Build multimedia HTML quizzes with QuizFaber
February 9, 2015 – 11:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

QuizFaberQuizzes have been used to test our knowledge since the dawn of schooling, and they’re still just as effective today.

They’re not just for teachers, either. A well-designed quiz can help anyone find out more about themselves, learn about something that interests them, maybe compete with friends.

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TaskUnifier Pro now free! But…
February 9, 2015 – 06:07 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

TaskUnifierBenjamin Leclerc has announced that TaskUnifier Pro, his comprehensive task manager for Windows, Mac and Linux, is now available for free.

Unfortunately this isn’t quite as good as it sounds, because the reason is the program will no longer be maintained.

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Detect signs of malware with Recent Files Seeker
February 7, 2015 – 05:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Recent Files SeekerIf you suspect your PC has been infected by malware, but your regular security package hasn’t raised an alert, then you could try to locate the threat yourself. It’s sometimes easier than you might expect.

One strategy is to search your system for recently changed or modified executables. If you find an EXE file created yesterday on your desktop, maybe an SCR file in a temporary folder, and you’re not sure how they got there, then they might deserve further investigation.

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Ashampoo reveals Ashampoo ZIP Pro
February 6, 2015 – 11:53 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Ashampoo ZIP ProWith so many great free archiving tools around for the PC, commercial packages need some seriously powerful features to stand any chance of success. Berlin-based developer Ashampoo has taken the plunge anyway by releasing their $29.99 Ashampoo ZIP Pro – but does the program have what it takes to win us over?

ZIP Pro’s Windows 8-like interface gets it off to a good start, pastel-shaded tiles floating over a white-grey background. And if this isn’t quite to your taste, there are a few alternative skins to try out.

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Control PC user accounts with Quick User Manager
February 6, 2015 – 05:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Quick User ManagerIf your PC has several users – or you’re checking its security – then you might occasionally want to examine or tweak its user accounts. You can do this from Windows, but it’s far from easy. Information and options are scattered across several applets, sometimes buried in the Registry, and it can take quite some time to find what you need.

Quick User Manager is designed to simplify user management by making all the important details and settings available from a single interface.

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Comodo Internet Security 8.1 tightens sandbox controls, enables PUP protection by default
February 5, 2015 – 10:41 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

COMODO Internet SecurityComodo has updated its range of free and paid-for security tools with the releases of Comodo Internet Security Premium 8.1.0, Comodo Internet Security Pro 8.1.0 and Comodo Antivirus 8.1.0.

Version 8.1 sees a change in bundled browser, improved sandbox and protection against potentially unwanted programs, and various critical fixes.

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LaunchBox is a gorgeous game database/ launcher
February 5, 2015 – 07:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LaunchBoxFirst revealed back in Windows Vista, the Games folder was supposed to be the starting point for all your games, with shortcuts, cover art, updates, news and more. But no-one cared, unfortunately, and although it’s still there, most games pay no attention to the Games folder at all.

If you’re happy with a service like Steam then this won’t be a problem. But if you’d like something simpler, more lightweight, then you might be interested in LaunchBox, a free games database and launcher for Windows Vista+.

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View 70+ file types with Free Editor
February 4, 2015 – 14:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Free EditorOffice, PDFs, ebooks, archives, audio, video, images: the average PC owner regularly encounters a lengthy list of file formats, and viewing them all typically requires an entire library of software.

Free Editor claims it can simplify all that by opening 70+ file formats from a single interface, and editing some of them, all for free. Too good to be true? Let’s see.

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Tweak, process and optimise your JPEGs with Jhead
February 4, 2015 – 07:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

JheadJhead is a free command line tool which crams a host of JPEG-tweaking power into its tiny 163KB executable.

The program can strip out all unnecessary metadata, reducing file size a little (occasionally, a lot), and maybe protecting your privacy.

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J7Z is a simpler, faster 7-Zip gui
February 3, 2015 – 17:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

J7ZIt may be more than 15 years old, but 7-Zip is an open source classic, still used as the archiving engine for a host of applications.

7-Zip’s interface isn’t a strong point, though, and if you’d like something simpler then you might prefer the Java-based J7Z.

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How busy were you last Tuesday? Desktop APM can help
February 3, 2015 – 09:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Desktop APMSpend a day on some personal PC task and you’ll probably only be interested in the end results. Did you find the information, produce the document, achieve everything you wanted?

Go to work on a commercial project, where someone else is paying, and you’ll probably want a far more detailed breakdown. Which applications did you use, for how long, and just how much work was involved?

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