Posts Tagged ‘useful

Close All Windows Tool

29, Aug 2006


This free tool helps you to close all running applications with one click. It does not use system resources because it only sends close signal to all open windows on the desktop and goes out. Just place a shortcut to it in the Start Menu, Quick Launch or somewhere.

You can always add hotkey to this shortcut. It is really very handy if you are running ~20 applications and want to quit them all. It works like as you press the close button of each application.

Download Close All Windows Tool… (less than 20 KB)


Launchy is the most efficient way to open files, folders, and programs on your computer. Nobody likes to hunt through the start menu to find an application, just to find that the application is hidden under some obscure folder named after a company you have never heard of! Instead, Launchy is a smart search program which tries to guess which program or file you are looking for and will launch it when you hit the enter key. It is only visible when you hit the ALT + SPACE key combination; otherwise it hides in the background. Once you have used it for a few days, it becomes an indispensable utility for your computer. And it’s free!


How to use Launchy
Launchy installs itself into your Startup folder (it’s buried in your start menu) and will automatically run every time you log into your computer. Yet, where is it? Launchy hides in the background until you need it. To bring it to the foreground type ALT + SPACE (hold down the alt key and tap the space bar). At this point simply begin typing the name of the program you are looking for. Do not worry about capitalization, punctuation, or even spelling in general.

Adding Directories and Types
If you would like Launchy to index more than the programs in your start menu, such as folders, mp3s, docs, pdfs, avis, etc… then this option is for you. Right click on Launchy, select directories, and then add the file types to search for on the right and the directories to search for them in on the left. Note that the types should be of the form .mp3 and .exe and not *.exe or anything else. If you would like to open folder windows directly from Launchy, check the Index Directory Names box.

Skins Support
It is also possible to change the default skin of Launchy, you have a choice of 12 other skins by default and you can even create your own. To create a skin, look in the Skins directory under your installation directory and one into a new directory. Edit the skin.ini file to your liking and replace the images. The ini files have helpful (though limited) documentation.

Launchy is a free and open source application.

If you want to download and try Launchy…

The Bionic Wrench

23, Jul 2006


This tool is a remarkable patented hybrid of an adjustable wrench combined with the ease of use of a pair of pliers. The genius of attacking a bolt/nut on all 6 flat sides removes the stress and strain on the corners of the bolt. This coupled with the superior gripping action of the jaws allows the user to complete their work without the wrench slipping and damaging the bolt. The design of the Bionic Wrench multiplies your hand’s gripping force so you can more easily tighten/loosen bolts. You can develop ratchet-like speed by fully turning the Bionic Wrench, releasing the grip while still on the bolt, repositioning the wrench, and then re-tighten grip.


This product has been awarded the Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award as well as the prestigious Red Dot Award Best of the Best 2006 for pioneering design in a category (Tools). The Bionic Wrench has been designed and manufactured to exceed ANSI specifications and is made in the USA.

– Powerful, six-sided grip
– 10 to 30 times more contact area than ordinary wrenches
– Can often remove nuts and bolts damaged by other tools
– Industrial-quality, black-oxide finish resists rust, corrosion and chipping
– 6″ Bionic Wrench fits 14 sizes (9/16, 1/2, 7/16, 3/8, 5/16, 1/4 and 14mm thru 7mm)
– 8″ Bionic Wrench fits 16 sizes (3/4, 11/16, 5/8, 9/16, 1/2, 7/16 and 20mm thru 11mm)
– Hardened, cold-rolled, steel-laminate construction
– Lifetime guarantee

The price of the The Bionic Wrench is $25.99 for the 6″ version and $29.99 for the 8-inch model.

If you wisht to learn more about the bionic wrench or buy one…