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RSS or Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary is the latest information management tool that is gradually earning popularity among web users and website owners. With RSS technology, it is possible to get the latest postings from your favorite websites. But clicking on the RSS or XML button in a homepage is not enough to give you the service you need. An RSS feed or code displayed in the pop-up screen if not on the main page is composed of symbols and words that would only make sense to advanced RSS users and computer programmers and software enthusiasts. Another software tool called an RSS aggregator or reader is needed.

An aggregator works by scanning the worldwide web with latest postings based on the RSS code (containing the website’s URL) provided or added by the user. When it finds a new posting, news, or update, it will publish the RSS feed on your home page containing the title of the posting, which also serves as a clickable link to the website source. This RSS feed may or may not contain the whole article, a summary, and photos, depending on what RSS aggregator you are using.

Aggregators come in two types: the downloadable program or desktop-type and the online or web-based type. The desktop aggregator usually charges a certain amount for its services; this would include regular updating in the form of upgrades or patches to the original version. This type of RSS reader allows more customization of RSS feeds as well as page format or design over its on-line counterparts. But of course, price can be a drawback.

On-line or web-based aggregators are free of charge. All you need to do is register an account with them then you can start enjoying their services. Depending on the “brand” of the aggregator, customization is more limited. Some even do not allow you to customize at all.

Product and service advertisers are realizing the potential of RSS aggregators in internet marketing. In fact, several submit RSS codes to several popular web-based aggregators to reach the growing technophile and internet-based market. My Yahoo has been instrumental in popularizing RSS technology to both users and website owners and advertisers.

At present, there are many aggregators to choose from and newer versions of the same aggregator are constantly developed by its programmers.

Below are some of these desktop and online aggregators:
Desktop Aggregators
1. AmphetaDesk
Advantages:
– free
– supports Linux, Mac, and Windows
– easy addition of RSS feeds

Disadvantages:
– not maximized use of screen display
– few options for customizing

2. FeedDemon
Advantages:
– user friendly
– free trial version
– contains prepared popular feeds
– allows filtering of RSS feeds
– configurable “watch list” to manage junk RSS feeds
– search channel feature that incorporates other RSS services e.g. Feedster
– allows feed storage for future use
– tabbed browsers for channel navigation
– built-in podcast receiver

Disadvantages:
– supports only Internet Explorer (embedded)
– paid software (`$29.95)

Online Aggregators
1. Bloglines
Advantages:
– all major browsers supported (e.g. Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, Firefox)
– user-friendly especially for beginners
– free, web-based aggregator
– easy registration
– no advertisements
– contains its own directory of RSS feeds of thousands of websites
– personal email account for subscribing to newsletter emails (optional)
– allows privacy adjustments for personal blogs
– allows saved searches
– mobile version available
– 10 languages supported
– Additional add-on tools for automated blogrolls and subscription buttons

2. NewsGator
Advantages:
– free (consumer-standard version)
– provides personalized news channel
– allows translation of RSS articles into email format
– synchronization of feeds in several devices possible
– browse and search feed capabilities save time on surfing
– allows keyword filtering
– blog headlines
– button-click automatic subscription to news feeds

Disadvantage:
– Outlook-based thus limited to Windows

3. My Yahoo
Advantages:
– Free web-based aggregator
– user-friendly
– customizable home page design
– button-click subscription to RSS feeds
– built-in directory and search tool for feeds
– wide variety of feeds e.g. news (science, technology, local), weather
– connects to all Yahoo features and services

Disadvantage
– banner advertisements

There are also lightweight RSS aggregator extensions which are actually plug-ins to existing internet browsers. An example of which is Sage aggregator.

Advantages:
– free of charge
– beginner-friendly
– reeds both RSS and Atom feeds
– allows feed discovery
– can be assimilated to Firefox bookmark (storage and live)
– allows OPML feed lists imports and exports
– customizable style sheets
– supports a wide range of locales e.g. Catalan, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Slovenian, etc.
– easy installation

Disadvantages:
– good for about 12 RSS feeds
– limited use to Mozilla-Firefox and Mozilla-Firefox supported browsers

RSS developers promise better features in future versions of their aggregators. Microsoft is planning to include a built-in aggregator in their next Windows version. These developments are definitely something to look forward to by all internet aficionados.

