I really prefer Ubuntu to Windows, but the reality is most of the time I’m stuck using Windows. One of the things that is ridiculously stupid in Windows as far as I’m concerned is program launching.
Launchy is a free Silverlight-style program launcher for Windows. It indexes all the programs in the Start bar as well as bookmarks and a bunch of other stuff (you can also tell it to index specific directories and subdirectories).
Type ALT-Space to bring up Launchy, and then type in the first few letters of the application you want to launch. Launchy will show you what it thinks you want to launch. It gets it right pretty much all the time from my experience. If it is consistently guessing wrong, it is fairly easy to make Launchy understand which client you want to start when you type Mail, for example.
It has some nice plugins and more advanced features, but I’ve never find those functions as seamless as they are in something like GnomeDo which does the same thing in Ubuntu. But it does rock as a program launcher and keeps me from having to muck around the impenetrable Start bar.
BTProx is an open source application for Windows that will automatically lock your Windows Desktop if your bluetooth-enabled cellphone is no longer nearby,
It locks on one of your Bluetooth devices which are paired to the the machine. When you walk away from the computer the device is disconnected and the computer is locked after timeout. It is possible to run a single application together with the lock. This application may be your favorite script dismounting network drives, erasing those dirty files from the desktop or anything else. The program sits in Windows tray showing its current status with tray icon and tooltip baloons.
That is an awesome idea. Hopefully someone will come up with something like this for OSX and Linux as well.
Update:BlueProximity for Linux accomplishes the same thing in Linux.
I have a machine I pulled out of storage that I haven’t used in about a year, and have no idea what the administrator password is. Fortunately, this page has an excellent rundown of free software that will reveal or reset the passwords for administrator and user accounts on a Windows box.