FastCopy – Moving / Copying files Lightning fast on Windows

Anyone that has been working on a Windows based system (Regardless of what version) groans everytime you have to copy or move many files from a drive to another…

I did however find this little gem that takes most of the pain out of it;

FastCopy is the Fastest Copy/Delete Software on Windows.

It supports UNICODE and over MAX_PATH 260 byte pathname files. It automatically selects different method according to whether Source and DestDir are in the same or different HDD.

  • Diff HDD Reading and writing are processed respectively in parallel by another thread.
  • Same HDD Reading are processed until the big buffer fills.

When the big buffer filled, writing are started and processed in bulk.Because Reading/Writing are processed with no OS cache at all, other applications aren’t easy to become heavy.

It can bring out Reading/Writing performance that is close to device limit.Include/Exclude Filter UNIX Wildcard style can be specified. It runs lightly, because MFC is not used. made by Win32 API and C Runtime only

You can modify this software, because all source codes have been opened to the public in the BSD license.

Editors note: And no it’s not an April Fools joke 🙂
Get it via FastCopy.

Introducing a Tool for Namespacing PHP5 Prefixed codebases

Ralph Schindler writes;
Hey All-

Over the past few days, I’ve been working on a tool that I think might help expedite the task of converting all of our code into a Namespaced codebase.  Currently, it’s been tested on simple components like Zend_Acl and Zend_Filter and over the course of the next few days, we’ll be applying it to some of the more complex components.

What it does..

This tool is a command line tool.  First, you may get it from my GitHub repository:

git clone


Just download the tar/gz/zip via the github interface.

Inside here you’ll find a bin/ library/ and test/ directory, the namespacer tool is located in this library.  To get the basic help screen, simply run ‘php bin/php-namespacer.php -h’.  This will give you a couple of available options to understand what the various command line switches do.  Personally, I create a link from somewhere in my path, usually $HOME/bin/php-namespacer to path/to/PHPTools/bin/php-namespacer.php, this makes it easier to run the command from anywhere in your filesystem.

To be able to get up and running with it quickly, I suggest running to tool in the following manner to get an idea of what it will produce:

bash> php-namespacer -l=../library/ -d=Zend/Acl -p=Zend -o=./tmp/ -m=./tmp/

Here are is what the above is going to do:

  • with the -l switch, you are telling it the location of a library this is typically the same directory you’d add to an include_path
  • with the -d switch, you are telling the tool that of all the classes it comes across in the library, only work on this particular directory
  • -p is the prefix we want to work on, in our case Zend/
  • -o is the directory where you want your new files written to
  • -m is the directory where an XML file will be produced of all the name translations that have taken place.

The full library is supplied so that the tool can iterate all files for class names that might be present inside the working directory’s files.

This is so that it knows what those translations will be once those components are eventually converted (assuming they are part of the same effort).

This tool will OPTIONALLY convert names in docblock ONLY if you have the pecl ext/docblock extension compiled and enabled (  Otherwise it will not touch the docblocks.

I have to admit that even though we are seeing some great results so far, this tool is still in it’s infancy.  We are opening it up to you for feedback and if you find it useful, to run it over your own code to see if it does the job of converting prefixed PHP5 code into namespaced PHP 5.3 code.

I’ll let everyone get a chance to run the tool and produce some output first before we start discussing the actual output and file contents.

For discussion purposes, we’ve been heavily looking at simpler components like Zend_Acl, Zend_Filter and Zend_Config- but don’t let that stop you from running it over other components or even your own code.

Let me know what you think!

Ralph Schindler

Translate Toolkit & Pootle

This entry is part [part not set] of 1 in the series Translation Tools

I’ve got a whole lot of questions about what tools other than poedit that exists especially for teams, so I’ll start going through and try to review tools available and add them to the new Translation Tools article series.

I hope you’ll find this useful.

The Translate project provides tools to make it easier for you to localize. Tools that work with standards based file formats like PO and XLIFF because you deserve the best. Our goal is to make your life as a localizer easier, help you work faster and keep your work at a high quality.

Virtaal – Standalone CAT Tool

Demonstration of new features in the latest Virtaal release. Virtaal is an open source computer aided translation and localisation tool. You can read more about it at Virtaal. Virtaal aims to be simple to use for first time localisers yet powerful for experienced localisers. Features include translation memory from many sources, sophisticated searching, a simple and powerful navigation interface and more. The developers are aiming to include terminology support in the next release and make it easier to configure the translation memory and terminology plugins.

Pootle web-based translation tool

If you require team based the Pootle web-based translation tool and translation management solution might be what you want.

Check out:  Translate Toolkit & Pootle website.

Your Bookmarklets, On Steroids – Quix

Your Bookmarklets, On Steroids

Quix is an extensible bookmarklet, that allows you to easily access all your bookmarks and bookmarklets, across all your browsers, while maintaining them in only one spot. All you have to do is remember the shortcut for the bookmarklet, so, basically, it’s like a command line for your browser!

Quix comes with an enormous amount of powerful commands built in: check out the video below, or the first steps guide, after that, check out how to integrate it with your browser, and all the commands that are available by default.

via Your Bookmarklets, On Steroids – Quix.