NirLauncher contains more than 100 portable freeware utilities for Windows, which can be carried in a USB stick. To name a few: WirelessKeyView, which can help recover lost wireless networkkeys, SiteShorter, which can save a screenshot of any webpage into a file, WhatIsHang, which can provide information about Windows software that hangs, and DriverLetterView, which can be useful to change drive letter assignments. All these utilities are categorised under Password Recovery Utilities, Network Monitoring Tools, Web Browser Tools, Video/Audio Related Utilities, Internet Related Utilities, Command-Line Utilities, Desktop Utilities, Disk Utilities and System Utilities. NirLauncher can be customised to contain only your chosen utilities. The 9.4 MB Zip file of NirLauncher can be downloaded at http://launcher.nirsoft. net/download.html. When unpacked NirLauncher takes up about 14.1 MB space. Please note that the anti-virus program in your PC may detect and suggest removal of some applications, however, these invariably end up as false postive detection issues and are taken up for discussion in the NirLauncher blog.

Applications Launchers

Launchy and RocketDock are two useful application launchers. Launchy helps to access programmes in the start menu, and also files in specific folders in a jiffy without the need to open the start menu or the folders. After choosing the files or folders you would like to include in the Launchy Catalog just click the Rescan Catalog button, that's all to it. This process can be repeated as many times as you want to include more folders and files. Launchy for Windows, Mac and Linux can be downloaded at http://www.launchy.net/download.php. Similar to launchy is RocketDock, a Mac-style program dock and launcher. With its clean interface it is a simple job to create shortcuts.
RocketDock for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 can be downloaded at http://files.punklabs.com/RocketDock/RocketDock-v1.3.5.exe.

Store and Share

There are a quite a few good web services, which offer to store and let you share files with your friends. SkyDrive at www.windowslive.co.uk/skydrive  provides space up to a whopping 25 GB. You need a Windows Live ID to access it. SkyDrive also lets you access free Office Web Apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. DropBox at http://www. dropbox.com/ provides only 2GB of Dropbox for free, but, can be used even when offline. Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.  Box at www.box.net offers between 5 to 50 GB space, with certain limitations on the individual file sizes. With a Box ID you can also use SimpleShare to share files and screenshots.

SimpleShare is easy to use, no need to drag and drop files into a folder, just right-clicking would do. The file uploads, and its URL is added to the clipboard, just paste the URL in an email, social networking post or other messages to share the file with friends. Shared Files can be viewed in any browser or mobile device, and without ads, say the developers. SimpleShare works on Mac 10.6, 10.5 and Windows XP, Windows 7 (including 64 Bit). It can be downloaded at http://sites.box.net/apps/web/simpleshare/