Windows software of the day [May 17, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • InternetOff: turn off the internet after a given time period
  • EraserDrop: quickly, securely erase files without even installing a thing
  • Mouse Extender: a beautiful application launcher

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Software for May 17, 2012

InternetOff

If you’re anything like me, you spend way too much time on the internet. I’ve spent most of my free time today on Facebook, Google Reader, and Reddit, and what have I got to show for it? Several hours wasted. If I’d had InternetOff, I’d have had much more push to get me off the web.

The way InternetOff works is simple. When you first start it, your internet will be just fine; to have it automatically turn off you have to open it via the System Tray and select Turn off the internet. When you want the internet back on, open it via the System Tray again and click Turn on the internet. You’ll be forced to choose a time interval: do you want to turn it on for five minutes, 15, 30, 60? Forever? Be careful with the choice you make.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 1.6MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

InternetOff homepage

EraserDrop

Want to securely erase your documents without installing something like a full Eraser program? EraserDrop will probably fit your needs perfectly: it’s free, portable, and securely erases your files using the powerful Eraser engine.

To use EraserDrop, just select a collection of files you want erased. Then, drag them onto the EraserDrop icon. From there, it’ll confirm the erasure; just select Yes and the files will be permanently wiped from the face of your drives. EraserDrop can also wipe the recycle bin and any free space on your drives, just like Eraser.

In total, EraserDrop makes for a well-designed and well-implemented erasing program. It’s easy to use, it supports lots of types of erasing (files, drives, recycle bin), and it’s entirely free and open source.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.1.1

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 1.6MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

EraserDrop homepage

Mouse Extender

Want quick access to all your favorite applications and folders? An application launcher is what you’re probably looking for, and Mouse Extender just happens to be one. It’s smooth, easy to use, and looks great.

If you’re wondering exactly how you can use Mouse Extender, the developer created a short video showing off its best features:

As you can see, there are a range of things you can do with Mouse Extender. It makes a really nice application launcher, and aside from various applications, also allows you to launch your favorite web pages.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.9.9.3

Supported OS: Windows with .NET 3.5SP1

Download size: 280KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

Mouse Extender homepage

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10 comments

  1. Locutus
    Author/

    @Mpad: For me, it worked when I unzipped it and opened MouseExtender.exe. Are you sure you’re properly uzipping it? If it still doesn’t work, try redownloading it, it sounds like you might’ve gotten a corrupted copy.

  2. David

    50Mb for a launcher? Ouch.

    I use sTABlauncher.. modern, docked, tabbed somewhat customisable nice GUI with animations – with 7 categories and 7-10 items per category and icon animations allowing drag & drop, it’s under 2Mb…

    That said it requires .NET 2.. (which the latest has turned to from 3.5 as ‘being lighter on resources’!)

    Neat, optionally semitransparent when docked, multi tabbed, it launches programs in 1 click, as the tabs open on mouseover.

    Don’t be put off by the now rather ..er ..minimal.. website..
    http://stablauncher.com/index.html
    – or the picture which doesn’t do it justice.

  3. RobCr

    @justnakenny:
    I followed the above link, and clicked about three links on that web page (EG FAQ, etc)
    All three web pages copped a McAfee red banner warning ‘Dangerous site’
    I saw enough of the info about the program, to realize that it was not my type of program (I prefer menus over flashy icons, etc), so I just gave up.

    Rob
    PS I did not get any praise for being the sacrificial lamb yesterday, when I warned about the Trojan in the link about the free phone. The link was deleted minutes later.
    So I just kept my mouth shut.

  4. justnakenny

    I don’t know what I did wrong but I couldn’t open it because it wasn’t a zip file, something about ” Codeplex.” Anyway I went up to Google and I was able to get the zip file from ” Softpedia,” for anybody else that might be running into the same problem. That was MouseExtender that I was talking about, sorry.

  5. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @vjott: For the most part I agree with this point of view with one exception: Not everyone can necessarily afford to upgrade to newer tech. Im sure there are many people who still use Windows XP on 512 MB — particularly in less affluent populations.

  6. vjott

    @dadams: 50 MB of RAM is too much? Even my weak netbook running Windows 7 Home Premium with 1 GB of RAM can spare that much. Not to mention my laptop with 4GB of RAM also running Windows 7 Home Premium. I wouldn’t think that RAM should be much of an issue nowadays with the declining cost of RAM and ReadyBoost Technology (plug in a flash storage device and use it as cache).