Windows software of the day [April 15th, 2012]

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Software for April 15th, 2012

f.lux

Do you use your computer late at night? You shouldn’t do that, that’s bad. If you do, then you probably know that, even at minimum brightness, your computer screen can still hurt your eyes. f.lux fixes this not by decreasing the brightness, but by making the screen warmer – more yellows and browns, less blues and whites. In fact, it does it wonderfully.

f.lux automatically makes your screen warmer or colder colored based on the current time and the sunrise/sunset times for your location. When it’s noon, your computer will be bright and white like normal, and after dusk, it’ll warm up to a eye-pleasing, eye-saving orangy brown. It’s an effect that’s pretty hard to describe – you’ll have to try it yourself.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: unknown

Supported OS: Windows/Mac/Linux/iPhone/iPad

Download size: 546KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portable: No, but doesn’t require administrative rights

f.lux homepage

Thanks Sasha!

Nail It

Want a specific window to stay on top? Windows won’t let users do that; only applications can claim that for themselves. Enter Nail It: to make a window stay on the top, select it Nail It from the system tray and select Nail. Your cursor will change and you’ll be able to click on any window to make it stay on top.

Nail It is really simple to use, and absolutely free, too. It’s great if you want to keep a system monitor of some type on top, or if you need to keep a report open.

Note: Nail It received an 8/41 on VirusTotal, with most results being for adware popups. However, in our testing no adware popped up, and these are most likely false positives due to the way Nail It interacts with Windows.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.10

Supported OS: Windows (all)

Download size: 25KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 8/41

Portable: Yes

Softpedia page (no homepage available)

TreeSize Free

Want to see which folder is taking up so much space? TreeSize allows you to view folder size both at the drive level (C:) and of a subfolder (C:/Users). It’ll automatically load all of the files inside each folder and sort them by size, and provides easy access to permissions, folder size, and more.

TreeSize is a neat way to visualize how much space each folder is taking up, and if needed, find giant unnecessary files that you can delete.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.7.0.168

Supported OS: Windows (all)

Download size: 2.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portable: Yes

TreeSize homepage (offline) | Softpedia page

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6 comments

  1. ebony

    @ Mags : I too have been using it for a while and like it a lot when I first started using it. I think the “orangy brown” made it difficult for me to see at times. But all in all I like the concept of the software.

  2. Mags

    Just adding a thumbs up for f.lux.

    I’ve been using it for a few years now as I often use my pc at night and it definitely makes it easier on the eyes.

    When the screen changes to that “orangy brown” it is a gradual change, not instantaneous, also making it easier on the eyes.

  3. Locutus
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    That awkward moment when your computer fails to boot and you have to scramble to borrow someone else’s, thus ensuring you’ll only be able to write about portable apps… hope I can get it fixed soon :)