For those who are unfamiliar with the terms Shadow Copy or VSS (Volume Snapshot Service), it is a technology included in Microsoft Windows. What it does is it automatically creates backups of your data, with an option to lets you do so manually. Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 can create copies of your files and folders, which allows you to retrieve the previous versions in case they are accidentally deleted, modified or manipulated in one way or the other. In computers running Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems, this service is active by default. Microsoft has only included the privilege of accessing shadow copies in Windows Ultimate, Business and Enterprise edition, leaving other editions of the OS to dust. Back in January, I reviewed an application for Windows called Shadow Explorer. It is a tool that allows Windows Home version users to access shadow copies according to time filters
, and provides a unified interface to explore and export them. Today, I have a similar application for users of Windows 7 editions who need a third party solution. The application is as called Z-VSSCopy
and allows you to perform even simpler administration of shadow copies.
Many people use more than one browser and save bookmarks separately to each. When you need to access a bookmark saved to another browser, you will simply have to switch to another app, but that’s about as all it takes to fetch a bookmark from another browser. If you use Chrome, you can sync your bookmarks between systems. You can also use Xmarks, a popular browser extension available for both Firefox and Chrome, that allows you to sync bookmarks between browsers and systems. This is in the event that you’re always on your own system. If you use a public system or are using one temporarily, you might want an easier setup that can be removed quickly. If you use Evernote, the answer is pretty simple. Booknote Importer
is a free Mac app that lets you save your bookmarks as notes to an Evernote notebook. All your folders and their respective bookmarks are sorted the way they were in your browser, and you can access them by signing into Evernote’s web interface.
Shadow Copy (Volume Snapshot Service) is a technology included in Microsoft Windows that allows users to take manual or automatic backup copies of data. This was first included in Microsoft Windows XP and updated in Windows Vista to make better use of the Shadow Copy service. From time to time, Windows Vista and Windows 7 create copies of your file and store them, enabling you to retrieve previous version of the files and folders in case they are accidently deleted or modified by you or someone else. This service is turned on by default in every system running the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems. However, Microsoft only grants access to Windows Ultimate, Business and Enterprise edition users. Shadow Explorer
is a tool that allows Windows Home version users to access the shadow copies, and provides a unified interface to explore and export all shadow copies viewable according to time filters. The application lets you retrieve older versions of saved files and folders by letting you browse through the saved data according to date and time.
Notepad++ is becoming more and more versatile and useful text editor with every new plugin added to its arsenal. Each new plugin brings something different to the application allowing users to perform more and more functions and edit documents with ease using Notepad++. The default Notepad++ does not allow users to export the edited text or code in HTML or RTF format. So, if you want to generate an HTML report of a piece of code you have just written, you will have to use another tool for that. Today, we bring you another plugin called NppExport
that allows you to generate reports of your source code in HTML and RTF format. You can also copy the source code to Windows clipboard in specified format (HTML or RTF), and paste it in your default Word Processor
to get highlighted syntax of code. It may come helpful in situations where you need to share the code with those who don’t have the required software IDE to view the code with highlighted syntax. Using NppExport, instead of making the other person install the same tool on his system, or letting him view the code with the wrong syntax, you can easily generate an HTML report that will retain the complete syntax of your code in the generated report.
Having a proper searching tool to look for required files and folders allows you to save a lot of time. Imagine if every you needed a file and you did not remember its location, you had to manually look through the hundreds of folders in your hard drive. A search utility allows us to save time by providing us with filters to quickly locate the required file. The default search utility of Windows works fine, but it does not have a lot of options, when it comes to applying filters, or choosing multiple locations at a time to search. UltraFileSearch
is a search application that can find text, files and folders on your local, removable and network mapped drives. It lets you find files containing one or more than one specific words, define several file names and drives at the same time, and sort the results according to properties. The application allows you to search according to file names, text included in the files, date and size of files, or wild cards, depending on your requirement. The results can be exported to TXT, CSV, HTML and XML file formats. UltraFileSearch is a system-space and system-resource friendly application, as it does not use background indexing for searching.
