Sharing files from one pc to another is quite tricky. There are various 3rd party tools that allow you create a VPN connection between two computers so that you can share the files easily between them. But what if you want to share files with multiple friends frequently without having to create a VPN connection?
g2Peer is a nice tool for Windows that uses GMail in order to share files from one computer to another. In order to use this tool, it must be running on all computers and should be configured to work with a unique GMail address through Gmail IMAP or POP3. In other words, you and your friends will have to use GMail account for login and sharing files. Read More
If you have multiple sub-folders full of files and you want to move them all into a single parent folder, what will you do? Moving them one by one, and deleting the empty sub-folders will definitely eat up your precious time, specially if you have lots and lots of sub-folders.
is a free portable tool for Windows that consolidates files and folders into one. There are two methods to use this program. Either you can load up the tool and drag & drop the folders inside after specifying the parent folder where the files will be saved, or you can enable the context menu and right-click on the parent folder in which all other sub-folders are present to consolidate them into one.
If you want to quickly hide a file inside an image, then nothing beats FireSteg
add-on for Firefox. This plugin allows you to both hide and extract any important file from a jpeg, png, and bmp image instantly.
Once you have installed this add-on, go to View > Sidebar and select FireSteg. Now select the file that you want to hide and the image in which you want to hide. Note that both the file and image can be selected from either local drive or directly from any web page.
is a free add-on for Firefox that lets you play video/audio playlist easily from within Firefox. Once its installed, you will see a proper media player interface in the status bar from where you can play/pause, move between videos, shuffle, and do much more.
So you must be thinking what’s the catch here? Instead of having to open YouTube music videos on different tabs and playing them one by one, this Firefox add-on will let you play all YouTube videos from within the browser without disturbing any of your work.
is one awesome tool for Windows that has recently grabbed my attention. It not only allows you to take simple screenshots and save them to clipboard, rather it lets you upload the screenshot to multiple services online too. And if you have a server, it can upload it there too provided you have assigned the FTP credentials.
The feature that sets it apart from other similar tools is customizability, you can choose the type of image to be taken, use it with 3rd party editing tools, perform various quick actions, assign hotkeys for various tasks, view History and much more.
If you are are the sole user of your computer and are annoyed by the Ubuntu login window during every startup, it is better to remove it. Removing the login window will not actually remove the login password, but it will just skip the step during system startup.
Note: Make sure that you do not remove the login window on a public computer.
FileZilla is a fast, reliable, and cross-platform FTP client software. It has a vast user base due to prominent features like easy-to-use, multiple languages support, drag and drop facility, search, and remote file editing.
Editor's Notes: This article is for absolute beginners who are new to Ubuntu. We have discussed the basics of installation and usage in this post.
makes copy and move operations the way it should have been in Windows. Copying and moving multiple files/directories in one go is almost impossible in Windows, it is both time consuming and a headache. Suppose a situation where you want to copy some files and move the whole directory at the same time, and also want the computer to shutdown when the operation is complete? Windows cannot do this by default, but with Copy Handler it is possible.
Do you want to Schedule an event, make a to-do list, write some notes, or organize all contacts? PIMs, which stands for Personal Information Managers are programs designed to organize and manage all types of personal information, from tasks and notes to important contacts and emails.
EssentialPIM Portable is a free software for Windows that allows you to manage your personal information. It has five important features, Schedule, To Do, Notes, Contacts, and Mail. When you run it for the first time, you are taken to EPIM Today where you will find all information for a specific day. Read More
Beagle is a desktop search application for Ubuntu. It is used to search files, folders, images, documents, emails, notes, and videos within your system. You can also search files using the default search feature of Ubuntu which is located in Places > Search For File
, but the advantage of Beagle is speed, reliability, and accuracy.
