Install and run WordPress on a local desktop
December 19, 2016 – 08:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WP ExpressWordPress is a fabulous website builder, and it’s very easy to learn the basics. Just sign up for a free blog at and start to play.

If you’re a serious developer, though, you might prefer to run WordPress locally. There’s no data transfer delays, no waiting for connections, and you can be sure that no-one else will ever be able to see your work-in-progress.

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Ellp automates PC tasks with a click
December 18, 2016 – 07:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EllpEllp is a free tool which delivers very simple, script-free automation of common PC and other tasks.

There are no menus, no complex dialog boxes, no command-line arguments, nothing to learn at all. You can get started in seconds and leave Ellp to do all the real work.

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How to test anti-keylogger software
December 16, 2016 – 13:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment


Installing any good antivirus program will protect you from known keyloggers, but you’ll still be vulnerable to the very latest threats.

Specialist anti-keyloggers such as SpyShelter take a very different approach. Instead of trying to detect and remove malware, they focus on preventing anything intercepting your keypresses.

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AOMEI Backupper Standard 4.0 adds real-time file sync, supports backup to cloud
December 16, 2016 – 06:06 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

AOEMI BackupperAOMEI has released AOMEI Backupper Standard 4.0, the second major update of its freeware Windows backup, imaging and cloning tool in 2016.

Version 4.0 adds an additional arrow to the tool’s bow – the ability to sync file changes in real-time. There’s also added support for a number of popular cloud storage devices as well as a number of more minor improvements.

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Vectr is a polished vector editor you can use almost anywhere
December 15, 2016 – 06:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VectrVectr is a well-designed cross-platform vector editor with a strong focus on sharing and collaboration.

The simple interface may look basic, at least initially: a few basic shapes, pen, pencil and text tools and not much else.

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Vivaldi 1.6 ends the year with a series of tab-related improvements
December 15, 2016 – 05:18 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Vivaldi200-175Hot on the heels of Opera’s final release of the year comes Vivaldi 1.6, a new version of the world’s most flexible web browser from Opera co-founder Jon S von Tetzhner.

Version 1.6 – available for Mac, Windows and Linux – debuts three new features, all revolving around the browser’s flexible tab management system. The highlight of these is the new tab notification feature.

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Angry IP Scanner 3.5 adds high DPI support, drops XP
December 14, 2016 – 08:35 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Angry IP ScannerPopular network tool Angry IP Scanner has hit version 3.5 with new support for high DPI displays on Windows and Linux (Mac Retina displays were supported already).

There are visual improvements for everyone, whatever your hardware, thanks to redesigned high DPI versions of all icons.

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AVG Free Antivirus and Internet Security betas released
December 13, 2016 – 11:19 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AVGAVAST has announced betas of AVG Free Antivirus 15 (32-bit here) and AVG Internet Security 17 (32-bit here).

The releases follow AVAST’s acquisition of AVG earlier this year, and aim to combine the best technologies from both companies: AVAST’s core engine with AVG’s behaviour analysis.

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Registry Finder gets regular expression support
December 13, 2016 – 06:45 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Registry FinderFreeware Registry editor and search tool Registry Finder has been updated with regular expression support.

You’re now able to use regex in both the Find and Replace dialog. Just check “Use regular expressions” and go to work.

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Opera 42 adds currency converter, simplifies news feed discovery
December 13, 2016 – 04:41 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

OperaOpera Software has released Opera 42.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. The final update of the year has just one notable new feature: built-in currency conversion. Elsewhere, the browser promises smarter – and therefore faster – start-up times, and an overhauled design of its newsreaders, with discovering feeds made easier than before.

The update rounds off a remarkable year for Opera, which has introduced a host of innovative new features that make it stand out in an increasingly staid browser market.

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Monitor file and Registry activity with MultiMon 3.0
December 12, 2016 – 13:40 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

MultiMonResplendence Software has released MultiMon 3.0, the latest edition of its Process Monitor-like troubleshooting tool.

The program displays real-time reports on a host of system activities, including file system actions, Registry reads/ writes, application launches, thread creations and deletions, keypresses, user and clipboard actions.

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