Editor’s Notes: Sometimes it is better not to pay for a software. We at AddictiveTips do our best to find out ways to solve a problem for free without having to pay for a commercial software. One tool alone cannot quite accomplish a task, this is why we are going to use multiple tools to create our very own Computer Activity Monitoring Software. This method can be followed by almost everyone, since it does not require even a single line of code to be written. ;)
By definition, a computer activity monitoring software means a tool that can monitor the activity without the person knowing that he is being watched. Auto Clicker Typer is not a monitoring tool, but we will convert it into one by making some clever modifications.
Installing and Setting Up Auto Clicker Typer
To begin, first install Auto Clicker Typer
. Once done, open it and check the Record Cursor Movement checkbox.
Google Translate is the most widely used translation service currently available for free. But translating a webpage, a paragraph, or a piece of text can still be a tiresome process. First you need to visit Google Translate website, copy/paste the text, at last choosing the language, and finally clicking Translate.
Google Translate Client
for Windows makes translation a piece-of-cake. It integrates itself into every Windows application, whether it be Firefox browser, Notepad, Microsoft Word, or Windows Live Writer. It is to date the best 3rd party Google Translate tool I have ever tried
It’s been a long time since I held my last reader’s poll. So you must be thinking, why you should vote? By voting, we will know better which type of tips our readers love. So today I am going to ask you, Ubuntu 9.04 or Windows 7?
UPDATE: I want more votes to decide properly, so if you are reading this please don't forget to vote.
I understand that most of you are from Windows background, but Ubuntu is one great OS too. You can do things on Ubuntu that is not possible on Windows, and vice versa. Both have their benefits. Before you vote, have a look as to what I think about both operating systems.
Auto Clicker Typer is a free tool for Windows that records all keyboard and mouse activity and then let’s you reply it later. In my opinion, it can come handy if you have a friend fixing your computer and you are not near him, then what you can do is to start this tool before he begins the repair work and watch it later when is leaves. In this way you can know how he repaired the problem. ;) Read More
So your Gmail inbox is full of Photos, Important files, and messages from family, friends, and co-workers? Searching for a specific email message from a pool of thousands of messages is quite a challenge. Just like Google has advanced search operators, Gmail has it’s own set of operators. You can find the Advanced Search Operators for Gmail with various examples here. Read More
Hulu offers streaming videos of TV shows and movies online for free. It has a desktop application for both Windows and Macs. The videos are currently offered to users in United States only. Sadly, there is no official desktop application available for Linux users. But you can still watch Hulu on your Ubuntu Linux desktop by using Boxee
. For those who don't know, it is a social media center that offers Hulu along with many other channels to be watched for free. It has a robust interface where you can enjoy various TV Shows, Movies, and Music.
Remember the tip we covered last year on speeding the Windows Shutdown process, it was too complicated for novice users and quite risky since it involves editing of registry. If you are an impatient person who can’t wait a minute for the Windows to shutdown properly, then you must be looking for a much easier way.
SuperFast Shutdown is a free tool for Windows that speeds up the Shutdown process, in fact it shuts down your system instantly. Although this tool is not new, the latest release has quite a number of bug fixes and improvements. It makes both Shutdown and Restart shortcuts on Desktop or/and Quick Launch. Read More
GIMP is a free graphic manipulation tool which comes with Ubuntu by default. It is also a powerful image editor, just like Photoshop(which is for Windows). You can launch it from Application > Graphics > GIMP Image Editor
. Image cropping is a piece-of-cake with GIMP and is a three step process. Open the image you wish to crop.
Tomboy is a desktop note taking tool in Ubuntu Linux that is a part of Ubuntu distribution. It has all the features of a good note taking software like searching among notes, inter linking of notes, multiple formatting styles, spell check, and printing of notes etc. It is not only limited to a simple note taking application, but there are many plugins that have been developed by 3rd party developers which add more features to the overall functionality and productivity.
