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No Cylons on this Wallpaper Tuesday

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Unless of course, you’re one of the final five.

If you listen to the Two Guys Tech podcast, then you know that one of the only shows I watch is BattleStar Galactica. Of course, I was surprised to see that we can look forward to a fourth and final season next year.

Having BattleStar on the brain, I decided to go with a BattleStar Wallpaper for this Week’s installment of Wallpaper Tuesday.

Clicking on the image will bring open up the full sized image, but you can also find it on the Downloads Section at SciFi Channel’s BattleStar Page. (It’s on the bottom right).

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Do you want to play Team Fortress 2 for Free?

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I posted about it today over at Two Guys Tech, but starting Friday morning and running through this weekend, (6/20/2008 – 6/22/2008), you can play team fortress 2 for free!

You can even pre-load the game now, so that you don’t have to waste one precious moment of game time.

This is really a terrific first person shooter, it looks like a Pixar film, and emphasizes teamwork.

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5 Free Utilities that are Worth Checking out.

That’s right, it’s Friday, and I’m cleaning out my bookmarks again. This week, I found some links to some really terrific free utilities. 4 of them assist in managing and accessing your Media, and 1 of them is just plain handy. Hope you enjoy them.

TvVersity – Would you like to get all of that tasty media that just sits around on your computer, and put it on your TV? If you have any of the devices on this page, then you can do just that for free.

TvVersity supports generic UPnP / DLNA devices, which is actually a pretty popular set of protocols supported by lots of devices. XBox 360, PS3, and many, many others. I just heard about this software package this morning, on Tekzilla, so I haven’t had time to check it out. I’m anxious to try it out and see if it works with my Popcorn Hour. The software is free for home / non-commercial use.

KillBox – Ever try to delete a file, and some unknown program has it open? Killbox is a freeware utility that will end the process of any program that has a particular file open. Very handy. Don’t try it with explorer.exe though.

CDex – Converting your CDs into MP3s? Want to convert your audio book CD into one big MP3? CDEX is not only free, and powerful, but open source as well. I especially love that I can rip an entire CD into one file. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works terrifically.

Mp3Tag – Do you have any MP3s that you didn’t rip correctly, now all of the tags are missing, Mp3Tag is a great tool to help you get your MP3 meta information, the ID3 tags, in order. Did I mention it’s free?

DVDShrink – If you’re trying to make backups of the movies that you already legally own, then DVD Shrink is a very handy utility. It will take the original DVD, or the files that were already ripped, and allow you to select / deselect various content, subtitles, extra audio tracks, to be compressed.

It will then calculate how much it needs to compress your video to fit on a standard 4.7G blank DVD. I personally like to create .ISO files that I can copy to my Popcorn Hour.

 

Have any free stuff that you can’t live without? Let me know, post it in the comments.

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Find out What is Using up Your Hard Drive Space With WinDirStat

Have you ever looked at your hard disk free space, and wondered where it all went? I mean, when I bought that 250G drive, I thought I would never need more space.

WindirStat is a easy way to graphically see where all of that free space went to. I use it all the time, even on my networks, to see what is using up all of my drive space.

Of course, it doesn’t run instantly, after all, WinDirStat has to crawl through every directory on your hard drive. While directories are being updated, you are entertained with little packmen running back and forth next to the directories it is updating.

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The visual representation of the files is neat, but I really look for the top half of the screen, pictured below.

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Directories are listed with the largest on top, and you can continue to drill down into the subdirectories to find out what they are made up of.

This really is a great utility, and you can’t beat the price, which is free.

You can download WinDirStat from the Downloads page, also check out the WinDirStat Web Site.

If you like this type of Tech post, you should check out Two Guys Tech. A friend and I are working on it, and we even have a terrific podcast.

We’re always glad to answer questions, help people out, and help relate what we’ve learned. Get a new perspective on the tech topics and news that you’re interested in, come visit Two Guys Tech.com.

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My guest post for Interesting Observations

I mentioned in an earlier post, that I had promised Pearl a guest post for her blog, Interesting Observations.

Well, I finally got my act together, sent the finished post to Pearl, and she posted it today, along with some kind words.

Please go over and read “Free RSS Icons – Help visitors become regular readers“.

I’ve mention Pearl and her blog from time to time, but if you haven’t visited, then your missing some really great posts, at least the ones before my post. I highly suggest making the time to check out Interesting Observations.

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