Working on the oft-seen (at least in India especially on highways) premise that better late than never. Here’s this week’s Freeloader. And yes, in the new year there are several (relatively) sexy tools available for you to use.
Just this evening I chanced across Nakido a free Windows Explorer file sharing plug-in. It imposes no file transfer size limits unlike Pando that limits total transferable file size to 2 GB. Or restrict the number of files available for upload or download. All it asks is that the host computer be powered on and connected to the Internet.
There are two Nakido components. The first is a stand alone executable that runs as a local server on the hosting computer. The second is an ActiveX download that you need to install to active file sharing. And once installed you don’t need to use Internet Explorer or any other ActiveX-enabled Internet browser. Then from within the Windows (file) Explorer you can select the files to be shared. For each file shared Nakido will open a new window in your default web browser containing the download link.
The Nakido.com web site acts as the file tracker. The file link can be pasted into an email or sent via an instant message window to the recipient. But unlike Pando the recipient doesn’t need to have Nakido installed to receive files. But if they do, file transfer speeds are a lot faster with multiple mirrors available. In an informal test today I exchanged files between two separate computers. The source running Windows 2000 and the recipient running Linux. Although did notice that file transfers took a while to initialize. It wasn’t the connection speed for sure as both computers have separate 1 Mbps Internet connects. The main bottleneck appeared to be the Nakido tracking server.
If you hate spyware, what better way than to block such files at source with JavaCools free Spyware Blaster. For those who have never used it before, SpywareBlaster prevents Internet Explorer, Firefox/Mozilla and Windows itself from downloading dialers and other spyware. Updates to the database are quite frequent. But in the free version you need to manually update the application. The latest version is Spyware Blaster 3.5.1 that besides several bug fixes and tweaks, introduces a new Turbo-Update Technology for faster updates. If you already have a previous version installed, you will need to uninstall it before installing the new version.
Besides downloading the tons of warez and music available via the Torrent network. There are also lots of legal application, notably Linux distro (distributions) as well as the OpenOffice.org office suite available for the asking. After using a multitude of Torrent clients, I find the free uTorrent to be the best. It has a low memory footprint yet is very feature-rich. And the developer releases a new improved version at least once a week. The latest µTorrent 1.3.2 Beta Build 398 fixes several bugs including re-shuffling Torrent download order at startup, resolves a GUI bug in the new automated Speed Wizard, allows the tracker to handle “&ip=” and can tag partial Torrents with a .!ut extension.
Another really handy application is Multires, an update of the original 16-bit QuickRes Windows 9x Power Toy. The 32-bit Multires offers refresh rate, multi-user and multi-display settings for up to nine display devices for Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP. It also includes scripting support for dynamic display arrays, fast user switching, and ClearType settings for both RGB/BGR and contrast. I installed Multires and found switching display resolutions a breeze.
That’s it for this week then. Stay safe until next time