This is for people who lose stuff… a lot..

I would assume that most people with PC’s that they use on a daily basis have all their photos and documents neatly organized in well labelled folders that they can easily keep track of.

I, unfortunately, have not quite gotten the hang of that skill as yet, and I sincerely doubt I ever will. Organization has never been my strong suit. However, I can safely assume that we have all been at this  particular point at one time or another; you’ve downloaded a file or picture or some random nonsense that caught your eye in the interwebs, but then you’re looking for it months later and have no idea where you put it, or worse, cant even remember the name of it. I encounter this problem frequently, because I download a lot of nonsense and disk images, and while you may say that maybe I should just be a little more methodical in how i save files I would quickly respond that this is the information age so I don’t have to ( I’d be wrong of course, but that’s more of a personality trait! )

I use a number of P2P file share programs and download managers, but most times I whizz through the setups and they point their download files to god-knows-where on my hard disk, which isn’t a problem for me because they keep a comprehensive list of what was downloaded and where stored ( or hid!) my files so I can access them whenever, but there are days when I put said program out to pasture and trade up to a new one, but I have no clue what they dearly departed did with my files. i have a pretty nifty little freeware program that swoops in with arms of steel to save the day (<-that’s a pretty heavy handed superman reference right there.)

diskfinder

http://www.laurenzvangaalen.nl/software/diskfinder.htm#download

I came across this little baby quite a while back when everything was being backed up on CD’s and DVD’s, which is quite a while back, but it still comes in quite for being a program written in 2006.

Its pretty straightforward, you just select add and  the drive you want to catalog and it just keeps a list of all the files and folders on that drive.

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Its as easy as that, it keeps a record of any drive you add so its easy to keep track of your external hard drives and USB drives.  Updating works pretty much the same way, just hit update and select the drive and it refreshes the file tree stored. Its a lot better to find files I have scattered all over creation by finding what drive to look for.  Hope it comes in handy for you as it is for me.

Tixati: The featherweight with some PUNCH

 

So we all know ThePirateBay.org… My mistake, ThePirateBay.se has been straddling some pretty rough seas lately, and though I havent really followed the situation that closely one thing I did notice was the crossover from torrent files to the “bigger and better” magnet links.

 

New and Improved "magnet links"

 

Now magnet links aren’t “new”, I’ve encountered them from time to time on my hunt for anime episodes, and reflexively avoided them like the plague. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like they’re particularly troublesome, I just personally liked being able to download and store my torrent files for obvious reasons; so I can back them up to a folder so just in case something gets deleted its much easier to do a local search on my HDD and download again rather than have to scour the internet again – Just click and add to queue – and in addition I had gotten pretty attached to uTorrent. (RIP)

After the switch over my faithful uTorrent began throwing me all kinds of random errors so i assumed my version was having a nervous breakdown of some sort and gave it a rest for a few days. I downloaded the updated version and uTorrent was still being bipolar, so I put him into early retirement and decided to look for a new client.

At first I tried Vuze, and let me tell you – that little blue frog hippity hopped all over my nerves. It’s not bad but it isn’t all that good either – bloated and moving at a glacial pace coupled with kindergarten cutesy interface. I shot that kermit DEAD after two days and gave up all hope.

 

 

Then I came across Tixati and I was blown away. now let me warn you before you get all hyped up and have your hopes dashed, this aint your grandma’s torrent client. If you’re looking for smooth glossy buttons, flashy icons and cute animated progress bars then you’re something outta luck.  (censored for the kiddies out there, but you know what I mean.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its like if you took uTorrent and put it on a water diet, but it work like a beast. The simplicity of the interface makes it so you don’t have to tunnel through piles and piles of sub-menu text to find what you’re looking for and yet has all the features and more of most popular clients and is compatible with Windows 32 and 64 bit as well as Linux.

 

 

Check them out here at Tixati.com

iPhone 4 – iOS 5.1 is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

Its amazing how a single tweet can set the world ablaze (well at least my world!) a tweet from Pod2g of the Cydia community’s twitter feed followed by a post from Redmond Pie has given us all a rise of hope. It seems he’s finally been able to created an untethered jailbreak for iOS5.1.

 

The tweet that was heard around the world

 

No word on a release date as yet, but there hope for all those who were able to preserve their baseband on the upgrade from 4.3.3 – 5.1 that’s still unlockable by Ultrasnow may be in luck to have a fully unlocked AND untethered device. I’ll keep my ear to the ground, send me your twigets and I’ll tweet you once more information surfaces.

