Windows software of the day [May 13, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • Measurement Converter: convert between various units without the use of the internet
  • Privacy Guard: clear history/cache/cookies from multiple web browsers with style
  • Fake Format: confuse your friends and shock your enemies by pretending to format your hard drive

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Software for May 13, 2012

Measurement Converter

Need to convert measurements? Some might say use Google; others might say use Wolfram Alpha. However, if you don’t have an internet connection or don’t want to use a search engine, there’s Measurement Converter: a free program that lets you convert between various units of length, weight, volume, temperature, and time.

While Measurement Converter is a nice and useful program, it’s not the most amazing one in the world. There are several things it lacks, such as automatic output unit selection. It’d be nice if it only displayed compatible output units once you select an input unit.

However, Measurement Converter is still a nice program that supports lots of units, and if you don’t have an internet connection or don’t want to use Google or Wolfram Alpha, it’s a good tool to have around. After all, does anyone actually have the number of pounds in 12.4kg memorized?

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.07

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 10KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

Measurement Converter homepage

Privacy Agent

Want a beautifully-designed program that lets you manage your history, cache, cookies, download lists, saved passwords, and oh so much more from virtually any browser? Welcome to Privacy Agent.

Privacy Agent automatically scans your various browsers, be they Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or even Opera. When it’s done scanning, it’ll present you with a report detailing what it found; it lets you clear things like history, saved passwords, cache, cookies, and much more.

If you’re looking for a well-designed browser clearing suite, Privacy Agent is your best buddy. The rest of us, however, can continue using other software designed for the same job and more, like CCleaner.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1

Supported OS: Windows XP+; Mac OS X 10.5+ soon

Download size: 382KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: not portable

Privacy Agent homepage

Fake Format

Want to prank a technology-savvy friend? Format their hard drive! Actually, that seems a bit harsh. However, pretending to format their hard drive could work out much better.

Fake Format does just that.  Once you start it, it’ll automatically start progressing, and in the mean time, make it look like your hard drive is being formatted. Once it’s done, you can simply hit Close.

If you’re in the business to prank your friends, please don’t format their hard drive. However, do pretend!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v

Supported OS: Windows 95+

Download size: 113KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 32/41 — usual for prank programs

Portability: Entirely portable!

Fake Format homepage

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  • jayesstee

    Belatedly (sorry RobCr), I can heartily recommend “Convert_It”. Does all RobCR claims.

    @Ashraf: Why don’t you invite RobCr to allow “Convert_It” to be added to the dotTech ‘Download’ section?

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  • RobCr

    I have just received an email,
    Should I upload it somewhere ?
    In the meantime, members can email me for a copy.

    Just reminding you’all, that it is portable (No Install),
    robhp AT iprimus DOT com DOT au

  • John


    Hi Rob,

    I took you up on your offer, and to just let others know that yes it is a very good converter and that it also works in Win 8, so thanks Rob.


  • RobCr

    I did not want to make inflated claims, but I am sure it exceeds Josh’s List of conversions.
    And if it doesn’t, it has an inbuilt capability for any user to add more (custom) conversions.
    Did you look at the image ?
    Normally I am the last person on the planet to care about graphics, but I would prefer to be using Convert_It
    (Josh’s reminds me of Window 3)

    PS There is an added bonus, when using Convert_it
    Say there are only a few conversion categories that you are interested in.
    There is a text file called Convert_It.dat
    Take a copy of it, and save it for safe keeping.
    Now open the Convert_It.dat file that is in the same folder as Convert_It.exe
    (You can open it in notepad)
    At the top of that file there is this –
    1=Amt. of Substance

    Delete the lines that you are not interested in, and renumber what is left
    It will then look like this –

    Save the file, and now you will only see those entries in the Convert_It window.
    Does life get any better than that ?

    PPS If one of you would like to try it, email me at –
    robhp AT iprimus DOT com DOT au

  • Janet


    If its only advantage is being “prettier”, it’s a shame to spend your time on it, Rob…:-)….

  • Mike

    Am looking into Privacy Agent now. Be aware that its install process is a bit more aggressive–it installs automatically into the Program Files folder, without giving you an option of another location.

    Also, apparently, the program needs to close your browsers (warning you about this first) to operate. In contrast, the history and cookies can be cleaned from within various browsers without the browsers needing to be closed. My current favorite: Google Chrome gives you various length-of-time options (e.g. the last hour–super!) to clean its history and cookies under its Tools/Setttings/Under the hood window.

  • RobCr

    There is a conversion program that is prettier, and possibly equal to Josh Madison’s
    It is portable.
    I have used an earlier version for years.
    It is on a VB6 programming web site, which only allows source code downloads (not the EXE).
    If you click the link, you can see a picture of it.
    I am unsure whether the author allows distribution of the compiled EXE.
    I have written to the web page, asking if I can compile it, and give it to you guys.
    (It is moderated, so my post will take a day or two to appear on that web page.)
    In the meantime, if any of you have access to a VB6 programmer, you can use the download link on that page, to get the source code, and your programmer can compile it for you.

  • Janet

    I use Josh Madison too. Has everything you can think of. Shortcut on my Desktop.

  • colin

    Thanks for the Measurement Converter, but I always use ‘Convert’ – it’s been around for ages:

  • About Measurement Converter :
    “Convert” (portable for windows) can …convert …a lot more for those who are interested ( I ‘ve never had the use of it.