You have your life scattered across your phone, social networking accounts and emails accounts. It is possible that as new and better services emerged and you adopted them, you never managed to move your life from one application or service to the other either because work tied you down to something old or your contacts wouldn’t move on with you. Neiio
is a web service that allows you to import contacts from Facebook, Google accounts and LinkedIn, organize it into groups and export it to Gmail, Yahoomail, Outlook, or download them in Excel format. The app can convert contacts in to readable file format from Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. Additionally the app also removes duplicates found in your contacts so you don’t have to worry about them when exporting contacts.
Tired of manually backing up your data from Evernote every day? Evernote Exporter
is an open source tool that can schedule the export of Evernote notes on a periodic basis. Using Evernote Exporter
, you can avoid exporting your notes manually from time to time and rather schedule for automatically saving a backup of your notes in ENEX (Evernote) format.
What do you do with your browsing history? Most users might not have any real need for it except that it makes it easier to search for pages when you type in a website’s name in the location bar and it recalls the page you want to open based on you browsing history. Looking at a different scenario, where you either have to migrate systems or are committing some sort of browser treason and you want to take your history with you, you would need to export it. History Export
is a Firefox extension that lets you export your browsing history in either HTML, JSON, XML or plain text format to do with it what ever you will.
For those of you who are avid Instagram users and find Facebook one of the best ways to share pictures with friends who aren’t on Instagram, InstaFB might be the perfect way for you to share your photos on Facebook. The web service lets you connect your Facebook account with your Instagram account and import 50 images to it. Once activated, the service continues to sync all new photos that you upload to Instagram to your Facebook profile. Read More
Facebook may be regarded far and wide as the best way to be unproductive but it nonetheless has its advantages. The chief advantage is that you’ve got most of your family and probably all your friends added there which makes it easy to spread news and share images. Picture yourself in a situation where you’re either having a baby shower, a surprise birthday party for a friend and you need to know how many people you’ve invited, how many are coming and how many have so far ignored the event. evuli
is a free web service that lets you export Facebook events to Excel; it creates a separate sheet for guests who have RSVP'd, Declined, haven;’t replied or are unsure of their attendance.
Google Calendar is no doubt one of the most commonly used daily planners; no matter who you are or what you do, chances are you’ve used the service at some point. For those of you who wouldn’t know what day it is without Google Calendar, Google Calendar to Excel
is a web service that lets you go all critical mass on organizing. It lets you export your events and tasks; date, locations, attendees, created by and contacts’ birthdays, all in one excel sheet. It lets you export events from multiple calendars in either a single or multiple sheets.
If you’ve recently exported your Samsung TV set channel list to USB, you must’ve been on the look out to edit and extend the channel list as per your choice. Since there are many channels which for some reason could not be identified during the channel search process, a SCM archive editor would surely help not only in customizing the list but adding those channels which are generally hard to find. SamToolBox
is an open source application designed specifically for editing channel list exported from Samsung TV. It comes with SCM archive file support for B-series to D-series TV set generations. You can change the channel list in numerous ways. It allows swapping of two selected channels, filtering to find specific genre of channels and editing to tweak with channels names and order list. Furthermore, it lets you apply channel map sorting based on the reference channel list while it has the ability to render various kinds of databases including, Transponder, Satellite, Service Provider, etc.
Do you want to make a backup of your drivers in case your Windows becomes corrupted and you need to reinstall it? And when you have installed the Windows, do you want all drivers to be reinstalled automatically without having to manually install them one by one? DriverMax is an excellent software that does exactly this. It helps in both backing up and reinstalling your drivers with a single click. Read More
Firefox users need to create a backup to guard against the possibility that their profile may get corrupted or wiped after installing a new extension or a new version of Firefox. Backing up Firefox manually is as simple as copying their respective profile folders to another location. If you do that, you’ll have a full backup with all your settings and personal data will be saved. Backups come handy when you want to save the profile on multiple computers or want to use the profile in your freshly installed Firefox in your new computer. Read More