Archive for May, 2009

Windows/Mac/Linux: Built from the Firefox core, free web browser Wyzo integrates BitTorrent capabilities, download acceleration, and much more—though you can get many of Wyzo’s best features in Firefox if you’re not up for the switch.

Since we can’t help but assume that most readers’ reaction to Wyzo would be something along the lines of “You can already do that in Firefox,” I’ll run down some of the best features Wyzo offers and offer the Firefox counterpart (though in most cases the “counterpart” is actually the same extension that comes pre-bundled with Wyzo).

  • BitTorrent Integration: Wyzo integrates BitTorrent downloads directly in the browser—and at speeds comparable to many desktop BitTorrent apps. Want the same in Firefox? Grab the FireTorrent extension.
  • Download Acceleration: Wyzo supercharges your downloads (claiming speed boosts up to 10x faster) with multi-source downloads. Want the same in Firefox? Check out the FireDownload extension or the beloved DownThemAll.
  • Cooliris Previews: This couldn’t be more straightforward. Wyzo comes with the Cooliris extension installed by default, integrating beautiful graphics and cinematic navigation to your browser. Install it in Firefox and you’ve got the same.

We’re not trying to say that there’s no reason someone might want to use Wyzo, but if you’re already entrenched in Firefox love and don’t really feel like switching horses to get some of Wyzo’s cooler features, you can just grab them à la carte with the right extensions. Wyzo is a free download for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

The Media Browser

Wyzo is an awesome new browser that optimizes your online media experience. It will accelerate your web downloads, let you download torrents with a single click, discover media in your browser and much more.

Download Wyzo 3

version 3.0.3 for Windows

What’s new in Wyzo 3

Supercharged Downloads

Your downloads just got quicker! Wyzo incorporates multi-source downloading wherever possible to dramatically accelerate your web downloads – supercharge those downloads!

BitTorrent Integration

Downloading BitTorrent files has never been easier – Wyzo lets you browse and download torrents right from within your surfing environment – thats right, no other software required!

CoolIris – Cinematic Web

Transform your browser into a lightning fast, cinematic way to discover the web. Watch your favorite movies, TV shows, YouTube and music videos right within your web browser!

About Wyzo

The Company

The Wyzo browser is operated by Radical Software Ltd, a new international Software start-up based in Jersey, UK. Radical Software currently employs over 10 talented programmers and managers who are working together to develop pioneering software products.

The Mission

Wyzo’s long-term aim is to make web browsing smarter and more enjoyable. Wyzo makes use of existing pioneering browser technologies (including the Mozilla Firefox open source core) to extend the usability of the browser by developing unique and innovative media features that lets users download and manage all forms of media from a single application.

The Product

Wyzo is a web browser based on Mozilla’s Firefox. Some of the modifications are:

  • FireDownload accelerates regular http downloads up to 10x!
  • A Bittorrent plug-in called FireTorrent. It places the torrent downloads in the same Window as normal downloads. Torrents with a single click!
  • Wyzo’s user-friendly new skin
  • A new startpage, which lets you search a large amount of search engines.
  • A variety of other extensions that enhance the user’s browsing experience, including CoolIris, Ctrl-tab and FireGestures

Wyzo 3 is currently in Beta development stage.


Windows only: Microsoft is pushing out Service Pack 2 for Office 2007, promising significant performance improvements and support for the OpenDocument format, among other things.

In all the update packs in hundreds of bug fixes and improvements for Microsoft’s suite of office applications, which you can see in their entirety in this Excel doc. If you’re an Office 2007 user, now’s the time to fire up Windows Update and get going on that 290MB download. If you don’t want to go through Windows Update (or it’s not showing the update yet), you can also download the file directly from Microsoft here.

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Knoppix is a Live Linux CD / Live DVD based on Debian GNU/Linux

Knoppix, a Free and Open Source Live Linux CD. Knoppix is a GNU/Linux distribution that boots and runs completely from CD or DVD and can be used to read and write Windows and other partitions (among other clever tricks).

The Knoppix CD and DVD include recent Linux software and desktop environments. The DVD includes programs such as, Abiword, The Gimp, Konqueror, Mozilla, Apache, PHP, MySQL and hundreds of other quality open source programs.

Knoppix is suitable even for Linux beginners and we encourage you to try it and use the extensive help on our site if you need it. If you would like to learn more about Knoppix, you could look at the FAQs and Documentation, discuss it in the Forum, or just try it out!

You can download for free the latest version of the CD (700 MB) or DVD (4.14 GB). You can also save yourself the trouble of downloading this large file and it burning to disk by buying it for as little as $1.95 (worldwide shipping). Simply follow this link: download / buy page. When you buy a disk we get a small commission that goes towards paying for and running this site. is a resource for users, developers, and testers of Knoppix. The official website for Knoppix is on Klaus Knopper’s website at

The community forums
Documentation and How-Tos on the Knoppix Wiki

Download Knoppix Live Linux CD or DVD

DiskDigger — an all-in-one undelete and recover utility that’s simple, straightforward, easy to use, and most importantly, free! See the FAQ for more information

download Download DiskDigger now!Current Version: 0.8.1 — see what’s new in this version.

