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Utility Software Posts from the Old Blog

The following posts were made in the old Thingamablog version of this blog, the read more links will take you directly to them.

FreeRAM XP Pro -- Freeware Memory Manager/Optimizer

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2006 at 4:38 PM by Randall

There are a huge number of programs (free and commercial) that claim to optimize and/or free RAM memory in Windows XP. In my humble opinion,... [Read More]

Find and Run Robot -- Program Launcher for Keyboard Maniacs

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 at 5:03 PM by Randall

If you have a large number of programs installed on your system, digging through the Start Menu for one you don't use very often can... [Read More]

Sandboxie -- Run Internet Explorer in a Sandbox

Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 at 8:47 PM by Randall

While I prefer Firefox and Opera to Internet Explorer, there are a few sites that just don't work with any other browser. Sandboxie lets... [Read More]

Font Frenzy -- Safely Clean Up Unused Fonts

Posted on Monday, June 19, 2006 at 9:46 PM by Randall

Programs love to install new fonts to your system. Unfortunately, each font adds a tiny bit to your system footprint making your system slightly more... [Read More]

Calcute -- Freeware Calculator Replacement

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 at 6:33 PM by Randall

If you find the Windows calculator pointless, but find my favorite, Frink, overpowering and complex, give Calcute a try. Calcute can function like... [Read More]

MozBackup -- Backup Firefox and Thunderbird Profiles

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 9:15 PM by Randall

When I reformated and reinstalled XP over the weekend, I needed an easy was to backup and restore my Thunderbird and Firefox profiles with all... [Read More]

SVS -- Virtualize Software Installs

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2006 at 8:46 PM by Randall

VMWare has been in the news quite a bit since they released a freeware VMWare Player that allows one to install an operating system and... [Read More]

Windows PowerShell (aka Monad) RC1 Now Available

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 8:47 PM by Randall

Windows has always shunned the command line while Unix-based OSes have embraced it. This has meant that the command line (CMD) that comes with Windows... [Read More]

Process Tamer -- Tame Programs When They Hog the CPU

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 at 10:01 PM by Randall

You've had it happen. I know you have. You are trying to type an email or draft a report in Word when your system slows... [Read More]

Toolbox -- Application Launcher on Steroids

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 9:46 PM by Randall

There are a lot of application launch bars and docks available. The current "in thing" seems to be bars that try to act like the... [Read More]

ClipSecure -- Text Encryption for Real People

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 9:22 PM by Randall

I remember getting excited about encrypting things was PGP first came out for DOS. Unfortunately, most early (and current, for that matter) programs aren't really... [Read More]

Allchars -- Type "Strange" Characters Easily

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 9:48 PM by Randall

If you regularly have to type "strange" characters not on your keyboard in Windows and do not want to use a complex, full-featured macro program... [Read More]

StartRight -- Control Windows Startup

Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 at 10:01 PM by Randall

If you are like most people, when you start Windows, Windows starts a large number of programs: instant message programs, audio programs, mailbox monitors, firewalls,... [Read More]

ERUNT - Backup and Restore Windows Registry

Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 9:45 PM by Randall

The Windows Registry was a good idea -- at least in theory. Collect all the data Windows 3.x and Windows 3.x programs would scatter around... [Read More]

Scarabay -- Portable Password Manager

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 9:51 PM by Randall

It seems like every web site (and even some programs) want you to have a unique user name and password. Worse, you are expected to... [Read More]

Karen's Replicator -- Backup Files on Demand

Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 at 9:34 PM by Randall

Everyone knows backups are important, but most people aren't likely to do them more than once a day (and once a week is more likely... [Read More]

Samurize -- System Monitoring and Desktop Enhancement

Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 8:19 PM by Randall

A lot of people seem to like to monitor their computer system constantly so they can know just how much memory they are using or... [Read More]

StrokeIt -- Mouse Gestures Made Easy

Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 9:35 PM by Randall

I'm a keyboard man. I like to keep my hands on the keyboard as much as possible, so I really like programs like AutoHotKey... [Read More]

Recipe Center -- Powerful Freeware Recipe Database

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 4:31 PM by Randall

There are an amazing number of recipe programs available. Most are fairly expensive, and all have somewhat different sets of features. None seem to have... [Read More]

7-Zip -- High Compression File Archiving

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 9:32 PM by Randall

If you download files for Windows from the Internet, you need a program that can unzip archive files. Unfortunately, the best known ones (WinZip, PowerArchiver,... [Read More]

