Should I Remove It ?

Get rid of unwanted add-on-ware with this awesome Windows tool.

imagesWhen I use my computer, I have specific goals in mind. I usually don’t have too much time to must play around. I require peak performance from my rig, and when I don’t get it, there are really just a few things that are the likely cause, malware being one of them. With malware so prevalent in today’s computing world, it’s a good thing that there are apps like Should I Remove It available. It’s a malware scanner and removal tool for Windows that just might be able to keep your PC at peak performance.

With computer programs today relying on advertisements to pay many of their bills, every app install can bring unwanted application extensions and components on to your hard drive. This is where Should I Remove It comes in.

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With Should I Remove It, you don’t have to worry about what you should remove or keep. The app identifies and removes bloatware and trialware along with crippled versions of commercial software on a new computer in the hope that some will upgrade to paid editions.

Should I Remove It is a decent uninstaller, but aside from its ratings and removal percentage information, it doesn’t offer much value. The app does a decent job of removing software, but you’re completely dependent upon the information the app and its vendor provides for accuracy.

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Run Windows apps in a new OS with ReactOS

reactosIconI’ve always been big on trying new computer operating systems and such. Heck,  I have beta tested every Windows beta since Windows 95 as part of Microsoft’s Technical Beta Team.  I’ve got the golf shirt to prove it.  However, the recent months have produced a lot of uncertainty, and finding a suitable replacement for Windows has crossed a number of people’s minds. That’s where ReactOS comes it. It’s a Windows compatible, alternative operating system that you might want to keep your eyes on.

ReactOS is a free open source operating system based on the architecture found in Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012. Written completely from scratch, ReactOS is not a Linux variant and does not share any of UNIX’s architecture. ReactOS is its own animal entirely.

The main goal of the project is to provide an operating system that is binary compatible with Windows, allowing you to run Windows applications and drivers. It also has a similar look and feel so that familiar with Windows will find familiar and easy to use. With ReactOS, you get to use all of your Windows apps and device drivers without having to actually run the Microsoft operating system they were intended for.

ReactOS is a free open source operating system based on the best design principles found in the Windows NT architecture (Windows versions such as Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 are built on Windows NT architecture). Written completely from scratch, ReactOS is not a Linux based system, and shares none of the UNIX architecture.

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ReactOS comes just at the right time. With all of the uncertainty that is oozing out of Redmond right now, having a Windows compatible alternative operating system is a GREAT idea.  There’s a lot that is going to be good here, however, by the dev team’s own admission, the OS is not ready for everyday use yet.  There is a live CD image, but I couldn’t even get that to run, and I tried booting it on 3 different machines.

There’s a bit of information out there about the OS, and it looks like it will REALLY be cool…someday; but not yet. I couldn’t even get the OS to start so I could take screen shots.

ReactOS is still in an Alpha stage, meaning it’s new, very buggy, much of the hardware that you might install on it won’t work right, and don’t even think about installing things like Microsoft Office on it.  It likely WON’T work…or even install.

HOWEVER, this is something that most everyone here should keep an eye on. Depending on how things go for Microsoft, having an updated, current alternative to Windows that will allow you to install and run all of the software you want and need to get your job done, is going to be important.  This is a good first effort, but it needs time to cook…

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Converseen – Convert And Resize Your Digital Images

Convert and resize your digital images with this convenient Windows-based tool.

converseen-24I recently got a “new” digital camera.  My father passed a few years ago, and my mother sent me dad’s Nikon D70 early last week. I’ve got another Nikon, a D3000 and a number of lenses that fit, but didn’t fully work (the auto-focus motors didn’t work with the D3000 but do with the D70. I’ve got some really nice lenses, and really enjoy taking close ups of my granddaughter. I took well over 150 pictures over the weekend in 2 different shoots.

When you have so many photos, it can be difficult to go through them individually. The amount of time required to prep that many photos for posting to the internet can require hours of work.  This is one of the reasons why I like apps like Converseen. It’s a multi-platform, batch photo editor that works on Windows.

Converseen is an open source batch image converter and resizer. It supports more than 100 image formats; and you can convert and resize an unlimited number of images to any of the most popular formats like DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF.  Converseen allows you to convert, resize, rotate and flip automatically an unlimited number of images.

