Guy's Ezine 165 Nifty Utilities
This week I feature five more utilities recommended by readers.
It always amazes that for any given program, how different people focus
on different aspects of the application. To take the case of
Jumpchart, it was designed so that
non-experts in html could produce a quick mock-up of a website. The
idea is that managers without web design skills could create menus, pages
and content, then the web designer could take over and focus on the
programming tasks and thus create an effective website. My point is that each combination of manager and designer uses Jumpchart
in a different way. Indeed, for small websites one person may
undertake the whole project.
said to Paul De Brino, who recommended the program, I wish that I had Jumpchart before I started designing my first site. Both Paul and I
think this is a wonderful tool if you have ever wanted to create a website,
but did not know how to start. For more comprehensive information take
the Jumpchart tour.
If you have any involvement with education, or part of your role is creating tutorials
and 'how to...' guides, then Wink is the tool to assist with capturing screenshots and adding explanations in
To digress, I phoned up my pension provider for a valuation this morning.
Now I had 5 different funds, before they gave me a quote, FOR EVERY FUND,
they bored me rigid with a 30 second disclaimer. This experience reinforces
why I don't subject my readers to disclaimers; I will just say that most of
these utilities are freeware, or trial-ware. Furthermore, I get maximum
satisfaction from recommending a small one-man-band, who may be on the cusp
of a glowing career in programming. I still cling to the view that there are
opportunities for the current generation of programmers to create nifty
gadgets for the rest of us to enjoy.
I think FleXense Pro costs about
$50, however there is free express (Lite?) version. At first the
program did not seem to offer much that I could not get by tweaking the
native Explorer in Vista or Windows 7, but after a little experimentation I
changed my mind and I put FleXense in the 'Something for everyone' category.
Guy liked the duplicate file detection best, whereas my friend 'Mad Mick'
enthused about the file synchronization feature. Thus don't be
deceived by the file organization part, there is more to this suite of
programs than you see on the surface. Recommended by the co-author
This is just an update of a previous recommendation researched by Paul De Brino,
Spiceworks have now released
version 3.5. Just to remind you that Spiceworks combines Network
Inventory, Help Desk, Reporting, Monitoring and Troubleshooting.
works hand in glove with WSUS (Server Update Services). The idea is
that SCUP defines the updates and publishes them, while WSUS distributes the
software catalogs to the clients. Now I realize that this is a specialist tool, but I have a hidden agenda
here, and that is to encourage you to have a look around the enormous
Microsoft site, there are zillions of strange utilities there, I bet at
least one will interest you, why not start with
See Also SolarWinds Free WSUS Tool »
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Calculating IP Address
ranges is a black art, which many network managers solve by creating custom
Excel spreadsheets. IPAT cracks this problem of allocating IP addresses
in networks in two ways:
For Mr Organized there is a nifty subnet
calculator, you enter the network address and the subnet mask, then IPAT
works out the usable addresses and their ranges.
For Mr Lazy IPAT
discovers and then displays the IP addresses of existing computers.
Download the Free IP Address Tracker
Solarwinds Patch Manager
With Solarwinds' WSUS extension pack you can mix and match the two
strategies of pushing out patches which companies such as Mozilla
Firefox or Adobe Acrobat provide, or alternatively, you can create your
own custom packages. The point is that WSUS does not do this for
non-Microsoft software updates.
See more on extending WSUS with
Will and Guy's Humour
This week Will and Guy have researched topical humour based on funny pictures
jokes about the swine flu.
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