Design Your Own Time Planner, Resource Utilization Schedule

Have you find yourself lost between many things when it comes to plan and manage the time and resources for the whole team. The reason here is to take care of the events, overlapping and availability all together it quite tough. You might think that Excel can help you to overcome the problem. But everytime a new template is a tedious task. Moreover when you can avail a freeware with a large number of user friendly options. Schedule It is a freeware which has been designed to take care of all the problems.

Schedule It is a free software of 3.81 MB which can be used to make the schedules, optimum utilization of resources and proper allotment of the rooms etc. The snapshot below displays the initial user interface from where you can start designing.

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The boxes in the middle will display the finalized schedule. The tab in the bottom is for the priority setting of the events. There is the options for filters and search to make the task easier and faster. You can have the simple view as will be displayed later or the chart and list view are also available. The Zoom In and Zoom Out options can help you to have a clear picture of the scheduled data. It can be turned to daily, weekly, monthly or any time frame with these buttons.

Lets see how to use the software. Click on the Add Event button and the dialog box shown below will appear. Here you can add the event name, timing, notes and other related info. It is preferable to mention the priority to easily select if the event are collapsing. Also the reminder can be set. Further options be added as shown by the various tabs.

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Then  we have an important option of Resources which can be added from the dialog box shown below. The general details, skills and attachments can be given to handle the resources in a systemized manner. Always remember to link the event and resources else they will not be displayed on the final schedule.

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A sample displayed below shows you how the final schedule is presented. You can easily change the format, color and other specifications to have the display in the be possible way. These boxes of final events can be changed with the slider to adjust any further changes. So, now onwards you can easily make the schedules tension free.

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The video displayed below will give you a clear understanding on how to use the software and its benefits.

Other Similar Free Time, Resource Planners

The other similar freewares that can be used for the purpose are MultiCalender, VueMinder Calendar, Desktop iCalendar Lite, iDailyDairy and many more. The purpose served by these softwares are different from each other. Multicalendar is almost similar to Schedule IT. It is available in different versions as per your requirement. The software can be used to schedule the time, appointments and contacts. It can be used for daily, weekly, monthly and other time based views.

Vueminder is a calender based application which will help to schedule and remind about your plans. It can be synchronized with Google Calender or Microsoft Outlook. Also, automated scheduled email, SMS and reminders can be used to delivered to your friends or colleagues on time.

iCalender Lite can be used to manage the To Do List and schedule the monthly calendar. iDailyDairy has been designed to manage the daily notes and add other time planners. It also provides the options of adding pictures and other options to add make it more user friendly. If you are looking for some particular options and requirements, please leave a comment. We will provide the best possible options. Schedule It has been tested on Windows 7 Ultimate veersion and is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7.

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Modify Windows 7 Taskbar UI

Every time when a new OS is released then there are certain features that a user might not like, for example in Windows 7 the taskbar gets populated very quickly even if you open few applications, because now we can pin few applications on taskbar and thus they may eat up all the space. But as usual, we have certain tweak tools with the help of which you will be able to change the appearance and functionalities of taskbar as per your needs. You can call this tool as ‘7 taskbar tweaker’ and you can see the screenshot mentioned below.

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Now you may notice that this application does not have any button named as ‘OK’ or cancel in its window. This is because as soon as you change any of the functionalities by selecting any of the checkboxes or radio button, the functionality will change automatically. For example, I am pretty fed up with the space on the taskbar which gets consumed so easily makes it over-populated. So I selected the highlighted option and this provided me very small extra space. Similarly you must have observed that Windows group the application windows by their application IDs, so if you want to put 2 Google Chrome separately on the taskbar then it is not possible, but by selecting the option as highlighted in the screenshot below you will be able to do that.

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Similarly you can disable the thumbnail view which is created when we hoven our mouse over the taskbar icons. It can also provide the same right click context menu for the taskbar icons which was available in Windows XP. It can also combine all the similar taskbar icons and then de-combine them when you will hover your mouse over it.

Apart from these taskbar tweaks if you want to apply tweaks on your Windows 7 settings and thus make it faster and smarter, then you can use ‘WinEmPower’ or ‘SetteMaxer’ or ‘TweakNow’ (this tool can be used when you want your computer to be extra clean), you can also use ‘7 Quick Fix’, if you want to apply fixes for all the vulnerabilities observed in Windows 7 and use tweaks simultaneoulsy.

All the tweaks are clearly mentioned in the application and it will not be able a problem to use it. The size of this application is around 300 KB and it is not portable. This tool has been tested on Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate edition and as it can be observed from the name of the application that this tool is only applicable for Windows 7 laptops and computers.

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Optimize Laptop Battery To Increase Backup Time With Battery Optimizer

When we start using our laptop on battery backup then most of the times we don’t know that what all unnecessary processes are running in the background and thus they keep on wasting your battery backup and I don’t expect the users to search all those processes manually and then end them, for this you will have to spend good amount of time and secondly you will have to be a geek to know all about those processes, as an amateur can harm his or her computer while doing so. So, we have an application which can do all this for you and you can call this as ‘Battery Optimizer’.

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You can see the screenshot of the tool mentioned above, it will show you the potential backup which can be provided from the battery and also the extra backup which can produced by this tool but then these values will be present once you execute diagnosis section of this tool. Click on the ‘Diagnosis’ tab and you will see the screenshot mentioned below, you will have follow the mandatory conditions to start this diagnosis, it will check the difference in power consumption on disabling and enabling all the peripheral associated with your laptop, it will also increase and decrease the brightness and after 20 to 30 minutes this diagnosis will be over.

