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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Mac recovery tool Disk Drill comes to Windows
April 4, 2015 – 10:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Disk DrillIt’s been undeleting Mac files since 2010, but CleverFiles’ Disk Drill is now also available – for free – on Windows XP and later.

The Mac heritage brings some immediate benefits. The program can recover data from HFS+ drives, as well as FAT, exFAT, NTFS or Linux EXT2/3/4 drives. And it’s able to back up drives to a DMG image, handy if you’re worried about files being overwritten before they can be restored.

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FileSeek is a fast and flexible search tool
April 3, 2015 – 08:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FileSeekFileSeek is a portable free-for-personal-use search tool for Windows XP-10, a fast and flexible way to locate the files you need.

The program’s familiar interface means you’ll be using it right away. Select a path to search and an “Include” pattern – like *.txt – to find files of a particular type, say, and optionally enter text to locate within those files.

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Copy the contents of image/ text files to the clipboard with Copy Contents
April 2, 2015 – 10:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Copy ContentsYou’re browsing Explorer and find an image you’d like to paste into another program. You could right-click it, select Copy, but that won’t work: Explorer copies the location of the file to the clipboard, not its contents.

One workaround is to double-click the image, open it in your default viewer, and copy it to the clipboard from there. That gets the job done, but it’s hardly convenient.

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