NetAudit is a simple network toolkit
March 13, 2017 – 07:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NetAuditNetAudit is a portable network toolkit for Windows which combines simple Ping, Traceroute, Whois and connection monitoring features.

The program interface is a mess. There’s a useless list of processes; a Network Usage indicator which isn’t scaled properly so it’s almost always blank; big arrows with figures to presumably indicate total uploaded and downloaded data, although with no tooltips or labels it’s hard to tell.

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StExBar extends Windows Explorer with some time-saving extras
March 11, 2017 – 05:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

StExBarStExBar is a tiny freeware tool which extends Windows Explorer with some handy features.

The program has been around for years, but it’s just been updated to work fully on Windows 10, so we grabbed a copy to see how it would perform.

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RedMorph is an effective ad and tracker blocker
March 10, 2017 – 07:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RedMorphRedMorph is a free ad blocker and content filter for Chrome, Firefox, Android and more.

Install the Browser Controller extension and it seems to work much like any other ad blocker. No setup is required, you just browse as usual and the RedMorph icon displays the number of ads/ trackers/ etc it’s blocked.

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Browse, edit and convert simple databases with Exportizer
March 9, 2017 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ExportizerExportizer is a simple tool for viewing, editing and converting databases.

The program has a freeware build which works with simple file-based database tables, including .db, .dbf, .txt, .csv, and .xml.

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Hard Disk Sentinel 5.0 adds more test and repair tools
March 8, 2017 – 13:19 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

HardDiskSentinelVeteran drive monitor Hard Disk Sentinel has just been updated to version 5.0, the first major release in more than a year.

The Professional build gets a new “Repair disk drive” method which scans for weak sectors and forces the hard drive to stabilize problems, or reallocate sectors if necessary.

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WebCatalog runs your favourite web apps natively
March 8, 2017 – 08:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WebCatalogWebCatalog is an open-source cross-platform tool which runs your favourite websites and services as native desktop applications.

A huge list of supported services includes Amazon, Basecamp, BBC iPlayer, Bing, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook Messenger, Gmail (and just about every other Google app), iCloud, iCQ, OneDrive, Netflix,, Skype, Spotify, Twitter, WhatsApp, Wikipedia and more.

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wtrace is a process monitor for Windows
March 7, 2017 – 17:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

wtrace.200.175Wtrace is an open-source console-based process monitor for Windows. It’s essentially a stripped-down version of Sysinternals Process Monitor which you can run at the command line.

The program is entirely portable, with no drivers or Windows services involved. Just unzip the single executable and run it from an elevated command line.

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Lossless Cut trims videos with no loss of quality
March 6, 2017 – 16:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LosslessCutLosslessCut is a simple open-source video editor which enables cutting and trimming videos without any loss of quality.

The program imports videos via the regular File > Open dialog, or via drag and drop. LosslessCut’s player is based on Chromium, so most browser-friendly formats are accepted (MP4, MOV, WebM, MKV, OGG, WAV, MP3, AAC, H264, Theora, VP8, VP9).

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Firefox 52 lets you send tabs to other synced devices, ups the security ante
March 6, 2017 – 15:48 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 52.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox for Android 52.0 due imminently.

Firefox 52 now supports syncing tabs to specific devices, makes various improvements to the Downloads button and introduces a raft of security, developer and other enhancements. It’s also the final release for Windows XP and Vista users.

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Three ways to inspect Google Chrome history
March 4, 2017 – 04:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Chrome History ManagerViewing Google Chrome’s history is easy – just press Ctrl+H – but the standard window is basic, and doesn’t give you much information or control.

Using a third-party portable tool provides extra details on your recent browsing past, and may be a more convenient and stealthy choice if you’re hoping to check what someone else is doing in Chrome.

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Bear 1.0.6 gives Mac and iOS users a simpler, friendlier alternative to Evernote
March 3, 2017 – 11:02 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | No Comment

bear-200x175When it comes to taking notes on your computer or mobile, what platform do you choose? The bells, whistles and expense of Evernote or the pared back simplicity (and no subscription fee) of Simplenote?

If you’re a Mac or iOS user, the answer may lie somewhere in the middle. With that in mind, take a look at Bear 1.0.6, the self-titled “writing app for crafting notes and prose”. It shares Simplenote’s “less is more” approach, but still manages to provide a richer array of tools than simple plain text notes.

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