Some Well-Known Pangrams

1. J.Q Vandz struck my big fox whelp.
2. Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
3. Few quips galvanized the mock jury box.
4. Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
5. Six big devils from Japan quickly forgot how to waltz.
6. John Prady, give me a black walnut box of quite small size.
7. Back in my quaint garden, jaunty zinnias vie with flaunting phlox.
8. A quick move by the enemy will jeopardize six fine gun boats.
9. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs back.
10. A quick brown fox jumped over the lazy grey dog sleeping on the road.


Forsaking monastic tradition, twelve jovial friars gave up their vocation for a questionable existence on the flying trapeze. (106 letters)
No kidding -- Lorenzo called off his trip to visit Mexico City just because they told him the conquistadores were extinct. (99 letters)
Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux. (96 letters)
Ebenezer unexpectedly bagged two tranquil aardvarks with his jiffy vacuum cleaner. (71 letters)
Six javelins thrown by the quick savages whizzed forty paces beyond the mark. (64 letters)
The explorer was frozen in his big kayak just after making discoveries. (64 letters)
The July sun caused a fragment of black pine wax to ooze on the velvet quilt. (61 letters)
The public was amazed to view the quickness and dexterity of the juggler. (60 letters)
While Suez sailors wax parquet decks, Afghan jews vomit jauntily abaft. (59 letters)
We quickly seized the black axle and just saved it from going past him. (57 letters)
Six big juicy steaks sizzled in a pan as five workmen left the quarry. (56 letters)
While making deep excavations we found some quaint bronze jewelry. (56 letters)
Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward. (55 letters)
A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent. (54 letters)
The job requires extra pluck and zeal from every young wage earner. (54 letters)
A quart jar of oil mixed with zinc oxide makes a very bright paint. (53 letters)
Whenever the black fox jumped the squirrel gazed suspiciously. (53 letters)
We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize. (50 letters)
How razorback-jumping frogs can level six piqued gymnasts! (49 letters)
Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels. (48 letters)
Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag. (48 letters)
Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes. (40 letters) [New!]
Heavy boxes perform quick waltzes and jigs. (36 letters)
The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. (33 letters)
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs. (32 letters)
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz. (31 letters)
The five boxing wizards jump quickly. (31 letters)
How quickly daft jumping zebras vex. (30 letters)
Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim. (29 letters)
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow. (29 letters)
Waltz, nymph, for quick jigs vex Bud. (28 letters)
Blowzy night-frumps vex'd Jack Q. (26 letters)
Glum Schwartzkopf vex'd by NJ IQ. (26 letters)

Authentication Vs Authorization

“Authenticating users” means determining a user really is who he or she says (verifying the identity of a user). This is often done using a shared secret such as a password.

“Authorizing users” means granting or restricting access to a specific user who has identified himself or herself. For example, clients in an administrative role are often granted more access than clients in a role as simple users.

Small Quiz about ADO.Net

What is a data provider?
A data provider is a code component that is used by your application to connect to a specific database format.

What is a table?
A table is a collection of data, usually on a particular subject such as customers, employees, and so on.

What may each row in a table also be called?
Each row in a table also may be called a record.

What class represents a connection to a data source?
The OleDbConnection class represents a connection to a data source.

What class would you use to package a database connection with a set of data commands?
You use the OleDbDataAdapter class to package a database connection with a set of data commands.

What does Server Explorer enable you to do?
Server Explorer enables you to view and make changes to databases on your computer or on any other computer to which you have network access and permissions.

What may each column in a table also be called?
Each column in a table also may be called a field.

What is ADO.NET?
The code components used for database access in the .NET class library are referred to by the name ADO.NET.


What class would you use to execute commands to a database?
You use the OleDbCommand class to execute commands to a database.

What is a DataSet?
A DataSet is a representation of the data stored in RAM.

Thanks to :
Visual C# 2005 Demystified
by Jeff Kent
McGraw-Hill/Osborne © 2006

Which Is Better: Control or WebControl?

The Control class in the System.Web.UI namespace is the base class for all server controls. It provides the properties, methods, and events shared by all web controls. The WebControl class in the System.Web.UI.WebControls namespace derives from the Control class and adds style properties such as Font, Forecolor, and Backcolor. In addition, it provides skin and theme features.

Microsoft recommends deriving from the Control class if your custom control contains no user interface elements. But if your custom control provides a user interface, you should derive from the WebControl class.

Thanks to :
ASP.NET Cookbook, 2nd Edition
By Michael A. Kittel, Geoffrey T. LeBlond
...............................................
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: December 2005
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-10064-7
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-610064-3
Pages: 1014

What Is Ajax?

Ajax stands for Asynchronous Javascript And XML. Although strictly speaking Ajax itself is not a technology, it mixes well-known programming techniques in an uncommon way to enable web developers to build Internet applications with much more appealing user interfaces than those to which we have become accustomed.

When using popular desktop applications, we expect the results of our work to be made available immediately, without fuss, and without us having to wait for the whole screen to be redrawn by the program. 

While using a spreadsheet such as Excel, for instance, we expect the changes we make in one cell to propagate immediately through the neighboring cells while we continue to type, scroll the page, or use the mouse.

Unfortunately, this sort of interaction has seldom been available to users of web-based applications. Much more common is the experience of entering data into form fields, clicking on a button or link, and then sitting back while the page slowly reloads to exhibit the results of the request. 

In addition, we often find that the majority of the reloaded page consists of elements that are identical to those of the previous page and that have therefore been reloaded unnecessarily; background images, logos, and menus are frequent offenders.

Ajax promises us a solution to this problem. By working as an extra layer between the user's browser and the web server, Ajax handles server communications in the background, submitting server requests and processing the returned data. 

The results may then be integrated seamlessly into the page being viewed, without that page needing to be refreshed or a new one loaded.

In Ajax applications, such server requests are not necessarily synchronized with user actions such as clicking on buttons or links. 

A well-written Ajax application may already have asked of the server, and received, the data required by the userperhaps before the user even knew she wanted it. 

This is the meaning of the asynchronous part of the Ajax acronym.

The parts of an Ajax application that happen "under the hood" of the user's browser, such as sending server queries and dealing with the returned data, are written in JavaScript, and XML is an increasingly popular means of coding and transferring formatted information used by Ajax to efficiently transfer data between server and client.

