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This is a list of the best free downloadable tech shows currently available on the Internet. These shows are also referred to as vidcasts, VODcasts, videozines, and IPTV. This site is currently only for video content, and will not list tech podcasts. This list will be regularly updated with new shows and information. Send any comments or show suggestions to techshows@gmail.com.

commandN is a weekly web news video show that covers technology trends online and offline. The show started on a Toronto waterfront rock with a PowerBook, an iSight, and Quicktime Broadcaster (and Le Tigre's "Tell you now" as musical inspiration).

Hosted by Amber Mac and Mike Lazazzera. Click here to visit the commandN website.

is a podcast where Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht chat about the
most dug stories of the week on the website
. This is the video release of that popular

Click here
to visit the Diggnation website.

Digital Life TV is hosted by industry expert Patrick Norton and offers up news of the day, new product reviews, technology help, and more.

Click here to visit the Digital Life TV website.

With nothing more than a computer, a connection, a camera and a dream, an individual has the power to utilize off-the-shelf technologies in ways never before thought possible in order to transform this dream into a reality. Not TV. Dot TV. This is From The Shadows.

Hosted by Tom Rowles and John Hering. Click here to visit the From The Shadows website.

Go Open is a South African-created TV series that aired in late 2004, and is dedicated to open-source software. Created for a mainstream audience, the show features a hyperkinetic presenter and interviews and showcases from both the South African and world open-source/free software scene. As the official Go Open website explains: "The program will showcase success stories, interviews with the top local and international pioneers, and the latest products and news from the open source world."

Hosted by John Vlismas. Click here to visit the Go Open website.

Hak.5 (Hack Point Five) is a variety tech show with experiments, hacks, mods, code, and laughs. Join the modders, gamers, hackers, and command-line junkies on the 5th of every month. Each episode is between 20 and 30 minutes.

Hosted by Darren and Wess. Click here to visit the Hak.5 website.

macTV is a daily videocast which provides Apple and Mac related videos. Presented in stunning H.264 quality.

Click here to visit the macTV website.

Open Alpha is a show about games, the technology behind them, and whatever other cool stuff Jenn can get her hands on.

Hosted by Jenn Cutter. Click here to visit the Open Alpha website.

Pure Pwnage (pronounced "Pure Ownage") is an internet video series by ROFLMAO Productions featuring a Canadian named Jeremy who is a pro gamer. The show is essentially a comical satire of the "gamer's life". Settings for the show include Toronto and occasionally Calgary. Jeremy reveals to the viewers throughout the series what it is like to be a pro gamer. He claims to have so-called "Über Micro" which he shows to fellow gamers as a way of communication.

Click here to visit the Pure Pwnage website.

Rocketboom is a three minute daily video weblog. Agenda includes releasing each new clip at 8am est, Monday through Friday. Some topics involve New York City, the arts, technology, internet culture, commentary on internet culture, and so on. Rocketboom is currently one of the most popular videoblogs on the internet with more daily subscribers for original syndicated multimedia content than nearly any other site, including podcasts.

Hosted by Amanda Congdon. Click here to visit the Rocketboom website.

Systm is a downloadable how-to technology show geared towards teaching the common geek various hot topics and projects. Each episode focuses on one subject and is between 10-15 minutes in length.

Hosted by Kevin Rose and Dan Huard. Click here to visit the Systm website.

thebroken is a downloadable computer hacking show geared toward anyone interested in learning more about computer security. Each episode focuses on several subjects and is between 20-30 minutes in length. If it's shady, underground... or borderline illegal, it's thebroken.

Hosted by Kevin Rose and Dan Huard. Click here to visit the thebroken website.

The Packet Sniffers is an independently produced TV show based in Bloomington Indiana. It focuses on computers and technology, with a broad swath of anything remotely connected to those in between.

Click here to visit the The Packet Sniffers website.

The.Scene is a miniseries about the warez scene created by Jun Group Entertainment. This first-of-its-kind film is targeted to P2P users, both in distribution, subject and style. The story centers around Drosan (Brian Sandro), a member of a fictitious pirate group called CPX. Drosan is forced by circumstances to sell the pre-release films to commercial pirates in Asia. Each episode is filmed as a combination of a webcam video showing one of the actors superimposed on their desktop, showing e-mail, IRC and IM conversations.

Click here to visit the

The.Scene website.

is an Internet TV show for gamers, by gamers. It covers all sides of gaming! A few topics include interviews with major players in the gaming scene, hardware reviews that will help your gaming experience get to the next level, and how to pull off the perfect gaming event; no matter the size.

