August 27, 2009

Freewares or Free Softwares


When the Blue Screen Of Death happens on your computer it would be a
good idea to identify the device driver that is causing the problem
and take necessary steps to resolve it. In order to help zero-in on
the 'culprit/s' which caused Blue Screen Of Death of your Windows,
BlueScreenView, a free utility, can help. It is a tiny utility that
scans the dumps of BSOD, analyses the data and provides useful
information to understand the crash. For every crash this application
can display Device driver or module ((filename, product name, file
description, and file version) that possibly caused the crash of the
system, date and time of crash, the device drivers that were loaded
during the crash, and crash details on a blue screen. The application
works with Windows XP,Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008,
Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as long as Windows is configured to
save minidump files during BSOD crashes. No installation required.

BlueScreenView can be downloaded at


XSearch can search files on your computer in high speed. To search you
can specify the words option, like, "any of the words", "all of the
words", "exact phrase", "without the words" and others. To search by
words, separate the words by using the space character, to separate
names and folders, use the ";" character. For example: Words: "StringA
String B", Names: "*.a;*.b;kk*.*", Folders: "C:\Test;D:\MyFolder".
You can enable the context menu for XSearch, to help search for
files in any folder by right-clicking at the folder in Windows
Explorer and choosing the "XSearch" menu item. XSearch also supports
search words in files in unicode or UTF8 formats. You can carry out
search in hexadecimal, and provides a tool to view the contents.
XSearch supports search for files in specified size, date and time -
search files that were created at noon on 1st Aug 2009, or by the
exact size in bytes, KB, MB or GB. The search results can be saved.
Search histories are recorded, however, you can also clear the
entires. XSearch supports most of the file operations in Explorer such
as Copy, Cut, Rename, Drag and drop etc.

The freeware version of XSearch can be downloaded at

No installation required.

SUMO Paint

SUMO Paint is a free online alternative image editor to Photoshop. It
is built with Adobe Flex and can run from your browser. SUMO Paint
has a Photoshop look alike interface - the floating toolbar, palettes
and color bars are far too familiar. All the required tools to
create a professional image are provided onlline - Ink, Pencil tools,
brushes, filters, customise shapes for vector work, and add multiple
layers for various effects. You can either upload the image from your
computer or insert the url of an online image. You can also create a
SUMO account to upload your images. Once done you can download the
edited images to your computer in jpg/png format or store it online
with your SUMO accoun. Sumo Paint is a professional image editing and
painting software in your browser. If you wish, you can set the image
that you save in your SUMO account to made be available for public

More details of SUMO Paint v1.0 at

At you can also get to know the features
of SUMO and the tricks you can do with it.


Is there a utility to help create strong passwords?

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August 21, 2009

Top 25 Bold and the mighty of India - Great People

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan also known as Ash is often named amongst the most glamorous women in the world. She was crowned Miss World in the year 1994. After winning the Miss World title, she became one of the most popular stars in the Indian film industry. Ash is also referred to as the Queen of Bollywood. Through the years, Aishwarya Rai has been nominated for and received several national and international awards. She began her international career making an appearance in Bride & Prejudice and then grabbed a role in Pink Panther in 2008 to share screen space with Steve Martin. The gorgeous actress and brand ambassador of L'Oreal attended the opening night of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

Anil Ambani

Chosen as the 'CEO of the Year 2004' in the Platts Global Energy Awards and MTV Youth Icon of the Year in September 2003, Anil Ambani is one of the foremost entrepreneurs of Independent India. He is the Chairman of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. Earlier, before the split in the Reliance Group, Anil Ambani held the post of Vice Chairman and Managing Director in Reliance Industries Limited. Anil Ambani was elected as an independent member Rajya Sabha MP in June 2004. But he resigned voluntarily on March 25, 2006.

Dr Anil Kakodkar

Dr Anil Kakodkar is a famous Indian nuclear scientist and the incumbent chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and the Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy. He was also the director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Trombay. Kakodkar has the credit of being a member of the core team of architects of India's Peaceful Nuclear Tests that were conducted during the years 1974 and 1998. He also led the indigenous development of the country's Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor Technology.

Allah Rakha Rahman

Known as 'Mozart of Madras', Allah Rakha Rahman has sold more than 100 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, making one of the world's all-time top selling recording artists. In 2009, for his score of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman won two Academy Awards for the best original music score and best original song at the 2009 Oscars. His first soundtrack for 'Roja' was listed in Time's '10 Best Soundtracks' of all time in 2005.

