A Geek Software of the Week “Twofer!!”

Two great new Geek Software(s) of the Week!

EraserEraser Utility

“Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, 8, 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2016.

Eraser is Free software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.

WHY USE ERASER?
Most people have some data that they would rather not share with others – passwords, personal information, classified documents from work, financial records, self-written poems, the list continues.

Perhaps you have saved some of this information on your computer where it is conveniently at your reach, but when the time comes to remove the data from your hard disk, things get a bit more complicated and maintaining your privacy is not as simple as it may have seemed at first.

Your first thought may be that when you ‘delete’ the file, the data is gone. Not quite, when you delete a file, the operating system does not really remove the file from the disk; it only removes the reference of the file from the file system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it, and even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface.

Before the file is overwritten, anyone can easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or an undelete utility.

ERASER FEATURES
It works with Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7,8,10 and Windows Server 2012.Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000 can still be used with version 5.7!.It works with any drive that works with Windows.Secure drive erasure methods are supported out of the box.Erases files, folders and their previously deleted counterparts.Works with an extremely customisable Scheduler.”


PintaPinta – Paint and GIMP Lite?

Pinta is a free, open source program for drawing and image editing.

Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, Windows, and *BSD.

Drawing Tools
Use easy drawing tools to draw freehand, lines, rectangles, ellipses, and more.

Adjustments and Effects
Pinta includes over 35 adjustments and effects for tweaking your images.

Multilingual
Use Pinta in your language. Pinta is at least partially translated into over 55 languages.

Full History
Don’t be afraid to experiment, Pinta tracks your full history so you can always undo.

Multiple Layers
Use layers to help separate and group elements of your image for easy editing.

Your Workspace
Like docked windows? No problem. Floating windows? No problem. You can even mix and match.

Geek Software of the Week: 4K Video Downloader!

4K DownloaderThis is a great Free Utility that works really well!

4K Video Downloader

“4K Video Downloader allows downloading videos, playlists, channels and subtitles from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and other video sites in high quality.

Enjoy your videos anywhere, any time, and of course even when you are offline. Downloading is simple and straightforward: just copy the link from your browser and click ‘Paste Link’ in the application. That’s it!

Save entire YouTube playlists and channels in MP4, MKV, M4A, MP3, FLV, 3GP. Subscribe to YouTube Channels within the application and get latest videos automatically downloaded.

Download annotations and subtitles in .srt format or embed ones for single video or entire playlist in one click.

Download video in HD 1080p, HD 720p, 4K, and 8K resolution and enjoy the high definition videos on your HD TV, iPad, IPhone, Galaxy Edge and other devices.

Direct transfer to iTunes
Get videos and songs downloaded directly to your iTunes library and enjoy them on your iPhone, iPod or iPad anywhere you go.

Support all popular video sites
Download video and audio from Vimeo, SoundCloud, Flickr, Facebook and DailyMotion, Tumblr, YouTube Gaming.

3D video download
Download video in 3D format, you will find a small special icon among available formats after video parsing. Everyone should try watching live shows and cartoons in 3D, it’s a one of a kind experience.

360° videos download
Videos created with a camera that simultaneously records all 360 degrees of a scene, change the viewing angle by dragging video with the mouse and enjoy this mind blowing novelty.

Smart Mode feature
Activate ‘Smart Mode,’ apply preferable settings to all further downloads and get videos and songs downloaded easier and faster.

In-app proxy setup
Setup proxy servers settings right from the application to download videos that are blocked in your region.”

Geek Software of the Week: Advanced Youtube Client – AYC!

This is a really good GSotW! I use this one all the time! It allows you to download YouTube videos, or Facebook videos, with no problem, in multiple formats and resolutions! Check it out!

Advanced Youtube Client – AYC

“Advanced Youtube Client – AYC is a unique console frontend for the popular program youtube-dl with additional tools like aria2c and FFmpeg added in the package for extra functionality and faster downloads.

