January 24, 2008

Product Review – Revo Uninstaller

Posted in open-source, product review, software, tips -n- tricks at 6:26 am by @LULAROEFAIL

I found this program via a blog that I read, and was impressed by what I saw. But I was even more impressed once I installed it and ran the application! This is by far, the best uninstaller software that I have some across. You can choose four mode of uninstall, from light to very aggressive (if you’re a geek like me you want to get rid of ALL the junk old programs can leave behind). Once the uninstaller from the app being uninstalled runs, Revo does it’s due diligence and searches for orphaned folders, files and registry entries, allowing you to pick specifically which one you want to leave or send to the circular file.

Best of all? It’s FREE. I couldn’t believe how much functionality comes with this software – and you don’t have to pay a penny! More and more, I am going open-source for applications (made the switch to Open Office here recently) and I’m trying to always go the way of free software. But if you find one that you like, do donate: it helps them to pay their bills and continue development. Try this one out – you won’t be disappointed!
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Revo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall and remove any unwanted application installed on your computer.

With its advanced and fast algorithm, Revo Uninstaller analyzes an application’s data before uninstall and scans after you uninstall an application. After the program’s regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over on your computer. Even if you have a broken installation, Revo Uninstaller scans for an application’s data on your hard disk drives and in the Windows registry and shows all found files, folders and registry items so you can delete them.

With its unique “Hunter mode“, Revo Uninstaller offers you some simple, easy to use, but effective and powerful approaches to manage (uninstall, stop, delete, disable from auto starting) and to get information about your installed and/or running applications.

Revo Uninstaller gives you another 8 handy and powerful tools to clean up your system.

Here are the list of all of the tools and utilities that are included:

Auto Start Manager – stop programs that start automatically when Windows starts; Speed up loading of Windows!

Windows Tools Manager – handy and useful tools bundled with every version of Windows; Easily find useful system tools and options!

Junk Files Cleaner – find and remove unnecessary files from your computer; Free up disk space and delete data you do not need!

Browsers History Cleaner – erase the web site history, visited pages history and temporary internet files of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera web browsers; Free up a lot of disk space by deleting temporary internet files like temporary saved videos, flash files, pictures etc!

Office History Cleaner – remove the history of most recently used files in MS Office; Remove your tracks by deleting the list of last opened MS Office documents!

Windows History Cleaner – remove the history of recently opened files, delete temporary files, remove usage tracks and other history items that are saved by Windows; Remove your tracks saved by windows for a lot of operations!

Unrecoverable Delete Tool – erase files and folders forever; Be sure that nobody could recover your files and folders after deleting!

Evidence Remover – make sure already deleted files, folders and other data are unrecoverable;

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What’s new in Revo Uninstaller version 1.42:

Added new cleaning options to Windows Cleaner tool
Improved user interface of Windows Cleaner tool
Improved handling of Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) based installations
Added showing empty leftover folders after scanning
Added detection of grouped taskbar buttons in Hunter mode
Bug Fixed in Hunter mode – Detecting similar applications on desktop
New languages are added!

What’s new in Revo Uninstaller version 1.40:

Now deeper scanning, safer scanning, more accurate scanning!

Now Portable version available – supports auto update!

New Safe mode – Scans only for safe to delete items!
New Moderate mode – Extended scan for leftover items!
New Advanced mode – Deep scan of the system. Finds a lot of leftovers!
Added option for starting Revo Uninstaller in Hunter mode on Windows startup!
Added notification for applications set to run on windows startup!
Added transparency to Hunter mode!
Added Hunter mode in system tray!
Added saving of Hunter mode’s window’s size, position and transparency.
Added automatic creation of System Restore Point before uninstalling an application!
Added notification message boxes to all track cleaners!
Added integrated search from http://www.revouninstaller.com
Improved loading of Options dialog – now faster!
Improved loading of the installed applications – now faster!
Improved detection of icons of installed applications!
Improved window repositioning of the tools.
Fixed message boxes in Browsers cleaner!
Fixed bug in Opera browser’s bookmarks!
Fixed bug with Enter button on the main window and search window!
Fixed other minor bugs!
New languages are added!

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Revo Uninstaller is compatible with the following operating systems:

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Kickin’ Itunes to the curb!

Posted in music, open-source, tips -n- tricks at 4:53 am by @LULAROEFAIL

I’m a big fan of anything Mozilla – once I get home tonight you can bet your sweet bippy I’ll be trying this!

Move over iTunes – Mozilla’s Songbird is Here

By Mark O’Neill

As a big fan of Firefox, I am always interested in any other projects that Mozilla might be dabbling in. Yesterday I began testing Songbird which is Mozilla’s open-source version of Apple’s iTunes music player.

Songbird has the same basic design as iTunes but it’s black (default skin) and with added functionality. As with iTunes, you can import your music, subscribe to podcasts, create playlists, rate each song, synchronise your playlists with your computer files and so on.

But let’s take a look at what makes Songbird different from iTunes.

First, as with Firefox, you can download extensions to make Songbird look and act the way you want it. In fact, this is Songbird’s biggest advantage as far as I can see – the open-source platform. I’ve still to delve deeper into the lengthy extensions list but right off the bat, I downloaded an extension that displays the Wikipedia page for the band you are playing, as well as extensions for iPod support, and the ability to play protected Windows Media files and Quicktime files. The extensions box is virtually identical in design to the Firefox version :

SongBird Extensions

Secondly, again taking a leaf out of Firefox’s book, you can have tabs open up for web browsing within Songbird so in theory, you could look at your favourite webpages while playing songs (particularly useful if you need to search online for lyrics while a song is playing, for example).

Third, you have a choice of three music stores which gives you the chance to download new music. But what makes this different from iTunes is that here, you can choose between iTunes, Amazon’s MP3 store and eMusic. So you are not limited to one file format.

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Fourth, and this is a neat one – you can shrink it to a basic version!

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Other features include:

  • Play Anything : MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WMA, and more.
  • Multi-lingual: Comes in 39 languages.
  • Integrated Web Search
  • Style with Different visual skins
  • Runs on Mac, Linux and Windows.
  • Play the Web
  • Play web pages as playlists and view any web page as a playlist.

One problem I have found is that you cannot run iTunes music files on both iTunes and Songbird at the same time. So if you want to run iTunes music on Songbird, you must first de-authorize and uninstall iTunes from your computer. This is the hated DRM copy protection at work, not the fault of Songbird.

Just to be clear, Songbird is not yet at the stage where it can be called an “iTunes killer” (the project is still very much in beta development) but it’s looking extremely good so far. As I’ve said, its biggest strength is in throwing open the source code and inviting developers to make new features and improve existing ones. Can you imagine Apple doing that with iTunes? I don’t think so!

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