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Two glasses of red wine awarded by Anura Guruge

Cheers Auslogics. Way to go! Thanks.

by Anura Guruge

As has been documented here I started using the free Auslogics tools, Registry Cleaner, Registry Defrag and Disk Defrag, in January 2010, when I finally had enough of System Mechanic, trying on a daily basis, to hijack my PC from underneath me.

In general, I always liked the Auslogics tools. They appeared to do what they were supposed to do, were very stable, untemperamental and unintrusive. Yes, I did not like that Registry Defrag does not allow me to insist on a Defrag — it [i.e., the software] always determining whether I need a Defrag or not.

But, over the last 18 months I have really got to trust and love the Auslogics tools. I got to know that I could run them and they would do their thing without fuss or bother.

The last time I had downloaded the tools from Auslogics was around June 2010. Around that time they started to aggressively push their top-of-the-line, ‘BootSpeed.’ BootSpeed never appealed to me. It looked like a System Mechanic ‘wannabe’ — and I was not looking for a product that was going to take control away from me. But, I fully appreciate that there is a market for BootSpeed and that Auslogics needs to make money — so that they can also provide the FREE tools that I love.

I use all three of the tools at least once a month — usually at the start of each month. I have found that Windows 7 is not as susceptible to registry clutter as was XP. Plus the raw horsepower of this PC overcomes any small degradation in performance. Of late, each time I used the tools, I used to wonder: ‘Wow, I wonder if they have a newer version.’ But, I never even bothered to look. [Oh, I also got my wife using Auslogics on her new Windows 7 ASUS laptop.]

Then two days ago, I got another of the regular e-mails I get from Auslogics. This one actually talked about DOWNLOADING the Free Tools. This felt like an omen.

So, yesterday, I downloaded all three of the FREE Auslogics tools, viz. Registry Cleaner, Registry Defrag and Disk Defrag.


I had to download each through CNET and I HATED and RESENTED that!

I do not trust CNET. It also tried to con me into downloading stuff I did NOT want. It even tries to trick YOU!

I wish Auslogics would STOP using CNET — though I think they get some financial benefits from using CNET. I discovered, to my joy, that you can bail out of the CNET installer as soon as the software is downloaded.

Yes, all three of the Auslogics’ installers also try to get you to install a whole bunch of stuff you don’t want like the ASK toolbar, twitter account for Australian girls gone wild, Facebook page for the Australian Rugby team etc. etc. At least, if you are paying attention, you can spot all ‘thirty’ of the check boxes and uncheck them. To be honest, I can live with this. I know they have to make money. Now, if they gave me even more compelling options … other than Australian girls gone wild, I may consider keeping some of those boxes checked.

All this said, either CNET or Auslogics still installed the STARTNOW toolbar on FireFox. I was livid. Thankfully uninstalling it, permanently, is trial using the FireFox Add-On manager. But, this is SO STUPID. Don’t try and rape me. Be nice. I know it is free software but that doesn’t mean you have to always try and see how you can screw me. But, I will forgive that too … because it was easy enough to fix.


I ran all 3 of the tools. The interfaces have changed. But, they seemed to work well.

Also NOW there is a CHECK FOR UPDATES option in the HELP menu. Bravo. Thank you.

So all said, I am still a big fan. I like the CHECK UPDATES. I hate the installation process. But, overall, it is worth the hassle.

Hence, my award of the coveted ‘Two Glasses of Red’ — and that can even be Australian Shiraz, Yellow Tail.

Cheers.

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Late last night, after my post that AnyBizSoft was offering its PDF-to-Word for FREE, I felt morally compelled to try it out.

I got a product code via email and gave it a spin.

I first tried it on a 8 page PDF — albeit much of it as a multipage PDF. The Converter had no problems with that.

PDF from Anura Guruge's "Next Pope After Benedict XVI" bookI then tried in on a PDF of Chapter IV of my current book — 56 pages tightly formatted pages with lots of images, graphics, tables and text boxes. << See ‘thumbnail’ example >>This is about as complicated a PDF that I deal in. It handled it with panache. Didn’t take long. About the same time that Adobe 9.2 Professional takes to create the PDF from Word. I had a quick look. Looked good.

I was impressed.

I had tried to use this product earlier this year on a 689 page PDF for my father. But without a product-key this Converter would only do 3 pages.

So I ended up using nitroPDF’s online serviced. They too did a great job, though my father’s PDF was all straight text without any graphics, tables, text boxes etc.

So I decided to award BOTH these PDF-to-Word conversion products an Anura Guruge “Two Glasses of Red” Award. Congratulations, AnyBizSoft and nitroPDF. Well deserved. It is not easy to win me over.

The “Two Glasses of Red” Award

In one way or another I have been reviewing IT products and services since 1992. I used to publish a monthly 16-page Newsletter.

During the term of Bill Clinton I used to award CIGARS for products that impressed me … with a box of cigars being the most coveted. But most of you are probably too young to remember the significance of cigars vis-à-vis Bill Clinton. But, it was fun. My cigar awards meant something. Bill is no longer in the White House and I have never smoked. So cigars seem inappropriate. However, purely for medicinal reasons I force myself to have a glass and a half of red each day — rain or shine, snow or sleet. So two glasses of Anu’s red seems like a good choice.

Enjoy. Cheers.

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

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