Most of Connected Internet’s readers are PC users. PC users don’t have too much of a problem finding an application for a specific task. Usually a quick Google will turn up a solution to a pressing problem. The only drawback to Windows’ prevalence is that there is an exponentially greater amount of commercial software, so PC users may have to dig a little to find a freeware solution to the task at hand.

Mac users enjoy a healthy commercial software community, but also free software is quite prevalent. Maybe it’s the unix influence, you know, free software and all that. I’m not complaining. As a Mac user I have a choice between a commercial solution, scouring the vast freeware available, or falling back to a unix solution when all else fails.

Following are ten applications for working with video, graphics and audio files that I have found to be indispensable. I see enough posts of the variety “What Mac app should I use for…” on various Mac web forums that I hope someone will find these recommendations useful. More »

This list is compiled from hundreds of reader votes, and voted on each week by a small panel of torrent download users.

The criteria used to evaluate these torrent sites: breadth and depth of database, database currency, ease of use and searching, speed of access, general integrity of files, information provided about the files, information provided on the torrent P2P community, price of membership, and readers’ comments.

Warning: while P2P file sharing technology is completely legal, many of the files traded through P2P are copyrighted. Unless you live in Canada where citizens are shielded from P2P copyright lawsuits, then downloading P2P files may put you at risk for a civil lawsuit in any other country. More »

Vista Codec Package for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 freeware has been updated to version 4.3.8 and available for free download. Beside, Vista Codec x64 Components has also been updated to version 1.1.8.

Note: If you just want to play DVD, there is no need for any additional package in all editions of Windows Vista (except ‘N’ edition). DVD will play well in Windows Media Player (WMP) or Media Player Classic (MPC) in Windows Vista with Windows Aero glass effects enabled.

Vista Codec Package is a all-in-one (AIO) setup for all necessary codecs to play DVD and almost any types and formats of video, movie or music files in Windows operating system with any media player and support streaming video in popular web browser. With the codec pack installed, users no longer need to search for individual codec or install third party application to have the codec installed, such as Quicktime mov, XviD, DivX, 3gp, RealMedia rm, AAC, AC3 and etc. More »