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LibreOffice 5.1 reorganises user interface, reduces start-up times
February 10, 2016 – 09:29 | No Comment

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.1 64-bit and LibreOffice 5.1 32-bit. It comes just under six months after version 5.0 debuted back in August yet unveils some major changes to the user interface as …

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binvis.io is the visual way to analyse binary files
February 12, 2016 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

binvis.ioExploring the structure of binary files can be very useful for identifying malware, and tools like PeStudio and HxD may help point you in the right direction.

But if you find they bury you in fine detail, when you’re more interested in the big picture, then you might like to try another approach.

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Instantly switch to favorite folders with Quick Access Popup
February 10, 2016 – 07:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Quick Access PopupIt happens all the time. You’re working in Explorer, maybe opening or saving a file, but the current folder is so far away that you have to click, and click, and click to get there.

Quick Access Popup – a new and improved version of Folders Popup – is a freeware tool which ensures your favorite folders and apps are only ever a click or two away.

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Copyfish extends its free OCR to the desktop
February 9, 2016 – 08:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CopyfishCopyfish is a free Chrome extension which can extract text from just about anything in a browser tab – images, videos, documents, more – and optionally translate it, too.

That’s great, but it’s just got even better, with new support for desktop OCR.

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Covertly monitor PCs and Macs with ActivTrak
February 9, 2016 – 07:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ActivTrakActivTrak is a professional cloud-managed service which can help you covertly monitor activity on PCs and Macs.

The system is extremely easy to set up, very difficult for others to spot, and provides a range of usage reports which you can access from anywhere.

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SSuite NoteBook Editor: not just another WordPad replacement
February 8, 2016 – 08:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SSuite Notebook EditorIf you’ve tried your share of WordPad replacements then you’ll know they’re usually identikit me-too products with barely any interesting ideas of their own.

SSuite NoteBook Editor is a rare exception which manages to bring something a little more original to the standard text editing feature list.

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Sidebar Diagnostics is a stylish system monitor for your desktop
February 8, 2016 – 05:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Sidebar DiagnosticsSidebar Diagnostics is a well-designed professional system monitor for Windows Vista and later.

No, we’re not usually interested in this kind of tool, either, but wait – this is a package you might actually want to use.

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How to boot a USB key in VirtualBox
February 5, 2016 – 08:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Virtual Machine USB BootVirtualBox is an amazing virtualisation tool, ideal for all kinds of software testing situations – unless they involve booting from USB, where there’s no direct support at all.

There’s a workaround which will sort-of solve the problem, no additional software required, but it’s awkward and inflexible.

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Protect your PC from the latest threats with Shade Sandbox
February 4, 2016 – 06:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Shade SandboxSandboxing is a smart technology which isolates programs from the operating system, preventing them from making any permanent changes.

Run your browser in a sandbox, say, and it won’t matter if you’re hit by a drive-by download, a toolbar gets installed or your home page is updated: clear the sandbox and all changes will be lost.

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Build your own Windows 10 update-blocker with Aegis
February 3, 2016 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AegisThere are now a pile of Microsoft telemetry and Windows 10 update-blockers around, all claiming to protect your privacy and get rid of annoying “upgrade to Windows 10” alerts.

Unfortunately most give very few details of what they’re doing. You have to click the “Disable evil stuff” button and hope the developer has got it right.

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Download files from a script with fGet
February 2, 2016 – 07:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

fgetFoolish IT has released fGet, a freeware portable tool which enables downloading files from a script.

The program uses Internet Explorer components to handle the tricky bits, which means the fGet executable can be a tiny 51.1KB.

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netboot.xyz boots PCs from an image on the web
February 2, 2016 – 06:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

netboot.xyzIf you’ve been managing computers for a few years then you’ve probably build up a library of supporting discs or USB keys. OS installers, antivirus rescue discs, backup tools, partition repair, hardware checkers, and the list goes on.

These aren’t just a hassle to build. You’ll also need to keep them up-to-date, and make sure they’re around and working whenever you need them.

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