Putty/WinSCP Connection Manager and Launcher: AutoPuTTY

PuTTy is a must-have tool, for users who want to remotely connect to Linux servers from Windows. There are several useful add-ons that make Putty much easier to use and manage.

PuTTy connection manager helps you to manage several connections and create portable databases for your connections, and PuTTy Tray helps you to minimize PuTTy windows to the tray.

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AutoPuTTy is another small that will allow you to manage your PuTTy sessions and automatically login to them. In addition to that, it also manages sessions for Remote Desktop, VNC and WinSCP (SFTP and SCP sessions).

This is definitely a must have, if you want to manage several servers and use multiple tools like PuTTy and WinSCP.

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IZArc2Go is a Great Free Portable Archive Manager

As you may already know, an archive file is a file that contains other files. You can think of an archive as a suitcase full of stuff that you can unpack when needed. I’m guessing that there are 20 or 30 common archive types out there, and Windows only knows how to open up a couple of them.

So what can you do when you run into an archive type you aren’t familiar with? You’ll need to get yourself a good flexible archive manager. Fortunately there are several free archive managers out there and many of them are up to the job.

I previously used 7-zip which works fine but is a little clunky looking and has a quirky interface. One day, I ran into a free portable app named IZArc2Go and I’ve been using it ever since. It works exactly as I expected it to work and it also has a nice looking face. The only extraordinary thing about it is the number of file types that it supports. I can pretty much count on almost never running into an archive I can’t handle with IZArc.

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IZArc supports the following archive types:

7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BZ2, BZA, CAB, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MBF, MIM, PAK, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO

It also supports opening the following CD/DVD image formats:

ISO, BIN, MDF, NRG, IMG, C2D, PDI, CDI

Here are a few of the features of IZArc:

  • · Create archives
  • · Add files
  • · Delete files
  • · Extract files
  • · Test files
  • · Repair archives
  • · Search for files in multiple archives
  • · Favorite Folders
  • · Full Drag & Drop of files/folders
  • · Open file with the program associated to that file type
  • · CheckOut feature
  • · Create a self-extracting archive
  • · Antivirus scanner option
  • · Excellent help file on F1 key
  • · 16 custom sets of buttons for a little variety on toolbar

IZArc2Go can be downloaded from the home page. One minor beef I have with this program is the fact that the portable version is only offered in an installer. I’d much rather see it offered as a ZIP file.

After launching the installer you’ve downloaded, you’ll soon see why the author has placed this freebie in an installer package. He’s decided that he’d like to get a little payoff. There’s an offer to install some sponsored software in there. I have no problem with that and you shouldn’t either. Just make sure you decide whether or not you want the offered software and move on.

Once you start using IZArc, I think you’ll agree with me when I say that it’s a pleasure to use.

Do you have any questions about archives or ideas you’d like to share? Be sure to add a comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

KUninstall is a Blazing Fast Uninstall Utility

image The title of this article pretty much gives away the big secret behind KUninstall but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

This portable freeware application often allows you to uninstall a program long before you would have finished opening up the standard Windows Add/Remove applet. Not only is it fast, it also has unique features that Microsoft probably didn’t want you to have. Below I’ll give you some details on how to set up and use KUninstall.

First you’ll have to go to KUninstall’s web page to download it. It’s offered there as a ZIP file and since it’s a portable application, all you need to do is to unpack the zip into a folder. The name of the executable file that starts KUninstall is KUnist.exe. Find that file and double click it to launch the app.

The first thing you’ll see is a list of all programs on your PC that can be uninstalled.

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If it’s a long list, you can use the Filter box at the top to type in the name of the program. Below you can see that I was looking for Zuneand it found one application matching what I typed.

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Once you have an item highlighted, you can select the Uninstall option by hitting the trash can icon in the toolbar. You can also right click on an item in the list to see more options.

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Choosing Open Registrywill open up Regedit and display the uninstall key for the program selected. The Open Installation Folderand Open Web Siteoptions will open the program’s installation folder or open the program’s home website in your default web browser.

I’m not sure why anyone would want to Renamea program, but this feature is there if you need it.

The Detail Infoprovides a very nice table, shown below, which displays all of the information that Windows has about the program selected. Double clicking on some of the items in the table will open up those locations.

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Naturally, the Uninstalloption, in the right click menu and the toolbar, is the most important function. If you’ve chosen Uninstall, you’ll see the menu below and you can click Start Uninstall.

The uninstall scripts that are provided by some companies are a bit sloppy and may leave behind useless folders, files and registry entries. KUninstall provides you with an easy way to clean up stray files and registry keys. The Explore Folderand Scan Leftover Itemsfeatures are very useful for finding the scraps left behind.

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The final feature I’ll discuss is one of the most unique that I’ve seen in an uninstall utility. The Finderfeature is accessed from the toolbar at the top of KUninstall.

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If you drag and drop the Finder cross-hairs onto an open program window, you’ll be presented with a menu which will allow you to Uninstall, Explorer, Locate, Close Windowor Kill Process. Most of these menu items are self explanatory, but I can tell you that the Explorerbutton merely opens up the folder which contains the program that Finder was dropped on.

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The Finder also works when you drop it onto Shortcuts and System Tray Icons. That can be very useful when needed.

That’s all I’ve got to say about KUninstall at this time. If you’ve already decided not to try it, you should be aware that Kensoft, the creator of KUninstall, also offers several other free applications that you may find useful.

On another note, you may also want to know How To Completely Uninstall Software or Uninstall Programs Safely With Ashampoo Magical UnInstall.

Be sure to add your comment below if you have questions or a tip.

Resize All Images In a Folder

Whenever you come back from a vacation, one thing is for sure that you have clicked tons of photos which you would want to share with your friends.