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The world we live in is growing increasingly fast-paced, stressful, and filled with responsibility. Because of this, everyone needs some time to relax and have some recreation. Our modern way of life also tends to be sedentary, and the meals we eat are often not very healthy. Exercise is a very important component in renewing us. For these reasons, sports recreation activities are some of the best recreation we can choose. There are many options for hobbies to provide sports recreation. You may even want to learn some new recreational sports skills.

Courses to learn new sports recreation skills can be found online and in larger cities. You can learn and participate in team sports through the local Y and other organizations. Team sports recreation activities you might like to participate in include softball, baseball, basketball, and sometimes soccer for younger people. Another team sport you might enjoy is bowling. Regardless of your skill level you can find a bowling team to have fun with.

Individual sports recreation activities you can learn and participate in include golf, tennis, running, aerobic dance, gymnastics, and horseback riding. Don’t overlook bicycling and weight training too. Many of these sports can be learned at the local Y as well. For some of these, you’ll want to have a friend to play against or share the exerience with. Many runners, for instance, like to run with a friend. And games like tennis and handball really need cooperation for best results.

If you’d rather, you can learn about sports recreation skills online. You can find courses to teach almost any sport or activity you can think of including underwater hockey, fly-fishing, and para-gliding in the Alps! Of course, unless you can get some hands-on experience you’ll only have the theories of the sport. Still, online courses are a good way to get a taste of different sports and recreational activities you might someday want to try out.

A really fun sports recreation game you might get a chance to play is ping pong. Ping pong, or table tennis as it is sometimes called, is played on a table with rubber coated paddles and extremely lightweight plastic balls. You must hit the ball with your paddle so that it strikes the table and clears the net before your opponent strikes it and bounces it back to you. One way to become more adept at ping pong and increase your chance of winning is to sometimes hit the ball harder than at other times. This keeps your opponent guessing what you will do next.

Sports recreation activities are a great way to get exercise and relieve stress. They are also a lot of fun. Whether with friends or alone, everyone needs a favorite sports recreation to take part in.

Just recently Laurence gave us a little preview of Windows 7 . It looks like it is going to bring major improvements, with the benefit of being just as pretty as Vista. Unless you decide to finally go OS or Linux (I put off Vista because I could not decide), Windows 7 will hopefully make the switch from XP much more interesting and rewarding.

In the meantime, here are a few possibilities how you can get the Windows 7 look and feel onto your desktop today. This is primarily targeted at those of you who are skipping Vista.

Wallpapers

This is the most simple way to get a refreshing look onto your desktop. Just get a wallpaper. The most beautiful ones can be found on deviantART, such as The Windows Se7en Pack 1 and Pack 2 .


Seven Calculator (XP, Vista)

This tool is not fully completed and it doesn’t have the same functionalities as the Windows 7 calculator. But it looks just like it and the standard mode (basic functions) works fine. It requires .Net framework and it’s open source, so if you know Visual Basic, you can go ahead and edit it.

Vista users are in luck, a much better calculator is available for them, look here.

AeroSnap (XP)

In Windows 7, windows are going to behave differently compared to what you are used to from XP. AeroSnap simulates this Windows 7 behavior. When you drag a window to the left or right border of your desktop, it will snap to that side and take over 50% of the screen width and 100% from bottom to top. When you drag the window to the top of the screen it will maximize. Dragging the window away from the respective edge will restore its previous size. Keep in mind that it only works when the mouse hits the screen border while dragging the window. Below is a video to better demonstrate how it looks like.

Vienna Transformation Pack (XP)

This is not as comfortable to install as some other transformation packs. Rather you install each module separately. The advantage is that you can select just the parts you like. Fortunately, the installation guide is very detailed, so even inexperienced users will not hit the wall.

