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Saturday Software Giveaway

Folks, I have another nice surprise today. My recent license giveaway received enthusiastic audience response and feedback, so for those who missed out, I am repeating it.

PearlMountain Image Converter is a photo converter as well as batch image converter, which helps you convert images to other formats, resize, rotate, crop, add watermark, apply effects and add border to thousands of images at a time.

Some of the features include:

•    Convert thousands of files at once in batch mode.
•    Supports the most popular image formats: BMP, JPEG, TIFF, RAW, PNG, GIF, TGA, and PSD, and almost all image formats.
•    Save operations that you usually use as profiles and bring convenience to you in the future.
•    Convert between many different image file formats.
•    Resize image for any different use, such as for web, e-mail, photo printing, Facebook, MySpace, mobile phone, ipod/ipad/iphone, etc., with optimum quality.
•    Add image and text watermark for Image Copyright Protection
•    Adjust image brightness, contrast and saturation in batch to make your images look more special.
•    Apply borders to your images.
•    Crop photos, removing unwanted areas.

Product info page: http://www.batchimageconverter.com/image-converter/

Due to time constraints, I only had time to play with test this utility a little bit. So I can only tell you it worked, and that I enjoyed the animated GIFF feature (aka “no product review here.”) And for me, there was zero “learning curve”, as I have used this type of graphics program before. But even if you have not, learning how to make optimum use of this photo/image tool should not take long.. maybe, mere minutes. (The link above has a illustrated How To. Take a peek, and see for yourself.)

I can also say that the feedback I received from prior winners was positive.

PearlMountain has again generously donated ten licenses to me, and I have had the pleasure to give them away – to the first ten people who leave a comment with a valid (not Facebook) email (so I can send you the license keycode). This software retails for $29.90.

Thank you, PearlMountain!

You can download a full-featured “trial” version, here, if you’d like. It will put a watermark on any output files, but otherwise performs just like the paid version.

Sorry, the giveaway has been given away.

Today’s quotable quote:It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.” ~ Mark Twain

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

May 19, 2012 Posted by | computers, free software, tech | , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Limited Time Freebies

Folks, today I would like to direct your attention to some hot, grab ’em while you can, giveaways — which were submitted by a helpful reader. Thank you, delenn13!

All free for limited time..

Free for 24 hours-PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant

EaseUS Partition Master Professional Edition (Built-in Linux bootable disk license) PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code – The Ultimate Partition and Hard Disk Manager

Daily Software Giveaway: Today’s Giveaway-3herosoft DVD Audio Ripper

Giveaway of the Day – free licensed software daily. Ashampoo Undeleter 1.10 – Never again trouble with accidentally deleted files

On at least one of those, “limited time” caveats means “today only”.

Sorry. Out of time for today. Y’all have a great one. Ya’ hear?

Today’s quote:You can’t base your life on other people’s expectations.” ~ Stevie Wonder

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

May 15, 2012 Posted by | free software, News, PC | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Gift For You

Folks,
To help celebrate this special weekend, I have a nice surprise.

PearlMountain Image Converter is a photo converter as well as batch image converter, which helps you convert images to other formats, resize, rotate, crop, add watermark, apply effects and add border to thousands of images at a time.

Some of the features include:

•    Convert thousands of files at once in batch mode.
•    Supports the most popular image formats: BMP, JPEG, TIFF, RAW, PNG, GIF, TGA, and PSD, and almost all image formats.
•    Save operations that you usually use as profiles and bring convenience to you in the future.
•    Convert between many different image file formats.
•    Resize image for any different use, such as for web, e-mail, photo printing, Facebook, MySpace, mobile phone, ipod/ipad/iphone, etc., with optimum quality.
•    Add image and text watermark for Image Copyright Protection
•    Adjust image brightness, contrast and saturation in batch to make your images look more special.
•    Apply borders to your images.
•    Crop photos, removing unwanted areas.

Product info page: http://www.batchimageconverter.com/image-converter/

Due to time constraints, I only had time to play with test this utility a little bit. So I can only tell you it worked, and that I enjoyed the animated GIFF feature (aka “no product review here.”) And for me, there was zero “learning curve”, as I have used this type of graphics program before. But even if you have not, learning how to make optimum use of this photo/image tool should not take long.. maybe, mere minutes. (The link above has a illustrated How To. Take a peek, and see for yourself.)

PearlMountain has generously donated ten licenses to me, and I have  had the pleasure to give them away – to the first ten people to leave who left a comment with a valid (not Facebook) email (so I can send you the license keycode). This software retails for $29.90.

Happy Mother’s Day! (And thank you, PearlMountain!)

