Windows software of the day [April 21, 2012]

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Software for April 21, 2012

VistaSwitcher

Windows’ built in app switching, Alt+Tab, leaves quite a bit to be desired, especially on Windows XP. Sure, it’s quick and efficient, but it doesn’t really give you much information. It also doesn’t let you do things like maximization, minimization, and other things like that. VistaSwitcher, on the other hand, does.

VistaSwitcher allows you to do all this, and gives nice large previews instead of the tiny ones you’re probably used to. It also lets you cycle back through the windows with Alt+`, which is conveniently located directly above tab. It’s great for anyone who wants nice large previews and large, easy-to-read text.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1.4

Supported OS: XP/Vista/7

Download size: 32-bit: 371KB | 64-bit: 386KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 32-bit: 7 / 40 | 64-bit: 0/38

VistaSwitcher homepage

Network Meter

Want a nice gadget to monitor things like your current upload and download speeds, as well as total data used? Try Network Meter. This little gadget is tiny and fits all this useful information into a nice compact widget, with even more if you opt for a slightly bigger one.

Not only can it tell you lots about each of these, it is also quite customizable. Don’t care for a specific piece of information? Just hide it! Hate the blue and orange on black look? Change it! Network Meter is one of those nifty gadgets that you might keep just because it looks cool and geeky.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v8.1

Supported OS: Vista/7

Download size: 8.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Network Meter homepage

MACAddressView

A lot of the time, your network card can be a mysterious beast. What is this piece of hardware that was manufactured by some small unknown Malaysian company?! MacAddressView will, at least, show you who that small unknown Malaysian company is.

You can also do a reverse lookup – finding the MAC address records of certain companies. For instance, I can look up all the MAC addresses used by Intel simply by going to File > Find MAC Addresses and selecting Find by > Company Name. As it turns out, they have a lot.

If you are a network engineer or otherwise have to do a lot of computer networking, knowing what your gear is running and which companies are responsible for the hardware is an important duty. MacAddressView lets you fulfill it.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.16

Supported OS: Windows 98 to 7

Download size: 686KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

MACAddressView homepage

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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  1. Mags

    Personally I don’t like or use Widgets, so network meter isn’t for me. However what I do use and is also free is NetWorx. for me this is ideal. Also good for keeping your ISP honest.

    As mentioned somewhere else on this site I and many other Cdns had issues with our main ISP about usage which was more than double our normal usage for a period of a couple of mths and were charged with it. However, the ISP eventually was forced to apologize and refund everyone who had been overcharged. They said it was an issue with an upgrade to the software which tracks usage. Yeah right.

    Ever since then I’ve been using Net Worx.

  2. Zapped Sparky

    What’s that sitting on my sidebar? Yep, network meter. I’m on 5 Gig a month and find it very handy for keeping an eye on things, especially the prevention of getting letters from my ISP saying “would you like to upgrade to….”. Before anyone may say “only 5 Gig?”, currently this month I’ve only used 2.95233GB so far :)
    Oh, and Skynet? Well Locutus, when judgement day starts I’ll know who to blame :)