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  • PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application. In fact all you have to do is to print to a special device: a sort of printer which create file (PDF) on your disk
    • Development Status: 5 - Production/Stable
    • Intended Audience: End Users/Desktop
    • License: GNU General Public License (GPL)
    • Operating System: 32-bit MS Windows (95/98), All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
    • Programming Language: Visual Basic
    • Topic: Office Suites, Printing
    • Translations: English, German
    • User Interface: Win32 (MS Windows)
  • I am normally using 3D Box maker Pro 2, but I came across this one (thanks Google) Even if it does not have all the features of a paid version, is more than enough to make your software look more professional

    I've done the box in the previous article in no time with this tool. Enjoy

  • PicLens instantly transforms your browser into a full-screen, 3D experience for viewing images on the web.

    work in Firefox, Safari and IE, no Linux support at the moment


    • Use only Eclipse and try to buy codepro or found a free plugin that create java pattern templates and has refactoring capabilities..
    • Use only Borland if you need to do a RAD (Rapid applications development) applications
    • And for the text editor or xml or xsl or whatever, use only JEDIT, it is free and for sure the best editor, many of my colleagues are still fighting, convince that ultraedit or notepad or mpad are a lot better. You are clever only if you accept sometimes you are not right....
    • TCPviewer and Process viewer, free tools that can be download at
  • synology_nas4

    If you want more control, want to install Joomla yourself or want to install any other CMS, you may also want to try this method. It require some basic knowledge about SSH / file transfer through.

    Main differences compare to the other method

    • You won’t have any icons into the packages manager,
    • You wont be able to stop this services,
    • More prone to errors

    How to Install

    In the Control Panel of your Synology DSM NAS, go to “Web Services” and activate

    • Enable Web Station
    • Enable MySQL

    Use a Terminal to connect to your NAS, preferably as admin, using Winscp under windows for example.

    Move to the directory


    Upload all your Joomla files into a new directory, for example in


    Point your browser to http://{youservernasname}/joomla/ and finish the installation of Joomla.

  • It can't be that my anti virus want to scan my disk every&160; day (default settings) and take 23 hours to do so.

    • Either windows stop and sandbox all applications using an hypervisor...and KNOW what
      applications are doing or what is written down to disk so the anti virus scan can be optimized
    • Or disks must be a lot faster! my 3 eclipse version and 10 workspaces (1'500'000 java files) are clearly
      showing the limit of actual hard disks. Defrag is done on a weekly basis...

    At the end, these anti virus are just sucking my CPU brute power (peak 20%) and worst of all a good part of IO
    power, and trust me windows IO are just hilarious compared to Linux, try eclipse under Linux it just fly!


    Pictured is AVG but this post is not targeted against it. They are ALL ridiculously slow.

    Windows just can't protect itself from Internet and mitigate attacks that it need a range of 3rd
    party software...sucking power and my time. We are far away from the Internet OS

  • greenhoppertaskboard

    Atlassian just acquired GreenHopper, a popular JIRA plugin with over 800 customers.

    GreenHopper is a JIRA plug-in that adds a broad collection of agile project management capabilities to JIRA, and extends JIRA as a powerful platform for agile development teams. GreenHopper simplifies the planning and organization of tasks, workflows and reporting for agile teams.

    It introduce in JIRA

    • Card management:&160; Visualise issues, tasks and user stories as graphical "cards", color-coded and dynamically editable.

    • Planning Board: Quickly create, assemble, sort and prioritize project tasks with drag-and-drop simplicity.

    • Task Board: Track progress through simple, graphical views of remaining tasks across projects and teams.

    • Chart Board: Customizable dashboard, dynamic burn down and burn up charts.

    Learn all about GreenHopper at Unfortunately it is not a free extension… ($700 to $1150 to add to JIRA)

  • I've aquire this card for running my HPTC (notebook dell 9400, NAS) either under windows xp, or Linux

    The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook also provides encompassing 7.1 surround sound for Dolby® Digital EX as well as DTS-ES™ supported DVD movies; any DirectSound3D games and CMSS 3D virtualized 7.1 stereo music. Gamers will love the hardware accelerated EAX® 4.0 ADVANCED HD™ that not only brings games to life, but delivers maximum performance! Musicians will also enjoy true 24-bit recording and low latency ASIO support for the ultimate audio recording platform.

    if youre are using windows, i strongly recommend You to install all tools from the cd, instead of jumping directly to the website of creative to download the latest drivers: a lot of tools are not available in support section!!! speaker settings, THX console...for naming a few

    If You're using Linux, You will be happy to hear that Creative is supporting and hosting a page on their server for open source system:

    Creative has also create a project on sourceforge: emu10k1

    I am pretty sastified with the quality of this card, especially if you use the optical output (not so much cables floating around). I will have to test it further (under windows)


  • Google has release the beta version of Google Toolbar 2 for Firefox. This toolbar for Firefox is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux -- and in 16 languages.

    This new release also includes:

    • Feed integration with the Google Personalized Homepage and a number of other feed readers.
    • Better search by including previous queries,
    • spelling corrections, and suggestions for popular choices.
    • mailto: links in Firefox open a compose window in Gmail
    • Integrate the Safe Browsing extension into Toolbar to alert you when a page is trying to steal sensitive information.

    Download here

  • eclipse_home_header&160; After the huge success and feedback of my first tips on how to speed eclipse, here are more performances tips, some are obvious some not:

    Disabled/Exclude the virus scanner for the eclipse directory: while obvious It will or may be difficult to achieve if you're not administrator on your machine (while not impossible) and that may not make some people happy especially security officers ;-) It is obvious that scanning on the fly every resources in a workspace, is detrimental for speed. You'll get at least 15 to 20% more raw input output speed and gain 5 to 15% CPU cycles.

    Defragment often: NTFS fragment, File get changed, added or remove, so NTFS will fragment very fast, it is time to defragment&160; your disks. And since there is a lot of free program floating around, why not trying to get the last 20% loses in access time and transfer rate? Defragment at least one time a week your Eclipse workspace.

    Get more memory! Windows Server 64bits or Linux 64bits allow you to start with 3GB contiguous memory without complaining, the more memory the better!

    Get a faster disk for your notebook (western Digital black edition / Seagate momentus 1.3 are cheap), or better build yourself a RAID0 array made of 3 disks as you'll get the IO output of 3 disks. Since we do usually more READ access&160; (searching code, browsing hierarchy of objects) than write (writing code, let the compiler run)

    RAID 0 (striped disks) distributes data across several disks in a way that gives improved speed and full capacity, but all data on all disks will be lost if any one disk fails.

    Stop as many thread as possible that are not needed, in this category go all 3rd party nice to have software you may have authorized or not on your notebook: Google desktop search , Windows desktop search, widgets, Rss feeds... the less threads running in the background the better...

    Change for another operating system :-) Linux file systems are blazing fast compare to the venerable NTFS, and threading seems to be a lot better on any 2.6 Linux Kernel.

  • Now you can surf the web with ease and comfort.Foxie (fox + ie; pronounced /Foxy/) is a collection of free security, privacy and productivity tools developed by the Foxie Team. It was originally designed to bridge the gap between Internet Explorer and Mozilla FireFox (an open source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation) but soon grew in scope and size to offer additional unique features not found on any stand alone browser.
    Foxie empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser by blending tabbed browsing, ads & pop-up blocking, Malware cleansing and privacy & security protection with our smart search capabilities to enhance your browsing experience. Foxie is not a web browser and fits seamlessly into your IE browser.  more at

    Personaly I would prefer to stick with the original: FIrefox

    Browsershots makes screenshots of your Web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service created by Johann C. Rocholl. When you submit your Web address, it will added to a job queue. A number of distributed computers will open your Web site in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server!

    Useful if you wan to check your website compatibility (first try to validate CSS and XHTML)

    They support a huge number of internet browser:

    Linux Windows MacOS FreeBSD

    Dillo 0.8
    Dillo 2.0
    Epiphany 2.22
    Firefox 1.0
    Firefox 1.5
    Firefox 2.0
    Firefox 3.0
    Firefox 3.1
    Flock 1.1
    Flock 1.2
    Flock 2.0
    Galeon 2.0
    Iceape 1.0
    Iceape 1.1
    Iceweasel 2.0
    Iceweasel 3.0
    Kazehakase 0.5
    Konqueror 3.5
    Konqueror 4.2
    Minefield 3.2
    Minefield 3.6
    Navigator 9.0
    Opera 10.0
    Opera 9.50
    Opera 9.63
    Opera 9.64
    SeaMonkey 1.1
    SeaMonkey 2.0
    Shiretoko 3.1
    Shiretoko 3.5

    Avant 11.7
    Chrome 0.2
    Chrome 0.3
    Chrome 0.4
    Chrome 1.0
    Chrome 2.0
    Firefox 0.8
    Firefox 0.9
    Firefox 1.0
    Firefox 1.5
    Firefox 2.0
    Firefox 3.0
    Firefox 3.1
    Flock 1.2
    Flock 2.0
    K-Meleon 1.1
    K-Meleon 1.5
    Minefield 3.2
    Minefield 3.6
    MSIE 4.0
    MSIE 5.0
    MSIE 5.5
    MSIE 6.0
    MSIE 7.0
    MSIE 8.0
    Navigator 8.1
    Navigator 9.0
    Opera 0.27
    Opera 10.0
    Opera 7.0
    Opera 7.11
    Opera 7.54
    Opera 8.0
    Opera 8.53
    Opera 8.54
    Opera 9.25
    Opera 9.26
    Opera 9.27
    Opera 9.50
    Opera 9.51
    Opera 9.52
    Opera 9.60
    Opera 9.61
    Opera 9.62
    Opera 9.63
    Opera 9.64
    Safari 3.0
    Safari 3.2
    Safari 4.0
    SeaMonkey 1.1
    SeaMonkey 2.0
    Shiretoko 3.1
    Shiretoko 3.5

    Firefox 3.0
    Safari 3.1
    Safari 3.2

    Dillo 2.0
    Firefox 2.0
    Galeon 2.0
    Kazehakase 0.5
    SeaMonkey 1.1


  • As Git Bisect is not clear a lot of people, here is a nice PDF to look at Enjoy Fighting regressions with git bisect, LinuxCon EU 2013.pdf

    it is about "Linux" combinational explosion... Bug software have the following properties (not desired):

    • has many different "configurations"
    • may fail under one configuration but not another

    N configurations, T tests and C new commits means that a release needs:

    C * N * T tests performed

    where N and T, at least, are growing with the size of the software.

