Listen N Write Free

Quickly transcribe lectures and audio conferences with this handy Windows app.

Being a college student isn’t easy. Life expands exponentially after high school graduation, and many students are caught unaware of the changes in  academic expectations.  When it comes to taking notes in large lecture halls during your college career, it’s easy to miss important points while trying to copy down something your professor just said. This is one of the reasons why applications like Listen N Write Free are important to have. It’s a transcription app for your Windows machine, and it’s a must have.

LNW-01One of the biggest things that college freshman have to adjust to is the college lecture. You don’t necessarily have any guarantee that what is lectured on is actually relevant course material, but in many cases, it is; and you’re going to need to memorize it and perhaps recall it for an exam.  It’s for this reason that students, and even conference attendees, or lawyers – basically anyone who has to transcribe recorded audio – should try Listen N Write, It’s a free tool designed for transcription.

Interestingly enough, LnW doesn’t use speech recognition or automatic transcription. The app is a media player bundled with a text editor. However, don’t stop reading yet. The media player has subtle but clever differences that make it a great tool for playing back recorded lectures and speeches and writing down what you hear. Its skip arrows move the recording forward or back by just a few seconds, ending the ever-so-frustrating back-and-forth as you try to zero in on a single word or short phrase. When you hit the Pause button, Listen N Write’s media player reverses the recording by one second, which helps keep words from being truncated or garbled during playback-pause-playback activities.

LNW-04Listen N Write’s interface consists of three pieces: the media player and the optional text editor and a bookmarks box.  Only the media player and text editor open by default. You can hide or show the bookmarks and text editor via the media player’s View menu.  The rest of the menu bar’s entries should be familiar to most users.

The media player itself is extremely simple, just a file title field, an Open File icon, playback controls, a volume slider, and a progress bar. The Text Editor has the usual toolbar full of controls. The Bookmarks box is simple.

The app is easy enough to use. The pause button pulls the recording back a full second so you really won’t miss anything.  The biggest problem I have with a tool like this is that it doesn’t use speech recognition to automate the transcription. You have to do it all by hand, which was totally NOT cool.

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Connect to your PC or Mac from anywhere in the world with LogMeIn

logmein-iconLogMeIn is fast, easy-to-use remote access software that allows you to control your desktop from anywhere. Its in-browser provides a minimal latency portal to your PC desktop, which you can access from any Mac, PC or hand-held device, including iPads, iPhones and Android Smartphones. You can remotely start up a sleeping computer and with a password protected, 256-bit SSL encrypted connection, you can rest easy knowing your access is secure and safe. Best of all, this is freeware and once you’ve created a LogMeIn account you can instantly start accessing your PC remotely, 100% free.

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With a quick and easy in-browser interface, LogMeIn is a truly impressive way to access your PC remotely. Signing up for a new account is a fairly easy process, though the installation itself might take a little longer than you might expect. Once LogMeIn is up and running though, you’re going to be very pleased with the results. You can wake up your computer remotely and even in-browser it’s a similar experience to having your desktop right there in front of you. And while some features are reserved for the company’s paid offering, the price isn’t too steep ($70 per year) if you want access to HD streaming, file syncing, audio-streaming or printer access.

For the basic level with a free-price tag, this is the best offering you’re going to find without paying for your remote access. Highly recommended.

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FreeFixer

Keep your PC malware free with this cool Windows utility.

freefixer-01-535x535When you get malware, you have just a couple of real world possibilities: live with it, rebuild your PC, or try to remove the malware. Living with it often is something people try to do but don’t succeed at. At some point, you simply can’t take it any more. Rebuilding your PC often resolves the issues, but there’s the potential of substantial data loss. Removing the malware is often the best choice, but choosing the right tool is often difficult. When I bump into problems, I like to give FreeFixer a shot. It’s a free anti-malware tool for Windows.

FreeFixer is a general purpose removal tool. It can help you to delete adware, spyware, Trojans, viruses and worms from your computer. FreeFixer works by scanning a large number of file locations where unwanted software is known to leave traces. This includes Program Files, Startup, your browser’s plug-ins, your home page setting, etc.

