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Awesome November 19, 2012 posted by

Global Village Construction Set – keeping civilization alive via free open source blueprints

Long time readers will know how passionate we are here about the open source movement in all its forms. For example, a couple of years ago we featured 21 of the Coolest Open Source Hardware Projects in the world, which included a great open source tractor for agricultural and industrial use. Well time moves on, and it seems the movement is growing stronger by the day. That little tractor has literally become a whole ecosystem designed to provide the building…


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Global Village Construction Set – keeping civilization alive via free open source blueprints
Bookmark This! November 9, 2012 posted by

Print Queue Cleaner – banish the dreaded Windows printer stall forever [Freeware]

OK, admit it. You hate those times when you try and cancel a print job in Windows and it just sits there stalled, don’t you? We do, especially when it stops us printing out again. Grrrr. What we can’t understand is why, four hundred years after the introduction of the Windows operating system, someone hasn’t…y’know….FIXED THE PROBLEM!!!!!???


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Print Queue Cleaner – banish the dreaded Windows printer stall forever [Freeware]
Bookmark This! November 7, 2012 posted by

Internet Off – because sometimes you just need a bit of peace and quiet [Freeware]

It’s a noisy place this Internet. Forums, social networks, comments, chat, video, news…it’s all go, on the go, 24/7. Which makes it a curse as well as a blessing. It’s no surprise that there’s a rise in the levels of procrastination around the globe, we’re all too busy checking stuff out to get on with real work. Or maybe that is real work? Anyway, the fact is sometimes it would be nice to be able to switch the whole thing…


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Internet Off – because sometimes you just need a bit of peace and quiet [Freeware]
Bookmark This! November 6, 2012 posted by

AeroFS – all the file sharing goodness of Dropbox without the limitations [Freeware]

At one point or another everyone has a need to share a file. Whether it’s sending a photo of the new baby to dear Aunt Maude, or circulating a document amongst work colleagues, it’s all the same problem. Modern files are typically too large to reliably send as attachments without a lot of work, and file sharing options like Dropbox are both vulnerable and limited because your files end up stored on their servers.


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AeroFS – all the file sharing goodness of Dropbox without the limitations [Freeware]
Bookmark This! November 5, 2012 posted by

Calme – free calendar and planner maker is perfect for organizing your life [Freeware]

It’s crazy out there. All that rushing around doing busy. No time to think, but no point in complaining either, because we’re all happy runners on the treadmill, eh peeps? Luckily there’s lots of tools out there to help us cope with our bizarre lifestyle choices, and if they’re free and easy to use, so much the better.


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Calme – free calendar and planner maker is perfect for organizing your life [Freeware]
Bizarre November 2, 2012 posted by

8 Bizarre Android Apps You Probably Shouldn’t Show Your Boss

One of the truly great things about smartphones is they can be used for literally everything. Yes really. You probably didn’t realize this but alongside the usual cluster of radios for GPS, wireless networking, GSM calls, FM radio et al, there are some hidden sensors which no-one talks about, and which confer extraordinary powers on your handset in amazing ways. Follow us inside as we explain all.


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8 Bizarre Android Apps You Probably Shouldn’t Show Your Boss
Bookmark This! November 2, 2012 posted by

FlicFlac Audio Converter – tiny program quickly converts your audio files [Freeware]

We love freeware programs here on the Ferret, but more than that even, we love teeny tiny freeware programs. Specifically because these small parcels of code tend to offer a highly focused set of functions and do away with all the bloat and install trauma you get with commercial programs.


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FlicFlac Audio Converter – tiny program quickly converts your audio files [Freeware]
Free Software November 1, 2012 posted by

The Bizarre Reality of My Top 30 ‘Essential’ Android Apps

There are 365 Android apps installed on the Samsung Android smartphone sitting here in front of me…how on earth did that happen? And more to the point, what are they worth to my life? The fact is that most of us carry around an unfeasibly large number of sophisticated computer programs on our modern phones, but can we really say they’re useful or valuable? I recently sat down to evaluate which of my installed apps were important, and came to…


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The Bizarre Reality of My Top 30 ‘Essential’ Android Apps
Bookmark This! October 31, 2012 posted by

How to Stop Your e-Books Being Deleted by Amazon

Amazon seems to have a nasty habit of thinking it can pop along and delete user’s legitimately purchased e-books from their Kindle reader whenever it feels like it, and it’s starting to annoy a few people. It may well be ‘legal’ in respect of the Amazon terms and conditions when you buy your Kindle and/or e-books, but it’s certainly not ‘kosher’ as far as us ordinary mortals are concerned. I buy a book, I don’t expect you to come to…


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How to Stop Your e-Books Being Deleted by Amazon
Bookmark This! October 31, 2012 posted by

WiFi Protector – easy instant protection from wireless hackers [Freeware]

You don’t have to look far to find lots of horror stories about ID theft, phishing and malware attacks on unsuspecting WiFi users. Sure, some of them are designed to generate more cash for the security business, but that doesn’t alter the fact that it’s generally a pretty hostile place out there if you’re not careful. Current solutions typically involve the installation of various complicated programs to protect your computer, but up till now there hasn’t been a really comprehensive…


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WiFi Protector – easy instant protection from wireless hackers [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 30, 2012 posted by

Dolphin Emulator – turn your PC or Mac into a Nintendo Wii for free [Freeware]

  The Nintendo Wii turned the console gaming world on its head when it introduced the idea of bringing arcade style controllers into the living room. Being able to play golf, tennis, or fishing with innovative controllers which let you putt, lob and cast just as you would do in real life was a real game changer. Of course that was then, and now the console is finding it difficult to compete with the latest in power titles on rival…


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Dolphin Emulator – turn your PC or Mac into a Nintendo Wii for free [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 29, 2012 posted by

Podtrans – banish iTunes and manage your music the easy way [Freeware]

There’s no getting away from it, you either love or hate iTunes, the Apple application for managing the media on your iPod or iPhone. If you’ve grown up with the program, you’ll probably forgive its little quirks, and an interface that can be somewhat bewildering. But for newcomers to Apple devices, iTunes can be frustrating, especially when it’s such an integral part of the Apple experience.


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Podtrans – banish iTunes and manage your music the easy way [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 26, 2012 posted by

Shield Attack – you, your PC and your phone against the aliens [Freeware]

The Nintendo Wii started the mass market trend for innovative controllers on console games, followed by the Microsoft Kinect system, and ever since then companies have been falling over themselves to deliver cool new ways to control and play games. But if you’re not a console person, you may have felt left out. Until now.


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Shield Attack – you, your PC and your phone against the aliens [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 16, 2012 posted by

Super Missed Call – take control of your missed phone calls [Freeware]

What is it with mobile phone companies? Why do they make the ringing period so short? Is it because they want us to make more calls or is it genuinely some technical issue? Whatever the reason, the amount of times people miss a call because it takes too long to retrieve the phone from pocket or bag must be huge, and it’s really annoying.


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Super Missed Call – take control of your missed phone calls [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 9, 2012 posted by

ProxTube lets you access YouTube videos from restricted regions [Freeware]

Restricted regions are a pain in the rear, especially since it’s usually because of some lawyerly action a million miles away from our need to watch the latest video from our fave artist. Why won’t these guys get it, more views equals more incentive to purchase? Sigh. Anyway, thankfully there’s a growing list of tools you can use to get round the restrictions.


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ProxTube lets you access YouTube videos from restricted regions [Freeware]

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