The Vienna Transformation Pack comes with a selection of four bootskins, a logon screen, icons, a menu bar styler (seen in the top left), cursors, sounds, wallpapers, a visual style or theme, and either the Vienna navigator or the Vienna toolbar (pictured below), which essentially both have the same functions. With the navigator you can move around the items individually, while with the toolbar they are all locked down on their spot.

That concludes the selection. Let me mention that there are several more transformation packs and themes available that claim to look like Windows 7. In reality they all look terribly like Vista and the ones I tried seem a little buggy on top of that.

If you’re interested in the latest Windows 7 developments, check out the Windows 7 News blog.

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1) begin an bulletin board, chat room or shoutbox

As you beginning a bulletin board, chat room or shoutbox, you’re allowing your visitants an aim to articulation their beliefs and interact with their compeers — altogether by it is visitants by your web site. Because conversations build, an common sense by biotic community bequeath as well abide by and your visitants bequeath get back to your web site about conscientiously casual.

2) begin an cyberspace backlog (web log)

Bread and butter a internet daybook, or additional commonly called an blog, about your internet site and continue them updated on cutting-edge intelligence almost yourself. Humanity is peculiar brutes and they’ll go on their centers pasted to the monitor lizard whenever you post new intelligence often. You’ll besides arm your believability because you’re bearing witness to it that there has as well an real world human behindhand the internet site.

3) accomplish canvasses or appraises

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Update your web site oftentimes on brisk content and so that all clock time your visitants get back, they’ll accept something to learn about your web site. These are the about wide acknowledged and best formula by appealing bringing back visitants, just these are as well the littlest accomplished matchless as from the acedia by webmasters. No more matchless bequeath prefer to browsing an web site that appears as is across 10 yrs, and so keep your web site updated on clean bits!

Use this guide to skill up your World of Warcraft Enchanting profession from level 1 to 450. This guide can be used by a beginner or someone who is dropping a profession and taking up Enchanting.

This is the list/things to do and recipes to learn to get to the maximum Enchanting profession level quickly. Some alternatives have been suggested for many recipes. I Sometimes prefer to use a specific Enchant even though the material cost is high for that enchant mainly because that enchant is useful and people want it. So I can do the enchanting with other player’s materials and get my level from it. Results may vary from server to server.

Use the following list to work out what you should be making at what Enchanting skill level for the best cost effective outcome. See the Additional info section below for location of the enchanter trainers in Northrend.

Level 1 – 2
Runed Copper Rod  – 1x Copper Rod, 1x Strange Dust,  1x Lesser Magic Essence

Level 2-30
Disenchant various low level green items (The mats from these will help out later)
Or Enchant Bracer – Minor Health – 1x Strange Dust

Level 30 – 75
Enchant Chest – Minor Health – 1x Strange Dust
Or Enchant Bracer – Minor Health – 1x Strange Dust

Level 75 – 85
Enchant Bracer – Minor Deflection – 1x Lesser Magic Essence, 1x Strange Dust

Level 85 – 100
Enchant Bracer – Minor Stamina – 3x Strange Dust

Level 100 – 101
Runed Silver Rod – 1x Silver Rod,  6x Strange Dust,  3x Greater Magic Essence,  1x Shadowgem

Level 101 – 105
Enchant Bracer – Minor Stamina – 3x Strange Dust

Level 105 – 120
Enchant Bracer – Minor Agility – 2x Strange Dust, 1x Greater Magic Essence

Level 120-130
Enchant Shield – Minor Stamina – 1x Lesser Astral Essence, 2x Strange Dust

Level 130 – 150
Enchant Bracer – Lesser Stamina – 2x Soul Dust

Level 150 – 151
Runed Golden Rod – 1x Golden rod, 1x Iridescent Pearl, 2x Greater Astral Essence, 2x Soul Dust

Level 151 – 160
Enchant Bracer – Lesser Stamina – 2x Soul Dust

Level 160 – 165
Enchant Shield – Lesser Stamina – 1x Lesser Mystic Essence, 1x Soul Dust

