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This PDF Converter Is Free Now
After yesterday's review of a system that converts from PDF to an editable format such as Microsoft Word, here's something that works in the opposite direction. PDF Forte converts Word, Excel and PowerPoint files (and presumably Libre Office files too, as they use the same format) into PDF files. ... Read More

Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free
I'm currently doing some work for a client, and one of the tasks involves writing some new documents. These need to be in Microsoft Word format, but the example I'm working from is a PDF file. Which is clearly not ideal, as they aren't editable. Yes, I did ask. No Word document is available. So I ... Read More

Problems With A Web Site? Try This Test From 14 Countries
We've all been there. You are trying to access a web site but it's not responding quite the way it should. Maybe it's your own site, or someone else's. The problem is the same. Wouldn't it be useful if you could test access to that site from somewhere other than your own PC? And even better, it wo... Read More

Techie? Use Firefox? Get Firefox Quantum Dev Edition
If you're a technical kind of person, or you're a software developer, then you probably know about Firefox Developer Edition. It's a version of the browser with even more built-in tools for troubleshooting web sites, testing performance, and even deliberately tampering with data before submission i... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Red Forest Path
This weeks wallpaper brings a row of large, backlit tree trunks surrounded by red and rust autumn foliage on all sides. A muted, leaf strewn path runs behind the tree trunks. The surface of the large tree trunks provide some detail and texture to the softly focused foliage. Icons show up in most ar... Read More

See What Flux Does, Then Get The Update
If you read these pages regularly then you'll know I'm a huge fan of a freeware programme called Flux. It continually adjusts the colour scheme on your monitor so that it matches daylight conditions where you are (according to time, not weather). So during the day, when there's a lot of blue light ... Read More

A Really Handy Site For Working Out Time Differences
I have an online meeting next Friday at 11am PDT. Or so the email from the organisers in Los Angeles tells me. Trouble is, I'm currently in Lisbon and I've no idea what time in Portugal corresponds to 11am PDT. To complicate matters, I'm aware that daylight saving time is due to change sometime aro... Read More

Finds of the Week: October 11, 2017
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 Run Multiple Instances of Google Drive on Windows for Free - Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 - Great Free Cultural and... Read More

This Abandonware Site Has 13,000 Games To Download
If you watch the ads on TV, you'll know that dozens of new products are launched every month. New foods, new beauty products, and so on. Just when you think you've found the perfect shampoo for you, the company brings out an ever better version. Or at least they claim that it's better. It's the sa... Read More

A Free E-Book From Microsoft For Every Day Of The Year. Almost
If you like creating and maintaining a library of free e-books, then here's a great way to add some to your collection. They're all from Microsoft, so the content is trustworthy and safe, although bear in mind that you're unlikely to find any books about Google or Apple in the collection! But if yo... Read More

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