Friday, August 22, 2008


Have you ever come across a program that just wouldn't uninstall? Either it threw some error while trying to uninstall, or there was no uninstall to be found. Or what about those programs that say they have uninstalled, but when you look around they have left TONS of files and registry entries. I came across a program that is the answer to all of your uninstall pains.

Revo Uninstaller allows you to run the program's normal uninstall, but then does some special Magic and scans for both files and registry settings left by the uninstaller. So if the program you are trying to uninstall fails, Revo Uninstaller will forcibly delete the program for you. Even if the program uninstalls correctly you will be surprised how many files and registry settings are left lying around.

Revo Uninstaller also comes with a great feature called hunter that allows you to drag a cross hair onto any program that you want to delete (even if it doesn't show up in add and remove programs) and it will forcibly uninstall it for you. There are many other tools packed into this little program such as a start up optimizer and cache cleaner.

Now for the great part... It's FREE! And it can run off a USB drive... That's right you don't even have to install it! So go ahead follow the link and get cracking... Er Uninstalling!

Revo Uninstaller Home Page:

First Look by Cnet:

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Free Partition Tools

Windows, and Linux:

Changing the partition sizes can be a pain, especially if you don't want to lose the data on the drive. You could buy something like partition magic, but I recently came across two alternatives that work just as good or better and are FREE. Both can change partitions sizes without needing to format or loose any data that is on the existing partitions.

Gparted is both free and open source (those two things are not always the same). It's part of the Linux GNOME protect. So if your into Linux this is a great tool for you, and if your into Windows it's also a great tool for you too! You see it supports NTFS, FAT, and FAT32 (Standard windows file systems). You don't even have to be a Linux guru, just use GParted Live. GParted Live can be booted from a CD, USB, or even PXE. You boot up the system and walk through a few easy steps and your done! I have used this twice already and its really great! It has a nice GUI and seems to work really well.

EASEUS Partition Manager:
This is a Windows only tool I recently came across on Life Hacker (A really great Blog). I haven't used it yet but it installs into Windows and looks very easy to use. It's free for personal use, but not business. It does have a very reasonable unlimited licenses for businesses though and that version supports Windows2003.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Best background manager ever

Background Switcher is a wallpaper manager that can be used with multiple monitors. It's freeware and it is by far the best wallpaper manager I have ever used! It connects to flickr, phanfare, smugmug, picasa, facebook, and yahoo! image search. Oh, and of course can be directed at a folder (or a list of pictures) on your computer. It allows you to have different images on each monitor, and will switch images at an Interval of your choosing. It can also display the images in several modes including full screen, thumbnail mosaics, 4-picture montage, or snap shot scrapbook. Background Switcher is a really amazing program with many many options, and I would suggest it to anybody.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bart is a life saver...

BartPE Is something I have been using for a couple of years now, and it is one of the best and most useful tools that I have in my collection.

Basically it's a Live CD for Windows. It is similar to WindowsPE but is very hackable/customizable. I use it to boot up computers that are having problems booting into Windows off the hard drive, and recover data or get a backup image of the drive. I also have many different Network tools and other tools loaded onto the "Live" version of windows so I can pop it into a computer and have a whole list of tools at my disposal. Now, I know that there are other "security tool" Live CDs out there already, Knoppix is a really good one, but this is Windows so it's easier (for non Linux geeks) and gives you more flexibility in a Windows world.

Barts out of the box is pretty basic (it has a simple custom shell), but there are several add-ons that will make it look and act just like windows. There are several sites that are dedicated to plugins for Barts. There are also several spin offs that use Barts as a base, but have there own system of plugins and setup. You can also create your own plugings from normal windows programs.

All in all Barts is VERY powerful and VERY useful. I might add some more posts going into some detail about how I have my CD setup, but to get started check out the links below.

Main BartsPE site:

Plugin Sites: (Check out XPE!) (Take a look at the plugin section)

Spin Offs:


Friday, April 18, 2008

Dial-a-fix easy push button fixes for Windows

I stumbled upon a really great utility called Dial-a-fix the other day. I was having problems with windows update not running and I started to do a little searching. There are several things that Microsoft suggests to fix problems with windows update, but Dial-a-fix does all of them with a click of a button! It also fixes problems with SSL, and HTTPS. There are also some real gems buried underneath in the tools section of the program. In the tools section you will find an options to reinstall Internet Explorer, and several other great tools! That feature has already saved me once... Here is the official description of the program:

Dial-a-fix is an advanced utility for 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows written by DjLizard in Borland Delphi 7 that repairs various Windows problems, such as:

* Windows Update errors and problems with Automatic Updates
* SSL, HTTPS, and Cryptography service (signing/verification) issues
* COM/ActiveX object errors and missing registry entries
* and more.

Dvd Ripping

Life Hacker has posted the Five Best DVD Ripping tools and I thought it was worth pointing out. They have some really good ones on the list, easy to use and powerful.

Friday, March 14, 2008

PC Repair System on a USB thumb drive

Here is another great collection of utilities... It was created to be a PC Repair toolkit that would fit on a 32MB usb drive so it doesn't take much space... It has TONS of really great apps and they all are portable so they can run off the network or off a usb thumb drive. Here is the list of utilities in the collection.