Thanks To :
SAMS Teach Yourself Ajax in 10 Minutes
By Phil Ballard
...............................................
Publisher: Sams
Pub Date: April 28, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-672-32868-2
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32868-8
Pages: 240

Keep It Short & Simple

Problem

One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management was the case of the empty soap box, which happened in one of Japan's biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty. Immediately the thorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty. Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste,

Solution A

the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent whoopee amount to do so

Solution B

But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc but instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.

Moral of the story: 
" Keep It Short & Simple" !! i.e. always look for simple solutions. 
Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problem. So, learn to focus on solutions not on problems

Don't after a Meal

Don't smoke
Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher).
Don't eat fruits immediately
Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1hr before meal.
Don't drink tea
Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the Protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest.
Don't loosen your belt
Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted & blocked.
Don't bathe
Bathing will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.
Don't walk about
People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actual fact this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.
Don't sleep immediately
The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine. 

Interesting Facts of English Counting

Letters 'a', 'b', 'c ' & 'd' do not appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 99

Letter 'd' comes for the first time in Hundred

Letters 'a', 'b' & 'c ' do not appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 999

Letter 'a' comes for the first time in Thousand

Letters 'b' & 'c' do not appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 999,999,999

Letter 'b' comes for the first time in Billion

And

Letter 'c' does not appear anywhere in in the spellings of entire English Counting

Friends Vs Best Friends

Do you know the relationship between two eyes..? 
They blink together, they move together, they cry together, they see things together and they sleep together but they never see each other, that's what's friendship.

Never take some one for granted...
hold every person close to ur heart
becoz u might wake up one day
and realize that u've lost a diamond
while you were too busy collecting stones. 

Friend: calls your parents by mr. and mrs.
Best friend: calls your parents dad and mom.

Friend: has never seen you cry
Best friend: has always had the best shoulder to cry on

Friend: never asks for anything to eat or drink
Best friend: opens the fridge and makes herself at home

Friend: asks you to write down your number.
Best friend: they ask you for their number
(cuz! they can't remember it)

Friend: borrows your stuff for a few days then gives it back.
Best friend: has a closet full of your stuff

Friend: only knows a few things about you
Best friend: could write a biography on your life story

Friend: will leave you behind if that is what the crowd is doing
Best friend: will always go with you

Friend: would not to suggest their friends to see this page
Best friend: will suggest to must look this page, all of their online buddies

Smart Answers for Stupid Questions

BOY : May I hold your hand?
GIRL : No thanks, it isn't heavy.

GIRL : Say you love me! Say you love me!
BOY : You love me...

GIRL : If we become engaged will you give me a ring??
BOY : Sure, what's your phone number??

GIRL : I think the poorest people are the happiest.
BOY : Then marry me and we'll be the happiest couple

GIRL : Darling, I want to dance like this forever.
BOY : Don't you ever want to improve??

BOY : I love you and I could die for you!
GIRL : How soon??

BOY : I would go to the end of the world for you!
GIRL : Yes, but would you stay there??

SHARON : Have you ever had a hot passionate, burning kiss??
TRACY : I did once. He'd forgotten to take the cigarette out of his mouth.

MAN : You remind me of the sea.
WOMAN : Because I'm wild, romantic and exciting?
MAN : NO, because you make me sick.

WIFE : You tell a man something, it goes in one ear and comes out of the other.
HUSBAND : You tell a woman something: It goes in both ears and comes out of the mouth.

MARY : John says I'm pretty. Andy says I'm ugly.What do u think, Peter?
PETER : A bit of both. I think you're pretty ugly.

Girlfriend : "...And are you sure you love me and no one else ?"
Boyfriend : "Dead Sure! I checked the whole list again yesterday".

Teacher : "Which is more important to us, the sun or the moon?"
Pupil : "The moon".
Teacher : "Why?"
Pupil : "The moon gives us light at night when we need it but the sun gives us light only in the day time when we don't need it".
Teacher : "What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?"
Pupil : "A teacher".

Waiter : "Would you like your coffee black?"
Customer : "What other colors do you have?
Teacher : "Sam, you talk a lot !"

Sam : "It's a family tradition".
Teacher : "What do you mean?"
Sam : "Sir, my grandpa was a street hawker, my father is a teacher".
Teacher : "What about your mother?"
Sam : "She's a woman".
Tom : "How should I convey the news to my father that I've failed?"
David: "You just send a telegram: Result declared, past year's performance repeated".
Teacher : "Now, children, if I saw a man beating a donkey and stopped him, what virtue would I be showing?"
Student : "Brotherly love".
Teacher : "Now, Sam, tell me frankly do you say prayers before eating?"
Sam : "No sir, I don't have to, my mom is a good cook".
Patient : "What are the chances of my recovering doctor?"
Doctor : "One hundred percent. Medical records show that nine out of ten people die of the disease you have. Yours is the tenth case I've treated. The others all died".
Teacher : "Can anybody give an example of COINCIDENCE?"
One Student : "Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day and at the same time."
Teacher : "George Washington not only chopped down his father's Cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn't punish him ?"
One Student: " Because George still had the axe in is hand."

What is ADO.NET?

ADO.NET is the new database technology of the .NET (Dot Net) platform, and it builds on Microsoft ActiveX® Data Objects (ADO).

You can use ADO.NET to access data by using the new .NET Framework data providers which are:

- Data Provider for SQL Server (System.Data.SqlClient).
- Data Provider for OLEDB (System.Data.OleDb).
- Data Provider for ODBC (System.Data.Odbc).
- Data Provider for Oracle (System.Data.OracleClient).

ADO.NET is a set of classes that expose data access services to the .NET developer. The ADO.NET classes are found in System.Data.dll and are integrated with the XML classes in System.Xml.dll.

There are two central components of ADO.NET classes: the DataSet, and the .NET Framework Data Provider.

Data Provider is a set of components including:

- the Connection object (SqlConnection, OleDbConnection, OdbcConnection, OracleConnection)
- the Command object (SqlCommand, OleDbCommand, OdbcCommand, OracleCommand)
- the DataReader object (SqlDataReader, OleDbDataReader, OdbcDataReader, OracleDataReader)
- and the DataAdapter object (SqlDataAdapter, OleDbDataAdapter, OdbcDataAdapter, OracleDataAdapter).

