ControlPad can help turn the numeric keypad on your keyboard to a Windows command execution system. The numeric keys can be configured to execute any program, open any document, open any web address or send any series of keystrokes to the operating system. Using ControlPad is easy - open the programme, press and hold the * key on the numeric keypad, for about a second.  Pressing the code followed by Enter will execute the associated command. Laptop users (without a numeric keypad) need to use F12 key, press and hold it instead of * as the launch key. ControlPad is customizable, you can configure the location of your commands file - for easy backup, change almost every aspect of the user interface like colors, transparency, size, font, and Change sounds / add your own. A command can be anything you can run from the Windows Run dialog (programs, documents, web addresses) or any series of simulated keystrokes (e.g. Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V). The setup file of ControlPad has a simple installer and uninstaller. ControlPad does not register anything in the Windows registry, aver its developers. ControlPad v0.65 can be downloaded at http://sector-seven.net/downloads/controlpad/ControlPad_Setup.exe.

Virtual PC

If you are, like me, frequently install and uninstall software the PC could slow down or perform poorly. Solution?  Use Microsoft's Virtual PC to keep the main OS fresh and quick.

For example, Vista users can try out XP compatible applications without having to format the system - Just Install XP on the Virtual PC and try the  various applications, games that are compatible with XP, but not with Vista. Whenever a new appliation, or a game or a browser add-on needs to be tried out, just install them on the Virtual PC.  Virtual PC can also help the advance users  who wish to experiment with registry hacks without a care about the crashing of the system, thanks to the Virtual PC. You can add additional virtual hard drives, connect the LAN of the Host and do possibly everything with Virtual PC. Obviously, if the main system is formatted all configurations of the Virtual PC would be lost. Microsoft's Virtual PC can be downloaded at http://snipurl.com/microsoftvirtualpc


Myna can be a useful online audio editor, makes it simple and easy to upload, record, and remix audio clips, online. You can use Myna to apply sound effects and record your own voice or instruments. Its features include: Powerful Clip Editing - trim, loop, stretch and reverse your audio clips, widtheditable loop points, and interactive time stretch capabilities; Automation - Easily add fade-ins, fade-outs, pan from left to right, and modify gain over time, with editable control points; Effects - Add non-destructive effects to your audio clips including Pitch Change, Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, and more; Import/Export - Import your own audio files, or search one from aviary.com library, mix it and download to desktop or publish using your account; Share and learn - Collaborate with other users, 7,000+ Myna creations at the aviary website. Whether you are new to audio editing or a professional you can get started right away by downloading Myna, christened as a Garage Band in a web browser, at http://aviary.com/tools/Myna