A FREE Screen Capture Program That You Must Have

March 18, 2015

Just when I think I am running out of steam and have tried and tested all the screen capture programs out there, I find ShareX…  Really, I do not know how I missed this awesome “must have” screen capture program.

ShareX

What makes ShareX standout is that you can upload your screenshots to over 25 different file hosting services. The ShareX user interface is easy to use and understand allowing you to use hotkeys to initiate a screen grab (or capture); or you can launch the screen capture selections by right mouse clicking the ShareX icon in the system tray. ShareX can capture screenshots with different shapes such as rectangular, rectangular rounded, ellipses, triangular, diamond, polygon and freehand. There is a built in editor where you can apply different effects (such as transparency, shadowing, torn edges, text, borders, etc…).

ShareX is available as a full install and if you dig deep enough on the site you will find that there is a portable app version as well (which is what I went for)…  Really nice screen capture program that is open source and FREE.

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A Start Menu That Comes Highly Recommended For Windows 8

December 4, 2012

If you follow my blog, then you probably are beginning to think that Ramblinrick is sure stuck on third party Start Menu options for Windows 8. Well, in a sense, I am…  Here are the most recent posts on this topic:

A Start Menu for Windows 8 That Is A Portable App

My Pick For A Windows 8 Start Menu

Seven Alternatives To Restore The Start Menu In Windows 8

Following yesterday’s post, Two Options to Boot Windows 8 To The Desktop, Bill Mullins’ from Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts contacted me with another recommendation, called Classic Shell .

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Classic Shell is free and open-source software that is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. In summary, I am seeing that Classic Start Menu is a jack of all trades and out of the many picks I have tried, this one is tried, true and tested; meaning, it has been around for awhile.

Features:

  • Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
  • Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
  • Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
  • Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
  • Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
  • Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
  • The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
  • Supports jumplists for easy access to recent documents and common tasks
  • Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
  • Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
  • Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
  • Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
  • Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Vista and Windows 7)
  • Implements a customizable Start button (Windows 7 and 8)
  • Can show, search and launch Windows Store apps (Windows 8)
  • And last but not least – it’s FREE!

So if you are at a loss that there is no Start Menu at the Windows 8 desktop level, then Classic Menu may be the one to go with. It comes highly recommended by a highly respectable blogger.  Thank you goes out to Bill Mullins’ for making us aware of Classic Menu.

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An Advanced Email Client for Android

July 4, 2012

Recently I posted an article about an Android email client,  called Email Tray, that gives you the ability to manage multiple email accounts using one app. I was very excited to find that there was such an app for the Android based tablet or smartphone that mimicked the application that I have installed on my desktop PC (called PopPeeper).

As I often do, I continued to search for other Android email clients and found another gem of an email client called K-9 Mail; that, as of this writing, has become a mainstay on my tablet pc. There are particularly three things I like about K-9.  One, I can quickly pull down mail from all of my email accounts; two, it is open source; AND three, its’ simplicity.

K-9 Mail

K-9is the best email client for Android. It’s incredibly powerful and 100% free

K-9 Mailis an open-source e-mail client with search, IMAP push email, multi-folder sync, flagging, filing, signatures, bcc-self, PGP, mail on SD & more!

K-9 supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange 2003/2007 (with WebDAV).

K-9 is a community developed project. If you’re interested in helping to make the best email client on Android even better, please join us! You can find our bugtracker, source code, mailing list and wiki at http://k9mail.googlecode.com.

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Kylo The Browser For Your TV is Now Open Source

May 15, 2012

I bet you have never heard of Kylo?

Kylo is a Mozilla (Firefox) based web browser that has been specifically developed for TV screens (home theater). Kylo gives you the ability to browse the web on your HDTV from the comfort of your couch.

Kylo is a web browser developed by Hillcrest Labs for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Initially released in 2010, the Kylo web browser features a 10-foot user interface, with large fonts and buttons that make it easy to see from across the room, making it especially suitable for use with a HTPC (Home theater PC) connected directly to a high-definition television.

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The cool here with Kylo is that it is now open source, meaning it is being made available to developers (throughout the world) to play with… Even though it was developed for big screen TV, I downloaded it to my PC and was very impressed. Kylo auto resized itself to fit my screen and  I soon found Kylo to contain a great selection of media content (by default).  You are not just limited to media content and are able to browse the internet as you would with any other browser.  It actually gave the illusion (on my 23” monitor) of a big screen…  Kylo also features a popup keyboard that gives you the ability to go to mouse only browsing.