ADO.NET is an integral part of the .NET Compact Framework, providing access to relational data, XML documents, and application data. ADO.NET supports a variety of development needs. You can create database-client applications and middle-tier business objects used by applications, tools, languages or Internet browsers.

ADO.NET defines DataSet and DataTable objects which are optimized for moving disconnected sets of data across intranets and Internets, including through firewalls. It also includes the traditional Connection and Command objects, as well as an object called a DataReader that resembles a forward-only, read-only ADO recordset. If you create a new application, your application requires some form of data access most of the time.

ADO.NET provides data access services in the Microsoft .NET platform.

DataSet object represents a disconnected cache of data which is made up of DataTables and DataRelations that represent the result of the command.

ADO is a language-neutral object model that is the keystone of Microsoft's Universal Data Access strategy.

World's greatest magician

Three world famous magicians were in the bar drinking and boasting about
their achievements.

The first one said," During my latest show, I made three women from the
audience disappear, it was so convincing that their relatives started
panicking, no one could find the trick"

The second one said, " Hey, that is nothing, during one of my open air
shows I made the Municipality building disappear and the entire town was
searching for it"

The third one sighed and said," Both of you are so local, I went to Paris
and made the Eiffel Tower disappear for a full one hour, it was live on the
TV, entire France was searching for the building & no one had a clue".

Just then an Indian walked into the bar and the three magicians suddenly
turned quiet, gave each other fugitive glances and started to slip towards
the door.

A Bartender watching this got curious and asked one of the magicians, "Hey
what happened ? Who is that guy ? "

One of the magicians whispered, "He is the World's greatest magician, he
has done the biggest disappearing trick of all times, we are all mere
amateurs compared with what he has done. His name is Ramalinga Raju . He
has made USD 1.5 billion disappear from his company's balance sheet in front
of everyone's eyes, and the entire world is still looking for it.

RadWindow for ASP.NET AJAX

RadWindow implements a pop-up window that displays content from an external source (another URL).

You can use this control for a pop-up dialog or tool box, or simply as a secondary window for displaying additional content.

Pop-up windows can be modal (disabling the rest of the page) or nonmodal (allowing the user to interact with the rest of the page while the pop-up is showing).

You have full control over what causes windows to appear, where they appear, and what size they start at. By specifying the icons that appear in the title bar, you can let users minimize, maximize, resize, move, pin, and close RadWindow controls with no coding on your part.

If you don't want to allow users these capabilities, you can remove any or all of the controls from the title bar, or even hide the title bar entirely.

Unlike ordinary browser pop-up windows, RadWindow objects are not suppressed by the Windows XP SP2 popup blocker mechanism.

Also unlike browser windows, you can minimize RadWindow pop-ups into minimization zones that you add to the parent window.

RadWindowManager for ASP.NET AJAX

If your Web application uses multiple pop-up Windows, you can organize them using RadWindowManager.

By using RadWindowManager, your application also has access to "rad" versions of the alert, confirm, and prompt pop-ups, so that you can control the appearance of these useful dialogs instead of relying on the built-in browser versions.

Unlike the built-in browser versions, which are limited to displaying simple text, you can even add HTML content to the "rad" pop-ups

RadSplitter for ASP.NET AJAX

RadSplitter also creates separate regions for displaying content to users. Unlike RadWindow and RadDock,however, the content regions that RadSplitter uses are not pop-up windows.

Instead, they are resizable frames, called panes, that divide up a region of the Web page. The splitter can be configured to lay out its panes either horizontally or vertically.

By adding split bars between the panes, you can enable the user to resize panes in the browser.

Alternately, you can leave out the split bars, to create a static layout of separate panes on your Web page.

In a splitter that contains split bars, individual panes can be "locked", so that they are not resizable along with the other panes of the splitter.

Panes can display content from an external URL, like RadWindow, or content that is loaded with the Web page, like RadDock.

The screenshot below shows a splitter that displays a radio button list that is loaded with the Web page in the left pane, and content from an external Web site in the right pane:

Panes that load their content with the Web page can hold any HTML elements, even another splitter.

By nesting splitters with alternating horizontal and vertical orientations, you can create arbitrarily complex layouts.

JeniuS - universal file organizer

JeniuS is an universal file organizer and is the main element in the JeniuS programs suite. It lets you organize your files and find them immediately when you need them.
Files can be inserted into user-defined albums (i.e.: a music files collection) or into automatically generated ones. For every album you can specify the artist's name, a short description, an image (i.e.: the CD cover or the movie poster), the year and the gender.

http://www.jockersoft.com/english/jenius.php

SplitFile - Chopping Tool

SplitFile's goal is to split big file in smaller segments to be able to store them in floppy disks or CDs.

The main feature if compared to other programs like this, is the ability to support very large files and to being configured to increase performances if used with fast disks.

FEATURES:

- A lot of size preset: not only standard ones (floppy and CD-R) but also uncommon ones (ZIP disk, 800MB CD-R, DVD-R)
- You can choose to split the file according to the desiderated size or to the number of parts you need
- Several units selectable (from bytes to GB). Only SplitFile let you split GB of data!
- You can choose the read/write buffer to improve performances (SplitFile's exlusive feauture)
- You can pause the task
- Two (2) join methods: through the Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) of this program, or through an executable file that anyone can use, even if they do not have SplitFile.
- You can choose to be asked before overwriting a file that already exists
- You can directly Split/Join the files in a destination folder different from the source one(to easily find the files) and also on different drives (to speed up the process)
- It is freeware

http://www.jockersoft.com/english/splitfile.php#

JasperReports - Reporting system for Java

JasperReports is a powerful open source Java reporting tool that has the ability to deliver rich content onto the screen, to the printer or into PDF, HTML, XLS, CSV, XML and even flash (swf) files.

It is entirely written in Java and can be used in a variety of Java enabled applications, including J2EE or Web applications, to generate dynamic content.

Its main purpose is to help creating page oriented, ready to print documents
in a simple and flexible manner.

Its full feature set, fast performance, and clean architecture make JasperReports the world’s most powerful and widely used Java reporting system.

http://jasperforge.org/plugins/project/project_home.php?group_id=102

DataVision - Reporting Tool

DataVision is an open source reporting tool for almost any database available e.g. Access, Oracle, MySql, Information and more.

The reports generated can be easily customized in a drag-and-drop user interface.

