Ed’s Toolkit


I would like to thank everyone that stops by the blog – especially those of you who enjoy my piece of sunshine and provide a little feedback.  This post is really for you.  I was once asked what tools do I use throughout the day  to make my IT Life easier.  So, since I have started this blog, I thought I would compile (what I like to call Ed’s Toolkit) to layout some of those tools and to share them with you.  Of course, my intention is to make this list dynamic, so I have also created a Master Page , and it is linked over at the left.   Of course, you can follow me on Twitter (@EdBellMCSE) – and I will post whenever there are updates with the hashtag-  #EdsToolkit.

If you have a tool that you think I should check or would like have added to the list – please email me at edbell@outlook.com.  That is what blogging is all about – everyone helping each other.


PS – Within 15 minutes I was already getting updates.  This is the last time I update this post.  Click on the Master Page for the full list.  Thanks.



Directory Toolkit Displays a single or side-by-side directory comparison using color coding for alike, different, or missing files. You can copy, move, & rename files while retaining long filenames.  
Firebug Firefox extension that is useful for Web page source viewing and testing real-time modifications  
Jmeter Apache JMeter is an Apache project that can be used as a load testing tool for analyzing and measuring the performance of a variety of services, with a focus on web applications.  
Notepad ++ Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.  
ProcMon Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon.  
Unicod Character Identifier Pretty self explanatory – You enter your characters either into the “Identifier” or the “Finder” and the system provides an output.  
UnLocker Unlocker is a utility for bypassing some of the more frustrating restrictions on files in Windows, allowing you to delete or access files that were previously “off limits.”  
WinMerge WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle.  
Network Admin    
Advanced IP Scanner Scan the network for devices, Scan ports, connect to PCs and more  
AutoRuns Shows and manages programs that are configured during boot up and/or login, and in what order.  Submitted by Rophic  
Back| Track The definitive Hacking/Security OS that runs from CD, DVD or PC. Linux Based  
BitLocker Drive Encryption  
Ccleaner System Optimization Tool  
Combofix Malware detection and repair.  Very Powerful and very effective.  Submitted by Rophic  
Domain Check See if Domains are available  
Domain Dossier Investigate Domains and IP addresses My Review
Email Dossier Verify Email Addresses  
Explainshell Write down a command-line to see the help text that matches each argument  
Fast Software Audit Quickly gather installed software details and Windows product keys from remote computers My Review
Helge’s Switchblade Tool suite for the Network Admin and PC Tech in you  
inSSIDer Diagnose problems with the wireless network, signal strength in the office or possible interference from other networks.  
Nmap Network and Vulnerability Scanner  
Pinouts Guide Information about hardware interfaces of modern and obsolete devices, including pinouts of ports, expansion slots, and other connectors of computers and different digital devices.  
RawCap Command line network sniffer for Windows  
Scanner (formerly Diskpie) This tool uses a sunburst chart to display the usage of your hard disk or other media. The chart shows all major files and folders from all directory levels at once. Submitted by Rophic  
SCORM Cloud A simpler way to deliver e-learning.  SCORM Cloud lets you deliver training where your learners live.  Submitted by Rophic My Review
TeamViewer All-in-One software for Remote Support and Online Meetings.  Submitted by Rophic  
In The Office    
Evernote If you are looking for the OneNote replacement – This is it  
Office Remote Use your Windows Phone as a remote control when presenting in front of groups, you can navigate between PowerPoint, Excel and Word via Bluetooth. My Review
OpenOffice The Definitive Free and Open Productivity Suite if you do not want to use MS Office  
Pinstriped Place a Skin over your messy desktop before presentations. My Review
PortableApps List of Portable Apps to take with you on the go  
Winamp Excellent Music player My Review

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