There are various tools in Windows that allow you to mount ISO image files easily, we have covered few of them here
. But in Ubuntu, using the right tool can be a difficult task. There are a lot of tools that allow you to mount an image to the CD/DVD Drive, but what if you want to mount them to any specified folder and that too quickly? Below, we have covered two methods to mount and unmount the ISO image file quickly.
If you are using Ubuntu, then by default Automatic Update will notify you about the latest updates available almost daily. If you want it to automatically update without notifying you or prevent future updates, you will need to configure it manually. Now, lets explore how can we customize the settings of Automatic Updates.
Microsoft Security Essentials is the name of Microsoft’s latest Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware software for Windows operating system. It is already being tested internally at Microsoft and is rumored to launch in September of this year. We were lucky to gets hands on the pre-beta build version of Security Essentials. I tested it on Windows Vista and was quite impressed with it. Below is the complete review along with some interesting findings.
Microsoft Security Essentials has finally been released to the public, check it out here
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If you are looking for a freeware alternative to Nero CD/DVD burning software, give UU Discs Studio
a try. It is a free tool for Windows that has failed to gather attention among mainstream bloggers due to language barrier(software is made by a Russian developer). It was originally developed as a paid tool, but the latest version is now free with a whole new interface, HD/Blu-Ray burning support, and tons of new features.
It has three main features: Data burning
, Audio Burning
, and Video Burning
. The tabs to access them are given at the bottom of the main window. I have reviewed each of them in details below.
If you are using Windows 7, one of the first thing you should do is install a good codec pack. Media Players such as VLC Media Player, MPlayer, etc can play almost any type of video files, but when it comes to Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center, then not all file types are supported. To solve this problem, there is a codec pack for Windows 7 that will allow both Windows Media Player and Media Center to play almost all video formats. Windows 7 Codecs
is free package that requires a simple installation and nothing else. It comes with a slew of codec configurations, letting you customize the audio and video settings according to requirements. Moreover, you can choose to set your output device like speaker configuration to get the optimized sound quality. Below are the step-by-step procedures to install Windows 7 Codec package in both Windows 7.
Before you install this codec package in Windows 7, please make sure all other codec packages have been uninstalled.
When I wrote about two tools that will remove all temp files
from Windows, reader Vadim pointed out another great tool. BleachBit
is a file and privacy cleaner that was originally developed for Linux only, but is now available for Windows too. What it does is fairly simple, the main objective is to remove all Cache, Cookies, Chat & System Logs, History, and Temp Files from commonly used software and services.
The full list of commonly used programs include: Adobe Reader, Chrome, Firefox, Flash, GIMP, Google Earth, Hippo OpenSim Viewer, Internet Explorer, Java, OpenOffice.org, Opera, Real Player, Safari, Second Life Viewer, Skype, System, Vim, Vuze, and XChat.
So you bought a new Intel processor and want to burn test it to check how it can handle the load stress? IntelBurnTest
is a free tool for Windows that checks for system stability much faster than Prime95. This is because it uses Intel’s own stress-testing tool called Linpack and simplifies it’s usage. Instead of taking 40 hours under Prime95, the stress test under Linpack takes less than 8 minutes. The tests are more accurate when performed under 64-bit Windows OS.
Author’s Caution: Not for beginning overclockers. This program WILL stress the CPU, Memory, North Bridge, and other system components to their highest extent! Make sure your PC is properly cooled and ventilated!
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Do you want to add some programs to the system startup so that every time Ubuntu starts, your programs are loaded as well? Ubuntu has a very sleek and easy-to-use Startup Programs Manager where you can add and remove any program quickly.
If you want to have conversation with your friends, colleagues, or an employee, Skype is the definitely the best choice. It is a well known Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) application which is free and cross-platform that let you call from one Skype user to another free of cost. Millions of people are using it to make free calls over Internet, send instant messages to friends, and arrange video conferencing with colleagues. It also offers local numbers in some countries, if this service is available in your region then you will also be able to receive calls on your computer, but Skype charges you for such a service.