Wednesday, August 26, 2009
If you would like to make quick unit conversions and don't want to use the programs i have mentioned before like Convert and Converber then onlineconversion.com may fill your needs. This website can pretty much convert all the units of measurements available into different units which is cool.The site works pretty well so give it a try if you need to convert stuff using your internet browser.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Small, simple audio player (Freeware)
- Supported audio formats (standard): AIFF, AIF, AIFC, MP1, MP2, MP3, OGA, OGG, WAV, MO3, XM, MOD, S3M, IT, MTM.
- Supported audio formats (w/ plugins): FLAC, WMA, WMP, WMV, ASF, MID, MIDI, RMI, KAR, WV, WVC, AAC, MP4, M4A, M4B, M4P, APE, AC3, SPX, TTA, OFR, MPC, ALAC.
- Basic freeDB support for audio CD track titles.
- Support for internet radio streams.
- Supported tag formats:
OGG/FLAC Vorbis comments
APE, OFR, MPC, AAC (APE tags)
MP4/ALAC/AAC (not available under 9x/ME)
- WinampAPI support for external control and display.
- Commandline parameters for external control (/play, /stop, /prev, /next, /mute).
- Extremely customizable hotkey system.
- Basic custom string formatting (see Options screenshot).
- Basic album art support (folder.jpg)
- Horizontal/vertical "minibar" controls (see main screenshot).
- Toaster style popup.
- Play modes (Play file, play list, repeat file, repeat list, random, shuffle).
- Simple tag editing (not available under 9x/ME).
- last.fm support.
If you find most music players these days are full of features that you don't need then Trout is worth a look. This portable music player has a straightforward interface and just the right amount of features that that don't get in the way of listening to your tunes, some of Trout's highlights include Last.fm support, slick toaster popups on song changes, customizable hotkeys and many more things that i think you would like. Trout doesn't use many resources of your computer, it's simple and gets the job done, so for all of these reasons i suggest you give it a chance, i did and now Trout is my main music player. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?topic=16157.0
Thursday, August 13, 2009
TextDiff can compare either text files or folders.
- customizable color highlighting of differences
- drag and drop enabled
- accepts commandline parameters for file and folder comparisons
double click modified (green) files to view file differences
- a very fast compare algorithm
- space characters and case can be ignored during a compare operation
- also highlights differences within individual lines.
- easy navigation between differences
- easy two-way merging
- in-place text editing
- search and replace text
- multiple undo/redo of text changes
- supports unicode text files
- generates a report of file differences
If you are a coder or programmer that keeps different versions of a same text file then the portable TextDiff can help in you in spotting the hard to see differences, it will take two text files and will quickly show all the changes line by line, you can select to disregard blanks and capitalizations when doing a comparing and even choose to only show the differences. TextDiff can save a pretty detailed report showing exactly what was added, removed or changed from a text file including the offending line's number which can be pretty handy when hunting for a specific change. The app can also compare folders but i didn't find that feature all that useful or straightforward compared to the text file comparer so didn't use it all that much.
In conclusion TextDiff is a handy tool for the comparing of text files that shouldn't be so easily overlooked, give it a try. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.angusj.com/delphi/textdiff.html
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The world's smallest PDF viewer/reader to view, print, and convert PDF files to TXT, BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WMF, EMF, EPS. It is only 650KB for download and doesn't need lengthy installation, just download and run.
Cool PDF reader is a portable app that like the name says it allows you to read PDFs. While Cool PDF reader did it's main job which is to read PDF decently i found it to have several shortcoming compared to my main PDF reader, for starters you can't set your own hotkeys for navigating and have to use the default which are not of my liking, the fullscreen option doesn't work at all which is weird, there's no search function and i found the interface pretty unintuitive however you can save pages of a PDF document in lots of different formats like JPG which is nice, tough it would be a lot nicer if it allow you to do for the whole PDF at once. In conclusion for all the previously written reasons i suggest that if you want a PDF reader you are better off with Foxit Reader, Sumatra PDF or PDF X-Change Viewer. Available for all windows versions.
Get it at http://www.pdf2exe.com/reader.html
Friday, August 7, 2009
vSubst helps assign virtual drive letters to any folder on your hard disk. It is a graphical interface for the SUBST command. Limitations:
• SUBSTed-drives don't operate 100% in networks
• Some copy-protected CD-ROMs check for the physical presence of a disk...
• Volume-Label is always identical to the host label.
• vSubst just creates a virtual drive like the old subst-command - nothing more or less
vSubst is a small and portable program that lets you assign unused drive letters to folders allowing to quickly access them from "My PC" screen. vSubst works pretty well tough it does have some minor issues like not being fully operational in networks but overall this a good app that can help you in making folders into virtual drives. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://home.datacomm.ch/t.bigler/utils.html
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Autorun Eater will remove any suspicious 'autorun.inf' files even before the user attempts to access the drive. These files are auto-backup'ed in case of false positives.
Autorun Eater is a handy little application that can save you a lot of trouble if you pendrive or hard drive has their autorun.inf files infected by a virus or malware, the app will do a real time scan of your drives and will remove any autorun files that it deems infected, this can prevent infections from nasty stuff. Other features include disabling autoplay so that no viruses can be spread using that method and fixing registry entries that are related to the running of the task manager, regedit and folder options.
In conclusion Autorun Eater is not a replacement for your antivirus, it's just another layer of security that can prevent viruses or malware from being spread inside your PC, at 2 to 3MB of memory usage Autorun Eater certainly can find a place in your everyday life, i think it's pretty good. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://oldmcdonald.wordpress.com/
Monday, August 3, 2009
Youtubedoubler.com allows you to play two youtube videos at the same time by just inputting their URL, this could be useful for comparison purposes like this example. The site is still in beta but it worked well for me, just keep in mind that playing two flash videos might use a lot of CPU causing decreased perfomance in your PC. Anyway give the site a try, you might end up liking it.