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Ah, ok, I did not understand correctly,
my pc are all with x64 OS, :slight_smile:

:iagree: :iagree:


^ A wee bit too little information on this one beef

My bad, just because I use it, I should not assume certain things. I am the one that is always complaining when people start their tutorial halfway in, assuming that people know the beginning. I should maybe practice what I preach.


FlightGear 2016.1 Released Feb 17, 2016 Fly Free!

I have never used this, but I know there are a lot of people who like it.


^ Cool one, I’ll be back in a couple of days/weeks, don’t know… Too much going on at the moment… Until then, keep it up :wink:



[2016/02/10] Removed Ads (OpenCandy) from Installers of CrystalDiskInfo & CrystalDiskMark.


Here is something that I use, not that often since I dont burn that much DVD’s or CD’s anymore, but [B]a.[/B] it’s free and [B]b.[/B] it’s also portable.

So here we have cdrtfe - cdrtools Frontend as the name says, a front end for a lot of linux tools like cdrecord, mkisofs.


Convert for Windows

Convert is a free and easy to use unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy, and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions!

By Josh Madison

Ahhh! nice and easy, just the way I like it.


I was going to feature this:

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, etc.

Install this compatibility pack if you would like to open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations that were created in the newer versions …

Then I found this and figured, what the heck.^%22AllDownloads%22&sortby=+weight&q=file+converter


How about an old program. DNS Benchmark by Steve Gibson.

A unique, comprehensive, accurate & free Windows (and Linux/Wine) utility to determine the exact performance of local and remote DNS nameservers . . .

Old freeware:

Steve Gibson:


Easy Watermark Studio can add a digital watermark (text, image, logo…) to your pictures, protect your photo safety, and avoid them from unauthorized use. It supports batch mode, if you want to add your watermarks to 500 pictures.


Steve Gibson, now there’s a cool guy, anyone remember the days of troubled ASPI installs around 1998, before ForceASPI? His cool AspiMe utility put Adaptec to shame by adding what they failed in doing. Naturally Adaptec turned acid sour and demanded he removed the tool which he did :wink: 'nuff rambling about yesteryear then again maybe not.

I handle a LOT of different archives, new and especially old as I try do do my share in rescuing old games and programs whenever I find time and motivation. In this hobby, I will have to extend my sincere thank you to the various cracking-groups from way back as you are most of the reason there is anything to rescue at all :flower: - O.k. you got me doing all kinds of stupid tricks to unpack your crunched patchers, keygens, whatever, but at least you made it possible to actually port the shit to Windows 10 using only a Windows XP as the working environment.

After that detour, back on track. Like I say I am in need for an archiver that can handle ARC, ZOO, ARJ, LHA, LZH and so on. That I find in this little gem:


IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools like converting from one optical format to the other.

Earlier, they used 3rd-party offers as part of the installer, but as of v4.2 the installation is clean apart from routing you to their site at the end of it. Both standard and portable installer is offered with the option of add-on command-line tools.

The only thing I need in addition to this tool to get all the way back to Amiga and work in Seka or DevPac is a DMS and ADF utility. Check it out :slight_smile:


The only thing I need in addition to this tool to get all the way back to Amiga and work in Seka or DevPac is a DMS and ADF utility.

ADF Opus ?


ADF Opus is a file management tool for ADF files and hardfiles. It allows you to perform most common tasks (like copying, renaming, deleting, etc.) with your ADFs without having to go anywhere near an emulator. Features include support for all filesystems (including directory-caching) high speed file copying, ability to access real Amiga harddisks and a powerful MDI interface.

ADF Opus may be used, modified and distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public Licence, either version 2 of the license or (at your option) any later version.

Old,installs on newer windows OS,but has to be ran as admin to get it properly working.


That would be absolutely correct, I got it installed and have added resources (not sure what more to get it running smoothly) - so far the only ADF tool for PC I’ve found :slight_smile:


Classic Shellâ„¢ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are:

Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs
Find programs, settings, files and documents
Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer

Classic Shell has been in active development for 6 years and has tens of millions of downloads.

