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Image Viewer from FastStone

I have a very long history to use the image viewer software. I still remember my first PC. It is 386DX40 with 4Mb memory, and 170Mb hard-disk. The monitor is 14″.
Just like other teenage boys, I use ACDSee for lots and lots of photos copied from my classmates.
It is running on DOS. Even when I have a Windows 3.11 on my computer, I always reboot to DOS to watch images. It is very fast and easy to control.
I have not found any software which can let have the same experience as ACDSee 2.4. I use ACDSee Pro 8.0 now. I don’t like it. It is changed to bigger and slower.
Let’s see the file size of ACDSee in its version history:
ACDSee 1.0 for Windows 95 (0.5 MB)
ACDSee 2.1 (0.6 MB)
ACDSee 2.22 (0.9 MB)
ACDSee 2.4 (1.9 MB)
ACDSee 2.42 (1.9 MB)
ACDSee 2.43 (1.6 MB)
ACDSee 2.45 (German) (2.0 MB)
ACDSee 3.0 (3.9 MB)
ACDSee 3.10 (5.7 MB)
ACDSee 4.01 (11.4 MB)
ACDSee 4.02 (10.8 MB)
ACDSee 5.0.1 (11.1 MB)
ACDSee 7.0 (14.8 MB)
ACDSee 8.0 (12.1 MB)
ACDSee 8.1 (24.2 MB)
I like slim software and freeware.
Until now, I saw FastStone, it is a Freeware.
There are three products I’d like to introduce to my Blog readers.
FastStone Image Viewer 2.8

A fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touch the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more.

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ReviewMe – supplemental income to blog

ReviewMe is a good way to get more income to cover your cost of your server or internet access expense.
If you have a blog over 2 years, and continue to post, you may know much about how to earn money from online advertisement, such as Google AdSense, Yahoo Publisher Network, etc. They are contextual ads. Sometimes the personal blog is not topic focus enough. The performance of ads is not good.
Some bloggers are bought to post an article to promote some products without disclosure. Readers will treat it as a real review, but not an advertisement. It’s cheating.
ReviewMe is a new service for blogger. It is very fair to bloggers and blog readers.

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Firefox 2.0 release now

I use Firefox more often than before. I download the Firefox 2.0 when I know the final version 2 is coming.
I did not get the upgrade information from the version. In the official site, it is still old version to be download.
I have this link to download it from the Open Source Lab.
Choose the language you prefer to download.
I use English. It is about 5.6MB.

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SharpReader – User friendly RSS Aggregator

I tried a lot of RSS aggregator program. Some one is good, some one is bad. I used SharpReader over three month and would like to recommand it to RSS readers.
Let me list the features I like:
1) It can handles all RSS versions, ATOM 0.3 and 1.0.
2) Support international character-set, including Chinese
3) Notification popup when new items come in. Update interval can be set as you like.
4) Backup all your RSS list by export subscriptions.
5) It is free.

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Glass2k – make any window transparent

We still use the Windows 2000 or XP. They do not have a transparent window.
This Glass2k is so simple and small, but very strong to make any window transparent.
It is a Freeware, works on Windows 2000 and XP. The current version is Beta Version: 0.9.2.
You can download from here, or from the official site
The file size is only 56KB.
I like it. Simply is beautiful.

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Windows applications included in Ubuntu 6.06

Some Windows versions of some of the programs included in Ubuntu.
Here are the list as below,
Mozilla Firefox: A secure and fast web browser
Mozilla Thunderbird: A full-featured email client – Reclaim your inbox!
Abiword: A lightweight word processor
Gaim: A multi-protocol instant messaging client
Gimp: An advanced image editing application
Gaim and Gimp require GTK+.

GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable for projects ranging from small one-off projects to complete application suites.

They are all freewares in collaboration with the OpenCD project.
If you click the OpenCD project, you will find more programs can be run on Windows free.

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Rainlendar – simply calendar on desktop

Rainlendar is a customizable calendar that displays the current month. It is a very lightweight application that doesn’t use much system resources or take much space on your desktop.
I saw this one from my co-worker’s desktop. I feel it is cool. I trust simply is beautifull.
It has three parts, one calendar, one to-do list, and one event list.
Now forty languages it supported and over two hundred skins provided, all free.
This desktop calendar software is for personal use. You can also use it in a small lan with Rainlendar server.
Here is the note from readme:
This is the server part of the Rainlendar calendar. You only need this if you are going to use the network distribution of the events. Note that the server is meant only for single user usage. The main purpose of it is to synchronize the events between two computers.

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Avast! 4 Home Edition Vs AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic

Let’s go through these two free anti-virus program on windows 2000 pro.
Avast! 4 Home Edition and AntiVir Personal Edition Classic v7 are freewares and only used for personal pc, not for commercial use.
Avast! 4 Home Edition:
avast! 4 Home Edition can only be used by home users that do NOT use their computer for profit.
Only has windows version. Here is a Linux version, avast! Linux Home Edition.
24 languages available.
The download pack is about 10.50MB in English.
It is a complete antivirus solution, fully able to find computer viruses, to create and check the integrity of programs installed, to test executed programs and opened documents, to test and check email and other functions. Scanning is also available in the shell extension and screen server.
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic
Both Windows and Linux version.
Version 7 now. For Windows 2000/XP, the download pack is about 10.32MB

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