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FreeFixer doesn’t necessarily know what is unwanted. Instead, it presents the scan result and it’s up to you decide if something should be removed or should be restored to their default values. Deleting the wrong file could be problematic, so you need to err on the side of caution.

If you’re unsure on what to delete, you can check additional information at FreeFixer’s web site for each item in the scan result. You can for example see what other users chose to do with the same files they found. You can also save log file of your scan result and consult the volunteers in one of the FreeFixer helper forums. However, if you’re not sure, the best thing to do, is nothing at all.

While FreeFixer’s price is right, its methods of removing malware clearly are not. While it may be worth a shot for the more advanced user, there are clearly other tools available that can provide better identification of known malware and offer to remove them as well. In this more modern age of anti-malware and security software, the hit or miss, user decides whether to remove or not methods employed here are much too primitive. Use a different app.

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Viber – Take the free way

viberToday, the free calls over the internet became more and more popular. And while there are plenty of programs that allows you to do so, it’s quite hard to choose. But of course, you go for the most featured and light program that you can find. That’s what I like the most about Viber.

First of all, it’s all cross platform. I know, it’s not the only one who has multiple platform support, but its features are making Viber a complete fast and free communication app. It’s fast, because it’s light, simple and efficient. While other programs offer you this and that function, Viber developers managed to get most of the features, well, the most useful ones, into one program. So, you have high quality voice calls, free text (even group text), photo messages and location-sharing with Viber users. Nothing of these requires registration. The application will detect automatically your contacts who are using Viber, and is working great on 3G connection or wifi without major differences. Anyway, be careful because the usage of 3G will use your data plan and can generate extra costs.

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As I mentioned before, it’s a cross platform software. So, except for linux, you can have Viber on almost any device using Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Nokia (Symbian) and Samsung Bada.

I was testing the Windows and Android versions. Well, I wanted to check the Video Call feature, which so far is a beta feature, between these platforms. On Windows I have the feature, marked as beta, but on Android is not. So, I can make a voice call between these platforms, but so far, the Video call feature doesn’t seem to be available on the mobile device. Location sharing is also a bit tricky. You only have a small purple arrow that will share your location with the person you are texting, if you activate the arrow. You can open the location in Maps, and let your GPS guide you to meet. Available on mobile device only.

If you want to install the windows version, you must first activate Viber on a mobile device, because Viber will use your telephone number as an identifier for the desktop version of the program. By using the desktop version of Viber you will get the advantage of getting all your viber contacts from your phone instantly on your desktop version.

The application is great for free calls. We all know how expensive the calls/messages with other countries are, so, it’s a good and efficient way to talk free with all your friends from all over the world.

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Restore files from formatted disk, deleted or lost partition

thumbnail-100x100Everybody knows that the best way to keep your data safe is to back it up in some way. Having an extra copy is likely the best way to keep the data you need available. However, you have to have a disk, or some type of media to put it on, and sometimes that media gets damaged. Situations like that are made worse when the bad media in question is your backup drive, and your primary copy has bitten the dust. Its at times like this when you need tools like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It’s a data recovery tool for Windows that just might be able to save your bacon.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is free, a one-stop data recovery too that can recover up to1 GB data. It can recover deleted files or folders even when they’ve been emptied from Recycle Bin. It can also recover data due to format, lost partition, system crash, virus attack, etc. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can restore files with their original file names & storage paths.

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The app was designed as a wizard, making the data recovery process easy even for a beginner. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard works with just about any rewritable media, including hard disks memory cards, and USB flash drives under Windows 2000, to Windows 8. Itt supports dynamic disks and all file systems including FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS/NTFS5, and EXT2/EXT3.

Free, easy-to-use, and powerful, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is a must-have too to combat data loss. No matter how you lose data, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will likely recover what you’re looking for. At the very least, it’s a convenient first stop; and the price is right, so its very difficult to go wrong here.

