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There are thousands of compression tools available all across the internet. Many, like 7-Zip and WinZip, are incredibly popular for no particular reason. What makes 7-Zip better than PeaZip? What makes WinZip better than ALZip? Haozip is another one of those free compression tools, and like 7-Zip, is free and supports as many formats as could be.…Read More »
Each triangle you place gets you more points… but the screen fills up quickly! Link L shapes into rectangles of 3×2 or bigger, but beware that each rectangle then turns into another L–of a different color. This keeps you running and running, until the board inevitably fills up.…Read More »
My computer is slow and laggy. There’s not much I can do to help that, though, as it’s a mid-2010 laptop that had half of its RAM die within a year. However, what little I can do can be automated with Wise Game Booster: it’ll close programs, stop services, and overall optimize your system for you in just seconds.…Read More »
The future is here! Instead of coming in the form of hoverboards and hovercars, however, it came in the form of magic: the magic to unblur blurry photographs. For many years, computer scientists have been coming up with algorithms to deblur photographs, but none of them ever made it into a commercial product.…Read More »
There are a set of classic games that must be repeated on every platform before it can be considered a viable platform. There’s Tetris, of course, and Minesweeper. But then there’s also Lights Out. It’s a supposedly simple game, and with its simple logic, it’s even been created in Minecraft.…Read More »
The scene: a trade show. The time: ten minutes before it starts. The problem: you’re supposed to be flipping through a pile of graphics, but have no idea how. Suddenly, you remember a small program you read about named AutoTab. It’s designed to flip through every open window you have using Alt+Tab.…Read More »
Are you a fan of the real-world game Scrabble, or the Facebook game Words with Friends? Try WordFeud. Building on the everlasting classic, WordFeud adds twists like random boards, push notifications, multiple languages, and more.
Everyone knows at least the basics of Scrabble.…Read More »
Google Voice is an awesome Google service that lets you use one universal number with any telephone and line you might own–calling or texting. If you’re a user of this extremely convenient service, you might have been looking for a program that lets you text and listen to voicemail on your computer–and GVNotifier just might be that.…Read More »
Are you in need of an easy to use program to upload images to the web? MyImgur is a free tool that integrates with online image hoster Imgur to not only upload, but take screenshots and delete previously uploaded images.
MyImgur is definitely not the best looking of Imgur clients.…Read More »
Are you bad at math? Even if you aren’t, you’d still have a hard time converting 10 liters to US fluid ounces. With Unit Converter++, you can take away the pain of number crunching and convert units in seconds flat. Just select a category, a beginning unit, an ending unit, and a value.…Read More »
Every file on your computer is way larger than it really needs to be. That’s because there’s a tradeoff between bandwidth, storage space, and processing power, and processing power usually wins. If you’re looking for a way to save drive space or bandwidth, compressing them as much as possible is a good place to start, and File Optimizer can do that for you.…Read More »
Looking for an easy way to resize your images? In Windows, there is none by default. The only way to resize images is to open them in Paint, scale them, and save them. Once you install Free Image Resizer, however, that all changes: you’ll get two context menu items and a full program to let you resize images however you need.…Read More »
Read stunning photo blogging on your Windows 8 computer or tablet with the official Big Picture app [Windows 8]
The internet is full of many wonderous things, not the least of which is a bevy of photo blogs. Of those photo blogs, however, one stands out: The Big Picture. This photo blog, run by Boston.com, is nothing short of amazing.…Read More »
Are you a fan of Linux, and its incredibly easy to use Terminal-based package management? Installing programs on Linux is as easy as a single command. With Chocolatey, you can bring that easy installation to your Windows computer.
With Chocolatey, you just run a few commands:
- clist [program name].
