Saturday, April 17, 2004

Easy Thumbnails

I've been testing out this software for creating thumbnails. So far
I'm quite impressed. It works very well, and there are quite a lot
of options.

From the developers site:

"Easy Thumbnails is a popular free utility for creating accurate
thumbnail images and scaled-down/up copies from a wide range of
popular picture formats. An elegant interface makes it a snap to find
your images and select them for processing individually, in groups,
or in whole folders, using a simple file selector and built-in image
viewer. You can use slider controls to rotate images and adjust their
contrast, brightness, sharpness and quality, and check out the
results with the built-in viewer.

Key Features:
Scale images up or down in batches
Nine resampling filters, including Lanczos3
Sharpen soft images from digital cameras
Real-time preview of target image
Supports the new JPEG 2000 image format
Preserves EXIF data in JPEG images
Supports lossless JPEG rotation
Free software producing quality results "

Runs on:

Get it here:

Wednesday, April 14, 2004


WordWeb and it is a stand-alone dictionary
and thesaurus. The program sits in the System Tray and you can
call it up from just about any program you may be using including
your browser. To check a word, you simply highlight it and click
the tray icon or use a keyboard shortcut. The WordWeb dialog
appears and presents you with a definition of the word as well as
a list of synonyms. If the word is spelled incorrectly, it will
present an alternative where possible as well as a list of like
words for you to choose from. You can substitute the word with
one from the list by using the "replace" button.

You can also enter a word directly into the search field and have
the search function present you with a definition, synonyms,
antonyms and more.

This software is excellent if you are working in text editors,
email clients, html editors or other programs that might not have
access to the powerful grammar and spelling functionality of
software like MS Word. It also very handy for checking the
meanings of words you may encounter while browsing the Internet.

The program is compatible with Win 95, 98, NT, 2000 and XP.

You can find out more about the program from the following links:
Developer's Website
Download Mirror

NOTE: This version of the program is freeware and fully
functional. However, there is a Pro version of the software that
offers extra options for a fee.

Monday, April 12, 2004

CPU Speed

This little app works a treat.

From the download site:

"CPU Speed is a small, standalone tool that measures the actual speed
of your Intel or AMD processor (CPU). It requires no installation,
just run the executable and start the speed test. The determined
speed may not reflect exact speed as indicated by your system
information (since other processes may take up CPU resources), but it
should be fairly close to it"

Runs on: 98/ME/2000/XP

Get it here.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

If you've always wanted to try out the Linux operating system, but
haven't had the time or inclination to delve into it too deeply, Damn
Small Linux might be just the right distribution for you.

I'm currently trying this out on my second (Windows 98) machine, and
it works fine. The OS boots from a CD, so you don't have to worry
about installing it on your hard-drive or fiddling around with Linux

It comes with some essential applications such as a browser, email
client, word processing and graphics tools. I reckon this is a great
way for Linux virgins like yours truly to get a taste of the OS.

You will need a computer that allows you to boot from a CD . Often
you can hop into the BIOS and change it so that you can boot from
CD, rather than a floppy disk.

Under 50mb is pretty small for a complete operating system. However,
it is still a fairly hefty download if you are on a dial-up
connection. I got my copy of a computer magazine disk.

You can get more information and download a copy from here: