Force Windows to write cached data to disk with FFB
April 15, 2017 – 04:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Force Windows to write cached data to disk with FFB

ffb.200.175Run a Windows program which writes to disk and the changes won’t necessarily be saved immediately. The OS holds them in its cache for a short while, then writes them all at once in an optimized order to improve performance.

While that seems like a smart speedup move, it can also cause problems. Unplug a USB key before all the changes have been corrupted and the drive could be corrupted.

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CrankWheel: easy screen sharing for Chrome
April 14, 2017 – 05:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on CrankWheel: easy screen sharing for Chrome

CrankWheelCrankWheel is an easy-to-use Chrome extension which enables speedy sharing of your Chrome tabs or entire screen, without installing any other software.

The service requires a little setup before you start. You must provide your email address, choose a password, a unique name for your “meetings”, and so on.

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How to download old versions of Firefox
April 13, 2017 – 03:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on How to download old versions of Firefox

FirefoxDownloading the latest version of Firefox for your PC is simple. Point your browser at the site, click “Free Download” and you’ll automatically get the latest version that matches your PC.

If you regularly need to download another build, though, life gets more complicated. You have to follow an “other platform” link, maybe select a 32 or 64-bit version, or follow yet another link to work your way through a list of languages.

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O&O ShutUp10 1.5 protects your PC’s privacy against new Creator’s Update changes
April 12, 2017 – 05:54 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on O&O ShutUp10 1.5 protects your PC’s privacy against new Creator’s Update changes

ShutUp10-200-175It can sometimes feel like Microsoft is playing a game with us over privacy. It promises to respect people’s rights in one sentence, then unleashes a new version of Windows 10 that finds new ways in which to spy on people.

Mindful of this endless dance, O&O Software has released O&O ShutUp 10 1.5, the latest version of its free, portable tool that locks down privacy settings in Windows 10. Version 1.5 focusses on improving privacy in the brand new Creator’s Update release.

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GetDiz: a Notepad replacement with a difference
April 12, 2017 – 04:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on GetDiz: a Notepad replacement with a difference

GetDizNotepad replacements are usually aimed at the most technical users, and like to boast about their syntax highlighting for 500 languages, customisable Git integration and support for more code pages than you ever knew existed.

GetDiz isn’t interested in any of that, it doesn’t even have tabs, but if you just want something that’s like Notepad, but better, it might appeal.

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Cerebro is a keyboard-friendly launcher and search tool
April 11, 2017 – 05:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Cerebro is a keyboard-friendly launcher and search tool

CerebroCerebro is an open-source Alfred-like search bar and application launcher for Windows, Linux and Mac.

The program aims to be a mix of your OS search with a web search engine, and can be extended even further with a host of plugins and addons.

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Registry Finder adds concurrent search support
April 10, 2017 – 10:18 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Registry Finder adds concurrent search support

Registry FinderSergey Filippov’s excellent Registry editor and search tool Registry Finder has hit version 2.18 with some major additions.

The big news is that searches now run independently of everything else. There’s no need to sit and wait for a search to complete: you can browse other parts of the Registry, carry out edits or other tasks while the search continues.

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Inspect and optimise your Windows startup programs with StartEd Lite
April 10, 2017 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Inspect and optimise your Windows startup programs with StartEd Lite

Started LiteStartEd Lite is a free-for-personal-use Windows application for viewing, editing and optimising your startup programs.

It’s a familiar idea – we’ve probably used hundreds of programs which claim to do exactly the same thing – but StartEd does manage to include some interesting and unusual ideas.

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Record your desktop instantly with ChrisPC Screen Recorder
April 9, 2017 – 01:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Record your desktop instantly with ChrisPC Screen Recorder

ChrisPC Screen RecorderChrisPC Screen Recorder is a versatile desktop recorder in both cut-down free-for-personal-use and commercial (24.99 Euro) editions.

Both builds offer recording of full-screen, application window and rectangular areas, in windowed or borderless forms and with audio support.

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Browse, remove and replace media file tags with Metadata++
April 7, 2017 – 04:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Browse, remove and replace media file tags with Metadata++

MetaData++Windows File Explorer has been able to display basic media file metadata for years, but it doesn’t support all the tags you’re likely to need, and it’s inconvenient to set up and use.

Metadata++ is a freeware tool for viewing, editing, extracting and copying the metadata from multiple audio, media and video file types.

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Get the Windows 10 Creators Update right now
April 6, 2017 – 08:52 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Get the Windows 10 Creators Update right now

Windows 10 Creators UpdateWindows 10 Creators Update, a major and feature-packed update for the OS, starts its official rollout on April 11th.

New features include a Paint 3D app and new “mixed reality” VR support; Game Mode to boost performance for demanding games, and built-in game broadcasting; and the Windows Defender Security Center gives one-stop access to your key security settings.

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