Category Archives: Geek Software of the Week

Geek Software of the Week: msconfig!

Our Geek Software of the Week this week is actually already installed on your PC! It is MSConfig! It is the built-in PC configuration utility, with a GUI, that you can active by going to “Start” and type into the “Search” area “msconfig” (no quotes.) You wil then see this screen:

msconfigOne particularly helpful option is in the “Startup” tab. You will see a list of all the utilities, etc. that run automatically on startup. You can speed thing up by trimming down the number of things listed here. Just don’t go to crazy, or something you need might not work!

Wikipedia says, “MSConfig (officially called System Configuration in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 or Microsoft System Configuration Utility in previous operating systems) is a system utility to troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows startup process. It can disable or re-enable software, device drivers and Windows services that run at startup, or change boot parameters.

It is bundled with all versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems since Windows 98 except Windows 2000. Windows 95 and Windows 2000 users can download the utility as well, although it was not designed for them.”

  • In Windows 98 and Windows Me, it can configure advanced troubleshooting settings pertaining to these operating systems. It can also launch common system tools.
  • In Windows 98, it can back up and restore startup files.
  • In Windows Me, it has also been updated with three new tabs called “Static VxDs”, “Environment” and “International”. The Static VxDs tab allows users to enable or disable static virtual device drivers to be loaded at startup, the Environment tab allows users to enable or disable environment variables, and the International tab allows users to set international language keyboard layout settings that were formerly set via the real-mode MS-DOS configuration files. A “Cleanup” button on the “Startup” tab allows cleaning up invalid or deleted startup entries.
  • In Windows Me and Windows XP versions, it can restore an individual file from the original Windows installation set.
  • On Windows NT-based operating systems prior to Windows Vista, it can set various BOOT.INI switches.
  • In Windows XP and Windows Vista, it can hide all operating system services for troubleshooting.
  • In Windows Vista and later, the tool gained additional support for launching a variety of tools, such as system information, other configuration areas, such as Internet options, and the ability to enable/disable UAC. An update is available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that adds the Tools tab. It also allows configuring various switches for Windows Boot Manager and Boot Configuration Data.

Geek Software of the Week: Linux Live USB Creator

Linux LiveHave you ever wanted to try one of the many, many Linux Distros? Now it is easy with LinuxLive USB Creator! Use it to install a distro and reboot using your USB drive as your boot drive (you will have to set your computer BIOS to boot off the USB stick first.) Very cool!

LinuxLive USB Creator

“LinuxLive USB Creator is a free and open-source software for Windows. It will help you in your journey of discovery with Linux.

For you, LiLi creates portable, bootable and virtualized USB stick running Linux.

Free and Open-source

LinuxLive USB Creator is a completely free and open-source software for Windows only. It has been built with simplicity in mind and it can be used by anyone. All you have to do is to pick up a Linux in the list and give it a try.

No reboot needed

Are you sick of having to reboot your PC to try Linux? No need with LinuxLive USB Creator. It has a built-in virtualization feature that lets you run your Linux within Windows just out of the box!

Supports many Linux distributions

Wow! Did you see that never-ending list? They are almost all there: Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, OpenSUSE, Mint, Slax, CentOS, ArchLinux, Gentoo, PCLinuxOS, Sabayon, BackTrack, Puppy Linux …

Persistence

Having a Live USB key is better than just using a Live CD because you can even save your data and install software. This feature is called persistence (available only on selected Linux).
Read the FAQ for more information.

SmartClean & SmartDownload

SmartClean uninstalls properly any previous Live USB installations and SmartDownload lets you download any supported Linux in 2 clicks automatically selecting the best mirror to download from.SmartClean also lets you clean your USB key in 1 click.”

Geek Software of the Week: Ninite!

Ninite

My last software to perform updates may have been malware according to a viewer’s report and research, so please DO NOT USE Patch My PC! I have deleted the entry for “Patch My PC” from my Geek Software of the Week! I will cover it more in this week’s show.

The Ninite Web Site

Ninite installs and updates all your programs at once…

Trusted by Millions
We install and update over 500,000 programs each day for millions of home users and Ninite Pro subscribers like NASA, Harvard Medical School, and Tupperware.

1. Click all the apps you want
You can learn more about a program by hovering over it.

2. Click Get Installer and run it
Ninite installs apps for you in the background. No clicking next. We say NO to toolbars or other junk.

3. Run it again later
Your installer will update apps to the latest versions. If something is up-to-date we’ll skip it.

Ninite will:

  • start working as soon as you run it
  • not bother you with any choices or options
  • install apps in their default location
  • say no to toolbars or extra junk
  • install 64-bit apps on 64-bit machines
  • install apps in your PC’s language or one you choose
  • do all its work in the background
  • install the latest stable version of an app
  • skip up-to-date apps
  • skip any reboot requests from installers
  • use your proxy settings from Internet Explorer
  • download apps from each publisher’s official site
  • verify digital signatures or hashes before running anything
  • work best if you turn off any web filters or firewalls
  • save you a lot of time!

