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Posted on: 16 February 2018, 4:17 am
I never liked Windows 8. Not many people did. In order to accommodate the new app store, Microsoft made too many changes to the look and feel of the Windows that we all knew and loved. Lots of things moved around within the OS and became frustratingly difficult to find. Even the familiar desktop and start menu, present since the days of Windows 1.0, changed, mainly because Microsoft wanted us to start using the app store in order to download software and add tiles to our home page.
Trouble was, the Windows app store wasn't very good. There weren't many apps, and the quality of those that did exist was poor. To a large degree, nothing has changed since Windows 10 was released. There is still a dearth of decent software on the app store. I know. I check it regularly, in the hope that I'll find something worth writing about as a Hot Find. There are very few gems on there.
There are, though, some treasures if you look hard enough. One of those is Fresh Paint. As you might expect, it's similar to Microsoft Paint that has been built into Windows since the 1980s. But it now has a selection of canvas and paper textures, as well as watercolour and oil brush effects that are stunning. And although the program contains "in-app purchases" (how I hate that phrase), almost all of the useful features are free.
To get the most from Fresh Paint you really need something a little more precise and pressure-sensitive than a mouse, so if you have a graphic tablet or stylus then you're in luck. But even if you don't, a mouse will still give you hours of fun. It's available for Windows 8 and 10.
Posted on: 15 February 2018, 3:16 am
Word processors are great, but sometimes only a text editor will do. Maybe you're looking at a Windows batch file, or a large log file, or HTML code, or a file whose format you don't actually know.
Windows has always been supplied with a bundled text editor as standard. First came Notepad, and then an improved version called WordPad. And if you don't like either of those (which I don't, mainly because they're so slow), there are plenty of alternatives available for download.
My favourite is called EmEditor. It's the one I use all the time, mainly because it's so fast at loading, navigating and searching large files. Although it's a commercial product, starting at around $40 per year, it's also available in a free version that contains most of the paid-for features. And since I last wrote about EmEditor, it's been through a couple of major revisions so that some editing and searching tasks are now 16 times faster than they were.
If you use EmEditor, go and get the latest version. If you've never tried it, please do. You'll find the download at the EmEditor website and it's around 10 MB. The site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust, and VirusTotal detects no malware.
When you install EmEditor, you'll start a 30-day trial of the full version. Before the trial expires, you can downgrade it to the free version (which will no longer nag you about paying) by searching for the Downgrade command in the help system.
Here's a sneaky tip from me: the free version doesn't let you customise the toolbars by hiding the things you don't want. But if you tweak them before you downgrade, the changes stay in place! Neat, eh? Read More
Posted on: 14 February 2018, 1:52 am
I wrote a few days ago about Pale Moon (https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/pale-moon-new-web-browser-far-n...), an alternative Web browser for Windows. Thousands of you liked it, so here's another one to try.
Slimjet is a free browser that you can download from their website. Like many others in the market, it's based on the Chromium engine. It's in good company, because Google's Chrome is too. And Slimjet has a number of handy features. It has a built-in ad blocker, to help preserve your bandwidth and avoid distractions. It integrates neatly with Facebook, providing some extra features. And, purely aesthetic but interesting nonetheless, its tabs are a little less rounded than the default Chromium ones. Not as square as Internet Explorer or Firefox, but not as rounded as Chrome. Which I think happens to look rather nice.
Slimjet is free and, unusually for browsers, is available as a portable option if you want it. Just download the file, run it to decompress it, then double-click the application icon to try the browser. Nothing gets added to your PC's registry, so you can simply delete the downloaded folder if you don't like it, and every trace of the application will be gone. This also means that you can keep it on a USB stick and run it on multiple machines if you want, or keep it in Dropbox or OneDrive in order to do the same.
Slimjet is a 48 MB download. The site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust. Only one of VirusTotal's 67 scanning engines regards it as suspicious, which is undoubtedly a false alarm and you can safely regard the program as being safe to use.
