Freeware file compression and decompression tool

I discovered a very powerful file compression and decompression tool that claims to compress up to 56% and most importantly, it’s free to download from…


W3C Amaya – a free html wysiwyg web editor and web browser

I downloaded Amaya the other day, the W3C’s freeware in-house developed Web editor.

On the face of it, it appeears to be quite a useful tool to create and update documents directly on the Web.

Browsing features are seamlessly integrated with the editing and remote access features in a uniform environment. This follows the original vision of the Web as a space for collaboration and not just a one-way publishing medium.

Amaya can be downloaded from:

User Manual can be downloaded from here:

WinX DVD Ripper in review

There are plenty of ways to take your video with you, and this is just one of them, so I’ve got a brief review of the WinX DVD Ripper, a useful freeware DVD ripper off the web.

The idea of this software is of course transfer your DVDs to an electronic format to be played on other devices. WinX DVD ripper though is not a bad choice if you’re looking for a free program to convert your movies from DVD to a format that you can easily move from device to device.  It allows for transferring to several formats, and you can change the output size as well.

While it’s not the fastest out there in terms of conversion speed, it’s free and I can’t fault it too much really.. for free you do get several features that can be very useful.

+Easy to use
+It’s free
+Several output options

-Slow ripping process
-Enables subtitles by default
-Fairly large output size

Whilst it was slow, it did the job for me at the office today.

Useful tool – Fiddler 2 Web Debugger Proxy Utility

Another useful freeware tool I’ve just come across is Fiddler 2,

This is a smart little Web Debugging Proxy utility which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP(S) traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, and can be extended using any .NET language.

Fiddler is freeware and can debug traffic from virtually any application, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and thousands more.

Download a free copy today at

FreeMind Mind Mapper Review

I downloaded freemind, a mind mapping software solution and already I’m finding it to be very useful for note taking, so here’s a quick review.

FreeMind is really a thought mapping tool and not specifically a note taking tool. It allows you to add points in a tree-like manner. So you start with the main topic node and add a child node to it. It’s represented as a branch. When you add nodes to a parent node it automatically determines where the branch should go on screen. If you are adding a child node to the main parent it’ll alternate to the right and left for branches. Then if you add a child to a branch from the main parent it’ll put them one under the other. Click the thumbnail to see what I mean.

Essentially you only worry about organising the points according to the relevant information structure and thus not have to worry about visual presentation. This makes it a very quick and effective note taking tool.