Archive for the ‘Applications’ Category

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Glary Utilities – All in one Utilities suite

February 5, 2008

Wouldn’t it be good if you could have one program that would do several useful things for your computer? Things such as optimizing it, cleaning it, and improving speed, reliability, privacy and security?

If this sounds good to you, then you might want to take Glary Utilities for a test drive. While the name may not sound too exciting, it seems to be a very good, well programmed, well thought out, and most importantly of all, useful piece of software.

Its an all in one utilities suite that has some very useful things that most computer users are sure to find useful at some stage. This includes a disk cleaner for scanning for and removing junk temp files from your computer to free up valuable space. It also has a registry cleaner which so far seems pretty good compared to most ones i’ve tried out, just be careful and try not to delete anything you’re not absolutely sure about. If in doubt, you can make a backup first. Other features enable you to delete empty folders and dead shortcuts.

More features include :

  • A startup manager ; for managing which programs run on startup;
  • A context menu optimizer; very handy for removing unused options from the context menu;
  • Tracks Eraser; Erases web browser tracks, history, cookies etc;
  • File Shredder; Deletes files permanently and irrecoverably;
  • File Undelete; for attempting to undelete accidentally deleted files;
  • File Encrypter and Decrypter; added privacy for sensitive or private files;
  • Disk Analysis; shows you the disk space usage of your files and folders;
  • Duplicate Files Finder; basic but somewhat effective tool for finding duplicate files, checks by name and file size;
  • File Splitter and Joiner; for splitting large files into smaller manageable files, and rejoining them;
  • Process Manager; useful tool to see what’s running on your computer, good to know so that you can find dangerous or unnecessary programs;
  • Internet Explorer Assistant; for managing or removing browser helper objects.

On top of all this, its available in a totally freeware version. The only difference between the free and paid version seems to be that the “One click maintenance” option can’t be set to run automatically in the free version.

I recommend this to anyone looking for a simple way of maintaining their computer, that works and delivers as promised.

Go check out the homepage here for more info and the download.

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Edit your Outlook AutoComplete files

December 14, 2007

A fellow engineer at work passed this around the other day. A neat little utility that allows you to edit the contents of an Outlook 2000/XP/2003/2007  AutoComplete (.NK2) file. It’s called NK2.INFO.

It’s free and contains no spyware. It’s updated quite often. It can recover email addresses and names from a corrupted AutoComplete file as well. What more could you ask for?

Windows 2000/XP NK2 default location: drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows Vista NK2 default location:  drive:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook

LINK: http://www.nk2.info/

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A couple great FREEWARE sites

October 26, 2007

A tremendous site that I heard about on my favorite podcast, the Mike Tech Show.
URL: www.fantasticfreeware.com

Another great site for LEGIT freeware is Giveaway of the Day. Once a day, a new peice of free licensed software is spotlighted.
URL:  http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/

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Neat little utility to clean up Bookmarks

October 17, 2007

I heard my friend Mike (over at Mike Tech Show) mention this on his last podcast. It’s a great little utility called AM-DeadLink. Just what does this do?

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AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

AM-DeadLink is Freeware!

AM-DeadLink can check the following resources:

  • Internet Explorer Favorites
  • Firefox bookmarks
  • Opera bookmarks
  • Mozilla and Netscape bookmarks
  • URLs from tab delimited text files
  • URLs from comma separated text files

AM-DeadLink can download FavIcons for:

  • Internet Explorer Favorites
  • Firefox bookmarks
  • Opera bookmarks

If you’re like, and you have literally thousands of bookmarks, do yourself a favor and do a little cleaning! This application was a snap to install and a breeze to use. I’m a huge fan of this software.

LINK: AM-DeadLink

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A great utility that fixed my crashing explorer issues!

October 6, 2007

For the last few weeks, I’ve been having some serious issues with my Vista installation, that I almost thought I’d scrap it all for either going back to XP or switching over to Ubuntu.

Well, I got sick of it and researched my issue. I thought it was my anti-virus (I was running Avast Free Edition) but it ended up being a shell extension from Acronis that caused the issue.

