Windows software of the day [April 12th, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • Qwertick, an app to make typewriter sounds
  • Minibin, a system tray recycling bin manager
  • WinPlusX, a quick settings panel

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Software for April 12th, 2012


Is anything more satisfying than typing on an IBM Model M? Actually, I don’t know because I’ve never used one. However, I’ve heard they’re the best keyboard ever produced. They had just the right amount of click and the right amount of springiness.

After installing Qwertick, you’ll get to hear the sound of a typewriter. It’s not the nicest sounding typewriter, but it’s still a nice thing to have. It’s also not loud and in your face like many of its competitors.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.1

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Download size: 33KB installer | 26KB portable

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/36 installer | 0/43 portable

Qwertick homepage


Keeping an eye on your Recycle Bin can be a pain. Especially if you keep your desktop hidden, you can often lose track of its used space and wind up having only a tiny bit of hard drive space left by the time you remember to empty it.

MiniBin offers an elegant solution to this problem: by adding a recycle bin to the system tray, you can always keep an eye on it to make sure it’s relatively low. And if it’s too full, MiniBin offers a nice fix for that too: double click and it’ll empty the bin.

MiniBin is a really nice (and really themeable) program that lets you keep good track of your recycle bin and make sure it doesn’t use up too much space.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.8.3.0

Supported OS: Windows ??

Download size: 100KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

MiniBin homepage


Windows 8 brings many new features to the traditional desktop, and pretty much all of them are 100% controversial. One of these new features is a quick menu that can be accessed by hitting Win + X. Developer Abhishek Pratap Singh decided that he wanted this feature now, not when Windows 8 comes out, and thus WinPlusX was born.

By hitting Win + X (or right-clicking on the Start menu) you can call up a special menu that’ll contain tons of links to Windows options: Event Viewer, Command Prompt, and Windows Explorer all make appearances, and you can also add your own shortcuts.

WinPlusX is a free tool that lets you carry back one of the (slightly) less controversial features from Windows 8 to Windows XP/Vista/7.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v4.0

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7 

Download size: 1.3MB – requires .NET 4.0

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

WinPlusX homepage

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