TreeSize Free Now Offers The Hierarchical Treemap Chart Known From Treemap Professional

Treesize FREE is software that is engineered to quickly scan the directories and files on your computer to tell you (in a nice GUI layout) where the spacehogs are.

TreeSize FREE, as of Version 4.0, now offers the hierarchical treemap chart known from TreeSize Professional. The treemap will help you visualize how the data is distributed on your system. The treemap feature is activated by using the “Show Treemap” button on the “View” Tab.

Treesize FREE is offered as a full install or as a portable app…

Treemap (2D)

Other notable changes in V4.0 are:

  • TreeSize Free now uses the ribbon interface known from other applications like the Windows 10 Explorer or MS Office.
  • TreeSize Free is now available via the Windows Store, replacing TreeSize Touch.
  • TreeSize Free now uses a modern UWP-style layout for the touch-optimized UI.
  • Overlay menus and the new “Options” dialog increase the usable workspace.
  • The touch-optimized UI will now present itself windowed and can be moved/resized like other store apps for Windows 10.
  • The recently scanned paths are now available on the touch-optimized UI.
  • The scaling for displays with high DPI values for both, classic and touch-optimized UI has been improved.
  • The scan performance of mobile devices has been increased significantly.
  • TreeSize Free now supports selecting multiple elements in the directory tree for mobile phones and cameras.
  • Bugfix: Corrected the column layout in printed reports. It should now use the available size of an A4 page with portrait format.
  • Bugfix: Several minor bug fixes and improvements have been incorporated.

Source: TreeSize FREE

MultCloud Upgraded To Include NEW Google Chrome App

Multcloud is a web based app where you can bring together multiple cloud drives into one place (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, MEGA, SugarSync, Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon S3 as well as FTP, WebDav, etc.).  I use Multcloud to quickly manage my cloud drives to access and transfer my files from one service to another. Today I was informed by AOMEI Technology that MultCloud was upgraded to include a NEW Google Chrome App

MultCloud

For home based personal account users, the FREE version of Multcloud is awesome when compared to other similar services.  

You get (for FREE):

  • Access To the Online File Manager
  • Cross-File Transfer Capabilities
  • Unlimited Cloud Drive Quantity
  • A Data Transfer Cap of <10TB
  • General Transfer Speeds (which is sufficient for personal use)

If you need more, MultCloud offers a premium service that, in my opinion, cannot be beat.

Use Jolicloud Drive To Manage Your Online Drive Accounts In One Place

Some of you may have heard of the Jolicloud OS that originally established its’ roots back in 2009 with the intent of using the infinite power of the cloud to pull all your online apps together in a very nice interface that could be accessed in your web browser. The original concept (back then) was actually ahead of its’ time.  Since that time, the Jolicloud OS has ceased to exist; however, the developers at Jolicloud have now given us Jolicloud Drive that runs in your web browser.

Jolicloud Drive

Jolicloud Drive is a new way to manage your online storage, from some of the most reputable sources out there (such as Dropbox Copy, Box, Google Drive); ALL, in one place. In my testing of Jolicloud Drive, I found that setting up the various online drive accounts you may have with Jolicloud Drive was very easy to do. I also found, compared to some of the other similar type of cloud apps out there, Jolicloud Drive is a fast loader that has a built in file viewer and has file sharing capability. The only drawback with the FREE account is that you cannot copy or move files from one drive account to the other; but, in my case I can live without that feature.

Also, if you do decide to use Jolicloud Drive, dig a little deeper in the interface and you will find Jolicloud Library (that is currently in beta) where you can pull in a variety of services (such as YouTube, Feedly, Flickr, etc..); ALL, in one place. I will be following Jolicloud on both of these online cloud app services…

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Air Explorer – A Windows Based Software Application To Manage Your Online File Storage

Typically when we sign up for online file storage we are often given option to download software that will allow you to sync files locally with the online account. The problem with that, as in my case, I have multiple online accounts with multiple providers and do not want to burden down my computer with numerous software installs from these different providers.

To remedy this issue and to give full control in the management of your files in the cloud, at multiple (popular) providers, check out Air Explorer.

Air Explorer

Air Explorer is a Windows based program that appears to be relatively new (at least to me) that has the ability to connect to multiple online cloud servers. Air Explorer currently supports OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Mega, Copy, Mediafire, Yandex, and WebDAV. When I tested Air Explorer it effortlessly connected to each of my online accounts and appeared to be quite fast.

Air Explorer Interface

What I like about the Air Explorer concept is that I can centrally and directly manage (move, copy, delete, share) my files and can even copy files from one provider to another provider. Air Explorer provides a dual paned interface that gives you the ability to easily perform the various file operations.

Features:

Optionally Air Explorer can encrypt your files when you upload them to the cloud

Sets up multiple accounts from the same server

You can synchronize folders between any cloud or your computer

Copy/Paste between cloud servers

Pause and continue uploads and downloads

Air Exlorer can share files

Centralize search of your files across all the clouds

Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 20, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: The future of textbooks is here. Leave the backpack behind and go digital with your textbooks (see below);

Squeak #2: Managing the file structure on an Android device can be a challenge. Eliminate the challenge with ES File Explorer.  One of the best out there for Android file management. I especially like that you can access your local area network; your online storage at  Dropbox, Box.net, Sugarsync, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Amazon S3, Yandex and more, directly from ES File Explorer (get it below);

Squeak #3: Ah yes, Google Glass… How I would love to get my hands on these. TechCrunch has a nice post on how Google Glass can be potentially used by police, firefighters and first responders (read more below); AND,

Squeak #4: There is no reason in the world for not backing up your personal files. Today’s featured computer gadget is a Seagate portable hard drive that will get the job done for you!

