Two Great Hard Disk Maintenance Programs For Windows XP

It’s inevitable: Sooner or later your hard disk is going to get clogged with leftover files, orphaned registry entries, and fragmented files that can slow down everything.

Using the Windows Disk Cleaner and Disk Defragmenter programs can help but, they are quite slow and not as efficient as they could be. Here are two great free applications that are far superior. CCleaner This thorough hard disk cleaner scans for Undeleted Temporary Files, Memory Dumps, Internet Caches, and more. It also has an option to scan the Registry for numerous problems. You can even back up the Registry beforehand. Multiple options allow to you customize what to scan. For example: If you wanted to keep your Recently Typed URLs but delete Cookies, it’s as simple as checking or unchecking a few boxes.

AusLogic Disk Defrag Defragging your hard disk on occasion is always a good idea. But using Windows Disk Defragmenter is too slow. Auslogics Disk Defrag has the option to use more of the CPU, speeding up the process significantly. Plus, after all the files are scanned a detailed report is available. While it may not always be possible to completely clean out all the useless files and defragment 100%, these programs can at least make it easier to manage your PC.

Photo Filtre 6

In the world of graphics applications, many freeware programs such as Gimp, Irfanview, and are getting a lot of widespread acclaim.

However, contrary to popular belief, these are not the only highly functional image editors available for free use; often lost in the shuffle is Photo Filtre 6 (, a terrific program that has been free for some time now.

But what exactly is Photo Filtre? It is an image editing and paint program with a surprising number of additional features that puts it a step above your average freeware graphics application. With it, you can apply filters to your photographs, export images in a wide variety of formats (png, gif, jpg), turn them into wallpapers or icons, and even perform a batch conversion in case you need to edit many images at once. As for painting, Photo Filtre comes with a small collection of standard drawing, painting, and selection tools, including airbrush, clone, text, stamp, and smudge. Although the tools aren’t as comprehensive as what you would get in a high end program, they are still nothing to sneeze at, since they are heads and shoulders above what any user would get in MS Paint.

Besides its functionality, one of the things that really distinguishes Photo Filtre from the rest of the pack is its usability. In contrast to other freeware graphics programs that go by a “more is more” philosophy”, the GUI is free of clutter. There is no bevy of overlapping, floating palettes crowding the canvas and overwhelming the user in the process. There is just one palette docked to the right-hand side of the program. On top of that, the GUI is also highly intuitive, making Photo Filtre a very pleasant and easy editor to learn and use.

If there’s any downside to this program, it’s that it doesn’t support layers. However, there are ways around this limitation, since the program has options that allow you to manipulate the properties of a pasted image before permanently fixing it to the canvas. Photo Filtre also doesn’t support Photoshop plugins; however, the program has its own set of plugins available for users (which are available at the official download site). It also supports 8bf filters. With that being said, Photo Filtre may not exactly be the answer to your prayers in finding the closest thing to Photoshop in the world of freeware.

Nevertheless, it is still an excellent, easy to use program that deserves to be as recognized as Gimp, Irfanview, and Hopefully, as more people learn about it, it will finally get its much needed due.

Little Planets

Creating very cool “little worlds” such as those seen on Flicker is very easy and makes for great photographs and talking points. In order to make your own Little Planets you’re going to need three things.

  • Your digital photographs
  • A panorama tool (like Panorama Factory)
  • An image editor that can do polar co-ordinates (like Photoshop)

    Once you have these three elements here’s how to make your own Little Planet. Your photographs should present a panoramic view. You can do this easily by taking a series of overlapping photographs as you turn in a full circle, with the last photo overlapping the first one. Now launch any photo stitching tool, you can find plenty by searching for keywords “photo stitching panorama”, or use The Panorama Factory mentioned earlier. Open all of your images in the tool and run the wizard. The software will now automatically crop and join each image, and also balance the colour and brightness etc. When it is complete you should have a nice long panoramic image. To turn this into your Little Planet is easy. Open this new image in Photoshop and resize it to a square. Depending on your computers specification you may have to reduce the width somewhat. As a starting point, try resizing your image to 1000×1000 pixels, and you can go larger later if required. Now you have a weird looking square, you have to turn it upside down, so rotate it by 180 degrees. The final step is to use the Filter > Distort > Polar Co-Ordinates option. Once it has finished you will have your own Little Planet!

  • OSI Model

    Open System Interconection Model is used for communication between two computers. It has seven layers. I will describe the layers one by one.

    1. Physical Layer: It is the lower layer of OSI. In this we select the voltage level used for representing 0 & 1.
    2. Data Link Layer: In this layer, data is divided into frames and sent to Physical layer.
    3. Network Layer: Here data is divided into packets.logical address is also given in this layer.
    4. Transport Layer: This layer provides error free channel.
    5. Session Layer: This layer controls the login sessions.
    6. Presentation Layer: In this layer data is encryted and compressed.
    7. Application Layer: All the various protocols are included in this layer like http,ftp,SMTP etc. This layer directly interacts with the user.

    What Is Crowd Sourcing?

    There are many tasks in life which are still nearly impossible to perform with computer.

    Often these tasks are extremely simple tasks for humans to perform. Let’s take the task of summarizing. A computer is completely unprepared for dealing with matters of language, whereas you or I may be able to read a paragraph and very quickly summarize it. Crowdsourcing is a method born out of this dilemma. How does an individual or business with tasks like these find the workers needed to complete these tasks quickly? A website owned by Amazon, currently in beta, is one such solution. Workers pick up very small amounts of money for completing these simple tasks. Employers get these tasks completed very quickly for cheap, because they are outsourced to a large crowd of individuals. Often times, employers get thousands of human intelligence tasks completed in an hour. In a nutshell: Crowdsourcing is an innovative new way to use technology to aid humans in completing tasks that only humans can complete. It gets work from employers to the maximum number of humans as fast as possible.

    VSO Image Resizer

    Windows XP users familiar with the picture resizer powertool which adds a basic batch picture re-scaling tool to explorer were upset to realize that the XP power tools don’t work with Vista.

    The basic function offered by this tool was pretty handy. Enter the VSO Image Resizer, a completely free software tool that can re-scale a folder of pictures, save it as a JPEG, GIF, TIFF or BMP at the quality that you specity. The tool launches from the right-click drop down menu in explorer and offers simple and basic functions in an intuitive interface. For non-commercial use there is no cost for the software. It even works on Windows XP.