Whether you are a professional designer or you just want to make a calendar for yourself, you need a neat tool to make a calendar exactly to your liking. I prefer Calendar Wizard – an easy-to-use software for creating calendar grids.
Professionals will be interested in a variety of available plug-ins : Corel Draw, MS Excel, JPEG, BMP, Adobe PDF, HTML, TXT etc
Ordinary users will like features of applying any color scheme and marking any event on a calendar.
There’s a possibility to create calendars both for a month or for a year, make the months alignment variable, choose the type of a month’s representation and create multi-lingual calendars.
Wallpaper manager is a program which helps you to manage your desktop wallpapers, change them automatically at specified time intervals, make background images fit your desktop perfectly, etc.
Reasons to use wallpaper management tool on your PC:
- You want to change your desktop look and feel every day or on every startup but have no time to choose another wallpaper each time, wallpaper manager can do that for you.
- You have tons of digital images and need to organize them into handy lists of backgrounds to choose from, wallpaper manager will be of use too.
Features which will help you to manage your desktop backgrounds effectively:
Wallpaper changer. Automatic wallpaper changer is a key feature of wallpaper manager. Also, make sure that wallpaper manager has an option of random wallpaper changer.
Multiple wallpaper lists. This option is really helpful, especially for different users of one computer. A perfect wallpaper manager must allow easy editing and changing wallpaper lists.
Changing wallpaper on the fly. You may want to change your desktop background at any moment. Not to waste time for opening program window, choose wallpaper manager which allows changing wallpapers using hotkeys or directly from tray or desktop menus.
Image positioning. Great feature which enables you to set the position of background directly in wallpaper manager software. Good wallpaper managers usually offer more image positions than Windows does. Each of them has different benefits – one allows setting individual positions for each image, another provides image stretching without distortion to fit widescreen monitors, etc. Take it into consideration while choosing the software.
Besides, you should check OS support and supported file formats to make sure that your wallpaper manager will meet your requirements.
From theory to practice. What wallpaper manager can I recommend?
I use Screen Calendar to manage my desktop backgrounds. Do you think I’ve mistaken because Screen Calendar is a calendar software, as its name says? No, I really mean this. Screen Calendar has all the features of wallpaper manager. First of all, it’s a wallpaper changer which switches desktop background at specified time intervals (from 5 minutes to 1 month), on specified weekdays, at exact time or on every startup. Wallpapers can be chosen randomly from folder or from background list.
Screen Calendar has built-in background list editor, which allows you to create as many lists as you want with ease. Images can be previewed directly from editor that simplifies list editing very much. Program saves background list as a text file and allows editing existing text files. Each list is available for further use, so you can create different lists for different users or for different conditions and change them with a few mouse clicks.
Screen Calendar allows changing desktop wallpaper on the fly using tray menu (Screen Calendar’s icon sits in system tray for easy access to all the options). Two mouse clicks or pressing a hotkey will switch your background at any moment.
Screen Calendar automatically makes background image aligned to certain place on a desktop, tiled or stretched to fit your screen. It may seem that all of these background positions are available in Windows’s display properties, but Screen Calendar allows more options of image positioning. At first, it allows placing image not only in the center of your desktop but everywhere you need it to be. Also, Screen Calendar provides stretching image without distortion to fit any monitor, including widescreen. That’s what you can’t do with Windows.
Screen Calendar doesn’t interfere with Windows themes and supports semi-transparent Windows’s taskbar. Besides being a full-featured wallpaper manager, Screen Calendar is a full-functional desktop calendar with day scheduler, reminder, MS Outlook and iCalendar support.
Beijing 2008 Olympics have increased interests both to the whole country and to single business branches which are closer to people who are interested in technology, Internet and software.
In this post we’ll try to understand is it worth-while to sell software in China? Does huge population mean the huge market and huge profits? How to do business online in one of the largest and most complex economies in the world?
In its semi-annual report, CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) claimed that there were 253 million Internet users in China by the end of June 2008. That undoubtedly puts China to the first place in the world. Annual growth of users number is also impressive – 56.2% or 91 million users from June of last year. Big numbers, but a huge target of Internet users alone is not enough for success of e-commerce.
Barriers, which any e-tailer who wants to succeed in Chinese e-market should overcome:
Imperfect payment system. Because of the fact that the use of credit cards is not widespread in China, simple paying for software online often becomes a problem. Cash is still the main means of paying in China and it’s one of the reasons of slow growth of e-commerce in China.