It’s a different type of YouTube downloader.

AYC simplifies the experience of youtube dl’s advanced features by using pre-written commands and combines it with your input to make it one of the fastest and most advanced Youtube Downloader and Converter

Features

  • Download 8K, 4K, 2K, 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p videos with audio.
  • Playlist Downloader with resume capabilities.
  • Uses aria2c with parallel connections for faster download
  • MP3, M4A Audio Downloader with Cover Art.
  • Download Experimental VP9 Video codec.
  • Compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32/64-bit).
  • Light on CPU Resources as it runs solely on CMD.
  • Programmed as a Windows Batch file so you can edit the source code and make your own Youtube Downloader.
  • Automatic Subtitle Downloader
  • Universal Mode – Download from any websites
  • Batch Download Jobs”

Geek Software of the Week (EXTRA): AeroAdmin!

AeroAdminOK, so this one is even better! Check it out!

AeroAdmin – all-in-one solution for everyday tasks in professional and private life

AeroAdmin is a free remote desktop software which does not require installation or configuration. It is ready for use right after downloading and easily connects computers in different local area networks, behind NAT.

NO INSTALLATION OR CONFIGURATION
AeroAdmin is one application for both admin and client. To initiate a remote desktop connection you only need to download a small (about 2 MB) executable file and run it on local and remote computers. You will be able to take control of the remote partner PC in a couple of seconds.

CONNECTS COMPUTERS IN DIFFERENT LAN, BEHIND NAT
No matter how your computers are connected to the Internet and if they are located in one or different LAN. AeroAdmin automatically detects your network configuration and provides stable NAT pass-through connections.
In addition AeroAdmin provides remote connection via a direct IP. No Internet access is required.

UNATTENDED ACCESS TO REMOTE PCS AND SERVERS
AeroAdmin can be configured to run on Windows startup so you are able to administer computers and servers without human presence on the remote side.
You can log off/switch remote users, or reboot the computer in normal or safe mode.

TOTAL AES + RSA ENCRYPTION
All data transmitted between the admin and client during a remote control session is end-to-end encrypted with AES and RSA algorithms. These cryptographic standards are widely used not only in data security and encryption, but also in digital signatures of bank and government systems.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS
Microsoft Windows:
– 2003 / XP / Vista /7 /8 / 10
– Server 2003 / 2008(R2) / 2012(R2) / 2016
– 32 and 64 bit
Linux, Mac OS:
Works under WINE. AeroAdmin can be used to control remote Windows PC from Mac OS, Linux.

EXTRA FEATURES
– Clipboard synchronization
– System keys transmission (Ctrl, Alt, Del etc)
– Auto-scaling, auto-scrolling
– Remote Windows lock (auto and manual)
– Remote reboot (normal and safe mode)
– Multi-monitors support
– Screenshots during session
– Auto update
– Multilingual interface (15+ languages)

TRANSPARENT FOR FIREWALLS
Don’t worry about firewalls and blocked ports – AeroAdmin will find a way to any remote computer.

PARALLEL SESSIONS
AeroAdmin establishes numerous simultaneous incoming and outgoing connections. You can remotely control or view screen of several computers at once as well as to have several remote admins connected to your computer.

AUTO IMAGE SPEED/QUALITY BALANCE
AeroAdmin automatically detects your actual Internet connection bandwidth and adjusts image speed / quality balance to provide the best possible performance. This guarantees quick response and smooth picture even on low bandwidth mobile connections.
You can also manually configure this option as you need.

FLEXIBLE ACCESS RIGHTS SYSTEM
You can choose several types of admin authorization: manual, by password, by ID + password.
When an admin requests a connection, a client can accept or reject the incoming connection. Access rights can be easily configured to let admin with the current ID pass authorization in the future (unattended access).

Geek Software of the Week: Comodo One Remote Access and Control!

