Windows clone ReactOS hits version 0.4.0
February 18, 2016 – 08:38 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Windows clone ReactOS hits version 0.4.0

ReactOSIt’s been ten long years since the last major release, but open source Windows clone ReactOS is still very much alive, and the latest release shows just what’s been achieved since 2006.

There’s finally support for NTFS read and ext2 read/ write, out of the box.

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Scan your PC for unsigned files with SigcheckGUI
February 17, 2016 – 11:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Scan your PC for unsigned files with SigcheckGUI

SigCheckGUIYour PC is misbehaving. Is it malware? Faulty software, maybe? Scanning for PC for digitally signed files can help to pick out trustworthy executables, and highlight unsigned files for more investigation.

Sysinternals’ Sigcheck provides a vast amount of information and options, but it’s also a console tool, maybe inconvenient if you don’t use it enough to learn the various switches.

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Get your life organised with Makagiga
February 17, 2016 – 06:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Get your life organised with Makagiga

MakagigaMakagiga started life long ago as an open-source, Java-based RSS reader. But then the developer started to take it further. Much, much further.

The program now also has a capable to-do manager. A note taker. A simple image editor. And, via optional plugs, web searching, an OpenStreetMap viewer, a thesaurus, LaTex/ Markdown/ BB Code previews, screen capture, barcode generation and more.

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Copy Plain Text strips the formatting from copied text (Firefox)
February 16, 2016 – 13:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Copy Plain Text strips the formatting from copied text (Firefox)

Copy Plain TextYou’re browsing the web, find some interesting text, copy and paste it elsewhere… And then realise it’s got all the original formatting, now entirely unnecessary. And maybe an unwanted image, too.

Copy Plain Text is a Firefox add-on which supports copying plain text only, and adds some handy text processing extras as well.

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Automate almost any PC task with AlomWare Actions Lite
February 16, 2016 – 10:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Automate almost any PC task with AlomWare Actions Lite

AlomWare ActionsAlomWare Actions Lite is a scripting tool which allows even novice users to automate many PC tasks.

There are commands to launch applications, download web pages, send emails, type text, simulate mouse clicks, work with files, and a whole lot more, and these may all be combined to make up a single action.

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Five tools for recovering corrupted Word documents
February 15, 2016 – 13:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Five tools for recovering corrupted Word documents

Stellar Phoenix Word RepairYou’ve been working on it forever, and had almost finished, but… Disaster. That all-important Word document no longer opens.

If you’re using some other viewer, try reopening it in Word. It may offer to repair the file, and this can fix a lot of problems.

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Image Color Analyzer tells all about picture palettes
February 13, 2016 – 08:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Image Color Analyzer tells all about picture palettes

Image Color AnalyzerArtists and photographers often need a clear understanding of the colors used in an image, but standard photo editor tools like the histogram do little to help.

Image Color Analyzer is a free Android app designed to deliver a clearer view of an image palette.

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binvis.io is the visual way to analyse binary files
February 12, 2016 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on binvis.io is the visual way to analyse binary files

binvis.ioExploring the structure of binary files can be very useful for identifying malware, and tools like PeStudio and HxD may help point you in the right direction.

But if you find they bury you in fine detail, when you’re more interested in the big picture, then you might like to try another approach.

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LibreOffice 5.1 reorganises user interface, reduces start-up times
February 10, 2016 – 09:29 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on LibreOffice 5.1 reorganises user interface, reduces start-up times

LibreOffice 5The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.1 64-bit and LibreOffice 5.1 32-bit. It comes just under six months after version 5.0 debuted back in August yet unveils some major changes to the user interface as well as performance improvements.

LibreOffice 5.1 promises new and simplified application menus, faster start-up times and a number of application-specific improvements, including better slide transitions in Impress and a host of new features in Calc.

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Instantly switch to favorite folders with Quick Access Popup
February 10, 2016 – 07:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Instantly switch to favorite folders with Quick Access Popup

Quick Access PopupIt happens all the time. You’re working in Explorer, maybe opening or saving a file, but the current folder is so far away that you have to click, and click, and click to get there.

Quick Access Popup – a new and improved version of Folders Popup – is a freeware tool which ensures your favorite folders and apps are only ever a click or two away.

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NetworkMiner 2.0 adds keyword filtering
February 10, 2016 – 05:36 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on NetworkMiner 2.0 adds keyword filtering

NetworkMinerNETRESEC has shipped NetworkMiner 2.0, the latest edition of its powerful network forensic analysis tool.

The update does a better job of interpreting your network traffic, with new parsers for SMB2 and Modbus/TCP, file extraction from SMB writes, and improved parsing for SMTP, FTP and DNS traffic.

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