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Picks: Janitor Dan the Spaceman, Startup Guru and more

Doc reviews Janitor Dan the Spaceman, Startup Guru, Peter's Flexible Renaming Kit, Super Flexible File Synchronizer, Auscomp IT Commander and SolSuite 2007 - Solitaire Card Games
Published: Oct 11, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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Janitor Dan the Spaceman 1.6
Freeware
Download Janitor Dan the Spaceman has a job to do, and he'll battle hostile aliens in dangerous...
Startup Guru 2.1a
Shareware
Download Startup Guru will manage how your Windows computer starts up each time.
Peter's Flexible Renaming Kit 2.33
Freeware
Download This is a Professional Grade bulk file/folder renaming program that runs under Windows.
Super Flexible File Synchronizer 5.20c
Shareware
Download Back up your data and synchronize PCs, servers, notebooks, and online storage space - now...
Auscomp IT Commander 5.8
Shareware
Download A web based help desk solution for small businesses & enterprises giving you an essential...
SolSuite Solitaire 14.5
Shareware
Download SolSuite Solitaire is a high-quality collection of solitaire games.

Peter's Flexible Renaming Kit, by Peter Frankenbergeris a really slick utility for renaming files. The program is very intuitive and easy-to-use and I think it's perfect for users with al llevels of experience. You might wonder why you'd need a special tool just to rename files, but this baby does some very cool things. I really like how flexible the program is. It pretty much let me decide how I wanted to rename a large number of picture files. You know, those files that come off your digital camera with names like IMG_00194.JPG? Handled those with no sweat.

Peter's Flexible Renaming Kit, which is also called PFrankis designed so you can rename large numbers of file in one pass.I tried for awhile to come up with a renaming scheme that the program couldn't handle and was unsuccessful. The program lets you lay out how you want to rename a group of files, lets you preview the results, and then all you have to do is click! After renaming photos I moved over to music files and found that PFrank could also use "meta" data from the image and audio files. That gives you lots of ways to rename your files in a unique way. Slick.

PFrank, also known as Peter's Flexible Renaming Kit, really is a full-featured and flexible tool for renaming files. The program makes it easy to rename large numbers of files with just a few mouse clicks. So, if you'd like a way to quickly and easily rename photos,music, videos, and more, this is the program you're looking for.Give it a try, I recommend it!


Startup Guru, by Lincoln Beach Software,Inc. is one of those neat utility programs that fill a need and fill it completely! For most people, there are programs that load each time you start Windows. In some cases you know why they start and where they start from, but in others, you don't. Some programs install and they slip an entry in your "StartUp" folder. Or they put an entry in your Windows "Registry". Either way, you have programs starting and often, depending on your level of expertise, you may have very little control over it. Startup Guru takes care of all that and puts youin control. It looks in all the places that a program can add a startup entry and shows them to you. And, it gives you some information about programs that run -- like who made them, and so on. You can even "see"things like spy programs that may be running on your computer.

Startup Guru gives you a look at every program that starts with Windows and then it gives you some great options. If you like, you can remove a program and that includes things like spyware and ad-ware.Or perhaps you have program you use, but you only use it occasionally.In a case like that you can disable a startup item and then enable whenyou want it to run. A feature I really like is the ability to schedule when programs load. In other words, instead of havingall startup programs trying to start at the same time, you can use Startup Guru to spread them out. Delay one program by 30 seconds,another by 2 minutes, yet another by a minute and a half -- it's all up to you. Very slick. The program gives you the ability to manage all of your startup items. And that helps to make your system a bit faster. You can even create handy "profiles" so you can have sets of different startup options.

Startup Guru, by Lincoln Beach Software, is an excellent tool for managing all of the things that load when you turn on your computer. The interface is very intuitive and the program is easy-to-use. That makes it perfect for both new and experienced users. It finds out what's starting and then puts you in control. Remove things, temporarily disable certain items, and even schedule programs to load with varying delays. The program lets you manage the way Windows starts up so it suits you! So, if you'd like to have your computer start up faster and without a bunch of extra programs running, give Startup Guru a try. It works great -- I recommend it!


