As mentionned here I use Belvedere to automate files operations. Recently I tried to add a new rule but the program wouldn’t save it. After a bit of searching I realized that the directory where the RULES.INI is located was read-only. The trick is to launch Belvedere in Admin mode just to create the new rule. You can then shut it down and relaunch it in regular mode.
Since I regularly change my computers I thought I’d keep a list of the must-have softs for any new machine. I’ll update it as needed
To detect vulnerabilities and out-dated programs
To find space hogs on my low-capacity SSD drive
To stay secure and keep my private data private
To burn CDs/DVDs
To view graphic files
to handle my music collection tags, includes ability to automate renaming, retagging, cleaning hundreds of files at once
To get rid of itunes and still be able to synchronize music with ipods/iphones/ipads/i-things
To work with audio files
To get rid of itunes and still be able to listen/subscribe to podcasts
To transfert ebooks to my Bookeen Orizon book reader
To encrypt individual files and its companion product….
…because I don’t want to mess around with the command-line (and because Windows 64bits doesn’t support 32 bit Explorer shell extensions)
To quickly rename lots and lots of files very easily
Fantastic program that will scan folders for pictures and if it recognizes panorama-like shots it will stitch them together automagically. Previously had to rely on Canon’s Photostich but this was taking sooooo much time. Highly recommended.
To find all the duped files. Very easy to use and super useful to delete a bunch of duplicates.
To combine several PDFs files without using Adobe Acrobat
A must-have for windows listing all the files/registry entries being launched by a particular process or software. This saved me countless number of times when trying to understand why a particular piece of software was not working as it should have.
To automate copying and moving of files downloaded or created from my scanner. You create rules based on the filenames and tells the program to autowatch a folder. Magic then happens…
To automatically expand (and delete once done) multiple zip (or other archive format) files within a folder.
The browser of choice with a focus on privacy protection… Based on Chromium and with lots of add-ins
Add-on to prevent Web Sites from relaying information about my surfing
Add-on to see what information Web sites collect
To record radio streams
I recently bought a new SSD drive for my gaming computer and did not want to go through the hassle of reinstalling Windows 7 and all my games so I looked for an easy way to clone my old harddrive.
Turns out it is fairly simple to do using only freeware but there are a few very important steps not to miss during the preparation for the cloning.
- First of all SSD drives are still very expensive and it is likely you will buy a drive that is of less capacity (120GB in my case) than the one installed on your machine (500GB for me) so you must shrink its partition to be able to transfer it. I used the very good “Partition Master 9.0” program from the folks at www.easeus.com
- Then I created a Windows Image System backup that I put on an external USB drive and a bootable recovery CD using the Windows 7 Backup and Restore. The built-in Windows programs work very well (amazingly) and that’s all I needed.
This blogs outlines the exact procedure to follow http://www.ssdfreaks.com/content/664/how-to-clone-hdd-to-ssd-with-windows-7s-own-software
Pay particular attention to the very first action “Move data off any non-OS partitions from OS HDD and delete these partitions”. I didn’t and when I tried to restore my System Image, I got an obscure Windows error that took me a couple of hours to understand. So make sure you only have 1 (one) partitition on your source drive.
By the way, this single step of replacing my old disk with an SSD drive put a new life on my machine. Litteraly. For me it was better than changing the CPU, adding more memory, changing the motherboard…. And much less expensive.
This can be the single action to perform that will provide you with the most bang for the buck.
2 steps 1: Add the VPN networks to the Trusted Zone. us1.vpn.giganews.com for Los Angeles, CA us2.vpn.giganews.com for Washington, DC eu1.vpn.giganews.com for Amsterdam hk1.vpn.giganews.com for Hong Kong uk1.vpn.giganews.com for London 2: Allow VPN protocol to go through ZoneAlarm Go to the Firewall option, click the Advanced button and select the check box labelled Allow VPN protocols at high security. Select the check box labelled Allow uncommon protocols at high security.
More info here :
Use Posterazor, I tried it tonight and it works magic.
This page lists other alternatives : http://newsgroup.xnview.com/viewtopic.php?p=56632
Forgot to change the time on my camera after DST passed and took a thousand of pictures. I needed to find a quick way to change the time in the EXIF tag of all those photos. Turns out the free version of EXIF DATE CHANGER works perfectly for this. This will also work if you forgot to change the time when travelling in Europe / US for example.
Download from here : http://www.relliksoftware.com/exifdatechanger/