Archive for the Software: Essential Software Category

Essential Software: Network Activity Lights

Posted in Software: Essential Software with tags , on July 12, 2009 by grandmachismo

Sometimes it is nice to know what your network status lights are doing – and not everyone has a switch etc. sitting on their desk and it’s a pain peering around the back of a computer.  So, Network Lights is a tool that gives you the convenience of being able to more easily see your network activity lights, by placing them directly in front of you, using the keyboard’s LEDs.  The network Receive and Send activity is indicated by the Number Lock and Scroll Lock LEDs. 

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Essential Software: Unknown File Types

Posted in Software: Essential Software with tags , on July 5, 2009 by grandmachismo

Have you ever downloaded files that you can’t open and suspect that they may have had the extension renamed?  It can be a frustrating exercise trying to track sown the right program from which to open the file in question.

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Essential Software: File Splitting And Joining

Posted in Software: Essential Software with tags , on June 21, 2009 by grandmachismo

Here is a program that is not only able to split or join files, but can do so in a timely fashion, and is available for all versions of Windows..

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Essential Software: Unsigned Drivers in Vista

Posted in Ether: Useful Tips, Software: Essential Software with tags , on June 14, 2009 by grandmachismo

You have probably found in the course of using Vista that there is protection from unsigned drivers and system files that prevents one from installing certain software or perhaps, special drivers for older, unsupported devices.  Read on to find out about a method of bypassing this limitation..

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Essential Software: Sandboxing Programs

Posted in Software: Essential Software with tags , on June 6, 2009 by grandmachismo

When it comes to surfing the Internet or trying out new software on our systems, there’s always a risk that the software in whatever form may compromise the security of our personal data.  Creating an environment that insulates our operating systems from potentially risky software/situations will reduce the margin for error..

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Essential Software: CODEC Repair

Posted in Ether: Useful Tips, Software: Essential Software with tags , on May 21, 2009 by grandmachismo

This is part II of the article series on codecs.  In Part I, we looked at the scenarios where codec-related problems could arise and the way in which Windows handles codecs.  In this part, we’ll examine a piece of software that can make our lives easier by giving us control over the problematic codecs..

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Essential Software: Vista x64 TWAIN Drivers

Posted in Software: Essential Software with tags , on May 12, 2009 by grandmachismo

I am currently running the 64-bit edition of Windows Vista Home Premium, and for the most part it has been a trouble-free operating system.. But, when it comes to the compatibility of certain programs and the support of older devices, there is no surprise that one will run into trouble sooner or later.  My personal troubles with applications have normally been resolvable, however, I have had a difficult time locating TWAIN (special imaging driver) drivers for my Canon Canoscan FB 630u scanner.  I have found a solution to the problem though..

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