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Posted on: 28 March 2017, 3:29 am
Here's a great program that turns your PC into a fully-featured music recording studio, with a sequencer and a whole bunch of sounds, loops and virtual instruments to play with. It used to cost $30 but is now available for free.
Magix Music Maker is the name of the product, and initially it seems like a tiny 4 MB download. However, be aware that this is just a pre-installer, and it will download a further 700 MB of program and data when you run it.
Magix's web site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust. The installer is malware-free according to VirusTotal, and my PC's virus scanner didn't complain about any of the additional files it subsequently downloaded. So fire up your speakers and enjoy this fun program. Read More
Posted on: 26 March 2017, 3:36 am
This weeks wallpaper is an image of green evergreen trees on a hillside wreathed in fog. Ethereal mists wrap around a hillside coniferous forest, creating a even toned background with areas of soft and sharp focus. A good background for anyone who likes calm backgrounds with not many sharp details. Icons show up well in most areas of this wallpaper. Read More
Posted on: 25 March 2017, 2:25 am
In the past, I've relied on parental filters and anti-virus software to protect me against malicious websites. Well, now I've been forced to use additional safety checks and I've found them to be very useful. So even though website safety checkers do not replace any of my existing security measures - except perhaps the parental filter - this additional layer of security is really useful.
Check out this review of internet safety check which covers two sections: Installed Software and Online Services. Read More
Posted on: 24 March 2017, 3:35 am
Despite Windows being 30 years old, Microsoft still hasn't improved on the basic clipboard functionality that was introduced in the 1980s. You cut or copy something, and then you paste it somewhere else. Cut or copy again, and the single entry in the clipboard gets overwritten.
Clip Angel changes that, and does it very well. it's a 2 MB download, VirusTotal claims it's free of malware, and Web of Trust regards the site as reputable.
Once you've installed (or not - there's a portable option too) Clip Angel, you can add multiple items to your clipboard. Scroll through the entries to find the one you want, then hit Enter to paste it. You can even edit the entry before you paste. And you can paste text into the CMD.EXE command line too, if you are a command prompt user.
Clip Angel is useful, and free. Definitely worth trying out. Read More
Posted on: 23 March 2017, 4:23 am
Currently very popular at Gizmo’s Freeware:
This list of Best Free Online Applications now includes 234 items in multiple categories. With these online or web apps and services, you mostly do not need to download and install them into your computer for using them—you just need to open up a web browser and use them online, or access them in a web browser with their add-ons or extensions where applicable. Read More
Posted on: 22 March 2017, 4:11 am
Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon
- 5 Hidden Google Games You Can Play When You Are Bored
- How to Enable Pasting Text on Sites That Block It
- 100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access
- Outage Analyzer
Posted on: 21 March 2017, 3:34 am
Do you reckon that you're spending too much time on a particular website such as Facebook, Twitter, or something else? Do you want to reduce the amount of time you spend on that site, but you're not quite ready to install software which permanently blocks you in a way that is difficult to work around?
If so, check out Keep Me Out. Give it the name of a site, and the number of minutes to block you for, and it'll create you a special shortcut to place in your bookmarks bar or on your desktop. If you access the forbidden site more than once in the allotted time, you'll receive a friendly warning not to go there. You can still visit via the original URL, of course, so this isn't exactly a foolproof method, but it will hopefully assist in getting you to cut down your visits. And a helpful graph even shows you how naughty you've been, ie how many times you've attempted to visit a site before the time limit was up.
Keep Me Out is free, and purely browser-based so there's nothing to download or install. It's great for imposing a bit of discipline on younger internet users for whom the workaround might not be so Read More
Posted on: 20 March 2017, 1:31 am
When you've got some writing that you really have to get done, it's hard to avoid distractions. Especially on your PC, where the world of social media and online games is just a couple of clicks away.
So here's a really neat solution, in the form of a text editor that helps you break the habit of taking frequent breaks.
Cold Turkey Writer is a simple notepad program. It's a small 300 KB download and is rated as reputable by Web of Trust. VirusTotal claims it's malware-free too. And it's portable so it runs straight away with nothing to install.
What sets Cold Turkey Writer apart from all the other notepad apps out there is that, when you start it up, you're asked to set a target of a certain number of minutes or a specific number of words. Once you've done that, you have no option but to start writing. Because you can't use anything else on your PC and you can't quit the program until you hit target.
Try using it on the kids, next time they have an essay to write as part of their homework! Read More
Posted on: 19 March 2017, 3:27 am
Sometimes the best way to organise your thoughts and ideas is to stick little pieces of paper on a wall and move them around until everything is in the right order. But it can be messy or clumsy, and you might not always have the necessary materials to hand. Or a big enough area of wall to accommodate everything you want to make a note of.
