructs the mobile phone to use text mode) will cause an error message to be returned. Usually GSM/GPRS modems support a more complete set of AT commands than mobile phones.

·         Most SMS messaging applications have to be available 24 hours a day. (For example, an SMS messaging application that provides ringtone downloading service should be running all the time so that a user can download ringtones any time he/she wants.) If such SMS messaging applications use mobile phones to send and receive SMS messages, the mobile phones have to be switched on all the time. However, some mobile phone models cannot operate with the battery removed even when an AC adaptor is connected, which means the battery will be charged 24 hours a day.

Besides the above issues, mobile phones and GSM/GPRS modems are more or less the same for sending and receiving SMS messages from a computer. Actually, you can consider an AT-command-enabled mobile phone as "GSM/GPRS modem + keypad + display + ...".

There is not much difference between mobile phones and GSM/GPRS modems in terms of SMS transmission rate, since the determining factor for the SMS transmission rate is the wireless network.



June 3, 2009

E-Utilities URLs : 03 June 09 Free Softwares


LiberKey groups 200+ free softwares like FireFox, Filezilla, Gimp,
Videolan and many others, selection from more than 1800 applications,
for local/or portable use. Local use - directly installed in a hard
disk directory, and Portable use - installed on USB key, external
hard drive, music player such as iPod). LiberKey installed on your
portable device can be plugged in any computer. Best Open Source or
Freewares have been chosen in order to match most practical needs.
These have been grouped under categories in order to facilitate
easy search and the execution. Applications included in the LiberKey
chest are updated automatically through LiberyKey servers. The
201928 KB LiberKey v4.4 has three flavours - LiberKey Ultimate (202
softwares) for users who need a complete range of softwares;
LiberKey Standard (106 softwares) for daily use on a standard working
station, and LiberKey Basic (28 softwares). in case you do not many

Take a look at the compilation list of these three flavours at

And choose your LiberKey pack for Windows 2000/XP/Vista at

The developers avers that LiberKey is ree, without virus, spyware, adware, popup, etc.

Process Hacker

Process Hacker can help view and manage the processes and their
threads, modules, and memory. It can terminate, suspend, resume,
restart and set the priority of processes. Processes are highlighted
to provide additional information such as whether they are elevated
or in a job. More interesting things you can do with processes
includes injecting DLLs and even replacing security tokens (XP only).
Features: Detailed performance graphs; A complete list of services
and full control over them (start, stop, pause, resume and delete);
A list of network connections; Comprehensive information and control
over all processes; Find hidden processes and terminate them.; Easy
DLL injection and unloading.

The 991 KB Process Hacker v1.3.7.5 (22 May 2009) for Win XP/Vista
can be downloaded at

.NET Framework 2.0 required.


Powerbullet can help create presentations in the Flash format. It is
designed especially to create multi-page presentations that are
generally used in e-brochures and catalogues, splash screens,
tutorials, slideshows and student projects. Presentations can be
exported as an HTML page with an embedded Flash for playback on any
platform that supports a web browser and Flash. An independent
Windows executable file can also be created. Delays can be specified
on each page, or link the timing to the sound attached to each page.
Most commonly used operations are available with a just a click or
two, and there are handy keyboard shortcuts for most of them.

Powerbullet v1.35 can be downloaded at

The 3.3 MB Powerbullet Plus version 1.44 at

The registration code to unlock the extra features in Plus can be
found at http://www.powerbullet.com/download.php

Free PC Audit

Free PC Audit is a system, hardware and software information tool. It
can extract details of all the components of the PC, installed
software with version and product key. Free PC Audit does not require
installation and can be used as a portable application. It can be
run from a removable storage device such as a CD-ROM drive, USB flash
drive, flash card, or floppy disk.

The 996 KB Free PC Audit v1.5.1 (20 May 2009 )for Win 2K/03/XP/Vista
can be downloaded at http://misutilities.com/freepcaudit.exe



DH reader Vaman wrote

Is it possible to check BSNL Broadband Usage?

DH suggested

You can check it either at
official BSNL site,or with the Firefox Addon DataFox v1.7 at



Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

- Leonardo da Vinci