Level 165 – 180
Enchant Bracer – Spirit – 1x Lesser Mystic Essence

Level 180 – 200
Enchant Bracer – Strength – 1x Vision Dust

Level 200 – 201
Runed Truesilver Rod – 1x Truesilver Rod, 1x Black Pearl, 2x Greater Mystic Essence, 2x Vision Dust

Level 201 – 205
Enchant Bracer – Strength – 1x Vision Dust

Level 205 – 225
Enchant Cloak – Greater Defense – 3x Vision Dust

Level 225 – 235
Enchant Gloves – Agility – 1x Lesser Nether Essence, 1x Vision Dust

Level 235 – 245
Enchant Chest – Superior Health – 6x Vision Dust

Level 245 – 265
Enchant Bracer – Greater Strength – 2x Dream Dust, 1x Greater Nether Essence
Or Enchant Bracer – Greater Stamina – 5x Dream Dust

Level 265 – 280
Enchant Boots – Greater Stamina – 10 x Dream Dust
Or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect – 3x Lesser Eternal Essence

Level 280 – 290
Enchant Shield – Greater Stamina  – 10x Dream Dust
Or Enchant Gloves – Greater Agility – 3x Lesser Eternal Essence, 3x Illusion Dust

Level 290 – 291
Runed Arcanite Rod – 1x Arcanite Rod, 1x Golden Pearl, 10x Illusion Dust, 4x Greater Eternal Essence, 4x Small Brilliant Shard, 2x Large Brilliant Shard

Level 291 – 300
Enchant Cloak – Superior Defense – 8x Illusion Dust

Level 300 – 301
Runed Fel Iron Rod – 1x Fel Iron Rod, 4x Greater Eternal Essence, 6x Large Brilliant Shard, 1x Runed Arcanite Rod

Level 301 – 305
Enchant Cloak – Superior Defense – 8x Illusion Dust

Level 305 – 315
Enchant Bracers – Assault – 6x Arcane Dust
Or Enchant Bracers – Brawn – 6x Arcane Dust

Level 315 – 325
Enchant Cloak – Major Armor – 8x Arcane Dust
or Enchant Gloves – Assault – 8x Arcane Dust

Level 325 – 335
Enchant Chest – Major Spirit – 2x Greater Planar Essence
Or Enchant Shield – Intellect – 4x Greater Planar Essence

Level 335 – 340
Enchant Shield – Major Stamina – 15x Arcane Dust
Or Enchant Shield – Intellect – 4x Greater Planar Essence

Level 340 – 345
Superior Wizard Oil – 3x Arcane Dust, 1x Nightmare Vine, 1x Imbued Vial

Level 345 – 350
Enchant Gloves – Major Strength – 12x Arcane Dust, 1x Greater Planar Essence

Level 350 – 351
Runed Adamantite Rod – 1x Adamantite Rod, 8x Greater Planar Essence, 8x Large Prismatic Shard, 1x Primal Might, 1x Runed Fel Iron Rod

Level 351 – 360
Enchant Gloves – Major Strength – 12x Arcane Dust, 1x Greater Planar Essence

Level 360 – 370
Enchant Ring – Striking – 8x Large Prismatic Shard, 24x Arcane Dust (Constortium Revered reputation required for the recipe)

Level 370-375
Enchant Ring – Healing Power – 8x Large Prismatic Shard, 10x Greater Planar Essence, 20x Arcane Dust (Sha’tar revered reputation required for the recipe)
Or Enchant Ring – Stats – 2x Large Prismatic Shard, 2x Void Crystal

Level 375-385
Enchant Chest – Super Stats – 4x Infinite Dust, 2x Lesser Cosmic Essence
Or Enchant Ring – Stats – 2x Large Prismatic Shard, 2x Void Crystal
Or Enchant Weapon – Mongoose – 10x Large Prismatic Shard, 6x Void Crystal, 8x Greater Planar Essence, 40x Arcane Dust (Only do this when people are looking for this enchant with their mats – usually this is a high demand enchant, The recipe drops from Karazhan)