If you are looking for a really cool way to browse online media, then give Kylo a try. With Kylo going open source, I can’t wait to see what other builds we will see come out of this.

Note:  There are many ways to connect your PC to your HDTV.  [CLICK HERE] to learn how.

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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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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 (#44)

January 20, 2010

Welcome to the 44th round of Geek Squeaks’.  If you have a passion for information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of links to articles produced by bloggers (and site owners) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  I encourage you to pay a special visit to each of these sites to support their incredible work…

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Tech-for Everyone
What is Mobsync?

thePC Security
HDD Password Removal –
Crack, Clear, Unlock, Reset a Locked Hard Disk

Lifehacker
Seems Like Everyone’s Getting Faster Internet but the U.S.

Rarst.net
Colorjive.com – online image editor to paint walls

AskBillFirst
Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites January 19

Snakebytez
Create a System Restore Point in 1-click with Quick Restore Maker

TTC Shelbyville
Online Network Tools

I Love Free Software
RegKey Backup – Free Software to Registry Backup

Worthy Tips
Download ‘Your Guide to Windows 7′ EBook

Mrintech
Help Haiti People: Donate Online or via Text

Canadian Tech Blogger
Firefox 3.6 RC2 Out

AKS-Feel The Change
What’s My Computer Doing?

Carol’s Vault
PDF Password Remover – remove your PDF’s restrictions

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Win Security 360

Plato On-Line
World Netizen’s Day

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Safe, Secure Browsing, with Free WOT Browser Add-on

Big Geek Daddy
How to Control Startup Programs

Computer Maintenance
How To Set Windows Automatic Update

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live Mail Wave4, it’s all looking good!

TuneUp Blog
Get More Privacy! How to Remove Personal Information from Files

Internet Security Blog
Auto Lock Computer Screen With USB – Free Download

Geeked Up
6 Important Steps on How to Maximize Firefox Screen Space

Technize
Find Your Files Faster with Windows 7

Whats On My PC
The Ultimate Clock for your Windows Desktop

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System Explorer – A FREE Task Manager

January 10, 2010

image System Explorer is FREE task manager program that provides detailed information about the operating status of your PC and is an excellent tool to include in your tech toolbox (portable version available).

Task Manager programs, such as System Explorer, are applications that typically provide detailed information about the stability of your computer (such as performance and running applications, processes and CPU usage, commit charge and memory information, network activity and statistics, logged-in users, and system services). Typically we get to the Windows Task Manager by hitting the “CTRL+ALT+DEL” hotkey combo.  Most users typically go to the Task Manager in Windows to halt programs that are not playing well.

System Explorer is like the Windows Task Manager, but is a whole lot more…  Things that you can do with System Explorer are:

  • Task Management
  • Startups Management
  • System Performance Monitoring
  • Internet Explorer Addons Management
  • Services Management
  • Start applications faster with System Explorer Launcher
  • Force start idle system tasks to cleanup and speedup system
  • Optimise physical memory usage
  • Reveal malware or viruses in your system
  • Network Connections Monitoring
  • Processes Management
  • Search faster with System Explorer Launcher
  • Make System Report
  • Check File Security
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    Features:

    Detailed informations about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files.

    Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotal or Jotti service.

    Easy search details about file/process via online databases.

    Launcher (“New Task…” dialog) with integrated AutoSearch and AutoCompletion.

    Action History for monitoring processes activities.

    Performance graphs for monitoring usage of system resources in time.

    System Snapshots for easy finding of system changes.

    System Report builds rich text report containing major informations about your System.

    Multilanguage and Plugins Support.

    Version 2.0 brings brand new user interface and Windows 7 support.

    **NEW** Security feature with online File Reviews.

    Requirements:

    OS: Windows XP,Windows Vista or Windows 7

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    Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#42)

    January 6, 2010

    It is unbelievable, especially the older we get, just how fast a week seemingly passes by; but, one thing I look forward to each week is Geek Squeaks’.

    Geek Squeaks’ is a compilation of articles, created within the past 7 days, by the members (bloggers) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the right side of the blog). If computers and information technology is in your blood, then these sites (or blogs) are the ones to follow.

