Category Archives: Computer Programs

uTorrent

uTorrent, or as it is also known as, microTorrent, is the Lightweight and Efficient BitTorrent Client (.2mb after install!!)

It is micro sized yet has all or most of all the BT features you will ever need. it is resource friendly. and when i say friendly, i mean it. This program barely uses any HD space and RAM usage is really low. Its skinnable and localized for other languages. Its also actively updated.

Best of all, its FREE!

Growl (Mac)

I can’t believe I haven’t written about this already. Along with Quicksilver and Adium, this may be one of the more useful applications you will find for OS X. Personally, I don’t find it amazingly necessary, but others will argue otherwise.

Growl logo

This is essentially the notification program which should have been built in with OS X. It covers most programs, from Adium to Mail and Safari, and will notify you of a vast variety of different events occurring within each program. For example, if someone connects on Adium or if you get new Mail. Very nice indeed, and when combined with a variety of styles and plug-ins for greater compatibility, its definitely worth a download even if it’s not vital.

Keybreeze: Good but not Amazing

Keybreeze

After using Keybreeze for a total of ten minutes, I was pretty much dumbfounded and annoyed by the user interface and its overall appearance. Indeed, the application does use less resources than Launchy, but it is not very user-friendly nor intuitive. Some applications require as much as one letter, while an app that starts with the same letter might take a whole word to find the right program.

Also, adding in new programs was an eyesore. Adding a miscellaneous program on a different partition took about 3-7 clicks to add it in along with associating it to a key command. Although I do appreciate the programmed hotkeys for typical searches like the dictionary, Wikipedia and the sorts, there is a very slim chance that I would actually use the other features like checking the theatres or the weather.

Whereas the macros function is a very useful function, I would rather stick with Launchy and tell it the directories that I want indexed.

All in all, Keybreeze is a good program, but not exactly for beginners and impatient users. Honestly, this program has more features than it really needs. Stick with launchy for those who want immediate results and an easy-to-use interface.

Peer Guardian 2

Peer Guardian 2 beta

Do you like to download torrents and have you ever wondered if people can track what you are downloading?

Well, heres the deal. Yes, you CAN be tracked. Just as well, companies can ping you can slow down your download speeds a LOT.

“PeerGuardian 2 is Phoenix Labs’ premier IP blocker for Windows. PeerGuardian 2 integrates support for multiple lists, list editing, automatic updates, and blocking all of IPv4 (TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc), making it the safest and easiest way to protect your privacy on P2P.” ~Phoenix Labs

PeerGuardian blocks these ips and helps keep your computer safe from prying eyes. Doing some research, we found a bit of information on PG2

“Peerguardian works by blocking ranges of IP’s which are known to be unsafe. Depending on what you see, either they are trying to make a connection to you or you are trying to make a connection to them. It protects in ranges of P2P (addresses not good for P2P since they are logged or they are RIAA/MPAA spy IP’s) and other such as Ads etc. It is usually them trying to get into your computer because you have something they want, or maybe you’re connecting to them to try and get something. But whatever is blocked, is best blocked just for safety sake. note that if you are using filesharing – it is allowing people to get in to get files (that’s the point of filesharing) or if you are viewing websites you are making physical connections to toher computers. Peerguardian displays SOCKET OPENS – meaning that a connection was attempted. I don’t believe they are cracking in unless you are doing nothing wile being attacked, and it is against most ISP’s rules – hence illegal. I don’t think the US Navy is trying to get into your computer as such – maybe one of their computers have been hacked and being used as a relay or an employee is using it to hack – or someone not them is using their IP range. Even people in these gov’t IP ranges have been caught sharing. And no, I don’t think they are doing it for evidence in this case, but say BT users or Kazaa or anything else users, it is them (dangerous RIAA) initiating a connection to you in a perfectly legal manner because that’s what the software does – let people in. ANd you agreed to it on installation. Better yet, it goes the other way too – you make a connection to them to try and download and ur caught red handed.” ~ CD Freaks Forum

Peer Guardian is really effective, but only as effective as the blocklists. if some IP gets onto the list and it’s NOT a bad IP, then Peer Guardian actually HINDERS you. But for the most part it works very well. This is most noticeable when trying to use specific P2P programs like LimeWire or Xfire. (xfire tends to send pings back and forth from its internal servers and gaming servers as well as people on your friends list. LimeWire is a similiar case but this time other people are trying to connect to you). Don’t try to game online while using PG, you will not be able to connect unless you unblock the correct ips.

