When the Blue Screen Of Death happens on your computer it would be a good idea to identify the device driver that is causing the problem and take necessary steps to resolve it. In order to help zero-in on the ‘culprit/s’ which caused Blue Screen Of Death of your Windows, BlueScreenView, a free utility, can help. It is a tiny utility that scans the dumps of BSOD, analyses the data and provides useful information to understand the crash. For every crash this application can display Device driver or module ((filename, product name, file description, and file version) that possibly caused the crash of the system, date and time of crash, the device drivers that were loaded during the crash, and crash details on a blue screen. No installation required.

The application works with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as long as Windows is configured to save minidump files during BSOD crashes.  BlueScreenView can be downloaded at http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bluescreenview_setup.exe

SUMO Paint

SUMO Paint, a free online image editor, is built with Adobe Flex and can run from your browser. SUMO Paint has a Photoshop look alike interface - the floating toolbar, palettes and color bars are fartoo familiar. All the required tools to create a professional image are provided onlline - Ink, Pencil tools, brushes, filters, customise shapes for vector work, and multiple layers for various effects. You can either upload the image from your computer or type-in the url of an online image. You can also create a SUMO account to upload your images. Once done you can download the edited images to your computer in jpg/png format or store it online with your SUMO account. If you wish, you can set the image that you save in your SUMO account to made be available for public viewing. Sumo Paint can prove to be a useful image editing and painting software in your browser. More details of SUMO Paint v1.0 at http://www.sumo.fi/home/. At http://www.sumo.fi/video/ you can also get to know the features of SUMO and the tricks you can do with it.


XSearch can search files on your computer quite quickly. To search you just use the word options, like, “any of the words”, “all of the words”, “exact phrase”, “without the words” and others. To search by words separate the words by using the space character, to separate names and folders use the “;” character. For example: Words: “StringA String B”, Names: “*.a;*.b;kk*.*”, Folders: “C:Test;D:MyFolder”. You can enable the context menu for XSearch, to help search for files in any folder by right-clicking at the folder in Windows Explorer and choosing the “XSearch” menu item.

XSearch also supports search words in files in unicode or UTF8 formats. You can carry out search in hexadecimal, and provides a tool to view the contents. XSearch supports search for files in specified size, date and time - search files that were created at noon on 1st Aug 2009, or by the exact size in bytes, KB, MB or GB. The search results can be saved. Search histories are recorded, however, you can also clear them too.

XSearch supports most of the file operations in Explorer such as Copy, Cut, Rename, Drag and drop etc. The freeware version of XSearch can be downloaded here.

http://www.easexp.com/xsearch/xsearch.exe. No installation required.

N S Soundar Rajan