Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Free Video Hosts : A Quick Roundup

5GB/file - Registration Required

50MB/file - Registration Required

~1GB/file - Registration Required

(unknown)MB/file - (possibly) No Registration Required

300MB/file - No Registration Required

300MB/file - Registration Required

4096MB/file - Registration Required

(unknown)MB/file - Registration Required

1GB/file - No Registration Required

Monday, March 23, 2009

Aviary : Edit images, create mind-blowing effects, design logos, find colors, collaborate, and more

screenshot of Aviary

Aviary is an aptly-named suite of online image manipulation tools. It comprises several pieces: Phoenix, an image editor, Peacock, a tool for building filters and creating effects, Toucan, an app for building palettes, and still under development is Raven, a vector graphics tool.

Like Photoshop, Aviary's files support layers. That means that you can do all of the layer-y things that you can do with Photoshop files: hide and show layers, move them up- and down in relation to other layers (overlapping), and move them around the screen as well. What you don't have to do is pay a huge amount for the privilege. And getting started is easy: they've got lots of tutorial videos to help you see what these tools can do, and how to get started.

Aviary is a free service. You'll need a web browser, but not much else, to use it.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

DAVID-laserscanner : Incredibly Low-Cost 3D Scanner for Everyone!

Try DAVID, a free and easy-to-use software for low-cost 3D laser scanning!

david laserscanner What do I need to build a 3D scanner?

- A camera (e.g. web cam)
- A hand-held line laser (starting at €19.90)
- Two plain boards in the background
- A Windows PC
- Our free software DAVID-laserscanner

Or use the brand-new DAVID Starter-Kit!

If you don't want to start searching and tinkering,
the DAVID Starter-Kit contains all necessary hardware and software to set up your own 3d scanner!

david laserscanner How does scanning with DAVID work?

1. Set up background and camera
2. Calibrate your camera with one click
3. Start scanning by sweeping the laser line over the object
4. Gaze at the 3D window and export your result to .OBJ
5. Optional: Automatically stitch several scans/meshes
with DAVID-Shapefusion and export .OBJ, .STL, or .PLY

david laserscanner I'd like to see some results before buying or building anything!

You will find some amazing results in our gallery and on the user pages in our wiki. Also you can download DAVID and use a test video file instead of a real camera, so you will have 3D data within a minute!

More Questions? See

Gallery (with amazing 3D results)
Downloads (software and test video)
Laser Shop (find low-cost line lasers)
Manual (how to build and use your 3D scanner)
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Forum (exchange experiences with others)
Wiki (tutorials and user impressions)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Free Voice Line [Beta] : Call US/Canada for free

Call anyone, anywhere in the US and Canada for free!

FreeVoiceLine.com makes it super easy to call anyone in the US and Canada for free! This is the new way to get in touch with friends and family.

Simply enter your phone number, then the number that you want to call. Once you're ready, just click to call. FreeVoiceLine.com will call your phone and then connect you.

Have questions? Check out the frequently asked questions page.

Tell your friends, family, and loved ones about FreeVoiceLine.com Today!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Generate a File Listing from a Windows Explorer Context Menu

Recommended batch code:

dir /a /s /b /-p /o:gen >filelisting.txt


How many times have you been browsing through directories in Windows Explorer and wished you could generate a text file or printout listing the files and folders? It seems like such a simple request that it's amazing the option isn't available. You don't believe me? Right click on a folder and see for yourself if there is an option to list or print the structure. There isn't, but there is a workaround that doesn't require any third party software. Here's how to create a context menu item that when clicked will generate an editable text file listing of the selected directory.

Step 1 - Create A Batch File

To create the entry in the context menu it's necessary to first create a .bat file. The format for the .bat file is:

dir /a /-p /o:gen >filelisting.txt

The name of the .txt file can be whatever you'd like it called. In the example above it's filelisting, but it could just as easily be filelist, listoffiles, namedfiles, or even wally if you have a sense of the bizarre. Once you've decided on the name, create the file in Notepad and save the file in your Windows folder as shown below. If you want, just copy and paste the example up above if you don't find wally intriguing.

