28 December 2007

OCR program

JOCR is a little program that can capture an image from any part of the desktop and perform optical character recognition (convert images to text) on the contents. It is free to download and use but it uses a resource provided with MS Office, and requires that Microsoft Office 2003 or higher be installed on the machine where it is used.

  • Works remarkably well; OCR conversion is instant and the results are respectable (no OCR recognition is ever 100% accurate)
  • Can clip any area or window on the desktop, or the entire desktop.
  • Results are dumped into a notepad text file, where they can be edited and/or clipped.
  • Does NOT require JAVA (despite the name).
  • Extremely small footprint; very low on resources.

The recognizable languages by MODI and JOCR are, in the alphabetical order, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. Confirm your available language by executing "Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > Microsoft Office Document Imaging" and selecting "Tools > Options > OCR tab > OCR Language"

I’ve been looking for a freeware OCR program that does exactly this sort of thing. The only drawback with this is the MS Excel requirement; otherwise it is a very simple, straightforward program that works well.



LiberTV is a local client software that can download or stream films, videos, and podcasts from online sources. It promises quality “high definition” videos updated daily that you can browse through by category using a well designed user interface. Some of the content looks very interesting.

I haven't tried LiberTV since it requires XP - but I will.
Source: freewaregenius


Social·fm Desktop formerly Mercora IMRadio is for the music connoisseur or aficionado who is into music discovery. Social·fm Desktop is the "universal tuner" that connects you to the world's largest and legal music radio network powered by people, dj's and artists just like you.

With Social·fm Desktop, you can search, find and listen to thousands of artists and hundreds of genres in near-CD quality sound from webcasters all over the world - you can never find such variety with other online services, AM, FM or even XM. Social·fm Desktop also allows you to legally time-shift authorized webcasts for listening at a later more convenient time or when you are disconnected from the Internet.

Social·fm Desktop mission is to catalogue and organize the world's music and make it universally searchable and legally listenable.
And did I say, Social·fm Desktop is free.

27 December 2007


Radio.blog.club, if you haven’t heard of it, is a sort of YouTube for mp3’s. Users can join the community for free and upload songs. Like YouTube, there are literally thousands of songs uploaded in every conceivable genre/category.

Is it legal, you ask? It is if users upload non-copyrighted audio. Which is to say that it is legal in the same way YouTube is legal (it isn’t). Whether sites like this will eventually be shut down or will find a way to work together with the copyright holders is another story. For the time being it is there for all to use.

Link: How to download the songs

26 December 2007

Flash Applications for Free

Flash-gear is a no name website that helps you add flash applications to you blog. If you want to add a poll to your blog. Here is a small flash application that can do the job.

Other sites not yet sorted:
, Kirupa.com, flashmo.com, ffiles.com, Adobe,

21 December 2007

Universities With the Best Free Online Courses

No tuition money? No problem! There are many top universities that offer free courses online. This list ranks some of the best free university courses for people who want to enhance personal knowledge or advance in their current field.
The universities with free cources include:

16 December 2007

2008 Thumb calendar

Adam Sporka is the designer of this compact 2008 Calendar. Weighting in at the size of a business card, the tiny Thumb Calendar makes it possible to keep a calendar on you at all times. The Thumb Calendar is two sided and in order to use it, you must cover the dates that are not directly below the month header with your thumbs.
The Thumb Calendar is a free download and makes a great addition to any purse or wallet.