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SkyDrive Explorer - Use Windows Live Skydrive From Windows Explorer

It's hard to beat Windows Live Skydrive from Microsoft with its 25 gigs of free remote storage. This beats any other free storage service I know of. However, it can be a bit of a pain to use as you have to go to the Windows Live Skydrive site in your browser to upload or download files.

Software Gadgets Moves to Drupal

The first stage of the move to Drupal (from Wordpress) is finished. Software Gadgets is up and running with categories and comments again functional. There is a new Index page where all posts and pages are indexed in alphabetic order -- no need to guess the category. The anti-spam features on the comments are working. More features will be added with time, but this site is operational again.

You are probably wondering why I switched from Wordpress to Drupal. There are several reasons.

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Site in Chaos: Moving to Drupal

Software Gadgets is moving from Wordpress to Drupal and the site will be a bit messy for a while as I get it set up and configured nicely. Wordpress is a very nice blogging system, but it seems to use a lot more CPU time than my Drupal sites do. It's probably gotten a bit bloated with time and new features. Drupal, at least as I have it set up on my Linode VPS seems to be much more CPU efficient compared to Wordpress -- even with plugins like Supercache enabled on Wordpress. We'll see how it does under Drupal.

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Activatebynum -- Task-Switching HotKeys on XP and Vista

ActivateByNum adds task-switching hotkeys on XP and Vista -- like on Windows 7. You just press the Win key plus a number to switch to the nth program showing on your taskbar. For example, if your taskbar shows NotePad, Word, Firefox, and Excel in that order, pressing Win+1 would switch to Notepad, pressing Win+2 which switch to Word, etc. If you like to keep your hands on the keyboard, this little utility is very nice.

Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista
Version: 20090613

ManicTime -- Personal Time Management Software

Is most of your work done on your computer? Would it be helpful to know how much time you spend using the various software installed on your computer? With an easy way to tag usage to a particular project or client? If so, the freeware ManicTime may be just what you need.

Features (From the web site)

ManicTime automatically collects data on your computer usage. It records active and away time, as well as which applications you used and for how long you used them.

Cleanmem

There are a lot of utilities available to "manage" windows memory. Some are free. Some cost quite a bit of money.  Most are worse than useless as they  "manage" memory by allocating a huge block of memory. This forces Windows to write most of the programs and data you are actually using to the swap file on your slow (compared to your system's memory) hard drive. Theses programs then free the huge block of memory they allocated which provides you with much more free memory.

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I Return to Windows XP and Software Gadgets Returns to Life

I've been running Ubuntu as my primary operating system since the Fall of 2007. I ran Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) as my primary OS while running Windows XP SP2 in a VirtualBox virtual machine running in seamless mode to use the Windows program I just could not live without. (Seamless mode displays the Windows desktop and the Ubuntu Gnome desktop at the same time making it look like both Linux and Windows programs are running on the same machine -- no switching between the virtual desktop and the real desktop.)

Server2Go for Windows

If you are looking for a complete web server package that can run from read-only devices like CD-Roms, DVDs, usb memory sticks, etc. Server2Go is definitely worth a look.

Server2Go is a Webserver that runs out of the box without any installation and on write protected media. This means that web applications based on Server2Go can be used directly from cdrom, a usb stick or from any folder on a hard disk without the hassle of configuring Apache, PHP or MySQL.

Firefox CHM Reader for Linux and Windows

.CHM files are the "compiled HTML" files used for most Windows Help files. If you use Windows, they are easy to read. If you use Linux, it is not so easy. While there are several programs that will read and display CHM files, none of the work all that well for me. So I was very happy to discover CHM Reader for Firefox today.

TrueCrypt 6.0 -- Now With Hidden Operating Systems

I've posted about TrueCrypt before (here and here). Encryption software like TrueCrypt has become even more important with all the reports of stolen laptops full of private business data, not to mention new government powers to snoop into computers many governments around the world are giving themselves. Everyone needs a way to keep their (or their employer's) private data private.

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