“More” handy freeware programs to put on a USB stick

26 04 2006

DIGG has a list of more USB application, many of which I had already. Good Find!

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Summer Wishlist , Part1

24 04 2006


1. Old 1986 VW Vangon Westfalia Camper – Water-Cooled, PopTop (w/ Stove, sink, fridge, table)

2. New MacBook Pro – CoreDuo 2.16GHz /2GB RAM/ SuperDrive/ 120GB HDD (17" MacBooks available today!)

3. $500 Pre-Paid Gas Card!

4. 7 days vacation with the family – ROAD TRIP!

Microsoft “Carmine” to be next step in MS Server Virtualization Path

18 04 2006

Roudybob mentions an InformationWeek article on MS "Carmine".  Interesting read as I am just now experimenting with Virtual Server R2 (free now).

I was on the fence on whether to go VMWare GSX Server or MS, but if MS can get this together, I'll stay with VS R2.

IWUG Loadfest – Vista!

18 04 2006


If you're in the Indianapolis area and are interested in Microsoft Vista (or any other MS products), check out the IWUG site for an opportunity to get together for a first ever Loadfest!

This particular event is BYOC, but there is a great Windows Server 2003 R2 Technical Drilldown session scheduled for May 11, 2006! Hope to see you there! 

From the IWUG site – "You read correctly, folks. We're announcing (though on short notice!) the first-ever IWUG "Loadfest". What's a "Loadfest"? Well, a "Loadfest" is essentially an opportunity for several of you geeks to get together, bring your machines and get some hands-on experience loading a product on your own machine.

It was a no-brainer choosing the product for our first "Loadfest" – Windows Vista. Join us on April 27th, 2006 at Parkwood Four, 500 E. 96th St. for a few hours of fun, geek camaraderie and pizza/drinks. Detailed information is included below – we are limited to the capacity of this event, so please register by sending an e-mail to info@iwug.net with the subject "VISTA LOADFEST". We'll confirm your participation and hold a spot for you on the 27th."

Windows Media Player 11 coming in May! URGE coming with it?

18 04 2006


Microsoft is on track to release a Windows XP version of Windows Media Player 11 before the end of June, the company confirmed last week.

Microsoft says that URGE is deeply integrated with WMP11. Will it still be available before Vista?

Well, even if Vista is delayed, you don't have to wait to see WMP11! Yay! 

Story on ZDnet here.

What’s on my USB key?

17 04 2006

 Kingston Data Traveler II

I have a Kingston 1GB Secure DataTraveler II USB drive. That's a lot of drive space, but I'm not even using half of that. Here'e the things (apps) I carry with me regularly.


1. Portable FireFox – it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your favorite browser along with all your favorite bookmarks and extensions with you wherever you go.

2. Portable FileZilla – FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP client with lots of handy features. It supports resume on both downloads and uploads, timeout detection, firewall support, SOCKS4/5 and HTTP1.1 support, SSL, SFTP and more, all with an intuitive drag and drop interface.

3. Daemon Tools – virtual cd/dvd-rom emulator

4. VNC Viewer – RealVNC Viewer

5. HFS – (Http File Server 2.0) – a 600k webserver that allows you to setup a quick fileserver on any PC

6. TorPark – Turn any internet terminal into a secure connection (The Onion Router + Portable FireFox)

7. TiddlyWiki – a reusable non-linear personal web notebook

8. Portable VLC Player – VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, WMV, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

9. QM (The Quick Mailer) – Qm is an extremely small, fast program for sending E-mail. Its size and flexibility make it ideal for those times you want to quickly send messages or files without starting a large E-mail suite. Requires and internet connection and SMTP Server.

10. Foxit Reader – is a free reader for PDF (Portable Document Format) documents. You can view and print PDF documents with it.

11. Spacemonger –  SpaceMonger is a free tool for keeping track of the disk space on your computer.  Instead of viewing your disk as unhelpful little icons orpie charts, you see a single picture that shows you at a glance how much space every file and folder are using.

12. HoverIP –  With HoverIP you can display your IP configuration (on all network cards), perform different tasks like NSLOOKUP, PING, TRACEROUTE,  SCAN PORTS or network, and manage your ROUTES  in a very convenient way !\

 If you have recommendations, please let me know! I'd love to try 'em out! Thanks!

Free Graphics Applications

17 04 2006

Ok, I'm not a graphics guy by any stretch, but there are cases where I need to edit a photo or resize or convert images. Here are a couple of GREAT applications for just that! I use both of these on a fairly regular basis and would not go anywhere without them. (And they are so small, I carry them on my USB key!)
1. FastStone Image Viewer – "An  image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, annotation, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more."

    Actually they have a whole suite of great apps here! (Screen Capture, MaxView, Photo Resizer, and a 4-in-1 Browser with built in webserver and FTP client!)

2. Paint.net – "Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools."