Free software!


Here’s the rub

Microsoft extends 90-day free Windows 7 enterprise trial until end of 2010


Read about it here.

Add a 30-second “skip-ahead” feature to your Comcast remote control


Add 30-Second Skip

The following technique can be used to map an unused or unneeded button on the "silver" remote to the 30-second skip command. Current versions of the i-Guide software will skip forward 30 seconds into a recording when this command is sent. A good choice is the ‘A / Lock’ button since many users don’t need that function; you can feel both the ’15-second-back’ and ’30-second-skip’ buttons with one finger and move between them without looking. Another option is to reprogram the ’15-second back’ button, since PgDn already provides that functionality. Some users have found, however, that double-clicking the play button results in a 30-second skip forward.

  1. Press the "Cable" button at the top of the remote to put it into Cable Box control mode.
  2. Press and hold the "Setup" button until the "Cable" button blinks twice.
  3. Type in the code 994. The "Cable" button will blink twice.
  4. Press (do not hold) the "Setup" button.
  5. Type in the code 00173.
  6. Press whatever button you want to map the 30-second skip command to (ex: A / Lock). The "Cable" button will blink twice if successful.

Windows 7 Secrets & Shortcuts



Following are some of the Windows 7 codes that have been identified as those providing access to special shortcuts. To use them, simply create a new folder, name it anything you’d like, and include one of these strings in the folder name:


{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} – GodMode


How to disable Google Buzz

Ummm, yea, I love the concept of having “Facebook” updates as a tab in my Google mail screen, but this thing is just like Google Wave – there is a lot of work to be done before (and if) it is ready to be the primary social networking outlet for users.


Have no fear, turning Buzz off and on is a snap. Just scroll all the way down to the bottom of your GMail screen and look for the link labeled turn off buzz or turn on buzz


Allway Sync – Updated and Still Great (and free!)


What is Allway Sync™?

Allway Sync is free file and folder synchronization software for Windows.

Allway Sync uses innovative synchronization algorithms to synchronize your data between desktop PCs, laptops, USB drives and more. Allway Sync combines bulletproof reliability with an extremely easy-to-use interface.

Example: how to sync files on 2 computers with USB flash drive

Major Features

Allway Sync is Free for moderate personal use

Easy-to-Use Windows Interface

Performs real all-way file and folder synchronization

One synchronization software provides all these solutions

Allway Sync version 10.0.5 Has Been Released

Major changes:
– Fixed bug of application’s freezing after synchronization is finished,
– Fixed some minor bugs,
– Updated language files.

Data Synchronization Software Screenshot

Platform: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/Windows 7

Handbrake – Media Converting Tool



Free Backup and Image Management



Comcast ups the ante on its FREE security software by now offering the Norton suite


Comcast has been providing a free version of the MacAfee security suite to its customers for about a year now.  The product actually worked well and it truly was free (granted, you are a paying Comcast customer) and never got pesky about an up sell of any sorts. In fact, there were no ads at all, which was quite refreshing.

I noticed today that Comcast has swapped out the Norton Security Suite product for the former MacAfee suite. I do not know why they did this, but as a paying Norton subscriber on my work laptop, I jumped at the chance to test the free Comcast offering out.

After a quick run through of all of the parts and pieces this product appears to be the real deal. If you are currently a Comcast customer you should check it out. After all, you are paying for it whether you use it or not.


Get it here.