Azim Premji

Rated the richest person in India from 1999 to 2005 by Forbes, Azim Premji inherited a cooking oil business from his father that he transformed into technology services giant Wipro. Premji has been recognized as one of the 'Greatest Entrepreneurs of All Time' for his vision and leadership that has been responsible for Wipro emerging as one of the world's fastest growing companies.


Few people could handle either the presidential or the chief financial officer job at a company worth $100 billion. But not only has Nooyi held both offices since 2001, but also named as 2009 CEO of the Year by Global Supply Chain Leaders Group for promoting socially responsible business practices. Simple ideals, sharpness and conviction - that's the success mantra of the triumphant CEO of beverages major Pepsico, who was ranked No.4 on Forbes magazine's annual survey of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

KP Singh

Born on August 15, 1931, KP Singh, established India's largest real estate company. DLF has now become the world's largest real estate company in terms of revenues, earnings, market capitalisation and developable area. It's KP Singh who made Gurgaon a world-famous outsourcing destination within 10 years, because of his world-class earthquake-proof office buildings, apartments, shopping malls and leisure facilities.

Lakshmi Narayan Mittal

The CEO of Arcelor Mittal, the world's largest steel company, Lakshmi Narayan Mittal is the 8th richest person in the world and richest person in the UK. Lakshmi Mittal began his career working in the family's steelmaking business in India and set out to establish its international division, which he started by buying a run-down plant in Indonesia. He is India's most amazing rags-to-riches story.

Lalit Modi

After Kerry Packer, Lalit Modi can be credited with changing the face of modern day cricket. He conceptualised the Indian Premier League, which was a blockbuster from the word go. Lalit Modi amalgated India's two biggest passion cricket and Bollywood and coined the term 'cricketainment'.

LK Advani

LK Advani has been one of the Bharatiya Janata Party's most prominent hardliners for years. Many see him as a divisive figure who has exploited Hindu-Muslim tensions, remembering him for the campaign he led to have a Hindu temple built on the site of a mosque in Ayodhya. Yet at the age of 81, Mr Advani attempted a makeover, reaching out to young voters who have always criticised India's aged political class. However, following the defeat in the 2009 general elections, LK Advani revealed his intentions to step down from the post of Leader of Opposition, which was swiftly rejected by his party.

Dr Manmohan Singh

From playing an instrumental role in the passing of the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement to pulling up the sagging fortune of the Congress party, Dr Manmohan Singh has been pivotal in India's rise to a global power. During his tenure as the Finance Minister, Manmohan Singh initiated many economic reforms in India which resulted in the end of the infamous Licence Raj system in 1991. Even thou his adversaries have called him the weakest prime minister the country has ever had, Manmohan Singh has been widely credited in propelling the United Progressive Alliance to power for its second term making him the first Indian Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to return to power after completing a full five-year term.

Mukesh Ambani

Ranked 42nd among the World's Most Respected Business Leaders and second among the four Indian CEOs, Chairman and Managing Director of India's largest private sector company Reliance Industries Limited, Mukesh Ambani, is the face of new emerging India. World's largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar is the innovation of Mukesh Ambani, who was also the incharge of Dhirubhai's dream project Reliance Infocomm. However, after the split in the Reliance Empire, Reliance Infocomm went to his brother Anil Ambani.

Nandan Nilekani

One of the many entrepreneurs who have worked towards changing India's image in the West, Nandan Nilekani has now been invited by Manmohan Singh to serve as the chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India which will work towards providing unique number to all Indians.

Narayana Murthy

When Narayana Murthy started Infosys, little did he know that the company he started with his six friends would become such a huge success and would change the way the entire way the world does business. His corporate and social vision has been appreciated globally. His efforts resulted in enormous cost savings for companies across Europe and the US, and created huge employment opportunities in India. It is for his efforts that India's outsourcing sector today generates annual revenues of around $36 billion.

Narendra Damodardas Modi

The poster-child of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Narendra Damodardas Modi has won many loyalists for his firebrand politics. Many may call Narendra Modi a radical, but he is the face behind Gujarat's progress. When he took over the reigns as the chief minister, Gujarat's economy was shrinking and the domestic growth was almost stagnant but as a result of his elaborate efforts the state registered a GDP growth rate of over 10 per cent and a top investment destination.

