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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Are you safe from information-stealing malware?
March 3, 2017 – 07:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SpyShelter Security Test ToolSpyShelter Security Test Tool is a portable tool which can check whether you’re protected from keyloggers, webcam snoops and other information-stealing malware.

The program is entirely safe and from a trusted developer, but its use of malware-like techniques means there’s a chance your antivirus will flag it as dangerous. It’s not– this is a false alarm.

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Wox is a versatile launcher for Windows
March 2, 2017 – 05:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WoxWox is a versatile Alfred-like launcher which supports file and web searching, and can be extended with more than 100 plugins.

Activate the program by pressing Alt+Space and a simple command bar appears. Start typing a program,  file name or something else, Wox displays matches and you choose whatever you need.

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Desktop Dimmer takes Electron-based RAM-hogging to a whole new level
March 1, 2017 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Desktop DimmerWe’ve always been fans of ultra-lightweight programs, anything which measures its RAM requirements in kilobytes rather than megabytes.

Other people see that as old school, and in some ways they have a point. If your PC has 16GB of RAM, do you really care whether a program uses 500KB or 5MB?

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Resize windows to exact dimensions with Sizer
February 28, 2017 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SizerSizer 4 is a free tool which resizes desktop windows to precise dimensions: 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, or any other values you might need for a specific design or document.

The program starts very simply. Run it, start to resize a desktop window and a tooltip updates in real time to show the current dimensions, a helpful way to see exactly what you’re doing.

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Share files securely and anonymously with OnionShare
February 27, 2017 – 19:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OnionShareOnionShare is an open-source cross-platform application for sharing files securely and anonymously.

The program uses Tor to temporarily host the files on your computer, and provides you with a cryptic and unguessable URL. Pass this on to the recipient and they can download the file directly from you.

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SniffPass captures email and FTP passwords from network traffic
February 27, 2017 – 05:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SniffPassSaving email passwords in the client is quick, easy and convenient– unless you need to recreate the account somewhere else and can’t remember the details.

Most clients have specialist password recovery tools which can help. Mail PassView, for example, accesses a local Outlook installation to display its stored account details.

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Batch rename a folder of images with PhotoRenamer
February 26, 2017 – 18:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PhotoRenamerPhotoRenamer is a free Windows tool which can rename photos from the usual DCS014752.jpg-type garbage to something more consistent and meaningful.

The program opens with an Explorer-like tree view. Browse to the folder containing your images and thumbnails are displayed, eventually (it seems much slower than Explorer).

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Wavosaur 1.3 released
February 26, 2017 – 17:37 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

WavosaurQuirky audio editor Wavosaur (32-bit) has hit version 1.3 with some major additions and extensions.

New “Wavosaur Widgets” are small dockable windows which display real-time scopes, stereo balance and other charts and measurements.

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Paste clipboard content to a file with Pastextra
February 25, 2017 – 08:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PastextraGetting clipboard text or images into a file normally requires some help from an application.You might launch Notepad, paste in some text, click File > Save As, browse to the folder you need and enter a file name.

Pastextra is a tiny Explorer extension which enables pasting clipboard text or images directly to a file, no extra steps required.

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SysGauge is a comprehensive PC performance monitor
February 24, 2017 – 18:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SysGaugeSysGauge (32-bit) is a highly configurable system and performance monitor for Windows.

At first glance the program looks much like any other monitor gadget. Click the CPU, memory, disk or network counter, its current, average and minimum values are displayed, and a line graph shows how your counter is changing in real time. Yawn.

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