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I publish files for a variety of web sites and it can become overwhelming to keep track of which files are up-to-date on the remote server. Surfing the web for a better solution last week I discovered WinSCP. It’s a free FTP client (though donations are welcome) that includes the ability to synchronize files between a local folder and a remote FTP server.

WinSCP That’s a pretty awesome because if you’re anything like me the local folders stay organized but the remote server gets pretty messy. This way it’s as easy as navigating to the relevant folder and choosing synchronize.

Another great feature is the ability to synchronize browsing. That means whenever you browse to a directory locally, the equivalent folder will open remotely.

Here are a list of features from their site:

  • Graphical user interface
  • Translated into several languages
  • Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
  • U3 support
  • All common operations with files
  • Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • Integrated text editor
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH
  • Windows Explorer-like and Norton Commander-like interfaces
  • Optionally stores session information
  • Optionally supports standalone operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media

What they say: (excerpted from
Ventrilo 2.3.0 is the next evolutionary step of Voice over IP (VoIP) group communications software. Ventrilo is also the industry standard by which all others measure themselves as they attempt to imitate its features.

Phone Headset Button By offering surround sound positioning and special sound effects on a per user, per channel, per server or global configuration level the program provides each user the option to fully customize exactly how they wish to hear sounds from other users or events.

Ventrilo is best known for it’s superior sound quality and minimal use of CPU resources so as not to interfere with day to day operations of the computer or during online game competitions. It is also preferred for the simple user interface that any first time computer user can very quickly learn because the most commonly used features are immediately visible and can be activated with a single click of the mouse.

What the Viper Sez: my test of Ventrilo found it to be easy to install and use in its client mode. To set up your own server requires navigating through a clunky DOS based interface, but the instructions are pretty easy to follow. Best of all, this baby is FREE. Ventrilo sports higher ping rates, faster transmission, plus all the features you would expect from a typical VoIP solution. A binding a Push to Talk (PTT) key allows you to assign a spare mouse button, like your “back” button to keep noise down on your channel. But if you want the good old Darth Vader sound, use voice activation with your mic, that way you can taunt others with the rasp of each breath. Voice is near phone quality, and the fast transmission makes this software a premiere choice for first person shooter fans, who can’t afford lag in their communications.

Ventrilo’s claim of “minimal use of CPU resources” remains to be seen as some mid-level systems running high-level games may experience some performance issues. My system ran Ventrilo at the cost of 6,436k in vitrual memory. While this shouldn’t be an issue for most gaming rigs, remember to turn off virus scan during play.

Another fun feature in Ventrilo is its naming function. It allows you to phonetically type in the names of your channels and yourself. Your name is announced when you join the server for everyone already online to hear. The system also tells you what channel you’re in. The naming function is subject to abuse, the phonetics are limited only by your imagination.

For some people it’s more severe, but anyone who uses Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system has to deal with an ever-growing Start Menu. One way to pull the most important applications to fore is with the quick launch toolbar, but that takes up precious screen real estate, fills up fast, and presents a lot of symbols to browse. On the other hand some people give up any semblance of organization and clutter their desktop with a maze of shortcuts.

Launchy. It’s a free program (though the author welcomes donations!) that launches applications by asking for a keyword from the user. It runs in the Windows background in a small footprint, and pushing Alt+Space activates the Launchy query box.The flexibility of the program is what drew me in. It’s capable of indexing a variety of file types. By default it scans the Start Menu for .lnk shortcut files but you can add directories and file types. I use it to instantly access parts of my shared drives, and stored pdf and word files. It reduces the amount of time I spend hunting through my computer’s file system for information. Vipers are opportunistic creatures after all :-}

Launchy also has a plugin development community and has generated buzz in the blogosphere.

Congratulations to Josh Karlin for creating such a useful tool, keep up the great work!