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Opera 41 slashes start times, improves newsreader feature
October 25, 2016 – 04:39 | No Comment

Opera Software has released Opera 41 for Windows, Mac and Linux, making reduced start times its major priority. The headline new feature is accompanied by a number of other performance improvements.
Opera 41 also includes a …

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Lock down any PC with Simple Software Restriction Policy
October 24, 2016 – 08:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Simple Software Restriction PolicySimple Software Restriction Policy (SSRP) is a free tool which gives complete control over the folders where software can be executed.

Program Files, System and other folders are allowed by default. But commonly-exploited locations like your desktop and temporary folders are blocked, instantly protecting you from a host of potential threats.

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Wise Program Uninstaller 1.97 removes Windows 10 Universal Apps
October 19, 2016 – 08:14 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Wise Program UninstallerFree cleanup tool Wise Program Uninstaller has been updated to version 1.97 with new support for removing Windows 10 Universal Apps.

It’s easy to use. The interface now lists apps along with your desktop applications, and to remove one you just select it and hit “Safe Uninstall”.

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NirSoft’s EncryptedRegView decrypts and displays secret Registry data
October 19, 2016 – 06:00 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

EncryptedRegViewNirSoft has released EncryptedRegView, a free tool which finds, decrypts and displays Registry data protected by Windows’ DPAPI encryption scheme.

DPAPI isn’t widely used, even by Microsoft products, but the program managed to find Outlook passwords, Microsoft Edge details and a few other interesting items on our test PC.

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Morphine: a web distraction-blocker you might actually use
October 18, 2016 – 12:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MorphineHowever busy you might be, it’s all-too-easy to waste time checking Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many other distracting domains.

Browser add-ons can help you block these sites, but they’re often too restrictive. Limiting access is good, but if they go too far you’ll just uninstall them in a day or two and carry on as before.

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rclone syncs cloud storage files from the command line
October 17, 2016 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

rcloneRclone is an open-source command line tool which enables copying and syncing data to and from a host of popular cloud storage providers.

Supported technologies include Google Drive, Amazon S3, Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore, Dropbox, Google Cloud Storage, Amazon Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Hubic, Backblaze B2, Yandex, and – if all else fails – your local file system.

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ScreenWings prevents malware capturing your screen
October 16, 2016 – 17:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScreenWingsScreenWings is a free Windows tool which prevents malicious software capturing your screen.

The program is convenient to use. There’s no drivers or services involved and it doesn’t require installation, so you can run it from a USB key whenever necessary.

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Create flowcharts, sketches, mind maps and more with SimpleDiagrams
October 14, 2016 – 09:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SimpleDiagramsFlow charts and mind maps are useful tools which can help anyone to organise their ideas, but creating them can be a challenge. Choose the wrong package and it’s all too easy to be buried in enterprise-level detail about SysML or entity relationship diagrams.

SimpleDiagrams (Windows, Mac, $29) takes a friendlier approach. It can create flow charts, sketches, mind maps, UI flow diagrams and more, yet has a straightforward interface which anyone can pick up right away.

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ImBatch 5.10 now creates animated GIFs
October 13, 2016 – 15:34 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ImBatchVersatile image batch processor ImBatch has been updated to 5.10 with a simple “Save to animated GIF” task. The current image list acts as your frames, and you can set one delay to cover all transitions.

The “Set EXIF/IPTC Tag” task has also seen a major extension with new support for file and image attributes.

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A Sharper Scaling resizes images with less blurring
October 13, 2016 – 03:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

A Sharper ScalingA Sharper Scaling is an open-source tool which aims to upscale images to deliver crisper, cleaner results than current techniques, including “Preserve Details”.

Does it work? The developer’s website has a lot of examples to show that it does (beware, this may not be visible at the default display size– follow the instructions and zoom in to get the real high-resolution view).

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Can Process Explorer stop malware infections– not just detect them?
October 12, 2016 – 03:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Process ExplorerSysinternals’ Process Explorer has always been used to detect malware infections, but that’s just the start of its advantages.

Just running the program in the background might stop some threats installing in the first place.

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Camtasia 9 license now gets you Windows and Mac versions
October 11, 2016 – 16:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CamtasiaTechSmith has unveiled Camtasia 9 ($199), a major release for the comprehensive video creator.

License changes don’t usually top the “new features” list, but this one is big: buying a single license now allows you to install Camtasia on both Windows and Mac.

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