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Friday, September 14, 2007

Sqirlz Water Reflections

Sqirlz Water Reflections

Add pools of water to any image or AVI video. The pools, which can be of any shape, can be animated to give gentle rippling reflections of the scene above them. Choose from a variety of ripples, and control details such as wave size, perspective, flow, texture, color and transparency. Rain and snow effects can be added. Animations can be saved as Macromedia Flash (SWF) files, AVI video clips, animated GIF files, and bitmap/JPEG/PNG/TIFF files. Version 2.2 is a bug fixing release.

Publisher Xiberpix
File Size1828 kb
Last updatedAug 29, 2007
Sqirlz Water Reflections does not contain any adware or spyware.

Download Sqirlz Water Reflections (1.78 Mbytes)

Creating and Using Baselines (Sqirlz Water Reflections 1.3) (994 Kb)

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MWSnap, screen capture utility

I use it for all my images capture. Easy, versatile and reliable. It uses low PC resources.

Current stable version:, 06 Jul 2002
Platform: any 32-bit Windows (including XP)
v.3.00 as Setup (recommended): site 1, site 2 (643 KB)
v.3.00 as ZIP file: site 1, site 2 (601 KB) Be sure to unpack internal "Lang" subfolder!
Up-to-date languages pack: (123 KB, 16 Mar 2003)

MWSnap is a small yet powerful Windows program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen.

Current version is capable of capturing the whole desktop, a highlighted window, an active menu, a control, or a fixed or free rectangular part of the screen. MWSnap handles 5 most popular graphics formats and contains several graphical tools: a zoom, a ruler, a color picker and a window spy. It can be also used as a fast picture viewer or converter.

MWSnap does not require installation and does not need any special dlls, drivers or system files which can mess up your system.

MWSnap is freeware, but your donations are gladly accepted.

Mirek's Free Windows Software

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HP Pavilion Media Center m8190d Desktop PC

HP Pavilion Media Center m8190d Desktop PC on Core 2 Quad Q6600 (K) 2.4 GHz
See Picture below. Price in Picture is in SGD currency.
One of my friends spot this beautiful desktop set in Singapore & handed me the leaflet. More Info.
The Core 2 brand was introduced on July 27, 2006[2] comprising up to 2007[3] the Duo (dual-core), Quad (quad-core), and Extreme (dual- or quad-core CPUs for enthusiasts) branches. The Core 2 branded CPUs include: "Conroe" and "Allendale" (dual-core for higher- and lower-end desktops), "Merom" (dual-core for laptops), "Kentsfield" (quad-core for desktops), and their variants named "Penryn" (dual-core for laptops), "Wolfdale" (dual-core for desktops) and "Yorkfield" (quad-core for desktops). (Note: For the "Woodcrest", "Clovertown", and "Tigerton" CPUs for servers and workstations see the Xeon brand[4].)
Buy Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor

Core 2 Quad

"Kentsfield" (65 nm)


Click on image to enlarge:-

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ISO disk image

An ISO image (.iso) is a disk image of an ISO 9660 file system. ISO 9660 is an international standard originally devised for storing data on CD-ROM. More loosely, it refers to any optical disc image, even a UDF image.

Play back those full videos you have saved as ISO or Image files on your computer with MPlayer for Windows from MULDER

If disk image format is ISO type you can extract with Winrar.
For VCD movie files:
IF disk image format is non ISO type e.g. Bin & Cue format you may burn to a Compact Disc ReWritable (CD-RW) first. Then extract by copying MPGAV folder from CD-ROM to hardisk .
-Import the movie files(Dat)in the MPGAV and convert to desire output format in TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress or convert to DVD with ConvertXtoDVD

Convert various CD/DVD-ROM images to ISO format

Along with the large capacity hard disk popularity, people were already used to copying compact discs to CD/DVD image files, generally used is the famous ISO 9660 international standards format, therefore CD/DVD image files are called ISO files. Because the ISO file retained complete data information of the compact disc (including compact disc boot information), you were allowed the convenience to use commonly used CD/DVD burning software (for example CDBurnerXP Pro & Nero-Burning ROM ) to record the disc with your CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW over and over forever, it can also be used directly through Virtual CD/DVD-ROM drive software (for example Daemon-Tools ) .

PowerISO & Magic ISO for CD/DVD image file creating/editing/converting tool and a bootable CD/DVD maker , it can directly edit the CD/DVD image file and extract files and folders from it, as well as directly make ISO files from your CD/DVD-ROM or hard disk. At the same time, you can maintain the ISO bootable information, thus creating your own bootable CD/DVDs. You now have the power to make and edit your own ISO files, and then burn them to CD/DVD for your own needs.

How to download

PowerISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file processing tool, which allows you to open, extract, create, edit, compress, encrypt, split and convert ISO files, and mount these files with internal virtual drive. It can process almost all CD-ROM image files including ISO and BIN.


Main Features:
Support almost all CD/DVD-ROM image file formats(ISO, BIN, NRG, CDI, DAA and so on).
Note: DAA(Direct-Access-Archive) is an advanced format for image file, which supports some advanced features, such as compression, password protection, and splitting to multiple volumes. It can be handled directly just like other formats, such as ISO, BIN, ...
Download PowerISO 4.4
Download PowerISO 4.4 Portable:

Related Topics:
AnyToISO Converter
Magic ISO
Daemon Tools
Creating a new hybrid installation CD -WinXP Bootable CD
Burning Application- ImgBurn

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Recover files from corrupted Operating System

Easy way to to recover files when you cannot boot in to windows.