Geek Software of the Week: Apache Log Viewer

Do you need to check stats on your web sites? This is the tool for you!

Apache Log Viewer

“Apache Logs Viewer (ALV) is a free and powerful tool which lets you monitor, view and analyze Apache/IIS/nginx logs with more ease. It offers search and filter functionality for the log file, highlighting the various http requests based on their status code. There is also a report facility, thus you can generate a pie/bar chart in seconds. Together with this there are also statistics where you can get the top hits, top errors, number of status codes, total bandwidth and more.

Apache Logs Viewer is a great tool to use for web analytics. Use it to get your website more productive, detect any errors and fix them. You can determine the visitors originating country and if the referrer logging is enabled than it is easier to see from which website the clients are coming from, the search terms used and which pages where visited.

Features

  • Easy installation (Windows/Linux Application)
  • Does not require installing on Apache Server/IIS/nginx server
  • Color log according to status codes
  • Translate IP to Country (fast with no lookups)
  • Search for IP Address, Request String, Date, Referrer (and others)
  • Filter by any column
  • Export to text file/comma separated value, txt/csv
  • Visual Reports (Pie/Bar Charts)
  • Statistics

Some of the available Reports: (Pie/Bar Graph)

  • User Agents
  • Hits each Day
  • Visits by Country
  • Visits by Request *
  • Visits by Referrer *
  • Visits by IP *
  • Visits by User Agent (Browser) *
  • Visits from Country *
  • Unique Hits *
  • Bot Hits *
  • Request Analysis *
  • Visual Country Visits

* Report is available with a valid Unlock Code (see below).

Supported Web Servers

  • Apache HTTP Server
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Nginx
  • Wamp

UNLOCK

Apache Logs Viewer is free for unlimited use, however some features are locked. To unlock these features please support this app by a small donation €12 (approx. $16.50) (for individuals). You will be given a unique unlock code which will unlock the locked features. This unlock code also includes free upgrades for that version whenever they are available. Locked features are distinguishable because they are greyed out.”

Geek Software of the Week: MultCloud!

MultCloud

Combine your cloud accounts into one awesome service with MultCloud!

MultCloud – Put multiple cloud drives into one Free App for Managing Files across Cloud Drives

“File Transfer across Cloud Drives
Help you transfer files among multiple cloud storage services easily. For instance, move files from Dropbox to OneDrive.

Cloud File Manager
Use MultCloud as if it were the Windows Explorer. It comes with all-in-one files management, including upload, download, cut, copy, paste, delete, rename, search, share and so on.

Combination of Cloud Space
Every cloud drive provides a certain amount of free storage. MultCloud allows you to combine together.”

Geek Software of the Week: ADrive!

This is a cool service that is free for 50 gig, and then is only $25.00 per year for 100 gig! This is the lowest price for this kind of service I have ever seen! You HAVE to check this out! Plus, it is one of the few services that let you use SFTP to transfer files!

ADrive Cloud Service

Securely Store & Manage Your Files in the ADrive Cloud:

  • Centralize Your Files.
  • Securely store, manage and share all of your music, videos, photos, documents & more!
  • Anytime, Anywhere Access.
  • Securely access, manage, edit and share your files anywhere at anytime.
  • Back It Up.
  • Computer crashed? Lost your laptop? By storing your files in the ADrive cloud you always have a copy. Toss those external hard drives, USB drives and other backup devices!

Geek Software of the Week: Voicemeeter!

Voicemeeter
This week’s Geek Software of the Week is actually pretty exciting for me… mainly because it’s nostalgic. When I started the Dr. Bill podcast, which, believe it or not, was almost 10 years ago, I used an Open Source piece of software called Podstation. Podstation is no longer being developed… and actually, it was quite buggy in several of its features. However, I used it exclusively to make, what was then, an audio podcast. This week’s Geek Software of the Week is a virtual audio board on your computer, similar to the old Podstation software, but it is designed for gamers, podcasters, and users of Skype that want to do audio conferences. It is called Voicemeeter! If you’re in need of an audio mixing board on your computer.. check out this software!

Voicemeeter – Virtual Audio Mixer

The Virtual Audio Mixer

“VoiceMeeter is able to mix audio sources coming from audio device as well as from audio applications. it mixes 3 Inputs to 3 outputs though 2 buses. Then Microphone, Music, Movie, Skype call, video game sound, net radio… can be mixed and sent to different audio outputs, VOIP or Recording Application…

as Virtual Audio Device

Voicemeeter is an application endowed with Virtual Audio I/O and can be used as main audio device by your system, like it was hardware mixing console. Voicemeeter supports all audio interface: MME, Direct-X, KS, WaveRT, WASAPI, and ASIO to connect audio pro DAW or musical instrument.

