CSearcher is a fast, portable desktop search tool
January 11, 2017 – 10:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CSearcherCSearcher is a speedy portable search tool with a wide range of search options and features.

Basic operations are simple and straightforward. Type all or part of the file or folder names to search (this is plain text, not regular expressions), specify a starting folder, press Enter and wait for the results. That won’t take long– it’s super-fast.

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Foxit Reader 8.2 adds commenting and discussion features, Fast Web View support
January 10, 2017 – 12:04 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Foxit Reader 8.0Foxit Software has released Foxit Reader 8.2, the latest point update of its free Windows PDF viewer and creation tool, alongside Foxit Reader for Mac/Linux 2.3. Both new versions introduces features for sharing comments and discussions and a cloud reading tool among other changes.

The Windows version is the more fully featured of the two, boasting numerous additional features including PDF creation capabilities and form filling tools, both of which have yet to be implemented on the Mac and Linux platforms.

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Get easy wifi discovery and surveying with NetSpot
January 10, 2017 – 04:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NetSpotNetSpot is a free tool for discovering local wireless devices and creating colour-coded heatmaps.

Launch the program and it immediately detects all your local wifi devices, displaying their details in a table: SSID, BSSOD, Signal (current/ min/ max/ average), band, level, width, vendor, security, mode, and when it was last seen.

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Quickly generate and ping multiple IPs with sPinger
January 9, 2017 – 04:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SPingerSPinger is a portable freeware program for quickly pinging multiple IP addresses and host names.

Does the world really need another ping tool? We would have said no, but it turns out there’s more than enough here to justify the program’s existence.

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Kaspersky System Checker scans your PC for problems
January 7, 2017 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Kaspersky System CheckerKaspersky System Checker is a free portable tool which scans your PC for a wide range of problems: malware, missing updates, poorly configured Windows or application settings, and more.

The program is just a checker, and doesn’t provide any way to directly fix the issues it finds, but sometimes just being pointed in the right direction is useful enough.

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Image to ZX Spec takes your pictures back in time
January 6, 2017 – 05:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Image to ZX SpecImage to ZX Spec is a free Java-based application which shows you how your pictures and videos might have looked on the classic old ZX Spectrum home computer.

Never heard the Spectrum? It was released almost 35 years ago so that’s no great surprise, but all you really need to know is its extremely basic graphics specs: a cramped 256×192 resolution, about a 20th of a megapixel, and a palette limited to 7 colours at two levels of brightness each, plus black.

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Easily highlight changed files with HashCheck
January 5, 2017 – 06:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HashCheckHashCheck is a lightweight, open-source tool for creating and verifying file hashes.

The program is tiny (an 85KB download), has no frills, and as the last version came out in 2009, probably won’t be extending its feature list any time soon. And yet, it still does a worthwhile job.

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Opera 44 Developer starts public testing, offers Touch Bar support alongside security improvements
January 5, 2017 – 06:39 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera DeveloperOpera Software’s first release of 2017 sees Opera 44.0 Developer made available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. The Developer edition is the Alpha branch of the browser’s development cycle.

Version 44 launches with four new developmental features, not all of which are available for preview (but likely to be switched on in subsequent builds over the coming weeks).

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Task Manager Deluxe is a powerful process monitor
January 4, 2017 – 18:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Task Manager DeLuxeMiTeC has released an updated edition of its freeware Task Manager DeLuxe with new disk and I/O charts, extra CPU stats and a memory map.

Sounds good, but does the program really have the power to tear us away from Process Explorer and Process Hacker? We grabbed a copy to find out.

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How to show drive letters before drive names in Windows Explorer
January 4, 2017 – 05:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DriveLettersToolBy default Windows Explorer displays drive names first, letters second, like “OS_Install (C:)”, but if you mostly use the letters this might not make much sense.

DriveLettersTool is a tiny portable application which tweaks Explorer settings to use one one four name and letter ordering schemes.

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CloudShot 5.7 uploads screenshots to Google Drive, OneDrive, more
January 3, 2017 – 17:57 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CloudShotCloud storage-friendly screenshot tool CloudShot has just hit version 5.7.

An improved OAuth implementation means you can now directly upload your screenshots to Google Drive and OneDrive, as well as Dropbox, Imgur or your own FTP server, as well as saving it to local or network drives.

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