1) That the hard disk is in a reasonable working state.
2) That all other usual recovery method has failed or got complicated.
3) That you have in hand your Windows Operating System disc.
4) Download avast! BART CD with another computer and burn to a disc. Scan your hard disk with this bootable CD. Mirror download
avast! Bootable Antivirus & Recovery Tools CD (BART CD) is a breakthrough in the field of administration tools! In short it is a bootable CD, giving you the capability to detect/clean virus infections on a computer. All this can be done fast and reliably, without the risk of spreading the infection any further. System requirements:

avast! BART CD Manager
For the computer with 95/98/Windows Me:
PC 486, 32 MB RAM, 80 MB of free hard disk space

For the computer with Windows NT 4.0:
PC 486, 24 MB RAM, 80 MB of free hard disk space, Service Pack 3 and higher installed

For the computer with Windows 2000/XP/2003:
PC Pentium, 64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended), 80 MB of free hard disk space,

An additional 160 MB of free disk space is required for creating ISO
image. CD-RW drive is required for burning the CD.

avast! BART CD
PC Pentium
CD/DVD drive


- Make sure that your computer meets the minimal system requirements for the program installation.
- Run the installation file.
- Then follow the on-screen instructions.

- exit all running parts of avast! program
- Via "Add/Remove programs" in Control panels perform the deinstallation

Or check here for Ultimate Boot CD freeware and use McAfee Antivirus Scanner 4.40.0/ from this bootable disk.( For downloading torrent file see µTorrent file download) (CDBurnerXP Pro to burn to CD from the ISO file)

Reinstalling Operating system

Use Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 (English)
or Ultimate Boot CD -Ranish Partition Manager
to create a new partition (2 GB) from any available space in any existing partition. Do not format any
existing partitions. The newly created partition should be formated as Primary Active.

Now proceed to install your Windows to this newly Primary Active partition which is automatically named as C:\ drive.

When you successfully boot into windows you can now access your files by clicking on My computer to click on the other previous partition/Drive. Save them to an external disk or burn them into CD.

(Attaching the drive as a second drive to a working computer is another option)

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Troubleshooter applications

1) System Configuration Utility
[MSCONFIG], Registry Editor or Task Manager, does not show when executed. (necessary in helping to rid your computer of a viral infection.)
xp_emegencyutil.exe creates alternate copies which viruses will not able to intercept.

To use: Download the file and save it to your hard drive. Double-click the file and extract xp_emergencyutil.exe to your hard disk. To run the EXE just double click it, there is no installer. You will have the option of running the programs automatically, after the copies are created.

Operating Systems: Windows® XP and Windows® Server 2003 only. Requires VB 6 Runtime Libraries, included in Windows® XP.

NOTE: Your antivirus software may warn of a potentially malicious script. This is normal, as the Windows Scripting Host is used to create the "copies" of these 3 utilities. If you found this utility helpful, please consider making a contribution to support the producer continuing efforts to maintain and improve his site, and the utilities presented here. Click here to contribute.

2) ShutdownXP Enforcer

Shuts down your system in the twinkle of an eye. I use it in normal circumstances without problem when I have to rush but it is still advisable to use it when an application that refuses to close, a system freeze, etc..

Create keyboard shortcut keys just in case your mouse freeze too.

A very powerful tool to immediate Shutdown or Restart Windows 2000 and XP Operating Systems' based computers (the last chance before the Reset button).

Use it only if you have serious reasons not to follow the ordinary Shutdown/Restart procedure (i.e. an application that refuses to close, a system freeze, etc.).
It's a System Tray Application and uses a very small amount of resources when running.
It gives you the ability to create a Shutdown and a Restart shortcuts on your Desktop for the occasion of a System's Tray failure.

Windows 2000/XP
1.24 mb


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3) EFix - General purpose fix for Internet Explorer
IEFix - is a general purpose repair utility for Internet Explorer which repairs Internet Explorer by registering it's core DLL files and reinstalls using the IE.INF file. More Information is given below. Suitable for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP systems.

Requires Microsoft VB6 runtimes for Windows 98/ME systems.

Download: IEFix ( Zip ~14Kb)
(IEFix v1.6) May 19, 2006

Fixes the following problems

  • When you click a hyperlink in an e-mail message or on a Web page, or right-click a hyperlink on a Web page and then click Open in New Window, you may experience one or more of the following issues:

    • Nothing happens

    • The new window may be blank

    • You may receive a scripting error message

  • When you use the Print command or the Print Preview command in Internet Explorer, nothing may happen.

  • When you try to connect to Web folders, you may receive the following error message: "The current operation could not be completed because an unexpected error has occurred."

  • Internet Options Advanced tab is completely blank.

  • Internet Explorer About box version information is completely blank.

  • Address bar search does not work.

  • Unable to type in text boxes in a search engine or website.

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4) HijackThis

* License:Free
* Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
* Limitations: No limitations

HijackThis: A general homepage hijackers detector and remover. Initially based on the article Hijacked!, but expanded with a lot of other checks against hijacker tricks. It is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs/URLs, just the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites.
As a result, false positives are imminent, and unless you are sure what you're doing, you should always consult with knowledgable folks before deleting anything.

a) Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

b) When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log button.
c) Press that, save the log, load it in Notepad, and copy its contents. Most
of what it lists will be harmless or even essential, don't fix anything yet.
d)Then go to where you'll get expert help.
e)Just Sign in, or post as a guest,and go to the Spyware and
Hijackware Removal section. Press "new topic", explain your problem, and
copy and paste the contents of the Hijack This log into your new message.

