I’ve used both DropBox an Google Drive for a while. They are wonderful. I’m going to talk for a moment about free self-hosted alternative that I’ve grown fond of.
Cutting to the chase: ownCloud
- Nice iOS app.
- Mac & Windows clients are better than Dropbox
- Support for multiple sync locations and selective sync
- Public link sharing with optional password or expiration.
- Server requires just PHP
Sharing works very similar to dropbox. The expiration date & password options are quite nice for limiting who has access and for how long.
Like Dropbox it supports selective sync.
Great for control if you’re syncing large files. The Automatic setting is quite handy
I’ve given up burning ISOs to a disc. CDs are in the past. It took time to burn them, store them, and find them. I have all my CDs/DVDs in ISO form using another awesome lightweight utility that creates ISOs.
YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator
YUMI is a utility I’ve been using to load ISOs to a bootable USB disk. The process is pretty dead simple and takes but a few moments to transfer an image to the USB disk.
- Choose the destination USB Device
- The type of ISO
- The source .iso file
Removing ISOs is equally simple via the View and Remove Installed Distors.
Providing your system has the proper boot order to allow booting from a USB, YUMI will startup and ask what ISO you wish to launch. From there – business as usual.
This will be an ever changing list, of apps I am currently big fan of.
All apps are free, unless noted. I won’t bother to mention some of the more popular app.
Photography & Video
Finance & Money
- Splitwise – Shared group expenses
- Mint – Tack spending and savings trends, owned by Intuit and trusted
- PayPal – Nice way to send / receive money
- CardStar – Store your loyalty card numbers/barcodes on your phone.
- LevelUp – Simple rewards and discounts at restaurants.
- PaperKarma – ‘Unsubscribe’ button for junkmail in your physical mailbox
- Waze – Map directions with traffic, cop warndings, and red light camera notices.
- Google Maps – Best map directions
- WunderMap / AccuWeather – Combined they make the best weather app
- Hipmunk – Flight search tool
- Hopper – Finding best time to fly
Productivity & Organization
- AnyList – Shared group todo/shopping list
- OneNote – App+Web note taking app that breaks things down into notebooks
- RD Client – One of the better experiences for remote desktop
I write code. I often find my self manually uploading every change to an ftp server using wither FileZilla or Windows Explorer native ftp browsing. Keep the FTP in sync is tedious as you may know. Save file – Switch to ftp – upload – refresh browser. In the past I have searched for a simple answer for ftp automation but found nothing. Perhaps I didn’t search long enough, however I have an answer at long last!
WinSCP has a built in “Keep remote directory up to date” function. It is brilliant let me tell you. You select the local folder and remote folder, tinker with settings (like if it should monitor subdirectories in addition), and away you go! Instantly as soon as you save the file it will upload any changes. FTP automation. What a time saver and frustration eliminator!
FTP Automation – It’s like magic!
There is very little latency for WinSCP to detect a changed file, perhaps a fraction of a second at most! It is important to note, this automation is upload only, it doesn’t appear to support download sync as it doesn’t monitor the server side for changes. However, it does have a directory comparison tool and manual two way folder synchronization options in the main toolbar. But both of these are manual operations.
I recommending give it a try to see if WinSCP can help your workflow and save you time by eliminating the pains of manually uploading to an FTP server.
Overall I’m very pleased with this application, I think I may say farewell to FileZilla.
Head over to WinSCP’s site for the latest downloads.
In addition WinSCP has some great scripting options with WinSCP.com. I have used it for automation / scheduled FTP transfers. I will write more on that in the future.
I was searching around and found a set ISO utilities that are a great pair together. Both have no cost.
Portable Lightweight ISO Rip utility
LCISOCreator is great for creating .iso rips of a cd quickly.
ISOs rips are bootable for virtual machines. For physical machines I load the ISOs to a bootable USB disk. The interface can’t get much simpler. I can’t think of more to say.
Developers’s site seems to be no more.
Portable Lightweight ISO Mount utility
PortableWinCDEmu is great for mounting .iso files to a new virtual drive quickly.
The app does have to load a driver, naturally. The driver can be removed right from the app when you are finished. You can mount multiple images.
Supported image formats: iso, cue, img, nrg, mds, ccd, bin
I discovered that is is rather difficult to edit exif tags on photos. Its probably by design to prevent tampering of falsifying information.
I have been creating HDR photos with my Nikon D5000. It’s been a great success and good fun! However my HDR software keeps all the original exif info from the first image in the series. Some of the data is no longer relevant specifically the the exposure length or ISO! Can you imagine an HDR photo take at 1/1000 sec with a 200ISO? I think not!
Why does it matter? Well my over in my Photo Gallery it shows the camera settings at which each of the photos were shot. It bugs me that on those types of work it shows wrong info!
I spent some time searching and eventually came upon ExifToolGUI.
- Allows you to edit / remove many exif tags
- Edit geolocation
- No cost
It takes a little effort to set it up, but here is a great tutorial of setting it up. But basically you have to place the command line ExifTool in the same directory as the ExifToolGUI app.
I have been using a real nice application “Search Everything” that I think is worth sharing.
Windows search is not my favorite, I find it rather cumbersome, and rather slow. Search Everything takes the application about 5 – 15 seconds to index the entire drive. Search results are returned live as you type. By default it searches all files, temp, system, hidden, you name it.
Here are some creative uses and wildcard searches I often do.
- To restrict your search to a certain subfolder use a backslash
- To restrict your search to a specific drive letter
- Finding misplaced files, say a .pst or .doc
- Verifying the pc has no lingering .doc, .xls, jpg, .pst files before formatting the HDD
- Also great for finding an infection’s location if you know process file name
The installer or portable version can be found on the developer’s site: http://www.voidtools.com