Janitor Dan the Spaceman, by Groovy Lime Gamewareis a cute game that initially downloaded because I thought the name was clever. The game is clever too. Our hero, Janitor Dan has the job of fighting off invading aliens. Well, that's not totally accurate.Janitor Dan's job is cleaning up the space stations. Dan has an array of tools including mouse traps for aliens, plungers, vacuums, and more.

As with most games, Janitor Dan the Spaceman has increasing levels of difficulty. The game has an autopilot function that will take you from space station to space station safely and securely.You'll find the space stations are clever mazes that you have to navigate through. There's lots going on in the space stations and I don't want to give it all away. You can save your game so you can pickup where you left off and you can even pick from three janitors. The game is fun, challenging, and perfect for kids. Check it out.


Super Flexible File Synchronizer, by Tobias Green is a powerful tool for synchronizing multiple computers or backing up important data. I often "preach" about the need to backup data and if you have multiple computers synchronizing them is one way you can backup. Example: I have my email program on Computer 1 and use it daily. I want to keep it backed up, just in case.So, I install my email program on Computer 2 and the two computers are connected on my network or LAN. Then, I can tell Super Flexible FileSynchronizer to make the copy on Computer 2 a mirror image of the copy on Computer 1. If something happens to Computer 1 I have my email backed up on Computer 2. Cool! And the program allows you to actually schedule times when programs will synchronize. On top of that,the program has an impressive list of features that could take pages to tell you about. Suffice it to say that this is one of the more powerful and flexible synchronization/backup programs I've ever tried, and I've tried them all!

Among it's many features, Super Flexible FileSynchronizer has a "Wizard Mode" that guides you through the process and an "Advanced Mode" for users who feel more confident. You can create "profiles" that keep all of the settings you determine. You can select the folders and files of entire programs, like my email example, or you can just select specific folder. There are also a wide range of synchronization options. Example: I work on Computer 1 and save documents in the My Documents folder. My wife and daughters work on Computer 2 and they create documents also. To make sure all the files are always in sync on both computers, I have Super Flexible File Synchronizer move files in both directions ... new or revised files on Computer 1 go to Computer 2and vice versa. In this way, I could sit down at my Computer 2 and work on a document I'd started on Computer 1. Slick! And the program is justso flexible.

Super Flexible File Synchronizer, by Tobias Green, is a powerful program that's also very easy-to-use. The interface is intuitive and the program is perfect for both new and experienced users. You can choose from a wide range of settings to get exactly the results you want,whether it's a mirror image of a program or syncing the files on multiple computers. You can use it to sync your PC with you laptop, your laptop with you PC, and more. The program also supports data encryption,ZIP files, and even FTP sites. The scheduler is a really handy feature that lets you keep things synchronized without intervention if you desire. I always recommend that you make sure you're around for a few times when scheduled items run, just to make sure. So, if you'd like to synchronize files, folders, programs, and more, take a good look atSuper Flexible File Synchronizer -- you won't be disappointed --I recommend it!


Dr. File Finder Quick Picks
Dr. File Finder Quick Pick

Auscomp IT Commander is a nifty "help desk" type of program that's perfect for businesses. The program integrates really well with Outlook.I found it to be easy-to-use and intuitive and it has some really nice features. There's a call center function, a nice search feature, and quite a bit more. Even includes a user history so you can take a quick look and see who uses it the most. If this sounds like something of interest to you, check it out. I'll get to my full review as soon as possible.


Dr. File Finder Quick Pick
  • SolSuite 2006 - Solitaire Card Games 6.8 by TreeCardGames
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SolSuite 2006 - Solitaire Card Games 6.8 is a package that has over 400 different games of Solitaire. It has great graphics, monitors all your statistics, and even presents them to you with nifty charts and grafts. Excellent graphics and it includes popular solitaire games like FreeCell and Klondike along with hundreds more. If you're into solitaire be sure to check it out. Nicely done.



About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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