Close annoying web popups with Overlay Blocker (Chrome)
December 12, 2014 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Overlay BlockerIt happens all the time. You’re browsing a website, engrossed in the content, when suddenly an overlay appears and blocks your view. Annoying, even when it’s displaying useful information.

Usually clicking the “x” close button will get rid of the popup, and you can carry on as you were. But if there is no “x”, or it’s been carefully hidden, then you might need a little help.

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Mobizen: access your Android device from anywhere
December 11, 2014 – 18:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

MobizenIf you’d like to run Android on your PC then you could install some heavyweight emulator, or maybe use a virtual machine.

But it might be easier to equip your Android device with Mobizen, a free app which allows you to view, access and control it from just about anywhere.

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Play 108 logic games for free with Logyx Pack
December 11, 2014 – 07:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Logyx PackMicrosoft Minesweeper may have been an extremely basic game, but it was also easy to play, and a fun way to pass a few minutes, which is probably why it came bundled with Windows for around 20 years.

The game was finally dropped in Windows 8, but you can get it back with the free Logyx Pack, along with 107 others: Tetris, Battleships, Reversi, Checkers, Simon Says, and many more (see below for the full list).

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AIDA64 5.0 adds wireless monitoring support, certificates information panel
December 10, 2014 – 09:13 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

AIDA64Budapest software firm FinalWire Ltd has released a major new version of its Windows diagnostic and benchmarking tool with the release of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 5.0.

Version 5.0’s major new feature is support for remote monitoring of computer sensors using third-party smartphone and tablet apps.

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View, save and restore a drive’s MBR/ boot sector with HDHacker
December 10, 2014 – 06:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

HDHackerBefore a PC can access a drive, it must first read various disk structures: the boot sector, master boot record (MBR), partition table, and so on. Normally you don’t have to care about any of that, but if these structures are corrupted, and the drive becomes unreadable, then you might want to know more.

HDHacker is a tiny tool which can read, display, save and restore a drive’s master boot record, boot sector, or just a defined number of continuous sectors. This is potentially very dangerous – choosing the wrong drive or sectors could trash your system – but it can sometimes be helpful.

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Update Scanner alerts you when web pages change (Firefox)
December 10, 2014 – 04:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Update ScannerIf you’d like to know when your favourite websites are updated then you could monitor their RSS or ATOM feeds, maybe a Twitter account or Facebook page. But if they don’t have any of these – or checking them all seems like too much effort – then you’ll probably just keep revisiting the site, again, and again, and again.

Update Scanner is a Firefox addon which saves time by automatically detecting and notifying you about changes to your chosen web pages.

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Dropbox 3 brings interface revamp, long path support
December 9, 2014 – 16:05 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

DropboxCloud storage provider Dropbox has released a new stable build for desktop in the shape of Dropbox 3.0.3 for Windows, Linux and Mac.

The interface has been rewritten, bringing high DPI support on Windows, a revamped setup wizard for Linux, improved performance, and reportedly fixing “a large number of issues/ glitches” reported over the years.

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kchmviewer: a better way to browse CHM files
December 9, 2014 – 11:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

kchmviewerIt may be very old, but Microsoft’s Compiled HTML Help (CHM) is still a common format for software documentation, as well as the occasional e-book.

Windows has a standard HTML Help viewer which should be able to display most files, but it’s a little fragile (just search the web for “regsvr32 hhctrl.ocx”). It may not work well if you need to display files in various character sets. And even if there are no problems, it’s still a very basic viewer.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 15 debuts M-DISC support
December 8, 2014 – 17:15 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Ashampoo Burning Studio 15German multimedia developer Ashampoo has unveiled the latest edition of its flagship disc mastering suite, Ashampoo Burning Studio 15.

The headline addition is new support for M-DISC, an optical media type which, in theory, can remain readable for 1,000 years.

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Quick Review: PhotoStage Slideshow Producer
December 8, 2014 – 11:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

PhotoStagePhotoStage Slideshow Producer is a free-for-personal-use video slideshow creator with plenty of unusual extras.

Installation is quick and easy. We politely declined the bundled Google Toolbar, and a few seconds later the program launched.

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Paint.NET 4.0.5 FINAL squashes major bugs, builds on recent 4.0.4 release
December 8, 2014 – 07:42 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Paint.NET 4.0dotPDN LLC has released Paint.NET 4.0.5 FINAL, a minor update that follows swiftly on the heels of a more significant update at the end of last month.

Version 4.0.4 introduced one major new feature and promised performance improvements, while 4.0.5 squashes a number of significant bugs that emerged after the previous update.

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