The Downloads and Links Page

TweetDeck: Browser for connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and more. NutshellMail: Receive all your Facebook & Twitter updates through a single email for free. Our updates also support Twitter Search, MySpace, LinkedIn, and Ning networks. You can also get a summary of messages from secondary email accounts -- perfect for old or rarely-used email addresses. OrSiSo: Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, Friendster, Twitter, AIM, MSN Messenger & Yahoo! Messenger. All your social networks and business info in one desktop application.
The Matrix (212KB) screensaver [includes "Wake up, Neo..."] Matrix 1 (1MB) screensaver Matrix 2 (65KB) screensaver
ScreenPhaser (1MB) screensaver that uses your 3D video card

Flame Fractals truly beautiful computer generated designs.

Free software for Windows:

Downloadpedia
OSSwin Project
Open Source Windows
 

The ultimate Home Page! Customize with your bookmarks and favorites.

The Peer's  "For Sale" page
 

Skype beta group video chat

Free online games

Paper Pilot
Flash Element TD
Bauns
SilverSphere
You Don't Know Jack
All Hallow's Eve
De-animator
Flash Flash Revolution
White Chamber
Virtual Police: Genome War
Unique IQ Tests
Tarot Card Reader
Smart or "Stoopid" (my score: 21)

I've seen several email scams claiming to get you money or property that's been left for you in wills, dispensed by courts, left unclaimed, etc.. These services are completely unnecessary because states maintain their own service to track these things.

Unclaimed property and lost money!
Here are the state-sanctioned unclaimed funds registries...

National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators
(Click on the link for 'Owners' and then click on the link to 'Find Property' -- this will let you select your state.)

Missing Money

Both of these sites link you to databases in each state where you can search online.

Game-Service sites

GameTap (A-) $9.95/mo
Pogo (B-) $5.99/mo
MSN Games (C) $14.99/mo
Steam (A) per-game purchases only
BitTorrent (D+) per-game only
Manifesto Games (B+) per-game only

Celestia  [Free]
Chris Laurel   A space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
EarthWatch  [Shareware]
Elanware, Inc.   Displays a dynamic world map clock and almanac information panel with many different graphical configurations.
CDBurnerXP Pro [Free]
Stefan Haglund, Fredrik Haglund, Florian Schmitz   Burns CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R/RW, and DVD-R/RW discs. It's a great solution if you want something with a few extras and don't need anything fancy and bloated (and costly) like Nero or Roxio.
RealDownloader
  • Download videos from hundreds of websites like YouTube & DailyMotion
  • Build a library of your favorite Internet videos
  • Watch your videos whenever you want, even if you’re offline
  • Say goodbye to buffering issues
Same Game  [Free]
Frank Bannon   Move game pieces across a grid to connect as many like pieces as possible. Remove the connected pieces and gain points. The more pieces removed at one time, the more points are scored. Game pieces can be changed between playing cards, marbles, dominos, blocks, and others.
Mp3tag [Free]
Mp3tag is a FREE, powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit and manage mp3 ID3-tags, filenames, APE-tags and Vorbis Comments of audio files.
Clonezilla [Free] Clonezilla is an efficient, networkable, piece of software that can clone a single machine or up to forty machines simultaneously. Citrus Alarm Clock [Free]
Mark McIntyre   Citrus is a software alarm clock. Set as many different alarms as you'd like, Uses your existing media player; MP3, WMA, and any other media types are supported as long as you have the right media player installed

Free Virus and Spyware Protection:
What's Right for You?

My helper: CrossLoop Quite possibly the easiest remote-access tool on the planet
BitTorrent (official client)
BitTorrent, also known as the "Mainline" client, is developed and distributed by the company of the same name. It was written in python by Bram Cohen, who invented and developed the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol. Because it truly is "official," all the optimizations and updates to the original BitTorrent code will be reflected in the official client first.

Wired News rating: 9/10

µTorrent
The µ is for micro, and "microTorrent" is a very, very tiny BitTorrent client. The entire application is 170 KB, and it packs enough features into that small package to compete with beefier applications like Azureus. The memory footprint is also ridiculously small. Even so, the client is responsive, fast and can handle a large workload without choking.

Wired News rating: 9/10

Azureus
If you're looking for a slew of features -- and really, I mean a ton of features -- then Azureus is for you. I often call Azureus the "kitchen sink" of BitTorrent clients. It supports plug-ins, so what it doesn't have can be slapped on after the fact. It's built in Java, which hurts the user experience and brings up some compatibility issues, but it also means that Azureus can run on any platform where Java can be installed.

Wired News rating: 8/10

BitComet
It may not be the prettiest client that we reviewed -- in fact, BitComet may very well be the ugliest -- but it works exceptionally well, and its automated set-up options make it a great place for new users to start. It has all the standard features one would expect in a BitTorrent client, plus some fresh twists that set it apart.

