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  1. Taskbar Stats is an open source tool that displays your computer's resource usage on the Windows Taskbar How do you monitor your computer's performance? The Task Manager is a good and easy way to check which programs are open, what's using up a lot of RAM, and the Resource Monitor offers even more details on resource usage. But, it's not a convenient way, is it? Who likes constantly having to open the tool just to see if things are running smoothly. Well, you don't have to. Taskbar Stats is an open source tool that displays yo
  2. Find text inside Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, RTF and plain-text files with Office Search Office Search is a specialized open source search tool for Microsoft Windows devices that is designed to find text that you specify in Office and text documents. The program requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7 and does not need to be installed. Just run it after you have downloaded and extracted the latest version to the local system. The program interface displays just a few options at the top. You may run searches for individual
  3. puNES is an open source NES emulator for Windows and Linux A PC is my choice when it comes to gaming, mostly because I play a lot of strategy games. But I've owned a few consoles, the PS4 being my 2nd favorite platform currently. Nintendo's products weren't/aren't available in my Country, so as a kid I didn't have access to its cool consoles. That was the case, until I came across a Famiclone (Famicom clone) at a local store. My family gifted me one, and I got to play some games such as Ice Climber, Super Mario Bros, Excite Bike, et
  4. QuickWayToFolders provides a unique way to access your desktop shortcuts and folders Launchers and file managers are very useful programs that allow you to multi-task with ease. What if you could combine the features of both into one package? That is one way of describing QuickWayToFolders, it provides a unique way to access your desktop shortcuts and folders. The program is portable, and sits in the system tray. When you run it, the Options window opens. Let's come back to this later. Left
  5. JPEG Lossless Rotator is a simple tool that you can use to rotate images without losing the original quality Do you take a lot of photos on your phone or camera? If so, you will know that some photos may not look perfect on every screen. Maybe you want to use a photo as your desktop background, or you want to share it on social media. A picture that's in the wrong orientation isn't going to impress people. When you rotate images, you may notice that it may not appear as sharp as the original picture. That is because your photos get
  6. Perpetual Notes is a rich text editor that supports images, hyperlinks, tables and more Many text editors that we have reviewed focus on plain text support; others such as OSD Note or ZIM support Markdown or HTML. Perpetual Notes is a text editor that supports rich text format (RTF). It has a two-pane view, the sidebar on the left is the Notes list, and displays the name of each note that you have saved. Select a note to view its contents on the right pane. Perpetual Notes supports 2 document formats, RTF and TXT. You can open exist
  7. Windows could run natively on new Apple M1 chip – if Microsoft lets it Apple VP says Windows and Macs could work ARM in ARM (Image credit: Microsoft/Apple) In a recent interview, Apple's VP of software engineering, Craig Federighi, revealed that Microsoft's ARM version of its Windows operating system should be able to run on the new Apple M1 chip natively, but the possibility of Windows running on a MacBook would "really be up to Microsoft." Federighi raised the remarkable possibility in an interview with Ars Technica a
  8. Control Internet traffic on your Windows device with NetLimiter NetLimiter is an Internet traffic control and monitoring tool for Microsoft Windows devices; our last review of the software dates back to 2008 and NetLimiter 2. A lot has changed since then and the program's functionality has been extended significantly. NetLimiter 4 is a Shareware program for Windows. It is available as a Lite and a Pro version, and a license is available for $19.99 respectively $29.99 at the time of writing. The program may look like a firewall application on first gl
  9. Shell Tools is a freeware program that adds some useful shortcuts to the Explorer context menu Sometimes you may need more options than the ones available in Windows Explorer. You can switch to a different program, or use some simple tools that enhance Windows' built-in file manager. Shell Tools is a freeware program that adds some useful shortcuts to the Explorer context menu The application comes in an archive, extract it to a folder and run the ShellToolsConfig.exe. This will bring up two pop-up windows. Click on the Enable for c
  10. Windows turns 35: a visual history From Windows 1.0 to Windows 10 The PC revolution started off life 35 years ago this week. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge milestone that paved the way for the modern versions of Windows we use today. While Windows 10 doesn’t look anything like Windows 1.0, it still has many of its original fundamentals like scroll bars, drop-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and apps like Notepad and MS paint. Windows 1.0 also set the stage for the mouse. If you
  11. File Hash Checker is a lightweight program that can be used to check the integrity of files Have you ever wondered if a file that you downloaded is safe, or if a backed up file is still working fine and not corrupt? Sometimes you may encounter errors when a file doesn't work. It is possible that the browser had been closed accidentally, or the network connection was ended abruptly, or in the worst case scenario, the file could have been tampered with. For backups, it is possible that the storage device is not working properly anymore, e.g. when a DVD
  12. View your WiFi signal's strength, PC's tech specs with MiTeC System Information X Speccy, CPU-Z, HWiNFO are among the most popular tools which people use to obtain technical data about their computer and all the parts in it. But there are many good alternatives available for these software, and one is MiTeC System Information X. The program is portable, and the folder is less than 14 MB in size. The directory contains 2 executables, you'll need to run MSIX64.exe or MSIX.exe if you want to run the 32-bit version, to start using the application.