If you like the concept but you'd prefer something a little more, well, up to date, then check out Pinup at www.pinup.com. It's a free online web-based version of that wall. Create virtual sticky notes, choose their size and colour, stick them on your wall, and write onto them. Moving notes around is easy, as is changing the size of a note if you end up writing too much.
You can keep your electronic wall private, or make it public, or invite specific people to see or contribute to it. And because it's web-based, it's instantly accessible from whichever computer you happen to be using at the time.
Pinup is free to use, so try it out. Even if you don't intend to use it for long-term project plans, perhaps use it next time you're planning something as simple as a shopping list or the set of tasks you need to do tomorrow. Read More
Posted on: 18 March 2017, 3:12 am
This weeks wallpaper is a dramatic image of the space shuttle Endeavour at take off. Seen from the launch pad, the shuttle is launching into the dark sky just seconds after liftoff. Large clouds of smoke and exhaust billow in all directions, some lit from within. Icons show up well in most areas of this unusual background. Read More
Posted on: 17 March 2017, 2:57 am
Do you find that you're spending too much time on social media, when you should be using your PC to work or study? If so, there are many programs that you can install on your PC which allow you to create self-imposed periods of time during which access to those time-wasting sites will be blocked.
One program that I've been trying recently is called Cold Turkey. It's an 8 MB download and Web of Trust claims that it's reputable, and it's malware-free according to VirusTotal.
Once installed, you first need to create a site (or list of sites) to block. There's a built-in list of 24 such sites, which you can use or edit as you wish. You then set a timer to specify how long your access will be blocked for, and that's it. No access to those sites until the timer's up. Trying to get around the block is pretty difficult, and attempting to uninstall the program won't work while a block is in place. Read More
Posted on: 16 March 2017, 2:48 am
Here's a relatively new site offering a frequently requested feature, namely the ability to let you download a YouTube video as an audio MP3 track that you can listen to offline.
The process at the Green MP3 site could not be simpler. Just head to YouTube, find the video you want, copy its address, then paste it into the Green MP3 box. Within a few seconds you'll see a download link to your converted file.
From my own tests, it seems to work just fine. And there's no software to install, as the conversion is all done online. Read More
Posted on: 15 March 2017, 4:10 am
Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon
- How to disable ads in File Explorer in Windows 10
- How to delete the Windows.old folder from your PC
- Create images from text for free
- How to recycle your cell phone
Posted on: 13 March 2017, 2:25 am
If you use Microsoft Office 2016, either at home or work, here's a useful training resource to help you get to grips with the basic features of all the Office programs. To start, head to the website and download one or more "roadmap" diagrams. There are separate roadmaps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and so on, and they're in PDF format.
Each roadmap is a list of program features, arranged in a sensible order for learning. You can print out the roadmap, put it on your wall, and tick off each feature as you learn about it.
The best bit, however, is that the roadmaps are interactive. Click on each topic in the PDF file and you get to watch a video that teaches you about the particular feature.
The roadmaps are produced by Microsoft, and the training videos are hosted on LinkedIn, which is also owned by Microsoft now. So you're getting top-quality instructional videos for free, plus an easy way to keep track of your progress. Read More
Posted on: 12 March 2017, 3:06 am
Image viewers belong to a software category where the quantity and quality of free programs makes it difficult to select just one product as a top pick. So, personal convenience will unavoidably appear as the ultimate factor for this review of free applications. And there's also the question of what exactly we mean by an image viewer, as the name may sound a bit too restrictive.
Digital photography has become so widely available that most pictures these days will linger in a memory drive and will never be printed, because we can visualize them on screens. As a consequence, hundreds of tools are developed for the task, ranging from the ones that offer just the most basic handling to others with loads of features nobody will ever use. However, nowadays' average users are likely to demand some additional capabilities apart from the simple viewing and browsing functions.
Thus, many imaging applications overlap categories and we have a perfect example in photo organizers, where a viewer is obviously needed to manage albums and the like. Therefore, the differences for this review should be based mainly on the aspects of loading speed, image quality, zooming capabilities, sorting options and other operations not directly related to image editing, tagging or organizing, although this is a definite advantage in most cases like the current Editors' Choice and a few competitors. But no program is perfect and if you need to make certain changes to your photos, you might find yourself using more than one app at the same time to meet specific requirements.
Posted on: 11 March 2017, 1:32 am
When you visit a web site, your browser sends various pieces of information to that site. One of them is your IP address (because the server needs it in order to send you the web page you requested). There's a handy site at https://www.whatismyip.com/ which simply echoes this information back to you, which is a really quick and easy way to find out your real IP address.
