Task Killer

Task Killer is a small app that sits in your system tray and lets you kill tasks, close open program windows, start and stop Windows services and all with a couple of clicks.

It gives you a list of running processes along their memory usage, and highlights frozen tasks in red so you can easily single out the program that’s logging up your memory. It only takes up about a megabyte of RAM for itself, which isn’t much to have hanging around for dealing with a pesky process that just won’t let go. Some of the settings for Task Killer include starting at boot up, or confirming every task you want to kill. You can also set up excluded processes or services that you don’t want monitored by Task Killer and there’s also an option of a hotkey if you’re still used to Ctrl+Alt+Del! Task Killer is a simple way of getting rid of memory hogs for those sick of the default Windows task manager. It does its job pretty well and the best thing is that it’s free. A pretty good app to have around when you need it, a recommended download!

SciTE

SciTE is an open source light-weight text editor for Windows and Linux operating systems.

It features a tab-based interface and built-in color markup for 30 or so programming and markup languages. It’s fast, and it lacks the bloat one might associate with other general purpose code editors. It’s available in various packages, one of which is a single 480kb Windows executable with no external dependencies, making it useful for situations where you need a good editor fast and without hassle.

JIRA Bug Tracking Software

There are several bug tracking software products available out there, yet none of them offer the functionality of JIRA.

Developed by the fastest growing software companies in Australia, this software offers plethora of features and is completely customizable to your needs. Tracking bugs and other issues that can present themselves during large scale (or small) projects can be an overwhelming task, and one that few development teams can achieve effectively. Over 4000 companies are now using JIRA.

JIRA has a clean interface which makes it easy to use even for novices. It is configurable and runs on most platforms and can be integrated with other systems (eg. RSS, XML, email). It offers statistics, powerful security, full text search, and is web enabled. You can use it to map your business processes and create reports, charts, and custom workflows.

Useful Command Line Options

These commands can be run on your machine to find information and perform troubleshooting.

Note: Further help for these commands is available by typing ‘commandname /?’ to display help at the command prompt. To get to the command prompt, click ‘Start’, ‘Run’, then type ‘cmd’ and hit ‘Enter’. Similarly, for each of the commands listed below, type the command and hit ‘Enter’.

Machine frozen? Don’t waste your time clicking the mouse! It takes up more resources to interact with the graphical interface. Instead, do this! shutdown -r -f -r : Reboots after shutdown. -f : Forces running applications to close.

Microsoft Outlook giving you trouble? Most problems can be solved by simply launching Outlook in safe mode, closing it, and starting it regularly. outlook /safe

Want to find very specific information about your computer without digging around? Everything about memory on your PC: systeminfo |findstr /i “memory”
Sample result: Total Physical Memory: 511 MB Available Physical Memory: 142 MB Virtual Memory: Max Size: 2,048 MB Virtual Memory: Available: 2,008 MB Virtual Memory: In Use: 40 MB Operating

System-related info.: systeminfo |findstr /i “os” Sample result: Host Name: garagePC OS Name: Microsoft Windows XP Professional OS Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600 OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation OS Configuration: Member Workstation OS Build Type: Uniprocessor Free BIOS Version: DELL – 8

What kind of PC? systeminfo /s computername|findstr /i “system”
Sample result: System Up Time: 11 Days, 23 Hours, 16 Minutes, 53 Seconds System Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation System Model: OptiPlex GX240 System type: X86-based PC System Directory: C:\WINDOWS\system32 System Locale: en-us;English (United States)

Want to register your system to connect to a wireless network? Need to find the PC’s ‘MAC address/Physical address’? getmac
Sample result: Physical Address Transport Name ===== 00-11-43-0B-1B-93 \Device\Tcpip_{9EE91240-BC9D-44AB-B5F5-2317E335CD43}

Windows Movie Maker

The WMM program that generally comes with Microsoft Windows Operating System from 2000 onwards is found to very useful to me.

The software is provided by Microsoft Windows for free with their operating system. The simplicity of this software surprisingly did not draw my attention earlier. The look & feel of this program is similar to the other user-friendly programs that come with the Windows Operating System. WMM contains the basic File menus that you generally see in any Windows programs. Here, you can make your own videos using this software with a lot of features enabled.

The WMM workspace has four parts namely “Movie Tasks” to be done or can be done with WMM, “Collection Space” where you can collect all your pictures, videos and audios to combine and make a new video with all your personal stuffs, “Media Player” where you can play your personalized movie after finishing or during construction and last but not the least the main work area where you actually do your job, the “Story Board or Timeline”. You have to import pictures, videos, audios stored in your PC, using the panel “Movie Tasks”.

After importing, you will see those imported stuffs in the “Collection Space”. From here you can drag any items into the “Story Board or Timeline” below. You can also capture from any video device and make use of it in this creation. You can put video effects, video transitions, and make titles for each of your pictures being displayed in the movie and play an audio in the background. The “Movie Tasks” panel also have movie making tips which you can use as a tutorial even when you are actually in progress to make your own movie.

Zotero Add On

If you’re like me, your bookmarks folder can get out of control pretty quickly. Especially if you read a lot of long articles on specialized web sites, you can lose track of topics you’re researching if you have to rely on bookmarks.

Zotero, a new Firefox extension developed for academic research is a convenient and easy way to collect and organize sources you find online. As the developers say, it “lives right where you work.” That is, it provides a simple UI to a XML database of citations as an add on to Firefox. When you find a source you want to capture, you pop it open from the status bar and plug in a reference to it. The best part has to be the automatic recognition of metadata. Zotero knows when it sees certain kinds of metadata information in web pages, and can derive a full citation for web pages and books and articles presented on web pages.

If you find a new book on Amazon (or most academic library catalogs) or if you find an interesting article in a newspaper, journal or through G Scholar (and many academic indexes), Zotero will present a small icon in the address bar. Click and its already in your database of citations. Zotero knows SFX interlinks too, so if you are using academic indexes that allow you to download citation lists from your search results to Endnote or similar software, Zotero can automatically eat them and load them in your database. Citations can be organized by folder or with tags.