After using Keybreeze for a total of ten minutes, I was pretty much dumbfounded and annoyed by the user interface and its overall appearance. Indeed, the application does use less resources than Launchy, but it is not very user-friendly nor intuitive. Some applications require as much as one letter, while an app that starts with the same letter might take a whole word to find the right program.
Also, adding in new programs was an eyesore. Adding a miscellaneous program on a different partition took about 3-7 clicks to add it in along with associating it to a key command. Although I do appreciate the programmed hotkeys for typical searches like the dictionary, Wikipedia and the sorts, there is a very slim chance that I would actually use the other features like checking the theatres or the weather.
Whereas the macros function is a very useful function, I would rather stick with Launchy and tell it the directories that I want indexed.
All in all, Keybreeze is a good program, but not exactly for beginners and impatient users. Honestly, this program has more features than it really needs. Stick with launchy for those who want immediate results and an easy-to-use interface.
This is a program that I have been using for years called CCleaner. What it does is it cleans up your hard drive by removing temp files, bat files, internet files, and the like. Also, it has a built in registry cleaner. Ok, I don’t know how well this registry cleaner compares to Registry Mechanic, but I never had a problem with it.
Here is what the program can do for you.
CCleaner is a freeware PC optimization tool.
It combines a system cleaner that removes unused and temporary files from your system and also a fully featured registry cleaner!
CCleaner allows Windows to run faster, more efficiently and gives you more hard disk space.
The best part is that it’s Small, Fast and Free!
Cleans the following Windows components:
* Internet Explorer
– Temporary File Cache
– URL History
– Hidden Index.dat files
– Last download file location
– Temporary File Cache
– URL History
– Download manager
* Recycle Bin
* Windows Temporary files
* Windows Log files
* Recent Documents (on the Start Menu)
* Run history (on the Start Menu)
* Windows XP Search Assistant history
* Windows XP old Prefetch data
* Windows memory dumps after crashes
* Chkdsk file fragments
Advanced Options allow cleaning of:
* Menu Order cache
* Tray Notifications Cache
* Window Size and Location Cache
* User Assist history
* IIS Log Files
* Custom Folders
As well as cleaning up old files and settings left by standard Windows components, CCleaner also cleans temporary files and recent file lists for many applications. Including:
* Firefox, Opera, Safari, Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat Reader, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and more…
CCleaner uses an advanced Registry Cleaner to check for problems and inconsistencies. It can check the following:
* File Extensions
* ActiveX Controls
* Shared DLLs
* Help File references
* Application Paths
* Invalid Shortcuts and more…
CCleaner was designed from the ground to be safe and secure to use. It has multiple levels of checks in place to ensure that it cannot delete any useful information or documents you may still need. We also certify that it contains no Spyware or Adware.
For the super cautious users we also offer secure file erasing. By overwriting the files before deleting them, making it impossible to recover the data.
Thanks to the translators, CCleaner is available in 35 different languages:
English, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech/Slovak, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian Cyrillic, Serbian Latin, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
Find the program at www.ccleaner.com
Ok, ok, we here at the Underground know that long titles are scary, boring, and all of the above.
Hey, read this about Launchy: It’s probably one of the best things you will download (for free might I add, no strings whatsoever) this year and next year.
What is Launchy?
“Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.
Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!” ~http://www.launchy.net/
In simple terms: Press your two hotkeys, start typing what you want, and when launchy has found it, hit enter. Oh yea, you don’t have to type a lot depending on what programs you have and what you let launchy index. Simply typing in “F” and hitting enter can get firefox
Here a few more perks:
1) You can access the web straight through launchy! Once you have your web browser selected, hit tab, type in the website, and hit enter
2) You can search google. no joke. Select google, hit tab, and type in your search. I’ve done it, it is flawlessly amazing!
3) You can mod launchy, by changing skins, add extras. You can even use it to do math!
4) Launchy is sleek, uses few resources, and can be booted off of a USB drive, so you can carry it with you.
So, go to http://www.launchy.net to start launching!
(btw, just to prove the prowess of launchy: i can open xfire, MS word, firefox, google talk, fraps, itunes, and steam all within 10-30 sec)
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