Have you ever heard of Karen’s Power Tools? Karen Kenworthy is a Visual Basic programmer and she offers most of the programs she writes for free at her website, KarenWare.com. Karen also occasionally sends out a newsletter featuring one of the tools she’s recently worked on. This time her newsletter featured a tool named Zone Manager.
Zone Manager let’s you quickly control and set new time zones in Windows. You can create a desktop shortcut to any time zone, so that you can switch between zones with a double-click of your mouse. You can also create your own custom time zones and enable or disable Daylight Saving Time. In addition, Zone Manager can synchronize your PC clock to one of the super accurate Internet Time Servers.
Why would you need it? Let’s say that I’m hopping on a jet from New York to India. While I’m on the way there, I may stop in Europe or Arabia. If I know my route ahead of time, I can create desktop shortcuts that quickly change my PC’s time zones. A double click and I’ve changed from one time zone to another. I’ll have the local time set even before I hit the terminal.
You can find out more about Zone Manager in Karen’s most recent Newsletter.
Here’s what it looks like.
Here you can see that I’ve made a time zone named Twilight Zone.
The source code for many of the programs at Karen’s site is available for download. That means you can customize these programs or use the code as a learning resource.
Once I asked Karen about making one of these program portable, so that it could run from a flash drive. I didn’t get an answer, but I’ve figured it out on my own. If you want to use any of Karen’s Power Tools on a flash drive, follow these steps.
1. Download and install the Power Tool. (note step 4 before you finish installing)
2. Go to the Program folder for that program and copy it to your portable drive. Example path: C:\Program Files\Karen’s Power Tools
3. Since Karen’s tools need the Visual Basic runtime files, you need to copy these into the portable drive folder you created in step 2. If you don’t have VB6 runtime support installed, you can get it here. Here are the files you will need, they are usually located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
4. There may also be some OCX files you’ll need. When you install a Power Tool, it will display all of the files it needs in it’s installation window just as it finishes. Once again, these are usually located in the System32 folder.
Here are some more of Karen’s Power Tools, just in case you are curious:
Replicator – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp
Countdown Timer II – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptcount2.asp
Directory Printer – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptdirprn.asp
Computer Profiler – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptprofiler.asp
Show Stopper – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptstopper.asp
WhoIs – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptwhois.asp
URL Discombobulator – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptlookup.asp
Calculator – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptcalc.asp
Once-A-Day II – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptoad.asp
Hasher – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/pthasher.asp
‘Net Monitor – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptnetmon.asp
Cookie Viewer – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptcookie.asp
Zone Manager – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptzone.asp
Print Logger – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptprnlog.asp
E-Mailer II – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptmailer2.asp
Disk Slack Checker – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptslack.asp
Drive Info – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptdinfo.asp
Time Sync – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptsync.asp
LAN Monitor – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptlanmon.asp
Window Watcher – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptwinwatch.asp
Recycler – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptrecycler.asp
Alarm Clock – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptalarm.asp
Font Explorer – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptfonts.asp
Power Toy – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/pttoy.asp
Time Cop – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/pttimecop.asp
Mailer – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptmailer.asp
Version Browser – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptbrowse.asp
Autorun.inf Editor – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptautorun.asp
Registry Pruner – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptpruner.asp
Registry Ripper – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptregrip.asp
Snooper – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptsnoop.asp
Clipboard Viewer – http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptclpvue.asp
Techie Buzz Verdict:
Zone Manager is one of many very good tools from Karen that I’ve used over the years. It offers a unique set of features you aren’t likely to find anywhere else. I like the fact that it’s not only free, but that the source code is also offered for free.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)