TweetMyPC

Posted on March 24, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Twitter | Tags: , , , , |

TweetMyPC is an open source remote control for your PC using Twitter, of all things.

FreewareGenius has instructions on how to use it to send orders to your PC from elsewhere.

Now you can say “Excuse me, I have to tweet my computer” with a straight face.

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MouseFIGHTER

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

MouseFIGHTER is not cruel to small furry critters.

If you cannot (short- or long-term) use a mouse, this freeware allows you to use keyboard commands to maneuver the cursor.

The rationale on the home page is rather interesting:

“Everyone knows, that working with a mouse too much is not healthy. We should be moving our bodies while working on the computer. Now that will soon be possible. The MouseFIGHTER website is dedicated to make that happen. Until the the PrimeSense kinect technology is encorporated into every webcam of every notebook sold, the best we can do, is to offer you Pointer Control Software that works with the keyboard alone.”

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Remote control for you and thee

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: networking | Tags: , , , , , , , |

A few links for help on using a computer remotely, or helping troubleshoot someone else’s computer.

Comparison of CrossLoop vs LogMeIn Free.

Review of LogMeIn Free. Another review.

Teamviewer is “completely free for non-commercial, personal use!”

PortForward.com has free help to set up a static IP address on a Vista computer

trying to get no-ip or dyndns to work

Use Dynamic DNS to host websites from home

No-IP Free

Java Remote Desktop jrdesktop

TightVNC

MakeUseOf has a post on WizHelp

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Firesay Add-on for Firefox

Posted on November 15, 2010. Filed under: Firefox, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , |

Firesay is an add-on for Firefox that gives you voice control for your browser.

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USB drive letter manager – USBDLM

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Flash drives, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

USB drive letter manager – USBDLM “is a Windows service that gives control over Window’s drive letter assignment for USB drives. Running as service makes it independent of the logged on user’s privileges, so there is no need to give the users the privilege to change drive letters.
It automatically solves conflicts between USB drives and network or subst drives of the currently logged on user.
Furthermore you can define new default letters for USB drives and much more.”

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GSmartControl – when’s it gonna crash?

Posted on October 12, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

You know that sooner or later, your hard drive will crash.  Maybe permanently.  Want to know when?

GSmartControl is detection freeware that “will give you a close-up look at your disks, and predict 64% of failures before the drive fulfills its paper-weight destiny.”

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jrdesktop – Java Remote Desktop

Posted on July 10, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Help, sharing | Tags: , , , , |

jrdesktop – Java Remote Desktop is “an open source software for viewing and/or controlling a distance PC”.

Remote control software in development, free.

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Voice control

Posted on August 15, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities, voice recognition, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a discussion of using Windows Speech Recognition to control your computer.

Download the latest version of WSR for Vista from Microsoft.

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Virtual network tutorials

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Additional help on setting up virtual networks so you can move files, even remote control computers:

Lifehacker has a tutorial on how to control a computer remotely.

Lifehacker has a tutorial on how to access a home server behind a router/firewall.

Lifehacker has a tutorial on how to assign a domain name to your home web server using DynDNS.

[updated June 23, 2008]

Chris Pirillo (the famous “Lockergnome” guy) is a fan of the Virtual Private Network freeware Hamachi for accessing your computer from elsewhere securely.

“Hamachi allows you to create your own VPN basically… for free! You can add other users to it, and share files with them in a secure manner. Some of the features of Hamachi:

  • LAN over the Internet Arrange multiple computers into their own secure network, just as if they were connected by a physical cable.
  • Remote Access Remote control any machine on your network with Remote Desktop.
  • Files and Network Drives Access critical files and network drives.
  • Zero-configuration Works without having to adjust a firewall or router.
  • Security Industry leading encryption and authentication.
  • Cost Effective Basic version is free to use.”
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VNC is Virtual Network Computing for remote control

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a tutorial on VNC “Virtual Network Computing” using TightVNC freeware.

You can search another system, troubleshoot somebody’s problems, perform tasks on another computer.

Now, that’s power.  Use it wisely and gently.

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Getmac is for networking, not Apples

Posted on May 20, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, networking, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

When you are working with networks, it helps to have the Media Access Control (MAC) address of your computer network card.

The easy way to find it in XP is using the getmac command, but there are some additional features available.

Internet Fixes has instructions on the getmac command.

Another method is to use the command for ipconfig:

  1. Click on the Start button
  2. Click on Run
  3. Type ipconfig/all
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Vista has parental controls

Posted on May 16, 2008. Filed under: Help, Security, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Windows Vista has parental controls, if you have kids logging on.

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Click on User Accounts and Family Safety
  3. Click on Set up parental controls for any user

You can block web sites, limit the time used for games or instant messaging, and create limits on surfing the Web.  You can also print out an activity report for your child.

Remember: be sure YOU are the first one to use the computer — if the child gets on first, s/he may be saavy enough to set up ways to get past anything you do — or even lock you out of the system!

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Virtual CD/DVD drives

Posted on April 19, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Does anybody really like fumbling with CD cases and DVD cases? Especially when traveling? But if you want to while away the evening with a game or a movie (or even a long, boring meeting — turn the sound off first!)…

Basically, you need to be able to load the contents of your CD/DVD onto the hard drive — which will also be likely to speed up response time — so you can run the files as if they were on the CD/DVD drive. You need a virtual CD/DVD drive. Of course, since you already paid for the CD/DVD, it would be nice if the virtual (or clone) drive software were free. Here are some examples.

MagicDisc is freeware. “MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM is a utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs. MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM emulates audio, data, and game CDs and DVDs with ISO image, CD and DVD images. MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM offers 200x speed and noiseless CD/DVD access without a physical drive. It supports creating up to 15 virtual drivers. You can run games, software, see movies (VCD, SVCD, DVD), and hear music directly from your hard disk without inserting and swapping CDs and DVDs. MagicDisc allows you to use almost all CD/DVD image without burning them onto CD or DVD in order to easily access your favorite games, music, or software programs. It works like a real CD/DVD-ROM: You can run programs, play games, or listen to music from your virtual CD-ROM. It can compress ISO CUE MDS NRG CCD image; can encrypt ISO CUE MDS NRG CCD image; can make ISO image from CD/DVD; It can mount UDF only CD/DVD image and multi-session MDS/MDF and CCD/IMG image. Version 2.6.93 can set DVD Region Code.” Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.
DAEMON Tools Lite is freeware.
” DAEMON Tools is an advanced application for Microsoft Windows which provides THE best optical media emulation in the industry. !! THIS VERSION SUPPORTS 32 AND 64 BIT OS (Microsoft Windows XP, Windows2003, Windows 2000, VISTA) !!”
Microsoft Virtual CD Control Panel (warning: direct download link) Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel is a free CD-ROM emulator that allows you to mount ISO images of CDROMs in a virtual drive. It is a rudimentary program that does not support copy-protected discs such as the game disks supported by commercial CD/DVD emulators. Note that the Virtual CD Control Panel link is a direct download link. It came from a Microsoft KnowledgeBase entry on an unrelated subject, which contains some instructions on how you can install the driver, add a virtual CD drive and mount your images. (If you are visiting that link for instructions about the Virtual CDROM Control Panel, simply ignore references to “Windows PE”.) You will also need to use a third party program to make your ISO images (if you don’t already have it). This is a Windows program. [this entry from http://www.thefreecountry.com]
Alcohol 52% Free Edition is freeware. “There are no limitations on this version, other than the ability to create only 6 virtual drives. Our retail version still supports 31 virtual drives. Remember you can not run Alcohol 52% if you have Alcohol 120% installed on the same drive. [Alcohol 120% is the pay version with more capabilities.] This version of Alcohol 52% is for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only.The license is provided personally to you and for that reason it does not allow you to make any duplicate (copy) to be sold, borrowed, assigned, leased or transferred. Emulation software allowing users to play CDs DVDs without the need for the physical disc. Notebook users and PC Game players would benifit the most from Alcohol 52% Supports 25 plus languages Can handle up to 6 virtual CD DVD-ROM drives, all at once. The reading speed of a virtual CD-ROM is 200X. This means you can play a CD from the virtual CD-ROM with 200X reading speed. Supports normal CD DVD and CD RAW sub-channel reading methods: RAW reading method enables to emulate all CDs. CD formats supported: CD-DA, CD+G, CD-ROM, CD-XA, Video CD, Photo CD, Mixed Mode, Multi-session CD DVD formats supported: DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio Support for all current (ATAPI SCSI) drives: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW Full support for IEEE-1394 (Firewire) and USB protocols. Winner of the 2006 Epsilon Award at the sixth annual European SharewareConference. Windows NT 3.x, Windows NT 4.x, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista.

SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive is freeware.

Features

  • Supports all common image formats such as ISO, BIN, CCD
  • Supports up to 8 virtual drives at the same time
  • Easy to use – just double-click an image file to mount as a drive
  • Virtual CloneDrive is freeware, you may use it at no cost.
  • Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP
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Speech recognition in Office XP

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: Microsoft Office Suite, Utilities, voice recognition, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

If you installed speech recognition with Microsoft Office XP or if you purchased a new computer that has Office XP installed, you can use speech recognition in all Office programs.

Internet Fixes has advice on checking for it and using it if you have it.

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