*** Update: Sorry Folks, but that’s all the licenses I have to give away — for now. ***

You can download a full-featured “trial” version, here, if you’d like. It will put a watermark on any output files, but otherwise performs just like the paid version.

Copyright 2007-2012 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

 

May 12, 2012 Posted by | computers | , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

So It Begins | Hurry – Save $312 | More.. (Free Stuff Too)

Good News/Bad News. Which do you want to hear first?

Since it’s very brief, let me get the “bad” out of the way first. The other day I noticed that some results from a search query had been deleted and were unavailable to me (hey, I have been busy, busy.. and I just noticed now..)

Now, I am not going to go into some rant about DRM in general or the DMCA in particular. I can see both sides of that particular coin. But I am going to ask you to pause and ponder two concepts: “creeping incrementalism” (aka “a slippery slope”), and “who is watching the watchers?” Not, strain your brain, or anything, just.. muse.
(And ChillingEffects.org is an interesting site..)

And now for the good: an alert reader brought a deal to my attention I had to jump on..

Look what Easter Bunny has for you this spring!

Backup your entire system, protect it from any possible kind of malware, get rid of spam and prevent any phishing attempts, shrink documents to extremely small sizes without affecting the content, edit photographs, share any USB devices over the internet, and restore lost passwords. All of this is now available in one super-bundle – for just $49.99.

For two weeks only, top software vendors unite to bring you the best solutions for your digital life.

All at once. At an unbelievable price. For the first time in the PC world!

The countdown has already started — Easter Bunny is only here until April 9. Catch him and get your loot. It’s time to act fast! (To learn more/buy, click here http://www.acronis.com/promo/easter/)

Now, I know, the problem with bundle deals like these is you often don’t use everything included. But Acronis Home sells for $50 by itself (and is worth it) so… I jumped. Thank you Dear Reader!

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Bonus!!! BitsDuJour is giving away MailWasher Pro 2012 for today only.

“MailWasher Pro can help purge your inbox of spam, plus unwanted newsletters, large emails, and any other annoying email….

Intercept spam and viral emails before they get downloaded to your computer.
Set up Friends lists to let email through or Blacklists to stop specific senders.
Teach the program to learn which email messages should be allowed through.
Send bounceback emails to former friends, lovers, and current stalkers :-)
Control spam and viral email on an unlimited number of email accounts.
Control SPAM fast! Using simultaneous checking, MailWasher Pro 2012 can download and check up to 25 email messages per second.
Rescue accidentally deleted emails!
Check the origin received emails against DNS spam blacklist servers.
Block potential viruses by examining each email for any suspicious code.
Purchase with BitsDuJour’s discount coupon code and get all this at a promotional price!”

MailWasher Pro 2012 PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code – Stop Delivery of Spam and Viruses

Today’s quote:The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” ~ Albert Einstein

Breaking News: Facebook is down. Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession.

Just kidding! Have a great TGIF everybody!

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Bonus Bonus: gamers.. read the Comments below.. (hint).

Today’s reading reco: iPad Wi-Fi problems: Anatomy of a released defect

Some iPad 3 owners are having problems with the unit’s Wi-Fi, while most are working OK. Having a small percentage of failures is just a fact of life in the electronics manufacturing game.Read more..

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April 6, 2012 Posted by | News, shopping for, software, tech, XP | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Hot Hot Hot – PC Utility Giveaway: Advanced SystemCare PRO

Folks, don’t miss out. ASC* is a tool for keeping your PC running smooth (and ‘glitch free’) I use and recommend. Here’s a chance to get the “Pro” version for free!

Free PC Utility Giveaway: Treat Your Loved Ones to Advanced SystemCare PRO this Valentine’s Day

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2012 – IObit today announced a free giveaway campaign for its award-winning Advanced SystemCare PRO, one of the world’s leading software utilities. This Valentine’s Day, participants can send friends and family a free one-year license of Advanced SystemCare PRO as a gift, regularly valued at $19.95 USD. The Campaign will begin Feb. 14, 2012 at 12 am (PST), and last 24 hours.

Advanced SystemCare was ranked one of the top two utilities on CNET Download.com annual list of the Top Downloads of 2011 for Windows, and also took the top position in the Utilities & OS category. This powerful tool protects PCs from malicious software and hidden Internet threats, fixes stubborn errors, removes clutter, optimizes Internet and downloads speeds, ensures personal security and maintains maximum computer performance automatically.

For more information on Advanced SystemCare PRO and this special offer, please visit: http://www.iobit.com/ld/2012valentine_giveaway/.

* Formerly named “Advanced Windows Care”

Today’s quote:He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” ~ Muhammad Ali

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February 13, 2012 Posted by | free software, News | , , | Leave a comment

Fun with Fotos Giveaway | Beware the eCards

Folks, this is a bit different than what I usually offer here, but the first 20 responders will receive a $40 program.

