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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Free cross-platform office application suite

Use OpenOffice with Yahoo's free Zimbra Desktop service in place of Outlook. This make up for OpenOffice which lacks a PIM (Personal Information Management) analogous to Outlook. See Best sites for taking Office files online
You can minimize file-compatibility issues by standardizing on the most common file formats. By default, saves files in Open Document Format (ODF). Microsoft's by-the-book support for ODF, unfortunately, breaks some spreadsheet files, according to a recent ZDNet blog post. See

OpenOffice reads and writes Office 2007's default .docx and .xlsx XML file formats. But the older .doc and .xls formats are still the ones most often used. It is suggested that you make the classic Office formats your defaults in OpenOffice. To set .doc as the document default, for example, open any OpenOffice program and do the following:

* Step 1. Choose Tools, Options;
* Step 2. Select General under Load/Save;
* Step 3. Click Text Document under Document type in the Default file format and ODF settings section;
* Step 4. Choose Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP in the Always save as drop-down menu and click OK.

To make .xls the default worksheet format, open the same dialog box and follow the same steps, with the following differences:

* Step 1. Choose Spreadsheet under Document type in the Default file format and ODF settings section;
* Step 2. Choose Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP in the Always save as drop-down list and click OK. is a collection of applications that work together closely to provide the features expected from a modern office suite. Many of the components are designed to mirror those available in Microsoft Office. The components available include:

Writer A word processor similar in look and feel to Microsoft Word or WordPerfect and offering a comparable range of functions and tools. It also includes the ability to export Portable Document Format (PDF) files with no additional software, and can also function as a basic WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages.
Calc A spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 with a roughly equivalent range of features. Calc provides a number of features not present in Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for graphing, based on the layout of the user’s data. Calc is also capable of writing spreadsheets directly as a PDF file.
Impress A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. It can export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files, allowing them to be played on any computer with the Flash player installed. It also includes the ability to create PDF files, and the ability to read Microsoft PowerPoint's .ppt format. Impress suffers from a lack of ready-made presentation designs. However, templates are readily available on the Internet.[12][13][14]
Base A database program similar to Microsoft Access. Base allows the creation and manipulation of databases, and the building of forms and reports to provide easy access to data for end-users. As with Access, Base may be used as a front-end to a number of different database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC data sources and MySQL/PostgreSQL. Base became part of the suite starting with version 2.0. Native to the suite is an adaptation of HSQL. While ooBase can be a front-end for any of the databases listed, there is no need for any of them to be installed.
Draw A vector graphics editor comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW. It features versatile "connectors" between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It has similar features to Desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Publisher.
Math A tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor. Formulae can be embedded inside other documents, such as those created by Writer. It supports multiple fonts and can export to PDF. download



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How to extract audio from video to MP3

Step 1. Download Free Video to MP3 Converter

Freeware with no spyware or adware and certainly safe to install and to run!

Step 2. Launch Free Video to MP3 Converter

Follow Start > All Programs > DVDVideoSoft > Programs > Free Video to MP3 Converter or just click the program icon on the desktop.

The interface is very simple and self explaining. There is the field for input files or YouTube URLs, the field for an output path, and the list with preconfigured profiles.

Step 3. Select Input Video Files

Click the upper Browse... button to select an input file(s) from your computer.

Step 4. Select Output Location

Click the bottom Browse... button on the right. Choose the location where you would like to save a new MP3 audio file(s). Click Save.

Step 5. Set MP3 Tags

Click the MP3 tags... button to set tags for the output MP3 file(s).

In the MP3 Tags window specify the track number, title, artist and other parameters as you want.

Click OK to switch back to the main program window.

Step 6. Select Output MP3 Profile

Free Video to MP3 Converter: select presets

In the list of Presets select one of the available pre-configured MP3 presets:

- High Quality (MP3, 256kbps, 48000Hz, STEREO);

- Optimal Quality (MP3, 192kbps, 48000Hz, STEREO);

- Standart Quality (MP3, 128kbps, 44100Hz, STEREO);

- Economy Quality (MP3, 96kbps, 22050Hz, STEREO).

Step 7. Trim Video
Click the Trim video... button on the left of the MP3 tags... button to open a new window.

Use navigation line and special buttons to set a start and end selection markers position.

Click OK to switch back to the main program window.

Step 8. Extract Audio from Video to MP3

Click the Convert button along the bottom of the interface to convert video to mp3 and wait just a few seconds.

Download free Video to MP3 Converter


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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Digital Video Repair

In order to repair an AVI movie file which is damaged or corrupted, you can use this following free tool :

Digital Video Repair
1. AVI file have not completely copied from CD, DVD or other source
2. AVI file have not completely downloaded from the Internet (eDonkey, BitTorrent, etc)
3. Video freezed when playing
4. Video can't be seeked (fast forwarded)
5. Video can't be played

General features

* Detect the bad data
* Repair the index of AVI file
* Detect the key-frame for these codecs:
o XviD
o DivX 4, 5
o 3ivx
o Microsoft MPEG4 (versions 1, 2, 3)
o DivX 3.11 and late (versions 1, 2, 3 Low è Fast)
o Angel Potion (versions 1 è 2)
* Support the Standart AVI file format (Microsoft Video for Windows)
* Support the OpenDML AVI file format
* Process of AVI files with a several audio-track
* Delete not important information from AVI file (chunk JUNK)
* Multilanguage Support (English, Russian) via System Menu:
This tools is very easy to use.
Digital Video Repair 1.02 111 Kb Download

1. In any case you can convert video back in an original format.
2. If you convert files from MPEG-4 in DivX, you can them play by any version DivX codec or you can them play DivX codec.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Google's browser boon with a pandora's box?

