Posts Tagged ‘windows software’

Enable Snap Feature of Windows 8

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s an interesting feature for Windows 8 users … even though Windows 8 isn’t officially released yet.

You should not confuse the new snap feature of Windows 8 with the Aero Snap feature that Microsoft introduced under Windows 7. Aero Snap back then allowed users to snap windows to the left or right side of the monitor where they’d resize to take up exactly half of the available screen estate. It was furthermore possible to move a window to the top to maximize it.

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Advanced Password Recovery for Windows

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I wonder what this program will be used for most: retrieving forgotten passwords or hacking into password protected computers?

Windows users have many options at hand to recover an account password if they cannot remember it and the sign in fails because of this. We have covered a few options in the past, check out Reset Windows Passwords or Create a Windows Password Reset Disk for pointers.

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Remove Old Windows Drivers

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Here’s an interesting tool for removing obsolete drivers from Windows systems; it looks handy, but it also looks like the sort of program that you’d want to be careful with …

I reviewed Driver Sweeper back in 2009 for the last time. Back then it was version 2.1 that I reviewed. The developer recently published Driver Sweeper 3.2, which justifies taking another look at the software. Driver Sweeper basically can be used to remove old Windows drivers from the system. Say you have had an ATI video card in your system and replaced it with an NVIDIA card after some time. Even if you use the ATI uninstaller, your system will be left with some drivers that do not get cleaned.

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TunnelVision, Hide Part Of Your Screen

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

This is kind of an interesting idea … but it overlooks the fact that to a passer-by, the TunnelVision shrouded screen probably looks more ominous than any video you might be looking at.

Remember those pupils at school that would not let you peak at their work during class? They usually used their elbow and body to block your view. TunnelVision is more or less the modern adpotion of this century old practice, only that you are now in control of what others see on your computer monitor. Lets say you are working on some highly classified materials on your computer, or as a harmless variant, you are watching a video in one corner during work hours.

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Windows 8 Start Menu – Toggle, Disable, Enable Metro UI

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Here’s good news for desktop users; as it turns out, there’s a simple way to disable Metro UI after all …

The Windows 8 Developer Preview has been released less than two days ago. We already published our fair share of tutorials that include Windows 8 installation instructions and things that I love and do not like about the operating system.

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Find Out Who’s Surfing on Your Wireless Network

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Many wireless routers will show you the same information, but still, this program sounds like an interesting way to check up on the security of your Wlan.

Many users nowadays connect to the Internet via Wlan. That’s handy for a number of reasons like being able to access the Internet from multiple locations without having to buy a 50 meter network cable and tug that around with you all the time.

Wireless networks have disadvantages as well, especially so if they are not well protected. Anyone in reach of the signal can theoretically try and “get in”. That’s obviously simple if the Wlan is not protected at all. Protected Wlans on the other hand can be attacked as well.

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Free File Wiper – Delete Files so that They Cannot be Recovered

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

There are a lot of different freeware programs that perform a similar function, and they definitely come in handy if you deal with a lot of sensitive data on your system …

When you delete files or folders in Windows they are either moved to the trashcan of the system or deleted directly. Regardless of the selected action, files remains recoverable on the system for some time. To explain it in simple terms: When you delete a file, the reference is removed by the operating system but not the file contents which still exist on the hard drive. This means that anyone with the right tools can recover those files as long as they have not been overwritten (for instance by new installations or files).

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Repair Internet Connection Issues with Connectivity Fixer

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

If configuration issues or program conflicts are slowing down your connectivity, this program might be able to help …

As a work from home guy I rely on my Internet connection. If it goes down, I’m cut off from work which could be disastrous, depending on the downtime. I have a backup connection just to make sure that I can always connect, and if everything goes down at once I have yet another backup plan to either work from my parents house or from an Internet cafe.

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Kernel Outlook PST Viewer – Access Old Outlook Emails

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Here’s an interesting program that allows you to view archived Outlook emails … even if you’re not running Outlook anymore.

If you are like me, you keep backups or copies of important data that you no longer need on your computer in case you need access it in the future again. This is for instance true for old emails that I archive regularly to make my email program more responsive. I use Mailstore for that, but there are other options.

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Dealing with Protected PDF Documents and Batch Document Conversion

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

This seems like a pretty useful trick for anybody who regularly uses PDF documents as reference material …

When you are dealing with important documents from professional and academic research sources, many of these documents are in a protected PDF format. Extracting text from these documents can seem nearly impossible. LotApps Free PDF to Text Converter is a free portable application that converts single or multiple PDF documents into Plain Text Format. You end up with a .txt file that may not be as pretty as the PDF, but at least you have the content. No PDF reader is required for this application to work. You can actually extract text from password protected and encrypted PDF documents.

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