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A Perfect Replacement for Notepad++ on Android
Notepad++, our Editor's Choice for Best Free Programming Editor, is a popular and widely used text and code editor. It is an ideal replacement for Notepad and complete with features to edit programming codes in Windows. I use it frequently on PCs, even with two shortcuts added to the taskbar -- on... Read More


Finds of the Week: 21 Sept, 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 Fix Stuck Windows 10 Updates - 7 Specialty Web Browsers You've Probably Never Explored - All the ways you can use Chrome offline - Cassini:... Read More


Create Your Own Digital Signage System For Free
Have you noticed how printed signs and posters are rapidly being replaced by computer screens? The timetable boards at your local train station perhaps. The informational posters in your city library. Health info at your local hospital. The menu boards in your local burger joint even. The term for... Read More


IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This Now
If you use the free CCleaner tool from Piriform, which removes junk from your PC and registry, then you need to upgrade your software as soon as possible. It's been reported that the installer file for CCleaner had been compromised back in August, by person or persons unknown. It had been altered ... Read More


Download These Gorgeous High Resolution Audubon Bird Prints for Free
The Audubon Society's digital library has made all 435 plates from wildlife artist John J. Audubon's book "The Birds of America" available as free, high resolution downloads. These are outstanding illustrations created by Audubon from 1827 to 1838 while he was exploring the USA. The birds are list... Read More


Wallpaper of the Week: Yosemite Sunrise
This weeks wallpaper shows Yosemite National Park in California at sunrise. Luminous mists are traveling through the mountains, showing off the view of these well known mountains. A far off waterfall, glowing clouds, and a foreground of well defined trees complete the view. Icons show up fairly wel... Read More


Want To Win A Free Copy Of This Superb $40 PIM?
I've been researching Personal Information Manager software recently, and one of the products I really like is EssentialPIM. It's a Windows program which manages all your notes, to-do lists, calendars, contacts and passwords. It even has a built-in email client too, so you can read and send email f... Read More


Now You Can Add a Watermark to a PDF File for Free
PDF Watermark is a free program that can, as the name suggests, add a watermark to 1 or more pages of any PDF file. Choose from text of your choice, or an image, and add it to your file in order to help prevent unauthorised use or distribution. This is handy if you use any other programs that can ... Read More


Tens Of Millions Of Images That Are Free To Use
I've written in this column in the past about online photo libraries and collections that are free to use. They're great if you need an image to illustrate a card or flyer you're designing, perhaps, or a web site you're working on. You could, of course, just use Google's image search feature to fi... Read More


Now You Can Add A Watermark To A PDF File for Free
PDF Watermark is a free program that can, as the name suggests, add a watermark to 1 or more pages of any PDF file. Choose from text of your choice, or an image, and add it to your file in order to help prevent unauthorised use or distribution. This is handy if you use any other programs that can ... Read More


You Will Need This Excellent Distraction-Free Text Editor for Android
For writing in a small screen size on a mobile device, you may find that a note-taking app is too simple to suit your need. It often keeps text in its own notebook form and does not deal with individual files. On the other end, you may also dislike a full-blown word processor. It overfills your sm... Read More


Learn Ethical Hacking With This 1000-page $55 Book, For Free
If you're interested in computers, security, ethical hacking and Linux, then here's a deal for you. "Penetration testing: A survival guide" is a thorough course in how to set up a computer network for test purposes and then to try hacking it. It's well-written too, which is more than can be said fo... Read More


Get Help And Feedback As You Write
Hemingway is an online word processor and text editor which is free to use. It describes itself as a "distraction-free writing environment", but online word processor is just as good. It's free because it's really a promotional tool for the company's paid-for offline version, but the online version... Read More


Finds of the Week: 6 Sept, 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 - How Much Does Windows 10 Spy on You? - Unblock Flash in Chrome and Firefox - How to Send Large Files Online for Free - Which Files Should You Bac... Read More


How To Make A Digital Image Larger
A PC is great for editing digital photos and other images. You can change the colours, resize, crop, and so on. You can even reduce the resolution in order to make the photo smaller, such as to fit on a web page or in a document. But what if you want to make the image larger? For example, so that ... Read More


Explore Space With This Free Program From NASA
Ever tried Google Earth to look at some local or distant streets, and wondered whether it's possible to do the same thing with outer space? Well, it is, and the technology comes from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, so this isn't some amateur offering. Instead, it's a superb way to explore t... Read More


Want To Try Hacking Computers Legally? Here's How
Have you ever fancied yourself as a computer hacker or penetration tester? Have you ever read about hacking and wondered just how easy or hard it would actually be to achieve? Of course, hacking someone else's computer without their permission is illegal pretty much everywhere. And setting up a ne... Read More


Voice Typing Now Supports 119 Languages
Daan van Esch, Google's Technical Program Manager of Speech, says "using your voice to dictate a message can be up to three times faster than typing" in a blog post titled "Type less, talk more". Absolutely, voice typing speeds up the way you work and save your precious time than any regular typin... Read More


Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great
I use Thunderbird for my work email. Millions of people around the world use it as their email program. It's simple to use, and talks to most types of email server (including Gmail, if you want). It was originally a spin-off of Firefox, but the browser company no longer supports it as much as it di... Read More


Wallpaper of the Week: Autumn Tree Canopy: View from the Ground
This week's wallpaper shows the orange, red, and gold of an autumn tree canopy splashed across the blue of the sky. The view from the ground peers up at trunks and branches that curl and wind in a most unusual way and are as interesting as the colorful cloak of leaves. This is a fairly light backgr... Read More


Back Up Your Google Tasks To Your PC With This Free Service
I currently use Google Tasks to manage my to-do list. It's a very simple and basic system, but it suits me just fine. And because I use Gmail for my personal mail, everything integrates nicely. But when something as important as all my to-do lists are held in the cloud, I like to be able to keep a... Read More


A Mouse Movement/Click Recorder. What A Neat Idea!
Is there a sequence of mouse movements and clicks that you often perform on your PC? For example, when you first start up the computer, maybe you always like to open a specific handful of programs, rearrange some windows, change some settings, and so on. As you find yourself running through the sa... Read More


The Gimp Isn't Just For Linux
One of the most fun things to do on your PC is to edit photos. At the very basic level, this means cropping an image or resizing it, or perhaps making it a little darker or lighter. If you're happy with such activity then Microsoft Paint, or the new Paint 3D that arrives with the Windows 10 Creator... Read More



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