Cut your browser’s RAM usage with All Browsers Memory Zip?
July 6, 2016 – 07:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Cut your browser’s RAM usage with All Browsers Memory Zip?

All Browsers Memory ZipAll Browsers Memory Zip is a free memory optimizer designed to cut your browser’s RAM usage.

The program doesn’t just work with Chrome, IE or Firefox– it recognises and supports almost 40 browsers, out of the box.

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LightZone: still a great image editor
July 5, 2016 – 06:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on LightZone: still a great image editor

LightZoneIf you’re looking for a free image editor then you’ll probably start with the big names, the latest updates, whatever’s made the headlines recently.

But there’s also a whole world of mature software out there which doesn’t make the news, and isn’t updated often, yet could still deliver everything you need.

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Monitor your CPU temperature with Core Temp
July 5, 2016 – 04:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Monitor your CPU temperature with Core Temp

Core TempCore Temp is a powerful CPU temperature monitor which has been helping users watch their hardware since 2006.

The project seemed to have faded away in the past few years, but a series of updates in recent months has seen it roar back to life.

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Icaros 3.0 extends and speeds up Windows Explorer thumbnailing
July 4, 2016 – 03:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Icaros 3.0 extends and speeds up Windows Explorer thumbnailing

IcarosIcaros is a free FFmpeg-powered tool which extends Windows Explorer’s thumbnail support to just about any video format.

The package can produce cover art thumbnails for Mkv, Flac, Ape, and Mpc files, and provides extended Windows Explorer properties for Mkv, Flv, Ogm, Ogv, Ogg, Flac, Ape, and Mpc.

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Straighten text in scanned documents with Deskew
July 4, 2016 – 02:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Straighten text in scanned documents with Deskew

DeskewDeskew is an open source package which can detect skewed text in scanned text documents, and output a straightened version.

It’s a command line tool, which is, well, inconvenient, but don’t let that put you off entirely – it’s still probably easier than you’d expect.

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Syncplify Notepad! is a polished plain text editor
July 3, 2016 – 02:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Syncplify Notepad! is a polished plain text editor

Notepad!Notepad.200.175 is a nicely balanced Notepad replacement, accessible to just about everyone but with plenty of bonus extra features when you need them.

The interface is an immediate plus, its Office-like ribbon organising the program’s main features across three tabs.

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Track your web traffic around the world with Open Visual Traceroute
July 2, 2016 – 05:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Track your web traffic around the world with Open Visual Traceroute

OOpen Visual Traceroutepen Visual Traceroute is a Java-based, cross-platform networking toolkit which displays the path of your web traffic on 3D world map.

Despite the “Traceroute” name, that’s not all. Bonus features include a Whois tool, and a WinPcap-powered packet sniffer which shows exactly what your traffic contains.

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Easily find genuine Windows and Office images with Windows ISO Downloader
July 1, 2016 – 07:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Easily find genuine Windows and Office images with Windows ISO Downloader

Windows ISO DownloaderWould you like to try out Windows 10 in a virtual machine, or maybe create a USB installer for Windows 7 or 8? Then you’ll probably have to track down an image of that particular build.

Everything you need should be on Microsoft.com, in theory, but if you’ve already wasted enough of your life there, you might prefer Windows ISO Downloader.

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Watch 360 degree videos with GoPro VR Player
June 30, 2016 – 04:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Watch 360 degree videos with GoPro VR Player

GoPro VR PlayerGoPro VR Player (formerly Kolor Eyes Desktop) is a free 360 degree video player for Windows and OS X.

A stripped-back interface makes it very easy to use. There’s no button-packed toolbar or nested right-click menu, just drag and drop your video and it starts playing immediately.

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Transform pictures into LEGO mosaics with Legoaizer
June 29, 2016 – 08:45 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Transform pictures into LEGO mosaics with Legoaizer

LegoaizerLegoaizer is a mosaic builder with a twist. Point the program at a JPG and instead of just pixelating it, Legoaizer creates the mosaic from LEGO bricks.

Getting started is easy: open a picture, click “Create Mosaic”, and within a few seconds the LEGO-ized version appears.

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Stop common malware exploits with NoVirusThanks Smart Object Blocker
June 28, 2016 – 05:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Stop common malware exploits with NoVirusThanks Smart Object Blocker

Smart Object BlockerNoVirusThanks Smart Object Blocker is a low level tool which enables blocking the execution of certain applications, commands, DLLs and drivers.

Default rules block some common malware exploits and attacks, and you can add more to fine-tune the protection available.

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