I’ve released the BETA of my handy little tool for Windows which allows you to change your wallpaper images, not only just at random, but it will also adjust the images for a Day / Night cycle which can be set to any time of the day. LAWC stores the library of pictures catalogued from user selected folders, and will select randomly from those images.
It also supports multi-monitors, showing different images on each screen, as well as many more features.
Best of all, its FREE!! But feel free to support me, and the application, by Donating whatever $ you can spare.
Click here to Read More about, and Download LAWC…
Ive been meaning to post up a list of the great (completely) free apps out there…. and here it finally is…
- http://ninite.com/ This site / tool is great! You just tick off all the FREE apps you want to install, then download the installation tool. This little program will download and install all of the software you ticked off, skipping unwanted toolbars, ads, and other annoying stuff. It will also automatically skip things that you have already installed. The programs in Ninite that I reccommend are:
- Chrome Browser
- Auslogics – Disk Defragmenter
- CDBurnerXP – for burning CDs / DVDs
- Classic Start – a Start Button for Windows 8 users
- Skype – well, a lot of people seem to use it
- VLC – video / audio player that doesn’t require any Codecs to be installed
- Audacity – if you want a good sound file editor (MP3, Wav, etc)
- Media Monkey – Music / Video organiser (like iTunes but with much more)
- Java – Needed for some other apps eg. LibreOffice
- .NET – Needed for some other apps (not necessarily in Ninite’s list)
- WinRAR – great for creating / opening compressed files of many types
- Inkscape – handy vector drawing program, similar to CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
- Adobe Reader – lots of PDFs out there
- LibreOffice – for editing / viewing word processing, spreadsheets, presentations etc (Similar to MS Office)
- PDFCreator – for creating PDF documents (incase the title wasnt obvious 😛 )
- Avast – Decent anti-virus software thats not too annoying. Just remember to turn off the sounds!
- MalawareBytes – a different sort of malware detection / scanning software. I usually check things with both an anti-virus program and MalawareBytes
- uTorrent – do you have to ask…. ?
- Evernote – great tool for managing notes, recipes, information. It will sync to lots of different devices (Android, iPhone, PC)
- Google Earth
- Steam – Great platform for browsing / buying games. Lots of free games on there too.
- DropBox – my preferred web storage too. Integrates very well into Windows 7 / 8
- HTC Home: This is a stylish weather / clock for your Windows desktop
- Coming Soon…..ish
Having trouble with your PC just not being as fast as it used to be? Personally, I reinstall the whole OS every 6-12 months, but I have a few friends who are a little daunted by that task, so Ive suggested a few things that might help clean up their computer. It’s a fairly regular question too, so for anyone stumbling upon this, here are a few good, cheap/free applications that should make your system run better without any (or little) out-of-pocket expense.
Also, I have tried many other applications, some of which have not helped, and others which have made things worse. These tend to be reliable and do what they say. BUT, of course make your your system is backed up to a memory stick, hard drive, or burnt DVD, before running these sorts of applications just in case the unforeseen happens. When was the last time you backed up your PC? (Now that I think about it, its been a few months for me…)
First things first, head into the Control Panel, and uninstall any programs you don’t use anymore… after that, try these to finish off the cleanup process:
With all of that, the machine should be a little snappier. After that, you could always overclock it! Once your PC is out of warranty (as overclocking can void warranties) then its a relatively easy way of getting 10-20% more power with very little, or no cost. Think of it like boosting the performance of the engine in your car…
Oh, one last word of advice, if you want to know more about how to do things Ive mentioned then just type it in to Google. Don’t forget, Google is Your Friend!