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SonarPM: The Coolest Way to Accomplish Nothing Since the Magic Mouse

Wow. This looked so good on Lifehacker, but in reality, it’s useless. What it’s supposed to do is use sonar to detect your presence and put the computer to sleep when you’re not there.

I have to admit, it does work, but a timer is just so much more convenient. The first problem is that it’s not terribly accurate. If you lean back in your chair, it will shut your screen off, but if you leave the room and your chair is in front of your computer it won’t do anything. The second problem is that there are virtually no options. It’s either on, or off. You can’t change anything. The third problem is that it won’t wake up when you sit down. It waits for activity and presence.On the bright side, if there’s an earthquake and your mouse moves, it won’t wake up the computer. In the end, it doesn’t accomplish anything a timer can’t.

File this under “cute toys.”

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Fun With Litestep

Litestep

For those of you who don’t know, Litestep is Windows a shell replacement. It provides a more customizable and intuitive approach to computing than Explorer. This theme has functions such as multiple virtual desktops baked right in! I’m never going back to Explorer. It’s not perfect however… The screenshot above shows me fighting an epic battle to get my volume keys to work.

I wish I could tell you all to go out and try it, but if you screw up you cold be left with no shell. I would say if you know enough MS-DOS to bail yourself out if you mess up, go download it!

Oh, and the latest release doesn’t work well with Vista, so get the RC.

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5.63 Gigabytes, 30 *.RARs and 78 Hours Uptime

You probably would like to know how I survived. In truth, I owe it all to one piece of software; Mipony.

Mipony is a download manager that works with sites like Rapidshare, Hotfile and Megaupload. You simply enter the URL and let this thing do it’s job. It queues all of your downloads for you an willseveral types of premium accounts, but won’t give you any increased speeds, or decreased waiting-times. It simply lets you queue all you downloads, and not have to touch your computer until they’ve finished.

Enjoy it, I did!

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*.bat to *.exe Compiler

*.bat to *.exeI’ve been messing with MS-DOS for a little while and I’ve found you can’t do much (innocent or otherwise) with batch files while they still have the *.bat label. Off the top of my head, I can tell you that can’t e-mail them, can’t give them  custom icons and you can’t really encrypt them. With this little utility, you can convert them into executable files (*.exe), where you can do all of those things. Compiling them to *.exe also means they are no longer editable, good if you don’t want people messing with them. This app is also totally portable and requires no installation to run.

Download it here.

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Cleaning Up your Taskbar, One Middle Click at a Time

I’ve come across this this great little app called “Taskbar Shuffle.” Essentially, what it does is enable you to re-order open windows in you taskbar, re-order notification area (or system tray) icons, and close open windows with a simple middle-click! You will never know how much you need it until you download it! Personally, I wouldn’t set it to start with Windows right away. I did this and found myself accidental closing open windows like Thunderbird while it was receiving mail. Later, once you get used to having it running, check the empty box in the options menu (in the notification area).

Download it here.

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