If you've worked with Microsoft Word, you're familiar with the same basic pattern: type some text via keyboard, copy and paste with the mouse, type more text, move the cursor back a paragraph with the mouse, type yet more text, spell check using the mouse on the main menu etc.
Working within Microsoft Windows may not be everyone's cup of tea. Long ago, before windows and scrollbars and maximizing and minimizing, a user could only type commands into a shell to get a computer to do anything.
Many users are familiar with msconfig, the utility that lets you configure which programs and services run at bootup and login. Many applications install services and programs that run when you boot up or login into Windows; many of these behind-the-scenes programs never show their face and are unknown to users.
The more applications you have running simultaneously, the more you have to juggle them on your desktop; it's cumbersome and time-consuming if you're a user that constantly multi-tasks between windows. It can also become confusing if you have more than five windows open at the same time.
Multiple downloads of a large file from a single server can be frustratingly slow, as the server must divide its time among all downloaders at the other end. A better way to distribute large files is to use the BitTorrent protocol.
Microsoft operates a large number of projects designed to create new interesting applications for desktop and the web. Most often we hear about the projects from Microsoft Research. There is also a group of employees who operate the activity under the bran Microsoft Office Labs. One of their projects is Speed Launch, which is an interesting tool designed for running programs, documents and opening web pages or searching on the Internet faster.
Do you know the programs in the software package Sysinternals Suite? It is a set of tools for administrators of the Windows operating system. The once well-known company Sysinternals was bought by Microsoft, but all their programs are still available free for download; either alone, or in one big package. The disadvantage of the programs is the lack of any graphical interface, which introduce problems when trying to find the wanted application.
Do you think about how the changing of the taskbar button’s order could be useful for you? If you are using the Windows XP or Windows Vista you can’t change this order any way. You have one chance - install the special freeware utility Taskbar Shuffle.
For today's article I choose another application from Microsoft, respectively from the Microsoft Live Labs. It is again a simple tool that will help you at work on your Windows powered computer.