What is DiskDigger?

DiskDigger can recover files from any type of media that your computer can read. This includes USB flash drives, memory cards (SD, CompactFlash, Memory Stick, etc), and of course your hard drive. The types of files that it recovers include photos, videos, music, documents, and many other formats.

DiskDigger can even scan reformatted or badly formatted disks (disks to which Windows can’t assign a drive letter), and even disks with bad sectors. It bypasses the Windows file system drivers and scans your disk directly. It has its own built-in support for the following file systems: FAT12 (floppy disks), FAT16 (older memory cards), FAT32 (newer memory cards and hard disks), NTFS (newer hard disks), and exFAT (Microsoft’s new successor to FAT32).

DiskDigger is also very compact and portable. The entire program is a single executable file that you can run from anywhere. There’s nothing to “install,” and the program doesn’t leave any trace of having been run.

You may find DiskDigger useful if…

  • you deleted one or more photos from a memory card by accident, and want them restored.
  • you deleted one or more photos from a memory card on purpose, but now want them restored.
  • you deleted some documents from your USB flash drive, and want to recover them.
  • you came across an old hard drive of yours (or someone else’s) that’s been reformatted, and would like to see what its previous contents were.
  • you’ve “securely wiped” your media, and want to make sure that your media has actually been wiped correctly.
  • you’re just curious about what old deleted files are still present on your memory cards or hard drives.

DiskDigger is also a work in progress. This means that new features will be added very frequently, including support for more file formats, more configuration options, etc., so check back for updates.

How does it work?

DiskDigger has two modes of operation which you can select when scanning your media for deleted files:

  • Scan the file system for deleted files (dig deep). This scans the file system that is present on your media, searching for deleted file entries. Supported file systems are FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS. The advantages of this are:
    – Very fast
    – Recovers all file types
    – Recovers file names
    And the disadvantages are:
    – Doesn’t support all possible file systems (see above for supported file systems)
    – Doesn’t scan entire disk (only scans what the file system is aware of)
  • Scan the disk surface for traces of lost files (dig deeper). This thoroughly scans every sector of your media, searching for traces of known file types. The advantages of this are:
    – Scans entire disk
    – Goes underneath the file system, therefore independent of file system
    And the disadvantages are:
    – Slower (sometimes much slower) than the first method
    – Doesn’t recover file names or fragmented files
    – Only supports certain file types
    – Finds ‘existing’ files as well as deleted files

What isn’t DiskDigger?

It’s not magic. It can’t recover any arbitrary file from any amount of time in the past. When trying to recover lost files, you should be realistic. In a real-world situation, you’ll have a good chance of recovering your files only if they were deleted very recently. The more you keep using your disk to work with new files, the slimmer your chance of recovering deleted files. Of course it’s always worth a try.

It is not a “repair” utility. It cannot repair a broken memory card or disk. DiskDigger is a strictly “read-only” tool, and never changes the contents of the media you scan. It will, of course, scan unformatted (or badly formatted) media, but it won’t attempt to fix the formatting of the media.


  • DiskDigger scans for many different types of files, including photos, videos, music files, and documents, and displays what it finds as it scans in real time.
  • You can preview most of the files found by DiskDigger without having to save them to a different location first. More than that, you can preview files while DiskDigger continues scanning!
  • DiskDigger scans any type of media that is readable by your computer, including USB flash drives, memory cards (SD, CompactFlash, Memory Stick, etc), and your hard drive(s).
  • It can undelete files from all types of FAT partitions (including the new exFAT file system), as well as NTFS.
  • It can go underneath the file system to scan for traces and remnants of lost files.
  • DiskDigger does everything in memory, meaning that it never writes any temporary files to your disk or other media (unless you choose to save files that it recovers).
  • Since DiskDigger is a completely self-contained program, it leaves no trace on the computer where it is run. It does not save any settings to the registry. There is nothing to “install,” and the entire program is a single executable file.
  • For advanced users, DiskDigger allows scanning disk image files.

How to Use

I hope that using DiskDigger should be intuitive enough for most people to use without a written guide (if it’s not, let me know how I can make it better). However, if necessary, you can check out this excellent step-by-step guide from TechRepublic.


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GNU ddrescue is a data recovery tool. It copies data from one file or block device (hard disc, cdrom, etc) to another, trying hard to rescue data in case of read errors.

The basic operation of ddrescue is fully automatic. That is, you don’t have to wait for an error, stop the program, read the log, run it in reverse mode, etc.

If you use the logfile feature of ddrescue, the data is rescued very efficiently (only the needed blocks are read). Also you can interrupt the rescue at any time and resume it later at the same point.

