Monday, February 17, 2014

Free As in Freeware Only Today at Giveaway of the Day - Easy Office Recovery 2.0
"Easy Office Recovery is a software application for Microsoft Office recovery of any version, starting from Office 95. The program works with deleted and damaged Office files, restoring as much data as possible. The files and their contents can be previewed before the recovery. The program restores Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook files.
Unicode is fully supported and the original formatting of the document is fully preserved whenever possible.
Purchase a personal license (including updates and technical support) at 70% discount"
This is actually an excellent program surpassing most commercial ones, even though the interface is not very fancy. It beats out or equals my programs most often too. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Get Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013 (One Year) - for Free as in Freeware for One Day Only - Try Opening Corrupt Microsoft Office Files Here 
"*** Great News! Kingsoft Office has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy! ***
If you’ve been brainwashed into thinking that Microsoft Office is the only game in town when it comes to getting your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations done, think again! Today’s discount software promotion gets you all of the power you need in an office suite, but at a fraction of the price – it’s Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013!
Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013 is a collection of three applications that will serve your document, spreadsheet, and presentation needs, with compatibility with Microsoft Office. With Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013, you’ll be able to save money while still maintaining the ability to trade files with everyone else in the world.
First, there’s Writer, a dependable and speedy word processing application that can read DOC and DOCX files. You can take advantage of paragraph adjustment tools, cover page settings, tables, and other familiar elements to create stunning documents that will leave people wondering just how you did it!
Next there’s Spreadsheets. Featuring super data analysis capabilities and a high level of compatibility with Microsoft Excel, Spreadsheets features a calculator, graphing abilities, and a multitude of other tools. Like your formulas? Spreadsheets supports more than 100 of the most commonly used formulas. Throw in online templates for different purposes, and the ability to save spreadsheet slides as PDF files, and you’ll love this application!
Lastly, there’s Presentation. Capture your audience’s attention with Flash animation, sounds, and artistic backgrounds, along with a bunch of templates that let you get started quickly and easily. And just like Spreadsheets, you’ll be able to print out your slides as PDF files!
Don't have Facebook? That's ok, we haven't forgotten about you. When the promotion is live, just click the 'Get it for Free' button and fill out a quick survey to claim your 100% discount!
Today's promotion includes the following:
Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013 (One Year) ($0)"
This actually worked for me yesterday. Somebody sent me a corrupt Excel file that my programs really didn't help with, yet this Office Suite's version of Excel opened it no problem...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Professional Data Doctor - Free as In Freeware - Only Today At
"KiwiG Data Recovery is powerful data recovery software, it could get back various of lost data due to deletion, formatting partition loss, root directory corrupted and other reasons. With 3 recovery modules (Deleted file recovery, Format recovery, Partition Recovery), KiwiG Data Recovery can meet different users’ need and restore lost files on hard drive disks, digital camera, USB drives, memory cards, flash card…
Key features:
  • Deal with data recovery caused by various issues: deletion, formatting, partition loss, improper operation, etc.;
  • Full recovery range of files: picture, document, video, audio, email, archives, etc.;
  • Recover data from different devices: computer, external drive, digital camera, USB disk, SD card, memory card, etc;
  • Perform quick, safe and complete recovery;
  • Geek or not, recover data like a pro with no barriers."
It has a 49% thumbs up rating, which is pretty good for a recovery program. Free as in Freeware only today 02/11/2014. 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Another Technibble Find - Standalone Software for Removing Toolbars and Adware
"AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for :
  • Adware (ads softwares)
  • PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program)
  • Toolbars
  • Hijacker (Hijack of the browser's homepage)
  • It works with a Search and Delete mode. It can be easily uninstalled using the mode "Uninstall".
It's compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 in 32 & 64 bits.
Important note : We were warned by a comment that the SmartScreen filter in Internet Explorer blocks the download of AdwCleaner. This is obviously a false alarm... If you encounter this problem, check out this article to see how to successfully download AdwCleaner..."

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Looks Like Another Good Article from Technibble: "Mobile Device Repair for Techs"
"The move from the desktop and laptop to tablets and smartphones in the residential tech sector has been a cause of concern among many PC Techs. Tablets are often less expensive, harder to repair, and that means they’re easier to dispose of and just replace with a new device. If you’re an expert on conventional machine repair and are finding yourself a little uneasy about the current trend towards mobile devices, don’t despair, go into tablet repair!"

Looks Like a Nice Article on TechNibble: "Guide to Using DDRescue to Recover Data"
"This guide was written by one of our forum members SilverLeaf and was originally written as a forum post. This guide is intended for people who are looking to do quality data recovery using free tools. This guide is fairly technical requiring you to deal with the Linux command line. Some paid software is more straight forward than the steps here, but this is a great way to get the job done for free. Use at you own risk. Technibble and SilverLeaf take no responsibility for the loss of any data, business, reputation etc..."

Awesome Directory of Computer Repair Tools

Wow. This looks like it might be hard to beat. There also appears to be a "Computer Repair Tool of the Week" which you can sign up for...

Bulletin Board Thread with Tip for Recovering Open/Libre Office Text Files (How to Fix Corrupt ODT Files)

Instructions on how to repair ODT files, some of which I use in my programs like

MakeUseOfArticle - "External Drive Not Recognized? This Is How To Fix It In Windows"

"External drives — either USB flash drives or external hard drives — should be easy to use. In some cases, you may connect your drive to a Windows PC or another device with a USB port and find that it’s not recognized. This problem can be caused by partition issues on your external drive, using the wrong file system, dead USB ports, driver issues in Windows, or other problems. In a worst case scenario, the drive itself may simply be dead.
The steps below will be the same for both USB flash drives and larger external hard drives, which work similarly."

