Utilities

The Complete Guide to Speeding Up Your Virtual Machines

Posted on May 3, 2017. Filed under: Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

HowToGeek posts: Virtual machines are demanding beasts, providing virtual hardware and running multiple operating systems on your computer at once. As a result, they can sometimes be a little slow. Here are some tips to help you squeeze every last drop of performance out of your virtual machine, whether you’re using VirtualBox, VMware, Parallels, or something else.

Source: The Complete Guide to Speeding Up Your Virtual Machines

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Make Your Windows Desktop Spectacular With a Custom Rainmeter Theme

Posted on April 28, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , |

Rainmeter can help you create a truly spectacular desktop with just a few clicks. We’ll show how you.

Source: Make Your Windows Desktop Spectacular With a Custom Rainmeter Theme

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Control Alt Achieve: Hipster Google – 21 Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of

Posted on April 13, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Google, Utilities | Tags: , , |

21 lesser known Google tools and how they can be used for teaching and learning. These have some really useful tools!

Source: Control Alt Achieve: Hipster Google – 21 Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of

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Windows 7-10 tip: Use the Magnifier tool to zoom in on text or objects

Posted on March 1, 2017. Filed under: Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet has a post: Even if you have 20/20 vision, there are times when it’s helpful to zoom in on a portion of your display. For anyone with less-than-perfect eyesight, the Magnifier tool can help prevent eyestrain.

Note that this works in earlier versions of Windows also!

Source: Windows 10 tip: Use the Magnifier tool to zoom in on text or objects | ZDNet

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Speccy – System Information – Free Download

Posted on February 23, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Look inside your PC and find all its hardware specs with Speccy from Piriform. There is a freeware version of this.

Source: Speccy – System Information – Free Download

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Greenshot screenshots

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post on Greenshot, a screen print/saver utility.

Source: An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Add New Options To Your Right-Click Explorer Menu with ExtraBits

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, windows | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: ExtraBits is a free Windows utility program that adds some additional functions to the right-click menu in Windows Explorer. You can copy and paste the filename of the files or folders you’ve selected, for example. And you can automatically extract a compressed file.

Source: Add New Options To Your Right-Click Explorer Menu | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Windows 10 tip: Hide unwanted drivers in Windows Update

Posted on September 29, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Utilities, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has post: Windows 10’s new approach to updates won’t allow you to refuse a security or reliability patch. But you can use a special troubleshooter to say no to a driver delivered through Windows Update. Here’s how.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Hide unwanted drivers in Windows Update | ZDNet

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Need A New File Explorer? Try This Multi Commander.

Posted on September 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , |

TechSupportAlert recommends Multi Commander: Here’s a great alternative to the standard Windows file explorer. It features twin panes, so you can easily move and copy files between 2 locations. There are lots of other useful features too, such as the way it automatically highlights files that were created or modified today (as shown by the green bar in the screen shot below).

Source: Need A New File Explorer? Try This One, It’s Free. | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC | Gizmo’s Freeware

Posted on September 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , |

Every time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, they seem to make the configuration option screens even harder to find. Windows 10 is no exception, and you probably find yourself continually using the search facility in order to work out how to change something as simple as the display resolution. The Ultimate Settings Panel is here.

Source: Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC | Gizmo’s Freeware

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BurnAware Free 9.3

Posted on August 3, 2016. Filed under: CD, DVD, Everything, Files, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Neowin recommends BurnAware Free which is a full-fledged disc burning tool – fast, lightweight, feature-packed and, most importantly, 100% free. Burn all types of CD, DVV, Blu-Ray discs containing data, photos, music, videos

Source: BurnAware Free 9.3

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NetChecker

Posted on May 30, 2013. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Sourceforge offers NetChecker which is a free Internet connection checking program.

