Windows software of the day [July 26, 2012]

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Software for July 26, 2012

The Weather Channel

Do you love ads? Do you love the Weather Channel? If you answered yes to both questions, you’ll love the official Weather Channel ad distributor app for Windows. It lets you view the current and future weather right from your desktop.

The Weather Channel comes bundled with several toolbars, so be sure you decline those when setting it up. It requires personal information, including gender and year of birth, when setting up as well. After setup, you’ll be greeted by a time and seasonally appropriate background displaying the current weather outside.

The bottom buttons allow you to switch through TWC’s various modes, including the forecast and various weather maps. It’s quite stuffed with ads 24/7, so unless you’re itching to be part of a giant scheme to view advertisements, there are better ways to check the weather than an omnipresent app that sits in your system tray sucking up resources.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v7.03.02

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 2.3MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

The Weather Channel homepage

[via AddictiveTips]

UnkleBill

Money! It’s something you really need to keep a close eye on. However, it can be tough to find financial software designed for individuals to use to track their money themselves. UnkleBill is one of those hard-to-find applications, and it lets you record all of your various money intakes and outtakes.

When using UnkleBill, you have to be very careful about entering all of your records properly and promptly, as it does not automatically download account data from the internet. However, this has the added benefit of not needing to do data transfer over the internet and thus being more secure.

UnkleBill lets you generate monthly reports showing all of your transactions for a month, as well as your total amounts at the end. You can also add multiple user accounts, enabling multiple people to share one program without having to share data.

Overall, UnkleBill is a little complicated, but if you currently don’t have a system for keeping track of your money, you should consider using it.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v1.0

Supported OS: All with Java

Download size: 6.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/32

Portability: No installation required!

UnkleBill homepage

[via AddictiveTips]

Flutter

Looking for the next big way to control your music? Flutter probably isn’t it, but it certainly looks futuristic! With Flutter, you can control your music players by simply waving your hand in front of your computer’s webcam.

Flutter is actually fairly easy to use in good lighting conditions. You simply hold up your hand to pause or play the music. It begins to degrade quickly with the quality of your camera’s video as lighting gets worse, so if you’re planning on using it be sure to keep the lights on.

It doesn’t matter what media player you’re using, either. Flutter supports iTunes, Spotify, WinAmp, and Windows Media Player, which covers the vast majority of music listeners.

Overall, Flutter is a fun little toy but ultimately quite useless. If you want to show off your computer to someone, however, it may be worth a download.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v0.1.185

Supported OS: Windows and Mac

Download size: 3.3MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Flutter homepage

[via Freeware Genius]

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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7 comments

  1. jayesstee

    @Don: Oh Don, if only it were that simple!

    Who you gonna vote for? We have a saying: “They are all tarred with the same brush.”

    If you think that voting for the political party not in power will cure the problem, then you are a tad naive. Whatever promises are made, however much they “sweet talk”, when they get in power they are always, repeat always worse than the previous lot. In the UK there is no party that really cares a jot about the ordinary working man except for the last four weeks before an election. And that’s how long it lasts – four weeks!

    I bet it ain’t any different in the US, it’s the nature of the so-called democracy. Of course the alternative is even worse!

  2. Don

    Hello Brits and Aussies !

    There’s a political adage here in the States you ought to take to heart. “When in doubt, vote ‘em out”
    You used to be free,and you can be again. It won’t be fast,and it won’t be easy,but there’s a reward. You’ll be freemen and citizens, not serfs. And yeah,even here in the US, it’s a fairly small group of people who stand against the always present political current that promises utopia if we’ll give up just a little more of what Ben Franklin described as ‘essential liberty’. e.g. NYC’s criminal-in-chief Bloomberg. Oh well, good luck. You’ll going to need it.

  3. John

    @Rob (Down Under):

    Hi Rob,

    I hear you and have to agree with you 100%. Also being from down-under I’m still hurting from the $380 infringement for having a bike rack on the back of my car. The motor-cycle cop broke all speed limits to catch-up with me on the open highway, says I was a danger to society.

    Cheers,
    John

  4. jayesstee

    @Rob (Down Under):

    Did you (Aussies) copy us Brits or did we copy you?

    Trouble is, the Police like all Government controlled Organisations have “targets”. Attaining the target means ticking a proscribed number of boxes. Hence the Police pursue easy “crimes”, not the difficult to catch and prosecute perpetual, nasty criminal. So threaten a burglar with violence and you get done!

  5. Rob (Down Under)

    In Australia house residents have little protection against home invasion.
    – We are not allowed to own guns, and we get prosecuted if we harm the invader.
    – Our police are understaffed
    – What little police there are, are all out at railway stations, and rave parties using sniffer dogs to detect small quantities of drugs (Didn’t anyone in the world learn anything from the US disaster called ‘prohibition’)
    – Any remaining police are out booking you for being 3%-10% over the speed limit, or using your cell phone in the car.
    – And any violent criminals that get caught, get let off with warnings, or minor sentences.

    Thus home invasion is increasing.
    Perhaps ‘Flutter’ could be programmed to blast out, on external speakers, when it sees two hands raised ?