What is Google Squared
Suppose you want to know who were the American Presidents, the best thing you will do is to go straight to Wikipedia. But if you don’t want to read lengthy articles and would like to see small details, photos, and dates of those American Presidents, then Google Squared is for you. It displays all type of important information in a neat spreadsheet and is useful in many situations.
Introduction to Opera Turbo Mode
Opera Turbo Mode is a new feature in Opera 10 Browser that allows a page to load much faster by compressing the image. When this mode is enabled, Opera’s servers will compress the images and other graphic elements from a webpage and send them to your browser, resulting in a faster load time. It is suitable for those users who are using a slow internet connection, such as dial-up or are using a crowded Wi-Fi connection. Read More
Do you want to manage the auto start items, the default manager in Windows which we have covered here
is not enough. Recently, I needed to remove various startup entries that were not even listed in System Configuration Startup tab. When you uninstall a software, most of it’s system files are not removed, so how would you remove them? In most cases if you find a weird process consuming too much memory, how would you analyze it?
Torrent is a small file with a .torrent extension that contains information for downloading some particular data. There are already lot of applications which are capable of downloading torrent files in Linux operating systems. Ubuntu has a build-in default torrent client called Deluge that is not installed by default, it is free light-weight torrent client that had captured a lot of attention recently. It is a torrent client that works on all desktops like GNOME, KDE, XFCE, etc.
Lynx is a popular terminal based web browser on all flavors of Linux. Lynx displays plain ASCII text on your terminal, it does not displays any images or multimedia contents. Lynx loads web pages at command line (Terminal). Since it does not load images and flash material , so it is fast as compared to other browsers. You can navigate to different links of the web page by using arrow keys. Internet user with low system spec or compatibility issues prefer to use lynx.
If you are one of those users who have to change the keyboard layout frequently because you work on different languages then you would know how hard it is to work in such an environment. Aml Maple is a simple tool for Windows that makes working with multiple keyboard layouts much more easier.
It assists you by telling you which document is in which specific language by showing a flag icon and/or a color caret. It will also show you the current active keyboard layout, thus, making switching btw keyboard layouts much more easier.
Note: You need to install Windows language pack to take full advantage of this tool.
Almost all operating systems offer facility to customize and secure the system start up process. Ubuntu has it's own "Startup Manager" but is not installed by default. It can be used for managing the settings of your Ubuntu boot screen and boot loaders. Startup manager can also be used to change the splash screen you see at boot up when you are asked for a login and password. Apart from it, it can be used to password protect your boot loaders, customize your desktop appearance, and secure your system boot process.
Do you have any two Excel sheets full of data and would like to compare them? Ofcourse you can do this from within Excel, but it is a little complicated for most users. Compare2Lists is a free nifty little tool for Windows that allows you to compare up to 4 columns of any two data sheets.
First copy the data from your excel worksheet and paste it next to List 1, once done click the Paste icon next to it. Do the same for List 2 but with a different data with which you want to compare. When done, select the columns that you want to compare in both lists, you can compare up to 4 columns. Read More
Tcpdump is a command line packet sniffer. Packet sniffer is a computer software that captures the incoming and outgoing traffic over a network. Tcpdump runs on all Unix/Linux operating system and it uses libpcap library to capture network traffic. Installing tcpdump on Ubuntu is very easy. You can install this by running a simple command on terminal.
So you are going out of the city and want a program to run automatically at any given day or time, or maybe you want it to run at 3am when you are asleep. Launching of an application at a specific day or time is a very useful feature that is sadly missing from all versions of Windows. We have covered a tool before that lets you launch multiple applications at any given time or date, but it is too complex for most users.
Rocket Launcher is a free simple-to-use task scheduler for Windows that lets you launch any system programs or applications at specific date and time easily. Just run the self-extracting wizard and the app will automatically launch when the process is complete. Read More
Remote login is referred to a method of controlling a computer from a remote location. For security reasons, the remote connection is disabled on all operating systems by default. On Ubuntu, you can allow the remote connections from System > Preferences > Remote Desktop
option. Here check "Allow other users to control your desktop