It's easy to change your Windows log-on screen to match your desktop wallpaper or display any image you like with InstantLogonChanger from ArturDev. Designed to display corporate logos on a company's computers, this simple freeware lets you apply your own image as your Windows log-on background. It can handle JPEGs, BMPs, PNGs, GIFs, and TIFFs. But it does more than simply change the log-on screen's background image: It can also fit images to your screen or your taste using the familiar Fit, Fill, Stretch, Center, and Tile controls, as well as change the background color to enhance … Read more
Hot keys can make your life easier, at least while you're at your computer. For instance, they can enter strings of text like your e-mail or street address, saving you time and reducing your typing effort. Moose-Tech's Speed Keys is a simple tool for automating typing tasks via hot keys. You can create Groups to manage your hot key combos, which can be log-in credentials, passwords, credit card data, phone numbers, or even instant-message phrases. Speed Keys is freeware, but the free version is limited to five items and 25 characters. However, the full version costs about what … Read more
In today's business environment, employees, contractors, and consultants all figure into projects, and knowing who did what and when is critical to making sure everyone gets paid. Web-based software has several advantages for tracking time spent on projects, such as centralized storage of all data and universal access to project tools and schedules; all you need is a Web browser, some client software, and a username and password to work wherever you are. TE-CON's eHour is a free Web-based time-tracking application with the objective of making it as easy as possible for your employees to track time spent … Read more
If you're a dancer, or if you know one, it should come as no surprise that dancing is everything to some people. Dancers Windows 7 Theme is a free theme pack of high-quality, high-resolution desktop background images dedicated to dancers and dancing. With a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, these vibrant images bring the motion of dance to life as well as any still picture can.
As with other free theme packs for Windows 7 from Windows7Theme, Dancers Windows 7 Theme installs and starts the Slide Show feature automatically, simultaneously opening the Windows Personalization tool for … Read more
A decent system cleaner and optimizer can make a big difference in your PC's performance by tossing out junk files and tightening the Registry. A really good tool would also help you tune and tweak your system by disabling unnecessary features and settings. Ashampoo's WinOptimizer Free is one of the best such tools we've tried.
We started WinOptimizer with a Full Scan, which completed quickly. WinOptimizer made 15 recommendations over five categories, including three unnecessary startup entries in the StartUp-Tuner, seven superfluous system settings in the Tweaking tool, and 97MB of junk files flagged by the Drive … Read more
There's a ton of video content on the Internet, from YouTube clips of ridiculous cats to full-length TV episodes and movies. There are even television channels that broadcast online and can be viewed anywhere in the world. This explosion in content was quickly followed by an explosion in software meant to wrangle all this video into one easily accessible place. Free Online TV is yet another competitor in this crowded field. Unfortunately, it suffers from some of the same drawbacks that many similar programs do, including numerous broken links to content.
Free Online TV has a basic Explorer-style interface. … Read more
Lovers of Angry Birds might be excited to find Angry Birds Matching, a spin-off puzzle game. However, we can't say this program is much to get excited about. It's an extremely basic -- and not particularly interesting -- puzzle game that is only related to Angry Birds inasmuch as it's ripped off the game's characters. If you like Angry Birds, stick to the original, and if you like puzzle games, there are innumerable options out there that are both more fun and more challenging.
The format of Angry Birds Matching will be familiar to anyone who'… Read more
First things first: If you're a fan of Angry Birds, don't get excited about Angry Birds Connect. This game has virtually nothing to do with the original Angry Birds, and we feel pretty certain that the creators of Angry Birds Connect simply ripped off the characters from Angry Birds and inserted them into what is otherwise a fairly generic puzzle game.
Angry Birds Connect reminds us a little bit of that old Windows tile puzzle, Taipei. The tiles aren't stacked as they are in Taipei, but are simply arranged in a hexagon-shaped grid; each has the face … Read more
The popularity of digital photography has led to an explosion of software that lets users create custom slideshows, complete with music and effects. With so much competition, there's no reason to settle for a slideshow program that's light on features or long on limitations. Unfortunately, Ezvid is both of those. Don't be fooled by the program's slick interface; it looks good, but when it comes to making slideshows, it doesn't pass muster.
The program's layout isn't the most intuitive thing we've ever seen, but mouseover tooltips revealed each button's function, and … Read more
Time is a funny thing, and while you probably know how old you are in years (at least, we hope so), have you ever stopped to think about exactly how many days, hours, minutes, or even seconds you've been alive? Age Calculator is an easy way to find out. We're honestly not sure why you'd need this program -- there are plenty of Web sites that let you perform the same calculations without downloading any software -- but it does indeed calculate your age in a variety of increments.
The program's interface is plain and straightforward, … Read more