Transform pictures into mosaics or abstract art with Pattaizer
July 19, 2016 – 03:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Transform pictures into mosaics or abstract art with Pattaizer

PattaizerMany 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 host of mosaic-related and more abstract effects.

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Display pop-up alerts from your batch files with MessagePop
July 18, 2016 – 05:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Display pop-up alerts from your batch files with MessagePop

MessagePopWhen 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, even a “Do not show” option which allows the user to hide it in future.

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Mandelbrot Fractal is a pure JavaScript fractal explorer
July 17, 2016 – 05:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Mandelbrot Fractal is a pure JavaScript fractal explorer

Mandelbrot FractalMandelbrot 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 index.html with a supporting app.css and two .js files.

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PC Hunter: not just another task manager
July 17, 2016 – 05:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on PC Hunter: not just another task manager

PC Hunter 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 with recent releases extending its Windows 10 compatibility, we decided to check out the latest build.

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Quick ways to stop, start and restart Windows services
July 16, 2016 – 11:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Quick ways to stop, start and restart Windows services

My WindowsServices PanelWindows services can safely be ignored most of the time, but sometimes you might have to monitor them or take more control.

You could do this from the regular Control Panel app (Win+R > Services.msc), but it’s slow, and you might have to scroll through hundreds of cryptically-named services to find the one you need.

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Test responsive websites at multiple resolutions with Emmet Re:view
July 16, 2016 – 01:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Test responsive websites at multiple resolutions with Emmet Re:view

Emmet Re:viewA well-designed responsive website should adapt its display to work properly on phones, tablets and desktops, but testing this on every possible device might take a while.

Emmet Re:view is a free Chrome extension which displays responsive websites in various-sized views, side-by-side, enabling you to see how they work at a glance.

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Bluelight Filter is a free screen-tinting app for Android
July 15, 2016 – 02:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Bluelight Filter is a free screen-tinting app for Android

Bluelight FilterBluelight Filter is a free Android app which aims to reduce the harmful effects of the blue light emitted by smartphones and tablets.

This could reduce eye strain, help you sleep better, and generally make the screen easier to read.

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AOMEI Backupper Standard 3.5 adds event-driven backups, improves network support
July 14, 2016 – 08:26 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on AOMEI Backupper Standard 3.5 adds event-driven backups, improves network support

AOEMI BackupperAOMEI has released AOMEI Backupper Standard 3.5, a major new version of its freeware Windows backup, imaging and cloning tool.

Version 3.5 introduces event-triggered scheduling of backups, support for mapped network drives as backup destinations and various other improvements and optimizations, including a fix that prevents the computer from going to sleep during the backup process.

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IObit Advanced SystemCare 10 first beta released
July 14, 2016 – 02:53 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on IObit Advanced SystemCare 10 first beta released

IObit Advanced SystemCare 10IObit has unveiled the first public beta of IObit Advanced SystemCare 10, its hugely comprehensive do-everything PC maintenance suite.

The latest release has a new ad-blocker in IObit’s redesigned and extended Surfing Protection add-on.

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Recover lost files with NirSoft’s ShadowCopyView and PreviousFilesRecovery
July 14, 2016 – 02:44 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Recover lost files with NirSoft’s ShadowCopyView and PreviousFilesRecovery

ShadowCopyViewNirSoft has released ShadowCopyView (64-bit version) and PreviousFilesRecovery (64-bit version), free tools designed to help you browse Windows’ volume shadow copies and restore whatever files you need.

ShadowCopyView lists all volume shadow copies on your PC, the hard drive snapshots created by Windows Vista and later.

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VirtualBox 5.1 promises better multi-CPU performance, wider hardware support
July 13, 2016 – 06:29 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on VirtualBox 5.1 promises better multi-CPU performance, wider hardware support

VirtualBoxOracle has released VirtualBox 5.1, a major new point release of its open-source virtual machine tool for Windows, Mac and Linux. The software enables users to run virtual PCs within a software environment.

Version 5.1 comes with the promise of improved performance, improved bug reporting and logging, wider support for different USB devices, multi-channel audio, flash storage emulation and better integration into Linux.

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