If your Snagit Editor is really slow and hogs CPU then read on

UPDATE : Snagit 9.1 has been released ( @ 9/12/08 ) and appears to cure this problem

Note :  I am not entirely sure I understand why this works but it does seem to. I have asked Techsmith for clarification and will update this accordingly

I am a big fan of Techsmiths Snaggit for creating annotated screenshots. Recently I have found that the editor program it has been taking 50% of the CPU and causing the computer to hang. I tried to reinstall it but that made no difference. Then I came across this artice on the Techsmith support site  :

After making a capture, Editor loads slowly or the CPU usage jumps to a high amount which locks up the machine.

In version 9 this can happen if there is a zip file in the same folder with all your images that SnagIt Editor is keeping track of.  This is a known issue that will be fixed in a future release.  As a temporary workaround please remove all zip files from the folders that your images are contained in.

What the article does not make clear is what folders snaggit is watching. The default folder for storing the previous clips turns out to be :

C:Documents and Settings>>username<

Darik’s Boot And Nuke Disk Shredder ( 7 /10 )

I use this software to wipe hard drives of all data.

This is a slightly controversial area but as best I can tell Darik’s Boot And Nuke Disk Shredder seems to be well regarded.

Darik’s Boot and Nuke (“DBAN”) is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware. DBAN prevents or thoroughly hinders all known techniques of hard disk forensic analysis.

The development and support of the DBAN software project is funded in part by GEEP International. GEEP is the largest, the most efficient, and the most environmentally conscientious consumer electronics recycling company in North America.

Its easy to use, download the iso image, burn it to CD, reboot and wipe the partitions of your choice – mind you it takes an awful long time per disk ( > 12 hrs for a 60Gb laptop drive )

http://www.dban.org

Update

dropped from 10/10 to 7/10 for time taken to shred a disk

ClipCache Pro (9/10)

I had mixed success with earlier versions of ClipCache Pro but this latest version seems to run really well under Vista.
It is great for improving your efficiency and generally making life easier – it is also occasionally useful for those moments when your brain becomes disengaged and you delete a mornings work

I Like

Ease of use, custom keyboard short cuts, images getting clipped as well, clean up tools to remove formatting

I Dislike

 Some common code I use to dump data to spreadsheets uses the clipboard, if you leave clipcache on you can easily get 1000 + new clips in its store !
Some crashes under XP

Image:ClipCache Pro (9/10)Image:ClipCache Pro (9/10)

FeedDemon RSS Reader ( 10/10 )

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I find that FeedDemon is probably the most useful tool for web browsing. It lets me stay on top of hundreds of websites and blogs very efficiently

It uses the RSS feeds from the sites and downloads summaries of the articles. You can browse these off line and, most usefully, the system can quickly let you see which sites have new information

I originally paid about 30 GBP but its now free. I have attached my current OPML file which can be uploaded into most RSS readers – be warned it does have a lot of junk in it !

Image:FeedDemon RSS Reader ( 10/10 )