Archive for the ‘utilities’ 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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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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Convert .bin files to .iso files

August 25, 2007

Ever download a .bin/.cue file(s) and want to burn it to CD/DVD but do not have Nero? No fret… I found a great utility to convert .bin files to .iso files. It’s called Bin2Iso, and can be found here, on WeetHet’s Tips and tricks site.

It converted a 300MB .bin file to .iso in less than 20 seconds.

Enjoy!

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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 😉
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    Transferring Shares to a new Server

    August 8, 2007

    I just came across a great way to transfer the shares from an old server to the new one.  It handles printers as well as folder shares.  NOTE: You may have to go through the shares and update the paths as the drive letters may be different on the new server.  Even with having to do that it will save tons of time which would have been spent creating the shares by hand.

    Here is a link to the MS KB:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/125996