AOMEI has recently released a new product, Data Backuper, an easy-to-use and free backup and recovery software for Windows system – Windows 7, 8, Server 2008 R2, and Server 2012 (32bit and 64bit) are supported.

Backup features:

– system backup: one-click back up all data of system drive without interrupting system run

– disk backup: backup your hard disk drives including MBR disk, GPT disk, external hard drive, USB disk, and other storage devices that can be recognized by Windows

– partition and volume backup: If you just want to backup a partition or volume, not the entire disk

Restore features:

– system recovery: easily and quickly restore system partition and ensure system bootable after completing the recovery process

– disk and partition recovery: reliably recover the whole hard disk drive, partition or dynamic volume to original state

– selective file restore: selectively restore individual files and folders from a backup image file without recovering the entire backup

Clone features:

– disk clone: directly copy one hard drive to another without creating an image file (traditional hard drives and SSD are supported)

– partition and volume clone: directly create an exact duplication of partition or dynamic volume and exactly transfer it to another partition or volume

Other features:

– incremental and differential backups: you can perform these backup types to save time without the need to do a full backup

– encryption and compression: you can protect your backups with password and you can choose to compress them to use less disk space

– image file checker and explorer: check data integrity of image files; mount image files to a virtual partition so that you can browse the contents of the backups in Windows Explorer

– comment backups and splitting backups: add descriptive comments to your backups; split backup an image file into proper sizes to fit storage media

– create bootable rescue media: you can create a bootable media (e.g. CD or USB media) to restore system drive on the condition that Windows can not boot

Flash cookies are files used by Flash applications to store information locally, like normal cookies of web sites surfing. They are also called Shared Object Local (.sol files) and you can find them in Documents and Settings\[account name]\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\

You can also watch them within the free utility Flash Cookies View.

Delete Flash cookies

these cookies aren’t deleted with normal cookie cleaning features of web browsers. You can delete them within Adobe Flash Player settings manager.

You just need to delete web sites listed.

You can also delete them within third party free utilities (eg. Ccleaner).

Edit Flash cookies

You can also modify the content of Flash cookies within 2 free utilities, .sol Editor or .minerva (this last requires Adobe AIR).

For example this can be done when you want to “hack” flash games by modifying the game values.

Calibre is a free multiplatform (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) software that allows to manage own ebooks collections. It has an easy interface so it’s simple to use.

The program menu allows to do various tasks:

Add books allows to import ebooks stored in your pc and various extensions are supported (EPUB, MOBI, PDF, AZW etc…) and comics too (CBR, CBZ, CBC)

Edit metadata allows to edit ebooks metadata (title, author, cover, etc…)

Convert books allows to convert imported ebooks in other formats by specifying the output (many extensions supported such EPUB, MOBI, AZW3, PDF, RTF, TXT etc…). In the conversion windows you can also specify many other options.

View it shows ebook content, you can increase/decrease font, place bookmarks, print, etc…

Get books perform search in commercial and public ebooks sites

Remove books it allows to delete previously added ebooks

x ebooks show you the total number of ebooks actually in your Calibre library

Save to disk it allows to save the ebooks of your library in any folder of your pc

Preferences where you can change the program’s settings

Calibre is like a kind of iTunes for ebooks. During installation the setup asks a path where will store all the info (Calibre metadata and database).

You can find that ebooks are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management), most common protections are Kindle ebooks DRM, Adobe Digital Editions DRM and Barnes & Noble ebooks.

Within Calibre and using some plugins you can remove these protections.

Download DRM Removal Tools for Ebooks zip package and decompress in a folder you like. From Calibre preferences click Plugin then load plugin from file. Point to the Calibre_plugins folder and choose a zip, then confirm the installation. Repeat these steps for every zip.

Now if you import DRMed ebooks in Calibre the protection will be automatically removed and they can be converted.

Note: to read ebooks protected by Adobe DRM you need to download and installa Adobe Digital Edition free software, some online book stores allows to download directly the EPUB ebooks, other ones provides an .acsm file that, once opened with Adobe Digital Edition, allows the download of the buyed ebook.
Once opened with Adobe Digital Edition, the ebook is stored inside Documents->My Digital Editions.

NirSoft develop many free utilities for Windows, here is a list of the best ones:

Wireless Network Watcher scans your wireless network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network

WirelessKeyView recovers all wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer

ProduKey recover Product ID e key of Microsoft Office (2003/2007), Windows (Vista and 7 included), Exchange Server and SQL Server

CurrPorts display TCP/UDP ports currently in use by programs and processes

WebVideoCap captures Flash videos and RTSP/MMS streams to watch them later

RTMPDumpHelper it allows to capture and download audio/video RTMP streams

SearchMyFiles it extends stadard files search feature in Windows

RunAsDate it allows to run a program within a specific date/time

Tenorshare Video Converter Ultimate is the all in one solution for audio and video conversion. Within its easy to use interface it allows audio and video formats conversion in few steps.

Main features:

– high speed conversion by booting with NVIDIA CUDATM, AMD and Intel Core

– multiple formats supported including AVI, DivX, Xvid, VOB, MOV, WMV, FLV, MPEG, MKV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, RMVB, RM, MPG, MP4, 3GP, MP3, WMA, OGG, M4A, HD video, Blu-ray video and more

– powerful video editing and setting features (crop video screen size, set start and end time, insert watermarks, adjust brightness, contrast and saturation, set different video and audio parameters like audio and video encoder, resolution/frame rate/bit rate ecc…)

– convert video for various devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad, PSP,Zune, Zen, PS3 (HD support), XBox (HD support), Nintendo, mobiles). Manage digital camera or camcorder videos including AVCHD, MPEG-2 HD, AVI HD, TOD/MOD, M2TS/MTS, etc…

– rip DVD movie to other video formats and edit the original DVD video and the edited one side by side

The software is compatible with Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 7.


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