Free Online File Converter

Mark this in the very cool utilities category – MediaConverter is a web based tool that will convert files from one format to another. The lists of files it can handle is impressive: MP3 WMV 3GP AMR FLV SWF AMV MOV WMA AVI MPG MP4 DivX MPEG4 iPOD PSP OGG WMA AAC MP4 MPC MMF […]

Batch File Renaming On OS X

File this one in helpful applications for Mac that you should at least be aware of if you are a Mac user: StevenF shares his enthusiasm for the easy-to-use Automator for batch file renames. It’s also outstanding for other repetitive tasks. I asked a couple of friends who I’d consider to be slightly less tech-savvy […]

The Best Editor For Huge Text Files?

Over on ZDNet, Ed Burnette tells us why EmEditor is the best editor for editing very large files (2+ GB).  Again were talking about files that are over two GB,  and I know I have opened enormous text files before without checking their size beforehand and run into problems with the text editor I was […]

Automatic Screen Brightness Adjustment

If you are often looking into your screen well into the evening (who isn’t?) you might want to try f.lux, which adjusts the brightness (or more accurately, the color temperature) of your screen based on the time of day, making life a whole lot easier for your eyes. Disabling f.lux, will return your screen to […]

Processing Excel Tables In Java

Here is a very nice utility for processing Excel tables in Java with an annotation-based approach: the yava Excel stripper.  all that you will require to give this functionality a test run is Excel file, the yava-excel-stripper library, and the Apache POI library of your choice. This tutorial has plenty of code snippets to illustrate, and […]

Overlapping Windows Cure

Check out Divvy, which will help you organize your desktop by creating custom panels to keep your windows from overlapping. You can set panel sizes to whatever you’d like and control everything with hot keys. With all you’ve got going on nowadays this is very handy. $14 for the full version, OSX only.   Granted […]


If you want to convert ICO, PNG, GIF, and JPEG file formats and export to PNG or ICO, check out converticon. No registration, nothing to download, free–it’s a minimalist masterpiece, and handy for finally getting rid of that pesky cartoon silhouette in Facebook!  I’ve noticed that a lot of these online tools are getting simpler […]

Media Converter Online

Here’s a list of nine media converters from Digital Media Minute listed by OS and price, emphasizing recent releases that are either freeware or at least with free trials offered. This list is by no means comprehensive, and I have not tried all of these; my intent was more to compile a list for reference. […]

Extract Multiple Zip Files

Here’s a little piece of help. If you find yourself having to extract multiple zip files frequently, you’d be well-served giving ExtractNow a shot. It’s not new but I found helpful for a recent task, and it worked as advertised. Simple to use, and supports ZIP, RAR and other compression formats. I am always on […]

Turn Mac Function Keys into “Real” Function Keys

I’ve been doing my Flex development on both a Mac and Windows PC lately and one thing that has really been bothering me is the extra “Fn” key that I have to press to Run a project from within Flex Builder. Enter FunctionFlip – a slick PreferencePane app for OSX that lets you customize the […]

Desktop 2 Login

Desktop 2 Login is a nice little utility that matches the Leopard Login Screen background image to whatever the current user’s Desktop picture is. This eliminates the visual transition from the login background to the user’s background (which is usually set to that ugly star field/time warp background).  okay so this little tip is probably […]

Energy Saving Disappearing Ink

I’ve always preferred to read documents on paper as opposed to on screen, but I know that the Earth would probably prefer that I not use my printer as much as I do.  Disappearing ink sound like an interesting green option for those of us who prefer paper. It turns out Xerox is experimenting with […]

Windows Vista Gem – Snipping Tool

Well it has been almost 2 months since my switch from OSX to Vista for my day job.  Overall, I’m liking Vista more than I thought – although I still get confused between the ctrl and command keys.  One little built in gem that I came across last week was a built in screenshot capture […]

The Amazing World Wide Telescope

The World Wide Telescope is a project from Microsoft Research that made Robert Scoble cry, is now being featured on the latest round of TED Talks. This product looks truly amazing and will probably change the way we see our little spot in the universe. I can’t wait to give this a try with my […]

Optimus Maximus OLED Keyboard Ships! See the Video… has a video that show the Optimus Maximus OLED Keyboard being installed, setup, Configured, and used!   A couple of years ago, Art Lebedev Studio showed a prototype of their Optimus Maximus keyboard with OLED keys that can display any image you want.  Of course the default is numbers and letter, but the keys can […]