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Free Dictate add-on allows you to, well, dictate to Microsoft Office
June 22, 2017 – 08:24 | No Comment

Microsoft Garage – the Redmond behemoth’s R&D arm – has released Dictate 5.0, a free add-on for those running Microsoft Office 2013, 2016 or 365 on Windows 8.1 or later. Also available for 64-bit versions …

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Spot malware and troubleshoot PCs with QuickDiag
June 26, 2017 – 07:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

QuickDiagQuickDiag is a portable tool which creates an in-depth and highly technical report on your Windows setup, running processes and installed applications.

It’s not for beginners, but if you’re looking for a quick way to collect key system information – maybe to troubleshoot problems on a friend’s PC – the program could be ideal.

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QuickViewer is a very, very, very fast image viewer
June 26, 2017 – 04:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

QuickViewerQuickViewer is a portable open-source image viewer which shows and navigates pictures with the maximum possible speed.

The developer has built in multiple optimisations, including reading images before they’re required and displaying them with OpenGL.

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Deep-clean your hard drive with atomiccleaner3
June 25, 2017 – 02:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

atomiccleaner3Atomiccleaner3 is a powerful and comprehensive tool for cleaning junk files, browser histories and assorted other leftovers from your hard drive.

Reviewing this kind of app is usually very easy. Check to see if it gets even close to CCleaner’s abilities, realise that it doesn’t, throw it away. But atomiccleaner is a little different.

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Securely encrypt single files with AES Protect
June 24, 2017 – 03:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AES ProtectAES Protect is a portable tool for encrypting single files using a passphrase and AES.

The program is written in x86 assembly language, which means there are no annoying dependencies, and the download is tiny: it’s a 32KB ZIP, but still manages to squeeze in three programs.

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Find and control Windows 10 privacy settings with WPD
June 23, 2017 – 15:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WPDWPD is a freeware tool for exploring, understanding and tweaking Windows 10 privacy settings.

We’ve seen many of these – we’ll bet you have, too – but the program does have some unusual extras which help it stand out from the crowd.

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Extract icons and create image thumbnails with Thumbico
June 22, 2017 – 15:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ThumbicoThumbico is a combination of an icon extraction and viewing tool, with a thumbnail viewer and creator.

The program is tiny, a 28KB download, and unsurprisingly there’s no installation required– just unzip and run Thumbico.exe.

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Colour Contrast Analyser is a versatile accessibility checker
June 21, 2017 – 12:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Colour Contrast AnalyserColour Contrast Analyser is an unusual accessibility tool with a couple of useful but very different functions.

The first allows checking text foreground and background colours to determine its legibility. No need to judge by eye any more: the program gives you an objective pass/fail assessment using WCAG 2.0 color contrast success criteria.

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Display live system stats on your taskbar with XMeters
June 20, 2017 – 08:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

XMetersXMeters is a free-for-personal-use system monitor which displays live CPU, RAM, network and drive stats directly on your taskbar.

The details include CPU utilisation by core, hard drive read and write rates, network upload and download speeds, and free and used RAM.

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Protect your privacy with Disable Nvidia Telemetry
June 19, 2017 – 11:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Disable Nvidia TelemetryMicrosoft and Windows may get most of the flak for collecting data on its users, but other companies have issues of their own.

Nvidia’s GeForce Experience made headlines last year, thanks to some extension data collection abilities of its own.

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MyPC is a portable system information app
June 18, 2017 – 03:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MyPCMyPC is a compact and portable system information tool for Windows.

The program organises its features across multiple tabs: “CPU”, “BIOS”, “Motherboard”, “Network”, “APM/ Sound” and more.

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OutWiker is a versatile personal wiki
June 17, 2017 – 04:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OutWikerOutWiker is a free personal wiki for organising text notes into a tree structure.

The program uses wiki-type notation and its own commands to set up lists, tables, headings and assorted formatting options, insert images and more.

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