bustaname.com: domain name generator

logo_smallThis is one of the most useful sites I visited lately. When you need to find the right name for a website, I suggest you visit this site.

Just type the words you want to see in your domain name and bustaname.com will check all the possible combinations and show you which ones are available. There’s also a domain name check box, where you type the name you want to use and it tells you if the .com, .net or .org is available.

One of the best features is the related words finder, which is a little blue arrow that every word have at the end. Clicking on it will show you a pop-up list of words that are similar or related to the original one.

There’s more: Select the maximun number of words you want in your domain. Select if you want only  .com   .net  .org .info or .biz. Prefixes an suffixes, etc.

Then you can buy the domain name and even the hosting. They have special discount offers if you buy thru them.

Click here to visit Bustaname.com

Howtogetridofstuff.com: Exactly that.

Surprisingly this is not one of those fake websites that have links like “How to get rid of bad credit” and it leads to a ton of ads for credit counceling, bankruptcy attorneys, etc.

It actually have real articles in each and every topic.  Some examples are the classic “How to get rid of spyware” or “How to get rid of digestive problems”. But there are some categories that catched my attention, like the People category, where you find “How to get rid of homesales”, “Jehova’s Witnesses”, Gang Members”, “Noisy roomates” or “How to get rid of your Gag Reflex” (!?).

There’s a small link at the bottom to submit your problem, or what you want to get rid of. And the admins will take it in consideration to include it in the site.

The website layout  is very basic and elegant, which is good for fast browsing.  I was expecting to see intrusive advertising all over the site, but that didn’t happened. The ads are focused in the topic and not annoying at all.

I can say that this website already helped me with a couple of problems I had. And no, It wasn’t the gag reflex.

Click here to visit howtogetridofstuff.com

The European Commision made a proposition that if it becomes a law, software developers may be held liable if their applications fail.

This proposal wants to extend the principles of consumer protection rules so it can cover software licensing. This short sighted people says that consumers need to have the guarantee that a licensed software will not cause data loss, system instability, or who knows what else they may include in this nonsense law proposal.

There’s absolutly no way a programmer or a team of programmers can guarantee a 100% bug free application. And that is a fact. Add the infinite configuration combinations that computers have today and you realize what’s next.

Only big corporations like Microsoft and IBM will be capable of writing sofware, elevating prices and eliminating the small developer who can’t afford to be sued because a conflict of memory in his application caused a customer some data loss. 

If this becomes law, I can see developers adding code in their applications to block a program from being installed if the computer don’t have exactly the required configuration making installation a real pain you know where.

Is there anbody who thinks this is a good idea? Please tell me how this can be good for anybody.

Click here to read the article in ZDnet.co.uk

Bart's PE BuilderThe safe mode sometimes is not safe enough when trying to eliminate viruses, recovering files, delete system components, and a lot more.
Microsoft created a PE (Preinstalled Environment) for this special situations. It’s basically a minimal win32 with a few services which is burned in a bootable CD or DVD.

But there’s some limitations in this Windows PE. A guy named Bart Lagerweij (http://www.nu2.nu) from the Nederlands made something a lot better and more useful than Microsoft’s. He built Bart’sPE.

For example, Windows PE is command line only, that means no graphic environment, no mouse support, etc. Bart’sPE is a graphic environment with the choice of using command line if you want/need it.

Another one: Windows PE is for OEM users only, and Bart’s PE is free for everybody. All you need is the Windows installation files.

You have to download the builder, run it and point to the location of the Windows installation files. The program can burn the CD directly or you may choose to create the ISO image to burn it later.

Once you boot your PC with Bart’s PE you get a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface and FAT/NTFS/CDFS filesystem support.

If you still use that MS-DOS cd to make a clean boot, you may want to replace it with this one.

System requirements:

  1. The files from your Windows Installation CD-Rom.
    Supported Windows versions are:

    • Windows XP Home Edition (must be slip streamed with Service Pack 1 or higher)
    • Windows XP Professional (must be slip streamed with Service Pack 1 or higher)
    • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
    • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
    • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
  2. PE Builder runs on Windows 2000/XP/2003/BartPE systems.
  3. CD/DVD writer if you want to creat a bootable CD/DVD.

Click here to download Bart’sPE builder.

