HaveClip synchronises clipboards across your network
August 16, 2014 – 05:40 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

There are many ways to exchange data between applications, but the clipboard is probably the simplest. Copy here, paste there: easy.

The open-source HaveClip takes this idea to the next level by synchronising clipboards across your network. Copy text, an image, maybe a file on one computer – Windows, Mac or Linux – and it’ll be (almost) immediately available from another.

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Quickly share a folder of photos online with MyImgur
August 15, 2014 – 08:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Sharing photos online can sometimes be an awkward process, where you’re forced to visit some ad-packed website, maybe sign up for an account, then enter all your details before you can do anything at all.

Fortunately MyImgur bypasses all the usual hassles, and allows you to share a batch of photos with almost no work at all.

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Major PhotoDemon 6.4 beta adds layers, undo history, auto-adjusts, more
August 15, 2014 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Tanner Helland has announced the first beta for PhotoDemon 6.4, the latest edition of his open source portable photo editor. But don’t be fooled by the apparently minor version number: this is a massive update with a host of significant new features.

Strong support for layers is a highlight. PhotoDemon 6.4 gives you an unlimited number which you can hide, show, reorder, merge or duplicate as required. There are 24 blend modes on offer and you’re able to resize, rotate, mirror or flip any layer without flattening the image.

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Patients beware: Surgeon Simulator out now on Android
August 14, 2014 – 13:39 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Wannabe medical students everywhere, it’s time to rejoice: popular PC game Surgeon Simulator is finally out on Android.

As usual, you get to save the lives of your grateful patients on a daily basis. Or butcher them mercilessly; it’s your call, really.

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lessmsi: browse msi files without installing anything
August 14, 2014 – 12:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

lessmsi-200-175An msi file is a setup program based on Windows Installer, and, most of the time, it’s very easy to handle. You want to install some application, you’ve downloaded the appropriate msi, so now just run it and work your way through the setup process.

But what if you’re not sure what the msi file does, what it contains? Maybe you’d like to extract one or two of its files without installing the whole application. Either way, you need a copy of lessmsi.

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ZPAQ: fast, feature-packed archiving for the command line
August 14, 2014 – 07:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

It first appeared around 25 years ago, but zip is still a great format for archiving, not least because it’s so widely supported. Send “stuff.zip” to anyone, on any platform, and they’ll have no problem in viewing its contents.

If you’re just archiving files for yourself, though, there are many interesting alternatives – and the command line ZPAQ is a great example.

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Panda 2015 consumer range now available
August 13, 2014 – 13:37 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Panda Security has announced the launch of its 2015 consumer range, claiming that it’s “lighter, safer and easier to use than ever before”.

Protection is improved with the new XMT (Extreme Malware Terminator) Smart Engineering engine. This isn’t just marketing spin, either: the latest AV-Test and AV-Comparatives reports both saw XMT-powered products at the top of the list.

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 is released – sort of, minor improvements and bug fixes the order of the day
August 13, 2014 – 09:27 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Windows 8Microsoft’s long-awaited “Update 2″ for Windows 8.1 users has materialised in the guise of August 2014 update rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Also available separately for 64-bit Windows, the update is currently listed under optional updates in Windows Update.

The update is not as major as the previous Update 1 release, but does nonetheless contain a number of improvements and tweaked features.

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IObit Advanced SystemCare 8 Beta adds new protection modules, support UI theming
August 12, 2014 – 08:59 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

ASC 8.0 BetaIObit has launched the first public pre-release version of its forthcoming system and security suite, IObit Advanced SystemCare 8 Beta. The new build launches with a number of new tools, including brand new Protect Module.

It also showcases another redesigned user interface and introduces support for themes, allowing users to customise the program with photos.

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EFF’s Privacy Badger automatically blocks web trackers
August 12, 2014 – 05:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

There are plenty of browser extensions around which try to block web trackers, but most have at least some issues: they’re complicated to set up, need custom configuration, use bulky blacklists, maybe there are some questions over the developer’s business model.

Electronic Frontier Foundation is trying to change all that with Privacy Badger, a trustworthy Firefox and Chrome extension which blocks tracking ads and cookies entirely automatically, no manual intervention required.

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Reveal lost images with Thumbcache Viewer
August 11, 2014 – 18:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

You’ve accidentally deleted some irreplaceable images. There are no backups; file recovery tools can’t find anything; it seems like they’ve gone forever. But wait: there may still be just a little hope.

Browse a folder in thumbnail view and Explorer generates thumbnails for every supported file, saving them in a local cache. These can live on for a long time, even if the source files are deleted, corrupted or otherwise trashed. And you can recover any or all of them with just a couple of tiny free tools.

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