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Here you will find detailed reviews and recommendations on freeware software that cover every different category, from Personal Information Managers, to Image Editors to Desktop Managers…and more!
[Windows] Block access to USB devices (external hard drives, flash drives, printers, scanners, etc.) with USB Manager
Maybe we don’t want anyone saving our data to an external hard drive and walking away; or we want prevent others from accidentally loading malware through a flash drive; or we don’t want anyone wasting our paper and ink/toner. Whatever the case may be, there are times when we would [...]Read More »
The human eye has a tendency to better notice things if they stand out from their environment. For example, from your closet full of black shoes, you are more likely to notice a white shoe than a particular black shoe. So, then, I suppose the question is wouldn’t the same [...]Read More »
Ever wanted to run Android apps on your PC? If so, BlueStacks might be up your alley. BlueStacks App Player is a nifty tool for Windows that allows users to seamlessly run Android apps on their PCs. Yeah, you read that properly: Seamlessly run Android apps on PCs.
BlueStacks [...]Read More »
One of the few things I like about the Windows right click context menu is the “Send To” sub menu. Via this sub menu one can easily send files and folders to desired locations (folders, drives, etc.) or desired programs with a simple click. However what I don’t like is [...]Read More »
[Windows] ServiceSuite: A portable soft that allows users to easily manage Windows services via drag and drop
Ever open Windows’ native services manager and wish there was some way to easily modify the startup type of multiple services at a time? Well you know what they say — be careful what you wish for because you may just get it. (Do “they” really still say or am [...]Read More »
Although many of us may experiment with new programs regularly, all of us have a core set of programs that we need to have installed on our computers at all times; …otherwise armageddon proceeds. In this article I am going to share with you 10 freeware programs – out of [...]Read More »
Paragon throws their hat into the “free image backup software” category with Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition
I have discussed many image backup software on dotTech before, including but not limited to Macrium Reflect Free, EASEUS Todo Backup, DiscWizard, and Acronis True Image WD Edition. At the same time, I have reviewed many Paragon software before. We all know Paragon makes quality software. So Paragon + free [...]Read More »
Virtualization is one the hottest topics in computing circles nowadays because it helps open new doors not available previously; it takes computing to a whole new level. But, what exactly is virtualization? Well here on dotTech we have discussed virtualization in the past, such as my article on Disk2vhd or [...]Read More »
Have you ever taken a look at your desktop and wondered if it could look any worse?
Lets just say I am familiar with the issue. (OK, the above picture is faked, but still… it doesn’t reach my minimum standards!) So to tackle the problem of a messy desktop, I [...]Read More »
[Windows] Cleanup the right-click context menu for files/folders in Windows Explorer with ShellMenuView
An annoying habit of programmers is to make their programs place an entry in the right-click context menu for files/folders in Windows Explorer. If you have a lot of programs installed, this leads to a cluttered right-click menu that is not only annoying to use but also slow to load. [...]Read More »
To assist in multitasking, some people some multiple monitors; others use virtual desktops. If you don’t like any of the previously mentioned solutions (or maybe you like it but are unable to utilize them, i.e. you don’t have extra monitors), GiMeSpace provides users with an alternative on how to go [...]Read More »
We know we can use WinCrashView to analyze crashed programs and BlueScreenView to diagnose Windows’ blue screen of death. How about programs that hang but not crash? Is there a tool to help troubleshoot hung apps? Yes, there is; and it is called WhatIsHang.
