Geek Software of the Week: MagicDisc!

“MagicDisc is freeware. It is very helpful utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs. For anyone who deals with CD-based programs – it is a MUST. MagicDisc allows you to use almost all CD/DVD image without burning them onto CD or DVD in order to easily access your favorite games, music, or software programs —- It works like a real CD/DVD-ROM: You can run programs, play games, or listen to music from your virtual CD-ROM. Allowing you to run your game images at over 200x faster than from a conventional CD/DVD-ROM. MagicDisc is a powerful utility that uses a unique combination of options to ensure a perfect back-up every time. Partner with MagicISO, Your original games/program discs can be safely stored away, MagicISO mean that you always have your expensive media stored safely as CD/DVD image file on your hard drive, and use them with MagicDisc just like using the original discs. At the office: Program discs and many other applications generally require the original disc to be in the computer’s CD-ROM drive. This restricts the amount of people in your office who can have access to the same software at the same time without the cost of additional discs. MagicDisc virtual drives resolve that problem for you. No more hunting around the offices for that elusive disc you need to run your application, everything you require is just a click away.”

MagicDisc ISO Drive Mount Utility

Awesome! This really helped me out when I needed it! I had a computer with no DVD drive, but I could move the ISO of the DVD to the computer, mounted it with MajicDisc, then, boom! I had the data! REALLY handy!

A FEW Reasons Why Android Beats the iPhone

Here’s a FEW Reasons Why Android Beats the iPhone (iOS)

“On iOS, you can’t move a picture from a friend’s computer onto your phone.

On iOS, you can’t shoot a movie with a video camera, move the SD card onto your phone, and copy the movie onto your phone.

On iOS, if you’re in a hurry and need to move a song from your computer to your phone quickly, you still have to launch iTunes and sync, because iOS doesn’t allow drag and drop from a computer folder.

On iOS, you can’t move your Word/Excel/Powerpoint document from your computer, work on it on your phone/device, save it, and move the updated document back onto your computer.

On iOS, you can’t use your phone as a storage device.

On iOS, you can’t say ‘Dial Blockbuster near [your zip code]’ and have your phone go to the web, find the number, and dial it, all without typing anything.

On iOS, you can’t make your own song, or use your own remix, as a ringtone.

On iOS, you CAN have a browser that’s slower at showing a web page.

On iOS, you can’t use Flash for your internet. Therefore, you can’t see content on BILLIONS of web pages, from videos, to animation, to games.

On iOS, you can’t use SWYPE, the Guiness world-record holder for fastest way to text.

On iOS, if you don’t like your touchscreen keyboard, you can’t download an app to replace your touchscreen keyboard.

On iOS, you can’t have your touchscreen keyboard vibrate everytime you type a letter to give you better feedback.

On iOS, you can’t receive notifications about your apps, your texts, and other usage items unless that app is on.

On iOS, you can’t check the weather without launching an app, because widgets are not allowed.

On iOS, you can’t turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, by clicking on a customized screen button, or widget. You have to go into settings.

On iOS, you can’t see updates to your social networking websites, like Facebook, unless you launch an app, because iOS doesn’t allow widgets.

On iOS, you can’t pick a different size screen.

On iOS, if you want a real keyboard, you can’t get one.

On iOS, you can’t get a phone with a faster processor.

On iOS, you can’t get a phone with more RAM memory.

On iOS, you can’t get a phone with an HDMI port so that you can connect your phone to your TV and watch a movie you downloaded from Netflix/Blockbuster in HD.

On iOS, you can’t have more buttons in case you’re faster with buttons.

On iOS, you can’t use your device as a wireless internet router so your laptop can get online. Hot-Spot capability is unavailable.

On iOS, if all your family and friends are on wireless carrier [X], you can’t use that carrier, because your phone/device is available on limited carriers.”

(From a post by “Ahmad” on an Android forum)

Based on my Droid X (which I just upgraded to Android 2.2 [Froyo,] I would have to agree!)

Playing With Dragon!

This is a test… How can you type without using your hands? That’s a good question. The answer is Dragon NaturallySpeaking! I’m currently using the version 10 edition of Dragon NaturallySpeaking and it is very accurate and it works very well. The amazing thing about using the software is, in fact, how easy it is to use. Once you get into the style of speaking slowly, and clearly, and ending using punctuation marks… then you begin to get into a “flow” of using it… and I can see where something like this would make it easy for writing short articles of things that normally you have to type. You can just talk!

So, the key to using Dragon NaturallySpeaking is both to train it to recognize your words correctly, and to train you to speak clearly, to enunciate well, and to use punctuation marks. And, as a matter of fact, I’m using the software to write this article right now. So, there you go! The amazing world of voice recognition! Indeed, what will they think of next!

By the way, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a product of Nuance, and I have provided their website address below:

The “Is the Doctor Back?” Podcast – Dr. Bill #156

Dr. Bill Podcast – 156 – (09/18/10)

Bill explains protecting your passwords with Keepass and the use of Dropbox! And, is the Doctor back? It is up to you!

Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

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Geek Software of the Week: Keepass!

This is the software I describe in the Netcast on the site… check it out!

Keepass Password Software

What is KeePass?
Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your homepage’s FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem… A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, homepage, etc. Unimaginable.

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).”