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Jackie D.

Make Charts, Diagrams, Flowcharts, Mindmaps And More Online.
I've been working recently on a complex flowchart for my business. I've mostly been using a large whiteboard in my office, as I find that this is a good way to think about processes and develop ideas. But all those scribbles and additions have caused my masterpiece to look incredibly untidy, not to... Read More

Microsoft's Change of Heart On Creators' Update Queue-Jumping
You may remember a few days ago that we published information on how to get the latest Windows 10 update before it was officially downloaded to your machine. The story is at if you ne... Read More

Updated: Best Free Video Editing Program
Whether you're a professional looking to save money, a student looking for a program to help with a school project, need software to organise and edit videos for your Youtube channels? or just a person who likes making videos and needs an editor, then this page is for you.  Read More ... Read More

Updated: How to Block Bad Websites
With the amount of malware currently prowling the internet it's becoming increasingly important to protect your computer. Therefore I've separated my advice on how to stay safe online into two main sections. The first is the methods that I believe anyone from a novice to an expert user can use. The... Read More

Manage Your Tasks With Todoist For Free
Todoist is an online system that helps you manage your tasks and to-do items. Keep track of what needs doing today, this week, this month, or yesterday! And to ensure that you always have your information to hand, you can access the system from your PC as well as using a dedicated Android or iOS ap... Read More

Updated: This High-end Photo Editing App for Mobile is Now Free (iOS, Android)
Nik Software has made an impressive progress in the world of professional digital photography. One of their products, Snapseed, wins Apple's iPad App of the Year 2011 and TIPA Award for Best Mobile Photo App 2012. Snapseed used to cost $4.99 in Apple's App Store but it's now offered free by Google... Read More

What you can truly achieve with Microsoft Virtual Academy!
If you are into IT and Computer Sciences fields then you have probably heard of Microsoft Virtual Academy. Well if not, then you are probably missing out on one of the greatest services that Microsoft has ever offered in history. Microsoft Virtual Academy brings free online training by world-class... Read More

Compare Text Or Files Online To See What Changed
Sometimes I need to be able to compare 2 files. Often it's because a program or script has stopped working, and I need to compare the current version with the previous one in order to see what changed. There are many free programs on the internet that can perform file comparisons, my favourite of ... Read More

It Looks Like You're Trying To Draw A Ladder. Would You Like Help With That?
If you're a long-time user of Microsoft Office you might remember the awful "Clippy" feature that used to be part of the product. Clippy was a cartoon character in the shape of a paperclip (which, incidentally, is known in French as a trombone. Isn't that neat?) As soon as you started typing "Dear... Read More

Got A Web Site Or Blog? Get Amazing Heatmaps To Analyse Visits.
Those who work in the professional field of web development know all about heat maps. They're a way of visualising precisely how someone looks at a web page. Given the right equipment, you can generate these heat maps by tracking a visitor's eye movements. Without such kit, you can generate very us... Read More

Updated: Best Free Route Tracer
Traceroute programs are used to identify the Internet path and time taken for communications between your PC and a remote Internet server. Technicians typically use them to identify network performance problems but end users sometimes employ them to help identify the location of a remote website an... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Lone Tree on Water at Dusk
This weeks wallpaper is an image of a lone tree amid a large, calm body of water. Dusk brings gold and purple tones to this serene background. A shoreline, hills and lines of low clouds are visible in the far background. Icons show up quite well on this wallpaper.  Read More ... Read More

Updated: Best Free File Rename Utility
In these days of MP3 libraries and vast collections of digital images, many of us have faced the necessity of renaming our files for organizational purposes. If you've come here looking for a solution we have some good news. There are great and free programs to suit your needs. There are many diff... Read More

Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How.
Microsoft has started rolling out the latest major update for Windows 10. If you currently use Windows 10 and haven't had the Creators' Update yet, you'll be getting it soon as part of your normal update procedure. If you want to know what's coming in Creators' Update, see http://www.techsuppo... Read More

Get this Android Paid-For Weather App Free If You Hurry
I rarely write about non-Windows programs on these pages, but I reckon it's time for an exception to the rule. So here's news of a neat weather app for Android that shows you the current weather and forecast in your location. It looks nice, works really well, and the $2 price is reduce to zero for ... Read More

Finds of the Week: 13th April, 2017
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 - Privacy Tools - 10 Websites that Will Teach You Programming for Free - Free Graphics for Do It Yourselfers, crafters, and everyone else - How to ... Read More

This Chrome Add-In Ties Your Gmail To Your Social Media Accounts
Do you use Gmail for your email? If so, do you find yourself corresponding with people who also have a presence on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn? Or do you find yourself corresponding with someone and then wondering whether that person is already on social media? If ... Read More

An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day
Despite what you may think, I don't actually have much software installed on my PC. As a Windows user since version 1.0 arrived in 1988 or so, I'm aware that less is more. The fewer installed apps you have, the better your computer runs. My goal is to have the list of apps on the "uninstall a progr... Read More

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