Mike Williams

Quickly find Unicode symbols with SymbSearch

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Need to enter a Unicode symbol on your PC? Then launch the Character Map, find what you need to the clipboard and copy it to the clipboard. Sounds easy, right? Until you try it.

The reality is the Character Map gives you hundreds of characters to examine, organised in a way which doesn’t always match their purpose, and displayed in such a small font that you’ll barely be able to see some of them at all.

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TCP Monitor Plus is a portable network toolkit

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Portable network toolkit TCP Monitor Plus has had its first update since 2015, adding a snapshot feature and some handy display tweaks.

The program opens with a scrolling graph of network traffic, and assorted low-level stats on bandwidth, speeds, and packets sent and received.

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Upload videos to Facebook, YouTube, FTP, S3 with Movavi Share Online

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Movavi Share Online is a free application for quickly uploading images or video files to Facebook, YouTube, VKontakte, S3 and FTP.

Choose your upload destination and you’re able to set up authentication as usual: sign in to Google or Facebook, provide your FTP host name, user name and password, and so on.

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Check your PC for malicious shortcuts with Shortcut Scanner

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Shortcut Scanner is a free tool which scans your PC for potentially malicious shortcuts.

The program looks for multiple indicators. Does the shortcut point to PowerShell, cmd.exe or some other command prompt? Does it include dangerous keywords, have unusually long commands, is larger than 4KB in size?

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Cut, crop and rotate movies with Video Clip QuickTool

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Video Clip QuickTool is a simple utility for cutting, rotating and cropping individual digital video files. Installation is quick and hassle-free. There’s no adware, no bulky dependencies and the package takes minimal space on your hard drive.

Video Clip QuickTool’s interface is basic. There are no button-packed ribbon controls, no toolbars or function-packed dialogs -- it’s just a couple of video preview panes, with a scattering of buttons and controls.

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Opera 43 adds 'instant page loading', classic link selection

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Opera Software has released Opera 43 to the stable channel with enhanced performance-boosting tools and a welcome productivity tweak.

Instant page loading is a pre-rendering technology which attempts to predict URLs as you type, and starts to load the site in the background before you even hit enter.

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NirSoft releases LoadedDLLsView

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Freeware machine NirSoft has unveiled its latest system tool, LoadedDLLsView (32-bit version).

If you don’t know what the program does from the name then you’re not in the target audience, but essentially it scans all the running processes on your system, detecting and listing whatever DLLs they’re using.

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Artpip sets beautiful artworks as your desktop wallpaper

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Artpip is a free Windows and Mac app which sets your desktop background to a beautiful new artwork every day.

We’re not sure how large the library of images might be, but artists include Manet, Munch, Renoir, Whistler, Van Gogh, Gruner, Pissarro, Cezanne and more.

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Clean, secure and optimize your PC with Steganos Tuning PRO

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Steganos Tuning PRO is a PC maintenance suite for cleaning, optimizing and securing your PC. It’s a commercial product, and pricey at $49.95 for a year, although that does at least cover you for 3 devices.

The program offers all the core functions you’d expect: junk file removal, Registry cleaning and defragging, startup program control, automatic updates for applications and drivers, tuning of Windows settings, power optimizations, a defragger for your hard drives, and more.

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Detect missing software updates with UCheck

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RogueKiller developer Adlice Software has released a beta of UCheck, a simple software update-checker and application manager.

The program supports around 40 packages, including 7-Zip, CCleaner, Chrome, Firefox, Flash, GIMP, iTunes, Java, LibreOffice, Malwarebytes Anti-malware, OpenOffice, Opera, Skype and VLC Media Player.

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LightBulb reduces eye strain by shifting screen gamma over time

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LightBulb is a f.lux-like application which smoothly adjusts screen gamma to make colors seem warmer at night, reducing eye strain and making your PC more comfortable to use.

Install the program and it goes to work automatically, detecting your location, figuring out the sunrise and sunset time and updating your display color temperature to match.

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Bing Wallpaper updates your desktop with Bing's image of the day

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Bing Wallpaper is an open-source application which sets your wallpaper as Bing’s image of the day, then keeps it up-to-date.

Download, unzip and run BingWallPaper.exe and it immediately updates your wallpaper, displays a notification and minimizes to your system tray.

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Optimize images for the web with pingo

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Pingo is a free PNG and JPEG optimizer which supports both lossless and lossy compression. There are plenty of similar tools around, but pingo stands out from the competition in several ways -- some good, some not.

The program is a compact 521KB download, unpacking to a single executable which you must run from the command line.

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Winstep Nexus and Xtreme updated to 17.10

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Winstep Software Technologies has updated its flagship products, Winstep Xtreme and Winstep Nexus, to version 17.10.

Winstep Xtreme, the company’s powerful set of desktop applications, gains a new Moon Phases module which shows you how the moon will appear on any day of the month.

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DevDocs offline API browser now available for desktops

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Last month we wrote about DevDocs for Chrome, a free extension which gives access to API documentation for around 200 programming languages and technologies.

Now an unofficial Electron-based applet, DevDocs, brings the service specifically to the desktop, with downloads available for Windows, Linux and Mac.

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