Browsing Firefox’s hidden browsing history with Pin Patrol
July 27, 2016 – 06:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Pin PatrolIf you’re wondering what someone’s been doing in Firefox then you could check the browser history, but if they’ve deleted it, along with any cookies, cache or logins, you won’t learn very much.

What isn’t so obvious is that Firefox has a hidden browsing history which records some of the sites you’ve visited, and isn’t removed when you wipe the official “Browsing & Download History”.

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How you might get hacked by a Chrome extension
July 27, 2016 – 06:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Chrome Extension Source ViewerMalware isn’t just about native executables or rogue apps, not any more– a malicious browser extension can cause almost as many problems on all your devices at once.

With the right permissions, for example, your new Chrome add-on could steal your user credentials, post as you on social media, read your emails, help launch a DDoS attack, and more.

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Bennett monitors Bluetooth signal strength on a PC. Sometimes.
July 26, 2016 – 11:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BennettIf you’re having problems connecting your laptop to a wireless device or network, there are a host of tools to help you view what’s in range and its signal strength.

If you’re having trouble with Bluetooth, it’s a different story. The standard Windows applets might list available devices but you’ll see little, if any information about them.

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Automatically generate abstract art with Mondriaan Creator
July 26, 2016 – 06:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Mondriaan CreatorEven if you don’t know Piet Mondriaan’s name, you’ll probably recognise the Dutch painter’s distinctive geometric style: white background and a black grid, partly filled with primary colours.

It’s not an approach that appeals to everyone, but if you’re interested then you can now generate new Mondriaan-style images with the free Mondriaan Creator.

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Create stylish coding snapshots with Marmoset
July 25, 2016 – 10:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MarmosetYou’re building a website, presentation, maybe a CV listing your many coding skills, and would like some kind of graphic to illustrate that section. But what should it be?

Forget the usual clipart, install the Chrome app Marmoset instead, and it’ll help you create a stylish presentation-ready code snapshot in seconds.

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Polymail for Mac wants to provide a cross-platform email experience to die for
July 25, 2016 – 09:42 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

PolyMailIf you’re still looking for the perfect email experience on Mac and iOS, then Polymail, Inc may have something to fill the gap left by Mailbox’s unceremonious exit back in February. It’s just officially released Polymail for Mac 1.01 after around six months in beta.

Polymail for Mac joins existing iPad and iPhone client, Polymail for iOS 1.21, to provide a cross-platform email client for Apple fans.

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Launch programs, websites, or type text with Clavier+
July 24, 2016 – 05:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Clavier+Clavier+ is a simple macro manager which enables launching programs, opening websites or inserting text with your chosen hotkey.

The program has been around for years, but still works well on even the very latest PCs.

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Take full control of your default browser with Browser Chooser
July 23, 2016 – 09:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Browser Chooser 2Set up a new PC and one of the first things you’ll do is install and choose a default browser, which then handles all your website-viewing needs.

This mostly works fine, but you might want to open some links in different browsers: intranet in IE, YouTube in Chrome to use an extension you’ve found, your bank in a secure browser, whatever it might be.

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View and extract files from Inno Setup installers with InnoEx
July 22, 2016 – 07:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

InnoExRun a “setup.exe” on your PC and there’s no way to tell what might happen next. Will it install adware, hundreds of system files, maybe just a single executable? Who knows?

InnoEx is a free portable tool which can display the contents of some setup files, without having to install them first.

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MemTest86 7.0 now faster, detects more RAM errors
July 21, 2016 – 06:03 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

MemTest86PassMark Software has shipped MemTest86 7.0, a major update for the veteran memory diagnostic tool.

Testing now runs in Parallel CPU Mode by default, as long as it’s supported by the UEFI firmware, significantly improving performance.

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Capture and explore network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer
July 21, 2016 – 05:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Microsoft Message AnalyzerMicrosoft Message Analyzer is an expert-oriented tool for capturing, displaying and analyzing network traffic, file activity, Windows Events and device activities on Windows 7 or later systems.

This data may be filtered and presented in grids, charts, graphs, timelines and more.

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