Windows software of the day [June 17, 2012]

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Software for June 17, 2012

JD’s Auto Speed Tester

Are your internet speeds being uncooperative? Do you feel that your computer sometimes gets 30Mbps and sometimes gets 56kbps? Before doing anything else, you should use JD’s Auto Speed Tester, a cool program that can automatically schedule tests for your internet connection.

JD’s Auto Speed Tester is quite easy to set up. When you first open it, you can do one of three things: immediately run a test, configure the program, or set it to test periodically. If you choose to do tests, it’ll find your average ping over a couple of seconds, test-download files, and test-upload files. Afterwards, it’ll add a data point to the chart showing your ping, upload, and download speeds over time. You’ll easily notice any discrepancies in the data over time.

JD’s Auto Speed Tester is quite a comprehensive program, and for that it’s nice. If you’re looking to test your internet speeds over time, it’s definitely a great program to try.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v17.6

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 4.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: EXE: 3/41 | ZIP: 3/42

Portability: Requires installation

JD’s Auto Speed Tester homepage

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Billy Mays Caps Lock

Hi! Billy Mays here. Have you been looking for something to do with that pesky Caps Lock key? It can get really annoying to hit the button, only to have your whites get whiter value halved text turn out all shout-y. Billy Mays Caps Lock fixes that problem with an interesting twist: instead of capitalizing letters, it shouts out one of four Billy Mays phrases.

It’s not a terribly useful program, but if you’re always hitting caps lock by accident you can probably train yourself not to with Billy Mays Caps Lock. It’s free and requires no installation, so it’s also a great one-time gag.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 0.9-1.0MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: Portable 0/41 | Installer 0/43

Portability: Portable version available!

Billy Mays Caps Lock homepage


Metro is a new, unique experience, and one that’s so far highly polarized the internet community. Personally, I am indifferent to it, but if you’re one who loves the new design, mStartEx could interest you. It’s a Metro-inspired start menu that is quite customizable.

Once you’ve started mStartEx, you can open it by just mousing over the bottom left part of your screen. A window much like the one to the right will pop up, allowing you to start every app in your start menu. You can add favorites, browse your desktop shortcuts, and access pinned programs, and you can customize its color, layout, and avatars.

mStartEx is a nice program, so long as you don’t move too fast. It can be a bit buggy at times, often spitting up error messages and often having slight graphical glitches. However, even with all of these bugs and glitches, it still offers a nice take on the Metro start menu.

Price: Free with $1.25 upgrade

Version discovered: unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 8.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: Entirely portable!

mStartEx homepage

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  • jayesstee


    Thanks for the explanation, I will definitely turn off BitDefender and try “JD’s Auto Speed Tester”.

    Thank you too for providing sensible, useful apps and for your tenacity in trying to get them accepted by the A/Vs.

    We have saying: “More power to your elbow”!

  • Yea iv always had problems with the AV’s , i do try to address as many as i can but without getting a license that costs far to much for a minor hobbyist its an un-winnable battle.

    The general problem is that i wrote it in Autoit and a lot of the AV’s seem to hate AutoIt regardless of what the code actually contains , i even did a test script that had 1 line (the standard “hello world” type thing) and still a few flagged it as a heuristic detection.

    As i say though i send jdast (my app) of to Mcafee, AVG, Symantec, Emsisoft & Dr Web & Im currently in communication with Eset. Its an ongoing battle but in the end its all academic because as soon as i do an update im back to square one again, I prob spend more time emailing / uploading to there FTP whitelisting accounts / filling out white list web forms etc etc than i do working on JDast :-/

    I do my best though :)

    Thx all.

  • jayesstee

    @Carl S:

    BitDefender “TrafficLight” refuses to allow the “JD’s Auto Speed Tester homepage” to load!

  • Carl S

    JD’s Auto Speed Tester uses some packer or spyware that certain anti-viruses don’t seem to like (AutoIt). See:

  • RobCr

    Ignore this, it is just me ticking the checkbox to subscribe.
    “subscribe to comments via e-mail without commenting” ain’t working

    I am working on a ‘no activation’ menu that will pop up when you do something in the bottom left corner of the screen.
    My current thinking is to detect when the mouse is over (on) the start Menu button, and you press Ctrl key. I wonder what you guys think of that versus the waving bottom left that mStartEx uses ?

    The ‘no activation’ means there is never any clicking involved, thus it never steals focus from your active application. One use I will put it to, is as a front end for all of the PicPick capture choices.

    Peter, was that from ‘Long kiss goodnight’
    Loved it.

  • @Peter: Hey, it’s hard to internet.

  • Peter

    A window much like the one to the left…
    The other “left”? ;)