Desktop Dimmer takes Electron-based RAM-hogging to a whole new level
March 1, 2017 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Desktop Dimmer takes Electron-based RAM-hogging to a whole new level

Desktop DimmerWe’ve always been fans of ultra-lightweight programs, anything which measures its RAM requirements in kilobytes rather than megabytes.

Other people see that as old school, and in some ways they have a point. If your PC has 16GB of RAM, do you really care whether a program uses 500KB or 5MB?

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Resize windows to exact dimensions with Sizer
February 28, 2017 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Resize windows to exact dimensions with Sizer

SizerSizer 4 is a free tool which resizes desktop windows to precise dimensions: 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, or any other values you might need for a specific design or document.

The program starts very simply. Run it, start to resize a desktop window and a tooltip updates in real time to show the current dimensions, a helpful way to see exactly what you’re doing.

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Share files securely and anonymously with OnionShare
February 27, 2017 – 19:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Share files securely and anonymously with OnionShare

OnionShareOnionShare is an open-source cross-platform application for sharing files securely and anonymously.

The program uses Tor to temporarily host the files on your computer, and provides you with a cryptic and unguessable URL. Pass this on to the recipient and they can download the file directly from you.

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SniffPass captures email and FTP passwords from network traffic
February 27, 2017 – 05:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on SniffPass captures email and FTP passwords from network traffic

SniffPassSaving email passwords in the client is quick, easy and convenient– unless you need to recreate the account somewhere else and can’t remember the details.

Most clients have specialist password recovery tools which can help. Mail PassView, for example, accesses a local Outlook installation to display its stored account details.

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Batch rename a folder of images with PhotoRenamer
February 26, 2017 – 18:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Batch rename a folder of images with PhotoRenamer

PhotoRenamerPhotoRenamer is a free Windows tool which can rename photos from the usual DCS014752.jpg-type garbage to something more consistent and meaningful.

The program opens with an Explorer-like tree view. Browse to the folder containing your images and thumbnails are displayed, eventually (it seems much slower than Explorer).

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Wavosaur 1.3 released
February 26, 2017 – 17:37 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Wavosaur 1.3 released

WavosaurQuirky audio editor Wavosaur (32-bit) has hit version 1.3 with some major additions and extensions.

New “Wavosaur Widgets” are small dockable windows which display real-time scopes, stereo balance and other charts and measurements.

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Paste clipboard content to a file with Pastextra
February 25, 2017 – 08:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Paste clipboard content to a file with Pastextra

PastextraGetting clipboard text or images into a file normally requires some help from an application.You might launch Notepad, paste in some text, click File > Save As, browse to the folder you need and enter a file name.

Pastextra is a tiny Explorer extension which enables pasting clipboard text or images directly to a file, no extra steps required.

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SysGauge is a comprehensive PC performance monitor
February 24, 2017 – 18:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on SysGauge is a comprehensive PC performance monitor

SysGaugeSysGauge (32-bit) is a highly configurable system and performance monitor for Windows.

At first glance the program looks much like any other monitor gadget. Click the CPU, memory, disk or network counter, its current, average and minimum values are displayed, and a line graph shows how your counter is changing in real time. Yawn.

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Dynamic Theme sets Bing or Spotlight images as your Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen
February 23, 2017 – 08:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Dynamic Theme sets Bing or Spotlight images as your Windows 10 wallpaper and lock screen

Dynamic ThemeDynamic Theme is a free Windows 10 app which enables using Bing or Windows Spotlight images as desktop wallpaper, on the Windows Lock Screen, and more.

Installation is simple, and entirely safe. Dynamic Theme doesn’t change any of your settings immediately, and so you’re not left wondering how to get everything back to normal.

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O&O AutoBackup 6.0 implements advanced job management, restructures user interface
February 23, 2017 – 07:17 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on O&O AutoBackup 6.0 implements advanced job management, restructures user interface

O&O AutoBackup 6.0O&O Software GmbH has unveiled O&O AutoBackup 6.0, a major new version of its file-based backup and sync tool for Windows.

Version 6.0 adds support for advanced job management, restructures the user interface and backup process, plus includes further minor improvements to make backing up data easier and safer.

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Scan running processes for malware with CrowdInspect 1.5
February 22, 2017 – 11:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Scan running processes for malware with CrowdInspect 1.5

CrowdInspectCrowdStrike has updated its Windows malware hunter CrowdInspect to version 1.5.

The new version now scans all running processes for malware, not just those communicating over the network, quickly displaying a detailed report.

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