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Leave Your Backpack Behind and Rent Digital Textbooks

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ES File Explorer Is A Free Full-Featured File
and Application Manager For Android

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Android File Manager – Manage your files like you do on your desktop or laptop using Multiple Select, Cut/Copy/Paste, Move, Create, Delete, Rename, Search, Share, Send, Hide, Create Shortcut, and Bookmark; operations can be performed on local files (on your Android device) or remotely (on your computer)… GET IT HERE


Google Glass Gets An App To Power The Cyber Cops And Futuristic Firefighters Of Tomorrow

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Mutualink is demoing one such app today at APCO, a conference for public safety communications, with its Glass App for police, firefighters and first responders. The app would allow public safety officers and officials to communicate in real-time via streaming video from the scene… READ MORE


A Pencil Thin Portable Hard Drive

Seagate Slim 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

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The Seagate Slim portable drive is lightweight and about as thin as a pencil, plus the anodized black or silver metal design will slide easily into a pocket or backpack for your on-the-go lifestyle… SEE MORE HERE


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Storing and Opening Password Protected PDF Files Online Using Google Drive and SkyDrive

If you are concerned about security and storing personal document type files online, you may want to consider converting the document file to the PDF format, then password protecting the PDF file. Password protection of online files is one of the most requested features out there.

What I stumbled across, through experimentation, is that Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive can handle and open password protected PDF files, using their built-in (online) viewers. When you go to open a password protected PDF file using either of these services, you will be prompted for the password, and the PDF file will be opened online, without downloading, using either of these services.

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This gives you an additional level of security protection when storing or sharing files using either of these services’ PLUS, the convenience of keeping the file online (and not downloading it). These were the only two file storage (and sharing) services I tested, where this will work; however, there may be other services, as well, that can handle or open a password protected PDF file. I also found that you need to be using a modern web browser, as well.

I know you are probably wondering, how do I convert my file to the Adobe PDF format and how do I password protect it?  The easiest way to do this is to download the FREE Nitro PDF Reader, which has a built in a PDF creator (or printer).

After you have downloaded and installed the Nitro PDF Reader, you will notice that when you go to print a document, you will see that a new printer is on the list called “Nitro PDF Creator (Reader)”.  If you want to convert the document to an Adobe PDF file, simply select the printer labeled “Nitro PDF Creator 2 (Reader”). Basically anything that can be printed on your computer to a regular printer can be printed to “Nitro PDF Creator 2 (Reader)”, including image files, spreadsheets, Powerpoint slides, etc…

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Using Nitro PDF Reader you also have the ability to password protect  any PDF file you desire to create. When you go to print on your computer, the print dialog box typically appears. When it appears, select the “Nitro PDF Creator 2 (Reader)”, then click on and select “Preferences”.

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Once you select preferences, the “Printing Preferences” dialog box appears. You will then notice a tab labeled “PDF Security”.  Click on that tab, click on “Require a password to open the document”, enter the desired password, then click on the “OK” button, then click on “Print” to generate (and create) a password protected PDF version of the document.

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I know this may seem like a lot of steps, but really it is a cakewalk.  After you have created the password protected PDF file, then simply upload the file to either Google Drive or SkyDrive. Your file can now be stored and opened online, with the additional security of password protection.

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An Online Save-A-Life Simulator

One of my passions (and career) was working as a guardian to other people (as a security and law enforcement professional). This was in conjunction to working (in another passion of mine) as a Computer Information Specialist. So you can see I was blessed and today I continue to be blessed…  Today, I serve in a part-time capacity as the lead safety & security agent at a State hospital where I help manage the security operations with a group of talented professionals. I truly love what I do and will do it as long as I possibly can.

In any position where you are tasked with the protection of people, you will most likely, at some point in time, be put into a position where you may have to perform measures to save another person’s life. I can tell you from working 34 years in the profession,  I have been in that position more than once.

Today I came across a website that literally could help save lives.  It is called Save-A-Life Simulator.

Save-A-Life Simulator

The Save-A-Life Simulator simulator presents you with a virtual reality situation where a person collapses in a mall. The simulator teaches you, by asking you questions, on what to do to save the person’s life.

The Save-A-Life Simulator is presented by the Heart Rescue Project which is a collaborative effort to increase the survival rates of people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is among the leading killers of Americans, claiming an estimated 350,000 people each year. More people die of sudden cardiac arrest than breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer combined.  More than 90 percent of people who experience SCA die, representing a national survival rate that has not significantly changed in more than 30 years.

If you see someone collapse suddenly, check if the victim is responsive. If not, remember these three easy steps.

Call 911

Have them send help. Stay on the line and listen for further instructions.

Start Chest Compressions

If the person is not breathing normally, start chest compressions. Push down hard and fast in the center of the chest. Keep your arms straight. Send someone to find an AED.

