VMware Workstation 11 gains Haswell speed boost
December 2, 2014 – 10:06 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

VMwareVMware Inc has released VMware Workstation 11, a major update for the powerful hypervisor, along with its companion tool VMware Player 7 Pro.

The company claims new support for Haswell CPU extensions delivers up to a 45% speed increase for CPU-intensive applications.

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Certified True Randomizers: let one app make all your decisions
December 2, 2014 – 07:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Certified True RandomizersLeft, or right? Chicken, or fish? Where are we going next?

Life is full of decisions. Some you’ll want to think about, carefully evaluate and discuss. But if they’re not so important – or you’d just prefer a more surprising life – then you could let your phone choose the outcome, with a little help from Certified True Randomizers.

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View and convert EPS/ PS files with EPS Viewer
December 1, 2014 – 14:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EPS ViewerAdobe’s Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) is a powerful graphics format which first appeared almost 30 years ago, so you might have expected there to be plenty of viewers around by now. But no: it’s so horribly complex that most image viewers either ignore the format entirely, or offer basic support, but with very unreliable results.

There are specialist tools which claim they’re different. The free EPS Viewer not only displays EPS/ PS files, but can also convert them to a few bitmap formats (JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF). Is it really better than the leading image viewers, though? We grabbed a test copy.

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Track weather for any ZIP code with WeatherDan
December 1, 2014 – 09:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WeatherDanRain? Wind? Ice? Snow? Just about everyone needs to know what’s happening next with the weather, and there are a vast number of tools and websites to keep you up-to-date.

Most weather monitors try to win you over by piling on the features: multiple locations, detailed long-term graphs, customised alerts, whatever it might be. The results can be very powerful, but also bulky and complex.

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Firefox 34 FINAL unveils WebRTC support, faster theme switching
December 1, 2014 – 08:18 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox 34 FINALMozilla has released Firefox 34.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 34.0 due to follow in the coming days.

Firefox 34 rolls out the new Firefox Hello real-time communication client and promises faster and simpler persona switching. It also includes a number of improved features, widens support for HTML5 and unveils a new WebIDE app for developers.

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East-Tec Eraser 2015 debuts “intelligent Risk Monitor”
November 29, 2014 – 14:29 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

East-Tec Eraser 2015East-Tec has released East-Tec Eraser 2015, the latest edition of its comprehensive PC privacy tool.

This version introduces the Risk Monitor, which warns you of potential privacy risks as soon as they happen, removing them with a click.

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Anvisoft releases 1-click repair tool PC Plus
November 28, 2014 – 11:19 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PC PlusAnvisoft has released PC Plus, a simple tool which provides one-click solutions for 30 common PC problems.

The issues include missing desktop icons, Internet Explorer crashes, assorted DLL error messages, can’t run Task Manager or Regedit, 3D games not running full screen, and more, all organised across five categories: Desktop, Network, System, Software, Games.

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Manage PC processes, services, drivers with Listsp
November 28, 2014 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ListspIs your PC slow? Unstable? Whenever your system is misbehaving, it’s wise to take a look at how it’s configured, and the various processes it might be running.

You could get a basic view with Task Manager and assorted Control Panel applets. But the open source Listsp is a more complete solution, and gives you access to processes, services and driver information from a single interface.

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RootsMagic 7 adds automatic Web Hints feature, improves problem-fixing tools
November 28, 2014 – 06:49 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

RootsMagic 7RootsMagic, Inc has launched RootsMagic Essentials 7.0, a major new version of its free (and paid-for) genealogical tool.

Both free and paid-for versions gain a new Web Hints feature that automatically suggests record matches from a number of online websites, while paid-for users also gain a number of other useful tools and improvements.

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Send emails from the command line with SendSMTP
November 28, 2014 – 05:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SendSMTPIf your PC is always running, even when you’re not around, then you might want it to alert you about important events. Some backup programs have an email notification feature, for example, which keeps you up-to-date with backup progress.

Alternatively, you could use the free SendSMTP to send emails and files directly from your own scripts, perhaps alerting you when a PC is turned on or off, an application is launched, maybe sending you a daily copy of a text log.

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How far has your mouse cursor travelled today? Mousotron tells all
November 27, 2014 – 09:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MousotronPoint, click, tap, tap – using your favourite PC programs can become a near automatic process. But have you ever wondered how much work is really involved, how far your mouse is moving, how many left or right-clicks you’re making? That’s what the free system monitor Mousotron can help you find out.

After an adware-free installation the program displays a very lengthy status bar, with various statistics on your keyboard and mouse use. There’s the distance your mouse has travelled (miles/ yards/ inches, or the metric equivalent); the total numbers of left, right, middle and double-clicks; the average mouse speed, X/ Y coordinates, active and idle time, and more.

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