Friday, February 27, 2009
ShutDown Suite combines small freeware applications that allows you shut down, reboot your computer or log off from your user account.
Shutdown Suite is a bunch of small applications that will allow you to quickly logoff, reboot and shutdown Windows, you can use either a force method or safe method. The force method will instantly logoff or shutdown Windows while the safe method will make programs with unsaved data to prompt you to save your work before shutting down which is pretty useful.While Shutdown Suite has an installer and a non-installer version i found the installing version to be not worth it since you have to install 3 separate programs for login in, rebooting and shutting down which can clutters things in your system tray. The no-install version is much better since you only have a single exe for each procedure that you want which is pretty nice since you can easily make shortcuts for the shutdown method that you want.
In conclusion Shutdown Suite is pretty good just be sure to remember to not use the installer version oh and if you want another shutting down program similar to this one try EasyShutdown.
Get it at http://www.mystercrowley.com/sw_shutdown_en.php
Thursday, February 26, 2009
My PC had problems connecting to the internet and i had to reinstall Windows to try to fix it. I think the problem went away so i shall start writing again tough if i don't update again this week don't be too surprised.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Visual CD is a disk cataloging tool to index the contents of your media storage such as CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, BlueRay Discs, USB disks, hard disks, folders and allow you to search the contents at a later date.
- Ability search across multiple catalogs
- Ability to index dimensions and duration of video and music files
- Ability to index dimensions and date picture taken of picture files
- Ability to extract thumbnail of picture, icon, video, and executable files
- Ability to save directory structure to Text Document
- Ability to export catalog to HTML Document, Microsoft Excel File, Rich Text Format and Text Document
- Ability to build Visual CD Portable
- Support Zip, 7-Zip, Rar, Ace, and Cab archive
- Support MP3 ID3v1 and ID3v2 Tag
- Support Windows Visual Style
- Moving, copying, renaming, and deleting catalog without leaving Visual CD
- Auto switch drive
- Auto check disk status
- MP3 Playlist Generator
- Batch Export
- Extras: Advanced Rename, Duplicated Files Finder, File Splitter, NFO Reader, Photo Rename, and Thumbnail Maker
- And more..
Visual CD is a cataloging tool for optical media or hard drives that will make you sure you never wonder where you placed a specific file. The program will index everything that's inside including the contents of compressed files, mp3 tags, image details and video info making catalogues very complete with information. Also one cool feature of Visual CD is that it can make thumbnails from images, videos, executables files, icons and files making locating something a much easier task than with only filenames. Visual CD's search feature has some neat features like searching by mp3 tags, searching inside compressed files, searching by either file size or date of modification or both. Visual CD isn't portable out of the box however you can create a portable installation from the "Tools" menu which is something i found pretty cool. Finally Visual CD tries to be a master of all trades by including a file renamer, a duplicate file finder, a file splitter, a NFO reader, photo renamer and thumbnail maker in the "Extras" menu, having those apps there seemed kinda strange but they could provide useful in certain cases so i welcome their inclusion. While Visual CD worked well for the most part it does have a problem in my opinion. Each catalogue will be saved in it's own separate database, this wouldn't be much of a problem if Visual CD would let you open more than a single database at a time. Having a single database in which you can add catalogues would have been a much better and practical method.
In conclusion Visual CD is a competent cataloging utility that could use having a single database option. Available for Windows 2000/XP/Vista.
Get it at http://www.boozet.org/visualcd.htm
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Mozy is a simple and safe way to back up all the important stuff on your computer. A copy of your data is stored in a secure, remote location for safekeeping, so that in the event of disaster your data is still retrievable.