Use An AED

The AED (automated external defibrillator) is a portable medical device that delivers an electrical shock to restart a person’s heart. It provides voice prompts that tell you exactly what to do and will only administer a shock if needed, so there’s no reason to hesitate.

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Increase Your Productivity By Adding Tabs To Windows Explorer

If there is a way to increase productivity when performing file management operations, you can always count me in. I guess this is something I inherited from the Norton Commander days.

Today I stumbled on a find that I consider a “real find” that you may be interested in; especially if you are someone that is proficient in working Windows Explorer to perform file and folder operations. It is a third party application, called TabExplorer.

What TabExplorer does is simply this: it adds tabs to Windows Explorer.

TabExplorer

The beauty of a tabbed file manager is that you can toggle between the tabs to perform file operations in a much more effiicient (and quicker manner).  TabExplorer needs some polishing, but I think you will find it makes for a great add-on for Windows Explorer that can be toggled on or off.

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An Online File Sharing and Storage Service to Seriously Consider Called 4shared

Is it just me or are we going through a technology change with these tablet computers like never seen before? As a result, and being an owner of a tablet pc (Toshiba Thrive), I am now really looking at the online file storage options that will enable me to reliably post, share, stream and retrieve files from a source in the cloud. Recently I put up two posts about Microsoft’s Live SkyDrive that you should consider for online file storage:

SkyDrive – Your Password Protected Hard Drive in the Cloud

Ways to Sync Your SkyDrive Files To Your Computer, Tablet and Smartphone

4sharedToday, I want to share with you another online file sharing and file storage service that I have been testing out and have been quite pleased with. It is called 4shared .

4shared

4shared will give you 10GBs of space right off the bat; plus another 5GBs, when all is said and done. What I found with this service is that they really have made an effort to cover all bases to ensure that you can access, share, and store your files anywhere there is internet service and from just about any platform (whether it be your desktop, tablet PC or smartphone). The features of this service is too numerous to list and if you are interested in seeing a comparison of their paid service, versus their FREE service, then [ click here ] . I think you will find that the FREE service will meet your needs.

What I like about 4shared is that they have an android app to perform file operations from my Tablet PC and another android app to stream music from my 4Shared account to my Tablet. The various interfaces that 4Share provides to access your files, whether it be their desktop syncing app or file manager, their online interface or their mobile file manager apps; I found all of them very easy to navigate and understand. Mobile apps are available for Symbian, Blackberry, Android, and iPhone .

If you have any questions about 4shared, I encourage you to visit their FAQ (frequently asked questions) page [ here ]. Overall, I have been using the daylights out of this service, especially the music search, storage, streaming and sharing functions.

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Liberate Your Flash Drive with LiberKey

Managing apps on a flash drive can be a real challenge even for the polished IT professional. Flash Drives have given us the liberty to transport files from PC to PC and the ability to run apps (software applications) directly from these little buggers. Again the problem that occurs is the ability to manage and organize what we place on these drives.  I can remember when flash drives first came out and developers started creating portable apps. These apps were far and few between; however, today the portable apps available number into the hundreds.  You literally can create a computer on a stick…

To help manage what you place on your flash drive and to help you decide what apps to install, I use a portable menu management utility called LiberKey.

LiberKey

The abilities of LiberKey are phenomenal and will, in a sense, take complete charge of your drive. The most important feature I like about LiberKey is after I select the apps I want I can go back at anytime and have LiberKey update the apps to the current version. As a matter of fact, being big on flash drive usage, this feature alone is worth its’ weight in gold. I do not know how many times I have installed a portable app on my flash drive and never take the time to perform updates.

LiberKey is FREE; is host to over 292 applications that you can select from; plus, if you are not in the mood to specifically select what apps you want to install, you can actually take the lazy man’s way out and download a complete suite of apps in a batch.

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Show The Real Size of Folders On Your Computer

When collecting music, photos, videos, etc. on your computer the amount of space being taken up can add up very quickly.  Granted, most hard drives in today’s world of computing will handle the load; however, I still recommend that you practice good file management and monitor the amount of space you are using to eliminate any potential problems.

So, if you are a packrat of music, photo and video files, which can consume a great deal of hard drive space,  I suggest using a utility, such as SizeOnDisk to monitor and determine how much space you are consuming and how much space you have available.

I recently started using SizeOnDisk and I like the fact that it is available as a portable application (<400K) and the fact it is quite fast in giving results. Another fact I personally enjoy with SizeOnDisk, as a software reviewer, is that it is in the active development stages.  I love following the development stages and improvements of software as they come about.

The first time you run SizeOnDisk, you will be presented with the following Window.  To get a read on a drive or a specific folder on your computer, click on the open folder and make your selection.

SizeOnDisk

For example, I selected a folder on on my PC where I store most of my files and SizeOnDisk provided the following results (number of folders, number of files, file size and size on the disk).

SizeOnDisk

SizeOnDisk is a plain and simple utility that serves one purpose and serves it well.

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[Did You Know?] You Can Select Multiple Files That Are Not Grouped Together

Have you ever been in your Pictures folder (or another folder) and wanted to copy a select group of pictures (or files) to another folder or destination and they are not grouped together. Most people, in that case, will individually click each picture (or file), right mouse click, select copy, then go to the destination folder and and right mouse click and select paste.  This can be very time consuming if you have numerous files.