Merijn sold HijackThis to TrendMicro. Download HijackThis V2 (version 2), and the quick start guide for it can be found here. Unless you’re using Windows Vista, HJT v2 is not required.

The official HijackThis QuickStart for posting on the SpywareInfo forums is available here.

5) AIMFix

AIMFix was created to remove all known AOL Instant Messenger-related viruses in one consolidated removal tool. It is designed to end the virus processes, delete the files, and remove registry keys created by the virus. The publisher Jay Loden update the fix tool very frequently, and try to make sure it removes all AIM viruses. As long as he is aware of the virus, it is removed by AIMFix. So, if you have trouble with AIMFix not detecting the virus on your system, let Jay Loden know and he will update it for you! He can be reached on AIM as HolisticDriving or via the contact form.
AIMFix download:

File last updated on Wed Jan 9 01:50:55 2008

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6) Regedit Disabler 1.0
Regedit Disabler is a tool that enables users to easily disable the registry editor for the current user logged
Regedit Disabler is a tool that enables users to easily disable the registry
editor for the current user logged, preventing unauthorized or undesirable registry editing.

Disables or enables the registry editor REGEDIT for the current user logged, with a click of a button!
Regedit Disabler Ver. 1.0 (568 KB)

Task Manager Fix

Task Manager Fix is a FREEWARE system utility to fix task manager disabled by spywares, trojans and displays error message : Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator“, which blocks access to Windows Task Manager.

When you try to open Windows Task Manger, by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL the following error may appear:

This error message appears due to restriction placed in the Windows Registry. One can easily enable the Task Manager by editing some registry settings. For a normal user editing registry is not easy and a bit risky.

Task Manager Fix is designed to enable disabled Task Manager. Download the FREE Task Manager Fix tool to quickly enable Task Manager.

Download Task Manager Fix
Mirror Download Task Manager Fix v1.0

8) Uninstall or Remove Windows Messenger
Windows Messenger is a tool that is installed by default or automatically at the time of Windows XP installation, whether it is Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition installation. The Remove Windows Messenger Tool will help and allow you to uninstall Windows Messenger from your PCs permanently.
Remove Windows Messenger is designed to remove or uninstall installed Windows Messenger. Download the FREE Remove Windows Messenger tool to quickly uninstall or disable Windows Messenger.
Download Remove Windows Messenger

9) Windows Worms Doors Cleaner v1.4.1
Little tool to disable DCOM, Locator, NetBIOS, UPNP, and MESSENGER
Most of the worms, in particular the most famous, use known vulnerabilities in Windows services which are enabled by default and that can't be disabled via the OS's configuration.
Even with these services patched with Microsoft security fixes, they are still exposed to the Internet at large ready to be exploited by the next exploit.

These ports/services are DCOM RPC (listen on port 135), RPC Locator (port 445), and eventually NetBIOS (ports 137/138/139) which cause obvious security risks. RPC Locator has first been patched (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-001), but another exploit has followed (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-007). These services are useless for personal home use, and can be disabled safely. Since NetBIOS is often used in home LANs, the following tool enables you (by default) to disable NetBIOS to automatically start, and to start it manually in command line (on demand). Of course, you can totally disable it too.

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Friday, September 7, 2007

Redirecting Hotmail

Read & delete your mails in MSN Hotmail without logging in directly.

All softwares listedhere (IzyMail, GetMail 4.0, FreePOPs, POP Peeper & Thunderbird2) are Gmail compliance.
To enable POP in your Gmail account & configuration info refer Gmail with POP Email Client

Mozilla Thunderbird 2
Download Thunderbird for Windows, English (6.4MB

Thunderbird supports using POP and IMAP mail servers for fetching/reading new messages. It does not support webmail. If you want to use webmail (or WebDAV or HTTPMail) with Thunderbird you need to use an extension or an add-on that essentially makes it emulate a POP or IMAP account.


The WebMail extension for Thunderbird enables access to Yahoo, Hotmail, Lycos, MailDotCom, Gmail, Tiscali, and Libero webmail using Thunderbird. It has a dedicated thread in the extension/theme releases forums.

The WebMail extension is also useful when a firewall blocks access to a POP or SMTP server. For example, if your firewall only allows connection to port 110 for POP and port 25 for SMTP you can't connect to Gmail's mail servers. But you can still use Gmail using the WebMail extension since it uses port 80 with http to send and receive messages. The FreePOPs add-on could also be used to workaround the firewall but it doesn't support sending messages.


  • YPOPs!: Open source Yahoo! Mail proxy program for Windows, Mac, and Linux. See these setup instructions for Thunderbird (with screenshots) or the official instructions.
  • YoSucker: Open source Yahoo! Mail proxy program written in Perl.
  • Blue HttpMail: Open source C++ library.
  • hotwayd: Open source Hotmail proxy program for Linux.
  • MrPostman: (See Below 4) Open source proxy program for Yahoo!, Hotmail, Gmail, and more written in Java.
  • FreePOPs: (See Below 3) Open source extensible proxy with Lua scripting for AOL, Hotmail, Netscape, Yahoo! and more.
  • Poppeeper: (See Below 5) A freeware solution that allows you to use Hotmail,,, RediffMail, Yahoo! Mail, and others, with your e-mail client.
  • Web2pop: (shareware $29 USD) supports Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and others.
  • Hotmail Popper: For MSN and Hotmail on Windows. Costs $17.50.
  • Izymail Online: (See Below 1) A subscription based add-on to access Yahoo!, MSN and Hotmail from Thunderbird as if its a IMAP account. You can create folders, and copy/move messages to/from folders. It also automatically creates and updates a mirror copy of your online address book.
  • Pop2OWA: Open source mail proxy program for Outlook Web Acces written in Visual basic.

