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Software for April 7th, 2012
If you had Restarter installed, your program could’ve come right back up and continued to run. While Restarter won’t save program’s active states, a lot of programs are intelligent enough to recover once restarted, and it’s better than nothing.
It can also help when an application simply freezes. By restarting them when they’re frozen, you can ensure maximum uptime and usability. It’s great for both servers and things that tend to freeze a lot, like Firefox. (Cough cough.)
Version discovered: v1
Supported OS: Windows 2000 and newer with .NET 2.0+
Download size: 363KB installer | 86.1KB portable
Windows is great in that it allows you to add default programs to open various filetypes, but its interface is downright terrible. It’s split into two sections, one for applications and one for filetypes–and it insists on reloading the list frequently. Instead of using Windows’ built-in tool, however, you can use the speedy, easy-to-use FileTypesMan.
With FileTypesMan, you can not only set the default program for a specific type, you can edit various context menu entries and change their caption and command to execute.
If you’ve got an unwieldy amount of file extensions to deal with but still want to change the filetype information, FileTypesMan is a great little tool to use.
Version discovered: v1.61
Supported OS: Windows 98 and newer
Download size: 58.7Kb x86 | 81.3KB x64
A lot of application launchers are giant suites of things that take up megabytes of disk space and terrabytes of RAM all while sucking down a CPU cycle cocktail. Famulus isn’t like that: it’s a lightweight, superfast launcher bent on custom commands rather than as a general application launcher.
Famulus lets you run either custom commands or even Command Prompt commands. For instance, I can open dotTech by either creating a custom command to open http://dottech.org when I enter dotTech, or I can enter @http://dottech.org to run it in Command Prompt.
Famulus is a great little launcher, and it’s one I can really see myself using in the future. It’s not only free and tiny, it’s lightweight and super customizable — just how I like my apps.
Version discovered: v1.00.3b
Supported OS: Windows 2000 and newer
Download size: 665KB
Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/42
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.