Finds of the Week (Which Windows Apps To Uninstall, Free Office 2013 Quick Start Guides, Use Tech to Get Organized, Free Programming Classes, Get Mobile Websites on a PC)


Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three).

‘Should I Remove It?’ Helps You Decide Which Windows Apps To Uninstall
Even long time computer users aren't always sure whether to uninstall PC programs but this tool helps you make a decision - it analyzes your installed programs and suggests programs you can safely remove. One of the great features of this app is having access to program details, descriptions, the Windows versions it runs on, popularity, user rating, install base statistics by countries and PC manufacturers, and a lot more.

Download Free Microsoft Office 2013 Quick Start Guides in PDF Format
Get free Quick Start Guides for Office programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, One Note, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project and Visio. Programs will vary according to which version of Office you have. (via)

Use Tech to Get Organized: Tools, Websites, Apps and More
I ran across this article in my on-going (and seemingly never ending) search for the best way to organize things. The tools in this article are sorted into useful categories such as Notebooks/Journals/Clippings, To-Do/Task Management, Project Management and so on.

How To Make Firefox Display Mobile Versions Of Websites On A PC
It may seem odd at first to visit mobile versions of a web page from your browser, but for slow internet connections they can speed things up, and sometimes the interface is nicer.  :)

Resources for Free Online Programming & Computer Science Classes
This list of resources has two categories, one for fun and one for serious learning. Some of these have been featured here at Gizmo's Freeware so there might be some repetition.

One more thing: 33 Of The Most Amazing Earth-From-Space Photos You'll Ever See
Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, currently on board the International Space Station, has been sharing these amazing photos. You can view 33 of these awesome photos on this site. Heads up: this is a very graphics intensive web page, it takes some time to load with a slow connection. I think it's worth the wait, but your mileage may vary. :)

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I installed and played with Should I Remove It? for about a week. I hate to say it, but I really find no good use for this app. I don't mind it keeping an inventory of what I have installed, but its "advice" on uninstalling is just a rating of what percentage of people have uninstalled a given software. There is no reasoning or explanation as to why the products were uninstalled.

An example is Duplicate Cleaner Free from Digital Volcano. This has been a great tool for me (found it here on Gizmo's, of course!) and the only reason I would uninstall it would be to reinstall or upgrade to the paid version. So, why have 46% uninstalled it? Perhaps they needed it for a specific job and removed it when done. Who knows?

There is a star rating so that users can rate the software. The site was using Disqus for comments last week; that disappeared and there was no way to leave comments until today. Looks like they've instituted their own comments tool.

Should I Remove It? mistakenly shows the install date for a lot of my software as the date I installed Should I Remove It? Kind of odd. No harm, but odd.

There is a lot of somewhat interesting information about individual software, such as where (what countries) install it the most, where it's ranked (based on number of installs detected) and links to the software's publisher. But one can only glean so much from the kinds of statistics that the program collects.

Uninstalling the software leaves 666 registry entries, according to Revo Uninstaller. Interesting number; glad I'm not superstitious. Again, kind of sloppy, but not harmful.

I'm guessing this is a fairly new tool. Perhaps with some maturity and a lot of user comments it will be more useful. For now, it's gone from my desktop.

I was reading the user agreement for 'should I remove it' and I understand them needing to collect certain details about your computer, including your files, paths, etc. I guess the part I don't really care for is the advertising and pop ups that will be sent to your machine.
This just makes me think it's another form of adware, even though the utility itself seems quite useful.

@..jim.. We're starting to see that more and more with freeware - programs being bundled with various sorts of toolbars and other not so pleasant things. Usually you can opt out of them somewhere during the install, often by un-checking a box next to the program or toolbar if it's listed. Sometimes it isn't displayed and it shows up after the install. :(

This is really simple, but really easy to miss for the unwary:


Often the check-box to turn off the bundled bloat-ware is ONLY in CUSTOM install.

In fact, it's so simple, and so useful, it think every gizmo article that mentions software should have this reminder. It's a one-liner: "(Note: Always use CUSTOM install)"

@Sgluber, You're quite welcome, I'm delighted you like it.

Thank you very much, rhiannon! :-)