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faster search file based on its content

As a programmer with bad house keeping habit, I often forgot where I wrote my code that I want to re-use. I’m also not an SVN/git fan, so, managing my project source codes is always a hinder to me. This tool helped me a lot coping with this kind of trouble. It can find files that has some content we want. It search based on Boolean operators, support regular expression/regex (even had regular expression tester) and can search inside Office 2007 and PDF document. The best thing is: its totally FREE!!! I noticed also that this tool is not hogging your CPU usage and memory, it does the search faster than Windows built-in search function (at least in my system).

Tool used: Agent Ransack – Free File Searching Utility

agent ransack main view

agent ransack example usage

Once installed, Agent Ransack can be accessed via right-click menu from your Windows Explorer. Agent Ransack will begin it’s search with the folder you selected in Explorer. As you can see in the above screen shot example, I’m searching all “*.pas” files inside some directory which contain word “GIS_AREA“. After inputting the search criteria/rules, click on “Start” button or that blue-colored “play” toolbar. Agent Ransack just need less than 1 second to do this search. After the search finished, you can click on the file list (left pane) and see the word occurrence on the right pane. You can also right-click this file list and edit the file using your favorite editor or browse the directory.

Instead of one folder, you can also search in multiple folders at once. Also you can tell Agent Ransack to search just the top folder not including sub-directories.

agent ransack choose folder

Choose which folder to search

You can also specify the file size, so it wont search big or too small file.

agent ransack file size setting

File Size restriction

Even more rules: you can specify the modified date! Very useful if you had a large code base and just want to search the file which modified in most recent days (or a week).

agent ransack set modified time

File modification date rules

More advanced user can play more with Agent Ransack options such as: using regex or not and specify the date rules more detailed.

agent ransack advanced options

Advanced options: using regex

agent ransack advanced date settings

Advanced Date rules settings

Find which directory eats most of the HD space — Windows way

On previous post, I already show you how to check which folder/directory that eats most of your hard disk space in Linux the GUI way. No, we’ll show you the Windows way! Like in its Linux counterpart, there is also a free to tool to check hard disk space occupied by folders. Nowadays, hard disk space is cheap. Most of notebook/netbook is already equipped with hard disk that had capacity more than 250GB. However, how many hard disk capacity you had, it will feel too small time by time. It will be hogged by temporary files or your own file’s download. This Windows lightweight application will tell you which folder that eaten most of your hard disk capacity

TreeSize Free – Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs
treesize-free

Be aware that checking folder size of an entire disk can takes long time (mine was like 10 minutes to finish to “scan” all of the folders for a 100GB partition capacity. Not fat enough for its Linux counter-part (maybe it’s because the file system thingy). Also, you can’t change the tree view to other chart-representation, just like baobab in Linux.
You can run TreeSize Free from your windows explorer by right-clicking on the folder that you want to check it’s size. TreeSize will also check all sub-folders below the selected folder.

treesize right click

Right click folder on Windows Explorer

Free and lightweight MySQL administrator

Some months ago I had a project that need to implement certain stored procedure. Creating stored procedure using PhpMyAdmin is a breeze but not exporting it. I found it difficult (actually I can’t find a way to export stored procedure via PhpMyAdmin). No luck using MySQL Administrator either. Finally found working solution: Navicat for MySQL but it’s not free.
Looking further (actually by accident when I’m looking for application that built using Delphi), found one that suit my needs:

HeidiSQL: a lightweight, Windows based interface for managing MySQL databases

It has session management
heidisql session management

Neat main interface
heidisql main interface

Mandatory SQL query inputs
heidisql sql query window

Command history window, useful for you that eager to learn what’s the command that sent to MySQL server
heidisql command history

What I need most: create and edit stored procedure (double click on the stored procedure name to edit it)
heidisql  stored procedure browser

Oh, it’s also work for MSSQL server

Update (April 2016):
It does work on MariaDB too!!! (using mysql driver and settings)

Best alternative to putty (windows ssh client)

I’ll let you know first: this application is FREE for school and home use (non-commercial). It’s a lot better than well known putty and fully compatible with Windows 7 SP1 64 bit.

So, what else do you waiting for? Go ahead to download page: XShell FREE download!!

Some notable features that you’ll find:

  • Flawless copy-paste function in pop-up menu. This I really like XShell for, I always had problem when trying to copy text from my shell into my Windows application such as Notepad++.

XShell flawless copy paste function in drop down menu

  • Multi tabbed shell browsing. Not only your Firefox had tabbed feature, now your shell client had it (without needing to install any plugin)!

XShell free ssh client for windows multi-tabbed shell browsing

  • Session management. Save your favorite SSH server session and quickly access it via menu.

xshell free ssh client for windows  - session management

 XShell free ssh client for windows -  quick access menu

quickly connect to your favorite SSH server via menu


  • Go full screen! This feel like you are truly logged in to your server directly.

xshell free ssh client for windows in fullscreen mode

Go download XShell for FREE!

Free and lightweight hex editor for Windows 7

I’ve been looking for a free and lightweight Hex Editor in Windows for years. Many of them is not free or a shareware. Finally found one that suffice my need, it’s called XVI32 by Christian Maas.

It’s created using Delphi, super cool!!! I thought it’s created using (Visual) C++.
Moreover, it’s working on Linux flawlessly(via Wine), here’s my screenshot opening an MP4 file using XVI32 under Linux (usually I would use GHex):
XVI32 hex editor running on Linux
Although Windows 7 is not mentioned on XVI32 homepage but I assure you, it’s fully working on Windows 7 without any issue, I’m also using Windows 7 as secondary OS.