Fig. 01

Step 2 - Modify The Context Menu

Now that we have the .bat file created the next step is to make it functional and easily accessible by integrating it into the context menu that opens when a right click is executed. To do this:

Open Windows Explorer, click Tools, then click Folder Options.
Click the File Types tab, and then click Folder.
Click the Advanced button and then click New to pen the New Action box shown below.

Fig. 02

In the New Action [Fig. 02] box, type the name that you want to appear in the context menu. Once again, you have a wide latitude in choices but something akin to Create File Listing will probably be more useful than naming it Martha Stewart. As you can see in the example above, I ditched Martha in favor of Create File Listing. Sorry Martha. Browse to the location where the .bat file you created is located, select it and let it be the Application Used to Perform Actions. Click OK and do the standard Windows dance of Apply and OK again to close all the open windows.

That's it ! Congratulations. You've created a new item on the context menu that's ready to go to work. So now that's it there, what can you do with it? Open up Windows Explorer as I did in the example [Fig. 03] below.

Fig. 03

Navigate to whatever folder you want to use as the basis for the file list and right click to open the context menu. Click on the Create File Listing item and the list will be generated and displayed at the bottom of the open window as filelisting.txt. The example below was created from the Sample Music folder shown above. Since it is a text file it can be fully edited, copied, pasted, printed, etc for any purpose.

Fig. 04

Note: If for any reason you want to remove the Create File Listing entry from the context menu it will be necessary to edit the registry. This can be accomplished by navigating to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Create_File_Listing using regedit and deleting the Create_File_Listing key in the left pane. Close regedit and reboot to complete removal.

Additional File Modifications Submitted by TEG Readers

The following tip was sent in containing a very useful modification to the batch file;

Adding the "/b" switch to the proposed batch file will create a "bare format (no heading information or summary)" text which makes the output much easier to copy and manipulate. It eliminates all the other garbage in the output file.
Best regards,

Geert Pauwels

This is an excellent idea and very easy to implement. If you are creating the batch file for the first time just modify the file listed in the article so it reads;

dir /a /b /-p /o:gen >filelisting.txt

and continue with the instructions for completing the modification. If the batch file already exists in C:\Windows, navigate to the file, right click it and select Edit from the context menu and modify the file so it contains the /b switch. Save the changes and close the file. The change will modify the output so it appears as shown below.

Fig. 05

While it's easy enough to go into the C:\Windows directory and edit the batch file to generate the type of output preferred, depending on how often you change between the two output formats you may find it more convenient to create separate entries for each format that can be selected from the context menu. The procedure is simple.

  • Create one batch file using the /b switch and name it filelisting.bat.

  • Create a second batch file without the /b switch and name it filelisting1.bat.

  • Save both files in C:\Windows.

  • Modify the context menu as shown in Step 2 and Fig. 02 above, but this time go through the procedure twice and give each entry a different name in the Action line, assigning each entry a different batch file. I used the names "Create File Listing" and "Create File Listing Verbose" for this example, assigning the batch file with the /b switch to "Create File Listing" and the batch file without the /b switch to the "Create File Listing Verbose" entry.

  • Both entries are now on the context menu and available for use as shown in Fig. 06.

Fig. 06

The following modification was submitted by Antony


Thanks for the tip on generating a directory listing from windows explorer - this has bugged me for ages.

Just wanted to add that when I run the command as listed, the file gets created in the directory that I want a listing for, but is never displayed automatically (I have to open it manually). This was annoying so I fixed it by doing the following:

  1. Specifying that the directory listing file always gets saved in the same location.

  2. Using the Start command to open the file with Notepad.

Here is the modified batch file.

dir /a /b /-p /o:gen >C:\Temp\List_Files.txt
start notepad C:\Temp\List_Files.txt

The following modification was submitted by Max

Hello, I enjoyed learning how to create file listing with the method provided on http://www.theeldergeek.com/file_list_generator.htm
I have however created a modification that people should enjoy.
By adding the line cd %1 to the top of the bat file, you can right click on a folder select Create a File List, and then the txt file will be saved inside that folder with a listing of the contents of that folder.
The next modification prevents the generated textfile from being listed within its self. The two lines are added under the dir command.

copy "C:\Temporary Location\textfile.txt" %1

del "C:\Temporary Location\textfile.txt"
Thus, my entire bat file looks like this:
cd %1
dir /a /b /-p /o:GEN >"C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Temp\filelist.txt"
copy "C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Temp\filelist.txt" %1
del "C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Temp\filelist.txt"
Please remember to use the quotations...otherwise, dos won't be able to deal with the spaces.


