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MemTest86 7.0 now faster, detects more RAM errors
July 21, 2016 – 06:03 | No Comment

PassMark Software has shipped MemTest86 7.0, a major update for the veteran memory diagnostic tool.
Testing now runs in Parallel CPU Mode by default, as long as it’s supported by the UEFI firmware, significantly improving performance.

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Launch programs, websites, or type text with Clavier+
July 24, 2016 – 05:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Clavier+Clavier+ is a simple macro manager which enables launching programs, opening websites or inserting text with your chosen hotkey.

The program has been around for years, but still works well on even the very latest PCs.

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Take full control of your default browser with Browser Chooser
July 23, 2016 – 09:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Browser Chooser 2Set up a new PC and one of the first things you’ll do is install and choose a default browser, which then handles all your website-viewing needs.

This mostly works fine, but you might want to open some links in different browsers: intranet in IE, YouTube in Chrome to use an extension you’ve found, your bank in a secure browser, whatever it might be.

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View and extract files from Inno Setup installers with InnoEx
July 22, 2016 – 07:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

InnoExRun a “setup.exe” on your PC and there’s no way to tell what might happen next. Will it install adware, hundreds of system files, maybe just a single executable? Who knows?

InnoEx is a free portable tool which can display the contents of some setup files, without having to install them first.

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Capture and explore network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer
July 21, 2016 – 05:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Microsoft Message AnalyzerMicrosoft Message Analyzer is an expert-oriented tool for capturing, displaying and analyzing network traffic, file activity, Windows Events and device activities on Windows 7 or later systems.

This data may be filtered and presented in grids, charts, graphs, timelines and more.

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DisCoverJ automatically finds cover art for your MP3s
July 20, 2016 – 05:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

disCoverJWhile there are endless MP3 tag editors around, cover art support is often basic, if it’s included at all.

DisCoverJ is a Java-based editor which focuses solely on cover art, automatically locating, downloading and tagging your MP3s with the right images.

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Investigate suspect EXEs with Professional PE Explorer
July 20, 2016 – 03:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PPEEProfessional PE Explorer is a portable tool which allows investigating Windows executables including EXE files, SYS, DLL and more.

The download is so tiny you’ll wonder if it’s broken – 78.1KB, really? – but no, this is all you get. Unzip it and run PPEE.exe to get started.

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Transform pictures into mosaics or abstract art with Pattaizer
July 19, 2016 – 03:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PattaizerMany graphics tools offer some sort of mosaic effect, but it’s often very basic, “let’s pixelate the image a bit and hope for the best”.

Pattaizer is more imaginative, and can transform your pictures using a host of mosaic-related and more abstract effects.

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Display pop-up alerts from your batch files with MessagePop
July 18, 2016 – 05:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MessagePopWhen you’re building a batch file it’s often necessary to display status information to the user, but Windows gives you very few tools to help.

MessagePop enables creating alerts with styled text, clickable links, optional timeouts, even a “Do not show” option which allows the user to hide it in future.

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Mandelbrot Fractal is a pure JavaScript fractal explorer
July 17, 2016 – 05:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Mandelbrot FractalMandelbrot Fractal is an open-source fractal generator with a difference: its spectacular images are produced using pure JavaScript, no external libraries or other oddball dependencies involved.

This makes for a very simple structure, essentially just an index.html with a supporting app.css and two .js files.

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PC Hunter: not just another task manager
July 17, 2016 – 05:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PC Hunter PC Hunter is an expert-level Windows tool with an array of advanced features: it’s a task manager, a Registry editor, a rootkit hunter, a file explorer, and more.

The program isn’t updated very often, but with recent releases extending its Windows 10 compatibility, we decided to check out the latest build.

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Quick ways to stop, start and restart Windows services
July 16, 2016 – 11:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

My WindowsServices PanelWindows services can safely be ignored most of the time, but sometimes you might have to monitor them or take more control.

You could do this from the regular Control Panel app (Win+R > Services.msc), but it’s slow, and you might have to scroll through hundreds of cryptically-named services to find the one you need.

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