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 …

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, …

Troubleshoot USB problems with USB Device Tree Viewer
April 12, 2014 – 08:15 | No Comment
Troubleshoot USB problems with USB Device Tree Viewer

Connect a USB device to your PC and it’ll probably work right away. Even if it needs a driver, Windows may be able to find this on its own: all you’ll have to do is …

Set up to 128 desktop alarms with Eusing Clock
April 11, 2014 – 10:23 | No Comment
Set up to 128 desktop alarms with Eusing Clock

Eusing Clock is a free clock gadget for your Windows desktop.
Yes, we know, there are several million of these already, but this one does have a few twists which help it stand out from the …

Optimise your PDF’s/ djvu’s for mobile reading with k2pdfopt
April 11, 2014 – 08:38 | No Comment
Optimise your PDF’s/ djvu’s for mobile reading with k2pdfopt

The value of a PDF document is, in part, that it can be read on just about any device, on any platform. Wherever you are, you can open it and see the same information, presented …

Automatically discover and diagram your network with Netpict
April 10, 2014 – 06:23 | No Comment
Automatically discover and diagram your network with Netpict

Netpict is a simple free program for creating basic network diagrams using popular Cisco icons.
If you’ve ever used any other diagram tool, Netpict will seem very familiar. A panel on the left has various icons …