All posts by Soumen Halder

A web 2.0, startups and photography enthusiast. Lately found on Twitter @hsoumen. A cinephile and a zealous cyberflâneur. He also authors his own blog Ampercent.

DesktopOK – Restore The Positions Of Desktop Items

DesktopOk is a free tool that saves the orientation of application shortcuts, files and folders that are placed on your desktop. If their positions get disturbed in any way, you can restore their positions using this free tool.

Saving and Restoring Desktop Icon Positions

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Download DesktopOk and run it on your PC. For any particular screen resolution, position your icons. Now start this tool and hit save. The saved icon layout will get listed. Any time you want to revert back to that position, just select any previously saved icon layout from the list and hit the Restore button and the tool will restore your desktop icon positions.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

DesktopOk is a free tool that has minimal memory requirements and you can use it without installation. You will need only few clicks to restore or save the desktop icon layout, which makes the tool very easy to use. This tool is a must-have for people, who like to keep everything (they use) on their desktop without getting them messed up.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5(Average)

WhatInStartup – Manage the Programs that Load while your PC starts

WhatInStartup is a free tool that helps you manage the programs that load while your machine starts. This is a portable tool. Hence, you do not need to install the tool. After downloading, just run the app.

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As the tool starts, it will show a list of programs that start when the operating system boots. If you want to disable any entry i.e. bar it from loading on startup, just select it and press the red button on control pane at the top. You can also save any set of startup items for future use.

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Techie-Buzz Verdict

We can easily manage the startup items using msconfig. However, we will not be able to save any particular set of startup items that can be used for any future restoration of our workspace. Other than the save option, the tool also provides detailed info about any particular startup item, permanent removal of any item from startup list and many more useful operations. This is a must have tool for people who install a lot of applications, thereby prolonging their machine startup time and unintentionally burdening it with unnecessary startup items.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Very Good)

Desktop Tweet – Capture Your Screen And Tweet It As Well

Desktop Tweet is a nice free tool that can capture screenshots on your machine and tweet them.

1. Download Desktop Tweet and install it on your PC.

2. After it is installed, start the tool.

3. You’ll find an icon in the notification area, right-click on it. Select Tweet Snapshot. You can select Settings to enter your Twitter account details.

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4. Now rescale the capture frame as per your needs. After it is properly located, double-click on the frame.

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5. The tool will now prompt you to select the image service you want to use. You can also add text to the image. When you are done configuring the upload, just press the Submit button to tweet the screenshot.

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Techie-Buzz Verdict

Twitter is a major network everybody uses now and tweeting screenshots is an anytime necessity for any Twitter addict. This light-weight tool makes this task pretty easy. To get a screenshot you do not need to rely on any other tool. Desktop Tweet has in-built tools that can capture your screen and tweet them as well. It supports several uploading services which include Twitpic, yfrog, Twitgoo, Pikchur and Posterous.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Very Good)

iBin – A Portable Recycle Bin For Your USB Drive

Most of the time, if we do not need a file or folder on a PC, we select it and delete it using the Delete button on our keyboard. The files are then placed in the Recycle Bin. These files that are placed in the recycle bin can be restored. This is helpful when we have deleted some files by mistake, because we get another chance to get them back. The problem arises when we delete a file which happens to be on our USB drives, since the system recycle bin do not cover those drives.

iBin is a free utility that manages the files deleted from your USB drives. So, in other words, it can be stated as a portable recycle bin for your USB drives. This tool will ask you to confirm the delete operation whenever you try to delete any file from the USB drive.

Download iBin and unzip the pack on your USB drive. All you need to do is, run the app as you start using your USB drive. You will find a system tray icon as soon as it starts working. For every deletion attempt on USB drive files you will be prompted with a window shown below.

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If you want to restore a deleted file just double-click the tray-bar icon of the app and the iBin Dumping Management window opens. You can select a deleted file and press the Recycle Data Selected button to restore that item.

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Techie Buzz Verdict :

iBin is a free utility for all Windows operating systems. It serves a purpose of confirming any delete operation (for files on USB drives), which is a very common (and petty) mistake committed by us. This tool may not be that useful for someone who prefers permanent deletion (Shift+Delete). Hence, the app is judged according to its usability.

Techie Buzz Rating : 3.5/5 (Average)

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Wallshow – Rotate Your Desktop Backgrounds

Windows 7 has an in-built feature to rotate its desktop backgrounds. This is really a feel good feature that prevents your desktop from getting dull, showing a single wallpaper all the time. But, this is not present in WIndows XP or Vista. So, do we have a chance to have the same feature on XP or Vista ? I say yes.

Wallshow is a free application that rotates your desktop background automatically. You can configure the tool to change the desktop wallpaper when a new application starts or periodically in an user-defined timed pattern.

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Download Wallshow and install it. Start the tool after installation. You can now add images as wallpaper list. The tool will then set each one of the entries as your desktop background one after another. (also read – Automatically Change Wallpapers At Specified Intervals)

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The wallpaper swapping order, interval and positioning of the wallpapers on your desktop can be further tweaked using the Wallshow settings.

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Techie Buzz Verdict :

This is a nice tool that makes your desktop more interesting as you do not have to see a single wallpaper all the time. There is nothing much to configure in this tool, only some basic steps which make the tool pretty easy to use. It supports almost all the image types like, BMP, GIF, JPEG, DIB and PNG. It also has the option to enable Active Desktop properties and its valid for all Windows operating systems.

Techie Buzz Rating : 4/5 (Good)

Four services to get answers to your questions

We have dozens of daily queries, like “What’s in the flight status?” or “What is the score of the ongoing NBA game?”. Likewise, there are numerous places to get the answers to those queries too. Here is a list of four such services, which are popular for providing mostly meaningful answers to user queries.

1. SnapAsk

get-answers-snapask This is an email based service that provides you with valuable information on numerous aspects, like wikipedia articles, stock quotes, weather, flight status, dictionary and many more, through email. All you have to do is just send an email to [email protected] with a command in the subject line of the email. For instance, the command for getting an answer on flight status is flight continental 14. You can find more commands related to other topics on their homepage. The body of the email can be empty.[Visit Snapask]

2. ToAnswer

get-answers-toanswer ToAnswer is a Twitter based answering service. If you are a regular twitter user, just follow ToAsk and ToAnswer profiles. Now whenever you need to ask something, just add @ToAsk before the question. Afterwards, the tweet is is indexed by the ToAnswer Twitter bot and the question is posted on the ToAnswer homepage, making it available for answering by other users of this service.[Visit ToAnswer]

3. Google SMS

get-answers-google-sms This is an awesome service by Google, that can be accessed from your mobile phone. All you have to do is send an SMS to 466453 with the desired keyword for the query. You will get the set of keywords for any particular query here. [Visit GoogleSMS FAQ]

4. Mosio

get-answers-mosio This is yet another email based answering service which also has an SMS option to ask your questions. Check out the Mosio test page. There is nothing to install and everything is free. It also has Twitter and Jott Integration.[Visit Mosio]

Well, as I had already stated in the beginning, out of many other services that answer your questions, those four are my favorites. If you have any better suggestions, please fill in the comment form to share them.