September 3, 2008 Google's just-released Chrome takes the same approach to browser design that Google takes to its home page -- stripped-down, fast and functional, with very few bells and whistles.

That's both the good news and the bad news about this browser. Those who like a no-frills approach to their Web experience, and who want the content of Web sites front and center, will welcome it. But those who want a more fully featured interface with extras will prefer either Internet Explorer or Firefox.

The user interface of a browser is called its chrome, and Google set out to reduce the chrome -- in other words, simplify the user interface -- as much as possible. Chrome has so little interface, the content area of the browser is larger than those of other browsers -- it almost feels like full-screen mode. In the same way that Google puts search front and center on its home page, this browser puts content first.

It's the only browser that has been built from the ground up for a world in which the browser is a front end to Web-based applications and services like those that Google provides, and like those that are used increasingly by businesses. Each tab in Chrome runs as its own separate process, so if one tab is busy or bogged down, it won't affect the performance in other tabs. Also important is that Chrome comes equipped with Google Gears, which is a kind of glue that ties together Web-based applications and your own hard disk creating a browser able to run Web-based applications with the same speed, interactivity and stability as client-based applications.

By providing a superior platform for running its Web-based applications, Google is giving itself a chance to supplant Office with Google Docs.

The address bar — what Google calls the Omnibox — is one of Chrome's nicer features. It doubles as a search bar, it works much like the address bar in Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3: It lists suggested Web pages as you type, which it gathers from previously visited sites and your bookmarks, as well as making suggestions of its own based on Web site popularity.

The biggest break with other browsers is that each tab in Chrome is, in essence, its own browser. Because each tab is in essence its own browser, if that tab crashes, it should not crash the entire browser. But Chrome doesn't group and color-code tabs like Internet Explorer 8 does. However, Chrome does offer a variety of right-click options for handling tabs, such as closing all the tabs except for your current tab, and closing all tabs to the right of your current tab. It opens to a page that lists your nine most visited Web pages with a thumbnail for each, a recent bookmark list, recently closed tabs and a search box that lets you search through the history of sites you've visited. Internet Explorer 8 offers a similar feature. Chrome doesn't have a feature that will restore previous sessions. Chrome has all the security features you'd expect in a modern browser, including a pop-up blocker and an antiphishing tool. Chrome also has what it calls Incognito mode, in which all traces of your browsing session disappear when you close that window like in Internet Explorer 8.

Google also says that Chrome increases security in another way, by essentially running each tab in an individual sandbox. The sandbox is closed off from the rest of your PC, Google claims. It can't write to your hard drive, or read files from certain areas of your PC such as your Desktop. See Sandboxie front line browsing defence

One of the extra features is the Task Manager, an applet similar to Windows' Task Manager. It shows each separate process being used by Chrome and displays memory use for each, as well as the CPU use each takes up. And it also shows which are currently accessing the Internet or network, and the current access speed.

There's even more to the Task Manager. Click "Stats for nerds" at the bottom of the window, and a tab opens with even more statistics. It's geek heaven.

Another hidden extra is a kind of search accelerator that lets you quickly search through many popular sites without having to visit them. Type the first letter of the site you want to visit -- such as "a" for Amazon -- into the address bar, then hit the Tab key, and you can then immediately add a search term and search that site.
For this feature to work, you'll have to have done a search on that site previously.

The new browser Chrome could be Google's greatest privacy invader yet. In fact, Chrome can send back the keystrokes you type into its Address Bar, even if you don't bother to hit Enter. As you type, your text is sent back to Google, which analyzes it and makes the auto-suggestions. That's why you don't even need to press Enter for the text to head to Google. Making matters worse is that Google has already said it will store approximately two percent of the information it gets this way, including the IP address of the computer. Google already has tremendous amounts of information about you, including your search habits. With Chrome, matters get worse --- it can now even find out what you type, even if you don't visit a Web site. It's not at all clear at this point what Google will do with this data. There are a few ways you can stop your information from being sent from Chrome back to Google, though. If you use a search provider other than Google, the information won't be sent. And if you don't use auto-suggest, the information won't be sent, either. To use a different provider, or to turn off auto-suggestion, click the Tools icon, and select Options. You can then select a different search provider from the drop-down list next to Default search. To turn off auto-suggest, click Manage, and a screen like the one below appears. Uncheck the box at the bottom of the screen. You can also use Incognito Mode, in which all your surfing remains private --- think of it as porn mode. To launch an incognito window, click the Page button and choose New incognito window. You can also press Ctrl-Shift-N.

There is one drawback to downloading in Chrome, though: It doesn't appear to integrate with your virus scanner, as does Firefox.

Keep in mind that this is a beta and clearly has some bugs. Ironically, on one page visited, it was unable to display an embedded Google Map, while Firefox had no problem displaying the map

Although Chrome is a beta, it feels quite stable; after many hours spent browsing to numerous sites, it didn't crash once. So you can download it without much worry about its stability.

Download Google Chrome (BETA) for Windows

External Links:
Technical background about the browser.
Mozilla: Firefox is faster than Chrome
Excerpts above are from

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