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Manage your tasks by location and due date with GeeTeeDee
October 20, 2011 – 11:35 | One Comment
Manage your tasks by location and due date with GeeTeeDee

We could all be more organised. Some people find organisation easy and manage to naturally live in a world of clip boards, charts and tick boxes. For the rest of us it’s not always a …

O&O SpeedCheck shows you how much a defrag might speed up your system
October 19, 2011 – 10:56 | Comments Off on O&O SpeedCheck shows you how much a defrag might speed up your system
O&O SpeedCheck shows you how much a defrag might speed up your system

Defragmenting data is a lot like eating bran. We know that we should do it to keep our systems regular, but it always seems like a lot of hassle for the limited potential benefits. It’s …

Keep your data safe with the latest version of SyncBackSE
October 18, 2011 – 11:17 | Comments Off on Keep your data safe with the latest version of SyncBackSE
Keep your data safe with the latest version of SyncBackSE

2BrightSparks has just released SyncBackSE 6 and it boasts a raft of new features. These include the ability to detect changes in the case of file and folder names, SmartSync options to skip or ignore …

TuneUp Utilities 2012 extends laptop battery life and reduces clutter
October 14, 2011 – 10:06 | 2 Comments
TuneUp Utilities 2012 extends laptop battery life and reduces clutter

The only way to stop your PC’s performance degrading over time is to stop using it. That’s not really a practical option, so the next best thing is to use suitable optimisation software that reduces …

SoftMaker Office 2012 appears in beta form ahead of final release
October 12, 2011 – 12:47 | Comments Off on SoftMaker Office 2012 appears in beta form ahead of final release
SoftMaker Office 2012 appears in beta form ahead of final release

SoftMaker has released a public beta of its latest office suite, SoftMaker Office 2012. You can download and install the beta until the end of October after which a new beta will be released …

VMWare Player 4.0 provides virtual hardware improvements, including Bluetooth and USB 3.0 support
October 5, 2011 – 17:58 | Comments Off on VMWare Player 4.0 provides virtual hardware improvements, including Bluetooth and USB 3.0 support
VMWare Player 4.0 provides virtual hardware improvements, including Bluetooth and USB 3.0 support

VMware inc has released a major update to its free virtualisation tool, VMware Player. VMware Player 4.0 enables you to create virtual computers within your existing PC, allowing you to try out new operating systems …

Sparrow 1.4 includes cloud storage and performance, interface improvements
October 5, 2011 – 12:05 | Comments Off on Sparrow 1.4 includes cloud storage and performance, interface improvements
Sparrow 1.4 includes cloud storage and performance, interface improvements

Sparrow, the majestically minimal mail app for Mac OS has received a bit of a revamp in its latest release at version 1.4. Both its user interface and its back end have been significantly improved …

Fix troublesome video files with Avidemux
August 17, 2011 – 10:40 | Comments Off on Fix troublesome video files with Avidemux
Fix troublesome video files with Avidemux

It’s a sad fact of life than not all video formats are created equal. You can’t even be sure a video will play on your computer or portable device by checking its file type, because …

Manage your iPod or iPhone music with CopyTrans Manager
August 16, 2011 – 08:04 | Comments Off on Manage your iPod or iPhone music with CopyTrans Manager
Manage your iPod or iPhone music with CopyTrans Manager

Love for the iPhone and the rest of the Apple portable device family appears to know no bounds, but as soon as you connect it to a computer the niggles start. While an iPod may …

Find out important codec information for media files using MediaTab
August 9, 2011 – 08:59 | Comments Off on Find out important codec information for media files using MediaTab
Find out important codec information for media files using MediaTab

Dealing with media files can be a bind, especially video ones as the sheer number of permutations for each file can seem infinite. If you’re editing video it really helps to get everything in the …

Add a calendar to Thunderbird 5 with Lightning 1.0b5
July 30, 2011 – 08:22 | Comments Off on Add a calendar to Thunderbird 5 with Lightning 1.0b5
Add a calendar to Thunderbird 5 with Lightning 1.0b5

Mozilla Thunderbird is a great cross platform email, newsgroup and RSS reader that’s very configurable and open source. It lacks very little in these areas, but anyone used to Microsoft Outlook might well want …