Mobility

Five handy network apps for your portable toolkit

EasyPHP

EasyPHP allows you to carry around a complete portable WAMP stack on a stick. This tool is mostly useful for developers, but anyone who needs a portable Web server can benefit from having this available.

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52 comments
viProCon
viProCon

Argh, well, CLICK here, not lick here. Typo, but I didn't see any edit button either so that's just unfair I say. :|

viProCon
viProCon

I remember reading this 5 apps aarticle a little while ago, and remember telling myself no need to bookmark it as I can just search the keyword (tcpview) and it'll likiely find this article for me. Sure enough the search did, but all I get is this one for tcpview in the image gallery, and where I"m used to seeing "lick here fo rthe 5 apps blog version", that isn't here. This image galleries method of presenting info is just terrible. Unfortunatley I've seen many signs of poor design and even have seen actual article writers comment IN THEIR OWN ARTICLE on how they are unable to do something due to the limtiations of the content input system. Bottom line, either TR has a money problem hence why they don't invest in improving this web experience or they're just unaware of how poor we are finding this site to be. It's not the worse site ever, but there are multiple signs I've seen over th epast few years that all add up to a lack of attention to your web presence.

lut.wauters
lut.wauters

I must be a dummie ; i don't understand anything about these important apps.. i'd better go to sleep.

mail
mail

Really annoying having to click on each picture and then wait for a load of other unrelated stuff to load up. I used to really like Tech Republic but these days, although the articles are often interesting, I just can't be bothered to wade through all the bloat to get to it

mlevy
mlevy

I agree, I;d rather see an article and a list of the apps with URLs linking to heir download sites. The slideshow format adds nothing, and in fact, makes it more difficult to peruse the content.

chrisoscar9
chrisoscar9

TR doesn't listen to it's readers!! These comments have been posted many, many times before and yet nothing changes. Arrogance or ignorance .... take your pick!!!

calvinnm
calvinnm

FYI: even Rookies visit this site, so it aint ol bwt u nerds.

pmshah
pmshah

While agreeing with all of the above was there anything interesting / informative or NEW for the kind of visitors that come to this site and their skill levels ?

tlchost
tlchost

I could have sworn I signed up for something other than a remedial reading class. It would seem that viewers who have a reading speed > 60 words per minute are penalized with the slide show. Is there an option to receive notification that will take me to a text presentation instead of the Romper Room?

SuperC2615
SuperC2615

I am a tech for the last 10 yrs. I appreciate the news and articles that TR has provided. I am too busy to read a stack of trade magazines and I want to keep abreast of new technologies. If I need more in depth info on something particular....like one of these apps described here...at least I know it exists and I can continue my research on it. Thanks TR - for being there! You really are most appreciated!!

frontierscientist
frontierscientist

#MoMoCopenhagen #cloud #azure these apps are not for amateurs, but for IT professionals who want to know the gory details of what is being sent in and out of your network, etc. this is a gold mine of tools in portable versions! More articles on this topic, please: "security on-a-stick" #office-on-a-stick", "productivity tools on-a-stick" Mobile Monday Denmark

danhouseholder
danhouseholder

If the initial presentation were the only option I would agree with you guys, but if you click on the link immediately under "Introduction" at the beginning of the article you can view the whole article on one page. Then you can use the wheel on your mouse to view all of the free information! Of course you will have to invest a few clicks if you want to download the free aps.

dgoodale
dgoodale

A couple of months ago they started adding blog links at the top of the presentation for those of us who prefer one contiguous story instead of a series of pictures with short explanations. So now, I just click on the link and my frown goes away. ;-)

burdick.bob
burdick.bob

That link to the blog view of the article should probably be up by the heading of the article. I myself prefer the blog view but as my son like to tell me, I am old. My son prefers the screen shots so he can quickly determine if this is worth reading quickly.

bdbauer
bdbauer

I've been doing some PHP at work but didn't want to install the full suite on my home PC - EasyPHP is a nice alternative!

bdbauer
bdbauer

This is just netstat in a GUI window. I suppose it's something that it automatically updates. I like "Show Traffic", but that requires WinPcap. It would be nice if there was something that could just show basic traffic stats (and maybe captures) that doesn't require driver install so I could have more information than verbal descriptions by non-techies.

hallemind
hallemind

Yep, the slide show is stupid. And the 5th recommendation, EasyPHP, doesn't fit. It's dumb to include it here. It often seems like these TR articles are written by spam bots.

devand
devand

How is this any different from the tool that's built into all Windows systems--netstat? I see no value in carrying around netstat in my pocket.

Doug E
Doug E

I logged on just to comment that there seemed to be no direct delivery of the content from the email link. And a few IE object errors.

