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Occult word list

MB Occult Dictionary Software provides a look at hundreds of occult words and their definitions. With a huge selection of terms and a handy feature, this is a great way to learn more on the subject.

If the program's simple black and white interface left us cold, the useless single sentence instructions of the online Help file practically gave us pneumonia. Luckily, the dictionary is organized in a way that we still mastered navigation in mere seconds. We were impressed by the amount of information as we scrolled through the list of hundreds of terms, ranging from Alexandrian Tradition, … Read more

Massage guide

MB Free Reflexology Software provides two instructional ways to relieve pain and disease. The program is designed well and the tutorials are written so anyone can use the knowledge, which we loved.

The program's interface was simple for us to begin using. The layout was intuitive and the Help file gave us a solid understanding of reflexology and Shiatsu, and both were central to our success. We were given the choice between reflexology and Shiatsu and both proved to be impressive. The Shiatsu option was our favorite, as it allowed us to choose a mentality to improve, such as … Read more

Dyson unveils blade-free fan

At first glance, James Dyson's latest invention looks like a powerful HD antenna or perhaps a small portal into another world. But in fact, the device, which carries the vaunting title of Dyson Air Multiplier, is something much more common: a fan.

What, a fan with no blades? Yes, that's exactly what you're looking at, and what makes the Air Multiplier so hard for people to classify at first. This fan uses some innovative airflow engineering to pull air up through an energy-efficient brushless motorbase and multiply it 15 times, expelling it through an airfoil-shaped ramp at a rate of 118 gallons a second, according to the press release.

Dyson, the company, says its fluid dynamics engineers spent four years "running hundreds of simulations to precisely measure and optimize the machine's aperture and airfoil-shaped ramp" and air fluctuations were mapped with something called a Laser Doppler Annometry. … Read more

Mediocre clock enhancement

AlfaClock2 is a basic program that adds a bit of extra functionality to the standard Windows System Tray clock. Although some of the program's features were quite nice, others were confusing and difficult to access.

Many of the program's functions are accessed by right-clicking on the clock, which is simple enough. From there, a menu appears and users can view a multi-month calendar or a desktop clock, copy the current date to the clipboard, or have the program speak the date and time aloud (we were especially impressed with the realistic and pleasant voice used for this feature). … Read more

Advanced data processor

Despite its fun name and happy colors, Parse-O-Matic Free Edition is not a friendly, automated file conversion tool. Parse-O-Matic is a tool for programmers who want to make complex changes to a file and want to learn a new scripting language to do so.

Luckily, the language itself is straightforward and supports conventions such as arrays and regular expressions. It also offers many ways to find, compare, and alter data, including the capability to compare strings, numbers, lengths, and patterns. Parse-O-Matic comes with an enormous, detailed user manual in addition to many example scripts, from simple to advanced. Once you … Read more

School problem helper

Genius Maker Free Edition provides more than 30 calculators and tools for various physics, chemistry, and math problems. By giving an alternative to figuring problems out with a paper and pencil, this program ensures accuracy and saves time.

We completely skipped the instructional Help file because the program's interface was very intuitive. With great onscreen direction and a simple layout, high schoolers and adults will have no trouble navigating things. The various tools were broken into categories of Physics, Chemistry, and Math, with the bulk of the 38 tools in Math and Physics. Ranging from PH Calculators, to Graph … Read more

Media viewer

FreeVimager is a simple tool for viewing photos and video and hearing music. The program is functional, but isn't anything spectacular.

We were pleased with FreeVimager's intuitive interface. Within no time we were opening our photos and utilizing the program's simple editing tools. Focusing mostly on resizing and adjusting the color composition, the program didn't let us add filters or anything fancy, but we actually liked how that kept things focused and simple. However, we didn't agree with the program description's boast that it was smaller than its competition. Frankly its size, just like … Read more

Easy budget helper

iFreeBudget provides an intuitive way to manage budgets and finances. With a smooth layout and helpful options, this is a great tool for keeping a tighter rein on pocketbooks.

We definitely don't consider ourselves financial geniuses, so we were pleased at how intuitive and natural this program's layout felt. An Account Management Wizard was all we needed to successfully set up our finances. That wizard gave us choices ranging from entering income, expenses, bill payment, and more. All were impressively simple to fill with data and were equally easy to view. The program broke down all aspects of … Read more

Helpful retail program

Imonggo Free POS Software provides an incredible range of control for small businesses. It ackles every aspect of retail with a streamlined program. We were quickly impressed.

The program's interface initially turned us off, since it was not a downloadable program, but an online tool that required us to register. However, its professional layout, simple commands, and insightful Help file instructions quickly converted us into believers. The program focused on the three biggest aspects of retail: Inventory, Store, and Office. It impressed us at each stop. Imonggo Free POS Software's inventory was easy to populate, even allowing barcodes … Read more

AVG: Version 9 faster, includes ID protection service

The feature-rich versions of popular security program AVG have been updated, with AVG Technologies claiming faster scan times, faster boot times, and other under-the-hood improvements. While version 8 introduced a consolidated product line, making those features work better together takes the attention of AVG Internet Security 9 and AVG Anti-Virus 9.

AVG is making some bold claims for these updates. The company is touting scan times that are "up to 50 percent" faster, based on marking files safe until their file structure changes, and boot times that are "10 to 15 percent" faster. Memory usage is … Read more