Megaupload 2.0 Secures Financing

October 26th, 2016

Apparently, there are still quite a few bugs to work out, but this is definitely an interesting effort to rehabilitate and re-purpose a former pirate file sharing site.

Megaupload, once the world’s largest file sharing site before it was taken down by the FBI, may make a comeback soon as the financing for Megaupload 2.0 has been secured recently. The funding campaign managed to reach the the minimum investment goal of €918.611 before it ended on October 24, 2016 with a total investment volume of €1.060.354.

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Behavioral Keyboard Privacy Add-On for Firefox

October 25th, 2016

It’s amazing to see the lengths that some web sites will go to in order to track the browsing habits of their users. It’s equally amazing to see the lengths that some users will go to in order to avoid be tracked.

Behavioral Keyboard Privacy is an experimental add-on for Mozilla Firefox that prevents you from being profiled based on how you type. Did you know that there are companies out there that track you based on how you type? They have developed methods that track your typing patterns; how fast you type, how long you dwell on keys, how long it takes for the next key to be pressed and so on.

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Google Intensifies Tracking: Check Your Privacy Settings

October 24th, 2016

If you’d rather not be served ads for everything that you search for and mention on Google, you might want to take a look at the privacy settings recommended by this article.

Google made a significant change to the company’s privacy policy recently which changes in a significant way how the company is tracking users on the Internet. Previously, the company kept its DoubleClick advertising engine apart from its core user services such as Gmail, Search or YouTube. While users could give Google consent to use the information for advertising, it required users to become active and opt-in for that.

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Firefox 49: Two New System Add-Ons to Fix Flash and Graphics Issues

October 21st, 2016

If you have automatic updates enabled for Firefox, then you probably already have these add-ons. But there’s also a way to check to see if they’re installed if you’re unsure.

Mozilla has started to distribute two new system add-ons for Firefox 49.0 and Firefox 49.0.1 to address two issues affecting Adobe Flash Player and graphics issues. The organization is working on Firefox 49.0.2 currently, but made the decision to release two new patches for the current stable version of Firefox as system add-ons to address issues that users are affected by. System add-ons are like hotfixes. They can be pushed out to all Firefox users who have automatic updates enabled to fix issues of the browser. That’s usually a lot faster than having to create a new build of Firefox.

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How to Fix Resolving Host (DNS) Issues on Windows

October 20th, 2016

A quick primer on DNS lookup issues, and four basic solutions for dealing with DNS problems …

Sometimes when you are using your computer you may experience issues when trying to connect to specific sites, services or using specific programs. Depending on the program in question, you may get a status message such as “resolving host” or something similar. Google Chrome for instance may display that message in the status bar when you connect to sites, while Firefox displays “looking up” instead. While the issue may be limited to individual sites or programs, it may also be the case that it is affecting any program or site on the device.

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Restore the Control Panel Link in Windows 10’s Win+X Menu

October 19th, 2016

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here, but I hate it when new software versions either take away or hide useful capabilities that were easily available in previous versions of that software. Fortunately, there’s usually a way around situations like that though.

Microsoft added the Windows-X menu to Windows 8 in an effort to bring back some of the missing start menu links that it removed when it redesigned the start menu. The Windows 8 or Windows 10 start menu does not contain a link to the Control Panel for instance. The most likely explanation is that Microsoft removed it because it wants to move all Control Panel items to the new Settings application eventually.

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Firefox Blocks Weak Diffie-Hellman Keys

October 18th, 2016

If you manage a web site that supports encryption, it’s time to make sure that your Diffie-Hellman keys are up to snuff.

Mozilla announced on September 30, 2016 that it made the decision to enforce stronger Diffie-Hellman keys in the Firefox web browser. Firefox users who visit websites that use weak — now less than1023 bits — will see a connection error message in the web browser instead of the actual site.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins October 2016

October 17th, 2016

Here’s a quick summary of the fixes and changes included in last weekend’s Microsoft Security Bulletins.

Microsoft released updates for supported operating systems and other company products on today’s patch day. This guide provides you with information on the patches and related information. It covers all security and non-security updates that Microsoft released, plus additional information and links that may prove useful. It begins with an executive summary highlighting the most important information about the October 2016 Patch day.

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Windows Upgrade Error Codes Decrypted

October 14th, 2016

When you run into a problem while upgrading Windows, it definitely helps to be able to see what the error code is trying to tell you.

So you tried to upgrade your Windows machine to Windows 10 and it did not work. Got the cryptic error code 0x80070070 thrown at you, for instance when you check the Event Viewer, but have no idea what it means. A search on the Internet shows that other users experienced the same issue, but most of what is suggested is guesswork. Did you know that these error codes follow a specific pattern that you can easily decrypt? It is actually pretty easy provided that you know where to look for the information.

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HP Releases Printer Firmware to Undo Non-HP Ink Cartridge Blocking

October 13th, 2016

This firmware fix would be seen as a much more positive move, if HP would promise their customers that this will never happen again.

HP angered many of its customers in September 2016 when a previously released firmware update for company printers would block non-HP ink cartridges from working. HP designed the update to come into effect on September 13, 2016; shortly thereafter, users reported issues with ink cartridges on Internet forums and sites. The issues were widespread and large media companies and organizations like the BBC reported on the issue.

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