J7Z is a simpler, faster 7-Zip gui
February 3, 2015 – 17:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

J7ZIt may be more than 15 years old, but 7-Zip is an open source classic, still used as the archiving engine for a host of applications.

7-Zip’s interface isn’t a strong point, though, and if you’d like something simpler then you might prefer the Java-based J7Z.

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How busy were you last Tuesday? Desktop APM can help
February 3, 2015 – 09:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Desktop APMSpend a day on some personal PC task and you’ll probably only be interested in the end results. Did you find the information, produce the document, achieve everything you wanted?

Go to work on a commercial project, where someone else is paying, and you’ll probably want a far more detailed breakdown. Which applications did you use, for how long, and just how much work was involved?

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Check and manage Win7+ and Mac security with OPSWAT GEARS
February 2, 2015 – 14:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OPSWAT GEARSHow secure is your computer? Finding out can take a little work. You might have to check your antivirus, firewall, backup program, maybe the Windows Action Center and various other system settings.

OPSWAT GEARS is a free utility which tries to do everything you need from a single interface. It works on individual PCs (Windows 7+) or Macs, and can also be used to check and manage security on up to 25 network computers (switching to the paid version removes that restriction).

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Google Earth Pro now free
February 2, 2015 – 06:25 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Google Earth ProGoogle has announced that Google Earth Pro, once priced at an eye-watering $399 a year, is now available for free.

Advanced extras include the ability to measure 3D buildings, print higher resolution images or save them as PDFs, or use a Movie Maker tool to record HD video animations of your tours around the world.

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Control access to folders with Anvi Folder Locker Free
January 31, 2015 – 07:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Anvi Folder Locker FreeThere are many ways to keep your PCs confidential files safe from snoopers. You could encrypt them individually. Store them in a password-protected archive. Maybe just bury them deep in some unexpected area of your file system.

Anvisoft’s Anvi Folder Locker Free aims to simplify the process by applying protection at the folder level. In just a few seconds it can hide a folder, add password protection, maybe just make it read-only – whatever suits your needs.

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Is LibreOffice 4.4 FINAL the “most beautiful” ever?
January 30, 2015 – 09:58 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

LibreOfficeThe Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 4.4, describing it as “the most beautiful LibreOffice ever”.

But while there are plenty of visual tweaks (an enhanced Sifr monochrome icon theme is now the default on OS X), most of the UI improvements are about usability.

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Microsoft launches Outlook for iOS and Android
January 29, 2015 – 18:49 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Microsoft Outlook for iOSMicrosoft has unveiled its official Outlook app for iOS, a free email client based on the Accompli app it acquired at the end of last year.

An Android version is also available, although only as a preview.

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Monitor HTTP and HTTPS traffic with FiddlerCap
January 29, 2015 – 06:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

FiddlerCapIf you’re trying to diagnose web problems, or you’re concerned about security, then it can sometimes be useful to watch your PC’s HTTP and HTTPS traffic.

Fiddler is one possible solution, an industrial-strength web debugging proxy with a lengthy feature list and enough monitoring power to satisfy the most demanding of developers.

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Pushbullet 1.5 now shares files and notifications between iPhone, iPad and Mac
January 28, 2015 – 11:31 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

PushbulletPushbullet is a great app which makes it easy to send files, links, notifications and more from one of your devices to another.

The latest release adds full Apple support. Just as with Android devices, you’re now able to have iPhone or iPad notifications automatically pushed to a Windows or Mac desktop (or anywhere else you’ve installed the system).

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Ex-Opera CEO reveals new Vivaldi browser
January 28, 2015 – 05:03 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

VivaldiEx-Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner has revealed a technical preview of Vivaldi, a new Chromium-based browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.

As this is a first release, the big features are mostly “coming soon”. There will be extensions support, a built-in mail client, syncing across your devices, but they’re not here yet.

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Opera FINAL 27 restores tab preview, fine-tunes navigation bar
January 27, 2015 – 07:21 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

opera_new-200x175Norwegian browser developer Opera has released Opera FINAL 27 for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s a relatively minor first release for 2015, with just two notable new features to excite users.

These see the navigation bar tweaked for make it easier to switch between major sections of the browser, while the tab preview feature has been restored alongside a new tab-expansion button.

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