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Top 5 Free Internet Radio Recorders – A Guide to Best Radio Recording Tools

Radio stations once reigned the world of entertainment. However in today’s ever changing world of technology, the way we listen to radio stations had greatly evolved. All you need to do is to connect to the Internet and stream different radio stations from all over the world.

Really that easy you can now relish live music, listen to talk shows, radio dramas and all others. Along with the popularity of Internet radio stations come Internet radio recorders. There are many reasons why one needs to record online radio stations. For example, you want to grab popular tracks, save a copy of favorite music or record radio discussions for later playback. To this end, it is very important to have a great and quality Internet radio recorder. Tons of them are available on the market but for your convenience, we have reviewed only the best. Check them out after the jump.

Top 5 Free Online Radio Recorders

Apowersoft Free Audio Recorder

For those who want to save some spaces on hard drive or simply don’t want to install additional programs, you can check out the Apowersoft Free Audio Recorder. It is an online-based app that does not require you to sign up, install or pay fees, just go straight to the web app and record online radios. It can record any sound playing from your computer in all the common audio formats with high quality preservation.

Using it is also simple, just click the “Start Recording” button from its webpage and choose “Allow” when Java notification pops up. After launching the recorder, all you need to do is to hit the “Record” icon to capture live radio streams. Additionally, you can use this radio recorder to convert audio files as well as create scheduled tasks for utmost convenience.

Apowersoft Free Audio Recorder

Review of Best Snapshot Programs for Windows 8

Windows is the most widely used operating system in the world, with around 90% of computer owners using it on their machines. Windows 8 is its last iteration and it came with some pretty big changes that involve a new Start screen that was more suitable for tablet devices. Still, Windows 8 brings quite a lot of functionalities to the table, and it’s overall a very stable operating system.
Taking screenshots in this operating system is very important, as it allows you to communicate in a visual manner with other users. Sending the images you currently see on your screen to friends or workmates can help you a lot when working on a large project for example. It’s also quite useful when it comes to sharing experiences with your friends.

Top 5 Free Snapshot Software for Windows 8

Skitch - is a basic and free screenshot taking application that brings ease of use and fast processing times into account. It has a unique interface that brings ease of use into account, making it a good choice especially for beginners.

Pros: Very fast and easy to use.
Cons: Sometimes it doesn’t capture the desired area due to unknown bugs.

Edit PDF Document Quickly via PDF Eraser

It happens many times that you have a PDF file which you need to share with your colleague or friend but it needs some sort of editing. For example, you want to remove some pages or images before you actually share it. No doubt, you need to spend some time on editing if you use general editing tools and commands. However, such editing can be done quickly through PDF Eraser, which is indeed a simple and useful tool that adds utmost comfort into your life. You would be able to quickly erase unwanted text and images with the mean of it.

PDF Eraser

Trick To Enable Data Compression Proxy For Faster Browsing And Bandwidth Saving In Google Chrome For Desktop

Similar to Opera Turbo technology, Google Chrome features an "data compression proxy" for Android and Apple iOS mobile-devices which when enabled opens a connection between the user phone and optimization servers running in Google's datacenters relaying all non-encrypted HTTP requests over this connection. The SSL secured proxy connection performs intelligent compression and minification of HTML, JavaScript and CSS resources which are not essential to render the page. These optimizations, combined with gzip compression for all resources, DNS lookups from proxy and images converted to WebP with resulting sizes upto 80% smaller provides huge bandwidth savings and resulting in faster web-browsing experience.

This feature is not available for Google Chrome Desktop users, however a free Chrome extension now allows users to get the same savings on their desktop computers. The extension sends all HTTP (but not HTTPS) traffic through Chrome Data Compression Proxy server, which utilizes SPDY protocol to speed up web browsing. Users can check bandwidth savings by visiting chrome://net-internals/#bandwidth and can disable compression-proxy by clicking the green bolt icon from the toolbar.

Data Compression Proxy By Google

Sysinternals Process Explorer v 16.0 Now Comes With VirusTotal Integration

Sysinternals Process Explorer has been one of the most indispensable utility for diagnosing misbehaving applications and fixing malware's. Process Explorer shows you all the information about any application running on windows including which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded, network, security, performance and a lot more. The utility has now get integration for another indispensable tool for researching malware's, the multi-engine anti-virus scanning utility VirusTotal. The integration also shows a rare sight of co-operation between two rivals Microsoft (Process Explorer) and Google (VirusTotal).

Sysinternals Process Explorer v 16.0

Jihosoft ISO Maker Free - Freeware to Create, Extract & Burn ISO Image Files

An ISO image is basically an uncompressed archive file of the digital media or the disk which is created by copying an optical disc, from sector to sector, into a file. Currently, many tools are available on the market to create, mount, and manipulate ISO image files. One such image tool is Jihosoft ISO Maker Free. This utility allows you to backup disk as ISO image, create ISO image from files and folders, extract contents of an ISO file, and burn ISO image to DVD disc. Here’s a look at the four main functions of Jihosoft Free ISO Maker.

Byte Backup - Backup Disk as ISO Image
From the detected drive list, select the disk or partition yow want to create a backup image file. Once you confirm the selection, the program will immediately take sector by sector image of selected region.

Byte Backup

Fugu SSH - Freeware WinSCP GUI Alternative sFTP Client For Apple Mac OS X

WinSCP is an excellent free GUI client for sFTP (Secure FTP) protocol on Windows, however the same is not available on Apple Mac OS X platform. Also, there are not many free frontend clients for OpenSSH's sftp/scp protocls on Apple Mac OS X, from the very limited options "Fugu SSH" takes the crown for being the best. Fugu provides a friendly, intuitive graphical user interface to the text-based Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) client that comes built-in with Mac OS X, featuring user-friendly options like secure drag-and-drop file transfers, remote file editing and remote file preview. Fugu allows you to take advantage of SFTP's strong encryption without having to sacrifice ease of use. Additionally, Fugu can make secure file transfers using Secure Copy (SCP), and can create SSH tunnels to faciliate secure interaction between machines.