The finished reports can then be either printed directly or exported as pdf, html, xml, latex2e, docbook or csv files.

Advanced features include visual table linker, subreports and the ability to embed DataVision into your own applications.

DataVision is an Open Source reporting tool similar to Crystal Reports. Reports can be designed using a drag-and-drop GUI. They may be run, viewed, and printed from the application or exported as HTML, XML, PDF, Excel, LaTeX2e, DocBook, or tab- or comma-delimited text files. The output files produced by LaTeX2e and DocBook can in turn be used to produce PDF, text, HTML, PostScript, and more.

DataVision is written in Java and runs almost anywhere. It can generate reports from databases or text data files. Any database with an available JDBC driver should work: Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Informix, hsqldb, Microsoft Access, Progress, and more. Columns read from text files can be separated by any character.

Report descriptions are stored as XML files. This means you can not only use the DataVision GUI but you may also edit reports using your favorite text editor.

http://datavision.sourceforge.net/

TinyUrl Creator - FireFox Extension

Easy shrink any long URL or link in the page to something you can email or Twitter using the TinyUrl service with a single click in your browser.

This extension brings the http://tinyurl.com functionality closer to your fingertips. It will convert a long URL into a smaller, more managable one which is easier to share through email and instant messanger. When you access the new "tiny" URL in your browser it will autmatically send you to the original one.

Using the TinyUrl Creator

It's very simple to use the TinyUrl Creator.
Click Tools > TinyUrl Creator and select either "New..." or "From Current URL"

http://mozmonkey.com/tinyurl/

What is Eraser?

Eraser is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 2003 Server and DOS.Eraser is Free software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.

The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter Gutmann's paper "Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory" and they are selected to effectively remove magnetic remnants from the hard drive.

Other methods include the one defined in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US Department of Defence and overwriting with pseudorandom data. You can also define your own overwriting methods.

Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Works with Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008.

http://eraser.heidi.ie/

Audiograbber - Digital Audio Copier



Audiograbber is a beautiful piece of software that grabs digital audio from cd's. It copies the audio digitally-not through the soundcard-which enables you to make perfect copies of the originals.

It can even perform a test to see that the copies really are perfect. Audiograbber can also automatically normalize the music, delete silence from the start and/or end of tracks, and send them to a variety or external MP3 encoders, such as Fraunhofers L3enc, or even use some MP3/WMA encoders internally for automatic creation of MP3's.

Audiograbber can download and upload disc info from freedb, an Internet compact disc database.

You can even record your vinyl LP's or cassette tapes with Audiograbber and make wav's or MP3's of them. There are a lot more functions in Audiograbber, but to put it simply: Audiograbber has the most features one can wish from such a program!

http://www.audiograbber.com-us.net/download.html

Exact Audio Copy


Exact Audio Copy is a so called audio grabber for audio CDs using standard CD and DVD-ROM drives. The main differences between EAC and most other audio grabbers are :

-It is free (for non-commercial purposes)
-It works with a technology, which reads audio CDs almost perfectly.

If there are any errors that can’t be corrected, it will tell you on which time position the (possible) distortion occurred, so you could easily control it with e.g. the media player.

With other audio grabbers you usually need to listen to every grabbed wave because they only do jitter correction. Scratched CDs read on CD-ROM drives often produce distortions. But listening to every extracted audio track is a waste of time. Exact Audio Copy conquer these problems by making use of several technologies like multi-reading with verify and AccurateRip.

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

KRISTAL Audio Engine


KRISTAL Audio Engine is a powerful multi-track recorder, audio sequencer and mixer - ideal for anyone wanting to get started with recording, mixing and mastering digital audio.

It is designed as a modular system. The main application provides a mixing console, while the audio sequencer, live audio input and so on are loaded as separate Plug-Ins.

http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/index.php?section=details

phpBB - Open Source forum solution


phpBB is open source flat style forum software written in PHP programming language. It supports most major database systems, enabling smooth and problem-free installation.

Once installed, the forum can be set up in minutes and the large customizable features won't take much longer than that to set up. phpBB has a templating system that keeps it separate from HTML code to make customizing easy.

There are different styles in the database to download as well as add-ons such as rank images, avatars and more.

The styles have been put through intensive validation processes in order to minimize installation and ensure quality.

Administrators will like the easy to use, modular design panel that lets them spend a fraction of the usual time on admin tasks. Custom profile fields, ranking, smilies and unlimited levels of sub-forums are just some of the features that phpBB provides to make your forum everything you want it to be.

Forum admins will also appreciate security features such as permanent and temporary bans, word censors, user logging, warnings, blacklisting and post moderation.
What is phpBB?

Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.0 “Olympus” has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes.

With a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBB™ will grow with, and complement your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBB™ is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.

http://www.phpbb.com/

KompoZer - Web Authoring System


Kompozer is an open source web development tool built on NVU.

The project strives to fix bugs in the NVU project and added new features to it.

Both the HTML editor as well as the CSS editor has so far be fixed and updated as part of the Kompozer project - and many more changes are scheduled.

Apart from that the main feature set is exactly as in NVU.

And one of the most important features is still that editing take place in WYSIWYG mode allowing you full control of layout as you work with your web design.

KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.

KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

http://kompozer.net/

SciTE - Editor for Developers

SciTE is a developers editor. Originally made as an example for the Scintilla project - an open source source code editing component, SciTE today is a fully featured text editor for developers using virtually any programming language.

Apart for the standard syntax highlighting and code folding features - SciTE also understands error messages from compilers/interpreters allowing it to quickly pinpoint where in the source file the error occurred.

The functionality of SciTE can be extending using scripting. And it can even be "remote controlled" using scripts on Windows.

http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html

Launch4j - Cross platform Java executable wrapper

Launch4j is an open source installer that wrappes your jar files into native executables for e.g. Windows, but also MacOS, Linux and Solaris are supported.

For JRE you can either embed one - or have the installer check the system on install and prompt for download of correct JRE version.

To make Launch4j even more attractive it support splash screen prior to or while launching the java application.

Launch4j is a cross-platform tool for wrapping Java applications distributed as jars in lightweight Windows native executables.

The executable can be configured to search for a certain JRE version or use a bundled one, and it's possible to set runtime options, like the initial/max heap size.

