It’s been around for almost 40 years, yet the arcade classic Space Invaders is still hugely popular, the inspiration behind an array of new games on every possible platform.
This isn’t always a good thing. Many games use the name, but don’t bear any resemblance to the original. Others require bulky installations or "in-app purchases" before you can really get started.
First appearing back in Windows Vista, the Windows Experience Index is a performance rating covering your CPU, RAM, disk, 2D and 3D graphics.
The WEI disappeared from Control Panel in Windows 8.1, but if you need a quick benchmark -- or are just curious how your new PC compares to the old one -- it’s easy to find.
Parental controls are often regarded as a premium extra by security companies, and are only bundled with their most expensive high-end suites.
If you’re working on a budget then it could make more sense to opt for a specialist tool, and Kaspersky Safe Kids Free gives you a lot for no cost at all.
Web servers can be complex, with many modules to install and a lengthy list of settings to figure out.
Devd is an open source http server for 64-bit Windows, OS X and Linux, which proves it doesn’t have to be that way. The program arrives as a single executable, no other dependencies or modules required. Just unzip it and you’re ready to go.
Ashampoo has announced that its application remover Ashampoo Uninstaller is now free for anyone to download and use.
It may not look that way when you install it -- there are still prompts for license keys -- but register with your email address and you’ll get a free key immediately.
Fractal generators have been around for a very long time, but most of them just provide yet another way to produce the same Mandelbrot-based imagery we’ve seen so many times before.
Mandelbulber is different, because not only does it give you more formulae to play with, but it also renders your creations in spectacular 3D.
Set up Windows for a dual-monitor system and your mouse cursor should move smoothly from one display to the next.
This brings real advantages, but you may also notice a few issues, because the cursor doesn’t just stop at the edge of the screen any more. It’s all too easy to move to a scroll bar, or some other control at the far side of one display, and find your mouse cursor overshoots to the other screen.
PC too slow, possible malware infection, just not behaving as it should? Then you'll probably launch Task Manager or something similar to figure out what’s going on.
Sounds great, until you find 50 or more cryptically-named background processes and realize you’ve barely any idea what most of them do.