Archive for August, 2006

Close All Windows Tool

29, Aug 2006

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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)

Visual Subst

29, Aug 2006

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This is a small tool which allows you to associate the most accessed directories with virtual drives. It uses the same API like console “subst” utility, but makes it easier to create and remove virtual drives from a convenient and user friendly graphical interface.

Generally, a virtual drive is just a symbolic link in the Local MS-DOS Device namespace. It is one more of Windows features being added for backward compatibility with old programs. So virtual drives are objects of the operating system, and Visual Subst just can create, enumerate and delete these objects. All local MS-DOS device names are removed when the user is logging off. To handle this issue, Visual Subst saves the list of virtual drives into an INI-file and can load them the next time.

This program is free and runs only on Windows 2000/XP and newer operating systems.

Download Visual Subst software… (less than 100 KB)

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Corsair Flash Readout USB drives are designed with user friendliness in mind. Each Flash Readout USB drive has a built in BCD display to show capacity used, free capacity and a personal ID/label.

These flash drives use a special Bi-stable Cholesteric Display (BCD) that retains and displays this information for up to one year without the need of electricity. The display shows a 11 character alphanumeric label, that can be personalized to help you identify the contents of the drive. You just need to the label of your Corsair Flash Readout USB drive so you always know what it holds. Free storage capacity is also shown on the display with a 4 digits and used space is indicated by a pie chart.

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Flash Readout drives are High Speed USB 2.0 and backwards compatible with USB 1.1. The package includes a USB extension cable, lanyard and mini CD with drivers and instructions.

Corsair is claiming that the Readout drives achieve read and write speeds of 20MB/s and 7MB/s respectively, which is pretty close to the real results of the flash drive. The actual speeds I’ve achieved are about 17,8 MB/s when reading data form the flash and 8,6 MB/s when writing to it.

Corsair Readout drives are available in 1GB capacity for about $40 and 2GB model with price of about $60.

For more information about the Corsair Readout USB Flash Drives…


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