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One thing for certain, good utilities can turn a simple system into a smokin’ wonder. I am always on the lookout for good utilities that can add good features to my working systems. Often the best utilities are those that do simple things but do them […]

tool_tool_114882One thing for certain, good utilities can turn a simple system into a smokin’ wonder. I am always on the lookout for good utilities that can add good features to my working systems. Often the best utilities are those that do simple things but do them well and with little overhead.

Netbooks are perfect systems to take advantage of good utilities, and our friends at WebWorkerDaily have rounded up four essential utilities for netbooks. Their collection is a sound one, as I also use one of the utilities on my UMPC. Check out the article, and see if something there will be good for you. Feel free to leave a comment here with your favorite utility; we can never have enough of them.

  1. Google Gears.

    The ability to gain access to email, docs and calendar without a full blown app is perfect for netbooks that have limited storage space.

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  2. I use a small donationware utilty called CCleaner daily.

    This is a friendly to use, but highly configerable utility to clean up all those temp files and keep your computer’s registry in order.
    What is nice is that you can choose to keep cookies from sites and save them from being purged.

    Lots of other tools including an uninstall tool that I have used when the XP unistall tool fails to work properly, and a setting to determine what level of deletion is required from 1 – 35 passes.

    With Netbooks that have limited resources, anything that keeps them clean and lean is essential.

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  3. Lorie Ghamy Thursday, May 7, 2009

    - CLCL (or ClipX) to have a permanent clipboard caching utility. First Freeware, i install on NetBooks and stations

    Texts,images (with visible thumbnails) or multiple and differents items selections are supported. You can specify templates and save or recall them.

    CLCL
    http://nakka.com/soft/clcl/index_eng.html

    ClipX
    http://www.bluemars.org/clipx/

    A simple virtual dual desk for Netbook:
    – Screen-it

    A multiple virtual Desk and my favorite from a long time on my stations
    – VirtualDimension

    One of the best media scanner with memory of the arborescence :

    – Cathy

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  4. What you call essentials I call niceties..

    How about somethings that will increase your actual performance..

    1) If you are running XP add a 4 gig sdhc card (~$25.00) and move your swap file over to it.. If you are using Vista or Windows 7 when you add the 4 gig card it will ask you if you want to use it for READYBOOST. Set the card up for readyboost it will make your netbook a TON FASTER..

    2) Get process lasso at http://wwww.bitsum.com . On any Windows Vista it helps manage your memory better and there are two versions, even the freeware version you will see 1000% increase in performance. So what does it do for you? It keeps your responsiveness at 98% in other words no runaway processes consuming CPU time and memory, and you will not have freezes or crashes and it keeps memory organized so that you even on a 1 gig netbook will have the same good performance you have on XP on Vista. It works on Windows 7 too, but it’s overkill because they have added this same kind of feature directly into the Windows 7 OS..

    3) Tweak XP and Tweak VI- from total idea software. The ultimate performance and tweaking tool out there for XP and Windows Vista..

    Don Burnett
    Expression MVP 2008-2009
    don@donburnett.com

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  5. None of these would I rate as essential. nice to have, yes but not essential. VLC gets installed on any Windows box I use regularly.

    As for resource monitors….I care less! I have a netbook and it’s my only “PERSONAL” computer (I have a full sized laptop too but it belongs to work) and I have never ever watched resources on it in an on screen app. I only check these things when I notice an issue and most times I don’t notice any problems. My 1000HE has served me well and continues to serve me well now and for the foreseeable future.

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