Create gorgeous word cloud art with Wordaizer
June 21, 2016 – 06:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WordaizerWordaizer is an intriguing tool for creating Wordle-like word clouds, gorgeous works of art where text is organised and arranged to fill a shape.

We have some simple examples below, but the idea gets more interesting when you add some personal meaning, for example celebrating someone’s 100th birthday by filling a tree shape with the names of all their family.

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Find out which version of Windows a program requires with ExeProperties
June 20, 2016 – 10:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ExePropertiesYou’ve downloaded what looks like an interesting program, but it’s not working. Is it for 32, or 64-bit Windows? Maybe it needs a different Windows version? There’s no built-in way to find out.

ExeProperties is a tiny free Explorer extension which displays an EXE or DLL’s minimum requirements in a couple of clicks.

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3 fun alternatives to Windows Solitaire
June 20, 2016 – 04:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

123 Free SolitaireWindows 10 saw Microsoft replace the old-style Solitaire with a Windows app which pesters you with ads every time it runs.

This could be much worse – the ads are only at launch, not while you’re playing – but if you’re looking for an alternative anyway, here are three fun competitors for Windows XP/ Vista and later.

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Auto-download and install 120+ applications with just-install
June 19, 2016 – 03:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

just-install.200.175Windows package managers like Npackd provide a single interface where you can find, install, update or remove hundreds of popular PC applications.

Sounds great, but there can be complications. PowerShell dependencies, a GUI to explore, command line switches to learn, repositories to browse– not so easy, after all.

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Access Khan Academy videos offline
June 18, 2016 – 02:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Khan AcademyKhan Academy is a great learning resource which provides free video-based courses on everything from math to history, science to music, computing, economics and more.

Most users access Khan Academy content via their website, but if you’ve limited bandwidth that might not always be possible.

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Sandboxie 5.12 supports Office Click-to-Run, improves Windows 8/8.1 performance
June 17, 2016 – 07:58 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Sandboxie iconSandboxing makes it possible to isolate programs from the rest of your system for testing or security purposes. Sandboxie 5.12 is the latest build of such a shareware tool for Windows.

Version 5.12 now adds support sandboxing Microsoft Office 2013, 2016 or 365’s ClickToRun installer for paid users, while improving performance on earlier versions of Windows.

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Acronis True Image 2017 beta unveiled
June 17, 2016 – 04:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Acronis True Image 2017Acronis International has released the first public beta of Acronis True Image 2017, its popular backup and file sync suite.

The new edition adds support for wirelessly backing up iOS and Android devices to your desktop.

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Build your own ransomware blocker with NoVirusThanks File System Protector
June 16, 2016 – 03:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NoVirusThanks File System ProtectorConstantly in the headlines, ransomware is the menace of the moment, and even the best antivirus engines can’t guarantee to keep you safe.

NoVirusThanks File System Protector can help by restricting access to particular folders and file types, ensuring only trusted applications gets to open or modify your files.

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Auslogics BoostSpeed 9 released with Win10 Tweaker
June 15, 2016 – 14:59 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Auslogics BoostSpeedAuslogics has released Auslogics BoostSpeed 9 ($59.95), the latest edition of its comprehensive PC maintenance suite, with a whole new module of Windows 10 tweaks.

The “Privacy Tools” section has options to enable/ disable wifi-sense, Cortana, location sensing, data syncing, peer-to-peer Windows updates, and more.

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Scan and audit your network with JDisc Discovery
June 15, 2016 – 04:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

JDisc DiscoveryJDisc Discovery is an industrial-strength network scanning, inventory and reporting tool.

The program quickly checks your entire network (up to 25 devices with a free license), identifies hardware and devices, and collects details on hardware, software and device configuration.

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Flamory is a smart bookmark manager for web pages and local files
June 14, 2016 – 02:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FlamoryFlamory is a free-for-personal-use research tool which allows recording and searching web pages and local files.

This starts with a simple screenshot function. When you’re viewing an interesting website or document, press Ctrl+Alt+A to take a screenshot, and it’s saved locally.

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