Free Alarm Clock for Windows

November 22, 2016

Free Alarm Clock is a free, full-featured and user-friendly computer alarm clock for Windows.

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Add A Watermark Description And Date Stamp To Photos

February 24, 2015

You can add a watermark description and date stamp to a photo (or batch of photos) using the freeware Windows software application called Photo Date Stamper

Photo Date Stamper Settings

Photo Date Stamper

Photo Date Stamper gives you the choice to embed (and preview) a watermark in either the top left, top right, bottom left or bottom right of the photo. The watermarked text can be various sizes and colors. Once you save the result, the watermarked photo is saved in a folder called “New”…

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Control Your Computer’s Sound Volume and Balance From the System Tray

January 31, 2013

Many of us depend on controlling the sound volume on our computers by adjusting the knob on the speakers themselves or through a dedicated controller on the keyboard.

Today, I want to share with you a small utility, called SimpleSndVol, that installs an icon in the system tray where you can, with minimal effort, manage the sound volume and balance to your speakers. Simply click on the icon and the following interface pops up with sliders that you can move around to make volume and balance adjustments.

SimpleSndVol

What I especially like about SimpleSndVol, is that you can hover the mouse pointer over the icon and use the mousewheel to raise or lower the volume; plus, by performing a middle click will cause the sound to mute.

If you right mouse click on the SimpleSndVol tray icon, you will presented with a menu where you can open various system sound controller utilities on your computer (such as the volume mixer, sound applet and volume control options), the SimpleSndVol settings, and an IconSet that give you the ability to change the tray icon. My favorite icon is the one labelled “Triangl [Update]”. There are also some optional hotkey functions built-in if you prefer controlling the sound volume through the keyboard.

  SimpleSndVol

All-in-All, SimpleSndVol is one of my favorite sound utilities that is a work in progress that works nicely on Windows XP/7 and 8.

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Quickly Turn Off / On the Internet

June 19, 2012

Typically, I turn my computer “on” in the morning, which is connected to the internet, and leave it “on” until I go to bed at night. A practice that I have gotten into is that when I am away from the computer I will disconnect (or disable) my internet connection through my network settings.  I primarily do this to prevent my computer from communicating with the internet and to prevent any opportunity for an outside intrusion (such as malware) to occur.

Recently, I came across a nice utility, called InternetOff, that makes turning the internet “on” and “off” very easy, right from the system tray (which is typically located on the right side of the taskbar).

InternetOff

After installing InternetOff, a small icon, representing a globe, will appear in the tray. Simply click on the globe and click on “Turn off the internet”. When you want to turn the internet back “on”, click on the globe icon again, and you will be presented with several options to turn the internet “on”.  You can turn it “on” for 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour; OR, just turn it “on” (permanently).

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Automatically Get the Mouse Cursor Out Of The Way

March 29, 2012

You probably noticed that the past several days I have not posted much. This is due that I have been using my writing skills on another personal matter that has consumed, not only my time, but what brain cells I have left.

During the course of this personal writing venture, there were quite a few occasions where I had to swat the mouse pointer out of my view so that it would not distract me or change my focus. Afterwards, I started to wonder if there was an utility out there that would move the pointer out of the way for me (automatically)? In other words, I was looking for something that when I started to type, the cursor would move out of view and park itself.

Sure enough, I soon found my answer with Park Cursor Aside

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Whenever you type on keyboard, the mouse cursor is automatically parked (moved) aside to a defined screen / active window position. This way your view of the input field is not blocked by the mouse cursor.

Right click on tray icon and select Settings, to define the parking position and other values.

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Use Magical Jelly Bean To Recover Your Software Product Keys

February 20, 2012

I have drafted articles in the past which featured various utilities to use to recover your software product keys. To name a few there was LicenseCrawler, ProduKey (by NirSoft), AND SIW -System Information for Windows.  Today I found another one, called Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder, that you can add to this arsenal.

KeyFinder screenshot

The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry (plus over 300 other software products). It also has a community-updated configuration file that retrieves product keys for many other applications. Another feature is the ability to retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations.