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    Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
    FreeFixer – A Free, Powerful Anti-Malware Tool

    Plato On-Line
    Facebook vs. Suicide Machine

    411-Spyware.com
    How to Remove Antivirus PC 2009

    AKS-Feel The Change
    Merge two or more PDF files

    thePC Security
    Freeware PC Security Software Download – Rising PC Doctor

    Crazy World of G
    You Have Wave

    Lifehacker
    Memorize Makes Virtual Flashcards and More [Flashcards]

    Rarst.net
    SuggestRSS.com – finds sites like those in your feeds

    Sugarloaf Tech
    Remote wipe your BlackBerry without BES

    Tech-for Everyone
    How To Make Word Open A Normal Blank Page*

    AskBillFirst
    Those Green Doublelined Words on a Web Page

    Free PC Security
    Online Armor Free Firewall V4

    TuneUp Blog
    Survey: Replace Rather Than Clean Up a PC?

    Computer Maintenance
    Data Backup

    Canadian Tech Blogger
    IE Usage Down, Chrome Surpasses Safari

    Mrintech
    Free ASCII Art Designer Software for your PC!

    Worthy Tips
    Idea To Convert Your Photo To Hand Draw Sketch On Your Desktop

    Technize
    3 Ways To Test Your LCD Monitor For Defective Pixels

    I Love Free Software
    WeBuzz.IM – Use Gtalk, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM from Browser

    TTC Shelbyville
    Repair Internet Explorer

    Carputers News and Computer Tips
    Learn how to research online…

    Snakebytez
    Easily and Safely Optimize Vista
    by Disabling Unnecessary Windows Vista Services

    Freeware Pharmacy
    MCE Buddy

    What’s On My PC
    FREE Online Virus and Malware Scanners

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    cnet’s Rundown of the Best New Windows Software of 2009

    January 2, 2010

    A good source for reviews, of FREE Software, is cnet. Reflected below is a clip from cnet – The Download Blog that I encourage you to visit.  The article gives you a good run down of some of the new (popular) software that was developed in 2009.

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    Best new Windows software of 2009

    by Seth Rosenblatt

    This past year was not the best for new software developments. There were no surprising game-changers like Google Chrome in 2008, and no watershed moments. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some cool releases. I suspect that much of the best software of 2009 winds up becoming the foundation for innovations in 2010.

    [ Source: cnet – The Download Blog ]

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    Attention to my readers and fellow bloggers…

    December 11, 2009

    I am in the process of moving from one home to another.  Effective today (date of this posting), I will not be posting for awhile. My main PC will be down until I get moved. Exact time of return is unknown at this point; however, I am anticipating being back in the groove by January 1st or sooner.

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    Please do not let this stop you from visiting and commenting.  I encourage you to stay tuned. There are over 470 articles available to you; plus, check out the Launch Pad and the Blogroll on the sidebar of the blog.

    If you see no activity from me before Christmas, I wish everyone a happy holiday and to remember what Christmas is all about; giving, not getting!

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    A Super Fast and Portable PDF Viewer

    November 27, 2009

    If you like fast; then you will like Sumatra PDF Viewer (or Reader).  This viewer blows them all of the water when opening and viewing PDF files. Sumatra is open source (FREE), is simplistic in nature (not a lot of bells & whistles), small in file size (<1.2 MB), does not write to the Windows registry, and is available in a full install version (for on your PC) or as a portable version (for on your flash drive).

    If you go the full install (setup) route on your PC, you can make Sumatra your default PDF viewer (or reader), in place of Adobe PDF. I actually uninstalled Foxit PDF Reader on my PC, another great PDF viewer, to give Sumatra the lead duty of opening PDF files on my PC.

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    FREE and EASY Powertoy Image Resizer

    October 22, 2009

    Many Windows XP users are probably familiar with the Powertoy Image Resizer you downloaded as an add-on that allowed right-click image resizing functionality in Windows Explorer. This very popular Powertoy was primarily designed for Windows XP with no further development to support Windows Vista or Windows 7. This Powertoy utility enabled you to single or batch resize your pictures by simply right clicking on the picture(s), selecting Resize Pictures, selecting the scalable size, and then OK.  Magically the scalable size of the picture(s) would uniformly be resized; thus, the file size would also be reduced (or increased).  This is very useful when sending pictures via email, or posting on the web, where you want to reduce the scalable size and the file size of the pictures.  It is also useful if you are taking numerous pictures and you want to reduce the size for storage or archiving.  Frankly, today’s cameras take pictures that literally are megabytes in size and this can add up when you are archiving all the pictures you take.