So, where do you go to get peerguardian? And does it cost anything?

Well, its open source, hence FREE.

for downloads, go to:

http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/ or download.com

CCleaner – Freeware Program to Clean Your Computer

This is a program that I have been using for years called CCleaner. What it does is it cleans up your hard drive by removing temp files, bat files, internet files, and the like. Also, it has a built in registry cleaner. Ok, I don’t know how well this registry cleaner compares to Registry Mechanic, but I never had a problem with it.

Here is what the program can do for you.

Program Summary:

CCleaner is a freeware PC optimization tool.
It combines a system cleaner that removes unused and temporary files from your system and also a fully featured registry cleaner!
CCleaner allows Windows to run faster, more efficiently and gives you more hard disk space.
The best part is that it’s Small, Fast and Free!
Cleans the following Windows components:

* Internet Explorer
– Temporary File Cache
– URL History
– Cookies
– Hidden Index.dat files
– Last download file location
* Firefox
– Temporary File Cache
– URL History
– Cookies
– Download manager
* Recycle Bin
* Clipboard
* Windows Temporary files
* Windows Log files
* Recent Documents (on the Start Menu)
* Run history (on the Start Menu)
* Windows XP Search Assistant history
* Windows XP old Prefetch data
* Windows memory dumps after crashes
* Chkdsk file fragments

Advanced Options allow cleaning of:

* Menu Order cache
* Tray Notifications Cache
* Window Size and Location Cache
* User Assist history
* IIS Log Files
* Custom Folders

Application Cleaning:
As well as cleaning up old files and settings left by standard Windows components, CCleaner also cleans temporary files and recent file lists for many applications. Including:

* Firefox, Opera, Safari, Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat Reader, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and more…

Registry Cleaning:
CCleaner uses an advanced Registry Cleaner to check for problems and inconsistencies. It can check the following:

* File Extensions
* ActiveX Controls
* ClassIDs
* ProgIDs
* Uninstallers
* Shared DLLs
* Fonts
* Help File references
* Application Paths
* Icons
* Invalid Shortcuts and more…

Safety:
CCleaner was designed from the ground to be safe and secure to use. It has multiple levels of checks in place to ensure that it cannot delete any useful information or documents you may still need. We also certify that it contains no Spyware or Adware.
High Security:
For the super cautious users we also offer secure file erasing. By overwriting the files before deleting them, making it impossible to recover the data.
Multiple Languages:
Thanks to the translators, CCleaner is available in 35 different languages:

English, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech/Slovak, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian Cyrillic, Serbian Latin, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Below are some screenshots of what the program looks like:
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Find the program at www.ccleaner.com

Portable Photoshop CS2 [XP Tested][Legal]

Hey, do you use Adobe Photoshop CS2? Do you ever wish that you could carry this nifty program around, or at least shrink it? Well, now you can! Thanks to the forums at PortableApps.com, there is a way to cut the program down to 26 mb from its almost 300 mb size!

This part is entired quoted from the forums at PortableApps.com:

“(quote)

Portable Adobe Photoshop CS2 v9.0 (26 MB) Project

Submitted by aniperleo on April 11, 2006 – 1:51am.

Creating a legitimate, portable Adobe Photoshop & ImageReady CS2 is entirely possible! Creating a working NSIS-based launcher is still in development, however, these are the exact steps I have taken to reach the nearest point. To write these steps most accurately, I am starting with neither Adobe Photoshop/ImageReady CS2 or its activation license on the machine…

 

  • Locate the directory that contains your Adobe Photoshop CS2 setup installation.
  • Install Adobe Photoshop CS2, enter your serial registration, and activate the product.
  • Create a new directory on your computer and copy the following necessary files for Adobe Photoshop CS2 & Adobe ImageReady CS2 to operate:
  • Program FilesAdobePhotoshop CS2 ->
    
