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HoneyView 5.08 adds BPG support
December 23, 2014 – 08:10 | No Comment

Bandisoft has updated its free image viewer HoneyView with support for Fabrice Bellard’s new BPG image format.
BPG (Better Portable Graphics) is an efficient compressed graphics format which can deliver much smaller file sizes than JPG, …

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PyCmd: a smarter command line?
December 27, 2014 – 08:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PyCmdThe Windows command line console is extremely basic, thanks mostly to a horrible interface which hasn’t changed significantly in years.

Windows 10 will bring some improvements, but if you don’t plan on upgrading for a while – or you just can’t wait – then the open source PyCmd delivers a smarter command prompt right now.

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Book wakeup calls from strangers with Wakie
December 26, 2014 – 08:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WakieThere are a vast number of alarm clock apps available for every platform, most of which are tired variations on the same thing: choose a skin, set a wakeup sound/ method, and that’s about it.

Wakie is an iOS and Android alarm clock app with a difference. Forget custom audio files or complicated snooze functions, instead you’re called by another Wakie user, who chats, sings songs, ask you questions, or otherwise gets your day off to a much more interesting start.

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Create instant Christmas mosaics with PhotoSpills
December 24, 2014 – 10:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

It’s no secret that PhotoSpillsChristmas is best when it’s spent with friends and family. That’s not always possible, of course, but at least you can take photos of your favourite moments and share them with others.

You could post your pictures on Facebook, maybe Twitter, or perhaps send them via email. But if they’re really special then you could use PhotoSpills to present them in a professional photo collage.

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Explore file system mysteries with NTFSLinksView
December 22, 2014 – 10:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NTFSLinksViewIf you’ve configured Windows Explorer to display hidden and system folders then you’ve probably noticed various drive-related oddities scattered around your PC.

Like the mysterious C:\ProgramData folder, for instance. It’s packed with vital files and folders for most of your installed programs, yet is also hidden, and most people never notice its existence. What’s going on?

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Detect and remove unknown malware with Ultimate Virus Sniffer
December 20, 2014 – 13:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Ultimate Virus SnifferIf you run, download or otherwise access malware, then your regular antivirus software should normally detect the threat, step in and remove it for you, entirely automatically.

Brand new threats might bypass this layer of protection, though, infecting your system. Getting rid of them will then be extremely difficult, but if you’re a Windows expert, and armed with a copy of Ultimate Virus Sniffer, there just might be a chance.

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Clean up your inbox with Automatic Outlook Duplicate Remover
December 19, 2014 – 13:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Automatic Outlook Duplicate RemoverOutlook provides various ways to manage the size of your mailbox (see Mailbox Cleanup in Outlook 2013), but nothing to help you deal with the duplicates that could be cluttering your system.

Automatic Outlook Duplicate Remover is an free tool which does exactly what you’d expect, finding and removing duplicates from your Outlook email folders, contacts, calendar, notes and tasks.

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Discover useful USB device details with Temple
December 19, 2014 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TempleCopying files to a USB storage device is generally very easy. Plug it in, the drive appears in Explorer, drag/ drop, go do something else until the transfer is complete. Simple.

If you’re moving a lot of files, though, you might want to know more. Like, does your device support USB 3.0? And if so, have you connected it to a USB 3.0 hub, to ensure you’ll get the best possible performance?

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Install/ update/ manage your software with NeoSetup
December 18, 2014 – 07:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NeoSetupKeeping Windows software up-to-date can be complicated. There are settings to be configured, maybe several update processes to be left running, troubleshooting rules to follow if they don’t work. And of course if an application can’t check for updates itself, you’ll have to do it manually.

NeoSetup is an application manager which simplifies this process by installing and updating many applications for you.

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First look: Veeam EndPoint Backup BETA
December 17, 2014 – 10:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Back in October, enterprise virtualisation specialists Veeam Software announced Veeam EndPoint Backup FREE, a free file and image-based backup tool for Windows.

The package is currently only available as a private beta – you must sign up at their website and wait to receive a download link – but we added our name to the list, and waited for our invitation.

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Grab every link on a web page with Copy All Links (Firefox)
December 16, 2014 – 16:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Copy All LinksYou’re at a web page, maybe reading a forum post, looking at a list of links. You’d like to copy them somewhere, maybe share them with someone else. But your browser has no way to work with every link on a page, so you must copy them individually, select all the text and edit it later, maybe just bookmark the site and come back when you’ve more time.

It’s annoying. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Not if you’ve equipped yourself with the Firefox addon, Copy All Links.

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View, organise and manage your media with Diffractor
December 15, 2014 – 17:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DiffractorMost PC users need a good media manager, something to bring order to the mass of photos, videos and music cluttering their system.

There’s plenty of competition around, but if your needs are relatively straightforward then Diffractor could be a contender.

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