Keep An Eye On Your Latest RSS News Feeds With Desktop Ticker

December 17, 2014

I am big into RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication), by using the likes of Feedly (RSS Feed Reader) to keep track of what is going on in the world. I currently have a large collection of feeds that I follow. RSS gives you the ability to track multiple news sources quickly and efficiently by giving you (in most cases, depending on how you configure the feed) the headlines with bits and pieces of the story. Once you see something of interest you can go to it by clicking on the feed link. You can grasp a whole lot of information with RSS feeds. It has been an invaluable tool to me with locating resources for the blog.

Now that you have somewhat of a feel what a RSS feed is, you may want to take a look at Desktop Ticker which is a FREE scrolling desktop ticker that you can load feeds into that will scroll the latest feeds across your desktop (much like what you see on TV when they scroll the news across the screen).

Desktop Ticker is a free RSS and Atom web feed aggregator application that allows you to keep an eye on the latest news from your favourite websites whilst you work on your computer. Once feeds have been added, the article titles scroll horizontally across the screen. Article summaries are displayed when the mouse cursor is placed over an article title, and the full article can be opened in a web browser by clicking on the article title. The RSS feeds are automatically downloaded after the specified interval to show updated content.

Desktop Ticker

What I like about Desktop Ticker is that it is FREE; can be downloaded as a portable app; and, can be fully customized. For example, the graphic you see above is close to the default size. What I ended up doing was increasing the font (to size 18) which will change the ticker to a very readable size. If you notice below, you will see my browser window is open and the ticker is at the top of the screen. Keep in mind this is a cropped screenshot and that the ticker stretches across the length of the screen. You can float the ticker or tell it to pin to the top or bottom of the screen. Personally I like it at the top of the screen.

Desktop Ticker

There are many (very easy to use) configuration settings that you can manage to customize Desktop Ticker to your personal taste. Very nicely done software that has an easy learning curve and serves a good purpose (especially for a newshound like myself).

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A Portable App To Download FREE Music

December 9, 2014

Download your favorite music for free with Free Music Downloader. Simply enter the name of the artist or the title of a song and Free Music Downloader can connect to over 20 online music services to locate the song. Once the song is located you have option of where you want to download the song from. After you make the selection, the song is downloaded and converted to a MP3. You also have option of including cover images, as well.

Free Music Downloader

Free Music Downloader is a Windows based application that requires no installation (portable app). Simply download, unzip the file (LastFM.zip) to a folder and run the “Last.fm executable.

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A Free AppRemover Utility To Uninstall Antivirus and Security Software, Public File Sharing Applications, Toolbars and MORE

December 4, 2014

AppRemover is a must have utility to have around if you decide to swap out your antivirus or malware software on your computer.

It is important to know that security software installs, such as antivirus and malware software, are very complex in nature; and, if not uninstalled properly can wreak havoc to a PC. Typically, most developers of Security software will provide an uninstaller that you can download from their site; however, most people do not know or think about that. An easy option for removal of security type software is AppRemover.

AppRemover

AppRemover supports the removal of a boat load of applications – see here…  AppRemover is a standalone (portable) application that you simply download and run. You can download AppRemover – from here.

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FREE Windows Desktop Vector Alarm Clocks

October 18, 2014

Ramblinrick:

Every so often I like to re-visit past blog articles; especially those I believe offer something that is unique, but often fall in the forgotten category.

The vector clocks that I mention in this article are the best looking Windows based software clocks (with alarms) out there…

Originally posted on What's On My PC:

Just when I think I have found every type of clock software on the internet I come across another find, called Vector Clock, to add to my collection. Today I am excited to bring to you, not just one clock, but a collection of FREE vector alarm clocks that are fully scaleable, fully customizable, requires no installation (portable app) and just plain downright looks awesome.

Vector Clocks

There are four things that makes these FREE Vector Alarm Clocks tick:

CustomizableVector Clock is customizable. There are detailed Clock Options in the settings. It also nicely integrates with Your desktop – You can choose to pin the clock to desktop, use it as a normal window, keep it on top or even force it to foreground (when in click-through mode). Plus some other options, such as “hide on mouse over”, “start with Windows” and “clock transparency” configuration.

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Manage The Volume On Your Computer With The Wheel On Your Mouse

September 18, 2014

When I need to raise or lower the sound on my computer, I simply move my mouse pointer to the taskbar (at the bottom) of the screen and rotate the mouse wheel forward to raise the volume and rotate the mouse wheel backward to lower the volume (to the point that it can be muted). To do this I use the utility, by Nirsoft, called Volumouse. This little utility (which is less that 100KB) has been around for quite awhile and works on all modern Windows platforms.

Volumouse

To make Volumouse operate in the manner which I described above, simply launch Volumouse and under the column labelled “Use the wheel when“, select “Mouse cursor is over the taskbar“…  Click “OK“, then “Apply” and that is all there is to it.

 

 


Lightweight But Professional CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Burning Software

September 5, 2014

Most folks at home are reluctant to burn CDs/DVDs due they feel it is a complicated process. Well, to help you out I came across a really nice burning software application, called AnyBurn, that is FREE, is available as a portable app, is powerful and best of all it is really easy to understand and use. As a matter of fact, if you take a look at the image below, you will see AnyBurn in a nutshell (that in my opinion really requires no explanation). If you do need some help getting started using AnyBurn, click on any of the tutorial links below, and you will be redirected to the official AnyBurn site. I have been using AnyBurn for quite awhile and right now it is the only burning software on my PC.

AnyBurn

Burn Data and Audio Disc

Create Disc Image File

Convert Image File

Rip Audio CD

Miscellaneous

 


A Simple But Powerful Windows Program Uninstaller

September 4, 2014

Want a powerful program uninstaller for your computer? If so, I encourage you to take a look at Geek Uninstaller.

This little app, which is a single file, works better than the standard built-in Windows uninstaller in that it performs a deeper scan and removes all of the leftovers. The Windows uninstaller often leaves debris behind.

Great-looking and surprisingly functional, GeekUninstaller will help you keep your computer clean and organized! Instant startup, minimalistic, simple but efficient user interface. Single EXE runs flawlessly on both 32 and 64-bit Windows 7/8/XP/Vista. When running on x64 Windows GeekUninstaller is running as a native 64-bit application. Programs highlighted with purple orange color are recently installed/modified (since last run of Geek Uninstaller).


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