Launchy – Start your applications in the blink of an eye

Are you sometimes annoyed of clicking through your program menu until you finally find the application that you want to start? No, you say, because you have all the links on your desktop or created dozens of quickstart icons. What kind of a mess is that? I suggest you try Launchy. It’s freely availyble at http://www.launchy.net/ and will speed up your daily work.

So, what is Launchy? It’s an “Open Source Keystroke Launcher for Windows”. The tool indexes all your programs while running in the background.

Launchy

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The “Tur-Tur” problem

“Tur-Tur” – Mr. Tur-Tur actually – is a fictional character created by the Augsburger Puppenkiste as part of the play “Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer”. The problem of the poor man is that he is an “appearance giant”, meaning whenever someone looks at him from far away he appears to be a giant. As giants are considered to be quite dangerous most people wouldn’t dare to approach him, leaving him alone and themselves frightened. Those who are brave enough to do so, become rapidely suprised, as Mr. Tur-Tur shrinks the closer they get and ends up with the size of a normal person.

Over the years I have realized that this often something that happens to people when being confronted with completely new tasks, technologies or fields of knowledge. The sheer vastness of something frightens and discourages people at the first look.

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The better task switcher

“Never touch that switch, even if you want to” – from the Robbie Williams Album ‘Rudebox’

Switching tasks with Alt-Tab is daily business, but often filled with annoyance. You hit alt-tab and see a similar icon for each dos box that is running along with your other applications and you have to step throught the whole list until you find the right program. If this bothers you, forget about it and try TaskSwitchXP. You can get it for free at http://www.ntwind.com/software/taskswitchxp.html

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