There is a much easier way to accomplish the task that I find most people do not use. Using the same scenario, hold down the “Ctrl” key on the keyboard and left mouse click (highlight) the individual files you want to copy.

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When done, keep the mouse pointer on one of the highlighted files, right mouse click, select copy (or whatever you want to do), then go to the destination folder, and right mouse click and select paste. You can perform other operations, such as cut or delete, using this technique.

The point here is to use the “Ctrl” key to individually select multiple files that are not grouped together to perform whatever operation you desire to perform. The Pictures folder was used as an example only.  This function will work in any file folder and sometimes even in applications, such as Microsoft Word, to select text that is not grouped together in a document, etc…

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An Enhanced Windows Explorer Replacement

We currently have available on Windows based computers a built in file management utility called Windows Explorer. This utility, which is a major component of the operating system, provides you with a graphical user interface to browse (and view) the file system on your computer. For the life of me I never could understand why Microsoft never implemented tabbed browsing in Windows Explorer. Maybe Microsoft felt that a great majority of computer users are intimidated by Windows Explorer and it was best to keep it simple.

Anyhow, if you are into file management and you want a Windows Explorer that offers a tabbed browser experience, then I recommend taking a look at Explorerplusplus (Explorer++) .

Explorer++

The beauty of tabbed browsing is that you can manage multiple instances of files and folders in one window. I actually have come to prefer the tabbed browsing interface over multiple pane interfaces. As a matter of fact, here of late, I have been testing numerous types of these file management utilities (even wrote about a few here on the blog) and Explorer++ is in the running as my “go to” file manager.

Explorer++

What I like?

It has a clean appearance (not cluttered or bloated) and is very similar to the Windows Explorer, as we know it.

It is fast and smooth running…  I currently have Explorer++ pinned to my Windows 7 taskbar. It definitely loads faster than Windows Explorer and performs file management operations faster. For example, I can right mouse click on a file or folder and the standard Explorer context menu loads quickly with minimal lag time.

I like the idea of my drives being available on a toolbar where I can quickly access their contents.  Lay your mouse pointer on a drive letter and immediately see the size of the drive and the free space available.

There is an option on the menu of Explorer++ called “Actions” that provides you the ability to merge, split and destroy files. When destroying a file you can do a one or three pass overwrite to make the file nearly impossible to undelete.

You can double click on the tab bar to open/close tabs.

You can lock tabs to the bar.

You can open to the Command Prompt from any folder you are working from.

You have option of bookmarking your favorite folders.

You can save a directory (or folder) listing to a text file.

Explorer ++ can be  run from your flash drive (as a portable app).

In the end, I am finding that the developer has went to great strides to make Explorer++ an user friendly experience; and,  it is my hope that the development cycle continues with this program.

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A Simple, Powerful, and Portable Dual Pane File Manager for FREE

One of the joys of being a tech blogger is that on many occasions a software developer will contact you about their creations. I get especially excited when it is a developer that is developing FREE software and wants me to help get the word out.

Recently I had SE-SOFT.COM point me into the direction of their site which features a variety of portable apps that can be used on your flash drive (or computer). I encourage you to visit their site to take a look at SE-TrayMenu, SE-Screensavers, SE-Explorer, SE-RSS Tools and SE-Media Player. If you are wondering, the “SE” is an acronym for “Smart & Easy”.

Out of the batch of software presented at SE-SOFT.COM, the one that jumped on my plate was SE-Explorer.

SE-Explorer

If you are into file managers, and portable at that, this one is definitely worth a look see. When I started testing SE-Explorer, my initial reaction was, “just another dual panel file manager”, when I realized that SE-Explorer was a whole lot more than that. This app provides a variety of built-in tools to explore the files and folders on your PC. In essence, this app is a packaged deal where panels can be opened to present various tools such as:

Dual Pane File Manager
File Explorer
Command Prompt
File Search
Size Scanner
Compare Files
Compare Folders
Web Browser
Media Player

Another feature I really liked was in the dual panel file manager. When you right click on a file, a very basic (what you really need) menu appears instead of the typical lengthy explorer (system) menu. For example, if you right click on a file or folder, the following menu will appear.

You can, of course, get to the regular Windows Explorer “system menu”, if need be, by clicking on “System Menu”. This type of layout is excellent, especially if you do the typical file management operations (such as rename, copy, move or delete).

I could go on more about this app, because the more I use it, the more I find another gem buried within. SE-SOFT.COM, PLEASE continue to develop this app further.  It will surely be a winner…

Main Features:

  • Clear tabbed interface
  • Different file browsers: dual panel, classic windows explorer, command prompt
  • Enhanced file search function and embedded size scanner
  • Media player for audio, video and flash files: MP3, WAV, AVI, MPEG, WMV, SWF, FLV, etc.
  • Picture viewer which supports most popular image file formats
  • Archive explorer for ZIP, RAR, ISO, 7Z, MSI, CAB, etc.
  • Resource view for executable files and icon libraries
  • PDF and DjVu, DOC and WRI, Html Help and RTF documents view
  • Text viewer with syntax highlighting
  • Compare folders by content including subfolders
  • Text file compare (difference)
  • Hex viewer for binary files
  • Dll Inspector with resources/dependencies/classes and interfaces views for executable files
  • Web Browser for web and email files
  • TTF Font files view
  • XML structure view

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An Easy and Sexy Way to Send Big Files to Everyone

There are those occasions where sending large files via email just does not cut it.  As a matter of fact many ISP providers will limit file sizes when it comes to email attachments to prevent bogging down the servers.