Accessing other folders

Normally you can only fetch new messages from the inbox folder because the add-on (or webmail extension) emulates a POP3 server. However some add-ons let you specify that the contents of other folders should be transparently merged with the inbox folder when checking for new mail. For example, if you're running Ypops! to use Yahoo webmail right click on the Ypops! icon in the system tray, choose "configure", and then "download folders" to configure what folders get merged. This is completely transparent to Thunderbird, who thinks its fetching new messages from the inbox folder on a POP3 server.

If your add-on doesn't support this check whether your webmail GUI has an option to disable the bulk mail or junk mail folder. That would let you filter Spam messages using Thunderbird (if you want to).


IzyMailIzyMail enables you to access webmail from major providers such as AOL, Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, Windows Live, Fastmail or Gmail with any eMail application.

Start using IzyMail by clicking -Free registration

Your FREE registration

Feature comparison

Free registration Premium subscription
Mail download (POP/POP3) yes yes
Folder synchronization (IMAP) yes yes
Sending (authenticated) yes yes
Sending (anonymous)
Messages since 14 days unlimited
Custom folder download
Custom folder marker
Unread messages
Rich-text messages 30 unlimited
Plain-text messages unlimited unlimited
Sent messages 30 unlimited
Connection quota 900 unlimited
Expiration 20 days unlimited

Subscription rate free only $1.49/mo*

will enable your email address to use the IzyMail system. When your application goes out to check new mail, the IzyMail protocol translation system will automatically be activated. New messages from your webmail account will be discovered, prepared and made available for download. The process is executed in real-time, such that incoming messages are instantly available.


GetMail 4.0

How To Forward ALL Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL And Live Mail Accounts With GetMail

Hotmail doesn't support alternative access methods to Hotmail accounts that have had WebDAV disabled Setup GetMail to forward mail from ALL Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail and even Windows Live Mail accounts (not to mention literally hundreds of other webmail only services). The key to getting GetMail to work with these accounts is to take advantage of the many "Web To POP3" software products available. As mentioned already, my favourite of these is a program called FreePOPS, which as an added bonus also happens to be free. So here we go, how to use GetMail to forward your Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL and even Windows Live Mail accounts:-

  1. The first thing to do is download the latest versions of both GetMail For Hotmail and FreePOPS.
  2. Now install FreePOPS, simply follow the prompts, it is a standard installer and very straight forward.
  3. Installing FreePOPS does NOT start it running, in order to launch FreePOPS select Start>Programs>FreePOPS>FreePOPS. It might look as though nothing has happened, if you look carefully you should be able to see the green FreePOPS (FP) icon in the tray icon area of your destop (bottom right by default). Hovering your cursor over this icon will confirm that FreePOPS is running.
  4. Now install GetMail for Hotmail, again simply follow the prompts. You can either chose to run GetMail when it has installed or go to Start>Programs>GetMail>GetMail. ( In order to use a POP and/or SMTP server over SSL you will need to download 2 extra DLL files and save them in your GetMail or Windows/System directory. They are available from HERE
    The 2 files you need are ssleay32.dll and libeay32.dll)
  5. One again it may look as though nothing is happening but the white GetMail icon should now be running in the tray area.
  6. Right click on the GetMail icon and select Settings from the menu
  7. This is the main settings page, if you have a paid up Hotmail or an old WebDAV enabled Hotmail account that you wish to forward then this is where you would enter those settings, we are not interested in this page.
  8. Click the small red (Extra Accounts) button at the top right, this will open the settings page where we can configure to forward from AOL, Yahoo etc

9 Enter the full address of the account you wish to forward from(e.g., etc), your account
password, the address you wish to have mail forwarded to.
10 From the Account Type drop down list select FreePOPS.
11 For the SMTP server you will need to enter the details of a SMTP server that you have access to, I would
recommend using your ISP's. If you are note sure of the address of your SMTP server there is a SMTP Server list.
12 Click Save (You may optionally wish to delete mail from the server when it has been forwarded).
13 By pressing the Check For New Mail button the status will update and any mail should now be forwarded.

That's all there is to it really, if you see any problems such as a Local port erros, a 3rd Party Software Error or that mail can not be forwarded please read on for some tips on solving common problems:-

Local port is not responding, check 3rd party software and their logs
There has been a problem with the process of retrieving the mail. This is normally down to you having the wrong version of FreePOPS. You should check the FreePOPS site and make sure that you have the latest version as well as installing any PATCHES from the FreePOPS homepage. Regular software updates are a must.

I've checked the FreePOPS log and all I see is a timeout?
This timeout is occuring because GetMail for Hotmail has incorrect smtp server settings entered. The connection to FreePOPS is dropped first disguising what the actual problem is. Please double check your SMTP settings within GetMail.

... messages could not be forwarded on
The messages have been retrieved correctly but they could not be forwarded. This is a GetMail for Hotmail error and is notifying you that your SMTP settings are wrong. Double check your SMTP settings to make sure that everything is ok, it may just be the case that GetMail is not compatible with the authentictaion model that your SMTP server is using. If you are unable to get this working with a SMTP server you might want to try some local SMTPserver software. I've had success with QK SMTP Server which is both cheap and fast.

For a video guide to getiing GetMail for Hotmail working with FreePOPS, just make a donation and you'll receive access to the donators area.

