Useful Links


There are a couple of interesting child pages, so don't forget to check them out, via the site menu.


Free Printable Graph Paper - includes a virtual version as well


Noisli - Improve Focus and Boost Productivity with Background Noise - does what it says and very well too
Hipstersound | Ambient noise generator to create a positive work environment - an alternative

Untested Software

This is software I am aware of and that should be good but I have not used:

Web Browsers

How do browsers work (2012) -
What do the different browsers support - Can I use... Support tables for HTML5, CSS3, etc
Handy testing site from Microsoft - Interoperability, Browser & Cross-Platform Testing : Microsoft Edge Dev
See how you are tracked - Lightbeam for Firefox — Mozilla


Notepad++ -
Handy Directory Sizing - WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
The Linux version of WinDirStat is called "kdirstat" and should be available via your package manager
PE Studio - winitor for Malware Analysis


Handy support details - Support Details | Tech Support Management

Web Site Icons

Icons for iOS and Android -
More Detail re iOS -

Network Tools

Website link, IP and redirect info - Domain Name Data -
What is my IP Address -
What is my IP - (preferred)
Working out Subnets and Masks like -
DomainTools has an excellent WhoIs service -
Comprehensive tools -
IP Address -
Mail Testing - -
BT Speed Test - complete with some good advice for testing
NetFlix Speed Test - Internet Speed Test |



Geo Location

IP Address Labs -
IP Address to Location -

Internet Access

SamKnows - Broadband Availability Checker

Dates and Times

Time zone conversion -
Convert to/from milliseconds - Current Millis ‐ Milliseconds since Unix Epoch

Useful Articles

Window Logon Issue Diagnosis - is a useful article on using SysInternals Process Monitor to diagnose logon issues.
Making a Wi-Fi Hotspot - How to turn your Windows laptop into a WiFI Hot Spot | Dell UK more easily done with your phone

Software Development

Windows 8 Phone App Development -
Storing Passwords - Serious Security: How to store your users’ passwords safely | Naked Security

Stress or Load Testing

Intel Processor Diagnostics Tool -
Older SysInternals tools -, I recommend using the -c parameter with testlimit, the memory tool, -c with a suitable number stops it grabbing all the memory which can render your machine unusable!
See also Consume in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit

Web Site Testing - Welcome to the wonderful world of Web Performance
WebPagetest - Website Performance and Optimization Test

Windows 10

Download for Installing - Windows 10

Windows 7

Wireless Networking -

English Language

The Apostrophe -

Shell Scripts

Bash Guide -
Portable Shell Scripts -
Making Bash Scripts Portable -

Software Analysis

PEStudio, used in anti-malware - winitor


Security Tools

Security Tools Top 10 (2013) - – The Hackers Arsenal Tools » 2013 Top Security Tools as Voted by Readers
MD5 File - HTML5 File Hash Online Calculator - MD5, SHA1, SHA2 (SHA-256), SHA-384, SHA-512
Security Planner - gives some good security advice


SSL Labs - Qualys SSL Labs - Projects / SSL Server Test
Symantec - SSL Toolbox
Hardeniuze, site testing - Hardenize: Comprehensive web site configuration test


CPU (Processor) Benchmarks - PassMark Software - CPU Benchmark Charts
SMART Hard Drive Status Utility - smartmontools
Using smartmontools blog page - Mike's Technology and Finance Blog: How To Detect a Failing Hard Drive

Phonetic Alphabet

NATO phonetic alphabet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

UK Motoring


Google Location history

AppData files

Linux uses AppData files to show application information.
Chapter 2. Upstream Metadata
AppData Specification


Dark corners of Unicode / fuzzy notepad


This is a file transfer format, however OpenAS2 Server Application is a useful open source product.

Disk Utilities

Linux based partition utility - GParted -- A free application for graphically managing disk device partitions, not use myself
Commercial disk/partition utility - Disk Management Software - Acronis Disk Director 12 which I heartily recommend


<input> - HTML | MDN - be sure to use the correct or best type
HTML Standard - the definitive spec on HTML 5
HTML5test - How well does your browser support HTML5? - test your browser


Relax-and-Recover - Linux Disaster Recovery - stumbled upon this, never used but looks interesting


Network West Midlands - Tram or National Express Midland Metro - Birmingham Trams
Stagecoach Supertram: home - Sheffield Trams
Every Journey Matters - Transport for London - TfL
Raildar - Historic train arrival times


How to start with Qt? | nidomiro - a good introduction
C++ Qt Programming - YouTube - some introduction videos


Alexa Top 500 Global Sites - most popular websites
Have I been pwned? Check if your email has been compromised in a data breach - "haveibeenpwned" is run by Troy Hunt, security researcher, so can be trusted
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Final text neatly arranged - for the full GDPR documentation

Sightseeing Ideas

Tower Bridge | London’s Famous Bridges | London Landmarks

Personal Security/Safety

Stay safe in London | The Met
Theft tactics: Be Aware of thieves' tactics | British Transport Police



Rail Map online - historical rail maps


Godot Engine - Free and open source 2D and 3D game engine

Remote Working

Home | mRemoteNG - colleagues have used this, looks worth trying
Remote Desktop Manager - Remote connection and password management software - installed on client's machines, commercial product, possibly worth a look


Picture Sheffield - Images of Sheffield from the council archive
Northern Powergrid | Power Cuts - check if you have an electrical power cut in Sheffield, Yorkshire or the North East


BMI healthy weight calculator - Health tools - NHS Choices


Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen | TED Talk

Audio Visual

Quod Libet is written in Python and uses a Python library for manipulating audio file metadata, specifically the tags, see Overview — mutagen for details.


Discord - Free Voice and Text Chat for Gamers - for gamers to replace Skype or TeamSpeak but can be used generally
Video Meetings, Video Conferencing, and Screen Sharing - Whereby (formally - meeting focused, supports screen sharing, either with a Chrome extension, or it just works in Firefox
Zoom - supports conferences
Firefox Send - for file sharing
Jitsi Meet - secure and free video conferencing

System Integration

The following sites might be useful for solutions you are building:


Specifically COVID-19