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Wavosaur 1.3 released
February 26, 2017 – 17:37 | No Comment

Quirky audio editor Wavosaur (32-bit) has hit version 1.3 with some major additions and extensions.
New “Wavosaur Widgets” are small dockable windows which display real-time scopes, stereo balance and other charts and measurements.

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SniffPass captures email and FTP passwords from network traffic
February 27, 2017 – 05:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SniffPassSaving email passwords in the client is quick, easy and convenient– unless you need to recreate the account somewhere else and can’t remember the details.

Most clients have specialist password recovery tools which can help. Mail PassView, for example, accesses a local Outlook installation to display its stored account details.

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Batch rename a folder of images with PhotoRenamer
February 26, 2017 – 18:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PhotoRenamerPhotoRenamer is a free Windows tool which can rename photos from the usual DCS014752.jpg-type garbage to something more consistent and meaningful.

The program opens with an Explorer-like tree view. Browse to the folder containing your images and thumbnails are displayed, eventually (it seems much slower than Explorer).

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Paste clipboard content to a file with Pastextra
February 25, 2017 – 08:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PastextraGetting clipboard text or images into a file normally requires some help from an application.You might launch Notepad, paste in some text, click File > Save As, browse to the folder you need and enter a file name.

Pastextra is a tiny Explorer extension which enables pasting clipboard text or images directly to a file, no extra steps required.

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SysGauge is a comprehensive PC performance monitor
February 24, 2017 – 18:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SysGaugeSysGauge (32-bit) is a highly configurable system and performance monitor for Windows.

At first glance the program looks much like any other monitor gadget. Click the CPU, memory, disk or network counter, its current, average and minimum values are displayed, and a line graph shows how your counter is changing in real time. Yawn.

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Dynamic Theme sets Bing or Spotlight images as your Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen
February 23, 2017 – 08:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Dynamic ThemeDynamic Theme is a free Windows 10 app which enables using Bing or Windows Spotlight images as desktop wallpaper, on the Windows Lock Screen, and more.

Installation is simple, and entirely safe. Dynamic Theme doesn’t change any of your settings immediately, and so you’re not left wondering how to get everything back to normal.

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Scan running processes for malware with CrowdInspect 1.5
February 22, 2017 – 11:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CrowdInspectCrowdStrike has updated its Windows malware hunter CrowdInspect to version 1.5.

The new version now scans all running processes for malware, not just those communicating over the network, quickly displaying a detailed report.

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Instantly block internet access with NetDisabler
February 22, 2017 – 06:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NetDisablerFreeware developer Sordum has unveiled NetDisabler, a freeware Windows application which can disable and restore internet access on demand.

The program stands out immediately for its use of three web-blocking techniques: disabling the network adapter, blocking via DNS or using the Windows Firewall.

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Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer: a first look
February 21, 2017 – 17:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop EnhancerWindows 10 finally brought virtual desktops to the PC with its Task View feature, but although the system is easy to use, it’s a little underpowered.

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer is an open-source portable application which extends Task View with some small but welcome extras.

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Map Puzzle is a versatile Google and Bing map downloader
February 20, 2017 – 17:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Map PuzzleMap Puzzle is a portable freeware map downloader for Windows.

This isn’t just another Google and Bing app. It can also grab data from Arcgis, MapQuest, OSM, ToolServer, various government and specialist sites, and with many variations: satellite images, regular maps (with or without labels), transport maps, artistic maps and more.

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Detect and block Mac ransomware with Little Flocker
February 19, 2017 – 04:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Little FlockerWindows ransomware may make all the headlines, but other platforms are vulnerable too. The first Mac ransomware was uncovered last year, and it’s only a matter of time before the next one strikes.

Little Flocker ($19.95) protects your Mac with a firewall-like file system monitor, enabling you to decide which apps have access to confidential files and system resources.

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Transform photos into arty masterpieces with Painnt
February 17, 2017 – 06:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Painnt.200.175Painnt is a Prisma-type app for Windows 10, Android and iOS which transforms your favourite photos into works of art.

Yes, yet another one. But wait– the app has some interesting extra touches which could make it worth your time.

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