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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Run more accurate benchmarks with NonCompressibleFiles
April 7, 2014 – 11:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Benchmarking data storage or transfer speeds can seem straightforward, at least in theory. Assemble a group of test files on your PC; store, copy, upload or download them, and measure how long this all takes. Easy, right?

Well, not necessarily. Compression could be an issue. You might measure how long it takes to save a bunch of files to an SSD, for instance, but if the drive uses compression – as many do – then the speed you see will vary according to your test data.

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Lurch: enter math in a document – and check it, too
April 7, 2014 – 07:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Lurch is an open source math word processor which allows you to create documents, insert a full mathematical argument, and validate it, too.

This isn’t just a matter of checking that “2+2=4″, either. The program also supports and “understands” algebra, calculus and proofs.

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Convert .REG Registry data into BAT, VBS or AU3 scripts with Reg Converter
April 5, 2014 – 13:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

REG files can be a very convenient way to import Registry data. Double-click them, Regedit launches, reads their contents and adds them to your Registry, all in just a few seconds.

There can still be problems, though. Your system may have blocked REG files for security reasons. You might want to import the data as part of an unattended installation, or maybe you just need more control of the import process.

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