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Free Service Protects You From Malware
One of the best-known IP addresses on the internet is It’s a DNS server run by Google. DNS, or the Domain Name System, is the technology that allows you to type into your web browser instead of having to type the IP address of the server ( in this case... Read More

Finds of the Week: November 20, 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 - Repair Windows 10 Installation Without Losing Apps & Data - Top 10 Free Image Hosting Services You Should Try for Hosting Your Photos - How ... Read More

Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers
A while back we invited our users to test the speed of their computers using a free performance monitoring utility and report their results. But PC's have got faster since then so we are again inviting you to test your current equipment and compare its speed to the PCs of other Gizmo's Freeware us... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Bare Tree, Winter Night
This weeks wallpaper shows a lone tree silhouetted against a starry night sky with low hills in the background. A pool of water sits below the tree, reflecting the tree and sky.. A nimbus of white surrounds the tree, fading into the dark blue sky above. This is a nice, quiet background for all your... Read More

This Program And Web Site Mockup Tool For Windows Is Totally Free
A few years ago, a program called Balsamiq Mockup caused a bit of a stir when it was launched. It was the first of a new breed of programs which were aimed at programmers and web site designers, to help them plan the layouts of screens. It's now a well-used commercial product. The other day I hear... Read More

Automate Your Typing With Phrase Express
Phrase Express is a Windows automation program that lets you assign words or phrases to a macro which you can then insert into any document or web site by selecting from a menu or pressing a hotkey. The program is commercial, but there's also a freeware version for non-commercial home use. The dow... Read More

Essential PIM Gets An Update
I'm a fan of Essential PIM. If you've ever used Microsoft Outlook (notes, tasks, calendar and email) then think of Essential PIM as being what Outlook should have been. It's really powerful, easy to use, and makes it really easy to find your information. And unlike Outlook, Essential PIM includes a... Read More

Get A Second Pair of Eyes to Proofread Your Writing For Free
It's easy to overlook mistakes especially when you're reading or editing your own writing, and it certainly helps a lot if you can get a second pair of eyes to proofread your work. This second pair of eyes can be any grammar checkers and one of the noteworthy is Grammarly. It is built by linguists... Read More

Get the iPhone X's New Ringtone on Your Android or Older iPhone
The ringtone that ships with Apple's new iPhone X is a nice variation of the marimba ringtone used in previous iPhones. If you'd like to get it on your Android phone or an older iPhone, here's how. There are two steps involved in the process, downloading the ringtone and transferring it to your An... Read More

Find Out What's Hogging Your Hard Disk Space
I've been tidying up my hard disk recently, as space was getting a little short. I have an SSD drive rather than traditional "spinning rust", and I was down to around 80 GB free. I could of course just buy another drive, or a bigger one, to gain more space. But that would mean re-thinking my backup... Read More

It's Another Exclusive Prize Draw Worth $67.95
I sometimes include details in this column of special offers run by Digiarty software, the makers of programs for backing up DVD movies and making them playable on portable devices. The offer normally comprises a free giveaway of their product, which is valid forever but which doesn't include any u... Read More

Finds of the Week: 6 Nov, 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 - 7 Awesome Google Chrome Tricks to Boost Your Productivity - How To Block Bitcoin Mining In Your Browser - 5 Ways To Install Windows 10 - 12 ... Read More

A Free Online OCR Service
Converting text to an image file on your PC is easy. Every photo editing program lets you add text to an image, in the font, size and colour of your choice. But what about trying to do it the other way round? What if you have some text, which is in the form of a scanned image file, and you want th... Read More

Google Now Ignores Country Domains, Search is Now Based on Your Location
Until now, Google has allowed anyone to change the country domain in its search results. If you wanted to search for something in another country, you could easily the change the country domain to search Google in any country. If you wanted to look something up in the United Kingdom, you'd change t... Read More

Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows
I'm a Windows user. I've used it since the very beginning, when version 1.0 was released. I was working at Epson at the time, at their R&D centre outside London, where we were developing a competing product called Taxi. As you have probably worked out by now, Taxi didn't fare quite as well as W... Read More

Handy Reference Cards If You Use MS Office 2016
Do you use Microsoft Office 2016 at home or at work? If so, here are some great reference cards to keep by your desk, to help you with all of the most common functions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. The cards are in the form of a 4 MB PDF file to download and print. They'll be OK ... Read More

A Really Simple Project Management System That's Also Free
When you think "project management", you probably think of a few hundred engineers building a bridge, or a large financial company preparing to move its offices across the world. But in reality, projects can be much smaller and yet still need managing. Maybe you have 6 people coming round for dinn... 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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