HazteK Software

The home of StorURL, TrueIP, SMTP Mail Sender and many other freeware tools

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Welcome to HazteK Software, the home of many freeware applications including StorURL, TrueIP, SMTP Mail Sender and many more. Feel free to browse around, and if you see anything that interests you, go ahead and give it a try. Everything on this site is free to use for personal use. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact via the Contact page linked at the top of the site. Thank you for visiting, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Latest Blog Posts

June 15, 2021
StorURLIn the past year or two, there has been a shift on the web to disable TLS 1.0 and 1.1, with sites preferring TLS 1.2 or higher. StorURL is built on the older .NET 3.5 framework for maximum compatibility with systems as low as Windows XP all the way up to the latest versions of Windows 10. Unfortunately, this version of the framework does not have native support for TLS 1.2 and higher. Microsoft has released a patch for this, but it seems that it does not always get deployed via Windows Update. I did not realize this when implementing support for TLS 1.2 in the code, as it worked on all of my initial test systems. As I have encountered more systems, it appears that there is a reasonably large number of Windows computers out there that did not automatically receive this patch through Windows Update.

I have created links directly to the necessary patch from Microsoft in the Prerequisites section of the StorURL application page. If you are having problems launching the latest versions of StorURL, this is most likely the issue you are running into. There is a different patch download depending on if you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8/10, so make sure you grab the correct one.

If you have installed this patch, and you are still unable to launch StorURL, please get in contact and I'll hopefully be able to help troubleshoot and resolve the problem.
September 10, 2021
My music collection is strewn all over my various hard drives, and I've been required to bring along all of my external drives every time I travel to/from my job, now that I am back in the office a few days a week. It was frustrating to lug those around regularly, and so I worked to migrate all of my music to my internal storage on my laptop. One drawback to this process was that some of my music was already on the internal storage, but those same files also existed on my external drives, which were really hold overs from my previous computer that I never merged. Because of this, when I migrated all my music together into a single Winamp playlist, there were a lot of duplicates. While it doesn't make a big difference if the same song is on a playlist of 3000+ songs, it annoyed me when it would play the same song twice in a short period of time when on random, just because it was in the list twice. Just like that, Playlist Cleaner was born. I know it's a pretty specific niche tool, but I figured it would be good to share with the two or three other people in the world who also maybe have this problem and search the web to solve it.

Another recent tool I've built is Network Profile Editor. This came about after a conversation with a co-worker on why her network was labeled as "Frontier873" even though she was on campus and definitely not connected to a Frontier network. I did a little research and found that the only way to rename profiles was to edit the registry manually. It worked, but seemed like a lot of work for such a small convenience. I took a few hours to work on a simple application to let us modify our network profiles without digging through the registry. It's just a cleaner interface to the same end goal. Since this seemed like something that others have wondered about in the past, I decided to package up the tool and release it on my site.
May 18, 2021
StorURL has a popular feature called Tree View mode which lists all bookmarks in a simple tree structure that is easy to navigate. Because it was so popular, but slightly annoying to use within the application itself, I came up with this new solution: StorURL Mini. It is basically just the Tree View mode broken out into its own application. This means once you have a basic database setup with the full application, you can just use this for day-to-day bookmarking purposes.

If you like using StorURL to manage your bookmarks, and prefer the Tree View mode over the standard desktop mode, then you may want to give this new application a try! This application has been built using the .NET 4.8 framework and the latest NuGet packages, so it will be easier to maintain and keep up to date in the future. Since this is a brand new application, if you find any bugs or issues, please let me know.