There is nothing more frustrating than when you go to install software that you paid good money for and cannot find the product key to install that software. As a matter of fact, in the real world of computing, and I have helped many; most people fail to keep the product keys and in many cases cannot even locate the CD’s. It may be years, during the operation of your computer that you may need the CD’s and the product keys; therefore, GENERAL RULE OF THUMB —  Keep those CD’s and Product Keys together in one place so that you will have them available in the event a re-install is required.

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Control the Volume on Your Computer with Your Mouse and Hot Keys

August 15, 2011

If you are like me, you probably fiddle with the volume control on your computer or speakers on a frequent basis. Some keyboards already have a volume control built in; whereas the standard keyboard does not. On top of that, to regulate the volume you are required to shoot for the small volume control icon in the system tray to bring up the volume controls which can be like shooting for turkeys in a turkey shoot.

To make life easier and to give some pizazz to the volume control function I installed a new utility called Volume2.

Volume2

Volume2 volume control allows the user to control the volume with the mouse and/or through the usage of hot keys. The control is performed by rotating the mouse wheel in different zones of the desktop, such as the task bar, system tray, desktop, window title, the edges of the screen. In my particular case I position my mouse pointer on the Windows taskbar and use the mouse wheel to raise or lower the volume. Where the pizazz is in Volume2 is in the skins. Yes , you can select various skins that will display the volume control as you regulate it. Very nice application with many customization options.

Customization and Setup Options

Customization and Setup Options

Volume Control Skins

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The hardest thing I found with this application is that the website is in Russian and the download link is difficult to locate.  Since I use Google Chrome I was able to translate the page to English and the direct link for the download (for this version) is [HERE] . I anticipate the author to continue developing this app; therefore, you many have to select a different download link from the main page [HERE] .  Jumping through the hoops for Volume2 is worth it and maybe the developer will see this article and set up a section on the site that can be easily recognizable for direct downloads.

In the end, Volume2 is the nicest volume controller I have come across and highly recommend it.

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Solitaire Brought to Life in 3D

June 11, 2011

Here is something that you all will like.  It is solitaire in 3D that is available for Windows, Apple Macintosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad.  It is called Klondike Forever…  The Windows version is a portable app where no install is required.  Klondike Forever is by far my most favorite computer version of solitaire.

Klondike Forever

 Features include:
– Game rules settings
– Unlimited undo/redo
– Full screen mode
– Highlight playable cards
– Highlight cards of any rank
– Single or double click auto-move
– Sticky click option
– Auto-play to foundations
– Auto-flip face down cards
– Peek at hidden cards

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Best 119 Free Windows Programs

May 11, 2011

With computers being mainstreamed in people’s homes for more than 10 years it still amazes me that people do not realize the gold mine that is available in FREE software. To put this in perspective, I have three computers in my home and all three, with the exception of one, have nothing on them but FREE software apps. The one exception is that I have Microsoft Office installed on my main PC, due I need it for my job; otherwise, all the other apps are FREE. To put this further in perspective, any software you see reviewed on my blog, is FREE software.

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If you are interested in getting a start on using FREE software, Makeuseof.com has compiled a list of the best 119 FREE Windows programs.  They have conveniently categorized the apps to make navigation easy. You can preview those categories below and while you are on their site, check out their other articles. Great site; highly recommended!

Anti-virus Malware removal Firewall Apps Defragmenters
File Recovery Uninstallers Backup Apps System Maintenance
Browsers Email Clients Communication Photos/Images
Audio Tools Video Tools Files/Drives Documents
Productivity Archive Managers CD/DVD Tools Downloads
Others

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FREE Software to Enlarge The Capacity of the Windows Clipboard

May 7, 2011

The Windows clipboard is that hidden data storage area that is used to temporarily store data that gives you the ability to cut, copy and paste between applications. The Windows clipboard is limited in that it is a one time cut/copy and paste operation that does not allow for or save multiple instances of the same. To resolve this limitation there are third party software solutions that will allow you to store more than one instance of a cut/copy and paste operation.  One such (FREE) application is called PasteCopy.Net . I have featured this app on here before and it is definitely worth a repeat, due that it continues to get better.