One solution that I have been using that does not require any special software or an account registration (or log in) is a cloud based service called WeTransfer .

WeTransfer

With WeTransfer you can send up to a 2 GB file and while the transfer is taking place you are entertained with an ever changing and mesmerizing background. As a matter of fact, WeTransfer is labelled as one of the sexiest file transfer services around. Your transferred file will remain on their server for a period of 2 weeks and after that 2 weeks it is permanently deleted. You can send up to 20 people per session. When you send a file, the recipient will receive an email of where to download the file; and, you the sender of the file will receive an email when the recipient has completed the download. According to the site, all emails and files are private; however, if you do have concern I suggest encrypting the file.

WeTransfer your videos, music, photo albums or documents to friends and colleagues. We support all filetypes.

Like its competitors, the company relies on advertising for revenues. But instead of running questionable banner ads, WeTransfer sells wallpaper advertising—those pretty pictures in the background. Since WeTransfer’s own interface is minimal, that leaves a lot of space for a sponsor’s brand.

WeTransfer

So if you are in a pinch and need to send a large file, WeTransfer is a good one to try!

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NexusFile – An Alternative to Windows Explorer

Learning file management on your computer, to me, is a “must learn” function. It not only teaches you how to organize and manage your files (and folders); it also teaches you about the Windows hierarchy design and pathing schemes. Learn file management and it all starts making sense.

If you are into file management you will soon learn that Windows Explorer is not a premier file manager. I sometimes think Microsoft should take some lessons on file management themselves and start thinking more from the user’s level. Windows Explorer is basically a flat file manager that lacks dual pane functionality and ready access to tools needed for file management tasks. Years ago, in the DOS days, a good file manager app was a necessity (from a tech standpoint) in order to accomplish specific tasks.

Thankfully, software developers have come to the rescue and are actively developing alternatives to using Windows Explorer. For example, I am an avid user of QDir; however, another option that recently crossed my plate, that I am currently toying with, is called NexusFile.

NexusFile

The “cool factor” to this file manager is the (default) appearance. The appearance is a black background with colorful text, which to some may be a turn off. As I continued to toy around with NexusFile, the more I enjoyed it. It is fast, provides dual pane functionality, tabbed browsing, is easy to read, has built in FTP, numerous tools (such as split/join files, compare folders, disk cleanup, add comments, change attributes, etc.) and is available as a portable app. The more you use it, the more it grows on you! As a matter of fact it is apps like this, that are a little different, that draws me right in. The only issue I experienced, thus far, was that I was unable to launch the app on a PC where I did not have administrative rights.  If you want to give NexusFile a spin, you can get it [ HERE ] .

Some Features of NexusFile:

Basic Functions: Copy/Move To, Copy/Cut/Past, Delete/Shred, Rename, Change Attributes/Time

Advanced Rename: Rename multiple files at once with many powerful options

Navigate Folders: Favorite Folders, Working Folders, Tabs, Smart Address Bar

Dual Panels: Open two folders at once.

Archives: manages ZIP, ARJ, RAR, ACE archive files

FTP: basic FTP functions

File Join/Split: Split large file into many small files or Join small files into a large file. Merge several text files into a file.

Save File List: Save file/folder list with many formats

Shortcuts: Most functions has a Keyboard shortcut so you can do everything fast.

Multi-language: Multi-language supports with language files.

Skin: you can change the look of a program.

Disk Cleanup: Empty RecycleBin, Delete temporary files, …

Compare Folders: compare two folders

Unicode: Unicode file name supported

And many other useful functions with easy interface.

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Universal Extractor Updated After 2 Year Hiatus

If you are into testing software or need a good application that has the ability to extract files from almost “any type of archive” (including install files, windows installer files, etc.) then Universal Extractor is a must have application.

UniExtract Context Menu

Often during my testing of the smaller software apps, that are packaged installers, I will run Universal Extractor against the installer or setup file to see if I can extract the main binary files that makes the application launch (and run). This often saves me from having to install the application; and on occasions I am able to then use the app (I am testing) as a portable app. Sound like a lot of techie stuff? Well it is. This app, which is available as a portable app, should be a mainstay in any tech’s toolbox.

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Yet Another FREE Online Storage Solution

Just recently I posted an article [HERE] about online storage which featured the likes of LiveMesh (5 GB), SkyDrive (25 GB), Gmail account (7GB) with a software client called Backup To Email; AND others recommended Dropbox (2 GB) and ADrive (50 GB).  Total of all of this is: 89 GB

Following the posting of that article, my delayed thought process kicked in and I remembered yet another FREE online storage solution called GoAruna.

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What is unique about GoAruna, and I don’t think it has totally caught on yet, is that they offer FREE “unlimited” online file storage.  Now, unlimited to me means infinity; however where the wall is with this, I do not know.

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I did find in the terms under Abuse and excessive use.

