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4 Best PC Tools for Tech Savvy

4 Best PC Tools for Tech Savvy

Slowing down of computers irritates everyone. It results in frustration, resulting in fingers drum first, and slamming keyboards then. Slowing down of system results in lower productivity of the user. However, there are number of slowness of the system starting from the restarting of the system for software updates, hard drive corrupted, not enough space on hard disk, virus or malware, too many background programs, outdated drivers, processor overheating, memory upgrade required, etc. Some people should deal with this all while using system.

There are many tools for addressing the respective problem, and I suggest, you should use these for faster processing and greater productivity. Following are some PC tools for tech savvy which you might want to consider.

1. MiniTool Data Recovery Software

MiniTool is data recovery tool developed by MiniTool Solution Limited. It is used to assist users in recovering deleted files, lost drive, and lost partition. The other features include CD/DVD recovery. This is easy to use; free file recovery software is available for home users. You need not to have technical background to use it. Few data recovery steps need to be followed to recover data and the lost data will be back.

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It doesn’t only recover data from RAID device and hard disk, but also supports DVD, CD, flash drive, memory stick, and memory card. The damaged partition recovery feature gives opportunity of deep scanning of memory in order to establish RAW files and recover corrupted, formatted, and damaged files within a partition. With lost partition recovery module, you can check for partitions which are formatted or corrupted by malware. It will look for sectors where files are situated in the partition and try to recover most of the data.

The files which cannot be recovered will eventually be saved in a folder, named “RAW Files”, and they won’t have their original names. In case of deleted file recovery, it is believed that once file is deleted in OS, some segments of the file remain in the drive of the system. Thus, this module uses algorithms to scan through sectors of hard drive and try to assemble what remains of the files.

It can also support specific media items, such as .mp3 files or .jpg pictures. This free data recovery software has standard for its deleted file recovery scanners, which helps to recover data that was deleted accidentally. Even though we call this a “recovery software”, keep in mind that results may vary depending on when file was deleted, whether or not memory drive is formatted, and the type of files.

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2. CCleaner

CCleaner tops among the list of free registry cleaners. The main reason is that it works well with all versions of Windows and is completely free. It helps to clean Windows Registry, clear out temporary files, erases browser histories, and so on. It works with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and other older versions of Windows as well.

There are two installation methods available; i.e. installer and portable versions. In the installer version of CCleaner, you can download the setup files from the official website and install it on your PC. The portable version doesn’t require any installation.

CCleaner is more than just a registry cleaner. It’s a system cleaner because it actually cleans much more than registry. It removes entries from Windows Registry which refer to programs, files, or some other resources that no longer exist. It also removes invalid registry entries such as file extensions, DLL files, type libraries, applications paths and application, help files, fonts, sound events, installers, and services that no longer exist.

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Apart from registry entries, CCleaner removes temporary browser data like history, cookies, and cache of popular browsers. One can also empty Recycle Bin, clear MRU list, remove old log files and memory dumps. It has Tools area where you can automatically uninstall programs, change and view programs on Windows startup, find duplicate files, look and remove file which are taking up much of disk space, and remove restore points.

3. Microsoft Security essential

This is a free malware protection tool which has become the most popular security package. It is well designed anti-malware tool which has capabilities of both anti-malware and antivirus. Microsoft Security Essential is part of security tool; i.e. Microsoft’s Forefront suite which is based on Forefront Endpoint Protection used on enterprise desktops. There is no slowdown observed when it runs. There will be a tiny taskbar icon that shows whether the system is protected or not. You can run scan option simply by clicking on settings tool and then run scan with choices of full, quick, or custom scan.

The installation is easy and quick. Microsoft Security Essential is replacing Windows Defender which was built in anti-spyware. Once you have installed this, it will keep on downloading and updating its malware definitions from Microsoft’s servers and scans system. It is available for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 7 in both 64- and 32-bit version.

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The built-in tools of MSE let you to exclude specific locations and files from scanning and specific processes and file types even. There is custom scan option that will check specific drives, files or folders, and full scan option will check everything on PC. The advanced options in settings tab enable to include removable drives in scans. The History tab is used to see and remove malware, and have links to online information about it, so you can decide whether to delete or not.

4. BandWidthPlace

We all like to download stuff from internet, be it movies or music, and we all love to have good bandwidth connection. If the bandwidth is low, even the smallest file can take hours to download. But, in order to avoid that, a number of tools are available to check your upload and download speed; simplest among them is BandwidthPlace. You just need to click the start button and sit back. It will test your upload as well as download speed.

The speed will be showed on analog speedometer, and once it’s completed, you can see the speed of bandwidth connection in KBPS or MBPS for both downloads and uploads. This software is a simple tool and registration is not required.

These tools will help you gain better productivity of the system and of your time while working on the task.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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