Monday, February 14, 2011

Base Set of Applications for Windows

I find the following list of applications a good starting point for building a Windows based PC for everyday work. The vast majority of these applications are free for personal use and of very good quality – much better than most of the non-free equivalents or the factory installed bloatware…

User Folders in Windows

Windows stores a number of user folder locations, like Favorites, Desktop, My Documents, Send to, etc. in the registry. By looking up these locations one can have direct access to their content. also, these locations can be changed to fit some custom needs.

This is the registry key location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders


Increase Battery Life on Smartphones

Some 3rd party (and sometimes even 1st party) applications for your smartphone are not properly created and they may prevent your phone from going to standby/sleep mode when you lock it’s screen. This can result in a very short battery time leaving you with a dead battery in the middle of the day.

There is an easy way to test each application for this “juice leak”:

In Settings-About-Battery you can see the system Up time and Awake time. The stock phone should go to sleep soon after you lock it’s screen. Run your application and lock the phone. Leave it for at least a minute, then unlock and go back to the above screen to see if the Awake time has increased. If yes, then it’s time to get rid of it and find another one.

Extend the trial period of Windows 7

You can extend the trial period of Windows 7 by entering the following command at an elevated command prompt:
slmgr -rearm
After issuing the command a reboot is required.
You can extend the trial period of the operating system 3 times achieving a maximum of 120 day.