To open a windows tools from the Run command, you will have to learn some specific commands. To open Registry Editor you will have to type regedit, for Command Prompt it is cmd, and so on. But what if you want to open 3rd party tools such as FileZilla, Steam, Thunderbird, or any application from Run Command?
AddToRun is a free portable utility for Windows that helps you to open any file or application from the Run command. It works by assigning friendly alias to an application or a file, when you enter this alias in the Run command it will automatically open that application or file.
First select the program, then type the alias, and click Add. It will notify you that the alias has been successfully added. Read More
Scrapbooking is a method of preserving history in the form of text and photos. I am sure that you must have come across many websites that have photos and written history of various famous people and families. With the advent of web 2.0 technology, many people now tend to store their photos on various photo-sharing websites. But what if you want to create a simple scrapbook with text and photos and create a website out of it?
MyFotoPad is a free portable tool for Windows that lets you create a scrapbook in minutes. It has all features of a professional scrapbook software. Just run the tool(no installation required) and start adding photos, text, audio, and special effects. There are three modes: select mode, text mode, and draw mode. Each one of them have their own benefits, I was specially stunned to see the Freehand tool which is found in Photoshop and a few professional opensource drawing software. Read More
Google Calendar used to be a unpopular service until GMail came out. Almost 1/5th of all GMail users now have Google Calendar widget in their sidebar. If you are one of those users who use Google Calendar to mark down all important events, then this tip is for you.
Since Google Calendar can be synced with your mobile and desktop email clients, it has vast benefits. GMinder is free tool for Windows that displays all Google Calendar events in the desktop system tray. Since, it downloads Calendar events from your Google account, it works offline.
Just run the tool and it will show you a setup window. Click Set, enter your Google account details, and click OK. Now click Download and it will add your account in the list and also save all events in that were present in your Google Calendar. Read More
A few months back, we reviewed Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows that adds Image resizing feature in Windows right-click context menu. The downside was that the it would only save the resized picture in one image format only(JPG). What if you want to resize the image and save it in png, gif, or bmp format?
RightThumb is a free portable tool for Windows that adds an option to right-click context menu. This option allows you to create thumbnail of any image, it also contains few advanced preferences which allow you to select the image quality and format. Unlike Image Resize Powertoy, this tool works in all versions of Windows, except 95/98/ME.
Note: Extract the zip file and then run this tool. Running this tool from within a zip file will cause it not to work properly.
Last year, we reviewed an app called Unlocker that can unlock any locked file instantly. To unlock a file, it kills the Windows process that is trying to lock it. But not all files are locked by Windows processes, some files could be locked due to a malware. So if you are using Unlocker, you will only be able to kill the malware process, but cannot delete it. What will you do to delete the locking process(process created by malware) from the hard disk?
LockHunter is a free tool for Windows that is quite similar to Unlocker but with a twist. It integrates itself to the Windows Explorer right-click context menu, just right-click the locked file and select ‘what is locking this file?’ and it will show you the process that is locking the file.
Many viruses, spywares, and trojans that infect your computer contain Keylogger functionalities. Which means that everything that you type is logged by them and passed forward to the spammers and hackers who can then steal your confidential information such as credit cards, social security number, etc.
If you are working in a bank or other sensitive corporate field then there is 95% chance that anti-keylogger software are installed in your computer. Such software prevent keyloggers from logging every keystroke and thus keep all confidential information secure. But wait, there is not only one way to log keystrokes, there are actually different hidden ways to monitor your keyboard. So how exactly would you know that the anti-keylogger software installed in your computer by the corporate staff actually works against all such keylogging methods? Read More
Since facebook relies on it’s users for translation, a bunch of Pirate fans have created a language dubbed English(Pirate)
. It adds an overall fun to the facebook profile by changing the words such as Home to Home Port, Friends to Mates Y'might Know, etc. Below is the screenshot showing the new language in action.
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With hundreds of URL shortner services popping up every now and then. And complains of why newspapers should stop using shortened URLs. One Reddit user nicknamed ‘highwind’ got inspired by another redditor’s comment and coded away a new URL service called DickensURL.
