A MacFixIt reader writes in to ask us how to retrieve his files from an old 400MHz PowerPC Mac tower--a machine that did not include any disc-burning capabilities. He also states that an external CD/DVD burner did not perform well enough to complete backups of the data. Here are some options to try out so you can get your data safely backed up.… Read more
PayPal has come full circle. What started as a PalmPilot app that let users wirelessly exchange money has evolved into an iPhone app that lets users wirelessly exchange money.
However, whereas Palm users relied on IR "beaming" to shoot funds back and forth, iPhone owners can simply "bump" their phones: The new PayPal 2.0 incorporates the same accelerometer-driven activator as the popular Bump app.
In other words, money can change hands just by knocking them together. What's the point of that? Well, say you owe your buddy $35.17--half of last night's bar … Read more
uTorrent 2.0 introduces a new look via skins, but really what's important is under the hood.
A new protocol for managing heavily trafficked and bottlenecked torrents, a transfer cap with real-time updates, and a smoother installation will remind you why this torrent client deserves the attention it gets. Check out what it can do in this First Look video from CNET TV.
Apple makes extracting your music from your iPod unnecessarily difficult, and there's been a cottage industry of software tools designed to get around Apple's restrictive file-renaming conventions. Most of these programs charge you to use them, and of the free ones, few are exceptional at what they do. SharePod breaks the mold with useful features that work encased in a simple but appealing design.
It's a fast freeware tool for transferring your music collection from your iPod to your hard drive, making it easy to back up or restore your music, videos, and photos. It also transfers … Read more
Folio, which now goes by the name of Rocket Folio, is a suite of four publishing tools, while NXT (now Rocket NXT) handles publishing Intranet documents. The two businesses came as part of Microsoft's acquisition of Fast Search and Transfer in 2008, a deal that was valued at $1.2 billion. Terms of Wednesday's deal have not yet been disclosed.
One of the biggest frustrations for most people upgrading their systems to Windows 7 is that what Microsoft calls a "custom upgrade" is nothing less than a full system install. Some Windows Vista users won't have to reinstall their programs after upgrading, but many will and all Windows XP users will, too. Here's where LapLink's PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant steps in.
For $30, LapLink will pack up your programs, settings, and data, store them as you upgrade to Windows 7, and then reinstall them using its proprietary VAN file format. The process is simple, says LapLink: install and run the upgrade assistant, upgrade to Windows 7, then reinstall PCmover and restore your programs and settings.
While that's the gist of the process, it's not quite as simple. Reading LapLink's Quick Start PDF guide (PDF download) is a must. PCmover requires 200 MB of hard disk space in addition to the 16 GB that Windows 7 will need, and you'll probably have to reboot your computer. If you don't regularly run your antivirus program, you'll need to do that, and it's a good idea to run your defragger as well. Users will need to turn off their screensavers and power management options should all be set to Never. If the computer hibernates or goes to sleep during the upgrade, it will damage the process.
The guide recommends using the Windows Task Scheduler to make sure that all scheduled tasks and programs have been disabled, and warns that you should disable your security programs. If you're not comfortable performing this kind of maintenance on your computer, PCmover is definitely not for you.… Read more
Bump is a free and fairly ingenious app that makes exchanging contact information (and now photos, too) as easy as sharing a fist-bump with a fellow iPhone or iPod Touch user. Bump's streamlined interface is simple: you just open Bump and indicate whether you'd like to share a photo (any image on your device) or your contact information (whether your entire contact card, or any combination of your phone number, e-mail, photo, and address). You then "bump" hands together with another Bump user, and the app uses your device's location information and accelerometer to match … Read more
Memeo Send (for Windows | Mac) is a brand-new application aimed at business professionals in small-to-medium size companies who frequently need to transfer large files to colleagues--including photos, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and hefty design files from InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.
Where Memeo Share (Windows | Mac), the company's free-to-try photo- and video-sharing app, focuses on gallery organization and consumer media, Memeo's impetus with Send is much more on tracking, management, and bulk deliveries.
Memeo Send opens as a simple, yet attractive desktop application that uploads files two ways: you can browse the file tree, or you can drag and drop from an open folder to the Memeo Send interface. After that, selecting recipients and jotting down an optional description are all that's left to ship out your parcel of files.
To anticipate the needs of its business users, Memeo Send integrates the Microsoft Outlook address book into the "Send to" field--just the personal Contacts portion, mind you, not a global corporate list if your company has one. You can also type or paste contacts' names by hand. We'd like a way to create new e-mail groups in Memeo to quickly access a recurring knot of recipients, in addition to accomplishing the task by creating a new Outlook group.… Read more
Aimed at business professionals in small-to-medium size companies who frequently need to transfer large files to colleagues, Memeo Send offers an easily monitored alternative to other file-sharing means. Requiring less knowledge than FTP sharing and zipping, and more consistent follow-up than e-mail, it's an attractive way for employees to literally keep an eye on what's shared. Cross-platform Windows and Mac support, secure transfers, and limitless size restrictions also sweeten the deal, at least in theory.
Reality comes close behind. Memeo Send opens as a simple, attractive desktop client that uploads files through a file tree, or by dragging … Read more
Picture Information Extractor gives users the ability to see hidden information within digital photos. While this program will not appeal to everyone, those serious about photography will love it.
The program's interface is incredibly busy, but manageable. By balancing a file tree, photographs, and two screens of dense information, the designers could have laid this out in a more intuitive way. Luckily, a visit to the Help file and a little experimentation should help get most users comfortable. Once we had a feel for the program, we found it incredibly fast and helpful. With all necessary information laid out … Read more