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This Dedicated Gmail Client Is Fantastic
A lot of people use Gmail. I do, too. It's great, but having to access it via a web browser instead of a dedicated program can sometimes be inconvenient. Browsers take up lots of RAM, for example. And it's annoyingly easy to inadvertently close your mail when closing your browser, even if you didn'... Read More


Become A Graphic Designer In Seconds
Crello is a really neat web site that lets you become a graphic designer in seconds. Well, not exactly But it does have hundreds of ready-made designs for posters, flyers, cards, blog posts etc that you can customise with your own text and then pass off as your own work! You can even download your... Read More


114,000+ Free Images from the Getty Museum
The Getty Museum has over 114,000 images you can use for free. Most are historical works of art, including many types of images such as paintings, prints, jewelry, manuscripts, photographs, architecture, maps, playing cards, sculpture, decorative arts, artists' sketchbooks, and much more. The image... Read More


Got a Gmail Account? Want A Free Non-Technical IT Security Course?
One of the projects I'm involved with when I'm not writing this column is IT security awareness training provided by a company for staff internally and within other companies. It teaches them how not to become a target for ransomware, for example, and the benefits of installing Windows patches in a... Read More


A Better Way To Copy Files in Windows
Windows has never been particularly fast or flexible at copying files. Copying a large file from one drive to another, or even from one location to another on the same drive, is much slower than when performing the same operation from a command prompt. Even before the copy starts, Windows spends ag... Read More


A Really Easy Way To Jump To Folders in Windows
It's hard to believe that in the early days of MS-DOS, before Windows was even thought of, there was no support for folders or directories on a disk. Every file was at the same level of the hierarchy, because there was no hierarchy! Folders today allow you to organise your files very specifically,... Read More


Further Vital Updates For Windows XP and 8.0
Microsoft has taken the unusual step of releasing further security updates for operating systems which are officially unsupported, and for which we were told new updates would not be released. This includes Windows XP and 8.0. The updates are specifically for security, and address issues which cou... Read More


Windows 7 Startup Explained in Detail
Want to follow a detailed example of exactly what happens when Windows starts? In this article you will find the following about Windows startup: - Descriptions of the major components. - Detailed sequences of activities for each process. - Example registry keys and values. If this is too much det... Read More


Wallpaper of the Week: Eclipse Black And White
This weeks wallpaper is a photo of a moon, highlighted from behind, poised over the midpoint of a jagged mountain. The image seems to be a lunar eclipse. Whether it is or not, this is a great monochrome background for any of your devices. Icons do well in all but the most illuminated areas. This w... Read More


Scan And Quickly Find Any Music Track On Your PC
Windows comes with a music player app as standard. If you don't like it, there are others freely available too, such as Apple's iTunes. Trouble is, neither of these programs is particularly good. iTunes is huge and unwieldy, and is best kept away from your PC if at all possible. Windows Media Playe... Read More


Finds of the Week: June 14, 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 - Chat With Microsoft Support Agent Online - How can I download a video posted on Facebook? - Download Offline Installers for Google Chrome Browser... Read More


Another Of My Go-To Tools Gets An Update
In bringing you this column every week, I evaluate a lot of software. You get to hear about the good stuff, but there's a lot more that I don't mention on these pages because it doesn't pass my tests. So anything which I write about, and which also ends up staying on my own computer long-term, must... Read More


An Easy Way to Create DSLR-style Background Blurred Photos on Your Android Smartphone or Tablet
Of the two featured images above, on the left is the original photo before editing; on the right is an edited photo with backgrounds blurred, making the focus object (i.e. the beautiful girl) more outstanding from the surroundings than the other. If you like this type of photo, you do not need to ... Read More


This Web Site Has 100 Bugs. Can You Hack Them All?
Ever wanted to try your hand at being a computer hacker? Or, as they are often called nowadays, a penetration tester or an ethical hacker? If so, here's your chance. And you won't end up in jail if you succeed, either. It all involves a web application called bWAPP. The name stands for Buggy Web A... Read More


Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use
Most popular email services don't offer a high level of security. These two free email providers offer secure email with built-in encryption. An encrypted, secure email service isn't for everyone - they don't mesh with services like Google or Zoho that let you do multiple tasks across platforms. T... Read More


A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor
I often find myself editing text files such as programs, batch files, scripts, reports, logs and so on. While many people swear by Notepad++, my favourite text editor is EmEditor. Mainly because it handles large files and is very, very fast. The company behind EmEditor, namely Emurasoft, has just ... Read More


Your PC Can Read Any Web Page To You
Here's a great add-in for the Chrome browser which adds a "text to speech" button to every web page! Just select some text from the current page, hit the SpeakIt button at the top of your browser window, and hear your PC read it to you. It's a great way to digest online articles. You can also righ... Read More


Try 3D Design Right In Your Browser
Sketchup is one of the best-known products for creating drawings and designs in 3D. It was once a Google product but was sold off a few years ago. You can download the software for use on your desktop PC. However, the company behind the product, Trimble, is now offering a browser-based version tha... Read More


Adobe Launched A Smart App To Scan Documents Into PDF with Text Recognition (iPhone, iPad, Android)
Adding to its free mobile tools Acrobat Reader and Adobe Fill & Sign for PDF documents, Adobe launched another remarkably useful app called Adobe Scan for Android and iOS mobile users completely for free. Why is it useful? Well, Adobe Scan is not just an ordinary scanning app taking pictures w... Read More


Remove Images From Web Pages, For Speed And Cheaper Printing
Have you noticed how web pages nowadays are full of pictures? Not just adverts, but illustrations and icons and buttons too. They make the page look nice, of course, but they can slow down the time it takes for a site to load over a slow connection. Plus, if you want to print a page that's full of ... Read More



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