Blisk is a browser for web developers
May 14, 2016 – 10:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BliskBlisk is a Chromium-based browser optimised for web developers.

Point the program at your site and it’s displayed in both regular desktop and a mobile device view.

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Save energy and extend battery life with Monitor Power Saver
May 13, 2016 – 05:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Monitor Power SaverMonitor Power Saver is a lightweight tool which can disable monitors automatically or on demand, saving energy and extending battery life.

The surprisingly small download – barely 100KB – unzips to a single executable which runs on Windows XP or later.

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Find and fix common PC problems with Windows Repair Toolbox
May 12, 2016 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows Repair ToolkitIf you’re regularly fixing other people’s PCs then you could spend an age researching the best problem-solving freeware, building up your own portable troubleshooting toolkit, and then keeping it up-to-date.

Or you could avoid all that time and effort and download a copy of Windows Repair Toolbox, instead.

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Convert video, audio and images with File Converter
May 12, 2016 – 04:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

File ConverterFile Converter is a lightweight tool for converting video, audio and image files from Explorer’s right-click menu.

There’s no system tray icon to get in your way, no bulky interface to navigate. Just right-click your selected files in Explorer, click File Converter > To… (destination format) and watch as the files are converted.

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WhatsApp releases desktop app for Windows 8+, Mac
May 11, 2016 – 10:44 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

WhatsApp DesktopWhatsApp has released WhatsApp Desktop, an official app for Windows 8+, and Mac 10.9 and later.

The new version is essentially a native client for WhatsApp Web, automatically syncing contacts and conversations from your mobile device.

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Pint: a complete package manager in a single PowerShell script
May 10, 2016 – 03:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PintPint is a simple package manager which can download, install, and update the portable editions of VLC, LibreOffice, 7-Zip, SumatraPDF and many other popular Windows applications.

It’s a familiar idea, but what’s different about Pint is that it’s all done in a single PowerShell script.

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Opera VPN 1.0 offers secure, private browsing for iPhone and iPad
May 9, 2016 – 09:44 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera VPNNorwegian browser developer Opera Software has launched Opera VPN 1.0, a free VPN service for iPhone and iPad users.

The app provides users with the ability to encrypt their connection to the web for additional security, plus spoof one of five countries to bypass regional or network-specific restrictions. Other features include the blocking of both ads and tracking cookies.

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Avira Phantom VPN is fast and free(-ish)
May 9, 2016 – 09:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Avira Phantom VPNAvira Phantom VPN is a fast virtual private network for Windows and Android.

Once running, the program encrypts all your internet traffic, keeping you safe even when using insecure wireless hotspots.

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Winja is a feature-packed VirusTotal uploader
May 9, 2016 – 05:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WinjaPhrozen Software has released Winja, a one-stop VirusTotal uploader and system investigator.

A simple opening menu allows scanning of individual files, downloads or running processes with VirusTotal.

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ConsoleZ adds tabs, visual styles and more to the command line
May 7, 2016 – 07:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ConsoleZConsoleZ is a feature-packed enhancement for the Windows command line, an updated and extended fork of the open-source Console 2.

There’s no installation, and ConsoleZ won’t interfere with your existing command line. Just run Console.exe and it opens its own window.

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Take, annotate, process and share your screenshots with Photon
May 6, 2016 – 04:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PhotonPhoton is a free PC screen capture tool for Windows Vista and later.

The program’s core capture engine is basic, but good sharing support and some unusual processing options make it worth a closer look.

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