Archive for March 2008

TreeSize Freeware

TreeSize Freeware


Prathiba had a strange problem in her system. Her Windows folder was showing a different size from right click of the node on the tree and the figure was just varying when we did a select all of the object on the right hand side. We tried all ways of displaying hidden fields but to no avail. I put the question onto CodeProject forums here and Mike Dimmick (CodeProject MVP) helped us with TreeSize tool from JAM software along with a tip that 'Operating System files' are to be displayed.

I just checked the free edition of TreeSize and feel that it is a very good tool to be part of our Windows toolbox. Some of the good features are:

  1. Quickly tell where is the freespace being hiding under.
  2. Windows explorer shell-integrated
  3. The folder scanning is done in a separate thread and hence it is very user-friendly.
  4. The tool is a freeware
  5. The tool is available for a diversified range of Windows including 9x, 2000, XP and Vista.
Check out the tool website here and the tool also has a paid commercial version with more features
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

[Website Review] IndiaStudyChannel -- A definitive guide to college and higher studies for Indians

[Website Review] IndiaStudyChannel -- A definitive guide to college and higher studies for Indians

I just casually learnt about an interesting and an informative website called IndiaStudyChannel. The website seems to be a very good free information lookup for aspiring students who are looking out to get into colleges for thier higher studies. A few of the good things about this website are:

  1. The website is currently managed by the webmaster of Dotnetspider (Tony John). With a proven experience in managing high traffic websites ranging from technology specific (Dotnetspider) to WebHosting (AspSpider) besides managing his offshore technology consultancy (SpiderWorks), IndiaStudyChannel is for sure a good information repository for students.
  2. With a quick tour, I could collect the following features on the website:
    1. Indepth information on various educational institutions
    2. Examination Results (Placeholder Webpages)
      1. CBSE 2008
      2. ICSE ISC 2008
      3. SSLC 2008
    3. Mock (Model) Entrance Examinations
  3. Model and Previous Question Papers
  4. Rewards for participants and contributors
This is a very informative website to be bookmarked and to be visited often.
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

[Book Review] PMP Exam Prep: Accelerated Learning to Pass PMI's PMP Exam--on Your First Try!

[Book Review] PMP Exam Prep: Accelerated Learning to Pass PMI's PMP Exam--on Your First Try!

The following three people have been instrumental in encouraging me to enter the PMP world. They are:
  1. Ramesh Kumar Nagarajan
  2. Senguttuvan Haridoss
  3. Balaji Pitchumani
I just thought I would share about an interesting book which makes the reading for PMP a breeze besides being an excellent source of information towards exam and for general project management practices too. Some of the interesting features of this book are:

  1. Friendly and interesting reading of the book
  2. Clear and concise without ambiguity
  3. A friendly companion to the other book PMBOK
  4. Easy availability through Internet book stores like Amazon.com and your local reseller.
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

Prevent IE from Stealing Focus


Prevent IE from Stealing Focus

As part of the Sunday Learning, another useful software that I tried to start using today was 'TweakUI' for Windows XP. There is a brief review about it here also. TweakUI facilitates with an exclusive node for 'Focus' on one of its left tree options and when selecting it, you are presented with options page with the option 'Prevent applications from stealing focus'. Alternatively, the flash bar of the application aspiring active focus would flash demanding the attention of the user. But eternally flashing windows are again irritating. Hence there is are options to control whether the window should keep flashing and stop flashing after a specified number of times.

TweakUI has more options to configure and optimize Windows. It is an inevitable tool for anyone.
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

"Why we should stop clicking links and use Copy Paste?"

"Why we should stop clicking links and use Copy Paste?"

Today afternoon, I was quite annoyed by my Internet Explorer that kept jumping between Windows without allowing me to type anything in the address bar of a new opened one. I did a quick Internet search on how to prevent focus stealing in Internet Explorer. One of the forums there was a mention about some solution with TweakUI which I would discuss separately. However, they have mentioned Microsoft Support KB the URL had been misspelt as mocrosoft. See this URL: http://forums.hexus.net/operating-systems-applications/4031-prevent-ie-stealing-focus.html

The Learning:

By mistake, I clicked the link. However, the little desktop utilities in my system screamed alerting me of a possible Phishing Attack. I got a Sunday learning today that we should stop clicking links henceforth unless we are sure of the source and get practiced to copy and paste of the same. While copy-paste, for sure, our eye would scrutinize the spelling typos right?

Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

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