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Auslogics Browser Care 2.0 puts you back in control of your browser’s key settings
August 20, 2014 – 16:07 | No Comment

Auslogics has released Auslogics Browser Care 2.0, a major new version of its Windows browser management tool that’s aimed at novices.
Version 2.0 adds a new system health scanner tool, promises better handling of Chrome, Firefox …

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Snap Clap takes better selfies with a clap of your hands [Android]
August 20, 2014 – 08:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The average selfie can look a little strange, oddly framed and at a weird angle as you strain to fit everybody in. Usually no-one cares – it’s supposed to be spontaneous, that’s that point – but sometimes you just can’t get any kind of picture, no matter what you try.

Snap Clap is a simple Android app which helps out by taking a photo when you clap your hands. No stretching or contortions required, just position the camera as required, walk into shot and clap your hands. A four second countdown and a flashing light tells you Snap Clap has activated, then the photo is taken.

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Quickly access 30+ antivirus cleanup tools with Antivirus Remover
August 20, 2014 – 06:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Antivirus software installations are often complex, involving many low-level alterations to your PC and its settings. Sometimes they don’t work as they should – or the regular uninstaller fails to remove them completely – and this can leave you with all kinds of frustrating problems and system instabilities.

Security vendors often have stand-alone tools to properly remove and clean up after their products. A quick web search should point you in the right direction, but if you’re regularly cleaning up other people’s PCs then the free Antivirus Remover could save you a little time.

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Convert eBooks between 25+ formats with TEBookConverter
August 19, 2014 – 05:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EBooks come in many different formats, and while some are easy to read anywhere (PDF, DOCX) others can be much trickier to handle outside of your regular reader (FB2, PDB). If that’s a problem, you might like to try TEBookConverter, a portable tool for Windows which converts these more awkward eBooks into something you can access just about anywhere.

The program is essentially a shell for Calibre, which immediately gives it support for 25+ common formats: djvu, docx, epub, fb2, html, mobi, pdf and more.

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Make notes, to-do lists or outlines with CherryTree
August 18, 2014 – 10:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CherryTree is a versatile free tool for brainstorming, planning, creating to-do lists, managing tasks, and generally keeping yourself organised.

This works much like many similar programs. You’ll create a few “nodes” – folders on a tree – to structure your ideas. Each node is effectively a separate page where you can enter whatever text notes, links, images, tables, lists, files and more.

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Get more from the command line with EventSentry SysAdmin Tools
August 18, 2014 – 07:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Although Windows has a reasonable set of command line tools, they’ve not changed much in recent years. Microsoft presumably hopes you’ll master PowerShell and build anything else you need for yourself.

Alternatively, you could just install EventSentry SysAdmin Tools, a free collection of 35+ (mostly) console-based programs to help you with various file system, network and monitoring tasks.

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HaveClip synchronises clipboards across your network
August 16, 2014 – 05:40 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

There are many ways to exchange data between applications, but the clipboard is probably the simplest. Copy here, paste there: easy.

The open-source HaveClip takes this idea to the next level by synchronising clipboards across your network. Copy text, an image, maybe a file on one computer – Windows, Mac or Linux – and it’ll be (almost) immediately available from another.

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Quickly share a folder of photos online with MyImgur
August 15, 2014 – 08:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Sharing photos online can sometimes be an awkward process, where you’re forced to visit some ad-packed website, maybe sign up for an account, then enter all your details before you can do anything at all.

Fortunately MyImgur bypasses all the usual hassles, and allows you to share a batch of photos with almost no work at all.

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Patients beware: Surgeon Simulator out now on Android
August 14, 2014 – 13:39 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Wannabe medical students everywhere, it’s time to rejoice: popular PC game Surgeon Simulator is finally out on Android.

As usual, you get to save the lives of your grateful patients on a daily basis. Or butcher them mercilessly; it’s your call, really.

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lessmsi: browse msi files without installing anything
August 14, 2014 – 12:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

lessmsi-200-175An msi file is a setup program based on Windows Installer, and, most of the time, it’s very easy to handle. You want to install some application, you’ve downloaded the appropriate msi, so now just run it and work your way through the setup process.

But what if you’re not sure what the msi file does, what it contains? Maybe you’d like to extract one or two of its files without installing the whole application. Either way, you need a copy of lessmsi.

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ZPAQ: fast, feature-packed archiving for the command line
August 14, 2014 – 07:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

It first appeared around 25 years ago, but zip is still a great format for archiving, not least because it’s so widely supported. Send “stuff.zip” to anyone, on any platform, and they’ll have no problem in viewing its contents.

If you’re just archiving files for yourself, though, there are many interesting alternatives – and the command line ZPAQ is a great example.

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Panda 2015 consumer range now available
August 13, 2014 – 13:37 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Panda Security has announced the launch of its 2015 consumer range, claiming that it’s “lighter, safer and easier to use than ever before”.

Protection is improved with the new XMT (Extreme Malware Terminator) Smart Engineering engine. This isn’t just marketing spin, either: the latest AV-Test and AV-Comparatives reports both saw XMT-powered products at the top of the list.

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