Automatic merging of backups: If you have two or more damaged copies of a file, cdrom, etc, and run ddrescue on all of them, one at a time, with the same output file, you will probably obtain a complete and error-free file. This is so because the probability of having damaged areas at the same places on different input files is very low. Using the logfile, only the needed blocks are read from the second and successive copies.

The logfile is periodically saved to disc. So in case of a crash you can resume the rescue with little recopying.

Also, the same logfile can be used for multiple commands that copy different areas of the file, and for multiple recovery attempts over different subsets.

Ddrescue aligns its I/O buffer to the sector size so that it can be used to read from raw devices. For efficiency reasons, also aligns it to the memory page size if page size is a multiple of sector size.


The latest released version of GNU ddrescue can be found in the subdirectory /gnu/ddrescue/ on your favorite GNU mirror. For other ways to obtain ddrescue, please read How to get GNU Software. The latest released version will be the most recent version available at

Old versions and testing versions can be found at

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Windows only: Tiny utility Vista Shutdown Timer turns your computer off at the time you specify—and even fades the volume out so you can stay asleep.

Using the no-install-required utility is easy enough—just choose the number of minutes to wait before shutting down or going into standby mode, and click the Run Timer button. You can also use the option to fade out the sound volume, which could really come in handy if you use your computer to play music at bedtime—so the volume will fade instead of a jarring cut-off when the system shuts down.

Vista Shutdown Timer is a free download, we tested it in Vista but it may work in XP—share your experience in the comments if it works for you. For a similar utility to schedule automated shutdowns, check out previously mentioned WinOff—or if you want to stop automatic updates from shutting down your computer, ShutdownGuard might be what you are looking for.

– Startup screen

– Main dialog

Shutdown timer started

– OSD (On Screen Display)

Shortcut wizzard

Creates shortcuts with selected parameters and Icons:

System tray menu (v. 1.5)

– Startup screen in the “classic – mode”*

– Info & settings – dialog

click the window-icon in the top right corner:

open info like this:

– Info & Settings

Command line parameter:

Vistaö-ShutdownTimer.exe [L] [R] [S] [N] [F] [A] [T] [W] [Y] [C] [Mxx] [Hxx] [xx:xx] [setup] [U] [I] ( Vers. 1.5.1) L = Logoff)
R = Hibrate
S = Standby-modus
N = Restart
F = Force shutdown/ Force restart /  –F =disable Force
A = Shutdown
U = Fast user switch – WinXP (classic modus only) – since Version 1.5.1

T = Minize to System Tray
W = Waring sound during the last 20 Sec.
Y = Scip confirm messages in classic mode.

Mxx = Shutdown-time   (xxxxx = time in minutes,
M0 = run now (be carefull!))
xx:xx = Shutdown-tim   (xxxxx = time in Hours > 0 ),
Hxx = Classic Mode.  (run Program in classic
Windows XP/Vista Mode)
C = Classic Mode.  (run Program in classic
Windows XP/Vista Mode)
Setup = Run shortcut wizard

I = run invisible (Only OSD is shown (be carefull! But if you have Problems with the fullscreen mode try that)

Example::VistaShutdownTimer.exe  S M90 W T

– runs in StandbyModes (S) for 90 minutes (M90),
– before shuting down warning beeps are enabled(W)
– minimize to System-Tray (T)
– no whitespaces needed:

VistaShutdownTimer.exe SM90WT


VistaShutdownTimer.exe  S M90 W T

– Startet den StandbyModus (S) nach 90 Minuten (M90),
– gibt vor Beenden Warntöne aus (W) und

– Minimiert nach dem Start in den System-Tray (T)

– Leerzeichen sind nicht erforderlich:

VistaShutdownTimer.exe SM90WT

Since Version 1.6:

Remote parameter:

VistaShutdownTimer.exe [AUTO]‘ ,[NEXT]‘, ‘[PAUSE]‘, ‘[+]xx’, ‘[-]xx’

Important: this parameters have to included in “[” and “]“.

These parameters will be send to the active ShutDownTimer – Instance so you can control it using this parameter set.

[AUTO] = Default: Cycling between minutes (15 to 180 min) and Pause (like a usual TV Sleeptimer)

[NEXT] = Switching through the shortcut mothods

[PAUSE] = Switching pause (On/Off) or starting the timer if its not already started.

[+]xx = Adding xx minutes to the timer countdown.

[]xx = Removing xx minutes form the timer countdown.


Auto Modus (works like a TV-Sleeptimer):

VistaShutdownTimer.exe  [AUTO]

looks like this:

Set next shutdown method:

VistaShutdownTimer.exe  [NEXT]

Add 90 minutes:

VistaShutdownTimer.exe  [+] 90

Switch Pause (or start Time):

VistaShutdownTimer.exe  [PAUSE]

You can also create a shortcut with this parameters.

New Version Info:

Version 1.6.4 (beta):

Fixed some bucks in the gui (cancel timer is not setting the defaults anymore)

Added “Monitor –> Standby” to the System-Tray Menu. This function may not work on Windows Vista.

Vista Shutdown Timer