Tag: Freeware

10 Tips on how to Speed Up your Computer for Free


I’ve never heard anybody say: “This computer is too fast! I wish it was slower”. We all wish our computers performed faster, that it booted faster to allow us to get down to gaming working in a shorter lapse of time. The thing is, computers tend to get slower after some time. Windows XP was particularly vulnerable to this. Just after installing, XP booted in around 30 seconds. A few years later, it seems it takes ages to boot. Windows 7 holds its ground better in this area.

Leaving chatter and nostalgia apart, let’s see how I can get that machine of yours performing faster, while saving you some money. I’ll assume you are on Windows Vista / 7. Especially Vista. Yes, you resource-hogging Vista.

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7 Utilities to Enhance your File Copying tasks


Let’s face it: Windows’ file copying functionalities haven’t improved much over the years. More details can be seen on the dialog, and the progress bar is prettier, but that’s basically it. There have not been any new functions added since… uh since forever? I have proof!

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Remote Control a computer with TeamViewer


Has it ever happened to you that someone requests some help with a problem regarding their computer? You will then usually try to provide assistance over the phone. However hard you try to explain, some problems are just not resolvable on phone. At that time, you wish you had just gone and meet the person. But if the person is in another country, you have a problem. Or maybe you are abroad or at a friend’s place, and want to check how your downloads are going, or do something on your machine?

In those situations, you want to “remote control” your computer.

There are a number of software that allow to do this, starting with Windows’ Remote Desktop Connection. It works well when using windows machines over local networking. However, when you take it through the Internet, it’s slow. There is also the problem of cross-platform compatibility. What if you want to help someone running Windows while you’re on Linux? For those situations, you may want a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) software. Basically, a VNC software comes in the form of two software pieces: the server and the client. You install the server on the PC you want to control, and you connect the client (viewer) to it. The problem with VNC is that it is not beginner-friendly since it requires some configuration, and the server-client concept may not be appealing to all. Also, without some tweaking, VNC can be really slow.

If you want a really simple, cross-platform and free solution, you will want TeamViewer.

TeamViewer comes as a single package, which acts as both server and client. It is also portable, in that it can run without installation (tested on Windows only).

So how do you use it? Just download the setup file (or package), choose to install or run it directly, and you’re basically done.

Now, you’ll be presented with this screen:

Two important things are shown in that screen: An ID and a password, which are unique for your machine. Password is sessional: it changes.

To connect to a person, ask them their ID and password. Put it in the box on the right, and choose what type of connection you want. As you see, you can provide “Remote Support” which will allow you to take control of their machine, “Presentation” which is like a “view-only” mode for presentations, with minimal display elements, “File Transfer”, which allows direct transfer of files between two computers, without having to upload the file first, and “VPN”, which is as if your two computers are connected to the same local network. This mode is great for LAN gaming over Internet. However, if you want only that feature, there are better software out there, like Hamachi or Tunngle.

When you click “Connect to partner”, you’ll have to put their password. And that’s it. If you chose Remote Support, you’ll have their desktop in front of you. You can now execute commands etc, as if you were working on your own machine.

TeamViewer works across Firewalls, NAT etc, so you don’t have to configure anything if your partner or yourself have those in place.

In my opinion, that is the simplest remote controlling a computer can be, so if you want to do that, give TeamViewer a try.

What is Assisted Living


An assisted living care facility like The Residences at Plainview / senior independent living provides residents with extra support with activities of daily living when and how they need it. Services are provided as needed and at an assisted living level of care. For more information, visit now this website or go to a place like harvesthomeinwoodcrossing.com/living-options/assisted-living/.

What is assisted living?

As the term “assisted living” implies, assisted living and community senior living care provide residents with assistance with activities of daily living when and how they need it. Assistance may include a home-based program, a personal assistant or personal aide, personal care assistant or personal aide, nursing or personal care aides, home health aides, respite care aides, assisted living technicians like the ones on oceanhillsseniorliving.com/living-options/independent-living/, community assistants, and home health aides. There are facilities that are well-equipped with mobility devices or equipment such as this stairlift at https://certifiedstairlifts.co.uk/ to meet the needs of seniors.

Visit sites such as fallbrookglenseniorliving.com/our-community/ to get an idea. 

A resident’s services are limited to those that are listed above. Some states have additional programs.

If a resident requests assisted living care, the local family service agency must provide the resident with a notice of assisted living care or offer to assist the resident in getting the services that are most appropriate to his or her individual needs.

State laws may include limits on how long a resident may be assisted living. In some cases, state and federal programs may reimburse certain costs for assisted living services. Check out sites like www.carltonseniorliving.com/living-options/ for additional guidance.

What is assisted living?

Assisted living like this Assisted Living in Los Angeles, CA provides residents with the care they need when they need it most. This care includes assistance with bathing and eating, medical care and medications, transportation, personal care and assistance with social activities. Some assisted living facilities like the ones from https://www.arborpalmsseniorliving.com/ offer programs for seniors who are unable to live independently.

Is assisted living legal?

Assisted living may be legal under many states’ laws and laws of neighboring states. Please contact your local state attorney general office or local housing office for specific information regarding your rights and responsibilities in this situation. Is assisted living affordable? Assisted living may be affordable, but there are some requirements that need to be considered. There are different kinds of assisted living facilities. Some are available in communities such as the ones from Vista at Simi Valley, where they are often owned and operated by the community itself. Others are available in a private setting. They may require certain level of income to be able to offer the services of an assisted living facility. These assisted living facilities may be located in an individual’s own home or other space. As the name implies, they offer medical and/or psychological assistance.