Level 385-400
Enchant Boots – Icewalker – 8x Infinite Dust, 1x Crystallized Water
Or Enchant Weapon – Greater Potency – 2x Infinite Dust, 4x Lesser Cosmic Essence

Level 400-410
Enchant Bracers – Greater Stats – 16x Infinite Dust, 3x Greater Cosmic Essence
Or Enchant Shield – Greater – 12x Infinite Dust

Level 410-420
Enchant Gloves – Precision – 15x Infinite Dust, 5x Greater Cosmic Essence
Or Enchant Bracers – Greater Stats – 16x Infinite Dust, 3x Greater Cosmic Essence

Level 420-430
Enchant Shield – Defense – 10x Infinite Dust, 10x Greater Cosmic Essence
Or Enchant Bracer – Expertise – 24x Infinite Dust, 4x Greater Cosmic Essence

Level 430-431
Runed Titanium Rod – 1x Titanium Rod, 40x Infinite Dust, 12x Greater Cosmic Essence,
8x Dream Shard, 1x Runed Eternium Rod

Level 431-450
Enchant Cloak – Mighty Armor – 20x Infinite Dust, 10x Greater Cosmic Essence
Or Enchant Cloak – Haste – 24x Infinite Dust, 12x Greater Cosmic Essence
Or Enchant Weapon – Lifeward – 4x Abyss Crystal

Additional Info

To enchant or disenchant an item, the enchanter needs a runed rod. You will need to make the following runed rods at various levels.

  1. Copper Rod
  2. Silver Rod
  3. Golden Rod
  4. Truesilver Rod
  5. Arcanite Rod
  6. Fel Iron Rod
  7. Adamantite Rod
  8. Eternium Rod
  9. Titanium Rod

Enchanting Trainer Locations in Northrend

Neutral:
Enchanter Nalthanis – 38,39 in Dalaran.
Alliance:
Elizabeth Jackson – 58,62 in Valgarde, Howling Fjord.
Alexis Marlowe – 57,71 in Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra.
Horde:
Eorain Dawnstrike – 41,53 in Warsong Hold, Borean Tundra.
Emil Autumn – 78,28 in Vengence Landing, Howling Fjord.


#fullpost {display:none;} Run Commands:
compmgmt.msc – Computer management
devmgmt.msc – Device manager
diskmgmt.msc – Disk management
dfrg.msc – Disk defrag
eventvwr.msc – Event viewer
fsmgmt.msc – Shared folders
gpedit.msc – Group policies
lusrmgr.msc – Local users and groups
perfmon.msc – Performance monitor
rsop.msc – Resultant set of policies
secpol.msc – Local security settings
services.msc – Various Services
msconfig – System Configuration Utility
regedit – Registry Editor
msinfo32 _ System Information
sysedit _ System Edit
win.ini _ windows loading information(also system.ini)
winver _ Shows current version of windows
mailto: _ Opens default email client
command _ Opens command prompt

Run Commands to access the control panel:
appwiz.cpl -Add/Remove Programs control
timedate.cpl -Date/Time Properties control
desk.cpl -Display Properties control
findfast.cpl -FindFast control
inetcpl.cpl -Internet Properties control
main.cpl keyboard -Keyboard Properties control
main.cpl -Mouse Properties control
mmsys.cpl -Multimedia Properties control
netcpl.cpl -Network Properties control
password.cpl -Password Properties control
mmsys.cpl sounds -Sound Properties control
sysdm.cpl -System Properties control

