Category: Tools

Good & simple app to burn CDs in Windows
article #357, updated 25 days ago

AnyBurn seems to be possibly the current best light & powerful CD/DVD toolbox item:

www.anyburn.com/download.php

It’s available in 64-bit and 32-bit versions. ImgBurn was go-to for a long time, but it hasn’t had updates since 2013. Quite a few others are gone too. But the old reliable CDBurnerXP is still being kept up to Windows 10 as well:

cdburnerxp.se/

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Check Your Blacklists
article #644, updated 33 days ago

Here’s a great place to do so:

https://www.ultratools.com/tools/spamDBLookup

And another:

http://www.dnsbl-check.info/

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GUI Robocopy alternative: FastCopy
article #1339, updated 37 days ago

There are several attempts, this one I have found to be by far the most reliable:

https://fastcopy.jp/en/

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Search for Files and Folders in Windows
article #1324, updated 81 days ago

Does not search content, but does search whole systems by name, blazingly fast:

https://www.voidtools.com/

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Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4
article #1322, updated 88 days ago

An excellent tool from The Windows Club. Found by the excellent Joe Busby.

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-4-windows-10

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Convert Noteworthy Composer to MusicXML and Vice Versa
article #1307, updated 158 days ago

A great tool here:

https://www.niversoft.com/products/xml2nwc/

And another:

http://nwc2musicxml.appspot.com/

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Generate full files and folders report for server shares
article #1295, updated 197 days ago

Many ways are slow, tend to crash on large collections of files, and/or do not produce HTML output which is reasonably small and readable. This command:

“ http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/tree.htm”: http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/tree.htm

ported from Linux to Windows, does quite well. Obviously the Linux native version is excellent. Apple-isms are not known to this writer. On Windows, install the above, and then run something like this:

tree --nolinks -T "SERVER_NAME: Name of the Share" -H "C:/Folder Name" "C:/Folder Name" > "C:\ReportLocation\SERVER_NAME - Name of the Share.html"

You’ll notice one oddity, “C:\Folder Name” included twice; this is a quirk, the -H doesn’t do anything because we’re using —nolinks, but if you want you can use this without —nolinks to build a clickabe page.

Permissions can be a problem. The running user has to be able to see all files. Running the command in administrative CMD may not be sufficient. If you have RMM, its command-line capability may well have enough.

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Sticky notes for the Windows desktop
article #750, updated 206 days ago

I have just moved to this one:

https://www.conceptworld.com/Notezilla

It handles text very well, including limited rich text, but lo and behold, handles images very well too.

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Some Choice Web Browsers
article #1128, updated 226 days ago

Here’s an overview of some choice web browsers, as of this writing. It’s not comprehensive and not going to be, because there are a huge variety of web sites and related needs, there is quite a lot of new development going on, and related publicity is not coherent (and cannot be in today’s world…). The below are the experiences of this writer only, and he is well aware that reality is far larger than his experience:

  1. Firefox. Not the fastest and not stingy in memory, but if you need a particular site to work and you don’t need a Microsoft-only web application, try it, you’ll be most likely to find that it does the job. On the other hand, if you want lots and lots of tabs open and you have 8 gigabytes or less of RAM, or if you want maximum speed, try one of the others below. Firefox is also very compatible with probably the largest majority of plugin-based services, by way of it being the most current official product of the Mozilla codebase. Versions available for every major platform.
  2. Brave. This is a relatively new browser whose company is headed by co-founder of the Mozilla project. It is not only an extremely fast, efficient, and reliable browser, the project is also a concerted effort to fix the current worldwide mess by which a very few huge near-monopolies have made web advertising almost worthless except to themselves. Brave uses the Chromium code-base, significantly revised and improved. Versions available for every major platform.
  3. Microsoft Edge (as of 2019-04-24) and Microsoft Internet Explorer. As of this writing there are still many web-applications out there which require Microsoft web browsers. Edge ships with Windows 10 as its standard; Internet Explorer also ships though it is slightly hidden and publicly being deprecated. Edge has had its own code-base, really a major revision of Internet Explorer lacking some compatibility; recent Microsoft-only web sites have been Edge-compatible. But recently there was a Microsoft statement announcing an upcoming Windows update, in which the current Edge was to be replaced with a different Edge (an entirely different browser, with the same name…) with a Chromium code-base. It is entirely unclear what this will do to those dependent on Microsoft-only web applications. Obviously we will just have to watch and wait and see. Perhaps Microsoft will make things more complicated with some sort of embedding. We will see.
  4. Chromium. Open-source web browser and code base. A very good web browser on Linux. Have not yet found a Windows version that works fully and automatically updates properly, though the Chocolatey system has promise.
  5. Google Chrome. Now probably the most commonly used web browser. Chrome is generally slower and more resource-heavy than Chromium and Brave.
  6. Vivaldi. This writer has had high hopes for Vivaldi for some time; it’s a highly customizable browser by a large group of mostly former Opera folks, and across-the-board web site compatibility was an original design goal, unlike Opera. Unfortunately, this writer has found its general web-site compatibility lacking versus Brave, Chromium, Chrome, and Firefox. Versions are available for every major platform.

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Cleaner rewrite of 'psexec', the Sysinternals telnet for Windows
article #1278, updated 260 days ago

‘paexec’. Highly functional and recommendable.

https://www.poweradmin.com/paexec/

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