B.S. Detector highlights “fake” news links and sites
December 5, 2016 – 10:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

B.S. DetectorA busy Facebook feed could be crammed with all kinds of articles and news headlines, but are they genuine, or propaganda, or hoaxes, or something else entirely?

B.S. Detector is a free extension for Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Safari and Edge which claims it can help.

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TED Notepad gets first update in 5 years
December 5, 2016 – 09:24 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

TED NotepadClassic freeware Notepad replacement TED Notepad has just been updated to version 6.1.1, its first release since 2011.

The new build brings you drag and drop editing with either mouse button. Select text, drag and drop with the left and it’s moved; drag and drop with the right and you’ve the option to copy or move it.

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DevDocs is an offline developer’s documentation browser for Chrome
December 4, 2016 – 04:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DevDocsYou’re working in your browser, testing some new web development project, but there’s a problem. And you’ve no idea why. So you open some documentation in a separate browser tab, more in your development environment, maybe a separate PDF or two until you find whatever you need.

Alternatively, you could just install DevDocs, a free Chrome app which gives you speedy access to documentation for 190 technologies from one interface.

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SpeedCrunch is a simple but powerful scientific calculator
December 3, 2016 – 09:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SpeeddCrunchSpeedCrunch is a keyboard-based scientific calculator which is easy to use, yet still has the power that advanced users need.

The program is both open-source and portable, which means no real setup hassles. Just unzip the download and run speedcrunch.exe to begin.

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Identify mystery file types with TrID-Net
December 2, 2016 – 11:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TrIDNetIdentifying a file type is often very easy. A glance at the icon gives you a general idea – VLC Media Player tells you it’s a media file, for instance – and the extension tells you everything else.

Life isn’t always that simple, though. File extensions might be lost, changed, or maybe you’ve just found a mystery file in a folder somewhere and would like to know what it is.

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Plex Media Player 1.2 is now free to all users
December 1, 2016 – 10:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Plex Media PlayerNon-Plex Pass holders rejoice – Plex has made its desktop-friendly media player app for Windows and Mac completely free with the release of Plex Media Player 1.2.

Version 1.2 also introduces a major new feature – when the app is run in windowed mode, it defaults to the web interface, allowing users to manage their server(s) remotely.

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Dimensions 2 Folders organises images by height, width, more
December 1, 2016 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Dimensions 2 FoldersIf you’re working on a document or design template then you’ll often need images of a specific resolution or aspect ratio, but finding matching pictures on your own system might take a little work.

One option is to add a few extra columns to Explorer. Go to the Pictures folder, right-click a column header, select More and add items like “Dimensions” (1920×1080) or Horizontal/ Vertical Resolution (xxx dpi).

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Get regular “take a break” reminders with stretchly
November 30, 2016 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

stretchlyStretchly is an open-source tool which displays regular “take a break” reminders when you’re working on your PC, Linux system or Mac.

There are plenty of similar tools around, but stretchly has some unusual touches which help it stand out from the crowd.

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Automatically map the network drives you need with Network Drive Control
November 29, 2016 – 15:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Network Drive ControlSet up your own home network and you can have Explorer automatically map any remote drives you like, whenever you log on.

Connect to another network, though, and Explorer will still try to connect to the drives that aren’t there, along with drives for work, school, or whatever else you might have set up.

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TeamViewer 12 brings up to 20x file transfer speeds
November 29, 2016 – 08:11 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

TeamViewerTeamViewer has just released TeamViewer 12, the latest edition of its popular remote control package.

Major performance improvements include up to 20x faster file transfers, and frame rates of up to 60 fps.

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Dropbox Lepton compresses JPEGs by 20% or more
November 28, 2016 – 11:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Dropbox LeptonEarlier this year, Dropbox open-sourced Lepton, a lossless image compression algorithm which can reduce the size of JPEG images by an average of 22%.

The technology converts your target JPEGs into the compacted LEP format, and restores the original version on demand.

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