Categorize Your Start menu Items with Handy Start Menu

handy start menu logo[Windows Only] Once we have lots of applications installed on our PC it becomes tough for us to locate them in the Start Menu. Since pinning items in the Start menu makes it cluttered, we try to keep them (application shortcuts) organized using shortcuts in the Quick Launch or Taskbar (in Windows 7). Sometimes they also seem to run out of places to  accommodate  any more items. Handy Start Menu is a free application that can do the job of keeping application shortcuts organized in the Start Menu as well as fitting as many items as you need.

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Download Handy Start Menu and install it on your PC. Start it after installation. The application will then categorize the Start Menu application shortcuts automatically. You can also choose to group them manually. To do that open the  application and click the 2nd option named “Adjust Categories of The Start Menu Items“. Now you categorize the applications as per your choice.

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Once the Start menu gets de-cluttered by the app, it will look like the screenshot above. There may be a problem while using this tool. When you open your Start menu ( by pressing the Windows orb or using the Windows key in the keyboard) it looks exactly as the normal cluttered one with no change. Click the “All Programs” link below to see the categorized menu. To disable the application, right-click the tray icon and choose Disable.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

The application is  certainly  a tool to try if you have a cluttered Start menu to handle. The tool is free and consumes very little memory resources. However if you are okay with your taskbar, quicklaunch or desktop shortcuts, there is no need to increase you system overhead by installing this app.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

FileTypesMan: Change Icon for A Filetype

[Windows Only] Filetype Manager by NirSoft is a free application that can help you change the icon associated with a specific filetype.

The tool can be downloaded from the NirSoft website. After you have downloaded the tool, unzip the pack and double-click the executable file to start the  application. As the application starts, it will automatically scan and list all kinds of filetypes that are present on your system.

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You can search for a particular filetype by pressing the key combination Ctrl + F. As the search window opens, type in the extension of the filetype and hit Enter.

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Once you have found what you were looking for, right-click on the item and select “Edit Selected Filetype”. You can also press F2 to open the editing window for the selected filetype. Refer the screenshot below to see how you can change the file icon for the chosen filetype.

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Techie-Buzz Verdict

The freeware is a nice utility that brings back the Windows XP folder options feature with many other options included within. Apart from changing icons you can also open selected filetype in regedit.  It works perfectly in Windows 7 and Vista. Since the tool is portable, it can be used on any PC straight away without any installation. I recommend this tool as an easy solution for changing filetype icons.

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Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Freepdfcard: Make Business Cards Online

If you are planning to get a business card for yourself, and you have no idea how to design it, here is a quick and easy way. Free PDF Card is an online service that can create a free business card for you.

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Go to the Free PDF Card website and you will see a form. Each of the form fields represents a line in the preview business card (to the left) in a vertical order. Beside every text field of the form there are basic formatting options like bold, italics and font size. If you wish to show your company logo, upload it using the “Upload Logo” button. You can also show your image if it’s for a personal purpose.

Start filling the form with the info you wish to show on your business card. Do the necessary formatting until you are satisfied with its look. Every time you wish to preview the changes you have made, press the Preview button below. Following is a demo PDF card that I created for myself using Free PDF Card.

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Once you have completed editing your free business card, press the Download button just below the card preview section. The card will be downloaded as a PDF file which you can print.

Initiate Alt-Tab Command Using A Simple Mouse Gesture

[Windows Only] If you keep several windows open while working on your computer, then its obvious that you often get lost while switching between them (windows). This is when a Windows user uses the most common Alt+Tab key combination that gives a simple visual display of the opened windows. This helps you to locate and move to the correct window you are looking for.

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Have you ever wondered if it is possible to use this feature with a simple movement of the mouse ? Here is a tool that will help you to do that. Download and run AltEdge. Now whenever you need to switch between windows, just move your mouse pointer to the left side of the screen. You will see the all open windows listed as they are shown when Alt+Tab is used. The switching goes on automatically and whenever the pointer is on the desired window just move your mouse away to right. The window will come to focus.

[Download AltEdge]

Techie-Buzz Verdict

This is a very useful tool and is one of its kind.You can easily use the Alt+Tab feature with a simple mouse gesture. You need not remember the keyboard shortcuts, and you can also use the Alt+Tab feature if any of the keys (Alt or Tab) on the keyboard are not working.

Techie Buzz Rating : 4 / 5 (Excellent)

ZoomIt : Zoom Any Image on The Web

Microsoft Live Labs has rolled out a new web based tool named ZoomIt to zoom any image on the web. All you need to do is copy the URL which holds the image and then paste it in the create box and hit the button Create.

When I checked the quality of zoomed image, well, I am sorry to say that the Windows default zooming (in Windows Photo Gallery) served better. However the tool surely proves handy if you wish to zoom any image on the web and not necessarily download it.

The good thing about the online tool is that you can embed the zoom tool (with an online image you wish to show) on your web page. Following is an example of that.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

If you are an webmaster and wish to demonstrate a big image which you can’t embed normally use Zoom.it. This way you can embed the picture as a whole without disturbing your website layout.

DriveSMART : Know Your Hard Disk Health

DriveSmart is a free tool that checks the health of your hard drive. In case your drive health is deteriorating, the application will alert you about the damage so that you have a chance to backup valuable data on the disk before the disk crashes. The application uses S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) to track the health of your hard disk.

