Image to ZX Spec takes your pictures back in time
January 6, 2017 – 05:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Image to ZX SpecImage to ZX Spec is a free Java-based application which shows you how your pictures and videos might have looked on the classic old ZX Spectrum home computer.

Never heard the Spectrum? It was released almost 35 years ago so that’s no great surprise, but all you really need to know is its extremely basic graphics specs: a cramped 256×192 resolution, about a 20th of a megapixel, and a palette limited to 7 colours at two levels of brightness each, plus black.

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Easily highlight changed files with HashCheck
January 5, 2017 – 06:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HashCheckHashCheck is a lightweight, open-source tool for creating and verifying file hashes.

The program is tiny (an 85KB download), has no frills, and as the last version came out in 2009, probably won’t be extending its feature list any time soon. And yet, it still does a worthwhile job.

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Opera 44 Developer starts public testing, offers Touch Bar support alongside security improvements
January 5, 2017 – 06:39 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera DeveloperOpera Software’s first release of 2017 sees Opera 44.0 Developer made available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. The Developer edition is the Alpha branch of the browser’s development cycle.

Version 44 launches with four new developmental features, not all of which are available for preview (but likely to be switched on in subsequent builds over the coming weeks).

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Task Manager Deluxe is a powerful process monitor
January 4, 2017 – 18:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Task Manager DeLuxeMiTeC has released an updated edition of its freeware Task Manager DeLuxe with new disk and I/O charts, extra CPU stats and a memory map.

Sounds good, but does the program really have the power to tear us away from Process Explorer and Process Hacker? We grabbed a copy to find out.

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How to show drive letters before drive names in Windows Explorer
January 4, 2017 – 05:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DriveLettersToolBy default Windows Explorer displays drive names first, letters second, like “OS_Install (C:)”, but if you mostly use the letters this might not make much sense.

DriveLettersTool is a tiny portable application which tweaks Explorer settings to use one one four name and letter ordering schemes.

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CloudShot 5.7 uploads screenshots to Google Drive, OneDrive, more
January 3, 2017 – 17:57 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CloudShotCloud storage-friendly screenshot tool CloudShot has just hit version 5.7.

An improved OAuth implementation means you can now directly upload your screenshots to Google Drive and OneDrive, as well as Dropbox, Imgur or your own FTP server, as well as saving it to local or network drives.

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Classic freeware HostsMan gets its yearly update
January 3, 2017 – 11:56 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

HostsManClassic freeware HOSTS manager HostsMan has seen its first update since November 2015.

The new release now supports eight HOSTS file update sources, including hpHosts, MVPS Hosts, Cameleon and – new this time – “Dan Pollock’s host file”.

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Algodoo is a fun 2D physics simulator
January 3, 2017 – 09:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AlgodooAlgodoo is a 2D physics simulator which aims to be easy to use, educational and fun.

“Physics”, “easy” and “fun” aren’t words that everyone would link together, but Algodoo gets a lot closer to delivering on this than you might expert.

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System Ninja 3.1.6 adds Duplicate File Finder
January 2, 2017 – 12:29 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

System NinjaSingularLabs has updated its PC maintenance tool System Ninja to version 3.1.6.

New features include a Duplicate File Finder which can locate matches to a particular file or MD5 hash, as well as finding all duplicates in a folder tree.

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REX is a streamlined take on chess
January 2, 2017 – 06:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

REXREX is a streamlined chess-like digital board game that’s easy to learn and quick to play.

The board is a compact 5×5 squares, and each player starts with only 5 pieces: two “Guards”, two “Priests” and a “King”.

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NetWorx 6.0 no longer freeware
January 1, 2017 – 16:19 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

NetWorxSoftPerfect has updated its network monitor NetWorx to version 6.0.

The big change, in line with other recent SoftPerfect updates, is that NetWorx is now only available as commercial software.

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