* DCoT Menu
* Active@ ISO Burner
* AutoCompress
* Brute Benchmark
* CCleaner
* CDmage
* DriveImage XML
* Double Killer
* DTaskManager
* encopy
* Eraser
* explore2fs
* File Assassin
* Filemon
* Hash
* HDDScan
* LC ISO Creator
* LSASecretsView
* Patcher
* PMMon
* ProcessExplorer
* ProduKey
* Regmon
* Restoration
* Roadkil’s CommTest
* Roadkil’s Disk Image
* Rootkit Revealer
* SequoiaView
* System Information for Windows
* TweakUI
* Universal Extract
* Virtual CD Control Panel
* What Changed?
* Why Reboot?
* WirelessKeyView

Get it here:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Log Me In FREE!

Have you ever wanted a free web based computer remote control product? Well here it is...

Whats the catch? Well the only thing I can find is that it's an upsell... They give you a trial of the PRO version and then assume that when it's over that you will be so use to the PRO features that you will pay for them... The free one however has plenty of features for me...

I wanted to circle back around to this post and add some new findings. First off thanks to dwproctor for the info on Team Viewer. I really love it, and I have started to use it for remote support of friends/family (Free version is For personal use only). Also you can install the free version and use it for a more permanent connection to a PC like logmein. You must use their client app however, so it lacks logmein's easy web interface.

I have also come across (thanks Trista) another great remote support web product. is a really quick web based conferencing software. It works great as a quick remote control app. You can have the user run (No install needed) the very light weight application and gain full remote control of the users PC. The client is web based so no install needed on either end.

All items above have iOS (and possibly other) apps (Logmein, Team Viewer, and

ANT the network utility

I came across a really nice network utility the other day. Well it's more of a collection of network utilities. Most everything in ANT can be done via regular command line but it's just nice having access to them via a click of a button. ANT includes these tools:

# Network Port Scanner
# Share Scanner
# TraceRoute
# Ping Utility
# NetStats
# Advanced DNS Utility
# Route Configuration
# Adapter Configuration
# IP Configuration
# IP Availability
# Command Test
# Whois Client

And best of all it's FREE! After you install it on a computer you can run ANT from the .exe file alone, so you could keep it on a USB stick or out on your network for quick access.

Monday, March 3, 2008

It's about TIME

To view the current Date/Time type "Date". If you time is wrong and you want it to set automatically use NTP. NTP is the time protocol that computers use to synchronize their clocks with others on the network/internet.

The main package is ntpdate, and the server that ntpdate looks at for syncing is "/etc/default/ntpdate".

After making changes to "/etc/default/ntpdate" don't forget to restart the service by typing "/etc/init.d/ntpdate restart".

If you want to change the current time right away using a time server type "ntpdate [time server]", make sure to turn off ntpdate service first "/etc/init.d/ntpdate stop".

If your timezone is wrong use tzconfig to change the timezone.


More Advanced info on NTP:

Friday, February 15, 2008

Remote Desktop Hack for Windows Vista

Microsoft Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate:

I just found a hack that will enable Multiple sessions on Remote Desktop for Windows Vista! Just like the Windows XP hack it will allow more then one person to be logged into the computer at once (Through Remote Desktop). That in itself is great but here is the REAL kicker (If you own Windows Vista Home Premium anyway), this hack will also enable Remote Desktop for Windows Home Premium (Which is sorely lacking thank you!)

Thanks to everyone that made this Hack Possible (None of whom are me!)

Side Note:
If you are using the Windows Home Premium link (By the way it should work for all of the versions) when running the batch files the syntax is:
batchfile.bat [Multi] [Blank]

Add Multi if you want the Multiple session hack and use Blank if you want to also enable the use of Blank passwords (I don't recommend this unless you know what your doing).

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

HTTP Tunneling

If you are forced through a web proxy at work or school you know that many of your applications that connect to the internet may not work. The reason is because there is something that is blocking all non HTTP or port 80 traffic. So how do you get around this? Well you could "Tunnel" all of your non port 80 traffic through port 80, thus HTTP Tunneling. The quick and dirty is that you have a program on your computer that redirects all non port 80 traffic through port 80 out to a box that you have setup in the outside world (like at home). The box in the outside world then redirects that traffic back to it's original port and sends it on, thus allowing you to use things like Remote Desktop, Telnet, and P2P through a web proxy connection. There are a couple of programs I ran into that will help you with this.

HTTPORT is a free program that will allow HTTP Tunneling along with HTTHost (The other end of the tunnel)

Also HTTP2IPJ is a personal gateway that will also allow you to do HTTP Tunneling but is free only for personal use.

Linux FTP Client How To

Found a great mini How To on using the standard Linux FTP client.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Forget slide shows!

Have you ever had several photos you wanted/needed to put together in a slide show? Maybe you wanted to add some music put in a few transitions? It can quickly become overwhelming and take way longer then you planned (and still turn out pretty sad looking). Along comes Animoto. Animoto is an online service that allows you to upload your photos, choose music to accompany, and blends them all together automatically to create a really nice looking video. All of the transitions are automatic and synced to the music making for a really interesting and fun video. It's still in Beta so it might be a little rough around the edges. The little playing I have done it looks spot on.