Category Archive: Software

Jul 03

Happy July 4th!

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Why not celebrate Independence Day with this little American flag screensaver? Courtesy of Microsoft, it’s a 299K download (which means it would fit, about five times, on a floppy disk) and adds… well, a screensaver of the American flag to your computer. Microsoft claim it works on Windows 2000, 98, ME and XP, but we …

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Jun 23

Free Video Flip And Rotate

FlipAndRotate

There was an astonishingly good beatboxer busking in Reading today, and I videoed him with my phone to show everyone I knew. Unfortunately, I held the phone the wrong way round. So what did I do? Look on the web for a free video “flipper”. The first one that came up – and it seems …

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Jun 17

Pidgin

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While Facebook chat in your browser is all very well, and the desktop Facebook messenger is nice, it’s getting cumbersome to have all the chat clients installed and running – you never know where you are. Pidgin, on the other hand, is a nice open source chat client that handles Facebook, MSN, Yahoo, AOL, Gadu-Gadu… …

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Sep 01

vim

vim - the editor

For those of us who started our computing careers with Unix, or a Unix variant, or who were introduced to the system at university, some time in the 1980s, you will have been introduced to the joys (or evils?) of the editor vi. While idiosyncratic, there’s no doubt that vi is, like its predecessor TECO …

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Apr 25

WirelessKeyView

NirSoft logo

Here’s a clever little piece of software, and it really works well at what it does. Have you ever got a wireless router for your Internet connection? Most Internet Service Providers give them out these days, but you can still buy slightly-better-than-average ones from electronics shops. And most laptops include wireless these days, so almost …

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Mar 24

Firefox 4

Firefox

We’ve been using Firefox here at Emudir Towers for years, ever since the dim and distant days of version 1.0. But the latest version – released just a few days ago – adds some useful and exciting features.

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Mar 15

Paint.Net

paint.net

Forgive us for going on about graphics programs, having featured both GIMP and Serif Photo Plus in the not-so-distant past, it’s probably not time for another one yet. So… here’s a graphic editor. While you groan away, here’s some things to like about Paint.Net. Despite being Windows only (and requiring .Net 3.5), it supports layers, …

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Mar 01

Code::Blocks

Code::Blocks

For any C++ programmer, the integrated development environment or IDE is the tool they spend most of their time using. And while commercial tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio are popular with commercial development houses, the problem is that they are frequently limited to a single platform.

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Feb 21

Serif Photo Plus

Photo Plus

Every so often, my PC gets a problem. This one was quite serious, however – more so than usual. Basically, the network stopped working altogether. Not good. So, as usual, out came the setup CDs. And when it came to graphics software, I thought – why not have a look what else is free? And …

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Feb 16

HTTrack

HTTrack

HTTrack (or WinHTTrack, as the Windows version is known), is a free software offline browser. That is to say, it downloads a website to your hard drive, adjusts all the links so it doesn’t need the web server, and lets you view it offline.

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