Software roundup – 27 downloads from the last seven days
June 9, 2012 – 14:18 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

Roundup - 9 JuneAs we move through June, there are more and more software titles being released. The past week has been pretty busy, particularly on the web browser front, but there have also been a number of other programs worthy of note.

If you still use physical CDs and DVDs, ISO Workshop 3.0 is worth taking a look at as it enables you to work with virtual drives to save having to keep switching discs. Diskeeper 12 Home is a great tool for anyone looking to ensure that their hard drive is completely defragged, and Diskeeper 12 Pro includes support for drives exceeding 1TB. Another interesting tool for maintaining your system is GhostBuster, a free utility that remove references in the registry to hardware you no longer use. There’s also a portable version available – GhostBuster Portable

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Process Explorer 15.2 adds autostart information
June 9, 2012 – 14:17 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

Microsoft Sysinternals has released Process Explorer 15.2, the latest edition of its excellent Task Manager replacement.

And while recent Sysinternals updates haven’t exactly been exciting, this is one you don’t want to miss: it contains some very useful additions.

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Test and optimise your mobile website with Keynote MITE
June 8, 2012 – 06:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | One Comment

Building a website which looks good on desktop computers and mobile devices generally requires a lot of thought. There are plenty of design issues to consider, and even when you think you’ve finished you’ll still need to test the site thoroughly to confirm that all is well. (Just browsing a few pages with your iPad almost certainly won’t be good enough.)

Grab a copy of the free Keynote Mobile Internet Testing Environment (MITE), though, and the process of properly analysing your site could prove easier than you think. While it’s comes packed with essential testing functionality, MITE’s core capabilities are so simple to use that anyone can get at least something from the program.

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Check your installed applications for updates with AutoUP
June 8, 2012 – 06:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

It’s important for your PC’s security to install application updates just as soon as they become available, but if a program doesn’t check for these itself then that can be a challenge. Unless you have the time to monitor every application website yourself then you’ll probably need some third-party help, and the latest candidate is the free and portable AutoUP.

The program provides support for updating 68 applications, which isn’t in itself particularly impressive, but there are at least plenty of major names in the list: Adobe AIR/ Flash/ Reader, CCleaner, Evernote, Firefox, Foxit Reader, Chrome, KeePass, Paint.NET, VLC Media Player, and more. (The full list is here).

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Diskeeper 12 improves performance, adds system monitoring and drive health checks
June 7, 2012 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Condusiv Technologies has released Diskeeper 12, the latest edition of its powerful and professional defrag tool.

Improvements this time include an optimised HyperBoot engine, which aims to further improve your system boot times.

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Firefox pre-release builds updated with new features on the horizon
June 7, 2012 – 06:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Following on from the release of Firefox 13 FINAL, Mozilla has updated its developmental branches to versions 14 (Beta), 15 (Aurora) and 16 (Nightly/UX) respectively. After the relatively exciting new features in version 13, what’s coming next? How does integrated social networking tools, panel-based download manager and improvements in OS X Lion users sound for starters?

Get a head’s up on what’s coming and discover which build is best for your personal needs with our updated guide to what the future holds in store for Firefox.

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Manage and monitor all your networked PCs with Spiceworks
June 7, 2012 – 05:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Keeping track of what’s happening across even the smallest network can be a challenge. To put it mildly. Whether it’s your users misbehaving, or genuine hardware and software issues are cropping up, there’s always some problem to consider.

You don’t have to try and tackle this on your own, though. Spiceworks is a powerful free network auditing and inventory tool which will automatically scan your systems and alert you to what’s going on, and it’s suitable for everyone from regular home users through to large business networks.

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Wondershare vDownloader lets you grab a copy of your favorite online videos
June 7, 2012 – 05:48 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Wondershare vDownloaderThere are countless web sites that feature hours of streaming video that you can watch whenever you have an internet connection. But what about those times when you are not able to get online? If you are going on a trip and want to ensure that the children have something to watch on a laptop or tablet, Wondershare vDownloader is a tool that can be used to grab a load of videos in advance and load them onto the device of your choosing.

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Clean up leftover “ghost” devices from your PC with GhostBuster
June 7, 2012 – 05:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Every time you connect a new device to your PC, Windows will install the appropriate driver, if necessary, and add a reference to the Registry so that your hardware can be utilised more quickly in future. And under normal circumstances there’s no need to worry about any of this: it just works.

Over time, though, your system may build up a collection of “ghost” devices, hardware which was connected to your system at least once, but you no longer use (an old webcam which broke long ago, a USB drive a visitor used, whatever it might be). These will increase the size of your Registry a little, and can require Windows to do just a little extra work at boot time, but fortunately there’s an easy solution: just use GhostBuster to detect and remove them for you.

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PickMeApp moves your software from one PC to another, no reinstallation required
June 6, 2012 – 08:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

In the long list of PC Jobs We Really Hate, there’s one task in particular which stands out from all the others: reinstalling (or relocating) applications. Installing the core program files on a new PC is easy enough, but then you have to manually recreate accounts, remember and restore all your old configuration settings, perhaps download extensions and addons: it can take forever to get everything working as it was.

You could avoid most of this hassle by using the appropriate Laplink package to relocate the programs for you, of course, but that can be a little expensive. And so you might prefer to opt for PickMeApp, a free tool which also promises to help move just about all your applications from one system to another, without requiring any manual reinstallations at all.

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Save time and boost your PC productivity with HotKeyMan’s custom keyboard shortcuts
June 5, 2012 – 10:52 by Mike Williams in Featured, Tips | Comments Off

When you’re looking to speed up your PC’s operations then learning any available keyboard shortcuts can often help, by minimising the time and effort required to perform common system tasks.

If you’ve already mastered the standard shortcuts, though, it may be time to consider creating your own – and HotKeyMan is a very simple way to help you get started.

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