Unlike other link shortner services, DickensURL does not actually shorten the original URL. Instead, it converts links to passages from the works of Charles Dickens. Just enter the URL, hit Convert, and share the inspiring quote filled links with your friends.
Did you take a photo and would like to Geotag it so that you can remember the exact place the photo was taken? Or maybe you took a photo with a geotag enabled device and would like to re-check where every photo was taken? Since geotagging is relatively a new phenomenon, Windows and Linux OS do not have a build-in feature to geotag the photos.
is a free tool for Windows that lets you add geotag to the photos and also lets you edit geodata in the image files. You can add geotag to the photos by entering the coordinates or by browsing via the build-in Google Maps(requires good internet connection). Geotagging basically helps a person know where exactly the photo was taken.
Email is a great way to share photos and stories, but all email providers lack a build-in photo browser. To find photos you will have to manually search the specific email and then browse the photo attachments. Are you looking for a simple place where you can view photos from all email attachments and share them easily?
2Pad is a free online service that lets you import all photos and videos from any email account and store them in one location. The email services it directly supports are, Hotmail, Yahoo! , GMail, AOL Mail, and Mobile Me. It can work with any mail server with IMAP support. Read More
Facebook is a social network to connect with friends, family, and co-workers. It was not build to connect with hundreds of junk 3rd party applications. My main homepage feed, at the moment of writing, is half full of useless application messages which has made it quite difficult to check friends’ real activities. To make the matters worse, there is no way in facebook to permanently remove application messages from appearing in the main feed.
Facebook Purity is a GreaseMonkey script for Firefox that automatically removes all junk 3rd party quizzes and application messages from the main feed. It would however keep all messages from original facebook apps, such as status updates, wall posts, links, notes, photos, etc behind.
Ubuntu 9.04 is the latest in line of Ubuntu Linux operating system, which is faster and has a more improved user experience. I have only 3 partitions on my hard disk, one for Windows Vista, one for Windows 7 beta, and one for my local files. I am used to 3 partitions maximum, since it looks less cluttered this way. Instead of creating a fourth partition, why not try installing it on a USB drive? Obviously, doing a proper install is better than doing a installation on USB, but since I don’t use Ubuntu much creating a fourth partition doesn’t make sense either.
For those having problems with bootable live CD, they can try creating a bootable live USB.
UNetbootin is a free portable tool for both Windows and Linux that lets you create bootable live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions. It also lets you do a quick ‘frugal install’, but we will only cover the procedures for creating a bootable live Ubuntu USB in this post. Read More
Do you want to organize your photos by albums, category, rating, etc? Perhaps you want to tag your friends in the photo just like you do it on Facebook? Or maybe you want to mark the position on the map where you took the photo? The default Windows Image Viewer can neither organize the photos properly, nor can it tag or geo-tag them. Most people rely on 3rd party tools, such as Picasa to organize their photos. One reason why Picasa is popular is that it allows you to upload your photos, which makes it more easy to save images on the web.
Pictomio is a free photo and video organizer for Windows that makes organizing more simple. It allows you to edit your photo’s metadata by adding geo-tags, annotations, etc. One of thing you will notice about this app is the eye-candy look, it lets you browse your photos in different slideshow effects which makes it overall appealing. Read More
Do you want to import lyrics to your iTunes, so that you can listen to the song and enjoy the lyrics at the same time? iTunes Lyrics Importer
is a free add-on for iTunes that can download lyrics for every song in your iTunes playlist. It imports the lyrics from a single source and is developed in C#.
This app has doesn't work anymore due to broken LyricsWiki API, you can check out LyricToy
To install it, first close iTunes, run the installer, and then click iLyrics from the Program menu to launch iTunes with this add-on.
You will see iTunes Lyrics Importer dialog box in iTunes. Now select the songs whose lyrics you want to download, check the Update Automatically checkbox, and click Get Lyrics. It will then automatically find the lyrics and add them to the songs.