Prakash Karat

A prominent member of the Communist Party of India, and its current general secretary, Prakash Karat is an outspoken opponent of the United Progressive Alliance coalition in the Indian Parliament. Karat also works as a writer and publisher. Karat has been an editorial board member for the CPI-M's academic journal, The Marxist since 1992. He is also the managing director for Leftword, a publishing company specializing in leftist political writings.

Pranab Mukherjee

A prominent leader of the Indian National Congress and a loyalist to the Gandhi family, Pranab Mukherjee has been pillar for the United Progressive Alliance guiding the alliance through difficult situation. Known for his negotiation skills, Pranab Mukherjee was a key member in the signing of the Section 123 Agreement.

Rahul Gandhi

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has been playing an active role in revitalising the fate of the party with his new brand of politics. His grassroots activisms have helped the party in building deep connections with rural India. Thou some of his comments in recent times have landed him in a soup but he is credited with reviving his party fortune in Uttar Pradesh in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Referred to as RG, in his party circle, Rahul Gandhi has always condemned divisive politics in the country and has tried to reduce caste and religious tensions.

Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata, chairman of Rs 79,000 crore Tata group is considered as the doyen of the new era of business enterprises in the Indian mainland. He grabbed the headlines more than any other business tycoon in India in 2008, which was a year of cars for him. Nano, the dream project of Ratan Tata and the vehicle meant to herald a revolution by making it possible for the world's poor to purchase their first car, became a reality after meeting more than its fair share of potholes. Meanwhile, Tata's acquisition of British icons Jaguar and Land Rover was watched with envy and admiration everywhere.

Sachin Tendulkar

'If cricket is religion, then Sachin is God', is enough to describe what Sachin Tendulkar is to his fans all over the world. The Master Blaster has been the pioneer of cricket and arguably one of the best batsmen in the world of cricket. He is the highest run-maker in both the One-Day Internationals and Test version of the game with highest number of centuries and he is raring for more. The little master has been the nemesis for bowlers all over the world and continues to haunt them on any surface. His ability to play according to the situation makes him almost perfect.

Shahrukh Khan

Known as the 'King' of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan is one of the few who has made a successful transition from television serials to films. He gave us memorable flicks like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Om Shanti Om to name a few. In 2008, 'Newsweek' named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. The marketing rights of his latest flick 'My Name Is Khan' has been bagged by Fox Studios for Rs 1 bn. SRK has been felicitated with many awards including 'Padma Shri'. He also owns the 'Kolkata Knight Riders' in the Indian Premier League. He is the new face of India across the world and has made a mark with his hard work and sheer charm.

Sonia Gandhi

Italian-born Sonia Gandhi is the current torchbearer of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. In 2004 she was named the third most powerful woman in the world by the Forbes magazine. When her party won national elections in 2004, she was offered the prime ministership; she listened to her 'inner voice' and turned it down, and anointed the economist Manmohan Singh in her stead. It was a gesture that was, well, Gandhian. And it solidified her hold on power.

Sunil Bharti Mittal

The biggest name in Indian telecom, Sunil Bharti Mittal definitely thinks big. He is a first generation entrepreneur and is one of the many faces behind the cellular revolution in India. He founded Bharti Telecom Limited, which started manufacturing electronic push-button phones. But he struck gold when the government began issuing licenses for mobile phone services and set up Bharti Cellular Limited is today India's largest GSM-based mobile phone service.

Vijay Mallya

India's most charismatic billionaire, Vijay Mallya surely knows how to throw a party. He has a larger-than-life personality and a slew of businesses. But his most successful ventures are the UB Group and Kingfisher Airlines. The 'King of good times' takes keen interest in sports, apart from owning a team in the Indian Premier League, he also owns a Formula One team. He is also known for bidding in auctions for items that are of great cultural value to our country.

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August 20, 2009

Freewares and Free Softwares August


Printee, an Internet Explorer extension, is designed to remove
extraneous elements of a webpage to create a printable page - without
ads or extra information (e.g sidebars, unrelated images. Features:
Reduce any web page down to just the content you want, save paper and
ink; What You See Is What You Get; Support Ecofont; Improve
Readability, and more. After installation add the "Printee" icon to
your IE toolbar, to edit a page manually - right click and drag the
mouse over the page elements to start selecting; or double click
CTRL, then left click on page elements to start selecting them, or
click on the Printee button in the IE toolbar, then left click
elements to select. After selection, just right click to browse a
useful context menu which can help refine your selection. You may
also like to try CTRL+G, a single-click wizard, for an automated and
quick stripping of all the text and images.