Mozy is an online backup client that offers 2GB of storage for free users along with some interesting features. After installation Mozy will allow you to configure your "Backup sets" these backups sets are basically specific type of files that Mozy will attempt to backup automatically like for example spreadsheets, images, documents and the such. if you'd like you can make your own backup sets with custom rules so for instance you can make a backup set that would only backup mp3 files. Mozy will backup files either when your PC is idle or at a specific time of your choosing every day/week. You can set Mozy to use less resources when doing a backup , for example you can configure how much bandwith will take or how much system resources will it use, this is useful if you don't want your PC to be bogged down when doing a backup. If you delete a file in your computer that was backup by Mozy you have various ways that it can be restored, you can restore using the client, by locating the deleted file in the Mozy virtual drive that was put on "My PC", by right clicking the folder where the file was in, by using a web interface (this one could take awhile) and even by having Mozy send you a DVD with all your files on it which is sounds pretty cool altough it's also expensive. Keep in mind that deleted files have a 30 day windows in which they can be restored. In my opinion Mozy has some flaws that bothered me, first it's memory usage can be a little high. In my PC it was between 30 to 50 Mb which was high for my standards. Also there's no way to quit the Mozy application, i kinda undertand the reason for this since people might need to do backups all the time but i am not one of them so i would like a way to free up some memory thank you very much.
In conclusion Mozy is a pretty good backup solution tough it does have some problems. Available for Windows 2000/XP/Vista and MacOSx.
Get it at http://mozy.com/
Friday, February 20, 2009
This is a small utility that shows the time elapsed since Windows was started. Its compact interface takes up very little desktop space, so you can have the uptime always visible using the always on top option. It can show also the elapsed days/hours in the taskbar icon.
Windows Elapsed Running Time or WERT is a small and portable utility for displaying the time Windows has been running. Wert can be minimized to the system tray and be set to display the number of hours that Windows has been on, by simply moving your mouse over the icon WERT will show the full uptime time which is pretty neat. WERT can be set to run at Windows startup and used between 1 to 2 MB of memory in my PC which is pretty good.
In conclusion if you need to know how long have you been using Windows then Windows Elapsed Running Time is the program for you. Available for all versions of Windows.
Get it at http://www.ampsoft.net/utilities/WinElapsedTime.php
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Dropbox is a folder on your computer that gives you access to the latest version of your files from any computer.
If you are looking for a easy to use and simple backup/sync app then Dropbox is for you. Dropbox adds a "My dropbox" folder in your PC in which you can start putting files in it and Dropbox will automatically sync them online, these files can be downloaded from any other computer by just logging in your account. One cool feature of Dropbox is that keeps a history of changes made to your files, for example you can return to a previous version of a file and even undelete it using the web interface. Dropbox also can make web galleries which can be shared with anyone by simply putting images in the "Photos" folder, this is handy if you are photographer or have a bunch of family pictures. Dropbox has a two pretty big flaws tough, it can only sync files that are in the dropbox folder, tough there's a way to sync files outside the dropbox folder i found it way too complicated and didn't bother with it, this feature should be built-in Dropbox. Also Dropbox's memory usage is pretty high, it was between 30 to 50 Mb which is a lot if you have 512MB of RAM or less. Free users of Dropbox can have up to 2Gb of online storage which should be enough for casual users that just want to backup their documents or pictures, of course you can always get a paid account for more space.
In conclusion Dropbox is pretty easy to use and just works, tough i feel it needs more work. Available for Windows, Linux and MacOSX.
Get it at www.getdropbox.com
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Telescope is a metasearch engine for Windows, which will automate web searching by combining results from several search engines.
Telescope it's an interesting app for searching the internet, it can use a lot of search engines at the same time like for example Google, Yahoo, Live, Ask.com and more. Before doing a search you can specify what type of query Telescope will do, if it's for the Web, images, news, research, freeware,Etc. Also you can use Bolean statements like AND, OR, NOT, (), - and + which can really help you in a search if you use them right. Telescope keeps a history of the results of your queries so you can always open them up again which is handy if you want to export them into a HTML document or CSV file. Finally Telescope allows you to fully edit the search engines that it uses by editing the search.ini file located in Telescope's directory, however i didn't try it since it seemed so complicated (a guide for that it's located in the help menu). Telescope's results were kinda of a mixed bag, on one hand it provided decent results while searching the web on the other looking for images was useless since it showed only a tiny fraction of what a normal Google images search would display. Maybe this can be improved by editing the search engines but not many people have the motivation for that.
