Best Small Applications with Huge Utility

Best Small Applications with Huge Utility


Small applications with huge utility values-such software lie hidden in the internet here are some of the best at-no-cost applications.

Tucked away in the trillions of terabytes of this virtu­ally unfathomable pit that is the Internet, lie tucked gazillions of awesome little applications and scraps of wonderful code, smothered by the sprawling mass of loud, screaming commercial software. In our mission to seek out brave, new utilities and applications, we routinely explore strange new downloads and boldly install what few men (and women) have run before. Here’s a look at some of the gratis gems we’ve recently unearthed.


  • Hawkscope

A nifty, fast-access navigation tool, Hawkscope allows yon to drill down to files on your hard disk using the Windows system tray or Mac menu bar. You can also use a hotkey to in­voke it. You can customise the utility’ to hide files, folders and drives that you don’t want showing up. To top this, the open source app also supports plug-ins for Twitter integration, Gmail access, Google search, executing sys­tem commands and access to Delicious bookmarks. The cross plat­form utility is available for Windows, Macs and Linux.


  • OneSync

This is a no-fuss, no-frills file synchro­nisation tool. Not only does it sync the folders you want on your local machine to network drives and portable media like external hard disks and pen drives, hut it also does the job with Dropbox. So what’s the big deal with the Dropbox shimmy? Well, OneSync does this without your having to manually copy the said files to the Dropbox folder- The met based synchronisation works only on Windows machines.


  • Duplicate Commander

As hard disks get more and more capa­cious, we tend to get more liberal and carefree—not just with the number of files we dump in them, but also with the number of copies of the same files. The result? Multiple copies of the same file lurking in various corners of the drive. DC serves an able little search engine for ferreting out such dupes—based on filename, filename and extension, filename and size, file­name and timestamps- It gives you the option to exclude specific file types as well as folders. And it can even nose around for particular file extensions or file size range. The duplicates can be copied or moved to a folder—for dele­tion or manual sifting. Then it can convert duplicates to NTFS hard links (a link file that points to a single copy of the file).


  • MiniBin

Like your desktop to be spick and span but want to don’t hide the recycle bin because you need to reach into to it every now and again? Or, hate the extra clicks required to get to the recy­cle bin each time you want to trash a few files, empty it or retrieve a file or two? Once installed, MiniBin here can ease all the aforementioned situations since it always sits pretty for pronto ac­cess in your system tray. You don t need to wade your way to the Windows desktop to get to it; Right click on the MB systray icon to open it; double ­click to empty.


  • USB Alert


Whoever said that “happiness is good health and a bad memory” clearly had not experienced the anguish of forget­fully leaving a USB pen drive plugged into a computer after shutting it down. Targeted at everyone who uses more than one computer and copies data between them, USB Alert is a diminu­tive ute chat warns you to take the drive out with an alarm and onscreen message before leaving the system. The program is also available in a portable version that runs off the USB stick, thereby allowing you to install it into whichever PC you use. People with PCs placed under the desk or in out-of-line-of-sight areas will find USB Alert very useful.


  • Hidelt

Keep a lot of apps open and get irri­tated searching for them in your taskbar? Just download Hidelt. This handy, built-for-Win7 utility lets you stow away any application to the sys­tem tray by simply right clicking on it’s minimise button. To call up an applica­tion from the system tray, you need to right click on the Hidelt icon and se­lect what you want. This keeps you taskbar tidy and the more frequently apps more easily accessible.


Best Small Applications with Huge Utility

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