Got your attention? Pearl Mountain software has generously donated some licenses – to help us celebrate Thanksgiving – for their Picture Collage Maker Pro.

Picture Collage Maker Pro is an easy-to-use program that can turn ordinary photos and pictures into stunning photo collage, scrapbook and cards to share with family and friends, and it is ideal for showing your gratitude and appreciation for the people in your life.

We have released Picture Collage Maker Pro for Thanksgiving Day, it contains new 16 professional Thanksgiving add on templates.

Here’s a screenshot..

Click on image to see larger

Now, frankly, ‘ole Tech Paul doesn’t know doodly-beans about “scrapping”, as this kind of creative use for photographs is known as – but I do happen to know a pro. I asked her to look at this program. Her response was that the templates look quite dated, and not all (of them) are attractive, but on the plus side..

It does seem quite user friendly and easy with a basic drag and drop load. You can add your own photos, change their shape, add a frame, type in text, and add clip art. They do offer hundreds of free templates to choose from, including basic photo collages, scrapbook pages, greeting cards, and calendars. You can print or send via email. Set as your computer wallpaper.

So if you would like a copy so you can have some fun with your digital photos – or you know someone who would – residents of the US and Canada only can leave a comment – click on “comment” (below) – and enter a name and a valid e-mail (so I can send you the license key). To take a look at this program and/or the templates, (aka “get the 4-1-1”), click here.

This is not a contest – it’s a straight-up giveaway. (But act now.) My thank to Pearl Mountain software.

*    *     *     Tis The Season For Scammers     *    *     *

Every year I warn people that in this holiday season the criminals like send poison Ecards. I got my first one today. It uses classic methods: You have an e-Card!

But how can I tell it’s criminal?

For one thing, I am not now, nor have I ever been, riskai@hotmail.com. For another, when I hover my cursor over the link “click here”, by looking at the URL shown in the lower right of my browser..

I see that it would take me a Russian (dot ru) website. (Cleverly named “e-cards-fast”..)

Um… No, thank you.

So let’s review:

  • Don’t send Tech Paul e-Cards. I never open them.
  • Delete, unopened, any email from strangers.
  • Never click the links in emails.

Come on.. need I say it? Pay attention. (aka “pull your head out”) Be PARANOID on the Internet. Because they are out to get you.
Direct2YouN.com??? Yeah. Right.

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November 22, 2011 Posted by | Digital Images, free software | , , , , , , | 18 Comments

TuneUp Utilities 2012 Giveaway (+Miscellany)

Hard to believe it is Thursday already.. Let’s see what is going on in the world, shall we?

Facebook says 600,000 account logins compromised EVERY DAY

“Facebook said this week that hackers using stolen username and password credentials try to break into at least 600,000 accounts every day on the mammoth social networking site.” Read more..

(The capitalization in the title was mine. There’s pirates in these waters.. be careful folks.)

• It seems it is not too early to start shopping.. or start thinking about shopping, for the coming holiday season. For those of you who might be in need of some gift ideas, Amazon has a helpful list of Top Picks…

Here’s one everybody should read.. (even us savvy types.)

The thousand-dollar penalty for reusing passwords

You can find no end of advice on creating strong passwords, using clever tricks, stats, mnemonics, and such.

But all too frequently we (and I include myself in this rebuke) tend to reuse little passwords at what we think are inconsequential sites. It’s a big mistake — here’s why.” Read more..

• My giveaway of TuneUp Utilities 2012 closes at midnight (Pacific) tonight. For the 4-1-1, click here.

Turn Your Photos Into Something Awesome with iPiccy Photo Tools

There is quite a lineup of online image editors these days, but there is one I bet you have not tried..Read more..

Amazon’s latest Prime gambit: Kindle book lending

The Kindle lending program may just be one part of the kitchen sink Amazon plans to toss into its Prime subscription service.Read more..

(For the more advanced…)
• Duqu: father, son, or unholy ghost of Stuxnet?

“Three U.S. Air Force information security experts, independent of their role in the military, studied the Duqu trojan, and you might be surprised by what they found. This is the first article in a two-part series that examines the sophisticated threat that everyone is talking about.Read more..

Today’s free download: FavBackup

FavBackup provides an easy-to-use tool for backing up and restoring Web browser data. Its simple layout and excellent results make it a great way to save your important Web browser information.

Back up all your bookmarks, browsing history, cookies, and more with a single click of a button. FavBackup will work with a wide range of Web browsers, including Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, Flock, and even Opera.

Today’s quote:The first gold star a child gets in school for the mere performance of a needful task is its first lesson in graft.” ~ Philip Wylie

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November 3, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet | , , , , , , , | 12 Comments