Category: Tools

Excellent vector graphics designer and editor, free of charge
article #1072, updated 20 days ago

I just tried several, including my old friend Inkscape. Gradient editing is broken partly or completely, and/or far arcane and undocumented, in everything I tried, except one new one:

http://designer.io

Gravit Designer. Install it as a program on major platforms, or use it online, or both. Amazingly good.

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NSSM - Create Services from Executables in Windows
article #1065, updated 35 days ago

Best I’ve found so far:

http://nssm.cc/download

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Tools

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Sumatra PDF Reader
article #650, updated 87 days ago

A good free-of-charge PDF reader, also free of unpleasant add-ons, works when Adobe’s breaks:

https://www.sumatrapdfreader.org/free-pdf-reader.html

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ISO to USB flash drive
article #1038, updated 140 days ago

Here is a very good tool for writing an ISO to USB flash drive in bootable mode, in Windows:

http://rufus.akeo.ie/

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Quick Way to Schedule Reboot in Windows
article #467, updated 181 days ago

Run these in an administrative or SYSTEM-level command prompt.

Under 7/2008R2 and before, we can schedule for 4:00 AM tomorrow:

AT 4:00 c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -f -r -t 0

and we can schedule for 4:00 AM next Monday:

AT 4:00 /next:Monday c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -f -r -t 0

In Windows 8.1/2012R2 and later it’s a bit harder, we have to specify the actual full date in the format below:

schtasks /create /tn "schtasks_REBOOT" /tr "C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -f -r -t 0" /sc once /st 04:00 /sd 01/01/2016 /ru System

8.0 and 2012R1 appear to require a “/Y” on the very end.

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HP PC Hardware Diagnostics 3-in-1 USB Key
article #1014, updated 214 days ago

Some great info and tools at the page below, and scroll down to the bottom for the jackpot:

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/hpsupportassistant/pc-diags.html

It may ask for a CSO Number and an Agent ID. Use “1234” (no quotes) for both.

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Boot CD/Medium for PC Repair and Hardware Testing
article #1013, updated 234 days ago

Recently I needed a bootable medium to test a hard drive on a newer PC. I was appalled to find the old friends Hiren’s and UBCD4Win no longer in development, and much more appalled to find no clear replacement. Seagate’s SeaTools for DOS was tried first, but FreeDOS won’t support the controller. This worked well:

http://paul.is-a-geek.org/aio-srt/

www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/all_in_one_–_system_rescue_toolkit.html

I booted it (its basis is 64-bit Ubuntu), opened Disks, found the test suite by clicking the round icon at the upper-right corner, and it appears to have the same functionality as SeaTools.

Categories:   Hardware   Tools

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Official Repos for btsync (Resilio)
article #973, updated 397 days ago

For Debian-based and RPM:

http://t-e.cc/install-btsync-on-ubuntu-14-04-from-official-repo/

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Recommended DropBox replacement
article #967, updated 407 days ago

This one’s new and comes recommended, I have not tested it yet:

https://www.pcloud.com/cloud-storage-pricing-plans.html

Categories:   Cloud/Hosted Applications   Tools

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syncthing on CentOS 7 and multiple Fedora versions
article #948, updated 477 days ago

After scouting a rather large number of potential sources, this one is working extremely well; download the .repo file for your OS and put it with the rest, and you’re in with yum or dnf!

https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/coprs/decathorpe/syncthing/

Categories:   Tools   Linux OS-level Issues