Delight is a Google Chrome browser extension that is a window to the wonders of this world. When you click on a new tab, you are taken on a journey where you will visit awe-inspiring landscapes. If you click on the source link below, you will be taken to the developer’s web site where you can get a good feel for some of the landscapes, views, etc…
LicenseCrawler is a portable app that will scan your computer for software product keys, serial numbers, and licenses. This comes in real handy when you have misplaced the original licensing information or when you are setting up a new computer. It is also a nice addition to the tech toolbox if you are in the profession of computer repair and troubleshooting.
LicenseCrawler is FREE for non-commercial use.
Crypto Notepad is a notepad similar to the default Windows notepad, but, with security built-in. You can password protect your notes with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Don’t let that big word scare you off. Simply download, unzip (portable app), run and then assign a password to the note(s) you create.
It is often necessary to protect important notes in order to prevent them from being accessed by others, but text editors that offer encryption features are sometimes too complex for users who just want a secure Notepad alternative. Crypto Notepad stands out through its relatively simple design, as it looks very similar to the standard Windows Notepad. It offers a few extra features, such as encryption and a customizable UI, but it remains lightweight and very easy to use.
Source: Crypto Notepad
One of my favorite software related sites is “I Love Free Software”. I noticed a post that popped up in their feed, featuring a FREE software product, called “MiniTool Movie Maker Free for Windows.” There were two things about their post that caught my attention. One, I have been looking for movie maker (video editing) software; and Two, (after digging further) the developer “MiniTool” is the software developer of the excellent “MiniTool Partition Manager“, even though the “MiniTool” site makes no mention of that. The name and logo immediately jumped out at me and after some further research, I discovered that both products are at the same mailing address. Anyhow, the developer is a reputable software developer and “MiniTool Movie Maker Free for Windows” I will definitely be installing. Learn about and how you can get this software by clicking on the source link below.
MiniTool MovieMaker is a free software for Windows 10, which lets you create amazing quality movies using photos, videos, and music from your device. You can add various effects, transitions, text, etc. to your video and can also download it to your device in various formats. The effects and transitions provided are of high quality and you can even use pre made video templates that have amazing video quality.
Download, unzip, and run BrowserAddonsView to display the browser addons and plugins (i.e. extensions) that have been installed on your system. I ran this on my PC and it quickly (lightning speed) picked up every single extension I had installed. I can see this being used to troubleshoot issues where a rogue browser extension (or plugin) has been installed and has compromised the operation of your computer, your privacy, and your security.
BrowserAddonsView is a simple tool (by NirSoft) that displays the details of all Web browser addons/plugins installed in your system. BrowserAddonsView can scan and detect the addons of most popular Web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. For Chrome and Firefox, BrowserAddonsView detects and scans all Web browser profiles if there are multiple profiles.
Yesterday I posted the article, “A Microsoft Office Alternative That Is Totally FREE…” and I received comments suggesting some alternatives that you may want to explore. If you know of additional alternatives to Microsoft Office, feel free to use the comment section to add your suggestions.
I have installed and experienced each of the software options below. All three are good options that will save you the cost of subscribing to a long term software option like Microsoft Office. As I mentioned in my previous post, it is a matter of personal preference and circumstance. If Microsoft Office is the core product required in your workplace or school, then purchasing Microsoft Office for home is a good choice (and makes sense). If you are in a situation where Microsoft Office plays no role in what you are doing in life, then any of the choices below are good choices.
To prove my point… I managed a network in a government agency where the core product I used and installed on all the PC’s was Microsoft Office. When I retired, I stopped using Microsoft Office (to save myself money) and now use one of the FREE options below. Many people get hooked on that they “have to install” Microsoft Office or their world will fall apart.
Also, just to point out, if you set up a FREE Microsoft Outlook account with Microsoft, you can use the FREE online watered-down versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint that works quite well. Oh, don’t forget you also have Google Docs…
THREE FREE MS-OFFICE
LibreOffice – LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most versatile Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).
WPS Office – Your dream solution for a low-budget, no-commitment, (cross-platform) free productivity office suite. The smallest size office suite consisting of Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets.
FreeOffice – is a complete Office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation program – all compatible with their counterparts in Microsoft Office.
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Many of you that explore the world of tech already know of LibreOffice. Many of you at home, do not. If you work in the business world where Microsoft Office is the core product needed to perform your job functions, then I can understand buying the product for use at home. Same goes with Students (to a certain extent), but most of us at home do not need to be paying out a handsome sum for a product that you will occasionally use and most likely will be financially tied to for many years. A good option, that is FREE and very compatible with Microsoft Office (and Google Docs) is LibreOffice. Here at “What’s On My PC” LibreOffice is my office suite software of choice that I frequently recommend to others.
LibreOffice is a powerful and free office suite (that is Open Source software), used by millions of people around the world. Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most versatile Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).
Source: LibreOffice – Free Office Suite
Process Explorer is a great utility for troubleshooting problems on a computer (i.e malware infection) that can be run from a flash drive.
The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.
7-Zip is one of those popular utilities (that is FREE and OPEN SOURCE) that lives on and is very good at working with “zip” files and a multitude of other file compression formats. Windows 10 does give you the ability to work with “zip” files, but 7-Zip takes this to another level. I especially like 7-Zip’s strong AES-256 encryption that allows you to encrypt (password protect) files to keep them from prying eyes.