    ACE.dll
    
    AdobeLM.dll
    
    Adobelmsvc Installer.dll
    
    AdobeUpdater.dll (generates error, program runs)
    
    AdobeXMP.dll
    
    agldt28l.dll
    
    AGM.dll
    
    asneu.dll
    
    AXE8SharedExpat.dll
    
    Bib.dll
    
    BIBUtils.dll
    
    CoolType.dll
    
    epic_regs.dll (generates error, program runs, goodbye shortcuts)
    
    FileInfo.dll (program runs, error on File>File Info)
    
    libagluc28.dll
    
    pdfsettings.dll
    
    persresen_US.dll
    
    Photoshop.dll
    
    Plugin.dll
    
    PSArt.dll
    
    PSViews.dll
    
    Tw10122.dat
    
    VersionCue.dll
    
    VersionCueUI.dll
    
    Program FilesAdobePhotoshop CS2Activation(your language/country)tw12216.dat
    
    Program FilesAdobePhotoshop CS2Required*.*
    
    Documents & SettingsAll UsersApplication DataAdobe SystemsProduct licensesB2B86000.dat

    You may decided to keep certain folders; like for example “Plug-Ins”, but it is not necessary for Photoshop CS2 or ImageReady CS2 to operate, and though some plugins will still appear to be available, they will cause no change to the image if selected. UPDATE: Using UPX v1.95 beta I was able to compress all EXEs and DLLs in the root directory and keep full functionality!

  • Copy the minimum required registry entries by running “regedit”.
  • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall{236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D}]
    
    "EPIC_ORG"="(your company or organisation you registered under)"
    
    "EPIC_SERIAL"="(your serial registration number without dashes)"
    
    "EPIC_NAME"="(the name you registered under)"

    UPDATE: In total, this removes approximately 212 MB of unneeded materials and brings the installation down to approximately 26 MB!!!

    At this point you can uninstall Adobe Photoshop/ImageReady CS2 and remove your license file. To run Photoshop or Imageready without installing the application, do the following (it’s obvious):

  • Copy the registry entries (EPIC_ORG, EPIC_SERIAL, EPIC_NAME) back to their appropriate place in your registry.
  • Copy “B2B86000.dat” back to the directory \Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe Systems\Product licenses\
  • Locate the directory you copied your files to and launch either “Photoshop.exe” or “ImageReady.exe”.” (/quote)
  • Now, if you are still reading this post, I welcome you to try the above. However, I WILL warn you. This method will only shrink the program done; you will not be able to work around and throw this onto a USB.

    This is the cool part. I looked thru the above instructions and, working around them, I was able to configure the program so I would be able to carry it in my pocket (quite literally, USBs are cool nowadays 😀 ). Now, the problem with this is that you can’t use the core files for some reason. If you do, it will say that msvcp71.dll is missing. If you add that dll, then it will give you an error stating that the license file is unusable and after that, an error about reinstalling the program.

    You will need: A USB drive of size 512 mb or higher, adobe photoshop CS2 (actual cd or cracked version), some way to activate CS2 (preferably a Keygen so you don’t have to deal with an online or actual phone activation), and some minor computer skills (aka – know how to activate CS2 if you are using a keygen, how to change the registry or get access) [I will help no skill users in this guide]

    First, install and activate your photoshop like above.

    Second, find the directory where your photoshop was installed. Unlike above, you don’t want to copy select files, but the whole Adobe Photoshop CS2 folder. It’s approx. 300 mb or under depending on what you’ve put in there. Copy the folder onto your USB drive.

    Third, go into the registry and find the photoshop registry information. (to do this, run regedit) [go to the start menu, hit run, type in regedit, hit enter or run] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D}] You don’t want to copy down the core info, you just want to export the entire thing. (right-click the key in the left panel and select export) Save it somewhere (i prefer the desktop or the USB drive) as photoshop_regdata (actually, name doesnt matter, you can call it anything you want, but i like to know what things are for the future).

    Fourth, copy the B2B86000.dat from the directory \Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe Systems\Product licenses\ (this is a hidden folder) [to access this folder, go to the all users folder. it will appear to be a dead end. go to the /tools/ menu at top and select /folder options…/ . go to the /view/ tab. under advanced settings, select show hidden files and folders (it is a radio button)]

    Now, we will take all this stuff (make sure it is on the USB first) and move it to a new computer.

