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Find out why your system wants to reboot with Why Reboot?

Why the hell do I need to restart my computer after installing this software, it works without problems without rebooting. If you asked yourself this question the little why reboot application might be the answer. Why reboot is freeware and only 60k in size. What it does is that it will give you a listing of operations that windows will perform after rebooting. (those are the operations that the newly installed software wants to perform).

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Open Ports 1.0

Open Ports displays all open TCP and UPD ports using a cli (command line interface). We all know the netstat command that lists all tcp and udp connections (netstat -an). The problem with this is that it does not show the application that uses the ports listed there. Open Ports lists the applications that use the ports which makes it easier to identify applications that should not be connected to the internet at all.

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Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier

We all know that CDs and DVDs don´t last forever, some expert estimate that self recorded CDs and DVDs last only for the short period of 2-5 years before they become unusuable. Many factors play a role here, some of them are the type of disk, the recording speed and handling and storage. So, what could you do if you have a medium that you can´t read / copy anymore ?

Security Applications that run on Usb Drives

Is this my USB story week, lot´s of articles about USB drives already and more come out faster than I can type. So, I´ve found this article at watchyourend about "hacking" applications that can be run independently on usb drives. I prefer to name them security applications, all of those applications can be used for good or bad, means security IMHO fits better than hacking.

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PosteRazor Make your own Poster

This little open source application might come in handy for some of you. The input is a simple image which is then cut into pieces which are then saved as pdf files and can be printed out and assembled as posters. This is a great way to produce posters, the application is able to read lots of formats from digital cameras and the usual ones of course like jpg and psd.

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Secure Passwords Manager PINs

Users have many passwords that they have to remember, not only for website logins but also for credit cards, bank cards and the like. Many of them force you to use a different password because they have certain restrictions how the password has to look like. (for example 6 digits, a minimum of 8 chars aso.) That means, the trick to have only one password for everything is not working that well, besides being really insecure.

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MemTest review

It´s wise to check your system components when you first start your new computer. It does not matter if you build it yourself or purchased a prebuild computer. It´s always a good idea to check if everything is working as intended. MemTest 3.4 tests your systems memory to make sure it is not damaged. It´s also a great way to test it when you overclock your computer / ram. This way you can ensure that it´s still reliable and does not produce errors.

Essential Freeware Utilities for Notebooks

The article essential utilities at laptoplogic.com lists several freeware utilities that should be useful to everyone who owns a notebook (with an intel cpu that is, a guide for amd will follow). All tools mentioned can be desribed as system tools that either show system information, test hardware or tweak it. For example tools to test the notebooks memory (Memtest86) are included as well as dead pixel tester for the lcd screen.

MessenPass Recover Lost Instant Messenger Passwords

So you have installed that nifty messenger and have not used it for some time. Now is the time to use it again, there is just one little problem: You can´t remember your password. Creating a new account would be an idea but what if you want to keep your contacts ? Messenpass reveals the password for various instant messengers, among others are: MSN Messenger, Trillian, Miranda, Gaim and AOL Instant Messenger.

I want a freeware utility to..

I want a freeware utility to do the following. Did you ever say that to yourself and wondered if a freeware or open source application existed that did exactly what you wanted ? It seems the natural way to sort freeware applications in this way, describe what you want to do and link to a freeware application that does exactly that.

Freeware Notepad++

Notepad++ is a free source code editor (and Notepad replacement) for Microsoft Windows personal computers. The freeware application supports many programming languages like C, C++, Java, C#, XML, HTML, PHP and Javascript. It has many useful features that Notepad is lacking, some worth mentioning are auto completion, the ability to work with more than one document and a multi-view feature that shows two documents at the same time. (that you can edit of course).

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Ip Scanner

Angry Ip Scanner is a small open source application that lets you scan IP addresses and ports, you can even specifiy the range of the scan by yourself. After pinging the target IP it is able to resolve other data like hostname, MAC address and open ports.

Coolmon 2: display Windows information

Coolmon is a great little freeware application that monitors and displays various windows settings. Among the information that can be displayed are Processor usage (up to four CPU's) , Number of Processes , Number of Threads, Process using the most CPU time , Processor type , Used/Free/Total page file , Used/Free/Total RAM , Free/Total/Grand Total Disk space (up to sixteen disks, also mapped network drives) , Computer Uptime , Date & Time , Computer name , User name , All IP addresses , Network read and write speed (up to four NICs) , Total Bytes sent and received and Battery status.

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Notify file monitor

Notify is a small freeware application for windows that monitors files and directories that you specify and notifies you when those are changed. The small size of 15 Kb makes it an ideal background task, it uses almost no cpu time and little memory.

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ClickCrypt 2.6

Most people think it takes lots of work to encrypt files. The freeware click crypt 2.6 allows to encrypt and decrypt files with just one click. It´s unfortunatly only available in german but that does not matter a lot because the interface is simple and easy. Click on Download Sofort ausführbares Setup which starts the download. After that install the software on your system and start it. This opens a configuration window which is named Verschlüsslungsmethoden. You select the encryption algorithm that you want to use, you have three options, those are: MD2 (128bit), MD5 (128bit) and SHA (160 bit).

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Freeware Replacements of Commercial Software

Igowerf from the anandtech forum posted a rather large list of freeware that can replace commercial products from the same category. For example a replacement for Microsoft Office would be of course Open Office which is free to download and use. It is a great list with lots of different categories that include Office, Internet / Networking, Graphics, IDE's and editors, Audio/Mp3/CD, System tools, Video encoding/decoding/etc, 3D Modeling/Animation/etc and Misc suggestions.

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JDiskReport Hard Drive Analyser

JDiskReportenables you to understand how much space the files and directories consume on your disk drives, and it helps you find obsolete files and folders. The tool analyses your disk drives and collects several statistics which you can view as overview charts and details tables. This is a great tool if you are looking for a program that analyses your hard drives content. Shows lots of useful information like which filetypes use the most space on your hard drives, file modification and folder size.

Autohotkey

I´am back. I finished moving to my new apartment and can again write article and entertain you. Autohotkey is a nice little freeware application that has many purposes. Take a look at its features: