Posted on | July 31, 2011 | No Comments
Windows system tray clocks have always had limited customization options. But fortunately there are several alternatives that will produce a much more appealing system tray clock.
The first option for Windows (32bit) version there is TClockEX.
Here I have opted for the Day of Week/Month/Date with the time designated as either A (AM) or P (PM).
You can change the format as well as the colors.
Right click the tray clock and you’ll get this pop menu with adjustable options:
The second option for either 32bit or 64bit Windows versions, is T-Clock.
Here are the options available from the tray:
In addition to multiple clock options, both TClockEX and T-Clock offer alarms and calendars.
Give them a try and I think you’ll agree, either is a nice option to replace the Windows system tray clock.
Posted on | January 24, 2011 | No Comments
SpeedFan it’s geeky and cool.
The number one enemy of any computer, other than a physical drop, is HEAT! All computers generate heat and the faster your computer processor the more heat it’s likely to generate. Computers are constructed to mitigate this heat, most through the use of fans. Depending on your computer model, it could have one, two, three or more fans. Almost all computers have a system fan designed to move air through your computer case. Some have a separate fan just for your processor and others fans for your hard drives and possibly additional fans for the system. Should these fans stop working, heat can rapidly build up and actually do damage to your computer parts, e.g. your processor, motherboard, hard drives or other internal chips.
SpeedFan to the rescue.
So how do you know if these fans are working? Well for desktop computers, the system fan can be viewed from the rear of the case and one can quickly determine if it’s moving. But what if it’s running but not at the recommended speed? And internal fans and laptop computer fans are more difficult to diagnose. So to quickly check on the status of your computers cooling systems you can take advantage of various free utilities. One in particular is SpeedFan. You don’t need to keep this constantly running. Just fire it up regularly and check to see if your fans are working and if your computer is COOL!
Remember, heat is the enemy so don’t let your computer accumulate dust as it prevents air flow and increases heat. For desktop computers, don’t locate them inside enclosures with doors. This prevents air flow. Keep your computer elevated if possible as the majority of dust is stirred up as we walk on carpets and floors. And remember to fire up SpeedFan to check out your system and keep it cool!
Posted on | August 27, 2010 | No Comments
Clipx clipboard history manager
If you're like me, a copy & paste maniac, you'll love Clipx. This tiny program sets itself up unobtrusively in you system tray and records you're copying efforts to the clipboard – up to 1024 of them if you so choose! I find that 100 is sufficient for my use and the ability to recall past copies is invaluable. Whether for copying and recalling content, urls, passwords or just about anything you might want to recall, having Clipx record your efforts pays big rewards and the cost is unbeatable, as in FREE. Options include changing the tray icon, custom hot keys, popup control and even the ability to add plugins to further customize your experience. Do yourself a favor and add this simple but powerful tool to your toolbox. Go here to download Clipx now.