Ezine 178 – Utilities for Christmas

Ezine 178 – Utilities for Christmas

Fed up of getting socks for Christmas?  Here are handy utilities to ask your relatives to get for you instead.  For example, with Lo Jack you can savour the anti-theft technology while protecting your laptop.

Lo Jack for Laptop Protection

The idea is that you install a Lo Jack client into your computer’s BIOS firmware (3 clicks and you are done). The Agent in your computer then maintains daily contact with the Absolute Monitoring Center.  Should your computer be stolen then report it to Lo Jack.  They will step-up the contact ping to 15 minute intervals, which should enable the police to catch the thief.

If it’s the sensitive nature of the data in the wrong hands that worries you, then Lo Jack can delete data on the laptop remotely.  Incidentally there is a version of Lo Jack for cars.  Check out the Lo Jack site.

Manic (Maniac?) Time

Frighten yourself; record your computer usage.  Manic Time is handy for seeing through those New Year resolutions whether they be positive or ‘denial’.  Download ManicTime


KeyTweak seems like a tool for an April 1st prank.  However, I can see ‘business uses’ if you have international connections.  Download KeyTweak

NotePad ++

Guy cannot see the point of this program, whereas his friend ‘Mad Mick’ swears by it.  Guy says, ‘If the normal built-in notepad cannot get the job done, then I go to one of two extremes, buy a proper script editor, or just use Word for Windows’.

Mad Mick says that while ‘NotePad ++ is a good-enough versatile script editor, the reason he likes it so much is that Notepad ++ is just so much more fun and techie than any other text editor.’

We both say, it’s free and make up your own mind.  Download NotePad++

Try the Orion Network Performance Monitor

What I like about SolarWinds is their mantra of ‘built by network engineers for network engineers’. If you get a chance look around their site and seek out the head geek videos. Josh Stephens is that rare geek, someone with network skills, who can also explain lucidly on camera what is going and how to configure the settings. Now I must confess to an impure thought, Josh is so slick on the videos that I wondered if he was in fact an actor, but no, Josh is the real deal, a techie who talks the talk AND walks the walk.

As my website indicates, over the years I have dabbled with tweaking computer performance.  However, I regard Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) as the ‘big tackle’.  Big in the sense that has the power to zoom into network trouble spots, and big in the comprehensive range of checks that it manages.  If you are reviewing performance monitors, then take advantage of Solarwinds offer to download a free trial of Orion NPM v10.2.

MacAfee Site Advisor

Make an online check of any site.  You probably don’t really need this utility very often, but if you are curious about a site Test now.

Guy Recommends: Tools4ever’s UMRAUMRA The User Management Resource Administrator

Tired of writing scripts? The User Management Resource Administrator solution by Tools4ever offers an alternative to time-consuming manual processes.

It features 100% auto provisioning, Helpdesk Delegation, Connectors to more than 130 systems/applications, Workflow Management, Self Service and many other benefits. Click on the link for more information onUMRA.

Will and Guy’s Humour

Yesterday we broke out our Advent Calendar with a difference.  Instead of the usual chocolates, see what we put in each day of December.  Check out our funny advent calendars.

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