NetToolset is a handy suite of network tools
April 12, 2015 – 07:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NetToolsetNetToolset is a free-for-personal-use network toolkit for Windows XP+ which supports eight common functions: Ping, Traceroute+, DNS Lookup, Reverse DNS, Blacklist Lookup, IP Whois, Domain Whois and Port Scan.

The program is more about simplicity than power. Typically you’ll click a tab, enter a domain or IP address and click a button. The Ping function has the most configuration options, including Rounds, Reply Timeout, Time between rounds, Bytes and Reverse DNS.

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Convert SWF applets to Windows EXEs with Flash Builder
April 10, 2015 – 16:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Flash BuilderIf you’ve a Flash applet you’d like to share then there are a few options available. You might host it online, package it for offline use with an HTML file, maybe just email it to someone anyway and hope they’ve a player installed.

Alternatively, you could just use Flash Builder to convert it into a stand-alone Windows executable, ready to run on just about anyone’s desktop.

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Silently uninstall multiple programs with Bulk Crap Remover
April 10, 2015 – 05:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Bulk Crap UninstallerUninstalling one Windows program is easy, but stripping out several can get a little tedious, as you sit around and wait for each uninstaller to finish.

Bulk Crap Uninstaller is a smart alternative to Windows’ own “Programs and Features” applet, a simpler and quicker way to remove multiple programs with their own uninstaller.

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Easily fix PC boot problems with Boot Repair Disk
April 9, 2015 – 09:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Boot Repair DiskIf your PC won’t boot properly then running Startup Repair from the Windows DVD will fix many common problems.

But if you can’t find your disc, or you never had one, or you run Startup Repair and it just doesn’t work, then you should take a look at Boot Repair Disk.

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LG “Split Screen” software disables UAC
April 9, 2015 – 04:16 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

UACBack in January we wrote about the malware “Easy Disk Drive Repair”, and how we first realised that something was wrong when it blatantly turned off UAC on launch.

It seems it isn’t only malware which weakens system security in this way, unfortunately. Blogger Christopher Bachner has reported that LG’s “Split Screen” software (a split screen display manager) appears to do the very same thing.

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Space Combat is a fun TIE FIGHTER-style space game
April 8, 2015 – 10:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Space CombatHobbyist programmers have been producing their own games since the very first computers appeared, but the professional products are now so hugely impressive that it’s almost impossible for a single developer to compete.

Still, if you can live without photo-realistic graphics and a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer then there are still plenty of smaller projects worth exploring, and Space Combat is a great place to start.

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Emsisoft Anti-Malware/ Internet Security 10 betas now available
April 8, 2015 – 06:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Emsisoft Anti-MalwareEmsisoft has announced that beta versions of Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Internet Security 10 are now available for testing.

The headline improvement is in scan speed, with Emsisoft claiming a typical malware scan fell from 5 minutes 42 seconds to 57 seconds, an 83% drop.

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Swoosh: deliver presentations with a wave of the hand
April 7, 2015 – 06:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SwooshGreat presentations aren’t just about the content – how they’re delivered matters, too. Android app Swoosh helps you stand out by stepping through your slides with just a wave of the hand.

The $2 app needs a server component on your Windows, Mac or Linux system. There’s no installation or configuration required, just run the download, launch Swoosh, and as long as they’re both on the same wifi, they should find each other automatically.

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Easily set windows as “always on top” with PinMe!
April 6, 2015 – 09:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PinMeIf a Windows application needs to be accessible at any time – a desktop calculator, perhaps – then it’ll sometimes be possible to set it as “always on top”, ensuring its window stays on top of any others.

Not every application has that feature, unfortunately, but there’s another way: PinMe! can set any window as “always on top” in a couple of clicks.

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spelr is a spell checker for any Windows program
April 6, 2015 – 05:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

spelrThere’s a common view online which says that spelling doesn’t really matter, mistakes are no big deal, and anyone who says otherwise is An Evil Grammar Nazi Who Can Safely Be Ignored.

There’s a fragment of truth in that, at least in some situations, but if you want to get your point across effectively in an email, a forum post or anywhere else, it’s still best to avoid distractions like spelling mistakes.

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Save Text To File is a handy research tool for Firefox
April 5, 2015 – 09:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Save Text To FileIf you find something interesting while researching online, your first instinct will probably be to bookmark the page for reference later. And that’s just fine, as long as you can find the bookmark later. And remember why you saved it. And don’t mind re-reading the entire page to locate the fragment you need.

Save Text To File is a Firefox add-on which could make this much easier. If you’re only interested in a paragraph or two of text, forget bookmarks, just select what you need with the mouse, then right-click, Save Text To File > Save, and your chosen words are saved directly to a local file.

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