Windows 7….Bad for your Health

Funny, Microsoft, Windows
....Atleast if you're in Japan. Take a look at this monster...seven freaking patties stacked up in between two buns.....in time to celebrate Windows 7 launch. You'll pay (roughly) $17.10 for the pleasure of clogging your arteries with this 5.1 inch tall monster. Once you're done -- if you're still alive -- you'll finally understand how your computer feels after a windows installation :-).
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Startup Delayer will help you speed up Windows XP/Vista boot time…

Microsoft, Tricks, Windows
Yep, as weird as that sounds, by cascading your startup items load time (ie: most of the stuff that gets loaded into your system tray) you can actually speed up windows boot times. When Windows loads it's Startup file, it attempts to load every program in there at the same time. Therefore if you have quite a lot of programs starting when Windows starts, each program will try and grab CPU time so that it can load and that makes windows Craaawwwwllllll. Startup Delayer allows you to setup how many seconds after Windows has started, to load each program. This little freebee -- for example -- allows you to load that really really important (yeahright) "iTunesHelper.exe" program later in the boot process. Let's face it half the crap that gets…
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DivXLand Media Subtitler will subtitle your movies in seconds…..

Divx, Microsoft, Video, Windows
I've always had problems with this and now really appreciate the value of DMS (DivXLand Media Subtitler). You see I own a small HD media player that's connected to my TV. The trouble with this little gadget is that it does not support subtitle files. That's not a problem anymore since DMS allows me to embed the subtitles into the Divx/Xvid file before I watch it.DivXLand Media Subtitler key features:* Create subtitle files from plain text files* Preview subtitled video immediately without saving file* Save partially edited files to resume subtitling process later* Automatic caption timing features* Multiple subtitling modes available* Support for basic text formatting* Support for at least 30 subtitle formats (open and save)* Keyboard shortcuts available to control subtitle process* Spell check using the Ms Word component*…
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Quick Media Converter brings Windows GUI sanity to ffmpeg…..

Codec, Microsoft, Technology, Video, Windows
For those of you who've hated the opensource ffmpeg command line media conversion tool, here is Quick Media Converter. It's a nice looking front-end for ffmpeg that hides the command line complexity of this swiss army like media converter. So What can you do with Quick Media Converter?-Converting Video files from one format to another.-Converting Audio files from one format to another.-Extracting and converting Audio files from video or audio media.-Extracting and converting Video without sound.-Preview and/or listen to video and audio files with FFPLAY Multi format player (Fabrice Bellard).- A myriad of formats is recognized by FFmpeg, those not recognized yet, are worked on by many people around the open source community and may most of the time, become available sooner or later.-Many files to convert? No worry, batch…
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EASEUS Disk Copy takes care of all your Disk Duplication in a flash….

Microsoft, Technology, Windows
I came across EASEUS Disk Copy today and I have to admit it's pretty cool. It's not a live disk imager, but will image just about any disk (even damaged) or partition. It also has a neat feature of being able to image one large disk onto multiple smaller disks. It boots off CD and supports IDE, SATAI, SATAII, SCSI, Firewire(IEEE1394) and USB drives. The best part......It's FREE.
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Tiny Watcher…..Who’s watching your PC?

Microsoft, Windows
If you're like me, you don't like to install Anti-Virus software or any of the malware removing utilities on your system. The machine is sitting behind a firewall and I know what is running on the machine (most of the time).That said, I've always wanted to have the equivalent of trip-wire or rkhunter from Linux/Unix land. An application that would monitor the rest of windows and would alert me when vital files/registry entries get touched. Well, I think I've found such beastie and it's free to boot. Grab Tiny Watcher and install it on your windows box and let it run once to create a profile. From then on TW will monitor your system and tell you when some application/installer changes something vital on your machine. You also get the…
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3D Auto generated scenes using Flickr hosted pictures….

Microsoft, Research
Hmmmm......Ugggghhh.....Yet another MS research juicy fruit that no one outside of Redmond is gonna be able to play with. I guess this is a further development or an offshoot of PhotoSynth that MS presented at Siggraph in Boston. This one is much more polished and seems to actually have a purpose (see the end of the video). The days of QTVR are numbered if MS ever decides to make this project a reality.
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Photoshop of Video Editing Tools

Microsoft, Research
Yep, Microsoft is at it again (actually MS research to be more precise). Show up at Siggraph, present a juicy paper, get everyone salivating and then, well.....not sure.....hide :-). I don't get it, I'll give you an example, couple of years ago a bunch of MS research guys showed up at Siggraph in Boston (I think) and showed this amazing application -- PhotoSynth -- that would stitch pictures taken by random tourists from different internet sources into a brilliant 3D model. It was fantastic, but other than a demo application, it's no where to be found.MS, are you listening.....You're a Software company, stop producing software noone wants/needs (Vista/Office anyone?) and realize some of these apps the research people are working on.Anyways, rant off. Now for this years amazing app. The…
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SysInternals goes online……

Microsoft, Windows
SysInternals is probably the one set of tools that every Windows support person knows about. It is a collection of fantastic utilities that allows you to troubleshoot just about any problem under windows. It is so good that Microsoft decided to buy the company right out and I have to admit that they've done a very good job in maintaining them and making them available for free. Recently they've gone one step further and added the ability to run the utils via the network without having to download them. This is good news for anyone using a recovery boot CD (like BART or something similar). All you need to do now is open windows explorer and go to \\live.sysinternals.com\ to get live access to the latest version of SysInternal tools.…
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