Over the past several months I’ve collected the following interesting links, articles, blog-posts, and utility notices that caught my fancy.
I’m pretty confident you will be able to find at least one link here to entertain yourself with.
ComputerZen Ultimate Utility List 2014 Edition
Scott Hanselman's 2014 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows - Scott Hanselman - I found more than a few power-tools listed here that I use and several new ones I made the note to explore further. Many of the tools here are developer specific but that doesn’t mean the average sysadmin cannot locate something they could use.
Updates: Coreinfo v3.21, Disk2vhd v2.0, LiveKd v5.31 - Sysinternals Site Discussion
Using Autoruns to validate system drivers - Clint Huffman's Windows Troubleshooting in the Field Blog
RawCopy - reboot.pro - NTFS file copier for low-level disk reading by parsing the $MFT, including locked ones. Spotted via this BetaNews post: RawCopy lets you copy any NTFS file -- even if it’s locked
Of course that “RawCopy” shouldn’t be confused with these other (also great) file copiers:
- Roadkil's Raw Copy Program - Roadkil.Net - “…copys a disk as a raw image from one drive directly to another.”
- HDDGURU: HDD Raw Copy Tool - “HDD Raw Copy Tool is a utility for low-level, sector-by-sector hard disk duplication and image creation”
Having trouble making files contiguous on a USB drive? - RMPrepUSB, Easy2Boot and USB booting. Great tip on using Defraggler to make specific files contiguous on your USB drive.
Sysadmin Tips and Talk
How to Copy Recovery Drive to an External Drive in Windows 8.1 - Next of Windows
Adobe credentials and the serious insecurity of password hints - Troy Hunt’s blog
How to Get a Windows XP Mode Virtual Machine on Windows 8.1 - Lenny Zeltser - very clever!
Remoting Week: Non-Domain Remoting - Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog
Case Of The Missing Ini Files – A WinDbg Reconstruction - chentiangemalc - Brilliant explanation on how with tremendous patience and WinDbg, some missing INI files were re-created for customer program operation.
Video: Checking the Digital Signature of Windows Executables - Didier Stevens
Releasing IE11 virtual machines to modern.IE - Windows blog
Basically, IE 11 for Windows 7 and IE 11 on Windows 8.1 virtual machines have now been released by Microsoft. Go get ‘em!
Project Management Software
I hesitated dropping these links here rather than giving them their own post. But here they will sit.
Project Management Tips and Software - my original post from back in 2007. Been a while…
GanttProject - free desktop project management tool
Bridging the Gantt - PDF Link - SANS Institute Reading Room paper. Nice intro to the Gantt tool.
OpenProj - Project Management - Free project management program.
Open Workbench - another free project management program.
TaskJuggler - free project tool.
dotproject - Open Source project and task management software
ΤΙΜΙΟΣ Gantt Chart Designer - almost as simple as you can get.
Manual Gantt Charting in Excel - David Seah
Miscellaneous Software Finds
NimbleText - a fine little freeware (for now) tool
PhotoFilmStrip - Ken-Burns Slideshows in Full-HD - just updated to version 2.0 in late November 2013. I love this tool and it really makes doing videos of static digital picture files much more interesting for presentations.
LibreCAD, 2D-CAD - version 2.0 was recently released. MS Visio does all my heavy lifting, but I’ve seen some CAD masters do amazing floor plans with their CAD app that can run circles around my Visio work. So this seems like a great place to get your feet wet in CAD software at a great price point - Free! See also the large list of YouTube video tutorials: librecad - YouTube. For those who want to really try with no commitment, check out LibreCAD Portable 2.0.0 (2D computer-aided design (CAD) tool) over at PortableApps.com
Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.0 for Windows 8 - I’ve not done much tweaking to Lavie’s Windows 8 system. We did add a start-button replacement utility and make some minor tweaks but that was pretty much it. That said, this would be a great tool for doing some more advanced tweaks to Windows 8.
Projects - Bitdefender Labs - Bitdefender has a number of free security-focused tools here for the interested.