The wrapper also provides better user experience through an application icon, a native pre-JRE splash screen, a custom process name, and a Java download page in case the appropriate JRE cannot be found.

http://launch4j.sourceforge.net/

K3b - DVD Burning Application


K3b is an open source application for creating/burning CDs and DVDs.

Features include CD and DVD ripping with DivX/XviD encoding, DVD copy, ISO burning, Video CD (VCD) creation, Audio CD creation for almost any audio file, CD-TEXT support for audio CDs, support for DVD-RW and DVD+RW and much more. On top of all this K3b has a great user interface which make it simple to use.

http://www.k3b.org/

PopTray - POP3 mail checker

PopTray - POP3 mail checker , full-featured, customizable, e-mail notifier, but keeping its ease of use.

Main Features:

-Unlimited number of Accounts
- Show number of messages directly on the TrayIcon (rotating by account)
-Quickly preview a message
-Delete messages from the server without downloading them
-Rules that identify a message according to your criteria, then does one of these actions:
-Play different notification sound
-Delete from the server
-Run any EXE file
-Mark as Spam

-Configurable Hot-keys/Mouse-Buttons/Command-Line options for most functions
-Plug-in Support:
- Protocol plug-ins (e.g. IMAP4, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.)
- Notify plug-ins (e.g. Flashing scroll-lock light, ScreenSaver)
-Spam management using rules and white/black lists
- Mulitple notfications (play sound, pop-up, etc)
- Translated into 30+ languages
- Complete Install / Uninstall


http://www.poptray.org/downloads.php

RSSOwl - Great News Reader


It is a great news reader that runs on virtually any platform.

First you have to add feeds to RSSOwl - this can of course be done by manually adding the exact URL of the feed.

However, RSSOwl also provides feed discovery that automatically scans a given website for feeds that you want to add.

This makes adding feed a whole lot simpler. Also if you are looking for feeds concerning a specific topic, the built-in feed search engine will suggest feed for you based on keywords you enter.

The layout of RSSOwl is highly customizable allowing you to adjust it to your needs. This includes everything from major changes such as two or three column layout - to minor changes such as text color, fonts and sizes. Another nice features is that you can export feeds in PDF format, as well as RTF (ideal for further editing) and HTML.

The export adds a common look to you feeds and is great for distribution of articles.

http://www.rssowl.org/

InstallJammer - Install Builder

InstallJammer is an open source install builder.

With InstallJammer you can create cross-platform installation packages that are completely self-contained.

InstallJammer aim to be easy to use - and to generate native executables for any operating system that quickly installs your applications.

Multiple languages, native look-and-feel, flexible customization and uninstall capabilities are just some of the features provided.

InstallJammer is a multiplatform GUI installer designed to be completely cross-platform and function on Windows and most all versions of UNIX with support for MacOS X coming soon.

InstallJammer features a very powerful install builder with support for multiple themes and a high level of configurability for installers.

Installers are built as single executable files for easy distribution over the web and handle installing everything you need for your application in a simple, cross-platform way.

http://www.installjammer.com/

Caching in Asp.net

ASP.NET gives you the ability to cache the output of pages or portions of pages in memory to improve performance.

The main reason to cache is to reduce the latency and increase the scalability of an application while reducing the server resources required to deliver its page content.

Latency is a measure of the time it takes for an application to respond to a user request. Scalability is the ability of an application to handle increased numbers of users.

If a page is cached on the server, the rendered HTML stored in memory is served instead of a freshly generated page from the server. Because it takes less time for the client to get the page and display it, your web site will seem more responsive.

If pages are completely static, deciding to cache them is a no-brainer. But the decision gets trickier if pages must vary their content in response to one of the following:

-Query string parameters

-Client browser type (e.g., Internet Explorer, Netscape, and so on)

-Custom parameters

-Database content

Karbon - vector drawing application


Karbon14 is a vector drawing application part of the open source KOffice suite.

Being a vector based drawing program everything drawn is store as geometric shapes allowing you to scale you drawing up or down without any lose of quality.

With Karbon14 you can create drawings for documents and posters - but also for the web.

Karbon is a vector-based drawing application for KOffice. It allows artists to create complex drawings without losing image quality when zooming in on, or resizing the drawing.

You can use Karbon to add finishing touches to diagrams created using Kivio or charts created using KChart.

Graphic design ideas can be quickly and easily transformed into high quality illustrations with Karbon.

http://www.koffice.org/karbon/

PlanetaMessenger.org


PlanetaMessenger.org is an open source universal Instant Messenger (IM) developed fully in Java. PlanetaMessenger.org has plug-in based support for the different IM networks. Among the supported networks are ICQ, AIM, MSN and Jabber - and it even support multiple profiles for these networks.

Some PlanetaMessenger.org features are:

-Plugin support for many IM networks like, ICQ, AIM, MSN, ComVC, Yahoo, Jabber and so on.
-Multi-profile support.

Future improvements:

-Support to internationalization.
-Skins, and much more

http://planeta.sourceforge.net/

DVDStyler - Free DVD Authoring Tool

DVDStyler is simple DVD authoring. While DVDStyler may not yet offer all of the advanced features of commercial DVD authoring tools - it provides a quick and simple interface for adding DVD menus to your own movies.

Adding movie clips is as easy as drag and drop.

Menu screen are created by first loading a background - and then adding buttons.

Then actions are assigned to the buttons to indicate which movie clips should be played when pressed.

The main DVDStyler features are:

- creation a DVD video with interactive menus
- support of AVI, MPEG and other file formats
- support of MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MP2, MP3, AC-3 and other audio and video formats
- using MPEG and VOB files without reencoding, see FAQ
- allows put files with different audio/video format on one DVD (support of titleset)
- user-friendly interface with support of drag & drop
- flexible menu creation on the basis of scalable vector graphic
- import of image file for background
- placing of buttons, text, images and other graphic objects anywhere on the menu screen
- changing the font/color and other parameters of buttons and graphic object
- scaling of buttons and graphic objects
- coping of any menu object or whole menu
- dvd scripting

http://www.dvdstyler.org/

The 25 Top Writing Errors in English

Grammar and Usage

1. Lack of clarity
2. Redundancy (unnecessary words)
3. Problems with subject-verb agreement
4. Lack of parallel structure
5. Wrong verb tense
6. Mixed metaphors
7. Dangling modifiers
8. Misplaced modifiers
9. Incorrect idioms
10. Biased language
11. Incorrect voice (active versus passive voice)

Sentences

12. Fragments (incomplete sentences)
13. Run-ons (two sentences run together)

Spelling

14. Missing letters
15. Extra letters
16. Transposed letters
17. Incorrect plurals
18. Errors in confusing word pairs (such as weather/whether)

Punctuation

19. Missing commas or extra commas
20. Missing or misused apostrophes
21. Misused exclamation marks
22. Misused semicolons

Capitalization

23. Proper nouns not capitalized
24. Errors in titles

Proofreading

25. Missing words

TUGZip - archiving utility



TUGZip is a powerful award-winning freeware archiving utility for Windows® that provides support for a wide range of compressed, encoded and disc-image files, as well as very powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.

