EaseUS Partition Master 11 adds hard drive cleanup
April 28, 2016 – 12:26 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

EaseUS Partition ManagerEaseUS has shipped EaseUS Partition Master 11, adding hard drive clean and speedup tools to the regular partition-managing mix.

Both the Free and Professional editions gain a “Cleanup and Optimization” module, which could free up some valuable space before repartitioning.

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Feedbro is a one-stop reader for RSS, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, more
April 27, 2016 – 05:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FeedbroFeedbro is a versatile feed reading Chrome extension which keeps you up-to-date with RSS/ Atom/ RDF sources, blogs, Twitter, Instagram and more.

The extension is stand-alone, rather than being a front-end for a website, which means there’s no need to sign up, create accounts, log in or anything else.

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Convert cryptic date/time values into something readable
April 26, 2016 – 06:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

IDateDecoderf you regularly investigate raw databases, executables or other binary files then you might sometimes find “dates” that seem to be random numbers, like 12883423549317375.

This probably means the date is encoded, but there are many different formats, and no obvious way to detect which one has been used.

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Firefox 46 FINAL released, security and stability the order of the day for desktop users
April 26, 2016 – 04:30 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 46.0 FINAL, a relatively minor refresh of its desktop browser for Windows, Linux and Mac with no standout new features.

Also released is Firefox for Android 46.0, which does at least include some noteworthy new features such as the ability to display previously cached pages offline and support for sync via Firefox Accounts.

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Disable your keyboard or mouse with BlueLife KeyFreeze
April 26, 2016 – 04:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BlueLife KeyFreezeBlueLife KeyFreeze is a freeware Windows tool which can selectively lock your mouse and/ or keyboard, without hiding the screen.

This is ideal if you’re leaving your toddler to watch a cartoon on your laptop, for example– even if they decide to bash the keyboard or click the mouse, it won’t do any harm.

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Download ready-to-use Linux virtual machines from OSBoxes
April 25, 2016 – 08:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OSBoxesVirtualBox is a great tool for trying out some new Linux distro, but you’ll usually have to spend a while finding a download and setting up your VM and operating system, first.

OSBoxes.org makes life easier by providing 40+ prebuilt VirtualBox (VDI) and VMware images for Android x86, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, FreeBSD, Gentoo, Linux Mint, Remix OS, Ubuntu and many more.

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Restrict your PC to run only specific apps with Secure Lockdown
April 25, 2016 – 05:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Secure LockdownSecure Lockdown ($14.95-$29.95) is a quick and easy way to turn your computer into a “kiosk PC”, a system which runs only the applications you specify.

If you run a business and would like customers to be able to browse some demonstration software, for instance, you probably don’t want them to be able to close that program, Alt+Tab to something else, log out or otherwise mess things up – and that’s where Secure Lockdown can help.

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Capture, edit and share full web pages with Open Screenshot
April 24, 2016 – 04:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Open ScreenshotDesktop screenshot tools support many capture types, and sometimes this includes taking an image of a full web page, even when it doesn’t fit on the screen.

Sounds great, but it’s extremely difficult for a third-party tool to make this happen consistently with all browsers and web pages, and often it just won’t work.

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Franz: one desktop chat app for 14 messaging services
April 22, 2016 – 03:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FranzLet’s be frank: there are too many chat services in the world, and it can take a stack of background processes and open browser tabs to manage them all.

Franz is a free Windows, Mac and Linux application which makes your life easier by supporting them all.

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Evernote for Windows 6 marks evolution rather than revolution
April 21, 2016 – 11:59 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Evernote for Windows 6UPDATE: Evernote has unveiled Evernote for Windows 6.0.4, a major update of its desktop client for Windows users.

The new release sees another user interface revamp, plus focuses on refining existing tools rather than introducing major new features.

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Terminal Wings is a tabbed command line for Windows 10
April 21, 2016 – 08:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Terminal WingsWindows 10 brought a host of overdue command line improvements – like selection, resize and copy/ paste tools which actually work as you expect – but there’s plenty of scope for more.

Terminal Wings extends the console further with Chrome-style tabs, new colour and wallpaper options, transparency settings, “minimise to tray”, and more.

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