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System Silencer controls what happens when you leave your computer

I was actually unsure whether to call System Silencer freeware or shareware. While the application itself is free, there are "extras" that are only sent to "donors." It's not crippled in any way, it doesn't nag you, and none of the extras are vital per se. I still decided to go with shareware, as it is obviously an application that's expected to generate some revenue. But the way the developer...

PerformanceTest by PassMark lets you benchmark and compare your system

"I need a new computer!" is a cry often heard by parents and system administrators alike. But often, the problem isn't in the hardware – if the user isn't an avid gamer or using a really ancient system, more often than not the problem is a crudded-up Windows installation (yes, I know, "this doesn't happen on Linux"). Proving to your user/kid that the hardware isn't the problem is often...

Divvy makes window management a snap on your Mac

The window management tools in Windows and OS X were created at a time when average screen sizes were a fraction of what they are now, and yet it seems there has been very few changes to how they work. Probably the biggest evolution is Windows 7's ability to snap windows to the sides or top and bottom of your screen and resize them accordingly. While Macs don't have a feature like that built-in,...

Listary 2 adds "universal text editing" functionality and more

Listary is a quick-search utility that I first heard about back in February. Back then, I wasn't too impressed with it. However, Listary's developers have been hard at work, and they have recently released version 2.0 -- which has some nifty new features. While I cannot find a change log listing all of the new features, at least one feature is certainly worthy of mention. You can now use Listary...

What the Zuk: an ode to Total Commander

What the Zuk is a (very) occasional feature, in which I review software that I have been using for many years, and which is instrumental for my work. These are the first tools I install on every new system, the reliable work-horse applications I turn to for every need. In every installment I will try to explain what makes this particular program special, and why I find it so vital for my...

Total Commander 7.55 RC1 is out, now faster than ever

Christian Ghisler just published Total Commander 7.55 RC1. This is very exciting news for all Total Commander users, of which there should probably be more. I've been using Total Commander for years now -- since the time it was still called Windows Commander. But rather than wax nostalgic, let me tell you about the single coolest feature in this new release: It is fast. I mean fast. Christian...

Snagit 10 Is Here: Screenshot Tour and Giveaway!

Let's start with the part you all want to hear: TechSmith is celebrating Snagit's tenth version, and so has graciously provided ten Snagit 10 license keys for us to give away to DLS readers! So if you want one, just leave a comment and you may have a chance to win. You have until 11:59PM EST Thursday 13 May to enter the competition. Full terms and conditions follow. Open to legal US...

qStatus licensing model might be more interesting than the app itself

qStatus is a reasonable-looking piece of shareware. It lets you update your Twitter and Facebook status from the comfort of your desktop, via an interface which is far too elaborate for my tastes. It's all Aero Glass and slick and smooth, but I guess most people like that sort of thing. To be fair, I haven't tried it, and for all I know, it may be great or horrible (tell me in the...

Listary spruces up Windows find-as-you-type

Here's a Windows tip for you, in case you didn't already know it: If you open up an Explorer window and start typing up the first few letters of a folder or filename, selection will immediately jump there. It's magical! Apparently quite a few people don't know this trick, or at least that's what Listary developers seem to think. Listary takes this feature and basically puts a little UI on...

FeedDemon 3.1 brings serious performance and social improvements

Google Reader is really dominating in the world of RSS readers, but if you're looking for a desktop experience that has the best of what Google Reader offers, but a faster and more desktop-like experience on Windows, you definitely need to check out FeedDemon. The latest version of FeedDemon, newly release 3.1 offers some serious performance improvements from 3.0, which was a feature release that...

Giveaway: Altaro Oops!Backup is Time Machine for Windows

Let's start with a disclaimer: I'm strictly a Windows guy. Have never used a Mac. But I do know what Time Machine is supposed to do, and I was quite envious of my fellow Macheads when it was released. I have a serious backup fetish, and my combined backup strategy (remote + complete local mirroring) was lacking in just that one area -- intuitive versioning which stays out of your way but is...

Palm Pre Media Sync Showdown

Ever since Palm and Apple started their dance about the Pre's ability to sync with iTunes, I've been keeping an eye out for alternative ways to move media to my Pre. Over the last few weeks I've been putting three applications through their paces with my Pre to find a suitable workaround for this glaring omission on Palm's part: MarkSpace's GoGadget for webOS, Salling Software's Media Sync and...

Charadium brings charades to your iPhone and iPod touch

I'll admit I'm not a particularly avid gamer on my iPhone, however over the Christmas period I've found myself playing Charadium: a stylish take on the classic game Charades. Using the ngmoco Plus+ network, you play against friends (or complete strangers) and your task is to draw the prescribed word for other plays to guess. You each take it in turns to guess and draw, with players being...

EventSync - sync Facebook events to your Mac's iCal

It frustrates me that so many different services have a calendar function, and yet it's still a pain in the ass to make sure that my personal calendar is up to date. More often than not I find myself manually creating events using copy-and-paste, instead of the event being automatically created for me by whatever service I'm using. If you happen to be a Facebook Events user, a utility called...

Viewfinder brings powerful Flickr search to your Mac

Every now and then I find myself working on slides in Keynote and writing Download Squad posts - and struggling to find a suitable image. Of course, Flickr is the best way to find images - their clear licencing and Creative Commons support makes finding images fairly straight forward. However, getting the image into Keynote isn't entirely painless. The workflow of browsing search results, viewing...