Features:

-Supports ZIP, 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, CAB, CPIO, DEB, GCA, GZ, IMP, JAR, LHA (LZH), LIB, RAR, RPM, SQX, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, TAZ, YZ1 and ZOO archives.

-Supports BIN, C2D, IMG, ISO and NRG disc-images.

-Support for external plugins.

-Windows® shell integration, for example drag & drop, shell context menu and drop handlers.

-Create 7-ZIP, BH, BZ2, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), SQX, TAR, TGZ, YZ1 and ZIP archives.

-Script support which allows you to make automated backups.

-Basic features like: add, extract, delete, rename, run, view, checkout, install, test, comment, SFX, virus-scanning, disk-spanning and much more.

-Repair corrupted ZIP and SQX archives.

-Can extract multiple archives at once using Multi Extract.

-Encrypt archives using 6 different algorithms. Blowfish (128-bit), DES (56-bit), Triple DES (168-bit) and Rijndael (128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit).

-Create self-extracting encrypted archives.

-Automatic updates using the "Web Update" function.

IZArc is the ultimate freeware archive utility supporting many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO.

With a modern easy-to-use interface, IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools.

It allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, creating self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, converting from one archive type to another, view and write comments and many more.

IZArc has also build-in multilanguage support.

http://www.izarc.org/

Snapper - Free Screen Capture Add-on for FireFox

People often take screenshots of web pages for miscellaneous reasons - when designing a page, debugging a web application, or even for graphical reference.

Usually, though, only a portion of the screenshot is actually relevant to the user's purpose, leading to a large portion of the image getting cropped.

This can be time consuming, and annoying at times.

Snapper allows users to designate an area of a web page for a focused snapshot, cutting out the additional work needed for cropping unecessary information.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2703

Poderosa - terminal emulator


Poderosa is an open source tabbed based terminal emulator.

Unlike any other terminal emulator Poderosa allows you to work with split windows, so that you can easily run multiple sessions at once.

Another unique feature is that Poderosa can be used as a local shell for cygwin.

All typical terminal protocols are supported: telnet, SSH1/SSH2 and serial ports. Poderosa also provides a plug-in architecture allowing 3rd party developers to easily contribute new features and functionality.

http://en.poderosa.org/

What is Gspace?


Gspace is the FON friendly site that provides FREE Online Storage to access your files everywhere.

Gspace turns the 2GB of your Gmail account into free online storage. With Gspace you can manage unlimited Gmail accounts to store all type of files within its simple, user friendly interface.

Listen your favourite stored music directly from your Gspace, view your collections of pictures and manage your Gdrive files as well.

Download Gspace now and transfer files between your computer and Gspace at anytime, from everywhere!

http://www.getgspace.com/

BluetoothView

BluetoothView is a small utility that runs in the background, and monitor the activity of Bluetooth devices around you.

For each detected Bluetooth device, it displays the following information: Device Name, Bluetooth Address, Major Device Type, Minor Device Type, First Detection Time, Last Detection Time, and more.

BluetoothView can also notify you when a new Bluetooth device is detected, by displaying a balloon in your taskbar or by playing a small beep sound.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bluetooth_viewer.html

A-PDF Text Extractor

A-PDF Text Extractor is a free utility designed to extract text from Adobe PDF files for use in other applications. The program is a standalone application. No Adobe Acrobat needed. A command line version is available also to allow you called in your program or script.

The program is freeware, which means that you can use it either persionally or commercially for free.

http://www.a-pdf.com/text/download.htm

JS Menu Maker

JS Menu Maker is a cross browser DHTML menu creator.


With JS Menu Maker you can create menus that work with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera.

The menus probably work on all other minor browsers but these are as yet untested.


The JS Menu Maker makes it easy for you to create drop down menus with submenus and further submenus.

http://www.angelfire.com/biz7/nws/jsmenumaker.zip

Site link checker

Site link checker checks Web sites for broken links.

It is a free easy-to-use link checker tool to help you maintain the accuracy of links on your web site.

The program will help you easily locate broken links and links containing syntactic errors.

Site link checker will search your site, testing each link it finds and report the status of each link.

Broken links hurt your professional image and can keep search engine spiders from indexing your whole site.

All the mentioned features are provided with a user friendly graphical interface.

http://www.networksecurityhome.com/downloads/SiteLinkChecker.exe

Absolute Color Picker

Absolute Color Picker - is free software for webmasters and web-designers.

This is a simple application based on Absolute Color Picker ActiveX Control that lets you select and pick colors by means of various color models and convert them into HTML-based hexadecimal representation.

Being a great compact color designer it features a free color picker, color scheme generator, color history builder, color scheme management system, screen color grabber and much more.

Absolute Color Picker is 100% compatible with most graphics packages and is the best compact choice for professional designers, freelancers and home users.

http://www.eltima.com/products/free-color-picker/

Biggest Corporate Lies : Management Jokes

The program's fully tested and bugfree.
We're working on the documentation.
Of course we can modify it.

As long as you remember to 'SAVE' your input, you'll never lose any files.
We run the stuff through as fast as it comes in the door.
The new machines on order.

We have an entrepreneurial spirit here.
People are our greatest resource.
We say 'let the marketplace decide'.


We have an entrepreneurial spirit here.
The boss is just one of the guys.
Staying small is a conscious decision.

Immediate delivery?...No problem.
We treat every customer as if they were our most important

Toaster Manufacturing : Management Jokes - 4

If the Franklin Mint made toasters...
Every month, you would receive another lovely hand-crafted piece of
your authentic hand-crafted Civil War pewter toaster.

