E-Utilities: Nov 4-Nov 10


DocPad

DocPad can be an alternative to Notepad. In addition to Notepad features DocPad has many more : block indent/unindent, bookmarking, case conversion, customizable toolbar, encoding conversion, file history, jump to line/offset, keyboard macros (unlimited in size and number), print preview, skinnable interface, spell checking, statistics, variable pitch font, and much more. It also has a built-in calculator, calendar, and character map.

Among the other features are:  Alphabetization of paragraphs, File drag & drop, Text drag & drop, Convert to lower/upper/title/sentence case, Search and replace, including case-insensitive, whole-word, and wildcard searches, Undo up to 100 changes, Toolbar, Status Bar, Selectable character set, Recent file history, Statistics on characters, words, lines, and paragraphs, Variable-pitch fonts support, and a Help file. DocPad version 8.0 (October 20th, 2009) for 2000, ME, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, or 7 can be downloaded at http://www.gammadyne.com/setup-dp.exe.  The 3.5 MB DocPad takes up approximately 7 MB of hard disk space.

Security Essentials

Security Essentials is a free antivirus from Microsoft. It is a light-weight anti-virus & anti-malware tool for users who run a genuine Microsoft Windows(XP, Vista, 7) OS on their PCs. Features of Security Essentials: Least system requirements - unlike other antivirus tools, Security Essentials puts a minimum load on your system configuration, claims Microsoft; works on netbooks as well as older computers having limited hardware support; and a more speedier experience for users. It can also operate in a virtual environment, like Virtual PC.; Easy to use Interface; Installation file is only 10Mb in size & installs quickly; Protection mode activated as soon as the installation is completed; Automatic Updates; Microsoft’s Dynamic Signature Service looks for the latest virus definition updates as soon as it senses a threat - these include malicious or potentially unwanted software on the computer; and is active against all kinds of threats. The 4 MB+ Security Essentials can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

My Lockbox

If you wish to keep file(s), folder, or directory away from prying eyes, My Lockbox can help. It is a secure application that lets users to lock an important and otherwise unsecured folder from being accessible except with a secure password. The salient feature of My Lockbox is that not only will the newly locked folder be accessed directly, but it will also disappear completely from view - a feature not found in similar applications.

The other features include -  any folder can be password protected; Instant protection; folders can remain inaccessible to system administrators, and in Windows safe mode; and Hotkeys support. Installation is simple, make sure to enter in a secure password! To create secure passwords you could check out PassPub, an online password generator at https://passpub.com/. The My Lockbox Control Panel also lets you change basic lockbox parameters like lockbox location, protection status, and password. My Lockbox (Windows only) can be downloaded at http://fspro.net/cgi-bin/sws/go.pl?distr=13. A Quick Start Guide at  http://www.fspro.net/my-lockbox/quickstart.html

N.S. Soundar Rajan

dheutilities@gmail.com

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