Windows software of the day [July 9, 2012]

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Software for July 9, 2012

Google Drive

Are you an avid Google user like me? If you are, you’ve definitely heard of Google Drive, Google’s cloud data storage. It’s a lot like Dropbox, but integrates seamlessly into Google Docs, so you can have all of your cloud data available all the time.

Google Drive automatically syncs files to and from a designated folder, much like Dropbox. However, unlike Dropbox, it offers 5GB of storage space for free, up from 2GB. Dropbox of course offers upgrades to almost 20GB of space for free if you get others signed up and do their challenges, but Google Drive is 5GB up front.

All in all, Google Drive is really nice if you don’t already have everything sunk into Dropbox or other services and feel that Google is a good cloud option.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2.3123.0250

Supported OS: Windows 

Download size: unknown

VirusTotal malware scan results: N/A (web installer)

Portability: Requires installation

Google Drive homepage

MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility

Need to verify a download? Often, developers post short codes called checksums or hashes on their download pages so you can verify that the file you downloaded is correct. MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility is one of a vast number of tools you can use to check them.

Honestly, we’ve covered a number of checksum checkers. This one, like many others, features instant hashes of various types and a place to paste a hash to check it from a download page. It’s pretty much exactly like every other checksum tool out there, but if you don’t already have one this is one that would fit quite nicely 25 times on your floppy disc.

MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility is a nice tool for those who constantly download and are worried about corruption.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1

Supported OS: Windows unknown 

Download size: 52.0KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: No installation required!

MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility homepage

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Dimmer

Using your computer screen at night sucks! Unless you lower the brightness past minimum, you’re going to kill your eyes in twenty seconds flat. But how are you supposed to make it dimmer? With the aptly-named Dimmer.

Dimmer doesn’t actually dim your screen, but instead creates a black veil over the entire screen. This effectively makes the screen darker, but beware that it doesn’t help you save electricity. It also unfortunately doesn’t cover the taskbar, but it’s better than nothing.

Overall, Dimmer is really nice if you absolutely must use your computer late at night. If not, though, do us all a favor and go! Get some rest; your body will thank you.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 13KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: No installation required!

Dimmer 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. Peter

    I tried Dimmer and I like that it does not turn my screen into an orange-brown desert at sunset like another prog did. But unfortunately Dimmer stops working, when playing (some(?)/all(?)) DirectX-games.
    @Kraal: to adjust brightness at my monitor, I have to press: menu/forward/menu/menu/forw.|backw. for brightness and exit/exit/exit. A little application is much more comfortable, isn’t it?

  2. sgrams

    I thought this sounded nice but while trying it out the first time the whole screen turned mostly black with no controls, I had to get into task manager to turn it off. I am using windows 7, any ideas?

  3. Canuck2012

    F.lux is the best program of this type. I have been using F.lux for years and is one of the first Apps I put on after a re-install after the Security programs of course. There is an option when you right click that allows you to disable F.lux for an hour if you really need to concentrate.

  4. Kraal

    I use F.lux myself(it ‘warms’ the screen at night, not dim it). And if I need to, I just turn down the brightness on my screen.

    I s’pose, though, that manually turning brightness down is too much work for some people. ;)

  5. Angele

    Many thanks for the Google Drive link.

    Downloaded Dimmer last time you had offered it here.
    It really works… no more headaches.

    Thanks again Ashraft for your outstanding site!