System Explorer….The last PC monitor/process manager you’ll ever need

free, Tricks, Windows
Yes, we all know Windows task manager sucks. So I set out to find a decent replacement and that's when I came across System Explorer. It's FREE and it rocks. Here are the major features:Detailed informations about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files.Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotal or Jotti service.Easy search details about file/process via online databases.Security Extension for automatic check of processes,modules and selected files."New Task..." dialog with integrated AutoSearch and AutoCompletion.Action History for monitoring processes activities.Performance graphs for monitoring usage of system resources in time.System Snapshots for easy finding of system changes.System Report builds rich text report containing major informations about your System.Multilanguage and Plugins Support.Can be used as Task Manager replacement.It's the best one I've come across…
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Seam Carving Gui….Resize images just like the new Photoshop CS4

Linux, OSX, Windows
So you've probably been hearing a lot lately about the new feature in Photoshop CS4 that allows you to resize an image in a way that the image will not get distorted. Dubbed Seam Carving (we covered it here, here and here), the new function is all the rage.Well, if that's the only reason you're going to upgrade to CS4, you might want to hang on and save a bit of $$$. You see, there is a opensource, free, standalone implementation of seam carving called Seam Carving GUI (which is itself a frontend GUI for CAIR.....Content Aware Image Resizer). It's available for OSX, Windows and Linux so download it, read the manual and have fun saving $$$. Here is a example of what this little gem can do..... Original  Stretched/squeezed and black…
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Gbridge, a must have utility for MS Windows….

free, Google, Windows
Gbridge is a free software that lets you sync folders, share files, chat and VNC securely and easily. It extends Google's gtalk service to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that connects all your computers directly and securely. No matter if they are behind Firewalls, NAT or anything else for that matter. Here are some of it's main features:Access your files cross your computers, e.g. instant mp3 play, securely and easily through SecureShare.Use AutoSync to copy big files and sync folders between your computers.Use EasyBackup to auto backup your important directory to another computer.Remote control your computer easily and securely through DesktopShare (build-in VNC) or Microsoft Remote Desktop.Gbridge automatically forms a VPN among your multiple PCs no matter where they are. You can also extend the VPN to include your Gtalk…
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Synkron, because syncing can be such a pain….

Apple, Linux, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, Windows
I know, rsync is the answer to all my prayers, at least as far as syncing data is concerned. I agree, BUT sometimes you just want a simple GUI (yes pointy/clicky) application to do the job. Well that's were synkron comes in. A simple applications that does one thing and it does it well, synchronizing your files/folders. It's multi platform and works really well. It uses tabs to setup multiple synching jobs. It supports 1-to-1 synching or what's known as multi-sync were synkron synchronises the sources one by one with their representing folder in the destination. This can be used for backups for example. It also has a scheduler/filters/blacklist and the ability to restore as well. The analyze function is also very useful as it can tell you what will be backed up before its backed up. Oh,…
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FastCopy…..Lightning Fast….

free, Technology, Tricks, Windows
Just came across this program in my desperate search for a faster copying program. I recently purchased a "small" 4TB NAS from QNAP and I've been busily filling it up with my FLAC collection lately. The trouble with this is that it takes windows far too long to even start the copying process -- let alone the actual file copy. Well that's were FastCopy comes in handy, by bypassing MFC and only using Win32 API FastCopy is truly fast, even to a network device like QNAP. I'm now getting around 7.8-8.2 MB/s compared to 5-6 MB/s before FastCopy (this is on a 100 Mb/s connection). Don't believe me, try it , it's Free.
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YES….You will buy one of these for your DSLR too!!!

Canon, DCinema
So I've been hearing a lot of whining about the new Canon 5D MKII's being used as 35 mm cinema cameras. Everything from "Where is the fast auto focus?" -- and here I thought 35 mm film gear was all about manual focus and adjustments -- to "So how do I add filters/mattebox and such?". Well fear not, Redrock Micro is here to save the day . Their new product "cinematization kit" -- specifically designed to 5D MKII -- is destined to ship November 1, ahead of the Canon camera.Redrock accessories for Canon 5D MKII transforms the DSLR into production-ready cinema solutions by providing:Rock-solid 15mm support systemFollow focus for accurate and repeatable focusingSwing-away mattebox for light management and easy access to changing lensesShoulder mount and handgrips for steady handheld useSupport cage…
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Command line Backup/Cloning/Imaging for OSX

Apple, backup, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Okay so where do we start......yeah good old cpio and tar might be good enough for the true old timers who still back up to tape, but a lot of people these days backup to live Online/Nearline media such as disks. Here is a quick (and platform specific) reference to four backup commands that you should always carry in your back pocket when backing up OSX machines.Ditto is a command line util that comes with OSX. It's a neat little application since it can preserve permissions, resource forks and extended attributes of OSX files when run as root. There are several ways of running ditto, but if you just want to clone your system using ditto here is the command:sudo ditto -X / /Volumes/BackupRsync is the grand daddy of file syncing/backup…
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Amsterdam in black and white….

Amsterdam, Flickr, Photography
These shots were taken during a trip to Amsterdam this past September. I was attending the IBC conference and had a chance to photograph this european jewel again. This time I decided that I wouldn't do the touristy thing. I decided to minimize my shots of famous landmarks and instead take a tour of Amsterdams famous Hofje's (Inner courtyards) and back streets.The Black and White idea came to me after picking up Taschen's Eugene Atget - Paris book. In it Atget photographs the everyday Paris (No Eiffel tower in this book :-)). I love this book so much, I've been reading it everyday and it's literally taken me three months to go through the first half of the book. In fact the book has had such an effect on me…
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Aarrrrgoosss…and now for some CFL fun

Flickr, Photography
Attended a Toronto Argonauts football game yesterday at the Rogers Centre. It was fun and chilly. The Argos were playing against Montreal Alouettes and did pretty good for a while, but at the end the Alouettes were just playing better. Here are some of the shots from the game. All done using Canon's 70-200 mm F4 Lens. Complete set can be found on flickr .
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