Each GoAruna free account is meant for normal personal use by one person. Accounts abusing the privilege and our service by trying to distribute content, (especially illegal and copyright protected content) to the masses, will be terminated or blocked without notice.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, the one main feature that I liked about GoAruna is their desktop client that you download, install and manage your file transactions right from your computer.  The client file management software allows you to manage batch transfers, setup shares to files, send to a mail recipients, delete, rename, move, copy, and create new folders.

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Overall, in my testing, the upload/download process, in terms of speed, was comparable to the other online file storage services and the desktop app is pretty easy to use and understand. You can also access your GoAruna account and files online, as well; which makes it easy to grab files you need when you are somewhere else.  So if you are looking for another online storage option, you may want to check out GoAruna.

Again, in closing, I want to emphasize, that when you store files online (in the cloud), you are putting your trust in the hands of the services which you are dealing with.  Encrypting your files is definitely a plus (and a must in my opinion).

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#54)

Welcome to this weeks’ edition of Geek Squeaks’…  Each week, What’s On My PC features articles (posted within the past week) from the blogs that are associated with What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you really want to learn more about information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  I encourage you to visit (and bookmark) each of these sites.

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Netbook Freeware NEW
Explore++ : Free, Multi-Tab File Manager
for Windows Netbook

HD Doctor Blog – NEW
Blog about computer repair, computer recovery, computer data backup and so on.

404 Tech Support
Hidden Easter Eggs in Software and The Security Implications

Snakebytez
Send Free SMS Worldwide with FreeSMS 1.4

TTC Shelbyville
Optimize Your Windows 7 or Windows Vista Internet Connection

I Love Free Software
Speccy – Free Software to Get Hardware Info of your System

Worthy Tips
Transform your email into physical mail using MailWriter service

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Windows XP Gets a Facelift! (Part 1) – New Boot Screens

Canadian Tech Blogger
JooJoo And HP Slate Desperately Trying To Out Win Apple iPad

Internet Security Blog
Software to Hide Computer Files & Folders – Freeware

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites April 6

Tech-for Everyone
How To Uninstall Live Messenger

Rarst.net
Prepare to wrestle computer issues unprepared

Lifehacker
CloudApp Instantly Shares Any File, Is My New Favorite Timesaver

AKS-Feel The Change
Facebook Antivirus is FAKE!

Carol’s Vault
Inbox2 – One stream for all your accounts

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Your Protection

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Free Microsoft Security Essentials – Kill Malware DEAD!

Right On Technology
iPad Launch Day is here!

Big Geek Daddy
How to Protect Kids Using the Internet

Blogging Fool
WordPress Version 3 To Incorporate Powerful Multi-User Functionality As Beta 1 Is Released

Plato Press
Is the iPad the End Of The Internet?

What’s On My PC
A Digital and Analog Clock Combo…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#38)

Another great roundup of articles from the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you are a person that is looking to get an edge on the latest in information technology and computers, I highly recommend that you visit these sites on a daily basis.

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Tech-for Everyone
Media Center Recordings Filled Disk

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
How to Use Google Wave

Snakebytez
FreeCommander : An Advanced File Manager

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Internet Explorer 8 and Compatibility View

TTC Shelbyville
How To: Setting Up Active Directory Group Policies –
Network Computing

The Abbey Rose
Universe Firefox

I Love Free Software
Eraser: Permanently Delete Files from Hard Disk

Technize
Download Yahoo Messenger 10 Final

Worthy Tips
Handy Backup –
A Cost Effective Life Insurance For Your System

Mrintech
Best Collection of Aero Wallpapers for your Desktop!

Freeware Elite
Check whether a blog is down with “IS MY BLOG WORKING?”

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites November 24

AskBillFirst
Online Holiday Shopping Tips

Rarst.net
Run web app in dedicated window of Firefox or Chrome

Lifehacker
Hands-On Look at What’s New in Office 2010 [Screenshot Tour]

Crazy World of G
Gov K. Says No LNG Investigation

Computer Too Slow
How to control a desktop remotely

thePC Security
12 Tips to Avoid Phising –
Protection From Phishing Emails and Sites

AKS-Feel The Change
Resize Images Automatically with Dropresize

Carol’s Vault
Online storage services still around

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Enterprise Suite

Plato On-Line
Fake Facebook Uncovered

Evilfantasy’s Blog
GoogleGoogleGoogleGoolge

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
5 Free Microsoft Programs – Really!

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa.round 4.

Canadian Tech News Blog
CNET: Top 5 Tech Turkeys

TuneUp Blog
PDC09 – L.A. Day 1 Coverage

Freeware Pharmacy
Essential Apps For…

What’s On My PC…
Microsoft Office Templates

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A FREE Utility to Analyze Your Disk Space

Analyzing and determining what files and/or folders are consuming hard drive space; and how much space is left at any given time is a difficult task for the everyday computer user. Learning such things as kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, petabytes is beyond the comprehensive level of many; HOWEVER, this is the naming convention that Windows uses to to determine file sizes, folder sizes; AND  the space remaining and/or consumed on a drive.