Wired News rating: 7/10

Bits on Wheels
It runs on Mac OS X only, and it's still young, so it's not for everyone, but Bits on Wheels exhibits most of the features beloved by Azureus users and it doesn't totally hose your computer's resources once the torrents start to pile up. In fact, Bits on Wheels has been my primary client for a while now, and I routinely use it share a dozen or so torrents without seeing even the slightest hiccup on my machine.

Wired News rating: 6/10

All information on Bit Torrent clients was drawn from Wired. You can read the complete article here.
   
TeamSpeak
TeamSpeak is a quality, scalable application which enables people to speak with one another over the Internet. TeamSpeak consists of both client and server software. The server acts as a host to multiple client connections, capable of handling literally thousands of simultaneous users. This results in an Internet based teleconferencing solution that works in a variety of applications such as team mates speaking with one another while playing their favorite online game, small businesses cutting costs on long distance charges, or for personal communication with friends and family.
Ventrilo
Ventrilo is the next evolutionary step of Voice over IP (VoIP) group communications software. Ventrilo is also the industry standard by which all others measure themselves as they attempt to imitate its features.

By offering surround sound positioning and special sound effects on a per user, per channel, per server or global configuration level the program provides each user the option to fully customize exactly how they wish to hear sounds from other users or events.

DNS "smoke ping"

Internet Traffic Report

   
iProtection: If you're dipping into the web, you should cover your assets! Read this now (you know you want to).

10 faces of computer malware


Read this presentation

 

Recommended tools:
Vipre Live (updated daily)
Malwarebytes (can do Safe mode)
Microsoft SysInternals

 

Also check out:
Microsoft security tools
MS Safety Scanner
MS Event Viewer
X-RayPC
SystemLookup.com
VirusTotal
Wireshark

Apps from the above video:
Privacy in the Digital Age Online malware (virus, spyware, etc.) scanners:

F-Secure (Java) scan & clean
Trend Micro (Java or Active-X) scan & clean
Panda (Active-X) scan only [not for servers]
McAfee (Active-X) scan only
Symantec (Java) scan only [not for servers]

  If your system powers on, but won't load into Windows, if you cannot get to any of the above sites, or if you go to them and they won't run, you could have either a hardware problem or one of the new, extremely bad infections. Rule out hardware issues by disconnecting it from everything except the keyboard, mouse and display, then running memory and hard disk tests. If the system passes those tests, then it's most likely a malware infection.
  In that case, use another computer to goto the new Vipre and Malwarebytes partnership web site and download both programs to a flash drive. Follow the instructions to clean your infected system with Vipre Rescue in Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt (get there by hitting F8 during boot). Do this for each login account on the computer, rebooting between scans. Then restart the computer in standard Safe Mode (again with F8) and install Malwarebytes, followed by a full system scan. Note that each of these scans will take a VERY long time; be patient and hang in there. After all, the alternative is:
  If this fails to get your system up and running, you may have to wipe it out by doing a complete reload. The effectively takes the computer back to the way it was when you purchased it. If you're not comfortable doing this yourself, call your local computer tech and explain the steps you've taken so that they can tell you what's going to be needed in order to recover your PC. I hope you have a backup because at this point you're looking at possibly losing everything!

Software checking:
Check out the new Secunia Software Inspector, which checks operating systems and common applications—including browsers, browser plug-ins, IM clients, and media players—to report whether you have the latest version and all the patches installed. There's also an option to look for apps in non-standard locations.

Full URLs (for pasting):
http://support.f-secure.com/ols/start.html
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/default.asp?productid=symhome&langid=ie&venid=sym

http://vipre.malwarebytes.org/

http://secunia.com/software_inspector/

 

   

 

Network tools:

 

Hard disk drive data recovery

One of the biggest myths regarding data recovery is the "clean room" myth. This is the idea that you need a $100,000+ ISO 5 (Class 100) dust-free environment to safely and successfully recover data from a bad, dead, or dying hard drive.

Depending on the damage your drive has experienced, the following services are recommended (in rising order of cost):

Hard disk hardware:

 

   

 

Recumbent bikes:

For Sale: Redbent by Recumbent Barn - $400

http://www.bicycleman.com/recumbents/rans/rans_v-rex.htm ($1,595?)

http://www.hpvelotechnik.com/produkte/gekkofx/index_e.html ($2,290! *cough*)

http://www.lightningbikes.com/p38.htm (what's with those handlebars? $3,100)

http://www.lightningbikes.com/f40.htm (too confining; $6,100!?!?)

http://www.radius-liegeraeder.de/english/Hornet.Ausstattung.html (narrow seat; no price tag?)