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  • Blog Post: Productivity Tools: PhraseExpress – Text Expander for Windows

    I pride myself on my laziness… By laziness I don’t mean the typical definition; I mean my hatred for repetitive tasks. In many circumstances I will actually write my own code to eliminate the nonsense, automate the trivial, etc. A long time ago I was a user of another company’s solution for auto-complete...
  • Blog Post: WinAbility Software’s AB Commander: A great native 64bit replacement for explorer.

    There are several windows explorer replacements out there… ranging wildly in price. I’m attempting to be a 64bit snob and use as many true 64bit apps as possible. AB Commander , as with most of the replacement it checks all of the boxes: Side by side view. Enhanced file and folder tasks. Additional operations...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade your command line!

    There are few programs that I don’t go without but one of them is jpsoftware ’s Take Command . It corrects just about every complaint I have with the built in CMD program in Windows. The most useful feature is that it allows me to have multiple “command prompt type” tabs… one with their own Take Command...
  • Blog Post: Track website changes automatically with UpdatePatrol

    One of the things that I find myself doing on a regular basis is checking the same sites over and over again. There are several reasons for this, the most common is that it is a software company and when they release a new build of their software… I want to know right away. The other big benefit is when...
  • Blog Post: Product Reviews coming soon…

    I’ve been out of the mix lately with an avalanche of health issues… the latest of which is a pinched sciatic nerve. Never the less I will be putting up some reviews of some of the coolest applications, tools, and visual studio add-ins and here is a partial list of what is to come: UpatePatrol Altova...
  • Blog Post: WebGuide - Streaming TV, Remote Scheduling and Media Sharing for Windows Vista and Media Center

    I’ve been looking for a solution for a long time to be able to watch DirecTV when I'm not at home. I’ve tried many things and all with different pros and cons. Having just discovered a free way to host a small little web server from home and still be able to change the channel and stream to any internet...
  • Blog Post: QuizoApps: QTTabBar

    Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a tool junky. That being said I've decided that I'm going to try to list the new or updated tools that I use often. The first tool is freeware, which is my favorite price, and is called QTTabBar and it adds useful tabs and other options to the explorer shell. Please...
  • Blog Post: Direct Access: for the productive slacker in all of us.

    This gem of a utility from Nagarsoft is one of the few tools out there that can be used by any type of worker... I'm coder and we have several command line driven scripts for automation and build and Direct Access has been nothing short of wonderful. At its surface it is similar to other macro -ish programs...
  • Blog Post: UltraMon: Updating to Windows Vista requires more than just drivers to be updated.

    I am a tool junky. I use tools, like shell extensions in Windows and addins in Visual Studio so extensively that I depend on them as much as I depend on Windows itself. It's been a long time now since I adopted the multiple monitor as a minimum requirement and as a result need a utility that makes the...
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