[neatnettricks] Neat Net Tricks Standard Issue 218, June 15, 2009

  • From: "Jack Teems" <jteems@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <neatnettricks@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:32:58 -0700


01.  Freespell
02.  VisualCV
03.  Langid
04.  Assistive Software
05.  CodecInstaller
06.  MapKeyboard
07.  Guitar Lessons
08.  Freebie Notes
09.  Luggage
10.  CarBibles

01. FREESPELL is a spell checker for any and all Windows applications. You can use it in any application that supports the clipboard and it is invoked with a hotkey. This is freeware but if you prefer, there is a Pro version for $10 which allows minimizing the program to the Systems Tray and provides a GUI interface. Download at http://hcidesign.com/freespell/prospell.html .

02. VISUALCV. If you're in the job market and want something for a resume that stands out, you might try VisualCV at http://www.visualcv.com/www/indexc.html . It creates an Internet-based resume that can include work samples, charts andgraphs, audio, video, and images. You can share your VisualCV by email, on your unique URL, or social networks, and you can control who sees it. The service is free and the only downside I readily see is that your resume would be on the Web and not in a human resource director's file cabinet for future reference, but maybe that's not a downside at all.

03. LANGID is a free Web service at http://langid.net/ . Just type in or copy and paste any text to identify in which language it is written.

04. ASSISTIVE SOFTWARE. Those who have a vision impairment would do well to check out the various software at http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk/assistive.htm . There, you'll find screen magnifiers, mouse clicking replacement software, on-screen rulers, mouse pointer locators, color adjustments, enlarged cursors, text-to-speech applications, resolution changes, screen dimmers, and

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WINPATROL 2009 protects your computer from malware attacks, hijackings, and critical changes. It tells you whenever something tries to change your startup programs or add to your browser, toolbars, Windows services, and scheduled tasks. It delays certain startup programs so your computer will boot faster. It doesn't impact on your resources or computer performance while it silently stands guard. It cleans malware, cookies, and annoying programs, and offers a lot more features than this limited space can list. The free program is great but you can take a deep discount for WinPatrol PLUS 2009 and get more just for reading Neat Net Tricks. Details are at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs065/1101458487892/archive/1102594450187.html but the special price is good only for a few more days!

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05. CODECINSTALLER. Missing sound or video may be a good indication that you have a codec missing. CodecInstaller detects audio and video codecs installed on your system, analyzes files to understand and suggest which codecs are required. Download free at http://www.jockersoft.com/english/codecinstaller.php .

06. MAPKEYBOARD is a free program to remap your keyboard. You can alter any key on your keyboard to function as a different one or altogether disable it as well. The changes made are universal across all applications and games and MapKeyboard does not even need to be actively loaded in memory. The program is compatible with Windows XP/2000/2003/Vista. Download free at http://www.inchwest.com/mapkeyboard.aspx .

07. GUITAR LESSONS. I bought a guitar once but never could even tune the darned thing, much less sound even remotely like Chet Atkins. But then, had I known about this free set of lessons at http://zentao.com/guitar/guitar-lessons.html , things might have gone better. Or maybe not.

08. FREEBIE NOTES at http://www.pw-soft.com/stick-notes/index.html provides an unlimited number of customizable sticky notes for Windows9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista, in 27 languages.

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09. LUGGAGE, as everyone knows, is sometimes lost by airlines and never reunited with its owner. The author of this Web site then buys a bag at auction and photographs it and its contents. He does this, he says, for "my weird voyeuristic passion" but would also like to reunite the owners with their lost possessions. There's not many items here, but you can peek in at http://www.isthisyourluggage.com/Site/Luggage_home.html .

10. CARBIBLES. If I had learned to do all the repairs myself when I bought my first car long ago, I might now be a millionaire. It's too late for me, but the do-it-yourself car enthusiast will find everything he or she needs to know about basic car maintenance at http://www.carbibles.com/ . The site explains in detail how different car parts work (suspension, brakes, engine, transmission, steering etc.) and includes useful car maintenance tips, product reviews and general advice for car owners.

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