As a tech enthusiast, this time of year is the most exciting. Why? Because it’s the start of the Consumer Electronics Show. This is when you get to check out all the coolest tech gadgets and see what’s coming in the near future. You can get full CES 2010 coverage at PC Mag.
DiskDigger will help you recover all kinds of deleted files on any kind of media in almost any file type. Great for checking USB/SD cards for deleted pictures and text files that have vanished. Great tool to compliment Recuva becasue when something is ‘gone’, there is no such thing as too many recovery tools.
iPhone and iPod Touch devices record voice memos as m4a files. m4a files are not much media friendly and you can’t play them directly on many media players. Of course, there are many media converters out there. Some of them does a great job and some of them are really terrible. If you don’t want to deal with 3rd party tools and such, there is a simple way you can make use of iTunes to convert those m4a files into mp3 files.
See how easy it is to use iTunes to convert m4a files into mp3 files.
Ever wonder what beauty ads from the 1910’s used to look like? Ahem…look above! Apparently growing hair on the face was somehow considered a good thing. Vintage Ad Browser is a neat site with thousands of vintage ads from all the way back to the 1800’s! Enjoy.
Vintage Ad Browser
Just install the SEO Status Pagerank/Alexa Toolbar extension in your beta version of Google Chrome, and you’ll have a new icon that shows off the ranking of the page you’re viewing. Mostly useful for webmasters, but if you’re an info-junkie, you might want it too.
SEO Status Pagerank/Alexa Toolbar
Earth Alerts tracks severe disasters including volcanic events, earthquakes, cyclones and of course, weather. This small app can alert you via email or SMS and has options to use visual and audio cues to notify you of changes.
One of the less known features in Windows 7, is its capability to burn image files (.iso or .img) without requiring you to install any third party burning software. If you want to know how it’s done, check out this tutorial.
Burning ISO or IMG Disk Images in Windows 7
You can register for the beta (higher version) at Microsoft Connect.
Security Essentials v 1.0.1901.0
Personally, I’m a big fan of UAC (User Account Control) and the additional security it brings to the world of Windows. And one of the things I enjoy about Windows 7 is the fact that Microsoft tweaked a lot the number of UAC prompts, versus Windows Vista. If you want to know by how much, check out this very interesting benchmark. The Conclusion? In Windows 7 you have both good security and a more pleasant user experience.
Windows 7 vs Windows Vista: the UAC Benchmark
If you are tired of using your old media player and you want to try something new, you must try SPlayer. This player is very minimalistic in its approach: low resource consumption, no ads, small size, portability, discrete interface, free of charge. I’ve been trying it out and played a few videos and movies with it and i like a lot. I might actually consider to switch from my heavily used GOM Player.
SPlayer Official Website | Direct Download