More people using Firefox

Get Firefox

This is a good one. Today I checked my website statistics for the last year (May 9 2008 -May 9 2009) and among other things this came up: 

1 Firefox 44.88%
2 IE 39.49% 
3 Chrome 6.01% 
4 Opera 5.41% 
5 Safari 2.83% 
6 Mozilla 0.86% 
7 Konqueror 0.11% 
8 Netscape 0.11% 
9 Mozilla Compatible Agent 0.10% 
10 SeaMonkey 0.10%

Which means that, at least the people who visits this site is more aware of the benefits of using Firefox over Internet Explorer.

Safer and faster are the words that describe Firefox against IE. If you want to try Firefox 3 and see for yourself, all you have to do is click here.

hulu.com: Watch shows and movies free

Hulu.com has been around for some time now. It’s not one of those sites where the users upload videos and they keep playing it until the owner complaints about copyright infringement.

This site is sponsored by some advertisers which shows their ads every 10 or 15 minutes during the shows. I never saw a commercial break longer than 30 seconds.

Now the good thing is that they have a lot of the most rated shows in TV right now. Some examples are Family Guy, House, 24, Rescue me, Fringe, American Dad, and a lot more. All of them are full episodes.

I can’t say the same about the movies. They are not known or well known. Mostly independent films, which most of them happens to be very good ones.

Very good quality in video and sound and a very intuitive player.

Click here to visit Hulu.com

How to remove Google Updater

googlelogoI still don’t understand why Google needs to have a service running all the time in my computer using CPU and memory just to update their software, which I don’t use very often.

I think it will be better to make that application (Earth, Picasa, Desktop, etc) search for updates everytime it is started like normal applications do. Am I right?

If you want to uninstall this GoogleUpdater.exe and prevent it from loading in memory, follow one of these procedures. You may find that the first one worked fine. But if it didn’t try the others.

  • Manual service disable
    Go to the Start menu, select Run and type: services.msc
    In the list of services (right panel) search for Google Updater.
    When you find it, double click on it. A dialog window will open
    In Startup type, select DISABLED.Check to see if there’s more than one service named Google updater or update and do the same with all of them.
  • Uninstall from the Start Menu
    Click the Start menu on your computer taskbar.
    Select Programs
    Select Google Updater.
    Select Uninstall Google Updater.
    Restart your computer after you uninstall.
  • Uninstall from the Control Panel
    Click the Start menu on your computer taskbar.
    Select Control Panel.
    Double-click Add or Remove Programs (on XP) or Programs and Features (on Vista).
    Select Google Updater in the list of programs.
    Click Remove.
    Restart your computer after you uninstall.
  • Uninstall from the command line
    Click the Start menu on your computer taskbar.
    Select Run.
    Enter cmd to open a command prompt.
    Type cd C:\Program Files\Google\Google Updater to change directories.
    Type GoogleUpdater.exe -uninstall to uninstall.
    Restart your computer after you uninstall.If you don’t have a directory named Google Updater, you may have one named “update”. Inside it there’s an application named GoogleUpdate.exe. Use that application instead.

Hope you got rid of it.

spacesnifferThis is a tool you may want to use everytime you need to free some space in your hard disk, because it shows you each folder represented as squares and the size of each one is proportional to the amount of bytes contained in that folder.
You can also click on each square and see the content of that folder and subfolders.

System requirements: Windows XP or Vista.

Click here to download SpaceSniffer.

Regprot : free registry protector

I like the idea of being in total control of every important modification the Windows registry have. And for that reason I’ve been using TeaTimer, a program that comes with Spybot S&D that warns you every time the registry is going to be modified letting you choose to allow or deny the modification. I really like that, because it prevented me a lot of problems.

The bad thing with this TeaTimer is that almost all the time my task manager shows me that it’s using 80 to 90 percent of my CPU and between 20 and 60 Mb of ram. It slows down every other process running at the same time.

So, I started looking for something that could offer that same kind of protection without clogging the CPU and RAM.

RegProt is what looks like the best alternative to TeaTimer.

I’ve been using it for a month now and it is good. It warns you of every important modification the registry is going to have. Now, about the resources this little program uses: The exe is only 29Kb. It uses 140Kb of RAM while running. Note that I’m talking about Kb, not Mb!! (1Mb=1024Kb, do the math). And the CPU usage never was more than 1%.