I used a great tool called ShellExView that exposed all running shell extensions. I disabled the Acronis shell extension (which is still great software by the way), and right-clicking any file or menu does not cause my explorer to bug out any more.

ShellExView lets you view all installed shell extensions. If available, it displays the description, as well as version details, company information, location, file name and more. You can optionally disable/enable any item, which can be very useful to disable an extension, that you don t need or that has been left behind in your right click menu from a previous software install.

Now, I can honestly say I’m a little more happy with Vista now. I’m still having some issues (which I will post about, because I need some help with it) but overall things are much more happy now!

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How to remove the Vista RDP Prompt

October 4, 2007

You know what I’m talking about. That pesky authentication check when you RDP to a pre-Vista machine. Sick of that? Well, so am I. And luckily, one of my fellow engineers discovered this. Here’s the fix!

You know, this one:

The registry key is a DWORD value at \\HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\AuthenticationLevelOverride

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/895433 

Here are the 3 possible values, at least in Windows Server 2003:

Set the authentication level value to one of the following values:

•    0 This value corresponds to “No authentication.”
•    1 This value corresponds to “Require authentication.”
•    2 This value corresponds to “Attempt authentication.”

I experimented and found that 2 is the default now.  I tested the 3 modes and found that:

0 -> Doesn’t prompt. 
1 -> Gives a similar message but doesn’t allow me to continue.  This is the strictest.
2 -> Gives the message but allows me to accept and continue.

In my case, I don’t even want the prompt so I set AuthenticationLevelOverride to 0 and I’m able to log into my Remote Desktop sessions without that extra prompt.

Warning: this is a decrease in security so should only be changed if you are aware of the what and why of this change.

OR

You could use Visionapp’s vRD or RoyalTS – two amazing RDP managers. Then you don’t have to worry about all that stuff either. Just store your credentials and go!

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Convert any files without software

August 12, 2007

I came across this excellent post from Raymond, which may I add is an excellent blog I recently started reading daily.

What he speaks of is true… when you want to convert say, a .wav to an .mp3 file, and you currently don’t have a tool to do that, a google search yields a bunch of shit programs (most of them bundled with spyware). Who wants all these programs on their PC? I can admit, I have some conversion programs (such as ConverXtToDVD, Tunebite, yadda yadda yadda) which do the job, but if you’re looking free and painless, then check out:

Convert WAV to MP3
Maximum File Size: 100MB
Converted Files Storage Time: 24 hours
Immediate Download Converted Files: NO (Download link sent to email)
Bulk Conversion: YES (If same format)
Resize Converted Image: NO
Output Format: 53

Convert AVI to MPG
Maximum File Size: 150MB
Converted Files Storage Time: 24 hours
Immediate Download Converted Files: YES
Bulk Conversion: NO
Resize Converted Image: YES
Output Format: 179

I’m currently not sure if Media-Convert works with protected music, I believe it does not. But check those out if you want a quick and painless way to convert certain file formats.

A lot of formats are supported. Main formats are :

  • Raw text, HTML, XHTML, Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, PS, Open Office, Star Writer, Pocket Word, Word Perfect
  • CSV, dBase, Microsoft Excel, Pocket Excel, Lotus 123, Quattro Pro, Star Calc, Open Office spreadsheet
  • MathML, Star Math, Open Office math
  • Microsoft Powerpoint, Star Impress, Open Office presentation
  • Why use Media-Convert ?

  • No software installation, Media-Convert let you read all kind of documents.
  • Convert files, for example to read all Open Office files with Microsoft Office
    or convert files into universal formats like Adobe PDF, PS (PostScript) or CSV to print, fax ou simply read them on any computer, without special software.
  • Insert a PDF into your web page by converting it into an SWF Flash file.
  • Export easily Microsoft Access database to an Excel table.
  • Capture a website as an image.
  • Encode a text with UTF-8 codes or with one of 900 other charsets.
  • Learn morse code with the text to morse converter 😉