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Launch programs, websites, or type text with Clavier+
July 24, 2016 – 05:17 | No Comment
Launch programs, websites, or type text with 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.

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

Set 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 …

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

Run 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 …

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

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.

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

Microsoft 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, …

DisCoverJ automatically finds cover art for your MP3s
July 20, 2016 – 05:15 | No Comment
DisCoverJ automatically finds cover art for your MP3s

While 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 …

Investigate suspect EXEs with Professional PE Explorer
July 20, 2016 – 03:39 | No Comment
Investigate suspect EXEs with Professional PE Explorer

Professional 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 …

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

Many 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 …

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

When 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, …

Mandelbrot Fractal is a pure JavaScript fractal explorer
July 17, 2016 – 05:51 | No Comment
Mandelbrot Fractal is a pure JavaScript fractal explorer

Mandelbrot 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 …

PC Hunter: not just another task manager
July 17, 2016 – 05:49 | No Comment
PC Hunter: not just another task manager

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 …