Wise System Monitor tracks software, hardware and network traffic
September 4, 2014 – 10:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Popular PC tools developer Wise Cleaner has released a public beta of its latest utility, Wise System Monitor.

The new addition is a desktop gadget which tracks and displays CPU usage, upload and download speeds, RAM consumption, CPU temperature and more.

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VirtualXP Free lets you convert your old Windows XP PC into a virtual machine
September 4, 2014 – 08:05 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | No Comment

VirtualXP FreeFarstone Technology has released VirtualXP Free 1.0, a free-for-personal-use tool that simplifies the task of converting a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 physical PC into a virtual machine.

The idea is that users hesitating about switching to a newer version of Windows can take their old system with them, ensuring all data, settings and programs continue to work going forward.

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Curly downloads files from the command line – and checks for malware
September 4, 2014 – 08:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

When you’re working at the Windows command line it might sometimes be useful to download a file, but the standard tools don’t make this particularly easy.

If you’re looking for something simpler then Curly could be ideal. It’s a console-based downloader, free, portable and amazingly small (under 28KB), yet somehow it still manages to squeeze in one or two surprising extras.

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EXIF ReGenerate fixes 100′s of image time stamps with a click
September 3, 2014 – 09:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Take a picture with a digital camera and it’ll normally be tagged with the date and time, often useful later when searching or organising your images.

If the camera clock is wrong, though, all your photos will have the wrong EXIF time stamp, and they’ll stay that way until someone notices.

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VMWare Fusion 7 promises OS X Yosemite support and optimisation, better connectivity with Windows 8.1
September 3, 2014 – 08:26 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

VMWare FusionVMware has launched VMWare Fusion 7.0, a major new version of its virtualisation software for Macs. Version 7 adds support for OS X Yosemite and improves compatibility with Windows 8.1 guests.

The new release also shows off a new look, designed to fit in with Yosemite on its launch, plus promises improved performance, better connectivity with peripherals and Retina display optimisations.

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Find out more about your favourite artists with Song Buddy
September 2, 2014 – 06:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Some music players are smart. Not only will they play your tracks, but they’ll try to tell you more about them, perhaps downloading and displaying the lyrics.

Windows Media Player and iTunes aren’t quite so clever, but that’s where Song Buddy comes in. This free app for Windows, iPhone, iPad and Mac detects the “now playing” artist and displays other releases, concerts, images, a biography, links and more.

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Opera 24 FINAL adds new tab preview, offers Hi-DPI support in Windows
September 2, 2014 – 06:43 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

opera_new-200x175Opera has released Opera 24 FINAL, a major new release of its web browser for Windows and Mac. It comes with three changes of note, two of which are restricted to Windows users only.

The headline new feature, which covers all platforms, sees Opera gain a new tab preview feature. By rolling the mouse over any non-active tab, users will – after a short pause – see a pop-up thumbnail of that tab’s current contents.

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Firefox 32 FINAL released for desktop, shows off HTTP caching improvements and other minor tweaks
September 1, 2014 – 12:35 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox 32 FINALMozilla has released Firefox 32.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 32.0 due to follow.

While there are a lot of changes to both desktop and mobile builds, Firefox 32 doesn’t throw up any standout new features, instead concentrating on tweaks and minor improvements.

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Instantly generate sketched characters with DrawWiz
September 1, 2014 – 08:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DrawWiz is an easy-to-use app, Windows and Mac program which instantly generates professional sketches of female cartoon characters.

There’s no artistic ability required, fortunately. The app provides hundreds of pre-drawn elements – situations, face shapes, hair styles, eyes, nose, mouth – and all you have to do is pick the ones you need.

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Quickly retouch your portraits with Free Photo Blemish Remover
September 1, 2014 – 06:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

High resolution digital photos are great for most purposes, but can be a little cruel for portrait shots, where every skin imperfection is suddenly blown up in extreme detail.

Some photo editors have “beautifying” modules to help up clean such problems, or you can often fix them yourself with a little painting or clone work. And Free Photo Blemish Remover is another option, a specialist tool which can remove image imperfections with a click.

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WinLogOnView lists user logons for your PC
August 31, 2014 – 04:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If your PC has several user accounts then you might occasionally like to know when they’re being accessed, perhaps to confirm that your children are only using the computer at particular times.

You could install some heavy duty system monitoring package, or maybe enable a few Family Safety restrictions for that account. But NirSoft’s WinLogOnView is a much simpler option which could provide everything you need in a tiny, portable package.

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