The latest stable version of Classic Shell is 4.2.5


I used to love classic shell back when I first used windows 8, thankfully with windows 10 there is no more need for it.
It saved a lot of people from re-learning how to use the start menu :slight_smile: many of my friends still have it in their windows 8.1 systems.

That UP arrow was the only thing that I was missing, i think that you can go up using the [B]alt+up arrow[/B] :bigsmile: no matter what M$ does I still needed a keyboard to to he very basic tasks :bigsmile:


Yep, weekend again, and I am as always curious when it comes to anything creative out there and today I’m going to take you over the moon so to speak to the world of Astronomy and space :bigsmile:


As you can see from the above, Stars, Clusters and other sky object names are shown on the screen and clicking on one of the objects will give you information in the top left part of the screen. I left the mouse over the pop-up menu to have it shown on the screen. If you look at the bottom of the screenshot you can see that it is set to Oslo and ground scenery (removable) added to make the view exactly the same I can see outside my window at night.
You can learn much about your night sky just by checking and maching the view in this program.

You can also zoom deeper into space, but then I suggest you download the additional star data update catalogs you can find in the programs options.

I have already downloaded the catalogs to my computer, but the place to download them are at the cursor left in the screenshot.

You do not need to be interested in Astronomy to enjoy spectacular images from space though. The following are just three links where you can view some pretty space scenery.

The 100 most impressive images from Hubble as selected by [B]Hubble Space Telescope Top 100 images[/B]
If you need high quality images, you can get TIFF images several thousand pixels wide and tall here: [B]Hubble Site Gallery[/B]

Then at last… Years ago, I stumbled upon [B]Astronomy Picture of the Day[/B].
Here they present a new image every day complete with explanation. While I do not go there every day, I try to stop by and catch up once or twice each month. :flower:


Finger the weather.

Sunday evening and after finishing an infrastructure design, I got a good laugh using the finger utility :bigsmile:
Not actually a freebies galore worthy, but why not as I think all of you, regardless of OS have the client installed.

You probably have no idea what I am talking about unless you have been in this since the 80s and early 90s, and I thought we had long since seen the last one gone from the net, but oh no it is still alive.

O.k., I’ll tell you about it… Finger was the tool to get info on users back in the day like what system a user were logged on to and so you could actually locate people (no mobiles or smartphones and so it was a good method). Today, we may use finger within the local LAN mostly for a retro feel and you can add information to your .plan file as you like…

So then, let’s take the trip. Open a command prompt (cmd.exe), type [B]finger[/B]

Random Hall Bathroom Server v2.1

                         Bonfire Kitchen: vacant for 124 days
                         Bonfire  Lounge: *IN*USE* for 30 min
                          Pecker  Lounge: vacant for 71 min
                          Pecker Kitchen: vacant for 124 days
   K 282  L  290 K          Clam Kitchen: vacant for 124 days
   ... ... ... ...          Clam  Lounge: *IN*USE* for 30 min
  | o : x | o : o |          BMF  Lounge: vacant for 4 hr
  | o : x | o : o |          BMF Kitchen: vacant for 124 days
  | o : x | o : o |         Loop Kitchen: vacant for 124 days
  | o : x | - : o |         Loop  Lounge: *IN*USE* for 30 min
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Black Hole  Lounge: vacant for 43 min
                      Black Hole Kitchen: vacant for 124 days
      o = vacant!        Destiny Kitchen: vacant for 124 days
      x = in use          Destiny Lounge: *IN*USE* for 30 min
                                     Foo: vacant for 124 days

For more information finger


Like I said, information and this is one of two public servers still active I have found… That is there is a weather server located in Norway which is new!

[B]finger [town][/B]:

As you can see, I have checked the weather for both Toronto and New York and I can guarantee you will not be bothered with commercials :bigsmile:

Being a finger frontend server for (Norway’s public weather service) the coverage for the various cities of the world may not be the best, but check it out…


[] is having technical problems, or you specified an unknown location.


