Windows 7 is a powerful and useful operating system by Microsoft but it lacks of an easy way to monitor the upload and download speed from the desktop unless you run the huge Resource Monitor and go to the Network tab that is covering the whole screen. If you needed a simple tool that can monitor your network speed at desktop, then you can try NetSpeedMonitor.
NetSpeedMonitor is a lightweight Network Monitoring Toolbar for your Windows Taskbar designed to be used on computers that run Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista or Windows 7. With NetSpeedMonitor you can monitor the current speed (up- and downstream) of your Network Interfaces and the amount of data transferred. In addition to the Connection Table with all TCP/UDP endpoints and the Toolbar Tooltip with a quick and short traffic overview, you can also see detailed daily and monthly Traffic Statistics. NetSpeedMonitor toolbar requires no additional drivers like other Network Monitoring tools do.
After installation, by default it installs a toolbar that shows the upload and download speed at your taskbar. This allows you to easily see the network speed being currently used. Both 32 bit and 64 bit of Windows is supported. Running NetSpeedMonitor at the Windows 7 taskbar takes very little memory usage and nearly zero CPU usage.
Some Internet Service Provider has a feature where it automatically terminates the Internet connection if it finds no data has been coming in or going out from a computer. The good thing about this feature is at least the ISP is aware of keeping an idle computer out from hackers reach when they are not in-front of the computer. However, it can be annoying if you are taking a break and don’t want to reconnect that changes your dynamic IP address. One easy and automated way to keep your connection alive is by using Connection Keeper.
Connection Keeper is an invaluable time-saving tool for dial-up users. This free program simulates Internet browsing (at a random interval) to prevent your connection from appearing idle, thus preventing your ISP from dropping the connection due to inactivity. Connection Keeper can also automatically close many types of popup windows, such as those asking if you wish to stay connected. And if the connection is lost, Connection Keeper can automatically dial back in, restoring the connection as fast as possible.
Connection Keeper still uses a pretty old user interface even though it has been recently updated. Nevertheless, it is still a very powerful application that is able to simulate online activity. Connection Keeper is free and works with all versions of Windows 95, 98, NT4, 2000, ME, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, and 7.
There are not many free software that can control the Internet speed for a particular process. For example you are downloading a huge movie from DivX player and the download is taking up all the bandwidth which leaves you with nothing to use and your web browsing activity is slow as snail. Or probably you are downloading from P2P which is well known for eating up all the bandwidth and you cannot use the Internet for other purposes if it is not correctly configured.
NetBalancer offers a free solution to prioritize traffic on different process that is running on your computer. The free version allows you to only control 5 process at a time but that would normally be enough. You can set the internet speed priority of Low, Normal and High. If you go to Edit > Level Severity, you get to set the default speed for a priority. If you prefer to set a limit, then you can right click on the process and select Limit. Blocking a process from using any of the bandwidth is also possible.
Other than setting bandwidth, NetBalancer can also be used as a network monitoring tool since it can view all connections on the process. It can tell you if a process is secretly sending any data over the Internet. Currently NetBalancer is compatible with Windows XP/2003/Vista/Win7 except Vista/Win7 x64.
Found an image on the Internet but somehow something is missing from it and you want to search for a similar image? What about catching people using your copyrighted images without your permission? Searching for images is not as easy as search for a word or phrase because images doesn’t contain words and it depends on the complex algorithm that an image search engine would have to develop in order to find for images.
Hitachi has created a free online web service called GazoPa that allows anyone to search for similar images on the Internet. Users can search images from the web based on user’s own photo, drawings, images found on the web and keywords. GazoPa enables users to search for a similar image from characteristics such as a color or a shape extracted from an image itself. There are abundant quantities of images on the web, however many of these simply cannot be described by keywords. Since GazoPa uses image features to search other similar images, a vast range of images can be retrieved from the web. GazoPa is a new visual search service that can navigate users to new territories on the web.
There are many methods to search for similar images. You can either upload the image from your computer, paste the image URL, draw a picture and enter keyword to the search field. Do note that the images that you uploaded are not added to the search index for privacy reasons. You can even easily search for similar images by right clicking on an image you see using GazoPa plugin for Firefox. GazoPa is made to search for similar images but not the exact same ones. We have tried uploading a sample image taken from Windows XP by default in Sample Pictures folders “Water lilies.jpg” and GazoPa found 1000 of them with the same measurement.
Most computer users that knows how to use BitTorrent to download movies usually are mad downloaders. Their computer is never shut down and its turned on 24 hours a day and continually downloading non stop. If the user is not sharing the internet connection or do not have an internet plan with limited usage, then it’s fine. But if the internet line is shared, the other users will be affected by the tremendously slow internet speed. For those with wireless broadband where the plans normally have limited bandwidth usage, uTorrent 2.0 new feature Transfer Cap is able to prevent your internet from being overused and leading to bandwidth cap.
What uTorrent Transfer Cap does is it monitors all incoming and outgoing (uploaded or downloaded) bandwidth usage usage and shows you the data. You can configure uTorrent to stop downloading or uploading when it reaches how much bandwidth in how many days.
For example, if your ISP gives only 20GB of usage every 30 days, then you should probably enable uTorrent transfer cap for 10-15GB in 20 days so at least you still have 5-10GB left to use in the remaining 10 days before your lines gets capped and slows down like dial up connection. This transfer cap only monitors internet bandwidth usage and local network usage such as transferring files from one computer to another on the same network are ignored.
If you haven’t upgrade to the latest uTorrent 2.0, you can get it from the link below. You can access the Transfer Cap settings in uTorrent by going to Options in menu bar and go to Preferences. Click on the Transfer Cap at the left pane.