The following modification was submitted by Kevin

I've been trying to figure out how to capture a listing of files from within a folder -- but I don't want to print the list, just save it to a disc. (I'm sending a buddy a listing of all of the CD's that I've burned.)

I found your article entitled, "
Generate a File Listing from a Windows Explorer Context Menu" -- and although none of the solutions worked perfectly for me, I did some minor editing to give me what I needed.

I needed a batch file which would create a listing, allow me to cut, copy or print the contents, then delete the file itself (I have no need for a permanent file listing cluttering up my hard drive).

Here it is:

dir /a /-p /o:gen >filelisting.txt
del filelisting.txt

Friday, March 06, 2009

Make Your Own Handwriting Fonts For Free

YourFonts.com is a FREE online font generator that allows you to create your own OpenType fonts within a couple of minutes. Go make your own handwriting as a font!
100% Free!

* Your own handwriting turned into your very own font for free
* Optionally include your signature
* You'll have your very own font within 15 minutes
* Make as many fonts as you like
* Use your fonts on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
* Personalize your digital scrapbook pages
* Make your own "family handwriting history"
* Use your fonts in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and every program that you own

High Quality Personal Handwriting Fonts

YourFonts allows you to upload large templates (up to 4000 x 5000 pixels) and it has the most advanced raster to vector conversion algorithm. Together this results in unbeatable high quality personal fonts.

It's easy and fun to digitize your handwriting, so go make your own font now!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Online Storage and Backup : A Quick Roundup

- 2.0GB of Free Storage

- Supports desktop (local disk) synchronization

- 2.0GB of Free Storage

- Supports desktop (local disk) synchronization

- 5.0GB of Free Storage

- 10.0GB of Free Storage

- Supports desktop (local disk) synchronization

- 6.0GB of Free Storage

- 25.0GB of Free Storage

- 6.0GB of Free Storage

- 1.0GB of Free Storage

- Potentially Unlimited Storage

- 50.0GB of Free Storage

Find private torrent sites accepting users with Trackerchecker

Private torrent trackers are great. If you're after hard-to-find files that don't make it to major sites like Piratebay or Mininova, you've likely tried to locate them on a private site only to learn that they're not accepting signups. I still remember what a pain in the butt it was to keep checking in on Demonoid years ago to see when a few more spots would open up.

Trackerchecker does its best to keep you informed about which sites are accepting new user registrations and which ones aren't. Over 500 trackers are currently supported, and they cover an incredibly wide range of specialties. As you can tell from the screenshot, they're not all SFW, but then again, you probably shouldn't be downloading from a private tracker at work anyway.

The code is easy to understand: green means you're good to go, red means you're out of luck for now. Sites that don't respond to Trackerchecker's queries in a timely manner are given a blue mark. If your desired site is taking signups, click its name to be taken directly to the registration page.

The listings also tell you when the last check was run on each site. Registering at Trackerchecker lets you build a list of favorites, making it easier to monitor only the sites you're actually interested in joining.

It's a great tool to add to your P2P bookmarks.

Free utility for downloading videos from MegaVideo

MegaVideo Video Downloader
In order to download videos from video sharing site Megavideo you normally need a premium account which costs $9.99 per month. But Megavideo Video Downloader will download and save any video on the site for free.

All you need to do is enter the URL of the video you want to download, click the add button to put it in your list of movies to download, and click the start button. Videos are downloaded as FLV files and can be converted and saved as AVI, MPEG, WMV, or FLV files. The utility will also tell you the size of a video file before you begin downloading.

Now, there are many files hosted on Megavideo that have been uploaded illegally, so we of course don't condone downloading or even watching these videos. And if you feel queasy about using software that's designed to get around paying for a legitimate service, you could always pay for a premium account and use the utility anyway. Megavideo Video Downloader allows you to create batch download jobs, which makes it pretty useful even if you're a paying member.