However, photographs taken by a camera are usually of high resolution. Now if you want to resize each and every image from the trip, you will be spending hours if not days.

In the past we have told you about several image manipulation tools some of which allow you to resize multiple images and also compress image size on the fly.

In addition to that, we came across another interesting tool that will allow you to resize all the images inside a folder. This means that you can copy all the images from your camera and run this tool to resize all of them painlessly, with a single click.

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Once you have selected the folder with the image, change the ratio that you want the images to be resized to. The application will automatically resize the images and store them in the location you selected.

Definitely a dead simple tool with very good output images. We recommend this tool if you are a frequent photographer.

Resize JPEG Folder is a  . Just download this tool and run it.

Download Resize JPEG Folder [Download the exe file]

SmartTab: A Better Alt+Tab Alternative/Replacement

Alt+Tab is probably one of the most used to switch between multiple open applications. However the default behavior or Alt+Tab is not perfect.

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SmartTab is a Alt+Tab replacement that has much better features than the regular ones built into Windows.

Instead of showing you larger icons, SmartTab shows you smaller icons and includes the titles of the Windows. This makes it effortless to find the application you want to switch to.

SmartTab Features

  • All windows with small icons & full title at a glance.
  • Activate a window either by using the regular alt-tab dance, or hit a key between 0 and 9 and A-Z, or by clicking it’s title, or by scrolling with your mouse wheel.
  • Less resource hungry than the windows XP power toy alt-tab replacement.
  • You can choose between different colors.
  • Highlighting of windows flashing in task bar
  • Works on Windows 2000 and XP.

SmartTab is a and does not require any installation.

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Localhostr Uploader

Localhostr is a popular and unobtrusive way of sharing files online. It allows you to upload files up to 50MB in size. The best part is that it has a pretty simple and non-intrusive interface.

Localhostr uploader is a nifty   that will allow you to upload files directly to localhostr right from your desktop.

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The app is pretty lightweight and almost looks like a application. Sharing files though is a piece of cake, just drag and drop your files on the application and it will be uploaded to localhostr. You can then copy the URL and share it anyone.

Pretty cool and awesome way to share files quickly and easily. The only limit is basically on localhostr’s end, where they limit file uploads to 50MB. If you are looking to share bigger files take a look at our list of websites that offer higher limits.

Localhostr uploader is available both as a installer and .

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Uninstall Windows Live Messenger

Quite sometime back we had told you on how you can uninstall Windows live applications, using that tutorial you can easily remove any application from the Windows live suite including Windows Live Messenger.

Also See: How to Completely Uninstall Softwares

If you are looking for a easier solution to just uninstall Windows Live messenger a called Windows Live messenger uninstaller is what you need.

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WLM Uninstaller is a that provides users with a one click option to uninstall Windows Live Messenger.

Clicking on the Uninstall button will completely remove Windows Live messenger from your PC. You do not even have to visit the control panel for it.

Download WLM Uninstaller [via gHacks]

Learn English Pronunciation and Definitions with Word Aloud

Word Aloud is a that will help you learn English by pronouncing and showing you definition of words that you want.

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The software can come in pretty handy when you are learning English and want to perfect word pronunciations and also learn proper definitions for them.

Word Aloud stores a history of the words you search for, giving you easy access to past words. The definitions and audio for words are fetched from the Merrian Webster dictionary.

If you are looking for a free software to help you learn English, give Word Aloud a try.

Word Aloud is and it does not require to be installed anywhere, just download it and your own way to learn English.

You may also want to try out our friendly TwitLookup robot to find definitions and more using or find definitions by chatting with our GTalk definition lookup robot.

Note: Please do not rely only on this software, use it as a add-in to whatever professional training you are taking to learn English.

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Save Notes As Emails With MailNoter

Now there are tons and tons of sticky note applications and to-do list manager websites that allow you to store notes both offline and online, however one effective way of doing things is also by sending yourself a email reminder.

In fact whenever I have to do something the next day, I send a email address to my work account, so that when I download emails the next morning I also download the list of things that I have to do.

MailNoter is a very handy and , that will allow you to directly send notes to your email address.

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Once you have downloaded the software, unzip it to any folder and double click on it to run, you can right click on the system tray icon to change the settings for application.

In the settings window you can specify the that will send a email, the from email address and the to email address, along with specifying whether or not you want to start the application with Windows.

Sending a note to a email address is fairly simple, just press the hotkey and your selected text will be sent as a email to  the account you have setup.

Please note MailNoter will use your default email application to send out emails, so you will get a prompt to allow the MailNoter application to use it.

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Opera 10 – You Don’t Have to Install It to Try It

I’ve run into nearly a dozen reviews of the new Opera browser which is now at version 10. Usually I don’t wait long to try out new browsers and I’ve been kicking the wheels on this one to see what shakes loose. However, I’m running the USB version which doesn’t require the typical intrusive installthat most applications require.

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For those of you who want to give Opera 10 a trial run, I can recommend Opera@USB. The download is a ZIP file, so simply unpack the program files where you want to keep them.   It’s also a portable application so when you are done trying it, you can simply delete the program folder and it’s really gone. No files or registry entries will be left behind to trouble you.

So far, I’m loving the speed of the new Opera 10 Browser and I’m considering whether or not I should install it.   Here are a few of the features it now has in addition to the existing range of unique features Opera has had since version 9.

  • Exclusive Opera Turbo compression boosts slow connection speeds
  • Innovative visual tabs displays Web sites in thumbnails
  • Intuitive, sleek design
  • Easy-to-personalize Speed Dial visual bookmarks
  • Everything built-in, no need for extensions
  • It’s free!

Happy Surfing!

Download Opera@USB
or get the full version at Opera.com.