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BitMeter - Monitor and Control your Internet/Network usage

BitMeter_Graph BitMeter is an internet/network connection monitoring software with a good set of features which will allow you to keep track your internet/network speed and usage. It displays a graphical box in your desktop and shows your

current network usage using graphs in that box. You can define custom position and size of the box in your desktop. You can also define custom colors for download, upload, graph background etc in the graph [here Red is showing download speed and green is showing upload speed].

You can define these settings from the tray icon Tray_Icon of BitMeter. To check your network usage status of current day just point the mouse pointer to BitMeter tray icon and it will show your current download [DL] and Pop_Up_Tray

upload [UL] speed and total amount of downloaded and uploaded data.


With BitMeter you can check your hourly/daily/monthly network activity statistics with details of uploaded and downloaded amount of data and speed. You can also export network usage activity history in CSV format.


For those who have ISP Restrictions (e.g. maximum free bandwidth available per month, available total bandwidth per week etc) BitMeter features a ISP Restrictions option which allows you to set your maximum limit for downloaded data or total uploaded and downloaded data. When you reach near or cross that limit BitMeter alerts you by playing alert sound and text.


BitMeter also allow you to monitor your connection speed and network usage statistics remotely via a normal web browser [e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox] by running a web server. This feature is called Web Interface of BitMeter. Though the Web Interface is not activated by default you have to enable it from Settings>Web Server>tick Run Web Server to start the Web Interface.

It also features some other handy tools like custom Alerts [e.g. plays alert text and sound when you downloaded/uploaded certain amount of data in a predefined time], Stopwatch [shows the total amount of data uploaded and downloaded while the stopwatch was running], Calculator [which allows you to calculate estimated download/upload time of predefined data size and network speed or how much data can be uploaded/downloaded in certain time and speed] etc.

BitMeter is a freeware and available in two versions BitMeter II and BitMeter. BitMeter II got all the features mentioned above and requires .Net Framework to be installed. The second one only got some basic features like showing download and upload speeds, tray icon etc and does not require .NET Framework to be installed and uses less memory and little less CPU than BitMeter II.

Libra - organize your stuff, beautifully


Libra is a new and innovative library management software for Microsoft Windows. Though it’s still in beta mode but the software is pretty much powerful and user-friendly to manage your media library. It has the ability to download media information and album arts from database and you can add media using search from database or by manual input, you can also import your previous library database directly into Libra (Delicious Library, Library Thing, Generic Excel (v2003 and above)/Text files, DVD Profiler v3) . It features a webcam barcode scanner, which allows you to use your webcam as a barcode scanner, by using this feature you can add media to Libra automatically by pointing your webcam to the barcode of your media. It also supports using of regular barcode scanners. Using Libra you can track who borrowed your media and what's the check out date, due date etc. You can export your Libra database to Web Export, Excel Export or in text CSV format.

The most interesting thing about Libra is that it is a freeware for non-commercial use.

Download Libra and give it a try.

Library Management Software

Library management software helps you to correctly and easily manage, categorize and update your collection of media (e.g. books, DVDs, music and games).

Managing your media library

You can use any spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice

Calc etc for basic cataloging of your media collection. You also can use database software like Microsoft Access, OpenOffice Base etc.

Though there are some software programs that are dedicated to library management like Delicious Library(for Apple Macintosh), Libra (for Microsoft Windows) etc.

Software used by organizations to manage their media library

Many organizations like public libraries used to have customized library management software, which is specially developed and designed by a software company hired by that organization.