FARR goes the distance

FARR goes the distance

Find and Run Robot keeps your hands right where you want them, if you're a keyboard addict. This launcher seems to have been designed for people who want to keep their digits pounding the plastic, so every step of the program has been keyed for those with quick fingers.

Hit the Pause/Break key to bring up the launching window, and as you type FARR narrows down your choices. Search results are numbered and automatically sorted using built-in scoring systems unique... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: freeware , search , utility , desktop

Featured Freeware: Portable FeedReader

Featured Freeware: Portable FeedReader

The world is full of feed readers. Portable FeedReader's claim to fame is its portability, obviously, but there's more to like than just being able to cram it on your USB drive with room to spare.

The program offers a standard RSS feed-reading interface with three vertical panes. One lists the feeds, the second shows the titles of the selected feeds stories, and the third serves as a viewer. Although the panes' width can be changed by clicking and dragging,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: freeware , RSS , Atom

Featured Freeware: WinFlog

Featured Freeware: WinFlog

This handy pair of executables adds muscle to the monitor's power-off function. WinFlog's small multitabbed interface offers four easily invoked functions. WinFlogTurnOff's executable needs no interface as the application simply and immediately turns off the monitor.

Operating WinFlog is very easy, especially for XP users. The program's primary tab lists two options to add a Turn Off Monitor option to the My Computer Icon right-click menu and to the desktop right-click menu. The functions are just as easily removed from... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: freeware

Featured Freeware: SmartClose

Featured Freeware: SmartClose

It's deceptively simple, but this application quickly and cleanly closes all programs, and just as easily restores them. SmartClose's five-icon interface smartly uses tooltips to quickly and adequately explain program operation. Intermediate to advanced users should be able to install and use the program with no further instruction.

SmartClose's primary function leads the user through a wizard to close all programs except for critical Windows functions. Listed options are well-explained as the program advances. Before closing anything, the application takes... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware

Featured Freeware: Sage

Featured Freeware: Sage

Sage is a basic RSS feed and news aggregator for Firefox. Its no-nonsense approach and ease of use will appeal to all user levels.

The extension is meshed with Firefox's sidebar. It's very easy to navigate, with buttons for checking and searching feeds, and two view panels. The top panel displays each feed that you're subscribed to, and the bottom panel displays the specific feed headlines. The Options menu gives you display options, and lets you manage your feeds. Copying... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: freeware , Firefox , add-on , extension , plug-in

iPhone apps of the week

iPhone apps of the week

Before I get to this weeks apps, I found out about some bargain basement prices for a small selection of apps from Ambrosia Software. Aki Mahjong Mobile, Mondo Solitaire, and Mr. Sudoko are all on sale for 99-cents at the app store until November 30th (usually $9.99). If you have any interest in these games, now is the time to start downloading!

For this weeks apps, I'm including one free and one paid app.

The Weather Channel... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , puzzle , rpg

Featured Freeware: Secunia PSI

Featured Freeware: Secunia PSI

Not only does Secunia Personal Software Inspector provide extensive details on the software installed on your computer, it also gives you direct links to update programs that are older and potentially not secure.

The interface mixes professional layout with a text-heavy, spartan design. At the top right of the program window, users can choose a Simple or Advanced layout. Under Simple, Secunia provides basic information about the installed program statuses, with a chart to gauge their security over time... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware , update

First Look video: Picasa 3

First Look video: Picasa 3

Google's recent release of Picasa 3 (review) introduced a dozen changes to the already popular photo organizer.

A few are small, overdue bridges between the desktop app and Web Albums that greatly impact your work flow, and some are much more ambitious features that substantially extend Picasa's abilities. Almost all of them hit the mark (there is one exception.)

This First Look video takes you on a tour of some of the more salient features of this terrific desktop app... Read More »

Topics: Digital Photography

Tags: photo , Picasa , edit , digital photography

FileMenu Tools focuses on function

FileMenu Tools focuses on function

This freeware utility is a boon for users looking to manager their file menus. FileMenu Tools's simple interface logically presents all functions and menus. Most users should have no problem quickly learning to operate this application. A detailed Help file is available for those novices new to the file menu.

Operating FileMenu Tools merely means manipulating select pull-downs and function icons. Users choose a menu and use the Actions function list to add commands, submenus, or separators. Deleting and moving... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: freeware , Windows Explorer , Files

Buzz Buddy for iPhone knows when it's safe to drive home

Buzz Buddy for iPhone knows when it's safe to drive home

As the holiday season approaches, get-togethers have a tendency to grow...merry. After slurping up a couple spirited mugs full of glogg or 'nog, will you know when you're fit to drive home?

You might if you've tracked your drink intake with Buzz Buddy for iPhone and iPod Touch ($0.99). It can't guarantee you'd pass a breathalyzer test, but this blood alcohol calculator gets close.

After entering your gender, weight, and whether you've already consumed alcohol, you'll tap the... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch