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February 28, 2007

Moved Blog to SoftAwareness.WordPress.com

Filed under: Uncategorized — inVINCEble @ 5:22 pm

I have moved my blog to www.SoftAwareness.com.  Please head over there and check it out.  Thank you very much for visiting and sorry for any inconvenience.

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January 10, 2007

Export Windows Search with SysExporter

Filed under: Software, Technology — inVINCEble @ 4:12 pm

It’s a big freaking pain sometimes when I want to make a report of the result of my Windows XP Search.  You know when you go and right click on a Drive or Folder and choose “Search…”.  It takes a while for the search result to come back and you can’t even save it.  Once you close it, it’s gone.  Now that I have SysExporter, I don’t have to worry about that problem.  For example, I want to find all the PDF files I have on my PC, I can just do a search for “*.pdf” on my local drives and wait for it to finish.  Then I lauch SysExporter and choose the correct type in the list.  SysExporter shows you more than just your search result.  It shows you just about every window you have opened so you need to choose the “Search Results” with a type of “ListView”.  Once selected, it shows all the search result in the bottom pane of the application.  Highlight all of it and right click and choose “Copy Selected Items (Tab Delimited)”.  Now you are able to paste into Excel to save the search result.  Windows should have this built in.

Platform: Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP
Price: Free
Website: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/sysexp.html

SysExporter

December 21, 2006

Avast AntiVirus – Another Decent Free Software

Filed under: Software, Technology — inVINCEble @ 5:35 pm

Just found this one recently but have not given it a try yet.  However, I heard some good things about it.  It is pretty much on the same level as AntiVir and AVG Anti-Virus.  Once I give it a try, I’ll give an update on my findings.

Platform: Windows
Price: Free (for the Home Edition)
Website: http://www.avast.com/

November 29, 2006

Hide Outlook

Filed under: Software, Technology — inVINCEble @ 7:21 pm

Microsoft Outlook is one of those programs that are meant to be turned on all the time, especially for the client rules to work.  I just wish they were smart enough like iTunes, WinAmp, or just about any instant messenging software available.  These programmers know that their program is running all the time and took the effort to create the ability for the software to run in the system tray.  Finally somebody create an addon that allows you to move Outlook to the system tray.  Once this program is installed, Outloook will no longer take up permanent space on the TaskBar.

Platform: Windows
Price: Free
Website: http://www.r2.com.au/software.php?page=2&show=hideoutlook

Hide Outlook

November 28, 2006

Zipper/Unzipper – Not For Your Pants But For Your Files

Filed under: Software, Technology — inVINCEble @ 11:48 pm

WinRAR is one of several software that I use on a constant basis that I would willingly pay for.  It opens just about every zip files I need like zip, rar, tar, ace, ect.  Not only that, it is also able to open ISO files.  You have the normal right-mouse click menu that enables you to compress your file.  While clicking on a compressed file,  you are given an option of extracting to current folder or creating a folder with the name of the file and extracting there.  Overall, it is very easy to use and is very worthy of the money you need to pay in order to get rid of the nagging splash page.

Platform: Windows
Price: $29
Website: http://www.rarlab.com/index.htm

WinRAR

November 22, 2006

Net Transport – Good Downloader

Filed under: Software, Technology — inVINCEble @ 3:33 am

As you may have noticed, I have a lot of programs and utilities.  Of course, I have to get them to my PC somehow in order to install them.  Well, I have tried several downloaders and by far my favorite is Net Transport.  It’s definitely a foreign company that came up with this but you have to handle it to them, they did a good job.  After installing Net Transport, the user can just click on a link to a file and a new menu option will show up that says “Download by Net Transport”.  Net Transport would then startup and download the file.  If right clicking on the page, the new menu option will say “Download all by Net Transport”.  Net Transport would parse the page and list all the available files that can be downloaded.  The user can then just check the files and the download will be queued.  One feature that I like is the ability to create categories.  When downloading a file, the user is given a choice of what category the file is in.  The file will then be placed in the folder that is defined by you when you created the category.  This particular program is free but it has nagware

Platform: Windows
Price: Free – nagware ($24.95 to get rid of nagware)
Website: http://www.xi-soft.com/default.htm

Net Transport

November 17, 2006

Decent Free Anti-Adware

Filed under: Software, Technology — inVINCEble @ 1:42 am

Since I blogged about two free anti-virus, I might as well show you two decent free anti-adware/anti-spyware. Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Personal and Spybot Search&Destroy are pretty good anti-spyware considering they are free. Both of these run pretty well on my computer. I noticed that it is actually pretty good to have both of these installed because what one misses the other may catch.  When running this program, it will go through your computer and the registry looking for any suspicious program or entry very similar to that of a anti-virus program would do.  Once suspicious entries are found, the program lists them out for you to decide if you want to remove them or not.  The program also gives you the ability to backup the changes in case you want to roll back your removal.  Overall, these are very decent software to use to help guard against spyware and adware.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Personal
Platform: Windows
Price: Free (Ad-Aware SE Plus $26.95)
Website: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad-aware_se_personal.php

Spybot Search&Destroy
Platform: Windows
Price: Free (Donations)
Website: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

November 16, 2006

Decent Free Anti-Virus

Filed under: Software, Technology — inVINCEble @ 5:12 am

Avira AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic and AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition are two very decent free anti-virus software.  It doesn’t work as well as McAfee or Norton Anti-Virus but that is as expected considering these goes for $39.99 each.  Each of these runs in the background and detects virus.  AVG Anti-Virus also detects virus from incoming email and outgoing email.  However, I found some problems with this feature when trying to download my emails from GMail POP3 service.  I had to disable it for the emails to be downloaded correctly.

Avira AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic
Platform: Windows
Price: Free (Personal Premium about $25)
Website: http://www.free-av.com/

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
Platform: Windows
Price: Free (Pro Edition $38.95)
Website: http://www.grisoft.com/doc/products-avg-anti-virus-free-edition/lng/us/tpl/tpl01

November 13, 2006

NetStumbler

Filed under: Software, Technology — inVINCEble @ 3:14 am

There’s a lot of gadgets out there to help find wireless access points.  They can be handheld devices or small little key-chains that light up when an available wireless network is found.  Well, I found this nifty program that does the same thing.  It is aptly named NetStumbler.  It works best with a laptop that is equipped with a wireless network card.  Once NetStumbler is installed, the user can see all the available network within range.  The program displays information of the name of the network, the type of router, and how much signal strength is from the network.  I have wireless networking in my house but I have certain areas that seems like the signal strength is low.  I installed NetStumbler on one of my laptop and walked around the house with it on.  By doing this, I am able to find weak spots in my house.  I then get another person to help move the antenna around to get better reception.

Platform: Windows
Price: Free
Website: http://www.netstumbler.com/

NetStumbler

November 9, 2006

Codec Confusion

Filed under: Software, Technology — inVINCEble @ 7:03 am

Have you ever got some weird error about missing codecs when trying to play a video file you downloaded? The video file may even work on one computer while not working on another. (Don’t know what a codec is? Click here to read about it.) Well, it looks like you didn’t install the correct codec for that particular video. So the next questions are; how can a codec be installed, what codec should be installed, and where the heck can I find the codec. To install individual codecs by themselves can be daunting. I go find an installation file in order to install them easier.  As for what codec should be installed. My answer is simple, install it all. Ok, maybe not all, but the most popular ones. Now’s the where. Free-Codecs.com is a good place to start. The installation package I normally install on my PC is called the K-Lite Codec Pack. You may also opt for the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack which includes more applications like Real Alternative and Quicktime Alternative. You can find out what those are in the upcoming episode of the SoftAwareness vidcast. It includes several tools as well as the most popular codecs available. Once this package is installed, you should be able to play just about any time of video file.

Platform: Windows
Price: Free
Website: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm
Website: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Mega_Codec_Pack.htm

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