Category: Tools

General Defrag for Windows
article #480, updated 25 days ago

UltraDefrag still comes in its free open source version:

sourceforge.net/projects/ultradefrag/

as well as a newer, more developed paid version:

ultradefrag.net

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Download Microsoft ISOs
article #1469, updated 94 days ago

Try this:

https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

From the excellent Brigg Bush.

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Topnotch photo management
article #1466, updated 96 days ago

I was shocked recently, when software for excellent photo management was needed. A whole lot of newer options involving web servers, cloud hosts, etc., but very little simple and powerful, and some standards of yore are gone. However. One is not:

XnView MP

XnView has been around for decades, XnView MP is their new thorough revision. I tested a pile of these things, and XnView MP is by far the best, features and speed and design friendly for both new user and the technical.

Here are the others I tested:

  • Irfanview (has features, much less friendly)
  • nomacs (lacking features)
  • digiKam (too slow, crashy)
  • jpegview (lacking features)
  • FastStone Image Viewer (lacking batch resize)
  • ImageGlass Spider (lacking features)
  • ACDSee Photo Studio (expensive, overkill, bloatware)
  • Various Adobe products (expensive and overkill, or free and lacking features)

If you have better, please do let me know!

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Command-Line Binaries for speedtest.net!
article #1465, updated 98 days ago

Was just shown these, how nice of them!

https://www.speedtest.net/apps/cli

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Cross-Platform Flowchart Application a la Visio
article #1150, updated 122 days ago

My favorite by far:

https://app.diagrams.net/

Two more I have used:

http://www.yworks.com/products/yed

https://www.calligra.org/flow/

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Install Syncthing on Linux
article #1448, updated 242 days ago

This is a great way:

webinstall.dev/syncthing/

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To Get HPE Product Number: The HPE PartSurfer!
article #1434, updated 264 days ago

HPE must be growing a sense of humor. This thing really works well:

https://partsurfer.hpe.com/Search.aspx

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Alternative to Revo Uninstaller
article #1442, updated 264 days ago

This one works very well indeed. It does need a bit more technical intervention:

https://www.bcuninstaller.com

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JEB's Diagnostic Sites for DNS, Internet email, and related
article #164, updated 264 days ago

Here are web sites for diagnosing DNS, Internet email, and other issues.

http://mxtoolbox.com

A very good place to test Internet email servers and servers in general exposed to the Internet at large.

http://dnsstuff.com

DNSstuff is excellent for diagnosing DNS issues of all kinds.  Most of its tools require a small subscription fee.

http://whatismyipaddress.com/

whatismyipaddress.com is very good for obtaining geographical and ISP information for an IP address.

https://www.testexchangeconnectivity.com/

is very good for testing Exchange WAN services, e.g., smartphone access, Outlook Anywhere.

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Quick Way to Schedule Reboot in Windows
article #467, updated 264 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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