WhatIsHang is a tool – by [...]Read More »
Windows comes in with a built in search feature, in both XP and Vista. The search feature in Vista is, by all standards, far supperior to the one in XP; however you can always download Windows Search and get the same search tool available to Vista users on your XP [...]Read More »
We have all had programs crashing on us in Windows. Often times program crashes can be solved simply by restarting your computer or rerunning the crashed program. However, other times it may not be so simple: There may be a bug in the program that makes it keep crashing. In [...]Read More »
Controlling other people’s computers from far away sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Well it’s not. Teamviewer is a great–and free–application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that makes screensharing a snap (and two numbers). I needed to help a friend set up an application, and I just couldn’t figure it [...]Read More »
Wow. It has been a dang long time since I have posted on dotTech. That is not to say I spent my time off wisely – played League of Legends until my brain turned into mush – but I sort of miss this feeling. So what better “come back” post [...]Read More »
One great feature of JPEG images that make them a great asset over, lets say, PNG images is the fact that one can add comments to them. Adding comments is supported directly by Windows so you can always manually add comments to each image one at a time (usually it [...]Read More »
LastPass allows you to easily store, manage, and sync your usernames, passwords, and other data (like RoboForm Pro… but free)
With malicious people constantly roaming the internet to pick their next victim of identify theft, fraud, spam, etc. it is increasingly important to mix up your passwords (not use the same password for everything) and create stronger, longer passwords. However the one problem with using multiple and stronger passwords is [...]Read More »
We all know that if we want to keep a file safe, we can encrypt it and thus prevent prying eyes from viewing it. But ever wanted to keep others from viewing your files but didn’t feel like going through the hassle of encrypting all your files? My Lockbox offers [...]Read More »
Some of us are already running Windows 7 while for others Windows 7 is just around the corner (literally). So this is a prime time to talk about GIGATweaker, a featured filled, easy-to-use, “tweaker” for Windows 7 (and Vista):
Designed for Windows 7, and Windows Vista, GIGATweaker comes packed with [...]Read More »
For those dotTechies that don’t live in the USA, Hulu.com is a legal video streaming service that allows visitors to legally watch many popular TV shows online (it also streams movies, but most of the movies are old and crappy). Hulu has literally changed the way TV is watched by [...]Read More »
One major drawback to external media is the AutoRun feature. On the surface this feature is not too bad – as soon as you put in your external media (USB drive, CD, etc.) whatever program is on there is executed automatically so you don’t have to do anything. The problem [...]Read More »
Back in February when I reviewed Backup4all Lite 4 I discovered that the developer of the commercial Backup4all software series (Softland) had a freeware version of the software called FBackup. Actually I think it was more like multiple someones pointing out FBackup to me rather than me spending grueling hours [...]Read More »
Now we all know that FormatFactory is king when it comes to converting files (audio, video and images). However ever need to resize a bunch of images at once? How about rename them? Or maybe add a watermark? Well then what you need is FastStone Photo Resizer:
FastStone Photo Resizer [...]Read More »
We have all heard of VirusTotal, right? (You know, VirusTotal.com, the website that allows users to run files through 43 anti-malware scanners.) VirusTotal is a very handy service, but in order to use VT (VirusTotal) you need to download a file, then upload it on VT. Ever wish you were [...]Read More »
Over two years ago I wrote about MailStore Home, an excellent free program that allows users to easily backup e-mails from many different providers/sources (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Thunderbird, POP3/IMAP inboxes, etc.). Recently MailStore Home has been updated to v5, which brings a few handy changes.
The most important improvement [...]Read More »
Marxio Timer: powerful software that allows you to schedule tasks (shutdown computer, run a program, take a screenshot, and many more) to automatically execute
Earlier today I wrote about an excellent checksums utility by Marxio. Now I am going to tell you about another Marxio winner (this guy really knows how to code): Marxio Timer.
Marxio Timer is an extremely awesome program that allows you to set various different tasks…
…to automatically occur at [...]Read More »
I, for one, have never been the kind of person to have a journal/diary; and the closest thing I have ever had to any sort of “log” was an year round “interactive notebook” (aka Haha-I-give-you-busy-work) we had to keep for Biology. Even for that notebook I never made entries on [...]Read More »
Update: Mousepath is now known as IOGraph. Please read the article on IOGraph for more information.
Have you ever wondered where your cursor goes? Mouthpath is a small Java application that helps you quench your curiosity: it makes a little image file that traces your mouse pointer. Here’s an example:[...]Read More »
With the recent release of the iPad, the topics of e-books have come to center stage. To put it simply, the e-book industry is (still) suffering from an identity crisis – there are no set e-book standards such as e-book reader, e-book format, etc. Truly the people that suffer from [...]Read More »
How many people here know what bloatware is? Not many probably. That is not to say that everyone here has not encountered bloatware; rather it is saying that many of us never thought of bloatware as…bloatware before. And that is what makes bloatware potentially worse than malware or viruses: not [...]Read More »
When using a word processor – such as Microsoft Word – there are features available that allow users to transform, manipulate, and sort text such invert text case, sort ascending, and sort descending. However, what if you aren’t using a full blown word processor, or what if the word processor [...]Read More »
dotTech has discussed many macro programs, such as Easy Macro Recorder, Do It Again, etc. While they all have their particular advantages/disadvantages, the one common problem among them all is the inability to create macros based on program/window recognition; all the macros are based off screen positioning, so they are [...]Read More »
Do you have a computer (desktop, notebook, or netbook) that does not have an optical drive? Or, maybe it has an optical drive but the optical drive is broken? Well, then, Paragon Net Burner may be for you. Paragon Net Burner is a software that aims to do one thing [...]Read More »
Google Chrome is great. It is fast, pretty, and (typically) renders web pages well. Unfortunately, Chrome has its fair share of annoyances too. Take, for example, the Google Updater that is shoved up your computer’s hard disk when installing Chrome. Or the Google Update plugin that is secretly implanted into [...]Read More »