TAG: Utility

A Chat With the Mayor of Oshawa

Oshawa Mayor John Henry on December 1, 2014

This morning has started randomly. While sitting down to drink a coffee and read the tech news, I ran into Oshawa’s Mayor John Henry. As a homeowner, small business owner, and an electric vehicle driver in his city, I had a few questions to ask. Naturally, he with with another person, so I tried to be cognizant of not being a dick by interrupting them.

Bemoaning The Abrupt End Of TrueCrypt

Truecrypt Banner

If you’ve been following news about security and encryption tools, no doubt you’ve heard of the shutdown of popular open source encryption tool TrueCrypt. Given that using TrueCrypt was considered one of a handful of ways for individuals to protect data in the wake of recent NSA spying revelations, this unexpected news has rocked the Internet. I’ve been waiting for more details to surface from developer about the shutdown, but things are far too silent for my liking. I thought I’d take a look at what happened, what’s out there and whether we should all abandon TrueCrypt altogether.

Free Tool – Screenpresso [Screen Capture]

I’m always looking for new and interesting tools or utilities. Every day I come across a number of these useful programs and look forward to sharing them with you. In this series of blogs I’ll go over some of the best and most interesting I have found and tested – I welcome you to go try one of them and let me know what you think!

Today: Screenpresso (Author’s Web Site)
<Platforms: All current Windows versions (XP too, requires .NET)
Licence: Freeware

A New Utility From Nirsoft – ShellMenuNew

Nirsoft has a great history of making utilities, these are free and very useful. Just today, Nirsoft released a new one that, as he says he “created this utility within a few days without planning to create it before”. I like it!

Here’s what it does:
In the Windows XP/Vista/7 Explorer interface, there is a context menu that can be accessed by right-clicking from most locations. This includes folders, and the desktop. The context menu sub-items this utility changes are the ones in the “New” tree. You may want to disable some or all of these items if you want to speed up your PC, or you have an application that has, without you’re permission, decided to add way more items to that then you actually want. Use this utility to disable them.

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