Thursday, November 27, 2008

Handy web-design plugin for Firefox and IE

It is always a bit of a problem trying to determine if a web page will look ok on a user's screen, given that there are so many different resolutions around.

This plugin makes it easy to resize your browser window (Firefox or IE) to one of the standard resolutions and see how your page would look like.

Simply, right-click on your browser window and select Resize Window.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

System Explorer - A great utility

A new system utility has just popped up in my radar! It is System Explorer and it combines the best of a number of similar utilities.
It is part TaskManager, ProcessExplorer, ProcessMonitor, AutoStarts etc.

Here is what the main screen looks like:

It has many tabs that show info on:
  • running tasks
  • processes
  • modules
  • performance (shown above)
  • windows (shown above)
  • process history (including connection history). Can be logged to file and auto-cleaned too.
  • opened files list
  • list of open connections, by application
  • snapshots! Allows you to take snapshots of your system files and/or registry. It also allows you to compare snapshots!!!
The 3 features I find the best out of it are:
  • Ctrl-Alt-Ins brings up SE immediately.
  • I can close files that are locked by a process (with caution!) so they can be renamed, deleted etc. I used to use Unlocker for that.
  • Alt-Space brings up a NewTask dialog

Further, if you right-click on the tray icon, you get this handy menu

One of the handy sub-menus is that of SystemUtilities which brings up this window:

This is only a glimpse of what this neat app does; visit the web site to get all the info.