One of my favorite things related to system administration is discovering a cache of free utilities – the programs designed to handle those little tasks you haven't been able to handle or get around to. Timo Salmi, a professor at the University of Vaasa in
CHOOSE: A version of the old CHOICE command for batch files, doubly useful now that CHOICE is no longer supported by Windows 2000, XP or Server 2003.
DELE: A replacement of sorts for the command-line DEL function. Rather than deleting a file outright, it moves it to a designated trash folder so it can be recovered later if need be. If you have batch files or other automated operations that use DEL, you can substitute DELE.
FILEAGE: Finds out how old a file is; very handy is you don't want to deduce this by performing data math on a file (especially when dealing with things like irregular months or leap days).
FULLNAME: A context-menu add-on that produces a DOS box with the full path to the target file.
RECENT: Searches folders for recent files. For instance, any file modified today after 3 p.m. or only files made yesterday.
WHEREIS: Finds a given file or set of files anywhere on a drive. Results can be sorted by date, and hidden files can also be searched.
XPMOVE: Moves files from one folder to another if an older file with the same name is found in the target folder. This utility is a simpler version of a tool like Microsoft's SyncToy (a personal favorite), since it doesn't do recursion across multiple folders.
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This was first published in December 2005