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Thursday, June 28, 2007

BoTips : Analog to digital converter guide...

Handy guide for the home automation Makers..."Home automation systems that are a step beyond your basic "X-10" light control usually consist of a mechanism for controlling and monitoring digital input and output modules. These systems may include an Ocelot with SECU16(I) and/or RLY8-XA expansion units, Caddx Security Systems, Elk M1 Gold Systems, JDS Stargate and others. Their basic functionality of simple, digital inputs and outputs serves most automation and security purposes."


Die Dulci Fruere

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Download of the Day: Critical Windows patch released

Microsoft has made a “critical” patch for Windows XP available that keeps attackers from controlling a system by embedding malicious software code into digital images.

For reasons unknown, my Automatic Windows Updates (which are turned on) didn’t alert me to the patch this morning. To install the patch, in Internet Explorer go to and scan your PC for updates and get the latest patch. It requires a reboot (ah, Windows) as well.

Die Dulci Fruere

Friday, June 22, 2007

Podcast Advertising with Fruitcast

Fruitcast is a new service that places advertising into podcasts.
"Fruitcast automates the process of inserting ads into podcasts. We download a podcast’s MP3 audio files, add the advertisements on the fly, and then send them to the podcast’s subscribers. Each time a podcast episode is downloaded, the advertiser is charged a certain amount, and a significant portion of that amount is credited to the podcaster."

Die Dulci Fruere

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Download of the Day 2: iDupe

iDupe is an iTunes utility that will search for and eliminate duplicate and dead tracks.
"iDupe is designed to process duplicates and dead tracks in iTunes in a smart way. Recent versions of iTunes have a “Show Duplicates” command. But it is of limited use. First, it offers no good way to remove duplicates while keeping one version of a track. Second, there is no good way to identify which tracks are actually duplicates as opposed to different versions of the same song, the same song with different bitrates, etc."

iDupe works very well. It’s a bit slow when scanning large selections of files, but it’s accurate and allows the user to make any final decisions. If you’ve got a problem with duplicates or dead files in iTunes it’s worth checking out.

iDupe is shareware ($8) and looks to be for Mac OS X only.

Die Dulci Fruere

Friday, June 08, 2007

Download of the Day 2: Wikinotes

Wikinotes is a wiki-based note taking application for your Mac that you can take with you via your iPod.
"Want to take your notes with you? No problem. Connect your iPod and there you go. Just one click and your Wiki is on your iPod. Just look under Notes and find a folder named like the exported Document. There are all your pages. They are linked up and split in 4-kb portions, so your iPod understands them."

Wikinotes is free and looks to be for Mac OS X only.

Die Dulci Fruere

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Download videos from Google Video

Google Video Downloader makes it easy to download videos from Google Video. Copy and paste the URL of the Google Video page, and Google Video Downloader produces a download link for the video.

If you love Google videos but hate looking through source code every time you want to save a video to your hard drive, Google Video Downloader does the heavy lifting for you.

Die Dulci Fruere