Tag Archive: Software

May 17

Everything Portable Finds Files Fast

Windows only: Everything, a super-snappy file finder that’s one of our Top 10 tiny & awesome Windows utilities, offers a new portable version that’s just as speedy as its standard-installation sibling.

Everything’s portable version takes a few seconds on launching to build a database of all the files on an NTFS-formatted drive, saves it in whatever folder you’ve saved the application, then brings up a single text box to type into, and a big white space without any files listed—yet. As soon as you start typing in file names, regular expressions, or boolean-style operators (like ! in front of “not” phrases), Everything almost instantly pulls up the files matching that search. And there’s a lot that’s been added to a new version earlier this month, including support for USB/removable drives, shortcut keys, and a claim to improving search performance by 30 percent. There’s also a host of nifty options you can enable, like an HTTP server for remote file searching—hit the MakeUseOf link below for a peek at a few of those value-added items.

Everything portable is a free download for Windows systems only.

Dec 17

VirtualBox 2.1 Now Available

All platforms: Free and open source virtualization software VirtualBox gets a “major upgrade” to version 2.1 which is now available for download.

Besides a gaggle of fixes, the changelog details new features:

  • Support for hardware virtualization (VT-x and AMD-V) on Mac OS X hosts
  • Support for 64-bit guests on 32-bit host operating systems (experimental; see user manual, chapter 1.6, 64-bit guests, page 16)
  • Added support for Intel Nehalem virtualization enhancements (EPT and VPID; see user manual, chapter 1.2, Software vs. hardware virtualization (VT-x and AMD-V), page 10))
  • Experimental 3D acceleration via OpenGL (see user manual, chapter 4.8, Hardware 3D acceleration (OpenGL), page 66)
  • Experimental LsiLogic and BusLogic SCSI controllers (see user manual, chapter 5.1, Hard disk controllers: IDE, SATA (AHCI), SCSI, page 70)
  • Full VMDK/VHD support including snapshots (see user manual, chapter 5.2, Disk image files (VDI, VMDK, VHD), page 72)
  • New NAT engine with significantly better performance, reliability and ICMP echo (ping) support (bugs #1046, #2438, #2223, #1247)
  • New Host Interface Networking implementations for Windows and Linux hosts with easier setup (replaces TUN/TAP on Linux and manual bridging on Windows)

We’ve already shown you how to run Windows apps seamlessly inside Linux with VirtualBox; what OS combinations are you using it with? VirtualBox is a free download for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Dec 16

UnChrome Anonymizes Your Installation

Windows only: Free application UnChrome bolsters your browsing anonymity by removing the unique ID from Google Chrome that Google associates with your Chrome installation.

UnChrome isn’t the first app to do this; we highlighted another program called Chrome Privacy Guard in our power user’s guide to Google Chrome. But for the many who installed Chrome for the first time after Chrome officially left beta last week, it’s worthwhile to highlight this kind of tool once more. UnChrome is a free download, Windows only.

Dec 05

Put Remember The Milk in a Stand-Alone Window

Windows/Mac/Linux: Remember the Task simply puts web task manager Remember the Milk’s familiar gadget interface into a stand-alone Adobe AIR window, but maybe that’s just what you need.

RTM’s stripped-down, vertically-aligned rectangle is the same you’ll see in its Gmail and iGoogle gadgets, as well as a Vista Sidebar widget and desktop embeds. But since Remember the Task is its own desktop window, you can minimize it to your tray, keep it on your second monitor, or simply have it available by hitting Alt-Tab.

Remember the Tray is a free download for all systems, requires the Adobe AIR platform to install and run.

Oct 28

Start Google Chrome in Incognito Mode

Programmer Michael T. Bee offers up a small, desktop-friendly JavaScript file that starts Google’s Chrome browser in Incognito Mode for those privacy-please browsing sessions. Actually, the script, which you can paste into Notepad or another editor and save as a .js file, starts Chrome, opens a no-cookie, no-tracks-left Incognito window, then kills the first window. If your system can’t launch Chrome by running chrome.exe in Windows’ “Run” dialog, you might have to tweak the sixth line of the script a bit. Otherwise, it’s a handy trick for, as the Hacks Blog puts it, “birthday shopping.”

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