If you are seeing socket errors then I'd advise that you check out the GetMail for Hotmail FAQ.


FreePOPs is an easily extensible program, which allows access to the most varied resources through the POP3 protocol.
Mainly, it can be used to download mail from the most famous webmails, but it could also be used as an aggregator for RSS feeds and much more. This way it is possible to get all your messages in your favorite email client.
FreePOPs is Free Software!

Version 0.2.5


MrPostman is a java program that allows you to access Yahoo Mail, Hotmail and other webmail services directly from your favorite mail client.

It converts the web pages of your favorite webmail provider to e-mails and provides the standard POP interface to your mail client (e.g. Outlook Express, Netscape or Mozilla Mail, Thunderbird, Pegasus).

MrPostman is Free Software, released under the terms of the GNU Public License.
Send an e-mail to the appropriate mailing list, if you have any questions or would like to help with the project.

Currently supported webmail providers:

  • Hotmail
  • Yahoo
  • gmail (Google mail)
  • juno
  • rediffmail
  • Gossamer mail
  • Outlook Web Access (Exchange 5.5)
  • Outlook Web Access 2003
  • Caramail,
  • SquirrelMail

Additionally it now supports the download of RSS news including pictures, excluding ads, ... Enjoy reading news offline!

Adding a new webmail provider might be as simple as writing a script of 50 lines. Feel free to add a script for your favourite provider and send it to us to be included in the next release.

The newest official scripts can be found here.


Go to Sourceforge download area for MrPostman

Development Team

  • Hector Urtubia
  • Chris Humphreys
  • Lucas Bruand
  • Thomas O'Dowd
  • Martin Vlcek

Homepage mrpostman

POP Peeper is an email notifier that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email

Primary Features

  • Easy Setup - accounts are imported from your existing email client(s)
  • Supports POP3, IMAP (including AOL, AIM, Netscape, FastMail, etc), SMTP, GMail, Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo,, MyWay, Excite,, RediffMail, Juno, NetZero
  • IDLE is supported for IMAP accounts which allows instant notification when new mail arrives in your mailbox
  • Read, delete, print and reply to Email without opening your email client
  • Send Email directly from POP Peeper
  • HTML Email Support
  • Password Protection
  • Address book
  • Options to protect you from messages that contain viruses and web bugs
  • Send, Save and Open file attachments
  • Run POP Peeper off your portable storage device
  • No account limit -- notifies you of an unlimited number of accounts
  • Many ways to receive new mail notification: skinnable desktop alerts, audio, flashing Scroll Lock LED and more
  • Specify different intervals for each account
  • Extensive Help with useful tips and information

Email Notification Options

  • Sound notifications: single sound for any new mail, or a customized sound for each account
  • Tray icon notification, with options to display the color and number of new messages for each account
  • Flashing scroll lock LED
  • Windows popup alert indicating which account(s) received new email
  • Automatically open POP Peeper or launch your email client
  • Skinnable popup (optional download)
  • ScreenSaver (optional download)
  • Chime can repeat a sound until acknowledged and\or launch another program when new mail arrives (optional download)
  • Additional Notification Plugins may be available
Download POP Peeper v3.0.1.0
Note: The following archive requires manual installation and uninstallation. It is intended for people who want to use a portable installation and/or people who don't want extraneous information in their registry (ie. uninstallation data). Most users should download the executable installation from the download link above.
Download POP Peeper in zip format (1.3 megs)

More Downloads

Notification Plugins - Download plugins that provide even more ways to let you known when you have new email, including a skinnable popup and screensaver.
SSL Plugin - Allows secure POP3/SMTP connections
PPTweaker - PPTweaker allows you to "tweak" many settings in POP Peeper

Pop Peeper homepage

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USB Windows

ReadyBoost is a technology built into Windows Vista that caches disk reads onto a flash memory device. It can work with USB memory keys, flash memory cards, such as SD and CompactFlash, and other types of flash devices. It caches all types of file reads, not just the working set, nor just DLL's or other persistent operating system data. ReadyBoost does not cache file writes—it's a write-through cache. That way, you never lose any precious data that's meant to be written to a hard drive. After all, a flash memory key can get yanked out of a system at any time. The cache itself is encrypted using AES-128 encryption, so no one can steal your flash memory key and casually browse through the cache file to see what you've been doing.

Bootable & Portable live windows

Excerpt from Author: Dietmar Stölting,

Advice: An USB-Stick refuses its function, after approximately 100.000 writing-processes. Assuming that the system needs only two writing-processes every second, an USB-Stick holds nearly 60 Days (8 hours of working).
Due to this disadvantage we advice you to use an USB-harddisk.

Copyright advice:
The following tutorial requires a valid licenced copy of Windows XP. Microsoft does not authorize the owners of Windows XP licences to run the licensed Windows version on more than one computer at a time. The registration of Windows XP also prevents running Windows XP on multiple systems. Due to that, you are allowed to use your licenced copy of Windows XP on only one computer. That does not prevent the use of WinUSB on another computer after shutting down the first system.

Windows XP (valid licence)
USB device (min. 1GB)
USB-stick (min. 1GB)

Supported Versions:
Windows XP SP1
Windows XP SP2
Windows Server




Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD

What is BartPE and PE Builder?

Bart's PE Builder helps you build a "BartPE" (Bart Preinstalled Environment) bootable Windows CD-Rom or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC maintenance tasks.

It will give you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800x600) and FAT/NTFS/CDFS filesystem support. Very handy for burn-in testing systems with no OS, rescuing files to a network share, virus scan and so on.
This will replace any Dos bootdisk in no time!

