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Windows 2000-XP-Vista

XPLinux -- Running Linux on Windows with VMWare and Xming

As most people reading this blog probably know, I've decided not to upgrade to Vista. I would need a new computer and really have no need for one, other than to run Vista. I have, however, upgraded to 1 gig of RAM over the weekend and this has finally allowed me to run Windows and Linux together on one desktop.

SpeQ -- Small Powerful Math Program (Discovery)

Windows Calculator is a joke -- who wants to use the on-screen version of a $5 dollar calculator. Most replacements are far more powerful but kind the "lots of buttons" calculator interface. SpeQ break the calculator-look mode. It looks more like a text editor that lets you enter calculations -- and even say your work. SpeQ can be used by anyone for simple math problems but it is powerful enough to be useful to engineers and scientists.

IcoFX -- Powerful Freeware Icon Editor

About a year ago, I reviewed SnIco Edit here at Software Gadgets. It was a nice little icon editor, however, its web site has disappeared and I've recently found an icon editor I like much better: IcoFX.

From the IcoFX web site:

IcoFX is an award winning freeware icon editor. It is an all-in-one solution for icon creation, extraction and editing. It is designed to work with Windows XP and Windows Vista icons supporting transparency.

HandyFind -- Finds Words As You Type (Discovery)

Bringing up a find dialog box can be a pain in some peograms -- and other programs don't even offer a search feature. HandyFind makes searching text easy in most Windows programs. Type the hot key (control-space is the default) and start typing your search term. The highlight will jump to the first match. Use the arrow keys to find the next or previous match. Esc or a mouse click exits search mode. It's simple, fast, and works in most Windows programs -- a nifty and useful program.

Windows in a Box (Discovery)

Windows XP has hundreds of settings scattered all over the place. Finding them can be a problem. Most can be reached through Control panel, but some are found in other places most people, including your writer, never can seem to remember when they are needed. Enter Windows in a Box, a freeware program designed to make all these XP setting easily available when you need to find them.

ScholarCite -- Create Standards Compliant Bibliographies (Discovery)

I probably would have killed for a program like this when I was in high school and college. Of course, computers filled rooms back then and I didn't have one.

From the ScholarCite web site:

ScholarCite is a free program that helps you write standards compliant literature references. ScholarCite is very intuitive. Simply fill out some fields, and press "Write". The ScholarCite auto-generator then creates a  bibliography entry for your works cited list.

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner (Discovery)

If you ask me, the Windows Registry was one of the worst ideas Microsoft ever had. Collect all the settings for the Windows operating system and 99% of the the programs you have on your computer in one huge database file. If anything goes major wrong with the registry, chances are good you will need to reinstall Windows and all your software. The registry also collects all sorts of useless material left over from programs you've uninstalled or moved or looked at wrong. (Okay, the "looked at wrong" is probably a slight overstatement.)

Swept Away Program Auto-Minimizer (Discovery)

Swept Away is a small AutoHotKey-based utility that will automatically minimize applications that you are not currently using after a user-controlled length of time (except for applications you put on an exclusion list). This Windows program was inspired by the Mac program SpiritedAway.

Operating System: Windows
Price: Free
Web Site: http://lifehacker.com/software/downloads/lifehacker-code-swept-away-windows-255055.php

Bowling Evolution Game (Discovery)

Bowling Evolution is a freeware bowling game for your computer that uses very realistic physics.

Game features as listed on the game's web site:

* Tenpin bowling
* Challenge bowling
* Online World Highscores
* Realistic physics - pins bounce like in the real world
* Nice 3d simulation
* Different bowling balls
* Multiplayer game
* Replays
* Runs on Windows 2000/XP/Vista
* Multi-language support: English, Finnish, German, Spanish and Swedish

Pitaschio -- Windows Enhancement (Discovery)

Pitaschio is a small enhancement utility for Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Like those "utility knives" with can opens and scissors, Pitaschio combine a number of unrelated but sometimes useful windows enhancements into a single small program that run is the system tray. Among its many fetures are:

* Stick window to other windows when moving and resizing
* Restrict window position to inside of the screen
* Minimize window to system tray
* Use small icons in the desktop
* Disable Windows key, Insert key, Alt key etc.
* and many more

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