    Git Bisect help find a first bad commit and use a binary search algorithm for efficiency if possible.

  • Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 (RC 2) is a preview release of our next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for download to Web application developers, our testing community and users who want to get a sneak peek at the next version of Firefox. Please note that at this time, users should not expect all of their extensions, plugins and themes from previous versions of Firefox to work properly.

  • Available only for people who want to try unstable software.
    Bon Echo Alpha 1 is a developer preview releaseof our next generation Firefox browser and it is being made available fortesting purposes only. Bon Echo Alpha 1 is intended for web application developers and our testing community. Current users of Mozilla Firefox 1.x should not use Bon Echo Alpha 1.

    Happy testing :-)
  • The award-winning Web browser is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life. With Firefox 2, we’ve added powerful new features that make your online experience even better.

  • ff-beta3-robo-welcome

    I am running with Firefox 3.0 beta 4 since it is available (so since 2 weeks) and the progress made concerning memory management are so huge that you cannot start using it NOW, especially if you are always keeping Firefox open for hours or days. I am now able to say that Firefox is on par with my other favorite browser Opera 9.5, speed and rendering time are very close. I still prefer Opera through as I always keep 25 tabs open.

    It is time now for me to test the Beta 5!

    Firefox 3 Beta 5 is available in 45 languages as a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback. It includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed. You can download it HERE

    Why You should not use Firefox 3.0 Beta?

    • If you can not live without your favorite extension, note that Google toolbar is not compatible, but web developer is.
    • You can not start the old Firefox 2.x.x and the new Firefox 3.x at the same time, bookmark is shared

    For all developer out there reading my blog, I recommend You to read what the Firefox team has done to track down all memory leaks and reduce memory usage, this article is worth reading!

    Download Firefox Beta5 NOW:

  • firefox.3.5

    see the what's new page here and Mike Beltzner giving a video tour of all the newest awesomeness.

    All my plug-ins are still working after the update to the latest version, my homepage is loading faster (as fast as in Google chrome)

    After the update you’ll be redirected to this page where you’ll be able to test a video embedded in HTML 5.

  • mozilla_firefox_6

    Made to make the Web a better place, a new look, super speed, even more awesomeness

    Download Firefox 6.0 for Linux, Windows or Mac.

    Download for ANDROID

  •  The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox 1.0.5

  • The version 8.0rc2 is available here
    FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.

  • Freemind.for.joomla.logo 

    Freemind for Joomla is a content plugin that easily display mindmap in your articles

    Version 1.2.1

    NEW: Logging is working is debug mode (written to /logs/plg_freemind.php)
    NEW:  New applet using java if you don not like flash (the flash applet is way nicer)
    NEW: Tested with Freemind 0.8.1 and 0.9RC7
    NEW: Add documentation in administrator plugin panel with links to wiki, forums, download

    Support: If you require support for this component please visit the Support Forums.

    Documentation: Official documentation available at Cédric Walter Wiki.

    Do you like this extension? Rate it at Joomla Extension Directory (JED)

    Download Visit the version manager HERE

    Always use the latest version subscribe to the download RSS feed-icon-14x14[26]

  • eclipse&160;

    A very little trick that allow you to quickly run any operation involving a DOS command on an Eclipse project. Go to the external launcher, and create a new configuration.

    This trick may be useful for running your Maven set of command without any dependencies to M2Eclipse.



    Location:&160; {ENV_VAR:COMSPEC}
    Working Directory: {project_loc}


    Returns the value of an environment variable. An environment variable name must be specified as an argument.


  •  GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

    Version 2.2.10 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program is now available. This is a bug-fix release in the stable 2.2 series and it contains a new splash screen to celebrate the 10 anniversary today of GIMP.

    Windows binary can be grab here while linux version are available at the main site

     And because I was searching for a long time an alternative to Frontpage (I have an old version of 1997!) and/or Dreamweaver  which is open source and  WYSIWYG, I am very pleased to use since 2 weeks now, NVU: A complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh. Make a try You won't regret it :-)

  •  GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages (77).

    Version 2.4 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program is now available.

    The release note contains the list of new features and some nice screenshots. You can download this semi professional tool at no charge

    GIMP  run on any NT-based version of Windows (NT4, 2000, XP or Vista download HERE), and also on Macintosh  (download HERE)
    Windows binary can be grab here while linux version are available at the main site

    Some useful links to finish this small blog post GIMP Documentation