PE Builder is not a Microsoft product and does not create Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment ("Windows PE"). Using PE Builder does not grant you a license to Microsoft Windows PE or to use the Windows XP or Server 2003 binaries in a manner other than stated in the End-User License Agreement included in your version of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. Microsoft has not reviewed or tested PE Builder and does not endorse its use.

Licensing issues

In order to make a BartPE installation, your must have a properly licensed copy of the operating system. BartPE does not grant users who do not have a proper Windows XP/2003 license the right to use a BartPE installation.

More Info

Boot your BartPE/WinPE from a USB Flash Disk Drive!
Also supports USB HardDisks.
VistaPE is built to be a simple and flexible tool for System Administrators and Advanced users. VistaPE can be loaded onto a regular or crashed system and allows the user to get full access to all disks in order to restore data, to check for viruses, to fix system boot problems, to transfer data onto a network or through the Internet. VistaPE is meant to be a universal tool with the flexibility to grow with your needs.


Copyright advice:
The following installation requires a valid licenced copy of Windows XP. Microsoft does not authorize the owners of Windows XP licences to run the licensed Windows version on more than one computer at a time. The registration of Windows XP also prevents running Windows XP on multiple systems. Due to that, you are allowed to use your licenced copy of Windows XP on only one computer. That does not prevent the use of WinUSB on another computer after shutting down the first system.

Windows Vista Live CD (Portable Vista) How? See Here
Applications : Windows : English
PORTABLE Both for CD/USB drives
Total size: 125.17 megabyte

Go to your BIOS setting and change the BOOT sequence for your USB device..
Burn to CD/DVD then boot up No installation required since its portable
Copyright advice:
The following
installation requires a valid licenced copy of Windows XP. Microsoft does not authorize the owners of Windows XP licences to run the licensed Windows version on more than one computer at a time. The registration of Windows XP also prevents running Windows XP on multiple systems. Due to that, you are allowed to use your licenced copy of Windows XP on only one computer. That does not prevent the use of WinUSB on another computer after shutting down the first system.

Ready Made Portable XP

How? See Here
60MB Compress
152MB UnCompress
Ever want to boot up into Windows XP via a USB memory key?
Well, now you can.
This is a miniature version of Win XP
Just enough to get your up and running
so you can restore from backup,
access your files, or do whatever you have to do.
Also go to your BIOS setting and change the BOOT sequence. Removable drive or
something should be at the top then try to reboot your PC.

All it takes is a minor error in the Windows Registry or a virus infection, and your operating system can become unbootable. But with a properly configured USB flash drive on hand, you'll always have a compatible replacement no further away than your pocket or keychain. In addition, the flash drive can
also provide a secure browser and virus scanner, and lets you take your favorite DVD burning and Office software with you wherever you may go.

All that's needed is a bootable USB Flash drive with at least 256 MB of storage capacity and a Windows Setup CD. Using the program Bart PE Builder (Freeware), you can install Windows XP on the flash drive, along with other software as needed (and as available space permits). Plus Format your Flash Drive easy _Get your HP-USB format tool here.

Installation tips from anonymous contributors:-
extract to c:\temp
open command prompt and navigate to c:\temp.
start the livexp.bat and give two parameters to it.
first parameter is where the files are, the second is there you want to install it.
livexp c:\temp\installdir i:\
change settings, format as needed, etc. by following the instructions as necessary.
to install it finally, choose menu item 5, then menu item 1.
let it finish, then choose menu item 5 and menu item 2.

correction #1
no need for parameters - just start the batch file.
be sure to enter the target path first because the batch file seems to be buggy. if you start with the source path, you will end up in an infinite loop later.
correction #2
the 2nd install item will produce an error - you need to copy a boot.ini there manually. but i am not sure what this does... it seems to delete everything it installed in the 1st step and do it again...

Correction again
the installer batch file seems to be broken.
it does not install the boot sector a couple of other files.
let's check back after an update, shall we?

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Vista: 64-bit or 32-bit Version? (x64 vs x86)

Updated: October 2008-Bugs and lack of apps plague 64-bit users

Many potential users of the 64-bit version of Vista are reluctant to make any OS changes after getting burned previously by 32-bit Vista. All versions of Vista have serious compatibility glitches, including problems with Office 2007, but the 64-bit release also suffers from a lack of applications written to take advantage of that version's ability to address more than 4GB of RAM. Complaints including but limited to what users view as important software that doesn't run under 64-bit Vista. On the list of software that users say is missing in action is a 64-bit version of Adobe's popular Flash player, Office 2007, which comes only in a 32-bit edition and ACT, a fairly popular contact-management program, will not work in 64-bit. Many popular third-party applications, such as Yahoo Music Jukebox Plus have bugs and incompatibilities abound.

Vince Heiker, a retired IT executive in the Dallas area cites working amongst the problems is "a jerky mouse cursor" that interprets mouse clicks in one spot on the screen as an action on a different spot. Detrimental particularly if you're a day trade where a click on the wrong spot can cost serious money. Heiker isolated the cause: the 64-bit version of Vista Ultimate failed to remove old device drivers. He discussed the problem with Microsoft support staff, but he says they could provide no solution. Heiker finally resorted to reinstall Vista to get rid of the hardware drivers. Another glitch Heiker continues to confront is his 64-bit Vista PC has accumulated some 23 million Registry entries with no solution to it by Microsoft support. Apparently, a Registry entry is made each time a 32-bit application tries to update the Vista-64 Registry ... duplicating Registry entries a huge number of times.

