GSotW: Extra – ChromeOS Built by Hexxen!

Chromium OSChromeOS Built by Hexxen!

Vanilla ChromeOS for USB

“What’s vanilla?

Vanilla builds are bleeding edge. They give you the opportunity to see and use the latest and greatest that Chromium OS has to offer. Requires only a 4GB USB drive (download size is around 250MB)

ChromiumOS is a lightweight, lightning-fast operating system for your netbook, laptop or even desktop. With the familiar environment of Chromium/Chrome, the entire web is at your fingertips in seconds. HTML5 is fully supported, allowing you to enjoy the very best that the web has to offer.”

Geek Software of the Week: Cr OS Linux!

Cr OS LinuxYou know I like Chrome! How about a Linux Distro that is based around Chrome?

Cr OS Linux

“Cr OS Linux (pronounced like Cros Linux) is the free OS built around the revolutionary Chromium browser – a foundation for Google Chrome. We call it the chrome plated OS, because it is stable and shiny.

This open source project provides a lightweight Linux distribution similar to Google Chrome OS for the best web browsing experience on any x86 PC, netbook or notebook.

Download Cr OS Linux Live DVD or USB Disk Image for free and give it a try!

Featured software in the latest Cr OS Linux:

  • Linux kernel 3.6.5 New!
  • Cinnamon 1.6.6 desktop environment New!
  • Chromium 24.0.1290 web browser New!
  • InSync beta 10 client for Google Drive New!
  • Banshee 2.4 media player
  • Shotwell 0.12 photo manager
  • GIMP 2.8 image editor
  • LibreOffice 3.5 office suite
  • Wine 1.5 Windows emulator
  • Cheese 3.4 webcam app
  • Pidgin 2.10 instant messenger
  • Dashboard with the social toolbar
  • Control Center
  • and much more!”

Geek Software of the Week: Kodi!

Have you ever wanted to set up your own, personal audio, photo, and video system for your home? This will do it for you! Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is very cool, and will find any media you have on your PC, and give you a Tivo like interface for it!

Kodi – A Media Center for your Home!

“Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Youtube pages.

Disclaimer: Kodi does not provide any media itself. Users must provide their own content or manually point Kodi to third party online services. The Kodi project does not provide any support for bootleg video content.

Music: Kodi can play all your music including AAC, MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WMA formats. It has cue sheet, tagging support, MusicBrainz integration, and smart playlists for ultimate control of your music collection.

Movies: Kodi can do movies too! Supporting all the main video formats and sources, including streamable online media, ISOs, 3D, H.264, HEVC, WEBM. Kodi can import these movies with full posters, fanart, disc-art, actor information, trailers, video extras, and more.

TV Shows: The TV shows library supports episode and season views with posters or banners, watched tags, show descriptions and actors. Video nodes/tags and smart playlists can further organize your library for special interests, making specific screens for sci-fi, anime, etc.

Pictures: Import pictures into a library and browse the different views, start a slideshow, sort or filter them all using your remote control.

PVR: Kodi allows you to watch and record live TV all from the GUI interface. It works with a number of popular backends including MediaPortal, MythTV, NextPVR, Tvheadend, VDR, Windows Media Center, and more.

Add-Ons: Take Kodi to a whole new level with the vast selection of community created add-ons that are available though our repositories. There are add-ons for videos, music, changing Kodi’s behavior, popular web services, adding more artwork, controlling your lights, and much much more.

Skins: Kodi allows you to completely change the whole GUI. Thanks to the highly customizable skinning engine you are able to change every aspect of Kodi. Choose from dozens of community created skins, each with their own set of options, or create your own dream UI.

uPNP: With UPnP compatibility you can stream to and from any other Kodi instances and play to other UPnP compatible devices in your home with ease. Have one UPnP master device and use other Kodi instances as clients which automatic keeps you watched status and library up-to-date. You can also now import from uPnp sources to synchronize your data inside instances of Kodi.

Web Interface: Interact with Kodi using its JSON-RPC based remote interface. This brings loads of possibilities for remote controls, web browsers and 3rd party tools to take Kodi to the next level.

Remote Controls: With support for hundreds of remote controls, CEC-compatible TVs, or one of the new Smartphone and Tablet Apps, Kodi allows you to control your media your way.”

Geek Software of the Week: PDFSAM!

PDFSAMThis is a great tool to work with PDF files, and it is Open Source and free!

PDFSAM – PDF Split and Merge

“PDFsam is a free, open source, platform independent tool released under GPLv2 license and designed to perform split, merge and other manipulations on pdf document. It’s released in 2 versions, basic and enhanced.


Java Runtime Environment 1.6 or higher

pdfsam basic:

A simple tool designed to split and merge pdf files. With it’s simple and intuitive interface you can:

  • split your pdf documents (into chapters, single pages, etc.).
  • merge many pdf documents or subsections of them.
  • extract sections of your document into a single pdf document.
  • mix alternate pages taken from two pdf documents in straight or reverse order into a single document.
  • rotate pages of the selected pdf documents.
  • visually reorder pages of a selected pdf document.
  • visually compose a document dragging pages from selected pdf documents.
  • save and load your workspace to automate your recurrent jobs.
  • manage pdfsam settings and set a workspace to load at start up.

pdfsam enhanced:

This is the enhanced version of pdfsam. In this version you’ll find all the basic features plus:

  • encrypt your pdf files (RC40 bits, RC128 bits, AES128 bits) and set permissions on them.
  • add a pdf frontpage or an addendum (or both) to your pdf documents.
  • decrypt pdf documents.
  • extract attachments from your pdf documents.
  • set viewer options to a document to tell the viewer application how should open the document.
  • set the metadata of a document (author, title, subject and keywords).”

