Archive for July, 2006

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Launchy is the most efficient way to open files, folders, and programs on your computer. Nobody likes to hunt through the start menu to find an application, just to find that the application is hidden under some obscure folder named after a company you have never heard of! Instead, Launchy is a smart search program which tries to guess which program or file you are looking for and will launch it when you hit the enter key. It is only visible when you hit the ALT + SPACE key combination; otherwise it hides in the background. Once you have used it for a few days, it becomes an indispensable utility for your computer. And it’s free!

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How to use Launchy
Launchy installs itself into your Startup folder (it’s buried in your start menu) and will automatically run every time you log into your computer. Yet, where is it? Launchy hides in the background until you need it. To bring it to the foreground type ALT + SPACE (hold down the alt key and tap the space bar). At this point simply begin typing the name of the program you are looking for. Do not worry about capitalization, punctuation, or even spelling in general.

Adding Directories and Types
If you would like Launchy to index more than the programs in your start menu, such as folders, mp3s, docs, pdfs, avis, etc… then this option is for you. Right click on Launchy, select directories, and then add the file types to search for on the right and the directories to search for them in on the left. Note that the types should be of the form .mp3 and .exe and not *.exe or anything else. If you would like to open folder windows directly from Launchy, check the Index Directory Names box.

Skins Support
It is also possible to change the default skin of Launchy, you have a choice of 12 other skins by default and you can even create your own. To create a skin, look in the Skins directory under your installation directory and one into a new directory. Edit the skin.ini file to your liking and replace the images. The ini files have helpful (though limited) documentation.

Launchy is a free and open source application.

If you want to download and try Launchy…

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Hey! Hello Kitty Fans Don’t Miss It! You must be fascinated by this lovely Hello Kitty Speaker. The cute kitty wears lovely pink clothes and ribbon, the speaker is at the back of the head and the cables should be plugged at her back. Take this excellent audio quality speaker to enjoy music and decorate your desk – anime style 😉

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Features
– Excellent audio quality
– Lovely and small
– Total power input: 12w*2
– Total power output (PMPO): 6w-600w
– Frequency response: 200Hz-20KHz
– USB powered
– Plug and Play
– Volume control button
– Mute button
– Compatible with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.0
– Dimension: 12×7.9x7cm
– Weight: 295g

The price of the USB Hello Kitty Speakers is $48.

For more information and pictures of the speakers…

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And being on the UV monitor topic (it is summer outside if you haven’t noticed already), I can’t go on only with the girls-only UV monitoring Bikini… there has to be something suitable for boys, like a cool UV monitoring gadget… and here comes the Oregon Scientific Personal UV Monitor with Exposure Timer.

This cool device monitors the current UV index and temperature, and calculates your recommended exposure time based on UV, SPF and your personal skin type. So you won’t be getting any sunburns on the beach this summer and you don’t need to wear bikini in order to do that… 😛

Product Features
– Monitors current UV levels
– Exposure timer uses UV, SPF and skin type to calculate recommended exposure time
– Exposure time automatically updates with changes in UV intensity
– Monitors current temperature
– Countdown timer
– Digital clock
– Wrist strap for easy use
– Countdown timer
– Includes 1 CR2032 coin battery
– Dimensions: 3.125 x 1.75 x .75 in

The price of the OS Personal UV Monitor is $29.95.

If you can wait to get your hands on one of those UV monitors…


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