Speed up Firefox in seconds
November 19, 2009 – 10:46 | Comments Off on Speed up Firefox in seconds
Speed up Firefox in seconds

Firefox stores bookmarks and various other sets of data in small self-contained databases. This works well for performance at first, but over time, as you add new bookmarks, delete and rearrange others, so the database becomes …

Monitor your PCs open internet connections with TCPView
November 18, 2009 – 11:24 | Comments Off on Monitor your PCs open internet connections with TCPView
Monitor your PCs open internet connections with TCPView

At any one time a typical PC will have a host of applications trying to get online. There might be a browser, perhaps; an email client checking your Inbox; an antivirus program downloading the latest …

Automatically set your wallpaper to the daily Bing image
November 17, 2009 – 21:57 | Comments Off on Automatically set your wallpaper to the daily Bing image
Automatically set your wallpaper to the daily Bing image

Microsoft have finally launched Bing in the UK, clearly hoping that goodies like visual search,web page previews and Ciao-powered price comparisons will win your search business. But the most immediately obvious feature remains the spectacular …

Instantly locate and launch your favourite apps with MouseExtender
November 16, 2009 – 14:38 | Comments Off on Instantly locate and launch your favourite apps with MouseExtender
Instantly locate and launch your favourite apps with MouseExtender

Windows provides many ways to launch your favourite applications, but they all have their problems. The Start menu is a little slow, and cluttered; searching for the program name forces you to start typing, and …

Speed up your home server in seconds
November 13, 2009 – 16:00 | Comments Off on Speed up your home server in seconds
Speed up your home server in seconds

The standard (client, not server) versions of Windows are designed to deliver fast, responsive user interfaces, and generally they do a very good job. But this very much depends on what you’re doing with the …

Panda Cloud Antivirus finally out of beta
November 12, 2009 – 11:51 | Comments Off on Panda Cloud Antivirus finally out of beta
Panda Cloud Antivirus finally out of beta

After seven months of upgrades, tests and tweaks, Panda Cloud Antivirus can now at last drop the beta tag: it’s finally made it to version 1.0.  The program is still free, though, and that’s just …

Four simple ways to stop Windows Update restarting your PC
November 11, 2009 – 12:02 | Comments Off on Four simple ways to stop Windows Update restarting your PC
Four simple ways to stop Windows Update restarting your PC

It’s one of the most frustrating Windows problems. You set up your PC to do something really important overnight, maybe download a huge file: but wake up in the morning and you find Windows has …

Save valuable hard drive space with this quick System Restore tweak
November 10, 2009 – 13:37 | Comments Off on Save valuable hard drive space with this quick System Restore tweak
Save valuable hard drive space with this quick System Restore tweak

Windows can be, well, a little fragile at times (you may have noticed). Just one Registry error, or a single corrupt system file could be enough to stop your system booting. So it’s good to …

Unreal Development Kit available for free
November 9, 2009 – 22:49 | Comments Off on Unreal Development Kit available for free
Unreal Development Kit available for free

The Unreal Engine has been the power behind hundreds of classic games: Unreal Tournament, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6, Gears of War, BioShock, the list goes on.
It used to be available only to big corporations with …

Speed up the Windows boot process with this quick and easy idea
November 7, 2009 – 10:55 | Comments Off on Speed up the Windows boot process with this quick and easy idea
Speed up the Windows boot process with this quick and easy idea

If your PC takes forever to boot then one common way to improve the situation is to disable unnecessary Windows services. That means less activity when your system starts, and so it should come to life a …

Navigate REGEDIT at high speed with these essential keyboard shortcuts
November 6, 2009 – 12:59 | Comments Off on Navigate REGEDIT at high speed with these essential keyboard shortcuts
Navigate REGEDIT at high speed with these essential keyboard shortcuts

Spend a while editing the Windows Registry and it’s all too easy to find yourself with a mess of open hives and expanded keys, making it tricky to find the section you need.  You could …