Today, there are 64-bit editions of both Windows XP and Vista — and there will also be 64-bit editions of Windows 7 when it ships in 2009 or 2010. The question is: When 64-bit computers become the norm for desktops, will all the software pieces be in place? Recast VIA on "Bugs and lack of apps plague 64-bit users"By Stuart J. Johnston.

Vista: 64-bit or 32-bit Version? (x64 vs x86)

For those with 64-bit processors, it seems obvious that installing the x64 version of vista would be ideal. The x64 version has increased security based around the 64-bit structure and programs compiled for 64-bit processors will likely run faster.

Downside of Vista x64 on a 64-bit system
1. Most hardware does not currently have 64-bit drivers.
2. In Vista x64, any driver that is not properly signed will not be able to enter the kernel and will fail to load.
3. Vista x64 currently does not backward support most x86 (32-bit) drivers.
4. Vista x64 does not support 16-bit software. 5. Very little x64 software currently exists.

Most users with 64-bit hardware should install the 32-bit (x86) version of Vista.
The performance gains promised by 64-bit will not be seen for years until 64-bit compiled versions of software is the norm.

Excerpt from Paul Thurrott page:-

As with Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, the various Windows Vista x64 versions represent a compromise of sorts and are, thus, not necessarily a good choice for most Windows users ... Yet. On the positive side, the x64 versions of Windows Vista are more secure and reliable than the 32-bit versions. The also support enormous amounts of system memory, which can be important in markets such as digital content creation, engineering, and even gaming. On the other hand, the x64 versions are also far less compatible than their predecessors, with both hardware devices and software, and these incompatibilities will ultimately make the x64 Vista versions less attractive to most users. Within the next few years, most Windows users will almost certainly move to x64-based PCs. But I'm guessing that the 32-bit versions of Vista will dominate throughout this product's lifetime because of compatibility issues. Think of Vista as the "line in the sand" for the x64 platform on the client: Post-Vista, it's likely that most compatibility issues will be resolved or rendered moot by new hardware and software versions that are more x64-savvy. By that time, migrating to x64 will be a no-brainer, and hopefully Microsoft will support upgrading 32-bit Vista versions to future 64-bit Windows versions.

--Paul Thurrott



How? See Here

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

AutoRuns for Windows

AutoRuns for Windows v9.32

By Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell

Published: July 24, 2008
Download Autoruns and Autorunsc (490 KB)

Control what to include or exclude in your startup programs appear at the desktop system tray.
Too many startups slow down booting. Help to detect malwares startup by allowing user to disable & delete, best at safe mode(See How to Start Windows in Safe Mode below). Configure in Autoruns toolbar\Options to check all 3 boxes.
This will coloured all safe results which does not require attentions. Narrow to general check in Logon and Internet Explorer tabs. The former allows you to disable/delete any programs startup & the later allows you to control the Browser Help Objects(BHO). Less or no undesirable BHO speeds up your surfing in Internet Explorer.

This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.


How to Start Windows in Safe Mode

Windows XP

If Windows XP is the only operating system installed on your computer, booting into Safe Mode with these instructions.

  • If the computer is running, shut down Windows, and then turn off the power
  • Wait 30 seconds, and then turn the computer on.
  • Start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again.
  • Ensure that the Safe mode option is selected.
  • Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode.
  • When you are finished with all troubleshooting, close all programs and restart the computer as you normally would.

To use the System Configuration Utility method

  • Close all open programs.
  • Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG in the box and click OK
  • The System Configuration Utility appears, On the BOOT.INI tab, Check the "/SAFEBOOT" option, and then click OK and Restart your computer when prompted.
  • The computer restarts in Safe mode.
  • Perform the troubleshooting steps for which you are using Safe Mode.
    When you are finished with troubleshooting in Safe mode, open MSCONFIG again, on the BOOT.INI tab, uncheck "/SAFEBOOT" and click OK to restart your computer
Windows Vista

Windows Vista is similar to Windows XP for starting in Safe Mode.

  • Turn the computer on or Restart the computer
  • Start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Boot Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again.
  • Ensure that the Safe mode option is selected (the top option)
  • Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode.
  • When you are finished with troubleshooting, close all programs and restart the computer as you normally would

If you can't figure out what a particular startup app does, right-click its entry in the Autoruns window and choose Search Online. This performs a Google search (rather than a Live search, which you might expect). Scour the results to find out whether the program has a legitimate reason for needing to run all the time.

If the Web search isn't helpful in rooting out a program's purpose, check the list of common startup applications maintained by Paul Collins to figure out what's getting started with Windows.

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O&O Format Recovery

O&O FormatRecovery v4.1.1146

With the new O&O FormatRecovery 4, O&O offers the ultimate supplement to its

already impressive line of data recovery products. Guiding users with an onscreen

Assistant, O&O FormatRecovery 4 enables the recovery of deleted or formatted

partitions or hard disks to their pre-deletion form. File and directory information is

likewise restored.

