Safely clean your Windows Installer folder with PatchCleaner
June 7, 2017 – 05:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PatchCleanerPatchCleaner is a free tool which can detect and safely remove junk files from the \Windows\Installer folder, potentially freeing up gigabytes of hard drive space.

The folder contains Windows Installer-based setup programs and patch files, and uses these whenever you want to modify or update the software. They should be removed when you uninstall a program, but guess what? This doesn’t always happen.

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kkrieger: a first-person shooter in under 100KB
June 6, 2017 – 05:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

kkriegerTired of resource-hogging Electron apps hogging vast amounts of system resources for even the simplest task?

For a neat reminder that it doesn’t have to be that way, take a look at kkrieger— a complete first-person shooter in under 100KB.

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Convert digital images to colour ASCII art with Image2ASCII
June 4, 2017 – 07:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Image2ASCIIImage2ASCII is an open-source Windows application which converts digital pictures to stylised ASCII art.

The program is tiny, and arrives as a stand-alone executable. There’s no installation required, simply download and run it.

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Find suspect processes, files and settings with ESET SysInspector
June 3, 2017 – 06:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ESET SysinspectorESET SysInspector (32-bit) is a powerful tool for examining the low-level details of a PC, and perhaps spotting malicious files, poorly configured settings and other issues that might be causing you problems.

The program has been around for a long time, but we’ve not looked at it for everal years, and as ESET issued a rare update recently we decided to see what it could do on a test Windows 10 laptop.

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Automatically change Android device settings with AUTOSET
June 2, 2017 – 01:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AUTOSETAUTOSET is an interesting $2 app which enables altering your Android device settings when you run an app, when an event happens, on a particular schedule, and more.

This opens up all kinds of possibilities. Choose a navigation app in AUTOSET’s list, for instance, and you could increase the screen brightness and media volume.

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Turn your phone or tablet into a mobile scanner with Adobe Scan
June 1, 2017 – 09:55 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | No Comment

Adobe ScanAdobe has released Adobe Scan 17.05.31 for iPhone, iPad and Android mobiles. The app allows users to turn their mobile camera into a scanner for various types of paper document, including receipts and magazine pages.

Apps that turn your phone or tablet into a portable scanner are two-a-penny, so at first glance Adobe Scan looks like a very late gate crasher to a party that’s already in full flow. But it claims one major advantage over its rivals: OCR support for free.

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Dipiscan is a professional, customisable network scanner
June 1, 2017 – 07:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DipiscanDipiscan is a professional network scanner, fast, capable, and with a huge number of configuration options.

The package is easy enough for anyone to use. Launch it, click Analyze to scan your current network (no need to enter an IP address range, it figures out sensible defaults for itself), and the process is completed within seconds.

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Bitdefender Home Scanner checks your network devices for vulnerabilities
May 31, 2017 – 11:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BitdefenderBitdefender has released Bitdefender Home Scanner, a free tool which scans your wireless network, identifies connected devices and checks them for vulnerabilities.

The program claims to spot devices with poorly encrypted or insecure authentication, weak login credentials and “hidden back doors”.

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LXtory shares screenshots to Imgur, Gyazo, Puush, Dropbox, Google Drive and FTP
May 31, 2017 – 03:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LXtoryLXtory is an open-source tool for capture screenshots, saving the results locally or uploading them to Imgur or other sites.

It’s a familiar idea, and the program interface didn’t impress us, either. Calling it “unfinished” would be a compliment– it’s so basic that it barely looks started.

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Build your own video surveillance system with ContaCam
May 30, 2017 – 14:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ContaCamThe freeware video surveillance system ContaCam has been helping PC users monitor their video feeds since 2010, and it’s grown to be one of the most capable and configurable systems around.

We haven’t checked out the program for a while, but after the recent release of ContaCam 7.0, we grabbed a copy and took a closer look.

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Draw, paint and optimise your pictures with NPS Image Editor
May 29, 2017 – 15:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NPS Image EditorNPS Image Editor is an unusual freeware tool which aims to provide the simplicity of Microsoft Paint with far more functionality, including custom brushes, filters and transparency control.

The program looks much like a stripped-back version of Paint.NET, no surprise as it was also a Paint-inspired project: tiny drawing toolbar on the left, palette on the right, menu bar at the top, details of the current image on the status bar.

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