In a small weight: a review of 20 of the most little programs for Windows
The developers of modern software have long since ceased to adhere to the principle of “less is better” and Stakhanov pace gives to the surface a soft, occupying gigabytes of disk space on the PC and sets increasingly higher requirements for computing. But just a couple of decades ago, in the era of floppy drives and HDD-drives of small capacity, the approach to development was quite different, and programmers in the best traditions of old school tried to make your application as compact as possible. Users with experience will probably be pleased to know that this kind of products well still, available in a wide range and it is doing very nicely in a Windows environment 10. Here is a list of twenty of these free programs with brief listing of their functions.
Super Copy (256 KB). Application to fault-tolerant file copy in any quantity and any size. Built on the basis of popular utilities XCopy supports network resources and moving files with specific attributes, is able to resume copying in case of discontinuities of network connections and allows you to automate various file operations. Super Copy can be used for backup or archiving, or copying large files from a faulty media, for example, damaged compact discs (unreadable blocks of data, the program replaces all zeros).
Bred 2 (75 KB). Minimalistic test editor, which is a great alternative to Windows Notepad. There is the ability on the fly to handle different character sets and encodings (Windows-1251, KOI8-R, CP866, and others), support all kinds of fonts, the availability of tools to style and color documents, as well as the ability to work with texts unlimited volume. A distinctive feature of the app is syntax highlighting of HTML, which can be in demand by web developers and programmers.
CPUiD (5 KB). A utility to retrieve information about installed in the computer processor. Allows to determine the processor type, its clock frequency and the supported instruction sets such as MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, IA-64, K3D (3DNow!), CMPXCHG8B, Hyper Threading, and so on.
Small CD-Writer (398 KB). The program for recording CD and DVD discs. Unlike the majority of similar solutions, has a small size, works without installation and does not require space for caching files. Allows you to create multisession and bootable discs, record ISO-images of CD, view all sessions on the disk and extract files to save in the form of ISO images. Automatic detection of burner and write speed, as well as a simplified interface allows to work with application users of all skill levels. To record the files you need in Windows Explorer, choose the menu item “to Send on Small CD-Writer” and in the opened window click the “Burn”button.
TCPView (294 KB). Program for monitoring TCP/IP connections in Windows. Displays the use a network connection system processes involved protocols and ports, local and remote IP addresses and the number and size of transmitted/received packets and data. Possible to close the connection for the selected processes and unloading them from the memory of the computer. TCPView can be used not only for monitoring network applications, but also for viruses, set the connection to the remote server.
Desktops (115 KB). This tiny program lets you create four virtual desktops, switch between them either using the shortcut or using the icon in the Windows taskbar. Developed by mark Russinovich (Mark Russinovich), expert of world renown in the field of operating systems and Microsoft technologies. For Windows users 10 app Desktops is unlikely to be useful (in the “top ten” there are already functions configuring virtual tables), but the owners of the old PC, it could be useful.
Quick Mailer (44 KB). The simplest email client operating on the SMTP Protocol and intended to promptly send an e-mail. Does not require installation to the system consists of a single executable file that supports attached files, and other functions.
nPOP (186 KB). Full-fledged email client that supports multiple protocols and multiple accounts. Has a built-in filter messages and address book to automatically connect with the email server at specified intervals of time and inform the user of the received correspondence. To limit the access downloaded and sent mail can be protected starting the program with a password.
DiskMon (219 KB). Utility to monitor file operations in Windows. The app registers and displays information about all operations with the hard disk of the computer that allows you to use this tool, for example, to debug drivers for disk drives. Ordinary users can use DiskMon as a display drive operation — the program can be minimized to an icon on the taskbar. A green icon indicates a read operation from disk, and red — write operation.
ShareEnum (255 KB). Scan file shares in the local company network and view their security settings to close security holes. The program displays a list of domain-joined workstations, servers, file shares and print devices with the indication of exhibited rights. Using this information, the administrator can configure the IT infrastructure in accordance with established organizational security policies. The relevance ShareEnum utility can not speak, especially in light of acclaimed cryptographers WannaCry and NotPetya/ExPetr who used unpatched vulnerability of Windows systems (MS17-010).
DivFix (187 KB). Program to recover corrupted video files of the AVI format. Allows to rewrite the video index, rebuild its structure and to remove the “broken” frames, which allows you to play even under-inflated or copied from defective media movies. Do not think that the application restores damaged fragments of AVI files. The principle of operation of the utility DivFix is based on the fact that it analyzes the error and overwrites the file, missing data that cannot be read. As a rule, after such correction media players, such as VLC media player, these files can open.
MPW (49 KB). The easiest player to play file formats MP3, WAV and FLAC. Consists of one executable file has a simple graphic interface and can be used to play multimedia files on older computers.
OpenedFilesView (168 KB). App to view the list of open computer files. Displays information about all the modules, libraries, and objects that involved Windows and the programs running in the operating system. These details allow us to form a more complete picture of file activity from the operating system and easily determine which process is holding or that are not removed by standard means of file. OpenedFilesView can do a good service, for example, when purging from disk PC malicious software.
CurrPorts (191 KB). Another utility to monitor network connections Windows. In real time provides information about what ports are open for outside access and what data is sent through them, and in the case of detection of unauthorized acts instantly to stop the process, thereby interrupting the stream of traffic. The program requires no installation, has a multilingual interface (Russian supported) available build 64-bit editions of Windows.
EVE (74 KB). Vector graphics editor, full name of which sounds like the Embedded Vector Editor. A great find for those occasions when you need to quickly draw a flowchart, a diagram, or explaining the illustration to the test document. Despite its small size, allows to operate on different vector elements, and has in its composition an impressive set of tools for making edits in the generated drawings. Provides the ability to export painted images in the formats of vector graphics files EMF and SVG.
CLCL (177 KB). One of the most simple but at the same time, the most convenient programs for working with Windows clipboard. CLCL allows through the clipboard of the operating system to operate more than one fragment of text or image data, but several (the default is thirty). The most important feature of the app is insert the saved fragments without further action. To paste text from the program is as easy as from a standard clipboard of OS. In order not to produce unnecessary garbage, CLCL can automatically check all new data for the presence of duplicates. It is also possible long-term storage of fragments.
fSekrit (46 KB). Program for encryption of text notes and information protection from unauthorized access. Supports AES encryption algorithm with 256-bit key, and performed in the style of all the familiar Notepad from Windows. All encrypted data retained within fSekrit executable. EXE files at startup which asks for a password.
Whois (166 KB). An application that allows you to obtain information about credentials for a specified domain name or IP address. With this program you can learn the date of registration and age specific domain and also contacts, which can contact the administrator or owner of the domain name.
DiskView (288 KB). This program displays on the computer monitor a graphical overview of the disk drive on which to locate a file or know which file occupies certain clusters of a disk (you need to click the mouse on the selected sector). Double-click to get more information about the file selected cluster.
Well, concludes our look at the ASM Editor (363 KB) — source code editor apps that support using different compilers (assembler, C and others). The distinctive features of this tool are configurable syntax highlighting for various programming languages; quick transition between procedures, functions, labels; the ability to connect the help files to invoke context-sensitive help on the selected in the editor the word; save cursor position; additional buttons with user assignable functions and other features for a comfortable work.
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