Happy mini bookmarking!
February 20, 2020
TCP Checker ScreenshotI recently needed to test whether a TCP connection could be made between a monitoring server and one of the servers it is monitoring. Because of limited visibility into IP routing and firewall rules, I was unable to verify what was causing the connection issue it was having. The monitoring server didn't have a telnet client installed on it, so I was unable to quickly use that to verify whether a socket connection was possible. Since I didn't have admin rights to install the client, I whipped up this little portable tool called TCP Checker. It let me figure out very quickly whether it was a transport layer issue or an application layer issue. I cleaned it up a bit, and added some prettiness to it, and now it's available for you to download as well. If you ever need to quickly determine if your firewall admin is blocking you from doing something, this tool can help you diagnose. :)
August 29, 2019
Color Picker ScreenshotWhen developing websites or applications, sometimes you want to match colors or even just figure out what color is being used. There are many tools out on the market, both for pay and for free that will let you select any color on the screen and display its properties. Color Picker is one of those tools. It doesn't do anything any better than the others out there, but it is very, very simple. It only does one thing, and hopefully does it well.

If you are interested in using such a tool, and you aren't one for excessive functionality, give it a look and see if it will work for you. If you aren't in the market for something like this, thanks for visiting, maybe something else around here might be of interest to you. Any way you slice it, I hope you have a great day.
August 14, 2019
Old Clock ScreenshotI recently was required to "upgrade" from Windows 7 to Windows 10 when I got a new computer at work. For the most part, Windows 10 is not too bad, but there are a few annoyances that come along with it. One of them, for me, is the new calendar when you click on the taskbar clock. I don't like the way the calendar scrolls one week at a time. In Windows 7, the calendar scrolled one month at a time when using the mouse wheel, which is much more preferable.

So after searching the web and trying various registry hacks that no longer work with the latest builds of Windows, I decided to fix the problem myself. After a few hours of hacking away at Win32 API stuff, I have come up with Old Clock! Yeah, real original name, I know. But the gist of it is that it's an old clock for your new version of Windows. Nothing fancy, minimal resources, the way I like my widgets.

If you are interested in this new tool, feel free to check it out on the application page. If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to contact me and let me know!
July 26, 2019
I've decided to revamp the HazteK Software website to make it a bit slimmer. I've noticed that the old Wordpress site has been dog slow lately, and I felt like I could increase its speed a bit by narrowing it down to just the things the site needs.

If you find anything wrong or broken on the site now that it has been switched over to the new one, please let me know via the Contact page. Any bug reports will be greatly appreciated.
May 8, 2019
Woohoo! As of earlier this week, more than 500,000 downloads of various free applications have occurred. Thanks to all of those who have tried and enjoyed using my applications. I'm glad that you have found something of mine useful enough to spend the time and resources to download and try it out. HazteK Software has been around since 2002, and the applications available on the site have come a long way. These stats are only from data going back to 2017, so technically there probably way more downloads than this, but I will celebrate 500k. Thank you again to all of those who have joined me on this journey, see you when we hit 1 million!

Here are a few number highlights:
  • StorURL: 123,486
  • SMTP Mail Sender: 87,211
  • TrueIP: 62,543
February 26, 2019
Recently I have been receiving a lot of support requests stating that TrueIP is sending excessive emails or flip-flopping because the service is down. I've done a bit of digging, and it seems like the problem is tied to the http://myip.dnsomatic.com URL that is supplied by default with TrueIP. Some people are having issues with that service. I am not sure if they are being blocked or rate limited due to excessive checking, or if there is a real problem with the service. It is a 3rd party service that I have no control over. The solution for now seems to be to just switch to a different external IP address provider.

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October 27, 2018
Recently it has come to my attention that the updater tool that is released with a few different HazteK Software applications, including StorURL, has been having problems trying to check for and download updates. This seems to stem from the fact that the .NET 2.0 framework that it is built on does not support the latest version of TLS, but my hosting provider requires it for HTTPS queries. Unfortunately, this means the updater will be unable to update itself, since it is currently checking the HTTPS URL for the updates website. Since you will not be able to update automatically, you will need to download the latest version of your favorite applications to get the new updater. You can also just grab the latest updater executable directly and replace the one you current have on your system.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section or get in contact with me directly.

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