Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Windows Pager

One continual disappointment with Windows is the lack of built-in support for multiple desktops.  Linux has had it for years.  Sure, Windows Vista introduced the Win+Tab window switching, which is pretty, but really not all that practical.  What I really wanted was multiple desktop support.

Recently, a friend and colleague turned me onto Windows Pager.  It's a small, free application that doesn't require installation.  I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and I absolutely love it.  I had my doubts at first, but it's been rock solid (knock on wood).

Windows Pager gives you (by default) 4 desktops.  They appear on the task bar and work pretty much exactly how I wanted.  It's quick and easy to switch between desktops by either clicking on the desktop preview or using a hot key combination.

I put all of my work-related windows on one desktop, all of my personal windows on another desktop, my music (e.g.: Pandora) on a third desktop and then I use the fourth desktop for anything that doesn't fit on the other three.

I really love Windows Pager.  It's free, there's no install and it works beautifully.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

Have you ever been locked out of Windows because you don't know the password?  Maybe you forgot it.  Or maybe you got a hand-me-down computer and the previous owner neglected to tell you the password.  Or maybe somebody else using your computer changed it and didn't tell you.  There are a number of scenarios that require the ability to reset a Windows password.

The Offline NT Password & Registry Editor bootable CD is the solution to the problem.  You just download the ISO image and burn it to a blank CD, then boot the afflicted computer from that CD and follow the prompts to reset the password for the chosen Windows account to one of your choosing.