PasteCopy.Net is a portable clipboard manager that enhances and (in essence) enlarges the capacity of the Windows Clipboard operations by supporting multiple cut/copy and paste operations. This app will handle multiple cut/copy and paste operations of graphic and/or text and is very useful; especially if you are a blogger or someone that performs a great deal of editing (e.g. html editor, graphic editor, author).  The cool factor about this clipboard manager is that you can arrange the items that you accumulate into categories which makes locating clips a snap.

PasteCopy.NET does not require any installation, and does not leave a trace on the computer; however, the app is dependent on .NET 2.0 or higher (which is a component that is commonly installed on today’s PCs).

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 98/ME/2000 SP3/Server 2003/XP SP2/Vista/Windows 7 – Requirements .NET 2.0 or higher

PasteCopy.Net

Features:

  • Portable freeware tool, only (605KB)
  • Multilingual support
  • Auto- Copy & Paste Windows Clipboard
  • Convert rtf to txt (-automatically)
  • Convert html to rtf or txt (-automatically)
  • (Auto-) resizable/hide preview
  • Mouse-hover/keystroke preview
  • Clipboard-content preview in SystemTray
  • Export and print function

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A Very Fast Disk Space Usage Analyzer

March 22, 2011

Ever wonder how much free disk space you have left on your computer? I am talking about the free space available on your hard disk to store files (such as photos, music, documents, etc.).

If you are the everyday casual computer user and primarily spend your computer time on the internet, I venture to say you have a ton of free disk space available and most likely will never run out; however, if you are a computer user that saves everything from videos, movies, photos, documents, etc… then you may find that your disk space is shrinking rapidly.  The problem is that most people are totally unaware of the capacity of their hard drives and how that relates to file storage.

A nice application to help you gauge where you are at in terms of disk space and to tell you where your disk space is being consumed is the FREE utility called RidNacs .

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With RidNacs you can scan and analyze individual drives and folders to get a graphical bar percentage result of where the diskspace hogs are located; even down to the individual files. You can even export and print the results for future comparative analysis.

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Windows Double Explorer for Windows 7

December 20, 2010

I could never figure out why Microsoft never offered a dual paned or tabbed view interface option in Windows Explorer. Managing your files and folders in those types of interfaces are so much easier to use; especially if you are a power user.

There are numerous third party options available; however, none really mimic the Windows Explorer interface, until Windows Double Explorer came on the scene. Windows Double Explorer is an open source utilitly that is engineered (for Windows 7) to manage two or more Windows Explorer interfaces in one application.

Windows Double Explorer

Windows Double Explorer also features a vertical or horizontal dual pane interface in conjunction with a tabbed interface. Once you have Windows Double Explorer up and running; and configured to your liking, I think you will become hooked.

Windows Double Explorer is currently in the beta stage of development and is engineered to work as a Windows 7 application.  There is no install to this application.  Simply download and run with it.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#75)

September 1, 2010

If you are an information technology guru or someone that is learning to become and information technology guru, then Geek Squeaks’ is the place to be. Each week What’s On My PC features (recent) articles from the sites that are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll.

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A FREE Magnifier for Your Computer

August 30, 2010

If you, or someone you know, is visually impaired; or you are like me, getting weak in the eyes, then give OneLoupe a try.

OneLoupe is a software driven virtual magnifier for your PC that works just like a real magnifying glass. There is no install file to OneLoupe. Simply download and run (less than 40K file size).

Once you have OneLoupe up on the screen, you can use the following commands (in the screenshot) to manipulate how OneLoupe works. For example, when I use OneLoupe, I will use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out, will hit the letter “T” on the keyboard to minimize OneLoupe to the system tray and will use the “left-right-up-down arrow keys” on the keyboard to change the dimensions of OneLoupe.

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