Command Prompt:
ANSI.SYS Defines functions that change display graphics, control cursor movement, and reassign keys.
APPEND Causes MS-DOS to look in other directories when editing a file or running a command.
ARP Displays, adds, and removes arp information from network devices.
ASSIGN Assign a drive letter to an alternate letter.
ASSOC View the file associations.
AT Schedule a time to execute commands or programs.
ATMADM Lists connections and addresses seen by Windows ATM call manager.
ATTRIB Display and change file attributes.
BATCH Recovery console command that executes a series of commands in a file.
BOOTCFG Recovery console command that allows a user to view, modify, and rebuild the boot.ini
BREAK Enable / disable CTRL + C feature.
CACLS View and modify file ACL’s.
CALL Calls a batch file from another batch file.
CD Changes directories.
CHCP Supplement the International keyboard and character set information.
CHDIR Changes directories.
CHKDSK Check the hard disk drive running FAT for errors.
CHKNTFS Check the hard disk drive running NTFS for errors.
CHOICE Specify a listing of multiple options within a batch file.
CLS Clears the screen.
CMD Opens the command interpreter.
COLOR Easily change the foreground and background color of the MS-DOS window.
COMP Compares files.
COMPACT Compresses and uncompress files.
CONTROL Open control panel icons from the MS-DOS prompt.
CONVERT Convert FAT to NTFS.
COPY Copy one or more files to an alternate location.
CTTY Change the computers input/output devices.
DATE View or change the systems date.
DEBUG Debug utility to create assembly programs to modify hardware settings.
DEFRAG Re-arrange the hard disk drive to help with loading programs.
DEL Deletes one or more files.
DELETE Recovery console command that deletes a file.
DELTREE Deletes one or more files and/or directories.
DIR List the contents of one or more directory.
DISABLE Recovery console command that disables Windows system services or drivers.
DISKCOMP Compare a disk with another disk.
DISKCOPY Copy the contents of one disk and place them on another disk.
DOSKEY Command to view and execute commands that have been run in the past.
DOSSHELL A GUI to help with early MS-DOS users.
DRIVPARM Enables overwrite of original device drivers.
ECHO Displays messages and enables and disables echo.
EDIT View and edit files.
EDLIN View and edit files.
EMM386 Load extended Memory Manager.
ENABLE Recovery console command to enable a disable service or driver.
ENDLOCAL Stops the localization of the environment changes enabled by the setlocal command.
ERASE Erase files from computer.
EXIT Exit from the command interpreter.
EXPAND Expand a M*cros*ft Windows file back to it’s original format.
EXTRACT Extract files from the M*cros*ft Windows cabinets.
FASTHELP Displays a listing of MS-DOS commands and information about them.
FC Compare files.
FDISK Utility used to create partitions on the hard disk drive.
FIND Search for text within a file.
FINDSTR Searches for a string of text within a file.
FIXBOOT Writes a new boot sector.
FIXMBR Writes a new boot record to a disk drive.
FOR Boolean used in batch files.
FORMAT Command to erase and prepare a disk drive.
FTP Command to connect and operate on a FTP server.
FTYPE Displays or modifies file types used in file extension associations.
GOTO Moves a batch file to a specific label or location.
GRAFTABL Show extended characters in graphics mode.
HELP Display a listing of commands and brief explanation.
IF Allows for batch files to perform conditional processing.
IFSHLP.SYS 32-bit file manager.
IPCONFIG Network command to view network adapter settings and assigned values.
KEYB Change layout of keyboard.
LABEL Change the label of a disk drive.
LH Load a device driver in to high memory.
LISTSVC Recovery console command that displays the services and drivers.
LOADFIX Load a program above the first 64k.
LOADHIGH Load a device driver in to high memory.
LOCK Lock the hard disk drive.
LOGON Recovery console command to list installations and enable administrator login.
MAP Displays the device name of a drive.
MD Command to create a new directory.
MEM Display memory on system.
MKDIR Command to create a new directory.
MODE Modify the port or display settings.
MORE Display one page at a time.
MOVE Move one or more files from one directory to another directory.
MSAV Early M*cros*ft Virus scanner.
MSD Diagnostics utility.
MSCDEX Utility used to load and provide access to the CD-ROM.
NBTSTAT Displays protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections using NBT
NET Update, fix, or view the network or network settings
NETSH Configure dynamic and static network information from MS-DOS.
NETSTAT Display the TCP/IP network protocol statistics and information.
NLSFUNC Load country specific information.
NSLOOKUP Look up an IP address of a domain or host on a network.
PATH View and modify the computers path location.
PATHPING View and locate locations of network latency.
PAUSE Command used in batch files to stop the processing of a command.
PING Test / send information to another network computer or network device.
POPD Changes to the directory or network path stored by the pushd command.
POWER Conserve power with computer portables.
PRINT Prints data to a printer port.
PROMPT View and change the MS-DOS prompt.
PUSHD Stores a directory or network path in memory so it can be returned to at any time.
QBASIC Open the QBasic.
RD Removes an empty directory.
REN Renames a file or directory.
RENAME Renames a file or directory.
RMDIR Removes an empty directory.
ROUTE View and configure windows network route tables.
RUNAS Enables a user to execute a program on another computer.
SCANDISK Run the scandisk utility.
SCANREG Scan registry and recover registry from errors.
SET Change one variable or string to another.
SETLOCAL Enables local environments to be changed without affecting anything else.
SETVER Change MS-DOS version to trick older MS-DOS programs.
SHARE Installs support for file sharing and locking capabilities.
SHIFT Changes the position of replaceable parameters in a batch program.
SHUTDOWN Shutdown the computer from the MS-DOS prompt.
SMARTDRV Create a disk cache in conventional memory or extended memory.
SORT Sorts the input and displays the output to the screen.
START Start a separate window in Windows from the MS-DOS prompt.
SUBST Substitute a folder on your computer for another drive letter.
SWITCHES Remove add functions from MS-DOS.
SYS Transfer system files to disk drive.
TELNET Telnet to another computer / device from the prompt.
TIME View or modify the system time.
TITLE Change the title of their MS-DOS window.
TRACERT Visually view a network packets route across a network.
TREE View a visual tree of the hard disk drive.
TYPE Display the contents of a file.
UNDELETE Undelete a file that has been deleted.
UNFORMAT Unformat a hard disk drive.
UNLOCK Unlock a disk drive.
VER Display the version information.
VERIFY Enables or disables the feature to determine if files have been written properly.
VOL Displays the volume information about the designated drive.
XCOPY Copy multiple files, directories, and/or drives from one location to another.
TRUENAME When placed before a file, will display the whole directory in which it exists
TASKKILL It allows you to kill those unneeded or locked up applications


