Monthly Archives: February 2007

Free replacement for Adobe Illustrator

Graphics editors fall into two distinct groups. First, there are digital image (or raster) based editors like Adobe Photoshop and Gimp and then there are Vector (or line) Based editors like Adobe Illustrator and CoralDraw.

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The best free disk defragger

Several new contenders have entered the fray since I last reviewed this category so I was delighted when regular contributor Eric Santucci offered to do a comparative review [1] for me. Eric looked at four freebies as well as a commercial defragger for comparison.

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How to remove the nag screen from Diskeeper Lite

Diskeeper Lite is a great freebie but the nag screen is extremely intrusive. So intrusive that it goaded subscriber “Koolance” to find a way of removing it. Here’s the way he did it.

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How to track the best deals on the Web

There are number of deal of the day trackers around but I like this one because it surveys a lot of DOTD sites, has a good category classification and carries just the right amount of detail for each item to allow quick scanning.

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The ultimate geek greeting card

Here’s a free web service that allows you to create an email greeting card where all the letters in the greeting message text are constructed from the photographic images of real buildings derived from Google Earth. Requires a broadband connection.

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How to find the best blank CDs (SE)

CDs have proved to be a shorter lived medium than anyone expected. In fact, I’ve got a whole bunch of three year old backups of which one third are unusable.

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New open source media players impress

Sick of all the DRM built into Windows Media Player and similar products? Well cut loose and try one of the new generation DRM free players starting to appear.

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Support Alert subscriber releases his own CD

The knowledge, skills and talent of Support Alert subscribers never ceases to amaze me. Take regular contributor George Finizio.

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Make fancy text animations

Prolific contributor Tony Bennett recently wrote, “Hey Gizmo, I thought some of your readers might like these little gems. They turn text, images into animations and overlay images.”

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Quantum computers now a reality

What is claimed to be the “World’s first commercially viable quantum computer” has been demonstrated by D-Wave Systems in Mountain View California. I didn’t hear them claim it was a quantum leap forward in computing but I bet their ad men thought about it.

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