Saturday, December 12, 2009

63 Freeware Utilities and Plugins for Skype Users

Skype is accepted leader in the free IP telephone services in the world, allowing cutting significantly the phone bills to the domestic and international communication. While not all the features are free, there is a solid basic set that makes it a valuable addition to all the computer users. The following features are free:
1. Skype-to-Skype phone calls (through PC and smartphones).
2. Transfer calls to people on Skype.
3. Video calls.
4. Instant messaging and group IMs.
5. Conference calls.
6. Forward calls to people on Skype.

While there are already quite a lot of similar services on the Web, the Skype usefulness is based on its popularity and huge membership base, making it easy to find there your friends and relatives.

I have prepared a new Rating List at RateItAll, offering listing and reviews of the third-party free software utilities, allowing enhancing the features provided by basic Skype services. As of today, there are 63 freeware utilities and plugins are represented with website links, ratings, and brief reviews.

Review the Rating List at:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Freeware Unknown Device Identifier

There are multiple situations for the computer user, where the hardware installed on your computer cannot be properly identified by the system. That might cause improper operation, poor performance, hardware conflicts, and computer frequent crashes.

Unknown Device Identifier enables you to identify the yellow question mark labeled Unknown Devices in Device Manager and reports a detailed summary for the manufacturer name, OEM name, device type, device model and even the exact name of the unknown devices.

With the collected information, you might contact your hardware manufacturer for support or search the Internet for the corresponding driver with a simple click. With this utility, you might immediately convert your unidentified unknown devices into identified known devices and find proper driver on the Internet and contact the hardware device manufacturer or vender. Known devices recognized by Microsoft Windows will also be analyzed independent of the operating system.

Supported OS: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

You might run this small portable freeware utility from USB, CD or floppy.


- Identify USB 1.1/2.0/3.0 Device
- Identify IEEE 1394 Device
- Identify ISA Plug&Play Device
- Identify AGP Bus Device
- Identify PCI, PCI-E, eSATA Device
- Multilingual interface: English, French
- Find Drivers for Hardware Devices
- Contact Hardware Vender directly
- Save or Print Hardware information

Get more information and downloading links on the developer’s website:

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Free Personal MP3 Streaming Server

You have tons of the audio files on your home computer. Would not be nice to you being able to access your files from anywhere: from your office, friend’s laptop, or Smartphone? The free utility Vibe Streamer will provide you all the necessary tools and means not only listening your collection personally, but also sharing it with those you allow.

Note that Vibe Streamer is not in any way part of a file sharing community or any internet radio broadcasting network. Your files are always kept private by keeping access to the source restricted by a username and a password, so you are always in power to share the collection on different access levels, as needed.

So, Vibe Streamer is an MP3 streaming server that allows you to listen to your music anywhere in the world using a standard web browser. The server supports users/groups and different access rights, access restriction based on client IP address, sharing of any number of files and folders etc.

Vibe Streamer features the following and much more:

1. Free music streaming server.
2. Easy installation and configuration.
3. Share unlimited files and directories.
4. Full support for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7.
5. Full support for Linux through Wine
6. Protect your directories with user accounts and groups.
7. Easily manage your users, groups and their access rights.
8. High performance and well designed web client that supports large collections.
9. SSL support for secure traffic
10. audio scrobbling integration
11. UPnP support for simple router configuration
12. Unlimited skin possibilities, create your own or download new skins as they appear on our website.
13. The included standard skin support most commonly used browsers.
14. A script language that is fully integrated with the server.
15. Guaranteed free from backdoors, spyware, adware and other non-requested software.

The standard skin that comes with Vibe Streamer currently supports the most commonly used browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Chrome.

The utility includes no Adware or Spyware, and can be freely downloaded from the developers’ website:

If you are portability fan, you can convert the utility to the portable applications using the PortableFreeware instructions.


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