Monitor HTTP and HTTPS traffic with FiddlerCap
January 29, 2015 – 06:59 | No Comment
Monitor HTTP and HTTPS traffic with FiddlerCap

If you’re trying to diagnose web problems, or you’re concerned about security, then it can sometimes be useful to watch your PC’s HTTP and HTTPS traffic.
Fiddler is one possible solution, an industrial-strength web debugging proxy …

Ra is a Chrome text editor/ file manager for your local storage
January 27, 2015 – 05:22 | No Comment
Ra is a Chrome text editor/ file manager for your local storage

Chrome apps are sometimes criticised as being strictly internet-only, virtually useless if you need to work offline.
There’s some truth in that, but it’s not always the case. Ra is a Chrome-based text editor which not …

Build the perfect portable toolkit with SyMenu
January 26, 2015 – 09:08 | No Comment
Build the perfect portable toolkit with SyMenu

If you regularly work on other people’s PCs then it can be wise to bring along some software of your own.
Add portable Firefox and GIMP to a USB stick, say, and you won’t need to …

Inside “Easy Disk Drive Repair” malware with VB Decompiler
January 23, 2015 – 11:32 | No Comment
Inside “Easy Disk Drive Repair” malware with VB Decompiler

If you regularly download brand new programs from unknown developers then there’s an above-average chance you’ll find some malware. Antivirus software won’t necessarily pick up on the very latest threats, and so you’ll need further …

Get more from your CPU with ParkControl
January 22, 2015 – 17:42 | No Comment
Get more from your CPU with ParkControl

Windows power plans seem simple, at least in theory. Launch the “Power Options” applet, then select “High performance” on desktops for maximum CPU speed, “Power saver” on mobile systems to optimise for energy use, or …

Labrys is an alternative Start Menu for Windows 7+
January 22, 2015 – 07:55 | No Comment
Labrys is an alternative Start Menu for Windows 7+

Microsoft’s decision to drop the Start Menu in Windows 8 persuaded many developers to produce their own alternatives, and there’s no shortage of free options to explore (Classic Shell is probably still the best)
Finding yet …

Quickly transcribe audio files with pmTrans
January 21, 2015 – 09:18 | No Comment
Quickly transcribe audio files with pmTrans

Whether you’re typing up an entire interview, or just trying to note a few song lyrics, the endless clicking of Play/ Pause/ Rewind means it’s usually a very tedious process.
PmTrans is an easy-to-use Java-based application …

Screen Reader reads on-screen text as you point at it
January 20, 2015 – 09:21 | No Comment
Screen Reader reads on-screen text as you point at it

Screen Reader is a compact free tool which reads on-screen text out loud, as you point at it.
If you’re thinking this sounds a lot like Windows’ built-in Narrator, then you’re right – Screen Reader even …

Identifying malware with PEStudio
January 19, 2015 – 11:14 | No Comment
Identifying malware with PEStudio

There are many technical tools which can help you identify and understand malware, and we used a few of these very recently while investigating Easy Disk Drive Repair.
You don’t have to master all of these …

Transform photos into 3D animations with PhotoAnim
January 19, 2015 – 07:16 | No Comment
Transform photos into 3D animations with PhotoAnim

Converting regular 2D images to 3D can be a very effective way to give them some extra impact, and it’s simpler than you might think.
PhotoAnim is a formerly commercial, now free application which helps you …

“Easy Disk Drive Repair” is not what it seems
January 18, 2015 – 06:57 | No Comment
“Easy Disk Drive Repair” is not what it seems

“Easy Disk Drive Repair” looked like a promising program. “An incredibly easy to use, yet powerful drive repair and maintenance tool”, the developer claimed. Works with all drive types. More than one million downloads, five …