In conclusion Telescope is an interesting program that should probably be useful to some people out there, try it if you want to. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.alkalisoftware.ca/Telesc.html (if it's down use the mirror below)
Monday, February 16, 2009
Every hard disk is too small if you just wait long enough. TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize Free can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working. The space, which is wasted by the file system, can be displayed and the results can be printed in a report.
TreeSize is a neat portable app for showing what space files are taking in your hard drive, items are sorted in a bar graph using a descendant order starting from the biggest to the smallest. TreeSize allows you to display the size of items using Kylobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes, percentages, allocated space and even how much space it would take in a CD rom all of which is pretty handy when viewing files or folders. Unfortunately this program doesn't let you scan several drives at the same time which is a shame if you have multiple drives or have a partitioned disk. In conclusion TreeSize is a simple programs that works pretty well and if you want other apps like it try SpaceMonger or JdiskReport. Available for Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista.
Get it at http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml
Saturday, February 14, 2009
An utility to let you easily close inactive tasks.
If you are person that opens a bunch of folders or apps so much that your taskbar gets cluttered then JustCloseSomeTasks is a good way of closing them all in swift punch. While running JustCloseSomeTasks will monitor Windows for opened tasks and after a set time has passed it will mark them inactive, then you can close all the inactive tasks using the "Close tasks" button, simple right? the default time that tasks are set for closure is 360 seconds or 6 minutes, you can change this time yourself or you could just let JustCloseSomeTasks "learn" for itself while you open and close stuff, this last method takes some time but it definitely works. You can exclude tasks from being marked inactive by simpling right clicking on them and select the different exclude options which is pretty handy. JustCloseSomeTasks works pretty well however i feel that it could use some extra features like for example automatic closing of tasks after they are marked inactive, that after closing tasks the main window would disappear and reopening tasks once they have been closed. Anyway JustCloseSomeTasks is a pretty good program that only used 5Mb while i used it so give it a look, oh and it's portable. Available for Windows XP/Vista.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?topic=16018.0
Thursday, February 12, 2009
MozillaCacheView is a small utility that reads the cache folder of Firefox/Mozilla/Netscape Web browsers, and displays the list of all files currently stored in the cache.
IECacheView is a small utility that reads the cache folder of Internet Explorer, and displays the list of all files currently stored in the cache.
If you are interested in the type of files that Firefox/Internet explorer accumulate in the cache then MozillaCacheView and IECacheView are pretty nice apps just for that. These programs will display a list of all the files in the cache with information about their URL, file type, size and a bunch more of other detailed information. Those files can be extracted for using them just like any other file making it handy if you want to retrieve a specific file. Both programs work pretty well and are easy to use but for some reason IECacheView was much slower at startup, weird. Anyway both are solid apps that get the job done without too much fuzz. Available for all versions of Windows.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
By help of this utility you can add any folders and programs in " My computer " and "Control panel"
Thanks to Folder2MyPC you can adds links to your favorite folders and programs in "My computer" and "Control panel" this is useful if you don't want to use a separate app to launch just a few of your most used folders and applications. You can make links available for all users or just your own account, use custom icons, backup links for easy restoring and finally place links in "My computer" for common Windows locations like for example the recycle bin and network connections. In conclusion this is a nice app that should be worth a look if you are constantly opeing "My computer". Available for Windows 2000/XP/Vista (download the 1.9 version for Vista and the 1.85 for XP and 2000, they are the same except for a few cosmetic changes).
Get it at http://eng.softq.org/Folder2mypc
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
CalcFire allows you easily launch Calculator via your keyboard's numpad keys. You can start calculator by pressing and holding down NumLock key and pressing division (/) key which is next to NumLock key. NumLock + Numpad Division (/) key combination is now "on" button of your calculator! CalcFire can also close calculator by the same key combination. CalcFire also turns on NumLock if necessary after launching calculator and turns off again after closing calculator.
