Calgoo goes free: sync Google Calendar, iCal, and others for free

via Download Squad by Danny Mendez on 7/28/08
calgoo ical google calendar sync

Since the dawn of time Google Calendar, we’ve been waiting for a free, easy way to fully synchronize our Google Calendar to desktop calendar clients like iCal. We’d love to be able to access the same calendar data across multiple computers, but it’s always been a messy affair, not free, an incomplete solution, or PC only.

Well, Calgoo has been one of those paid options up until now, but the minds behind the program just announced that it is free from here on out. That’s right, Calgoo is now the free option in Google Calendar and desktop caledar synchronization. Calgoo officially supports 30 Boxes, Apple iCal, Microsoft Outlook, and — of course — Google Calendar.

Calgoo’s “Chief Owl” will not employ ads in the app in order to pay for the costs of developing the program, but the team will begin to run ads on Calgoo Hub and possibly other future products. As for the software itself, it’s pretty easy to use, and it provides for two-way synchonization, which means that any changes on one calendar will apply to the other.

[via WebWorkerDaily]

Opera turns 9.51

via Download Squad by Brad Linder on 7/3/08
Opera 9.5.1

Hot on the heels of Opera 9.5, the Opera team has released version 9.5.1 of their desktop web browser. The new version includes some recommended security and stability updates. But there are also some other handy changes. Here are a few highlights:

  • Fine-tuned the new default skin
  • Saved images no longer recorded in the file transfer window
  • Fixed an issue that could be used to display arbitrary code
  • Fixed a stability issue with Yahoo! Mail
  • 64 bit Linux package now available

Overall you won’t notice a ton of changes to the interface. But if you’re currently using Opera 9.5, we’d recommend updating for the security enhancements alone.

Customize Windows settings with FreshUI

via Download Squad by Brad Linder on 1/21/08

If you’re looking for an easy to use application for tweaking just about every setting you could ever want to tweak in Windows, you might want to check out Fresh UI. While Fresh UI is hardly the only game in town, this Windows tweaking tool is both powerful and easy to use. And it has features that work with pretty much every version of Windows from Windows 95 through Vista.

Fresh UI divides tweaks up into a couple of different sections, including UI tweaks, system tweaks, and hardware settings. For example, you can customize Windows folder context menus, change the layout of the Windows start menu, or change what items show up on your desktop.

You can adjust most of these settings by making registry changes or using windows tools like gpedit.msc, but Fresh UI makes it much easier to adjust hard-to-find Windows settings. And best of all, it’s free.

[via Confessions of a freeware junkie]