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Old 18-08-2016, 17:37   #381
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I don't use the Ambify app very often it is the Phillips h-u-e main app I use with the lights mostly. Each light bulb is wifi enabled and communicates with the small round base unit which plugs into your router. Each bulb is numbered but I renamed all my bulbs to indicate where they were e.g. lounge lamp 2. You can then change the colour, saturation and brightness of the lights individually or in groups through the Phillips hue app.

The hue app has some interesting features. Once you have all the lights the way you want them you can save them to a colour scheme for your bedroom where you have your king size bed and activate it at the touch of you ipad screen. Pictures can be imported from your camera roll or you can even download user created colour schemes from their website (or upload your own). You can drag numbered light bulb icons around any picture and the lights will change to reflect that part of the picture. So if you want a sunset themed colour scheme, using a picture of a sunset is a good starting point. If that sounds cool then i can assure you it really is. One thing I would say is that if you plan to get these lights it is important to have white-ish coloured walls and ceilings. I recently moved into a flat and knew I wanted to get the Phillips Hue light bulbs so planned accordingly. I hope this answers your question.
Hue App is very intuitive to use.
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Old 10-09-2016, 16:25   #382
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mHotspot - free software which converts your windows laptop into a virtual wifi router to create a secure wifi hotspot for other devices. Can also be used as a wifi extender.

Features :
  • Connect up to 10 devices to the hotspot
  • You can set your own hotspot name without any restrictions
  • Share any type of Internet Connection (LAN, Ethernet,3G/4G,Wifi etc)
  • Android phones, ipads, PDAs, tablet-pcs and other devices can access
  • See the details of the connected device (Name, Ip Address, Mac Address)
  • See the network usage (Upload and Download Speed, Transfer Rates)
  • Secures your wireless hotspot with WPA2 PSK password security
  • Set max. number of devices that can be connected (upto 10 devices)
  • Extends your Wifi range (Acts as a repeater)
  • Works with Windows 7,8 and 10
(And here's the manual method for command line users).

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Old 12-09-2016, 18:35   #383
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Beware of the installation of that, and the possible inadvertent installation of ****ware by simply clicking 'Next'...



Useful software though. Will be using it (or similar) next month as the campsite I'll be on charges Wifi by the device.

Edit: Poo.


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Old 12-09-2016, 18:58   #384
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Highly recommend VPNMyWay https://vpnmyway.wordpress.com/

Solves a lot of omissions in VPN control that should be in Windows.
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Old 14-09-2016, 12:22   #385
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I'm after a DIY app and thinking about it, it must exist and thinking more I'm guessing it could easily be done with a couple of separate apps designed for other things but .......

I want to take a picture of an area of my daughters bedroom. An area where I want to build some shelving.

I'd like to be able to have the picture in the app, add dimensions and also add a basic line drawing of the shelving again with dimensions.

So I guess a photo editing app designed for DIY and design that can help me visualise what I want building.
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Old 14-09-2016, 13:41   #386
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This list suggests Home 3D. Its not free, but only £6
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Old 14-09-2016, 18:18   #387
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Before you spend your money - I got this app a couple of months ago because I've got a chance to design the floor plan of our new house and this app lets you do that in 2D (dimensions of rooms erc) then go into 3D mode and see what your creation looks like.

It's a good app (7.5 out of 10) but it's limited and by the sounds of your description DuncanS, won't give you what you want. It's got no photo import function etc
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Old 05-10-2016, 06:55   #388
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I know this must exist somewhere... I have a desktop with 2 monitors and a laptop with its screen. I want to extend my laptop to a multi monitor setup without cables - anyone know such software? I had one that would do mouse in that manner ages ago, so gotta be one for display too, right?!!
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:37   #389
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http://www.techradar.com/news/comput...-setup-1085125

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we're going to try a free option called ZoneScreen from www.zoneos.com.

This uses a little trick that's employed by many screen cloning tools: using a virtual display driver to create a virtual Windows screen.

With a special build of the VNC client, it's then possible to duplicate this virtual extended Windows screen over a network onto another system.
So depending on your network, might be too slow? OK for light use, but not for video editing, for example.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:53   #390
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That sounds perfect - gotta play with a few excel docs so will def give that a try! Thanks
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Old 23-12-2016, 15:07   #391
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This is a good guide - perfect for beginners, and also useful for us oldies that look after the devices of our friends/family and can remember using Norton Disc Doctor to fix floppies. A few (newish?) apps here that I hadn't heard of.

Which programs should I install when setting up Windows 10?
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Old 23-12-2016, 16:00   #392
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PSI is a decent program I'd never heard of before so I shall be trying that.
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Old 30-12-2016, 07:09   #393
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Adobe reader, Vlc player, win rar, microsoft office, Netlimitter, Easus data recovery, Bigasoft/xillisoft video converter, KMSpico etc...are my favorite choices.
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Old 19-02-2017, 09:18   #394
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Not worth its own thread, but useful -

Disable banner ads in Skype for Windows
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Anyone use NiNite ? And is there a recommended list of what to install with it
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Old 24-04-2017, 07:18   #396
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The programs to install is your own personal preference ... loads of people will suggest 'Open Office' but you might hate it and want/have MS Office, or Chrome but you want Firefox.
Driver8 posted a good guide on useful software (assuming you have Windows 10) - see post #391. Some in that list aren't in Ninite, but are still useful to have.
'The usual suspects' are Chrome, Avast, MalwareBytes, 7zip, VLC, Handbrake, FileZilla, Notepad++, Paint.Net, Teamviewer, ImgBurn, WinDirStat, Foxit Reader, CutePDF, Search Everything.

Not there, but I'd recommend Adobe Reader, Aomei Backupper (or Macrium Reflect), Classic Shell (if you miss the start button), FreeFileSync, Nitro PDF, TimeSnapper, and CD Burner XP.
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Only just heard of this -

FBackup is a free data backup software

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  • It’s free for personal and commercial purposes
  • Automatic backups
  • Backup with standard zip compression
  • Exact copies of files
  • Protection against WannaCry & other ransomware
  • Multiple backup destinations
  • Backups in the Cloud (Google Drive or Dropbox account)
  • Backup plugins
  • Backup open files
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Blender 2.8 has recently been released, and is a massive overhaul and upgrade to the program (it might as well be Blender 3). A new interface which makes it much easier to use, and a ridiculous amount of powerful new features. I'm genuinely blown away.

If you are even slightly creative in any visual medium then it seems like this program can get what you want done. The biggest new feature is the inclusion of a complete 2D animation studio, as well as a real-time rendering engine. And it's flippin' FREE.

https://www.blender.org/




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Old 14-09-2019, 08:38   #399
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LifeHacker roundup - Benchmark Your Graphics Card With These Apps
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Can highly recommend this file renamer - works like a dream ! I was able to rename a load of badly named bank statements to a proper date format and strip out xs chars in just a few seconds. Very intuitive 'rule' system.

den4b ReNamer

Looks like den4b do a few more apps too -
  • Shutter - scheduler
  • Colors - colour picker
  • Resizer - batch resize images
  • RandPass - password generator (option to use actual words)
  • Hasher - file integrity
  • Hooker - keyboard logger (?!)
  • CPUmon - realtime CPU
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