Hosted by Chad Dyle. Click here to visit the WASD website.

Hidden Windows Apps

August 17th, 2005
To run any of these apps go to Start > Run and type the executable name (ie charmap).


1) Character Map = charmap.exe (very useful for finding unusual characters)

2) Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe

3) Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe (views contents of Windows clipboard)

4) Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (Troubleshooting tool)

5) DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (Diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards)

6) Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (allows creation or modification of characters)

7) IExpress Wizard = iexpress.exe (Create self-extracting / self-installing package)

8) Microsoft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe (appears to allow synchronization of files on the network for when working offline. Apparently undocumented).

9) Windows Media Player 5.1 = mplay32.exe (Retro version of Media Player, very basic).

10) ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32.exe (something to do with databases)

11) Object Packager = packager.exe (to do with packaging objects for insertion in files, appears to have comprehensive help files).

12) System Monitor = perfmon.exe (very useful, highly configurable tool, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about any aspect of PC performance, for uber-geeks only )

13) Program Manager = progman.exe (Legacy Windows 3.x desktop shell).

14) Remote Access phone book = rasphone.exe (documentation is virtually non-existant).

15) Registry Editor = regedt32.exe [also regedit.exe] (for hacking the Windows Registry).

16) Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network).

17) File signature verification tool = sigverif.exe

18) Volume Contro = sndvol32.exe (I’ve included this for those people that lose it from the System Notification area).

19) System Configuration Editor = sysedit.exe (modify System.ini & Win.ini just like in Win98! ).

20) Syskey = syskey.exe (Secures XP Account database – use with care, it’s virtually undocumented but it appears to encrypt all passwords, I’m not sure of the full implications).

21) Microsoft Telnet Client = telnet.exe

22) Driver Verifier Manager = verifier.exe (seems to be a utility for monitoring the actions of drivers, might be useful for people having driver problems. Undocumented).

23) Windows for Workgroups Chat = winchat.exe (appears to be an old NT utility to allow chat sessions over a LAN, help files available).


  1. You forgot one of the most useful winapps of all: msconfig.exe

    Comment by Tom vC — August 18, 2005 @ 5:00 am
  2. Don’t forget Net Meeting = conf.exe

    Comment by FoosYou — August 18, 2005 @ 5:34 am
  3. [...] Just been looking at digg, and found this little gem. It details all the hidden programs in XP. From a telnet client, to a character editer, self extracting setup file maker, and loads of other stuff not mentioned elsewhere in the system. [...]

  4. [...] [...]

    Pingback by bernabauer.com - — August 18, 2005 @ 5:59 am
  5. Microsoft Terminal Services Client = mstsc.exe

    Comment by jesse — August 18, 2005 @ 6:31 am
  6. iexpress = creates self-extracting exe

    Comment by jesse — August 18, 2005 @ 6:33 am
  7. Heres another one: mplayer2.exe – windows media player, slim version if todays WMP, but more complete than mplay32

    Comment by Bilange — August 18, 2005 @ 7:05 am
  8. Oops: “slim version of today’s WMP”.

    Sorry, I can’t type.

    Comment by Bilange — August 18, 2005 @ 7:06 am
  9. Dont forget the most need and usfull of all.

    Calculator – Calc.exe

    Comment by Stove — August 18, 2005 @ 7:15 am
  10. Calc.exe isn’t really hidden though, it’s right in the applications folder.

    Comment by Soritong — August 18, 2005 @ 7:19 am
  11. Don’t forget “services.msc” for tweeks. More complete than “msconfig”

    Comment by soakland2 — August 18, 2005 @ 7:39 am
  12. What is the app to send to another user on the same LAN, that pops up a message on their screen? I used to know it, but I can’t remember …

    Comment by Todzilla — August 18, 2005 @ 7:49 am
  13. type in “control userpasswords2” for another

    Comment by HOowahman — August 18, 2005 @ 7:54 am
  14. disc cleanup and character map aint hidden, their in system tools under accessories

    Comment by paul_pso — August 18, 2005 @ 8:00 am
  15. nobody mentioned ‘sfc’, system file checker utility repairs internet explorer. type “sfc /scannow”

    Comment by neptune — August 18, 2005 @ 8:18 am
  16. type in “control userpasswords2” for another

    Comment by Dan — August 18, 2005 @ 9:21 am
  17. you mean net send?