XP Syspad -- 200+ Windows Utility Functions

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 9:56 PM by Randall

Windows 2000 and XP scatter their system functions all over the place. XP Syspad provides system information and a single interface to many system... [Read More]

RunFast -- Powerful Run Box Replacement

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2006 at 10:00 PM by Randall

Do you find yourself using the Run Box on your Windows Start Menu a lot? If you do, you probably wish it was more powerful... [Read More]

uTorrent -- A Tiny, Powerful BitTorrent Client

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 9:55 PM by Randall

If you think of peer-to-peer file sharing at all, you probably think of it in connection with downloading music. While this is frought with copyright... [Read More]

freeCommander - Dual-Panel File Explorer

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2006 at 3:00 PM by Randall

While freeCommander isn't Directory Opus, it is a much better file manager than the builtin Windows Explorer if you do a lot of... [Read More]

StatBar -- A Freeware System Status Bar

Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 at 10:02 PM by Randall

A lot of people seem to want to have all sorts of statistics on their computer visible on their monitor screen. I've never found much... [Read More]

PureText -- Paste Text Without the Formatting

Posted on Tuesday, March 07, 2006 at 8:51 PM by Randall

Chances are it has happened to you. You've copied some text from a web browser or a word processor and pasted it into another program... [Read More]

TrueCrypt -- Open Source On-the-Fly Encryption

Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 10:13 PM by Randall

There are a number of commercial programs that will create an "encypted disk" in a file on your hard drive that you can use like... [Read More]

GSplit - Split Very Large Files Easily

Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 at 10:26 PM by Randall

Even with CD and DVD recorders to save files to, some files are just too big for one disk. That's when you need a program... [Read More]

JetStart -- A Start Menu Replacement

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 9:54 PM by Randall

If you are tired of digging through the Start Menu to start commonly used programs, you may want to give JetStart a try. JetStart... [Read More]

Keynote -- A Tabbed Tree-Organized Notebook

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 at 8:49 PM by Randall

Keynote is a free notebook/organizer. It allows you to store all your notes and ideas in a single well-organized file. No need to remember... [Read More]

Gamma Panel -- Adjust Monitor Gamma via Hotkeys

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 at 10:06 PM by Randall

Have you ever been in a full screen application or game that is just too bright (or, more likely, too dim)? Fiddling with your monitor's... [Read More]

Agent Ransack -- Search Your Files

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 10:14 PM by Randall

Much has been made of various free search desktop programs provided by large companies like Google and Yahoo. However, many people have security concerns when... [Read More]

Frink -- A Calculator on Steriods

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 at 10:17 PM by Randall

I'm usually reluctant to use JAVA programs as they can take forever to start, but every once in a while I find one that I... [Read More]

Cathy -- Catalog Your Data CDs and DVDs

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 10:26 PM by Randall

You downloaded a program a few months ago and know you backed it up to CD. Now you want to give a copy to a... [Read More]

PuTTY -- A Freeware Telnet/SSH Client

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 10:10 PM by Randall

Many Web Hosts (like Dreamhost) provide access to a unix shell account. Long ago, before the days when script kiddies made high security a... [Read More]

Build the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2006 at 8:28 PM by Randall

It would be nice to have a bootable copy of Windows on a CD for those times your computer just will not boot due to... [Read More]

Apple Quicktime without Itunes

Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2006 at 9:46 PM by Randall

Apple really wants people to download Itunes, so they bundle it with Quicktime. To get Quicktime, you have to take a copy of Itunes whether... [Read More]


Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 at 10:20 PM by Randall

Sometimes you really need to get rid of a file completely (so it can't be "undeleted") or you need to completely wipe your data off... [Read More]

First Page 2006

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2006 at 9:08 PM by Randall

I've used one version or another of Homesite as my HTML editor of choice since about 1997. While I've tried many other editors, none... [Read More]

EditPad Lite -- A Free Replacement For Notepad

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 9:00 PM by Randall

Are you tired of the limitations of Notepad, the text editor that comes with Windows -- but don't want to pay money for a "programmer's... [Read More]

Stickies -- On Screen "Post-It" Notes

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 at 8:49 PM by Randall

To understand my need for this program, you have to understand that I have no sense of time when I'm working at my computer and... [Read More]

ListXP -- Free Windows File Lister

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 8:47 PM by Randall

One of the programs I really miss from the days of DOS is Vernon D. Buerg's LIST.It was a small program that could quickly... [Read More]


Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 at 11:26 AM by Randall

I discovered this wonderful, if somewhat geeky, program when the macro feature of PowerPro decided to no longer function on my computer after I... [Read More]

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