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Under the monitoring tab you can see the performance of your battery, with the MAmps consumed by your laptop and Battery Charge available at every point of time. Under profiles you will be able to see 3 already created profile, the first one includes the current settings which you have on your laptop, second one will turn off everything to save your battery back and the third will turn on everything, this can be used when you want to discharge your battery quickly.

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If you just want to know the maximum battery backup which can be provided by your laptop battery then you can take a look at this tool ‘Battery Eater’ which will eat up your full battery back initially to know for how long your laptop can provide the backup and then it will show you the full details once your laptop gets on backup every time. If you still want to dive deeper into the details of the batter then I will suggest you to use this application named ‘Battery Info View’.

The size of Battery optimizer is around 3 MB and it has been tested on Windows 7 32-bit ultimate edition, please let us know if you face any problem while using this application.

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All Free Tools To Scan Network Computers

If you are managing any network then you need to know what all IPs are there on your network, what is the name of those computers, MAC address and other piece of information. When I was in college, I came across a tool named as WireShark , it is a very good which can easily tell you about the complete flow of traffic on the network to which you are connected. But then it is a heavy tool and includes much complex functionality which a user might not be interested to use, so it will better if you get enough information about all the system available on the network with a small and a portable tool. You can call this tool as NetBScanner.

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You can see the screenshot mentioned above, initially when you will launch this tool for the first time; it will automatically ask you to select the range of IPs which is to be scanned on your network. After doing that you will see the list of systems on your network as mentioned below in the screenshot. You can see information in terms of:-

  • IP Address
  • Computer Name
  • Workgroup
  • MAC Address
  • Network Adapter Company
  • Master Browser

Whenever you want to scan the network just click that green colored Play button and then you will all the systems on that network with all the information described above. If you want to save the information of any computer then just select it in the application window and click the option as mentioned below in the screenshot.

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It will pop-up a browser page where you can see and save all the information for that user, you will can do the same if you want to save the information for few selected users, just press ‘Crtl’ key and then click the particular users to be selected. You can also change the format in which MAC address is displayed-by the option mentioned below.

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If you still want to retrieve more information about the systems or want to perform certain remote operation to those systems then you can refer to a tool named as LanSpy, which will help you to perform a bunch of operations and retrieve information like ping, Open files, network registry, processes, services and more.

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Another tool which can do the same for you (remote operations and detailed information about the system on network) is ‘SoftPerfect network scanner’, you can see the screenshot mentioned above, just press that green play button, the tool will scan the network for all the IP addresses and will put the information in the application window. You can use this tool to establish a remote connection to launch any application on that system to shut that system down or to do any other operation which you can do on your computer. You can also store the information in CSV, HTML, TXT or XML file. Before using this problem you will have to configure the tool as per your requirements by clicking the option named Program option in the screenshot shown above.

Another tool which can be used is ‘Advanced IP Scanner’ which again offers certain remote functionalities but it not as multi-functional as 2 previous tools discussed above. You can take a look at the screenshot mentioned below.

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The size of NetBios Scanner is very small and as discussed above, it is portable. The size of the ZIP archive is around 300 KB and it has been tested on Windows 32-bit Ultimate edition, please let us know if you face any problem with any of the application mentioned above.

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All Ways To Open Unknown File Format Windows

If you love to download, then it is obvious for you to come across many formats of file daily. Most of the times it happens that the original format of file is hidden and a vague format extension is displayed in the name of the application. Usually, the extensions of the files are not visible because of the default settings done in ‘Folder Options’ and in this case, if you see an EXE file named as ‘ABCXYZ.pdf’, then you will double click it think that it will open in Acrobat Reader as PDF but then some unexpected might happen. So, if you are suspicious about the true format of any newly downloaded file or you came across any new format of file, then it is advisable to use certain tools which will tell you about the exact file type.

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This tool as specified above as FileTypeID can identify all formats matching that file, as mentioned above in the screenshot, I used this application for a ‘Thumb.db’ file which is generally found in all the folders of Windows OS systems. This tool showed the result for the composition of the file, by matching it to different formats and then showing the result. Just drag that file, drop it on the application window and then click ‘Analyze’ button, log will be populated. This tool can also open a file by the conventional method of browsing the file by clicking the button available in front of the file-path field. If you want to see the details such as extension, Created On and Modified On dates or more of a file, then click details button (as highlighted below in the screenshot).

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There are other tools which can be used to which can be used for the same purpose and they have already been covered. You can refer to a tool named ‘TridNet’ which can identify the format of the file even its extension is missing, but it requires little tedious way of installation. Another tool named ‘Locate Opener’ which is really a versatile tool, as it will initially search the application on your system which can open that unknown format-file/application, if it finds any appropriate application then it will display the exe file of that file to the user or else it will ask the user permission to go online and find the appropriate solution for your file, one of it key feature is that you can access this tool from the context menu of any file on your system.

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Another solution to find the file type in the default option available in Windows OS, if there is no application installed on the system which can open the file then it will ask you to go online and search for that application (screenshot mentioned below), you can refer to a post here, which will elaborate more on this and a web based service named ‘filext’. You can also refer to another tool which will help you to identify the application which can open that tool, for finding that application the tool will not open any extra browser to tell you about the application rather it will show you the name and link for that tool in its application window itself, you can find that tool ‘OpenWith.org’ named here.

The size of ‘FileTypeID’ is around 8 MBs and it is a portable tool. We have tested this tool on Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate edition, please share any issue occurred while using this tool.

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