Favicon Generator: favicons made easy

Have you ever seen a site with a really awesome favicon -- that tiny icon that shows up in bookmarks and address bars -- and wondered how to get one yourself? Favicon Generator makes it totally simple, with two different ways to get exactly the icon you want. You can upload any image, or make your own with a pixel-level editor. Then Favicon Generator does the rest, and gives you a .ico file that you can use with your site.

Generator mode is where you can upload your gifs, jpgs and pngs to be converted. The Generator will resize them to the standard 16x16 pixel favicon size for you, but you can easily get a full-sized .ico instead by clicking a checkbox. In Editor mode, you draw your own icon on an oversized 16x16 grid, using any web colors you like. There's no option to enlarge the grid, so this is no solution for serious pixel-art projects. When it comes to favicons, though, it's the perfect tool for the task.

ADrive lets you store 50GB of files online for free

A few months ago Microsoft issued an update to Windows Live SkyDrive, allowing users to store up to 25GB of files online for free. But a whole year earlier, ADrive was offering a whopping 50GB of free storage space. Unfortunately the service was hobbled by an awkward file upload system.

I hadn't really thought about ADrive very much in the last year or so. But this afternoon I got an email from the company telling me about some updates. So I decided to check in on ADrive. The first thing I noticed was that the files I uploaded over a year ago were still intact. That's always a good thing.

ADrive still offers 50GB of free storage. But the web interface has been improved, even if the file uploader still requires Java. Users can now edit certain files in their web browsers by right clicking a file and selecting the Edit in Zoho option. And you can share files with other users or get URLs they can use to share large files with anyone via email or a hyperlink on a web site. Free account holders have a 1 terabyte file sharing limit (I assume this is per month). ADrive is also limiting the number of concurrent downloads allowed from free, basic accounts.

But if you sign up for a paid account, ADrive is offering some advanced features like FTP access, a larger number of concurrent downloads, SSL encryption, and a desktop client for Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. And of course, there are no ads. You can also get up to 1TB of storage space if you pay for a premium account.

Watch web video while getting work done with Double Vision

Double Vision
Have a boring data entry job that's going to take a few hours (or a lifetime) and looking for a way to make it more interesting? Double Vision lets you watch online videos while conducting other business with your computer.

Here's how it works: You launch Double Vision and a standalone web browser based on Internet Explorer opens. Find a video you want to watch and then click the "Double Vision" button. Most of the browser's navigation toolbars will disappear and all you'll see is the video, a transparency slider and two buttons. Slide the transparency bar all the way to the right and the video becomes opaque, slide it all the way to the left and you won't see it at all. When it's somehwere in the middle you'll be able to see the spreadsheet or other documents you've been working on under the video.

You can click the X button to return to browser's normal mode, or hit the other button if you want to drag and drop the video window to another location. All other clicks in the browser window will go unregistered. In other words, you won't just be able to see whatever's lying under the video, you'll be able to input data, edit documents or watch two movies at once if that's your cup of tea.

Double Vision is optimized to work with a handful of online video sites including Hulu, YouTube, and Netflix. That means when you load a video using the browser from one of these sites, the video will expand to the size of the browser so you aren't stuck looking at a video surrounded by text.

You can also hit Ctrl + Esc to hide the video quickly, which could come in handy if you're using Double Vision at work and you forgot to tell the boss about your ingenious new discovery.

Create temporary chat rooms with tiny URLs with TinyChat

No matter how much you love Twitter, sometimes 140 characters isn't enough to express complex thoughts. That's one reason you see people posting links on Twitter to blogs and other web sites where you can find additional information. A while back we covered TinyPaste, a service that sort of lets you cheat at Twitter by creating a long string of text or links to photos or videos and creating a short URL that you can use to publicize the link on Twitter.

Now the makers of TinyPaste are back with a new service that lets you create an instant chat room, complete with a short URL that you can use to promote the chatroom on Twitter or other sites. TinyChat is about as simple as a build your own web chat page could be. You just click a button to create a room and then enter the room or copy the link to share with others. That's pretty much all there is to it.

You can save a log of the chat as a text file, email it, or post it online. And you can even embed a TinyChat room on your web site.

