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There are millions of download-worthy treasures (and some stinkers) out there on the web. In fact, there are so many options that no one person can try them all out. Share your favorite downloads and widgets with me here, tell my why you like them and if I feel the same way, I'll feature them on geeksugar.

Download of the Day: RoughGuides

Posted By Tech on Mar 18, 2008 at 11:05AM

Everyone travels with their iPod, so why not use it as a travel guide? If you don't have the amazing wifi wonder that is the iPhone, but still need some direction while traveling, check out RoughGuide's Podscrolls, a travel guide that's available in full color.

The company offers free eating and drinking guides to 10 of the world's most popular vacation cities. Check 'em out before you make your Summer vacation plans.

Idol Fan? Download the American Idol Desktop Widget

Posted By Tech on Mar 16, 2008 at 10:05AM

Have you been keeping up with the latest season of American Idol? Already obsessed like me? If you ever miss an episode, or just want to keep up with the latest news, I recommend downloading the American Idol widget (for Mac users only). This handy widget will bring you exclusive episode commentaries, the latest Idol news and more, right from your dashboard. With a chic interface and cool visual enhancements, it's pretty to look at as well!

Download of the Day: InFormEnter

Posted By Tech on Mar 12, 2008 at 1:10PM

Though it's not everyone's idea of sexy, InFormEnter has got to be one of my favorite Firefox add-ons. It's the ultimate time-saver for internet time wasters like me — anytime you reach a page with fields for you to enter, like shopping, giveaways, or registration, InFormEnter adds a little arrow next to each field. Click the arrow when you want to enter your name or other info, and your profile, with a list of common entires like first and last name, email address, phone number, etc., will pop up. Annoying fields get filled out, no typing necessary! The first time you use it, add your info into a field, and then click the "Add text to profile" in the pop up, so it'll be there for you every time afterward.

I used to bypass registration on pages for sweepstakes just because I had no patience to type in all my info, but it's a nonissue with InFormEnter now. And if you get annoyed with the little arrows appearing next to every field, you can turn it off and back on when you need it from its icon on your status bar!


Download of the Day: iNeedFlix

Posted By Tech on Mar 5, 2008 at 10:55AM

Ok Safari lovers, I've got a cool download for you! Want to manage your Netflix queue from your browser? Download iNeedFlix, which sits on your desktop and allows you to get up in there and delete movies or move them to the top (unlike the widget that allows you to just SEE what's coming).

I love shortcuts just as much as I love Netflix, and if this thing could just add a browsing capability, I might start really loving Safari!

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Download of The Day: FoxyTunes

Posted By Tech on Feb 29, 2008 at 1:10PM

Oh, how I hate tabbing back and forth from Firefox to iTunes. It just takes so much time! If you're a geek, you know our goal is to make things easier for ourselves, not to control + tab our life away. Thankfully, we have FoxyTunes, to allow us to control our music player — right from the convenience of our browser.

To learn how FoxyTunes works, read more

Download of the Day: Sweet Home 3D

Posted By Tech on Feb 28, 2008 at 1:30PM

Don't tell anyone, but I spend an inordinate amount of time on CasaSugar. I'm obsessed with my home — what goes where, new accessories, new pieces of furniture, new colors — and I am deeply, deeply happy when I can combine my love for making a cozy home and my love for tech. Whether it's hunting for a new HDTV, space heater, or cord solution to hide the ugly part of my electronics, I need the perfect gadgets for my abode. And isn't it great that manufacturers are integrating sleeker designs now, like the Wii, which fits seamlessly into modern interiors?

Therefore, my new obsession is Sweet Home 3D. To see why it is one of my fave downloads, read more

Download of the Day: Cooliris Previews

Posted By Tech on Feb 20, 2008 at 3:06PM

Here's a legal (and um, not gross) way to be a peeping Tom: The Cooliris Previews download (for Firefox) is a fabulous enhancement for Google searches and blogs. After downloading Cooliris, search something in Google, and when your results come up, you'll notice a brand spankin' new magnifying glass icon to the right of each result.

Move your mouse over it, and you get a pop-up preview for that webpage result, no clicking required! It works for Image, Shopping, and Maps searches too — just move your cursor over the thumbnails, and again, a large preview just pops up for you. Try it on links in blog posts too — works there also! Your back button will thank you!

Download of the Day: Better GReader

Posted By Tech on Feb 13, 2008 at 1:15PM

As a geek, it's kind of embarrassing to admit that I was ever resistant to using an RSS reader, based on the fact that I liked the way many of my blogs look in their original forms. So many sites put a lot of thought into their design, but I slowly came around to putting some of the blogs I read into Google Reader. Of course, I slowly became dependent on it and finally added all my blogs I love, even if I had to miss the pretty site design I delight in seeing when I open up their pages.

So I rejoiced when I found that Lifehacker had created Better GReader for use with Google Reader. A Firefox add-on, it features an addition of keyboard shortcuts, skipping of Google Reader's default subscriber, and — my absolute favorite thing — when you click a post's title, instead of opening up a new tab, the item is displayed in Reader just the way it normally appears! Hey, I'm easy to please.

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Download of the Day: Songbeat

Posted By Tech on Feb 7, 2008 at 1:16PM

I honestly will never get tired of new downloads, websites, and applications for digital music (especially free ones) because music is my constant companion to my all-day computer sessions and keeps me sane. Or somewhat sane.

Anyway, Songbeat is an application that lets you download or stream any previously played music from Seeqpod (and I assume, most other streaming-music hosting sites). For now, it's only available for Windows, but will be available for OS X "soon," so fingers are crossed. Enjoy, Windows users!

Download of the Day: Folding@home

Posted By Tech on Feb 1, 2008 at 2:30PM

To me, part of being a geek is being altruistic, whether that means recycling your gadgets or giving back by playing a game. Nothing I have done online makes me feel better than Folding@home. Folding@home is a download that you allow to run on your computer (that's it — you do pretty much nothing after that) and it uses your unused CPU power (or you can run it as a screensaver) to effectively make a supercomputer to study the folding of proteins. I may not completely understand how protein folding works (check out Wikipedia's very helpful description though), but the professors who do can use it to find cures for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and certain kinds of cancers.

This noble cause was started in 2000 by Stanford University professors and was recently named the world's largest distributed computing project by Guinness World Records. And they're into trying to make it fun — they recently introduced a version for Playstation 3!

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