PowerResizer for Windows

Posted on June 22, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Windows, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , |

PowerResizer lets you size and arrange your windows on the desktop.

It’s a handy way to compare two or more files, graphics, etc. in two windows, sized so they can stay side by side or top and bottom.

Or just have multiple windows up with different programs running in each, so you can keep track of them all… or just look really, really busy.

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Make your website friendly for cellphones

Posted on July 7, 2008. Filed under: Ergonomics / Disabilities, File conversion, Google, Phones, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf recommends Google Mobilizer for adapting any website for use on a cellphone.

Google Mobilizer will take “any website and make it viewable on your mobile phone or PDA. Simply go to Google Mobilizer and enter the website URL, indicate whether you want images on/off, and click ‘GO’. Mobilizer will present you with a neat, add-free and stripped down version of the website. You also get a navigation menu to easily browse through website’s pages.”

Note: this is a very brief page with a place to enter the URL, and a checkbox if there are no images.  This does not actually change the website; it just reformats a copy of it and makes it available.  Handy if you need to see something on a page intended for a full screen view only, and checking the HTML may give you some ideas on how to create a mobile-friendly version of your own website.

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Save space on your hard drive: the Recycle Bin

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, Help | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By default Windows XP reserves 10% of your hard drive for the bin. So, if you have a 120GB hard drive, you have 12GB taken up for files you didn’t even want anymore.

While you need some space for that — you just might want to go back and dig one out — do you really need to waste that much, especially if you’re getting cramped for space?

Internet Fixes has advice on how to resize the Recycle Bin in XP to take up less of your precious hard drive space.

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FixPicture allows you to convert, resize

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Graphics, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

FixPicture is a free site aimed at digital camera owners who want to resize or convert the file format of their pictures.

Features:

  • Resize, edit and convert your images online. No registration required.
  • Upload images from a hard drive or import them directly from a url.
  • Supports over 400 file format: pictures (jpeg, tiff, png, gif, bmp, tga, …), RAW files (crw, nef, raf, cr2, dng, …)
  • Basic functions: Resize, Crop, Rotate, Mirror, Adjust.
  • Effects: Auto Level, Auto Contrast, Detail, Focus, Blur+, Sharpen+, Grayscale, Sepia, Maximum, Negative, Emboss, Normalise.
  • Download and save ready images as jpeg, tiff, png, gif, bmp, or tga files.
  • Multilingual: English, Deutsch, Italiano, Español, Français, Português, and Svenska.

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Power Toys for better use

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Windows, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

PowerToys for Windows XP is freeware. PowerToys for Windows XP is a suite of separately offered tools that lets you do things like view images burned to a CD as a slide show and create a Web-ready slide show of your digital pictures. The useful Alt-Tab Replacement displays the icon of the application window you are switching to, as well as a preview of the page. This is particularly helpful when multiple windows of an application are open. You can also take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate. Another tool, Tweak UI, gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default interface, including settings for the mouse, Explorer, the taskbar, and more. Other tools let you resize images with a right-click, manage four virtual desktops, and switch users without going through the log-on screen. This suite also lets you magnify parts of the screen from the taskbar, and to open a command window (cmd.exe) by pointing to a selected folder. The Power Calculator can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform conversions. Recommended by PC Annoyances

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