How to find your Windows 10 product key
August 11, 2015 – 04:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ProduKeyUpgrading to Windows 10 is relatively easy, but reinstalling it might pose a few problems, especially if you don’t have your product key available.

There are plenty of free tools around which can display product keys for Windows XP, 7, 8, but what happens if you try them on Windows 10? We took a look.

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VPaint is a clever vector editor/ animator
August 10, 2015 – 07:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VPaintVector editors are commonplace, but vector animation is a little more unusual – and VPaint combines both technologies in an open source package for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Right now the program is very much a beta (or “experimental” according to the developer), distinctly short on features, but don’t let that put you off – there’s more than enough here to give you a feel for how VPaint is going to work.

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Decode malicious scripts with Converter
August 10, 2015 – 03:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ConverterAnalyzing malicious scripts requires skill, experience, background knowledge. But it also helps if you’re able to view them, first, which can be a problem if they’ve been obfuscated or encoded in some way.

Converter is a tiny free tool which is designed to help by converting text or binary values into something you might be able to read.

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MediBang Paint Pro is a powerful paint app you can use everywhere
August 7, 2015 – 08:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MediBang Paint ProMediBang Paint Pro markets itself as “the world’s best free comic creation tool”, which is a big claim, and – if you’re not interested in comics – might put you off trying it at all.

Look past the headlines, though, and you’ll find a very capable free digital painting and illustration app. It has a lot of comic-friendly features – templates, backgrounds, fonts, even speech-to-text for adding dialog – but there’s plenty to like for the rest of us, too.

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Cent Browser is a feature-packed Chrome remake
August 6, 2015 – 05:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Cent BrowserCent Browser is a free Chromium-based browser for Windows with a solid range of extras and enhancements.

A Firefox-like tab bar enables you to set the minimum width of a tab, then scroll the tab bar using the mouse wheel to find whatever you need.

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Microsoft’s Sway out of preview, Windows 10 app released
August 6, 2015 – 04:03 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

SwayMicrosoft has announced its presentation building app, Sway, is now out of preview and available to anyone with a Microsoft account via

The company has also unveiled Sway for Windows 10 PCs and tablets, with a Windows Phone version apparently due in the “coming months”.

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Automatically shut down/ wake up your PC with DShutdown
August 5, 2015 – 09:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DShutdownScheduling the shutdown of your PC can save energy, money, maybe improve your security, and you don’t need to install any extra software to make this happen. A few minutes spent with Task Scheduler and reminding yourself of shutdown.exe’s command line switches will point you in the right direction.

Choosing the right shutdown scheduler can give you much more flexibility, though. DShutdown has been around for so long that it still supports Windows 9x, but it’s still being developed, with the latest release giving you even more PC management power.

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LibreOffice 5.0 unveils streamlined user interface, adds 64-bit Windows build
August 5, 2015 – 08:11 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

LibreOffice 5The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.0 64-bit and LibreOffice 5.0 32-bit. This is a major new release that will form the cornerstone of future development on mobile platforms as well as the upcoming LibreOffice cloud version.

Version 5.0’s highlights include a brand new 64-bit Windows build to accompany existing Mac and Linux releases, plus compatibility with Windows 10, a user interface facelift, better interoperability with major office suites and a number of new features across its component parts, particularly Writer and Calc.

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Opera FINAL 31 unveils redesigned Discover service, tweaks sync options
August 4, 2015 – 16:54 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

opera_new-200x175Opera Software has unveiled Opera 31 FINAL, a new stable release of its desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.

After the excitement of three major new features in version 30, Opera 31 is a bit of a damp squib. Only two relatively minor new features make their bow in this latest release: a redesigned Discover feature and improved sync capabilities.

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Tweet, share and save quotes and images with Pullquote
August 4, 2015 – 13:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PullquoteYou’re browsing online, and find a quote you’d like to keep or share with others. Should be easy, but instead you’re copying and pasting the quote, maybe editing it for Twitter, adding a link, perhaps a bookmark. Although even then, any URLs point at the page, not the content you’re after.

Pullquote is a free Chrome extension which changes all this by providing a simple, unified way to tweet and save quotes, images and more.

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Control your PC with a webcam via Camera Mouse 2015
August 4, 2015 – 05:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Camera MouseSome Windows applications are keyboard-oriented, others built for touch, but the vast majority are still designed to be controlled by a mouse. And that’s a problem if you don’t have reliable control of a hand.

Camera Mouse is a free tool for Windows XP+ which allows users to control their mouse with head movements, instead. It’s been around for years, but developer Boston College has recently released an update with a couple of new features.

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