Friday is Free Day – 4K Video Downloader

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4K Video Downloader is another free video downloader available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. One cool feature that separates it from other video downloaders is that it gives you an option to download subtitles if they’re available.

4K-Video-Downloader“Simple yet effective” – that’s what users usually comment on the application. Just copy the video URL and click the Paste Link button. You’ll be given options on the quality of video you want to download and if it has subtitles, it also gives you the option to download them in SRT format. The video formats vary from MP4, MKV, M4A, and FLV. You can download videos from Youtube, DailyMotion, Facebook, and Vimeo. Playlists can also be downloaded but if it’s more than 25 clips, you’ll have to get a license key. Still, not bad.

Other applications offered by 4K Download are MP3 extraction apps, slideshow maker, and Instagram image grabber.

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Upgrading to Windows 8.1 – The Results

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The Start button is back and you may now have your beloved desktop directly up after booting. Those were some of the things that you’ll get after upgrading to the free Windows 8.1. Here’s what I found out so far.

Windows 8.1 with Start button and SecureBoot problem.

Fig. 1 Windows 8.1 with Start button and SecureBoot problem.

Yup. The Start button is back but the Start Menu isn’t. Geez, Microsoft! I thought it was a package deal thing – Start button with a start menu. There were some who even pointed this one out when 8.1 Preview was released. But Microsoft is really stubborn. The new Start button just switches your desktop to the Start screen. Right-clicking it would bring out a power user menu. Win+X will also bring out this menu.

Power User Menu

Fig. 2 Power User Menu

I also had the SecureBoot problem (Fig. 1) as my SecureBoot isn’t enabled yet. Design-wise, it’s almost just the same. Moving some panels from one side to another. The search function (Win+Q) will now slide a search everything panel on the left on the screen. Win+Q opens an “Everything Search”, Win+W is for “Settings Search”, while a Win+F is for “File Search”. Bing is also integrated in the search if you opted to use it during the configuration phase of the installation.

Search

Fig. 3 Search

There are also added options for personalization for when the Start screen is up.

If you haven’t configured your Windows 8.1 to go directly to Desktop after booting, just right-click on an open space on the Taskbar and select Properties. Go to Navigation tab and check the first option in the Start screen area (When I sign in or close…).

If you want reviews for Windows 8.1, you may want to check out articles from ExtremeTech, The Verge, TechRadar, and PCWorld.

Google Drive: Google’s Version of Cloud Storage

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Google has now launched its own cloud storage service – Google Drive. It’s like DropBox, iCloud, and SkyDrive just made by Google. But if you’re going to look more closely, it’s also Google Docs reorganized that can accept or upload any file types (including EXEs or DMGs). And like other cloud storages, it also creates a folder in your system (once installed) where it syncs your files in the cloud making it available anywhere.

I’ve been using DropBox to host my files and images and they say that Google Drive will be a tough competitor against it. Google’s cloud storage initially offers 5GB of free space. I was able to have my Google Drive activated (on my Google Apps account) and here are some screenshots and things that I wanted to share.

As you can see, “Drive” replaced “Documents” on the Google Apps menu and clicking it will bring you to the somewhat updated Google Docs page. You can create your folders, upload files in them, and share them to other users. You’ll also see a download button to download and install Google Drive. This software will create a folder on your machine and files in that folder will be available on all devices (no iOS yet).

After installing, you’ll be asked to login using your Google account. A Google Drive folder is created in your account folder – “C:\Users\username\Google Drive\” for Windows  and “/Users/username/Google Drive/” on a Mac.

After logging in, you can start syncing your documents from the Web to your local Google Drive folder. You can also share those folders, via the web interface, the way you share your Google Docs.

It’s a good image host. All images used in this post, except the logo, is hosted in my Google Drive. I just wish there’s a “Copy Public link” option for files so I can just give out links for file downloads instead of sharing the whole folder.

Update:

I don’t think it’s a good idea to use Google Drive to host your images and other downloadable files. I got this Error 403 when clicking the images from this post and they were not displayed.

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