Archive for June 19, 2009

360cities – Largest collection of Panoramic Images in Google Earth!

360cities is by far the best 360 degrees panoramic photo gallery of the world, well organized on Google Earth! Amazing collection of panoramic views and will make your jaws drop!

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Here are some of them! Map view is the best way to go to a place of interest and start exploring panoramic views! A virtual tour of the world!


Scavaig River in UK


Venice skyline – the magic view in undefined


Huiji Temple Magic Water in undefined


Aviles Calle de La Ferreria in Spain


Hiru Kurtzijuak in Spain


Port Galeb in Egypt


View from Circular Quay in Australia


Ottawa Parliament in Canada

Convert Your Phone Screen Into A Canvas

If you are a person who loves to sketch all the time then its time to get on to one of those Windows Mobile Devices and Get your hands on the Pencil Box.

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The Phone Box software for Windows Mobile is an extremely light and simple drawing tool that lets you to literally convert your mobile phone screen into a canvas. It provides only the necessary items like eight pencils, one eraser, a clear canvas and stimulates you with loads of imagination to draw.

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Tap a pencil you want to draw and the active pencil moves above the others, so you always can see what pencil is active. Tap eraser to activate it, move it left-right-up-down to erase stuff and tap a pencil to deactivate the eraser.

To clear canvas, tap the icon and you will be asked for confirmation. To exit, just tap the red button.

The only drawback is that is does not provide a “save” option.  Pencil Box automatically saves the canvas to bitmap (BMP) file named “PencilBox.bmp” and is stored in “My Documents” folder on your Pocket PC. Whenever you need to access, make sure you copy or rename that file using use your favorite File Explorer.

Overall, Pencil Box is free and very simple to use. One can create really cool drawings.

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Download and give it a try!

To download this program direct to your phone, scan this QRcode barcode link

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Comapping AIR – The Next Generation Mindmapping Tool

We had featured 12 best Free Mind Map Tools earlier. Mind Mapping is a useful tool that improves the way you take notes and supports creative problem solving. Comapping AIR Beta takes it to the next level by integrating with comapping.com, an online mindmapping solution and making mindmapping more collaborative than ever before.

Comapping utilizes AIR, Adobe’s latest technology to convert the online application to offline.  It is basically a online software to manage and share information and provides an option to work offline, when no internet connection is available. One can use it to take notes, plan and organize and have one set of notes for everyone.

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Here are some of the coolest features available:

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1. One set of notes and files for everyone, i.e you and your team

  • Attach any file format to your notes
  • Puts all of your notes in one place
  • Auto-save and Auto-backups onto a secure server provides worry-free storage for your notes and files
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    2. Multiple people can collaborate and work on the same map

  • Real-time Collaboration and Updates
  • Supports up to 20 active collaborators at one time
  • Built in Chat feature
  • Task management, sending on-demand status e-mails
  • Create simple and understandable presentations online
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    3. It provides a Mind Mapping interface with a visual outlining

  • Based on Mind Mapping, this format brings a visual interface that shows connections between the blocks of information text in your map
  • Screen auto-centering keeps your selected topics on the screen, allowing you to quickly take notes
  • Drag and drop topics for quick reorganization
  • Left-to-Right mapping has been tested versus traditional circular mapping.
  • Using cutting-edge programming technologies, you will experience smooth animation and fast navigation as if it were a desktop application installed on your PC
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    4. Provides an online interface so you an connect from any computer

  • Access from anywhere, 24/7
  • Online, short how-to videos are accessible to guide you when you need guidance, not when you don’t
  • 5. Offline Comapping software supports Comapping Online

  • Enables you to work offline, when no internet connection is available
  • Provides a place for private non-sharable data
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    6. Supports both PC and Mac with nothing to download

  • Using Flash on any modern browser, including IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Chrome
  • Online web 2.0 software, so you have nothing to download. Get started in a matter of seconds
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    Try a free trial by just downloading and installing it!

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    5 programs to defragment your Hard Drive!

    Last week, we had featured Registry Cleaning programs for Windows to keep Windows top. This is a follow-up for that post, here we explore file fragmentation and its impact on computer performance.

    Why do you need Disk Defragmenter?

    All modern day operating systems like Microsoft Windows (sometimes on Linux, Mac OS) etc are prone to file fragmentation. File fragmentation is a condition where file blocks are way too scattered and this condition considerably slows down your computer’s performance. Primary reason for this is that your Hard Disk head needs to move (seek) around too much to read the file blocks. Disk seeks are slow comparatively and slows down your overall system performance. Fragmentation of files is very common on Windows, however, not a major problem on operating systems like Linux.

    So it is recommended that you keep defragmenting the files with the help of tools that bring all file blocks which are best kept sequentially together.

    This is is shown in the following animation (Source Wikipedia)

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    List of free programs to defragment your disk (for Windows)

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    1. JkDefragis an open source disk defragmenting utility for Microsoft Windows platform. It is extremely fast compared to the default Windows Defragment utility and efficient.

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    2. Defraggler It can defrag individual file or group of files on FAT32 or NTFS (Windows) file system. Defraggler is again from the same company that gave you the amazing registry cleaner CCleaner that we featured a while ago.

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    3. AusLogic’s Disk Defrag – It is also a fast and reliable defragmenter for Windows file systems like NTFS, FAT16/32. It supports a lot of features and useful.

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    4. WinContig – It is an easy-to-use, fast and stand-alone defragmentation tool that doesn’t create any installation directories or Registry entries on your computer. It is designed for Windows operating system.

    5. PageDefrag – is from SysInternals team and a fast defragmenter for Windows.

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    Opera Unite – Unbelievably cool way of sharing your computer with the world!

    Well, we all have heard of Cloud Computing, Elastic Computing and the things like that which help us collaborate and share things easily with others on the web. But, this is something will radically change the way common people (we mean, people with non technical background) share files, they can easily host their own PC on the web with this browser based web server. This is so easy and convenient, it is as simple as installing Opera Unite on your PC or Mac (Opera Unite can work on Windows, Linux as well as Mac OS) and select what services you choose from! With just about few clicks, you will be able to successfully share files, photos, media etc from your own computer!

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    Opera Unite – A web server on the Web browser! supports a lot of features;

    • File sharing – Simple way to share you files directly from your PC – No need to upload files to any stranger’s Server!
    • Photo sharing – Simple way to share photos with your friends
    • Fridge – A fun way for others to leave (stickies) notes on your computer!
    • Media Player – Access your media collection from anywhere in the world!
    • Lounge – Invite your friends to chat in your exclusive lounge!
    • Web server – Host your websites from your own computer!

    Also, Opera Unite, gives powerful APIs to add and provide interesting services other than the preinstalled ones. Man, this will be a phenomenon. You may argue that this is nothing but Web server + P2P network or No security or backup. If your PC crashes, your hosted files also go away! You need to get your own backup done!

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    Visit Opera Unite for more.

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