Posts Tagged ‘windows software’

Display Your Internet Connection Speed In Your Taskbar

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

If you’re already unhappy with your internet speed, then here are some programs that will help to make you even more unhappy …

Sometimes you may want to display information about your Internet connection right on the desktop, for instance to test the speed of a new dedicated server that you just bought, or to make sure that you are uploading or downloading at full speed. Having direct access to realtime stats can also be helpful if you are troubleshooting a particular connection.


Check for Used Local IP Addresses to Avoid Network Conflicts

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I’m always a little bit leery of freeware, but this sounds like a useful resource for those who manage small networks …

When you connect two or more computer systems to a local network you need to make sure to assign unique local IP addresses to all computer systems to avoid conflicts. Conflicts may happen for a number of reasons, from assigning the same IP address manually to DHCP server issues. Conflicts may cause connectivity and functionality issues on affected computer systems.


The Best Windows Software of 2011

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

I’m not sure if I agree with all of these, but there are a couple that seem pretty darned useful …

This is the third part of the Ghacks best of 2011 series. In this top list, I’m going to look at the best software for the Microsoft Windows operating system that we have reviewed in 2011 here at Ghacks. We posted a total of 937 Windows related stories in 2011, of which the majority were software related.


Hardwipe – Erase Hard Drives Securely

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

I haven’t tried this program myself, but it does look like a handy tool for wiping a hard drive clean before disposing of an old PC.

I usually give away old computer systems to friends or family when I build a new one. And since I’m building a new PC every one or two years, there seems to be always someone who could make good use of my old computer system.


How to Extract Images from Office Documents

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

There a bunch of different ways to extract images from MS Office documents; I generally just use the Print Screen function and Photoshop, but the method described in this article does look a bit quicker than the way I do it …

Office documents may contain images and other media besides text. I sometimes get article suggestions by email in Microsoft Word format. These articles often contain one or multiple images that I need to extract, since it is not possible to copy and paste them into the article on the Internet as it is with text contents.


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.


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.


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.


Convert Text to HTML Documents

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Here’s an interesting freeware program that converts straight text documents to basic HTML documents …

While it is possible to publish plain text files on the Internet, it is often not the most suitable option considering that HTML documents are more versatile. HTML files support links, different colors and font types as well as other text formatting options and interactive elements.


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.