    If this Powertoy was developed for Windows XP, is there an alternative (similar) solution for Windows Vista & Windows 7?

    The answer is yes.  I recently located and was introducted to “Image Resizer Powertoy Clone for Windows” which is a clone (replica) of the original Windows XP Powertoy Image Resizer.  The cool factor to this clone resizer is that it is being developed as open source software product, that is FREE and will only get better as the development progresses.

    If are someone that is into taking pictures, Image Resizer Powertoy Clone for Windows is definitely an image utility you want on your PC.

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    Go Incognito with Firefox…

    October 20, 2009

    Mozilla Firefox

    Did you know that Firefox, the choice browser of the tech community has a Private Browsing Mode built into it?

    If you are a Firefox user and you are using Firefox version 3.5 or higher you can easily switch from normal browsing mode to private browsing mode. Many of the other popular browsers also have a private (incognito) browsing mode that you can explore.

    When you are normally browsing the internet, Firefox remembers the web sites you have visited, your user names and passwords, your browsing history and more. In other words these browsing morsels become a profile of your browsing habits and of you. When you switch to the  Private Browsing Mode in Firefox, these browsing morsels are not collected and stored on the host computer.

    Using Private Browsing Mode, to protect your privacy, is handy when browsing the internet from a friend’s computer or at work. In reverse, you can switch the browser into Private Browsing Mode when someone else is using your computer to prevent extraction of or review of your personal morsels (such as user names, passwords, history, cookies, etc…).

    To get into Private Browsing Mode, go to the menu bar (at the top of the browser), click on “Tools”, then “Private Browsing Mode” [ see video ]. You can also perform the hotkey combo of  Ctrl + Shift + P on your keyboard to turn Private Browsing Mode “on or off” .

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    Personally, I prefer using the hotkey combination to quickly go in and out of Private Browsing Mode. When you enter the Private Browsing Mode, Firefox will graciously remember any pages or tabs that you have open, so that when you exit from Private Browsing Mode, you are right back where you started.

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    You can also depart from Private Browsing Mode by going to the menu bar, click on “Tools”, then “Stop Private Browsing”.  You can also leave Private Browsing Mode by simply closing Firefox, as well.

    In a Private Browsing session, Firefox won’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files.  However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept. [ click here to see details ]

    You can tell when you are in Private Browsing Mode by looking at the Title Bar at the top of the browser window.  It will reflect “Private Browsing – Mozilla Firefox”. Downloading files or saving bookmarks is not affected by Private Browsing Mode.

    If you are at another PC, I strongly encourage that you use Firefox and the Firefox Private Browsing Mode to protect your privacy.  If Firefox is not available on the host PC you can use Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition and run it from your flash drive.

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    Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#23)

    August 12, 2009

    If you are not familiar with “Geek Squeaks”, I encourage you to [CLICK HERE] to preview the past articles put together by the bloggers that are on the “What’s On My PC…” blogroll.  Each week I randomly select an article, that has been published by these authors (during the week), and include the selected article in the roundup.  I encourage you to visit and support these blogs.

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    Daily Free Software
    MediaMonkey

    Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
    Dangerous Porn Sites – Tips on How to Avoid Them

    Tech-for Everyone
    I Do Not Want IE 8*

    Plato On-Line
    Interesting Twitter Users Data

    The Spyware Biz Blog
    Be aware of your kids online pursuits

    Teck~Line
    How To Gain Organic Traffic For Your Blog!!!

    411-Spyware.com
    How to Remove Advanced Antivirus Remover

    Carol’s Vault
    Beautiful dual monitor wallpapers

    AKS-Feel The Change
    Watermark Your Images for Free

    Free PC Security
    DriverMax 5.1 – Free Driver Updates

    AskBillFirst
    Printing Long Documents
    so they come out in the right order

    Rarst.net
    IsMyBlogWorking.com – better than ping

    Lifehacker
    This Week’s Top Downloads [Download Roundup]

    TTC Shelbyville
    Freeware for Your USB Drive

    Piyada’s World
    Idea to get instant Gmail notification on iPhone

    Carputers
    Up your GMail skills!

    Snakebytez
    WildBit Viewer: Fast Image Viewer
    with slideshow and Editor

    Scoroncocolo
    What’s The Best Web Browser

    What’s On My PC…
    FREE Layers of Protection!

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