Language barrier and localization. Chinese consumers prefer buying software of local vendors just because of language barrier. The process of online buying usually starts with searching for necessary product in search engines. Most of customers will use Chinese language and Chinese search engines to find what they need. Statistics shows that more than 64% of Chinese netizens use Baidu.com search engine and even the rest 35% who use Google or Yahoo will primary use Chinese queries for their search. Thus, if you software is not submitted to the Chinese search engines, you have little chance of success. Also, to be bought, software must be localized, i.e. adapted to local national-language features. And the software vendor should provide necessary support, also adapted to Chinese conditions.
Geographic limitations for deliveries. It’s obvious that no one can make profit when delivery cost is almost equal to the product price.
They are the problems you can solve. For example, you can find a reseller in China which will be responsible for localization, promotion and support, which will receive payment in local currency and will share your profits. And what about deliveries, software vendors have advantage over other e-tailers because a program can be downloaded and activated from any spot on the globe and registration info can be sent via e-mail.
Factors you can’t change in China online market, but can take them into consideration:
High level of piracy in China. The fact that software piracy rate in China is one of the highest in the world is well-known. It makes selling end-user programs difficult and unprofitable. Nevertheless, corporations still buy licenses.
Age of Internet users. Almost the half of all Internet users in China is younger than 24 years. So, if your software products target older and more solvent users, you may not find your target audience in Chinese Internet.
But, in spite of all the problems and difficulties, China is still one of the most perspective and promising markets. And if you like to take chances, try to enter China online market, the biggest and the most controversial online market in the world.
Think globally and act locally !
Opera Software has released the latest version of its web browser – Opera 9.6
What’s new in Opera 9.6?
Opera Link is a free browser synchronization service. It allows synchronizing Speed Dial websites, bookmarks, custom searches, typed history, notes and other browser data between computer(s) with Opera Desktop and/or mobile phone(s) with Opera Mini.
• RSS/Atom feed preview before subscribing;
• Follow or Ignore threads and contacts – simplify recognizing important message and ignoring unimportant ones;
• Go To Thread allows viewing only the messages from the chosen thread;
• Low Bandwidth Mode lets to receive mail faster in the case of low speed Internet connection.
Opera Scroll Maker
Opera Scroll Maker simplifies reading text on long web pages. Scroll maker can be enabled to indicate the previous position of the bottom of the screen at the end of the page. It lets to find where to continue reading easily.
These and other great features along with improved performance and stability – Opera 9.6 is a must-have for everyone who uses Opera everyday and must-try for users of other web browsers.
Download Opera 9.6 and enjoy the web in a new way!
This week, Technorati – the most popular blog search engine – releases its newest State of the Blogosphere Report 2008.
This year’s report is divided into 5 parts (or 5 days). Below are the most interesting findings of the first day.
Quick facts about blogging 2008
1. 133 million blogs indexed since 2002 vs. 70 million blogs in April 2007.
2. 900K blogs are created every day vs. 120K in 2007.
3. 10 blogs are created every second in 2008.
4. Daily number of posts is now only about a million vs. 1.4 million posts a day in 2007.
Blogosphere’s growth in 2008 is still impressive.
Hot trend of blogosphere in 2008 is growing popularity of blogs vs. the mainstream media
2007: 22 blogs are in the Top 100 list of the most popular websites.
2008: 4 of 10 Top entertainment sites are blogs, and two of them take the first and the second positions.
In 2008 blogs are changing their format and the difference between top blogs and classic mainstream media became less and less clear. This fact is also emphasized in the report: “Larger blogs are taking on more characteristics of mainstream sites and mainstream sites are incorporating styles and formats from the Blogosphere”.
Who is blogging or how does a blogger look in 2008?
Technorati also pays great attention to the bloggers – who they are, where they are from, why and about what they are blogging, etc.
Here are some of the highlights:
1. Two-thirds of all bloggers are male;
2. 50% are aged 18-34;
3. Bloggers are more affluent and educated than the general population (70% have college degrees);
4. 44% of bloggers are parents.
Reasons why people blog by popularity
1. To share their opinions and experience with others.
2. To meet new friends and like minded people.
3. Business or self promotion.
The most important tech news on the Web, services and tools get reviewed, discussed and recommended here.
Stay tuned! 🙂