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    Cool Utilities (win & nix)

    I'm always looking for cool things to try out or that something I am missing. Where do you all find your cool add-ons or do you know of some utilitie that we should all have?

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    This one i think we should all have and is very usefull to me..http://www.sisoftware.net/
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    sisoftware? Sandra? Cool name. Interesting tool but I just wonder if you really need it since a lot of information about your Windows system can be accessed through the Windows Machine Instrumentation. Then again, the use of WMI requires some scripting/programming knowledge and just doesn't look cool.
    But I'm an amateur hobby-developer so when I need a tool, I just write it myself. (To throw it away once I don't need it anymore...)

    <edit>You might want to look at http://www.portablefreeware.com/all.php though. </edit>

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    Originally posted here by Katja
    sisoftware? Sandra? Cool name. Interesting tool but I just wonder if you really need it since a lot of information about your Windows system can be accessed through the Windows Machine Instrumentation. Then again, the use of WMI requires some scripting/programming knowledge and just doesn't look cool.
    But I'm an amateur hobby-developer so when I need a tool, I just write it myself. (To throw it away once I don't need it anymore...)

    &lt;edit&gt;You might want to look at http://www.portablefreeware.com/all.php though. &lt;/edit&gt;
    The idea behind Sandra is that its already developed, and is automated. Why reinvent the wheel. Yes, you can write a program to do this using WMI, but.. low and behold one already exists... Sandra.

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    That's one of the reasons why I enjoy Gentoo Linux so much. It's easy to actually find a tool.. As long as it's in the portage tree, of course; but the tree is growing every day.

    For Gentoo, specifically: eix, esearch, gentoolkit, bash-completion, bash-completion-config.

    In general.. strace and gdb.. And just search the portage tree for whatever else you need, really.

    If you don't use Gentoo, well, there's always sourceforge.net and freshmeat.net
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    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...powertoys.mspx Powertoys for XP. Not really all that helpful, but they all do a little bit. Convience is the name of the game.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

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    if you can't live without grep, touch, wget and all the other unix
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    http://unxutils.sourceforge.net/
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