Gardrot
Gardrot

Click "View in Blog" Duh!! Saves you those precious 4 minutes... :)

grh
grh

The slideshows (if that is what they are) are just a pain and so s-l-o-w so I opt for the view as a blog option, which takes a fraction of the time to read. TR is becoming like the trend for flash intros on websites and those sites that you look for information on that has it hidden somewhere amongst the adverts for crapware and toolbars. Tedious. Come on TR. Isn't a republic for the people, by the people of the people? Shape-up or you will loose the people.

carmined
carmined

Very nice, clicking on the link for ConnectionMonitoring, Mcafee SiteAdvisor display a pretty big Red X with the word.... When we visited this site, we found it exhibited one or more risky behaviors. I understand some tools can be falsely detected for their behavior but a whole website.

count_zero_interuptus
count_zero_interuptus

It is a pain. Too many sites think it's coool, but a regular column is a lot easir and faster for readers. Save the slide shows for powerpoint presentations

aandruli
aandruli

Making this article into a slideshow makes about as much sense as putting oatmeal in a squeeze bottle

robertjp
robertjp

Worst is their recommendations are full of adware!

Master G
Master G

I dont know what happened to TR. They seem to be getting held by technology so much that they are too lazy to write up a nice article?. You are supposed to embrace technology in an interesting way so your readers keep coming back for more. I do not see that happening. I stopped reading TR annoying articles for a long time now. I still get emails about them, thus, this is why I'm here reading replying and, it will be my last post. Either hire better people to write your articles or find another niche. And Yes, the slideshow is annoying.

jrevier
jrevier

Tech Republic is getting less and less usable and more add rich which as far a I am concerned worthless.

tdupont
tdupont

I do not know what the fascination people on the Internet have with using slideshows like this in place of actually writing an informative article to convey some useful information. The screenshots really add very little to the information and only serve to slow the whole process down. Instead of an article that can be read in less than a minute, I get to spend 5+ minutes clicking through useless screenshots of useless information just so I can read the one paragraph blurb at the bottom that will actually tell me something about the application you are advocating. The only possible explanation I see for using these slideshows is to force your reader to click and refresh the page numerous times to drive advertising. Again, extremely annoying, and I will not participate in this blatant attempt to drive revenues through annoying your readership.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

But totally fail to comprehend that you have an option to the Blog Entry as shown here. NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog. The Bold Text is a link tot he Blog Entry which isn't a Slide Show but as you fail to see that link I will suggest to the Powers That Be, that they stop providing Blog Entries as most people are only too happy to complain bitterly and are completely unable to open their eyes and read the very first line. Col :0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

But totally fail to comprehend that you have an option to the Blog Entry as shown here. NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog. The Bold Text is a link tot he Blog Entry which isn't a Slide Show but as you fail to see that link I will suggest to the Powers That Be, that they stop providing Blog Entries as most people are only too happy to complain bitterly and are completely unable to open their eyes and read the very first line. Col . :)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

But totally fail to comprehend that you have an option to the Blog Entry as shown here. [i]NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, [b]check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.[/i][/b] The Bold Text is a link tot he Blog Entry which isn't a Slide Show but as you fail to see that link I will suggest to the Powers That Be, that they stop providing Blog Entries as most people are only too happy to complain bitterly and are completely unable to open their eyes and read the very first line. Col ;)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

For as far back as I can remember, if there is a blog entry corresponding to the slide show, there has been a link to the blog entry. It might have moved around the page, but the link has been there. But I have CRS, so I could be wrong.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

And the only post to the Blog on this issue isn't even linked to it but was started as a separate thread in the discussions I personally think that TR is attempting a loosing battle with the very poor reading comprehension shown by many of the peers here. Way too many want to [b]Jump Up and Down[/b] complaining as if that is the only thing that makes them happy about what they don't like instead of getting on with what they do like or want. If you don't like Slide Shows it's easy don't go to them and even if you do by mistake click on the link under the first slide to the Blog. [b]After all it's not that difficult.[/b] Caring on like you are makes you look like [b]Willy the Wingding Pom[/b] only capable of being happy when you are wingding as much as possible. :D No one is stopping you from reading any Article as you prefer so why are you trying to prevent others who prefer the Slide Show Format from reading as they prefer? They after all are not loudly complaining to remove the Blog Posts so why are you so vocal? Col

nyssssa
nyssssa

In fact, that might be part of this Thanksgiving's festivities.