Only one little detail to remark. TeaTimer have an option to make the program remember the action taken when a warning comes up, so the next time the same process tries to modify the registry, instead of asking you, it will do what you did the first time. And RegProt don’t have that feature.

Anyway, is a very small price to pay for the big convenience of having the CPU working at 95% and 50 Mb more in RAM.

It comes with a program named rpadmin, which lets you specify if you want to start or stop RegProt and if you want to run it when Windows start.

System requirements: Windows 98 or newer.

Click here to download RegProt.

Wix.com : Free flash creator online

I’m not a fan of Flash, and I try to avoid it every time I can. But boy, they got me here! Visit WIX.COM, create an account (all they need is an email adress, a user name and a password) and now you can say you are a flash designer. And all you need is a web browser!

If you want to have a slick, professional looking Flash site in less than an hour but don’t want to learn Flash, you will like this site. Here’s a page with some of the users websites created with WIX.

First thing you will notice is a very intuitive wysiwyg editor with a lot of ready made widgets like media players, buttons, menus, photo albums, etc. You have the option to include videos from Youtube, Metacafe or 5min. You can use the royalty free WIX pictures, use pics from flicker or upload new ones.

Once you have your site ready, you save it and copy the URL of your new site. Or you can embed the code in your own site to use your own URL. You may also want to publish it directly on some of the social sites like Myspace, Facebook, Friendster, Blogger, and many more.

System requirements: A Flash enabled browser.

Click here to visit WIX.COM

PDFForge: PDF creator (and JPG, BMP, PNG, PCX, etc)

By the name, you may underestimate this excellent application which is installed in your system like another printer. But instead of printing in paper, it generates a PDF file of your document.

And I say you may underestimate it because it also generates PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS from any application that allows you to print. Just select PDF Creator instead of your regular printer, give the output file a name and a destination and that’s it. When the file is about to be created, it let’s you send it directly by email to the address you specify. You can also encrypt your generated files and protect them with passwords.

I found it very useful for generating a JPG of a long website or to use it instead of a fax machine.

System requirements: Windows.

Click here to download.

ADrive.com: Free 50 Gb storage space.

Adrive 50 Gb Storage

After a disastrous hard disk failure and of course, an almost total loss of information, I started to worry about backups and looking for online options.
One of the best I found is ADrive.com. The basic package is free with 50 gb of disk space. With the free account you also have the option of using the desktop client to schedule backups or sync your local files with your ADrive account.
If you use Zoho you can open, edit and save your texts or spreadsheets directly from your Adrive.
And more options like file sharing, upload entire folders or subdirectories (using the java interface), search, etc makes this service a great option for storage needs.

System requirements
: Windows, Mac or Unix. Internet Explorer or Firefox recommended with Javascript enabled.

You probably have been in this situation before: You are about to clean up your hard disk and want to reinstall some of the software you already have, but you can’t find the case or the manual where the cd key or the serial number was.

That’s where SoftKey Revealer becomes a very useful tool. At the time, it supports more than 700 products, like many versions of Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia, Nero,  and more. Here’s a list.

If the key you need is for a game, the same author made this other program: Game Key Revealer, which is almost the same but for games only. Electronics Arts, Epic Games, LucasArts, Sega, Maxis and a lot more are the products this program supports.

System Requirements: Windows from 95 to Vista.

Click here to download SoftKey Revealer.

Click here to download Game Key Revealer.

YawCam: Free web camera software

Suppose you want to see who’s using your computer when you are out. And you don’t want to alert the unauthorized user of your “invisible presence”. I was looking for a software to do that but I kept finding demos or shareware versions.

YawCam is freeware and it does exactly that. It’s basically a webserver that streams video from your webcam. Once installed and running you can type your IP address and port and you’ll be able to see from anywhere in the world (with an internet connection, of course), the video your webcam is sending.

The stealth mode is one of the best things this program have. There’s no signs of it running anywhere in the screen. And you can set it to start in stealth mode when Windows start.

More options like the scheduler wich lets you specify what day and time the webcam goes online or offline, the ability to create users/passwords to control who can watch your webcam stream, change the page layout, text and image overlays, motion detection, and a lot more makes this free program one of the best I tested here.