  13. QVGE is an open source graph creation program for Windows and Linux If you want to analyze statistics, a good way to do this is by writing down the details. When you want to compare the performance of something over a long-term, it is better to use some sort of visual representation like charts, diagrams or graphs. Now if graphs are your thing, you will find QVGE useful. It is an open source graph creation program for Windows and Linux. The program's start page lets you save and load documents. Since we don't have any on the first r
  14. Traymond is an open source tool that can minimize programs to the system tray If you are a multi-tasker and have a lot of programs open, sometimes it becomes annoying having to switch through each window. Windows really needs a way to manage the Task Switcher in a better way. Since the operating system cannot fix the issue, we must resort to third-party solutions. That is why you can use a tool like Traymond to minimize program windows to the system tray. The file size of the EXE is just under 60KB; it is a portable program wh
  15. WinExit is a freeware tool that can shut down, restart, hibernate, lock your computer on a schedule If you're going to be away from your computer for a long while, it is a good practice to turn it off. What if you forget to do that or want to automate the task, and don't want to use the built-in shutdown options, e.g. shutdown from the command line or Superfast Shutdown? In that case, you can use some programs to automate the shutdown process at a time of your choice. We reviewed several in the past including Sleepwalker, Adios Shutdown Timer,
  16. CPix is a compact freeware image viewer and converter If you don't like the Windows 10's Photos app, you're not alone. The good old Photo Viewer was better and faster, in the eyes of many Windows users. But, there are many applications which offer more options including PicView, IrfanView, Wildbit Viewer, XnView, or FastStone Image Viewer. CPix is a compact freeware image viewer and converter that offers a fluid experience. The program's interface is minimal, it starts blank and has a menu bar at the top of the window. Open a photo by using the file m
  17. ExplorerXP is a freeware tabbed file manager that supports multi pane view Windows users have plenty of options to choose an alternative for File Explorer. To name some recently reviewed alternatives: EF Commander Free, the command line file manager broot, myCommander, Explorer Commander, or Unreal Commander. But a lot of file managers deviate from the user-friendliness of Windows' built-in too; ExplorerXP is a freeware tabbed file manager that keeps this simple. The program's interface is rather simple and has toolbar icons from the Windows
  18. View advanced information about your graphics card with GPU Shark How much do you know about your graphics card? Some people may know the name and the model of the GPU, but that may be the extent of their knowledge, others may not know the brand even. Most users may not know about the video adapters capabilities, its clock speeds, RAM, and other advanced parameters. A tool like GPU Shark provides the answers. This is not an overclocking tool like MSI Afterburner. It's a monitoring tool, so it's pretty safe to use even if you aren't
  19. Game Cleaner: remove temporary Steam, Epic and uPlay game files to free up space Game Cleaner is a free software program for Microsoft Windows devices to free up temporary files and leftovers on the gaming platforms Steam, Epic Store, and uPlay. The main idea behind Game Cleaner is not entirely new. Programs like Atomic Cleaner, reviewed in 2008, Tiki Steam Cleaner, reviewed in 2013, and Steam Cleaner, have offered similar functionality in the past. Game Cleaner is a free software program for Windows that cleans up temporary files and folders, install
  20. [No root required] Control your Android phone from your computer with Scrcpy There are many tools available online which claim to mirror your phone's screen on your computer's monitor. Some of these are online service or closed source programs, some are premium software. Forget virtual machines, those aren't easy to set up and can get quite resource intensive. A friend of mine tinkers with broken phones, and he told me that he uses an open source tool called Scrcpy to recover data from phones with damaged or non-functional
  21. Modify the mouse settings from the command line Windows 10 has two ways that you can use to change the mouse options. The modern method is available from the Settings app > Devices > Mouse, but as is the case with these modernized preferences, they usually lack functionality and are mainly useful for basic changes. The legacy Control Panel option, called Mouse Properties, has more options but it is only a matter of time before it won't be available anymore. Want to change the settings using just your keyboard? You can, with th
  22. Create secure passphrases, include custom characters with PasswordGenerator When signing up for an account on any website, I always use KeePass' built-in password generator. This ensures that every password I use is strong but also unique, which in turn minimizes the risks of my accounts being compromised. But, what if you're not a fan of password managers? You can use programs which specialize in generating random passwords, the aptly named PasswordGenerator (by Stefan Trost) is a nice choice. The program is portable and comes with
  23. Windows 7 and XP are obsolete, but that hasn’t stopped almost a quarter of Windows users using them. It’s a security nightmare waiting to happen. Friends don’t let friends use insecure Windows. Microsoft’s stopped issuing security patches for those ancient versions, so it’s a bit of a worry. It’s not 2015 any more, let alone 1605. But it is 11/05. In today’s SB Blogwatch, we’re a vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: vichyssoise
  24. Split, merge, rotate pages in PDF documents with Pdfarranger Viewing a PDF document is easy, you likely use your web browser or a standalone tool for it. But splitting or merging pages from PDFs is slightly complicated, as many viewers don't support that functionality. There are tons of premium/freemium programs and online services that offer various features, but you may not want to use these for one reason or another, e.g. for privacy reasons as you may not want to transfer your documents to an online service. If you pr
  25. Slump in corporate PC demand takes a toll, though cloud business continues to shine Microsoft has come a very long way from depending on Windows. But the ubiquitous operating system can still brighten—or darken—the company’s results. Both effects were actually apparent in the company’s fiscal first-quarter results posted late Tuesday. The cloud business remains the star, and performance there was strong with commercial cloud revenue growing 31% year over year to $15.2 billion, even showing a bit of acceleration from the prior quarter that ended in J
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