Wallpapr – Find free photo wallpapers on Flickr

October 21, 2006

Wallpapr

Looking to update your desktop wallpaper? Having trouble finding anything good. Ask Wallpapr to find something for you. It’s a nice, simple Ajax app that will spit out a bunch of photo wallpapers from Flickr’s Wallpapers pool on command. Just enter a tag (e.g. clouds, skyline, food, whatever you’re into) and click on 20, 40, or 100 to get that many thumbnails, or leave the tag field blank and get a nice variety. Every photo in the pool is at least 1024×768, and clicking on a thumbnail will take you straight to the photo download page. Excellent!

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Sudoku Slam – Today’s Time Waster

October 19, 2006

Sudoku SlamI’ve fallen more or less out of my Sudoku obsession, but Sudoku Slam brings something new to the table. Sudoku Slam is a free web-based version of Sudoku, and has a “Traditional” mode that acts like most web-based Sudoku games. But it also has a “Sumo” mode that, for jaded, impatient Sudoku players like me, takes some of the tedium out of the game. Sudoku purists might call it cheating, but what Sumo mode does is automatically fill in all the “candidate” numbers at the beginning of the game and automatically eliminate candidates as you solve the puzzle. Sudoku Slam also has some other welcome features, like the ability to undo any mistakes you might have made, full keyboard control, and the ability to save and load games, as well as print them out. There’s also a Smart Hint option in case you get stumped, and four different difficulty levels. Definitely worth checking out if other Sudoku sites have fallen short of your expectations.

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Linux XP

October 19, 2006

Linux XP is a Linux distro that aims to make computing better with the muscle and security of Linux, but tries to look like Windows so it is easier for Windows users to get used to it. The international English edition just launched, but it was initially the most popular distro in Russia. It is based on Fedora Core and really does mimic Windows XP’s look and functionality well. Linux XP is also “tightly integrated” with Microsoft technologies, such as Active Directory, remote Windows server login, read/write FAT16/32 and read NTFS file-systems. Microsoft VPN can also be used with Linux XP, can your Red Hat do that? nVidia and ATI graphics drivers also play nice with Linux XP as well, with good support for OpenGL. Linux XP has an easy update feature and add-on installer to help Linux noobs get started and expand their crispy new Linux XP systems. It is an interesting distro that looks strangely familiar.

Control Panel on Linux XP.

Linux XP

Linux XP desktop (in Russian)

Linux XP

 

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uTorrent’s WebUI

October 19, 2006

uTorrent WebUI

Awhile back the brilliant folks behind uTorrent made it known that they were working on bringing a web-based interface to the free, lightweight Windows BitTorrent client. This week they released a new beta version of uTorrent that includes the new WebUI, and I am happy to report that it’s fantastic. So, what use is a web-based interface for a desktop program? Well, the WebUI allows you to access most of uTorrent’s from anywhere in the world, whether it be another computer on your home network or on another continent. Now, I’ve seen desktop programs with auxiliary web-based interfaces before, and while useful, they’re not always pretty. That is not the case with uTorrent’s WebUI. The WebUI looks and acts like a desktop application. It’s snappy and responsive and looks great. It doesn’t clone all of uTorrent’s features, of course, but pretty much all of the features you need on a day-to-day basis, and a lot you don’t, are there. You can add torrents from files or URLs, change file priorities, manage labels, use the integrated search, and even access most of uTorrent’s settings. All the while your downloads keep ticking away via the wonder that is Ajax. This is all backed by a password-protected login, but the uTorrent team is planning to add an optional guest account feature.

One potential caveat is that Internet Explorer 6 is not supported by the uTorrent WebUI, and, to quote the developers, “NEVER WILL BE.” They are, however, working on a mobile version of the WebUI, which may work with IE6. Oh, and in case you’re worried that the WebUI will add bloat to the traditionally slim uTorrent, fret not: The main uTorrent executable is still just 174kb, and the optional WebUI package adds just 57kb on top of that, and will as likely as not slim down even more by the final release.

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BookRevyoo: Social book reviews

October 19, 2006

book revyoo social book reviewBookRevyoo is a social book review community where books can be added and reviewed by members, and also rated. Books that users enter into the system are tagged with keywords relevant to the book, allowing easy categorization, and browsing. The built in RSS feature lets you keep track of user’s comments on the book you might be thinking about reading. I look forward to watching this online social book review site develop, since they are currently in beta, I expect there will be a few more features added.

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How to create timelines in Excel

October 19, 2006

Create a Timeline in Microsoft ExcelI can’t think of any app more frequently used for something other than its intended purpose. Today I learned how to make timelines in Excel, from Microsoft’s own Education site, of all places. It’s a very short tutorial, but in case you’ve ever needed to create a timeline, and fast, don’t overlook the flexibility of Excel.

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CNet TV

October 19, 2006

Cnet TV

I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but CNet TV is pretty cool. A lot of news, reviews, and video clips showcasing new hardware and software can be found there. It is of course ad-supported (by Geek Squad), but makes catching up on the new stuff quick, painless, and actually fun. If only Engadget could do something like this, it would be off the hook. CNet TV is still in beta, but hey it isn’t cool NOT to be in beta these days. I like the format and the coverage which I use to catch up on current news quickly (almost daily). It is a refreshing change from reading text-based news all the live long day.

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