Best Freeware for Windows by LifeHacker is one of my favorite DIY website with articles on free softwares and great ideas to improve our lives.

This “Lifehacker Pack 2009: Our List of Essential Free Windows Downloads” article from features the important freewares that we need in our desktop PC.


From well known and ever popular Firefox – Web browser and Picasa – Image Tool, they mention about Everything – Desktop File Search Tool (Hana Sara Freeware Blog).

Some of my favorites are

However, the most interesting part is that they have a software package that includes all the softwares (except some license sensitive ones) that you can download. download the Lifehacker Pack bundle . Here is the explanation from the website.

To use it, download the Lifehacker Pack bundle, extract the two files from it into a folder or onto your desktop, and then run the InstallPad app; you’ll see our must-have list ready to download and install in a snap. You can un-check the apps you already have or don’t want, install apps individually, or mass install everything you’ve got checked with one click. We included everything in the InstallPad list except iTunes, Songbird, and the Mozy backup software; the former two because they’re somewhat of an either/or choice (at least in our list), and the latter because it requires a sign-up and registration to really install and use properly.

So enjoy!

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QuotePad – note manager for quick access

Often I yearn for a good note taking tool. It could be a to-do list tool but must be more feature rich in terms of managing projects and items that spans through several days. But it should not be too complicated to manage everyday minor issues. I have many little issues at work that need to be managed from 1 week to a month. And it is really difficult to maintain up-to-date status on those little issues.

So I been using those little Post-It like note tool for a while , but then I found it hard to access easily. Then I changed to use the ‘Slickies’ Yahoo Widget . It’s a very simple note pad that can stick to the edge of the screen and it hides itself when the focus is lost and shows again when you click on it. It was very simple note taking tool but very easy to access whenever I need it! So I have been using it for 2 or 3 years. But the problem was that I had to run extra Yahoo Widget Engine just to run Slickies. Now everybody is using Google or Microsoft Desktop Widgets and Yahoo Widget is not being maintained properly.


But then few days ago, I found this application ‘QuotePad’. It’s not a widget but an independent application. It behaves just like ‘Slickies’. It docks to the edge of the screen and hides itself when the mouse focus is lost. Perfect. Also you can add each note as separate items making easier to distinguish different issues. Also it provides Search and Alert(Reminder) functions. With multi-lingual support, fast and easy to access interface, and non intrusive behavior, I instantly fell in love with QuotePad.

Still I am open for other good note taking tools, so let me know if you know any. I am very interested in trying other ones too.

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