There aren't a ton of advanced features. You can't upload files to a chat room, for example. But TinyChat has the basics covered. There are a few emoticons and you can perform basic actions with the "/me" command.

Cramberry: make studying easier with web-based flash cards

I wish Cramberry had been around when I was in high school. All those introductory classes, with their requirements of rote memorization, were totally exhausting. Carrying around massive stacks of flash cards with the Latin names of trees written on them is no longer necessary, though. Now you can put your flashcards online with Cramberry.

Cramberry supports multiple sets, and you can make them public, in case you've got study partners you want to share with. To make a card, just enter the text for the front and back. Sorry, art history students, but there's no image support yet. Once you've got your cards set up, Cramberry will quiz you. The best feature is that the cards you're getting wrong most often show up more frequently, to give you extra practice. Cramberry threw a few php errors during my test, but it works smoothly for the most part, and it's a great concept.

9 free antivirus programs for Windows

Keeping your Windows computer virus-free doesn't have to cost you a lot of money. Heck, it doesn't need to cost you any money. There are plenty of good options available for those of you on the hunt for free antivirus software.

Wait - free? Don't companies like Norton make a good business out of selling antivirus protection? Why would someone give it away? Developers of free antivirus solutions like Avast and AVG are counting on a couple of things. First, that you'll like the free offering enough to want to buy an upgraded version of their product. Second, that if enough home users talk about how much they love it that their "computer guy" at work might want to use it on the company's systems.

The free options listed after the break offer the same kind of protection as the boxed software you can buy at the store.

Two things to keep in mind:

First, as with other free software, some of the developers ask for support in the form of a toolbar install. They're all optional, so make sure to un-tick the checkboxes during the install if you don't want the toolbar.

Second, a number of the developers offer a non-free version on the free version's download page via a service called TrialPay. The totally free version is normally on the left, the TrialPay offer on the right - make sure you're clicking the link you actually want.

Avast Home Free

I see Avast's little blue sphere in a lot of system trays, and with good reason: it's one of the most recommended free Windows antivirus options. One nice thing about Avast is that the installer only installs the antivirus program – there's no toolbar or anything else to dodge. Definitions update automatically, scans can be scheduled, and the boot-time scan tool does a good job at uprooting even stubborn infections.

You do need to register for a product key, though Avast will never email you anything other than the confirmation message.

Get it from: Avast | FileHippo | Softpedia

AVG Free

AVG has been a popular free antivirus option for Windows users for a number of years. It provides solid protection against viruses and other malware, and there's no registration required. Virus definition updates are automatic, and scheduled scanning is supported. Version 8 ships with the optional AVG Security Toolbar, which may be a good idea for some users. It provides security ratings for known websites and provides a little added protection in your browser – a place some users desperately need it.

Be sure to watch for the toolbar install and opt out if you don't want it. Also pay attention on the download page: free link on the left, TrialPay on the right.

Get it from: Download.com | FileHippo | Softpedia

Avira AntiVir

Avira's offering is third on the list alphabetically and that's where it falls popularity wise on Download.com, just behind AVG and Avast. It's rated highly for fast and accurate scanning, and is easy on system resources. AntiVir's simple interface and solid protection make it a good choice for novice users.

One bothersome aspect is the nag screen that appears periodically to remind you about Avira's paid product. Also, on Avira's download page look on the left side for the completely free link - the right side is a TrialPay offer.

Get it from: Avira | FileHippo | Softpedia


Another lesser-known (but solid) option is BitDefender. In addition to virus and malware defense, BitDefender also includes a privacy protection feature that monitors web traffic and outbound mail for possible breaches. Its scanning engine is fairly speedy and detection rates are on par with more well-known software.

The download page is a bit like Avira's, so make sure you don't use the TrialPay offer on the right unless you really want to. The free download is on the left side.

Get it from: BitDefender | FileHippo | Softpedia


Unlike other programs on this list, Clam is not a realtime virus scanner, meaning it won't notify you the instant an infected file gets saved to your hard drive. Because of this shortcoming, ClamWin is probably not a good choice for novice users. It does, however, support scheduled scans and integrates with Windows Explorer so you can manually right-click and scan files. It also integrates with Microsoft Outlook and can remove infected attachments automatically.

