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Apps and Software

  • Should I Answer - free (payment is optional at this time) phone app to block telemarketing and scam calls. Works quite efficiently. It requires you use their phone interface but I didn’t find it problematic. So far I like it and favor it to other apps I have tried.

  • SnoozeIt - useful Outlook Add-in that snoozes emails to come back at a later, pre-scheduled time. A life-saver for me at work. Small cost to buy the license, totally worth it. Very responsive support team.

  • Crystal Disk Info - a utility program to check for your hard-disk health. When I had a warning of disk imminent failure, this helped me find which of my disks was about to fail so I can replace it on time. Nicely done. No cost but donation.

  • f.lux - a nifty application that changed the color (color temperature) of your computer's display to adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Helps reduce eye-stress and improves sleep. I have been installing it on every computer I had since finding out about it years ago. Very thankful for the guys that came up with it. Free.

  • FastStone Capture - is a powerful, lightweight, yet full-featured screen capture tool and screen video recorder. It allows you to easily capture and annotate anything on the screen. Been using for years. Really like it.

  • FastStone Image Viewer - a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. When the task at hand does not require Photoshop, this is a great alternative which I also have been using for years. Freeware (donation).

  • RevoUninstaller - nice application to more fully remove programs without annoying left-overs.

  • Akruto - nifty desktop to mobile app which keeps your Outlook calendar on your desktop and mobile in sync without a need to go through the cloud or have exchange. Been looking for this for the longest time and am very glad I found it! (their support team had been very responsive as well).

  • Sideline is a cool app that lets you add a second separate phone line on your mobile. Basic version is (at the time I updated this page) free and you can add features for a small monthly fee. Been using it for a few months and I can recommend it firsthand. 

  • mp3tag is an easy-to-use tool to edit metadata of audio files. It supports batch tag-editing of ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4, WMA, Vorbis Comments and APE Tags for multiple files at once covering a variety of audio formats. Furthermore, it supports online database lookups from, e.g., Discogs, MusicBrainz or freedb, allowing you to automatically gather proper tags and download cover art for your music library. You can rename files based on the tag information, replace characters or words in tags and filenames, import/export tag information, create playlists and more. Freeware (donation). Love using it.

  • OneTab is a cool extension. It converts all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

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