Why do you need it ?

S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology that can be found in almost all modern hard disks. This resides inside your hard disk and keeps track of some parameters like temperature, disk heads, surface state, electronics, etc. Once it senses any danger it pings the user about the problem. The error report takes time to show up as the disk tries to recover on its own. This is where DriveSmart comes into play. It accesses the S.M.A.R.T data and lets you know about the condition, so you have enough time to get your backup.

[Download DriveSmart]

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

The tool is available for Windows (XP Home and Professional, 2K Professional and Server, Me, NT 4.0 Workstation & Server, 98, 95b, 2003 Server) and Mac (OS X 10.2 and 10.3). Unfortunately, the tool is not available yet for Windows 7 and Vista. I recommend this tool to everyone who has any of the supported OS installed.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

Download Last.fm Tracks with Last Recorder

Love to hear Last.fm tracks ? Why not download them to your computer ? Here is a free tool that can help you do that. Last Recorder is a free tool that can download Last.fm tracks as separately tagged MP3 files. Once you download the program, start it right away. Log into Last.fm account using your account details. Now you choose the station and start recording by pressing the red recording button. When the recording is completed, you can find recorded tracks named as <Artist>/<Album>/<Title>.mp3 in the selected folder.

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[Download Last Recorder]

Techie Buzz Verdict :

As I have always been a fan of Last.fm I keep tuned to it all the time wherever I get a browser and internet connection. Now that I’ve found Last Recorder I don’t need an Internet connection every time i want   to listen to my favorite tracks. The tool is intelligent enough to remove white-spaces, Windows incompatible characters from the names of the recorded tracks as well as it can automatically skip already recorded streams. The tool also offers an easy to use interface. The tool is really something Last.fm users should try. The cross platform compatibility makes it usable over all popular OS platforms.

Techie-Buzz Rating : 4.5/5 (Excellent)

TweetOBox : A New Twitter Client Meant For Windows Desktop

tweetobox-logo [Windows Only] TweetOBox is a new generation Twitter desktop client for Windows users. The tool offers a nice interface to try if you are bored with the most popular Adobe AIR based Twitter tools. The app lets you do all the common tasks related to Twitter which includes tweeting your updates(with links and pictures), replying or retweeting any tweet, sending direct message to anyone. In addition to these you can also filter your twitter stream choosing any location or people.

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Click the Tweetbutton at the top to post your tweet. Each tweet on your home screen offers various options like reply, retweet, direct message, favorite, delete, add to list and many more.

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[Download TweetOBox]

Techie-Buzz Verdict :

The tool is in beta stage and hence there are lots of bugs which need to be taken care of. The tool is pretty solid but as it is new the plug-in support is not that many to choose from. The app froze on me couple of times while using it on my laptop. The app is yet to fulfill its promises but I am sure it will do so in the future releases.

Techie Buzz Rating : 3/5 (Good)

Reset Windows Password If You Have Lost Your Account

There may be times when you have forgotten your Windows account password or your account has been locked out or disabled. Reinstalling Windows is the only option left to counter situations like these. Luckily, there is another way out of this trouble. Reset Windows Password is a bootable CD that helps you bypass the Windows Logon Password.

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Features :

1. The tool offers a simple graphic interface.

2. The tool helps to recover or reset Windows administrator and user passwords.

3. You can unlock or enable user as well as administrative accounts.

4. Reset Windows Password automatically detects the operating system installed on your computer.

5. Supports Windows 7, Windows XP, 2003, 2000, NT, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (64-bit), Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (64-bit), Windows VISTA, Windows VISTA (64-bit), Windows Server 2008.

6. It supports RAID/SCSI/SATA drives and FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 file systems.

Other than the above mentioned features, you’ll get free updates and technical support.

[Download Reset Windows Password]

Techie Buzz Verdict

The app is available at a price but it is worth paying for such a great utility at hand. A trial version of the tool is also available for free download. The tool definitely serves a purpose that can happen to any Windows user. Using this tool will make sure you get out of this problem avoiding a Windows re-installation. Hence I recommend you to keep a copy of this tool at hand in case you get into a trouble with your Windows Account.

Techie Buzz Rating : 3.5/5 (Very Good)

SpokenTwit : Speak Your Updates To Twitter

SpokenTwit is an online service that lets you update your Twitter status using your voice. Just navigate to the website and give it access to your Twitter account (the link can be found at the bottom of the page). Once you are done with it, you will need to sign up for a free account. After that you are ready to speak your updates to Twitter. Just call the country specific number (which can be found in the website). For instance, the number for India is 918326646005.

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Features :

1. Post voice tweets to Twitter.

2. Unlimited recording length.

3. No 140 character bar.

5. Followers can hear real voice.

6. Post tweet while using mobile or when you are offline.

8. Listen to Twitter text timeline.

9. Get audio playback of voice tweets.

10. Send replies to tweets.

11. You can also delete your tweets.

Here is a link to an update I posted on Twitter using Spoken Twit.

[Go to Spoken Twit website]

Techie Buzz Verdict

This online service surely promises to do something that is quite unique and useful. The service is excellent and what I like to mention specially is that, they provide a prompt customer support. I must say that Spoken Twit is definitely a service to try for every Twitter addict.

Techie Buzz Rating : 4 / 5 (Excellent)