    Here, run the Registration Entries (photoshop_regdata or the reg entry from step 3). The registry info should be copied into the registry editor. If not, then do this first.

    run regedit (using the run option in the start menu). go to the location where the reg entry should be. Of course, it will not exist because you havent “installed” the program onto the pc, but installing the program defeats the purpose eh? Therefore the furthest you will get is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

    create a key called {236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D} . if you want, add the core info from before:

    “EPIC_ORG”=”(your company or organisation you registered under)”
    “EPIC_SERIAL”=”(your serial registration number without dashes)”
    “EPIC_NAME”=”(the name you registered under)”

    THESE ARE STRING VALUES, so be VERY careful, or else you will severely mess things up (and you got this far!).

    once this is done, run the photoshop_regdata (the reg entries from before). it should now work and enter the data into the registry editor. (you can check it if you didn’t close the reg editor, or open it again w.e)

    Now, it’s time to copy “B2B86000.dat” back to the directory \Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe Systems\Product licenses\ . Funny thing is, there is no such address! once again, you didn’t install CS2, so the folder will not be there. in the application data folder, create an adobe systems folder. inside that, create a product licenses folder. inside there, paste the B2B86000.dat file.

    Now, run photoshop.exe inside the Adobe Photoshop CS2 folder on your USB drive. When it finishes loading, it will say some error about the license. Ignore that, hit ok. Then, it may ask you to activate the product. This is where the keygen comes in handy. Use the phone activation method and type in the query code into the keygen. It will be useful to read the guide that told you where to get your cracked copy of photoshop.

    Now, run photoshop, and enjoy! 😀

    To users of this guide: If you can’t get this to work and/or feel that I have left something out, plz post a comment with your email address and the problem so that I can get back to you. It may have been that I really DID leave something out :D. but of course, I highly doubt it 🙂

    Safari 3 Beta

    Safari

    Safari, the default Mac browser, is currently in the process of being updated for the new Mac OS: Leopard. The last update saw the introduction of RSS feeds among other features and improvements. The upcoming version promises even more, claiming to be 1.6 times faster than Firefox and 2 times faster than Explorer.

    The public beta does not have all of the promised features, but it does boast improved scrolling on most pages, except those with lots of moving images. It’s also disappointing that the way the browser handles animated gifs hasn’t been improved. Nonetheless, you should try out the beta and form your own opinion, now that Safari is available on both Mac and XP/Vista. Click here for more.

    Also, for more on Leopard, read here.

    22 Pixel Flocks

    What is Photoshop you say?

    I’ve heard people talk about this program for ages. “Hey, look at my new brushes!” or “My Fonts are 1337!”

    But I never ever seen an easy why to find good fonts and brushes to make my pictures really godly except for downloading things off of photoshop exclusive sites. People share and share, but some things aren’t as good. Face it, to everyone whose found a nice brush, good job. But not everyone can be as good as the pros.

    ok, ok, so the truth can hurt. I myself am not that great. But there is a way for everyone to get the right things to start with. And after getting Photoshop, the next best thing is 22 Pixel Flocks.

    What is it? Basically, some people went out of their way to make a pack of fonts and brushes, and even other little things. So, if you install these things, you get everything. it works great, and makes even the newest user feel like a photoshop champion.

    Link

    some more info:

    “22Pixels Flock is a breakthrough in digital resources. Flock is one file, containing over 300 files inside. Flock contains 153 Fonts that self install, 158 brush packs for Photoshop 7 and up, self-install, and over 50 additional packs for Photoshop 7 and up. Each pack, contains about 30-40 presets, all in one file, self install. We would estimate that Flock contains over 7000 individual presets, in addition to the 150 fonts. All in one file, one download, one install. This is the one file that every digital, graphic, and Web designer needs.”

    Awesome Program – Taskbar Shuffle

    Do you have Windows XP or below? You know how on the taskbar you have windows open? Wouldn’t it be so easy to click and drag those windows and reorder on your taskbar how you want it, when you want it.

    Did I mention its a free download? Check it out here.