Omnicode Snatch is a quirky desktop recorder
April 18, 2017 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Omnicode SnatchOmnicode Snatch is a free tool for capturing video and audio of what’s happening on your desktop.

The program interface is, well, a surprise. There are no menus, toolbars or panels, no flashy graphics, hi-res icons or even any touches of colour– it’s just a mess of buttons, boxes and lists.

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Unigine ships graphics benchmark with 8K, VR support
April 17, 2017 – 08:27 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SuperpositionRussian software developer Unigine Corp has shipped a new graphics benchmark based on the Unigine 2 engine.

Unigine Superposition Benchmark can use DirectX or OpenGL to stress-test your GPU, and offers support for resolutions from 720p up to 8K.

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My Family Tree 7.0 extends GEDCOM, PAF support
April 16, 2017 – 06:17 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

My Family TreeChronoplex Software has released My Family Tree 7.0 (32-bit here), the latest edition of its excellent freeware genealogy package.

This release adds support for importing the old FamilySearch Personal Ancestral File (PAF) records, as well as older GEDCOM files produced by the Family History System.

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Force Windows to write cached data to disk with FFB
April 15, 2017 – 04:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ffb.200.175Run a Windows program which writes to disk and the changes won’t necessarily be saved immediately. The OS holds them in its cache for a short while, then writes them all at once in an optimized order to improve performance.

While that seems like a smart speedup move, it can also cause problems. Unplug a USB key before all the changes have been corrupted and the drive could be corrupted.

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CrankWheel: easy screen sharing for Chrome
April 14, 2017 – 05:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CrankWheelCrankWheel is an easy-to-use Chrome extension which enables speedy sharing of your Chrome tabs or entire screen, without installing any other software.

The service requires a little setup before you start. You must provide your email address, choose a password, a unique name for your “meetings”, and so on.

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How to download old versions of Firefox
April 13, 2017 – 03:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FirefoxDownloading the latest version of Firefox for your PC is simple. Point your browser at the site, click “Free Download” and you’ll automatically get the latest version that matches your PC.

If you regularly need to download another build, though, life gets more complicated. You have to follow an “other platform” link, maybe select a 32 or 64-bit version, or follow yet another link to work your way through a list of languages.

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O&O ShutUp10 1.5 protects your PC’s privacy against new Creator’s Update changes
April 12, 2017 – 05:54 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

ShutUp10-200-175It can sometimes feel like Microsoft is playing a game with us over privacy. It promises to respect people’s rights in one sentence, then unleashes a new version of Windows 10 that finds new ways in which to spy on people.

Mindful of this endless dance, O&O Software has released O&O ShutUp 10 1.5, the latest version of its free, portable tool that locks down privacy settings in Windows 10. Version 1.5 focusses on improving privacy in the brand new Creator’s Update release.

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GetDiz: a Notepad replacement with a difference
April 12, 2017 – 04:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

GetDizNotepad replacements are usually aimed at the most technical users, and like to boast about their syntax highlighting for 500 languages, customisable Git integration and support for more code pages than you ever knew existed.

GetDiz isn’t interested in any of that, it doesn’t even have tabs, but if you just want something that’s like Notepad, but better, it might appeal.

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Cerebro is a keyboard-friendly launcher and search tool
April 11, 2017 – 05:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CerebroCerebro is an open-source Alfred-like search bar and application launcher for Windows, Linux and Mac.

The program aims to be a mix of your OS search with a web search engine, and can be extended even further with a host of plugins and addons.

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Registry Finder adds concurrent search support
April 10, 2017 – 10:18 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Registry FinderSergey Filippov’s excellent Registry editor and search tool Registry Finder has hit version 2.18 with some major additions.

The big news is that searches now run independently of everything else. There’s no need to sit and wait for a search to complete: you can browse other parts of the Registry, carry out edits or other tasks while the search continues.

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Inspect and optimise your Windows startup programs with StartEd Lite
April 10, 2017 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Started LiteStartEd Lite is a free-for-personal-use Windows application for viewing, editing and optimising your startup programs.

It’s a familiar idea – we’ve probably used hundreds of programs which claim to do exactly the same thing – but StartEd does manage to include some interesting and unusual ideas.

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