Posts Tagged ‘portable software’

Fix Windows Display Quality Issues

Monday, November 21st, 2011

This is a pretty basic trick, but it can definitely come in very handy …

The display is without doubt one of the most important parts of a computer system. Display related issues, like blurry text, a bad refresh rate or colors that do not really match can impact a user’s work experience on a computer. Imagine having to work ten hours a day on a computer with blurry or difficulty to read fonts, not a nice prospect.

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DNS Benchmark, Speed Test DNS Servers

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Keep in mind that this is freeware, but it still looks like a useful tool for website managers …

One of the areas that a lot of computer users do not bother to optimize is the domain name server (DNS) of their Internet connection. A mediocre DNS not only slows down the connection speed on websites and Internet servers in general, but can also be the cause for connection issues and even censorship.

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Detect Alleged German State-Sponsored Trojan on Your PC

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Man, this story is so weird, that I really don’t know what to think of it … still kind of interesting though.

I have monitored news about the alleged German state-sponsored trojan closely ever since the German Chaos Computer Club posted information about it online. While there is not a definitive proof that it is indeed malware designed and operated by German police forces, it is definitely something that computer users need to be aware of.

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Free USB Guard – Never Forget Your USB Flash Drive Again

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I’m generally a little bit cautious about freeware and third party software, but this is definitely a pretty cool idea …

It is pretty easy to forget to remove an USB Flash drive or stick from a computer system on shutdown. Some devices are that small that it is easy to overlook them when shutting down a computer. While that’s not a big issue at home, it can very well be one if you happen to use public computers or computers at work. Maybe you have important data stored on the stick or drive like a password manager with all of your account passwords, or documents that are important for work or study.

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TunnelVision, Hide Part Of Your Screen

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

This is kind of an interesting idea … but it overlooks the fact that to a passer-by, the TunnelVision shrouded screen probably looks more ominous than any video you might be looking at.

Remember those pupils at school that would not let you peak at their work during class? They usually used their elbow and body to block your view. TunnelVision is more or less the modern adpotion of this century old practice, only that you are now in control of what others see on your computer monitor. Lets say you are working on some highly classified materials on your computer, or as a harmless variant, you are watching a video in one corner during work hours.

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Find Out Who’s Surfing on Your Wireless Network

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Many wireless routers will show you the same information, but still, this program sounds like an interesting way to check up on the security of your Wlan.

Many users nowadays connect to the Internet via Wlan. That’s handy for a number of reasons like being able to access the Internet from multiple locations without having to buy a 50 meter network cable and tug that around with you all the time.

Wireless networks have disadvantages as well, especially so if they are not well protected. Anyone in reach of the signal can theoretically try and “get in”. That’s obviously simple if the Wlan is not protected at all. Protected Wlans on the other hand can be attacked as well.

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How to Run Portable Google Chrome from a USB Flash Drive

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

This is a pretty cool trick … I’m not sure if I’d ever have a reason to use it, but it’s still a pretty cool trick.

It just takes a quick download, a few steps and one USB flash drive to run Google Chrome with your personal extensions and settings on any Windows computer. This article will demonstrate how to setup portable Google Chrome on a flash drive and take it to any PC to use.

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Windows Firewall Notifier

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

It’s kind of hard to tell from just reading the article, but this one sounds like it could either be very helpful, or very annoying …

Microsoft has improved the Windows Firewall ever since it was included in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The majority of usability and security issues have been dealt with. Outbound Packet Filtering was for instance introduced under Windows Vista. There are still some issues left that Microsoft has not yet addressed. Especially the firewall’s configuration interface and notifications need improvement.

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Windows 7 MAC Address Changer

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Here’s an interesting tool that could either come in very handy, or get one into a lot of trouble (depending on how it was used.)

Typically there is no reason to change the MAC address of a computer’s network adapter. Reasons may be because of technical problems with the current MAC address, hard coded MAC address support of services or devices, or to change the MAC address to make identification difficult.

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Backup All Firefox Profiles with a Batch File

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

This looks like a handy tool for Firefox users …

It is a good idea to backup your Firefox profiles regularly to have options at hand when a profile needs to be restored. This can be the case after a hard drive crash, file corruption or update that caused problems. We have reviewed several backup options before, from the Firefox extenion FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) to the third party application MozBackup.

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