Add Removable Device Icons to your desktop


Desktop Media is a small free application for Windows which adds drive icons to your desktop automatically. It will add USB drives, local hard drives, cd/dvd drives and network drives. For removable devices the icon only appears when the media is present, so if there is no cd in the drive you won’t see the icon. It also allows you to hide certain drives so you can show only the ones you wish to see. You can also save the position of the icons.

This feature is present in most (all?) linux distros and Mac Os X, and is one thing i did wish was available for Windows, and now it is! 😀


Spybot 1.6 has been released


I don’t normally post about new releases of software but i thought i’d make an exception (i might even start to post a bit more about different software releases if they are justified).

A few days ago Spybot Search & Destroy was released. This is one of the programs that i install straight away after installing Windows. For those who haven’t heard of it before it is essentially a spyware scanning and removal tool. It does however, have a number of additional features that are very useful, such as monitoring the registry for changes (spyware/adware can attempt to change parts of the registry) and gives you the option to allow or deny the change.

The main changes from the previous version are:

  • Improved Scan Speed
  • Up-to-date browser support
  • Easier On-Access Use
  • OpenSBI

Head over to for more information and to download

Content Aware Image Resizing!


“We all resize images quite frequently, but more times than not the result is not what we want. Either the image doesn’t scale correctly, or we are forced to crop off content that we would otherwise want to have. A solution for this problem might be just around the corner.”

Source: CyberNet News

I found this video on this site. It shows/describes how an image can be resized dynamically and also how certain aspects of the image can be erased. At the moment this is just a research project but the possibilities for including this within web browsers mean that images could be scaled with a page when a window is resized.

Sync a Nokia phone with Lightning/Google Calendar


I have finally found a way to sync the calendar on my phone with Lightning. It’s a slightly roundabout method but it works!

  1. Firstly, you need to have Thunderbird with Lightning installed (Sunbird would probably do this too).
  2. Next you need to have a Google Calendar.
  3. Go here and download and install the application on your phone
  4. Follow the instructions on this page to get lightning to use your Google Calendar
  5. Load up the application on your phone and sync away.

This is probably not the most efficient way of syncing your calendar but until Mozilla/Nokia choose to let us do it directly, i’m probably going to have to use this method.

DVD Profiler



I have been using DVD Profiler for over a year now, and i discovered today that there is a new version! 😀 It’s a free program, but you are limited to 50 DVD’s (after which some aspects are disabled), but only costs about £15 ($29.99) so well worth it.

What does it do?


“DVD Profiler can manage any size collection. Extensive data collection, filtering and reporting features specific to DVD, and unique to DVD Profiler.

Put simply, DVD Profiler is the best way to track your DVD addiction!” Click here for more info and to see more screenshots.


  • DVD Profiler can manage any size collection. Extensive data collection, filtering and reporting features specific to DVD, and unique to DVD Profiler.
  • Just enter the UPC from the DVD case and DVD Profiler does the rest! If you have a DVD-ROM drive, its even easier. Put the DVD in the drive and let DVD Profiler recognize it automatically. Don’t have the UPC yet? Add it by title using powerful search criteria.
  • Extensive, powerful search and filter functions let you find what you’re looking for fast. Or, browse your collection by actor or director through a filmography customized to your collection. DVD Profiler’s complete and customizable reporting engine let’s you take your collection from the computer to the coffee table in style. Check the downloads section for a huge repository of user-created reports. New! Scour the web for pictures of your favorite cast and crew to add to your local database.
  • Build a database of users who borrow (or just watch) your DVDs and track lendings and/or viewings. Monitor loan status, view and edit history by user or DVD, and generate reports to keep tabs on your collection.
  • Charts and graphs to track trends
  • Highly customizable interface. Store multiple layouts and switch at will.
  • Extend DVD Profiler even more with plugins
  • Parental control
  • Personal “My Profiler” site to let others browse your collection