Voicemeeter new audio experiences

[1]- To mix your voice with your music on Skype or Google Voice and make your live podcast or own radio program.
[2]- To use 2x USB Headset on a computer, for VOIP applications or online educational program.
[3]- To Play Video Game in 5.1 and keep the MIC for communication with your team.
[4]- To make tutorial with your preferred audio/video capture software.
[5]- To Record Conference or Interview in multichannel for post production.
[6]- To use different Audio Application together and record the performance in live with your preferred DAW.
[7]- Finally to manage simply whatever sound sources on your computer in an easy way.

Voicemeeter Mixing Console

Voicemeeter is the first Application working as a virtual Mixer, able to manage every audio sources and audio points

By Including various DSP algorithms from VB-Audio, Voicemeeter is a concentrate of technology letting you control the sound as you want, without worrying about any limitations. Made it your way and retrieve feeling of vintage analog mixing console !

Voicemeeter is a Unique Application designed for everyone willing to manage audio in a smart way! For VOIP users, Broadcasters, Podcasters, Video gamers, Musicians, DJ’s and whatever Sound Lovers, P.A. System tweaker, Home-Cinema audiophiles…”

How to Use Voicemeeter to blend two Skype Account’s Audio


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Geek Software of the Week: FileZilla!

FileZillaI simply can’t believe that FileZilla has NOT already been a GSotW, but I did a search on the site, and it hasn’t! What!?! I use it almost as much as I use ANY piece of software! I use it on my Linux systems, on my Mac systems, and on my PC systems! Dewd! How did I not mention it already?!? (well, I have mentioned it in my “perfect Linux builds” posts, but… wow!) This has been a major oversight! So, consider it rectified!

FileZilla – FREE FTP Client and Server

“FileZilla, (is) the free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Overview
FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

Features
Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:

  • Easy to use
  • Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
  • IPv6 support
  • Available in many languages
  • Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
  • Tabbed user interface
  • Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
  • Bookmarks
  • Drag & drop support
  • Configurable transfer speed limits
  • Filename filters
  • Directory comparison
  • Network configuration wizard
  • Remote file editing
  • Keep-alive
  • HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
  • Logging to file
  • Synchronized directory browsing
  • Remote file search”

Geek Software of the Week: BOClean!

A free malware cleaner from Commodo for you this week! One caveat: it is very aggressive! It is almost “Nanny-like” in it’s protection!

BOClean Anti-Malware

Why use BOClean anti malware?

“Spyware. Keyloggers. Rootkits. Adware. Hijackers. The list of threats to PC security is long, varied, and pretty scary. Our BOClean Anti Malware software automatically detects and destroys the many different types of malware.

Even if you’re the most careful PC user out there, malware can find a way to download itself onto the computer. A seemingly innocent email from a friend could in fact be a stealth method of exploiting security features. What appears to be a favorite website could in fact be an imposter, foisting its own malware on unsuspecting visitors. There are literally hundreds of ways in which personal information and entire operating system can be hijacked.

Here’s the good news: BOClean’s available, and it’s free. BOClean runs in the background without being bothersome, monitoring the memory for any malware-related activity. When it discovers malware, it deletes malware. Simple as that. And because of its unique memory-detection system, BOClean manages to catch malicious software earlier than most antivirus programs. It’s anti malware software you can set and forget.

Features of BOClean

  • Full spectrum anti malware coverage and protection
  • Protection against “Trojan Horse” attacks, spam proxies, and spam relays
  • Disconnects the threat without disconnecting you
  • Automatic updates for the latest in anti malware protection

Once installed, BOClean constantly watches memory, file system, and registry, waiting for any malware that attempts to load. Once it detects the presence of a malicious program, it springs into action. Malware: gone. Plus, BOClean expertly removes any and all ‘hooks’ the malware may have injected into the system, and restores its original condition.”

Geek Software of the Week: MariaDB!

MariaDB is a completely “plug-and-play” replacement for MySQL DB. Why would I want to leave MySQL. Well, the MySQL project was acquired by ORACLE, like OpenOffice was. So… well, now you know why! MariaDB is for both Linux and Windows. It is lighter, faster, simpler to deal with, and very cool!

MariaDB

“MariaDB is a drop-in replacement for MySQL.

MariaDBMariaDB strives to be the logical choice for database professionals looking for a robust, scalable, and reliable SQL server. To accomplish this, the MariaDB Foundation work closely and cooperatively with the larger community of users and developers in the true spirit of Free and open source software, and release software in a manner that balances predictability with reliability.

Why use MariaDB?

Famously Open
Our open license model and the enthusiasm of 100,000s of users globally makes MariaDB ideal for your web project

Global Expertise
Build a world-class database with five-nines performance and low operational costs. We’re there to help 24x7x365

Certified Binaries
Subscriptions come with certified stability, performance, scaling and features that you can trust to run your business”

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