    Comment by smnirven — August 18, 2005 @ 9:28 am
  18. Todzilla, you’re probably thinking about ‘net send’. you’ll have to open a command prompt (start->run->cmd) and type ‘net /?’ for usage and ‘net send /?’ for specifics of that command. It pops up a message box on whichever machinename you pass it. But careful, it’s easy to accidentally send a broadcast message too.

    Comment by Brian — August 18, 2005 @ 9:31 am
  19. In response to #12, Todzilla, you’re thinking of ‘net send message’

    Comment by J — August 18, 2005 @ 9:45 am
  20. Bilange wrote: “Heres another one: mplayer2.exe – windows media player, slim version if todays WMP, but more complete than mplay32”

    If you like mplayer2, you’ll love Media Player Classic.

    Comment by Mitchell — August 18, 2005 @ 9:50 am
  21. Nice list – there were some on there that I wasn’t familiar with.

    Comment by Jeffrey Tindillier — August 18, 2005 @ 10:01 am
  22. edit.exe – Think notepad, but in a retro kinda way.

    Comment by Micah — August 18, 2005 @ 11:03 am
  23. hey!! dont forget the uber program
    Type in fragdrive to frag the hardrive. can b used on comps of ppl u dont like!! lol

    Comment by billy — August 18, 2005 @ 11:07 am
  24. This sure is one useful list for braindead, you forgot the format.com though

    Comment by sonny — August 18, 2005 @ 11:16 am
  25. sndrec32 = quick and dirty .wav recorder / editor tool

    Comment by mdub — August 18, 2005 @ 11:27 am
  26. sndrec32.exe used to record and play wav files. Can be used to rip audio from line/mic in and some basic sound editing

    Comment by hiway7 — August 18, 2005 @ 11:54 am
  27. [...] Hidden Windows Apps [...]

  28. [...] “Hidden” apps in Windows XP. [...]

    Pingback by boredumb » It’s time to write — August 18, 2005 @ 12:25 pm
  29. Please change the color scheme of your site. The current scheme makes it very hard to read anything. Gray text on white background is just not a good choice.

    Comment by T — August 18, 2005 @ 12:28 pm
  30. For you XP users gpedit.msc is a system control utility like no other!

    Comment by RyanF — August 18, 2005 @ 1:48 pm
  31. oh… you can use ‘winchat.exe’ for a fun 2 way chat session with people at work!


    Comment by gauge — August 18, 2005 @ 2:38 pm
  32. [...] lHidden Windows XP Apps [...]

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  33. [...] (via soritong.computingxp.com) [...]

    Pingback by Hidden Windows apps - Broke Kid — August 18, 2005 @ 3:15 pm
  34. netsh.exe – I use it all the time to automatically change my laptop’s IP address and network settings when switching networks (home, work, ...).

    Oh, and since you mentioned “telnet”, there’s also “ftp”, “ping”, “nslookup”, “tracert”, “netstat”, “route”, “ipconfig”, ...

    Comment by Chris — August 18, 2005 @ 3:41 pm
  35. Please don’t gripe about the site you’re coming to for kicks.

    Comment by Dave — August 18, 2005 @ 3:49 pm
  36. Is it possible to create a root account on windows?

    Comment by Jon — August 18, 2005 @ 4:46 pm
  37. [...] Little Box has a list of some very useful “hidden” windows apps that can be accessed right throught the Windows “run” command (hint: use windows key + R). Some apps to note include the Character Map (for those umlauts and other strange characters), Clipboard Viewer and DirectX Diagnosis. [...]

    Pingback by Crashpod » Blog Archive » Hidden Windows Apps — August 18, 2005 @ 5:59 pm
  38. lusrmgr.msc = local user manager for managing local windows accounts

    Comment by Rhino — August 18, 2005 @ 8:19 pm
  39. Thanks lot.
    I’ll copy that.

    Comment by Whizz — August 18, 2005 @ 9:33 pm
  40. your “gpedit.msc” don’t work!!

    Comment by bobweotababyitsagirl — August 18, 2005 @ 9:44 pm
  41. This is kind of a lame topic those apps are usually available from the start menu. Most cases they Microsoft apps are usually non efficient when cleaning up problems. The best way to get things fixed on your windows machine is to use 3rd party apps.

    Comment by DaveP — August 18, 2005 @ 10:37 pm
  42. verifier.exe is a driver stress testing tool. do not use it if you are not sure what you are doing. it will most likely crash your system if you have drivers installed that have not been extensivly tested.