If Coca Cola made toasters...
They'd be capable of making the original, diet and new improved toast
as long as you bought your bread in the inconvenient six-pack.

If Microsoft made toasters...
Every time you bought a loaf of bread, you would have to buy a toaster.
You wouldn't have to take the toaster, but you'd still have to pay for it
anyway. Toaster'95 would weigh 15000 pounds (hence requiring a
reinforced steel countertop), draw enough electricity to power a small
city, take up 95% of the space in your kitchen, would claim to be the
first toaster that lets you control how light or dark you want your toast
to be, and would secretly interrogate your other appliances to find out
who made them. Everyone would hate Microsoft toasters, but
nonetheless would buy them since most of the good bread only works
with their toasters.

If Apple made toasters...
It would do everything the Microsoft toaster does, but 5 years earlier....
but only the original bread that came from the manufacturer would
work in it....when you needed to buy more.... you needed a different
toaster.... from somebody else (but wait, new plans at Apple indicate
that you will be able to by that different toaster from them ... but of
course it won't use the same bread as the original. And as a matter of
fact.. won't operate anything like the old one... but they say that's
good!!!)

Toaster Manufacturing : Management Jokes - 3

If The Rand Corporation made toasters...
It would be a large, perfectly smooth and seamless black cube. Every
morning there would be a piece of toast on top of it. Their service
department would have an unlisted phone number, and the blueprints
for the box would be highly classified government documents. The XFiles
would have an episode about it.

If the NSA made toasters...
Your toaster would have a secret trap door that only the NSA could
access in case they needed to get at your toast for reasons of national
security.

If Sony made toasters...
The ToastMan, which would be barely larger than the single piece of
bread it is meant to toast, can be conveniently attached to your belt.

If Timex made toasters...
They would be cheap and small quartz-crystal wrist toasters that take a
licking and keep on toasting.

If Fisher Price made toasters...
"Baby's First Toaster" would have a hand-crank that you turn to toast
the bread that pops up like a Jack-in-the-box.

Toaster Manufacturing : Management Jokes - 2

Does DEC still make toasters?...
They made good toasters in the '80s, didn't they?

If Hewlett-Packard made toasters...
They would market the Reverse Polish Toaster, which takes in toast and
gives you regular bread.

If Tandem made toasters...
You could make toast 24 hours a day, and if a piece got burned the
toaster would automatically toast you a new one.

If Thinking Machines made toasters...
You would be able to toast 64,000 pieces of bread at the same time.

If Cray made toasters...
They would cost $16 million but would be faster than any other singleslice
toaster in the world.

Toaster Manufacturing : Management Jokes - 1

If IBM made toasters...
They would want one big toaster where people bring bread to be
submitted for overnight toasting. IBM would claim a worldwide market
for five, maybe six toasters.

If Xerox made toasters...
You could toast one-sided or double-sided. Successive slices would get
lighter and lighter. The toaster would jam your bread for you.

If Radio Shack made toasters...
The staff would sell you a toaster, but not know anything about it. Or
you could buy all the parts to build your own toaster.

If Oracle made toasters...
They'd claim their toaster was compatible with all brands and styles of
bread, but when you got it home you'd discover the Bagel Engine was
still in development, the Croissant Extension was three years away, and
that indeed the whole appliance was just blowing smoke.

If Sun made toasters...
The toast would burn often, but you could get a really good cuppa Java.

CinePaint - professional graphical editing application


The goal for CinePaint is to create a more professional graphical editing application
aimed at the movie industry.

One of the major differences from Gimp is that CinePaint support up to 32-bit colors.

And in order to get 32-bits images into CinePaint it supports a number of professional image formats such as: Cineon, DPX and OpenEXR.

The latter of the formats has tools available under an open source license.

http://www.cinepaint.org/

Cornice - Picture Viewer for Linux

Cornice was originally developed to provide more or less the same functionality of ACDSee but on Linux. But since it was developed using Python program language - it is now available on virtually any platform - Windows, Mac and of course Linux.

It has a great navigation and a strong thumbnail viewer - and when you find the picture you are looking for you can easily zoom and rotate it.

At the same time exif data can be shown if they are stored with the image - this could include information on when exactly a photo was taken.

Among other features Cornice can also be used for slideshows - and it is even able to navigate into your zip files.

Cornice is a cross-platform image viewer written in Python + wxPython + PIL. It doesn't pretend to be complete, fast, or even useful, but I like it and it is the viewer I use on both Linux and Windows. It has been inspired by the famous Windows-only ACDSee.

http://wxglade.sourceforge.net/extra/cornice.html

Archimedes - CAD Solution

Archimedes is a computer aided design (CAD) solution focusing on architectural design. While the current version of Archimedes may not be mature enough for all - this project is very promising.

It already has many of the most common and advance drawing features you will find in a commercial CAD solution. However, it's interoperability with other products is still lacking. On the other hand drawing can be exported in scalable vector graphics (SVG) format - allowing you to share finished drawings with a wide audience without requiring them to install the product.

http://archimedes.incubadora.fapesp.br

The Boss & I : Good Comparision

The Boss & I
When I take a long time, I am slow.
When my boss takes a long time, he is thorough.
When I don't do it, I am lazy.
When my boss doesn't do it, he is too busy.
When I do something without being told, I am trying to be smart.
When my boss does the same, he's showing initiative.
When I please my boss, I'm kissing up.
When my boss pleases his boss, he's co-operating.
When I do good, my boss never remembers.
When I do wrong, he never forgets.
But regardless of all else....
The Boss is always the Boss!

There's Nobody Home : Joke

The receptionist was instructed to call a vendor. Using the vendor's
invoice as the source of the phone number she began calling. Each time
she called, her phone would ring. When she answered, no one was
there.

This continued throughout the morning. When later asked if she reached
the vendor she explained what was happening and demonstrated for her
superior. He noticed that the phone number she was calling (which was
on the vendor's invoice) WAS THEIR OWN PHONE NUMBER! She had spent an entire morning calling herself.

Insurance Professionals : Jokes

On the first day God made the sun; so the Devil countered and created sunburn.

On the second day God created sex, and in response the Devil created marriage.

On the third day, God made an insurance broker, and the Devil was stumped.

After much consideration, he created a second broker.

A smart insurance company executive and an honest broker were seen
walking down the street with Santa Claus.

They all spotted a $50 bill laying right in the middle of the side walk
Who picked it up?

