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Microsoft To-Do is a Wunderlist-like task manager
April 20, 2017 – 07:45 | No Comment

Microsoft has unveiled a first public preview of Microsoft To-Do, a simple task manager with apps for Windows 10, iOS and Android.
The program has been developed by the team behind Wunderlist, which Microsoft acquired back …

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Inspect and manage Windows processes with Process Lister
April 24, 2017 – 04:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ProcessListerSecurity vendor NoVirusThanks has released Process Lister, a sort-of task manager which displays running processes, their key data, and provides various ways to manipulate them.

The program opens with a familiar list of processes and their details: PID, name, session, command line, 32/ 64-bit, parent PID/ process/ command line, description, company, signer, user/ domain and more.

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Etcher burns images to USB keys, SD cards, more
April 23, 2017 – 06:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EtcherEtcher is an open-source cross-platform tool for burning images to SD cards, USB drives and other removable devices.

The program keeps operations to the bare minimum, all of them clearly displayed on a simple interface. Choose your image, then your drive, and finally click the “Flash!” button.

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Search for animated GIFs from your desktop with AstroGif
April 22, 2017 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AstroGifAstroGif is an open-source menu bar app which allows you to search for animated GIFs and copy their URL, or the markdown equivalent, to the clipboard.

The program runs in the background on your PC. It can be launched by clicking its system tray icon, or pressing its (customisable) hotkey, Ctrl+Alt+Space.

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Add shortcuts to Control Panel with My Computer Manager
April 21, 2017 – 09:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

My Computer ManagerWindows makes it easy to place shortcuts in any folder, except of course system folders like Control Panel or My Computer (aka This PC), where for some reason none of the usual rules apply.

My Computer Manager is a free portable tool which helps out by displaying details of your existing Control Panel applets and enables adding custom items of your own.

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ImageDownloader batch downloads pics from Reddit, Imgur
April 19, 2017 – 10:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ImageDownloaderImageDownloader is a portable open-source tool which can batch download images from your favourite subreddit, or Imgur album.

The program arrives as a very compact 396KB download, so it’s no surprise that the interface is basic, just a few tabs and settings for each download task.

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Omnicode Snatch is a quirky desktop recorder
April 18, 2017 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Omnicode SnatchOmnicode Snatch is a free tool for capturing video and audio of what’s happening on your desktop.

The program interface is, well, a surprise. There are no menus, toolbars or panels, no flashy graphics, hi-res icons or even any touches of colour– it’s just a mess of buttons, boxes and lists.

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Force Windows to write cached data to disk with FFB
April 15, 2017 – 04:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ffb.200.175Run a Windows program which writes to disk and the changes won’t necessarily be saved immediately. The OS holds them in its cache for a short while, then writes them all at once in an optimized order to improve performance.

While that seems like a smart speedup move, it can also cause problems. Unplug a USB key before all the changes have been corrupted and the drive could be corrupted.

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CrankWheel: easy screen sharing for Chrome
April 14, 2017 – 05:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CrankWheelCrankWheel is an easy-to-use Chrome extension which enables speedy sharing of your Chrome tabs or entire screen, without installing any other software.

The service requires a little setup before you start. You must provide your email address, choose a password, a unique name for your “meetings”, and so on.

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How to download old versions of Firefox
April 13, 2017 – 03:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FirefoxDownloading the latest version of Firefox for your PC is simple. Point your browser at the site, click “Free Download” and you’ll automatically get the latest version that matches your PC.

If you regularly need to download another build, though, life gets more complicated. You have to follow an “other platform” link, maybe select a 32 or 64-bit version, or follow yet another link to work your way through a list of languages.

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GetDiz: a Notepad replacement with a difference
April 12, 2017 – 04:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

GetDizNotepad replacements are usually aimed at the most technical users, and like to boast about their syntax highlighting for 500 languages, customisable Git integration and support for more code pages than you ever knew existed.

GetDiz isn’t interested in any of that, it doesn’t even have tabs, but if you just want something that’s like Notepad, but better, it might appeal.

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Cerebro is a keyboard-friendly launcher and search tool
April 11, 2017 – 05:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CerebroCerebro is an open-source Alfred-like search bar and application launcher for Windows, Linux and Mac.

The program aims to be a mix of your OS search with a web search engine, and can be extended even further with a host of plugins and addons.

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