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VERN: Virtual Environment Resource Navigator

 VERN!

Ignore the title. It will bore you, scare you, even make this article seem terrible.

Of course, we like to tell you what you are reading about.

So, feeling crowded? Looking for that extra space? Have just too many darn windows open and need to use all of them?

Use VERN!

“Vern allows you to have many programs running at once with each occupying its own Virtual Screen. Vern displays a representation of each of the Virtual Screens in its selector, which, in total, we refer to as VernSpace. A mini window on the surface of the Vern selector is a representation of the actual program in VernSpace.”

Basically, VERN “results in a cleaner looking desktop and can actually speed up the look and feel of Windows.” Anything in the VERNSpace not used is not active and does not require as much physical memory. The programs not used but running are not redrawn. what does that mean? well, your computer spends a short time on doing everything. for example, 10 millisecond (ms) on program A, 10 ms on B, 10 ms on C, etc. till you go back to program A. then the loop repeats with minor modifications. as such, something not used in the VERNSpace is not redrawn and is partially skipped in the loop. Vern’s use of memory is minimal, for real.

I use this thing all the time, and its really amazing. much like Launchy from our earlier posts, VERN holds a space in our hearts as one of the top programs to use on your pc.

Click here to go to VERN

Keybreeze: Good but not Amazing

Keybreeze

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.

Launchy: The Keystroke Launcher for Windows

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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