“NetChecker is a simple text based software to check internet connectivity problems. Netchecker can detect most common connectivity problems of wired and wireless broadband internet. NetChecker will first identify the exact problem preventing computer from accessing the internet and then if possible it will also try to resolve the problem.
NetChecker uses Windows shell utilities which come preinstalled with Windows. Netchecker does not use any third party tools and hence it is fast, safe and reliable. Netchecker is designed and tested to run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
NetChecker won’t work on Windows versions prior to Windows XP.
NetChecker currently can test and fix problems of most types of wired and Wireless broadband connections. Mobile internet and Dial-up connections are not supported.
NetChecker does not contain any spyware, malware, adware. NetChecker is completely free.”

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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HDDScan – free HDD test utility with USB flash and RAID support

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

HDDScan is a free HDD test utility with USB flash and RAID support.

Recommended by TechRepublic.

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FreeMind for mind mapping

Posted on September 4, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

FreeMind is freeware for mind mapping.

“So you want to write a completely new metaphysics? Why don’t you use FreeMind? You have a tool at hand that remarkably resembles the tray slips of Robert Pirsig, described in his sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance called Lila. Do you want to refactor your essays in a similar way you would refactor software? Or do you want to keep personal knowledge base, which is easy to manage? Why don’t you try FreeMind? Do you want to prioritize, know where you are, where you’ve been and where you are heading, as Stephen Covey would advise you? Have you tried FreeMind to keep track of all the things that are needed for that?”

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Wave Editor » Free Sound Editor

Posted on September 4, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Wave Editor “a fast and easy digital audio editing software for Windows. It provides powerful and user-friendly editing environment which suits beginners especially and perform basic editing capabilities like: cut, copy, paste and delete parts of recording.

Unlike the other sound editors based on the same ActiveX engine, our editor developed from the ground up to be easy in use and fast. The user interface was designed with speed, accuracy and ease of use in mind.

Key feature of Wave Editor is a simple selection of audio blocks during playback. Non-destructive editing allows you to make simulated changes to an audio track without overwriting the original file.”
“Formats: MP3, WMA, WAV (PCM, ADPCM, GSM61, DSP, A-LAW, U-LAW and more…).”

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Free Opener: Open many file formats

Posted on September 4, 2011. Filed under: Files, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Free Opener can “Open DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, CSV files without installing Microsoft® Office.
Watch video files including AVI, WMV, FLV, MPG, MOV and MP4 formats.
Listen to any music or sound file: MP3, WMV, MID, WAV plus others!
View your image files: PNG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, ICO, RAW and more!
Plus open 80+ other file types quickly and easily for free!”

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namebench – Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

namebench – Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility from Google Project Hosting “hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation. namebench is completely free and does not modify your system in any way.”

“namebench runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and UNIX, and is available with a graphical user interface as well as a command-line interface.”

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ASAP Utilities Excel add-in

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Excel, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

ASAP Utilities has a free edition for home use, students and charitable organizations (Home and Student edition) which is designed to make Microsoft Excel easier and faster to use.  (There’s also a pay version.)

Recommended by TechRepublic.

The tools are organized into the following categories

  1. Vision Control…
  2. Favorites & Shortcuts…
  3. Select…
  4. Sheets…
  5. Range…
  6. Columns & Rows…
  7. Numbers…
  8. Text…
  9. Formulas…
  10. Fill…
  11. Format…
  1. Objects & Comments…
  2. Web…
  3. System…
  4. Information…
  5. Import…
  6. Export…
  7. Start…
  8. ASAP Utilities Options…
  9. Find and run a utility…
  10. Info…
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FreeFileViewer

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Files, Freeware/Shareware, Music, Sound, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

FreeFileViewer is a non-bloated, simple file viewer and music player which handles lots of files that you might need to use but don’t have the regular software to handle.  Freeware!