Comodo OneThis week’s Geek Software the Week is really powerful, and really interesting! If you are a technician that supports remote users, then this may be what you’ve been looking for! I had an interesting experience testing the software however. I downloaded the software and installed it, and within just a few minutes after downloading and filling out the form, I got a phone call! The phone call introduced me to the Comodo One set of tools, and offered a free session overview by one of their online representatives. I must admit, it put me off at first! I asked the person on the phone: is this set of tools completely free? They said, “yes, it was.” I asked if it would remain free? They said that it would. It turns out that their method for monetization of their platform is to introduce you to their free tools, and then offer paid tools as an extra benefit, as well as offering partnership with their company to sell add-on services to any customers that you might have as a technician.

This is an interesting paradigm for them to work from, I must admit! You can decide whether or not you want to have the attention that you garner by setting up the account and using their services. This is not to say that they are pushy, or heavy-handed, in any way. Obviously, they are hoping that you will use their services more often and perhaps use their paid services and become a new customer. Comodo also offers a very nice antivirus as well as managed services, so it is your decision whether to look into these offerings instead of just using the free remote access tool.

If, however, you are looking for a remote access tool that is easy to push out to, or provide to, users that are less computer literate than you are, you may want to look into the Comodo One remote access tool!

Comodo One Remote Access and Control

“What is Remote Access?
Remote access is the ability to access a computer, device or a network from a remote distance.

Why you need Remote Access?
In an enterprise, for business requirements, employees who are not physically in the enterprise location may need to access other devices (including mobile devices), computers and servers connected to the enterprise network. System administrators may need to access employee devices to monitor and troubleshoot in case of any issues. Remote access enables immediate addressing of any issues, as well as faster response to business requirements.

Benefits of Remote Access

  • Remote administration – monitoring and control of devices connected to the network
  • Faster troubleshooting from remote
  • Access to files located on devices or servers connected to the network
  • Accessibility rights to files and folders can be defined for different categories of users
  • Faster access to files enables quicker and more efficient business response

Remote Desktop
A remote desktop is a remote access software tool that allows you to connect to another computer or device that is connected to the same network, or over the Internet.

Remote Access to Files
Remote access allows access to files on other devices, computers or servers connected to the network. The privilege and rights to access specific devices and folders can be defined based on business requirements.

Comodo ONE Remote Access and Control empowers technicians and administrators to manage servers, desktops, applications and mobile devices remotely so they can solve problems more efficiently. They can review performance data and roll out patches, updates and service configurations to address issues remotely.”

Geek Software of the Week (EXTRA): Claws Mail!

Claws MailOpen Source, totally free, and very light and fast. Claws Mail! (The screen shot above is my mail, so I have blurred out my actual email info.)

Claws Mail

“Claws Mail is an email client (and news reader,) based on GTK+, featuring:

  • Quick response
  • Graceful, and sophisticated interface
  • Easy configuration, intuitive operation
  • Abundant features
  • Extensibility
  • Robustness and stability

The appearance and interface are designed to be familiar to new users coming from other popular email clients, as well as experienced users. Almost all commands are accessible with the keyboard.

The messages are managed in the standard MH format, which features fast access and data security. You’ll be able to import your emails from almost any other email client, and export them just as easily.

Lots of extra functionality, like an RSS aggregator, calendar, or laptop LED handling, are provided by extra plugins.

Claws Mail is distributed under the GPL.

Claws Mail includes all of the features you’d expect, such as:

  • Multiple accounts
  • Threaded display
  • Filtering
  • Mime attachments
  • Usenet news reading and posting
  • SSL over POP3, SMTP, IMAP4rev1 and NNTP protocols
  • GnuPG support (with GPGME)
  • User-defined headers
  • Color labels
  • Multiple MH folder support
  • Mbox import/export
  • External editor
  • Message queueing and drafting
  • Automated mail checking
  • Line-wrapping
  • Clickable URIs
  • Addressbook
  • Printing”

Geek Software of the Week: Malwarebytes Browser Extension!

