Cut PNG and JPG file sizes with Black Bird Image Optimizer
June 16, 2017 – 05:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Cut PNG and JPG file sizes with Black Bird Image Optimizer

BlackBird Image OptimizerBlack Bird Image Optimizer ($39.95) is a commercial tool which claims to “reduce the size of your photos several times without quality loss!”

Lossless compression which reduces JPGs and PNGs to a fraction of their usual size? This sounded unlikely to us, and it didn’t take long to find out why.

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gInk is a quick and easy screen annotation app
June 15, 2017 – 04:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on gInk is a quick and easy screen annotation app

gInkGInk is an open-source Windows application which allows drawing and annotating your screen, then saving the results.

The program is a handy way to highlight elements of a screenshot for presentations or demonstrations, or maybe to attach a quick note to a particular area of the screen.

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Tad is a smarter CSV and data viewer
June 14, 2017 – 12:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Tad is a smarter CSV and data viewer

TadTad is a free cross-platform tool for viewing any analysing CSV files and tabular data.

Open a CSV file and it’s displayed in a simple table. Clicking column headers quickly sorts the data by that field, and you can drag and drop headers to reorder them. That’s useful, but it’s also very familiar.

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Firefox 54 extends multiprocess feature to promise faster, more stable browser
June 13, 2017 – 17:18 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 54 extends multiprocess feature to promise faster, more stable browser

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 54.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox for Android 54.0 due imminently.

Firefox 54 focusses largely on one major development: support for multi-content processes, which basically gives Firefox the ability to split itself into multiple system processes for faster, more stable browsing.

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Blocked from running security software? AVCertClean can help
June 13, 2017 – 04:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Blocked from running security software? AVCertClean can help

AVCertCleanMalware will often try to block security software from running, and one of the ways it does this is by adding their code signing certificate to Windows’ “Untrusted” list.

If you try to run a program with an untrusted certificate, Windows displays a message like “this program has been blocked for your protection”, or “an administrator has blocked you from running this program”. (These messages can also appear for other reasons.)

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Organise all your messaging and email services with Rambox
June 12, 2017 – 09:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Organise all your messaging and email services with Rambox

RamboxRambox is a smart tool which enables accessing all your messaging and email services from a single cross-platform Electron-based app.

We really do mean all. The program opens with icons for 90+ supported services: Flock, Gmail, Hangouts, Hootsuite, Hushmail, iCloud Mail, ICQ, LinkedIn Messaging, Outlook, Outlook 365, Pushbullet, Skype, Slack, SquirrelMail, Steam Chat, TweetDeck, WhatsApp, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Zimbra and more – and you can add as many others as you need.

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Extend Android device battery life with AMOLED mnml Wallpapers
June 11, 2017 – 03:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Extend Android device battery life with AMOLED mnml Wallpapers

AMOLEDIt’s been known for a long time that using dark wallpaper on devices with AMOLED screens can save energy and extend battery life.

Exactly how much you’ll save depends on the wallpaper, your device and how it’s used, but typical figures are 5 to 15%.

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Xonotic is a free and fast arena shooter
June 9, 2017 – 00:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Xonotic is a free and fast arena shooter

XonoticXonotic is a fast-paced arena-style first-person shooter for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Powered by a modified version of the Quake engine, the program’s quality graphics and lengthy feature list already outperform some commercial products.

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Chrome Delight brings gorgeous time-lapse video to your New Tab page
June 8, 2017 – 02:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Chrome Delight brings gorgeous time-lapse video to your New Tab page

Chrome DelightThere’s now a whole library of Chrome extensions which aim to enhance your “new tab” page, typically by importing new wallpaper from sources like Flickr and Shutterstock.

Delight goes a step further, replacing the usual static images with gorgeous time-lapse videos.

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Safely clean your Windows Installer folder with PatchCleaner
June 7, 2017 – 05:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Safely clean your Windows Installer folder with PatchCleaner

PatchCleanerPatchCleaner is a free tool which can detect and safely remove junk files from the \Windows\Installer folder, potentially freeing up gigabytes of hard drive space.

The folder contains Windows Installer-based setup programs and patch files, and uses these whenever you want to modify or update the software. They should be removed when you uninstall a program, but guess what? This doesn’t always happen.

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kkrieger: a first-person shooter in under 100KB
June 6, 2017 – 05:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on kkrieger: a first-person shooter in under 100KB

kkriegerTired of resource-hogging Electron apps hogging vast amounts of system resources for even the simplest task?

For a neat reminder that it doesn’t have to be that way, take a look at kkrieger— a complete first-person shooter in under 100KB.

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