Archive for January, 2017

Page Not Found? Load Archived Copies with Wayback Machine for Chrome

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Wayback Machine isn’t just a very useful website, now it’s also a Chrome extension.

Wayback Machine is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that detects page error codes to suggest to access archived copies of the page. There is a saying that the Internet won’t forget a thing, and that it is difficult to impossible to remove content from the Internet completely. While that is the case, it is no rare occurrence that Internet users encounter deleted, redirected or temporarily unavailable pages or entire sites.

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Windows 10 Creators Update – New Options to Defer Updates

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to wait a day or two after a new update is released, just to see what kind of bugs other users are reporting before going ahead with the update.

Microsoft is working on improving the updating options of some editions of its Windows 10 operating system currently that provide users with better options to defer updates. The option to defer updates in current versions of Windows 10 is limited in several regards. First, it is only available if the Windows 10 edition is Pro, Enterprise or Education.

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Chrome to Throttle Expensive Background Pages

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Although this sounds like a good idea in many ways, the possibility of impacting notification services and messengers does seem like a serious drawback.

Google plans to roll out a change in Chrome Stable soon that will have the browser throttle timers in background tabs to improve battery life and browsing performance. The motivation behind the chance is that some pages consume a lot of CPU when they are in the background. Google mentions JavaScript advertisements and analytics scripts explicitly but it is not limited to that.
The core idea is to limit the processing power that background tabs get in Chrome once the feature lands.

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How to Change Firefox’s Sandbox Security Level

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Here’s an interesting trick …

One of the major improvements that comes along with Firefox’s new multi-process architecture is sandboxing to improve the browser’s security. The multi-process rollout is chugging along nicely, but it will still take at least months before it is enabled by default for all, or at least the majority, of Firefox Stable users. Electrolysis, Firefox’s multi-process architecture, is the prerequisite for Firefox’s sandboxing feature as it makes use of child processes to establish security boundaries.

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Windows 10 Version 1607 Update KB3211320

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

This latest update is definitely a big one, but so far, there isn’t much information available to describe exactly what it does.

Microsoft has released KB3211320 for Windows 10 Version 1607 today through Windows Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog service today. The Knowledgebase page of the update is not live yet, which makes it difficult to find out what it is all about.

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Microsoft – Windows 10 Hardening Against 0-Day Exploits

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Windows 10 does indeed do a fine job with security issues … but I still wish they could learn to resist the temptation to tweak my Start Menu and Task Bar every three or four upgrades or so.

One key focus of Microsoft when it comes to promoting the company’s latest operating system Windows 10 is to hammer home that Windows 10 is better for security. The company published a blog post recently on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog which exemplified that by analyzing how Windows 10 handled two 0-day exploits, or better, how it protected customer systems from those exploits.

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How to Update Intel Hardware Drivers

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Although there’s a lot to be said for the old, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” philosophy, it’s still nice to know how this is done … just in case.

Intel Driver Update Utility is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to search for, download, and install Intel driver updates. It is usually a good idea to keep drivers up to date, especially if newer drivers improve the old or add new features that you may be interested in. While there is certainly something to “never change a running system” as well, driver updates may improve a component’s performance, stability or other parameters such as temperature.

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This is Firefox’s Upcoming Permissions System

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Here’s a quick summary of the changes that are coming to Firefox’s permissions system …

Back in mid-2016 we gave you a glimpse of the new permissions system that Mozilla was working on at the time for its Firefox web browser. Mozilla worked on it a bit more in the meantime, and plans to launch an updated version of it soon that improves the user interaction with permissions in several ways.

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Chrome Annoyance – New Tabs No Longer Added to Tab Bar

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

If you’re in the habit of keeping a lot of tabs open in Chrome, you’ve probably noticed this too. Fortunately, there are a number of extensions that can correct this issue …

If you have a medium number of tabs open in a Google Chrome window, you may experience that new tabs that you open in the browser are not shown at all anymore in the interface. One big annoyance of Google Chrome is the browser’s tab display behavior in my opinion. Chrome reduces the size of tabs as you open more just like any other browser, but instead of enabling scrolling when tabs cannot be minimized anymore, the browser simply stops showing those new tabs in its interface.

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