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Converseen can handle multiple file conversions, resizings, and compressions. It can rotate and flip images.  It can also rename a bunch of images using a progressive number or a prefix/suffix. After you get familiar with its interface, selecting a resampling filter to resize images will become second nature.
Converseen is a great app for handling batch conversions, resizings, renames or rotations. It handles the post-processing work, pretty well.  It would be nice if it also did the retouching in batch-style, but this will work very well with other, recently reviewed (as of July 2013) apps on Soft32.

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Share photos with your friends and loved ones with Ashampoo Photo Mailer

photomailerOf all the things that I do on my computer, sharing pictures is perhaps the one thing that I do most often. I also think it’s the thing that most people do most often on their computers.  While sites like a Flickr, and Picasa and Facebook are great, but if the person you want to share with doesn’t do social networking, or if all you really want to do is shoot someone a couple of quick easy shots, then Ashampoo Photo Mailer is probably the app for you. It’s a cool photo utility for Windows.

Today, there are numerous ways to share your images online. However, what should be the simplest way still remains a pain in the rump – sharing images via email. Images have to be manually resized, trimmed and often split up into several mails to meet email provider constraints. Many times, you have to send, tweak, and resend in order to get everything sent.

Ashampoo Photo Mailer handles all of these tasks – the trimming and resizing, and turns photo sharing through email into a joyful experience. You can use any number of images.  Image splitting between emails occurs automatically, and then only when required.  You can send pictures to any number of recipients.  Ashampoo Photo Mailer has simple and efficient contact management built in.  You can send images at any quality level.  Trimming and resizing occurs automatically, and again, and only when required.

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The nice thing about Ashampoo Photo Mailer, is that it’s built around a rapid, step-by-step process.  You pick your images and adding recipients to dispatching your emails. The approach is highly intuitive and self-explanatory and requires no lengthy learning process.

Setting up existing email accounts is easy.  All you need is your name, email address and account password. Ashampoo Photo Mailer automatically recognizes different email providers and adds the required server settings.

At $20 bucks, the app seems a bit over priced for an app that optimizes photos for easy sharing via email, though its photo optimization slider is pretty cool.  What would be nice, is if this integrated with Gmail, Yahoo mail Outlook.com on the web and Outlook on the desktop, allowing you to call the app directly from your mail app or from within your open browser. It would also be nice if this allowed you to share photos via Flickr, Facebook and other social network sites.

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HTC Needs…Something

Back in the day, the company could do no wrong. Today, it’s a different story…

htcI’ve been an HTC device user for years. Back in the day, HTC made devices for a company called imate. imate was a device OEM out of Dubai, UAE, and back in 2004…they were the BOMB. Their devices were unlocked, well designed, high performing, high margin products. I remember saving money for an entire YEAR so I could buy an imate PDA2k, a Windows Mobile 5 powered, EDGE based, smartphone. It cost me $930. Unfortunately, the review of the PDA2k I wrote and posted on 2005-06-09 seems to evaporated. There’s nothing left but a small shot of the actual device. It’s too bad. It was a great device and a good review, too.

It turns out that the company behind all of imate’s devices at the time was HTC. Since then, the company came out on its own, established its own brand, made a huge splash in the market and was a total success. Lately, however, they’ve hit some really hard times.

Samsung seems to be able to introduce new Android devices every time it sneezes. Their Galaxy S line of smartphones is a worldwide success, despite any disputes with Apple or accusations of patent infringement. The competition they have been providing in the Android camp is pretty stiff.

As such, it’s been difficult for HTC to gain much traction in this space. I saw an interesting article on WSJ.com, indicating that HTC may need to consider a merger if it wants to survive.

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Many analysts that share this point of view have suggested either Huawei or Lenovo as potential merger partners. It’s unclear whether HTC will consider partnerships with either organization. Both companies are Chinese, and a Chinese partner could really open up sales opportunities for a struggling HTC, who posted their first operating loss on record. Unfortunately for HTC, this loss, coupled with a “gloomy third quarter forecast” is powering an eight year low in HTC’s stock price. Many brokerages are targeting a NT $100 share price in recent weeks. HTC was priced at NT $160 as of early this morning, 2013-07-31.

HTC’s problems aren’t engineering based. Their devices are well designed, and well manufactured. The HTC One is simply stunning by all accounts. HTC’s issues are sales and marketing related, and its seems that a merger may be the best and easiest way to resolve those issues and hitch a ride on someone else’s well-oiled machine.

