Finally! My “Top Freeware” page is updated

I just updated my “Top Freeware” page, which was very (very) long overdue, and making it into a “Top 30” listing in the process instead of the previous “Top 20”. I’d like this page to become a go-to destination for readers who are seeking the best free software to install on their brand new PC’s.


How to add a “go up to parent folder” button in explorer for Windows 7 and Vista

If you’ve upgraded to Windows 7 or Vista, you may have noticed that Windows explorer no longer supports a “folder up” button that can take you back up to the parent folder. Instead, Windows 7 and Vista only has a back button. To travel up the folder path, users have to use the breadcrumb navigation

How to acces folder options in Windows 7 and Vista, quickly and from any open folder

In Windows XP, users were able to access folder options quickly, via the tools menu in any open folder. In Windows 7, however, there’s been a slight change, and at first glance it seems that the tools menu is simply not there anymore. I recently needed to access and change my folder options, so I


How to speed up WordPress: a case study

One of the issues that I have struggled with for a long time is the persistent slowness of this WordPress site. This is something I faced over the span of the past 2 years, during which period I used four different themes and four different hosting services, always with high hopes that the ’problem’ might


Ninite: One installer, multiple programs

OK so you’ve just reinstalled Windows for whatever reason (update, clean slate etc). Now you have to sit there for about an hour just downloading all your favourite programs again and installing them. Well not any more. Ninite is a revolutionary new way of installing the software you want. Instead of having to download and


My new year’s resolutions for 2010

First off I wanted to say to all my readers: may you all have a wondrous and prosperous new year. As you can see, I have taken a two week break from posting during this holiday season. I would like to assure reader Stanley who emailed me with some concern that I’ve disappeared for good


InvisibleHand Beta Invites

The people that brought you Firefox extension “InvisibleHand” would like 200 of Freewaregenius readers to be among the first to try their new version 1.8 beta. Just go to this page and use the access code “invisibleGenius”. Firefox extension “InvisibleHand” is an on-the-fly comparison shopping tool designed to instantly retrieve and display the best prices


How to change your default browser on Windows XP to portable Firefox (or any other portable browser)

This posting will describe how to change your default system browser on Windows XP to a portable version of Mozilla Firefox using a free program called DefaultBrowser, doing so reversibly and without installing the non portable version. The same process described here could be used to change your default browser to any portable (or non


Nine ways to check RSS feeds (including some unusual ones)

There are many ways to check RSS feeds. Two of the most popular are using a local RSS client (such as RSSOwl) and using a web-based reader (such as Google Reader). This posting will present nine interesting (and at times unusual) free ways to check RSS feeds, including using dekstop widgets (KlipFolio), RSS feeds as tabs on


How to split a very large text or CSV file by a specific number of lines/rows

This posting will describe how to split a very large CSV or Text file into a number of smaller parts by specifying the number of desired lines within each of the resulting pieces (for example, by 65536 lines for use with Excel 2003 or 1,048,576 for Excel 2007). The method described will use free software


How to unblock blocked startup items in Vista

If you’ve ever encountered a blocked startup app in Vista and would like a work-around that can bypass it then read on. This posting will describe how to launch an app on startup as a scheduled task, which will circumvent the startup apps list altogether. Ultimately you will be able to get your app to


A new theme for Freewaregenius!

Finally, a new theme. Although I liked the old Lightbreaker theme, I’d been wanting to move away from it for some time. After researching WordPress themes for quite a long time (free and paid) I finally decided to go with the this one, Arthemia Premium (there is an excellent free version as well, which can