Microsoft .NET Framework Repair Tool
"This tool detects and tries to fix some frequently occurring issues with the setup of or with updates to the Microsoft .NET Framework."

Trinity Rescue Kit - A Live Linux Distribution Aimed at Windows Machine Recovery But Can Be Used for Linux Too

"Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues. Since version 3.4 it has an easy to use scrollable text menu that allows anyone who masters a keyboard and some English to perform maintenance and repair on a computer, ranging from password resetting over disk cleanup to virus scanning
It is possible to boot TRK in three different ways:
-as a bootable CD which you can burn yourself from a downloadable isofile or a self burning Windows executable
-from a USB stick/disk (optionally also a fixed disk), installable from Windows or from the bootable TRK cd (which is easier and safer)
-from network over PXE: you start 1 TRK from CD or USB and you run all other computers from that one over the network without modifying anything to you local network.
Ever since version 3.4, TRK has received an easy to use textmenu but has equally kept the commandline.
Here 's a sumup of some of the most important features, new and old:
-easily reset windows passwords with the improved winpass tool
-simple and easy menu interface
-5 different virusscan products integrated in a single uniform commandline with online update capability
-full ntfs write support thanks to ntfs-3g
-winclean, a utility that cleans up all sorts of unnecessary temporary files on your computer.
-clone computers over the network via multicast.
-wide range of hardware support (kernel 2.6.35 )
-contributed backup utility called "pi", to automate local machine backups
-easy script to find and mount all local filesystems
-self update capability to include and update all virusscanners + local changes you made to TRK.
-full proxyserver support.
-run a samba fileserver (windows like filesharing)
-run a ssh server
-recovery and undeletion of files with utilities and procedures
-recovery of lost partitions
-evacuation of dying disks
-full read/write and rpm support
-UTF-8 international character support (select keyboard language from the scrollable textmenu at startup)
-2 rootkit detection uitilities
-most software updated to recent versions
-literally thousands of changes and bugfixes since version 3.3
-elaborated documentation, including manpages for all commands (also TRK 's own)"

Free SourceForge Project for Tuning and Cleaning up Steam and Source Engine Games
"SRC Repair (ex. TF2 Repair) is a free open source tool that can be used for tuning and cleaning up Steam and Source engine games. You can also create and edit .cfg files (configs), backup and restore game settings, apply FPS configs or sprays into the game with one click."

CodePlex Project - Remove All Styles from XLS, XLB and Maybe XLS Encrypted Files
"Excel AddIn to remove all custom styles
See the following KB article for more information on removing styles to avoid the Too many different cell formats alert.
You receive a "Too many different cell formats" error message in Excel
Last edited Feb 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM by AKeeler, version 4"
This a drastic but maybe useful tool for removing styles from all XLS and related types of Excel format files. Maybe invoking it will get a spreadsheet that won't open to open.

Microsoft's Instruction What to Do When: "You receive a 'Too many different cell formats' error message in Excel"

"In Microsoft Excel 2003, when you format a cell or a range of cells, you may receive the following error message: 
Too many different cell formats.

Excel encountered an error and had to remove some formatting to avoid corrupting the workbook.
In Microsoft Excel 2013, 2010, or 2007, files may produce the following error message:
Excel found unreadable content in the file
Other scenarios that are associated with styles are:
1. When opening a file all formatting is stripped out.
2. File size grows after copying and pasting between workbooks
3. Inability to paste:
Microsoft Excel displays
“Microsoft Excel can’t paste data”

All menu option for "Paste" or Ctrl-V keyboard shortcut are ignored and produce no results although clipboard is not empty."
This is apparently a big issue. There is link to the great freeware XLStylesTool for removing corrupt and excessive styles...Apparently there is a similar tool for Binary Excel formats (xls, xlsb) or Password Protected/Encrypted workbook files called Remove Styles.

CodePlex Project VBA Extractor

"Project Description
Extracts Visual Basic for Applications source code from Microsoft Office Documents and exports them as a VB6 project and source files.

This tool exports VBA code from Word or Excel as plain text source files. A Visual Basic 6.0 project is also created for good measure.

The tool parses the underlying binary file format used to store the VBA project, rather than using Excel automation/interop. The core logic for parsing the OLE file and decompressing the VBA elements is taken from the following resources by Tony Jollans, and coverted to .Net..."

Article Describing How to Unbrick Samsung Android Phones with One Click

"Normally Samsung android phones are so secure to flash. but you are unlucky and got your phone bricked during flashing,rooting or upgrading.
Here is a good news for You – A developer come up with a software called one-click unbrick for Samsung android phones. this small utility uses ODIN to repair our Samsung phones. almost all Samsung phones with android ├ęclair and above can be repair with this tool (few exceptions – it is working on some Android 1.5 too)
one-click unbrick tool works on windows , Linux and mac also. it have some bugs in windows version but both Linux and mac working fine. don’t get worried about windows version if you are a window user. developers are continuously working on windows version for its stability"

A list 120+ entries Long of Freeware Computer Forensic Tools
"Our list of over 120 free tools is provided as a free resource for those working in digital forensics and ediscovery. It’s updated several times a year and suggestions for inclusion are welcome. Please note that Forensic Control provide no support or warranties for the listed software and that it is the user’s responsibility to verify licensing agreements. Inclusion on the list does not equate to a recommendation. Entries marked with a star* indicate that registration is required before downloading."
Quite a long list. 

Hasleo Data Recovery FreeV3.2 - Free as in Freeware - Permanently from Hasleo Software "Hasleo Data Recovery FreeV3.2 100% Free Data Recovery Software...