Mallwarebytes Browser ExtensionYou guys know that I like to keep you safe online! This week’s Geek Software the Week allows you to protect yourself from all kinds of Internet chicanery! I’m talking about Malwarebytes Browser Extension, which is in beta right now. It is available for Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

I would encourage you to go to the respective stores for these browsers and look for the Malwarebytes Browser Extension. As you can see from the image above when I went to a website that had been listed as a “clickbait website,” it gave me a warning that would have allowed me to either go back, or continue to the site.

There is a small ad at the bottom of the screen that let you know that you can sign up for Malwarebytes Premium, which I use myself, but this is not a great price to pay for such an excellent tool! The Malwarebytes Browser Extension is very aggressive, and will protect you from sites that you may consider safe. That’s why they have the box that says, “Continue to site.” But at least they warn you, and give you a choice, as to whether to proceed.

I really like the way this works! And I would encourage you to seriously consider using it!

Geek Software of the Week: Cloudberry Remote Assistant!

Cloudberry Remote AssistantFinally! A Remote Desktop Assistant that is totally FREE! It is Windows only for now, but they have plans to support MacOS and Linux soon!

I have used remote access software the past, only to have the companies that produced it bought out, or management change, and then they became really ugly about pushing their charges to use it. I don’t mind people asking you to pay for their labor, but having been free to then change over to a paid model and then push it really hard is just ugly. Given that, I had dropped back to using VNC software which is okay, but doesn’t have a lot of the features that I liked about the old remote access software. As you know, I really like Cloudberry Labs products, and I’ve mentioned them before here on the blog, and the show. This looks really good! I was kind of jazzed to get word of it today via email!

Cloudberry Remote Assistant

Supported OS:
Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016
Windows Server 2008/2012 R2
Windows 7/8/10

System requirements:
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1,
1.4 GHz 64-bit processor,
512 MB RAM, 100 MB minimum disk space,
Gigabit (10/100/1000baseT) Ethernet adapter

Main Features

Unattended Access
Control trusted PC’s all over the world any time

Remote desktop access
Access and control a remote desktop or server computer over Internet

Encrypted connection
All communications with remote desktop and our servers used for license activation and sendings diagnostics go through the SSL-encrypted connection

Text and voice chat
Use CloudBerry software for Windows remote desktop assistance as a free tool for text and voice communication over the Internet

Multi-regional authentication server
Some of our users in several locations were experiencing performance issues, this update is introduced to make sure every connection is as fast and reliable as possible.

File Transfer
Share files during the session, send them seamlessly to the remote PC anywhere in the world.

Geek Software of the Week: Uniform Server!

Uniform ServerUniform Server Web Site

It is not often that I want to write a Geek Software of the Week review right up front, at the beginning of the show. But as I prepared for this week’s show, I discovered that this was the biggest thing that I’ve been looking at all week long!

The Uniform Server is a WAMP server that is very small, and very solid! The key features for Uniform Server are: comprehensive security… all applications are set to the highest security setting, assuming a live production server, it is “mobile”… meaning it can run right off of a USB stick, there’s no installation, or reliance on a Windows registry; updates are rolled out with the latest release of each application and component of Uniform Server. Settings can easily be changed to manage the server and logs are available preset both for access and error logs. And, there’s a great help and support community via a forum on their website.

Previously to this I had been using an Open Source project called WAMPserver, and had found it adequate, however, it was a bit hard to use, and could be a little picky. I also found that as they updated the editions of the software that made up the server, certain incompatibility issues crept in on some of my PHP applications.

I can’t say yet as to whether Uniform Server will solve these issues, as I’ve not yet used it over a long period of time, as I did with WAMPserver. However, I have high expectations based on my use of Uniform Server so far.

I’m really impressed with an application that allows me to run Apache, MySQL and PHP on a Windows platform as easily as this does! I’m looking forward to a long and productive use of Uniform Server in my production environment!

If you have a need to run an application suite like this under Windows, I can highly recommend Uniform Server!

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