Stories by Ian Harac

Neverball

Those in my age range of (mumble) may remember an old puzzle game featuring a real metal ball and a real wooden board with holes in it.

MDB Viewer Plus

MDB is the format used by Microsoft Access, one of the most popular databases in the world. Usually, a front end application of some type is used to - no pun intended - access the data. However, it can sometimes occur that you end up with a "naked" M...

Iolo System Mechanic 9

It is easy to use, with an elegant interface and an extraordinary degree of customisability and fine control. Unfortunately, System Mechanic 9 has one issue that could cost some time.

Game Booster

Back in the 1980s, gamers would laboriously hand-edit autoexec.bat files to squeeze every kilobyte of RAM they could from their cutting-edge 80286 boxes. Today, we have computers to do that for us. The free Game Booster frees you from special boot fl...

SpaceSniffer identifies hard drive hogs

"Where did all my space go?" This question has been asked by every computer user since the days of the 5.25" floppy (probably since the days of the ENIAC), and SpaceSniffer is a fast, free, easy, way to answer it. While SpaceSniffer in itself does no...

Plangarden

Plangarden is free software to help you lay out, plan and manage your vegetable garden. It does require that you take out a subscription to the Plangarden service, but this is only $20 a year, and there's a 45-day free trial.

Textmaker Viewer 2009

TextMaker Viewer 2009 contains no editing functionality, but does allow you to open, search, and copy text from a variety of common document formats, including .doc, .docx (Microsoft Office 2007), .rtf, and .odt (Open Document format, used by OpenOff...

Lucky's Puzzle Carnival

The Puzzle Carnival features three puzzles: the classic memory match game, a game in which you add colours to balls to form rows which then pop, and a game in which you juggle rows and columns of symbols to restore order.

JavaRebel

Edit-compile-test-edit-compile-test. This is the "software development cycle" all programmers know well, from "Hello World" onwards. JavaRebel is a JAR file which will allow you to skip directly from "edit" to "test" while eliminating "compile" (most...

MindRaider

MindRaider - a free mind-mapping software program - is one of those programs which looks like a nifty idea until you start trying to use it.

Dyson

Real-time strategy games have a fairly basic gameplay model: acquire resources, build units, swarm the enemy. Dyson, a freeware game from Dyson Games, strips the model to the very basics.

Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic is something almost unique in the world of free to play (F2P) MMORPGs. It's worth the price.

Digital Postman Pro

Digital Postman Pro is a straightforward program that allows you to put a document on your scanner (or load one from your hard disk), and then email it.

FastSum Standard

Can you be sure the file you burned on a CD burned correctly? Or that the version of a file floating around your office net is the same one you've got on your disk? With FastSum Standard, you can be.

Drive Manager

Drive Manager is a nice little utility which becomes more useful the more drives - including USB keys and the like - you use regularly.

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Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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