You can get on-access protection with ClamWin by integrating it with WinPatrol or Spyware Terminator.

Get it from: ClamWin | FileHippo | Snapfiles

Comodo Internet Security

Comodo's free antivirus application comes as part of their Internet Security suite. Comodo's firewall software has always been very well-respected, but you can choose to only install the antivirus during the install if you prefer. It's a solid performer, with good scanning speed and detection rates, and few false positives.

Like AVG, Comodo packages a toolbar (called safe surf). It'll also prompt you to change your homepage, so just make sure to uncheck the boxes if you want to opt out.

Get it from: Comodo | Download.com | Softpedia

PC Tools Antivirus

PC Tools are the same people that produce Spyware Doctor, one of the most popular anti-spyware applications around (though not my personal choice). Its interface is simple and easy to understand for novice users, though advanced users are likely to be frustrated by the lack of more sophisticated options that are available in other free programs. Scheduled scanning is supported, as are automatic definition updates.

Get it from: PC Tools

Rising Antivirus

Even with the regal lion face logo, Rising hasn't garnered a lot of respect yet. Still, those who do use it seem very pleased with the protection it provides and also report that it's easy on system resources. A complete scan with Rising is a bit more sluggish than with more popular options, but most of you probably run scheduled scans when you're AFK anyway – so it's not a big downside.

It's regarded as a good choice for non-technical users.

Get it from: Rising AV | Snapfiles | Softpedia

Spyware Terminator

Spyware Terminator isn't an antivirus program on its own, but you can choose to integrate ClamWin during the setup process. Unlike installing Clam on its own, pairing the two applications provides realtime virus protection. It's regarded as a very good anti-spyware application, though reviews are mixed on its ability to handle antivirus duties.

As with AVG and Comodo, a toolbar install will be offered during the setup process.

Get it from: Spyware Terminator | FileHippo | Softpedia

If you're not sold on the idea of free antivirus and are looking to test drive some paid options, there are plenty available for download. Just about every major developer of antivirus software offers at least a 30 day trial of their product. Here are three solid choices you can take for a test drive.

Eset NOD32

NOD32 is the choice of a number of Download Squad crew members. It's very well-respected by system admins and technicians and one of the best programs available to protect your PC from infection. Downloading the current version gets you 30 days to try it out.

If you're so inclined, you can download beta versions or release candidates as well - and you'll get up to 6 months of free protection.


Another option held in high regard by experienced users, the Kaspersky scanning engine is licensed by a number of other companies that provide antivirus software. Trial versions last 30 days.

Trend Micro

Trend has been a truster choice in coporate environments for a long time, though their PC Cillin software for consumers isn't as popular as some other tites. It's still a solid choice and provides good protection. Again, 30 days to try it out.

Pixlr plugin for Firefox turns your browser into an image editor

Pixlr is a web-based image editing application. We first discovered the site a few months ago, and it compares favorably to other web based graphics apps like Picnik and Fotoflexer. You can crop, resize, add effects, or paint your images. And now thanks to a Firefox plugin, importing images to Pixlr is even easier.

Once the plugin is installed, you'll notice a little icon in the Firefox status bar that you can click to automatically import any web page you're on to Pixlr for editing. Just want to edit an image from the web? No problem. Just right click and select Edit in Pixlr. The image editor will open in a new tab and load the picture automatically.

Upload files to multiple mirrors ine one step with Gazup

Like previously mentioned Rapidspread, Gazup is a web service that allows you to upload a file and mirror it on several hosts with ease.

Gazup's interface is decidedly more Web 2.0 (it's up to you to decide whether that's a good or bad thing). Apart from uploading a file directly from your machine, Gazup also supports mirroring files from a URL. It's a handy way to provide alternative downloads for files on your own FTP or web server.

Uploaded files are currently mirrored on up to nine hosts: RapidShare, MegaUpload, FileFactory, HideMyAss, Badongo, Mediafire, Uploadbox, zShare, and NetLoad.in. Files can be managed from your control panel, and Gazup will even notify you if your mirrors are unavailable.

Features are still being worked on, including automatic thumbnail creation for video files. I tested with several different video formats but didn't have any luck. Hopefully developers will sort this out, as it would be a great feature to help Gazup stand out from the crowd.