Are you a huge fan of the 2D falling block game also known as “Tetris”? If you are, you probably love that we’ve been covering a lot of Tetris-like games recently. Blockability 3d is yet another one of those: it’s Tetris, in 3D.…Read More »
Are you getting a consistently weak wireless signal? Do you find that there are tons of wireless networks around you? WifiInfoView, the latest tool from NirSoft, is a free tool to view all of the WiFi networks around you, and detailed information about them.…Read More »
By this point in life, you must be familiar with the game of Tetris. If you’re not, it’s the game of falling blocks in which one must attempt to stack up a full row of blocks. Doing so causes them to disappear–earning you more time before they reach the top.…Read More »
Looking for a way to make cut, copy, and paste more useful? Consider this: when designing Windows, Microsoft completely overlooked pasting clipboard data as a file. This means you can’t paste images or text documents to your desktop, and is quite annoying.…Read More »
Tappity-tappity-tappity tap. Wait a few seconds. Is that the process you go through every day to log into your computer? Booooring! Instead, log into your computer with a loud, annoying countdown timer and your favorite thumb drive. Predator can do that, and it can do it entirely free: lock and unlock your computer whenever you unplug and plug in your key.…Read More »
Do you have to type in a foreign language on an English keyboard? If you do, then you must hate accents with a bü®ñïñg ¶äß§îöñ. I know I would. Before, you’d have to memorize tons of totally intuitive Alt codes, or open up the clunky character map.…Read More »
Bzzt! The power goes out. That’s OK, you weren’t doing anything too important. Just power back on your computer, and–whaaaa?! Why are your desktop icons all wrong!?
Windows has an annoying habit of resetting your desktop icon layout if a fly lands on your volume key.…Read More »
Do you remember playing hangman in class instead of learning boring ol’ algebra? Now, you can play against your computer with Doodle Hangman Free! It’s a fun little game that lets you choose the category, so you actually might have a chance to win.…Read More »
Are you an avid downloader? You then might have experienced once or twice the annoyance of a supposedly fully downloaded file that actually got messed up while downloading. Some developers combat this by posting MD5 hashes on their websites: these are codes that are unique to each file, and can be used to verify downloads.…Read More »
Are you a fan of the crossword puzzle? I certainly am, so I was excited when I found Word Search on the Windows Store. It’s a free, singleplayer crossword app that features built-in lists with varying difficulties and a timer to keep you on track.…Read More »
Are you a fan of Windows’ Aero Snap, the feature where you can just drag windows to the tops or sides of your screen to maximize them? Many people are, but many others find it too limiting. With GridMove, there are no limits: you can set it up to move your windows almost anywhere.…Read More »
Encrypt files with open standards (i.e. non-proprietary file format) and ease with EncryptOnClick [Windows]
If you’re familiar with encryption programs, you’re probably also familiar how much of a pain it can be to have special software on every computer you want to access encrypted files on. EncryptOnClick is different: while it requires installation, its encrypted files can be easily decrypted with programs like 7-zip.…Read More »
Are you slightly afraid of having Java on your computer now that it’s been the subject to not just one, but two zero-day exploits of your computer’s security? JavaRa is the tool for you, allowing you to manually update, uninstall, or remove Java from startup.…Read More »
Are you looking for a plain, bare-bones notes app for Windows? ResophNotes provides a simultaneously clean-looking and featureful notes app that even synchronizes with Simplenote, a free online note synchronization account service.
The integration with Simplenote allows you to access your notes on the go with the official Simplenote app for Android and iOS.…Read More »
People don’t generally realize how much they depend on jotting things down until their desks are covered with little pickies of paper with unrecognizably blurred pencil smudges on them.If you’re one of those people, and you’re looking to upgrade to The Cloud, try CintaNotes.…Read More »
Do you enjoy reading your RSS feeds, or feel otherwise compelled to read them? Are you a fan of cloud feed synchronization services, especially Google Reader? Do you absolutely love the color pink? If you answered yes to all of those questions, Flux is no doubt the RSS reader for you.…Read More »
There are boring, simple puzzle games. Then there are wacky, complicated puzzle games. But probably the most interesting of all is the category of puzzle game that appears to be incredibly simple, but turns out to be extremely devious. Blueprint, a game in which you need to connect all the points over the dotted lines without going over any of them twice, falls into that last category.…Read More »
You’re watching a movie on your laptop. It’s 3am, so of course you have your headphones in. Suddenly, you realize it’s Transformers, and you just got to the explosion scene! If you didn’t have Sound Lock installed, your ears would probably be dead by now.…Read More »
What would you say if I told you I could give you three new monitors… for free? Though it’s not exactly the same thing, nSpaces certainly helps give you more space for windows using the idea of virtual desktops.
If you’re a Linux or Mac OS X user, you probably already know all about virtual desktops.…Read More »
Imgur is definitely the world’s greatest image hoster. However, to upload images to their site, you have to go all the way to your web browser and drag and drop the images onto the page. Don’t you wish it was simpler than that?…Read More »