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Read, print and create PDF’s with Nitro PDF Reader

Nitro PDF ReaderDo everything you expect with a PDF reader, and then some.

PDF’s are an important part of both the online and offline computing experiences. If you can’t open or create one, your computing life can get difficult. This is when Nitro PDF Reader comes in handy.

With Nitro PDF Reader you can create PDFs from virtually any Windows application. You can convert any printable files to PDF directly from the source, or from within Nitro Reader itself. Nitro PDF Creator, a virtual print driver, lets you print directly from your favorite Windows applications. Its really just that easy.

Nitro PDF Reader also comes with a desktop icon that allows you to instantly create a document. All PDFs created with Nitro Reader are 100% compatible with other leading PDF readers and editors, like Adobe Acrobat Reader and Acrobat Professional. So you can share them securely with anyone, anywhere.

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Full-featured PDF creation.
Free doesn’t mean limited. You can completely control the output: customize the colors, font-embedding, page size, orientation and output quality. Or just keep it simple with 3 handy presets: Web, Office, and Print ready.

Nitro PDF Reader is a full featured app that gives you complete control over your PDF creations. You even get presets – web, office and print ready – that allows you to quickly change document creation settings. The app also has full support for PDF forms, allowing you to quickly save data as well as the form. You can even use the app to fill in a static form, not necessarily a PDF form. If you don’t have a PDF reader or creator, this should be high on your list of apps to check out.

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ROBLOX

Create and play online games with this cool Windows tool set.

ROBLOX-iOS-IconHalf the fun of playing a game is creating it. When you can create your own levels with your own mazes, it makes for an interesting time. This is one of the reasons why I like Roblox. Its an online gaming tool set and game for Windows.

ROBLOX, is a huge multiplayer online for kids and teens ages 8-16. Players can create their own virtual world, where they and other online members may enter and socialize. Games on Roblox can be scripted using a sandboxed edition of Lua 5.1, and can be used to schedule events that occur in-game, creating different scenarios.

To get the most out of ROBLOX, you have to create an either an online free or premium account. Your account gives you a customizable character and in-game real estate to play in. In the online game, you use various blocks and bricks to build whatever you want. If you’re stuck for an idea, you can always look at other user’s worlds or ROBLOX games that have been created.

The first thing that’ll strike you about ROBLOX is that it’s blocky. Building in Roblox is much like building with Legos. With time and effort, you can build enormous and complex buildings, structures and objects. However, you have to accept the game’s design limitations.

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Roblox is very much like Mine Craft for those that play Xbox. The game is ok, and very basic for this modern world of powerful computer gaming systems and desktops. However, younger kids will definitely like making their own structures and playing game levels they’ve created themselves. If you don’t have an Xbox 360 console and have kids that want to play a Mine Craft like game, this is definitely an awesome choice.

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Free CUDA Video Converter

FCVC03Edit nearly any and all video formatted files for use on your mobile device with this must have, free Windows utility.

Bringing your multimedia content to a point of usefulness isn’t always easy. Changing or upgrading computing platforms and operating systems can be a challenge to content interoperability. Sometimes, content that plays on one computer won’t on another, especially if you’re moving content across OS platforms. This is one reason why I really like CUDA Video Converter. It’s a multimedia content converter for Windows.

CUDA Video Converter converts your videos into different audio and video formats. It has an easy to use interface; and figuring out how to do what you want or need to do is easy to determine. You get additional features, besides just the standard conversion codecs that the app is famous for.

CUDA Video Converter also includes the ability to Clip, Merge and Edit video as well. The features in Clip and Merge allow you to copy and paste scenes from different files into a single file and to edit out the unneeded/unwanted footage. Edit gives you access to special effects, including image flip and cropping.

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This software was easy to download and install. It also uninstalls well. The free version of the app is good, and is also upgradable to the paid version of the software, though the free version has a few buttons and options faded out. If you’re looking for something that allows you to do format/ codec conversions, basic editing, and formatting. The app is fairly easy to use, and offers a great deal for its price point (free).

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