* TeraCopy — asynch copying with pause, resume, error handling
* Doublekiller — find and kill file dupes. And then RED to kill empty dirs
* Defraggler — individual file defraggler. UPDATE: faulted when I ran it. not going to use a defragger that faults
* Drivermax — backup all your drivers. UPDATE: pretty cool, MSFT should buy this thing.
* Xinorbis hard disk analyzer. Also windirstat. UPDATE: both nice and useful. Man do I have a lot of storage committed to FLAC
* Process Scanner or Taskpower3 to figure out what all those running processes are. UPDATE: process scanner doesn’t really provide any more detail than task manager, and taskpower wants money from me to try.
* Netsharemanager to manage network shares in bulk
* InFormEnter to complete webforms
* HD Tune for checking hard disk health
* Ed Bott’s list of 10 best utilities
* Fix stuck pixels — does this actually work??
* Powercfg to control which devices can wake Windows. Or at least see which ones can
blog.pmarca.com: Brad DeLong on trade and wages — excellent articulation of the China strategy that makes sense to me — basically, lets be great friends with them. (I guess this should be our strategy in dealing with almost every nation in the world, excepting a very very very few)
My time capsule was easy to setup to back up my macbook but I also wanted to use it a file share for my windows PCs. It was not obvious at all how to connect to it from Windows. The Time Capsule doesn’t show up in any of the network browsing UI. I finally downloaded the Airport utility for Windows and installed it, this let me look at the Time Capsule properties and I observed the default name of the Time Capsule — “John Ludwig’s Time Capsule” — is converted to a usable network name — “John-Ludwigs-Time-Capsule.local”. I was able to connect to this name in the Windows Explorer and map a drive to it and now all is well. There are also options in the Airbook utility to set the Workgroup for the time capsule and the WINS server, but in a home network, who knows where the freaking WINS server is??? I sure don’t.
Environmental Capital – WSJ.com : Setting Sun? The “End of the Beginning” for Solar Bonanza — turmoil in solar. Supply issues, tax credit concerns, etc. As far as I am concerned, this is good for investing — unstable markets represent opportunities for new entrants and for change.
Arrgh my contacts are gooneee! | Tongfamily.com — poor rich. I am having the same problems too. Fundamentally the problem is too many codebases trying to manage contact data, trying to sync contact data. And all these codebases go in and munge the contact data rather than just treating it as an opaque blob. same problem with calendar data. i am looking forward to the iphone directly syncing with exchange so i can get all these other pieces of code out of the equation.
Sci-fi guru Clarke dies in Sri Lanka at 90 — sad. My lifelong passion for reading was kickstarted by Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert — all gone. Not all of their work has aged well but “Rendezvous with Rama”:amazon is a killer read to this day.