Over 31,100 Icons for Windows, Mac and Linux

July 31, 2010

Whenever I want to customize the appearance of my PC, fancy up a document, make a powerpoint slide shine, or enhance a blog article I often use icons. Yes, the same type of icons (but only better) that you see on your computer’s desktop. Icons are excellent graphic enhancements and the professionally crafted icons often are three dimensional in appearance.

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An excellent resource for icons is the web site Icon Archive. Currently the site boasts an archive of over 31,100 icons in 1097 sets from 260 different authors. The majority of the icons I explored can be used for non-commercial purposes, such as what I mentioned previously. You will find that these icons are of professional quality and there is something there for just about any subject you can think of.

How good are these icons?  Here is an example:

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Bookmarks4Techs – Site Update #15

July 30, 2010


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WinMend – FREE File and Folder Hiding Tool

July 30, 2010

Hiding files and folders in Windows can be easily done and easily undone, when you know how. The problem with the Windows process is that the folder and file hiding process was not designed with security in mind. The only purpose it really serves is to prevent you from deleting system files and folders on the computer that are integral part of the computer’s operation.  I do have to admit, there have been those occasion where I will hide a file at work as a temporary measure to keep prying eyes out; however, anyone with any computer savvy will know how to compromise this.

A solution that I have been playing around with for awhile is a FREE file and folder hiding tool called WinMend.

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The “cool factors” with this application is that the files and folders can be hidden instantly no matter the size of the data and the files/folders are invisible not only in the computer where the hiding was completed, but in any computer.

WinMend Folder Hidden is a free file/folder hiding tool. While ensuring the absolute system safety, this application can quickly hide files and folders on local partitions and/or on removable devices. The hidden files/folders will be safely hidden whether the drive is accessed in another operating system on the same computer or reinstalled on another computer. You can set a password for this application. Hidden data can be displayed and unhidden only when the user enters the valid password. The data is completely invisible to other programs or on other operating systems. However, please keep in mind that this application is for home use only. It’s not recommended for commercial settings where more strict confidentiality is required. Supports Language: English, French, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, Greek, Korean, Itanlian, Slovak, Vietnames.

I’m pretty certain there is a backdoor way, via the Windows command console, to compromise WinMend; BUT the advantage of hiding a file or folder is that someone is not going to go after something that they don’t know is there the begin with.

If interested, you can get WinMend [ HERE ] .

ADDENDUM

My personal experiment with WinMend on a flash drive:

What draws my attention to apps like this is trying to find a way to make it work from my flash drive.  In other words, can I make it become portable to the point that I can run the app from my flash drive, on any computer (even with admin rights), and hide the files on the flash drive?  For me, here is how I got it to work. I used a little program called “Universal Extractor” to unpack the WinMend install.  I then copied the upacked files over to my flash drive.  The first thing I did was rename the executable file (that starts WinMend) from “folderhidden” to “WinMend” so as not to give any initial clues that I had hid files or folders on the drive. I then ran the “WinMend” file to start WinMend from the flashdrive, setup my password and then used it to hide a folder on the flashdrive.  What I am finding, so far, it that it is working like a charm and on one PC at an off site location, where I do not have Admin rights, WinMend still worked.  Again, you may not have that same result and I am still testing this, but so far it is working and is a fast way to hide my data.  I’m putting this out there in hope that another tech may also try this and give some feedback.

ADDENDUM (7/31/2010)

As with any utility, such as WinMend, ALWAYS maintain a backup of your files…

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Create Photo Collages Online for FREE

July 29, 2010

It is amazing the tools that are available online these days that allow you to perform various photo editing and design techniques right inside your web browser; and no software installation is required. Online applications, performed by simply visiting a web site, is an example of what is called cloud computing.

Photovisi Another FREE online application, that is absolutely in the category of awesome, is called Photovisi . What this online app does is walk you through some very simple steps toward creating a photo collage. The “cool factor” here is that you have option of picking from an array of templates and the ability to upload a batch of photos (more than one photo at a time). Below is an example of a collage I created, in less than 3 minutes, using this online app. The photos you are seeing are from my wallpaper collection.

Photovisi is a free and easy to use online tool to create photo collages. Select one of the many collage templates, add your photos and then customize by dragging items around. After the collage is finished, it’s available for download and print! Want to try it out?

Sample Collage

To use Photovisi, simply [ CLICK HERE ] to get started.

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Bookmarks4Techs: Site Update #13

July 28, 2010

Be sure to visit my NEW sister site; Bookmarks4Techs. The site features frequent updates that include links to FREE software, new tech sites, featured sites, and even an option to get really good deals on tech products (or anything) directly through Amazon.com. The goal of the site is to grab every tech site out there and have the sites posted at Bookmarks4Techs.  If you are a student of information technology, here is your starting point. Spread the word, post it on your blogroll, email your friends, facebook it, twitter it; any exposure is very much appreciated.  

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