If you love using the Windows calculator and don't have one of those keyboards that can launch it with a single key then CalcFire may catch your eye. Basically this app will let you open and close the Windows calculator by holding down the NumLock + Numpad division (/) it's easy to do tough letting you choose your own hotkey would be probably a lot better. Optionally you can make CalcFire start with Windows which is handy if you plan of using the app a lot which shouldn't be a problem since it only used between 4 to 6 MB in my system. In conclusion thanks to CalcFire launching the Windows calculator is extremely easy, try it if you are interested. Available for Windows XP/Vista.
Get it at http://www.mystercrowley.com/sw_calcfire_en.php
Friday, February 6, 2009
This tool allows completely manage icon libraries (ICL), standalone icons and executable that contains icons as resources. It supports 32bit icons too. It has powerfull searching tool that searches specified path with directory recursion and examines any file if it contains any icon and then extract it. Icons can be saved as icons, individual icon images or bitmaps. It is able to browse and display other image files of many formats.
Icon Explorer is the perfect tool for finding and saving icons that are located in your PC. With Icon Explorer you can do a full search of your computer and see a list of all the icons that are there, then you can save the icons in either a ICL file (icon file) or a BMP image. You can also make an icon compilation by simply selecting the icons that you want and add them to the library using the context menu, then you can save them in a ICL file. One feature i liked was the ability to view the different size of icons (if they are available) like for example 16x16 , 32x32, etc and save them. While Icon explorer worked pretty well most of the time it freezed when searching one of my partition drives with lots of files, so keep that in mind when doing a search. In conclusion Icon explorer works well most of the time and is a useful tool for extracting icons oh and it's portable too ( i think). Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.mitec.cz/iconex.html
SlowMousion is a (very) small application that slows down mouse cursor's speed when pressing and holding down a key or button. This allows you more sensitive mouse movements when drawing shapes, dragging something or anything you are doing with mouse.
If you are the type who constantly draws stuff with the PC or do any other stuff that requires extra mouse precision then SlowMousion is certainly for you. With this app you will be able to slow your mouse cursor movement by holding down a hotkey (a small selecion is available and you can't make your own) which will make your motions more accurate. You can disable/enable SlowMousion by double clicking the system tray icon, also you can make the program start with Windows. The lack of configurable hotkeys is something that bothered me a little but i found that using the default "Windows" hotkey was pretty easy when i was drawing stuff. In conclusion this is a simple app that just works. Available for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista.
Get it at http://www.mystercrowley.com/sw_sm_en.php
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Apparently Telltale has this crazy new deal where you can get a free game by only subscribing to their newsletter, all you have to is to put your email and click the "Subscribe me!" button and you will be redirected a page where you can download either Sam & Max: Ice Station Santa or Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Dangeresque 3. I am not familiar the strong bad's games but i have played the free Sam and Max: Abe Lincoln Must Die! episode from season one, it was very enjoyable and funny so i am assuming that Ice Station Santa is more of the same. Anyway sign up if you are interested, i sure was oh and before i forget (okay i forgot) the deal last until the 28 of february of 2009.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
WizMouse is a mouse enhancement utility that makes your mouse wheel work on the window currently under the mouse pointer, instead of the currently focused window. This means you no longer have to click on a window before being able to scroll it with the mouse wheel. This is a far more comfortable and practical way to make use of the mouse wheel. WizKey can also optionally enable the mouse wheel in applications that don't support it.
Windows doesn't allow you to scroll an out of focus window using the mouse wheel which sucks...if you care about that sort of thing. Well now you can fix this little problem using WizMouse. Just install it and you will be able to scroll windows even if they are out of focus, also WizMouse will add mouse wheel support in apps that won't let you mouse scroll. You can make WizMouse start with Windows and change the number of lines to scroll using the options screens which is handy, also the app only used 5MB of memory in my PC so it's not resource hungry. In conclusion this app does it's job without too much fuzz so give it a try if you are interested. Available for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista.
Get it at http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wizmouse-makes-your-mouse-wheel-work-on-the-window-under-the-mouse/