 

Regards, Andre.

Saturday morning Ebay deals

I have come to realize that I have a serious online shopping addiction, hours of opening tab after tab on Ebay well into the night and sometimes into the following morning; insomnia has many friends he likes to invite to the party. Needless to say, my loss of sleep in your gain in tech as i’ve found three of many items that might just come in handy around – one can never have too many 23 inch monitors or wireless routers around – especially for keeping multiple Ebay pages, Facebook, Twitter, Picassa as well as running a movie in the background for “ambiance”.

So without further delay I present to you some scores and are pretty reasonable in price and shouldn’t cost you and arm and a leg to import either (I’m choking a customs officer with the force as we speak). Just click on the on  the images and they’ll take you right to the listings.

 

Samsung 23" LED Monitor S23A550H

 

and…..

Samsung 24" LED Monitor S24A300B

 

and last but not least….

 

Netgear WNDR3400 Wireless 'N' Dual Band Router

 

I suggest you act fast as I’ve already ordered on of the 24 inch monitors and the Netgear router, what can I say  (Trinidad really needs to get a rehab clinic for sleep deprived internet shoppers) So see you next time and have a great weekend.

 

Regards, Andre

App Lock for Android

Android  tablets and smart phones are everywhere now and the every shape, size and style popping up out of nowhere its hard to keep track.

I frequently find myself looking over someone’s shoulder and asking people “Can I see it?”, soon followed by “Can I keep it?” when it pertains to tablets. Other times a friend might just want to go online to check out the movie listings and after you enter your PIN or Pattern they pretty much have free reign over all data and accounts you have on your tablet. Luckily there’s AppLock, a free utility that pretty much puts a vicegrip on and and all applications on your device.

 

 

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Its a pretty straightforward app to setup, on startup it prompts you to select a PIN number or draw a Pattern and then it populates your app list. Quite frankly the entire interface seems heavily “borrowed” from iOS but its clean and effective; imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as they old saying goes.

 

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A simple slide to toggle an app’s state from locked to unlocked, or vice versa is all it takes to lockdown an app.

 

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They’ve also included some neat failsafes such as a timer you can set before an idle app re-locks and also protection so AppLock itself cant be uninstalled by those very persistent snoopers. At the low price of $free.95 its worth picking up in the andoid market.

 

Curve 9220 officially announced.

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RIM officially announced its latest addition to the Curve lineup yesterday. Introducing the Curve 9220, an entry level smartphone based on OS7.1.

This entry level handset comes with the usual 2.44 inch 65k colour screen, EDGE and GPRS as well as WLAN 802.11 b, g, and n. Given that OS7.1 comes pre loaded there’s the expected 512mb of ROM and RAM respectively and MicroSD expandable up to 32gb. Continue reading

An Interview with Mark Lyndersay

Mark Lyndersay

Mark Lyndersay has taken time out of his very hectic schedule to answer a few questions for us here at TechTing.net. Mr. Lyndersay has been writing about technology on an almost constant basis since 1995 (I’ve been reading him since about that time), being published in the Trinidad Guardian and Trinidad Express newspapers. His musings, as well as much of his photographic work can be found at his website. Read on for a peak into the mind of Mark Lyndersay.

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Virtualization – Getting Started (Part 1)

 

If you’re an IT professional or have more than a passing interest in tech, you know that you have to be constantly updating your skill set or risk becoming irrelevant. One of the new technologies which has risen to prominence in recent years is Virtualization. Virtualization has been driven by a need for enterprises to scale their IT infrastructure effectively and affordability as well as the explosion of cloud services. Making this feasible of course, is the speed at which processor performance has increased as well as provisions for hardware accelerated virtualization in those same processors.

Virtualization, though dating back to the 1960′s, has come quite a long way in the last decade. My first exposure to virtualization was with Virtual PC on the Mac. At the time, while this solution allowed you to use some of your Windows apps, they ran quite slowly – you just cared that it worked.

Today, virtualization is driving the adoption of a new type of thin-client desktop computing solution for corporations. By centralizing computing power in the data center and pushing a full, familiar desktop environment to end-users, cost saving in terms of hardware purchasing and retraining are realized. What’s old is new again.

There are many players in the Virtualzation space. Some of the products include VMware, Microsoft Virtual PC and Hyper-V, Oracle VirtualBox, Parallels, and so on. While each has it’s pros and cons, what it comes down to is what works and what makes sense in your environment.

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