Category: PC

A lot of people don’t know that Microsoft has a program with certain schools that allows students to obtain free copies of programs. You can learn more and see if you qualify at:

Even if you don’t qualify, fear not. As long as you’re a student you can get a copy of Windows 7 for a mere $29 at the link below for a limited time (End of December, I think, but don’t quote me on that):


Every digital image is encoded with digital information, EXIF, aside from the actual picture. That information holds interesting data: When the picture was taken, if it was modified and when it was last modified, Camera information, focal length, Camera make and model among other information.

A geotag allows you to identify the location where the image was taken using longitude and latidude based coordinates. This can be determined from the camera, external GPS device or embedded later. This gives you a new way to sort and search through your photos.


In Picasa via Cnet(Click title for full article)

After downloading your photos into Picasa, it’s simply a matter of clicking on the tools tab and selecting the ‘Geotag with Google Earth’ option. This opens the mapping application in which you navigate to the place where the photo was taken. A single click then embeds the relevant latitude and longitude details into the photo’s EXIF metadata file.

In iPhoto

Select the photo or album then hit the “i” icon on the lower right corner of the screen to edit the photo/albums information. At the bottom of the panel you will see places. Type in the name of the place the photos were taken.

Faster PDF

A long time ago Adobe Created the PDF. There was a time when it was a pretty decent format but as we all know the application has become extremely bloated. It takes time to open and often hangs your browser while u wait. Although I haven’t associated it with my browser, yet. I still think this program is an amazing alternative. On my machine opening a PDF is virtually instantaneous.

Download Here


Okay, that was a little melodramatic, but this thing has been popping up, forever. If you’re running a windows machine it’s probably running right now (Ctrl + Alt + Delete then look at the Processes tab)

What is it?
Ctfmon is basically “Advance language options” seen mostly by the presence of the language bar. (That little microphone and question mark that show up on the right side of your task bar).

Why do I care?
It’s wasted space, it uses my computer for no reason and slows down the time it takes my computer to start up. So far I don’t need it and I don’t think I’ll ever need it but just in case I won’t delete it.

How do I stop it?
To simply turn off ctfmon.exe go to
Control Panel>Regional and Language Options>Languages>Details>Advanced,
and check the box that says “Turn off advanced text services.”

Found on a forum reference with this article. (Last post)

Helper Apps: Batch Rename Tool

Here’s a simple program that let’s you rename a bunch of files at the same time. You can use data types like string, date, counter, left, right, creation date, modified date, access date, and size.

This is how it works you have about 5 fields that you can choose from for each of these types so you can stack them together.


Would yield files like:

This program works on any file format.
String is for text

Left is the amount of characters you want to copy from the curren file name starting from the left

Right is the amount of characters you want to copy from the current file name starting from the right

The rest of the options are self explanatory.

Tip: When renaming pictures add the creation date so that way you will always know when the picture was taken just by looking at the filename.

Helper Apps: IZArc Compression Tool

This app is a feeware replacement for winzip or winrar. No pop ups, spyware or adware. Open a plethora of compression file formats. Below is the description from IZArc’s stie.

IZArc is the ultimate freeware archive utility supporting many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO.

Download it here

Flash Drive Applications

You bought a flash drive… now what?

Surf on over to This site offers a shitload off free apps that turn your flash drive into a fully loaded library. I’ve listed just some of the applications that they’re offering.

These a just a few, if you have a flash drive or an ipod (and carry your cable with you) I recommend that you check it out.

Here are two programs that are amazing. Don’t you hate it when programs add themselves to your startup. Like all these programs load in the system tray (the group of icons right by the time) and you don’t know where they are or how to disable them. Well welcome to a world of no more bull$hit, ahem.

Startup Control Panel
This program is a simple little thing that adds an icon to your control panel. It gives you simple check boxes on a few tabs and by simply unchecking a box you will disable a program from starting up and slowing down your computer on boot.

Startup Monitor
Even if you choose not to install startup control panel this little program is well worth the download. Startup monitor works in the background and it’s sole purpose is to alert you when a program is trying to add itself to startup. You’d be surprised how often this happens. The savings of wasted boot time and memory hogging alone is worth the download.

There are several applications that I install almost immediately on any computer that I’ll be working on. These applications make life easier and the best thing about it is that they’re free.

Without a shadow of a doubt this application is, by far, the most useful app that you will ever install. Slickrun is a command line interface that uses “magic words to expand its functionality. It’s has an extremely small footprint, meaning that the filesize of the program is very small, in fact it’s less than 1 megabyte (Small enough to fit on a floppy disk with room to spare.

What does it do?
In a word… Everything. I’m still trying. I’ve been using it for over 2 years and I’m still finding new things I can add.

You use keywords to launch things like

Say I wanted to launch photoshop I just type PS and hit enter. Thunderbird, type mail and hit enter, Firefox, just type firefox and hit enter. With autocomplete built in you rarely have to type more than the first 3 letters.


Before you even launch your browser you can type the address in slickrun and go directly to the page as the browser launches.


You can search before you even reach a page. Let’s say you wanted to search google for information on dogs. Simply type google into slickrun and hit enter. Another box will pop up for your search request. Enter “dogs” into the search and your browser launches with the results. This eliminates the time to 1, launch the browser, 2, navigate to googles site 3, wait for the result.


Ever needed to take a quick note? With jot you can simply hit windows key + J and you will have a collapsible, searchable text file that autosaves. Before this I used to have my desktop littered with notepad files.


Everyday we repeat the same repetative tasks. We open the same applications when we start our computers, write a paper, or do research. with multi you can now launch multiple applications at the same time.

Let’s say every day you open Thunderbird, Firefox and AIM. Now you can launch all of these with one word. Once configured you can launch all three apps by typing in something like “morning”. There is no restriction to the amount of apps you launch at the same time. You can even add delays to the launch and select the sequence that you wish.

Slickrun can be found at below is a URL to the download page.
Slickrun Download Page

Slickrun Tips:
Below you will find tips and tricks for slickrun.

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