System requirements:
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 or later.
  • DirectX 9 or later.
  • Windows Media Player 9 or later.
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Click here to download YawCam.

    Format Factory: Free media converter

    Format Factory is an excellent application wich lets you convert media files from almost any format to another.

    For example: If you need to convert a video file to view it in iPod or Zune, or if you downloaded a video from youtube (flv) and want it in mpg, or if you recorded a sound in wav format and want it in mp3, this is the program you need to get.

    This is a list of some of the things you will see in this application

    • Converts between 20 video formats
    • Supports 18 audio formats (reading) and 9 of them for writing
    • 16 Picture formats (reading) and 8 for writing 
    • 9 Mobile device formats (including iPod, PSP, Zune, Blackberry and more)
    • Rips DVD’s to 7 video file formats (including avi and mpg)
    • Writes ISO/CSO images to your hard drive directly from DVD or CD
    • Converts ISO to CSO / CSO to ISO

    It comes with 30 languages already installed, and 4 skins (actually color schemes).

    System requirements: All 32 windows OS.

    Click here to download Format Factory.

    This program will help you achieve maximum speeds with your current internet connection by optimizing the TCP/IP parameters in the Windows Registry.

    It’s a stand alone program, so there’s nothing to install. Now the interface is somewhat complicated for a non-techie, so if you don’t know how to configure every parameter, just check the ”Optimal Settings” option and apply the changes.

    I noticed an increase of the overall browsing speed, but to say a 200% is too much. Maybe a 30%. It depends on your old settings. Maybe your connection is already optimized. In that case you will notice little to no difference.

    System requirements: Windows 9x/ME/2K/XP/XP-SP2/2k3

    Click here to download SG TCP Optimizer.

    speed.io: Test your internet connection speed with extreme accuracy

    Here’s a very reliable way to check your internet speeds (download, upload, connect and ping). This is a site, not an application, so you just need a web browser with flash.

    With a very attractive interface that resembles a car dashboard, the results are very accurate and shown in no technical terms, so anybody can understand them.

    System requirements: Just an internet connection and a browser.

    Click here to visit speed.io.

    Traktor Beatport SYNC: Free Audio Player With DJ Functionality

    Beatport SYNC is a powerful audio player with basic DJ functions developed by Beatport and Native Instruments. Based on the award-winning TRAKTOR 3 technology, this free software for Mac and PC lets you mix tracks like a DJ using the two virtual decks, a crossfader and auto beat sync function.

    System requirements: Windows (XP or Vista) or Mac OS (10.4.x or 10.5).

    This is one of the friendliest remote access programs I’ve stumbled upon. For some people it’s difficult even get their IP address, and that’s the first obstacle when you are trying to control a remote computer. Then comes the protocol, the firewall, etc.

    It’s a good thing that the german company TeamViewer GmbH developed a small software that don’t even need installation (optional).  Just run the downloaded .EXE and choose if you want to install or run the program. The biggest benefit of installing over just running it is that you can choose to start Teamviewer when Windows starts.

    Then, if you want your partner to take control of your computer send him the ID and password you see in the “Wait for Session” area.

    Now if you want to control your partner’s computer, he or she needs to give you the ID and password and you type them in the “Create Session” area and a window will open with your partner’s desktop in it. Easy enough for anybody.

    System requirements: Free version for non-commercial use,  Windows and Mac OS X.

    Click here to download Teamviewer

    I know some of you are tired of downloading programs that promises access to your files from any computer with an internet connection, but install and configurate them are a real pain in the neck and never seems to work the way you want it.

    Ok, I think this time you will be relieved of that feeling: HFS HTTP File Server is the easiest, smallest and fastest server you will find on the net.

    Just 550Kb with NO INSTALLATION, a single exe file that looks something like Windows Explorer. Download it and run it, select a port where your server will work (if you don’t know what a port is, just pick a big number) and select which folder you want to be accesible from anywhere in the world.

    Then if you want you can right click on the folder and set a password so only people you know may access the files in that folder. I recommend you do this.

    Now give the people you want to have access your IP address and your port. You can find your IP in the MENU > IP Address >Find external address.  Write down that number.  For example, if your external IP address is and your port is 8080, then people can access your files typing this address in their browsers:

    Easy uh? This program is free and open source.

    System requirements: Windows

    Click here to download HFS HTTP File Server.