Windows software of the day [April 23, 2012]

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Software for April 23, 2012

Desktop Google Reader

Web apps feel so… webby sometimes. If you like to sync your feeds using Google Reader but hate that you have to use a webapp, try Desktop Google Reader. It’s quick, has built-in feed notifications, and allows you to both share and star.

Sharing takes one of the main spotlights of DGR. You can save to Pocket (formerly Read It Later), add to Instapaper, tweet it, add it to your del.icio.us bookmarks, share it on Facebook, add it to Posterous, and even add it to Diigo.

If you like Google Reader and don’t like webapps, you’ll absolutely love Desktop Google Reader. Give it a try now!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.4.3

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 19.8MB - requires .NET Framework 3.5SP1 on Windows XP/Vista

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/40

Desktop Google Reader homepage

WhatInStartup

Want to see what all of your startup programs are in an easy, non-jumbled yet detailed list? Try WhatInStartup. It shows you what all the programs that automatically start when you start up your computer are, as well as providing quick access to the ability to disable, delete, and reenable items.

WhatInStartup also allows you to do things like Google search executable and product names, as well as re-execute the commands. It also features a Permanent Disabling mode: whenever WhatInStartup is on, it will automatically re-disable any program you’ve previously deleted or disabled that tries to re-add itself to the list. While not the most useful feature if you use a startup defender, it’s still useful for those without a startup defender.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.33

Supported OS: Windows 2000 to 7

Download size: 51KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

WhatInStartup homepage

Gmail Notifier Plus

Want to get notified whenever you get a new email? Try Gmail Notifier Plus. Entirely unobtrusive and easy to use, Gmail Notifier Plus lets you monitor multiple Gmail accounts and get minutely reports of new emails. It also lets you cycle through your new emails so you can preview each one.

Gmail Notifier Plus is a nice little addition to Windows, and if you combine it with Desktop Google Reader above, you’re already halfway to getting rid of your web browser!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.1.2

Supported OS: Windows 7

Download size: 1.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

Gmail Notifier Plus 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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10 comments

  1. Janet

    @Rob (Down Under):

    All programs in that folder start at boot.
    Not all programs that start at boot are in that folder.

    I have over 30 apps that start at boot, and none are in that folder (neither mine nor All User’s)…:-)…..! Further, if you use a program (like Glary) to enter a new startup program, it will not appear in that(those) folder(s)…….The entries in the Startup folders of Start menus seem to be only ones for which the user has made a Start menu shortcut.

  2. Rob (Down Under)

    @Janet:
    Are you suspecting that shortcuts in there do not start when Windows boots ?
    Trust me, they do.
    All of my 14 programs which have a shortcut in there, are running at the moment, and I did not start them.

  3. Janet

    @Rob (Down Under):

    I believe that folder is only for programs for which the user wants a shortcut in the Start menu. It is obviously not the regular startup folder–programs that automatically decide for themselves to start on startup do not put themselves in that folder…..

  4. Rob (Down Under)

    @Janet:
    I believe it is empty by default.
    It is meant for users doing what I described.
    But in addition, I think I recall a couple of programs during their setup, slipping (‘not that there is anything wrong with that’) their shortcut into there.

    Rob
    PS I have a companion folder right next to it called Startup_Disabled, which allows me to temporarily move shortcuts out of the Startup folder.

  5. Rob (Down Under)

    @Janet:
    There is a folder in the Start Menu called Startup
    It is a sub folder of Programs in the Start Menu
    That is the case in XP, and I believe it is the same in Win 7 (Still trying to fix my Win 7)

    If you go to your new program and create a shortcut, you can then move that shortcut into that Startup folder (in the Start Menu).
    ( OR I believe you can drag the shortcut to it, rather than move it.)
    When Windows starts, it opens any programs that it finds in that Startup folder
    (In my XP I have 14 shortcuts in there)

    Regards,
    Rob

  6. Janet

    The one thing most Startup managers seem to lack is the ability to add a program to startup. I ave Anvir Task Manager, WinPatrol, and Autoruns, but I use Glary Utilities to add programs to Startup. Has anyone found a way to do this with the above mentioned 3 programs?

  7. Rob (Down Under)

    Regarding Nirsoft utilities, you probably should give our members a ‘heads up’ on one of his programs, that I have found extremely useful -
    PasswordFox.exe
    It will fill a grid with all the saved Usernames, passwords, URLs that you have previously used (or allowed FF to save ? ?)
    You can click any column header in the grid to sort by Username, etc.

    It is a NO Install
    And has ROB’s recommendation,
    Rob

    PS Create a folder such as
    C:\PGMS_NoInstall\NirSoft\
    And place his utilities in there
    Whenever you run a full virus scan, you should move the Nirsoft folder to an external drive, as most of them frighten the hades out of anti virus programs