Like all browsers, Slimjet works happily alongside any other, so it's perfectly safe to try Sllimjet even if you currently use Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, or anything else. You don't need to limit yourself to just having one browser on your computer, despite what Microsoft likes to imply! Read More
Posted on: 13 February 2018, 3:52 am
If you program in PHP, or you want to try doing so, then you'll need a development environment in which to write and debug your code. One well-known example is an excellent product called Code Lobster, and in addition to their commercial versions the company also offers a completely free edition too.
Code Lobster v5.14, Free Edition, was launched last week and it includes new features and bug fixes. Download it from the CodeLobster website, install it, install PHP too, and you have a complete development environment that's totally free. The Code Lobster download is around 48 MB, and the site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust. The installer triggers just one of VirusTotal's 65 scanning engines, which is undoubtedly a false alarm and can be ignored. Read More
Posted on: 12 February 2018, 2:24 am
This weeks wallpaper shows a dim and brooding forest cast in greens and blues.Tree trunks hover around a small cleared area of leafy undergrowth illuminated by slanted by beams of filtered light. Icons show up quite well against this dark hued background.
Posted on: 9 February 2018, 1:54 am
If you're a user of LinkedIn, you'll know that it's a work-related social network that can be very useful as a way of finding a new job or some new customers.
In terms of numbers, it has roughly the same number of subscribers as Twitter, so it's a significant player in the market. And it's now owned by Microsoft.
To get the best out of LinkedIn you need to understand how it works, and you need to have a really good personal/company profile on there. If you don't have one, but you'd like to, then there's a useful book called LinkedIn Profile Optimization For Dummies. It runs to around 330 pages and contains a lot of useful tips. And while it normally costs around $14, you can get it for free as a PDF file for the next week or so.
Just head tothis special website and fill in your details, and the download link will be sent to you. The e-book is then yours to keep. The download itself is around 22 MB, and is malware-free according to VirusTotal. Read More
Posted on: 8 February 2018, 4:08 am
I'm quite a fan of Facebook. However, I'm also quite a fan of new and interesting gadgets, so I recently made the mistake of clicking some of the "sponsored post" adverts on FB in order to see what they were about. Mainly because so many of the gadgets were, frankly, stupid and pointless. But it was fun to look at them.
Or so I thought. Because, soon after, my Facebook news feed was showing me so many more sponsored posts, for so many more pointless and useless gadgets, that the site became unusable. So I set about finding a good way to remove them. And I found something wonderful.
If you don't already know about FB Purity, then you should. In order to keep the lawyers happy, FB stands for Fluff-Busting. But make no mistake - this extension is designed for Facebook. And what it does, is to let you selectively hide any of dozens of different elements on the Facebook site. Sponsored posts, "a friend is typing a reply..." messages, and lots more besides. You can hide entire columns, or just parts of a column. The screen shot here, shows around half of what you can do. And if there's a particular word or phrase or term that you also want to block, which isn't built into the program, you can add that too.
FB Purity works on Chrome and Firefox. It even works on Edge, in case you haven't upgraded to something else yet. I highly recommend it. Read More
Posted on: 7 February 2018, 3:24 am
Finds of the Week is a list of websites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon
- How To Bulk Delete Gmail Emails – 3 Easy Ways
- How to Change Your Account Name in Windows 10
- Know Your Meme - Internet Meme Database
- Download 20,000 High-Res Artworks For Free
Posted on: 6 February 2018, 2:45 am
Once upon a time, when hard disk space was scarce, file compression tools became popular. If you're as old as me then you might remember the ARC and ARJ formats, as well as the very popular Zip format devised by Phil Katz (hence PKZip).
Now that hard disk space is more plentiful, you might think that compression is no longer used. But that's not the case. Image formats such as JPG use compression by default. A modern Microsoft Office document is actually a ZIP file. To see it for yourself, rename a .docx file to .zip and you can see its contents.
File compression and extraction is also built into Windows nowadays. You can right-click a Zip file in Windows and extract it. And you can zip a file too - just right-click it and choose Send To, Compressed Folder.
But the built-in Windows compression tool sometimes can't cope with extracting large zip files. And it's slow. And doesn't handle other formats such as 7z, tar, and so on.
PeaZip is a really nice, free program for Windows that's a file manager with built in compression/decompression features. It handles loads of formats, and seems pretty powerful. Its main competitor is probably 7Zip, but I reckon that PeaZip looks nicer and is easier to use.
PeaZip is a 7 MB download. The site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust, and the software is malware-free according to VirusTotal. Read More
Posted on: 5 February 2018, 1:04 am
If a picture is worth a thousand words, an animated picture is certainly more vivid than a static image and worth a million.
It is really quick and simple to make an animated GIF by combining two or more images into one with a software application or online service, such as those recommended in this article Best Free Animated GIF Maker.
Or rather, it is even quicker to get one from tons of readily made animated GIFs from Giphy. It puts almost countless GIFs in a huge database for you to explore at your fingertips.
Search any one of them with a keyword you like. You can then download it to your device, or share it directly in a quick response to your buddies on a messenger or other social channels.
Giphy is available on the web and as a free app for Android, iOS and Windows mobile platforms. Read More
Posted on: 1 February 2018, 11:44 pm
Fancy a change from your normal web browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge? Installing multiple web browsers on Windows is a perfectly natural thing to do, and many people use more than one. And because most of them are free, you can just download any that you like.
If you've never heard of Pale Moon, then you're not alone. I'd never heard of it until a few days ago, but I've been using it recently and it's quite good. Very good, in fact. It's fast, very customizable, and is compatible with many (but not all) Firefox extensions. That's because it's actually based on the Firefox code, but that was way back in version 1 before the developers spent a long time making it work the way they wanted.
The latest version is 27.7.2 (see, I told you it wasn't new) and was released yesterday. You can download it directly from the Palemoon website and the installer is around 1 MB, although it'll then download a further 32 MB when you run it. From my tests, both the installer and the additional downloads are malware-free and safe to use.
If you're still using Internet Explorer (which is now pretty much out of date) or Microsoft Edge (which I personally think is awful), give Pale Moon a try and see what you think. If you don't like it, at least you can use it to download yet another browser to try. Read Me
Posted on: 31 January 2018, 3:39 am
Tails is a version of Linux that's specifically designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and anonymity. Download it, burn it to a USB stick or a DVD, and you have a live operating system that you can use to boot any computer. It's built-in web browser ensures that everything goes via the Tor network. Emails and documents are automatically encrypted. When you turn off the computer and remove the Tails disk, no trace of your session gets left behind.
In fact, Tails stands for "the amnesic incognito live system", which pretty much sums up what it does.
If you're interested in trying it, head to the Tails website where you can download the latest version (3.5) that was released a few days ago. Be aware that the download is a rather hefty 1,800 MB (that's 1.8 GB). It's safe to try on any PC - simply remove the Tails disc and reboot in order to get back to Windows.
To use Tails properly, you'll want to burn it to a USB stick rather than a DVD, and then create a persistent storage area on that stick. This will ensure that you have somewhere to save files to when you're using Tails, and will effectively create a secure self-contained operating system that you can boot on any computer when you want to work in private. This is very handy if you often use computers in internet cafes, hotels and so on. Read More
Posted on: 30 January 2018, 3:48 am
If you have a scanner (or a printer that includes one) then it can sometimes be useful to be able to scan 2 or more pages and save them into a single PDF file. If your scanner didn't come with such software as standard, or if you would rather use something a little less "bloatware", then check out a really nice free program called NAPS.
And yes, it does indeed stand for Not Another PDF Scanner. But it is. And it's very good. And assuming your scanner uses the industry-standard TWAIN method for communicating with your computer then it should work just fine.
While we're on the subject of acronyms, by the way, did you know that TWAIN stands for "technology without an interesting name"? Clever, eh?
Anyway, you can download NAPS from their website and the file is less than 2 MB. Web of Trust regards the download site as reputable. Just 1 out of 65 scanning engines on VirusTotal regard it as a potential problem, which is safe to assume it is definitely a false alarm. Read More
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