Open Hardware Monitor: it’s still alive!
November 7, 2016 – 10:50 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Open Hardware Monitor: it’s still alive!

Open Hardware MonitorAfter almost two update-free years, the Open Hardware Monitor project has jumped back to live with the release of version 0.8.

The open source project is a free tool for monitoring CPU load, clock speed and temperatures, fan speeds, voltages, video adapters, RAM usage and more.

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Prisma-like NeuralStyler 1.2 brings more creative control
November 7, 2016 – 09:29 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Prisma-like NeuralStyler 1.2 brings more creative control

NeuralStylerOpen-source video-to-art creator NeuralStyler has hit version 1.2 with some handy new features.

A simple video trimmer allows selecting the scene you’d like to transform. It’s not precise – you choose your start and end points by seconds, not frames – but that’s still enough to save you a lot of time and hassle.

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SoftPerfect RAM Disk no longer free for personal use
November 6, 2016 – 12:27 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on SoftPerfect RAM Disk no longer free for personal use

SoftPerfect RAMDiskSoftPerfect has released SoftPerfect RAM Disk 4.0 with a major license change: the program is no longer free for home users.

After the 30-day trial is up, version 4.0 now requires a $29 license for home users. As before, it’s $49 for businesses.

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(Un)colored is a rich content HTML and Markdown editor
November 6, 2016 – 06:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on (Un)colored is a rich content HTML and Markdown editor

Uncolored(Un)colored is a distraction-free HTML and Markdown-compatible document editor for Windows, Linux and Mac.

The program opens with an empty window, no toolbars, ribbons or anything else– it’s just an empty frame where you can start to type.

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Clean PC Smart is a fake Registry cleaner
November 5, 2016 – 09:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Clean PC Smart is a fake Registry cleaner

peEXERunning Registry cleaners generally makes us nervous, as they’re far more likely to remove some important setting than make any measurable difference to your system speed.

Most developers try to address this by building real intelligence into their code, but “Clean PC Smart” takes a different route: despite listing thousands of “issues” and claiming to fix them, it never deletes anything at all.

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Capture and analyze your network traffic with Dripcap
November 4, 2016 – 12:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Capture and analyze your network traffic with Dripcap

DripcapDripcap is a cross-platform open-source packet analyzer which allows even total network novices to inspect their network traffic.

The program is simple to set up, as there’s no installation or third-party capture tool required– just unzip the download to any convenient folder.

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WindowBlinds 10.5 adds universal app skinning
November 3, 2016 – 06:38 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on WindowBlinds 10.5 adds universal app skinning

WindowBlindsStardock has released WindowBlinds 10.5, the latest edition of its desktop customisation tool, with new support for skinning universal apps.

There’s no extra work involved for the user, nothing else to configure– just choose a visual theme and your desktop, applications and apps all get the new-look interface.

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Explore malicious executables with Adlice PEViewer
November 2, 2016 – 09:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Explore malicious executables with Adlice PEViewer

Adlice PEViewerAdlice PEViewer – aka RogueKillerPE – is a free tool for analysing and exploring Windows executables.

The results can help you troubleshoot programs, find out more about what they’re doing, and perhaps identify malware that your regular antivirus tool has missed.

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RealVNC rebrands as VNC Connect 6.0, switches to subscription-based model
November 1, 2016 – 15:28 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on RealVNC rebrands as VNC Connect 6.0, switches to subscription-based model

RealVNC VNC ConnectRealVNC Ltd has unveiled RealVNC VNC Connect 6.0, the newly rebadged and updated version of its VNC server and client package for Windows, Mac and Linux.

There’s a shift from a perpetual license keys to a subscription-based model, plus a large number of new features, including cloud connections, team-based remote access and sharing, and support for improving remote access.

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Analyze and compare video quality with QCTools
November 1, 2016 – 10:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Analyze and compare video quality with QCTools

QCToolsQCTools is an open-source cross-platform tool for analysing and objectively measuring video quality.

The program is aimed at helping professional users identify problems with digitized footage, but it could also help to compare video codecs, conversion tools and more.

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Prevent malware changing your DNS with DNS Lock
October 31, 2016 – 09:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Prevent malware changing your DNS with DNS Lock

DNS LockFreeware developer Sordum has released DNS Lock, a free tool which prevents malware (or anything else) changing your IPv4 DNS addresses.

Launch the program’s single executable and it prompts you to enter your primary and secondary DNS IP’s.

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