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Great Microsoft Outlook Alternative – Free E-Mail Client For Windows

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So far, there has never been a good Outlook alternative for Windows. Outlook has been the ruler of Office/Email products for quite long. Though there was Mozilla Thunderbird, it had its limitations. There is hope now, with eM Client for Windows. Free for Home/Personal use, is a great email client with extensive features to handle meetings, calendar, tasks, threaded email view, facebook, skype integration, advanced contacts etc. This wil be a smooth way to handle your emails. For commercial use, one has to spend $50.

Features:

  1. Easy Outlook import – Import all your data from any MS Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail or Thunderbird.
  2. GMail integration – Synchronize all your Emails, Calendars and Contacts and even GTalk with your Gmail account or various other services like Yahoo, AOL and Hotmail.
  3. Fast search options – Find any email, contact or attachment in seconds with eM Client super fast search.
  4. Signature/Template support
  5. Email rules, folders, and other categorization support
  6. lots of such goodies – for more, please read here.

Download here.

Cacoo – Free Online Tool To Create Collaborative FlowChart, Mind Maps, Wireframes

Cacoo is free (limited) but very capable online tool that lets you create astonishing block diagrams, flow charts, mind maps, office 2010 like diagrams with lots of templates. Best of all, it is editable online by a group of people simultaneously so process of ideation, discussion, brain storming would be seamless and great with this tool…just look at the following draw area. It’s simple and great. You can print, export to PDF etc.

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Features listed on their official site:

  • Elements can be dragged and dropped to easily create diagrams.
  • Elements can be linked together with connectors.
  • Connectors automatically move when elements are repositioned.
  • You can use a text box and put text anywhere you like.
  • You can upload images from your PC and include them in Diagrams.
  • You can take screenshots of your computer from within Cacoo.
  • Smart styles can easily be applied to stencils.
  • You can have multiple sheets in a diagram and use them as backgrounds or layers.
  • When you move the objects on your canvas, they will be snapped at the objects or grids nearby and align automatically.
  • Copying, pasting and other functionality of basic drawing software is also built in to Cacoo.
  • All actions are stored so there are unlimited levels of undo.
  • You can import an image from the other websites by indicating the URL.
  • The imported image can be easily trimmed only using your mouse.
  • According to your editing status, tips will be shown on the right bottom corner of the canvas.
  • Collaborative, chatting etc.

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Free Virtual Whiteboard Apps On iPad – Sketch, Record and Share It With The World!

iPad with its revolutionary touch screen capabilities, has become a sensation in almost every field. Take for instance, education – Apps such as ScreenChomp and SeeMe can turn iPad in to virtual whiteboard! You can literally use iPad as a whiteboard, write, sketch, teach and record at the same time. Best of all, you can easily share it with the world as a video – e.g. help a student do homework, write a scribble and send, draw your thoughts, share a mind map! possibilities are plenty. Especially, kids can lean writing and parents can correct by recording when they write..You can even produce videos similar to the Khan Academy.

ScreenChomp

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  • Touch RECORD to capture your touch interactions and audio instructions on a plain background, or an image from your iPad camera roll.
  • SKETCH out your ideas and talk the viewer through the "how" and "why" of it all.
  • Stop and SHARE your video snack to ScreenChomp.com to generate a simple web link you can paste anywhere – or – post it to Facebook with one-click!

ShowMeApp

ShowMe – interactive whiteboard has been around for a while now, is also capable of helping you to do your how to video easily. Great for kids.

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What Application Is Accessing Internet? Free Port Scanning Technique

Sometime, it is essential to know who is accessing internet without your knowledge and if anyone is using silent data transfer from your computer. Most of the firewalls are able to detect these kind of unnoticed internet transactions but there are simple ways to get an overview of all applications that have internet access.

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TCPEye (Freeware)

TCPEye is free to download and has a simple but effective GUI. It gives you complete details of programs, apps that are accessing internet, path details, current state of the connection etc. details. A lightweight app that is quite easy to install and run. TCPEye gives details of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports on your local computer. TCPEye also automatically marks with pink color for suspicious TCP/UDP ports owned by unidentified applications.

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NETSTAT command

Both Windows and Linux support NETSTAT command which gives detailed information about the TCP/UDP port utilization.

netstat –a

The above command displays all connections and listening ports

netstat –b

Displays the executable involved in creating each connection or listening port. In some cases well-known executables host multiple independent components, and in these cases the sequence of components involved in creating the connection or listening port is displayed. In this case the executable name is in [] at the bottom, on top is the component it called, and so forth until TCP/IP was reached. Note that this option can be time-consuming and will fail unless you have sufficient permissions.

many variations of the command netstat are possible and best learned with help options on Linux and Windows.

For more, please check this blog.

How To Block Access To Specific Program Accessing Internet Without Firewall?

Windows comes with default firewall, we could add rules to block access to particular program not to have outbound or inbound access. Free firewalls such as Comodo Firewall and Zonealarm are good at blocking access to applications from accessing internet. However, Firewalls are heavy weight and not suitable all the time. There is a small utility that does exactly you are looking for.

A tiny app called NoNet can block selected app accessing internet without a firewall. A very neat and handy. Check it out here.

Complete Idiot’s Guide To Exif Data In Photos

What is Exif Data?

Exif Data is meta data stored by camera’s while taking pictures. Exif contains precise information about the Camera model, lens, shutter, aperture, GPS location, exposure etc. details embedded in each photo taken on digital cameras. These details help those who are interested in knowing details of the photos and understand how photo was taken and the equipment details. These details are also used to know the authenticity of the photographer as well. You can put your name, contact details as a proof of one’s own work. All image viewers are capable of reading the Exif data and some even let you edit those details. Sometimes, editing date details, or adding photographers details in to the Exif data is desirable. How can one do that? Well, there are some tools to play with Exif data.

How to view Exif Data?

All image viewers let you see the Exif data. e.g. IrfanView for instance is a freeware tool and has lets of plugins to view Exif data. There are quite a few free picture viewers such as Picasa, Windows Live Photo, Paint.Net etc. can also be tried. If you want to try some online service, then check out, Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer. Just upload the image or provide the URL of the image and get the details right away. One more such online service is FindExif.

Can you edit Exif Data?

Yes, editing Exif data is possible. Tool such as EXIFUtils (not free but can run on Mac OS, Linux as well as Windows) could be used to edit Exif data. PhotoME is also another Free Exif Data editor. Ofcourse some fields cannot be edited.  Picasa, Geosetter etc. tools can also do partial Exif editing. Commercial Power Exif editor is a professional Exif editor.  Even Windows Vista, Windows 7 explorer can edit Exif data/ Just right click on the picture, open the details tab and you can easily edit the data.

How to remove Exif/Metadata altogether from Images?

Sometimes, it is necessary not to show metadata of your photos or files. In that case, we need to hide or remove Metadata embedded in the file. Windows explorer in Vista, Windows 7 do this trick quite easily. Just right click on the picture, open the details tab and you can easily delete the data by clicking on “remove properties and personal data”. Tools such as BatchPurifier (not free) can do this task easily. In Photoshop, save the image as Save for web and the Exif data gets stripped.

Easiest and free way to remove Exif data is by using IrfanView. Open the image and save as JPG and select “reset  Exif orientation tag” as shown in the image below.

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