BeastofBurden
BeastofBurden

The constant click bait has reached a tipping point. I have unsubscribed from email alerts and will stop using TR completely if this gets worse.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

[i]Tech Republic is getting less and less usable[/i] You are complaining about what has always been and completely dismissing the ability to view as a Blog as well as a Slide Show. Long before there where Blog Posts on TR there where Slide Shows and TR has kept them as many want them. Although I suppose you are really complaining that TR has introduced the Blog Posts as well which is what you are implying is making TR less usable and More Add Rich which as far as I'm concerned is just stupid. Col

janitorman
janitorman

NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.

almanzma
almanzma

... you'd see there's text that says "NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog." And you could just click the link for reading as a blog... gosh forbid you were 100% pleased. How did you miss that?

nyssssa
nyssssa

I warn you, I'm going to look up what "Pom" means! And do you mean "Carrying on....?"

cliveevans
cliveevans

Possibly, instead of merely dismissing them, you may want to consider listening to them. It could be that you decide you don't want to change anything after listening, but if you dismiss them out of hand, as you really seem to be doing, you are going to lose them.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

I actually opened one of the slideshows at lunch one day without knowing I had another TR peer looking over my shoulder. He asked what it was, then started to say something about hating the slide shows when the page changed to the corresponding blog. When he asked how I had done that, I told him and he admitted he had never noticed the link. Failure to pay attention happens all the time; we're all guilty of it at one time or another. And naturally, if we see something that sets us off, we never see anything other than that, no matter how obvious it may be.

cliveevans
cliveevans

And as such, most users won't notice it unless they're sufficiently interested and determined to look for it. If they're already put off by the format initially presented to them, they're unlikely to go looking for it.

seabruce
seabruce

I appreciate that TR gives the blog option, instead of having to view the slides. I believe it is one of the few sites to do so.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

POM = Prisoner of Mother England No not really but that gets the message across a Person from England who wines all the time. :^0 [i]interesting[/i] the spool chocker wants to insert Porn for Pom and I'll forget the rest as that's way too strange. :0 Col ]:)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

Here now, we can't have that! All joking aside, I agree with you on the slide shows. I much prefer to see images in line with text and usually avoid the slide shows because of that. On your suggestion to have the blog and slide show link to the same discussion, I don't know if the forum software will allow two different articles to call one discussion thread, but I could be wrong. I do like your idea of the side-by-side links for the slide show and blog in the email announcements. I've passed the link to your post on up the chain so the PTB can consider your suggestions.

jcbronson
jcbronson

First, yes, when the complaint is nothing more than "I HATE SLIDESHOWS," it is easy to stop there and conclude the user has not bothered to hit the blog link. I can see that. Admittedly, it took more than a few instant-close responses on my part before I stumbled over the link to the alternate article format. These days, my first reaction is to hunt for that link. If the link is absent (still happens sometimes), I still close and move on - maybe after giving a + vote to one of the criticisms of the format just for weight. Let me come back to that in a second. Despite the fact that I am grateful for the link to the alternative format, I have a couple of observations to make about the split article option (besides the fact that people miss the link) that still count against it. 1. The link pops to a new tab/window (personal opinion is that this is wasteful unless jumping to a new site) and then 2. the comment section on the blog option is not tied to the original; you have two threads. Granted, the original thread is nearly always filled with "I hate slideshows" arguments and doesn't really support the content of the original article. I would, however, prefer that both articles tie to the same discussion (if that is even possible). Back to my opinion on the format, itself. Yes, I'm on the other side of that fence and that's just my feeling on the format. I have never authored a slideshow and can't speak for why an author chooses that format over the other. But, there is some value to the fact that the slideshow is consistent in drumming up negative responses. I rarely hear praise for the multi-click format in these discussions. If changing the slide didn't reload the entire page (I agree this seems like "click bait"), the complaints might drop, but there'd still be opposition. I compare the dislike for this format to the same reason why we dislike other articles that have a second page with two closing sentences as its only content. Readers are smart enough to understand that ad revenue is important to the continuing success of the site; we get that. We don't like to feel "tricked" into providing an extra dose of traffic for piecemeal content. It seems... dirty. If I may offer a suggestion, the option to view one format over another should show up side-by-side in the email notifications. Let a user see there's an option and jump straight to the blog format they prefer and they'll likely jump in, read the content, and maybe provide useful feedback in the discussion. There will always, of course, be critics, but it would be nice to see the dialog filled with something other than debate over formatting. What do you say? "View Slideshow" living next to "View Blog format" in our email alert - not too difficult. And now, to contribute to the discussion regarding the article: Thank you, Jack, for gathering some data on useful tools for our ninja pouch. I am always glad to learn a better way to get the job done and often share these with my coworkers. I must agree with the comment that the ConnectionMonitoring tool is less useful than the others, but I do like the rest of this list. I think the Sysinternals TCPview trumps the netstat-ish ConnectionMonitoring and renders it superfluous.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

You have no idea how much I want to reach for the Delete Account Button when I see complaints like this. The only post so far in relation to the Blog Post on this Article isn't even linked to the Blog but was started in the Discussion Forum totally unrelated. Of course I do think that their complaint about not including Windows in the Title is quite valid but these really make me want to throw up and start Deleting User Accounts. ;) http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/discussions/102-394659 Col

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

Attempt to read the descriptions. The link to the blog is almost always part of the description of the first slide. In this case, the link is between the title and the description. I don't see how that can be described as "below the fold",