The 45 KB Printee, v1.5.3 (09/08/2009), for Windows 2000, 2003, XP,
Vista, can be downloaded at
Requires Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.

Firefox users may like to try Aardvark, a firefox extension, which can
be downloaded at

Maxthon Browser

Using Internet Explorer's rendering engine, Maxthon has a rich set of
features to improve one's surfing experience. Lots of features, and
among them are: Tabbed Browsing, Mouse Gestures - to go back forward,
refresh or close tabs, or set up your own; boost browsing speed of
frequently visited websites; built-in Feed Reader to subscribe and
read RSS 0.9/1.0/2.0 and Atom 0.3/1.0 Feeds; URL Aliases - name your
favorite website, and visit them by simply typing it in the address
bar; Ad Hunter; Web Sniffer to find the actual urls of FLV video
files; Super Proxy; Screen Capture; Undo List - Back/Forward History
also saved in the Undo List, no worry if a tab is closed by mistake;
split-screen browsing; Magic Fill to fill all the forms with just
click; Super Drag & Drop- type the keywords in Address Bar to perform
a search, or simply drag & drop a keyword with your mouse;
preinstalled plugins, Anti-Freeze, Security Updates, Trusted Website
Check, Online Favorites Service, Web Bar, Filter Packs to remove ads
or implement a special feature; uses less memory and CPU than others,
and much much more.

Developed in China, Maxthon v2.5.4 can be downloaded at

At the time of writing this column, Maxthon, chosen as one of the
top 6 international products of 2008, has been downloaded a whopping
244,133,789 times.


doPDF can convert documents to searchable PDF files. doPDFIt installs
as a printer driver and helps to generate PDF files by simply
selecting the "print" command from any application like Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, AutoCad drawings. The PDF files can be viewed on any
computer with a PDF viewer (reader) installed. Features of DoPDF
include: modify the paper size, modify the resolution (from 72 to 2400
dpi), change page orientation (portrait, landscape), change the
quality settings and lots more.

The 1.72 MB doPDF, v6.3.308 (12-August-2009) for Windows 2003,
Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows
7 can be downloaded at
This version lets you choose the PDF reader, uses local time instead
of system time for PDF creation date and time. Please note doPDF is a
free PDF converter, not a PDF viewer. To view PDF files you could use
the free Adobe Reader.


Can you suggest a YouTube to MP3 Converter?

You could try the Free YouTube to MP3 Converter v.,
for Windows XP or Vista, which can be downloaded at



When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

-- Lao Tzu

August 13, 2009

Freewares and Free Softwares August 09


Quotpad, a handy notepad for Windows, is different. It is a good
alternative if you don't need a larger notes organizer, like Evernote.
It saves the text selected on the screen without forgetting its
source. Just select some text in any application, press Ctrl+Shift+Q
and the selected text will be saved to QuotePad together with the URL
of the webpage(?) it was copied from. Features Include: Reminders,
Quick filtering, Automatic backup, Multilanguage interface, Time
stamping, Checklist, and print. PrintQuotepad docks to the side of
your screen as a thin vertical line. The default is orange but if you
want to change the color you can as it has several color schemes.

QuotePad runs under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 and has a
multilingual interface. It can be downloaded at

A help file can be browsed at


PicPick could prove useful to software developers, graphic designers
and home users. It is a all-in-one design tool with a plethora of
features which include: Captures - Full Screen (Support for Dual
Monitors). Active Window, Window Control (Scroll a page
automatically), Region, Fixed Region, FreeHand, and Repeat Last
Capture; Image Editor - similar to Microsoft Paint, but you can do
more, provides an effect like selection opacity, blur, sharpen,
brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, flip, rotate and etc; Color
Picker; Color Palette; Magnifier; Pixel Ruler; Protractor; Crosshair,
and Whiteboard. PicPick with an intuitive interface, is a portable
ware, so doesn't need any installation.

The 1.21 MB PicPick (27 Jul 2009) for Win XP/2003/Vista/Windows7 can be downloaded at


Flock is a browser designed to enhance the active online social user's
experience. Managing multiple social networks, web mail, media, news
feeds and blogs, is no more a hassle. With Flock you can instantly
discover, enjoy and share the relationships and content. It has the
capability to let you `broadcast' to multiple locations at once,
eliminating duplicate effort. Posting and promoting your own blogs
into Facebook is effortless, just drag and drop content and ask
Flock to do the rest - post it to your Facebook newsfeed, post your
Tweets, collect status updates from MySpace, Bebo and other networks,
and more. The latest release of Flock includes Facebook Chat for
instant messaging with friends. There have been over 80,000,000 log-
ins to services via Flock since the release of Flock 1.0. For the
second year in a row, Flock has been nominated for the Webby Award for
social networking which it won in 2008.

