Windows software of the day [April 17, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • MapKeyboard: remap your keyboard so CapsLock doesn’t mean Caps Lock (and much more!)
  • EyeLeo: prevent undue eye strain by taking short breaks every hour

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Software for April 17, 2012


No one likes Caps Lock. In fact, certain devices even omit the key entirely. However, most don’t, and most people use many other keys that are much more useful that have a much less prominent location on the keyboard. Fix that with MapKeyboard, a tool to replace one key’s functionality with another.

MapKeyboard is very simple. Simply select the key you wish to have replaced, select what its new task should be, and you’re done. Personally I recommend mapping Caps Lock to something like Shift, or perhaps a mute key.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2

Supported OS: Windows Vista/7

Download size: 30KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

MapKeyboard homepage


Eyestrain is common for anyone who uses their computer for a long period of time. I myself have worryingly noticed my vision diminishing, and have come to the conclusion extreme numbers of hours spent staring at a screen are at least a catalyst.

EyeLeo lets you take short breaks regularly (default of 10 minutes) and long breaks every once in a while (default of 60 minutes). During these breaks, EyeLeo will ask you to take a break to look at an object far away and various other eye-relaxing activities that make your eyes feel better. It’s nice to have if even for the thought that I may be prolonging my vision a bit.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 1.8MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

EyeLeo homepage

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