HiddeX – Hide any Windows Progam


Tiny portable freeware application for Windows that can easily hide any window, program, browser or game in the background with one click or hotkey. The program instantly hides specified windows from your desktop and taskbar without closing them. Click ones to hide and ones more to restore all hidden windows without any loss.

Features

  • Portable
  • Small size
  • Save state of the windows
  • Hide windows by the three types: name of the window, the window class and name process
  • Instantaneous velocity hide
  • Password protection
  • Mutes sound
  • Set hotkey for each window
  • Hide active window

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Super Grub2 Disk


Super GRUB2 Disk helps you to boot into most any Operating System (OS) even if you cannot boot into it by normal means.

Supported Operating System(s)

  • Windows
    • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1
    • Windows NT/2000/XP
    • Windows 98/ME
    • MS-DOS
    • FreeDOS
  • GNU/Linux
    • Direct Kernel with autodetected initrd
    • Super Grub2 Disk – Detect any Operating System – Linux kernels detected screenshot
    • Super Grub2 Disk – Detect any Operating System – Linux kernels detected
    • vmlinuz-*
    • linux-*
    • kernel-genkernel-*
    • Debian / Ubuntu / Mint
    • Mageia
    • Fedora / CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
    • openSUSE / SuSE Linux Enterpsise Server (SLES)
    • Arch
    • Any many, many, more.
  • FreeBSD
    • FreeBSD (single)
    • FreeBSD (verbose)
    • FreeBSD (no ACPI)
    • FreeBSD (safe mode)
    • FreeBSD (Default boot loader)
  • EFI files
  • Mac OS X/Darwin 32bit or 64bit

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Network Security Toolkit


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The toolkit was designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed Open Source Network Security Applications and should run on most x86/x86_64 platforms. This bootable ISO live CD/DVD (NST Live) is based on Fedora. The main intent of developing this toolkit was to provide the security professional and network administrator with a comprehensive set of Open Source Network Security Tools. The majority of tools published in the article: Top 125 Security Tools by INSECURE.ORG are available in the toolkit. An advanced Web User Interface (WUI) is provided for system/network administration, navigation, automation, network monitoring, host geolocation, network analysis and configuration of many network and security applications found within the NST distribution. In the virtual world, NST can be used as a network security analysis validation and monitoring tool on enterprise virtual servers hosting virtual machines.

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Clonezilla


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Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to True Image® or Norton Ghost®. It helps you to do system deployment, bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk. This increases the clone efficiency. At the NCHC’s Classroom C, Clonezilla SE was used to clone 41 computers simultaneously. It took only about 10 minutes to clone a 5.6 GBytes system image to all 41 computers via multicasting!

Minimum System Requirements for Clonezilla live:
  • X86 or x86-64 processor
  • 196 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • Boot device, e.g. CD/DVD Drive, USB port, PXE, or hard drive
Limitations:
  • The destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one.
  • Differential/incremental backup is not implemented yet.
  • Online imaging/cloning is not implemented yet. The partition to be imaged or cloned has to be unmounted.
  • Software RAID/fake RAID/firmware RAID is not supported by default. It can be done manually only.
  • Due to the image format limitation, the image can not be explored or mounted. You can _NOT_ recovery single file from the image. However, you still have workaround to make it, read this.
  • Recovery Clonezilla live with multiple CDs or DVDs is not implemented yet. Now all the files have to be in one CD or DVD if you choose to create the recovery iso file.

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Launch/Start 8 | Stationary Dock for the Modern UI


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There was a lot of controversy about Microsoft’s plans to adopt a modern interface for Windows 8 and ditch the staple Start Menu in Windows. The company motivated their reasoning by providing a larger area that would bear the same functionality, the Start Screen.

As user requests to bring back the button fell on deaf ears, third-party developers came up with various alternatives for the original start button in Windows. Stardock was among the most prominent of them, with its Start8 application, but free alternatives soon emerged.

Stardock rolled out a new application launcher, this time for the modern part of Windows 8 and 8.1. It’s called Launch 8 and its purpose is to provide a stationary dock for Start Screen, where you can easily deploy applications without having to scroll to the desired shortcut.

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Alternatives

Microsoft TechNet


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Microsoft TechNet is a Microsoft program and resource for technical information, news, and events for IT professionals. Along with a website, they also produce a monthly subscription magazine titled “TechNet Magazine”.

TechNet was originally available only to customers with paid subscriptions; however, it has been expanded to include public information, webcasts, local events, and free newsletters. They have also started an open source blog on April 6, 2006 called Port 25 to publicly explore that business model and provide discussion forums.

On July 1, 2013, it was announced on the TechNet website that Microsoft is discontinuing the TechNet subscription service, with the purchase and renewal of subscriptions to be closed by August 31, 2013, in favor of free services such as the TechNet Evaluation Center.

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