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Screenshots

Posted in Open source, Resources, Software, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 25, 2010 by Alex

Have you ever felt the pressing necessity of capturing your pc’s screen? I suffered this problem untill i followed a friend’s suggestion: installing Quick Screen Capture (first picture, site 1 & 2 are the same).

I won’t spend time in explanations because it’s a so simple and intuitive software that they’d be unuseful.

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Skype

Posted in Software with tags , on June 17, 2010 by Alex

Nowadays everyone has a chat-software.It’s one of the most used and useful program in a pc. Since some months ago i’ve been using one of the most famous chat-softwares: Messenger. It’s not a bad one. You can even call a friend or use web-cams. The funniest thing was the interminable choice of emoticons. Then something happened: i found a better one! Its name is Skype.

It’s a freeware software created to marry two different necessieties: chatting and calling from your pc, at the same time. The first one was solved in a simple way. Skype is an ordinary chat-software. The graphical simplicity (no animoticons, no colorful words) allows to work very fast without problems of lag. Your eyes are literally cuddled by its relaxing but standard aspect.

The solution to the second problem is simply genius. This software can work in two different modalities: Skype or SkypeOUT. The first one is a peer-to-peer connection between pcs that allows the user to call another skype-memeber complitely free. The quality is amazing, latency is only a mirage and it’s used a full-duplex system. There are even some curious tools: you can share the imagine of your desktop in real-time and the call can be shared by more people at the same time (12 if my memory is good). SkypeOut is a pre-payed service. First of all you have to buy some credit using your credit-card then Skype can be used to call phones or mobile-phones. This service isn’t as a good as the previous one, especially reguarding mobile-ones. It’s a half-duplex and latency has acceptable levels. Costs are low so that SkypeOut is a really valid alternative to normal phone-companies.

Installing this software and becoming a user require only 2 minutes. Skype is waiting for you.

PDF, my darling PDF

Posted in Essential softwares, Software with tags , , on June 3, 2010 by Alex


In my opinion the most useful file-format in the whole computers world is the PDF. I simply love PDFs. First of all they’re very “flexible”. You’ll never have problem in opening this kind of files and you can do it fast. On the second hand it’s an universal format, all the operating systems (es. Linux, Windows, Mac) can open it. The third main point is that PDFs can’t be easily made unmodifiable. This feature becomes very useful when it’s needed to send an important document by mail or when you simply need some reassurances on file’s integrity.

For this and other reasons i’d like to suggest you this program: PDF Creator. It transforms your pictures or test-files in PDF format ones. It’s light, simple to use and very very fast during operations. It works like a virtual printer but, instead printing on paper, it creates PDFs.

Please not this 2 things:

  1. This program needs one of these Windows operative systems to be installed: Win95/98/98SE/Me/2000/NT/XP/2003/7 (on Windows 7 it doesn’t seem to work as good as on the other ones).
  2. Its toolbar is installed without request and it automatically changes some browser features. After the installation you should delete this application using directly the control panel not to have further problems.

This program supports PDF, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS and EPS formats.

This is the link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

I hope it’ll be useful.

Stumble!!

Posted in Internet surfing with tags , on June 2, 2010 by Alex

Today I’d like to make you know a very funny tool for your internet browser: StumbleUpon. If you start using it you won’t be able to stop. Its task is finding the most curious and interesting links and web-pages that the biggest part of surfers usually can’t find. It plumbs the depths of the whole Net so you’ll never finish your supply of curiosities. The range of curiosities spaces out from pictures to games, from music to books, from blogs to singular inventions. There’s really everything.

The only thing to do is filling in the proper list to mark your interests. Then you can start stumbling!

Another particular feature of this tool is the interaction with the users. Every time you visualize a page there’s the possibility to give it a good or a bad mark. More positive considerations are received from the link more it’ll be proposed to stumblers.

Here is the link:         www.stumbleupon.com/to/stumble/go

Only one specification: to make it easier for you to start stumbling there is a browser plug-in, that works better on Firefox today.

Enjoy.