Geek Software of the Week: Bluestacks!

BluestacksAs my earlier post described, this software allows you to run Android apps on your computer, whether PC (Windows) or Mac!

Bluestacks – Android on Your Computer!

“Gaming on mobile draining your battery? Play and message as long as you want while keeping your phone at 100%.
Save battery. Play on BlueStacks.

For the first time, you can play Castle Clash on a big screen and message on Whatsapp at the same time. You can also share files from your PC and Mac onto mobile, for example posting photos on Instagram from your computer.

Download apps onto to your computer with a single click. Bluestacks merges your Windows or OSX and Android experiences seemlessly. Applications and games can now live behind a single desktop icon.”

ARRRGH! The Gamemaster just let me know that Bluestacks is only free the first day, one day later, it pops up and says that you have to pay $2.00 per month, OR, download and install certain apps… oh well, so this week’s GSotW comes with a caveat!

Geek Software of the Week: SuperAntiSpware!

SuperAntyiSpyware!And, speaking of malware!

SuperAntiSpware – Malware Search and Removal Tool for Your System

This one has spotted and fixed more malware than other malware attack systems that I have used. It is nice!

“SUPERAntiSpyware 6.0 will give customers a superior user experience, with improved scan times and enhanced real-time protection,” said president and CEO Elizabeth Cholawsky. “Over the last decade we have helped millions of loyal customers keep their computers safe. Their trust underscores that SUPERAntiSpyware 6.0 is among the industry’s best and most powerful defenses against spyware and malware.”

New Features

  • New User Interface – Simplified interface for easier navigation to the most commonly used features, and touch screen capable.
  • System Investigator – Shows what’s running on your PC in a new and exciting way. Customers and technicians can use this tool to quickly determine if a file on the system is potentially malware.
  • Faster scan speeds, smaller foot print, enhanced program stability and an expanded Help Menu to improve ease of use.
  • Receive scheduled scan results through the new e-mail alert system.

Advanced Detection and Removal

  • Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
  • Light on System Resources and designed not to slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Designed not to conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution!
  • Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

Real-Time Protection

  • Real-Time Blocking of threats! Prevent potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing!
  • E-mail Notifications: Configure SUPERAntiSpyware to send you an e-mail with the results from specific actions. Monitor the health of PCs remotely (family members, computers in a small office, etc.)
  • Schedule either Quick, Complete or Custom Scans Daily or Weekly to ensure your computer is free from harmful software. Remove spyware automatically.

Geek Software of the Week: ChromePass!

Nirsoft ChromepassDo you need to recover passwords that you have saved in your Chrome Browser? Now, you can with Chromepass!

Nirsoft Chromepass

“ChromePass is a small password recovery tool that allows you to view the user names and passwords stored by Google Chrome Web browser. For each password entry, the following information is displayed: Origin URL, Action URL, User Name Field, Password Field, User Name, Password, and Created Time.

You can select one or more items and then save them into text/html/xml file or copy them to the clipboard.”

Geek Software of the Week: ZBack!

ZBackDo you need to make simple, straight-forward backups?

ZBack – Backup Utility

Zback – backup and synchronize tool for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Win7, Win7 64bit, Win8, Linux (Wine).


1) Synchronize files and folders, for example between hard drive and USB drive or synchronize two computers via USB drive or LAN

2) General purpose backup and restore utility with many options


– portable – no installation needed – just unzip to any directory on a fixed or removable drive
– there is also version with installer available from homepage
– works from USB stick, does not write to the registry
– backup/ synchronize to local drives or network computers (LAN)
– can be used as front-end for cloud backup/ synchronize/ mirror (Google Drive)
– Unicode support for foreign characters in file names
– support for files larger then 4 GB
– allows more then 260 chars in pathnames
– copy modes: update files, refresh existing files, mirror source to target, synchronize, dated backup and restore
– filter files based on extension, size, date, subdirectories, only new or existing files
– keep multiple versions of backup files
– include/ exclude specific directories
– preview and execute operation
– automatic generation of batch scripts for routine backups
– simple, manual, batch or command line operation
– single batch script may contain many backup and sync jobs
– using scripting you may backup to multiple locations or backup from multiple locations to single backup location
– scheduling for batch operation – you may set job repetition interval and auto-run when overdue
– verify copied files
– drag and drop support from Windows Explorer or third party file explorers
– small size
– personal freeware

Geek Software of the Week: FNR! (Update)

FNRThis is an old favorite, that I “re-discovered” this week when I needed to update a lot of exact match text in a whole BUNCH of text files. Man, this thing is awesome!

FNR – Find and Replace Tool

“An open source tool to find and replace text in multiple files.


  • Single file download – fnr.exe (181kb)
  • Replace text in multiple files using windows application or through command line
  • Find Only to see where matches are found
  • Case-sensitive searching
  • Searching for files in one directory or recursing sub-directories
  • Regular expressions
  • Find and replace multi-line text
  • Generate command line button to create command line text to put in batch file
  • Command line help
  • Unit tests of Find/Replace engine”

Geek Software of the Week: BatteryInfoView

BatteryInfoViewThis is a handy little indicator of your battery state on your laptop!


“BatteryInfoView is a small utility for laptops and netbook computers that displays the current status and information about your battery. The displayed battery information includes the battery name, manufacture name, serial number, manufacture date, power state (charging/discharging), current battery capacity, full charged capacity, voltage, charge/discharge rate, and more…

BatteryInfoView also provides a log window, which adds a new log line containing the battery status every 30 seconds or any other time interval that you choose.

System Requirements And Limitations

This utility works on any version of Windows, starting from windows 2000 and up to Windows 7.
Some information, like serial number and manufacture date is only displayed if the battery provides this information.”

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