Microsoft has removed the autorun.inf feature from Windows 7. This means that when you insert the USB drive, the programs will not automatically start up. So is this good news or bad news? Spoiler Alert: It is good news!
Recently a few tech blogs covered a tool called NoDrives Manager
that can hide the local drives. According to them, it can be used to hide important files that we don’t want others to access. The problem here is that this tool is not the best way to hide your important files. Be warned and do not use this tool to hide sensitive files.
Do you want to protect your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint history? Are you afraid that some hacker can steal your documents via tracking history on your computer? eSecure Delete
is an add-in for both Office 2010 and Office 2007 that can delete all computer tracking history straight from your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document without having to leave it.
BackIt is an Adobe Air app that makes backing up files and folders a snap. Unlike other backup tools, it is cross-platform and allows users to backup and manage everything from a single interface(no steps required). Read More
is a newly developed lightweight app that allows users to quickly secure important files. There are two modes - Low Security and High Security. The low security mode allows users to encrypt the files so that they are not accessible over the network. While the high security mode can password protect the app so that no one is able to access the files(including other computer account holders)
Update: Secure Folder for Windows has been discontinued. However, you can check out Cryptor and Secret Data Manager to protect your files.
Amazon Search By Price
is a small add-on for Firefox that lets you quickly search for any products between a specific price range. Unlike other add-ons, it is 100% accurate and doesn’t show the products that are outside the defined range.
Update: Amazon Search By Price has been discontinued. However, you can use Ookong to check price history of products and get price drop alerts from Amazon.
PhotoGrabber is a dead-simple portable tool that can quickly download all your photo albums and all photos where you have been tagged. Suppose there are 100 photos out there in various friend’s albums where you are tagged, this tool will download them all. Read More
is a great service that allows users to upload any type of file and then share it on Twitter. It allows user to upload upto 50MB per file, which is the same limit as Windows Live SkyDrive.
AIRTranslate is a free Adobe Air app developed by Denis Volokh, the same guy behind AirFM. It does nothing except bringing the Google Translate service to the desktop. It can be useful for those who need to quickly translate a text. Read More
AirFM is a beautiful Adobe Air app that contains around 200 radio stations from all around the world. It has a simple yet eye-candy interface with three main tabs on top, Radio Stations, Radio Player, and Favorites. Read More
Windows 7 comes with DirectX 11 pre-installed, Microsoft has made it available for Windows Vista as well. If you bought a new DirectX 11 compatible GPU card and are looking to perform a benchmark test then give Heaven Benchmark
Google Shortcuts is a simple yet handy add-on for Firefox that adds Google services shortcut button anywhere in Firefox toolbar. At first I had various Google services in speed dial for quick access, but with this add-on all services are neatly laid down in the toolbar. Read More
RcTunes is a small app that allows users to control their iTunes music playback from any computer over a remote network. If you want to control the iTunes on your main computer that is connected to home theater from any netbook or laptop, then this app will do the job. Read More
If you often need to check different web applications for web browser compatibility, then Internet Explorer Collection
will come in real handy for such testing. It lets you run multiple versions of IE on the same system simultaneously.
is a free light-weight tool which sits in the system tray and lets you access the most commonly used applications from a simple interface. You can consider it to be an alternative to the Windows Quick Launch feature. It also lets you specify the global hotkeys to access everything you want with one click.
Solid State Drives have been in the market for the past few years and have gained popularity with the passage of time. Their working mechanism is different than the normal drives as these drives don’t have any moving parts. While a traditional drive has drive motors to spin up the magnetic platters and the drive heads, solid state drives uses solid-state memory. This is why these drives ensure less power usage, faster data access and higher reliability.
WindowsPager is not a new tool, but the latest update brings seamless integration to Windows 7. It is an opensource portable pager utility for Windows that creates four virtual desktops(also called virtual workspaces). Read More
Secure Password Storage
is the LastPass for Windows desktop. For those who don’t know, LastPass is the popular Firefox password manager add-on. Secure Password Storage has been developed for the easy password storage and retrieval with maximum encryption.
AddictiveTips now recommends LockCrypt
, a free awesome password and information manager for everyone.
The Ad-Hoc Connection was first introduced in Windows Vista. We covered a complete guide on creating your own Ad-Hoc connection. This type of connection allowed users to share internet connection with other users quickly, thus creating a sort of WiFi. You can create this ad-hoc connection in Windows 7 as well. Read More
Images to Video
is a free portable tool that can quickly convert multiple images into a video. It supports four video formats, avi(mpeg4), wmv, flv, and mov. We previously covered a way to create AVI video from JPEG images
, but the procedure has limited functionalities.