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https://wiki.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php?title=Isohybrid

Though it can do other stuff, I use this to edit ISO images meant to be burned to a CD or DVD, to make them appropriate for copying to, and booting from, a USB stick.

Phenomenal. I wish I knew about this a long time ago. I've ignored many Linux distributions because of the very issue this tool solves.



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Linux distributions + Debian >

https://launchpad.net/~yannubuntu/+archive/ubuntu/boot-repair
https://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair/home/Home/

Automagically repairs a boot loader.

This is something I wish I had/knew about a long time ago. I've had bootloader misadventures that really stressed me out.

I'll accept this, even though it uses systemd.

See also:



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Linux distributions + Gentoo >

(on Wikipedia)
https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=systemrescue
https://www.system-rescue.org/ [ 1 ] was https://www.system-rescue-cd.org/

A Linux distribution. A Linux system rescue disk.

  • Note - If you just want to repair your boot loader, try boot-repair.
  • I'm sure an updated version will use systemd, as Gentoo now does.



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(on Wikipedia)
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php [ 1 ] was http://winscp.sourceforge.net/eng/index.php

An SFTP, FTP, WebDAV and SCP client.

  • Windows Secure Copy



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https://wincontig.mdtzone.it/en/index.htm

A defragmentation tool for individual files.

Note that defragmentation is irrelevant with an SSD, and even with a HDD, Windows will auto-defragment if you leave it alone for a bit. For windows 8 and Windows 10, my administrative settings are so aggressive that when I'm inactive for five minutes it pokes around to see what it can defragment.

  • As of 2016-02-15 on Windows 10, 1.35.04 is in my toolkit.
  • I had tested v1.0.0rc1 on Windows 8.1 a while back, for Path of Exile - (2013 game).

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.aida64.com/

A general system information utility.

  • These days this is called AIDA64
  • I've been using 3.93 (2004-02-23) since my Windows XP days. Tested and still works as of 2016-02-12 on Windows 10 64bit.
  • Tested 3.94.2 (2004-02-23), on 2016-02-12, on Windows 10 64bit.
  • I'm not going to pursue the trialware AIDA64.

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CurrProcess image

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cprocess.html

A process viewer.

It's 80k, so why not include it in my kit.

  • aka CProcess
  • Tested 1.10 on 2016-02-12 on Windows 10, updated recently.
  • Tested 1.10 on 2014-04-24 on Windows 8.1, updated recently.
  • As of 2016-02-12 this was last updated 2008-05-22.

Windows NT needs psapi.dll downloaded and put in system32

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http://mion.faireal.net/BES/ (source code)

Throttles CPU usage. Good for grinding applications to a halt, for testing, or to make sure that CPU-hogging applications don't shit all over your computer.

  • As of 2016-02-12 the latest versions are 1.6.2 (stable), 1.7.0-alpha (March 15, 2014)
  • Tested 1.7.0-alpha on 2016-02-12 on Windows 10, updated recently.



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