We are here with this week’s dose of PC information. This week we will see how to port your software, its settings and the updates you made to a new system. We shall also take a look on how to unlock those annoying programs which don’t go away so easily. Before selling your computer you might want to make sure if you have deleted its data thoroughly, we have featured an app which will help you do that. And as usual we have listed some fancy new extensions and got your favorite apps update covered.
PickMeApp (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 5MB)
PickMeApp is a nifty program that allows you to retrieve the installation files of all the software that you have installed on your system. What makes it so special is the ability to bundle your personalized settings and software updates with the installation file. This way you won’t have to worry about losing your existing settings or downloading the files again when you install them on a new system.
Though you need to make sure that you are installing the software on a system with a similar configuration. Porting a 64-bit software on a 32-bit OS might not work. Similarly, it’s better if the new machine has the same version of the OS installed.
LockHunter (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 3 MB)
Many a time while deleting a file from your Windows computer, you see an alert saying the file is in use or is locked. This usually happens because the file you are trying to delete is either running in the background or some other process is interacting with it. If that is the case, you need to open the Task Manager, and from the process tab, locate and kill that particular process. However, if that doesn’t help or you just don’t want to go through the hassle, you can simply install LockHunter and let it do the task for you.
HDShredder 4 (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 12 MB)
If you are planning to sell your computer or maybe just the hard-drive, it is of importance to wipe your data clean from the disk. But complete deletion of data from hard-drive is a very complicated and tedious task. HDShredder 4 offers some intuitive ways and patterns for deleting all files. The new version is fully compatible with Windows 8 and Server 2012, and supports both UEFI-BIOS and GPT booting versions.
Many OEMs, including Dell and HP, bundle their drivers with the OS. Although the drivers are properly installed and work just fine, they aren’t separately available. DriverGrabber is a tool that grabs all the essential drives and saves them to a specific folder. This way, you don’t have to worry about your drivers while switching to a different version of the OS.
Curiyo is a Chrome extension which has been solely developed to feed your curiosity. Click on its icon and enter anything on your mind and the app will retrieve top results from Wikipedia, Google Search, Twitter and other such services. Apart from that, it also suggests relevant content, based upon your previous search queries.
OverTask is a Chrome extension that replaces the default New Tab Page of your Chrome browser. It turns it into a to-do list manager. This way you won’t have to bother checking your phone, or notepad to remember what you were supposed to do. You have it right in the next tab.
TabInforCopy is a Chrome extension that lets you copy the title of the page and its URL to the clipboard, making it easier for you to share it on your social network accounts.
Find (Ctrl + F) is a very important function of any browser. It lets you search for keywords which have appeared on the tab you are working on. However, it can only help you find for things on one tab and not all the other tabs. Hugo, a Firefox extension lets you do just that. Every time you will press Ctrl + F, you will see a little pane that will let you search through all the tabs.
Rescroller is an extension for Chrome browser which lets you customize the scroll slide. You can make it thicker and change its color. If there is a site where you would rather prefer the default slider, you can go the settings page of Rescroller extension and add the web address to the exception box.
The new update brings many exciting features to iTunes. The first one is a service named iTunes Radio. It is an intuitive way to discover music. The player can now shuffle songs of your library in a very smart way, this feature is being called Genius Shuffle.
Other than that, the software has full support for iOS 7. Also, you can now create custom stations of your favorite podcasts, and the app will keep you posted with new episodes.
The desktop email client from Mozilla, Thunderbird got a major update this past week. Talking about the new features, for the first time you can send emails to IDN based email addresses. If you had always wanted to zoom-in inside the compose window, you can do that now. Other than that, replies to a tweet will be sent to all the people who are participating in that conversation. The same way it works on a web-browser.
Coincidentally, the web-browser Firefox too got updated to its 24th version this past week. It has been updated for all the platforms. For Windows however, it is rather a minor update. One addition to it is that now you can close all the tabs to the right, which can come handy if you keep a lot of tabs open. You can read more about the update here.
The free alternative to Microsoft Office, LibreOffice too received a minor update. You can now import and export tiff images. The wrong list of Presentation backgrounds in Templates have been fixed. Along many bug fixes, you can now auto-scroll many dialogs holding mouse-click.
Tip of the week: Sync audio and subtitles in VLC
If you have a media file in which the video and audio aren’t syncing well, you can use VLC media player to fix that. By pressing the key “K” you can delay the audio, and by pressing “J” you can rush it ahead. Similarly, key “H” delays the subtitles, and the key “G” does its opposite. Keep pressing them until you have got it right.