Check internet speed and web page download times with Speedtest for Chrome
July 29, 2016 – 06:37 | Comments Off on Check internet speed and web page download times with Speedtest for Chrome
Check internet speed and web page download times with Speedtest for Chrome

Speedtest is a free Chrome extension which allows testing your internet connection speeds and web page download time.
It gives you access to the core of the Speedtest.net website in a click or two, wherever you …

Monitor and analyse your network traffic with SmartSniff
July 28, 2016 – 04:45 | Comments Off on Monitor and analyse your network traffic with SmartSniff
Monitor and analyse your network traffic with SmartSniff

We recently wrote about Microsoft Message Analyzer, and explained how it could be used to monitor and better understand your network and internet traffic.
It’s a hugely powerful tool, but also bulky and with an intimidating …

Browsing Firefox’s hidden browsing history with Pin Patrol
July 27, 2016 – 06:52 | Comments Off on Browsing Firefox’s hidden browsing history with Pin Patrol
Browsing Firefox’s hidden browsing history with Pin Patrol

If 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 …

How you might get hacked by a Chrome extension
July 27, 2016 – 06:37 | Comments Off on How you might get hacked by a Chrome extension
How you might get hacked by a Chrome extension

Malware 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 …

Bennett monitors Bluetooth signal strength on a PC. Sometimes.
July 26, 2016 – 11:30 | Comments Off on Bennett monitors Bluetooth signal strength on a PC. Sometimes.
Bennett monitors Bluetooth signal strength on a PC. Sometimes.

If 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, …

Automatically generate abstract art with Mondriaan Creator
July 26, 2016 – 06:22 | Comments Off on Automatically generate abstract art with Mondriaan Creator
Automatically generate abstract art with Mondriaan Creator

Even 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, …

Create stylish coding snapshots with Marmoset
July 25, 2016 – 10:16 | Comments Off on Create stylish coding snapshots with Marmoset
Create stylish coding snapshots with Marmoset

You’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 …

Launch programs, websites, or type text with Clavier+
July 24, 2016 – 05:17 | Comments Off on Launch programs, websites, or type text with Clavier+
Launch programs, websites, or type text with 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.

Take full control of your default browser with Browser Chooser
July 23, 2016 – 09:23 | Comments Off on Take full control of your default browser with Browser Chooser
Take full control of your default browser with Browser Chooser

Set 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 …

View and extract files from Inno Setup installers with InnoEx
July 22, 2016 – 07:19 | Comments Off on View and extract files from Inno Setup installers with InnoEx
View and extract files from Inno Setup installers with InnoEx

Run 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 …

Capture and explore network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer
July 21, 2016 – 05:14 | Comments Off on Capture and explore network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer
Capture and explore network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer

Microsoft 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, …