This will not make any sense to many, but here is a sample of the units of measure used by Windows:

1 kilobyte (1K)  = 1024 bytes
1 megabyte (1MB)   = 1048576 bytes (1024 x 1024)
1 gigabyte (1GB)  = 1073741824 bytes (1024 x 1024 x 1024)
1 terabyte (1TB)  = 1099511627776 bytes (1024 x 1024 x 1024 x 1024)

This is where Xinorbis can help… Xinorbis is capable of giving you a quick “visual” graphical analysis of how the space on your computer is being used and distributed. I have also found it is a good learning tool to help make sense out of the naming conventions (e.g. kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, etc…) due to “percentages” being assigned as well (which we can relate to).  Another factor with Xinorbis, that sets well with me, is that there is a portable version available that you can carry on your flash drive.

It makes it easy to see the contents, structure and file distribution and file composition of a whole hard disk, directory, or mapped network drive. Includes full report creation.

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Xinorbis can create the following reports;

HTML (with or without graphs), scan/category data

XML, scan/category data and full file listing

CSV, scan/category data and full file listing

Text, scan/category data

It’s also possible to copy the data directory from Xinorbis’ charts and tables, just press the right mouse button over a chart, table or tree view to see a list of export options.

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Features:

  • analyze a single drive, folder or merge several together in one report
  • view the results by file type, attributes, size, user (owner) and date
  • the Folder History feature allows you to compare the contents of a folder or drive at times and dates
  • in-bullt powerful search engine (save results to a file or clipboard)
  • find duplicate files (by name and size)
  • complex report generation (with many user customisations) with export to HTML, ASCII, CSV or XML
  • save reports and tables for later comparison or for inclusion in other documents
  • shell support, scan a directory through Windows Explorer

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File Manager Software for BlackBerry Devices

First I would like to state, “I Love My Blackberry”…

Many of you may not know that I put together an article “How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan… back in March of this year.  The article continues to gain in popularity AND, yes, I am still using my Blackberry 8320 with the T-Mobile “pay-as-you-go” plan with continued success.

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If you are a heavy duty Blackberry user then you need this software on your Blackberry. FileScout is an awesome utility that gives you control over the management of your file system on your Blackberry. FileScout is pay-what-you-want (Donationware): and currently runs on RIM OS 4.3 or higher (sorry no support for 4.2.1 devices) AND with Blackberry models 8110, 8130, 8220, 8310, 8330, 8700, 8800, 8820, 8830, 8900, 9000, 9500, 9530 & 9630.

FileScout – The “all in one” file, zip, text and image manager for your BlackBerry®

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FileScout Core Features:

FileScout is a file system browser for your BlackBerry® (including hidden files)

Create directories, copy, move, rename, or delete files

Zip and Unzip files or complete directory structures with your BlackBerry® (no support for password protected zips)

Copy and delete complete directory structures

Open all media files (supported by your BlackBerry®)

Register additional file types with other (3rd party) applications (if supported)

Open files (like ini, xml, etc.) as plain text so you can edit, mark, copy, and paste text fragments of files that normally can’t be opened with your BlackBerry®. This can become very valuable when you receive email attachments that are not normally supported by your BlackBerry®

Delete pre-installed wallpapers, videos, and ringtones in order to free memory on your device***
Please note: once these features are deleted, the only way to get them back is to hard reset your device!

Display thumbnails for supported image files (if enabled in the options)

Search for files and directories on your BlackBerry® device

Send any file as an email attachment to your BlackBerry® contacts

Send any file via Bluetooth to another device that support OBEX

Define a favorite directory list (as shortcuts)

Show details for files & directories [modification date, is hidden, etc…]

Resize (& rotate) images in order to save time and money when sending photos to your friends via your BlackBerry®

Create playlists (across multiple folders)

More to come? – is there really something you miss for a file manager application? If so, let the software developer know!

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A FREE and PORTABLE alternative to Microsoft Windows Explorer

Today I am going to show you an alternative application to using the Windows Explorer file manager, called FreeCommander, that lets you quickly and easily manage your files. Before I do that, I know that there are users out there that may not know what the Windows Explorer file manager is.

Windows Explorer is a file manager application that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows 95 onwards. It provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. It is also the component of the operating system that presents the user interface on the monitor and enables the user to control the computer. It is sometimes referred to as the Windows Shell, or simply “Explorer”.

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Windows Explorer is an OK file manager; however, anyone that has ever used a true file manager knows that Windows Explorer is lacking in many areas. The powerhouse file managers of the past, often called “Orthodox” file managers, featured 2 pane windows and a command-line that allowed the user to perform numerous file management tasks with ease.

FreeCommander

FreeCommander, a modern version to the orthodox file manager type, is one of those powerhouse file managers that can be installed on your PC or run from your flash drive. I currently have FreeCommander installed on my flash drive and use it when I am working on other PC’s. It is one of those apps that once you start using it you can’t put it down.

FreeCommander

There are too many features to mention in this article, but The main features to FreeCommander are:

Dual-panel technology - horizontal and vertical

Tabbed interface

Optional tree view for each panel

Built in file viewer to view files in hex, binary, text or image format

File viewer inside archives too

Built in archive handling: ZIP (read, write), CAB (read, write), RAR (read)

Nested archive handling

Built in FTP client

Easy access to system folders, control panel, desktop and start menu

Copy, move, delete, rename files and folders

Multi rename tool

Wipe files

Create and verify MD5 checksums

File splitting

File properties and context menu

Calculation of folder size

Folder comparison / synchronization

Modification of file date and attributes

Folder / program favorites

File searching (inside archive too)

File filters for display

User defined columns for detailed view

DOS command line

Multiple language support

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A FREE “Must Have” App for your Blackberry

UPDATE (8/30/2009): The author of  the BBFileScout file manager software, for the Blackberry, has changed the name to just “FileScout”.  The content and information in this article remain the same.