Santa did...a smart insurance executive and an honest broker are
figments of your imagination!


DEFINITION: un-der-writ-er n. 1 : One who lacks the personality to be an Actuary.
Question: Why do risk managers have such clear vision and foresight?
Answer: From the ivory tower, you can see forever.

Ever notice how little aerobic exercise attorney's need? Must be from
chasing all those ambulances.
The only way to tell if a broker is lying is to check if his lips are moving.
On the other hand, insurance company executives don't lie... they really
just don't know what the the truth is!

Old accountants never die; they just lose their balance.
Old underwriters, on the other hand, just take less risks.

When risk managers are right, they'll always let you know their entirely right.
When wrong, RMs will only let know they're mostly right.

Question: What do you get when you cross the Godfather with an attorney?
Answer: An offer you can't understand.

If a risk manager, a broker and an underwriter were all drowning and
you could only save one of them, which would you do first?
Go to lunch; or Read the paper.

Question: Why did God create actuaries?
Answer: So that insurance forecasting can be considered an accurate science..

Just wait five minutes!

Mr.X visits God and says "God, do you mind if I ask you a few questions?"
God says "No, ask me anything at all."

So the man says "God, you've been around for a very long time, so, for you,
how long is a thousand years?"

God replies "For me, a thousand years is only five minutes."

The man then says "That's interesting God. And, for you, how much is a
million Rupees?"

God replies "For me, a million Rupees is only five Paisa."

The man says "Really? Well then God, could you lend me five Paisa please?"

God looks at the man, smiles, and says "Of course my son. Just wait five
minutes!"

Blender : 3D Animation and Modeling suite



Blender is well suited for character animation, effects, and content creation for games, movies, and flash or web animations, as well as for still renderings for such areas as illustration, architecture, and product design.

Blender provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package. Through it's open architecture, Blender provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility, an incredibly small footprint, and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics application in the world.

Aimed world-wide at media professionals and artists, Blender can be used to create 3D visualizations, stills as well as broadcast and cinema quality videos, while the incorporation of a real-time 3D engine allows for the creation of 3D interactive content for stand-alone playback.

Originally developed by the company 'Not a Number' (NaN), Blender now is continued as 'Free Software', with the source code available under the GNU GPL license. It now continues development by the Blender Foundation in the Netherlands.

http://www.blender.org/

Inno Setup : Installer for Windows

Inno Setup is a feature-rich open source installer for Windows applications. With it's integrated Pascal scripting engine you have full control of both installation as well as uninstallation.

Inno Setup generates a single EXE file that handles all of the installation process. Advanced features include multi-lingual support, password protection and encryption of the installation file.

Features:

-Integrated Pascal scripting engine.
-Support for multilingual installs.
-Support for passworded and encrypted installs.
-Silent install and uninstall.
-Full source code is available (Borland Delphi 2.0-5.0).

http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php

GParted : Partition Manager

GParted is an open source partition manager also known as the Gnome Partition Editor application. It is actualy a LiveCD/LiveUSB that allows you to boot directly into GParted when you need it - independent of the operating system you run.

The main task of GParted is to allow managing partitions without destroying the content already on them. GParted support the following filesystems: ext2, ext2, fat, fat16, fat32, ntfs, hfs, hfs+, ufs, xfs, reiserfs, reiser4, jfs and linux-swap.

GParted is the Gnome Partition Editor application. Before attempting to use it, here is some basic background information.

A hard disk is usually subdivided into one or more partitions. These partitions are normally not re-sizable (making one smaller and the adjacent one larger). The purpose of GParted is to allow the individual to take a hard disk and change the partition organization therein, while preserving the partition contents.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Story On Lay Off

Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a
desert. Congress said,

"Someone may steal from it at night."

So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.
Then Congress said,

"How does the watchman do his job without instruction?"

So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to
write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. Then Congress
said,

"How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?"

So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do
the studies and one to write the reports. Then Congress said,

"How are these people going to get paid?"

So they created the following positions, a time keeper, and a payroll
officer, then hired two people. Then Congress said,

"Who will be accountable for all of these people?"

So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an
Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal
Secretary. Then Congress said,

"We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $18,000 over
budget, we must cutback overall cost."

So they laid off the night watchman.

New Stock Market Terms

NEW STOCK MARKET TERMS

CEO --Chief Embezzlement Officer.

CFO -- Corporate Fraud Officer.

BULL MARKET -- A random market movement causing an investor to mistake
himself for a financial genius.

BEAR MARKET -- A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the
wife gets no jewelry.

VALUE INVESTING -- The art of buying low and selling lower.

P/E RATIO -- The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market
keeps crashing.

BROKER -- What my broker has made me.

STANDARD & POOR -- Your life in a nutshell.

STOCK ANALYST -- Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

STOCK SPLIT -- When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally
between themselves.

FINANCIAL PLANNER -- A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

MARKET CORRECTION -- The day after you buy stocks.


CASH FLOW-- The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

YAHOO -- What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per
share.

WINDOWS -- What you jump out of when you're the sucker who bought Yahoo @
$240 per share.

INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR -- Past year investor who's now locked up in a
nuthouse.

PROFIT -- An archaic word no longer in use.

The Economy of Fun

1. The US has made a new weapon that destroys people but keeps the
building standing,. Its called the stock market - Jay Leno

2. Do you have any idea how cheap stocks are ?? Wall Street is now being
called Wal Mart Street -Jay Leno

3. The difference between a pigeon and a London investment banker . The
pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW

4. What's the difference between a guy who lost everything in Las Vegas and
an investment banker ? A tie

5. The problem with investment bank balance sheet is that on the left side
nothing's right and on the right side nothing's left.

6. I want to warn people from Nigeria who might be watching our show, if you
get any e mails from Washington asking for money, it's a scam. Don't fall
for it - Jay Leno

7. Bush was asked about the credit crunch. He said it was his favourite
candy bar - Jay Leno

8. The rescue bill was about 450 pages. President Bush's copy is even
thicker. They had to include pictures -Jay Leno

9. President Bush's response was to meet some small business owners in San
Antonio last week. The small business owners are General Motors, General
Electric and Century 21. - Jay Leno

10. What worries me most about the credit crunch, is that if one of my
cheques is returned stamped 'insufficient funds'. I won't know whether
that refers to mine or the bank's.