Recovery of complete storage media
By use of a specially developed algorithm, O&O FormatRecovery 4 can search for

files on formatted or deleted disks and restore them even when the data are heavily

fragmented! In contrast to O&O UnErase 4 and O&O DiskRecovery 4, O&O

FormatRecovery 4 can also restore files with missing directories and configuration

Special search algorithms
The advanced functions of the special search algorithms in O&O FormatRecovery

4 enable it to first detect and then ignore defective sectors. This means it can

recover data from storage media that is damaged but still accessible. The special

algorithm also supports the recovery of hidden or system files with their

corresponding attributes, making possible the recovery of empty file systems in

order to completely reconstruct a whole storage medium. The creation of a new

system is often therefore unnecessary and through its impressive functions and

operating methods, O&O FormatRecovery 4 can wholly compensate for the

absence of a system back-up
Supported storage media
O&O FormatRecovery 4 can recover data from all Windows-supported data storage

media. This includes, among others, internal and external hard disks (IDE, SATA,

SCSI etc.), digital cameras, MP3-Players, USB and Memory-Sticks, memory

cards, CDs, DVDs and diskettes. A data storage medium need only be recognized

by Windows a data recovery to be possible. For this reason, it is not necessary to

run a compatibility check in Windows to see of a certain medium is compatible.

The rescued data can then be saved on any windows supported storage medium,

provided it is not the medium from which the data was just recovered.

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Tor anonymous surfing on Thumb Drive

Surf the Web anonymously based on Mozilla Firefox.

Torpark (Windows All)

(Upgraded and renamed as XeroBank Browser...Read on)
Provide anonymous surfing in the net by changing your Internet Provider address connecting to the tor system changing your proxy address to a different county.
Carry it on your USB Pen Drive or Trans-flash card for your cellphone, using a portable adapter!You don't need to configure anything.

Download Now (9.28MB)
Tested spyware free

From Hacktivismo:
Torpark is a program which allows you to surf the Internet anonymously. Download Torpark and put it on a USB Flash keychain. Plug it into any internet terminal whether at home, school, work, or in public. Torpark will launch a Tor circuit connection, which creates an encrypted tunnel from your computer indirectly to a Tor exit computer, allowing you to surf the Internet anonymously. Torpark is small, portable, clean, open-source, free of spyware/adware, and free.

The publisher cautions that using Torpark may slow your Internet connection speed, particularly if you're using a dial-up 56k modem connection. Torpark is free, easy to use, and suitable for all users interested in protecting their privacy while visiting Web sites.

Hacktivismo is an international group of hackers, human rights workers, lawyers and artists that evolved out of The Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc), a publishing and computer security group. We believe that privacy and access to information are basic human rights. Hacktivismo assumes as an ethical point of departure the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. We also support the Free Software and open-source movements.

XeroBank Browser

Download Here

xB Browser is the free anonymous web browser. You're just a click away from anonymous surfing right now! The benefits of xB Browser is that it allows you to securely and anonymously surf the internet, bypass firewalls and website censorship. For enhanced privacy, xB Browser clears history of browing and deletes cookies when you close the browser.

The main advantages compared to other anonymous web browsers is that xB Browser requires no configuration, technical knowledge, or installation in order to achieve anonymity. xB Browser is open source so you can feel safe knowing what goes into xB Browser. Additionally, it is even portable on a USB stick so you can take it to work, school, or on vacation.

Pros: Torpark lives on as XeroBank Browser. It is based on Firefox and above which is more secure (Torpark was frozen using FireFox 1.5.0.x) and has a number of significant incremental improvements to Torpark. XeroBank browser is better just as easy to use and you can choose what county you want your proxy address to be in..

Cons: The free Torpark and XeroBank Browsers despite being easy out of the box are slow because they use the Tor network.

XeroBank now offers paid services that don't use the Tor network resources - those run on XeroBank's own anonymity network and the speed is impressive.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Orbit Downloader

Orbit Downloader

New Features

  • Support Social Music Download: Pandora, Yahoo, Myspace, IMEEM, Radioblogclub, Lala and more...
  • Support Social Video Download: Youtube, Dailymotion, Myspace, Yahoo, Metacafe, Google and more...
  • Download Rich Media: Streaming media, social music & video Tip: Right click Orbit icon at system tray for Grab++ & follow screen instruction to refresh webpage to download in Orbit Crab ++ windows.

    Orbit Downloader supports HTTP/FTP/HTTPS/RTSP/MMS/RTMP protocols and provides a total solution to download rich media. So you can download music and video from social music/video websites including Pandora and YouTube more simply and easily. Learn more...

  • Super Light: micro-sized and resource-friendly

    Orbit Downloader is written with efficiency in mind, it typically uses less than 3MB of memory and 3% of cpu when downloading. Additionally, the installation package is less than 2MB.

  • Great Speed

    Orbit Downloader is based on p2p and multi-source downloading technology, which allows you to download files up to 500% faster than before.

  • Support RapidShare

    Orbit Downloader supports most of the file-sharing service websites, including megaupload, badongo, sendspace, sexuploader, yourfilehost, uploading, filefront, 4shared, turboupload, depositfiles, filefactory, more....

  • Easy to Use

    Orbit Downloader has a simple and clear user interface. It is easy to use and configure for both newbies and professionals.

  • Free and Safe

    100% free and no registration required. No adware!!! No spyware!!!

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Multi IM platform & Google Talk

Instant Messaging with Google Talk

Chat individually or group chat.
You can now invite multiple people to chat with you in a group using the Google Talk Gadget. When you're chatting with a friend, just click on the "Group Chat" button to invite one or more friends to join the conversation.
No Download or installation on hard drive!!
Just go to
& click on Launch Google Talk

Log in with a Gmail account. If you don't have a Gmail account sign up here

Alternatively you can also chat within a Gmail account.

Multi instant messaging program for you!!

Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once.

Pidgin can work with:

  • AIM
  • Bonjour
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Google Talk
  • Groupwise
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • MSN
  • QQ
  • SILC
  • Sametime
  • XMPP
  • Yahoo!
  • Zephyr
Pidgin can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on Google Talk, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.

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