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Tools i use in my day to day life.

Resources, we all need them; especially with upgrowing kids, this may become handy later on.

Free Math Websites

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Need to quickly setup a newly installed system; if you are just like me and need to reinstall your machine once in a while you know how long it takes to get all the applications ready on your system. It is no fun, you have to stay at the keyboard and look at those silly bars which NEVER tell you the correct time you have to wait. Then it is time for Ninite !

Ninite installs software fast with default settings and
says “no” to browser toolbars and other junk.

Ninite checks your PC’s language and 64-bit support
to install the latest, best version of each program.

Ninite runs on Windows XP/Vista/7 and works in the
background unattended and 100% hands-free.

All Ninite does is automatically download and install
the apps you select. Not even Ninite is installed.

You can find Ninite here: Website

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Since a week or two i am using Windows Live Messenger, wished i never upgraded to this tool incredible amateur tool from Microsoft. I was using MSN for a long time, and almost never did have problems, but since i am using WLM (makes me think about other tooling though), Microshit seems to have more and more problems with their so called service. Tonight i am not able to connect at all, every thing is fine, but i simply can not connect to their service, while Microshit keeps on telling me on their website that all services are up and running. Sure Running they are, but away from me, thats for sure.

Besides the connection problem, we also experienced a lot of other connectivity issues with Windows Live No Messenger, like the occasional (or even repetitive) message that the other side can not receive our messages, sometimes need to repeat myself for 10 times and the other-side gets only 1 message. And no, it is not my Internet connection, which is more as fine (how would i post this without it!) and no we did not have these issues with MSN.

So our rating for Windows Live Messanger : SUCKS

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Not a new thing, just something which anoyed me today, so needed to figure out how to disable this, for personal reference i write it down here.

So here is how you can disable the restart reminder of Windows Automatic Updates:

  1. Click Start -> Run
  2. Enter “gpedit.msc”
  3. Go to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
  4. Double-click on “Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations”
  5. Disable it!
  6. Reboot the computer

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Using OpenDNS myself for some time, i think its time to share it, especialy because they just did add a server in the UK, so that also the benefit of speed will be a good reason to change.

To thank you for all that you do for me, this holiday season I want to give you the Gift of Safe, from OpenDNS.With this gift, you’ll be protected from phishing scams while online, your typos will be corrected on the fly and, chances are, you’ll notice a significant speed increase in your Internet usage.

Accept the gift by clicking the link and following the instructions that best fit your setup.

Get the Gift of Safe:

http://www.opendns.com/gift_of_safe.php?receive


Use OpenDNS

Happy Holidays,

Patrick

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Some applications open a popup to fill in some information, when you are using firefox this not always goes the way you want, making is impossible, or nearly impossible to fill in the data, especially if you are not able to resize the window.

To make sure you can ALWAYS resize the windows you can do the following:

Start firefox and type in the URL bar: about:config
This will open the configuration window, now type there:

dom.disable_window_open_feature.resizable
And set the value to: true, and you are ready to go!

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Searching for a freeware tool, which has it all ? look no further, PSPAD has it all, well, i think it has, up-till now i found everything i really wanted.

From a simple text editor with strong search&replace functionality, to selecting text in columns instead of lines. It also got a build in FTP editor, and to many features to all name them here. One word, PSPAD got it all, and if not, there are several add-on modules downloadable from the website.

As the writer says, this program is for any one who likes to:

– Work with various programming environments
– Like highlighted syntax in their source code
– Need a small tool with simple controls and the capabilities of a mighty       code editor
– Are looking for a tool that handles plain text
– Want to save money and still have the functionality of professional products.

I think they are to humble for describing their own software, a must try!

Visit the website here.

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No, i am not talking about toiletpaper here, i am talking about a piece of software which cleans your pc, removes applications, even if the deinstaller doesnt work correctly. And the best thing, and thats not crap, it is free !

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! 🙂

Find the software here.

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In my might against some forum spammers i was looking for a tool which could help me better as the standard phpmyadmin tool for my mySQL database, I found a sollution in the following (free)-tool ‘SQLyog’:

SQLyog MySQL GUI is the most powerful MySQL Manager and MySQL Admin Tool, combining the features of MySQL Query Browser, phpMyAdmin and various other MySQL Front Ends and MySQL Clients in a single intuitive interface.

There is a free community version and an Enterprise verion available. Click here for their website.

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Sometimes i am in need to check a servers connection from multiple places in the world, just to see if its only my connection or that more people have the same issue. Now i know ping is not the most reliable way to check conectivity, but it will do in this case. Trough the following website you can check your server from 20 different geographical locations.

Check out the website of Just Ping

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