You can download Flock at

Easy Time Control

Easy Time Control offers workforce management solution to fit any size
budget and organization. It can be a good choice for small to medium
sized organizations and individuals who are looking for an affordable
time and attendance solution. Recent Changes incorporated include:
Job Costing - Recalculate Employee Hours - Export - Logging - Users
and Roles - Daily/Weekly overtimes - Overtime Approval - Auto Punches
- Wizards - Offers major time tracking features - Compatible with
different types of time clocks. The trial free download can help you
evaluate the product, the trial version contains all the features
available in a licensed copy.

To try it out you can download the 31 MB Easy Time Control v5.2.127
(9 Jul, 09) for WinXP, Windows 2000, 2003, Vista Starter, and Vista at


Is there a way to find out whether my computer's hardware
will work with Windows 7?

To check out whether your computer will work with Windows7
you could download Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor at



If we can really understand the problem,
the answer will come out of it, because
the answer is not separate from the problem.

--J. Krishnamurti

August 6, 2009

Free Sofwares Freewares August


Clipboard helps to view clipboard history. It is a free, open-source
clipboard utility for Windows, a simple tool with minimal resource
usage. It holds text that you have copied, writes to disk immediately
on copying, works well with large chunks of text, removes duplicates.
The advantage of writing to disk is that you can recover copied data
whenever you need it. ClipBox works alongside the regular windows
clipboard and remembers every piece of data, even dozens of them.
ClipBox Pro can handle many screen capture tasks, allowing you to
capture the whole screen or any area of screen.

The 119.9 KB Clpbox free edition (, v5, can be
downloaded at

It is portable software and does not require installation. It does not
add any entries to your registry either.


CurrPorts displays a list of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports
on your local computer. It provides details related to Process Name
and ID, Protocol, Local Port Local Port Name and address, Remote
Port, Remote Address, Remote Host Name, State, Process Path, Product
Name, File Description and version, Company, Process Created On, User
Name, Process Services, Process Attributes, Added On, Module
Filename, Remote IP Country, and Window Title. CurrPorts allows you to
close unwanted TCP connections, kill the process that opened the
ports, and save the TCP/UDP ports information to HTML file , XML file,
or to tab-delimited text file. CurrPorts automatically marks with
pink color suspicious TCP/UDP ports owned by unidentified applications
(applications without version information and icons).

You can download CurrPorts at

Please note CurrPorts and IPNetInfo, the utility which follows, work
best when both programs are in the same folder. Feedback to


IPNetInfo is a small utility to retrieve IP Address from the message
headers. It can displays the information about these IP addresses.
Information along with the owner of the IP address, the country/state
name, IP addresses range, contact information (address, phone, fax,
and email), and more. This utility can be very useful to find out the
origin of unsolicited mail - simply copy the message headers from
your email software and paste them into IPNetInfo utility. Please note
that sometimes WHOIS requests from IPNetInfo may not be responded to
immediately, in such cases try again, later.

IPNetInfo v1.19 can be downloaded at

Please note CurrPorts and IPNetInfo, the utility mentioned above, work
best when both programs are in the same folder. Feedback to


As many viruses, trojans, bloated softwares tend to reside in the
start up items it would be prudent to watch the StartUp Menu
carefully. However, choosing which one to load or not at Windows start
up is not an easy task. Chameleon, a start up manager, is a good one
at that. Chameleon Startup Manager controls programs that run at
Windows startup. This helps to make Windows start faster and operate
with increased stability. Chameleon makes it easy for users to find
out more idetails about these files/applications/programmes, and what
they do - just select the item and then click on the "Find a detailed
description on the internet" button. Chameleon's other features
include: startup order change, startup delay, priority, consecutive
program launch, day selection and much more, some of these features
are found only in the pro versions.

There are three versions of Chameleon, the free Lite one and the non-
free Standard and Pro ones, for everyday use the lite one should be
just fine. The free lite version can be downloaded at


Can you suggest a utility to save search processes as clickable links?

You could try Search Pad (Beta), a note-taking application that
automatically tracks and organizes sites you find on Yahoo! Search.
For more details visit



We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

-- Norman MacFinan