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Automatically Paste (Copied Text) to Notepad

Here's what I usually do when I want to copy some text quickly from a web page or file - Select the paragraph or text , Press Ctrl + C (or Right-click the selected text and press Copy), Open Notepad, and finally Paste it in the opened file.
This is what most of us do!

Wanna be more productive with a quicker way? It is possible to reduce the steps mentioned above, thanks to a small but useful application called Send To Notepad.

Send To Notepad is a light weight program that sits in the Windows system tray. To copy some text to notepad -
Select and copy any text, double click the Send To Notepad icon in the system tray. This opens a new Notepad file with the text you had copied.
There is not need to open a notepad file and paste the text; it is done automatically.

Quick and easy. Isn't it?

[Download Send To Notepad]

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, January 25, 2008
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Protect Your Secret Data With Folder Encryption

Just found this small utility software tool (about 330 KB) called Folder Encryption which claims to make the data inside specified folders inaccessible to others in all possible ways.
My first thoughts after reading about it was, 'Just another piece of software which claimed to be the best', but after some testing, I must say, I was surprised.

After a folder is encrypted, all the contents of the folder disappear and a copy of the Folder Encryption application file (lockdir.exe) is put in that folder (This file is used to decrypt the folder).

The protected folder cannot be copied or deleted. And as I found out, the files inside the folders weren't even accessible by searching through a Windows search or by using the command prompt. The size of the folder was also hidden.
The author website even mentions that Flash disk and Removable Hard disk folders can be secured with this software. Best of all - it is Free.

To encrypt a folder with Folder Encryption:
1. Run the application.
2. Specify the folder you want to protect, provide the password and click 'Encrypt'. Once encrypted, the icon of the folder changes (You can modify the settings if you do not want to change the icon of the secured folder).

Before clicking Encrypt, notice the two option buttons on the top; 'Encrypt current' locks the current folder and 'Encrypt Other' locks the folder you specify.

In the example image above, the folder named MySecretFiles has been encrypted. The icon is different. However, as I mentioned earlier, you can choose to not change the icons of encrypted folders.

3. To decrypt, just run the application that is inside the password protected folder and enter the password.

I'm damn sure there is a way to get around this, but haven't figured it out yet. This tool can be pretty useful, especially to protect files from people with whom you don't want to share your private files.

[Download Folder Encryption]

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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Convert Word, PDF to Audio Speech

Make your documents talk! There are tons of tools available to do that, but I haven't seen any software of web service that converts Word documents, PDF files, Web Pages, RSS feeds and simple text files to audio files; All in One!

That is exactly what SpokenText does! What is SpokenText?
SpokenText is a Website that can be used to convert documents to audio files. The converted audio files can then be downloaded as mp3 files or iPod (.m4b) files. All this for Free.

There are five voices to choose from. Three English, one German and the other French. Yes! three languages are supported at present.
Users also get the option to adjust the words per minute and volume prior to recording a file.
Another nice feature is the ability to record via Email.

Now for the cons -
The website seems to be offline too often. Looks like that has been fixed at the time of writing this post.
Recoding a file takes a bit of time.
Even the file names are recorded, which I don't think is required.

My final note on this site; Good, but can be better!

[Visit SpokenText]

Related -
Convert Text to Speech using the Address Bar

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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FrostWire - A Free LimeWire PRO Alternative

LimeWire, one of the best peer-to-peer and BitTorrent programs around has got a clone, and an open source one at that. It's called FrostWire which is Free and as I mentioned, open source.
While LimeWire comes in two editions, a Free one and a Pro edition which requires you to pay, FrostWire has only got a free edition which, apart from all the functionalities of LimeWire Free, has also got some features of LimeWire Pro.
The most easily recognizable feature, turbo charged connections, is available in FrostWire.
(More Notes: Check out my post on using Google to get LimeWire Pro)

FrostWire looks exactly like LimeWire and also takes care of the small screen which appears for LimeWire Free users prompting them to upgrade to LimeWire Pro. FrostWire also includes the Ask Toolbar which the user can choose to install of uninstall.

As with LimeWire, FrostWire allows anyone to easily share and download files from the Gnutella and BitTorrent networks.

[Download Frostwire]

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, January 07, 2008
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Recover Accidently Closed Windows Programs

Yes, this happens most of the time with me; especially as I keep many programs, folders and documents open at the same time. A mis click and dammit, the wrong program is terminated.
And I guess situations like this maybe familiar to some of you too.

Wouldn't it be nice if there is some quick and easy way to re-open the file or application you closed accidentally? Yeah! You can always open the closed program like you usually do, but a quicker way to do it doesn't hurt..

Recovering the closed file or program is possible. This is where a program called 'GoneIn60s' comes in handy. This program works by delaying the shutdown of a particular application. When you close a file or program, GoneIn60s gives you the option to recover it.

GoneIn60s sits in the system tray of Windows. To recover any recently closed application, just right-click GoneIn60s and select the program you wish to recover.
However, a program can only be recovered within 60 seconds, as it the default timeout period. The timeout can however be changed. Additionally, you don't have to install this software; just download and run it.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, January 04, 2008
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