Any way you slice it, it’s clear. HTC needs…something. If they want to stay relevant and stay in business, they better figure out what that is and get it done, or the HTC One may be the One and Only.

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Keep your PC running in peak condition with SiSoftware Sandra 2013

sisoftwareLet’s face it.  The economy really stinks.  With economic conditions so lousy, it’s not surprising that PC sales are down. The best way to save money from a computing standpoint is to keep your computer running well. One of the best ways is to have a good diagnostic program like SiSoftware Sandra 2013. It’s a diagnostic utility for Windows.

SiSoftware Sandra is a 32- and 64-bit Windows system analyzer.   It includes benchmarking, testing and listing modules. It tries to go beyond other utilities to show you more of what is really going on under the hood so you draw comparisons at both a high and low-level in a single product. You can get information about the CPU, GPGPU, chipset, video adapter (GPU), ports, printers, sound card, memory, network.  You can even get information on Windows, .NET and Java internal components installed on your machine.

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SiSoftware Sandra has a great deal to offer.  The free version is good, but the paid versions offer more. The biggest problem it has is that it’s very technical, and most computer users, aren’t.  However, if you have a little bit of computer aptitude, you can learn a lot about your PC; and you can learn what to check when things start misbehaving.

If you can, create reports when things are running well.  When you begin having problems with your PC, you can use the “known good” information and compare it to the current, not so good information. It may help you figure out what’s broken.  However, you’re going to likely need to get smart about your PC’s components before you can take full advantage of the app.

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UPDATED – Apple Developer Website Hacked – #3

apppleApple Developers got a delightful update in the past couple of days. More of the site is back…

The Apple Developer Network status page has seen quite a bit of updates lately. In fact, Apple developers got a nice surprise over the weekend – much of the site’s resources are back, including software downloads.

That didn’t take too long, and I’m really pleased with the level of progress that Apple has made since putting the status page up.

While the Member Center is still offline, each of their three dev centers – Mac, iOS, and Safari – are back up and running. The latest released build of each related developer preview for OS X Mavericks, iOS 7 and Safari are available from each page. However, please note Mavericks, Developer Preview 4, released on 2013-07-22, still isn’t showing as available via the OS X Development Center. Currently, the most current release is Developer Preview 3, released on 2013-07-08. If you want Developer Preview 4, you’ll still need to download it via the Mac App Store after installing Developer Preview 3.

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A lot has happened with this story, and I’m going to move on to other items at this point, unless and until we hear about what actions, if any, will be taken against the security engineer that caused the whole bally-hoo in the first place. At that point, we’ll want to revisit the story, as I’m certain there will be consequences, and quite likely, serious consequences.

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Watch your favorite movies on your PC with Leawo Blu-Ray Player

leawoIf there’s one thing that I like to do on my computer, it’s watching movies. I do it quite a bit, for that matter. Having the right app on your PC for watching movies is important. Finding the right app to use on your Windows 8 tablet or PC is also not easy. I think I’ve found a good one, though. I gave Leawo Blu-Ray Player a try and I think you should too. It’s a multimedia player for Windows and it’s kinda cool.

Leawo Blu-ray Player can play Blu-ray/DVD disc, audio discs and files, videos and up to 1080P HD videos smoothly on just about any Windows PC, including Windows 8 tablets and PC’s. The software can also play discs from varying regions, so it doesn’t really matter what country the disc is purchased in. Leawo Blu-Ray Player can handle it.

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The app offers a number if different playback modes, including windowed and full screen.  It’s also easy to adjust subtitles and audio. One of the things that I like about it most is that the software is free for playing most any media you have. However, if you want to play Blu-ray media, you’ll have to purchase a license after the end of your 30-day trial.

Leawo Blu-Ray Player is a decent application.  The one problem I had with it, however, was the inability to get it to eject a disc prior to playback. The DVD’s menu appeared, and the app didn’t give me a way to eject the disc. It should have been fairly easy to figure that out. Perhaps I missed it, but either way, it represented a small concern.

The app is very Windows 8 oriented, sporting tiles of its own, within its program window. It fits in very well with Windows 8, as you’ll see in the app’s screen shots. For a free DVD player, this is a decent choice. As a Blu-ray player, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but as of this writing, Leawo is having a 50% off sale, so please check the website for an awesome deal on a great app.

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