I hope you had the opportunity to read my article “How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…” The point of the article was to demonstrate that there are workarounds to owning a Blackberry Smartphone (to make it useful), without subscribing to a costly data plan. Recently I discovered another FREE (donationware) workaround; or I should say addition, that makes the Blackberry all that more powerful.  Since my acquisition of the Blackberry Curve 8320 I found that the Blackberry lacked a decent file system browser. The “geek in me” wanted more than just the basic file explorer that is buried under the “Media” selection of the Blackberry OS. I wanted a file system browser that was comparable to what I experience on my PC.

After getting my bearings on how and where to look for free Blackberry software resources, and how to install those resources that were of interest, I came across the excellent file system browser called “BBFileScout” .

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BBFileScout is FREE (donationware) and will work on all Blackberrys’ with OS 4.3 and higher. According to the BBFileScout web site, it has successfully been tested on Blackberry models 8110, 8310, 8330, 8700, 8800, 8820, 8830, 9000, 9500 & 9530. I can attest that it also will work on the 8320.

BBFileScout is more than just a basic file system browser, it is a file manager with the ability to recognize file types and associate them with the default applications, just like on your PC. For example, If I browse to a jpeg (picture) file and open it, the picture will open with the default viewer; or if I browse to a PDF file, it will open with the default PDF viewer, etc… This option alone sold me on the app; BUT, this was only the beginning.  BBFile Scout opened up a whole new world on my Blackberry and gave me that true feeling of having a PC in my pocket.

Here are the “Core Features”, as reflected on the web site:

  • BBFileScout allows you to browse the file system of your BB (including hidden files)
  • Create directories, copy, move, rename or delete files
  • Zipping files or complete directory structures
  • Extracting Zip archives (incl. structures)
  • Furthermore BBFileScout supports copying and deleting of complete directory structures
  • You can open all (by your Blackberry® supported) media files
  • Register additional file types with other (3’rd party) applications (like pdf’s)
  • BBFileScout allows you to open files (like ini, xml, etc.) as plain text, so you are able to edit, mark, copy & paste text fragments of these files that normally can’t be opened with your Blackberry®. This can become very valuable when you receive eMail attachments that are not native supported by your Blackberry®
  • With BBFileScout you can delete pre installed wallpapers, videos and ringtones in order to free memory on your device*** – but please note, that once they are deleted the only way to get them back is to hard reset your device!
  • Display Thumbnails for supported image files (if enabled in the options)
  • Search for files and directories on your Blackberry® Device
  • Send any file as eMail attachment to your BB contacts
  • Send any file via Bluetooth to another Device that support OBEX
  • Easy & smart creation of Playlists (across multiple folders)
  • Define a favorite directory list (as shortcuts)

You can install BBFileScout “over the air” to your Blackberry® device or can install it via the RIM DesktopManager

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Understanding the Windows Recycle Bin

I have found that many computer users do not fully understand the purpose, or the features, of the “Recycle Bin”.  It is one of the first places I visit when assisting someone.  It serves as a visual indicator of what level the user manages their files and folders; and often provides clues when troubleshooting.

Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, knew that there would be those occasions where a computer user would accidentally delete a file or folder.

Recycle Bin
Some things you should know about the recycle bin:

  • The “Recycle Bin” is a catch all area for files and folders that you, as the user, manually delete (in most cases).
  • Files that you delete on removable disks (i.e. flash drive, SD Card, floppy disk), network drives and in compressed zipped folders do not go to the “Recycle Bin”.
  • The main launching point for the recycle bin is the recycle bin icon on your desktop; however, you can also preview the contents in the recycle bin through Windows Explorer.
  • You can bypass the recycle bin, when deleting a file, by holding down the “Shift Key”.  For example, when selecting your file(s) for deletion, hold down the “Shift Key” while you press the “Delete” key.
  • Windows maintains a quota (space allocation) on how much data can be stored in the recycle bin.  Typically, Windows allocates approximately 7.5 percent of a disk’s space for the recycle bin. Data is cycled when the space allocation limit is met. It is “out with the old, and in with the new”. The default allocation limit can be customized by right clicking the recycle bin icon on your desktop and choosing properties on the menu.
  • You can choose to not remove any files to the recycle bin, when deleting files, by right clicking the recycle bin icon on your desktop and choosing properties on the menu; however, I highly recommend you keep the recycle bin activated.
  • You can reclaim disk space by emptying the recycle bin. To empty the recycle bin, right click the recycle bin icon on your desktop and choose “empty recycle bin”.
  • To restore a file or folder from the recycle bin, double click the recycle bin icon on your desktop and highlight the file or folder with a mouse click; then, right click the mouse and select restore.

Tip: In the event you delete a file and you are unable to recover the file from the recycle bin, there is the chance you can reclaim the file by using file recovery software.  A  “free” poduct that I have used, for file recovery, is called “Recuva” by Piriform  – [ GET IT HERE ] .

Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!

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