Software I Use A Lot in 2011

My original list of Software I Use A Lot was posted in Feb 2005 – 6 years ago. Here’s what I used then and what I use now:

Free Software:

Commericial Software:

  • 2005: Ultraedit (text/hex editor). 2011: Replaced with freeware mentioned above – Notepad++.
  • 2005: Microsoft Word (only at work). 2011: Same but version 14 (2010) now.
  • 2005: Microsoft Excel. 2011: Same but version 14 (2010) now.
  • 2005: Microsoft Money. 2011: Mint.
  • 2005: Winzip (ZIP utility). 2011: Replaced with freeware – 7-Zip.

Volumouse Application

This is the most useful — definitely the most used — teenie-weenie application on my PC: Volumouse.

I use it to change the volume on my PC without having to click anything. I use it to change the Master Volume and the Wave volume, but it can be easily configured to change the volume of anything that has a volume control on your PC. And if you really want to get fancy, you can use it to adjust all kinds of other things — which I won’t get into, because I’ve never done it. But it’s a useful, unobtrusive little application.

It’s free and it doesn’t prompt you for updates or ask you to register for anything. It takes 5 seconds to install it and about 30 seconds to configure it do whatever you want it to do. I adjust the Master Volume by using the mouse wheel and holding down the ALT key. A vertical track bar shows up during the adjustment and then disappears when I let go of the ALT key. I adjust the Wave volume by using the mouse wheel while holding down the SHIFT key. To distinguish it from the Master Volume, I have it configured to display a horizontal track bar.

I originally had it set up to adjust the Master Volume when the mouse cursor was hovering over my system tray, and the Wave Volume when it was over the desktop while holding down the ALT key. There are numerous way to configure it — and it’s easy.

An excellent little program for adjusting various volumes on-the-fly. I use it every day.

Download link for the Volumouse setup file.

A Countdown Timer For Windows

I wrote a timer countdown program 4-5 years ago for Phillip. I recently remembered it because gHacks posted about a tiny timer program.

windows timer screenshot

My Timer program is self-explanatory. I don’t think I’ve ever used it. I doubt Phillip even used it.

I have to update the email address in its About screen.

Zipped up version of Timer (292k).
Non-zipped up version of Timer; just the executable (581k).

Borland Puts the “Turbo” Back In Development

Borland is bringing back the Turbo brandBorland Turbo programs:

In 1983, Borland revolutionized software development with one of the first PC development environments, Turbo PascalĀ®, which helped make the commercial development of PC applications possible. The new products revive the popular Turbo brand and provide users with a simple but powerful development environment that combines quick and easy learning with rapid productivity gains.

They’re making available a free version and a commercial Professional version. I’ll have to try it out.

I did most of my early programming using Turbo Pascal and Turbo C.

Google Talk Keeps Getting Better

Google Talk transferring filesGoogle Talk was released almost a year ago as an alternative to Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and many other instant messaging software available.

The major features I like about Google Talk are:

  • Its interface isn’t busy and cluttered, unlike Yahoo’s mess.
  • Its integration with Google’s Gmail is convenient: it saves chat conversations in your gmail account, so you can easily review past conversations.

And now, Google Talk has added the ability to transfer files between users and leave voicemail if someone isn’t available.

I wish Google Talk had the ability to chat with more than one person at a time, as in a chat room. I’m sure they’ll be adding that feature soon enough.

I’m surprised the internet’s spine has not been broken yet with the useless traffic that’s increasing every day.

Note: Your version of Google Talk may not have these new features yet. Google tends to roll out updates to clients over a week or so.