There are also different kinds of nursing homes. The differences in these are primarily in the type of nursing home. Nursing homes usually are not in an individual’s own home. These are generally either assisted living facilities, long-term care nursing homes or institutionalized nursing homes. Some of the facilities may be very different in design and style from one another and may also have different requirements. Some nursing homes, however, are in a nursing home facility that has a community of nursing homes that are located together. This would include the facilities, e.g., memory care community like the Summerfield of Fresno / memory care nursing homes, that are not owned by a private hospital. The nursing homes that are connected to each other are often called a nursing home community. This is a large area that includes a number of nursing homes and may have different layouts for different nursing homes.

The different types of nursing homes often have different amenities. There may be a large parking lot, pool, gym, tennis courts, golf courses, pools, and more. There may also be restaurants or other places where visitors can go to spend time with residents. Many of the residents who live in the community have lived there for a long time. The nursing homes may have different rates, depending on the type of nursing home that is connected to it. You can visit this site to know more.

Clean Up Font Clutter with Font Frenzy


I’m the kind of dude that install fonts by the buckets. I like fonts, and I like variety in my creations. Also, some programs that I install tend to place their own fonts on my machine on their own. After a while, this creates a huge mess and your fonts list in your applications grows excessively long. If ever the applications you use have font preview, this makes the matters worse! I’ve had Wordpad and some other programs crashing on me due to some corrupt font, or some font they didn’t like while I was browsing the font list.

Also, apparently, having a ton of fonts installed can bring down the performance of your machine, so before installing that font pack with a zillion fancy fonts in it, you might re-consider. Though I have to say, I never noticed the performance hit myself, despite the 1067 fonts I had installed.

Thus, there comes a time in the life of every font freak, where they must clean up their fonts folder. The problem is that Windows has a set of fonts that it likes and cannot work without. I’ll call these system-critical fonts. If you delete those, you will have a brick of a machine on your hands, and a re-install of the OS could save it, but lot of pains involved. Thus you would want a way to clean up that font folder of yours while keeping the essential fonts, correct?

Here comes Font Frenzy! Font Frenzy is a free software that will allow you to preview what fonts you have installed, but also manage them. By manage, I mean, install new fonts, back up existing fonts and uninstall those you don’t want. All this in a very simple interface.


But the most interesting feature of Font Frenzy, something that I have not seen in other font managers, is the ability to “DeFrenzy” your font folder. What this does is uninstall all those non system-critical fonts that you have installed. Before doing that, it’ll prompt you to create a snapshot of your current fonts. I’ll explain what this does later. After that, it’ll “uninstall” all those unnecessary fonts by removing them from the OS’ font folder, and place them somewhere of your own liking. Thus, you have a backup of the fonts, but at the same time, they do not clutter. You can then pick and choose which ones to re-install at a later time.

Now about those snapshots. They are in fact saved states of your font folders. Using snapshots, you can easily add or remove sets of fonts. For example, I have a snapshot where I have “DeFrenzied” my whole font folder, returning my system to its default state. Then, when I need all my fonts back, I just “ReFrenzy” using that snapshot, and get all my fonts back. Likewise, you can have different snapshots for different installed font-sets. E.g. A set with only default+graffiti fonts for example.

Oh, if you still want to clean up the your font mess manually, this list should be helpful to know what NOT to delete.

Summarizing, the good points of Font Frenzy are:

  • Simple interface
  • Ability to remove non-essential or non-default fonts from a system automatically
  • Can restore all removed fonts via snapshots
  • Can manage fonts (install, delete)
  • Can backup fonts to a folder you like (Unload and Store) in FrenzyMan

The cons are:

  • ReFrenzy, DeFrenzy, FrenzyMan… these terms can be confusing to the new user, but you get used to them after a while.
  • DeFrenzy (remove all non-essential fonts) does not remove all non-essentials apparently. It does leave some fonts behind. I don’t know if they can be considered essential, but nevertheless, Font Frenzy does a decent job at cleaning up things.
  • If you check the Fonts folder in Windows, you will see that not all the removed fonts are gone from that folder. I think Font Frenzy just removes some entries from the registry for some fonts, so they look as if they are un-installed.

So I’d say, if you need a simple, but good font manager, give Font Frenzy a try.

In search of the ultimate desktop RSS reader


Yes, you read correctly. I said, desktop RSS reader. I’m old style. I’m classic. Whatever, I still want my feeds on my desktop. For one single reason: it’s so much simpler. Click the icon in the notification area, and voila! I got my news at a click. No need to load Firefox, point to some random URL to a web-based feed reader or whatever. There’s also another reason. I like my data on my computer, not on some server on the Internet. What if tomorrow, the company that manages the web-feed-reader goes out of scene? What happens to my feeds? And if ever they decide to keep usage info on my feeds so as to create spam “targetted advertising”? No thanks. I want full control over what I keep, what I share and what I want others to access. Ok, enough side-tracking. Back to the article, which by the way, is the 100th post on GeekScribes! Click below:

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Hott Notes: Get virtual post-its!



Post-its. For me, nothing beats these as a simple reminder tool. I wanted something similar for reminders on my computer, and didn’t really want to stick some yellow sheets to my screen. So I went for the virtual version of post-its. These are simple floating windows that get overlayed on your desktop, and can contain some text.

There are many, many applications that can do virtual post-its for you. However, they all seemed to lack one feature or another. That was until I found Hott Notes.

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