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Windows 8 to feature adaptive Aero colorization, get it now on Windows 7

While we've still yet to see anything truly Earth-shattering, the tandem of Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott continues to churn out insight about interesting new features they've discovered in Windows 8 milestone 3. The latest discovery is that Aero in Windows 8 will be able to automatically adapt itself to match your current wallpaper image. It's a bit like what Windows 7 already does with your...

Personal Activity Monitor tracks time you spend using desktop apps

Up until a couple of years ago, I used to turn to RescueTime to figure out how I spend my time online. Then it got too complex, and I stopped using it. Personal Activity Monitor is like a vastly dumbed-down version of RescueTime, and I mean that as a compliment. It's free and bare-bones -- all it does is track what applications you're using and for how long. A big drawback at this point is...

Handbrake-powered VidCoder gets a native 64-bit version

A while back, VidCoder -- the Windows video disc ripping program -- added support for Blu-ray discs. With Handbrake's engine under the hood, VidCoder offers an easy-to-use interface and simple batch processing of your video files. With the release of version 0.8, there's also now a native 64-bit version for those of you running Windows x64. A number of stability tweaks have also been introduced....

VidCoder now rips Blu-Ray discs, too

VidCoder is a nice, little DVD ripper for Windows -- it provides a simple, streamlined interface, supports encoding presets, and uses Hanbrake's processing engine for the heavy lifting. One feature which was notably absent from the last version we covered was support for Blu-Ray discs. That has been added in version 0.7.0, and VidCoder is now better than ever. One other nice feature VidCoder...

Flickr Schedulr lets you create an automated queue of uploads to Flickr

Flickr, like all social networks, can be gamed. Yes, you can simply upload photos to share them with friends and family, but for many users -- the Flickrites -- there's a whole lot more to it than that. For the elite few -- the Flickr version of 'social media experts' -- it's all about garnering exposure, and thus accruing views and comments. Ultimately, I guess there are dreams and delusions of...

Easily set your Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail as Windows' default email client

Mailto:// links are still pretty common on the Web, and they can be somewhat bothersome if you use a Web-based email app like Gmail or Hotmail. Wouldn't it be great if you could tell Windows to open your webmail's compose page instead of trying to load a desktop program like Outlook Express or Windows Mail? There are actually several ways to get Windows to do this, but not many are as simple...

Droid Explorer lets you manage your rooted Android phone from Windows Explorer

Droid Explorer is, at a glance, a dream app for Android owners. As you can see from the screenshot above, it provides a delicious Windows Explorer-powered portal to everything on your phone. It's also free, and open-source. The tools provided by Droid Explorer range from the very handy (browsing the file system, installing/uninstalling apps, backing up and syncing your data) -- through to the...

HTC Home alpha 2 brings more sexy widgets to your Windows desktop

Not everyone is a fan of desktop widgets -- if that's you, then HTC Home is not a download you'll be interested in. If, however, you're like me and you have a second (or third or fourth) monitor and you don't mind giving up a little real estate to some snazzy desktop app candy, HTC Home might be right up your alley. Previously the app only included the trademark weather widget, but HTC Home's...

Mouse Jiggler makes sure your screen saver doesn't kick in while you watch videos

It used to be that when I watched a movie with VLC, halfway through the movie the screen would suddenly black out. Too late, I would realize that the screensaver kicked in because I hadn't touched the mouse for a while. It was so irritating that I simply disabled my screen saver. I think VLC specifically addressed this issue, but I'm sure it still happens with other video players. Mouse Jiggler...

Microsoft officially signs on as a Joomla open source code contributor

In an exalted, excited and exclamation-rife blog post, Joomla's development coordinator Sam Moffatt has just announced Microsoft's official status as a Joomla Contributor. He makes it sound like Microsoft has never been involved with GNU GPL work before, but, while nothing could be further from the truth -- have you ever seen CodePlex? Nevertheless, Microsoft's involvement with the second...

KeepFocused is a portable Pomodoro Technique timer for Windows

In case you aren't familiar with it, the Pomodoro Technique is a time management system. The original book by Francesco Cirillo has been extremely popular since its publication in the early 1990s and it's now available as a free PDF download [Google Viewer link]. The technique is simple and involves setting up 25-minute intervals for a given task and taking a short break at the end (five...

Max out your World of Warcraft character with a free, open-source application called Rawr

This is one of the most popular and effective tools to improving your WoW gameplay. No, it's not the Peggle add-on (though that is very cool) -- I'm actually talking about an external application! Something you can use in the office, away from your gaming PC! This tool is very popular amongst the serious World of Warcraft players but chances are, if you're a little more casual, you've probably...

Popfly is dead, long live Popfly

Microsoft's Popfly, a place to create games and game mashups, closed down on August 24. Although all the site's users lost their accounts, Popfly is far from completely dead. Microsoft has open-sourced the code and put it up on CodePlex, free to be used by any aspiring game makers out there. Of course, features that depend on the now-defunct site, like high scores, aren't included, but someone...

Microsofts most active open source projects on CodePlex

Microsoft's CodePlex is an open source project hosting website. Microsoft has no control, review, revising, endorsing or distributing control over any projects on the website. They simply provide the web storage for developers. So many new projects have been created to share with other developers on CodePlex, and the system seems to be progressing quite nicely. PlentyofCode lists out the current...