Fugu SSH
Fugu SSH

Hdparm - Command Line Performance Tuning And Benchmarking Tool For SATA/IDE Hard-Disk Drives

hdparm is a powerful command-line utility for Linux and Windows operating systems to set and view ATA hard disk drive hardware parameters. The utility also allows users to test disk read/write performance with cached and buffered modes. The utility allows users to view and change SATA/IDE disk-drive hardware parameters like drive caches, sleep mode, power management, acoustic management, and DMA settings which are generally set to suboptimal conservative defaults to their optimal settings for best performance. Checkout the example output below for disk information command followed by disk performance test.

root@myserver:~#  hdparm -I /dev/sdc

/dev/sdc:

ATA device, with non-removable media
        Model Number:       WDC WD2002FYPS-02W3B0
        Serial Number:      WD-WCXXXXX64757
        Firmware Revision:  04.01G01
        Transport:          Serial, SATA 1.0a, SATA II Extensions, SATA Rev 2.5,                  SATA Rev 2.6
Standards:
        Supported: 8 7 6 5
        Likely used: 8
Configuration:
        Logical         max     current
        cylinders       16383   16383
        heads           16      16
        sectors/track   63      63
        --
        CHS current addressable sectors:   16514064
        LBA    user addressable sectors:  268435455
        LBA48  user addressable sectors: 3907029168
        Logical/Physical Sector size:           512 bytes
        device size with M = 1024*1024:     1907729 MBytes
        device size with M = 1000*1000:     2000398 MBytes (2000 GB)
        cache/buffer size  = unknown
        Nominal Media Rotation Rate: 5400
Capabilities:
        LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
        Queue depth: 32
        Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, with device specific minimum
        R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16  Current = 0
        Advanced power management level: 128
        Recommended acoustic management value: 128, current value: 254
        DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 udma5 *udma6
             Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
        PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
             Cycle time: no flow control=120ns  IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
        Enabled Supported:
           *    SMART feature set
                Security Mode feature set
           *    Power Management feature set
           *    Write cache
           *    Look-ahead
           *    Host Protected Area feature set
           *    WRITE_BUFFER command
           *    READ_BUFFER command
           *    NOP cmd
           *    DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
           *    Advanced Power Management feature set
                Power-Up In Standby feature set
           *    SET_FEATURES required to spinup after power up
                SET_MAX security extension
           *    Automatic Acoustic Management feature set
           *    48-bit Address feature set
           *    Device Configuration Overlay feature set
           *    Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
           *    FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
           *    SMART error logging
           *    SMART self-test
           *    General Purpose Logging feature set
           *    WRITE_{DMA|MULTIPLE}_FUA_EXT
           *    64-bit World wide name
           *    IDLE_IMMEDIATE with UNLOAD
           *    WRITE_UNCORRECTABLE_EXT command
           *    {READ,WRITE}_DMA_EXT_GPL commands
           *    Segmented DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
           *    Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
           *    Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
           *    Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
           *    Phy event counters
           *    Idle-Unload when NCQ is active
           *    NCQ priority information
           *    DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
           *    Software settings preservation
           *    SMART Command Transport (SCT) feature set
           *    SCT Long Sector Access (AC1)
           *    SCT LBA Segment Access (AC2)
           *    SCT Error Recovery Control (AC3)
           *    SCT Features Control (AC4)
           *    SCT Data Tables (AC5)
                unknown 206[12] (vendor specific)
                unknown 206[13] (vendor specific)
Security:
        Master password revision code = 65534
                supported
        not     enabled
        not     locked
        not     frozen
        not     expired: security count
                supported: enhanced erase
        424min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT. 424min for ENHANCED SECURITY ERASE UNIT.                 
Logical Unit WWN Device Identifier: 50014ee25b269017
        NAA             : 5
        IEEE OUI        : 0014ee
        Unique ID       : 25b269017
Checksum: correct

root@myserver:~# hdparm -Tt /dev/sdc

/dev/sdc:
 Timing cached reads:   27130 MB in  2.00 seconds = 13583.27 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 312 MB in  3.02 seconds = 103.42 MB/sec

apt-fast : Get 26x Faster apt-get Installations and Upgrades

aria2 is by far the best download accelerator for Linux, now you can enjoy the acceleration power of this multi-threaded downloaded utility for your apt-get package installations and upgrades.apt-fast is a shellscript wrapper to apt-get/aptitude which utilizes the more efficient and powerful aria2 download accelerator to fetch binaries from multiple mirrors with multiple connections in parallel per package resulting in drastically improved download times.

apt-fast installer

Final Term - The Gen Next Terminal Emulator

Shell's and terminal emulators are dull and boring, but this is going to change with the new age terminal emulation utility Final Term. This beautiful and powerful emulator lets you take full control of the command terminal in Linux with it's super-utilitarian hardware-accelerated user interface and easy to use "never seen before" features like "Semantic text menus" which are smart enough to know which pieces of terminal output represent like filenames, PIDs, web URL, IP's etc. providing context-relevant commands for each of them with text file-based plug-in system for extension and personalization, "Smart command completion" with algorithmic sorting so you get the most appropriate command at the top in drop-down list and "ASCII art scrollbars" which automatically show GUI scrollbars for progress from commands like Wget, allowing you to monitor progress while the output is scrolled away to name a few. Do watch the video and grab it for your flavor of linux from the links shared after the "Read more" jump below.

FinalTerm Terminal Emulator

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