TweakNow PowerPack 2009 is a free set of tools that give you the power to tweak, modify, and personalize just about every aspect of Windows and your PC. It features a fully integrated suite of modular utilities. There's a Registry Cleaner module, a nice touch in freeware since so many of them cost more than they're worth, but there's also a Registry Defragmenter that reorganizes things for speedier performance. The Windows Secrets module gives you access to more than 100 hidden Windows settings. The Virtual Desktop module lets you run as many as four different virtual desktops … Read more
Every now and again, a free utility or application stands out from the crowd. CodySafe from Codyssey is just such a tool. It's a portable application that is a menu utility for other portable applications. From CodySafe, you can download, launch, and manage a wide range of portable applications, everything from simple multimedia players and editors to a comprehensive "Swiss Army" suite of system management tools that would be perfect for on-call techs and others who have to fix things on the fly. Codyssey claims you can use it to turn a USB flash drive into a &… Read more
PCs are a lot like people: they tend to bloat up and slow down over time. Software is a lot like junk food, full of harmful crap that slows your system down. With people, inactivity worsens the problem, but with computers, it's the opposite; heavy use, frequent updates, regular software trials, and constant install-uninstall cycles leave behind ever-growing masses of "digital fat cells" that, left unattended, can cause serious PC health problems.
Alas for you but huzzah for your PC. Slimming down to a lean, mean computing machine is as easy as downloading yet another piece of … Read more
MariusSoft's Disk Scrubber is not anything you can't find bunches of times without trying very hard; namely, a utility designed to delete files from your hard disk until they are unrecoverable. You may not know that the things you delete from your system really aren't gone: Windows merely deallocates the physical space the deleted data occupies, and then overwrites it, eventually, in its own sweet time. But even then your deleted files can be recovered by increasingly less sophisticated means. To really remove files, you need to overwrite them many times until they're unreadable. There are … Read more
We certainly think that gardening and farming can be a worthwhile endeavor in real life. Farm Mania, however, seems to emphasize the drudgery of farming, the repetitive, tedious chores. Although it's well designed, we found the game to be downright boring.
We've played other games from SpinTop and have typically found them to contain quality graphics, and Farm Mania is no exception. The characters are cartoons with a limited range of motion, but for the most part the program looks good. The premise of Farm Mania is that Anna has gone to help her grandfather on his failing … Read more
Basketball Scoreboard Deluxe is an attractive digital scoreboard made for use with big-screen displays. Although the program could be a little simpler, we liked its appearance and the level of customization it offers.
The scoreboard itself is sleek and clean-looking, with easy-to-read text. We liked that the colors of all of the scoreboard elements could be customized, and that users could add team mascots and other images to the scoreboard. We found the scoreboard's appearance to be quite professional-looking and attractive. Actually using the scoreboard, however, will likely take a bit of practice. It wasn't at all obvious … Read more
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the H1N1 virus is widespread in 48 states. Last weekend, the president declared a national emergency. A new vaccine is supposed to save the country from the worst-case scenario. But that vaccine isn't coming as fast as expected and there's lots of skepticism. Should you get it? Can you get it? Is it safe?
To find some answers, 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley went inside the federal government's $3 billion H1N1 vaccine project. This is the first time the public has seen where and how the vaccine … Read more
iPhone OS hacker GeoHot has announced the successful creation of an iPhone unlock for the iPhone OS 3.1.2 baseband. The new app called, Blacksn0w, will allow iPhone users to use their phone on non-Apple sanctioned carriers.
You'll have to wait a bit though, since the application will not be released by GeoHot until November 4th, 2009.
GeoHot also posted this YouTube video demonstrating the exploit:
What will ninety-nice cents get you? A handful of camera enhancements stuffed inside the Camera Genius app. While the digital zoom was hit and miss in our tests, there's much to like in this "genius," even if you pack an iPhone 3GS that already comes with digital zooming in its updated 3 megapixel camera.
An antishaking feature stalls the image until your hands quell the jitters. You can turn on guides to lay down ruled lines in any number of configurations, which can help you angle your shot. A timer makes taking group photos possible--assuming you've … Read more