.3G2 Video file for 3G CDMA2000 multimedia services
.3GP Video file for 3G mobile phones
.AAC Audio file in Advanced Audio Coding format
.AC3 Audio file in Audio Codec 3 format
.ANI Animated cursor
.APE Audio file in Monkey’s Audio format
.ASP Microsoft Active Server Page
.ASPX Microsoft Extended Active Server Page
.AVI Video file in Audio Video Interleave format
.BAK Backup file
.BIN Binary data file
.BMP Bitmap Image file
.BW Raw Black and White Bitmap
.CEL AutoDesk Animator Cel Image
.CFG Configuration file
.CUR Cursor image or animation
.CUT Dr. Halo image
.DAT Data file, e.g. winmail.dat files
.DIB Device-Independent Bitmap Graphic file
.DIVX Video file in DivX format
.DIZ Description file
.DOC Microsoft Word 97-2003
.DOCX Microsoft Word 2007+
.DTS Audio file in Digital Theater Systems format
.EMF Windows Enchanced Metafile
.EPS Encapsulated Postscript file
.FAX Fax document
.FLAC Audio file in Free Lossless Audio Codec format
.FLV Video file in Flash format for use on the Internet
.GIF Graphical Interchange Format image file
.ICB Truevision ICB Targa Image File
.ICO Icon file
.INFO Informational file
.JFIF JPEG File Interchange Format
.JP2 JPEG 2000 Core Image File
.JPC JPEG 2000 Code Stream File
.JPE JPEG Image File
.JPEG JPEG Image File
.JPG JPEG Image File
.M4A Audio file in MPEG-4 Audio Layer format
.M4V Video file in iTunes format
.MANIFEST Application manifest file
.MKA Audio file in Matroska Audio Stream format
.MKV Video file in Matroska format
.MOV Video file in QuickTime Movie format
.MP2 Audio file in MPEG-1 Audio Layer II format
.MP3 Audio file in MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III format
.MP4 Video file that uses MPEG-4 compression
.MPA Audio file in MPEG Audio File format
.MPC Audio file in Musepack Compressed Audio format
.MPEG Video file in MPEG format
.MPG Video file in MPEG format
.OFR Audio file in OptimFrog Audio format
.OGG Audio file in Ogg Vorbis Audio format
.OGM Video file in Ogg Media format
.PAL Dr. Halo image
.PBM Portable Bitmap Image
.PCC ZSoft Paintbrush image
.PCD Kodak Photo-CD image
.PCX ZSoft Paintbrush image
.PDD Adobe PhotoDeluxe Image
.PDF Adobe Portable Document Format
.PGM Portable Gray Map Image
.PHP Hypertext Preprocessor File
.PIC Generic Picture File
.PNG Portable Network Graphics Image file
.PNM Portable Any Map Image
.PPM Portable Pixmap Image File
.PSD Adobe Photoshop Image file
.PSP Paint Shop Pro Image file
.RA Audio file in Real Audio format
.RAS Sun Raster Graphic image file
.RGB RGB Bitmap image file
.RGBA SGI RGBA Image file
.RLA SGI Alias/Wavefront RLA image
.RLE Run Length Encoded Bitmap
.RM Video file in Real Media format
.RMVB Video file in Real Media Variable Bit Rate format
.RPF SGI Alias/Wavefront RPF image file
.RTF Rich Text Format
.SGI Silicon Graphics Image File
.TGA Truevision TGA Targa Image File
.TIF Tagged Image File
.TIFF Tagged Image File
.TMP Temporary file
.TTA Audio file in The True Audio Codec format
.TXT Text file
.VDA Truevision VDA Targa Image File
.VOB Video file in DVD format
.VST Truevision VST Targa Image File
.WAV Audio file in Waveform Audio format
.WIN Truevision WIN Targa Image File
.WMA Audio file in Windows Media Audio format
.WMF Windows Meta File
.WMV Video file in Windows Media Video format
.XLS Microsoft Excel File
.XLSX Microsoft Excel 2007+ File

All other file types can also be opened with Free File Viewer, but will be displayed as a hexdump that can be inspected and printed.

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Free MP3 Cutter and Editor

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , |

Free MP3 Cutter and Editor “is an easy to use tool for editing MP3 and WAV files. You can remove a portion from the file, change the volume and also apply fade-in and fade-out effects. The program also comes with a feature that lets you convert a stereo track to mono and vice versa.”

This might also be useful in creating ringtones.

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