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RootsMagic 7 adds automatic Web Hints feature, improves problem-fixing tools
November 28, 2014 – 06:49 | No Comment

RootsMagic, Inc has launched RootsMagic Essentials 7.0, a major new version of its free (and paid-for) genealogical tool.
Both free and paid-for versions gain a new Web Hints feature that automatically suggests record matches from a …

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Send emails from the command line with SendSMTP
November 28, 2014 – 05:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SendSMTPIf your PC is always running, even when you’re not around, then you might want it to alert you about important events. Some backup programs have an email notification feature, for example, which keeps you up-to-date with backup progress.

Alternatively, you could use the free SendSMTP to send emails and files directly from your own scripts, perhaps alerting you when a PC is turned on or off, an application is launched, maybe sending you a daily copy of a text log.

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How far has your mouse cursor travelled today? Mousotron tells all
November 27, 2014 – 09:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MousotronPoint, click, tap, tap – using your favourite PC programs can become a near automatic process. But have you ever wondered how much work is really involved, how far your mouse is moving, how many left or right-clicks you’re making? That’s what the free system monitor Mousotron can help you find out.

After an adware-free installation the program displays a very lengthy status bar, with various statistics on your keyboard and mouse use. There’s the distance your mouse has travelled (miles/ yards/ inches, or the metric equivalent); the total numbers of left, right, middle and double-clicks; the average mouse speed, X/ Y coordinates, active and idle time, and more.

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Xshell is a one-stop SSH, SFTP terminal emulator
November 27, 2014 – 05:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

XshellMost internet resources are accessed through a web interface, which means they’re normally very easy to use. You might have menus, text prompts, graphics, maybe wizards to walk you through whatever you’re trying to achieve.

For more low-level control, though – micro-managing your own web space, maybe setting up a remote server – you might still need a terminal emulator like the free-for-personal-use Xshell 5.

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Get free real-time backup/ versioning with AutoVer
November 26, 2014 – 07:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AutoVerAutoVer is a small, simple, and surprisingly capable free backup tool. Not only can the program monitor folders, detecting new and modified files, and backing them up in real time – it can maintain a library of their previous versions, too.

The program opens with a very straightforward interface. No menus, no complex dialogs or status displays, just a four-column table and a small toolbar.

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Select random files in Explorer with Random Selection Tool
November 25, 2014 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Random Selection ToolLaunch Windows Explorer and typically you’ll have some specific task in mind: a particular folder you need check, some files you’d like to open.

Occasionally, though, your requirements might be a little more vague. You want to watch a video, maybe, or play some music, but you don’t know and can’t decide which files to choose.

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Batch rename your photos with Exif ReName
November 24, 2014 – 14:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Exif ReNameEveryone has their own idea of how digital photos should be named. This might change from time to time, cameras usually produce something entirely different, and the end result can be a hard-to-browse tangle of mismatched images.

It’s a familiar story, but the open source Exif ReName tries to restore order by renaming and sorting your pictures based on the date and time they were taken.

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Block webcam hijacking with WebCam On-Off
November 24, 2014 – 07:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WebCam On-OffWebcam hijacking has been around for a long time, but recent stories about websites streaming live footage from thousands of hacked webcams have placed it firmly back in the headlines.

Fully protecting your own webcam requires tough security measures. A quality antivirus engine, smart firewall, strong passwords.

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Handbrake 0.10 adds H.265, ends XP support
November 23, 2014 – 18:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HandbrakePopular open source video transcoder Handbrake has been updated to version 0.10 with some major additions and improvements.

New encoders include Intel Quick Sync Video, a speedy hardware-based H.264 encoder. Basic H.265 support is provided by x265 1.4, while WebM’s libvpx can encode VP8 to MKV files (and sees Theora deprecated).

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Quick Review: UnityPDF
November 22, 2014 – 07:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

UnityPDFUnityPDF would like to be the tool of choice for batch PDF processing. It can split or merge files, extract all or selected pages, divide one file into several, rotate every page in a file, insert pages from one file into another, password-protect or set permissions for your PDFs, even display or clean metadata.

That’s a solid set of features, and we were interested to see that UnityPDF had once been a commercial product, if only briefly (it’s now free for any use). Time for a closer look.

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Take full control of Windows updates with ABC-Update
November 21, 2014 – 16:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ABC-UpdateIt’s important to keep Windows up-to-date, and the easiest way to make that happen is to let the operating system handle everything. Set Windows Update to “automatic” and get on with something else.

But if you need more control, some way to install only your chosen updates, at a time that’s convenient for you, then it might be worth looking at ABC-Update.

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Vintager 2014 lets you transform digital snaps into photos of yesteryear
November 21, 2014 – 12:49 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Vintager 2014There’s something to be said for the way old printed photos age over time, as they turn yellow or sepia, colouring our own perception of the past. With the rise of digital, of course, all that has come to an end, with photos promising to remain as colour-sharp, bright and vibrant as the day they were originally shot.

If you wonder how those photos might look in the future had they been shot on film and left to fade over time, there’s no need to wait if you’re a Windows user. Simply install Vintager 2014 and you can see how they might have looked 20, 30 or even 40 years hence.

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