 * finger <city name> (world weather forecast, no spaces)
   Example: finger

 Advanced usage:

 * finger o:<city name> (a one-line forecast)
   Example: finger

 * finger <city name> (forecast from 5 hrs ahead in time (max:26))
   Example: finger

 * finger <city name> (set screen width)
   Example: finger

 * finger <city name> (forecast for every second hour [Norway])
   Example: finger

 * finger <post code> (norwegian weather forecast)
   Example: finger


 * finger (latest headlines from NRK)
 * finger (server local time)
 * finger (server local date)
 * finger (contact information)

Of course… you can read more about the protocol at Wikipedia or in RFC742 and RFC1288 if you’re into computer archeology


Keeping with the space theme: RocketDock.

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock. Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.


Now then, let me scare you a little by taking you a short trip to the realm of IT security. It is not only malware that poses a risk, it is any trace you leave on your machine.
While not critical like malware for most of us (I presume we got nothing to hide), there are files on your system you will notice only if you check ‘Show Hidden Files’ and uncheck ‘Hide Protected Operating System Files’ in folder options.
you can get to these choices for Windows 10 in the [B]View[/B] tab if you open my computer and choose [B]File[/B]->[B]Change Folder and Search options[/B] or in the 1511 version [B]Options[/B]

These are my defaults as I alway like to see whatever is on my computer the correct way… That includes seeing .lnk on every shortcut but more on that in a future post about the super-hidden files in Windows. Today’s post is going to be about Thumbs.db and thumbcache_*.db files.
That is actually evidence left behind which law enforcement investigators and anyone else with knowledge can find on your computer (including relatives).

Naturally, that does not matter as long as you do not have anything to hide, still I keep none as I work much with security and keeping my main computer traceless makes me stay sharp on the subject, that is my sole reason. So then on to the tools…

[B]Thumbs Viewer[/B]

This is the tool to explore the thumbs.db files on your PC

[B]Thumbcache Viewer[/B]

and this is the tool to explore any thumbcache_*.db files.

Both files need the Visual C++ 2008 redistributables installed and so you will have to unless they are present on your system. I have both x86 and x64 versions of the files installed and so it works.

Browse and get surprised at your findings :iagree: - Did you find something unexpected? Thought so :wink: - Always be curious about what goes on on your computer.

So, can you turn it off? Sure, but it does come at a cost… First of all showing thumbnails will take much longer than with these files present, but to stay private it is a must.

Run regedit.exe and navigate to:

(Naturally just one of the paths is shown in in the screenshot)






That kills them off, but you may want to consider if it is worth it for you as opening folders will take considerably more time unless you use details view like I do mostly :iagree:


[QUOTE=vroom;2774332]Here is something that I use, not that often since I dont burn that much DVD’s or CD’s anymore, but [B]a.[/B] it’s free and [B]b.[/B] it’s also portable.

So here we have cdrtfe - cdrtools Frontend as the name says, a front end for a lot of linux tools like cdrecord, mkisofs.[/QUOTE]

Finally got around to try this and it is actually a good frontend… I have never used any frontend for CDRTools and so didn’t even know it existed, but of course, I have to admit that this makes it all much easier :iagree: - Thanks for sharing :flower:

For the rest of you not knowing these tools, Cdrtools is a set of cross platform command line programs for working with CD/DVD/BluRay media and have been around as long as optical drives… almost.
The tools can be found here (homepage) and here (Sourceforge).
The suite of command line tools consists of:
[B]cdrecord[/B]: A CD/DVD/BD recording program
[B]readcd[/B]: A program to read CD/DVD/BD media with CD-clone features
[B]cdda2wav[/B]: The most evolved CD-audio extraction program with paranoia support
[B]mkisofs[/B]: A program to create hybrid ISO9660/Joliet/HFS filesystems with optional Rock Ridge attributes
[B]isodebug[/B]: A program to print mkisofs debug information from media
[B]isodump[/B]: A program to dump ISO-9660 media
[B]isoinfo[/B]: A program to analyse/verify ISO/9660/Joliet/Rock-Ridge Filesystems
[B]isovfy[/B]: A program to verify the ISO-9660 structures
[B]rscsi[/B]: A Remote SCSI enabling daemon