Manage Windows 10 privacy settings with Privacy Repairer
May 16, 2017 – 06:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Privacy RepairerPrivacy Repairer is a portable tool for viewing and managing Windows 10 telemetry and privacy settings.

There’s now almost a whole sub-genre of software doing more or less the same thing, but Privacy Repairer has more than enough extra power and detail to justify its tiny download.

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Easily explore Windows’ hidden emojis with winMoji
May 15, 2017 – 17:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

winMojiWindows has come with its own set of emojis for years, but they’re so well hidden that many users don’t realise they exist.

WinMoji is a tiny open-source tool which makes it easier to find and use the built-in emojis.

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LanguageTool is an open-source proof reader for 25+ languages
May 14, 2017 – 05:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LanguageToolLanguageTool is an open-source spelling and grammar checker for Chrome, Firefox, the desktop (via Java) and more.

The browser extensions enable checking the text you’re entering a web text box, or any other selectable text on a web page.

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Convert JPEGs to ASCII art with ASCII Art Studio
May 13, 2017 – 05:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Ascii Art StudioASCII art is one of the oldest computer graphics techniques, and can create surprisingly realistic pictures from the 95 printable ASCII characters (letters, numbers and symbols).

The idea was originally used in the 1960s to produce images on the line printers of the day, but the stark and high-contrast results can still deliver interesting designs today.

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Easily trim and cut your movies with VidCutter
May 12, 2017 – 05:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VidCutterVidCutter is an open-source Windows, Linux and Mac tool for trimming your videos.

The program’s use of FFMPEG enables opening just about any video type, and you’re then able to cut as many scenes as you need.

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Quickly check a bootable USB key or ISO with Bootable USB Test
May 11, 2017 – 06:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Bootable USB TestYou’ve downloaded an ISO recovery disc, maybe used it to create a bootable USB key– but does it work? Finding out can be a hassle as you close down applications, reboot, maybe tweak your BIOS, boot into the key and reboot again back to Windows.

Bootable USB Test is a portable tool which provides a quick and easy alternative.

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Instantly enable and disable Chrome extensions with Extensity
May 10, 2017 – 10:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ExtensityChrome extensions can be incredibly useful, but they also grab resources and clutter your toolbar, annoying if you only use them occasionally.

Extensity is a free Chrome extension which allows all, individual or groups of extensions to be turned on and off with a couple of clicks.

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Opera is Reborn: Opera 45 debuts built-in chat tools and UI improvements
May 10, 2017 – 04:20 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

OperaOpera Software has released Opera 45.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s been codenamed “Reborn” because of it’s the first release to include features previewed earlier this year in its concept browser Opera Neon.

These new features include embedded social messaging apps into the pinned sidebar alongside major user interface improvements and tweaks to the browser’s ad-blocking function to make it more configurable.

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Cyberduck 6.0 encrypts your cloud data with Cryptomator
May 9, 2017 – 18:22 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CyberDuck Iterate’s one-stop cloud storage client Cyberduck has hit version 6.0 with new support for client-side encryption.

The technology is based on the open-source Cryptomator, a powerful AES encryption tool with apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

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Share screenshots and images online with ImgurSniper
May 9, 2017 – 03:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ImgurSniperImgurSniper is an open-source tool for sharing screenshots, desktop recordings and image files online via Imgur.

Simple tasks are very quick. Press a hotkey, draw a rectangle around an area and it’s instantly uploaded. A browser window opens at the Imgur URL, ready for sharing with anyone you like.

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Fraqtive is a fast fractal art generator
May 8, 2017 – 09:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FraqtiveFraqtive is an open-source generator of gorgeous Mandelbrot and Julia fractals. It’s a crowded area and there are a lot of similar programs around, but Fraqtive has enough interesting extras to justify the download.

Speed is a plus. Launch the program, a familiar Mandelbrot view appears, and you can quickly zoom in and out by moving your mouse cursor to an interesting area and spinning the mouse wheel.

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