    Comment by Volker — August 18, 2005 @ 10:38 pm
  43. “gpedit.msc” may only be available on XP Professional, sounds liek the sort of thing that would be unavailable in XP Home.

    Comment by Bobby — August 19, 2005 @ 1:14 am
  44. Again, verifier.exe is a stress testing tool to find not well tested drivers and should not be used if you dont know what you are doing. It may prevent your system from starting and trigger stop errors ( BSOD ).

    Comment by Volker — August 19, 2005 @ 7:34 am
  45. “control” will bring up the Control Panel

    “shutdown -a” to abort a Shutdown

    Comment by MrE — August 20, 2005 @ 12:42 am
  46. Don’t forget appwiz.cpl

    Comment by Ryan Waddell — August 20, 2005 @ 12:20 pm
  47. [...] to read the comments too. By Thomas Henwood Category: Software Linking Blogs NoComments [...]

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  48. Here’s a helpful tool for connecting and disconnecting from network resources (printers, shares, etc.)—net use. Open a cmd window and type “net use /?” for usage guidelines.

    Comment by thefultonhow — August 20, 2005 @ 7:33 pm
  49. [...] Puedes ver una lista de algunos programas que a�n se encuentran, la mayor�a aplicaciones ocultas de Windows que ayudan en determinada tarea. [...]

  50. [...] Little Box lists a bunch of handy little Windows applications that should always be in the drop down of your Start > Run box (or just Windows+Run). Nothing revolutionary, some are even in the Start Menu, but all power users should be required to know everything on the list (and in the comments). My favorites? Winchat, for a simple two-way LAN chat, Mplayer2, which exposes some advanced video codec setting Windows Media Player does not, and MSConfig, for stopping annoying startup programs. (via Download Squad > Findory/) Posted: 8/21/2005 by Nathan Weinberg in: [...]

  51. [...] http://www.soritong.computingxp.com/?p=25 Oooh. This is cool. A large list of all the hidden Windows apps you never knew about. You’ve gotta read the comments as well for the good ones. [...]

    Pingback by Dylan’s Blog » Windows Apps — August 21, 2005 @ 5:34 am
  52. Windows XP hidden apps

    I like lists!
    Little box has a great list (added to by some great comments) of hidden Windows XP apps that you can run from the Start > Run dialog box (you can also access it using Windows key + R). Check it out! There may be stuff here you n…

    Trackback by Is there a PC Doctor in the house? — August 21, 2005 @ 1:49 pm
  53. What about
    tracert ibm.com (TCP/IP TRaceroute)
    ping ibm.com (TCP/IP ping)

    I use that sometimes ;) I might have overlooked it.

    Comment by OliverG — August 21, 2005 @ 2:58 pm
  54. Excellent list; thanks. BTW, to deal with sites like this that use poor-contrast colour schemes, one solution is to install the excellent Web Developer’s Toolbar from chrispederick.com, and select “Disable Page Colors” from the first menu. Works like a charm—and it’s only one of hundreds of other useful tricks. Of course, you need to be using Firefox or Mozilla, but hey – who’s mad enough to still use Internet Explorer? (No, don’t answer that.)

    Comment by Eric TF Bat — August 21, 2005 @ 7:00 pm
  55. msinfo32

    quick glimpse of system

    Comment by Mr. Peter Wu — August 22, 2005 @ 6:58 am
  56. Another useful one… osk.exe an on-screen keyboard.

    Comment by Buddha — August 22, 2005 @ 7:40 am
  57. ftp … you forgot the ftp command
    the dir command
    the cd command


    Comment by Olaf — August 22, 2005 @ 3:26 pm
  58. [...] read more | digg story [...]

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  59. All are very nice informations.

    Comment by K.Senthil Kumar — August 22, 2005 @ 7:58 pm
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  61. FYI, syskey.exe can do one of two things: a) move the key used to decrypt the SAM database to a floppy disk so that booting into Windows requires having the floppy at hand, or b) encrypt the key with a password so that booting into Windows requires knowing the password. Both of these provide extra security forserver administrators, but are not recommended for ordinary users or workstation/personal computers.

    Comment by Jon — August 23, 2005 @ 6:33 pm
  62. oobe/msoobe /a

    come in handy for checking your activation hack status

    Comment by Mr. Peter Wu — August 24, 2005 @ 9:24 pm

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