This can be useful if you're working in an unfamiliar location and you want to know the IP address of the computer you're using, for example. But remember that the result will be the IP address of the router through which your computer is connected to the internet, which probably won't be the same as the one your computer uses internally on the LAN.
The site also tells you a few useful facts about the IP address you're using, such as which company it's registered to. This is handy for checking that your VPN, if you use one, is working correctly.
In a similar vein, here's a web site which tells you your current screen resolution setting. It's a really quick way to check, for example, whether your settings meet the requirements of a program or game that you want to install. Just head to the site for an instant notification right in your browser, with no need to install or download anything.
So next time you want to install a new game, but the web site says it won't work with displays of less than 1024x768, you'll know precisely how to check that your computer is OK. Read More
Posted on: 10 March 2017, 4:13 am
Is your email cloud-based, using a service such as Outlook.com or Yahoo or Gmail? If so, do you ever think about taking a backup of all your archived messages so that you have a searchable copy in case you have problems with your online account?
Mailstore Home makes this really easy, and it works with all the leading email providers. Just tell it your account details and it'll fetch copies of all your online messages into its own searchable database. By default, it never deletes copies from your remote mailbox, so it's safe to use. Although you can change this setting if you want, and have it delete your online copies once they have been archived to your PC.
The program even works in 2 directions. If you need to, you can restore messages from your offline backup, right back into your mailbox.
Mailstore Home is a 10 MB download and is free and according to my tests, Web Of Trust says it's reputable and VirusTotal says it's malware-free. Read More
Posted on: 8 March 2017, 11:46 pm
If you're technically minded and you use Linux, or you're thinking about doing so, Learning Linux Shell Scripting is a useful book to add to your library. Its 300+ pages cover all the important commands and techniques, from basic directory listing to the development of complex scripts.
There are, to be fair, better books available on the subject. But this one is pretty comprehensive and, until 15th March, you can get it for free instead of the normal $36 price. It'll be delivered as a 3 MB PDF file, ready for you to read on your computer.
Just head to the website and request it. You'll need to supply an email address for the download link. You'll also need some other details about where you work, etc, but I'm sure you'll be able to think of something! Read More
Posted on: 8 March 2017, 1:55 am
If you play a musical instrument then check out this web site, which has thousands of pieces available for download in sheet music format. Because all of the pieces are copyright-free, this means that there's a distinct lack of modern entries. But it's still a great, comprehensive archive which will be of use to any serious musician.
Downloads are mostly in PDF format, ready for you to print and play. Read More
Posted on: 7 March 2017, 3:42 am
We're always being told to be careful about the information we share on social media, because it could be used by criminals or advertisers. But just how much information do we potentially make available about ourselves, simply by browsing a web site? Is there really enough to prove useful to a cybercriminal or to someone who wants to know our in-depth shopping behaviours?
That's what a couple of researchers wondered. So they came up with a program called Data Selfie. It's an extension for Chrome which, whenever you use Facebook, monitors everything you do. And how long you do it for. So it knows which friends' posts interest you most, and which companies' pages you spend time looking at. And loads more besides.
The results, shown on a really nice looking dashboard screen, are purely for your benefit. The gathered data doesn't go to the app's developers and it doesn't go to Facebook either. But it does illustrate very well that social media companies could, and probably do, accumulate massive amounts of personal data. Enough to revolutionise the way we live, communicate, and buy.
Data Selfie is free, and is at https://dataselfie.it. It currently only works with Chrome, and only monitors Facebook. There are plans for a Firefox version. Read More
Posted on: 6 March 2017, 2:20 am
This weeks wallpaper is close up image of colorful purple and yellow early spring flowers (crocus) with some greenery showing here and there. With some areas of sharp and soft focus the image makes for an interesting but not intrusive background. Icons show up well in most areas. If you're in the upper latitudes of the northern hemisphere and are yearning for some color, or if you simply enjoy flowers, this is a great background. Read More
Posted on: 5 March 2017, 3:29 am
While a CD ripper is commonly used for copying raw digital audio from a CD to a file encoded in MP3 or other audio formats, a DVD ripper is usually used for copying the audio and video content of a DVD to a file encoded in AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV or other video formats. The ripped file saves in a hard disk or other media device for further editing, backup, sharing or playback without the need to load a DVD.
If you have a collection of DVD movies or music videos and want to extract a chapter or make a full backup copy from a DVD to a video file in selected format, these are the free DVD rippers you might be looking for. Read More
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