Another Windows Software Option To Protect Your Eyes At Night and Get Better Sleep

August 14, 2017

Even though there is a control option in Windows 10 that will adjust the light being emitted from your computer screen at night (see article here) to ease your eyes and not disrupt your sleep; there are other options out there to do the same (and better).  One such option, developed by a 22-year-old developer, is called “Light Bulb”.

Light Bulb is an open source software application (which is FREE) that eliminates eye strain when working during late hours by smoothly reducing the display color temperature on your monitor. You can adjust Light Bulb anyway you want to set your own profile; plus, there is a geolocation feature built in that will automatically select your location for the sunrise and sunset times.

When it gets late, due to bright blue light emitting from the screen, looking at your PC monitor can become very straining on the eyes. This program sits in the background and continuously changes the gamma using temperature profiles, making the colors appear warmer at night. You can customize it in any way you like, including changing the day-time and night-time color temperatures, transition duration, sunrise and sunset times, temperature smoothing and a lot more.


SOURCE: Alexey Golub | software developer – Light Bulb


Kaspersky System Checker – A Portable Free Tool To Scan Your PC For A Range Of Problems

August 7, 2017

If you are experiencing issues with your PC, Kapersky System Checker may help you resolve the issue.  It is not designed to fix anything; but, is designed to give you a lead on what the problem could be… I look at this as another tool in the tech toolbox that may help you troubleshoot a range of problems such as:  malware, missing updates, poorly configured Windows or application settings, a shortage of hard drive space, and more.  Simply download and run. No install is necessary.


SOURCE: DownloadCrew – Kapersky System Checker 1.2.0.290


Here’s “How To” Auto Hide Those Desktop Icons

August 1, 2017

Over the years, I have assisted people with their computers and have found that their Windows desktop becomes a haven for icons. Some folks are organized about it; but, most folks are not. Myself, I try to keep my desktop organized and the icons to a minimum. In addition, I use a portable app called “AutoHideDesktopIcons” to auto hide the icons after a set period of time. To simply reinstate the icons (make them appear again), I simply left mouse click the desktop.

AutoHideDesktopIcons also has an option to the hide the taskbar and an option to autostart with Windows (which I recommend in order to take full advantage of this app). AutoHideDesktop Icons is very small in size (<60K) and is fully compatible with all versions of Windows.


SOURCE: SoftwareOK.com – AutoHideDesktopIcons


My Favorite Image Viewer Continues To Improve

July 31, 2017

FastStone Image viewer is a FREE software application that I have featured quite a few times here on the blog. Anytime I set up a PC, FastStone Image Viewer is always on the list to be installed. I prefer this image viewer over the default OS viewer(s). Once installed, I set it as the default viewer.

Recently, the software was upgraded to include an internal video player, enhancements to the drawing tool, improved support for high bit-rate mp3 in slide show; and, some minor improvements and bug fixes. FastStone Image Viewer is available as a full install or portable app.

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

FEATURES:

  • True Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels
  • Crystal-clear and customizable one-click image magnifier
  • Powerful image editing tools: Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, adjust lighting/colors/curves/levels etc.
  • Eleven re-sampling algorithms to choose from when resizing images
  • Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment
  • Image special effects: annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, sketch, oil painting, lens
  • Draw texts, lines, highlights, rectangles, ovals and callout objects on images
  • Clone Stamp and Healing Brush
  • Superior Red-Eye effect removal/reduction with completely natural looking end result
  • Multi-level Undo/Redo capability
  • One-touch best fit/actual size image display support
  • Image management, including tagging capability, with drag-and-drop and Copy To/Move To Folder support
  • Histogram display with color counter feature
  • Compare images side-by-side (up to 4 at a time) to easily cull those forgettable shots
  • Image EXIF metadata support (plus comment editing for JPEGs)
  • Configurable batch processing to convert/rename large or small collections of images
  • Slideshow creation with 150+ transition effects and music support (MP3, WMA, WAV…)
  • Create efficient image attachment(s) for emailing to family and friends
  • Print images with full page-layout control
  • Create fully configurable Contact Sheets
  • Create memorable artistic image montages from your family photos for personalized desktop wallpapers (Wallpaper Anywhere)
  • Acquire images from scanner. Support batch scanning to PDF, TIFF, JPEG and PNG
  • Versatile screen capture capability
  • Powerful Save As interface to compare image quality and control generated file size
  • Run favorite programs with one keystroke from within Image Viewer
  • Offer portable version of the program which can be run from a removable storage device
  • Configurable mouse wheel support
  • Support program skins
  • Support dual-monitor configurations
  • Support touch interface (tap, swipe, pinch)
  • Support dual instances
  • Play video files (Third party codecs may be required for old versions of Windows)
  • And much more… 

SOURCE: FastStone Image Viewer


Has anyone tried the Nox App Player (Android Emulator for Windows / Mac)?

July 26, 2017

I discovered Nox App Player on FreewareFiles and it has me interested; however, if anyone out there has installed this, I would be interested in knowing what their experience was. The Nox App Player is a 277MB install and serves as an Android Emulator. What that means is, if you install Nox App Player you can install and run Android apps on your Windows based computer through the emulator.

Although there are several programs providing an Android environment on PC, it is difficult to get a complete Android experience using the traditional emulators. However, Nox App Player provides an interface that looks like an actual Android device in all ways. The intuitive emulator is based on Android 4.4.2 and compatible with both AMD and x86 systems.

Screenshot for: Nox App Player 5.0.0.0

SOURCE: FreewareFiles – Nox App Player 


My Favorite (and FREE) Burning Software Just Got Better

July 24, 2017

Noticed a version upgrade to “Any Burn” that prompted me to do a quick post. I currently use the portable version of Any Burn and it has never let me down.  As a matter of fact it is my go to burning application on my computer.  What I like about it is that it is very easy to use and understand.

Screenshot for: Any Burn 3.7

SOURCE: The Official Any Burn Website


Quick Access Popup – Speed Up Your Work With This Multi-Purpose Launcher and Folder Switcher!

July 22, 2017

From day one I have enjoyed working with various program launchers in creating menus to launch my favorite and/or most used programs. With that being said, Quick Access Launcher is right down my alley. I first saw this on Major Geeks and thought I would give it a try and share this find with you. Where this little program will come in handy for me is that I can install this on my flash drive as a portable app and will enable me to quickly launch the apps and web links I have on the drive.  If you like program launchers, I encourage you to take a look at this one (see video below for an overview).

SOURCE: Quick Access Popup