Windows software of the day [May 11, 2012]

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Software for May 11, 2012

Windows Error Lookup Tool

> Error 0×00002!

What on earth could that error message mean? Our best bet would be to look it up in a database. However, doing that can take a while and finding the correct results could be annoying. This is what Windows Error Lookup Tool was created: it makes looking up random error codes much, much easier.

When you enter an error code into WELT and hit Enter, it’ll almost instantly find the definition and a more helpful description of the error. In our sample case above, the issue is that the file wasn’t found — and WELT tells us just that.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.0.4

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 411KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/37

Portability: Entirely portable

Windows Error Lookup Tool homepage

Text 2 Folders

What’s a one-trick pony that creates folders from a list of text? Text 2 Folders certainly seems to fit the bill. It takes either a text file or manual entry and spits out a folder containing all those subfolders.

The only other thing that Text 2 Folders lets you do is create a SendTo shortcut for quicker folder creation. It’s seriously that simple. On the off chance you’re looking for something like this, T2F is probably both critical, simple, and unique enough that it’s not heavily replicated.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.6

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 476KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable

Text 2 Folders homepage

My Daily Wallpaper

Want a new wallpaper every day? It’d certainly make using your computer more interesting. Try using My Daily Wallpaper: it can download a new wallpaper for you every time you turn on your computers, or at any time you wish to redecorate.

My Daily Wallpaper draws from DeviantArt, and allows you to select or deselect the various categories of pictures. You can have abstract art, vectors, SciFi, landscapes, objects, and much, much more. It’s really up to you.

To download a new wallpaper every time you start your computer, just hit the Autostart button. Alternatively, you can just start the program at any time to download a set of four thumbnails of new wallpapers, and you can select one from the list.

Note: do be aware of the People category! This category can contain nudity, which can be potentially a very big deal in work environments/with others you live with.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.50

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 187KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/42

Portability: Entirely portable

My Daily Wallpaper homepage

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17 comments

  1. RobCr

    @John:
    I am working on a VB6 program, which will more suit my needs.
    It may suit your needs ( CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MAIN NEED ? )
    It will be portable, but I am unsure whether Win 8 will have the VB6 runtime (XP and Win 7 do) ?
    If you read my post on today’s Software of the day, it mentions an alternate conversion program.
    As an experiment, you could email me, so that I can send you a copy to try in Win 8.
    It too is portable, so if it works, then mine will.
    robhp AT iprimus DOT com DOT au

  2. John

    @RobCr:

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for your help mate, but for whatever reason it just does not want to work for me. I have d/l it again with exactly the same problem. I have tried right clicking etc but to no avail. I temporarily disabled my firewall thinking it may be that, but still the same.

    I might just have to forget about it and put it down to one of lifes little mysteries or Win 8.

    Cheers,
    John

  3. RobCr

    @John:
    If you are running the EXE directly, try right clicking it and going to Properties. It should be one of the Tabs in that dialog.
    If you are using a shortcut, you can right click that, and go to it’s Properties.
    I usually do both, just to be sure.
    If there is a checkbox for ‘Run as Administrator’, I would tick that as well.

    Rob,
    PS If there is a checkbox for ‘Do for all Users’, I would tick that first.
    Because that brings up another identical looking dialog, that you should use instead.
    One person that I have helped had to untick that. I assume because one of the user’s logon had ‘pee weak’ capabilities.

  4. John

    @RobCr:

    Hi Rob,
    I’m sure Win 8 will have compatabilty settings somewhere, it’s just a matter of where?

    In the zip file that MDW downloaded there was another seperate file with the IC Sharp code, but when I clicked on it nothing happened and it could not identify with anything, it beats me?

    Cheers,
    John

  5. RobCr

    @John:
    Since it is portable, one would think it has a fair chance of running.
    Does Win 8 have Compatibility settings like Win 7 has ?
    Try setting it for XP, and tick some of the checkboxes to avoid fancy graphics.

  6. John

    I have tried installing My Daily Wallpaper but keep getting an error message “”Could not load file or assembly IC Sharp Code”” etc etc

    What am I doing wrong? Also I should add that I’m running Win8 CP which may be the culprit?

  7. Lance H

    @all old codgers

    So far you guys are all youngsters to me (I’ll never tell), but at least our postings aren’t using the shortcuts Facebook and others of that ilk seem to prefer! Many of them leave me guessing.

    But I guess this is off topic, and I’ll have the wrath of Ashraf fall on me!

    BFN

    Lance

  8. RobCr

    @Jeanjean:
    Actually I managed to get to the Green button (took a bit of fiddling).
    I will wait till the morning (cough) to try it in another PC.
    The last wallpaper changer I tried, appeared to stuff up ALL my dialog background (Form) colors.
    I nearly rolled back to a drive image from 3 days earlier, but managed to get things right again.
    I am also exploring writing my own, which I will offer to other DotTechies, when I get it working.

    Thanks,
    Rob

  9. RobCr

    @Jeanjean:
    I tried the three download links, and none worked (for me)
    JonE has convinced me to trust Softpedia, so I am reluctant to randomly download it from elsewhere.
    Could you email me a copy ?
    robhp AT iprimus DOT com DOT au

  10. Jeanjean

    @RobCr
    In the options you can choose the change interval or …not select any.
    And yes to your second question. When you click the systray, it takes automaticly the next picture in the folder (randomly or sequential, your choice in the options!).
    If you want to choose the picture yourself, you must open the little window of Winwall via the icon of the tray.
    You can also preview a picture with one click on it.

  11. RobCr

    @Jeanjean:
    Thanks for the tip.
    At 70 you get cranky, and you don’t want your PC changing anything without your permission.
    Can that program be be told to NEVER automatically change the wallpaper ?
    Thus the only time it ever changes the wallpaper is when I click the systray, and I then choose which file to display.

    Thanks,
    Rob
    PS I read about 6 reviews, and not one had the answer to my question

  12. Jeanjean

    @ RobCr
    At 70, one dreams of notes & tips as screen backgrounds if I understand well (I’m Belgian and english is not my language !) ???
    At 65, I prefer always to see dream images on my screen … (lol !)
    Anyway, I see only one way to do this : make pictures of your notes & tips and use a wallpaper changer (an old one (like us) but still works fine (like us) is “Winwall”…http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancements/WinWall.shtml).
    To add a note or a tip, change the image (for example with Photofiltre).

  13. RobCr

    Regarding wallpapers, I posted a dream I had, on -
    Windows software of the day [May 3, 2012]
    Whilst investigating how to achieve it, I discovered an easy wallpaper change trick.
    Would anyone like the ability to place a set of images in a folder, and with a couple of mouse clicks, easily set the image of your choosing, to be the wallpaper ?