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Rain Alarm: a handy weather alert app that works almost anywhere
April 17, 2014 – 12:01 | No Comment
Rain Alarm: a handy weather alert app that works almost anywhere

As you might guess from its name, Rain Alarm is a smart app which can warn you about imminent snow or rain. That doesn’t sound too special – there are a host of tools promising …

WordPress 3.9 brings faster, easier media editing
April 17, 2014 – 08:13 | No Comment
WordPress 3.9 brings faster, easier media editing

WordPress.org has announced the release of WordPress 3.9, a significant update which brings a host of worthwhile improvements.
Uploading your images is now as easy as dragging and dropping them into the editor. Once there, quicker …

FileOptimizer 6.50 adds HTML optimisation support
April 17, 2014 – 05:56 | No Comment
FileOptimizer 6.50 adds HTML optimisation support

Lossless compression tool FileOptimizer has been updated to version 6.50.302 with new HTML optimisation support.
If you’re wondering how any HTML optimisation can be guaranteed to be “lossless”, then you might have a point. Currently “tidy” …

Emsisoft, Kaspersky top AV-Comparatives March Real-World Protection test
April 16, 2014 – 16:50 | No Comment
Emsisoft, Kaspersky top AV-Comparatives March Real-World Protection test

Independent security testing lab AV-Comparatives has revealed a summary of its March 2014 Real-World Protection Test, where top antivirus products are exposed to a test set of 1,264 current threats.
Topping the chart this time were …

Bluhell Firewall: a simple but effective ad-blocker for Firefox
April 16, 2014 – 14:47 | No Comment
Bluhell Firewall: a simple but effective ad-blocker for Firefox

Building the perfect ad-blocker is a complex business, not least because your users can have very different ideas on how it should work.
Some developers try to address this with layer after layer of features. You’ll …

FilExile deletes files or folders that Explorer won’t touch
April 16, 2014 – 10:29 | No Comment
FilExile deletes files or folders that Explorer won’t touch

Deleting files from Windows Explorer is usually very easy. Select your target, tap “Del”, click the “Yes, I really mean it” button and the object disappears forever. (Or is sent to the Recycle Bin, anyway.)
Sometimes …

Freeplane: a versatile brainstorming tool
April 15, 2014 – 14:18 | No Comment
Freeplane: a versatile brainstorming tool

Whether you need to understand a problem, complete a task, or just generally get organised, mind mapping can probably help. Not least because it’s so easy.
Start with the central issue; note down any related ideas, …

Run super-fast file searches with Hddb
April 15, 2014 – 10:37 | No Comment
Run super-fast file searches with Hddb

If you need to run rapid searches for file names on NTFS drives then there’s no substitute for VoidTools’ Everything. The program’s smart use of the NTFS Master File Table (MFT) means you’ll see matching …

PlainEdit.NET: a Notepad replacement for technical users
April 14, 2014 – 10:06 | No Comment
PlainEdit.NET: a Notepad replacement for technical users

PlainEdit.NET is a free portable Notepad replacement with some interesting and unusual extras.
The core feature set is familiar enough. A tabbed interface allows you to open multiple documents, and there’s support for opening ANSI, UTF-8, …

Inspect your PC’s drivers with InstalledDriversList
April 14, 2014 – 07:32 | No Comment
Inspect your PC’s drivers with InstalledDriversList

NirSoft’s Nir Sofer has announced the release of InstallerDriversList, the latest addition to his lineup of system information tools.
As you’ll probably guess from its name, the program is a compact portable tool which displays a …

System Explorer 5.0 adds free screenshot sharing
April 12, 2014 – 09:39 | No Comment
System Explorer 5.0 adds free screenshot sharing

Mister Group’s excellent system information tool System Explorer has been updated to version 5.0.
The big addition in this release is support for easy screenshot sharing. If you’re looking at some problem or error message, press …