Wednesday, December 29, 2010
This comes from superuser.com by way of StumbleUpon. The user is fluxtendu and his list is pretty comprehensive.
Original post here
So, here is my list:
Note: feel free to add your tools to my list. If it's an alternative, please don't replace mine, add a sub-list started by "alt:" and say why do you prefer this one.
- Ubcd4win create a (custom) live cd that contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem.
- alt: Microsoft Emergency Repair Disk: a system rescue disk PE environment with advanced recovery tools like resetting passwords, hard drive repair, offline registry editing, file explorer, command prompt, etc. Only available to Software Assurance and MSDN subscribers, as part of the Desktop Optimization Pack. If you're a student, may be available to you through MSDNAA.
- Offline NT Password & Registry Editor reset windows password
- alt: Ophcrack (sort-of) brute-force windows password (if they are EFS encrypted files)
- CloneZilla disk imaging backup
- GParted partition editor
- Stresslinux minimal linux with tools to monitoring hardware health: stress, cpuburn, hddtemp, lm_sensors, memtest86+, ...
- alt: Memtest86+ RAM tester (don't need command line)
- Hard Drive Manufacturers diagnostic tools: fujitsu / hitachi / samsung / western digital / seagate (maxtor)
- Spinrite low level hard disk recovery (89$)
- alt: HDD Regenerator (40$)
- Sysinternals suite
(1=included in this suite)a great set of tools by Sysinternals (so great that MS bought them)
(2=included in this suite)another great set of tools by NirSoft integrated in a launcher (that could be used easily with sysinternals suite too)
- GnuWin32 port of the most important GNU utilities to Windows (command-line)
- Teamviewer all-in-one solution for remote access and support over the Internet. Easy (don't have to open ports on firewall/router), secure, and full featured.
- alt: UltraVNC: less convenient but open source and free even in a professional environment
- Avira (use rescue disk or the one included in ubcd4win) and/or Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
- Microsoft Security Essentials or Avira (a little bit better but contains nag screen)
- System Explorer lists processes, startups, services, drivers... Check them with it's own database, VirusTotal or Jotti services. Snapshots before/after for registry/disk changes
- alt: Gmer more powerfull (but harder to use) anti-rootkit
- Virus Effect Remover Repair/Fix damaged items like TaskManager, RegEditor, Folder Options, Windows AutoUpdate.
(1)the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor
- alt: RunAlyzer edit an external registry hive (used easily from a boot cd)
- Process Explorer
(1)detailed process, handles & dll informations
- Process Monitor
(1)real-time file system, registry and process/thread activity
- Svchost analyzer lists all svchost instances and checks the services they contain
- DriveImage XML disk imaging (shadow copy)
- Cobian Backup automated backup
- Toucan on-demand backup
- ERUNT registry backup
- Netprofiles save & restore network profiles
- SoftKey Revealer licence keys backup
- All Nirsoft password tools
- Everything quick searching
- alt: AstroGrep for non-ntfs drive
- Recuva recover delete files
- RichCopy advanced copy tool
- alt Unstoppable Copier copy files from broken hd
- FileASSASSIN advanced delete (remove handle or delete at reboot)
- WinDirStat: graphical view of hardrive space usage
- WinMerge folders/files comparison
- Hashcalc md5,sha,crc32 checksum
- TrIDnet file identifier
- Drive Manager
- MyDefragPowerGUI featured (& free) defragmenter
- Easeus Partition Master (home edition) partition manager
- HDTune hd scan & S.M.A.R.T. info
- alt: Active@ HD Monitor freeware more featured, but not portable
- TestDisk designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again
- ddrescue copies data from one file or block device (hard disc, cdrom, etc) to another, trying hard to rescue data in case of read errors.
- IntelBurnTest test cpu
- FurMark test gpu
- Eizo Monitor Test fine-tune your monitor
- Pixel Doctor locate and fix LCD screens dead pixels
- DoubleDriver backup/restore drivers
- DPC Latency Checker real-time drop-outs graph
- DeviceRemover (very) advanced device manager
- RevoUninstaller uninstaller that help to remove leftovers (without the need of monitoring install)
- CCleaner remove unused and temporary files
- PC Decrapifier remove or uninstall a specific list of unwanted software
- JavaRa removes old and redundant versions of the Java Runtime Environment
- NetWorx bandwidth meter
- alt: NetMeter the live graph looks better but is a little less featured and have some instabilities on w7
(2)lists all network resources (computers, disk shares, and printer shares) on your LAN
(2)lists all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports and the processes that opened them
- AS3 Personal Firewall portable firewall
- eToolz gui for NS-Lookup, Ping, TraceRoute and Whois
- Performance Pinging graph ping
- Wireshark network protocol analyzer
- Secunia PSI vulnerability scanning
- SG TCP Optimizer (XP) (re)set & optimize tcp parameters
- System Info for Windows (aka SIW) gives a ton of information about the system, including installed software, hardware configuration, license keys, and network info. Free for non-commercial use; $70 for "technician's license".
- SUMo software updater tool
(2)crash dump analysis
(2)shell extensions manager
- Whyreboot lists reboot "pending file operations"
- XP Quick Fix Plus 40 common Windows XP problems fixes
- 7 Quick Fix 21 common Windows 7 problems fixes
- thewindowsclub.com fix tools: FixWin (50 common 7/vista annoyances), Fix IE (internet explorer), Fix MSE (ms security essential), Fix WU (windows update), Fix WMP (windows media player), File Association Fixer
- GodMode creator (7/Vista) create easy shortcuts to almost every settings & informations (CLSID folders)
- Print Service Manager easily kill stucked print jobs
- Filmerit directshow filter manager
And some other essential tools, but not directly related, like notepad++, autohotkey, firefox (and its bookmarks)...
Most of these tools are portable and free (at least for personal use) and yes it's only the essentials one ;)
And if you want more security related software: Gizmo's Best Free Security List (by Antti Koponen)
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at 10:50 AM
Monday, November 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Nobody should start to undertake a large project. You start with a small trivial project, and you should never expect it to get large. If you do, you'll just overdesign and generally think it is more important than it likely is at that stage. Or worse, you might be scared away by the sheer size of the work you envision. So start small, and think about the details. Don't think about some big picture and fancy design. If it doesn't solve some fairly immediate need, it's almost certainly over-designed. And don't expect people to jump in and help you. That's not how these things work. You need to get something half-way useful first, and then others will say "hey, that almost works for me", and they'll get involved in the project.
— Linus Torvalds
Mostly, when you see programmers, they aren't doing anything. One of the attractive things about programmers is that you cannot tell whether or not they are working simply by looking at them. Very often they're sitting there seemingly drinking coffee and gossiping, or just staring into space. What the programmer is trying to do is get a handle on all the individual and unrelated ideas that are scampering around in his head.
— Charles M. Strauss
As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs.
— Maurice Wilkes discovers debugging, 1949
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at 12:46 AM
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Science: They messed with a mouse, and now it wants pussy.
“The mutant female mouse underwent a slightly altered developmental program in the brain to resemble the male brain in terms of sexual preference,” said Professor Chankyu Park, who headed the study.
This news is fresh, I'm gonna process this. I'd love to discuss any views in the comments below.
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at 5:08 AM