Computer memory is in high demand as you play, err, work on your computer, and performance can take a big hit when it runs low. Control the programs that use more than their share of memory using the Windows program Minimem, which moves unused or unnecessary memory pages to the hard drive. I tried it on Firefox 3, Kallout, Windows Explorer, SpyBot Search and Destroy and a few other processes, most of which seemed to use less memory after being “Minimemed.”

Remember that not all programs should be optimized with Minimem. Some programs manage memory usage well on their own, so you won’t see a difference when trying to optimize that process. It might also have a good reason to keep information in memory, and using Minimem to force it to unload that information will therefore not be a good idea. It might be holding data in memory to help performance (since reading from the hard drive is slower). It is possible that using Minimem to “optimize” a process that doesn’t need it might actually make it run slower, so only optimize where you have to.

Minimem is good for programs that run in the background but you don’t use all the time. Kallout is a good example, it gives options to look up highlighted terms on a bunch of search, reference, video, news and other sites. It gives some handy features but I don’t use them all the time, and it tends to have a pretty big memory footprint.

Another good use is for programs with memory leaks like Firefox 2. Programs like this keep information in memory for longer than they should, and continue to build up more clutter as you use them. Chances are that it will not need most of the information it accumulates, so optimizing with Minimem will help.

I highly recommend Minimem for any power user, especially if you’re running on older hardware. It requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, which is supported on Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 or Server 2008 (Linux and Mac users probably don’t have any performance issues anyway, right? D ).

What do you think? Are apps like Minimem necessary? Would you use it? Do you know of anything similar? Let’s hear about them in the comments!