System Explorer 5.0 adds free screenshot sharing
April 12, 2014 – 09:39 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Mister Group’s excellent system information tool System Explorer has been updated to version 5.0.

The big addition in this release is support for easy screenshot sharing. If you’re looking at some problem or error message, press PrtSc, click Share, and the grab will be uploaded to, leaving you with a link which you can use to share it with others.

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Troubleshoot USB problems with USB Device Tree Viewer
April 12, 2014 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Connect a USB device to your PC and it’ll probably work right away. Even if it needs a driver, Windows may be able to find this on its own: all you’ll have to do is click a button or two, and wait.

Life isn’t always quite so easy, of course, and occasionally you might find one or more USB devices aren’t working as you expect. Device Manager isn’t great at diagnosing USB-related problems, but there are free alternatives that can help – and USB Device Tree Viewer is one of the best.

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Set up to 128 desktop alarms with Eusing Clock
April 11, 2014 – 10:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Eusing Clock is a free clock gadget for your Windows desktop.

Yes, we know, there are several million of these already, but this one does have a few twists which help it stand out from the crowd.

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Optimise your PDF’s/ djvu’s for mobile reading with k2pdfopt
April 11, 2014 – 08:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The value of a PDF document is, in part, that it can be read on just about any device, on any platform. Wherever you are, you can open it and see the same information, presented in the same way.

This isn’t always as good as it sounds, of course. Especially if a document has been formatted for landscape viewing on a high resolution desktop, and you’re trying to browse it on a smartphone (there’s sure to be plenty of surplus scrolling involved).

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EASEUS Partition Master 10 adds OS migration, WinPE 3.0 boot disk
April 10, 2014 – 13:07 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

EASEUS has released Partition Master 10 Free and Partition Master 10 Professional, the latest editions of its excellent disk management tool.

The new build now includes a wizard to migrate your system disk to a new drive (SDD and HDD), and make it bootable.

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Dropbox launches Mailbox for Android with “Auto-swipe”
April 10, 2014 – 08:45 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Dropbox has launched Mailbox for Android, the latest incarnation of its popular email management iOS app.

The headline addition is a new “Auto-swipe” feature which learns from your actions, which emails you want to “snooze” (hide until later), which you want to archive, then automatically handles similar messages later.

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Automatically discover and diagram your network with Netpict
April 10, 2014 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Netpict is a simple free program for creating basic network diagrams using popular Cisco icons.

If you’ve ever used any other diagram tool, Netpict will seem very familiar. A panel on the left has various icons (“Cloud”, “Firewall”, “Server”, “Router”, “PC”, “Laptop”, more); you drag and drop the ones you need onto the page, right-click and drag to create connections between two elements, before finally exporting the map as an image.

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Chrome 34 FINAL supports responsive images, extends password manager
April 9, 2014 – 12:41 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Google has released Chrome 34 FINAL for Windows, Linux, and Mac.

The headline addition is support for srcset, a new HTML attribute which allows web developers to specify multiple copies of a single image, with a range of resolutions.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 brings new mouse-friendliness
April 9, 2014 – 08:55 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Microsoft has announced the public availability of Windows 8.1 Update 1 (32-bit build is here).

The release is essentially a service pack, with security updates, performance enhancements and other low-level tweaks, but the most obvious changes are to the Windows 8.1 interface.

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CyberLink PowerDVD 14 adds HEVC support, cloud storage/ sync
April 9, 2014 – 06:07 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

CyberLink Corp has launched PowerDVD 14, the latest edition of its universal media player.

The top-of-the-range PowerDVD 14 Ultra now includes a free year’s subscription to 10GB of space on CyberLink Cloud. There’s new support for syncing media between PC and mobile devices (iOS, Android, Windows 8), while auto-transcoding of videos, photos & music from PC to Cloud should improve performance.

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CopyQ: a seriously powerful clipboard manager
April 8, 2014 – 09:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The Windows clipboard is useful, but limited, not least because it can hold only one item at a time. Copy in something else and the first has gone forever.

Clipboard managers can help, though, and at first CopyQ seems like a very typical example. It lives in the system tray; in a click or two you can be viewing a list of recent clipboard items (text or images); and any of these can then be selected or pasted into the current document.

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