KeePass Password Safe

March 15, 2009

I was looking for a simple and secure way to store my passwords. There are many utilities available like Roboform, Password Corral, KeePass etc.  I only tried KeePass and it works just the way I wanted. I can use it without installating it. Just download the zipped version, extract it on your computer and launch KeePass.exe. You can save username/password information in various builtin catergories called groups. You can also create your own groups and subgroups.

Read more about KeePass at http://keepass.info/

KeePass main screen

KeePass main screen

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Toddler Keys

December 28, 2008

Check out Toddler Keys, a nice little software that can protect your computer from young children.

http://tk.ms11.net/


Got some pictures to resize…Use ImageResizer power toy from Microsoft

December 28, 2008

Last week my wife uploaded some pictures taken from her camera to her online flickr account. Soon the account got filled up to its free 100 MB per month limit. She could have uploaded many more pictures if they had been re-sized before uploading. In my search for a simple and inexpensive tool, I found a Microsoft Power Toy called ImageResizer which can resize multiple files in one operation. You can download it from here.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Install/2/WXP/EN-US/ImageResizerPowertoySetup.exe

Using ImageResizer

This tool is incredibly simple. Just explore to the folder on your desktop where the images are. Select all files that you want to resize, right-click and click Resize Pictures menu item. In the Resize Pictures screen, select the size to which you want to resize the pictures to. Thats it.

How it helped

In my tests an original 1.2 MB jpg file was resized into a 800×600 image of 60 kb. Wow..now 20 times more pics can be uploaded with same 100 MB per month limit.

Thanks MS

Resize multiple pictures at one go...

Resize multiple pictures at one go...

ImageResizer PowerToy


Detecting Memory leaks with Application Verifier

December 25, 2008

Last week I spent some time understanding how Application Verifier works. For those who have never used Application Verifier, its a great free tool from Microsoft, that can detect memory leaks (heap/handle or resource leaks) in native Windows CE/Mobile applications. It not very hard to use, especially once you have the proper setup. You will need the following along with your regular application development environment:

1. Windows CE 5.0 Test Kit : Check this out here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71619

2. Application Verifier Tool for Windows Mobile 5.0 : Check this out here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71622

Although the Window CE 5.0 Test Kit contains the Application Verifier Tool, its binaries are not compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 or later. For this reason you may need to replace the Application Verifier binaries in the Test Kit with the Application Verifier for WM 5.0 (in point 2 above).

And about the usage of this tool, there is a great Virtual Lab and an offline article.

MSDN Virtual Lab: http://www.msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032305765&EventCategory=3

Offline Article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb278113.aspx


Creating diagrams with Dia

November 23, 2008

If you are looking for a tool like Visio for creating diagrams but don’t want to spend any money, well…there is an alternative. Dia is a great tool for creating diagrams like UML, flowcharts or entity relationships. It is developed with GTK+ and is supported on Windows, Linux and Unix. Check out this website for more details and to download the installer for Windows.

UML diagram example (Click to enlarge)

UML diagram example

Tool palette window

Tool palette window


Great free utility to recover deleted files in Windows

October 18, 2008

A few weeks ago I got into the mood of cleaning up my PC from unwanted files/folder and unused applications. I started deleting all the junk data that I didn’t need. But then something fell down from the sky, my mind got confused and I deleted a folder containing hundreds of pictures of my son. That was THE Oh My Good moment.

As soon as I realized what had happened, I kept sitting there, thinking what my wife will do to me when she gets to know. I had to do something and quickly.

Solution

As I used Shift-Delete to delete the files and folder, I knew there will be nothing for me in the Recycle Bin folder. My only choice was to get hold off some software which could read the hard disk sectors where those files were before they were deleted.

Note: If you delete files from your computer, Windows does not actually remove data from the hard disk; it just deletes the links to those files from the File Allocation Table and marks those areas as available for future use. Which means, a new file can be given the space where a contents of a deleted file are located. Do not perform any installation or copy new files on the disk where the files were deleted. Doing so will give the OS a chance to overwrite those sectors of the disk with new contents

I started to look for some utility. Most of them were available as trial version and they did not recover the files. Though they showed a list of some of the deleted picture files. But I was not satisfied with their functionality in the evaluation mode. I would have bought the first software if it had worked.

I looked further and found Undelete Plus from http://undelete-plus.com. The tool worked like a charm and I got my files back. And yeah, it was free.

Undelete Plus

Undelete Plus in action!!!